Review: Al Dente's Inferno

Title: Al Dente's Inferno Series: Tuscan Cooking School mystery Author: Stephanie Cole Release Date: 2/25/20 Rating: /5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: An American chef will have to serve up more than good eats if she wants to establish a successful farm-to-table cooking school in Tuscany, in this charming first installment in a new cozy mystery series set in Italy.When Nell Valenti is offered a chance to move to Tuscany to help transform an aging villa into a farm-to-table cooking school, she eagerly accepts. After all, both her job and her love life in America have been feeling stale. Plus, she'll get the chance to work under the acclaimed Italian Chef Claudio Orland

Review: Here Comes the Body

Title: Here comes the body Series: Catering Hall mystery #1 Author: Maria DiRico Release Date: Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads:After her philandering husband’s boat went down, newly single Mia Carina went back to Astoria, the bustling Queens neighborhood of her youth. Living with her nonna and her oversized cat, Doorstop, she’s got a whole new life—including some amateur sleuthing . . .Mia is starting work at Belle View, her father’s catering hall, a popular spot for weddings, office parties, and more—despite the planes that occasionally roar overhead on their way to LaGuardia and rattle the crystal chandelier. Soon she’s planning a bachelor party for a le

Review: Death with a Dark Red Rose

Title: Death with a Dark Red Rose Series: A writer's apprentice mystery #5 Author: Julia Buckley Release Date: 2/25/20 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads:Writer's apprentice Lena London is enjoying life in Blue Lake and being newly engaged, but is soon drawn into the terrifying disappearance of one of her closest friends....Lena is starting to feel like having it all may actually be possible! She and suspense novelist Camilla Graham are busily plotting their next novel and she's got a brand-new diamond ring on her finger thanks to her fiancé, Sam West. The only blot on her Blue Lake life is a strange new corporation that has come to town called Plastisource. Th

Review: Red Letter Days

Title: Red Letter Days Author: Sarah-Jane Stratford Release Date: 2/25/20 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: Nineteen-fifties America is bright and full of promise, and Phoebe Adler, a New Yorker brimming with talent and ambition, is forging her way as the rarest of things: a female television writer in Hollywood. But fears of a growing Red Menace cloud the optimism, egged on by the hate-mongering of Senator McCarthy. A blacklist is created to cast out communist sympathizers, smashing careers and ruining lives. When Phoebe finds herself caught in the hysteria’s web, she flees to London.Though postwar London is struggling and work is precarious, Phoebe finds ca

Review: The Shadows Between Us

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Release Date: February 25th 2020 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Synopsis: Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power: 1) Woo the Shadow King. 2) Marry him. 3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself. No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it. But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempt

Review: The Sound of Stars

Title: The Sound of Stars Series: Standalone Author: Alechia Dow Publisher: Inkyard Press Release Date: February 25, 2020 Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Amazon Barnes & Noble Book Depository Kobo iBooks Indiebound Synopsis: Can a girl who risks her life for books and an alien who loves forbidden pop music work together to save humanity? Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population. Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to

Review: The Sundown Motel

Title: The Sundown Motel Author: Simone St. James Release Date: February 18th, 2020 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from 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 some

Review: The Antidote for Everything

Title: The Antidote for Everything Author: Kimmery Martin Release Date: February 18, 2020 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: Georgia Brown’s profession as a urologist requires her to interact with plenty of naked men, but her romantic prospects have fizzled. The most important person in her life is her friend Jonah Tsukada, a funny, empathetic family medicine doctor who works at the same hospital in Charleston, South Carolina and who has become as close as family to her.Just after Georgia leaves the country for a medical conference, Jonah shares startling news. The hospital is instructing doctors to stop providing medical care for transgender patients. Jonah,

Review: Foul is Fair

Title: Foul is Fair Series: Foul is Fair #1 Author: Hannah Capin Release Date: February 18, 2020 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads, Purchase it: https://wednesdaybooks.com/the-real-deal/foul-is-fair/ Synopsis from Goodreads: Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.They picked the wrong girl. Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. S

Review: Killer Chardonnay

Title: Killer Chardonnay Author: Kate Lansing Release Date: May 26, 2020 Rating: 5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: A young winery owner won't let one sour grape ruin the bunch in the first installment of this exciting cozy mystery series.Parker Valentine has always dreamed of opening her own winery in her hometown of Boulder, Colorado. But she gets more than she bargained for when a food and wine critic unexpectedly shows up at Vino Valentine on opening day. A negative review could be fatal for her business, and not only does he seem to hate her chardonnay, he also collapses and dies shortly after drinking it.Although Parker hoped that the attendees would put a cork

Review: You are not Alone

Title: You are not Alone Author: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen Release Date: March 3, 2020 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: You probably know someone like Shay Miller.She wants to find love, but it eludes her.She wants to be fulfilled, but her job is a dead end.She wants to belong, but her life is so isolated.You probably don’t know anyone like the Moore sisters.They have an unbreakable circle of friends.They live the most glamorous life.They always get what they desire.Shay thinks she wants their life.But what they really want is hers. My Review: This was a dark twisty Mind game of a thriller and I loved it! When I started reading it I wasn't sure I li

Review: The Vineyards of Champagne

Title: The Vineyards of Champagne Author: Juliet Blackwell Release Date: January 21, 2020 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads:Beneath the cover of France's most exquisite vineyards, a city of women defy an army during World War I, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Carousel of Provence....Deep within the labyrinth of caves that lie below the lush, rolling vineyards of the Champagne region, an underground city of women and children hums with life. Forced to take shelter from the unrelenting onslaught of German shellfire above, the bravest among them venture out to pluck sweet grapes for the harvest. But wine is not the only secret preserved in

Review: Mr. Nobody

Title: Mr. Nobody Author: Catherine Steadman Release Date: January 7, 2020 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: Who is Mr. Nobody? When a man is found on a British beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicably drawn to him, to international medical experts who are baffled by him, to the national press who call him Mr. Nobody, everyone wants answers. Who is this man? And what happened to him? Some memories are best forgotten. Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient in a small town deep in the English

Review: Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes

Title: Minor Dramas and Other Catastrophes Author: Kathleen West Release Date: February 4, 2020 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: Isobel Johnson knows helicopter parents like Julia Abbott--a stage mom whose world revolves around interfering in her children's lives--come with the territory. Julia resents teachers like Isobel, who effortlessly bond with students, including Julia's own teenagers, who have started pulling further away from her.Isobel has spent her teaching career in Liston Heights side-stepping the community's high-powered families. But when she receives a threatening voicemail accusing her of Anti-Americanism and a "blatant liberal agenda," she

Review: The Little Bookshop on the Seine

Title: The Little Bookshop on the Seine Series: The Little Paris Collection #1 Author: Rebecca Raisin Release Date: January 7, 2020 Rating: 3/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: When bookshop owner Sarah Smith is offered the opportunity for a job exchange with her Parisian friend Sophie, saying yes is a no-brainer—after all, what kind of romantic would turn down six months in Paris? Sarah is sure she’s in for the experience of a lifetime—days spent surrounded by literature in a gorgeous bookshop, and the chance to watch the snow fall on the Eiffel Tower. Plus, now she can meet up with her journalist boyfriend, Ridge, when his job takes him around the globe.But her expect

Review: Meant to be Yours

Title: Meant to be Yours Series: Happily Inc. #5 Author: Susan Mallery Release Date: October 22, 2019 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing—a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too.After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he’s too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation—and more—with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up…until

Review: Hot Fudge Murder

Title: Hot Fudge Murder Series: A Lickety Splits Mystery #2 Author:Cynthia Baxter Release Date: January 29, 2019 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads:Just six weeks after the grand opening of Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe, owner Kate McKay has been enlisted to whip up sundaes at the most decadent soiree in the Hudson Valley. If only Kate knew how deadly sticky her sweet deal will turn out . . .Once Kate arrives at a glamorous gala hosted by world-famous fashion designer Omar DeVane, she's instantly intimidated by the mogul's luxurious mansion and the frosty personalities of his handlers. But the party completely loses its flavor when guests follow screams to

Review: All the Stars and Teeth

Title: All the Stars and Teeth Series: All the Stars and Teeth #1 Author: Adalyn Grace Release Date: Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.She will reign.As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne

Review: Blood Countess

Title: Blood Countess Author: Lana Popovic Release Date: Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads:In 16th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth Báthory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell—and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna r

Review: Marry Christmas Murder

Title: Marry Christmas Murder Series: Wedding Planner Mystery #5 Author: Stephanie Blackmoore Release Date: September 24, 2019 Rating: 4/5 Stars Find it here: Goodreads Synopsis from Goodreads: Olivia's dreaming of a white Christmas--as in a white wedding gown and all the trimmings. But that's not the only event that's keeping everyone busy. Olivia's family are in real estate development, and they're sponsoring Paws and Poinsettias--a benefit for the Port Quincy animal shelter. Meanwhile, Mallory's mom wants to use her daughter's connection to snag a job staging homes for the company . . . and the current stager is not filled with holiday cheer at the news that she might be replaced.When the

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