Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

In a small southern town, a young woman is released from prison with the understanding that she is on parole and expected to refurbish a mural for the town that was done years ago by an elusive painter. Interesting plot that became more engaging as the book continued. Very involved story line that unfolds with hidden secrets and stereotypical characters.

The Arrangement by Sylvia Day

Tales of arrangement, marriage and love written by three different authors. These stories are all featuring characters of strength and resilience in 1800’s England. Solid female characters highlight the stories as they face marriage by arrangement with unexpected results. The authors also have many first chapters of some of their other books for readers to sample.

The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg

Women representing every decade in a small town in Missouri, meet together to confess something that they have done. A particularly interesting story line to me is about a single member and her new friendship with a homeless man. This book has are many different story lines that I know will appeal to each reader. Elizabeth Berg is a talented author who takes ordinary people with simple lives and weaves their story into a dramatic and emotional tale. This book gets five stars for readability and realistic plots. I loved it!

Westering Women by Sandra Dallas

A new tale highlighting a group of women traveling west to become brides for California gold miners. An eclectic group of women leave Chicago in 1852, most trying to escape their past. I found the story to lean heavily on stereotypes to try to create every kind of personality that one might expect in that time.

Wicked Cowboy Wolf by Kait Ballenger

The stars of this book are the cowboy wolf-shifters who are in an organized pack and must fight vampires who are trying to kill them all. The sister of the leader, Maeve Grey, is embroiled in the whole plot and the bloodsuckers are trying to find her to use her in an experiment that they think will help them defeat the wolf-shifters. She must try to get away from the vampires and the only person/shifter who can help her is a disgraced outlaw, former Grey Wolf, Jared Black. Jared has his radar tuned into Maeve! He lost her once but swears that that will never happen again. Things are getting HOT on the range!

The Mail Order Bride’s Secret by Linda Broday

Melanie and her twin sister get into trouble and the only way that Melanie can save her sister is to marry a wanted outlaw. No one told her that Tait (the outlaw) was a handsome gunslinger who now was caring for his three orphaned niece and nephews. Tait needs Melanie to help with the children but neither one expected to be attracted to each other. It was just supposed to be a union that needed to happen for each one’s personal reasons. The kids really steal the story in this trip to the Wild West! I really enjoyed laughing at their antics and liked this story that can boast of many great characters. Four stars for this one!