Remarkable Reads for 2018, Part Ten

This has been another hectic month for me, with the final sale of my mom’s house, as well as classes to teach and concerts to perform in. But I managed to read four awesome books this month. Take a look:


PassHarPassionate Harvest by Nell Dixon
I purchased this book when it was first released in 2012, and finally got around to reading it. I love reading books by UK authors, because their characters speak and act in ways so unique to us on this side of the pond. When referring to an animal I’d refer to as a dumb dog, the English counterpart is called “daft as a brush.” The main character, Lucy Morgan, is described as a nursery nurse (I think that’s what we would call a day care supervisor) in Tenerife. She arrives back in England for the funeral of a beloved father figure, only to discover that he’s left her his 50% share in a vineyard, with the condition that she stay there for one year. Adding to the challenge is the man who owns the other 50%, the handsome American Dominic LeFevre. The resolution of the romantic conflict left me smiling.


His2MarHis to Marry: Her Billionaire Boss by Julia Keanini
Heathcliff Family Romances, Book Two

Last month I reviewed the first book in this series, His to Save. Julia Keanini once again delivers a well-written romance, this time featuring Rafe, the younger Heathcliff son. Bailey Winters is his right hand woman. She’s smart, efficient, and very much in love with her boss. So when his former girlfriend leaves a baby in his office, and a potential client arrives insisting on working only with upstanding family men, Bailey agrees to pose as his wife, giving the threesome the appearance of the perfect family. The pretend marriage is a popular story trope, but the writing is good and the love story is cute.


Turnaround FarmTurnaround Farm by Elaine Cantrell
I loved this sweet romance by our Wednesday Fox! Holly Wakefield wants to sell Turnaround Farm because it will be mean a huge boost to her real estate business, but Jeb Wakefield, the owner’s grandson, is equally determined that the sale won’t happen. Both Holly Grant and Jeb Wakefield have reasons why they don’t have time for romance. They say it’s because they don’t have time due to their career goals, but their true reasons have everything to do with scars left by their parents. They both have times when they seem to be unnecessarily stubborn, but the story comes to a sweet and satisfying conclusion.


NumbersNumbers Never Lie by Diane Burton
Diane is a former guest author at this blog, and I’ve enjoyed all her mysteries and romantic suspense novels. They draw you in with characters who are so well-drawn that they remind you of people you know. They’re pulled into unusual situations and puzzles that they manage to overcome Her most recent release doesn’t disappoint! Maggie Sinclair is a high school English teacher who leads a girls’ camping group during the summer. Lifelong friend Drew Campbell is an attorney and single dad, whose daughter Ellen is a member of Maggie’s camping group. In an effort to get to know his daughter better, he’s agreed to help chaperone a camping trip. When they return from the trip, they learn that Maggie’s brother Jack dies in car accident. The police dismiss it, saying Jack fell asleep at the wheel, but Maggie knows better. Their decision to uncover the truth puts them both in danger. This is a real page-turner I’m sure mystery lovers would enjoy.

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 Ten

  1. I have been trying to play catch-up on so much that I have just begun to be able to do, reading included, that you’ll see most of my upcoming readings in my interview posts. All of these sound like some of the best in romance.
    So, is your mother going to live with you or have you found a place where she can have assistance? My brother is now in a wonderful place, but so far, only for rehab.I hope we can manage to get him there eventually, permanently. It’s lovely and he actually hasn’t found o ne thing that he doesn’t like, and trust me, he will complain!


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m sure you’d enjoy reading any of these authors!
      Mom moved to an independent living senior community. She’s still taking care of herself, drives herself around (when the weather is good and it’s the middle of the day), and cooks when she wants to. After six months of not having to worry about maintenance on her house, cleaning, and various other issues, she agreed to selling her house. But that meant we spent the whole summer cleaning and emptying it out. It took from the beginning of May to the end of September.


  2. Elaine Cantrell says:

    Thanks so much for reading Turnaround Farm. I’m pleased that you liked it.


  3. Between juggling my day job, writing, finishing illustrations, proofreading, and then homeschooling my kids I haven’t had much time to read lately. Though the books you read all sound like great books. I think they’re getting added to my tbr list.


  4. Jeff Salter says:

    I guess I say this every time you post a set of book reviews — I don’t know how you are able to manage your time so effectively. We ought to get some cameras to follow you around and then let the scientists study what you do. It could be your own reality TV show!
    All these you presented this week look great, but the one I’d jump on first would be Numbers Never Lie.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I think you’d enjoy Diane’s mysteries, Jeff. Numbers Never Lie is one of her best. As for how I fit reading in, 1) I’ve never needed much sleep, and 2) I read while I’m doing other things like eating, waiting for hubby at the doctor, or whenever I’m early to an appointment. It adds up!


  5. Diane Burton says:

    Thanks so much for highlighting my newest romantic suspense. I’m glad you enjoyed NUMBERS NEVER LIE.


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