Summer at the French Cafe

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ A somewhat bittersweet look at love and abandonment, and the long and twisty road, perhaps unreachable after all, that one must follow to heal. Katerina (Kat) is a thirty-seven year old former journalist, now Manager of a bookshop/cafe in a particularly lovely area of France, -Strasbourg, on the eastern…

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The Only Exception

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ A beaker of โ€œbubbly, fizzy happinessโ€, this gentle, uplifting marvel is so sweet and so endearing you will yearn for a sequel. Luckily, for this reader, there is a prequel, and another book by this talented author just waiting to dive into. Lucinda Green, a 40 year-old raven-haired beauty,…

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The Sweet Shop of Second Chances

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Which of us hasnโ€™t dreamed of starting over - a new life, a braver life, a chance to give center-stage to the long-buried and treasured, following the heart and acknowledging at last that โ€œnothing that makes you smile that insanely could possibly be a bad ideaโ€. Whatever the risk.…

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Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Warm, compassionate and cozy, this book is the closest you will ever come to a giant literary hug. The first in the Hedgehog Hollow series, this reader, after reviewing and falling in love with Book 4, (#aWeddingatHedgeHogHollow) is going back (with great joy) to read and review the entire…

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Summer in San Sebastian

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ A feel-good contemporary romance in a gorgeous exotic location, - pristine and sunny San Sebastiรกn, Spain. Perfect for one of those days when nothing will fill that need for dreamy travel, romance and new adventures but a โ€œswathe of golden sand, a jumble of white buildings with terracotta roofsโ€,…

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Summer in Bellbird Bay

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ1/2 A contemporary romance set in the beautiful sun, sand, and surf of Queenslandโ€™s Bellbird Bay. Ailsa McNeil, 52 years old, has just learned that her twenty-five year marriage to her husband Bob, (suddenly and somewhat mysteriously behaving like a โ€œsurly lonerโ€, distancing himself in all forms of communication from…

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Again, Rachel

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ+ For this reader, a long-time fan of both Rachel and all the Marion Keyes books, visiting with Rachel again, (along with the entire Walsh family), is a visit with old and treasured friends, - so much so that re-opening the door, to step back into their world, is remarkably,…

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That Certain Spark

๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ Anyone who has been through a painful divorce, or a bad break-up, or really, faced any sort of momentous romantic rejection (and which of us hasnโ€™t?) will relate to the main protagonist of this book, Claire Everett, and the emotional quandary she faces, heart-wrenchingly detailed in these pages. A…

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Falling in Florence

โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ 1/2 Sofia is a young Italian woman, recently graduated from college, who comes from a large Sicilian family that runs an Italian restaurant in Galveston, Texas. With five protective brothers and a deep and close relationship with her loving family, Sofia is eager to make her own mark on…

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