New Book Releases: March 2015

Contributor: Allie

New Releases – March 2015

The Book Seller by Cynthia SwansonThe Book Seller by Cynthia Swanson – March 3, 2015.  This debut novel is reminiscent of the Gwyneth Paltrow movie, Sliding Doors.  Kitty Miller owns a bookstore with her best friend, Frieda.  She lives an unconventional life for a single woman in 1962.  Although she once was in love with a man, the dashing Kevin, Kitty has made peace with the fact that the relationship didn’t work.  Then she starts having dreams, very realistic ones.  In her dream world, Kitty is Katharyn Anderson – married with children and living in a swanky house in Denver.  More and more, the dreams feel real and Kitty starts to question which world is her reality – and just where she belongs.

Recipe for Disaster by Stacey BallisRecipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis – March 3, 2015.  Anneke Stroud is what some would consider a hot mess.  She doesn’t worry much about her appearance and says what comes to her mind – minus the filter.  But she’s a happy woman.  Then one day, it all falls apart when she loses her job and her fiancé.  With nothing left to lose, Anneke moves into the home she and her fiancé were restoring, even though it’s far from finished.  She discovers a hidden book that’s filled with recipes and life advice that was written by Emma, the woman who cooked for the home’s original owners.  Anneke dabbles in some cooking and soon finds herself taking Emma’s advice to heart.

Dog Crazy by Meg DonohueDog Crazy by Meg Donohue – March 10, 2015.  Maggie Brennan is a pet bereavement counselor whose life is turned upside down when a woman shows up at her office claiming that her dog was kidnapped.  Believe it or not, Maggie’s decision to help this woman leads her to the streets of San Francisco and into the middle of a wild mystery.  Maggie’s always been able to help others, yet falls short when it comes to her own troubles.  Finding herself involved in a mystery forces her to finally face her fears, which may possibly, finally open her heart to a love of her own – and not the four legged variety!

Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa MontefioreSecrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore – March 24, 2015.  Ellen Trawton has the perfect life as a respected member of society and she’s engaged to an aristocrat – and no one is happier about it than her mother.  Yet Ellen feels empty and unsatisfied, and one day decides to run away from it all.  She escapes to her Aunt’s cottage in a coastal town of Ireland.  It’s there that she begins to relax and see possibilities of a new life.  However, Caitlin, the ghost of a young wife who was tragically killed in a lighthouse fire, may interfere with Ellen’s chances for love.  Caitlin has been watching over her family, and she’s uncertain about the possibility of her husband and children moving on with her replacement.

 

 

 

My Top Ten of 2013

And another year is in the books! 2013 was fabulous for me – bought a house, got married, got a puppy. Marching Ink published two novels, I finished my third (to be published in February), and went to BookBuzz Toronto – check out my author blog for that experience! Also on that blog are my goals for 2014. Instead of a resolution I thought of 10 goals I would like to achieve this year. I hope to be able to check them all off! I reviewed 189 novels in 2013 on Chick Lit Plus (crazy!) and while I think that number will go down this year because of the different projects I’m doing, I still hope to review around 100. I guess we’ll see…in 2015!

top 10Here are my ten favorite reads of 2013. Enjoy my list and Happy New Year all!

Blogger Girl – Meredith Schorr

Hush Little Baby – Suzanne Redfearn

The Girl You Left Behind – JoJo Moyes

Everybody’s Got a Story – Heather Wardell

The Life List – Chrissy Anderson

How To Eat a Cupcake – Meg Donohue

Becoming Mrs. Walsh – Jessica Gordon

Zoey & The Moment of Zen – Cat Lavoie

Caramel and Magnolias – Tess Thompson

Hard Hats and Doormats – Laura Chapman

 

 

 

Book Review: How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue

how to eat a cupcakeI received a copy of How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

Free-spirited Annie Quintana and sophisticated Julia St. Clair come from two different worlds. Yet, as the daughter of the St. Clairs’ housekeeper, Annie grew up in Julia’s San Francisco mansion and they forged a bond that only two little girls oblivious to class differences could—until a life-altering betrayal destroyed their friendship.

A decade later, Annie bakes to fill the void left in her heart by her mother’s death, and a painful secret jeopardizes Julia’s engagement to the man she loves. A chance reunion prompts the unlikely duo to open a cupcakery, but when a mysterious saboteur opens up old wounds, they must finally face the truth about their past or risk losing everything.

Review:

What a home run of a book! It gives me chills when I find a book that I find irresistible from page one, and this exactly what happened with How to Eat a Cupcake. The dynamic between Annie and Julia was tense, loving, troubled, and supportive –all wrapped into one. These characters really leapt off the pages and made this impossible to put down. I loved the mystery surrounding the death of Annie’s mother and also with the cupcakery break-ins. I think I could go on and on about how much I loved this novel, but I’ll just say go read it – and grab yourself a cupcake!

Rating: 5 stars