Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Year, new books ... Mixed Signals, book #1


What a treat this book was to read!!  It was just a donation to the library that we couldn't use because parts of the cover were torn, but it was still an amazing story.  Goes to show you that you can't judge a book by its cover!  (Ends up this was her first fiction book, but you would never guess it by her amazing writing!)

Belle O’Brien, the woman behind the warmest voice in Virginia radio, has a problem: Her oldies show is a solid-gold hit, but her love life is an off-the-charts disaster. Her prospects for a husband are small-town slim. Will it be smooth-talking Patrick Reese, who launched her radio career? Moody but handsome David Cahill, WPER’s enigmatic broadcast engineer? Matthew the Methodist, her oh-so-available pastor? Or the mysterious radio listener who signs his letters, “All Ears in Abingdon”? As Belle embarks on a journey toward joy, Norah Silver-Smyth, proprietor of The Silver Spoon, cooks up her own delicious recipe for happily-ever-after in this winsome tale filled with humor, tenderness, endless surprises…and two happy endings! (picture and description from amazon)

Next up, our Book Club book!

O:)
Melissa

Monday, January 2, 2017

Mr. Miracle, book #31 because I finished it last year .....

Loved this fun, quick book I got on sale at my favorite BAM!!  I also loved how she "set the guidelines" for angels on earth, as in how the could cross the barrier of heaven and earth, yet still have a foot in both.

Beloved author Debbie Macomber celebrates the most wonderful time of the year in this heartwarming Christmas novel of romance, hope, and the comforts of home—coming soon as a Hallmark Channel original movie!   Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.  After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons.  Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to tease her. Now she intends to avoid him entirely, yet when they’re suddenly forced to spend Christmas together, Addie braces for trouble.  Perhaps it’s the spirit of the season or the magic of mistletoe, but Addie and Erich soon find they have more in common than they thought—and that two people who seem so wrong for each other may actually be just right. With a little prompting from a certain angelic teacher, the two are in for a holiday miracle they’ll never forget.(picture and description from amazon)

I have one more Christmas book I could read, or I could move on to other piles ... can't decide!!

Happy reading in the new year!!

O:)
Melissa



Monday, December 26, 2016

A Royal Christmas Wedding, book #30





Rachel Hauck is one of my favorite authors!  This series of Royal Weddings has been a lot of fun to read, with her wit and humor and tenderness in each of the stories.  The series started with Suzanna in Once Upon a Prince, and then moved onto Regina's story in Princess Ever After.  Next came Corina's story in How to Catch a Prince and then she tied the stories up in a sweet little bow with this one.   


Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?  College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.  Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.  When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.  Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?  In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew. (picture and description at amazon)

It is sad to reach an end to these lovely families, but that just means more time for new "friends" to be made in the pages of the next book!

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa



Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Letters, book #29


I ran into a problem when I finished my last book. I had no new Christmas books to read!  I have several new books I am anxious to start on, but during the months of November and December I need to read Christmas books.  So I went on my ever faithful Amazon and found this little goody! Back in 2013 I came across the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber and thoroughly loved them!  I have another one in the series beside my bed for "just the right time" but when I found this one (and for only $5.99!) I knew I had to get it!  

It was a delightful, if not predictable, little book. I'm not entirely sure how the title is a good "summary" of the book, but don't let it fool you.  Read it anyway, you won't be disappointed!

Katherine O'Connor often spends her days at a cozy café on Blossom Street in Seattle—where she writes Christmas letters for other people. She's good at making their everyday lives sound more interesting. More humorous. More dramatic. But for Dr. Wynn Jeffries, who also frequents the café, Christmas means lies and deception. In fact, the renowned child psychologist recommends that parents "bury Santa under the sleigh." Katherine, however, feels that his parenting philosophy is one big mistake—at least, based on her five-year-old twin nieces, who are being raised according to his "Free Child" methods.  She argues with Wynn about his theories, while he argues that her letters are nothing but lies. They disagree about practically everything—and yet, somehow, they don't really want to stop arguing.  As the days—and nights—move closer to Christmas, Katherine and Wynn both discover that love means accepting your differences. And Christmas is about the things you share…. (picture and description from amazon)

Next up, A Royal Christmas wedding ~ from the amazing Rachel Hauck!

O:)
Melissa

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Christmas Town, book #28


Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. Now twenty-years-old, she still longs for a place that she can truly call home. Her work as a cashier is unfulfilling, and at Christmas it’s unbearable with the songs and carols and chatter of Christmas that she hears throughout the day.
When Lauren ends her shift one night, she finds herself driving aimlessly in order to avoid returning to her lonely apartment. And when she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon, first as a witness but then as a volunteer for the annual fundraiser for Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who need assistance. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for?  (picture and description from amazon)

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Partners, book #27


Meh.  Half of the book was spend talking about Dale and not as much about George so I had no idea which way this book was going until they finally connected.

A knock at Dale Hathaway’s door changes the course of her life. Who would abandon a child on the steps of a boardinghouse on such a blustery night? Journalist George Rand is determined to find out, but first, he and Dale must work together to rescue the child. United in their efforts, can a lasting friendship develop for two lonely people?  (picture and description from amazon)

Can't wait to see my Book Club peeps this week!

O:)
Melissa

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Second Chance Cinderella, book #26


"I'll Wait for You Forever." 

Heartbroken when her childhood love never returned, Rose Smith soon learned she had even greater worries—she carried his child. Ten years later as a housemaid in London, she encounters Samuel Blackstone. The kind youth she adored has turned bitter with success. Feeling out of place in Sam's high-society world, Rose fears what he may do when he learns of their son….

A wealthy stockbroker, Sam is used to getting what he wants. And when he learns that Rose bore him a son, he wants to claim his family. But he'll have to convince Rose to trust him again if he's to have any hope of meeting the boy…or recapturing her heart.  (picture and description from amazon)


Cute story that was a quick read, but in Chapter 14 where the son meets the dad is a pretty far stretch from reality.


O:)
Melissa