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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The Little Teashop on Main by Jodi Thomas

Release Date - May 7, 2019



Three friends form a life-long friendship before they even start school. It all begins when Zoe's mom invites other girls from her class to a tea party. That forms a tight bond between bubbly Zoe, who dreams of a life in acting; Emily who is a writer at heart but battling mental illness as she gets older; and Shannon, a girl abandoned by her mother but raised under the loving guidance of a military dad and grandmother.

After high school, the girls head off on their own, but their reunion tea parties never stop. They've returned once more to deal with one of the biggest tragedies they'll ever face.

I loved The Little Teashop on Main. This story is packed with romances that come and go, some that stand the test of time, and plenty of angst and drama that tests them along the path of adulthood. The writing is so engaging, I struggled to put it down for those things like work and household chores that must get done.

The story starts with a male's viewpoint as he looks back on the women he's grown up with and loves with all of his heart. Each woman faces her own challenges, and it's not always an easy read, but it's such an emotional one that is hard to forget. Even a week later, I find myself thinking back to things they did and said. It was amazing.



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Wish by Patricia Davids

Release Date - April 30, 2019



After her husband dies, Laura Beth Yoder is ready to pack up and move to Ohio. Her home in Cedar Grove is seriously lacking when it comes to single men her age. She wants nothing more than to have a child of her very own, and she'll move if that's what's needed to make her dearest wish come true.

After serving his time for a theft he didn't realize he was committing, Joshua King learns his ex-wife had his son. Her dying wish is for him to bring the infant to her parents, parents she hasn't spoken to since she abandoned her Amish home. On the way to them, Josh's car is swept up in a flood. That's how he meets Laura Beth.

Laura Beth cannot believe she's found a man and his infant, Caleb, about to get swept away. She takes them into her home and focuses her attention on Caleb. She knows they'll leave eventually, but she's hoping something will happen that will change Josh's mind. She doesn't want to give up this infant. She can't become involved with a non-Amish man, but she believes there is a way to make Caleb hers forever.

I usually enjoy Amish romances, but I found The Wish to be a hard read. This is due to my dislike of Laura Beth. I grew tired of her pushing Josh all the time. Despite his misgivings about raising a son when he had no job, no home, no anything, she kept pushing. She ignored her sister's warnings about taking in an unmarried man. She even does something that she knows Josh will not want her doing, but she is so focused on Caleb that she does it anyway. It bugged me.

I read the full story and appreciated the ending. In the end, however, it was other characters in the story that will leave far more of an impression. The old guy who fishes every day and offers advice to Josh was one of the best characters in the book. I adored him.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Swimming for Sunlight by Allie Larkin

Release Date - April 23, 2019



One thing Katie Ellis won't part with in her divorce is her dog. She'll let her husband cheat and leave her for his mistress, but Bark is hers. Once her lawyer fights to ensure she has custody of Bark, she packs up most of her items and heads to Florida to start over.

Florida holds horrible memories for her, but she also was welcomed into her grandmother's fold of close friends. There, Katie joins in on their plan to go back to their pasts when they were part of a troupe of performing mermaids. She'll do the costume, even if them being in the water is terrifying to her. It may be just what she needs to come to terms with her past and build a worthwhile future.

I loved Nan's friends. They were a riot. Katie is definitely an anxiety-ridden person, and it takes her time to come to terms with everything. One thing remains clear in this book, life is what you make of it and, sometimes, you have to be bold! Read Swimming for Sunlight. It's a lot of fun.