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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

Setting: Eternity Springs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Author: Emily March
Release Date: February 27, 2018



Caitlin Timberlake's spent several years in New York City working her way up the corporate ladder. While her mom and dad are thrilled, Caitlin is not happy. She longs for true love and a blissful family life in the country.

She's in town for a friend's wedding. There, she gets stuck in a gondola with Josh Tarkington. He seems to be everything she wants, even if he is determined to remain a bachelor. What Caitlin wants, she's determined to get.

The longer he's around Caitlin, however, the more Josh is tempted. He's determined to stay single, but he can't help but also want Caitlin in his life. What's a guy to do?

The First Kiss of Spring is another book in the Eternity Springs series. I've read past books and loved them. I liked this one, but I didn't connect to it as much as I had previous novels. I liked Caitlin and her determination, but one of Josh's secrets fell short with me. I can't understand why he wasn't just honest from the start in terms of one of his big revelations. After going through what he had, I would have thought that being honest would have been a priority for him.

That niggle aside, the romance is steamy and I loved seeing how some of the other characters are doing. For that reason alone, The First Kiss of Spring is worth it.




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Darkest Night by Tara Thomas

Setting: Charleston
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Author: Tara Thomas
Release Date: February 27, 2018



After Tilly Brock's dad was charged with embezzling and died just a few months later, her life fell apart. Once part of the elite society in Charleston, she and her mother are forced into a life of poverty. Not only that. It ended the blossoming romance between teens Tilly and Keaton Benedict.

Keaton Benedict is part of the Benedict family, and it's his father that fired Tilly's dad for embezzlement. The three Benedict brothers have always felt something was off with the entire situation. When Tilly comes back into their lives, they can't help but feel protective of her. Plus, Keaton wants to give their relationship a chance.

Between their happiness is a killer. Someone wants Tilly dead. Someone is sending the Benedict brothers sinister messages. No one knows why, but they want to get to the bottom of it.

The Darkest Night kicks off the Sons of Broad series in suspenseful style. There's a mystery at play, there's a killer on the loose, and there are loose ends that leave you wanting more. It's a gripping start, even if I am not pleased I have to wait for answers.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Where the Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine

Setting: France and England
Genre: Historical Women's Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Author: Laura Madeleine
Release Date: February 13, 2018



It's 1969. Bill Perch's boss gives him his chance to spread his wings. The young solicitor is tasked with unraveling what happened to Emeline Vane. After her brother has a stroke, her remaining family needs to prove she is dead, even if her brother is convinced he has proof that she's still alive.

Back in 1919, Emeline suffers a great loss. She's now the owner of Hallerton House, but money's tight and her uncle wants to sell it. Small situations lead up to one big incident. Her uncle believes she is mentally incapacitated and wants to have her committed. As he hands her over to a nurse who will escort her the rest of the way, Emeline escapes on another train.

She winds up on the border of France and Spain where she convinces a local cafe owner and her 20-year-old son to take her in. There, she must keep her secret if she's to keep from ending up in a place she's convinced she doesn't belong.

Where the Wild Cherries Grow bounces between 1919 and 1969. The changes are fluid and never leave you wondering who is speaking. I found myself totally engrossed in Emeline's story and, as a result, knew why Bill felt the way he did. His urgency in unraveling the truth kept the plot moving.

The details of the food Emeline, Clemence, and Clemence's son Aaro were just as enchanting. I found my mouth watering with each very vivid dish to come out of the kitchen. What I wouldn't have loved to be part of that town!

This is a gorgeous book with likable characters, a stunning setting, and a mystery that slowly unwinds with each page. I highly recommend it.