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The Choice by Alex Lake

 Release Date - December 29, 2020 New in paperback, Alex Lake's The Choice poses an impossible choice. What would you do to get your children back? It was supposed to be a quick in-and-out shopping trip and return home. Matt Westbrook trusted his oldest son enough while he ran into the corner store. His car was right outside the door. He had his eyes on his car for almost the entire time. He only needed a couple of items, so it made more sense to do it that way than take them all out of the car. Matt only looked away for a fraction of a second while paying. In that briefest of moments, his car and children disappeared. Worse, he gets a text message that he cannot call the police. If he does, his children are dead. Back at home, Matt and his wife are desperate. They want their children back, but they're at the mercy of the kidnapper. When the message comes in, it's clear that there's only one way they can get them back. Matt must exchange his wife for his children. It&

Why I Held Your Hand by Augusta Reilly

 Release Date - October 23, 2020 Why I Held Your Hand isn't the typical romance. There is a love triangle in this story is unlike any I've experience often when reading romance novels as the heroine really didn't seem to know who she loved more either. This one leaves you guessing as to who Laura will choose.  Laura Delaney wakes up in her car uncertain where she is or why she's there. Worse, her bra is missing and has somehow become part of a young boy's apparel. When a hot guy knocks on her window, she's embarrassed. Worse, this is one of the marketing experts she's due to meet with in a matter of minutes. Talk about mortifying! Laura's job is to save her beloved town from ruin. While it's a quaint country town lined with shops and old Victorian houses, tourists flock to the bigger cities and overlook North Powell. The town is failing and Laura needs to save it. Landing help from the biggest marketing firm in the area is important, only the town h

Ten Rules for Faking It by Sophie Sullivan

 Release Date - December 29, 2020 <a href="" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="//" ></a><img src="" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> Everly Dean hasn't had a happy birthday for as long as she can remember. T

Take it Back by Kia Abdullah

 Release Date - December 8, 2020 I can't admit to having too much of a clue as to what it's like being Muslim in a country like England or the U.S. I've only seen snippets of other people's behavior while taking a Muslim college student around my state. A handful of Vermonters showed their racist attitudes. That little peek saddened me, and I only saw little pieces here and there. That helped shape my opinions in Take It Back . Zara Kaleel is one of the best lawyers in London, but she left her high-income career to do something of value. She now helps women at a sexual assault center. When a disfigured white teen comes into the center claiming to have been raped by four Muslim teens, Zara jumps in to help this teen get justice. It also means turning her back on her own culture, something that doesn't set well with the local Muslim community. Jodie Wolfe is 16 and used to gossip and cruel treatment due to her medical condition. She has neurofibromatosis (Elephant M

Scones and Scofflaws by Jane Gorman

 Release Date - December 20, 2020   The first book in the new Cape May Cozy Mystery series started off what could be an intriguing cozy series. Anna's inherited her great aunt's house and is in the final stages of renovating it to be a B&B. With the rooms that are ready, she's opening up to a handful of guests. Things take a turn when her very first guest ends up dead next to the almond scone she'd made.  Police are quick to tape up her house and ask her to move her other guests out. In the middle of all that, her young cousin Eoin also shows up to spend the summer with her, months before she expected him. Anna now has no income, a child she's never met before looking at her to be his temporary guardian, and the possibility that her scone killed her guest. The only way to clear her name is by jumping in to solve the murder. Police may not want her to, but she's not about to sit by and let the damage to her reputation continue. That's the premise. T

Grounds for Murder by Tara Lush

 Release Date - December 8, 2020 A latte art competition is coming up, but coffee shop manager/former journalist Lana Lewis thinks she and her barista, Fabrizio Bellucci, have a chance. When Fab abruptly quits, Lana's shocked and angry. She confronts him at a competing coffeehouse only to have him turn up dead a short time later. Police say it's suicide, but her reporter senses have her thinking otherwise. Grounds for Murder is a charming cozy mystery that had me craving coffee from the first page. As soon as Lana and Fab started whipping up lattes, I found myself craving one. The mystery has plenty of possible suspects. Don't be surprised if the outcome isn't easy to guess. The chemistry between Lana and Noah Garcia, the island's police chief, was magical. I also enjoyed the new barista, Erica, who brings a good dose of sass and wit to the island town.  This is a thoroughly enjoyable book that was hard to put down. I eagerly await the next book in this series.

We Hear Voices by Evie Green

 Release Date - December 1, 2020 In We Hear Voices Rachel will do anything for her young son. When the flu almost kills him, she's shocked to have him survive within moments of what she's certain will be his death. As he gets better, his reliance on his new imaginary friend starts to worry Rachel. Delfy is making him do unusual things like collect a box full of spiders to gift to Rachel. Eventually, the things he does become more alarming and have all of their family worried.  Rachel just got her son back from the grips of death. She doesn't want to lose him again. Yet, the longer he's with them, the more dangerous it becomes. She begins to fear that Delfy isn't simply an imaginary friend. Delfy may be far more evil. The creep factor in We Hear Voices is all there. Everyone, especially Rachel's mom, have theories, and I had to say that I wondered from the start if her mom might be correct. As the story continues, and sometimes it dragged a big too much, it al