About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, May 27, 2022

The View from Coral Cove by Amy Clipston

The View from Coral Cove
ABOUT THE BOOK

When a jilted romance novelist escapes to a small beach town, the last thing she expected to find was the start of an even better love story.

In the wake of a broken engagement and the death of her last surviving family member, romance novelist Maya Reynolds moves to the haven of Coral Cove, North Carolina, to take over her great-aunt’s toy store. Some of her grief is immediately eased by imaginative eight-year-old Ashlyn Tanner, who talks her into adopting a kitten and inspires Maya to create a princess tea-party room in the store.

Ashlyn’s dad, local veterinarian Brody Tanner, is quickly smitten by the newest resident of his hometown. As a single parent, he sacrifices a lot in order to give Ashlyn the world, so a romantic entanglement with Maya is not a distraction he is looking for.

As the three develop a deepening bond in the seaside town where Maya experienced some of her happiest childhood memories, clouds cast a shadow over Maya’s hope for the future: an impossible deadline looms over her next novel, a long-held secret by her late mother about Maya’s absent father comes to light, and Brody’s resolve to avoid romance seems unbreakable.

But together, they just might discover that sometimes happy endings happen outside the pages of Maya’s novels too.



MY THOUGHTS.....





A disillusioned author, a commitment-shy single father, and a beautiful small-town setting are the promises of a great story but throw in an adorable little girl and a kitten, and you're guaranteed a winning read! In her newest book, Amy Clipston displays her special talent for creating characters we'd all like to know, placing them in realistic situations, and then helping them work their way to a happy ending. These are the keys to satisfying fans of contemporary romance, and The View from Coral Cove is definitely satisfying!


Clipston poignantly shares Maya Reynold's varying emotions as she faces grief and loneliness, and her uncertainty about finding her long-absent father. She also paints a vivid picture of Brody Tanner's reluctance to allow Maya into his heart. Their slowly developing attraction is a joy to savor, but it is the special connection between Maya and Brody's daughter that is especially touching! Who wouldn't love this little girl who is also hungry for a family?


If you're looking for a great beach read, grab a copy of The View from Coral Cove. It is a heartwarming story of friendship, hope, and a chance to begin again.

I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars






ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Amy Clipston is an award-winning bestselling author and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She's sold more than one million books, and her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan University and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and five spoiled rotten cats. 

You can find Amy at AmyClipston.com, or follow her on  Facebook    Twitter     Instagram


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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Scandal at Stonecroft (Sackets Harbor Mysteries #1) by Sandra Kay Vosburgh

Scandal at Stonecroft (Sackets Harbor Mysteries #1)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Twenty years after the disappearance of the treasurer of Stonecroft Resort, an article appears in the Ontario Times, “Whatever Happened to Harold Ramsey?” reigniting Sackets Harbor with whispers, rumors, and gossip.

The townsfolk believe Ramsey embezzled funds and left town with Kate Darby. Blair Ramsey believes her husband is dead. Miss Ada Whittaker believes Felix Zohlar knows more than he’s telling, 
and Felix Zohlar believes wealth and influence, like blood applied to Hebrew doorposts, will cause the hand of justice to pass over. Sheriff  Meriday believes Ada Whittaker should leave the investigation to him.



MY THOUGHTS.....


I've just discovered a new-to-me author with a new mystery series, and I couldn't be happier. Scandal at Stonecroft is the first book in the Sackets Harbor Mysteries series and I look forward to reading more adventures of Ada Whittaker, her secretary Gwen, and the other residents of Sackets Harbor. Author Sandra Kay Vosburgh has created a cast of characters who could be found in any small town, but a scandal that occurred twenty years ago threatens their peaceful existence. Will a letter written to Ada, who is also known as advice columnist Adrienne, offer the clues needed to solve the mystery? Will a twenty-year-old crime finally be solved?

Ada Whittaker is a unique character. I admired her commonsense approach to approaching the clues and developments in this case and I enjoyed her humorous interaction with her quirky secretary Gwen. I'm not sure how many of the supporting characters in this story will be present in the upcoming book that is scheduled for release in June 2022, but I'm eager to find out. If you enjoy likable characters, a plot with twists and turns to keep you guessing, and a strong faith element woven into an intriguing story, look no further. Scandal at Stonecroft is a delightful cozy mystery that you don't want to miss!

I voluntarily accepted a digital copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sandra Kay Voburgh's journey to write for publication began at Montrose Christian Writers Conference. She went on to publish several articles, short stories, and dozens of devotionals. The influence of Agatha Christie novels led her to find her voice in the cozy mystery genre.

Growing up on a dairy farm taught Sandra early how to milk cows, drive a tractor, and bail hay. But it also cultivated an appreciation for a summer’s walk through a field of clover, an autumn’s trek through a woodlot, and a spring’s rest on a creek bank. Any of which she may allow her favorite characters to do in their quest to solve a mystery.

She is married to her pastor, is a director of women’s ministries, speaker, and Bible teacher. And if you ask, she will show you pictures of her fifteen grandchildren.

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