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Thursday, July 9, 2015

A Summer Roundup of Great Reads! Romance is in the Air!

One of my favorite summer-time things to do is to spend an afternoon with a bagful of books from some of my favorite authors. (Ok, that's pretty much my favorite thing to do anytime of the year!) 

This year, there are plenty of engaging and fun books out just in time for those lazy, hazy days of summer.  Here are a few that I've enjoyed in the past couple of weeks!

Raeanne Thayne takes her readers back to the quaint Idaho mountain town of Haven Point with this funny and romantic story of the town's lady mayor and the man who nearly closed the town down.  I really enjoyed Thayne's style of writing and easily picked up on the background of the cast of characters featured in this story and those from previous tales.

Linda Lael Miller wraps up her "Brides of Bliss County" trilogy with this story that features a handsome single dad and the last of the marriage-pact friends to find love and happiness. Miller brings all three of the ladies' stories to a satisfying end in this western-flavored tale.  Loved the cast, loved the setting.

Robyn Carr continues her stories along the gorgeous Oregon coast with the first of her annual summer trio of romances.  In "New Hope," two people, both struggling with inner demons, find solace and the beginnings of love in each other's arms. The odds are against them, but courage and trust brings the hints of hope into their lives that is guaranteed to blossom into a true romance.  Carr's books are always a satisfying read and I look forward to the next two books in this set.


Another favorite series of mine is the great stories from Fool's Gold, California, courtesy of the pen of author Susan Mallery.  Susan also comes out with an annual trio of books that thrill her readers, and this year's books are no exception!  This time a retired Olympic skier and a bashful would-be country singer find themselves pulled together as they set up the town's search and rescue squad - the feelings are strong, but are they strong enough to overcome both of their painful pasts?  Check out the first book, "Hold Me," to find out!

In a sweet change of pace, I found Molly Jebber's historic Amish romance to be a lovely read. Matt Carrington, a charming small-town doctor, finds his soul-mate in the bashful but competent Amish midwife Becca Yost.  As they fall in love, the two must overcome society's pressures that threaten to keep them apart.  I just adored this simple but charming story and look forward to reading more of Molly Jebber's work.

Beloved romance writer Mariah Stewart returns to the soothing shores of Chesapeake Bay in her latest book in her "Chesapeake Diaries" series, "That Chesapeake Summer." Fans of Stewarts will enjoy revisiting the coastal town of St. Dennis in this romantic story that includes a self-help author, a widowed inn owner, and a mystery twist that keeps the action hot and moving along. New readers will easily pick up on the background of the cast of characters and fall in love with the story as well.

My thanks to the publishers - Harlequin, Pocket Books, and Kensington Books - for supplying the review copies of these books, as well as Little Bird Publicity and Nancy Berland Public Relations.  I was not compensated for my opinions.

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Lover Of Romance said...

I just got The Marriage Season in a giveaway so I am super excited, because I really like Miller.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I've read all but one - a great summer for romance!