Friday, May 14, 2021

Review: Island Charm by Audrey Wick


An imposter in paradise

When Anna Worthington's twin sister gets jilted by her fiancé, Anna steps in with a plan for a girls' Key West getaway instead of a honeymoon trip. Yet when her twin has her own crisis of commitment and doesn't board the plane, Anna finds herself on a romantic getaway that she's forced to navigate alone.

A vacation romance with an expiration date

Gunnar Lockhart, whose specialty is island tourism, is the perfect match for helping Anna complete her vacation bucket list, but time together forges a connection more personal than either anticipate. As they make island memories, Anna has to untangle her mixed emotions. Are her feelings toward Gunnar real? Or like her sister's wedding day, has this connection been doomed from the start?


My Review:

From vacation romance to happily ever after

On a trip to Key West, that was supposed to be her sister Brie's honeymoon, Anna Worthington makes the best of the trip alone.  Brie had a bucket list of things she wanted to do so Anna is doing them for her.  Meeting a guy was not part of the plan.  But Anna find herself spending a lot of time with Gunnar Lockhart.

Gunnar moved to Key West after falling in love with the island.  He spends his days working an information booth and helping his friend Jack, who has dementia.  Gunnar never thought he would fall for a tourist, but he did and he will do anything for Anna.  But when an unexpected incident happens and Anna is left alone waiting for Gunnar, she feels stood up. Will it be the end of their new relationship? 

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the chemistry between Anna and Gunnar. I also liked how caring and patient Gunnar was with Jack, even when he would get himself in trouble. The way the story was written, it felt so real.  The descriptions of the island seemed to come to life through the author's words.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Review: A Long Shadow by H L Marsay

Old sins cast long shadows…

When the bodies of a young, homeless girl and a girl who disappeared thirty years ago are found on the same day, residents in the historic city of York are aghast. It seems unlikely the two cases are related, and yet some of the same players knew both victims. As Detective Chief Inspector John Shadow and his eager new partner, Sergeant Jimmy Chang, dive into their investigation, they uncover a complicated web of pop stars, pub owners, shopkeepers and old school friends who each have something to hide.

John Shadow is a man of contradictions. A solitary figure who shuns company, but is a keen observer of all he meets. A lover of good food, but whose fridge is almost always empty. He prefers to work alone and is perpetually trying to dodge his partner, who’s full of energy, modern ideas and theories.

But as the two men gradually learn to work together to solve the case, it’s clear that the past is never as far away as you think.


My Review:

An intriguing mystery that kept me guessing.

Set in the city of York, Detective Chief Inspector John Shadow and his new partner, Sergeant Jimmy Chang, work together to solve the murders of two women.  There were lots of twists and turns in this story and just when I thought I might know who the killer was, I was quickly proven wrong.  This is the first book by this author and I look forward to reading more. 



Saturday, May 8, 2021

Review: Crusin' With The Top Down (Shady Rivers Book 4) by Magnolia "Maggie" Rivers



After escaping an abusive marriage, Bailey Marie Summerlin wants to find the girl she used to be. With the encouragement of her deceased father, she sets out on the trip of a lifetime along Route 66 only to find more than she bargained for along the way.Returning from the war, Noah Lockwood has lost everything. Beginning with the letter he received from his now ex-wife, before he ever returned stateside, to the notice he received of his best friend’s death, Noah has had enough. Putting his photography career on hold, he sets out on a much-needed vacation of sorts and joins in on a car race across America called the Gumball Rally. But what he finds along Route 66 not only adds more turmoil to his soul but torments his heart as well.


My Review:

A fun journey of self discovery.

If you love small towns and the friendly characters that go with them, then you will love this book.   Recently divorced, Bailey Summerlin sets off on a drive along Route 66.  Along the way, she meets new people and sees new sights and discovers what she wants to do with her future.  Bailey meets Noah Lockwood when he stops to help her with a flat tire.  Noah is competing in a cross country race, but he can’t help stopping to help a lady in distress.  Little do Bailey or Noah know, fate brought them together when they each needed it.