Monthly Archives: June 2019

A blend of paranormal, science fiction and love story

Time After Time: A Novel

By: Lisa Grunwald

Rating: 4 of 5

I was intrigued by the short blurb I read about this story. I was, for some unknown reasons, expecting a time travel book and instead, the book is a mix between ghost story and science fiction with a very long romance. While it wasn’t what I expected, it was still a good read.

My only problem with books set in the fairly recent past, as this one is, it’s easy to spot anachronisms and those can be distracting.

Once I was able to get over those small issues, I was able to enjoy the love story and the innovative idea behind it. I also appreciated the author explaining (in the follow-on notes) how it mirrored, to a degree, the relationship she has with her husband. I can relate to that as, due to illness, my world has become smaller than most others experience.

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A new cozy mystery series set in an candy shop in Amish country

Assaulted Caramel (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery Book 1)

By: Amanda Flower

Rating: 5 of 5

Bailey King is about to become the head chocolatier at JP Chocolates in New York City. She rushes to Harvest, Ohio, when she receives word that her grandfather is very ill. By the time she arrives, he has left the hospital and she comes across him standing on the sidewalk in front of the candy shop he runs with her grandmother.

The thing is, both her grandfather and grandmother are Amish and Bailey certainly is not. Notwithstanding that, Bailey learned her love of making candy and working with chocolate in her grandparents shop, Swissmen Sweets.

Just as she arrives, her grandfather is embroiled in a heated discussion with a man who is trying to buy Swissmen Sweets. Her grandfather says no and, before the discussion ends, crumples to the sidewalk.

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More than a romantic comedy, this book looks at the ups and downs of life

Maybe This Time

By: Jill Mansell

Rating: 5 of 5

In this story, Mimi Huish, is visiting her father and his partner at their new home in The Cotswolds. She encourages, even insists, that the two of them get out and meet their new neighbors in the charming village they now live in. They are afraid that the people in this small hamlet are not ready to accept the lifestyle arrangement that they share.

It is far from the truth, but in getting to know their neighbors, a situation arises that changes the lives of many in the village.

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A great new murder mystery series set in post World War II London, England

The Right Sort of Man

By: Allison Montclair 

Rating: 5 of 5

Miss Iris Sparks and Mrs. Gwendolyn Bainbridge are two survivors of World War II England. They come from different backgrounds (though they knew each other slightly before the war.) The are trying to find their way after the war has shattered the futures they envisioned for themselves.

They come together to make new lives for themselves. Iris is looking for a way to forget her past and settle into a safer life. Gwendolyn is a war widow and is struggling to prove that she can support her young son and wrest control of his future from his father’s family.

The come up with The Right Sort of Marriage. It is a modern marriage bureau and promises its prospective clients that they will help them find a mate who is the perfect one for them. They are doing okay but they do have an individual who collects payment when it is not forthcoming. This is one of the funnier parts of an amusing tale.

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A murder mystery series revolving around a group of intrepid quilters

A Patchwork of Clues (Queen Bees Quilt Shop Book 1)

By: Sally Goldenbaum

Rating: 4 of 5

“A Patchwork of Clues” is a new murder mystery series which involves a group of quilters who meet at the Queen Bees Quilt Shop. It is an ensemble cast though Portia Paltrow (aka Po), is the central character in many ways. To be honest, I keep thinking of Kung Fu Panda, each time I read her name and it was a bit distracting!

As with most book series which a large group of characters, much of the first book is spent introducing each character and how they relate to one another rather than in the actual whodunnit. The plot of the mystery was interesting but I would have liked it fleshed out a bit more. I expect that future books will give more details.

A murder occurs right outside their favorite store and, for a time, the quilters have to meet at Po’s home. While there, they decide they must solve the murder and remove suspicion from the quilt show owner.

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