By Christine DeSmet
Iris Beale is an eccentric antique dealer with a penchant for dating the wrong man. Every unattached male who comes through her door takes advantage of her good looks and nesting instincts. When her current beau is murdered, Iris finds that she’s a suspect and quite possibly the next victim. A friend with marital troubles and a mysterious painting further complicate matters. How can she avoid suspicion and identify the killer? And how does the handsome policeman who crosses her threshold fit into her life?
The author has created an engaging story, complete with action, intrigue, mystery and romance.
By Linda Lattimer
Sophia Wiliams is a lovely young woman who carries a load of emotional baggage. Since her father’s untimely death in an accident that left her without legs, her mother has lost the will to live and is wasting away. Summering in Key West, she spends her time in two worlds, caring for an invalid mother and wandering beaches wearing long pants to cover her disability. Scott Duncan, a local man who had watched her from afar for many years, finally gets the nerve up to pursue her. Will they find love in spite of the odds against them?
A poignant story.
By Patricia Gitt
Elizabeth Barnes is a highly successful business woman who appears to have it all. Recognized by her industry and spearheading her company’s expansion, she is surprised by the emptiness and loneliness she feels. Until now, there has been no time for marriage and family, and her choice in men had been poor. A well-deserved vacation at her partner’s country home in Vermont gives her time to relax and the opportunity to connect with an old acquaintance, Jack Lawson. The former professor and now famous author ignites a fire in her heart and causes confusion. They live in two different worlds and both have careers that demand all their time. Will she give in to love and make a life choice for other than business reasons?
The author has a wonderful talent for description and story telling. The characters are believable and the dialogue is appropriate.
Mr. O’Grady’s Magic Box
By Karen Michelle Nutt
Aubrey Jules never got over her first love. But that was long ago on a trip to Ireland and the boy appeared to abandon her at the end. A decade later, as a grown woman and magazine reporter, she is given the assignment of interviewing a Mr. O’Grady at his charming bed and breakfast about a magic box that grants wishes. With no small amount of skepticism, she accepts the old man’s offer to hold the box and make a wish, asking for her soul mate to appear. Lo’ and behold, Mr. O’Grady’s grandson turns out to be her first love, Ian Quinn, now a handsome man with what appears to be a son of his own. Sparks fly, of anger and attraction, until she finds out why he disappeared in the first place. Complicated by the arrival of her current boyfriend of three years, they dance around a relationship. Will they find the perfect love that they lost so long ago?
This is a wonderful story of unrequited love given a second chance. The author has created a charming setting and equally delightful characters.
By Courtney Michel
Mina Tracey is a recently divorced single mother with a bitter taste in her mouth about men. Her former husband had tried to control every aspect of her life, including her passion for boating. Cullen Porter is a nice guy, or so the women say who’ve dated him and dumped him before it got serious.
Mina’s brother Garrett and his girlfriend Christi rent a lakeside home in the Ozarks for the month of July, and invite Mina and her baby daughter. After they arrive, they find that the house has been double-booked and invite the other booker to stay with them, who just happens to be Cullen Porter.
When Mina arrives with her two passions, her daughter and her boat, Cullen is instantly attracted. He is just the opposite of her ex-husband, kind and compassionate, and good to her toddler. Yet she can’t get past the bitterness of that prior relationship until she almost loses him. Cullen laments that once again he is the nice guy that no woman wants. Will they triumph over past hurts and find everlasting love?
The author has created a delightful story, rich in details and unexpected turns. The characters are complex and appealing, from the single mother to the little child.