Friday, May 31, 2024

FEATURING: Kill All Your Darlings by David Bell

Connor finally had a book published. He needed this publication to save his tenure at the university.
The only problem is that the book is one written by a former student who has gone missing and was never found.
Mr. Bell will again treat readers to a gripping, page-turning thriller.

You will feel the tension in all the characters as well as their confusion about the situation.
Mr. Bell simply has a way of creating books that have exceptionally real and unique, pulse-pounding story lines.
He has outdone himself with KILL ALL YOUR DARLINGS...don’t miss this ONE. 5/5

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Spotlight of Look on the Bright Side by Kristan Higgins






Higgin’s latest is a deeply moving novel about love, friendship, and the happiest couple on Cape Cod in which a young doctor whose life was forever altered by a devastating loss now faces a new challenge—being fired from her dream job.

But second chances come in surprising ways, and she must decide if she’s brave enough to move forward or forever mourn her past.

May 28, 2024
Berkley Trade Paperback


"Bestseller Higgins proves her mastery of the romance genre in this emotional tour de force... Higgins balances tear-jerking moments with happiness and hope, and crafts strong female characters worth cheering for. Readers should have tissues at the ready. “—Publishers Weekly (starred review)




The story: Five years ago, Lark was planning a wedding to her high school sweetheart when her dreams were abruptly shattered.

Her fiancĂ©’s cancer came back in full force, and she was left to pick up the pieces of her life alone and afraid of a future without him.

Her goal of becoming an oncologist kept her going and she’s nearly reached it when she’s fired for being “too emotional.”

How can she not be emotional when every dying patient reminds her of what she lost?


Enter Lorenzo Santini, aka “Dr. Satan,” the arrogant, renowned surgeon who offers to help Lark get her job back.

The only catch? She must pose as his girlfriend in the leadup to his sister’s wedding and fool his entire family.

It’s not until their fake-dating scheme is underway that Lark meets Lorenzo’s brother, Dante, a man she feels strangely drawn to for reasons she can’t explain.

As Lark gets to know Lorenzo’s family and begins a new rotation in the hospital ER, she is surprised to find herself forming new connections and feeling renewed confidence in her work.

Life hasn’t turned out as Lark planned, but is she brave enough to take the second chances offered in love, happiness, and healing?



Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than twenty novels, wKristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than twenty novels.

Her books have been translated into more than 20 languages and have sold millions of copies around the world.

Kristan has been praised for her mix of “laugh-out-loud humor and tear-jerking pathos,” which the author attributes to a diet high in desserts and sugar-based mood swings.

Kristan’s books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Good Morning America, Kirkus, the New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, National Public Radio and Booklist.

She personally responds to every reader letter she receives, even the mean ones.

Kristan is the mother of two ridiculously good-looking children and the grandmother of the world’s cutest baby.

She lives in Connecticut and Cape Cod with her heroic firefighter husband, a rescue mutt and indifferent cat.

In her spare time, Kristan enjoys gardening, easy yoga classes, mixology and pasta.

To sign up for Kristan's always entertaining newsletter, visit


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

If Something Happens to Me by Alex Finlay

Being miles from home and receiving a note that says “I know who you are” wouldn’t bother most people but when it has something to do with a disappearance, it worries Ryan.

Ryan had been a suspect in the disappearance of his girlfriend five years ago, was cleared, but when new evidence is found he is trying to stay under the radar.

Who could have sent that note?  

What will happen now?

And how did they know Ryan was in Italy?

Three different locations and three different but similar situations going on.  Do they all have a connection?

We find characters in Philadelphia, Kansas, and Italy.  Philadelphia has a mob ring, Kansas has a cold case that became open again, and Italy has Ryan and someone who is after him.

You will NOT be able to put this book down.  It is intense, intriguing, and Finlay's best. 


The action is non-stop and has you grabbing at straws to figure out what's going on.

There are some gruesome scenes, but the twisted plots that all connect in the end will have your jaw dropping and totally enjoying the edge-of-your seat and at times a bit unrealistic scenes. not miss this one.  And that cover is GREAT!!  5/5

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 27, 2024

FEATURING: Last Seen Alive by Joanna Schaffhausen


WOW!!  Heart pounding!!

Ellery, Reed, and Coben are together again and not for anything good.

Ellery is the only victim of serial killer Francis Coben who survived because Reed found her locked in a closet on the Coben family's farm.

You will be glued to the pages and thinking about the book even when you aren’t reading it.

Tense, tense, tense and excellent as all of Joanna’s books.



Mailbox Monday - 5/27/2024




On Tuesday, May 21, I received:

1.  THE REAPER FOLLOWS by Heather Graham, courtesy of the author.

2.  RED RIVER ROAD by Anna Downes, courtesy of Sarah Melnyk of Minotaur Books/St. Martin's Press.

On Wednesday, May 22, I received:

1.  TOUGH LUCK by Sandra Dallas, courtesy of Austin Adams of St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.

On Thursday, May 23, I received:

1.  THE HOUSEKEEPER'S SECRET by Iona Grey, courtesy of Althea Mignone of St. Martin's Press and NetGalley.


It's Monday!! What Are YOU Reading? - 5/27/2024


I hope you had a great reading week.
This is a weekly meme hosted by Kathryn at BOOK DATE!

Post the books completed, the books you are currently reading, and the books you hope to finish at some point.
Books Completed:
BEYOND SUMMERLAND by Jenny LeCoat - review wil be on July 3.

LOVE this author's books.  

It didn't disappoint...the only complaint was it was a bit confusing when it switched from one character to the other, BUT fabulous storyline and research.

THE HAPPIER LIFE by Kristy Woodson Harvey - review will be on June 26. good!!  

THE YEAR OF WHAT IF by Phaedra Patrick - review will be on June 25.

Good as always, but I have liked her others better.

TALMADGE FARM by Leo Daughtry - review will be on June 6.

Great storyline and wonderful characters.

THE PARIS WIDOW by Kimberly  Belle - review will be on June 11.

Another good one by Kimberly Belle.

IF SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ME by Alex Haley - review will be on May 28.

Oh my goodness - so good.  

DO NOT MISS IT if you are a fan of thrillers and Alex Finlay.

THE MAIN CHARACTER by Jaclyn Goldis - review is in the book's title.

Premise was good, but too many characters, too long, and too confusing.

THE INCORRIGIBLES by Meredith Jaeger - review is in the book's title.

Fantastic as all of her books are.  

THE FIVE YEAR LIE by Sarina Bowen - review is in the book's title.

A very good one - first time reading this author.

THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM by Kate White - review is in the book's title.

A bit slow, but turned out to be good.


Book Currently Reading:

LENNY MARKS GETS AWAY WITH MURDER by Kerryn Mayne - review will be on July 9.

Books Up Next:

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER by Kimberly McCreight - review will be on July 11.

THE BURNING by Linda Castillo - review will be on July 12.

ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY by Jamie Day - review will be on July 16.

ONLY ONE SURVIVES by Hannah Mary McKinnon - review will be on July 17.

THINGS DON'T BREAK ON THEIR OWN by Sarah Easter Collins - review will be on July 18.

THE PERFECT SISTER by Stephanie DeCarolis - review will be on July 19.
WHEN THE WORLD FELL SILENT by Donna Jones Alward - review will be on July 22.

RETURN TO WYLDCLIFFE HEIGHTS by Carol Goodman - review will be on July 30.

HOUSE OF GLASS by Sarah Pekkanen - review will be on August 6.

THE THIRTEENTH HUSBAND by Greer MaCallister - review will be on August 7.

THE BODY NEXT DOOR by Maia Chance - review will be on August 8.
ALL THE WAY GONE by Joanna Schaffhausen - review will be on August 13.

THE HOUSEKEEPER'S SECRET by Iona Grey - review will be on August 14.

THE FULL MOON COFFEE SHOP by Mai Mochizuki - review will be on August 20.

THEN THINGS WENT DARK by Bea Fitzgerald - review will be on August 27.
RED RIVER ROAD by Anna Downes - review will be on August 28.

THE PARIS UNDERSTUDY by Aurelie Thiele - review will be on September 10.
THE BOOKLOVER'S LIBRARY by Madeline Martin - review will be on September 11.

A PLACE TO HIDE by Ronald H. Balson - review will be on September 17.

THE LOVE ELIXIR OF AUGUSTA STERN by Lynda Cohen Logiman - review will be on October 8.
THE PRESIDENT'S LAWYER by Lawrence Robbins - review will be on October 9.  
THE SUNFLOWER HOUSE by Adriana Allegri - review will be on November 12.

WHAT THE WIFE KNEW by Darby Kane - review will be on December 10.
THE FRENCH WINEMAKER'S DAUGHTER by Loretta Ellsworth - review will be on December 11.

TOUGH LUCK by Sandra Dallas - review will be on April 29, 2025.