Cooking Up Love (Arrington Family #1)

Author Candace Shaw offered this book for a limited-time free download on Amazon, and I scapped this baby up fast as could be. And I am glad I did, because it gave me a fun, sexy weekend read. There are so many reasons to like about this book. Here are my five. Unexpected professions – normally males tend to have the alpha professions in romance novels. I liked how Shelbi was the doctor and Justin the chef. A sort of role reversal that worked perfectly. Location – I don’t know much about Memphis, so this was a great location for me. The author’s descriptions…

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The Maid’s Daughter

I one-clicked this book on a hummer, meaning a hunch knowing nada about it, including this was Ms. Knight’s debut novel. Yet, I am so happy to have found her at the beginning of what will surely be a stellar career. There is so much to love about this book: Character Relationship – most romance love interests are joined at the hip, which readers have come to expect and want. Still, the separation of Naomi and William for much of the story was a welcome change that heightened and surprisingly charged the romance for me. The suspense of when they…

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84 Charing Cross Road

This is the first time I’ve ever taken Amazon.com up on one of its book recommendations. Learning I’d read Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (by spying on me really), the good folks at Amazon tried to hook me up with 84 Charing Cross Road. I obligingly fell for their gimmick, and was totally charmed by the initially perfunctory letter exchange between Helene Hanff and Frank Doel,  which evolves gradually like a gracefully aged wine into a full-bodied friendship. Just as naturally, Hanff finds herself corresponding not only with Frank, but with his family and other Marks & Co. employees.…

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Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

I’m a history fanatic, but if a book’s about war, it generally needs to be pre-20th century for me. A War of the Roses story, and I am glued, telling myself it was long ago and far away, even somehow romanticizing it. A story about WWI or any war thereafter – well, I am simply uninterested in a reminder we’ve evolved no further than Cro-Magnon man regarding warfare. So, when I got The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (“GLPPPS”) as a gift, it sat unread for a year — until I read 84 Charing Cross Road, another story…

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