Just After Midnight – Catherine Ryan Hyde

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Faith has fled to her family’s California beach house in efforts to flee a controlling and borderline abusive marriage. Enjoying the solitude of the quiet shore, she is taking the time she needs to heal. Then she spots a young girl sitting on the beach in the dark in a lotus position – and an unusual friendship is born.

Sarah is a young teenaged girl who flees to her grandmother after her mother’s sudden death, and her father’s apparent betrayal – he sold Sarah’s prized horse without even telling her. Sarah also has a secret – a suspicion that her mother’s death didn’t quite happen they way she was told it did.

As Faith and Sarah bond over their unusual circumstances, Sarah’s Dad is discovered to be close by, prompting Faith and Sarah to flee, while her grandmother attempts to gain custody. Sarah requests that they head to Paso Robles – where Midnight is presently boarded. As they arrive and walk towards the ring where Midnight is being ridden, she throws her rider, jumps the fence, and runs to Sarah.

As Sarah bonds again with her horse and faces anew the probability of loss, she shares her suspicious about her father’s role in her mother’s death – and Faith comes to terms with her shattered marriage and her own uncertain future.

A sweet novel about love, loss, trust, pain, growth, self-determination and perseverance…just a beautiful story!!

Available on 4 December 2018

Unspeakable – Elisabeth Naughton

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Russell ‘Rusty’ McClane considers himself to be a black sheep of sorts – adopted into his family as a teenager, he has ties to the past that will not let him go, and they continue to impact him now. Owner and proprietor of The Black Sheep Winery by day, by night he’s undertaking much more dangerous activities in hopes of making amends. Then the police show up at the door, investigating the disappearance of a young woman, that was last seen with Rusty.

Harper Blake is a disgraced cop. Wrongly accused of sexual harassment by a trusted partner, she now works as a private investigator for defense attorney Andrew Renwick. She is asked to assess the missing woman case and Rusty McClane’s possible involvement in her disappearance, in preparation for his arrest. But when she meets Rusty, the attraction is undeniable, even though she senses that he knows more than he’s sharing. As she investigates further, she learns of the Plague, and Rusty’s involvement in something big…but what?

This book combines complex, likable characters, along with edge of your seat suspense, and very steamy sex to create an un-put-downable story! Easily read as a standalone, the fact that it is the fourth in a series is a huge bonus for me! I WILL be reading them all. I am amazed that I haven’t discovered Elisabeth Naughton before this! If I could give it 6 stars, I would! Fantastic!!

Available November 20th, 2018

An Anonymous Girl – Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Would you share your innermost secrets, if it was anonymous??

Jessica Farris is a young cosmetician who visits individual homes to assist with make up for special occasions. On one such visit, a college girl mentions an ethics and morality study she’s signed up for, and decides she’ll likely blow off the meet. Jess is intrigued, as she needs some extra pocket cash, and the study reportedly pays a good amount. She secretly copies the info off her client’s phone and takes her place in the study the next morning.

Almost immediately, she is disconcerted by the questions, and the way the interviewer interacts with her between questions. But, comforted by the apparent anonymity, she answers the questions posed to her with honesty, revealing things that she has never shared with others. Seemingly satisfied with Jess’s responses, Dr. Shields invites her back for more questions, and eventually, to participate in scenarios. But what is Dr. Shields after and why? What do these seemingly random exercises mean? Soon, Jess finds herself caught in a web of paranoia and deception that seems to be beyond her control…

Told from the perspectives of the mysterious Dr. Shields and Jess herself, this story grabs you from the first page and keeps you enthralled until well after the very last page is turned. This one kept me up late into the night and had me at it again early in the morning! I couldn’t put it down!!

Due out 8 Jan 2019! Don’t miss it!!

Alaskan Holiday – Debbie Macomber

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I was fortunate to receive this novel from Netgalley.com as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review.

Josie Avery is a culinary school graduate and is anxiously awaiting her chance to begin studying under famed Chef Anton, when his newest restaurant opens in Seattle, come winter. For the time being, she’s cooking for a lodge up in Ponder, Alaska, a small, quiet town, north of Fairbanks. Accessible only by cargo plane, or ferry, Ponder is pretty remote, although they fairly recently received internet service.

Palmer Saxon is a native Alaskan and swordsmith, who has become a constant companion to Josie during her time there, as has Hobo, his beautiful Husky. Although their relationship has been nothing more than hand holding and kisses, Palmer is pretty sure that he wants Josie to remain in his life. Josie too, feels love for Palmer, and is torn between him and the opportunity that awaits her back in Seattle.

Jack Corcoran is an older, never married gentleman, who loves Josie’s cooking, and eats at the lodge every night. A curmudgeon at best, Jack too would like to see Josie stay, and Josie finds in him, the father figure that she never had. But, as autumn and snow arrive, despite a missed ferry ride, Josie finds her way to Seattle to begin her new career.

As the distance looms between them, daily conversations and texts become more and more sparse, and then Palmer chances to see a picture on Josie’s Facebook page that leads him to believe he is losing Josie. So, Palmer and Jack hatch a plan to go to Seattle to see her…

This was such a sweet, romantic story, and a perfect read for an early autumn day! I could almost see the snow falling in Alaska, and was cheering on Palmer and Jack as they plotted to get Josie back to Ponder, where clearly, she belongs! A quick, fun, read!!

Available 02 October 2018