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Float Plan by Trish Doller

 Release Date - March 2, 2021 Following her fiance's suicide, Anna is struggling. Grief consumes her and she barely makes it through the days doing anything meaningful. On the day they were supposed to sail to the Caribbean together, Anna decides in the spur of the moment that she'll do it alone. She buys what she thinks she needs and puts her novice sailing skills to the test. After crossing from Florida to the Bahamas, she realizes she's in over her head and advertises for an experienced sailor to help her. That's how she meets Keane, a man with his own painful story. They soon find themselves becoming good friends with the hint of something more, if they can learn to let go of the past and move towards a future. Float Plan was lovely. I can't think of a better word to describe how this book made me feel. It had its tear-jerking moments, but it also had me laughing, grinning, and feeling so uplifted. The story moves along at a steady pace without ever rushing to s

Little Creeping Things by Chelsea Ichaso

 Release Date - June 2, 2020 Cassidy Pratt's been known as the "Fire Girl" since childhood when a playhouse tea party turned deadly. It's Melody that makes her life the most torturous form of hell. When the teen overhears someone with Melody in the woods and realizes she may have overheard Melody's murder, she doesn't know who to turn to. If she tells the police everything, she's a suspect. But, she's not comfortable with the threatening messages she's getting either. Her best friend wouldn't understand why Cassidy is keeping some of the truth a secret. Cassidy certainly can't trust anyone at school. If she wants to clear her name, she needs to figure out what happened to Melody. The build-up of the mystery does have you filled with tension and ready for the big reveal. I loved the setting and some of the characters, but the issue I ended up having is that the truth wasn't that hard to figure out. If you're paying attention, you&#

Forget Me Not by Brenda Jackson

 Release Date - March 26, 2019 Ashley Ryan and her husband Devon have had their ups and downs, but everything is starting to look up. He's been growing his business, and she's been growing hers, but once he returns from his latest business trip, they're going to start the next stage of their marriage and have children. When Devon drives off a bridge and dies, Ashley's world shatters. Several years later, her friends send her on a vacation to Catalina Cove, Louisiana, to help her start her life again. No one knows that Devon is alive and well and living in Louisiana as Ray Sullivan. Ray Sullivan awoke in a hospital bed with no idea of who he was or where he came from. He had no identifying paperwork or a wallet. Amnesia left him with no memories of his past. Eventually, his doctor arranged for him to live and work in Louisiana.  When Ashley sees Devon, she's stunned. He has no memory of her though and she's told it's best if she doesn't remind him. It s

Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

 Release Date - February 16, 2021 Amelia Griffin is about to graduate high school with her best friend. They bonded over books and have been devoted readers of N. E. Endsley's Orman Chronicles series. Jenna's home life was never great, so she was happy to be absorbed into Jenna's family. When Jenna scores tickets and surprises Amelia with a graduation present that includes a trip to attend a book festival where N. E. Endsley is the guest, they both have a hard time containing their excitement. Only the book festival is a flop and leads to a huge fight. That trip of a lifetime kicks off a summer of grief when Jenna is killed in a car crash leaving Amelia alone and the fill-in-daughter for Jenna's grieving parents. Shortly after Jenna's death, a package arrives for Amelia. Inside of it is a rare edition of one of N. E. Endsley's books. Convinced Jenna somehow had it sent, Amelia takes off on a trip to Michigan where she's taken in by the bookstore owner an

Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

 Release Date - February 2, 2021 With neighbors like this, I'd move. I am trying to find any redeeming qualities in any of the neighbors in Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan, and I just can't. This book had my stomach in a knot the more I read. Maybe it's just a little too close to reality as we come from a world where so many listened to the words of one man and acted accordingly. Maple Street is a charming street in a family-friendly area of Long Island. All is not as it seems, however. On the day a massive sinkhole appears, one family had been deliberately snubbed and were not invited to a neighborhood barbecue. What they did wrong is anyone's guess. Arlo, an aging rock star; his wife Gertie, a pregnant mom who doesn't act or dress like the other moms; and their two children are not treated warmly. It's professor Rhea Schroeder who befriends Gertie and becomes a family friend. When things are said one night, Rhea turns on her new friend.  When Rhea's daug

Make Up Break Up: A Novel by Lily Menon

 Release Date - February 2, 2021 Annika Dev is so proud of the company she's built and the app she and her best friend are creating. It's going to be a relationship translator designed to help couples understand what each partner is saying. Think "Google Translate for relationships." Once it's ready, Make Up will be a life-changing relationship app. The problem is that Annika is running short on money in the process. Pitching her app at EPIC is her last-ditch attempt at getting that last boost of funding she needs. Enter Hudson Craft and his very successful company Break Up. It's an app that dispatches a messenger to deliver a "kind" break up message. Hudson and Annika met in Las Vegas and had a one-night stand, so there is history there. Annika is furious that Hudson has stolen her idea and making millions by breaking people's hearts. She's also angry that he already has money and is her main competition at EPIC. She's determined to beat

Possession by Katie Lowe

 Release Date - February 9, 2021 One decade earlier, Hannah found her husband's body. She couldn't remember the events of the night before. Her focus at that point is her young daughter. When police arrest a man for her husband's murder, she thinks things have settled. Ten years have passed. She's moved to a new location with her daughter and started a new life. A podcast about people charged with crimes they didn't commit picks up her husband's story. Suspicions are that the killer was framed. Hannah has to relieve those events once again. Her family's history comes to light. Her memory loss from that night her husband was murdered adds fuel to the fire. Her addictions and her warnings at work only create more issues. Hannah isn't sure who to trust. She isn't even sure what to make of the events from a decade earlier. It's all spiraling out of control, and Hannah only has one person she can confide in, but even then Hannah can't reveal all

The Vineyard at Painted Moon by Susan Mallery

 Release Date - February 9, 2021 I've loved so many of Susan Mallery's novels over the years. That leaves me with very mixed feelings about The Vineyard at Painted Moon .  For 16 years, Mackenzie Dienes has spent her days working tirelessly in her husband's family vineyards. She creates exceptional wines that sell well for high prices. The problem is that it's his family's winery and vineyards. It's his sisters and mother. Mackenzie married into it, but it's not truly hers. Her mother-in-law made it clear that spouses will never be part owners at Bel Apres. When her husband asks for a divorce, she's not shocked, but she's incredibly sad to find herself starting anew. When her mother-in-law (a women she felt close to) fires her on the spot and tries to have her evicted from her home, Mackenzie has no choice but to start over. She wants to keep doing what she loves on the lands she knows so well, but it's time to fight for herself and the life sh