An enjoyable tale featuring 50-something protagonists coping with contemporary social problems.




Three women in a Vermont town navigate the challenges of late middle age in this novel.

Longtime friends Yvonne Paquette, Georgia Best, and Linda Kingsley meet to walk most mornings. They welcome new friend and recent retiree Kenny Simmons on their hikes, unaware that he is already linked to them. Years ago, Yvonne’s son, Spencer, was seriously injured in a car accident while under the influence of drugs. Kenny’s stepdaughter, Zelda, was not only in the car, but supplied Spencer with the drugs as well. When Yvonne and Kenny unknowingly reintroduce Spencer and Zelda (now sober and pregnant by another man), they rekindle their romance, much to Yvonne’s concern. Meanwhile, Kenny and Georgia cannot ignore their growing mutual attraction, which blossoms when he helps her find a new house. Zelda experiences a life-changing accident, for which Yvonne blames herself, followed soon after by another freak auto crash involving Yvonne’s husband and Linda. At the same time, Georgia faces relentless resentment from her daughter, Margot. Margot objects not only to her mother’s newfound romance, but also to her unwillingness to continue to bankroll her daughter’s lifestyle. With the specter of opioid abuse haunting their New England town, all three families are forced to encounter the ramifications of this social issue by the story’s end. This entertaining novel by educator and columnist Mehuron (Fading Past, 2015) is a welcome addition to the genre of women’s fiction, with protagonists not just over the age of 30, but well over 40. They show that—as much as the reality may disgust characters like Margot—people over 50 still fall in love and have sex. But aside from the conflict provided by a few players, the characters get along unrealistically well. While Kenny’s and Yvonne’s ability to forgive their children for the havoc their addictions wreak is commendable (no matter how much readers will want to wring Spencer’s and Zelda’s necks), it is also a bit Pollyannaish. And Georgia and Kenny’s trip to Havana—based on the author’s own experiences—at the end of the book is captivating but is unnecessary to the story and seems like an afterthought.

An enjoyable tale featuring 50-something protagonists coping with contemporary social problems.

Pub Date: April 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-943006-50-2

Page Count: -

Publisher: Spark Press

Review Posted Online: Feb. 7, 2018

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Another success for the publishing phenom.


An abused boy fights back, escapes, then returns as an attorney to his beloved hometown, but just as he’s falling in love with a transplanted landscaper, a series of attacks from shadowy enemies jeopardizes their happiness.

“From the outside, the house in Lakeview Terrace looked perfect.” Which of course means that it wasn't. We're introduced to the horrifying Dr. Graham Bigelow, who beats his wife and, increasingly as the boy gets older, his son, Zane. On the night of Zane’s prom, a particularly savage attack puts him and his sister in the hospital, and his father blames Zane, landing him in jail. Then his sister stands up for him, enlisting the aid of their aunt, and everything changes, mainly due to Zane’s secret diaries. Nearly 20 years later, Zane leaves a successful career as a lawyer to return to Lakeview, where his aunt and sister live with their families, deciding to hang a shingle as a small-town lawyer. Then he meets Darby McCray, the landscaper who’s recently relocated and taken the town by storm, starting with the transformation of his family’s rental bungalows. The two are instantly intrigued by each other, but they move slowly into a relationship neither is looking for. Darby has a violent past of her own, so she is more than willing to take on the risk of antagonizing a boorish local family when she and Zane help an abused wife. Suddenly Zane and Darby face one attack after another, and even as they grow ever closer under the pressure, the dangers become more insidious. Roberts’ latest title feels a little long and the story is slightly cumbersome, but her greatest strength is in making the reader feel connected to her characters, so “unnecessary details” can also charm and engage.

Another success for the publishing phenom.

Pub Date: July 9, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-20709-8

Page Count: 448

Publisher: St. Martin's

Review Posted Online: April 14, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2019

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The much-loved royal romance genre gets a fun and refreshing update in McQuiston’s debut.

Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of the American President Ellen Claremont, knows one thing for sure: He hates Henry, the British prince to whom he is always compared. He lives for their verbal sparring matches, but when one of their fights at a royal wedding goes a bit too far, they end up falling into a wedding cake and making tabloid headlines. An international scandal could ruin Alex’s mother’s chances for re-election, so it’s time for damage control. The plan? Alex and Henry must pretend to be best friends, giving the tabloids pictures of their bromance and neutralizing the threat to Ellen's presidency. But after a few photo ops with Henry, Alex starts to realize that the passionate anger he feels toward him might be a cover for regular old passion. There are, naturally, a million roadblocks between their first kiss and their happily-ever-after—how can American political royalty and actual British royalty ever be together? How can they navigate being open about their sexualities (Alex is bisexual; Henry is gay) in their very public and very scrutinized roles? Alex and Henry must decide if they’ll risk their futures, their families, and their careers to take a chance on happiness. Although the story’s premise might be a fantasy—it takes place in a world in which a divorced-mom Texan Democrat won the 2016 election—the emotions are all real. The love affair between Alex and Henry is intense and romantic, made all the more so by the inclusion of their poetic emails that manage to be both funny and steamy. McQuiston’s strength is in dialogue; her characters speak in hilarious rapid-fire bursts with plenty of “likes,” “ums,” creative punctuation, and pop-culture references, sounding like smarter, funnier versions of real people. Although Alex and Henry’s relationship is the heart of the story, their friends and family members are all rich, well-drawn characters, and their respective worlds feel both realistic and larger-than-life.

A clever, romantic, sexy love story.

Pub Date: June 4, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-250-31677-6

Page Count: 432

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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