Wishing all of my fellow introverts a happy and healthy New Year filled with an abundance of love and romance.
Olivia Jayne Eldridge
After only reading a few black and white words typed on the crisp white page, I was hooked. Jenny Colgan, author of “The Bookshop on the Corner,” had me right from the opening paragraph with her dedication to all readers. Her delightfully comical, yet oh so true, account of a reader’s trials and tribulations in their quest for a heavenly literary nook was hilarious. I, for one, must admit her observations were spot-on. And, it was quite nice to know I’m not alone in my crusade to find the perfect place to retreat with my stories.
What unfolded after the delightful dedication was a feast of the senses. The motivating story of Nina Redmond who overcame all her fears throughout the narrative was rich, heartwarming, and hopeful. It takes courage to follow your dreams. Not an easy task. Especially when you are an unemployed librarian trying to find a job in a fast-moving technology minded society.
Down on her luck and recently evicted, she relocates from her harried life in England into the tranquil laid-back Scotland. Here is where she will fulfill her destiny. She uses her savings to purchase an old van that she converts into a mobile bookshop and becomes the talk of the town. Misunderstood, the shy introvert overcomes her insecurities as she follows her passion. A passion that transforms her life and gets her noticed by not one, but two leading men.
“The Bookstore on the Corner” is, in my humble opinion, the epitome of what is to become a classic romantic tale. I breathed right along with Nina during her journey of self-discovery. I shared her tears and her laughter, her anger and her shame, and her wonder and excitement. This novel is a must read for anyone who feels that they are existing in a world that has lost meaning. It brings to light what is truly important – friends, family and a sense of worth. Remember anything is possible for those who believe. Happy reading!
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you found yourself stranded with “the one” that got away? Would you jump at the opportunity for a second chance or would you do everything in your power to guard yourself against further heartache? Rory Andrews was about learn the answer to those questions on this frigid Christmas Eve. Financially strapped and determined to return to her hometown, she accepted a ride from Max Stranton, the high school heartthrob who had broken her heart.
This road trip wasn’t exactly a picnic for Max, either. After what Rory had done to him, he still fantasized about a relationship with the sexy no-nonsense beauty. Too bad she preferred the company of his dog, Carl, to his own. Rory and Max, along with Carl who sat in the backseat, were in for one long night as they drove over the snow-covered road. A night that turned into a morning after their overnight stay at a roadside hotel.
“One Snowy Night,” is a quick paced, romantic novella. It’s the perfect read for anyone looking for afternoon retreat. Jill Shalvis penned two characters who are realistic, inspiring, and memorable. Give yourself the gift of a few hours sitting by the fire with this holiday romance. Happy reading!
Together a sweet little girl and one charming young boy and their lovely mother managed to find their way into Sheriff Bailey’s heart. They each learned to overcome their past and to love again.
This was the first time I’d read one of RaeAnne Thanyne’s novels. If you are a reader who prefers romances set in a small-town, at Christmastime with a little mystery, then I would recommend this novel to you. Ms. Thayne’s descriptive writing is heartwarming and tender. Happy reading!
Lady Veronica Smithson has wealth and all the freedoms that money can buy. She also happens to not only be physically beautiful, but highly intelligent. What she does not possess is a man in her bed – a situation she is soon to rectify. But, not any man will do. If Veronica is going to indulge her sexual desires, it must be with a man who respects her need for independence. Who better than Sir Sebastian Hadley-Attwater, the rogue and adventurer who authors novels in which he writes detailed accounts of his outrageous exploits. With devilish good looks, he is liable to make any women swoon. Even Veronica is not completely unaffected by his tales of intrigue. Only her sights are not set on marriage. Instead, she proposes an offer she is sure he cannot refuse. She intends to be his mistress by Christmas.
I hope I’ve persuaded you to indulge in a few hours of euphoric holiday pandemonium. “His Mistress by Christmas,” is sure to become one of your favorite Christmas treats.