I am back! Well, part time only, but a little is better than none. I have a few posts scheduled, but more importantly, I finally have time to read and comment on your posts. You can’t see it but I am doing a little happy dance with a waffle. Thank you so much for the lovely messages I received while I was away, it cheered me up more than any candy or cake could have. Here’s a round of virtual hugs and a cold breeze to survive this sweltering heat.
Now back to business!
∧ Then ∧ The Summer That Melted Everything, Tiffany McDaniel
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.
Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.
When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.
My lips are sealed. Until tomorrow. You’ll know all about it in the review. Okay, here’s a teaser: get that book! It will make you go through a whole range of emotions, and think. Not just the “what am I going to order for dinner tonight?”. The real thinking. The one that matters. Don’t be afraid about the heat melting your brain, the characters are trapped in the heat, too. It can only bring you closer to the story. Make sure to have ice cream, though.
≈ Now ≈ Boyfriend By The Book, Laura Briggs
Jodi Nichols isn’t the most romantic girl on the planet. She doesn’t get mushy over fictional love stories, or picture herself getting swept away by a handsome hero. She’s much too grounded in reality—and much too busy working as a concierge at the luxurious Regent hotel. Helping customers is Jodi’s passion in life, and while romance may be on the back burner for now, she is nursing a little crush on Levi, the cute and friendly deliveryman for the hotel packages. And unless she’s imagining things, Levi feels the same way about her.
But Jodi’s friends think she’s turning into a lonely workaholic. They try to fix her love life, buying her a copy of the bestselling relationship guide that claims women can find true love by channeling the wisdom of famous storybook heroines. Jodi thinks it sounds crazy—no way is she acting like Jane Eyre or Lizzie Bennet to find a man! But when Levi suddenly grows distant and Jodi’s chances with him seem to fizzle before her eyes, she wonders if her friends might have a point after all. Disheartened and lonely, she decides to give the so-called relationship guide a whirl, with unexpected consequences.
Before you can say ‘Pride and Prejudice’, Jodi is up to her neck in handsome, brooding men that seem too much like fictional heroes to be true. Her attempts to think like the greatest heroines in romance lead her to meet everything from a modern Mr. Rochester to an angsty Heathcliff, and even a Darcy-esque novelist. But when a former crush re-enters her life in the form of a modern day Romeo, Jodi wonders if there might be something to this ‘inner heroine’ thing after all. Now, if she could just stop thinking about Levi, then maybe her happy-ever-after will fall into place…or is something still missing from Jodi’s storybook romance?
Boyfriend by the Book is a perfect feel good read for curling up with on a rainy day or a summer afternoon, with lots of laughs and surprises to keep the reader turning pages!
In dire need of some uncomplicated and fun reads, I agreed to review this book. I found the idea of taking example from the greatest heroines in romance to find your man so original that I had to know more about it. We do have a lot to learn from those ladies, but are today’s guys worth of the try? Last time I checked the dating scene, they weren’t! Where do the good guys hide?
∨ Next ∨ My Husband’s Son, Deborah O’Connor
A gripping psychological thriller with a devastating twist, perfect for fans of Apple Tree Yard, While My Eyes Were Closed and Between You and Me
You’d always recognize your own son. Wouldn’t you?Six years ago, Heidi’s daughter was murdered. A year later, Jason’s son Barney disappeared. Their shared loss brought them together. By chance, Heidi meets a boy she’s certain is Barney. But Jason is equally convinced it’s not him. Is Heidi mad? Or is Jason hiding something? And can their fragile marriage survive Heidi’s newfound quest for the truth . . .
I waited a little for the fuss to wear off to be able to fully enjoy this thriller. I have mixed feelings about the last one I read so I hope My Husband’s Son will remind me why this genre is my favorite.
Have you read any of these books? What are you reading this week?
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