I’ve got four more wonderful books to share with you this month! Take a look:
Sunset on Whisling Island by Julia Clemens
Julia Clemens is a pen name for Julia Keanini, whose YA and series romances I’ve read and reviewed here many times. Now, Julia has branched out into women’s fiction, and this is her first venture. This book reminded me of ensemble fiction from Robyn Carr and Debbie Macomber. Four women from an island community find themselves in situations none of them had anticipated or wanted. Each woman deals with her life setbacks in a different way, but they’re all there to support each other in the end. Each story is well told, each character is drawn in a way that we feel we know them, and each conflict is dealt with – enough to feel assured that the characters will be okay for now, but with enough questions to make the reader want to read on. Looking forward to Book 2!
About an Earl by Diana Lloyd
What Happens in the Ballroom, Book Two
This second book in the Ballroom series is just as delightful as the first! Ms. Lloyd presents an engaging story with fascinating characters, a fast-moving plot, and plenty of humor. Jewel is an enterprising and quick-thinking young lady, and Oliver is a wounded hero with a lot of self-doubt, but enough sense to know when to be firm and when to follow Jewel’s lead. I especially loved the secondary characters, particularly Penry, the earl’s twin brother, and Elvie, the mysterious and enterprising maid who appears from nowhere. Can’t wait to read Book Three!
A Chance of Rayne by Suzanne G. Rogers
The Mannequin Series Book Four
I am a huge fan of Ms. Rogers’ romances, but I have to be careful not to read them in the evenings if I need to wake up early the next day. There is always a bit of adventure, a bit of suspense, and a lot of action, so once I get caught up in the tale, I can’t put it down. I always enjoy stories about strong women who think for themselves, and who appreciate intelligence and capability. Rayne suffers immensely at the hands of her father, stepmother, and others, and one can’t help but wish for the happiest of endings for her. The Victorian era settings on both sides of the Atlantic are nostalgic, while making us thankful for our modern conveniences.
Gator Bait by Jana DeLeon
Miss Fortune Mystery #5
As with Books One through Four, Fortune Redding and her crew fall into yet another mystery requiring high-octane action and side-splitting hilarity. After she and deputy Carter LeBlanc finally go on a date, he’s suddenly the target of a mysterious and deadly enemy. Fortune manages to save him from drowning, but he can’t remember who’s after him. The Sinful Ladies are there to help find the attempted killer and keep Carter safe, but the danger intensifies when the ATF appears. Now Fortune has more to worry about, because the agents could blow her cover, ending her time in the town she’s grown to love.