New Releases – July 9 – 14

Dear Readers,

July is half over.  People are already talking Fall.  (Personally I would take these temps all  year round) I am here to make sure your TBP does not get to small.  I have taken to calling my a TBT – to be read tower.  It might even be leaning a bit, but I keep adding to it, just to see how big I can make it. 🙂

Happy Reading,

The House at Saltwater Point – Colleen Coble – #2 Lavender Tides – Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he?  Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.  Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears.

In Dreams Forgotten – Tracie Peterson – #2 Golden Gate Secrets – Judith Gladstone came to San Francisco after her parents died to find her last living relative, an aunt she never knew she had. Instead she has fallen head over heels in love with Caleb Coulter, her friend’s brother. Caleb has promised to help Judith find her aunt, but she can tell he thinks of her only as a friend, and she struggles to hide her feelings whenever she is with him.  When Caleb traces Judith’s aunt to the wealthy Whitley family, Judith is united with her long-lost relatives. The truths she learns about her past and her parents are shocking and overwhelming, however, and the more she gets to know her new family, the more danger she uncovers. Someone feels threatened by Judith’s appearance in the Whitleys’ lives, and they will do whatever it takes to get rid of her. Large Print available

The Best of Intentions – Susan Anne Mason – #1 Canadian Crossings – In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet, in Toronto she discovers more tragedy–her nephew Christian in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace’s sister because of her low social status.  Unconvinced the Eastons can be fitting caretakers, Grace uses an assumed name to secure the position of Christian’s nanny and moves into the Easton estate. There she can observe the family up close, while ensuring Christian’s well-being. In the course of her new role, she is shocked to find herself falling in love with Andrew Easton, the boy’s guardian. Unfortunately, Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who is sure to make a terrible stepmother for Christian. Will Grace be able to protect her nephew . . . and her heart?

The Hope of Azure Springs – Rachel Fordham – Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone.  For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He’s determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

The Edge of Over There – Shawn Smucker – Sequel to the Day the Angels Fell – Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller’s life had been predictable. Safe. Normal. But after the Tree, everything has felt fragile . . . like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. After years of fruitless searching for the next Tree, she begins to wonder if it was nothing more than a vivid dream. Now sixteen, Abra finds a clue to the whereabouts of the next Tree of Life when an ominous woman–who looks exactly like a ghost from her past–compels her to travel to New Orleans where she’ll find one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. But she’s not the only one interested in finding the gateway. There’s also a young man searching for his father and sister, who escaped through it years before. As Abra enters the Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn’t know whom to fear or whom to trust.

What Blooms from Dust – James Market – Jeremiah Goodbye finally gets a break. Scheduled for execution, he escapes when a tornado destroys the prison. Now he’s on his way to his hometown of Nowhere, Oklahoma, to settle a score with his twin brother. As Dust Bowl storms rage, Jeremiah tries to save the townspeople. Will he succeed and free himself from guilt?


Karen Barnett

Dear Readers,

Karen Barnett has a wonderful series of books going.  They are the Vintage National Parks Novels.  The first one, The Road to Paradise, released last year and was a complete delight to read.  This year we get to take a road trip to Yosemite National Park in Where the Fire Falls. 


Each book is a stand-alone, but the theme in the books is the same, how much people fought to k

eep the national parks open to the general public. I will admit that I have never been to Yosemite, but after reading this book it is definitely on the bucket list.

Olivia wants to make it on her own with her art.  When she is hired by a travel magazine to paint watercolors of Yosemite for an article on the national park, she takes it only as a way to make money.  What she finds instead is an park worthy of the name.

What I really love about these books by Karen is they are truly getaway books.  With a little romance, a little adventure, and set in some of the most beautiful places in the USA, they are so worth the read.  Their beautiful covers make them worth putting on display in your own personal library.

I am not sure which national park Karen will take us off to next, but I would love to visit Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.  😊 Just a thought for you Karen.

Happy Reading,

New Releases – July 2 – 7

Dear Readers,

The list never get shorter.  The ideas for great reads is always to long for the amount of time I have to read.  I was hoping summer would slow down with activities, but the weather is too nice to stay inside.  So outside we go and our books follow along.

Happy Reading,

The Captured Bride – Michelle Griep – Daughters of the Mayflower book 3 – Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause. . .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart. Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort–but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought. Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?

Arms of Mercy – Ruth Reid – #1 Amish Mercies Novel – On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expecting her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin’s bakery–anything to flee the source of her shame.  Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He’s determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back.  Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road–and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah’s friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost–no matter the cost.

The Solace of Water – Elizabeth Byler Younts –  After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet–yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.  Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own–secrets that could devastate them all.

The Hawaiian Discovery – Wanda Brunstetter – Sequel to the Hawaiian Quilt – Ellen Lambright mourned when her best friend, Mandy, moved from Indiana to Hawaii. But now Ellen has received the Amish church’s permission to go to Hawaii and help Mandy through challenging times. Rob Smith works on the Williams family’s organic farm, far from his past mistakes and burning regrets. When Ellen befriends Rob, the attraction is mutual, but her commitment to the Amish faith stands between them. Could a heartfelt discovery lead to forgiveness, reunion, and love? Or is Ellen’s destiny waiting for her in Indiana?

The Love Letter – Rachel Hauck – Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.  When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.
Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years, and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart.