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 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!

The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

The Art of Hiding

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.

When we first meet Nina it is quite obvious that while her life looks perfect, she is definitely not comfortable with it.

She tries to make herself invisible. Her husband takes care of everything on the financial front and she spends her days shuttling her boys around and making sure her house is immaculate.

When her husband is killed in a car crash her world is wrenched apart and as the song says, You find out who your friends are! And in this posh little section of Bath, she could just have well died herself. There is no help from friends, there is no one coming to save her. She must start over and discover who she is without her husband.

Amanda’s books are relatable. The struggles and the strength of her characters are real and very empowering.

There was heartbreak, anger, and loss but there was also hope, love and faith.

Netgalley//Lake Union

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

The Writing Desk

Tenley Roth’s first book was a literary and commercial success. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who merely found a bit of luck?


With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Yet her life is not her own. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams of her own. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has literally destroyed her dreams, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds. Yet when Tenley discovers Birdie’s manuscript, their lives intersect. Birdie’s words help Tenley find a way home. Tenley brings Birdie’s writing to the world.

Can two women separated by time help fulfill each other’s destiny?

And that is what you are going to have to read for yourself! Rachel’s books have a way of calming the soul. Bringing things into perspective if you will. And this one is no different in that regard.

Tenley comes from a line of successful writers, or so she believes. Was her first book just dumb luck or because of her last name? Or is she a one hit wonder?

Told from two different time periods, now and the Gilded Age, we follow along with both of them until in the end so many people and things had to come together just so to end with a very satisfying AH!

This may be under Christian Fiction, but that part of the story was not overwhelming or shoved in your face. The book is chock full of really interesting characters that I really hope will spin-off!

Release Date is July 10, 2017

A House to Mend a Broken Heart by Alison Sherlock

A House to Mend a Broken Heart (Welcome to Willow Tree Hall)

Everyone is hiding from something…

Full of warmth, laughter, tears and heartache. Find out if there is a happy-ever-after at Willow Tree Hall. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson and Lucy Diamond.

Willow Tree Hall has seen much better days and has been the proud ancestral home of the Earl and Countess of Cranley for centuries.

With no qualifications and escaping her past Annie Rogers takes the job as housekeeper to widowed Arthur, the charming current Earl of Cranley. After a bad fall puts Arthur in hospital, it’s up to a reluctant heir apparent Sam Harris, to lend a helping hand and try to find a sustainable future for the Estate.

With the house requiring a full renovation Annie suddenly finds herself completely out of her depth with a team of dodgy builders and Sam watching critically from the side-lines.

With Sam running from his past and Annie hiding from hers, just maybe together they can bring Willow Tree Hall back to life.

The start of a beautiful new series focusing on the lives and loves, trial and tribulations of all those who live and work at Willow Tree Hall.

A lovely story of family, expectations, assumptions and love.  I don’t think there was a character in this book I did not like! Except maybe the builder!

Annie has had a rough life and is so happy to be working at Willow Tree Hall. A wonderful old estate that has passed down through generations to the eldest son. Arthur and his sister, Rose are getting on in age and Sam is the eldest grandson and future Earl.

He wants nothing to do with the house or the life of an Earl. When he comes home to find his grandfather has taken a tumble on the stairs and is in hospital he gets to meet the new housekeeper who he assumes is after something.

But nothing is as it seems here. As Sam and Annie learn to trust each other and let go of their pasts will romance bloom? Maybe with a nudge or two from Arthur and Rose?

A delightful book of new beginnings and hope, I really enjoyed this one!

Release Date is July 1, 2017 (Aria)

The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

The Idea of You by [Prowse, Amanda]

With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter thinks she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But becoming parents proves much harder to achieve than Lucy and Jonah imagined, and when Jonah’s teenage daughter Camille comes to stay with them, she becomes a constant reminder of what Lucy doesn’t have. Jonah’s love and support are unquestioning, but Lucy’s struggles with work and her own failing dreams begin to take their toll. With Camille’s presence straining the bonds of Lucy’s marriage even further, Lucy suddenly feels herself close to losing everything…

This heart-wrenchingly poignant family drama from bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: in today’s hectic world, what does it mean to be a mother?  

Lucy has it all. Great career. Great apartment. Great wardrobe. But the one thing Lucy wants is a baby. And time is running out, when she meets and marries Jonah.As they try time and again to have a baby, it is just hearbreaking.

As Lucy struggles with miscarriages and with the strain on them as a couple she hopes that she and Jonah have a strong love that can  withstand the pain, frustration and feelings of failure she deals with.

As Jonah’s teenaged daughter comes to stay, things get tense. She isn’t nice to Lucy and as hard as Lucy tries, she can’t get through.

I did enjoy the questions that arose on having it all.

Always a pleasure to read Amanda’s books!  Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Lake Union Publishing!

The Second Chance Tea Shop By Fay Keenan

The Second Chance Tea Shop (Little Somerby)

Second chances, new loves and scrumptious cakes, in this heart-warming novel. Perfect for all fans of Fern Britton, Katie Fforde and Cathy Bramley.

Folllowing the tragic death of her beloved husband, Anna Hemingway decides it’s time for a fresh start. So Anna and her three-year-old daughter Ellie move to a picture-perfect cottage in the beautiful village of Little Somerby, and when she takes over the running of the village tea shop, Ellie and Anna start to find happiness again.

But things get complicated when Matthew Carter, the owner of the local cider farm, enters their lives. Throughout a whirlwind year of village fetes and ancient wassails, love, laughter, apple pie and new memories, life slowly blossoms again. But when tragedy strikes and history seems to be repeating itself, Anna must find the strength to hold onto the new life she has built.

This beautiful, life-affirming debut novel marks the beginning of the Little Somerby series, and promises to make you smile, cry, reach for a cream tea, and long for a life in the perfect English countryside.

A real feel good read. We sympathize with Anna as she and her 3 year old daughter, Ellie, pick up the pieces after the death of her husband. Although some time has passed, starting over is scary and you tend to question every decision you make. Is it too soon to fall in love again?

Matthew Carter is running his family’s cider business. His brother is MIA and his ex has left for America. Leaving him to manage their little girl, who is now a lovely teenager. He is one of the walking wounded as well, having been cheated on and left, and he has poured everything into work.

Coming back to Little Somerby, where she grew up, Anna is all set to manage the local coffee and pastry shop, The Little Orchard Tea Shop. Getting to know Matthew and learning to trust in love again will take a lot of courage.

But will this new love work? When tragedy strikes, will they come out of it stronger or will it tear them apart?

I really enjoyed all of the characters and the story line of this book. The only thing that kept nagging at me was The Little Orchard Tea Shop, where was the tea? I would have liked to have seen more of the tea and sweets in the story.

All in all it was a charming story.

Thank you Netgalley and Aria!