A book set in a pancake house? sign me up and save me a table.
This is a new cozy series and I think it is going to be a winner. Marley is covering forA book set in a pancake house? sign me up and save me a table.
This is a new cozy series and I think it is going to be a winner. Marley is covering for her cousin Jimmy while he recovers in the hospital, only to end of dead. And while Marley doesn't mean to solve the crime (and it wouldn't be a cozy if she didn't!), she feels dragged into the situation because it is affecting the pancake house and Jimmy's home.
The author does a good job of bringing in several characters that could be the killer for various reasons, but the true killer is hiding under our noses and while there are some hints that this person is up to no good, it isn't overt. I don't know that I suspected this character, but I did have some doubts in my mind about their innocence in something!
There is even a little romance happening between Marley and Brett. Perhaps one that could put some interesting twists on future books.
Oh and don't forget the recipes at the end of the book - especially the bacon cheddar waffles!...more
What a tale for readers as it is woven with the publishing industry.
Aislinn is a talented writer/editor and knows what will sell books, that is why shWhat a tale for readers as it is woven with the publishing industry.
Aislinn is a talented writer/editor and knows what will sell books, that is why she is sought out by many aspiring authors. I liked how her character was kind about her suggested rewrites and how many authors took it to heart and realized that their book was going to be so much better with those changes.
Caldwell Kane is the owner of a publishing house, yet books that were submitted to them are being published by a rival house. How is this happening? He asks Aislinn for her help in getting to the bottom of this mystery. But he doesn't expect to fall in love with her along the way.
The book has many twists and turns, mystery and romance, deceit and truth. There are many bible quotes in the book so I'm not sure if it is meant to fall somewhere in the Christian book genre.
The characters are all well developed and each one brings depth to the book. Lottie, the next door neighbor, that lost her forbidden love when she was 16. It has haunted her all these years and writing a book about her father was very cathartic for her. Richard, Aislinn's ex-husband, is still in love with her but realizes that his life as a doctor was all encompassing and didn't leave much time for his home life and Aislinn. It takes a medical issue for him to understand what he has lost. Charles, a homeless vet that has some mental issues, but has a support system around him that helps him out however they can without infringing on his pride.
There are characters that learn some life lessons too, but you have to read the book to find out!
One thing I didn't really understand was the story line of Margaret Peters - I'm not sure this added much to the book, but perhaps others will think differently. There is another character that just disappears at the end (can't reveal too much!) but it would have been nice to see that story line resolved.
After reading A Village Romance, I was afraid to pick this book up and read it. However, I'm not sure if the author found her groove or it was well edAfter reading A Village Romance, I was afraid to pick this book up and read it. However, I'm not sure if the author found her groove or it was well edited because it was much better and very enjoyable. There is a little drama/mystery, some romance, betrayal and some humor.
I like how the townspeople of Little Perran come together in times of crisis. It makes me want to live there - other than having to deal with Stella who is quite the gossip and bitter as well. And while the town may seem idyllic, not everyone is perfect and they all have their own demons to battle.
While the characters may not be deep, they do have some complexity to them and all of them round out the story well....more
This is the second book in a series and while you don't have to read the first book, it might help to introduce some**I would give this 2 1/2 stars**
This is the second book in a series and while you don't have to read the first book, it might help to introduce some of the characters of the town. I didn't realize it was the 2nd when I agreed to review, but as it is a novella, I don't think I missed too much other than maybe some more details on the townspeople.
I am not sure if the copy I read was edited. The story has a lot of potential but I felt like there was a lot of back and forth that made it feel disjointed. There is one section that I thought was accidentally put in there twice until I realized it was from another POV. I didn't quite understand why the author did this other than to understand what each character felt....but don't think it was totally necessary. There was also a mention of a character wanting to hire a housekeeper for $25 (or 25 pounds) an hour...maybe he was used to London prices? Or maybe because he was rich he could afford it? It just didn't seem to fit. **I have been told that 25pounds per hour is common in England**
There are a couple of celebrities that move into town..one a brash musician and the other a quite author that is hiding from himself. However, several ladies in town see past their gruff exteriors and work their way into the men's hearts.
The novella just sort of ends and you have to read the next one to pick up the story and where it leaves off because it does just leave you hanging....more
Love this series and once I got over the disappointment that it took 116 pages to explain why what happened at the end of Dark Chocolate Demise wasn'tLove this series and once I got over the disappointment that it took 116 pages to explain why what happened at the end of Dark Chocolate Demise wasn't continued right away, I was fine. I don't want to reveal too many details if you haven't read DCD, but if you have you know how it ends!
Mel, Tate and Angie are off on another adventure this time in Las Vegas - and just in time for an Elvis convention, after all what is Vegas without Elvis?! And the plan to franchise the cupcake shop. It is set up for us not to like Holly, the franchisee, at first but she is more like Mel than you would think at first. However, someone does not want to see her succeed...or is it tied to Joe's mob case back in Scottsdale? It could be either.
I laughed at the antics of Marty and Oz, they are quite the characters (and not just in the book!). The mystery is well written because I didn't suspect who it was until right when he/she was revealed. The romance portion has its ups and downs and the ending leaves you hanging again, much like in DCD.
Now I have to wait forever for the next book to come out...ok, maybe not forever, but long enough!...more
I chose to read this book because of the location, San Miguel, because I have a friend that owns a house there. And of course because it is a cozy!
SoI chose to read this book because of the location, San Miguel, because I have a friend that owns a house there. And of course because it is a cozy!
So we have a couple that decides to get married in Mexico and one of the bridesmaids ends of dead right after the ceremony on the altar at the church. The bride's mother (who is VERY pushy and not very likeable) seems to think it is the wedding planner's job to solve the crime. Why, I'm not quite sure, but like I said, Mrs. Abernathy is not a very likeable character, comes across very entitled (as you might expect from someone that has money).
But solving the murder isn't really the only surprise - mystery fiances, blackmail, drug smuggling and a few other surprises are in store for you if you read this book. There really isn't a romance because Kelsey and Evan, while they like each other, they live too far apart to really have a relationship.
The only thing that I was disappointed in was the lack of description of the town and the sites. There are some that are mentioned, but I thought maybe there would have been more. It doesn't taint my thoughts on the book overall, just a minor something I noticed....more
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book...for the first 10-11 chapters I wanted to reach in and slap Autumn and tell her that she is the reason heI wasn't sure I was going to like this book...for the first 10-11 chapters I wanted to reach in and slap Autumn and tell her that she is the reason her son is the way he is and to stop coddling him! That is what is wrong with a lot of parents/kids today.
But around chapter 12, something happened to turn the story around. Something happened in Autumn's life to make her realize that perhaps letting her son live a little would be a good thing and that maybe letting him experience whatever happens in Little League Football will rewarding in the long run. Yes he is 10, but that is not too early for him to start learning that life can be hard and it is what you make of it.
Now granted, Autumn had a tough life growing up and perhaps this is why she appeared to smother Zachary, she didn't want him to have the life that she had and anything would be better.
Autumn grows a lot as a person in this book and even finds her backbone. I love a scene where she is defending herself to her friends and takes shots at their parenting skills. I think everyone learned something that day! Zachary even grows up some (as much as a 10 year old should at that age) and learns a few hard lessons himself.
Having this book as a part of the "wake up call" series is very apropos. I think a few people received a wake up call in this book!...more
This was a short, sweet/clean romance book. The book is clean with just kissing and references to the past.
The story line was enjoyable and I thoughtThis was a short, sweet/clean romance book. The book is clean with just kissing and references to the past.
The story line was enjoyable and I thought it interesting that Sandra goes from being married to an actor to falling for another one, and one that is a notorious playboy. But perhaps Ben had never met the right woman until Sandra came along.
There is some humor at different situations especially Ben working in a day care and he has no experience with children. And Sandra's sister and employee also show an interest in Ben with some comments.
Overall I thought it was good and worth reading, it didn't wow me but was enjoyable and a quick read....more