Catie Cordero

Dear Readers,

So when an author’s name keeps popping up in different conversations, I start to pay attention.  Catie Cordero’s name was mentioned to me many times over and then she walked in the store and I had a chance to meet her.  She talked about a new book she was releasing soon and she wondered if I would carry it at Baker Book House.  I said yes and am very glad I did.

Ramble and Roar is a wonderful roaring 20’s book.  It is about a young woman, Eliza, who only dreams of a singing career.  Her parents tell her that is impossible. Eliza decides to run to the one place she knows she can make it, New York City.  What she finds is a big city that is much different than the rich-girl life she left behind.

Eliza’s innocence at the beginning of the book is a bit overwhelming, but then again she had lived a very sheltered life.  As she becomes more aware of things and people around her, she becomes more and more self-aware and conscious of how she has treated people.  It is what adds that extra dimension, it seemed like it was going to be the ‘poor little rich girl makes it because everything always falls into place’ type story.  But instead Catie walks us along as Eliza learns how things she always thought were right are not the way things are or even necessarily right.

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It is a coming of age story set in a time in America’s history where our country was finding its footing on the world’s stage.  World War I had left the next generation bitter and ready to live and let live, but the world was calling again and WWII was already on the horizon.  A very interesting time in history that I wish more books were written about.  A time filled with flappers, gangsters and all that jazz.  A time of innocence with a very dark underside.

Do yourself a favor, find a copy of Ramble and Roar, find a comfortable spot and relax.  You may want to get a glass of bootleg liquor, learn the Charleston and enjoy a very unique time in history.

Happy Reading,

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New Releases – May 28 – June 2

Dear Readers,

The official kick-off to summer happened, it is time to start reading outside.  Okay most of us have been doing that for weeks now, but those who haven’t should get started now.  Here a few great titles to start with.

Happy Reading,

The Forgotten Road – Richard Paul Evans – The Broken Road series – Chicago celebrity and successful pitchman Charles James is supposed to be dead. Everyone believes he was killed in a fiery plane crash. But thanks to a remarkable twist of fate, he’s very much alive and ready for a second chance at life—and love. Narrowly escaping death has brought Charles some clarity: the money, the fame, the fast cars—none of it was making him happy. The last time he was happy—truly happy—was when he was married to his ex-wife Monica, before their connection was destroyed by his ambition and greed.
Charles decides to embark on an epic quest: He will walk the entire length of Route 66, from Chicago to California, where he hopes to convince Monica to give him another shot. Along the way, Charles is immersed in the deep and rich history of one of America’s most iconic highways. But the greater journey he finds is the one he takes in his heart as he meets people along the road who will change his perspective on the world. But will his transformation be enough to earn redemption?

Home is Where the Heart Is – Linda Byler – The Dakota Series #3 -Hannah, feisty and independent as ever, has put everything into building up her family’s homestead in North Dakota. Despite tragedy and almost unimaginable hardship due to the Great Depression, unpredictable weather, and unforgiving landscape, she and her new husband Jerry are leading their Amish friends and family in their homesteading venture. When the winter storms and the untimely death of a child become too much for the rest of the community to bear, they move back east. But Hannah and Jerry stay on, doggedly pursuing Hannah’s dreams of a successful ranch.

Becoming the Talbot Sisters – Rachel Linden –  Sisters Waverly Ross and Charlie Talbot have spent all of their adult lives on separate continents pursuing their very different dreams and dealing with life’s hurdles independent of each other. But when the aunt who raised them passes away, they come together again only to realize how desperately they need each other.  Celebrity chef Waverly Ross has built a successful career with her home entertaining show Simply Perfect, but she and her husband have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly’s heart: to become a mother. In the midst of grief over losing their Aunt Mae, Waverly opens up to Charlie about her inability to have children and is caught off guard when her twin sister offers the selfless gift of surrogacy.  Charlie Talbot is an international aid worker living in Budapest, Hungary, away from what little family she has left, until her aunt’s death brings her back to the small town of Watley, Ohio. After years spent in an occupation helping others, she realizes she’s done little to build a life of her own and is struck by the intense desire to mend the brokenness between herself and her sister.

Honeysuckle Dreams – Denise Hunter – After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news–his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.  Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance.  Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.  As Brady and Hope make sacrifices to help each other in their times of need, they risk uncovering a truth neither of them expects to find.

Adult Summer Reading Program

Dear Readers,

Have you signed up yet?  The Baker Book House’s Adult Summer Reading Program is in full swing and the time to sign up in now.  You can come into the store and sign up or you can join the fun online. http://eepurl.com/dpGCUz

I have been getting my pile of books ready to start, okay I may have started already, and am looking forward to seeing if I can get through them all before the end of August.  Adult summer reading list

It should be fun.  How about you?  Ready to get started and see if you can read more books that me?

Happy Reading,

New Releases May 21 – 26

Dear Readers,

Memorial Day weekend, a weekend made to remember those that gave all for us to be able to spend the day grilling, mowing our lawns and reading.  I hope you had a wonderful time to rest and relax.

Happy Reading,

The 49th Mystic – Ted Dekker – Beyond the Circle – Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago. Still others that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams.  They are wrong. In the small town of Eden, Utah, a blind girl named Rachelle Matthews is about to find out just how wrong.  When a procedure meant to restore Rachelle’s sight goes awry, she begins to dream of another world so real that she wonders if Earth might only be a dream experienced when she falls asleep in that reality. Who is a simple blind girl to have such strange and fantastic dreams?  She’s the prophesied one who must find and recover five ancient seals–in both worlds–before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, both worlds will forever be locked in darkness.

The Hidden Side – Heidi Chiavaroli – New York, 2016 Natalie Abbott offers answers for hurting listeners on her popular radio program. But she struggles to connect with her teenagers, with her daughter in an unhealthy relationship and her son uncommunicative and isolated. When one member of the family commits an unspeakable act, Natalie is forced to uncover who she truly is under the façade of her radio persona.
New York, 1776 Mercy Howard is shocked when her fiancé, Nathan Hale, is arrested and hanged as a spy. When she’s asked to join the revolutionary spy ring in Manhattan, she sees an opportunity to avenge Nathan’s death. But keeping her true loyalties hidden grows increasingly harder as the charming Major John Andre of the King’s Army becomes more to her than a target for intelligence.
Mercy’s journals comfort Natalie from across the centuries as both women struggle with their own secrets and shame, wondering how deep God’s mercy extends.

Things I Never Told You – Beth Vogt – It’s been ten years since Payton Thatcher’s twin sister died in an accident, leaving the entire family to cope in whatever ways they could. No longer half of a pair, Payton reinvents herself as a partner in a successful party-planning business and is doing just fine―as long as she manages to hold her memories and her family at arm’s length.  But with her middle sister Jillian’s engagement, Payton’s party-planning skills are called into action. Which means working alongside her opinionated oldest sister, Johanna, who always seems ready for a fight. They can only hope that a wedding might be just the occasion to heal the resentment and jealousy that divides them . . . until a frightening diagnosis threatens Jillian’s plans and her future. As old wounds are reopened and the family faces the possibility of another tragedy, the Thatchers must decide if they will pull together or be driven further apart.

Everywhere You Want To Be – Christina June – Matilda Castillo has always followed the rules, but when she gets injured senior year, she’s sure her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer have slipped away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes–not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly’s mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she’ll give up dancing and go off to college.  Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career–and figure out how to break it to her mother later. Along the way she meets new friends … and new enemies. Tilly isn’t the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can’t help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.  As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly’s future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother’s dream of college or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.

223 Orchard Street – Renee Ryan – Irish immigrant Katie O’Connor and her younger sister, Shannon, risk everything to journey to America at the turn of the twentieth century. As each woman passes into an intimidating, stirring, and unpredictable New York City, she is forced to rethink her dream of a better life. It isn’t until Katie begins serving the sick in the depressed slums of the Bowery alongside Dr. Titus Brentwood that she discovers her true calling. Meanwhile, fate directs the vulnerable Shannon down an unsettling path that could put her life at risk.  As Katie’s and Ty’s selflessness and devotion turn into something deeper, Ty must make a choice that could save one O’Connor sister at the expense of losing the other. But Katie hasn’t come this far to let go now. She’ll do anything to save Shannon and hold on to the man she’s come to love.