Sunday Post

Book arrivals:  (linked to Mailbox Monday)

The Seafront Tearoom (12:1)   The Admissions   sleeping with the enemy   9780451473240

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I’m back from vacation. We had a lovely week at the beach and came home relaxed. I managed to average 8-9K steps/day – love walking on the beach.

I came down with a cold yesterday and haven’t felt like getting on the treadmill. Does anyone else get sick after flying? For some reason I do.

I’ll start to put the garden to bed this weekend which may give me a few steps. How was your week?



A Winter Wedding by Brenda Novak

  • a winter wedding (10:27)Title:  A Winter Wedding
  • Series:  Whiskey Creek, #9
  • Author:  Brenda Novak
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance; Christmas
    • Pages:  384
  • Pub. date:  October 27, 2015 – Mira
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

Description:  One Christmas can change your life… 
Kyle Houseman believes he’ll never find anyone he could love as much as Olivia Arnold, who’s now married to his stepbrother. Not only did he lose her, he’s been through one divorce and has no desire to go through another. He’s determined to be extra careful about the next woman he gets involved with—which is why he fights his attraction to the beautiful stranger who rents his farmhouse for the Christmas holiday.  

Lourdes Bennett is a country music artist. She’s only planning to stay in Whiskey Creek long enough to write the songs for her next album—the album that’s going to put her back on top. Her dreams don’t include settling in a town even smaller than the one she escaped. But as she comes to know Kyle, she begins to wonder if she’d be making a terrible mistake to leave him behind…  (publisher)

My take: If you’re a fan of the Whiskey Creek series you know Kyle and his story of bad luck when it comes to love. The fact that both of his past experiences were with polar-opposite sisters (and neither ended well) has left him extremely reluctant to get involved with just anyone.

When Kyle meets Lourdes he knows she’s special but circumstances lead him to believe it wouldn’t be a good idea to get involved with her. She comes to the same conclusion about him but still wonders “What if?”.  If they decide to go for it do they really have the courage to make difficult choices and see it through?

I enjoyed A Winter Wedding. It was fun to see most of the Whiskey Creek gang and find out what they were up to and I liked the setting of the town decorated for Christmas. I suppose this book could stand alone but you’ll get more context where Kyle is concerned if you read the first few books in the series.

Recommended to fans of the series and contemporary romance.



Spotlight/US Giveaway: Bliss by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney


Praise for BLISS: A Novel

“Readers will be entertained by the world travels, designer clothes and the powerful connection these gals share. Being a 20-something woman isn’t easy, but this dynamic trio of authors portrays the blissful trials and tribulations to a tee.” – Romantic Times, 4 stars!

“A steamy and scandalous read” – Kirkus

“[An] entertaining, escapist novel…BLISS will be in demand” – Booklist


Set in the sexy, intoxicating worlds of Hollywood, Thailand, and London BLISS follows the ecstatic ups and devastating downs of Sophia, Demi, and Leandra – three best friends navigating their way through dead-end jobs, aspirations, heartbreak, and friendship.

Combining exotic experiences echoing Shay and Michaela’s own wanderlust with honest insights about the beautiful, terrifying experience of the twenty-something woman, BLISS is a delicious read that features honest emotion and captivating prose. BLISS paints a relatable portrait of life in your early twenties with equal parts optimism and fear, hope and disappointment, expectation and reality. It’s the Age of Uncertainty when you can count on nothing, but, if you’re lucky enough to have one truly great friend, you can survive just about anything.

About the authors:

Shay Mitchell is the star of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. Mitchell boasts and impressive social media following with 8 million followers on Instagram, over 4 million followers on Facebook, 3 million Twitter followers and 3.49 million Google+ followers. On average, Shay receives nearly 1 million views on each of her Snapchats within 24 hours.

Mitchell recently launched on of YouTube’s fastest growing channels, breaking the 100k subscriber mark in less than 24 hours and taking YouTube by storm. The launch of Mitchell’s lifestyle channel outperformed Taylor Swift VEVO, Markiplier and PewDiePie as the fastest growing channel on YouTube. It currently has almost 457k subscribers and is growing rapidly.

In addition to acting, Mitchell works with The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention organization; the NOH8 Campaign for marriage and gender equality; and Free The Children, an organization dedicated toward eliminating the exploitation of children around the world.

Michaela Blaney is an American and Canadian marketing professional. She is the co-founder of – a lifestyle blog with 75,000+ subscribers.

Shay and Michaela both live in LA.  BLISS is their first novel.

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Silver Linings by Debbie Macomber

  • silver linings (8:11)Title:  Silver Linings
  • Series:  Rose Harbor #4
  • Author:  Debbie Macomber
  • Genre:  Women’s Fiction
  • Pages:  331
  • Published:  August 2015 – Ballantine
  • Source:  Publisher/Goodreads First Reads

Description:  Set in Cedar Cove’s charming Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber’s captivating new novel follows innkeeper Jo Marie and two new guests as they seek healing and comfort, revealing that every cloud has a silver lining, even when it seems difficult to find. 

Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has grown close to her handyman, Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends—and are becoming something more—yet he still won’t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he’s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. And as she discovers the secret behind Mark’s decision to leave, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers.

Best friends Kellie Crenshaw and Katie Gilroy have returned to Cedar Cove for their ten-year high school reunion, looking to face down old hurts and find a sense of closure. Kellie, known as Coco, wants to finally confront the boy who callously broke her heart. Katie, however, wishes to reconnect with her old boyfriend, James—the man she still loves and the one who got away. As Katie hopes for a second chance, Coco discovers that people can change—and both look to the exciting possibilities ahead. 

Heartwarming and uplifting, Silver Linings is a beautiful novel of letting go of the past and embracing the unexpected.  (publisher)

My take: Silver Linings is the fourth book in the Rose Harbor Inn series. That said, it can stand alone because author Debbie Macomber gives just enough back story to bring a new reader up to speed.

At first I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy the Katie and Coco storylines but that feeling didn’t last long as I was caught up in their dramas. The possibility of understanding and forgiveness ran through as each hoped for her own silver lining. I appreciated that the road to that silver lining was not a smooth, easy one.

Jo Marie and Mark’s story was more complicated but just as satisfying. Once again, as in the previous novel, we are left with a cliff-hanger. Normally, that’s not very satisfying but Macomber left me hopeful. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Rose Harbor Inn series. Recommended to fans of the author and women’s fiction.


Spotlight/US Giveaway: Copygirl by Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa

Kay Carlson is a talented young writer living in New York City for the first time and working alongside Ben, her good friend from ad school and secret crush. But she feels inadequate at work and in her NYC life, while her older brothers always have her parents’ attention for their successes and girls who fit the ideal “It Girl” persona—fun, flirty, and looking like fashion bloggers and real-life Pinterest pages—always seem to overshadow her. Instead of being the girl who parties every night, Kay has a creative side project: “Copygirl,” a series of short videos she makes using homemade dolls in which she skewers the vapid personalities she sees around her.  “Don’t be a Copygirl” her characters warn, a theme Kay struggles with herself as she feels the pressure in every area of her life to be like other girls—the girls who get more attention at work and from the boys.  The videos start out as an escape from her day-to-day struggles, and she sends them to her best friend Kellie overseas—until Kellie sets up a website using the videos and lets them go viral.  While the website gains international fame, Kay stays anonymous, focusing her energies on winning a big campaign for a major new client—and the affections of Ben in the process.
But Kay is much more talented than she gives herself credit for, a fact that Kellie—and other unexpected allies—notice long before she does, while people she thought she trusted are quick to switch sides. And her quiet rebellion against being like everybody else proves to be her strongest asset.

Mad Men gave us an insider look into what actually happens behind the scenes in the seemingly glamorous world of advertising: the high-profile clients, the pressures of creating something brilliant, the hope that a great idea will succeed, the cocktail-filled brainstorming sessions and long lunches, and the difficulties of breaking the glass ceiling as a young woman in an undeniable boys club.  And similar to what The Devil Wears Prada did for understanding the fashion and women’s magazine industry, COPYGIRL combines the back-stage drama of an ad agency with a universal coming-of-age story complete with love, friendship, and a healthy dose of feminism—told from two women who know it best.  As friends, colleagues, and veterans of the ad world, Mitchael and Sassa deliver a delightfully written and relatable fast-paced story filled with quirky humor and a lot of heart about following your instincts, learning who to trust, and taking big risks.

Authors Anna Mitchael and Michelle Sassa worked together in the cutthroat creative department at Berlin Cameron & Partners, AdAge Magazine’s US Ad Agency Of The Year for 2004. Realizing that their insane experiences would make for a great novel, they joined forces to make it happen.  The result is COPYGIRL: A Novel (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; October 6, 2015), a hilarious, yet touching universal story about a young woman’s struggle through the low ranks of a creative department in a hip, cutting-edge advertising agency, all the while trying to decide who she wants to be and be with, both in love and friendship.
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Author Photo 2About the authors:

Anna Mitchael is a Louisiana-born writer who now lives on a ranch in Texas with her family, lots of cattle and a one-eyed dog. She is the author of a memoir entitled Just Don’t Call Me Ma’am, a monthly magazine column and a blog on positive living. She often writes about the modern female experience, hope, perseverance and the comfort of coyotes.

Michelle Sassa is a freelance writer who has created memorable ad campaigns for brands like Coca-Cola, Reebok and New York Road Runners. She lives with her husband and three kids by the Jersey Shore, where she is an avid soccer player, rock music aficionado, and disciple of stupid humor. CopyGirl is Michelle’s first novel.

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Fishbowl: A Novel by Bradley Somer

  • FishbowlTitle:  Fishbowl: A Novel
  • Author:  Bradley Somer
  • Genre:  Fiction
  • Pages:  304
  • Published:  August 2015 – St. Martin’s Press
  • Source:  Publisher

Description:  A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He’s longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne. Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents.

There’s the handsome grad student, his girlfriend, and his mistress; the construction worker who feels trapped by a secret; the building’s super who feels invisible and alone; the pregnant woman on bed rest who craves a forbidden ice cream sandwich; the shut-in for whom dirty talk, and quiche, are a way of life; and home-schooled Herman, a boy who thinks he can travel through time. Though they share time and space, they have something even more important in common: each faces a decision that will affect the course of their lives. Within the walls of the Seville are stories of love, new life, and death, of facing the ugly truth of who one has been and the beautiful truth of who one can become.

Sometimes taking a risk is the only way to move forward with our lives. As Ian the goldfish knows, “An entire life devoted to a fishbowl will make one die an old fish with not one adventure had.”  (publisher)

My take:  Fishbowl is the story of Ian the goldfish who finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime. He observes many goings-on along his way to the pavement. Each humorously titled chapter depicts a different scene on Ian’s trip.

As the description above notes there are all kinds of people who live in the building. What they need is connection to others so as not to feel lonely. I loved the various ways Somer showed that need in his characters. Not only the need but then actually taking the risk to reach for something more in life.

All this plays out in a quirky, funny, sexy, heart-breaking, and ultimately uplifting story of a brave goldfish named Ian. I’m so glad I had the chance to read it. Adding to the enjoyment of the novel is the clever visual of Ian’s plunge in the margins of the pages. When I finished reading the book I flipped (for lack of a better word) the pages quickly and laughed, knowing the outcome.

Bradley Somer_credit Nenad MaksimovicBRADLEY SOMER was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in Canada and holds degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology. His short fiction has appeared in literary journals, reviews and anthologies. His debut novel, Imperfections, published in Canada, won the 2013 CBC Bookie Award for debut of the year. Bradley currently lives in a little old house in the city of Calgary, Canada, where he works on his writing projects and tries to ignore the wild growth that his backyard has become.

Sunday Post

Book arrivals:  (linked to Mailbox Monday)

Bliss  the last chance Christmas ball (9:29)  christmas at lilac cottage  the gift of a charm (10:13)

Last week on Bookfan:

  • Review:  Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller
  • Review:  Evergreen Springs by RaeAnne Thayne
  • #FitReaders Weekly Check-in

christmas in mustang creek (9:29)   Evergreen Springs (9:29)

Currently reading:

Rainy Day Sisters (8:4)

We saw The Martian yesterday and loved it. When my husband told me our tickets were for the 3D version I was pretty sure I wouldn’t enjoy it (I once got motion sickness from a Woody Allen film, lol). I was wrong – it was great and I recommend seeing it that way if you have a choice.

I’ll be away next week but I have a few posts scheduled. I’ll be back visiting blogs and commenting after Oct. 12th. Have a great week!

Evergreen Springs by RaeAnne Thayne

  • Evergreen Springs (9:29)Title:  Evergreen Springs
  • Series:  Haven Point #3
  • Author:  RaeAnne Thayne
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance; Christmas
  • Pages:  384
  • Published:  September 2015 – HQN Books
  • Source:  Publisher

Description:  Christmas is the last thing on Cole Barrett’s mind this year. He’s barely hanging on trying to care for his two grieving children since his ex-wife died in a tragic accident. For the reclusive Cole, this is no time for gift-giving and celebration—and certainly not for a sunny-natured optimist to blow into his screwed-up life. 

Physician Devin Shaw has long researched the curative powers of Lake Haven’s mineral waters. Unfortunately, the hot springs are on Barrett property, forcing Devin to strike a bargain with the ranch’s attractively gruff owner: she’ll give Cole’s children a magical Christmas, and Cole will allow her patients access to the springs. But can she work her holiday magic to heal the Barrett family’s battered hearts—and her own? (publisher)

My take:  Evergreen Springs is the third book in the Haven Point series. It can stand alone but I recommend reading in order from the start. Even though I’ve read her books for a year or so I consider myself a new fan of RaeAnne Thayne’s books. I love the emotional tone struck in each book.

In Evergreen Springs Cole Barrett is trying to do right by his children. He wants to give them a safe and secure place to live – something that’s been missing in their short lives. He also wants to establish his horse-training business at the family ranch he recently inherited. If that doesn’t seem like enough to juggle his very pregnant-with-twins sister has just moved in with him.

Devin Shaw is a doctor and, of course, wants to help people. When she meets Cole she can see he needs to be helped if not saved. He also needs to cut himself some slack. They hit it off but then he starts to feel she can do much better than him. But what if that’s not what she wants.

The theme of forgiveness runs through Evergreen Springs which makes it a perfect book to read during the holidays (or any other time of the year!). I loved seeing Haven Point decorated for Christmas and the cameos by previously featured characters were fun.

I enjoyed Evergreen Springs and recommend it to fans of RaeAnne Thayne, the Haven Point series, and contemporary small-town romance.

Best-selling author RaeAnne ThayneNew York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. Her love affair started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour anything she could get her hands on: cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book, you name it! She loves the way words sound, the way they look on the page and the amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.

Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor. Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine.

RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at


Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller

  • christmas in mustang creek (9:29)Title:  Christmas in Mustang Creek
  • Series:  The Brides of Bliss County #4
  • Author:  Linda Lael Miller
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance; Christmas
  • Pages:  272
  • Published:  September 2015 – HQN Books
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

Description:  Charlotte Morgan grew up in Mustang Creek, Wyoming, and couldn’t wait to escape to the big city. But life in New York isn’t as fabulous as she’d like to admit—she’s lonely, doing a job she doesn’t love and dating too many frogs she meets online. 

There was one potential prince, though—Jaxon Locke, a veterinarian with definite possibilities—but his move to Idaho to fill in at his dad’s vet practice ended things just as they were getting interesting. What Charlotte doesn’t know is that he misses her, more than he expected… 

Meanwhile, Charlotte’s great-aunt Geneva—the woman who raised her—needs to enter an assisted-living facility. So, just before Christmas, Charlotte moves back home. When Jax catches wind of her move back West, he’s determined to get to Wyoming and do whatever it takes to win her back. 

Christmas in Mustang Creek is a magical time in a magical place, not least because of a mysterious visitor named Mrs. Klozz. She knows that love is the greatest gift of all, and she’s ready to help out Santa by giving these two a push in the right direction!  (publisher)

My take:  The book description above tells you everything you need to know about Christmas in Mustang Creek. With the backdrop of the Wyoming mountains and a quaint town, Linda Lael Miller’s setting of her Brides of Bliss County series is gorgeous at the holidays.

It’s filled with familiar characters from previous books as well as a few new ones. One or two might even seem to possess magical powers! Or perhaps it’s simply the magic of the season. Either way, this is an entertaining book sure to cheer the reader.

Though I’m posting a review before October I have no doubt this will be just the book for fans of the series and Miller to get into the holiday spirit in a few weeks. I would suggest getting it now so you have it on hand when you’re ready to read it. Again, recommended to fans of the series, Linda Lael Miller, and contemporary romance. Although it’s the fourth book in the series it can easily stand alone.

Miller_Linda Lael_09-2The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than one hundred historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed barn goddess now lives in Spokane, Washington. Linda hit a career high in 2011 when all three of her Creed Cowboys books—A Creed in Stone Creek, Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy—debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Linda has come a long way since leaving Washington to experience the world. “But growing up in that time and place has served me well,” she allows. “And I’m happy to be back home.” Dedicated to helping others, Linda personally finances her “Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women,” which she awards to those seeking to improve their lot in life through education.

More information about Linda and her novels is available at She also loves to hear from readers by mail at P.O. Box 19461, Spokane, WA 99219.


Sunday Post

Book arrivals:  (linked to Mailbox Monday)

The Scoop by Fern Michaels (audible:kindle)  put a ring on it (NAL 11:3)

Last week on Bookfan:

  • Review:  Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr
  • Spotlight/US Giveaway:  If I Knew You Were Going to Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel
  • Review:  Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold
  • #FitReaders Weekly Check-in

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Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold

  • naked - a novel of lady godiva (7:14)Title:  Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva
  • Author:  Eliza Redgold
  • Genre:  Historical Fiction
  • Pages:  320
  • Published:  July 2015 – St. Martin’s Griffin
  • Source:  Publisher

Description:  We know her name. We know of her naked ride. We don’t know her true story. Lady Godiva is a true legend. She famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry, covered only by her long, flowing hair. She did this to convince her husband to lift a high tax on her people. But there is more to the story. Naked is Godiva’s tale with a twist. A tale of sensual passion, obsession, greed, and mercy, this epic retelling lays bare the lengths this legendary woman went to fight for what was right…and fight for her heart.  (back of the book)

My take:  Several weeks ago I posted a Spotlight about Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva by Eliza Redgold. While I didn’t have time to read it then I knew as soon as my schedule opened up I would be diving into Godiva’s story.

As noted in the description above I knew the basics of Godiva’s story but not much else. Redgold’s version captivated me from the start. I loved the vivid descriptions of setting and era as well as the main characters and townspeople.

I learned about the danger and subterfuge that regularly challenged Godiva and her people. The Danes (Vikings) were determined to take the Saxons’ land by any means. Lucky for the good people of Coventry – they had their brave and determined Lady Godiva. Would Godiva think herself lucky to have Leofric as her husband?

I won’t risk a spoiler by revealing more of the book. If you enjoy historical fiction/romance I think you’ll enjoy Godiva’s story. I certainly did.

Spotlight/US Giveaway: If I Knew You Were Going To Be This Beautiful, I Never Would Have Let You Go by Judy Chicurel



Incisive and compelling stories link together to form a keenly observed coming of age novel. Unfolding during the summer of 1972 in a down-on-its-heels Long Island beach town, this moving debut explores the friendships and connections of young people on the cusp of adulthood, trying to make sense of the changing world that surrounds them with a mixture of fear and bravado.

Observed through the perceptive eyes of Katie, life among the denizens of Elephant Beach comprises a blend of clinging to convention and yearning for something more. Working class, and more than a little run down, the community percolates with generational tension. For Katie and her friends, just graduating from high school, there are limited expectations, and even those are often cut short by unplanned pregnancies and hasty teenage marriages.

During this one memorable summer, Katie and her friends will experiment with sex and drugs, fall in love and have babies, all the while holding the greater world at bay as they try to figure out what to do with their lives. Longstanding relationships will change forever or solidify into something immutable. A new generation, uneasy and unsure, will take the first steps toward the indeterminate future.


“An emotionally resonant collection of coming-of-age stories . . . moving.”—The Wall Street Journal

“[A] hauntingly written debut . . . lovely.”The Boston Globe

“. . . A beautiful and honest coming-of-age story. . . . A stunningly evocative portrait of a down-on-its-luck town and its people.”—Booklist, starred review

About the author:

Judy Chicurel’s work has appeared in regional, national, and international publications, including The New York TimesNewsday, and Granta. Her plays have been produced and performed in Manhattan. She lives by the water in Brooklyn, New York.

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Wildest Dreams by Robyn Carr

  • Wildest Dreams (8:25)Title:  Wildest Dreams
  • Series:  Thunder Point #9
  • Author:  Robyn Carr
  • Genre:  Contemporary Romance
  • Pages:  384
  • Published:  August 2015 – Mira
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

Description:  Blake Smiley searched the country for just the right place to call home. The professional triathlete has traveled the world, but Thunder Point has what he needs to put down the roots he’s never had. In the quiet coastal town, he can focus on his training without distractions. Until he meets his new neighbors and everything changes. 

Lin Su Simmons and her teenage son, Charlie, are fixtures at Winnie Banks’s house as Lin Su nurses Winnie through the realities of ALS. A single mother, Lin Su is proud of taking charge and never showing weakness. But she has her hands full coping with a job, debt and Charlie’s health issues. And Charlie is asking questions about his family history—questions she doesn’t want to answer. 

When Charlie enlists Blake’s help to escape his overprotective mother, Lin Su resents the interference in her life. But Blake is certain he can break through her barriers and be the man she and Charlie need. When faced with a terrible situation, Blake comes to the rescue, and Lin Su realizes he just might be the man of her dreams. Together, they recognize that family is who you choose it to be.  (publisher)

My take:  Wildest Dreams is the 9th book in Robyn Carr’s Thunder Point series. The main characters are Blake, a world-class athlete and new Thunder Point resident, and Lin Su, nurse to Blake’s neighbor. The two meet and the attraction is almost immediate – at least in Blake’s case. Lin Su is a single mother who is determined to make the best life for her son Charlie and that means she’s not interested in a relationship. So, even though she likes Blake and might be a little attracted to him, that’s not going to happen. She’s controlled her life since she was eighteen after all. Charlie and Blake might have a say in that though.

I thought the characters were believable. Reading about the triathlons Blake competed in was very interesting. I appreciated the details of Lin Su’s care of her patient Winnie who has ALS. We also catch up with three pregnant women (featured in previous books) who are due to give birth very soon. But the stars are Blake and Lin Su. These two were more alike than they imagined and yet pride and stubbornness might prevent a wonderful relationship. Will Lin Su start to realize life can be good and allow herself to trust Blake? I enjoyed finding out.

I liked Wildest Dreams and recommend it to fans of Robyn Carr and contemporary, small town romance. It could stand alone but it involves characters from One Wish (book #7 in the series) so you might want to read that book first. I recommend the entire series!

Sunday Post

Book arrivals:  (linked to Mailbox Monday)

The Rumor (audio)  A God in Ruins (audio)  Secret Sisters (12:8) Berkley  six sisters stuff

Last week on Bookfan:

cold feet   if you only knew (8:25)

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silver linings (8:11)