Bargain books – Romance – July 07, 2021

Random browsing worked tonight, a very good thing because I needed something to talk about. The search had a beginning point, it didn’t produce for me but thankfully the suggestion strips attached to the search bore fruit.

It was fortuitous. The book I’m currently reading gave me ideas. The protagonist was spending time with a book and in describing the scene the author’s name was mentioned. Of course, I had to check it out to see if this person was real. She is and it turns out we read two of her books last year.

I’ve noticed name dropping of real authors and their books, happens often these days. And why not? It’s a perfect opportunity.

Anyway, my search yielded four collections, two romance and two mystery. That’s too many books for one post. so two it is.

This is a chance to meet more new authors. That’s probably the biggest reason for selecting these books.

Happily Ever After: Retellings of classic Fairy Tales 

Contemporary and historical romances where men were princes and women were the princesses who loved them.

Fellow reporter Wolf Skinner has designs on Lilly and would like to take Hunter’s place as Lilly’s boyfriend. But his reasons are less than honorable. When Lilly gets lost in the forest and must climb a tree to escape a ferocious bear, which of these gentlemen will be her hero?

When Lance throws a barn dance, Cindy is determined to have one night with him that will carry her through the rest of her life. Can she set aside prejudices from a bygone time and embrace her happily ever after?

Georgie and Colby have both had their share of disappointments and heartache. Just as Georgie is beginning to open up to him, a letter she finds threatens to shut her down again. Can their shared desperate need for a home bring them together?

Visiting her ailing grandmother in the fairytale-like German town, Lucy Blair plans to be a caregiver during her grandma’s illness and attend the world-renowned theater production of the Passion of Christ. What Lucy did not plan was to run into her old college boyfriend, Ron Woodson, who is in Germany to learn woodcarving for his furniture making business. Will their meeting rekindle the old flame or will the past smother the new spark?

When Goldie Portman finds out her high school friend Cecelia wants to stage her high profile wedding to a senator’s son at Goldie’s Little Woods Inn, she is sure her prayers have been answered. She doesn’t count on the presence of Cecelia’s brother Justin, Goldie’s high school nemesis, and the proud owner of three rascally dogs nicknamed “the bears.” As the wedding details spiral out of control, the local media does their best to crash the event and another ghost from Goldie’s past arrives to add to the chaos. Sparks fly and there just may be a “happily ever after” if Goldie can manage the mayhem and deliver a wedding that’s just right for everyone.

Tragedy can bring them together or tear them apart…..
Rhett Lincoln loved Montana and everything his father left him on the biggest ranch in Hope, Montana. Upon returning home, he finds the one person he loves the most on the brink of death. His life turns upside down until he realizes his need for a wife. Will he find love in Hope, Montana?

If you’ve ever wondered what happened to that little boy and girl after the gingerbread house encounter, here’s what you’ve been missing. Birds and Bread Crumbs is the “rest of the story”—a grown-up Midwestern American fairy tale with just enough magic to make you believe in once-upon-a-time and happily-ever-after again.


A Family to Love 

Skinny Ranch Romance – Cindy M. Amos
When a hometown parade explodes with violence targeted at obese onlookers, District Judge Ilie Walton is forced to team with former classmate Traynor Henning for a trial reduction program for the victims. None too pleased over the partnership with Tray, Ilie claims to remain blind to his Zach Efron good looks in the name of justice. As the fence lengthens and the pounds melt off volunteer participants, Tray’s devotion softens her resolve, launching a romantic partnership. When new evidence emerges on a cold case involving a death at their senior class party, Ilie insists that justice prevail, though it threatens to sever their tenuous relationship.

An Unexpected Family – June Foster
Grant Elliot leaves his father’s veterinarian dynasty and overambitious twin brother to practice in the small town of Homedale, California. When local baker Kate Klein brings her ailing dog into the office, Grants’s intrigued by the lab’s gorgeous owner. He wants to get to know her but can’t reveal his origins. What would she think if she knew his father’s clinics cater only to the wealthy who spoil and pamper their pets instead of practicing genuine medicine?

Pine Grove Homecoming – Martha Rogers
After her husband’s death, Shelley Iverson finally returns to her old home in Pine Grove, Texas where her friends and family give her support and encouragement. One friend, Reid Sellers, was her husband’s best friend. Now that she’s home, Reid’s old feelings for her return as he keeps a promise to his friend to take care of Shelley and the twins. As events unfold, his love grows, but will Shelley be able to open her heart to a new love and a future with Reid?


These books are less than full length and should be relatively fast reads.

Enjoy while meeting a few more authors.

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