Monday, July 16, 2018

The Bridge Tender, book #16


Sigh.  I miss the beach.  So glad this is the book we got to read for book club this month!  It is part of the Sunset Beach series, also read here and here.


A surprise gift from her late husband will give a young widow the chance to do the hardest thing in the world . . . move on. On their honeymoon, the new Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Shaw made a pact: No matter the sacrifices along the way, one day they would return to Sunset Beach, North Carolina—this time to buy their own home. But that dream was not to be. Seven years into a beautiful marriage, Emily is left a widow, heartbroken, and way past caring about anything. Until a man approaches her, claiming to have something left to her from Ryan. Something secret. Unsure if she can ever embrace a new life without her husband, but even less sure about continuing to stay where she is, Emily heads to the coast to keep her end of the promise she once made. Without delay, she becomes immersed in the lives of the locals, including the reclusive bridge tender with an unexpected past. As the community debates over building a new bridge, Emily must decide whether she will build a bridge of her own, one that will take her out of a painful past and into the new life—and new love—that her lost love made possible. (picture and description from amazon)
I'm so glad I finished before my new book comes in the mail tomorrow!! 


Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Maria, book #15

So we went to St. Augustine for vacation last week and I knew I had to reread this book before we went.  Well, I didn't get it done before .... and I didn't get to finish there .... but I did finish it when we got home.  And now I want to go back!!  (Of course, I'm always looking for a way to go back to the beach!)

A heroine you'll never forget. A woman who battles fiercely for survival and her own independence, but surrenders completely to the man she loves.  This is Eugenia Price's inspiring story of a unique American heroine-a woman whose strength and resourcefulness overcome every obstacle to survival in an untamed and turbulent lands. Maria is a true pioneer, valiant, hard-working, independent. But she is also a vibrant, flesh-and-blood woman, tempestuous in passion, steadfast in love. (picture and description at GoodReads)

I didn't realize until I finished ~ WHEN WE WERE HOME!! ~ that she was a real person and one of the houses she lived in is listed as (one of) the Oldest House in the US.  And I could have gone to it!  See, I need to go back!

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa

St. Augustine Beach, July 2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Mailbox, book #14


Another awesome and incredibly thrilling read from the Sunset Beach Series.  Loved loved loved!


Centered on a real landmark on the coast of North Carolina, The Mailbox blends intriguing folklore and true faith with raw contemporary issues that affect every woman. When Lindsey Adams first visits the Kindred Spirit mailbox at Sunset Beach, she has no idea that twenty years later she will still be visiting the mailbox—still pouring out her heart in letters that summarize the best and worst parts of her life. Returning to Sunset for her first vacation since her husband left her, Lindsey struggles to put her sorrow into words. Memories surface of her first love, Campbell—and the rejection that followed. When Campbell reappears in her life, Lindsey must decide whether to trust in love again or guard herself from greater pain. The Mailbox is a rich novel about loss, hope, and the beauty of second chances. (picture and description at amazon)

Wonder what our next Book Club book will be?

Happy Summer Reading!

O:)
Melissa


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Pearl, book #13


So Katie had to read this short story for English and although I am not usually a fan of "old" literature (remember, I flunked College Lit 2x and barely made it out the 3rd time!) I found this one interesting.  We borrowed it from the library so I just picked it up one night and started reading it and was immediately drawn to the amazing descriptive writing.  Each night she had to read a chapter so I would try to keep up so I could ask her what they talked about in regards to it in school.  The story itself I thought was sad and morbid, but the writing - the telling of the tale - I loved!  

“There it lay, the great pearl, perfect as the moon.” Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security.... A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.  (picture and description from amazon)

Ready to move on to another book I have been waiting to read - a nonfiction one again!

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa

Sunday, May 13, 2018

To Whisper Her Name, book #12

I have found a new book to love.  Of course it is historical fiction and of course it has to do with the Civil War, but no pioneers.  This author is a local chick and writes many historical books based on old houses around Franklin and Nashville.  Can't wait to hear from my Book Club Buddies if they liked it as much as I did!


Olivia Aberdeen, destitute widow of a man shot as a traitor to the South, is shunned by proper society and gratefully accepts an invitation from "Aunt" Elizabeth Harding, mistress of Belle Meade Plantation. Expecting to be the Harding's head housekeeper, Olivia is disillusioned when she learns the real reason Elizabeth's husband, Confederate General William Giles Harding, agreed to her coming. Not finding the safe haven she expects, Olivia is caught off guard by her feelings for Ridley Adam Cooper, a Southern man who seems anything but a Southern gentleman. Branded a traitor by some, Ridley Cooper, a Southern son who chose to fight for the Union, is a man desperate to end the war still raging inside him. Determined to learn "the gift" that Belle Meade's head horse trainer and former slave, Bob Green, possesses, Ridley harbors secrets that threaten both their lives. As Ridley seeks to make peace within himself for "betraying" the South he loved, Olivia is determined to never be betrayed again. (photo and description at amazon)

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa


Friday, April 20, 2018

Elementary, My Dear Watkins (A Smart Chick Mystery Book 3) book #11


Remember what I said here, about judging a book by its cover?  Please don't do that like I did with this series!  This last book rounded out the series beautifully, tying up all the loose ends, and will leave you with happy tears in the end!

When someone tries to push Jo Tulip in front of a New York train, her ex-fiancĂ©, Bradford, suffers an injury while saving her—and the unintentional sleuth is thrown onto the tracks of a very personal mystery.  Jo's boyfriend, Danny Watkins, is away in Paris, so she begins a solo investigation of her near-murder. What secret was Bradford about to share before he took the fall? And when Jo uncovers clues tied to Europe, can she and Danny work together in time to save her life? (photo and description at amazon

Now on to a completely different time period!

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Blind Dates Can Be Murder (A Smart Chick Mystery Book 2) book #10


Ok, so maybe I lied.  You know that bit about "You can't judge a book by it's cover"?  I think that is what I did with this series.  Even though I read the first book on my paperwhite, the cover looked silly to me.  It looked like cheap, shallow chic lit.  And while the first book may not have been the best, I decided to go ahead with the second.

This one they did have at the library, so I had an actual book for this one.  Yet, as you can see able, this cover still looks cheesy.  I was, however, curious to see how the story would continue to play out.  So I started reading it, and by about the 4th time I picked it up to read some more I was hooked.  In fact, Sunday night I was literally up until nearly 2 AM finishing it.  

Blind dates give everyone the shivers...with or without a murder attached to them. Jo Tulip is a sassy single woman full of household hints and handy advice for every situation. Her first romantic outing in months is a blind date—okay, the Hall of Fame of Awful Blind Dates—but things go from bad to worse when the date drops dead and Jo finds herself smack in the middle of a murder investigation. With the help of her best friend, Danny, and faith in God, Jo attempts to solve one exciting mystery while facing another: Why is love always so complicated?  (picture and description from amazon)

The next book, the last one in the series, is supposed to be the best yet, so now I can't wait to start it!

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa