Fifty Favorites for 2017: Part Eight

It’s been a really busy summer, and according to Goodreads I’m three books behind schedule if I’m going to finish fifty books by the end of the year!

One reason I’m behind is because my mom started having medical problems and since I’m the only sibling living anywhere near her, I spent a lot of time shuttling her to doctor appointments. The other reason is that I scheduled a book signing at Between the Covers bookstore in Holland, MI to celebrate the release of my most recent novella, The Road to Escape. Several of my local friends came, and my daughter did a fabulous job setting things up, so I’d say the day was a great success – and the bookstore kept several of my books for their Local Author shelf!

Book Signing

So that’s my writing news. On the reading front, here are some great books I read in the last month. Click on the book covers to purchase from Amazon:


Never too LateNever Too Late by Robyn Carr
Robyn Carr never fails to present a unique and fascinating cast of characters, each person playing an important part in a circle of friends and family. In this wonderful story, the focus is on three sisters: an attorney, a teacher, and an artist. Though most of the attention is on the middle sister, Clare, and her struggles to find herself after coming to terms with (and throwing out) her philandering husband, I especially enjoyed reading about the other two sisters, who suffer their share of problems. Maggie is a successful attorney with what seems to be the perfect marriage, and Sarah is a bohemian artist who tries to blend in.


Eagle eyeEagle Eye by Darcy Flynn
I met Darcy through the Authors Helping Authors Yahoo group, and since she and I both write sweet romance, we’ve read each others’ books. Eagle Eye is Darcy’s most recent release, and I jumped at a chance to read, review, and promote it. While I posted information about the book, I didn’t get a chance to read it until this month. I was in for quite a surprise! Unlike her lighter romances set in idyllic settings, this one is set in the cutthroat New York fashion scene, and the main characters go into some shady areas of the city. But this story packs as much of a punch as all Darcy’s other books. I had a hard time putting this book down.


HeiressHeiress Seeking Perfect Husband by Maris Soule
Maris is a member of my local chapter of Romance Writers of America (RWA), and I’ve read several of her romances. I enjoyed this story about a child-bride who married a millionaire and was widowed soon after. Her fairy-tale life is kept intact partially through the efforts of her chauffeur, Clint Dawson, who does much more than drive his employer around. Shannon is getting bored with the life she’s expected to lead, and wants to start making her own way, but Clint is determined to protect her from anything that will harm her – including himself.


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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5 Responses to Fifty Favorites for 2017: Part Eight

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Gosh, you’ve had a busy season. As I believe I’ve previously noted, I’m envious of how much you accomplish and still carve out time to read (& review) books of colleagues and other authors.
    Of the three selections you highlight this week, I think I’d read Soule’s “Heiress” first.

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  2. Sorry to hear about your mom; hope things are going smoothly now.
    I LOVE the picture of you at the library!
    You are still getting in a lot of reading! They look like great romances.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks, Tonette. Things are going as smoothly as we can expect. The signing was at a little bookstore – what you see in the picture is the entire shop! Yes, this was a great selection of books this month!

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