Blog Tour: Never Too Late by Robyn Carr

  • Never Too Late (Mar31)Title:  Never Too Late: A Novel
  • Author:  Robyn Carr
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Published:  March 2015 – Mira
  • Source:  Publisher/Little Bird Publicity

My take:  The McCarthy sisters are about to face big changes in their lives. Clare caught her husband of sixteen years cheating (again) and it’s the last straw. Maggie’s daughters are presenting the usual challenges that come with young teens. She’s also wondering why her husband doesn’t seem to find her attractive anymore. That has to be why their love life is lacking, right? In the years following their mother’s death, youngest McCarthy sister Sarah has become an almost reclusive artist  spending every waking moment at her studio. When will she find the courage to jump back into life?

When Clare flees the scene of her husband’s latest incident she’s involved in a terrible accident. Her recovery will take months and she’ll rely on her family like never before. There are a couple of male friends who will try to be part of her healing. Maggie can only hope there’s time to get her oldest daughter back on track. Sarah completes a self-makeover with interesting results. It’s not just Clare who’ll need the support of her sisters. All three will prove their love for each other through strength that only sisters can show.

I enjoyed Robyn Carr’s updated rerelease of Never Too Late. I didn’t have a chance to read it the first time around. There are moments with the mothers and their children that most mothers will relate to and I know many readers with sisters will find much that resonates. I’d recommend this book to fans of the author and contemporary women’s fiction.

Sunday Post

Book arrivals:  (linked to Mailbox Monday)

The Miracles of Prato  What I Remember Most (kindle:audible)  chronically me (memoir)

Last week on Bookfan:

the bookseller (Mar3)   the traveling tea shop (Mar3)   One True Heart (blog tour 3:25)

Currently reading:

Finding Glory (May26)

#FitReaders Weekly Check-in

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My cold left last week and I felt more like getting some regular exercise. Still on the treadmill because temps haven’t been out of the 30s (F). We’re supposed to reach the 40s and 50s in the week ahead so I’m looking forward to walking outdoors and listening to an audiobook. Have a great week!

Treadmill reading:

Finding Glory (May26)

Blog Tour Guest Post/Review: One True Heart by Jodi Thomas

One True Heart (blog tour 3:25)

Welcome to ONE TRUE HEART. Like waiting for fine chocolate, this book is one you will not want to miss.  For me the story is always about the people and I loved writing this story.  This one started at a real place I know well, the Amarillo airport where one night a man and a woman meet by accident.  She’s exhausted and on crutches.  He offers her  a ride to Harmony.  She’s a trained soldier and sees this professor type in glasses as no threat.  Only, while she sleeps, he steals a kiss.

When he drops her off at Winter’s Inn, the bed and breakfast, the inn keeper thinks he’s staying the night.  For the first time in year’s Drew is tempted to get involved.

As books often do, this story didn’t come to me as a thread; it came to me as a ball of multi-color yarn.  All of us live lives that are intertwined with those we love or fear or even hate.  All of us are looking for one true heart.  Some of us settle for less or even give up on finding what we’re looking for, but the people we meet and love all add a depth to us.  In ONE TRUE HEART I wanted to show that sometimes loving can win out.

I have three heroes in my story.  Drew has risked his life once and almost lost it, shattering his dreams.  Johnny thinks his dreams are small and is shattered and angry that even his simple dreams can’t come true.  Beau, on the other hand, has always dreamed big, but somewhere in climbing the ladder to success he’s lost sight of love.

As the story opens all three are about to find a kind of love they never dreamed could happen.  The only hard part is going to be hanging onto it.

To all my friends and fans, make a cup of tea, or a glass of wine, curl up in your favorite chair and open ONE TRUE HEART.  I promise I’ll leave you smiling as you read.

Read on,

Jodi Thomas 

1028_jodibioJodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 41 novels and 13 short story collections. A five-time RITA winner, Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.

 

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  • One True Heart (blog tour 3:25)Title:  One True Heart
  • Series:  Harmony #8
  • Author:  Jodi Thomas
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance
  • Published:  April 7, 2015 – Berkley
  • Source:  Publisher

Synopsis: Millanie McAllen is always logical. But after returning to her childhood home, she learns that some things are beyond explanation—like her undeniable passion for Drew Cunningham…

After finding success as a singer on the road, Beau Yates returns to Harmony to make peace with his dying father—only to find the woman he’s been dreaming of for years. But the secrets they discover might be too much for him to bear…

When Johnny Wheeler is charged with his wife’s murder, he turns to the only person who believes he’s innocent. Fortune teller Kare Cunningham’s life has always danced around reality—but Johnny is able to ground her like no other…

As their paths cross in new, captivating directions, the townspeople of Harmony need to learn to love and let go in order to live together in their little slice of heaven.  (publisher)

My take:  If you’ve been a regular reader of my blog you know I love The Harmony Series by Jodi Thomas. She’s back with the eighth installment, One True Heart. The principal characters are all new to the series but there are a few cameos by some of Millanie McAllen’s relatives who’ve been featured in previous novels.

I loved the three storylines of One True Heart. Each character is working to get past a personal history they’d like to forget. Millanie and Drew have survived horrific events and just want to hide out in the Harmony area without details of their past being discovered. Neither expected to meet someone who could make them see a new future.

Beau and Lark knew each other in their teens but haven’t reconnected in years. He’s now a successful musician and she is a VP at a local bank. As these two find their way back to each other  they might find obstacles too much to overcome.

Johnny and Kare have been disappointed by people who were supposed to love them but instead they’ve been left licking their wounds. They’re not looking for love but it could be sneaking up on them. These two were sweet and added comic relief to the novel. I laughed a lot when reading their scenes.

As usual, Thomas’ characters are relatable, likable and easy to cheer on toward a happy ending. There’s drama, a mystery and, of course, romance. I’m always a bit sad when I finish one of these novels because I know I have to wait a while for another. Happily, at the end there’s a sneak peek of a Harmony novella that will be part of a new anthology due out in July.

Blog Tour/Review: The Traveling Tea Shop by Belinda Jones

  • the traveling tea shop (Mar3)Title:  The Traveling Tea Shop
  • Author:  Belinda Jones
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Published:  March 2015 – Berkley
  • Source:  Publisher

Synopsis:  Laurie Davis has always followed her passion. After escaping family drama to start a new life in New York City, she’s up for whatever challenges life brings. So when an opportunity arises for her to use her travel industry expertise and serve as an assistant and tour guide for her idol, Pamela Lambert-Leigh, star of television’s Tea-Time with Pamela, she jumps at the chance.

But Laurie’s exciting adventure ends up entailing a lot more than scouting locations for the cake queen’s new cookbook when Pamela’s sassy mother and sulky, rebellious daughter tag along for the trip. As they cruise around bakeries in New England trading local delights like Red Velvet Cake and Whoopie Pies for British specialties such as Victoria Sponge and Bakewell Tarts, more secrets than recipes are revealed.

Now, in between rediscovering romance, learning to forgive family, and finding the best dessert on the East Coast, Laurie, Pamela, and the gang might find there’s nothing a nice cup of tea, a sweet treat, and a little bit of friendship can’t heal… (publisher)

My take:  Laurie couldn’t wait to set off on the tour with Pamela and her mother, Gracie and daughter, Ravenna. Almost immediately, though, she saw that things between the three women were tense. As the days go on Laurie learned the reasons for the strained relationships. She becomes involved in a secret that she’s not pleased to know and hopes it will be out in the open very soon. The other principals have their own thoughts on how the secret should be revealed.

I think my favorite characters of the book were Laurie, Gracie, Charles and Harvey. They seemed so genuine and honorable. You’ll have to read the novel to know about Charles and Harvey.

If you’ve ever wanted to go on a road trip in New England, and you like cake, this novel could be a guide. I’ve made note of a few places I’d like to visit. Belinda Jones’ story is about family, friendship, secrets, apologies and forgiveness. And food – dessert, to be precise. I enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of contemporary fiction and foodie fiction.

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson

  • the bookseller (Mar3)Title:  The Bookseller
  • Author:  Cynthia Swanson
  • Genre:  Fiction
  • Published:  March 2015 – Harper
  • Source:  Publisher

My take: The Bookseller is about Kitty, a thirty-something woman in 1960s Denver, CO who owns a book store with her best friend. Lately, Kitty has been having some vivid and strange dreams where she’s living a parallel life that is quite different from her real life. She is called Katharyn and has a husband and three children. In her dream life she finds herself daydreaming about her life as Kitty. She can’t figure out what’s going on until the dreams begin to jog some memories. As confusing as this might sound, I found it easy to follow.

Cynthia Swanson’s dual-storylines kept me turning the pages. It was apparent to me what was going on about midway through but that didn’t affect my enjoyment of the novel. It made me think about the imperfections in life and how they can change our idea of what would make us happy or content. The natural order of life, as well as unexpected circumstances, can make our lives turn on a dime.

The Bookseller is Swanson’s debut novel. I think it would be a good selection for readers looking for something a little different.