Saturday, October 31, 2020

Happy Halloween


Although not my favorite holiday, 
I get excited that the holiday season can start now!

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Review: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St James

The Sun Down Motel
by Simone St James 

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 327
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn't right at the Sun Down, and before long she's determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden…


Kritters Thoughts:  Two timelines which at times were hard to keep straight, but they went hand in hand.  One in 1982 where Vivian is on her way to NYC and ends up stopping in a small town of Fell, NY and ends up as the night clerk at a motel.  In 2017 her niece Carly goes to this small town to figure out the mystery of her missing aunt and maybe even solve a few other mysteries at the same time.  

For me the hardest part about reading this book was keeping straight the investigation that Vivian ends up doing of the mysteries that had just occurred before she arrived into Fell and the investigation that Carly ends up doing where she concentrates on Vivian's disappearance, but the other missing ladies come into play during the book.  This was one of those books that I took a bit of notes to keep the storylines straight.  

I don't want to spoil some key ingredients to this book, so I will keep this light and brief.  I read a lot of mystery/thrillers, but for me this book almost felt close to the horror side of things.  There was definitely some grit and gore, but more - just don't want to spoil things!

For more than one reason, this book is the perfect read to pick up for a Halloween weekend.  It took place in November in 1982 and I suggest you read it in the fall season for peak enjoyment!  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 113 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Review: The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck

The Witch Hunter
by Max Seeck 

Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A bestselling author’s wife has been found dead in a gorgeous black evening gown, sitting at the head of a formally set dinner table. Her most chilling feature—her face is frozen in a ghastly smile.

At first it seems as though a deranged psychopath is reenacting the gruesome murders from The Witch Hunter, the bestseller written by the victim’s husband. But investigator Jessica Niemi soon realizes she’s not looking for a single killer but rather for dozens of believers in a sinister form of witchcraft.

They know her every move and are always one step ahead. As the bodies start piling up, Jessica knows they won’t stop until they get what they want. And when her dark past comes to light, Jessica finds herself battling her own demons while desperately trying to catch a coven of killers before they claim their next victim.
 


Kritters Thoughts:  Roger Kopnen is a famous author and the final book in his trilogy has just been released.  While he is away promoting this book, his wife is found dead in their home and looks similarly to something from one of his books - is he a suspect or is someone trying to frame him?

This was a book that was translated and I am not sure if it was in the translation or in the editing from the book that I received from Netgalley, but I was missing some information that would have put some context to a few of the chapters that went back in the past of one of the investigators - Jessica Niemi.  I wish I had some more info as it would have helped place these in the context of the greater story.

I hate to spoil mystery/thrillers because the ending is pretty vital for the story, but I am not sure I even still know the outcome of all the dead bodies?!  I could have missed something, but this didn't affect my feelings of the book in the end.  No matter the outcome of who dun it, the way that the bodies piled up and the clues that unfolded, I enjoyed the pacing and the way the author put together the mystery in the story.

I think I would try the next in the series when it is available because I would like to see where Jessica as a character ends up.


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 107 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Berkley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Review: Autumn Skies by Denise Hunter

Autumn Skies
by Denise Hunter

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When a mysterious man turns up at Grace’s family-run inn, it’s instant attraction. But she’s already got a lot on her plate: running the Bluebell Inn, getting Blue Ridge Outfitters off the ground, and coping with a childhood event she’d thought was long past.

A gunshot wound has resurrected the past for secret service agent Wyatt Jennings, and a mandatory leave of absence lands him in Bluebell, North Carolina. There he must try and come to grips with the crisis that altered his life forever.

Grace needs experience for her new outfitters business, so when Wyatt needs a mountain guide, she’s more than happy to step up to the plate. As their journey progresses, Grace soon has an elusive Wyatt opening up, and Wyatt is unwittingly drawn to Grace’s fresh outlook and sense of humor.

There’s no doubt the two have formed a special bond, but will Wyatt’s secrets bring Grace’s world crashing down? Or will those secrets end up healing them both?


Kritters Thoughts:  The third in a series where I recommend starting at the beginning and read each book in a row.  

Three siblings have finished the renovations of an inn in their hometown after their parents passed away quickly and tragically.  Now running the inn, they have had a timeline as to when they would all move on to the next phases of their lives and it is coming up soon.  

The youngest sibling, Grace, was still in school when they lost her parents, but now she is 21 and operating her own business out of the inn and is ready to be a full fledged adult out of the watching eye of her siblings.  

Wyatt has moved to the small town to return to the scene of a crime and to confront the past in hopes that he can move into his future and the next phase of his career.    

As in most romance books the ending is inevitable, but the journey is the story.  I always appreciate a romance that throws in a twist and although I may have known it a little far ahead, it still made me gasp and I wanted to keep reading to find out how the characters would respond to the revelations.  

I loved this trilogy and hope to see many more to come from Denise Hunter.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.



Sunday, October 25, 2020

It's Monday, What are you Reading?

A great weekend with a day with beautiful weather and one day full of rain which both warranted some great reading time!


A
 meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
Lies We Tell Ourselves by Steena Holmes
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St James
Perfectly Impossible by Elizabeth Topp
Miracle Creek Christmas by Krista Lynne Jensen

Currently Reading:
AOC by Lynda Lopez (audiobook)
My Only Child by Sam Vickery

Next on the TBR pile:
The Forgotten Sister by Nicola Cornick

Friday, October 23, 2020

Review: Lies We Tell Ourselves by Steena Holmes

Lies We Tell Ourselves
by Steena Holmes 

Publisher: SH press
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  “I found her.” One phone call and three whispered words is all it takes for Paige Fischer to risk everything - including her own life.

One missing sister...
Twelve years ago, Paige Fischer's identical twin, Jessica was kidnapped. Blaming herself, Paige never gave up hoping Jess is still alive, despite everyone else in her life insisting it’s time to move on.

One devoted fiancé...
Jamie is the perfect partner, and father to their son, but when he asks Paige to set a date for their wedding, she tells him she can't, not until her sister is found. Every step forward Paige takes with her life feels like a betrayal to Jess and until Paige knows for sure what happened to her, she can't settle down.

One fateful lie...
There's been a sighting and all it takes is one phone call, one betrayal and one whispered threat for Paige to throw caution to the wind and do what nobody else could: rescue Jess. But what if Paige doesn't make it in time? Is Jess still alive? Or is someone playing a twisted game with Paige?

Whatever outcome, the only thing Paige knows is that she's willing to risk it all, even her own life, to save her sister.


Kritters Thoughts:  Paige is a twin, but when she is a young girl, her twin sister goes missing and that incident has changed her life and even set the course for her career.  She ends up working for an organization that helps families and victims of sex trafficking.  I think deep down she believes if she works in this field in her hometown there is a chance she can right the wrongs and hopefully find her sister.  

Told through multiple perspectives, this story switches from detectives who are trying to take down a sex trafficking ring to Paige and an unknown woman both in and out of the hospital.  The reader has hopes throughout the book that the families in the book can find conclusions to their situations.  

I am an avid reader of mysteries, so I may have picked out our culprit a little earlier, but it didn't ruin the reading experience for me.  I still wanted to see how the clues would all come out and confirm if I was even correct!  

I have been a Steena Holmes fan for awhile and this one fits nicely on the bookshelf with her other books.  


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 111 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Review: Rescue You by Elysia Whisler

Rescue You
by Elysia Whisler

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  She needs a fresh start. He’s got scars that haven’t healed. With the help of some rescue dogs, they’ll discover that everyone deserves a chance at happiness.

After a year of heartbreak and loss, the only thing keeping Constance afloat is the dog rescue she works at with her sister, Sunny. Desperate for a change, Constance impulsively joins a new gym, even though it seems impossibly hard, and despite the gym’s prickly owner.

Rhett Santos keeps his gym as a refuge for his former-military brothers and to sweat out his own issues. He’s ready to let the funny redhead join, but unprepared for the way she wiggles past his hard-won defenses.

When their dog rescue is threatened, the sisters fight to protect it. And they need all the help they can get. As Rhett and Constance slowly open up to each other, they’ll find that no one is past rescuing; what they need is the right person—or dog—to save them.


Kritters Thoughts:  From the opinion of a dog mom, a book where the two sisters focus a lot of their time on rescuing dogs who need a new good home is one that I am excited to read.  Constance is the older sister who after their mother dies ends up raising her younger sister and Sunny is that younger sister who hasn't had a lot of burden on her shoulders and has spent her life rescuing/stealing dogs and giving them a better life through adoption or through a program where they become a helpful aid to veterans in need.  Rhett is a veteran who owns a gym and hasn't completely mentally or physically healed from his years and many tours and maybe an encounter with Constance could change his life.  

Although there were moments in this book that I felt missed the mark and felt forced to move the story along, overall the story was enjoyable.  I appreciated that the sisters had two very different journeys in the book.  They both reacted to their childhood trauma in different ways and it informed the way they entered love.  I was glad to see two women grow up in the same home end up in different situations that are so polar opposite.

If you are an avid reader of the romance genre, there may be moments where this book doesn't live up to others, but you can appreciate good characters and sweet love story.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 106 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Review: When You Were Mine by Kate Hewitt

When You Were Mine
by Kate Hewitt 

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 342
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  “Dylan…” I croak, but my little boy doesn’t even look at me. “Dylan,” I say again, my voice breaking now, and the social worker gives me a reproving look. I’m not helping, but I don’t care. “Dylan!” My voice is louder now, and my gaze stays locked with my son’s as she pulls away from the curb and drives away, taking my very life with her.

Single mother Beth loves her seven-year-old son Dylan with all her heart. He’s her world. But life with Dylan isn’t easy—and his emotional issues push Beth to her very limit. When a misunderstanding leads Dylan to be taken into foster care, she is determined to do whatever she can to get him back.

Mother of two, Ally has always dreamed of fostering—it feels like her chance to give back when she has been so lucky in life. But when Dylan joins their family, Ally finds herself struggling to balance his needs with those of her own children and husband—something Beth can’t help but witness when she visits.

Beth wants nothing more than to find a way to bring her beloved child home. But where is the right home for Dylan? Is it with the mother he was born to? Or is a new mother the greatest gift Beth could give her son?


Kritters Thoughts:  Two mothers.  Beth, one single and trying to make ends meet with a child who has a few issues, Dylan.  Ally, the other married with two kids and seems as if she has all the pieces put together with a great part time job, one child in college at Harvard and the other surviving school, but no issues to be reported.  Ally has thought about opening her home to foster children as her children leave their home and she finally decides to and Dylan will be her first placement.   

Told through the perspectives of both mothers as they are on two sides of the foster care perspective and throughout the story as they interact they learn about how each other approach motherhood and the highs and lows that each mother can go through with each child.  

Although not a mother myself, I really got into this book and really appreciated seeing two mothers go through motherhood in different ways and have very different experiences.  I loved seeing inside both their homes and then seeing through each other's eyes the other's life and both seeing positives and negatives in each other's lives.  

I have read a few Kate Hewitt's books and each one has met or exceeded my expectations.  She has quite the backlist that I hope to continue to read and catch up on!


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 104 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Review: The House by the Lake by Ella Carey

The House by the Lake
by Ella Carey

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 234
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Anna is content with her well-ordered life in San Francisco. But her world is turned upside down when her beloved grandfather, Max, reveals a startling secret: Anna is part of an aristocratic family who lost everything during World War II. What’s more, Max was forced to leave behind a precious item over seventy years ago in their estate in old Prussia. It’s now his ardent wish that Anna retrieve it.

Anna burns with questions as she heads for Germany: What memento could be so important to her grandfather? And why did he keep their history hidden? As she searches for answers, she finds herself drawn to Wil, a man who may hold the key to unlock the mystery. Together they discover that her family’s secrets are linked with an abandoned apartment in Paris, and these secrets go deeper than she ever imagined.


Kritters Thoughts:  The second in a series and the book is connected to book one, but doesn't really need to be read in a row.  A character from the first book is in this second, but the stories felt self contained.  

Two storylines, one in 2010 and one in the 1930s, one that starts in California and one that starts in Paris, but both make their way to Germany and a castle where both women's lives will be forever changed.  

Anna is sent to Germany to the home of her ailing grandfather to retrieve something.  There she will find more than the intended purpose of her trip.  In 1930, Isabelle makes a visit to this castle and falls in love with a man, but their paths will diverge and her life will go in a different direction.  

I loved how the author had both Anna and Isabelle discover the house at the same time and the back and forth in that chapter might have been my favorite in a story where there are two timelines - it was just genius!  It happened throughout the book, but for me it stood out in this chapter and I loved it.  

There were some moments where the story slowed down a bit and the pacing felt a little sluggish, but at a certain point the story picked up and it was a race to the end!

I can't wait to read book three and see this trilogy be complete.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 103 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

It's Monday, What are you Reading?

With some audio books and some quiet evenings, I got some great reads completed  this week.

A
 meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer
Female Firebrands by Mikaela Kiner (audiobook)
The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss
Little Red Sleigh by Erin Guendelsberger
The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck
Undaunted by Kara Goldin (audiobook)
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Currently Reading:
AOC by Lynda Lopez (audiobook)
Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne

Next on the TBR pile:
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St James

Review: Christmas at Fireside Cabins by Jenny Hale

Christmas at Fireside Cabins
by Jenny Hale

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 221
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Escape to the idyllic small town of Pinewood Hills in this enchanting romance, about falling in love under the mistletoe with a sprinkle of Christmas magic…

For Lila Evans, Christmas is the toughest time of year––a heartbreaking reminder of losing her father, and just how lonely she is… This year, she’s organized a blissful getaway with her closest friends: just the remedy for the December blues.

The countryside resort of Fireside Cabins, tucked away in the snowy Tennessee hills, seems like this year’s perfect setting to get into the festive spirit. But it’s far from a winter wonderland––the crumbling cottage is falling apart, and the owner, a widow named Eleanor Finely, confesses that the cabins are on the brink of closure. Lila and her friends should pack their bags right there and then, but Lila can’t bear to leave the tearful elderly woman. She clearly has no one, and Lila, more than anyone, knows how that feels.

In search of holiday cheer, the women find a local coffee shop. But the rugged, surly owner Theo Perry has an apparent aversion to Christmas, seeming downright angry when Lila asks for a peppermint latte. No one in the area knows who he is––but it’s clear he’s running from something.

Yet there’s more to this small town than Theo’s frosty reception. As much as his coldness infuriates her, Lila can’t deny that on the rare occasions when he does smile, it feels like coming home. Plus, the cabins are just calling for some festive sparkle.

And, unexpectedly, Pinewood Hills could hold a new beginning for Lila… But can she save Fireside Cabins in time for Christmas? With a dusting of festive magic, spiced apple cider and sugarplum pie, could this be the first holiday she doesn’t spend alone?
 


Kritters Thoughts:  Lila Evans has always regretted the arrival of the holiday season as it brought feelings that she didn't want to confront.  Along with a few of her girlfriends they have created traditions to make this season bearable.  This year will be different as the other ladies have other obligations, so they take an early trip to a cabin, but this trip takes many turns and ends up more than she can imagine for Lila at least.

Lila fell in love with the small town that this cabin ended up in and she also fell in like with Theo, the small town coffee shop owner who absolutely had some secrets and things to hide.  They have some ups and downs, but with more of a novella length their story went fast and for me I didn't love that completely.  I wish the author had more pages to have this love story grow and develop; it felt jarring at moments to hop from zero to in love.  

I loved the plot.  I loved that yes, Lila was falling in love in this romance book, but she was also trying to make decisions about her future and these cabins may be a part of her future.  

If you like to watch Hallmark movies during the holiday season, then this book could be in the running to be made into the next Hallmark holiday movie.    


Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 101 out of 100


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Review: Home at Summer's End by Alys Murray

Home at Summer's End
by Alys Murray 

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 249
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Rose Anderson is done with being known as “the nice one” in the small town in Northern California where she lives. She’s done with playing third, fifth, seventh wheel at loud gatherings on her family’s flower farm. And most of all, she is done with the pitying looks and well-meaning comments she gets about her single status from the way-too-interested townsfolk.

No one seems to care that she’s single by choice. That she actually enjoys going to bed early with a good book—love stories are always better in fiction anyway. Busy with her flower arranging business, Rose has no time for a man, thank you very much. So when news spreads that Hillsboro is being used to shoot an upcoming Hollywood movie, Rose gets an idea. One that will appease her family while keeping her heart safely intact…

Cole McKittrick is trying to keep calm. So what if he quit a steady TV gig for a shot at his dream, was dumped by his superstar girlfriend and—having just read the fifteenth script re-write—is now convinced this movie is going to be career-ending? It’s all about perspective. And when he meets the beautiful Rose Anderson, he can’t believe his luck. She’ll help him fix his lines, pose for a few shots to make his ex jealous, and all for the bargain price of a few fake dates.

But in a town like Hillsboro, the resident beauty queen and Hollywood’s hottest bachelor can’t expect a plan like this to work. And the more time they spend together under the scrutiny of their neighbors, the more blurred the lines become between what’s real and what’s fake.

But Cole has been hiding a big secret from his past. And when Rose finds out could it spell CUT for their picture-perfect romance, or will she realize that he has taken over not just her home, but her heart…?


Kritters Thoughts:  The fourth in a series and although each book's love story is self contained, I really recommend starting at book one as the stories build upon each other as the characters show up in each book.  

This book focused on Rose Anderson, one of the sisters from this family in Northern California that owns and operates a flower farm.  Rose owns a floral shop, but her true passion lies in making fragrance and it is where she would much rather spend her time.  Cole McKittrick is in this small town to film a romantic comedy and heal from a broken heart.  He wants to keep his movie career moving forward but needs help becoming a leading man and maybe Rose (who reads a lot of romance) could be just the trick.  But of course they must avoid falling in love . . . 

If you are a romance reader then this book is SO up your alley.  All the romance book references just made my day and I love reading a book through the lens of another romance reader - was so great!  Their story although was so predictable, was still so great to read.  

If you have read the other books, you will enjoy how this one completes the quartet.  


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 102 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Review: Billions of Besties by Peggy Panosh and Susie Arons

Billions of Besties
by Peggy Panosh and Susie Arons 

Publisher: Tiller Press
Pages: 144
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Our best friends are our soulmates. They understand us when no one else does, lift us up, and bring out the best in us. It’s a relationship based on a bond that can’t always be described, but is always magical.

Billions of Besties shines a light on some of the most engaging, funny, inspiring, and sometimes unexpected sets of friends. In this gorgeous and playfully illustrated volume, creators and besties Peggy and Susie highlight more than 100 besties, both real and fictional, from all walks of life. From the comedic powerhouse of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, to the unexpected camaraderie between RGB and Antonin Scalia, the glamourous friendship between Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, or the fictional ride-or-die bond between Thelma and Louise, this book is a timeless salute to friendship in all its forms.


Kritters Thoughts:  I love to break up my reading with these guilty pleasure pure fun reads.  As a fan of following a bunch of Hollywood people on Instagram, I can appreciate a book that focuses on a positive aspect of Hollywood - the friendships that are made.  

I just loved this book.  I read a chapter of this book each night for a few nights and just enjoyed the different sections and types of friends that they featured in the book.  I really liked the friendships that I wasn't aware of that crossed "industries" and ones you couldn't imagine having things in common.  

If you are into the Hollywood scene and can appreciate the positive relationships that happen then this is a great book for you to grab and enjoy!


Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 86 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Review: Return to Virgin River by Robyn Carr

Return to Virgin River
by Robyn Carr

Publisher: MIRA
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Kaylee Sloan’s home in Southern California is full of wonderful memories of the woman who raised her. But the memories are prolonging her grief over her mother’s recent death. A successful author, Kaylee hoped she could pour herself into her work. Instead she has terrible writer’s block and a looming deadline.

Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. She knows the isolation will help her writing, and as she drives north through the mountains and the majestic redwoods, she immediately feels inspired. Until she arrives at a building that has just gone up in flames. Devastated, she heads to Jack’s Bar to plan her next steps. The local watering hole is the heart of the town, and once she crosses the threshold, she’s surprised to be embraced by people who are more than willing to help a friend—or a stranger—in need.

Kaylee’s world is expanding in ways she never dreamed possible. And when she rescues a kitten followed by a dog with a litter of puppies, she finds her heart opening up to the animals who need her. And then there’s the dog trainer who knows exactly how to help her. As the holidays approach, Kaylee’s dread turns to wonder. Because there’s no better place to spend Christmas than Virgin River.
 


Kritters Thoughts:  Kaylee Sloan has escaped her home for the holiday season in order to concentrate on the book she needs to finish writing as she has been distracted since the death of her mother.  She believes if she changes her scenery hopefully she can finish her book and deal with her grief.  She will get that and more in the small town of Virgin River.

I have been a fan of Virgin River, so to hear of a new book coming out in this small town, I was excited to "return."  I didn't read the synopsis at all before reading this book, so I was so excited to read a book from an author's perspective and see a behind the scenes of an author writing a book at a moment in their life that is emotionally charged.  With her intended rental house going up in flames, Kaylee ends up renting from a conveniently single Landry and their love story was so sweet.  

With only one really sexy scene, this book stayed PG most of the way and I liked that the plot didn't revolve around the physicality of their relationship.  There was such good plot in this book.  I was thankful that there wasn't instalove or even instalust in this book and instead there was a great build up to their connection and even with the limited pages it didn't feel rushed.  

I sure hope there are more to come in this small town.  I could read more and more books in this joyful little town.    


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row


Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

It's Monday, What are you Reading?

A busy week and weekend so minimal reading happened!

A
 meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
The Christmas Swap by Melody Carlson
When You Were Mine by Kate Hewitt
Rescue You by Elysia Whisler

Currently Reading:
Female Firebrands by Mikaela Kiner
The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer

Next on the TBR pile:
The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck
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