The English Wife by Adrienne Chinn

The story of a family, in 1940’s England and in 2000’s Newfoundland. Ellie is a young lady in 1940, just beginning a new job and dealing with World War II. She meets a soldier from Newfoundland while she is engaged to her life-long friend, George. The future story begins on 9/11, 2001. Ellie had an estranged sister, Dottie, that lived back in England . Her adult daughter, Sophie, is on a flight to NY City that is diverted to Newfoundland because of 9/11. Sophie meets a biker, Sam, and the story begins. The book moves from present to past in each chapter. I never have been a fan of books written this way and it holds true for this one. I think the continuity of the story is out of sync this way and the reader loses any momentum gained in interest along the way. It also makes the characters more one-dimensional and shallow. The results are characters that the reader cannot identify with or even care about.

The Outlaw’s Daughter by Margaret Brownley

The outlaw’s daughter was never accepted by the town’s people. She seemed to never gain their approval until she married her husband, Neal. Now Neal is dead after becoming the town hero. A handsome Texas Ranger, Matt Taggert, is in town and believes that Neal was a bank robber. He and Elle May feel a powerful attraction that that may not come to fruition because of her husband’s and her own pasts. Enjoyable story about a great time with strong women in our American history.

The Amish School Teacher by Jerry Eicher

A beautiful, emotional story of a young Amish teacher who moves away to a new Amish community to teach. Mary meets Marcus Yoder, a handsome, brooding farmer who is so sure that Mary is not someone that he could ever have a relationship with. This is one of the sweetest, most heart-felt story of healing hearts and precious first love. I loved this book and look forward to reading more of Jerry Eicher.

Once in a Blue Moon by Sharon Sala

Cathy Terry has a secret that she’s not willing to tell. Shes been threatened and stalked by her mobster ex-husband and she has fled Las Vegas for fear of her life. She is traveling solo, believing that she’ll never having peace again when she stumbles upon the lovely town of Blessings, Georgia. Everyone she meets is kind and helpful, including Duke Talbot. Duke becomes her protector and helps her as she faces her worse fears. This book is number 10 in the Blessings, Georgia series. Solid characters and an interesting plot make this a book worth reading!

Grownups by Marian Keyes

I love usually love Marian Keyes’ books but this one was an exception. This book was too long with too many characters and too many side stories. Still her characters were richly developed and her dialogue was as witty as ever. Sorry, I tried but couldn’t even finish this because I got so tired of trying to figure out who everyone was. Now I know why there was a family tree on the inside of the cover!

Easy Keto Meal Prep by Aaron Day

This books shows 8 weekly meal plans and over 60 low carb recipes in its description of how to prep meals in advance. The author is an accredited nutritional therapist and clinical weight loss practitioner. He fully explains the Keto diet and integrates intermittent fasting as well as sound nutritional practices. His recipes look great, like the Mexican style breakfast muffins. Of course there are also great directions for each recipe and full shopping lists for each week.

Wind River Undercover by Lindsay McKenna

Anna and Gabe work together with the DEA to fight against a drug lord who has plans to infiltrate the Wind River Valley. This book is part of a series of excellent stories about veterans getting their lives back together. This book was more about explanations of relationships, lives, and drug operations. Anna and Gabe’s relationship seemed forced, stilted and artificial. Unfortunately, this was not up to par with the other books in the series.

Always Enough by Kelly Elliot

Kaylee has just moved to the big skies of Montana. She meets an ex-bull rider on the rodeo circuit, Ty Shaw. Ty is famous in his hometown, not only for bull riding but for being a man who never has trouble finding single woman! Ty is convinced that he will never settle down with one woman, that is, until he meets Kaylee. The attraction is there, now Kaylee needs to get Ty to let go of the fear and apprehension that is keeping him from his own happiness. Great story and wonderful characters make this an enjoyable story for mature readers.

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.