A lot of readers often tell me that they love romance novels (or, at least, books with an HEA — happy-ever-after, for those of you who might stumble on this who aren’t romance readers) because life is hard enough, so why read books that make us feel worse?
Susan Elizabeth Phillips famously summed this up with her wonderful quote, “Life Is Too Short For Depressing Books.”
I’m reading — er, listening to — a book that I absolutely adore ...
How about a little contemporary romantic comedy?
I’ve discovered a couple new authors I really enjoyed, so I thought I’d share.
First off is Tara Sheets and her delightful debut, DON’T CALL ME CUPCAKE.
Most families have a favorite recipe or two, handed down through generations. The Holloway women are a little different. Emma Holloway, like her grandmother before her, bakes wishes into her delicious cupcakes, granting the recipient comfort, sweet dreams, or any number of good things ...
Two great contemporary authors released books in the last couple of months that I simply loved, so I thought I’d do a little cheerleading.
If you haven’t discovered Roni Loren and Nancy Herkness yet, this would be a great time to change that.
In June, Roni Loren released THE ONE YOU CAN’T FORGET, the second title in her excellent contemporary romance series The Ones Who Got Away (also the title of the first book, which also received a starred review ...
I have a great book to recommend this week,THE LOST VINTAGE by Ann Mah
Sweetbitter meets The Nightingale in this page-turning novel about a woman who returns to her family’s ancestral vineyard in Burgundy and unexpectedly uncovers a lost diary, an unknown relative, and a secret her family has been keeping since World War II.
To become one of only a few hundred certified wine experts in the world, Kate must pass the notoriously difficult Master of ...
Barbara O’Neal, who’s also published as Barbara Samuel, is one of my favorite authors, and she released a new book this week (her first with Lake Union): THE ART OF INHERITING SECRETS.
I heard about this months ago and have been counting down the days since. I’m happy to say I was not disappointed.
When Olivia Shaw’s mother dies, the sophisticated food editor is astonished to learn she’s inherited a centuries-old English estate—and a title to go with it. Raw ...
I hope you all had a lovely Fourth of July!
Since we’re right in the heart of summer, I thought I’d mention a couple of books I’ve loved recently that had “summer” in the title.
First off is Beatriz Williams’ THE SUMMER WIVES, part mystery, part family saga, part romance. I loved this book, as I do everything she writes, and highly recommend the book and the author. (Kirkus loved it too and gave it a starred review ...
Any Julie Ann Walker/Black Knights Inc. fans out there?
The final book in the series, BUILT TO LAST, just released this week, but don’t worry, the author introduced us to a whole new crop of shadowy figures who will be jumping into the Black Ops world that all the characters we know and love have been populating for the last few years.
Welcome to Black Knights Inc.
What appears to be a tricked-out motorcycle shop on the ...
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Lucy Parker’s third novel released and I’d be writing about it soon. Well today is the day!
If you haven’t discovered Parker yet, I highly recommend you seek her out. Her characters are witty and compelling, and they always start out hating each other, but then win each other over through a brilliant mix of empathy and backbone, in ways you never see coming.
All three titles are terrific, and are among ...