Come Home to Deep River by Jackie Ashenden

Silas and Hope were best friends from childhood. Si has been away from Deep River, Alaska for 13 years when he finds out after the death of his friend, Cal’s will leaves him ownership of the entire town. After Si gets back to Deep River he reconnects with Hope and they both try to get their lives back on track. Good story but I found the plot to be a little slow and too wordy. Still a sweet, romantic read that worth reading.

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon

Kudos to Amy Harmon and her colorful, emotional depiction of the overland crossings from Missouri to California in the 1800’s. I love this era in our country ‘s history and have read hundreds of fictional and nonfictional accounts. I must say that this book was one of the very best fictional stories that I’ve read in a long time. The author uses a blend of fictional and nonfictional characters to create a gripping, believable story of love, family and tragedy. John Lowery is a “half-breed”, with a white father and Pawnee mother. He is a mule breeder and trainer who helps his father in the mule business. He gets to know the May family while traveling with the wagon train to California and is immediately taken by the daughter, Naomi. Both are complicated characters with stories both known and unknown. If you love this type of story, dig in and enjoy, you won’t be sorry!

Private Means by Cree LeFavour

Alice and Peter have been married for over twenty years. Peter is a successful psychiatrist with a thriving practice. Alice has just lost her dog and she feels like her life is doomed from that point on. The couple go though the motions in their loveless relationship, hanging on to illicit passion from others. I found the story to be strangely written, very slow with dull, emotionless characters. Sorry, this book is not for me.

Revenge is Sweet by Kaye George

This story takes place in the beautiful, Hill Country town of Fredericksburg, Texas. Tally Holt is the owner of her new candy shop, Tally’s Olde Tyme Sweets. The local handyman and adopted son of the mayor, Gene, is a real ladies man. He has been friendly with most of the single ladies in town that Tally knows. Gene has been doing repairs for Tally in her sweet shop when he is found murdered by a pair of scissors that belong to Tally’s best friend. Tally then takes it upon herself to find out who stabbed the handyman. Witty dialogue and characters make this book a solid four stars.

A Simple Wedding by Leigh Duncan

Jennifer goes to Hearts Landing to plan a wedding for her famous cousin. The problem is that she meets a handsome baker in town who threatens to steal her heart away. Unfortunately, she has promised her cousin not to reveal who the true bride is. One of the best “feel good” romantic stories I’ve read in a long time. Brought to you by Hallmark Publishers, this gem of a story is guaranteed to warm your heart.

A Highlander in a Pickup by Laura Trentham

I loved the entertaining romantic story of a real Highlander in Highland, Georgia. Anna is in charge of the Highland Festival this year and wonders how she’ll do it alone until she meets the handsome Iian Conner.  A sweet story with entertaining characters and an engaging story.  A solid four stars for this one.