When the maid-of-honor’s body is found floating in the waters off Nantucket Island, an investigation reveals that all the wedding guests have secrets. Elin Hilderbrand’s 21st novel, The Perfect Couple, has twists and turns until the very end of the story.
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C.J. Box is an award-winning author whose works have been translated into 27 different languages. His Joe Picket mystery series follows the life of a game warden in the modern West. The latest one is The Disappeared, in which a female British executive disappears during a vacation at a four-star dude ranch. Was she kidnapped or just on a longer vacation?
Have you taken up this summer’s challenge of Reading Takes You Everywhere? Enjoy this book for either of the following categories:
A. Read a book written by a new-to-you author.
I. Read a book involving travel.
If you have not read a novel by best-selling author Julie Garwood, you should give Sweet Talk a try. Irresistible romantic suspense dealing with a failed FBI sting, a Ponzi scheme, family conflicts, illness, and greed. Prepare for dazzling romance, plus the good guys win.
Midsomer Murders, a British series available on DVD, started in 1997 and is still running now in 2017. It is based on Caroline Graham’s Inspector Barnaby mysteries.. The settings are contemporary and quaint villages in the English countryside. Each episode has several murders, interesting characters and keeps you guessing who is the villain is till near the end.
Benedict owns a gem stone shop in England. His life is quite complacent; business is slow and he is estranged from his wife and brother. Everything changes when Gemma, his niece from America, arrives on his doorstep. As the story progresses, there are frequent references to gem stones, their meanings and how they influence the story, such as how rose quartz means love, peace and appreciation. Try Rise & Shine Benedict Stone by Paedra Patrick for a charming, uplifting story.
If you are busy and can’t find time to read, try audiobooks! Many famous authors have collections of short stories that are perfect if you have only small commutes in your daily life. From Maeve Binchy’s A Few of the Girls, featuring warm stories about female friendships, to the horror fiction of Stephen King’s Everything’s Eventual: Five Dark Tales, there is something for every mood.
I suggest the 2017 Pulitzer winner for general nonfiction Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. The author lived in the depressed areas of Milwaukee to gather his research for the book. It highlights several families that struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Some are locked in their situations while others can break the cycle. A home is so very important for a person’s sense of well being.
The successful HGTV show, Fixer Upper, stars the upbeat couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Magnolia Story is about their interesting lives and a lot of ups and downs with running their decorating, retail and real estate businesses. In their own words, they have learned that with change comes opportunities and contentment in the journey. Hope you enjoy.
The 2015 edition cookbook 100 Recipes: The Absolute Best Ways to Make the True Essentials was compiled by the American Test Kitchen and features numerous colored illustrations. It has complete, easy to follow recipes and hints for basic to complex techniques. It is full of ways to make my favorites and inspire me to try new meals.
A local librarian from a small Connecticut town finds mystery, murder, adventure and a bit of romance when she tries to deliver books, via a boat, to a pair of recluse brothers. A Likely Story by Jenn McKinlay has several twists, so it will keep your interest till the end.