Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson

Nancy Drew is seventeen and back in her hometown. This colorful, well-illustrated graphic novel has all the appeal for teenagers of today! Nancy is an adventurous, fast-talking young lady now and is meeting old friends in town. She must find out who is trying to kill her! Wow! Nancy sure has changed since I knew her many years ago but I think that I like her hard exterior and sassy comebacks! Lots of action and plenty of fun make this a four star for me. As a retired librarian, I would think that most middle school and high school students would enjoy this book.

This book will be available April 2, 2019.

Moonlight & Whiskey by Tricia Lynne

Avery and her friend are in New Orleans for a fun vacation. They are drawn to the Big Easy’s nightlife and meet some very interesting people along the way. Avery meets a handsome singer and the two are drawn together in a mutual attraction. The story was appealing but I was drawn to the aspect that Avery was a “curvy” woman and had some anxiety about her size. She was not the “perfect” woman character like most are in romantic stories, she was a “real” woman like most people are today. The singer that she meets has no qualms about her size. It was refreshing to read about real people with real issues! This story line scored four stars for me!

Moonlight & Whiskey by Tricia Lynne will be available March 12, 2019 from Loveswept, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Grace After Henry by Eithne Shortall

Grace and Henry have been together for over five years in Dublin, Ireland and feel like their love is powerful and complete. Henry is in-route to meet Grace when he is killed in a freak accident. The world stops for Grace as she tries to continue on with her life in a sad and heart-wrenching manner. Grace moves into the home that the two had planned to buy and she is overcome with grief that hampers her work and sheer existence. She is so consumed with sadness that she imagines she sees Henry everywhere in her daily life. Suddenly one day she is stunned when she has a plumber knocking on her door who looks identical to Henry. Andy actually is Henry’s long-lost twin who has come to Dublin to look into his past. Grace must fight the urge to see him as her Henry and to avoid transferring her feelings to Andy. The plot is an emotional landmine that seems able to blow up at every twist and turn of the story. Emotions do run high in this novel of loss and second chances. I gave this quirky, love story four stars for appeal and “couldn’t put it down”ness.

Grace After Henry will be available March 12, 2019 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group Putnam. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Dangerous Beauty by J. T. Geissinger

Eva is living a solitary life on the island of Cozumel. She looks around herself constantly to make sure she isn’t being followed. She is the hunted and her Russian hunter will never give up until he has her back in his own sick way. Naz has been hired by the Russian to keep his eyes on her. Naz is a man who knows how to be silent, protective and quick as he does his job the way the Russian wants it done. Eva stumbles across Naz but he never gives away his true reason for being on the island. Naz continues to watch and he and Eva “bump” into each other again and again, becoming closer and closer. Naz must tell her the truth, but he doesn’t want to lose the relationship that they have built. I was pleasantly surprised to enjoy this romantic, mystery/ thriller. In fact, I really enjoyed the story and cast of characters! This book gets four surprise stars from me!

This book will be available on March 26, 2019 from Montlake Romance. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson

George Emerson has only one week left before he takes an early retirement from his teaching career as a high school English teacher. George has always been the eligible bachelor in town but at fifty-five, he still sees himself as independent and tries very hard to push away any advances by single women. Willow West grew up as a “wild child”, first in a commune, but still a free spirit as shown by her Bohemian (style) dress and lifestyle. Willow’s grandson is in George’s English class and she meets George when she requests his help with college entrance. George and Willow have a pattern of meeting and fumbling through their friendship in a sweet and heartwarming story. This Christian fiction book had me glued to the pages all the way to the end. I loved the characters, the prim and proper George to the mellow Willow and the supporting family and friends. There is a strong Christian theme that develops in the last half of the book. The endearing story makes this one of the best novels I’ve read this year.

This book will be available March 5, 2019 from Revell. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Mastering the Instant Pot by Jenny Dorsey

Very thorough instructions about the instant pot and what functions you can actually perform with it. The author starts out with the basics and graduates to advanced techniques. I actually have one and was hoping to get some basic recipes that would give detailed instructions. Much to my disappointment, there are no recipes. So, I actually was not that impressed, it’s more of a book for those who might be thinking about buying one and finding out what you can do with it. It’s pretty short, couldn’t you add a section with recipes?

Hard-Riding Cowboy by Stacey Kennedy

Megan Harrison spends most of her time working hard to make her bar, Kinky Boots, a success. She’s also always been secretly in love with retired bull-rider, Nash Blackshaw, for as long as she can remember. They finally get together for one night of passion and then the two part ways. Megan knows that they can never be happy together because her father and Nash have been in a never-ending feud over their land and property for years. Nash thinks he can make things work with Megan but his hate for her father is always the big issue between the two. A sweet story from a surprise angle makes this a four star read for me!

This book is available from Swerve, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Hired by Zoey Castile

Faith is trying to help her mother win the election for mayor of New Orleans. She meets a handsome stranger, Adien, not realizing that he is a paid escort. It seems that his wealthy client has left him in New Orleans and he now has an empty schedule, hotel room and (ahem!) bed! Instant connection between the two tends to be tricky as Adien tries to keep his true employment a secret from Faith. A fun story and a different plot kept me reading and make this a four star book!

Hired by Zoey Castile will be published February 26, 2019 by Kensington Books. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

The Wayward Bride by Anna Bradley

She rides her horse at break-neck speed to go past the home of the one man she’s madly in love with. Isla rides deep into the woods to get home but has to go through a storm of freezing ice and falling tree limbs. At the same time, her betrothed has a terrible accident in his carriage and feels himself drowning as two powerful arms pull him to safety! Isla feels that she is in love with the wrong man while her betrothed Lord Sydney is in the throes of magnetic attraction to his handsome rescuer. Twists, turns and romance make this a four star book for me!

The Wayward Bride by Anna Bradley will be available February 26, 2019 from Lyrical Press, an imprint of Kensington Books. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Build by Gillian Archer

Motorcyclist and mechanic extraordinaire, Austin Burns, owns a motorcycle shop that caters to some of the most extravagant and expensive custom bikes owners around. His three brothers work with him in the shop. All four Burns brothers have bachelorhood down to a “t” and celebrate their independence almost every night with drinking and carousing. Austin has never been in love or ever plans to be so! He’s never met the woman of his dreams, that is until he meets single mom, Rachel Tennenbaum. Gillian Archer once again writes a smoothly crafted story about a motorcycle bad boy and the the woman he loves! I love Gillian Archer so this is a big five stars for me!

This book is now available from Gillian Archer. An egalley of this book was made available by the publisher in exchange for a honest review.