This book was one of the choices for the Book Lover’s Book Club in January, so it was one of the books I read. I had never read Bailey Cates before, but I enjoyed it.
Set in Savannah, Katie Lightfoot has just moved to the city to start her dream job of opening a bakery. She’s in partnership with her aunt and uncle, long time Savannah residents. But, before they can even open the doors to their new bakery, someone has been murdered right out in front of their shop. And, Katie’s uncle is accused of the murder!
While trying to help clear her uncle’s good name, Katie discovers a few family secrets that are unsettling. She finds out that her aunt is a witch, and well, so is her mom and dad, and yep, so is Katie! It takes her a little while to settle into this news, but it comes in handy while looking for a murderer!
I feel like this is one of those books that you either love or you don’t! For me, not so much! The title held such potential for me. And honestly, it wasn’t a bad story – just not what I was expecting.
I was expecting a lighthearted story about a French bookshop. But instead, it was a story of disappointment, grief and stepping back into life and love. It was much heavier than I was prepared for and therefore took quite a bit longer for me to read.
The story is Jean Perdu is the owner of a book barge, moored in Paris. He leads a very flat, deprived life. For the past twenty years, he has intentionally deprived himself of any of the beautiful things that life has to offer – fun, friendship, love, warmth. Instead, he sells his books and lives in his spartan apartment.
Twenty years ago, Maron, the love of Jean’s life, left him and he decided he did not want to experience that kind of pain again, so he hasn’t felt much of anything! Then one day, he decides he has finally wasted enough of his life and he needs to live again. He unmoors his barge and sets off on an adventure. With a cast of unlikely characters, he finally lets himself grieve the loss of Maron and move back into life.
I felt the “set up” in the story took way too long. Once the adventure started, the story was interesting and I started feeling something for Jean. If you can push through the beginning, it winds up being a good story! And, George does a beautiful job describing their journey through France!
I love this story! While it is somewhat formulaic, I personally don’t feel that takes anything away from it. I read this story a couple of years ago and came back to it this month. It was just as fun and beautiful the second time around as I remembered it to be.
Adler does a beautiful job describing the scenery of the Provence region, and it just makes me want to visit! The storyline is mostly about Franny Martin, a veterinarian living in California. Franny’s life is crumbling around her! Just when she thinks things are going great with her boyfriend, he sends his wife out to break things off with her. Not exactly what she was expecting. Also not what she was expecting is the friendship that comes from the ex-lovers wife, Clare, and an invitation to Provence to meet family she had no idea even existed.
I enjoyed the complicated (and somewhat unrealistic) plot. There are twists and turns, there are sweet friendships and relationships that bloom. In the end, this story just makes me feel good!
Nora Roberts is like comfort food for me. I’ve read most of her books at least once, and there are a few that I enjoy re-reading! Like most of Nora Roberts books, the plot is somewhat predictable and uncomplicated. But, I supposed, as with most books in the romance genre, that’s why we read them!
Re-reading this book in December was a bit of an escape for me. Life was extraordinarily busy, and this book specifically gave me a beautiful place to escape to. A good bit of the book is spent in the mountains of Colorado during the winter, and the hero and heroine are both escaping from their own troubles. So, I suppose I could relate even though my “troubles” were very different from theirs.
If you enjoy romance, the expectation of happily-ever-after, and an enjoyable hero and heroine, you’ll enjoy this offering from Nora Roberts. It gives you enough complication to keep the storyline interesting without making it tense or burdensome.
Or, if you are looking for an escape into the snowy moutains of Colorado for a brief time, this is the book for you!
This book is the second in the Mercenary Maidens series. I’m typically not a huge historical fiction fan, but I am really enjoying this series. The women are strong, clever and daring. The men are of course handsome and strong, but they are also human with faults and emotions.
This series takes place in the UK in the 1600’s. Women are recruited to be spies and they are very good at what they do! I got caught up in the adventure and storyline very quickly and had a hard time putting it down!