Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Review: Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Annie Marlow has been through the worst. Rocked by tragedy, she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of many family vacations when Annie was a teenager.

Once there, Annie begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks in part to the folks she meets: a local painter, Keaton, whose large frame is equal to his big heart-and who helps Annie fix up her rental cottage by the sea; Mellie, the reclusive, prickly landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. But it is Keaton to whom Annie feels most drawn. His quiet, peaceful nature offers her both comfort and reprieve from her grief, and the two begin to grow closer.

Then events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms id the haven-and the man-she's come to call home.

In this heartwarming tale, Annie finds that the surest way to fix what is damaged within is to help others rise above their pain and find a way to heal.

I have to be honest I started this book a year ago and forgot about it because I was busy with life. I enjoyed this book. I thought it was written very well. There are some twists and turns in the story. I just love Debbie Macomber books.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Currently Reading

I am reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. This is a big book it  is broken down into five parts. I will be posting reading progress updates along the way.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Review: Date to the Rescue(Do-Over Date Series Book 4) by Susan Hatler

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Super organized Lucy Remington is done getting burned by unreliable men, so she's giving up hot and spicy and holding out for reliable and responsible. When her friend sets her up on a blind date, she agrees to make dinner for a man who sounds like the very definition of stable: an accountant.

The only problem? Lucy is the queen of toasters and takeout. But she's determined to make a home cooked dinner for her upcoming date.Instead of whipping up a delicious meal on her trail run, though, she ends up setting her kitchen on fire! Even worse, she finds herself in the arms of a handsome man who makes her heart race.

Firefighter Jake Bryant maybe a genuine hero, but he's like the curry Lucy wishes she could make -- hot, delicious, and unforgettable. Therefore he's a dating mistake waiting to happen. Despite the fact that Jake makes her laugh and she craves his company, Lucy's mind is made up: she's sticking to the date with the uncomplicated accountant.

To Lucy's surprise, Jake offers to teach her how to cook so she can impress her blind date. Confident in her willpower, she agrees. Soon, however, Lucy's hungering for sweet icing more than plain old flour. Can Jake rescue Lucy's southing technique? And with a little cayenne here and a dash of chili pepper there, can he rescue her heart as well?

I am loving this series and the characters. I found the story to be sweet, cute, charming, and fun. I just love happy endings. I am almost done with this series. There is one more book in the series but it doesn't come out until May 26th.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Review: The Date Next Door (Do-Over Date Series Book 3) by Susan Hatler

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Carefree Hannah Griffin's life is on track: she's spending time with friends and working to win over her new boss at work after a substantial promotion. Soon, however, disaster strikes, when a potential client refuses to answer her calls. Then Hannah's long-time and unrequited crush, super polished Blake Remington moves in next door.

Hannah has ignored her feelings for her best friend's older brother by keeping her distance, but now he's popping by every day. When Blake reveals he has an extra ticket to a couple's golf tournament, Hannah discovers her potential client will be there and offers to be Blake's date. One major problem: Hannah doesn't know how to golf.

As Blake teaches Hannah to golf, she struggles with feeling out of place in his country club world. Blake's kindness and flirting help her feel at ease. As Hannah's feelings grow, her crush on Blake turns into love and she wonders if she and Blake might have a chance - until Blake's classy ex returns, determined to win him back.

Will the boy Hannah had always loved break her heart, or will Blake realize she's the one he's been looking for?

Well I am almost done with this series.  I love the characters in these books. I thought the story was written very well. It's sweet and cute and fun. Susan Hatler is my favorite author.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Currently Reading

I am reading Date to the Rescue (Do-Over Date Series Book 4) by Susan Hatler. I will be posting reading progress updates along the way. Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Review: The Double Date Disaster (Do-Over Date Series Book 2) by Susan Hatler

Here is a summary of what the book is about. City girl Jennifer Page works sixteen - hour days and has little time for love. But when her best friend proposes they go on a blind  double date, Jennifer doesn't hesitate to say yes. What's better for her overworked soul than time with her best friend, and a new sushi restaurant, and a cute guy?

Outdoor adventurist Dylan Douglas is surprised when his blind date shows up for whitewater rafting dressed to the nines in high heels. Turns out the only experience she has with the outdoors is when she almost got eaten by a bear as a kid. Despite the mix-up, Jennifer continues with the date and Dylan admires her spunk.

Jennifer and Dylan have little in common, but he turns out to be fun and insightful. As they spend time together, Jennifer realizes an adventurist girl has been hiding inside her this whole time. Will their differences tear them apart or teach them that a rafting disaster can turn into the love of a lifetime?

I thought this was a cute sweet story. I could not put it down. Susan Hatler is a wonderful writer. I just love her books. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Review: A Million Dollar Date (Do-Over Date Series Book 1) by Susan Hatler

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Abigail Apple is running late to meet her blind date when she's pulled over for speeding. Unfortunately, the follow-the-rules cop doesn't care that she's late, let alone that she's heartbroken because her favorite dog rescue is in danger of being closed. Now she has to meet her date with mud drying on her heels, dog hair covering her dress, and the smell of a barn perfuming her hair.

When she arrives, however, Abigail learns her handsome blind date is none other than the cop who pulled her over. Abigail has no intention of staying until she learns Cooper Hill is heading a committee for the city that will award a six-figure donation to a charity of their choice. So, what's a girl to do? Abigail decides a second date is the perfect way to convince Cooper to vote for the dog rescue. Soon, however Abigail is less interested in Cooper's vote than she is in his deep voice, kind heart, and tender touch.

Will this follow-the-rules cop and this follows-her-heart animal lover learn that despite poor first impressions, second chances can lead to love?

When you read on of Susan Hatler's book you know it is going to be good clean fun. I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was written well. I could not put it down. I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Happy Reading Everyone!