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The Lovely and the Lost by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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 Release Date - August 4, 2020 Teenager Kira Bennett has troublesome memories of her life before search-and-rescue expert Cady Bennett and her dog found and adopted Kira. Kira's grown up helping train and handle the rescue dogs, but the memories of her past don't go away. When a child goes missing in Cady's hometown, the team is called in to help with the search. For Cady, the return to her father's home is not a pleasant experience. She hasn't spoken to her father in decades, and she never wanted to again. For Kira and her brother, Jude, it's the chance to meet their grandfather and participate in the search to rescue a child. Kira takes the mission personally as she knows what this child is going through. The Lovely and the Lost is a fascinating book. I was absorbed, yet one part felt unfinished. I thought for sure that it would become a sequel, but I can't find anything that continues Kira and the Bennett's story. I loved the interactions with the

Until I Find You by Rea Frey

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 Release Date - August 11, 2020 Rebecca Gray started losing her sight years ago. Then, she lost her husband in a tragic accident while she was pregnant. For this new mom, the pressures of motherhood are compounded by her lack of vision. A set of bells on her son's feet are all she has to tell where he is. Exhaustion is getting the better of her. During a regular "new moms" group gathering at the park, Rebecca passes out and hits her head. When she returns home, she realizes that the infant she has is not her son. No one, including the police, believes her. With the help of an old friend, Rebecca starts looking into her son's disappearance and who this strange baby belongs to. The fast pace of this novel does it justice. I felt every moment of Rebecca's frenzy as she did everything she could to figure out what happened to her son. Not having people believe her was so frustrating, yet it also made sense as she had been "sensing" being watched or of peopl

Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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 Release Date - May 4, 2021 Abby Hubble is 13 and not in the happiest of situations. Her dad isn't physically abusive, but he's definitely emotionally abusive. Her mom stays for reasons unknown to Abby. When she's walking home, she spies a person throwing a bag over the bridge. When she realizes that something is in that bag, she dives into the river without giving it a second thought. Inside the bag are seven puppies. She walks them to the animal shelter, but she's told they cannot take them. If they're left there, they'll end up being euthanized. Abby won't have that so she sneaks them into the shed of an abandoned cabin and decides to raise them while also keeping them hidden from her parents. Elliot Colvin hasn't been to his cabin in years. He's now a widower and needs to get away. He's not happy to find his cabin was broken into and many of his items are missing. It's the shed full of puppies that he has to focus on first. That's ho

The Newcomer by Mary Kay Andrews

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 Release Date - May 4, 2021 Letty Carnahan's sister always said that if anything bad happens, Letty needs to take her niece and run. After finding Tanya's body, Letty did as her sister asked. Tanya's dead, and Letty does as told. She knows exactly who killed her sister but going on the run with the child puts Tanya on the wanted list. In Florida, Letty is trying to start a new life with four-year-old Maya. It's been a long drive, and she needs to rest. She hopes that the Florida motel parking lot where she's parked won't notice her. The owner's son, a police detective, does, but the Murmuring Surf Motel's owner, Ava, takes pity on her and offers her a room in the run-down storage unit. Eventually, it leads to a job. It isn't long before Letty feels like she's one of the family. Ava is the mother Letty wished she had growing up, and Maya is doing incredibly well. Still, Letty knows that the ruthless real estate mogul who murdered Tanya is looking

Slingshot: A Novel by Mercedes Helnwein

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Release Date - April 27, 2021 Slingshot: A Novel is a coming-of-age story that looks at 15-year-old Grace Welles first encounters with romance. Her dad has another family and they really don't know her. She's in a boarding school where she doesn't feel she fits in. That is until the day she shoots one of the jocks in the face with her slingshot while he's beating up a new kid. Why defend a stranger? No real reason except that the teacher she's in love with has a fiancee and she's not happy with his blatant disregard for her feelings. As Grace starts spending more and more time with Wade, who happens to be crushing on her hard, her circle of new friends begins to grow. Soon, she's exploring friendship, love, romance, and sex. Slingshot doesn't hold its punches. Grace isn't always a likable teen, but it's realistic. Teens can be annoying, loving, and incredibly confused. Peer pressure can play a part in all of that, but it's not always the

The Drowning Kind by Jennifer McMahon

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 Release Date - April 6, 2021 Outside of a few years growing up in Cupertino, California, I've spent the majority of my life in Vermont. I've waded in the river in Barnet find concretions and know Chittenden County like the back of my hand. I love reading books set in Vermont as there is that familiarity that always makes me feel like I've been there and know what the characters are experiencing. That said, Brunswick Spring's story that's portrayed in The Drowning Kind was new to me and fascinating.  Jax has built a life for herself far away from her Grandmother's estate. It meant cutting off her sister, and the two were once extremely close. Lexie's manic nature and fascination with the creepy spring-fed pool on the estate that their grandmother left to Lexie has a lot to do with it. One night, Jax gets the call that Lexie is dead. She's another of the pool's victims. She immediately feels guilty as Lexie had left a lot of messages that Jax igno

A Cowboy Kind of Love by Donna Grant

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 Release Date - April 27, 2021 For several years, Taryn Hillman has been living a life of danger. She's at the end of her rope and desperately wants to rescue her sister. Everyone she turns to for help turns her away. She's got one more option for getting the help she needs. To do so, she has to trust in the man whose heart she broke. Jace Wilder can't believe Taryn is back. She left him without a word and disappeared. Now that she's back, the chemistry between the two is just as hot as ever. She's back and he's determined to keep her in his life. When he learns why she left and what she's up against, he and his friends may have one of their toughest challenges yet. I've loved all of this series. The fiery chemistry between Jace and Taryn is clear from the start. Her situation is dire. And, Jace and his friends are actually up against something that's going to really test their skills. I loved the action and intrigue. There are parts of A Cowboy Kind