When Sarah gets the chance of life time to leave her quiet little bookshop in Ashford and run her friend Sophie’s shop in Paris her heart soars. She’s always dreamed of going to Paris and now here is her chance. Once Sarah gets to Paris she realizes it isn’t all she dreamt of. She is a fish out of water and she struggles to find her place. Gradually Sarah falls in love with Paris and gets to know her co-workers. Along the way she finds parts of herself she never knew existed. This story is filled with lovable characters, plenty of challenges and a bookstore that becomes a character as well. The pages come alive with Paris and all it’s magic. A great uplifting read. I have included an excerpt provided by the publisher so you can try it out.
A Light in the Hallway by Amanda Prowse is the story of a family. The story opens as Kerry is battling cancer and her husband Nick is trying to manage the day to day task and be there for their teenage son Oliver. Nick struggles to manage everything and he finds it harder as time goes on. I know this makes it seem like a tear-jerker, and I admit I cried, but I also admired Nick for his strength in the face of the situation and his drive to keep going. The story spans a few years. The narrative moves through time showing us Nick’s scenes from Nick’s life and even letting us know what Kerry thinks. Nick plucked my heartstrings as he navigated the changes in his life and tried to do the best thing for his son. This story leaves you feeling hopeful and optimistic as you take Nick’s journey with him. He is supported by his friends and family and they add their own special touches to his journey. This book became available on November 11th and it might be just perfect for you or someone on your gift list.
Jane, Cara and Meg thought they would be friends no matter what but life had other plans. Years later Jane is married to a man who stole money from his clients and looking for somewhere to go and get away from the press and the people who want her out of their lives. In a desperate last ditch effort at a fresh start she turns up on Cara’s doorstep to the horror of Cara’s social climber husband, but even her brief stay convinces Jane that Cara’s life is not as it should be either and after a frank and straight shooting conversation the two agree to see if they can escape to Meg’s beach house for a few days. Jane didn’t count on the fact that Cara and Meg had a falling out of their own so they go with plan B, track down Steve Meg’s husband and when they do they learn that Meg is already at the beach house, but their unexpected arrival creates havoc for Meg and yet despite the arguing and accusing the happens between them all of them admit it is great to be together again. A touching and funny story of friendship and love and life.
I loved Lexie, despite the fact that she turns her soon to be perfect life upside down and may-be for some not so good reasons I admired her spunk and her ability to follow her gut and her heart even though it seems crazy to do it. She is loveable and quirky and goes after what she wants. I loved her and her female pals the southern sweet yet direct school nurse and the English teacher in her later years that curses like a sailor. The blend of the women is genius and Lexie’s take on her life and her co-workers will keep you wanting more even after the last page.
When Win’s life falls apart she retreats to the cabin on Butternut Lake only to have her sister Poppy show up on her doorstep unannounced. While their first days together are nostalgic soon the sisters fall into their old ways. Win must deal with great loss and decide how to build a future and Poppy has to decide if she wants to stay at the lake or move on. Poppy takes a job in the local bait shop to earn some cash and ends up finding more than just a job there. This story is sweet and warm and funny. The characters are not afraid to speak their minds sometimes with hilarious results. For both sisters the summer will open new doors and bring the ability to move forward.
Enter the mixed up life of Penelope Marx, high school has taken her normal world and the social triangle she forms with her two best friends Audrey and Eph and turned it into a world that is confusing and hard to navigate. Add new kid and new crush Keats to the mix and Penelope’s world really starts to change. Her story is touching and funny and warm and it was easy to me to feel for her, because I too was (and currently am) a shy girl. Like Penelope I had a small social circle and unlike Audrey I didn’t want to make mine bigger just because. Like all of us Penelope finds a new place for herself in the end but I was very happy to make that journey with her.
I loved Mercedes. Her life is anything but easy from an abusive husband and having to restart her life after she is widowed she just keeps rolling with the punches, not that it is always easy for her and even when it seems easy it is an illusion, but I have to hand it to her she knows how to take all those lemons life keeps tossing at her and make lemonade.