I’m running a bit behind on my reading schedule. In order to reach my goal of reading 50 books in 2022, I need to read three more books in the next two weeks. It’s a good thing I’ve got a short break from school and rehearsals! Anyway here are descriptions of the ones I’ve read since my last review post:
Dial P for Perfect by Heidi Gray McGill
You Are On the Air, Book 11
Many characters in this book were introduced in Heidi’s early contribution to this series, Dial E for Endearment. Ginger has a successful career as a radio voice-over artist, but her social life is dull. She attributes that to her plus-sized figure. She has a core group of friends at her church, and another group of friends in another state, though it’s unclear how she’s connected to the people who are far away. Suddenly, one of the young men in the other state starts to show an interest in her and she has to decide what to do. Other than the confusion about the relationships these people have with each other, the romance is sweet, and Ginger’s personal growth is believable.
Fried Pickles and a Funeral by Kelsey Browning and Nancy Naigle
Seasoned Southern Sleuths, Book 4
I’m continuing to enjoy the antics of the Seasoned Southern Sleuths. When this story opens, they’re attending the funeral of a famous movie star who’s going to be buried near Lillian’s estate. They’re guests because Sera’s husband happens to be a Hollywood producer. For some reason, Abby Ruth is off somewhere (that’s explained later), so Lillian is coerced into hosting a guest who would normally be staying at the witch’s bed and breakfast. The ladies soon have two mysteries to solve: someone steals a pair of jewel-studded gauntlets from the movie star’s western costume, and all of Abby Ruth’s arsenal goes missing. Since Lillian is the last person seen touching the gauntlets, she’s a suspect. The ladies need to find the guns and the gauntlets, and Sera needs to decide whether she belongs in Hollywood or Summer Shoals, Georgia.
Time Will Tell: Winter in Cherrybrook by Charlotte Brothers
A Year in Cherrybrook, Book 4
Charlotte was my guest author last month here at Four Foxes, One Hound, explaining how she went about changing her book covers for this series. This is the final book, and I enjoyed it greatly. It’s what is known as a seasoned romance, as it features a couple older than what is seen in most romance stories. Dr. Rafe Reynolds is a widower whose daughter Ellen is about to be married. Ellen worries about her father being alone with no one to remind him to rest and eat. She enlists the help of Rafe’s sister, who then recruits their childhood friend Lavinia to find the perfect wife for him. Lavinia does her best, while fighting the return of her long-suppressed feelings for the doctor.
Nine Ladies Dancing: Christmas in London by various authors (including me!)
This collection of eleven sweet regency romances is a bargain at 99 cents! My contribution is Lost in Lavender, released by Dingbat Publishing a few years ago. As most of the stories have been previously published as single titles, I’d already read a few of them, and I am so honored to have my book included! I’ll be diving into some of the rest in between my holiday preparations. If you enjoy historical romance, you’ll be sure to find something you like in this book!
I have a copy of that anthology, but it’s somewhere in the middle of my TBR pile. But I just rec’d — for my birthday earlier this month — a new Kindle reader that makes my use of E-books MUCH easier.
I’ve only read the first in the “seasoned sleuths” series (which I reviewed on a Hound Day blog, I think) and have been eager to get to the rest. Alas, the second vol. in also buried somewhere in my TBR pile.
I like the idea of the sub-genre of romances for people no longer in their 20s & 30s. Not sure “seasoned” is the exact term I’d select for that target audience, but it’ll do until we can come up with a better one.
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I actually belong to an online RWA chapter called the Seasoned Romance Writers, for those of us who write about heroes and heroines over 40 (which to me is still young). Hope you get a lot of use out of your new e-reader!
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I also have this buried in my Kindle. The one with mine logs in on my phone and I don’t really know how people do so much on their phone! I can get to places, but the apps just don’t respond like the sites do on my computer. I may have to figure out if I can use one of the laptops people keep leaving around here to read on, as our OTHER Kindle account is logged into my PC.
I enjoy seeing your recommendations. You always find something that looks good.