What You Wish For by Katherine Center

I really expected to love this book because I read Katherine Center’s, Things You Save in a Fire and dearly loved it! This book fell flat for me after it had so many things going for it. The story takes place on Galveston Island, Texas, a place I live very close to. It was about schools and a librarian and I’m a retired teacher/librarian. It had romance in it and I love romance! But, this story did not make me want to sit and read for hours, it didn’t excite me, in fact, I really just wanted it to end! The book had too many characters that I didn’t care for and a school that sounded like none I’ve ever worked in. There was of course, a case of unrequited love that had no sparks or believably. Sorry, it was just not a book for me.

Hello, Summer by Mary Kay Andrews

Sarah Conley Hawkins was a highly successful reporter for a big newspaper in Atlanta. She decides to change jobs and then suddenly that job doesn’t work out. Conley retreats to her grandmother’s home in Florida to figure out what she will do with her life now. Soon after returning home, she witnesses a strange car accident that takes the life of a Florida congressman. She decides to begin investigative reporting for the local family newspaper and finds a murky past in the life of the dead congressman. This ignites her to dig deeper into this dangerous story to find out the real truth. A great story and engaging characters make this a great book to put at the top of your summer reading lists!

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.