Welcome March! I haven't been out to eat at a restaurant for more than a year. One day, hopefully soon, we can feel normal again. But in the meantime, there are always books to keep us company.
Forever Never by Lucy Score
"The free-spirited artist [Remi] just needs to lay low for a few weeks so she can figure a way out of this nightmare. She’s definitely not staying. Not when the man who broke her teenage heart into splinters keeps showing up at her parents’ dinner table. Remi doesn’t need broody, bearded Brick riding to her rescue…again. Not when it will put them both in danger, costing them much more than their hearts." I don't know...Brick? And Remi? One unusual name is enough, but...Brick? Still, the plot sounds like a winner. If you read it, let me know. I'm not ready to buy yet.
The Secret Stealers by Jane Healey
"Dispatched behind enemy lines and in constant danger, Anna [Cavanaugh, American spy in Nazi-occupied France] is filled with adrenaline, passion, and fear. She’s driven to make a difference—for her country and for herself. Whatever the risk, she’s willing to take it to help liberate France from the shadows of occupation and to free herself from the shadows of her former life." This one sounds fabulous!
The Light Through the Leaves by Glendy Vanderah
"One unbearable mistake at the edge of the forest. In a moment of crisis, Ellis Abbey leaves her daughter, Viola, unattended—for just a few minutes. But when she returns, Viola is gone. A breaking point in an already fractured marriage, Viola’s abduction causes Ellis to disappear as well—into grief, guilt, and addiction. In a remote area of Washington, a young girl named Raven keeps secrets inside, too. She must never speak to outsiders about how her mother makes miracles spring from the earth, or about her father, whose mysterious presence sometimes frightens her. As Ellis and Raven each confront their powerful longings, their journeys will converge in unexpected and hopeful ways, pulled together by the forces of nature, love, and family." Sounds creepy and heart wrenching. And good!
Drop Dead Gorgeous by Lauren Landish
"I see dead people. No, not like that movie. I’m a coroner, and yes it's the kiss of death on my dating life. When men find out what I do, I'm lucky to hear 'it was nice meeting you.' Until I almost accidentally kill Blake Hale with my car. Instead of being freaked out by me, he’s intrigued. I deal in death all day. He sells life…insurance. What could possibly go wrong when I start believing in Mr. Right?" A sweet romance about a coroner. What fun!
Adulting by Liz Talley
"After another all-night bender, one more failed stint at rehab, and a parole violation, self-destructive actress Chase London has to deal with her demons. Life coach Olivia Han is devoted to 'adulting' boot camp therapy. It’s not just her professional specialty, though—it’s also one way to avoid focusing on building a life of her own. For two women doing damage control, this is a time for second chances—in life, in finding love, in forgiving family, and in an emerging friendship that might be exactly what each of them needs to heal." Well, I've been trying to do some adulting of my own, lately. So, this one sounds perfect!
Mystery & Thriller
Revenge at Sea by Brian O'Sullivan
"Quint Adler is a disillusioned crime reporter tired of writing fluff pieces about stolen bikes and minor burglaries. He needs something more. So when he overhears a sinister conversation while stuck in a hospital bed on his 40th birthday, Quint goes all-in. He starts investigating an unsolved murder, and then another, even more brutal in nature. While Quint believes he has identified the deranged killer, the police have come up with their own suspect: Quint himself!" Thrillingly eerie! My pulse is elevated already!
Dark Sky by CJ Box
"When the governor of Wyoming gives Joe Pickett the thankless task of taking a tech baron on an elk hunting trip, Joe reluctantly treks into the wilderness with his high-profile charge. But as they venture into the woods, a man-hunter is hot on their heels, driven by a desire for revenge. Finding himself without a weapon, a horse, or a way to communicate, Joe must rely on his wits and his knowledge of the outdoors to protect himself and his companion." There are, apparently, a lot of Joe Pickett novels, so it you like this one, you'll have books to read for a long time.
A Deadly Influence by Mike Omer
"Lieutenant Abby Mullen is no stranger to crisis. As the hostage negotiation instructor for the NYPD, she deals with worst-case scenarios every day. Nothing fazes her anymore. That all changes when she gets a call from Eden Fletcher, a fellow survivor of the infamous Wilcox cult. Eden needs Abby’s help: someone has kidnapped her son and is demanding a $5 million ransom. As Abby throws herself into the case, she can’t help but wonder why the kidnapper has targeted Eden. But Eden refuses to talk. As the truth closes in, Abby realizes that her past may not be as far behind as she thought…and it’s come home to collect." Ooh, sounds like a good read!
To Die For by Willow Rose
"Former FBI-profiler, Eva Rae Thomas is caught off guard by a murderous plan that sends her on a pulse-pounding race against time in this romantic thriller " Romance and thrills!
(All book descriptions are quoted from Amazon.)
West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge
I enjoyed most of this story, but it was a bit too slow in parts.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars
The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
After this, and trying to get through Welcome to the World, Baby Girl, I think I'm done with Fannie Flagg books.
My Goodreads rating: none
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
The last of my Wharton reading. Surprisingly, her bestselling book was not my favorite.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars
A Man with One of Those Faces by Caimh McDonnell
A witty, fun, and yet intense thriller. A good read.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars
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