All It Takes by Kristen Proby

Sienna Hendricks is a public attorney who is smart, grounded and loves her work and her family. She is the attorney for a family issue and is pitted against a handsome attorney, Quinn Cavanaugh. The two attorneys are ordered to work together on the issue so they begin spending lots of time together. The attraction is there but Quinn comes with a history of living in the moment and not able to really commit. He is sure that he wants Sienna for more than a fling but she is totally against even beginning anything with a playboy like him. Kristen Proby writes a great story and this one will not disappoint! Four stars for this one!

Thanks to Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins, for allowing me to read and review this book. Publication date is July 30, 2019.

A Rainbow Above Us by Sharon Sala

Bowie James has been gone from Blessings, Georgia since he was young. He hated the idea of coming back but he had to help his grandma and aunt with their home that was demolished in a recent hurricane. He brings the ladies and their friend, Rowan, to live in his motor home while the house is being rehabbed. Rowan is also a victim of the storm, losing her home and her grandfather. She is kind, beautiful and loved by the two older ladies which endears her to Bowie very quickly. Bowie has his own big trouble in town from the first day with a family that has long been in a feud with his relatives. Author, Sharon Sala, once again hits a homer with this sweet story. Realistic characters and a well-woven story make this five stars for me! 

Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

The Reluctant Rake by Jane Ashford

Sir Richard Beckwith goes to a notorious club one night and bids on a lovely young maiden. 
He pays 2,000 quid and wins her. His reason is to have the girl free from a degrading experience and he is sadly mistaken. Bess, the maiden wants to become a kept woman, not a woman who has a job. The trouble is that Sir Richard is engaged to the beautiful Miss Julia Devere. Julia has seen Sir Richard with Bess and she suddenly realizes that she will have to fight to keep her fiance’. She is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that they are married! This story is a fun, charming story. Four stars for the characters and clever plot! 

Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, for allowing me to read and review this book.

Cowboy Christmas Homecoming by June Faver

Stephanie Gayle, one heck of a firefighter, is trying to make it in a man’s world! Zach Garrett comes home from Afghanistan, lost and weary. He has lost his family ranch but is taken in by his loving uncle, Big Jim Garrett, and all his cousins and their families. Life is lonely for Zach until he meets Stephanie and helps her in a fight for her life! This sweet story is just perfect for the holiday season. The characters are real and endearing, the story has many twists and turns that will captivate the reader. I really liked it and am happy to give it five big stars for the five points of the Lone Star! 

Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks for allowing me to read and review this book. Publication date is September 24, 2019.

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

Issy literally grew up baking with her dear grandpa as he taught her everything he knew in his own successful bakery. Still, the love of baking was just a hobby for her so when she was let go of her job in an office position, her first thoughts were to do the one job that made her the happiest! Issy has a host of friends and her grandpa that take the story into a comfy, sweet corner. You’ll cheer for Issy, hang your head when she has dips in her life but you will be thoroughly entertained by the wit and thoughtful prose written by Jenny Colgon. Her characters are made to become attached to you and her story to endear you! So take a trip to the London suburbs and engross yourself with this lovely novel. Five perfect stars for this one. 

Thanks to SourceBooks Landmark, an imprint of Sourcebooks for allowing me to read and review this book. Publication date is July 2, 2019.

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper

Working for a council office in the U. K. can be a bit harrowing when the job entails investigating the deaths of those with no known relatives. (After doing some research, I am assuming that the council office in an area of England is a local government entity. I am not sure if it is like a county government in the U.S. but I am assuming that it a close comparison.) Andrew is that person who works for the Council office and does the investigations, no matter how how sad or gruesome the death scene may be. He is a man with hidden life experiences that he refuses to face. He leads a solitary life whose only entertainment comes from Ella Fitzgerald tunes and miniature train sets. His office has three quirky workers until the stabilizing new hire, Peggy, comes into the picture. Peggy becomes a friend and Andrew begins to change his life. This book has so many facets, emotions and nuances that make up the story. It was a different kind of story, but one that kept me hooked until the end. I give this well-written book four solid stars for being quirky, engaging and fulfilling until the end. 

Thanks to Penguin Group Putnam for allowing me to read and review this book.

Wicked Highland Ways by Mary Wine

A travel back to Scotland is just what Brenda Grant wanted. What she didn’t want was to be wedded to Chief Bothan Gunn! The most important thing in the world to her is to be able to get her freedom and keep it ! For that matter, she didn’t want to be married to any man to become his chattel forever. This historical romance has a good story line and good characters. I just had to force myself to finish. The plot was slow and forced. I didn’t feel the attraction between the characters. I think that I would have enjoyed it more if I had read any of the other books in the series. I found Brenda to be pretty head strong but other than that, was not very interesting. For these reasons, I had to give the book two stars. 

Thanks to SourceBooks Casablanca for allowing me to read and review this book.

Beach Wedding Weekend by Rachel Magee

Paige is a wedding planner who runs into her old flame at one of her weddings. Problem number one is he’s still gorgeous. Problem number two is that she still feels that zing of attraction when they look into each other’s eyes. Problem number three is the biggest one; he’s got a devastatingly beautiful actress on his arm! Hallmark movies are so much fun and this new book will make a great one! Four stars for this wedding planner!

Seven Letters by J. P. Monninger

Kate Moreton is a PhD candidate at Dartmouth who has an opportunity to go to Ireland to do research on the Blasket Islands. She is very serious about doing her research and vows not to get involved in a love relationship. Kate meets Ozzie, a handsome fisherman who is Irish-American, living now in Ireland and quickly forgets her promise! The two enter into a relationship that proves to be as rocky as the Irish coast! A powerful story that will have the reader turning pages as quickly as possible to see how the story ends. Endearing characters and beautiful locations that are described in such detail that you will see the landscape and feel the sand under your feet! A solid four stars for this emotional story! 

Thanks to St. Martin’s Press for allowing me to read and review this book.

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait by Alison Weir

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait is the fourth book in the “Six Tudor Queens”series written by Alison Weir. In this book, Henry VIII is older with medical issues and he has just suffered the loss of his wife, Jane Seymour. He now has to marry again and he chooses Anna, only after he sees a portrait of her. She arrives in England, is married to the king but Henry has the marriage annulled and she is allowed to live out her life in a comfortable fashion. Obviously, she is the “lucky” queen when it comes to Henry VIII. I have enjoyed reading Alison Weir’s stories in the past. She always presents a beautiful picture of a historical figure based on research. I really didn’t know that much about Anna of Kleve and found the book to be very interesting. The only reason I gave it three stars is because I thought the story dragged a bit and kept the same problems in Anna’s life popping up (redundantly) throughout the story. Still, I do recommend this book as well as any other written by Alison Weir. She is a phenomenal writer and her extensive research makes her books excellent reading!