THROWBACK THURSDAY

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Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favorites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board.   If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.

This week I’m picking a book I read four years ago and loved!

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MY REVIEW:

There is nothing better than spending the afternoon with two Christmas based stories by Robyn Carr and a bonus novella. TIS THE SEASON is the new anthology by Robyn Carr and exactly what you need when you want that warm fuzzy feeling Robyn Carr always gives you. Each story is just over a hundred pages and once you start reading, you aren’t going to be able to stop. That is what happened to me. Each story is filled with home as well as love and family.

Under The Christmas introduces you to Annie McKenzie. She has made a detour through Virgin River to see the town Christmas tree. There she finds local bar owner, Jack, and his son David. David is under the Christmas tree and comes out with a puppy. Annie investigates further and finds a box with a bunch of puppies in it! Who would do such a thing? It’s November and these very young newborn puppies could have froze to death! At first Jack is reluctant to keep the puppies in the bar but soon everyone is rallying around them and offering to help. What has Annie gotten in to? While she is there, she meets the new Dr. Jensen. Oh boy, eye candy at its finest is what she is thinking. I fell in love with Nate right away and I’m sure you will too. He is just what Annie needs in her life.

Midnight Confessions is the story of Sunny Archer. She is Nate’s niece and is nursing her broken heart in Virgin River. Her fiancé Glen left her standing at the alter over a year ago and she still hasn’t gotten over it. So on New Years Eve, on the one year anniversary of the wedding that didn’t happen, her Uncle Nate takes her to Jack’s bar. While she is there, she meets Drew, who is looking for a New Years Eve beer and some piece and quiet. Well, he isn’t going to find it there! He too, is nursing a broken heart. Nine months ago his fiancé Penny called off their wedding plans. He thought what they had fit, but apparently Penny didn’t. Sunny and Drew have many things in common but one of them is not fear. For Sunny, she is afraid, but Drew is ready to try again with someone new. Now here is where the story will tug on your heart strings and have you cheering for Drew just like I did.

Backward Glance brings you to Durango Colorado. There you will meet Jess who has a daughter named Leigh who has just moved back home with her twin boys. John is the local handyman/landscaper who does work for Jess from time to time. It seems John and Leigh have a history but no one knows about it. Well, Jess is determined to get them together and married so she hatches a plan and tells her daughter she needs to come back home to spend time with her as she is sick. Let me tell you, that woman has some moxy! The things she does and the lies she comes up with are just crazy! The only problem with Jess’s plan is that John and Leigh are like oil and water. She is super smart with a very high IQ and John, well, not so much. She has tons of money and has a very privileged life and John makes just enough to get by.

TIS THE SEASON was the perfect way to spend the day back in Virgin River. I devour every book I read of Robyn Carr’s and this one did not disappoint. As soon as I was finished I wanted to read more of all three of these couples. The secondary characters in all three stories were just perfect and very funny. Oh, to have friends and families like the ones you will meet in TIS THE SEASON. Reading these stories felt like I was visiting with my old friends.

 

FROM GOODREADS:

Together for the first time in one volume, two classic holiday stories—plus a bonus novella!—from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr 

‘Tis the season for family, friendship and the thrill of a holiday romance…

Under the Christmas Tree

With snow falling over the redwood forests, secluded Virgin River is the ideal place to spend the holidays. Each year, the close-knit community gathers in the town square to decorate and light a massive tree. Carols are sung, hot chocolate is shared—and a surprise left under the Christmas tree is about to bring two special people together!

Midnight Confessions

Holiday kisses don’t end with Christmas—there’s still the New Year’s Eve party at Jack’s Bar to attend. Locals and newcomers alike find themselves eager for that special countdown…and that midnight kiss.

So join us in Virgin River this year, where Robyn Carr’s trademark humor, warmth and sincerity will have you celebrating the festive season in your favorite mountain town.

 

Have a beautiful day and thanks for stopping by!💕

Susan~SpookyPumpkins

 

CAN’T – WAIT WEDNESDAY

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.
This week, I’m waiting for…
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Expected publication: June 2, 2020
FROM GOODREADS:

 

After a disastrous summer spent at her family summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen-year-old Ann Gordon was left with a secret that changed her life forever, and created a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.

Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, leaving Ann and Poppy to decide the fate of the Wellfleet home that’s been in the Gordon family for generations. For Ann, the once-beloved house is tainted with bad memories. Poppy loves the old saltbox, but after years spent chasing waves around the world, she isn’t sure she knows how to stay in one place.

Just when the sisters decide to sell, Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer. Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings must decide if they can continue to be a family—and the house just might be the glue that holds them together.

Told through the shifting perspectives of Ann, Poppy, and Michael, this assured and affecting debut captures the ache of nostalgia for summers past and the powerful draw of the places we return to again and again. It is about second homes, second families, and second chances. Tender and compassionate, incisive and heartbreaking, The Second Home is the story of a family you’ll quickly fall in love with, and won’t soon forget.

 

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HER SECRET SON BY HANNAH MARY MCKINNON

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MY REVIEW:

HER SECRET SON is the first book I’ve ever read by Hannah Mary McKinnon and it definitely won’t be the last. The twists and turns keep coming and I had to know how it was going to end! Every time I thought I knew where this story was going, a few pages later, Ms. McKinnon threw me for a loop and I knew I was wrong! I’m kicking myself for not reading this wonderful novel sooner. I knew I was going to love this story just by the description. Don’t forget your tissues!! Plan on not getting much sleep until you finish this suspenseful story!

HER SECRET SON is a quick read and unputdownable! Josh has been with Grace for many years and she has a son, Logan who is seven. There is a tragic accident and Grace dies. Logan has no one else but Josh. Through his grief, Josh decides to adopt Logan, but can’t seem to find the paperwork needed to get that done. While looking for the necessary papers, he gets little clues that things aren’t always what they seem. That goes for people too. If you are looking for a great story with lots of mystery to pull you out of your book slump, you can’t go wrong with IN HER SECRET SON. I’m so excited to read more by Hannah Mary McKinnon.

The twists and turns in HER SECRET SON are going to keep you up late into the night trying to figure it out. One minute you believe you know that without a doubt, Grace is Logan’s mom and the next you are sitting there shaking your head, wondering what the heck just happened. My heart was breaking for Josh as well as Logan. When Josh starts investigating things from Grace’s past, it will blow your mind. Once you start reading, trust me, you aren’t going to be able to stop! Hang on tight as you are reading! It’s a crazy and thrilling ride. When everything is finally revealed, well, you won’t believe it!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading HER SECRET SON. As Josh begins trying to figure out just what Grace was hiding or if it is all a coincidence, I found myself holding my breath, waiting for the other shoe to drop! There is so much going on in this story, but Ms. McKinnon does a wonderful job of weaving all the pieces together. All of the characters will have you feeling sad, then happy, and then yelling on the same page. What a suspenseful story filled with love, grief, mystery and all the emotions of a father fighting for his son. Once you finish devouring this story, you are going to want to tell everyone you know about this emotional and heartbreaking story!

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FROM GOODREADS:

How far would you go to protect the ones you love…when they may not be yours to protect?

When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief—and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever.

Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian—something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. But now, as Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan’s birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace’s reluctance to make their family official.

As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined…

Tightly paced and brimming with tension, Her Secret Son is a heartbreakingly honest portrait of a family on the edge of disaster and a father desperate to hold on to the boy who changed his life.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!💜

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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Good Morning!

It’s the start of another week. It’s Monday! What are you Reading is hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. I have never done one of these, but I think I’m done with Goodreads Monday so I wanted something to replace that.

Last weeks Reads:

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Her life was planned out ~ until he rode in ~ Illinois prairie ~ 1859

After four long years away, Esther Stanton returns to the prairie to care for her sister Charlotte’s family following the birth of her second child. The month-long stay seems much too short as Esther becomes acquainted with her brother-in-law’s new ranch hand, Stewart Brant. When obligations compel her to return to Cincinnati and to the man her overbearing mother intends her to wed, she loses hope of ever knowing true happiness.

Still reeling from a hurtful relationship, Stew is reluctant to open his heart to Esther. But when he faces a life-threatening injury with Esther tending him, their bond deepens. Heartbroken when she leaves, he sets out after her and inadvertently stumbles across an illegal slave-trade operation, the knowledge of which puts him, as well as Esther and her family, in jeopardy.

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An Amish Christmas Bakery story by bestselling author Amy Clipston

As Christmas draws near, Alyssa Byler dreams of a window display for the bakery where she works. When she decides to design and build a sugar cookie nativity scene, all she needs is the right cookie cutters—and handsome blacksmith Kyle Smoker is the one she asks for help. Using Kyle’s handmade cutters, Alyssa creates a striking display that brings more tourists to the bakery than she can handle. And when shoppers request handmade cookie cutters of their own, Kyle finds himself overwhelmed by the demand. As Christmas approaches, Alyssa realizes she’s been too caught up in work to focus on the true meaning of Christmas—and too distracted to explore the feelings she has for Kyle. Together, they put aside the holiday rush and spend their time celebrating the season that has brought them together.

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As the only girl in a family of eight, Katie Swartzentruber has been left in charge of her family’s bakery while her mother recuperates from surgery. At first, Katie doesn’t think tending to the bakery alone will be difficult. She’s worked alongside her mother for years. But Christmas is coming, and with the holiday comes a flood of patrons, both regulars and tourists. When Katie becomes overwhelmed with the orders she is receiving, she is tempted to move her Old Order family into the modern world by purchasing propane ovens to help with the workload. She finds help from an unexpected source—childhood friend Henry Hershberger, who has harbored a secret crush on Katie for years. He’s been afraid to tell her how he feels, but he’s sure that this Christmas is his moment. As the demands of the bakery only get more intense, both Katie and Henry have to decide what really matters . . . and find the courage within themselves to go after it.

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Martha Ropp works hard at her family’s bakery, making cakes and pies in preparation not only for Christmas but the many community weddings, including her sister’s. To help during this busy season, Martha’s mother hires Ambrose Hershberger to make deliveries. Martha remembers Ambrose as a gentle giant from her school days, but soon discovers that still waters run deep. The more they work together, the more they want to spend time together outside of the bakery, but both Martha and Ambrose are too timid to make the first move. That’s when the town matchmakers step in.

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Mattie Shetler is an expert baker, so when her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. What she doesn’t know is that her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery’s new expansion, and he’s asked none other than Peter Kaufman, Mattie’s sworn enemy. As the two work side by side, though, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love.

 

Current Reads:

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Ruthie Adrian loves ranch life with her handsome husband, Mac and his family. But her fading hope for a child dissolves when Mac is killed in a crash along with his brother and father.
Added to their heartbreak, Ruthie and her mother-in-law, Naomi now face rejection by her sister-in-law, and impossible barriers as they try to protect their land.
Jake, a self-styled prophet steps up with a bizarre offer. A Godsend or a trap?
With raw grief, unexpected humour, and life-giving grace, Unbound is a modern twist on a timeless tale of the unique bond between two widows who harbour a few secrets of their own.

Reading next:

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She moved to a new town to marry her fiancé. Instead, she’s burying him.

Ashley Johnson moved to northern Michigan to finally meet her fiancé face-to-face, but she arrived in time to attend his funeral. With no home back in Ohio, she decides to stay in what would have been their house, except his cousin Russ lives there too, and Russ has never heard of Ashley. To complicate matters, her fiancé accidentally willed her the family farm house. Eager to please everyone and desperate to disappoint no one, she proposes a marriage of convenience that could solve her and Russ’ problems, if they can get past her aunt, his sisters, and an ex-girlfriend.

 

What are your reading plans this week? Have an awesome week my friends!💗

 

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