Sweet Tea and Sympathy ( A Southern Eclectic Novel) by Molly Harper

Gallery Books Release on November 21st.

Sweet Tea and Sympathy (Southern Eclectic, #1)

Beloved author Molly Harper launches a brand-new contemporary romance series, Southern Eclectic, with this story of a big-city party planner who finds true love in a small Georgia town.

Nestled on the shore of Lake Sackett, Georgia is the McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop. (What, you have a problem with one-stop shopping?) Two McCready brothers started two separate businesses in the same building back in 1928, and now it’s become one big family affair. And true to form in small Southern towns, family business becomes everybody’s business.

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot’s rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society, and made elegance and glamour her business. She’s riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she’s blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start—and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

As Margot finds her footing in a town where everybody knows not only your name, but what you had for dinner last Saturday night and what you’ll wear to church on Sunday morning, she grudgingly has to admit that there are some things Lake Sackett does better than Chicago—including the dating prospects. Elementary school principal Kyle Archer is a fellow fish-out-of-water who volunteers to show Margot the picture-postcard side of Southern living. The two of them hit it off, but not everybody is happy to see an outsider snapping up one of the town’s most eligible gentleman. Will Margot reel in her handsome fish, or will she have to release her latest catch?

Molly Harper is well known for her Half-Moon Hollow books. Paranormal romance in a small Kentucky town.

Her titles never fail to crack me up! And since she is a former humor columnist that is no surprise. This new Southern Eclectic is definitely something I can get behind.

Being a Georgia girl myself, the title kind of jumped right out at me and I just knew this was going to be good. And it is.

Chicago and small town Georgia are about as far apart as you can get in a lot of ways.

I don’t think anywhere in Chicago you would find the bait store next to the funeral home, but it works.

The McCready family is full of loveable characters. Even though Margot comes to town at the behest of a family she doesn’t remember, she quickly falls in love with her cousins and aunts and uncles and maybe even the hot new principal.

She may even find out why her father never followed her mother when his wife just up and left with Margot. Could they get another chance to be family? Or will she hightail it out of there as soon as a better opportunity comes along?

These are smart, witty and downright hilarious characters and I laughed right along with everyone else!

A good read about family, assumptions, and the love of family!

This book will be out November 21st.

Netgalley/Gallery

 

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The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg (Random House)

The Story of Arthur Truluv

A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness.

A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widower, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. With Arthur’s nosy neighbor Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.

This was a charming and moving story of Arthur, a recent widower in his 80’s who meets a 17/18-year-old Maddy. A girl without a mother and a distant father. Maddy is a smart young lady but falls for an unsavory young man. When she turns up pregnant her fathers reaction leads to a fracture in their already strained relationship.

Maddy finds solace at the cemetery. Sitting peacefully in the tree line watching and listening. When Arthur, who visits his wife’s grave every day to lunch with her, sees Maddy he strikes up a conversation that leads to an unlikely friendship.

Arthur has never been an outgoing person. But he tries to be neighborly to Lucille, his elderly neighbor.

Three people feeling alone in the world. Three people who change each others worlds just by being there. By filling holes left by the ones they loved. Proving that a family is not necessarily the people you are related to but the people you relate to.

This was a charming story of hope, love, and family. I enjoyed it immensely.

Netgalley/Random House    November 21, 2017

A Little Girl’s Heart and a Chance to Help!

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I would love to introduce you all to Ember and her mom Jessie. When the floods hit Houston and Ember heard about it, she wanted to do her own fundraiser for a specific family her mom helped her choose.

Ember is Charli and Corbin’s cousin and Jessie is their aunt. She also teaches and runs her own ballet studio,( Ascend Studios) which is where we went for the event. Ember is 7 like Charli.

For weeks this little girl worked on making tiny wreaths, Christmas ornaments and other crafts. There was also a table with craft supplies for kids to make and take something. Auntie Jessie had made hundreds of butter cookies to sell by order. I bought 6 dozen!

So today Jessie said they raised around $300! And this was just a private FB pop up event. As Jessie said, ” Can you imagine this time of year and Christmas with just nothing?”

I absolutely love the fact of helping others on a personal level instead of writing a check and not knowing where it goes. And I am privileged to know these two. Ember is always full of great ideas and Jessie is great at executing those ideas and supporting her daughter 100%. They aren’t simply good at talking their faith, they live it. They put faith into action and those actions change people’s lives.

And from what I hear some of the kids thought it was such a great idea they want to do it also. Great kids!

If you would like to help this family you can still do so on their Go Fund Me page. Link is below.

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xx Patricia

 

https://www.gofundme.com/hurricane-reliefmcwilliams-family…

They have been taking care of the homeless in Beaumont, Tx. for two years now. And now, they are homeless. Foster-Adoptive parents Robert and Jennifer…
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A Christmas Return by Anne Perry

A Christmas Return

‘Tis the season of giving–and with this wonderful book, New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry shares a brand-new holiday mystery filled with bygone relationships and hidden secrets.

As Charlotte Pitt’s grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah’s doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim’s widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart.

On arrival, Mariah joins forces with the murdered man’s grandson, a sleuth in his own right who’s discovered promising evidence as well as a suspect. But Surrey’s picturesque hills conceal dark doings and shocking revelations that could make the holiday anything but calm and bright.

Decked with intrigue and trimmed with Yuletide spirit, A Christmas Return is a holiday treat wrapped in the glorious storytelling talents of the reigning master of Victorian mystery.

A bit related to the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, this is Ms. Perry’s Christmas novella for this year. A Historical Fiction murder mystery, one that happened many years ago.

When a mysterious package arrives for Mariah, with a letter that an old friend needs her assistance, Mariah must go back to the past and relive some not so pleasant times.

Mariah has never been the most pleasant person on the block, and here we find out why. A lot of secrets and the power of standing up and telling the truth no matter the consequences.

It was a delightful and short read!

Netgalley/Ballentine  Nov. 7,2017

The Boyfriend Swap by Meredith Schorr

The Boyfriend Swap

Is Christmas really the most wonderful time of the year? New Yorker’s Robyn Lane and Sidney Bellows aren’t so sure.

Robyn has always dated struggling creative types. For once, her parents would love her to bring someone with health insurance and a 401(k) to their Chrismukkah celebration. Her actor boyfriend doesn’t qualify. While across town, Sidney’s professional life already belongs to her parents. She’s an attorney at her father’s law firm and she works tirelessly to keep her love life private. If she brings her lawyer boyfriend to their annual Christmas extravaganza, her parents will have the wedding planned by New Year’s Eve.

A mutual friend playfully suggests they trade boyfriends for the holidays. The women share a laugh, but after copious amounts of wine, decide The Boyfriend Swap could be the perfect solution. This way, Robyn can show off her stable attorney boyfriend and Sidney’s high-society family will take no interest in her flakey actor beau.

It’s a brilliant plan—in theory. In practice—not so much. When Will turns out to be the boy-next-door Robyn crushed on hard throughout her teenage years, and Sidney’s family fawns all over Perry like he’s an Oscar-winner rather than a D-list wannabe, one thing is certain: The Boyfriend Swap might just change their lives forever.

I could definitely see this as a Hallmark Channel Movie! Especially at Christmas.

Sidney and Will haven’t been dating long and she is not looking forward to tossing him to the wolves at her family’s Christmas! Especially in a house already full of lawyers. She just wants something for herself. Agreeing to the swap Sidney gets more than she bargained for. Her entire family is charmed by Perry and Sidney may be getting a little hot under the collar for him as well.

While Robyn is bringing home the boy next door who she still has a crush on and her family thinks he is just the perfect man for her. And Robyn is beginning to think so too.

A lovely romp of a Christmas story and the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what the people we love want for us.

Netgalley/Henery Press  November 07, 2017

 

Meet Debut Author Jennifer Irwin!

Jennifer Irwin

Jen’s Bio:

Though a native New Yorker I’ve lived in several cities around the country. This provided a wonderful opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds and make many friends. I earned my BA in Cinema from Denison University, and later worked in advertising and marketing, raised three boys, and ultimately became a certified Pilates instructor. 

Although I’ve written screenplays and short stories since college, A Dress the Color of the Sky is my first novel. It is my hope that you will enjoy reading it and leave your review here on Amazon. October 17, 2017 is the launch of my US tour and I look forward to meeting many of my readers. If you are one of the millions of people suffering from an addiction of any kind I hope you find the help and treatment needed to live the healthy and fulfilled life you deserve.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting a review on author, Jennifer Irwin’s new novel A Dress the Color of the Sky.  Here is the synopsis of the book:

For too many years, Prudence Aldrich has been numbing the pain in her life with random sexual encounters. Her marriage to cold, self-centered Nick is, not surprisingly, on the rocks. But after several dangerous experiences with strangers, Prudence finally realizes she needs therapy to stop her self-destructive behavior, and so she checks into the Serenity Hills rehab center.

Prudence blames herself for her irresponsible behavior and is filled with self-loathing. She’s convinced she is completely at fault for Nick’s manipulative attitude and believes with therapy, she can return their relationship to its idyllic beginnings. However, her therapist and the other members of her rehab group see the person behind the pain. As Prudence learns more about herself and the reasons for her behavior, including startling revelations about her childhood, she begins to understand the basis for her lack of sexual self-respect. She also learns she is not entirely to blame for the failure of her marriage. With the positive reinforcement of everyone at Serenity Hills, Prudence learns not to define herself by her past. But moving forward would mean letting go of Nick for good, and Prudence isn’t sure she can.

It is a very good story and very relatable. Especially now. Tomorrow we will talk about the book and the review. Today I want to talk to you about Jennifer Irwin.

I was asked by an indie author to go vote for her book on SOOP( Something or Other Publishing) most of you probably know the site. When I was there I saw Jennifer’s book. After reading a bit, I ended up voting for this book. I encouraged everyone I knew to follow her and watch for her.

Jennifer has worked very hard for this story to be told. She put in the time and effort to edit ( with help) and edit some more and polish and make sure it was her best. It took her  a bit, but soon not only did she have a bidding war with publishers, but the film rights have already gone to Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer writes screenplays so she jumped in there too.

All this while raising three boys and getting them ready and into college, taking care of a home and a family and talking to anyone who would listen about her book.

As you can probably tell I admire her work ethic. She believed in her book, her story, herself and she kept working until yesterday her book hit Amazon. With a publisher, Glass Spider Publishing. And with great reviews. I use her as the best example of a writer, one who has committed to a goal and gone down the checklist doing everything right.

Tomorrow you can read my review and Jen I hope last night was amazing! Congratulations!

xx Patricia

The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison

The Dirty Book Club

Author of YA series THE CLIQUE, Lisi Harrison’s debut adult novel THE DIRTY BOOK CLUB, about four women in the 1960s who start reading provocative fiction and form a secret club that changes their lives,

I wanted this book as soon as I saw it on Netgalley! Dirty Book Club? Were we all going to read Fifty Shades and then talk about it?

This group of women started in the 60’s. Reading banned or dirty books hidden behind the oh so prim cover of a domestic how to book. They are unfiltered and learn more about themselves and their sexuality than any book club I have ever been a part of!

And along the way they are there for each other through everything. Thick or thin, they take care of each other.

When it’s time to pass on the key to the club, the four of them hand over the reigns of the book club to four women who couldn’t be more different. Or are they?

This was such a fun read! You really must read it! Now I’m off to start my own DBC!

Thank you Netgalley/Gallery  Releases on the 10th of October!