This is a Free Week at Four Foxes, One Hound, and I had a few things in mind to write about, but since I’m composing this at the last minute I decided to continue sharing my Goodreads challenge books. Here are the books I’ve enjoyed since my last free week post:
That Christmas Feeling by Karyn Gerard
I purchased this book when it was promoted as a Seasoned Romance, but like another book from this promotion I felt neither of the characters is that mature in age. The hero is a television star and the heroine runs a wilderness lodge with her parents. Connall is trying to avoid his family holiday, so he goes on a retreat in Ontario with his old friend and a few others. He discovers he has nothing in common with the young party-going crowd, so he finds the manager to ask for other accomodations, and ends up enjoying old movies and other treats with her. Despite the younger-than-expected characters, it was a nice read.
Mr. Right, Mr. Wrong, Mr. Alien by Cheryl Sterling.
Cheryl is a long-distance member of one of my local writers groups. I bought this short story because it had an interesting, though popular premise: Earth girl meets alien man. The way they meet is unique: he finds her on an online dating site. She’s reluctant to meet him because she’s recently widowed and feeling guilty for having registered on that site while her husband was alive. Somehow he convinces her to take a chance on him. I’m hoping the story is continued, because I’d like to find out if the alien really is Mr. Right.
Christmas at Brentwood Abbey by Kristin Vayden, Nadine Millard, and Kay Springsteen.
The same event is described from the point of view of three different people living at Brentwood Abbey. Having read books by both Kristin and Kay, I decided to purchase and read this anthology and am so glad I did. Two stories deal with nobility (the Earl of Brentwood and his sister) while the third is about two of the servants. The three stories intertwined nicely but contrasted enough to keep me reading until the end.
Young Teacher by Bobbi Ruggiero
This is yet another book purchased during the Seasoned Romance promotion, and again I was disappointed at how young the main characters are. Julia is an urban professional in her mid-30s and Matthew is ten years younger. To me, Julia hardly qualifies as an “older woman.” Other than that, the story is entertaining. I find it a bit hard to believe that a twenty-something young man would have the passion for teaching guitar and arrange recitals for them, while working full-time in a sandwich shop AND performing in a rock band. But the romance itself is nicely done.
So there’s my list! A family emergency has caused a huge shift in my daily routine, so my list might be smaller next month. I hope not. Guess I’ll just have to keep looking for ways to get my reading in.
Have you completed anything from your 2017 TBR list?