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Such a delight to find this book available again

The Cuckoo in Spring

By: Elizabeth Cadell

Rating: 5 of 5

I have been a fan of Elizabeth Cadell for decades. It was very difficult to find her books as they went out of print long ago. I was very happy to find that they were available again in ebook format. Even more so to find that they were available in audio format as well.

I read this book several times over the years, so I decided to listen to it this time. I have to admit it gave me even more of an appreciate for the late author’s talent. I also bought the ebook to switch back and forth as time allowed.

In this story, a rather spoilt young man is tricked into going off to evaluate a old miser’s painting collection. While there, he meets a young woman who is absolutely delightful but things go amiss and he finds himself not being indulged this time.

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Heartwarming Christmas tale

The Christmas Table: A Novel (Christmas Hope Book 11)

By: Donna VanLiere

Rating: 5 of 5

I have read several other books in this series. While it is a series, it can absolutely be read stand-alone. The books are lightly interconnected, with backstories of some of the individuals. It took reading a bit of it for me to actually remember the prior books and their plots.

This is a Christmas table that interconnects two times and the struggles that individuals are and have been going through. The tale of the past is woven into that of the present with a set of recipe cards and a handmade table. How the stories converge surprised me and delighted me as well.

The recipes, themselves are lovely and the introductions to them are exceptional reading. I had a wonderful time reading through them and plan to try some myself.

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Another great Nancy Naigle Christmas story

A Heartfelt Christmas Promise

By: Nancy Naigle

Rating: 5 of 5

I always look for books by Ms. Naigle. I know that they will be heartwarming and believable. She has a knack of putting a story together with great characters, amusing situations and bringing the story to such a satisfying end.

In this story, Vanessa Larkin works in a cutthroat industry. Her company acquires other companies. They then decide what to keep, what to sell and what to close down.

Vanessa is top at the game and should be heading to one of two great cities to work over Christmas. She is looking forward to Paris, but at the last minute, she is sent to a small town in North Carolina. To say she is not happy is putting it mildly.

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Made me laugh and cry at the same time

What You Wish For

By: Katherine Center

Rating: 5 of 5

This was the first book I have read by this author, so I wasn’t sure of what to expect. Having read it, I will certainly be reading more books by her in the near future.

Samantha Casey is the librarian at the fun private school in Galveston, Texas. She loves the principal and his wife, who also happen to be her landlords.

As events unfold, another principal comes to the school. That person is Duncan Carpenter, who just so happens to be the individual who was behind Samantha’s move from a California school to Texas.

While she is personally disturbed by his coming, she is sure that his quirky and lovable antics will soon put others at ease. Turns out Duncan has changed and not for the better.

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A touching story of life’s struggles

A Walk Along the Beach

By: Debbie Macomber

Rating: 5 of 5

While this was an excellent book, it was difficult for me to read. It touched on one of the most tragic areas of my own life. A little more than twenty years ago, my son was stricken with an aggressive form of leukemia and passed away eighteen months later.

In this story, we follow the life of Willa Lakey, who is the older sister of Harper. Harper is in remission after struggling, dreadfully, with chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Harper is finding her feet again but Willa can’t help from hovering over her and watching her like a hawk. Willa has devoted her life to Harper and to opening her coffee shop when Sean O’Malley comes into her life.

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Emotional drama regarding secrets

The Dilemma: A Novel

By: B. A. Paris

Rating: 4 of 5

When I first picked up this book, I thought it would a suspenseful mystery as were the other books I have read by this author. It turned out that was not the case.

The story is about secrets which are being kept between a husband and wife which have huge impacts upon their family. It takes an awful tragedy to get this two to consider sharing with one another.

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Wonderful story filled with laughs and a few tears

Miss Cecily’s Recipes for Exceptional Ladies

By: Vicky Zimmerman

Rating: 5 of 5

What a wonderful novel this was to read! At first, I wondered what kind of story it would involved. It seemed to focus on a young woman and her relationship issues. It then took a sharp turn to look at the past of a woman in her nineties.

Kate Parker is in a relationship with someone who seems, to her at least, to be perfect for her. She can’t quite understand why people in her life are not as accepting.

An event happens before her 40th birthday that leaves her scrambling for ways to fill her life during what, she insists, is a short setback in her relationship with her boyfriend.

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Serious relationships explored

Always the Last to Know

By: Kristan Higgins

Rating: 4 of 5

Over the years, I have read many books by Kristan Higgins. I started with her light-hearted romances and have, more recently, enjoyed her longer, fictional literature with humorous overtones.

This book is different. It is more serious and explores familial relationships from a more realistic viewpoint.

The family in the book is the Frost family, who are maybe but probably not related to Robert Frost. However, they are a big deal in their town, thanks to the hard work by the matriarch, Barb Frost.

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A funny slice of life novel

It Started with a Secret

By:Jill Mansell

Rating: 5 of 5

I have read many books by Jill Mansell over the years and have enjoyed every one. This book is now one of my favorites. It is not just a romance, though that is part of the story. It is what I call, a slice of life.

The story follows Lainey and Kit, two co-workers who want to work with each other again after losing their jobs due to a financial downturn by the owners.

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A slice of life story about five different individuals

The Fifth Avenue Story Society

By: Rachel Hauck

Rating: 5 of 5

I really enjoyed this slice of life story about five individuals who were invited anonymously to a story society. The people in the book are quite different from each other except for one thing: they are each in the midst of a struggle. There are past struggles and current ones but they each are looking for something.

They get together and aren’t thrilled to begin with. There is a wealthy businesswoman, an Uber driver, an elderly man who wants to write about a book about his life with his late wife and a man and a woman who were divorced a couple of years before.

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