Read and Enjoyed December 21, 2022

It has been a good reading week. The best kind.

Let’s get started.

The first one was a new-to-me book from a favorite author. Maybe I’ll find the other books in this series will have a familiar vibe to them but in the meantime this story was fresh and engaging.

Swept Away: A Squeaky Clean Honeymoon Novella (Book 11.5) (Squeaky Clean Mysteries)

Finding the perfect place for a honeymoon, away from any potential danger or mystery, is challenging. But Gabby’s longtime love and newly minted husband, Riley Thomas, has done it. He has found a location with a nonexistent crime rate, a mostly retired population, and plenty of opportunities for relaxation in the warm sun.

Within minutes of the newlyweds’ arrival, a convoy of vehicles descends on a nearby house, and their honeymoon oasis is destroyed like a sandcastle in a storm. Despite Gabby’s and Riley’s determination to keep to themselves, trouble comes knocking at their door—literally—when a neighbor is abducted from the beach directly outside their rental.

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This has also been a week of historical novels with pretty covers.

This next one covered many decades and generations. The author did an excellent job with this method of story telling.

Where the Last Rose Blooms (Heirloom Secrets)

Alice runs a New Orleans flower shop alongside her aunt, but thoughts of her mother, who went missing during Hurricane Katrina, are never far from her mind. After getting off on the wrong foot with a handsome yet irritating man who comes to her shop, Alice soon realizes their worlds overlap–and the answers they both seek can be found in the same place.

In 1861 Charleston, Clara is known to be a rule follower–but the war has changed her. Unbeknownst to her father, who is heavily involved with the Confederacy, she is an abolitionist and is prepared to sacrifice everything for the cause. With assistance from a dashing Union spy, she attempts to help an enslaved woman reunite with her daughter. But things go very wrong when Clara agrees to aid the Northern cause by ferrying secret information about her father’s associates.

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Three more excellent reads.

Promise Kept (Harland Creek Series Book 1)

Promise Kept (Harland Creek Series Book 1) a well written story.

The Ornament Keeper: A Novella This story had a different spin on it. Interesting and emotional.

****** Three more. *******

All excellent reads

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Today has not been the best day for new book suggestions but that’s OK. I know most of us are good for reading material already on hand.

I’m trying to decide what comes next. Some choices don’t look as exciting as the books read. Kind of like when you eat all the delicious looking food first and the rest is still waiting for you.

Half the time, looking at the cover, I don’t remember anything about the story and the title doesn’t always appeal to me either. That’s a problem. That’s about where I am again tonight. Nothing looks interesting. They might be though, that’s the thing.

It could go either way, really.

Maybe I should listen to a podcast and work on the new jigsaw puzzle for awhile.

Sounds like a good plan.

I’ll probably do all three, just wait and see.

Tomorrow.

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