Review: Passion on Park Avenue

Title: Passion on Park Avenue Series: Central Park Pact #1 Author: Lauren Layne Release Date: May 28th, 2019 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: to prove her worth among the Upper East Side elite—the same people for which her mom worked as a housekeeper. Now, as the strongminded, sassy CEO of one of the biggest jewelry empires in the country, Naomi finally has exactly what she wants—but it’s going to take more than just the right address to make Manhattan’s upper class stop treating her like an outsider. The worst offender is her new neighbor, Oliver Cunningham—the grow

Review: The Royal Secret

Title: The Royal Secret Author: Lucinda Riley Release Date: May 21, 2019 Rating: 3/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: Keeping secrets is a dangerous game. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of ninety-five, he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, it could rock the English establishment to its core. Joanna Haslam, an up-and-coming reporter, is assigned to cover the legendary actor’s funeral, attended by glitzy celebrities of every background. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind—the contents of whic

Review: Living Lies

Title: Living Lies Series: Harbored Secrets #1 Author: Natalie Walters Release Date: May 21, 2019 Rating: 4.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Kindle - Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name--but no one knows your secret. At least that's what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son. Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body. Lane must work with Walton's newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she'll have to decide if saving the life

Review: Hope and Other Punch lines

Title: HOPE & OTHER PUNCH LINES Author: Julie Buxbaum Pub. Date: May 7, 2019 Publisher: Delacorte Press Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook Pages: 320 Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD The New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things and What to Say Next delivers a poignant and hopeful novel about resilience and reinvention, first love and lifelong friendship, the legacies of loss, and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. Sometimes looking to the past helps you find your future. Abbi Hope Goldstein is like every other teenager, with a few smallish exceptions: her famous alter ego, Baby Hope, is the subject of internet memes, she has as

Review: The Brilliance of Firelies

​​SMLXL Title: The Brilliance of Fireflies Author: Leslie Hauser Release Date: May 21, 2019 Publisher: Gatekeeper Press Formats: Paperback and ebook Pages 310 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Kindle- Amazon – B&N Synopsis: Emma Loukas had a typical teenage life. Until she didn’t. After choosing to stay home instead of accompanying her family to a minor league baseball game, Emma is not present when a suicide bomber detonates an explosive device at the entrance to the stadium just as her family arrives. In the months that follow, grief therapy and the gloomy looks from friends and her extended family do nothing but drag Emma further down into the rubble left behind by that deadly

Review: The Scent Keeper

Title: The Scent Keeper Author: Erica Bauermeister Release Date: May 21, 2019 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won't explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. As Emmeline grows, however, so too does her curiosity, until one day the unforeseen happens, and Emmeline is vaulted out into the real world--a place of love, betrayal, ambition, and revenge. To understand her past, Emmeline must unlock the clues to h

Review: Bright Burning Stars

Title: Bright Burning Stars Author: A. K. Small Release Date: May 21, 2019 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubb

Review: The Printed Letter Bookshop

Title: The Printed Letter Bookshop Author: Katherine Reay Release Date: May 14, 2019 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care. While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary

Review: The Unhoneymooners

Title: The Unhoneymooners Author: Christina Lauren Release Date: May 14, 2019 Rating: 5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancé is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man. Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can r

Review: My Ex-Best Friend's Wedding

Title: My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding Author: Wendy Wax Release Date: May 14, 2019 Rating: 4.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: Prized and stored away for safekeeping, the timeless ivory wedding dress, with its scooped neck and cleverly fitted bodice, sits gently folded in its box, whispering of Happily Ever Afters. To Kendra, Brianna, and Lauren it's a reminder of what could have been, the promise of a fairy tale, and a friendship torn apart. But as Kendra knows firsthand: it wasn't the dress's fault. Once closer than sisters, Lauren and Bree have grown up and grown apart, allowing broken promises and unfulfilled dreams to destroy their friendship. A s

Review: Sunset Beach

Title: Sunset Beach Author: Mary Kay Andrews Release Date: May 7, 2019 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: Drue Campbell’s life is adrift. Out of a job and down on her luck, life doesn’t seem to be getting any better when her estranged father, Brice Campbell, a flamboyant personal injury attorney, shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, Wendy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job. It seems like the job from hell, but the offer is sweetened by the news of her inheritance – her grandparents’ beach bungalow in the sleepy town of Sunset Beach, a charm

Review: The Summer House

Title: The Summer House Author: Jenny Hale Release Date: May 7, 2019 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: Callie Weaver and best friend Olivia Dixon have finally done it: put their life savings into the beach house they admired through childhood summers, on the dazzling white sand of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. They’re going to buff the salt from its windows, paint its sun-bleached sidings, and open it as a bed and breakfast. Callie’s too busy to think about her love life, but when she catches the attention of local heartthrob Luke Sullivan, his blue eyes and easy smile make it hard to say no. He’s heir to his father’s property empire, and

Review: The Southern Side of Paradise

Title: The Southern Side of Paradise Series: Peachtree Bluff #3 Author: Kristy Woodson Harvey Release Date: May 7th, 2019 Rating: 3/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: With the man of her dreams back in her life and all three of her daughters happy, Ansley Murphy should be content. But she can’t help but feel like it’s all a little too good to be true. Meanwhile, youngest daughter and actress Emerson, who is recently engaged and has just landed the role of a lifetime, seemingly has the world by the tail. Only, something she can’t quite put her finger on is worrying her—and it has nothing to do with her recent health scare. When two new women arrive in

Review: The Inn at Hidden Run

Title: The Inn at Hidden Run Series: Tree of Life #1 Author: Olivia Newport Release Date: May 1, 2019 Rating: 3/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: Meri's family has been producing doctors for so many generations that no one remembers why, so when she flunks out of medical school, she runs as far from her parents as she can get. In the small mountain town of Canyon Mines, Colorado, she takes a job at the Inn at Hidden Run B&B. And waits. It's only a matter of time. What she doesn't count on is genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan, having her back when it takes everything she has not to bolt again but to stay and face the truth that onl

Review: The Invited

Title: The Invited Author: Jennifer McMahon Release Date: April 30, 2019 Rating: 3/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: In a quest for a simpler life, Helen and Nate abandon the comforts of suburbia and their teaching jobs to take up residence on forty-four acres of rural land where they will begin the ultimate, aspirational do-it-yourself project: building the house of their dreams. When they discover that this charming property has a dark and violent past, Helen, a former history teacher, becomes consumed by the legend of Hattie Breckenridge, a woman who lived and died there a century ago. As Helen starts carefully sourcing decorative building materials

Review: The Mother-in-law

Title: The Mother-in-law Author: Sally Hepworth Release Date: April 23, 2019 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads – Amazon – B&N Synopsis from Goodreads: Someone once told me that you have two families in your life - the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don't choose your mother-in-law. The cackling mercenaries of fate determine it all. From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm's length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying Oliver, that they'll never have the closeness she'd been hoping for. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice,

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