Kathleen Gerard is a talented storyteller who takes on the subjects of life and death, and what happens in-between, in "The Thing Is". With the help oKathleen Gerard is a talented storyteller who takes on the subjects of life and death, and what happens in-between, in "The Thing Is". With the help of a super-smart little Yorkie, who happens to be "Spirit Guide Dog", the author weaves together the threads of the lives of individuals at varying stages in their journey from their time on Earth to their after-life final destination. "Prozac", with his keen intelligence, his nose for sniffing out the heart of the matter, and his dear little "woofie face", is serving this incarnation of his own existence as a pet therapy dog. Meredith Mancuso, a writer deeply grieving the unexpected, violent death of her fiancé, connects with Prozac when she is inveigled by her sister to care for the little darling while his elderly owner, Helen, recovers from an injury. Realizing how much Meredith needs his help, Prozac enlists the aide of his friends and fans at Evergreen Gardens, an independent living facility where he visits once a week. With the help of a small, but mighty, spiritual guide, and a sassy, savvy group of seniors, Meredith may just let go of the past, return to the land of the living, and reach out for a second chance at love. Life is always more or less than you expect--it is never exactly what you envision. However, keep the faith, and remember that "sweet" will always be the second half of "bittersweet".
Four of the top talents in Historical Western Inspirational Romance combine their considerable storytelling skills for the delightful anthology "WithFour of the top talents in Historical Western Inspirational Romance combine their considerable storytelling skills for the delightful anthology "With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry". In "The Husband Maneuver", from author Karen Witemeyer, Marietta Hawkins must act fast to keep from losing the love of her life, ranch foreman Daniel Barrett. Daniel is even more of a hero to her than the star of her beloved dime novels, but can she make the real man realize how much she cares? Author Regina Jennings puts her pair of prospective sweethearts in quite a predicament in "Her Dearly Unintended". Can the relationship they pretend to have in order save face turn into a love to last a lifetime? When author Mary Connealy's "Runaway Bride" Carrie Halsey finds Texas Ranger "Big John" Conroy sent by her sister to help her evade an unwanted suitor, the lawman begins to see the situation as appealingly arresting. He promises to keep Carrie safe from harm, but can he keep himself safe from the sparks of an unexpected attraction? Tomboy Charlie Andrews has been the lifelong rival of Harrison Gray in author Melissa Jagears' "Engaging the Competition". When grown-up Charlotte must help Harrison in a time of need, will rivalry turn to romance? Wonderful writers with a talent for engaging storytelling make this anthology a reader's treat.
Awesome author Jen Turano scores another solid hit with "Playing the Part", Book 3 in her "A Class of Their Own Series". Thanks to her less than parenAwesome author Jen Turano scores another solid hit with "Playing the Part", Book 3 in her "A Class of Their Own Series". Thanks to her less than parental stepfather, Nigel Wolfe, young actress Lucetta Plum must abandon her rising career on the New York City stage and flee from his disastrous gambling debts. Lucetta's friend, Abigail Hart, finds refuge for Lucetta at the estate of Abigail's grandson, Bram Haverstein. An immediate sparky attraction ensues between Lucetta and Bram, but which of them is the better actor? Each of them is playing a role, and all around them strange occurrences and quirky characters, including a misogynist goat named Geoffrey, swirl with ever-compounding mystery. Behind the masquerade, a real romance is being written, but with all the obstacles to overcome, will the ending be one of lasting love and happiness? Ms. Turano effortlessly mixes humor, romance, mystery, and faith into a perfectly-blended and entertaining read. As a storyteller, Jen Turano is in a "class of her own". Highly recommended.
Author Mary Connealy is an entertaining storyteller who tickles your funny bone while she touches your heart. “Fire and Ice”, Book Three, in her “WildAuthor Mary Connealy is an entertaining storyteller who tickles your funny bone while she touches your heart. “Fire and Ice”, Book Three, in her “Wild at Heart” series features the oldest Wilde sister, Bailey. Content to let folks think she’s a man and keep their distance, Bailey Wilde cares for her younger sisters and manages their homestead. However, after her sisters marry and leave for homes of their, the loneliness of the empty nest begins to wear on Bailey. Maybe that’s why she succumbs to the crazy scheme of her troublesome neighbor, Gage Coulter. Determined to regain his access rights to rich grazing land after Bailey Wilde claimed a homestead spread that cut him off, Gage continues to needle and harass Bailey into giving him back his right of way. Due to Bailey’s skill with a rifle, Gage has never gotten close enough to find out that Bailey is a woman. With her short hair and men’s clothes, he’s always thought she was a man. Stunned though he is when he finds out the truth, he recovers enough to offer his latest threat: he’ll dynamite his way through to the access land. Later he offers to buy half her herd and share the rich grass lands. He also tells her that wants to continue to acquire more and more land and build his herd. When Gage learns that his mother--his very controlling mother--plans to visit, he makes Bailey another urgent proposal of a different kind: he needs a wife, and he needs one fast. He had already told his mother some time back that he was married, and now that she was due to arrive at any moment, he had to produce a wife so that his mother would see that he was settled. Maybe then, she’d leave him be—just maybe. The unbearable loneliness of her solitary existence in her cabin spurs her to accept his proposal. When Bailey meets his mother, though, she learns the truest meaning of unbearable, and its name is “Ma”. As Gage and Bailey get to know each other, a definite fondness and attraction grows between them, but they have many issues to overcome before the seeing the light of true happiness. Will faith, forgiveness, and forbearance find their way into the hearts and minds of this headstrong man and woman? Will going forward with caring compromise bring them a lifetime of love and joy? Author Mary Connealy has a most delightful way with inspirational historical romance.
Author Jen Turano begins her new "A Class of Their Own" series with the delightful "After a Fashion". Harriet Peabody knows how to take a leftover orAuthor Jen Turano begins her new "A Class of Their Own" series with the delightful "After a Fashion". Harriet Peabody knows how to take a leftover or discarded item and make the most of it, turning into something stylish and eye-catching. Her dream is to make life brighter for women like herself, working women of limited resources, by selling "reimagined" gowns and accessories that she has refreshed and refurbished. Toiling away in a millinery shop, working for someone else, is just the means to an end until she is able to achieve her goals. However, the end of her employment comes sooner than expected through the histrionics of a most difficult customer. Oliver Addleshaw is an ambitious businessman whose potential prime partner prefers his associates to settled, married men. When the woman who has thrust herself into Oliver's life with marriage on her own mind is the cause of Harriet losing her job, he offers Harriet a reprieve from her unfortunate circumstances. If she will pose as his fiancée while he makes a favorable impression upon the gentleman with whom he greatly wishes to do business, he will pay her well and provide for her necessities. After Oliver makes her an offer she finds impossible to turn down, their own "partnership" begins, but it's a long, bumpy road to reach the desired destination. Harriet and Oliver cannot refrain from verbal jousting, and the very forthright Harriet frequently stymies the most opinionated Oliver. As the verbal spears soar, the sparks between them fly, and the cut-and-dried business arrangement begins to blur around the edges and takes on more personal overtones. When an unexpected revelation from Harriet's past threatens future happiness, faith and devotion must remain steadfast. Does real love exist amid the war of words between Harriet and Oliver? Is it strong enough to hold fast through all attempts to undermine its strength? I have loved every one Of Jen Turano's books, and "After a Fashion" is my favorite so far. I also highly recommend her "Ladies of Distinction" series.
"Bettyville", a beautifully-written memoir from author George Hodgman, will gently break places in your heart, and then it will tenderly patch them ba"Bettyville", a beautifully-written memoir from author George Hodgman, will gently break places in your heart, and then it will tenderly patch them back together with warmth and humor. George Hodgman becomes the care provider for his elderly mother, Betty, leaving his life in Manhattan behind and returning to his home town of Paris, Missouri. Having reached the age of ninety-something by living in her own indomitable manner, Betty will not go quietly into old-age oblivion. As issues such as dementia, cancer, and increasing physical frailty creep into the picture, Betty remains a force to be reckoned with. At the age of ninety-one, she chooses to fight her cancer, and begins radiation therapy. Throughout all of their rumblings and grumblings while reconnecting and acclimating to once again living in the same house, it becomes clear that there is a great love between mother and son. Seeing Betty struggle, yet refuse to surrender her spirit, leads George to discover his own personal strengths and gives him the courage to move forward with choices for his future. My own mother's name was Betty, and while our life situation was quite different from George and his mother, much of our circumstances were similar. While George left home and then came back, I stayed with my mother for almost fifty years. My Betty and I were separated only when she passed away. George and his Betty remain together. "Bettyville" is keenly-observed, poignant, and written with great heart. A recommended read for caregivers, but also for those who receive the care.