Finding Love in Unexpected Places

When the Right ONe Comes Along
“When the Right One Comes Along” is the first novel in Kate James’ new K-9 trilogy.  Cal Palmer, a K-9 search and rescue officer, and his dog Scout are working the scene of a high rise rescue after a devastating earthquake in San Diego.  As a result of aftershocks he is significantly injured.  Jessica Hensen is a trauma surgeon at the site of the worst damage.  When they meet they both feel something special. Continue reading

You Can Go Home Again!

The Truth About Hope
Kate James’ soon to be released new novel is a wonderful story of going home again and second chances.  When Hope’s mother dies when she is 17, she is forced to leave her boyfriend Luke and all that she has known in Canyon Creek.  The father that abandoned them both, as well as the town, insists that she come and live with him in San Jose, CA.

When Hope turns 18 she leaves her aloof father and strikes out to make her own way in the world.  Eventually she reunites with her father again and is charged with going back to Canyon Creek and making reparations for him.  Will the towns people forgive her or her father for their abandonment?  What about Luke, whom she still loves?

This was a great story that truly was ‘heartwarming’.  The characters James created are both real and easy to relate to.  The locals who are less than welcoming when she returns – anyone who’s lived in a small turn can relate to those types.  Luke and Hope – each with their own secrets and yearnings are any young lovers.

I really enjoyed Hope’s story and recommend it if you are looking for a ‘feel good’ read.

Beautiful Sentences

I always enjoy finding that perfect sentence in a book.  The one that speaks to me and I need to write it out in a special book that I keep just for that. Sometimes it’s a whole passage that I just need to keep to be able to read again and again.

Here is a post that shares many others’ favorite sentences:

51 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Literature

Courtesy of Buzzfeed

Love and Heartache

His Name Was Ben
“His Name Was Ben”, by Paulette Mahurin is a tender, heart wrenching tale of love and friendship.  Sara is battling an aggressive form of breast cancer when she meets Ben in the waiting room of her oncologists office.  She is immediately drawn to him and surreptitiously gets his phone number.  She has just entered a clinical trial for a new treatment for her cancer and is hopeful it will work. Continue reading

An Illusion of Serenity

Life Drawing
“Life Drawing” by Robin Black is an intriguing and disquieting story of a couple struggling through the betrayals and intimacies that make up life.  Gus and Owen moved to the country to isolate themselves so Owen could write and Gus could paint.  As well, they were trying to distance themselves from the affair that Gus had and which continues to haunt them both. From the very start of the book we know that Owen has died and that is when Gus begins to relate the story of how it came to pass. Continue reading

Vibrant Historical Tale

“Midwife of Venice” by Roberta Rich is a vibrant tale of 16th century Venice and the trials and tribulations of a Jewish couple living in an era of Christian persecution. Hannah Levi is a much sought after mid-wife who created secret ‘birthing spoons’ to help reluctant babies to be born.  Her husband, Isaac, has been captured and enslaved in Malta.  When a Christian count requests her assistance with his wife’s protracted birth she agrees, even though she knows it is against the law, because she will earn enough to ransom her husband back.  Continue reading

Friendships & Healing

The Language of Sparrows
“The Language of Sparrows” by Rachel Phifer is an engaging story of teenage angst, miscommunication and family dynamics.  Sierra Wright is 15 years old and brilliant, especially in languages.  She seems unable to communicate in her own language to the people who matter and goes through life hiding from everyone. Continue reading

Ghosts and Hidden Memories

The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit
“The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit”, by Graham Joyce is a spooky, ephemeral look and a pivotal summer in one young man’s life.  David Barwise is a college student who takes a summer job at a resort in a small beach town on the North Sea.  He was drawn to the town by a photo he found amongst his mother’s things, depicting him there with his father at the age of three. Continue reading

Heartwarming Holiday

A Child's Christmas
“A Child’s Christmas” by Kate James is a ‘feel good’ story for any season.  Paige is a single-mother with a very sick 7 year-old son, Jason.  They are facing his third battle with brain cancer and the prognosis isn’t promising.  Worried that it may be his last Christmas, Paige agrees when a friend suggests the Wish I May Foundation for fulfilling Jason’s Christmas wishes.  Enter Daniel, a handsome lawyer who gets matched with Jason to make his wishes come true.  Continue reading

Family – For Better or Worse

This Is Where I Leave You
“This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper is a melancholy, sometimes humorous look at family angst and dysfunction.  Judd Foxmann’s father has died after a lengthy illness and his mother has gathered the family together to sit Shiva.  The siblings are all equally bewildered by this last request from their non-religious father. The Foxmann’s have not been together as a family for quite some time and now they will be forced to sit together in the same room for seven straight days. Continue reading