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Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Roundup of Great Reads - Part Two!

Here are a few more books that I've read this summer and thought were just great!  If you're looking for reading material to help pass the time on a hot summer day - these are just what you are looking for!

First of all - I love Laura Dave's writing!  Second, that cover - wow! And thirdly, this story is just amazing.  Heartbreak, family drama, unexpected romance and the perfect setting in the wine country of Sonoma County, California - what more could you ask for in a brilliant summer read!  I loved the characters, loved the setting, and loved the story!  I think you will too!

I always look forward to Dorothea Benton Frank's summertime novels. She captures the Southern summer atmosphere so perfectly and her storytelling is spot-on. You can almost feel the humidity in the Low Country of South Carolina's air, taste the sweet tea on your tongue as you laze back and enjoy the family and friendship-based tale. Frank's characters are lively and sometimes a bit feisty - just like good ol' country guys and gals can be!  Kick off your flip-flops and take some time to enjoy this story - you'll be glad you did!  I was!

I was delightfully surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this novel! I've always enjoyed Barbara Delinsky's books, but this one just hit a right note with me! The premise of a mother/daughter duo who have a highly successful DIY television show on how to renovate houses is fun and currently relevant, and the drama and relationships that play out during this lively story are just captivating!  I enjoyed the characters, I enjoyed the romance and drama, and I appreciated the fast pace of the storytelling. Fans of HGTV and all the DIY shows will get a big kick out of "Blueprints," as well as fans of well-written and character driven novels.

I Loved, Loved, Loved this book!  Talk about a perfect summer read - this is it!  Romance, drama, and an amazing secret are what make this a great tale - plus it has a great cast of characters!  Karen White pulls her readers into this charming story with her exquisite way with words and she keeps them entranced to the very satisfying ending.  If you read want to read one great novel this summer - this would be the book I would tell you to absolutely get!  It's fantastic!

I loved book series - especially when they are written by one of my favorite writers - so I was thrilled to discover Lucinda Riley's new series featuring seven adopted sisters named for the Seven Sisters star constellation.  This first story sets the background for the series and features the oldest sister, Maia.  As the voice of the story, Maia tells of her childhood, about herself and the five girls adopted by the super wealthy and super mysterious Pa Salt, and she tells of how her life changed drastically upon Pa's death.  Needing to find out about her birth family and the families of her sisters, Maia sets out on a journey that would open her eyes and mind as she learns the surprising circumstances that surrounds them all.  This is a wonderfully told tale and I can't wait for the next book in the series!

And last, but certainly not least - a book to look forward to!

Beth Harbison's latest book, "If I Could Turn Back Time," is due to be released on July 28th, but I was fortunate to get an advance copy from the publisher.  I predict this book will be one of the biggest hits for the summer reading crowd.

The story revolves around Ramie Phillips, an unhappy thirty-seven year old who wonders how her life would have been if she had made certain changes back in her youth. After an accident, Ramie wakes up back in her eighteen-year old self and is given the rare opportunity to maybe make those changes she longed for. Wouldn't we all like to be able to do this? :)

Fun characters and an intriguing story makes this novel a great pick for late-summer reading! I highly recommend it!

My thanks to all the publishers who supplied the review copies of these books. I was not compensated for my opinions.

Hope that you find something fun to read among these books!  Stay tuned for more great book recommendations coming soon!

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1 comment:

Mystica said...

I've read two on your list. Making a note of the rest