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Good second chance/friends to lovers story. Riley has come home to Spring Hill to recover from injuries received in the war. He just wants peace and quiet to do so, but discovers that every single woman in town is determined to be the one to help him. The only one whose attention he wants, Claire, is his childhood friend, but she chose his best friend, making her off limits to him. However, there is a spark between them that cannot be denied.
Claire has always had a thing for Riley, but he was determined to put Spring Hill behind him and do something more with his life. Thanks to her somewhat turbulent childhood, she only wants to have a permanent home with a husband that is there for her. So she picked their friend Daniel as the one more likely to give her what she needed. But when it comes to her final choice, will her heart or her head take the day?
I liked Riley a lot, even though he was a bit stubborn about his "man rules". His calling was to help people, and he did that by becoming a combat rescue officer. His most recent mission ended up with him badly injured, as well as haunted by some of the things that happened. He is on medical leave, where he has a certain amount of time to get back to full strength, or risk losing the career that defines him. He wants Claire, but his rules put her out of reach, so he tries to keep things in the friend zone.
I liked Claire too, although she occasionally frustrated me. She is back in Spring Hill with her two year old son, to clear out her late grandmother's house and get it ready to sell. Her relationship with Daniel has been on-again, off-again, and he is currently pushing for her to marry him. Seeing Riley again brings back all her old feelings and creates a conflict for her. She wants Riley, but knows he'll be leaving again, whereas Daniel offers her the stability she craves.
I really liked the development of their relationship. Because they've known each other so long, they are aware of each other's baggage. I loved seeing how Claire was so tuned in to Riley's struggles, especially his flashbacks. She always seemed to know just what to do to bring him out of them. Riley knows all about Claire's childhood, and is there for her as she faces some of her demons while she clears her grandmother's house. It was great to see that having Riley there gave Claire some of the strength she needed to deal with Daniel. Claire decided it was time to go after what she wanted from Riley, even if she was sure that she was going to end up hurting at the end. It took a little effort to overcome Riley's objections, but eventually he gave in to his own desires. This brought them closer, though both try to deny their true feelings. I loved Riley's surprise when he finally realized what was happening between them. The ending was sweet and romantic with a touch of humor thanks to Claire's son.
I loved Claire's son Ethan. He was adorable, and pretty typical of his age. I really liked the way he took to Riley, and found it funny that it just fed the town gossip mill. It was very telling to see the differences in the way he reacted to both Riley and Daniel. I loved the potty training scenes, and Riley's solution.
The relationship between Riley and Claire was complicated by three people - Daniel, Trisha and Jodi. I especially disliked Daniel. He was very close to being a bully in my opinion, in the way he treated Ethan and refused to take no for an answer from Claire. Trisha was one of the women who was trying to snag Riley for herself. Her interference in Claire's and Riley's lives seemed intent on making trouble between them. Jodi was a woman that Riley had had a kind of relationship with. Her appearance in Spring Hill came at a really bad time. She, too, had some issues letting go. It was funny to see what happened when the three of them came together.
I also enjoyed getting to know both Logan and Lucky a little better. Lucky is the wild brother, who travels the rodeo circuit and is a ladies man. I liked the way that Lucky was there for Riley during his visits to the base. It was interesting to see the relationship between him and his twin brother Logan. Logan is the oldest and the one that took over the family business and has made it successful. It's obvious that he really wants both Lucky and Riley back home, but doesn't know how to fix their relationships and make it happen. It will be interesting to read their stories and see what drives them.
This is book 2 in the Barkley Sound series. Dangerous Waters was the first. This one was much better than the first, if you read the first - do read the second. I would give this one a 5, except the female was a tad too weapy for me.
Curtains for Miss Plym by Kathleen Delaney is the second book in A Mary McGill Canine Mystery series. Mary McGill is busy organizing Santa Louisa's annual spring rummage sale that will be held at St. Mark's Church community hall. There will also be a pet adoption event held outside the hall. Mary arrives early at the event with Millie, her black cocker spaniel at discovers the body of Emilie Plym (a sweet elderly woman). It looks like she was strangled with the belt from her robe (how horrible). How did Miss Plym get into the locked hall during the night (because Mary locked it the night before herself)? Who would kill this sweet woman? Mary wants to find out and starts asking questions. Mary works with the Chief of Police (who happens to be married to Mary's niece, Ellen) to find the culprit. Will Mary be able to find the killer before the killer tries to silence her?
Curtains for Miss Plym was enjoyable, but I thought the killer was extremely obvious. Also, the murder happened right at the beginning of the novel (a pet peeve of mine). We need more of a lead in into the crime and then start the solving of the said crime (otherwise it is one long book). Curtains for Miss Plym has nice, likeable (and relatable) characters and a charming small town setting. The author did provide good details and clues (thank goodness). With a little work this could be an enjoyable cozy mystery series (needs a more complex crime). I give Curtains for Miss Plym 3.5 out of 5 stars. Will I read the next book in the series? I will give it a try.
I received a complimentary copy of Curtains for Miss Plym in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Lark Delaney's sister gave up her daughter when she was just a teenager to be adopted. On her deathbed she made her sister promise to find her and make sure she was in a good home. She is pointed to Raines Investigations by a good friend who is sure Devlin Raines can find the little girl. There is an instant attraction between Lark and Dev which he is determined to ignore, he doesn't mix business and pleasure, and never with clients. Finding the child turns out to be harder than they thought, and more dangerous in the long run. Good story, two parts: saving the child then finding her again after she is taken by cartel members. 5 stars
The title and synopsis of this one are very misleading. It is not a legal drama. at. all.
But rather DEATH ELIGIBLE is all about the Tarrington's of Dallas, Texas, how the family came to be and the development of each of the key family members and their relationships. The plot point from the synopsis about the death of Beth Williams literally doesn't happen until the VERY end of the book!
There's also a somewhat clever mystery at the end, complete with many red herring diversions about which of the family members actually killed the opportunistic Beth, but the reveal wasn't really that much of a surprise to me.
All in all, I thought this story was OK, albeit a little guilty of bait and switch packaging. So while I would recommend it for family drama lovers, I would suggest not bothering to read the synopsis, lol. C+.
Be prepared for one heck of a wild ride!! Once you open this book you will have to finish it!! The naive Geoffrey gets involved with an oddball man who offers him a job. The rest is jus absolutely zany.
Reading the book for what the subject is and not judging the woman I loved THE BOLTER. True biography. Having never heard this term before I found this book quite interesting, I loved the era, it was very well written and yes i'd recommend it to those interested in this era & i'd diffently read it again someday.
I enjoy this era, 1914-1923 WWI emensely so this story was my kind of read. It's the story of 2 women, one the privileged daughter of the house and one the housekeeper. Both after disappointments in their lives decide to join a group of radical suffragettes. The story is full of scandal, heartbreaks, and the times in the lives of Britain's aristocracy which I find so interesting an era. All the things that I looked for in a good read.
I almost passed this book up because of the cover (i'm sometimes one of "those people") but the snyopsis grabbed me and i'm glad it did. This was a fun read.
It's 1940 and Fance has fallen into the hands of the German army. Three school boys have become secret friends with a German soldier and they begin a game of who is "THE GOOD LIAR". A dangerous game considering whom they are playing with. The book is listed for 9 to 12 but I'm somewhere way past 12, and enjoyed it so I believe it could be enjoyed by all and not be considered to adolescent.
SWEET MISFORTUNE was the August 2015 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove.
This was a very cheesy romance with mostly flat tension and forced conflict throughout. The main characters, Sophie and Garrett, were pretty boring and there wasn't enough dimension to their relationship, just the providence/divinity/coincidence plot-line tied them together.
Yawn. I can't recommend it to anyone over 25. Very simplistic, Harlequin romance type story with structural editing issues to boot. The idea of the 'misfortunes' was a good one but the execution left a lot to be desired.
A good summary, in text book style, of the cases and issues that led up to and caused the historic court case. Most of the book is opinions written on earlier cases. Not a fun reading, but good history.