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02 December 2016

A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

Friday 56 (share from the 56th page or 56% mark) is hosted at Freda's Voice (today 56%) 
& Book Beginnings (share the first few sentences) is at Rose City Reader.

So, I put together the Book Beginning & Friday 56 image before I started reading the book and the further I got into my reading, the more confused I got because of the Amazon description:

Wealthy New York City girl Claire Lindell isn’t looking for a Christmas miracle or happiness when she abruptly decides to hole up for the holiday at her godmother’s cottage in a little Yorkshire village, and lick her wounds from a near disastrous romantic decision. 
After her car skids into a snow bank, Claire may have accidently found her perfect Christmas and the family and love she’s craved when she offers Noah Bradford of Ayesgill Farm help to push the back end of one of his sheep out of the icy mud, even if she’s going to ruin a brand new pair of Prada boots during the rescue. 
What’s a little leather when love’s on the line?

Wait .... WHAT? Then who the heck is Hannah Ford from the 56% mark?
*dig dig dig ... search search search ... OH! The Table of Contents!*

Silly me ... the 56% is from another story altogether!
*dig dig dig ... search search search ...*
A ha! The second story is also sold on its own ...

Amazon Description -- Part 2
Welcome to Creighton Falls, New York… a town time forgot where miracles happen…
Glamorous city girl Hannah Ford wasn’t thinking when she walked out of a Christmas party and drove three hundred miles into a snowstorm; she just needed to escape. Thankfully local carpenter Sam Taylor comes to her rescue, and the unlikely pair are forced to spend a snowed-in Christmas together.
All Sam planned for Christmas was to get drunk alone. The holiday has always been something to be endured, until Hannah tumbles into his life, making it magical. Now Hannah and Sam have a chance to have a Christmas together… and make it the best one either of them have ever had.
But can one night out of reality turn into something that’s lasting and real?

Mysteries solved and confusion put on the back burner, I dove back in to reading and am now a huge fan of Kate Hewitt's (and, I'm assuming, will be of her alter ego,  Katharine Swartz) ... and I haven't even made it to the second story yet. The first one all on its own is just that good!

01 December 2016

A little ramble about.. A Zen for Murder by Leighann Dobbs

A Zen for Murder is the first Leighann Dobbs book that I've read and it definitely won't be the last.
Set in a small touristy town made up largely, it seems, of senior citizens, this is the first in a series featuring retired criminal psychologist Claire Watkins and retired criminal investigator Dominic Benedetti. It's definitely a "cozy" (pastries and cat included!) and a very quick read. I started it while waiting for my bus in to work and was already half-way through by the time I clocked in. Just the right thing when looking for a simple stress-free read. I had the whodunnit part figured out pretty early, but there were still questions that kept me scratching my head along the way.

29 November 2016

Anita Davison's Murder at Cleeve Abbey (Tuesday Intro & Teaser Tuesday)

Last week I had the great joy of reading Anita Davison's Murder on the Minneapolis, and now (thanks to NetGalley and the publisher) I'm about a quarter of the way through the second in the series -- Murder at Cleeve Abbey

The story opens two years after the events of the first and Flora has moved on from being Eddy's governess and onto married life. She returns to Cleeve Abbey, though, upon receiving news that her father has died. Of course, she has a difficult time believing that it was an accidental death. Since she also still has questions about her mother's death when she was young, it's a very emotional visit that, hopefully, will answer a lot of questions.

I'm not far enough in to be able to spoil much (not that I willingly would, anyway), but so far it is just as beautifully written and compelling as the first!

"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is from the first paragraph of a book being read now (or in the future) and is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. "Teaser Tuesday" from Books and a Beat asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.