Remarkable Reads for 2018, Part Seven

I’m frantically working on completing a novella to be included in an anthology later this year. Right now it’s about 80 percent complete, so I’ll wait until it’s done to share more about it. For now, I’ll just let you know it’s a regency romance. Stay tuned!

Now, on to my reading list. Since my last review post, I’ve completed three books. Take a look to see if they might fit in your TBR pile:


JackAll Jacked Up by Mysti Parker
Beach Pointe Romance, Book Three
This is a super-steamy addition to Mysti’s Beach Pointe series. Avery owns a bridal shop, but a shady landlord threatens to put her out of business with his rising rents. Her only hope is to win a photo contest in a bridal magazine. Unfortunately, the photos have to be of her wedding, and with a shortage of available and photogenic men, she decides to make a deal with Jack, the local playboy. Jack and Avery find they enjoy playing the part of a happily engaged couple, and they have to keep reminding themselves that the arrangement is temporary. As usual, Mysti has created a well-written, entertaining story with believable characters.

SummerSummer at the Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard
La Cour de Roses, Book Three
Emmy, Rupert, Sophie, Bob, and the rest of the cast from the first two books return for Emmy and Alain’s wedding. An interesting the twist on the Bridezilla theme – this time the monster is Emmy’s mother, who insists on checking and double-checking every single detail of the wedding. In the meantime, Alain’s brother and sister-in-law are behaving strangely, some of their elderly friends are needing extra help, and one of her bridesmaids can’t fit into her dress! What else could go wrong? All this happens while the usual mix of quirky and loveable guests come and go. This is a lovely and satisfying ending to an enchanting series.

MurderA Murder of Principle by Susan Coryell
Susan is a member of Authors Helping Authors, a very active author support group I belong to. I purchased the book because it’s set in a public school, a setting I know well. I assumed I’d relate to the setting and characters. The situation is one common to many school communities: a beloved administrator leaves, and the new principal comes in and makes sweeping changes that no one likes. I’ve been there, so I read the book. But the evil this woman spread was so horrible I can’t see how she was able to remain in the job for an entire school year! If a principal in my part of the country did half the things Wendy Storme did, she would have been ousted and prosecuted. The local news outlets would have had a frenzy with the complaints from teachers, support staff, parents, and students. Another thing that puzzled me was that the superintendent should have at least heard about some of these things, but when told about them at the end of the book, he acted surprised. Why hadn’t anyone made it a point to tell him earlier? The book has received nothing but five-star reviews and glowing recommendations, so I was hesitant to leave my thoughts at Goodreads – but I did.

What have you read lately?



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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8 Responses to Remarkable Reads for 2018, Part Seven

  1. I have had Helen’s books on my tbr list for some time.
    There is a meme going around that says;”What is my favorite book? You mean, of the ones I’m reading NOW?” I certainly identify with that.I have several that I am juggling.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I always struggle to answer that question, too. I enjoy books as I read them, but seldom re-read books. I think you’ll enjoy Helen’s series. It’s light entertainment for a summer day.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Great to see you’ve featured titles by my friends Mysti Parker and Helen Pollard. Both sound terrific.
    I’m not familiar with that third title, but (like you), I’d be skeptical of that new principal’s behavior to be kept under wraps for a full school year. Word gets out. Unless that supervisor was one who was deliberately avoiding “knowing anything”… so he could have plausible deniability.
    Sounds like you’re making great progress on that regency. Now run in there and finish it !

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  3. Joselyn says:

    I agree on your assessment of the situation in the last book. As soon as one person I worked with started doing crazy things, the board heard about it. My niece was telling me about a school district where several of the head administrators retired or moved on to other jobs. Someone might get away with a few things in that situation because everyone is still trying to figure out what should be going on.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Yes, unfortunately bad news travels a lot faster than good news. And any complaints about anyone is common knowledge. Yes, I suppose if a large percentage of administrators were new, that would be chaotic, but not for an entire school year!

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  4. These all sound great. I really need to read The Little French Guesthouse series, every time you mention one of the books I buy it because I know I will like it but I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet.


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I love Helen Pollard’s work.


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