The Devil’s Bones ~ Sarah Booth Delaney #21 (by Carolyn Haines)

This is the first book I’ve read in the series and probably affected my rating. This is a light fun read. And while the mystery and story line aren’t that original, the characters are well developed and help pull you into the story. I’m not invested enough with this one book that I will go back and read the first 20 books. However, there are enough positive reviews that I would encourage you to consider starting with the first book to see if this is a series you would enjoy.

Thank you to NetGalley and Minotaur Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove (by Heather Webber)

After enjoying Midnight at the Blackbird Café by the author, I thought this would be a book I would like. I am not a fan of magical realism or a hallmark style story, so I did not become invested in this story at all. As with the author’s previous book, South of the Buttonwood Tree, this was too syrupy sweet and lacked a depth that would have allowed me to care what happened between the first and last page.

Thank you to NetGalley and Forge Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

South of the Buttonwood Tree (by Heather Webber)

While I can handle some magical realism in a book, this particular one did not appeal to me. The story is a little too syrupy sweet and was too predictable. The magic focus was too intense instead of just being a nice addition to an interesting story. There was little depth and the similarities to the author’s previous book, Midnight at the Blackbird Café, were too much. Same verse same as the first…just a different setting and a few tweaks.

Thank you to NetGalley and Forge Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Bodies and Bows ~ Apron Shop #3 (by Elizabeth Penney)

This was a good cozy mystery. Though the first book I’ve read in the Apron Shop series, it worked okay as a standalone. But it also made me want to go back and read the first two books. The characters will have you invested in the story. Between family relationships, friendships, established and developing romantic relationships, the caring and supportive individuals have you wanting to visit Blueberry Cove. The twists and turns keep you flipping through the pages. And what a great ending! This is definitely a series to put on your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Paperbacks for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

A Rose for the Resistance (by Angela K. Couch)

I have loved all of the books I’ve read in the Heroines of WWII series. This is the first one that was set outside of the United States. As is typical with WWII historical fiction, you find yourself emotionally invested in the story and the lives of the characters. The willingness of everyday people to risk their lives to oppose the atrocities inflicted upon too many innocent people by Hitler’s regime. From the very beginning you experience sadness and begin the journey with Rosalie, Franz, Marcel, and Robert. It is easy to see how Rosalie struggles with her brother’s (Marcel) involvement with the resistance. And you watch her grow as she realizes the part she must play to help end the war. She is a strong individual and her dedication is admirable. While you get a peek into some of the uglier aspects of the German occupation, this book gives you more of a glimpse into how people worked together to end the war and that there were some individuals who wore the Nazi uniform who realized the evil deeds needed to stop. They put their lives on the line working from within the Gestapo to make a difference.

Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Lessons in Chemistry (by Bonnie Garmus)

It is rare for me to give a book only one star. But that was all I could bring myself to do. The synopsis made the book sound like something I would really enjoy reading. Unfortunately, there were many aspects that made me dislike the book so much. Too many points of view within a chapter was distracting. And since when has a book described as “laugh out loud funny” have a rape occur at the beginning. As someone who worked in academia for more than 38 years, the description of Elizabeth’s experience in college and working at a research institute was appalling. Yes, things were different in the 1960s, but the description of what she endured was nothing short of disturbing.

Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

A Crime of a Different Stripe ~ Seaside Knitters Society #15 (by Sally Goldenbaum)

This is the first book, I’ve read in the Seaside Knitter Society series. And, to be honest, I’m not sure I’ll continue reading the books. It may have helped if I had started with the first book so that I had better background knowledge of the characters. I just never became invested in the story and the writing seemed stilted and awkward. There are plenty of positive reviews, so I encourage you to read it and decide for yourself.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Oliver ~ The True Story of a Stolen Dog and the Humans He Brought Together (by Steven J. Carino and Alex Tresniowski)

This was an emotional read. The passion the author felt when his dog was stolen as well as the way people joined in the search for Oliver was touching. So, though the story was appealing, the writing was not done well. The book just rambled on and on at times. Overall, I loved Oliver and the story of how he touched the lives of so many people.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Vanishing Type ~ Secret, Book, and Scone Society #5 (by Ellery Adams)

This is the first book I’ve read in this series, but it won’t be the last. I will be going back and reading the first four books. The characters are well developed and I loved the relationships they shared. The mystery has you flipping through the pages quickly while trying to solve it. There were lots of interesting twists. I really enjoyed getting to know Nora and her friends. This was a delightful read and I can’t wait for the next book to be released.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Three Tainted Teas ~ Kitchen Witch #3 (by Lynn Cahoon)

I have read all of the books in this series and am a huge fan. The characters are well developed and the relationships between them keeps you invested in the story. The murder mystery has you guessing until the very end. My one complaint is that I have no idea what the title of the book has to do with the storyline. Lynn Cahoon continues to keep me entertained with this series and I can’t wait for the next book to be published.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.