From the Editor / Worth Reading

8 Books Worth Reading This Summer

 

If you are looking for book recommendations to take with you to the beach, on vacation or to read in your down time, these are the editor pics for Summer 2015:

"The Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies by Connie Spittler"Erotica Book Club for Nice Ladies by Connie Spittler

Lily, a librarian with a bookmobile, arrives in the small California town of Nolan to help start a book club. Across the ocean in an Alsatian chateau, an ancient Book of Cures is stolen and surreptitiously travels to a California coast library, then on to Nolan. Suspicion swirls around the three lonely club members. Unaware of the theft, they secretly pursue their curiosity about classical erotica, while sipping a strange tea infused with herbs grown in a gypsy garden.
Mysterious events collide.  A crime wave and a murder shake up the town, as the women are entangled deeper and deeper into a baffling puzzle of danger and death.

"What Happens After Happily Ever After?: How to obtain and maintain a healthy, intimate relationship with a significant other"What Happens after Happily Ever After by Laura Garrett

As we grow up, we learn about fairytale romances where a prince and princess fall madly in love and live “happily ever after.” But what happens after the “happily ever after” when the romance fades and real life gets in the way? A happy-ending is still possible but it takes effort and commitment from both people. In What Happens After “Happily Ever After?” we meet a Fair Maiden who is at a crossroad in her marriage with her man. She sets out on a journey of self-exploration and a quest to unlock the secrets to a happy and fulfilling relationship. It is here she happens upon a Wise Fairy Guardian who offers a relationship skills seminar for all the land. With the help of the Wise Fairy Guardian, the Fair Maiden learns about the realities of being in a relationship, the work that it takes to maintain a healthy relationship and the skills that are needed to ensure its success. This book provides you with tools to help you build and sustain a healthy relationship with a significant other. The book is an easy, fun read, offering 6 important relationship skills that are essential to the success of your relationship, to include building a relationship with your self.

 

"A Foolish Consistency by Andrea Weir"A Foolish Consistency by Andrea Weir

A Foolish Consistency has been selected as a finalist in Foreword Reviews prestigious 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards in romance.

Sparks fly when Callie Winwood comes face-to-face with Will Tremaine, the man she fell in love with and thought she d marry twenty-five years earlier. A chance encounter in a hospital emergency room reignites the feelings they have harbored for each other for more than two decades.

But their journey back to one another is anything but simple. In the two years since the death of his wife, Joanna, which he believes he caused, Will has devoted himself to caring for his young son and daughter.

 

 

"See Also Murder: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery "See Also Murder – A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery by Larry D. Sweazy

1964—Life on the North Dakota farm hasn’t always been easy for Marjorie Trumaine. She has begun working as a professional indexer to help with the bills—which have only gotten worse since the accident that left her husband, Hank, blind and paralyzed. When her nearest neighbors are murdered in their beds, though, Marjorie suddenly has to deal with new and terrifying problems.

Sheriff Hilo Jenkins brings her a strange amulet, found clutched in the hand of her murdered neighbor, and asks her to quietly find out what it is. Marjorie uses all the skills she has developed as an indexer to research the amulet and look into the murders, but as she closes in on the killer, and people around her continue to die, she realizes that the murderer is also closing in on her.

 

 

"Hysterical Love"Hysterical Love by Lorraine Devon Wilke

Dan McDowell, a thirty-three-year-old portrait photographer happily set to marry his beloved Jane, is stunned when a slip of the tongue about an “ex-girlfriend overlap” of years earlier throws their pending marriage into doubt and him onto the street. Or at least into the second bedroom of their next-door neighbor, Bob, where Dan is sure it won’t be long. It’s long. His sister, Lucy, further confuses matters with her “soul mate theory” and its suggestion that Jane might not be his… soul mate, that is. But the tipping point comes when his father is struck ill, sparking a chain of events in which Dan discovers a story written by this man he doesn’t readily understand, but who, it seems, has long harbored an unrequited love from decades earlier.

 

 

"Imaginary Things"Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen

An enchanting tale about family, love, and the courage it takes to face your demons and start over again.

Burned-out and completely broke, twenty-two-year-old single mother Anna Jennings moves to her grandparents’ rural Wisconsin home for the summer―her four-year-old, David, in tow. Returning to Salsburg reminds Anna of simpler times―fireflies, picnics, Neapolitan ice cream―long before she met her unstable ex and everything changed. But the sudden appearance of shadowy dinosaurs awakens Anna from this small-town spell, and forces her to believe she has either lost her mind or can somehow see her son’s active imagination.

Frightened, Anna struggles to learn the rules of this bizarre phenomenon…

 

"Gun Street Girl"Gun Street Girl: A Detective Sean Duffy Novel by Adrian McKinty

Belfast, 1985, amidst the “Troubles”:  Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary), struggles with burn-out as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point blank and then jump off a nearby cliff?

A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances. He soon discovers that Kelly was present at a decadent Oxford party where a cabinet minister’s daughter died of a heroin overdose.

This may or may not have something to do with Kelly’s subsequent death.

 

 

"On The Far Side Theres A Boy"On the Far Side, There’s a Boy by Paula Coston

Martine Haslett feels fine: happy and fine. A sensual, thirty-something 1980s London woman, she plays hard on the fringes of the drag club scene, works hard and dates hard. Then one particular night with a new man prompts her to sign up to a charity and write to a young Sri Lankan boy, with consequences far and long. Meanwhile in Sri Lanka, a young girl is compelled to help her little brother Mohan with a task she’d rather do for herself. Struggling with change and tragedy in her family life in rural Kandy, the girl embarks on a foolish course. In 2013, Martine has returned from the beautiful Kandyan mountains. But even now there’s much of the journey and her past that Martine knows she still avoids.

There are still letters in a box that she won’t touch, a nocturnal dream that she longs to dream to its conclusion, and she’s unsure about a foreigner who’s soon arriving to stay. Martine knows she must overcome the history of her hopes. But all this time she has been bound to the Sri Lankan girl by the young boy Mohan, and the moon that shines on them both. It’s just that Martine is unaware how much. This is an exotic fable for anyone who has ever longed to have, or adopt, a child.

 

 

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