Remarkable Reads for 2018, Part Five

The college semester ends in late April, and while I love teaching, there is that bothersome necessity of recording grades. Since my teaching load this past semester was larger than usual, that meant more grades to sort out, so I spent a lot of extra time away from things I like to do. Sewing projects piled up, my writing stalled, and my instruments sat in a corner when I needed to practice. But I made time to finish three awesome books by people familiar to at least a few of you. As I compiled these reviews, I realized that all three are part of a series. Mysti and MJ’s book is the last in their series, and the other two are the first. I’ve already purchased or pre-ordered all the rest of Kristin and Helen’s series, so you’ll hear more about these characters next time. 

Least Likely HeiressLeast Likely Heiress by Kristin Wallace
This is the first in a new series by Kristin Wallace. I’ve enjoyed her earlier series, and the premise for this one is intriguing: three women from totally different backgrounds have been named as potential heiresses. In order to win the fortune, they need to engage in an unusual contest involving the town Founder’s Day celebration and a pampered pig. Each of the women agrees to the competition, but minor mishaps soon escalate into disasters, and it’s soon evident that someone doesn’t want the women to be successful. This book is about Cameron Reed, the attorney who’s assigned to oversee the competition, and Eve Bennett, granddaughter of the town founder’s mistress. Both major questions – the winner of the contest and the identity of the saboteur – are left unanswered until the end of the final book in the series, which is a major disappointment! But not enough of one to prevent me from ordering Book Two.

Ace in the HoleAce in the Hole by Mysti Parker and MJ Post
I finished the fourth and final installment of the City Meets Country series, and like the others, this book delivered a well-written story with a compelling conflict, engaging characters, and a fiery romance. Ace is the tough-as-nails cousin of Harper (the heroine in book three), and he’s come to New York to help clear the troublesome riff-raff from the Hole, an evening hot spot owned by Harper’s landlady Sailor. But in doing so, he uncovers some unsavory truths about the property. Solving the mystery of who’s behind the bar’s problems takes them into some rough territory, and the action had me turning pages long after I should have been asleep.

Little French GThe Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard
This book has been on my Kindle app since it was first released, and I’m so glad I finally made the time to read it. What a lovely way to celebrate the beginning of spring! When the weather gets warm I get antsy to travel, and one of the ways I satisfy my wanderlust is by reading Helen Pollard’s lovely blog posts depicting her travels all about the UK, and various picturesque areas in Europe. This book is full of the flavor of rural France, and I loved reading about Emmy and her emotional growth. This book was new when Helen visited the blog two years ago, and she’s now added two sequels, which I’ve already downloaded and put in my reading queue.

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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: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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13 Responses to Remarkable Reads for 2018, Part Five

  1. Helen Pollard says:

    Thank you so much for the mention, Patricia – it’s lovely to know that you enjoyed the book (and the blog posts!) Hope you enjoy the follow-ups when you get to them 🙂

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  2. All three of these books sound great. I havev. Helen’s Book on my kindle since it released and forgot about it. Not that you jiggled my memory of it, I’m going to read it today night. Great post and thanks for the recommendations.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      This really was a great month of reading, Christina! I know you’ll enjoy Helen’s book. Thanks for stopping in!

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  3. Kristen and Helen are also on my tablet. Maybe in my ‘down-time’ I will catch up on my reading. Your reviews of Mysti and MJ’s books also have me interested. Playing catch-up is a never-ending battle forme.

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    • Helen Pollard says:

      Your comment abut playing catch-up made me smile, Tonette. Not only is my TBR pile horrendous, but my reading habits have become pathetic and I read far less than I used to. Not a good combination!

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Sometimes “down time” comes unexpectedly. But as long as you’ve got them on your tablet, you’ll be ready at any time!

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  4. I also have The Little French Guesthouse but have not had a chance to read it yet. I think I will now move it to the top of my list.

    The Heiress Games series is something I want to read but I think I’ll wait until all the books are out.

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  5. Joselyn says:

    These all look like fun books. I would think not knowing the outcome of the contests in the first book would definitely make you check out the other two. 🙂

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  6. jeff7salter says:

    I have not yet interacted with MJ Post, but I’m well acquainted with Mysti Parker and her hubby.
    And I certainly know Kristin Wallace from a publisher we share.
    Glad to see Helen Pollard back at 4F1H —she was my guest fox a year or so ago.
    As I’ve often said when Patricia posts about the books she’s completed (and reviewed) — I’m in awe. I’ve always got at least one book going and sometimes two… but my TBR pile seems to grow at night while I’m sleeping. There are so many favorite authors (whom I also know) who I would love to read…

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