Christmas Carol Murder (by Leslie Meier) … season for hope, love, forgiveness, and holiday generosity

One more sleuthing adventure with Lucy Stone has arrived. I enjoy the books in this series and how the family members age at an appropriate rate. While Lucy loves her family, it is interesting to see how the different personalities react with other family members as well as teenage angst and maturing into young adults affects the family dynamics.

This is a book that could touch your heart if you’ve had to personally deal with the financial and/or health problems with which many of the characters have to face. While moments of emotional upheaval and fear arise, you still experience hope, love, forgiveness, and holiday generosity by the time the adventure ends.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

New Year’s Eve Murder (by Leslie Meier) … a curl up in your recliner with cocoa cozy mystery

This book in the Lucy Stone series was a little different than the others because it takes place outside of Tinker’s Cove. This time, Lucy gets involved in her typical sleuthing in New York. I always enjoy the books in this series and though different than usual, still very entertaining. There are lots of characters to keep track of, but it keeps your interest. So a fun cozy mystery that fits when you want to curl up in your recliner with a cup of cocoa, a fuzzy blanket, and a good book.

‘Tis the Season Murder (by Leslie Meier) … a season of hope, love, forgiveness, and generosity

This is a combination of two books…New Year’s Eve Murder and Christmas Carol Murder.

New Year’s Eve Murder
This book in the Lucy Stone series was a little different than the others because it takes place outside of Tinker’s Cove. This time, Lucy gets involved in her typical sleuthing in New York. I always enjoy the books in this series and though different than usual, still very entertaining. There are lots of characters to keep track of, but it keeps your interest. So a fun cozy mystery that fits when you want to curl up in your recliner with a cup of cocoa, a fuzzy blanket, and a good book.

Christmas Carol Murder
One more sleuthing adventure with Lucy Stone has arrived. I enjoy the books in this series and how the family members age at an appropriate rate. While Lucy loves her family, it is interesting to see how the different personalities react with other family members as well as teenage angst and maturing into young adults affects the family dynamics.

This is a book that could touch your heart if you’ve had to personally deal with the financial and/or health problems with which many of the characters have to face. While moments of emotional upheaval and fear arise, you still experience hope, love, forgiveness, and holiday generosity by the time the adventure ends.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

A Christmas by the Sea (by Melody Carlson) … light sweet Christmas read

I was looking forward to a light sweet Christmas read. And while this book fit the bill, it was a little simple. The ending was expected, but it happened too quickly. It was almost like the author had reached her page limit and had to reach the conclusion suddenly.

So a sweet book, but too simple.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe (by Jenny Colgan) … what a sweet read!

I fell in love with Issy and the Cupcake Café! What a wonderful tale of how a young woman discovers herself and her strength. You will be cheering her on and trying to talk her out of her bad decisions. There is a wide array of characters with an abundance of personalities … some you’ll love and others you’ll despise. But the ones you love will find themselves burrowing into your heart. And you will chuckle as you read Louis’ speech as if you could hear him saying the words out loud!

Just a fun read that will leave you with a heartwarming feeling.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I am a huge fan of Jenny Colgan and this series!

Crossing Oceans (by Gina Holmes) … raw from the emotional experience of reading this book

I have had to wait several days before writing this review. I was literally raw from the emotional experience of reading this book. You are hooked on the story from the first page. The characters and their lives will reach into the depths of your heart and squeeze until the tears are pouring down your face. As another reviewed said, “you will have to be personally invested emotionally to appreciate this story.” It is not a light and cozy romance. It is a book that will ensure you face love, faith, family, fear, death, insecurity, and end-of-life decisions.

One word of caution, don’t assume everyone makes the decision you think they should … or maybe they will end up making.

I know that this book was so good that as soon as I dried the tears and blew my noise, I searched for other books by the author. She has touched my heart and made me fall in love with her writing style.

Cherish each day, live each moment to its fullest, be invested in the lives of family and friends, be willing to make sacrifices for the people in your life, and read this book!