1022 Evergreen Place by
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is book number 10 in the Cedar Cove series. The main story line follows Mary Jo and Mack's developing relationship, as well as the discovery of the World War II letters Mary Jo found in the duplex under the floorboards.
Lori Bellamy Wyse and Linc Bellamy are now married and dealing with Lori's disapproving father.
Will Jefferson is still trying to win over Shirley Bliss and her daughter Tanni is moving on without her boyfriend, Shaw, who has moved to California to attend art school.
Teri & Bobby Polgar now have boy triplets. Teri's sister Christie still cannot forgive James for lying to her.
Grace Harding is overseeing a program at the library called 'Reading With Rover' where children read to dogs with the help of an adult. Tanni Bliss is one of the volunteers, btu is not so fond of another volunteer that she attends high school with.
Rachel and Bruce Peyton have adjusted to married life well, but Bruce's daughter Jolene is making Rachel's life a living hell. Bruce and Jolene are unaware that Rachel is pregnant and she is very scared about letting them in on this news because they had promised Jolene to wait on having a baby.
Gloria Ashton is mulling over how she feels about Chad Timmons when faced with the fact that he may leave Cedar Cove.
There is a lot going on throughout this book, which made it a quick and interesting read. Only two more books to go until I finish reading this series. It is kind of bittersweet.
I love this series!
92 Pacific Boulevard by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy this installment of this series, but it wasn't my favorite, that's for sure. The back and forth relationship between Sheriff Troy Davis and Faith Beckwith, as well as Christie and James is a bit too childish for me I guess. Just face your feelings, talk things out and quit beating around the bush already! Geesh!
I'm enjoying the Mack & Mary Jo story line. But Mary Jo's brother Linc and the marrying Lori so quickly was a bit unbelievable to me.
That said, I'm still looking forward to finishing this series out and then watching the series on the Hallmark Channel in 2013.
Paperback 376 pages.
All Jillene McDermott needs is a little breathing room, and the only place she can find it is in the bathtub. Her coffee bar, Java The Hut, is on life support, and raising two daughters alone is a full-time job, so quiet moments in the tub are a rare treat.
Knowing their mom desreves some appiness, Jillene's daughters, Claire and Faye, write her a personal ad. But their good intentions go wrong and Vince Tremonti, the town's most famous son, has to step in as Jillene's "boyfriend".
Vince is a crime writer who is back in Blue Heron Beach to rethink the grim reality of his career, and he can't afford to get involved with anyone, much less a young widow with a ready-made family.
But, thrown together, the two can't deny the mutual attraction and they realize ther eis more between them than a summer fling. Suddenly, lattes are not the only thing steaming in Blue Heron Beach.
I do not agree with all that he has written in this book (there are many excerpts I could include here, but won't) however, there are some common sense things about parenting. This book would probably benefit someone who doesn't know too much about child rearing or children in general. A book to take with a grain of salt, as it is outdated. I often wondered throughout reading the book what kind of read it would be if he had written it in today's world.
Book Type: Paperback
Homecoming Season by Susan Wiggs
I originally looked for this book because I started reading the Lakeshore Chronicle series by Susan Wiggs (so far I've only read #1 Summer At Willow Lake and #2 The Winter Lodge) and saw that the novella, Homecoming Season, would actually be book #2 in this series, but it really doesn't make too much of a difference. when this story is read.
Homecoming Season is about a woman named Miranda who is ending her rounds of chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer. She will only need to come in for check-ups every three months and is thinking about an adjusting to this. She takes a good look at her family and the toll her breast cancer has taken on them all. Her friend, Sophie Bellamy, suggests she take a week away at her ex-in law's cottage at Camp Kioga on Willow Lake. The week that they spend together helps them all come back together as a family again.
Find The Way by Karen Harper
This story is about a Woman named Alexis. She was a school teacher who was stalked by a janitor from the school she worked in. She ends up falling down stairs in her apartment building after he chases her and becomes blind. Alexis learns of a program called Puppies Behind Bars, where inmates train puppies to become seeing eye dogs or explosive detection canines. She applies for a dog and enters the program. Throughout the process the detective who handled her stalker case has fallen in love with her and is slowly trying to gain her trust. He also is worried that her stalker will return and hurt her again.
Here Come The Heroes by Kasey Michaels
This story was more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be. Charlie is a fourteen year old boy who had a kidney transplant and loved baseball. So much that he kept trying out for the local little league team and kept getting shot down by the coach because of his being too small and because it was known he had a kidney transplant and the child was a liability to the team and because of insurance reasons.
Charlie's Mom, Laura, gets an idea to assemble a team of other kids like Charlie with special needs (seizures, spina bifida, blindness, etc.) The idea is that anyoen can play and they make their own rules for the game.
Laura learns of a program in Saint Louis, MO and contacts them for ideas. Soon she has land for them to build a baseball field on and many donations from local businesses to help support her idea. She just needs to convince her husband that this idea will all work for their son and the other children.
Touched By Love by Catherine Mann
This story is about librarian Anna Bonneau, her former high school boyfriend, now lawyer, Forest Jameson and his blind son Joey. Forest is divorced with custody of his blind son Joey. Anna introduces Joey to braille books, while Anna and Forest try to fight the feelings they still have for one another all these years later. The love and connection Anna has for Joey is very sweet.
A Stitch In Time By Tori Carrington
This story was about a divorcee ER nurse, Jenny, one-year divorcee Dr. Harry Gordon, and and idea Jenny has about helping new Moms who need warm blankets and clothes for their newborn babies. Jenny tries to fight the connection she feels with Dr. Gordon because she feels like it will complicate her single, divorced lifestyle even more. She consults with her Aunt Precious who lives in a nursing home to help crochet baby hats, booties, and blankets for the Stitches From The Heart Program she is trying to establish in her community.
I enjoyed some of the stories in this book more than others, but over all it was a very good book that I would recommend to others.
(My daughter is now almost 18 months old).
This book would be great for 1st time parents that have a good sense of humor and don't mind some curse words dispersed throughout the book. Even if you're baby isn't born yet, you might want to start on this book now, because once the baby arrives, your reading time is minimal.....which is why it took me so long to finish it! (I have an older daughter too.)
Paperback 81 pages.
While on a much-needed vacationin Ireland, world-famous photographer Calin Farrell is bewitched by the ravishingly beautiful Bryna Torrence, even if he refuses to believe in the spell that has brought them together---and could destroy them both.
I was worried when I leafed through this book before reading it and saw recipes dispersed throughout it. I'm glad I didn't let that deter me because it was a fun and quick read and has made me a new fan of author Susan Wiggs.
I liked how 'Summer By The Sea' went back in time to explain things more in depth about Rosa and Alex's relationship. Some people may not like the switching back and forth from past and present, but I found myself wanting to read more and more to find out how things got to the point they did in the present time. It was a very fun and quick read. A great summer read.
I recently found a link online to all the recipes she puts in her books here: