Category Archives: Chic Lit

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.

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

Falling in Love

Me Before You
“Me Before You”, by Jojo Moyes, is an outstanding story that left me with a book hangover.  I just wasn’t able to move on to my next book right away. Continue reading

Romance in the Tropics

Silver Linings
“Silver Linings”, by Kate James, is so much more than just another romance story.  It has a depth and emotion to it that kept me glued to my chair long past when I should have been in bed, just so I could finish it. Continue reading

Secrets, Betrayals and Lies

The Husband's Secret
Liane Moriarty’s “The Husband’s Secret” is a sometimes humorous novel with a more serious underlying theme.  It will keep you turning pages to find out what happens next. Continue reading

A Reluctant Fairytale

Someone Else's Fairytale
“Someone Else’s Fairytale”, by E. M. Tippets is a fun romantic tale with a bit of suspense thrown in for good measure.  Chloe Winter’s is a hard-working student pursuing a post-graduate degree in forensic science in Albuquerque.  Her friend talks her into being an extra for a movie shoot where she meets Jason Vanderholt, one of Hollywood’s hottest stars.  Jason is quite taken with Chloe but she doesn’t have time in her life for romance, let alone the Hollywood nonsense.  He persists with friendship and romance follows. Continue reading

Reality Can Be Fun!

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“Unscripted” by Natalie Aaron & Marla Schwartz is a fun look at the crazy world of reality TV shows, with some romance thrown in.  Abby Edwards is a producer for a reality TV dating show.  When her ex-boyfriend is the screenwriter of a wildly successful movie she is left feeling that her life is going nowhere and not at all what she’d hoped it would be.  She’s been stuck in the reality world rut, scrabbling from one show to the next, with no way out. Continue reading

A Journey to Self Discovery

Book Review of The Sock Wars

“The Sock Wars”, by Maia Sepp, is the story of a young woman’s journey to self discovery following the death of her last remaining relative.

Lucy Tuttle thinks her life is on track.  She is a workaholic financial planner with her own condominium.  She lives life by the numbers and they bring her a sense of security.  She has a steady boyfriend, Oliver, an environmentalist who loves organic gardening and lentils. Continue reading

Poignant Tale of Love and Loss

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Melissa Foster’s novel, “Come Back to Me” is a poignant tale of love, loss and trust.  It tugs at the heart strings and makes you wish for second chances.

Tess Johnson owns a successful employment agency and her husband Beau is a photojournalist.  Beau is sent on assignment to Iraq where his helicopter crashes in the desert.  At the crash site no bodies are found. Continue reading