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Spotlight/US Giveaway: Where the Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine

Where the Wild Cherries Grow

by Laura Madeleine

on sale: February 13, 2018

Thomas Dunne Books


It is 1919, and the end of the war has not brought peace for Emeline Vane. Lost in grief, she is entirely alone at the heart of a depleted family. She can no longer cope. And just as everything seems to be slipping beyond her control, in a moment of desperation, she boards a train and runs away.

Her journey leads her to a tiny seaside village in the South of France. Taken in by café owner Maman and her twenty-year-old son, Emeline discovers a world completely new to her: of oranges, olives and wild herbs, the raw, rich tastes of the land. But when a passionate love affair develops, secrets from home begin blowing in on the sea waves.

Fifty years later, a young solicitor on his first case finds Emeline’s diary, and begins to trace a story of betrayal, love, and bittersweet secrets that will send him on a journey to discover the truth.

About the author:

After a childhood spent acting professionally and training at a theatre school, Laura Madeleine changed her mind and went to study English Literature at Newnham College, Cambridge. She now writes fiction, as well as recipes, and was formerly the resident cake baker for Domestic Sluttery. She lives in Bristol, but can often be found visiting her family in Devon, eating cheese, and getting up to mischief with her sister, fantasy author Lucy Hounsom. She is the author of The Confectioner’s Tale.

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US Giveaway: The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay by Kelly Harms


A young painter, Lily has reached a crossroads in her life. Her career hasn’t taken off, her best friend may no longer be the trusted friend she thought, her boyfriend is a disappointment, and now she can’t keep up with the rising cost of living in the city. With no one to turn to, Lily is forced to move from her beloved apartment, but while packing she comes across a piece of mail that had slipped to the back of her junk drawer: a letter detailing further action needed to finalize the annulment of a quickie Vegas wedding. Ten years ago!

Lily decides it’s time to turn over a new leaf and the first item on her list of things to fix is getting the annulment… but you can’t just send a reply ten years later, “Hey by the way we are still married.” This is something that must be addressed in person. Lily takes to the road to track down her husband – the charming, fun, and sexy man she connected with all those years ago – Ben Hutchinson.

Ben Hutchinson left a wealthy dot-com lifestyle behind to return home to his family and the small town he loves, Minnow Bay. He’s been living off the grid and the last thing he expects is a wife he didn’t know he had to show up on his doorstep.

By chance, Lily arrives at the magical Minnow Bay Inn, and there she will discover not just a place to lay her head, but new friends, a thriving art community, and maybe even the love of her life.

About the author:

Kelly Harms is a former editor and literary agent who has worked with a wide array of bestselling and award-winning authors of commercial fiction. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her son, Griffin, and puppy, Scout. She is the author of The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane.

Having already read The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay last year, I’m giving away the finished paperback edition sent by the publisher to a US reader.

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Giveaway ends on August 7, 2017

Single-Minded by Lisa Daily

  • Title:  Single-Minded
  • Author:  Lisa Daily
  • Pages:  288
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Published:  June 2017 – Thomas Dunne Books
  • Source:  Publisher

Description:  Alex has planned and executed her life with laser focus since she first met her future husband at the play-doh table on the first day of kindergarten. They have a terrific life, a gorgeous house on the bay, and fantastic careers they love. There’s only one problem: Alex’s husband Michael is gay, a fact he neglected to mention in the 23 years since they first met.

Now, Alex’s perfectly planned life has completely fallen apart, her biological clock is starting to feel like the timer on a nuclear device, and she finds herself drooling over her completely-dreamy-but-definitely-off-limits client, a star chef opening a hot new restaurant. Armed with dating guidance from her oddball collection of advisers—including her gay ex-husband, a foul-mouthed political consultant, a perkily masochistic yogi, and a pot-smoking octogenarian—Alex navigates the booby-trapped world of modern dating, in her search for a second chance at love.  (publisher)

My take:  Lisa Daily’s novel had me from the first page as Alex found out something about her husband that everyone else seemed to know or suspect. She moves through the expected emotions that someone in her position would experience in amazingly good humor – but she must because she has to continue to live, work, and hopefully move forward in her personal life. To that end, Alex’s friends encourage her to jump back into the dating pool which produces some very funny and some cringe-worthy results. I loved Alex and loved getting back to the novel each time I picked it up. With its short chapters, endearing main character, and a beach town setting I’ll just say if you’re looking for a light and entertaining novel to read you should pick up a copy of Single-Minded.

About the author:

Lisa Daily can tell you why he didn’t call, the color you should never wear on a first date, and even where to snoop for evidence if you think your guy’s been fooling around. She’s the love and relationships expert on Daytime, a nationally syndicated morning TV show, and a popular media guest who has appeared everywhere from MTV Live to Entertainment Tonight, and been quoted everywhere from the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune to Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Men’s Health, Christian Science Monitor and US Weekly Magazine. She’s the bestselling author of Stop Getting Dumped!, Fifteen Minutes of Shame, How to Date Like a Grown-Up, and Beauty.


The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

  • Title:  The Book of Summer
  • Author:  Michelle Gable
  • Genre:  Historical Fiction
  • Pages:  432
  • Published:  May 2017 – Thomas Dunne Books
  • Source:  Publisher

Description:  Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family’s Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she’s purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave.

The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home’s definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess’s grandmother always said it was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother’s words in ways she never contemplated. (publisher)

My take:  The Book of Summer is the story of a summer home situated on a Nantucket bluff. The bluff is threatened by erosion and the future of the home is bleak. Bess, daughter of the current resident, returns to the island to help her mother pack up and move before the house falls into the sea.

With the help of a guest book (named The Book of Summer) from the days of Bess’s great-grandmother’s time at the house she revisits her past and that of the generations before her. Most of the novel concentrates on the 1940s and present day. Bess can learn some important lessons from the people who wrote in the book – especially the strong women who faced many challenges head-on.

Michelle Gable’s novel is immensely entertaining – perfect for a summer read. Recommended to fans of family dramas and a Nantucket setting.

About the author:  New York Times bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT and I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, Michelle Gable graduated from The College of William & Mary. After a twenty year career in finance,  she now writes full-time. Michelle lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California with her husband, two daughters, and one lazy cat.


“Gable cleverly illuminates the past, revealing how it mirrors the present. This is a splendid multigenerational novel about the strength of the women of Cliff House.” – Publishers Weekly

“A sure bet for women-fiction fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nantucket novels.” – Booklist