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Husband Material by Emily Belden

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Release Date - December 30, 2019



It's been five years since her husband died. Charlotte believes she's moved on until wildfires burn down the mausoleum where her husband's ashes were kept. He's back and she must figure out what to do next.

Between her meddlesome former mother-in-law who desperately wants the ashes, the sudden reappearance of her husband's best friend, and a work situation that leads to forced time off, Charlotte needs to step back while she makes one of the hardest decisions of her life.

Husband Material is a good read. It's fast and light-hearted. I didn't always connect with the characters. Yet, I didn't want to stop reading either. There are aspects of the story that had me wondering if they were really pertinent to the storyline. There were also aspects that I loved and that kept me involved in finding out exactly what would become of Charlotte and her grief.

If you're looking for something that isn't too heavy, this is an …

Safe Harbour by Christina Kilbourne

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Release Date - December 10, 2019



Harbour is currently homeless and in Toronto along with her dog. She's only 14, but she needs to keep that fact hidden from those she encounters. It's just a matter of days before her dad arrives with their sailing vessel from Florida. Once he arrives, she can stop living on the streets.

As the weeks pass, Harbour finds life a little harder. It's getting colder at night. It's harder to stay dry and warm. Her father gave her a credit card to use until his arrival. When that card is declined while buying foods, Harbour starts to worry. It's been a while since her dad's last call. What's taking her dad so long, why isn't he answering his phone, and why is his card no longer working?

I really struggled with the dad in this book. I cannot imagine sending a 14-year-old and family dog all the way from Miami to Toronto alone. The mom in me got angrier and angrier as the story progressed. If you're like me, stick with it. Th…

Honey and Leonard by Mark Paul Smith

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Release Date - November 2019



My mom has Alzheimer's. It's torturous watching someone slowly lose the ability to find the right words, keep control of emotional outbursts, etc. I was drawn to Honey and Leonard for that reason. I know what it's like.

Billed as a romance, I found there's an awful lot of reality in this novel, which isn't surprising given the author's experience with a parent with Alzheimer's. I wanted it to be uplifting, but I found it to be a little too true and sad to be uplifted by it.

Honey loves Leonard with all of her heart. The same is true in the other direction, even if Leonard sometimes forgets who Honey is. His niece has power of attorney and has him in an assisted living community, which Honey believes is a non-stop track to a slow death.

When blood tests find high levels of arsenic in Leonard's blood, Honey is barred from seeing him. His niece is applying for guardianship and the social worker assigned to his case makes it cl…

A Bittersweet Surprise by Cynthia Ellingsen

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Release Date - September 2019



The "good news" her stepmother boasts of isn't good news to Emma Laurent. Her father's candy store is her pride and joy. Selling it to a large company isn't good news, it's heartbreaking.

Emma doesn't like to ask for help, but she needs to save the shop. Her only hope is to qualify for a loan in order to buy it. She has to save the shop. It's the only way she can afford the assisted living apartment her grandmother calls home.

As if she doesn't have enough on her mind, there's a single mom in town who seems to need a friend and Emma can't turn her back on anyone. Plus, a secretive couple has offered Emma $20,000 for a painting of her father's that's been a candy shop fixture. The painting isn't by anyone famous from what Emma can tell, so their sudden interest is unusual. The money, however, could be the answer to all of her problems getting a loan to purchase the shop and keeping her grandmother …

Christmas From the Heart by Sheila Roberts

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Release Date - September 24, 2019



Many holiday romances come out in the summer when it's just way too early for me. I held off reading Christmas From the Heart for that reason.

Christmas From the Heart's organizer, Livi, relies on donations from Hightower Enterprises. Her charitable organization ensures that everyone in her town has a wonderful Christmas, even if money is tight. When Guy Hightower announces they're no longer able to donate to Christmas From the Heart, Livi is infuriated. This modern-day Scrooge is going to destroy the holidays many in her community deserve.

His company is in shambles, and Guy has to tighten the belt. Getting called out as a miserly jerk is not something he'll stand for. On his way to his mom's house for a holiday gathering, his car breaks down. He finds himself stranded in Pine River, Livi's hometown. Worse, Livi is the woman who comes to his rescue, only she has no idea who he is and he doesn't want to tell her.

When Guy …

Revamping Due to New Policies

Due to new policies, I'm still trying to figure out what to do with this review site. Amazon now requires that all reviewers make it clear on each and every post that the product links for Amazon are affiliate links and pay the blogger a small percentage if people click on that link and make the purchase.

Having to individually update 10 years of posts isn't easy. As a result, I'm thinking it may be time to stop linking to Amazon at all. It's taken far too long to update posts one by one. I haven't read a book in a month, and that's the reason for no posts lately.

Book Release News - Before the Devil Fell by Neil Olson

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Release Date - October 8, 2019



I was due to review Neil Olson's Before the Devil Fell, but the digital copy never came through. I don't want to skip posting for the blog tour, therefore I can at least share news of the new book. It looks intriguing!

Here's the blurb from Hanover Square Press:


Will Connor returns to his hometown, a village north of Boston, to care for his injured mother. He’s kept his distance from the town since high school, but once home he finds himself reexamining a horrific incident that took place during one of his mother’s “spirit circles.” His mother had embraced the hippie generation’s fascination with New Age and the arcane, but the unexpected death of a close friend put an end to the meetings of the modern-day coven.

Or did it?

As Will looks deeper into his family’s history he discovers that her practices weren’t so much a passing fad but the latest link in a long tradition of New England witchcraft, which still seems to hold a strange power over …