SPRING HOUSE by Mary Ellen Taylor
Beautifully written, full of emotion, warmth and depth.
Maybe it was because I was once a single mother, but I totally connected with Meg as she went on her journey to renovate the Spring House and in the process discovered Diane’s tale. Or maybe it was just the beautiful way the author told these two women’s stories that pulled me in from page one until the very last. Either way, I loved the book. It made two flights and a very long layover sail by. I was so engrossed in the story that I didn’t even mind the uncomfortable chairs in the airport lounge and that’s saying something.
Spring House was a wonderful story of friendship, starting over, family dynamics, the hardships life throws our way and the ability to overcome the odds. We see this not only in the present-day story surrounding Megan in her quest to succeed as a single and pregnant woman, but also in Diane’s tale from more than a hundred years ago. This book is a powerful reminder of how resilient we women truly are and that the greater the odds are against us, the greater our strength and resolution to succeed can be. It also had a lovely love story woven in that didn’t overtake the book, but gently flowed and highlighted the characters’ strengths and even their flaws.
This is one of those stories that’s going to sit with me for a while. Highly recommend both Winter Cottage and Spring House. The books can be read as stand alone, however, I would suggest they be read in the order above to fully understand the backstory and the family dynamics best.
MISFORTUNE COOKIE by Casey Wyatt
Not your tired, typical paranormal. I love that Casey Wyatt goes beyond your normal vamps and wares and digs deeper into the world of paranormal with her wonderful stories.
In this book we delve into the world of Chinese myths and legends along with family dynamics, grudges, legacies, and loyalties. Combine all that with the fun and complicated romance, that provided lots of sizzle to the story, along with a reluctant heroine, who just wanted to be an average person, and you had a great read.
If you're looking for a fun book, with something different, give this a try, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
THE SHAPE OF NIGHT by Tess Gerritsen
Dark, edgy, and brilliantly written.
First off, this is not Rizzoli & Isles, so if that’s what you’re looking for…stop, but don’t because this story is fabulous, it’s just different. If you’re a fan of ghost stories and especially The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, but maybe want something a little sexier, darker, and definitely edgier, then this is your book.
The story is brilliantly and beautifully written as you’d expect from Tess Gerritsen. The details are there so you feel like you’re in a small, coastal town in Maine in a hundred and fifty-year-old home. No surprise in either of those areas because we’re talking Tess Gerritsen. What was surprising was the paranormal aspect. But yet…was there really a ghost or was it just Ava’s mind? I’ll let you decide. No spoilers from me. I will say, I read this in one day because I couldn’t put it down. The story drew me in, consumed me, wrapped Ava’s pain and guilt around me and wouldn’t let go until the end.
If you like a good psychological suspense with twists and turns give this book a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Thanks to Penguin Random House for the ARC.