Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday | Book Review

Posted October 15, 2020 by Jana in Adult Fiction, Book Review / 1 Comment

Paradise Cove by Jenny Holiday | Book ReviewParadise Cove by Jenny Holiday
Series: Matchmaker Bay #2
Published by Forever on July 28, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher (Netgalley)
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3 Stars

Dr. Nora Walsh has just been dumped in spectacular fashion, making it the perfect time for a major life change. She figures taking over the medical practice in tiny Matchmaker Bay for a couple of years will help her get over her broken heart, and then she can head back to the big city. But when the first man she sees looks like a superhero god, she wonders if maybe there's something to small-town living after all.

Jake Ramsey also has a broken heart -- one he never expects to heal. He doesn't need people anyway and is content hiding out in his secluded cottage on the beach. But after helping Nora with a medical emergency, he finds himself opening up to the witty, warmhearted doctor. Soon the local matchmakers are working overtime to pair them off, and Jake begins to wonder if his campaign to get Nora to stay is for the town or because he can't bear the thought of her leaving.

I’ve struggled with books by this author in the past, so I was a bit worried about trying again. But my friend, Estelle at Forever, pitched this to me so hard while we were talking on the phone one day that I decided to give Jenny Holiday another try! I’m glad I did, because I really enjoyed this for the most part! I do have a few tiny complaints, but I’m definitely interested in reading the other books in this series. As always, my main points are bolded.

1. We’ve got Nora, the city girl who moves to a small town to take over the medical practice there. I love stories like this, because I really enjoy anything medicine (even though it plays a tiny part in the story). She’s also running from a bad relationship and wants a new start. She’s a very energetic, bright personality and I enjoyed the contrast between her and Jake, the hero of this story.

2. Jake is a very quiet Mr. Fix-it that everyone loves even though nobody knows him very well. Well, they know his story but they don’t know him. He’s a man of very few words, but when he does speak it’s important. He lives off in a secluded part of town and goes around quietly fixing things that need fixing. He randomly shows up at Nora’s house to re-build her deck, and she stumbles upon him while he’s out there working. That’s just what he does! He’s the fix-it fairy, and I loved him for that. He’s got major heartbreak in his past, and watching him go through the grieving process and learning to open up again was very sweet. Oh, and Nora refers to him as Aquaman, if that does anything for you. I’m not a fan of the long-haired, man-buned man but I know many are!

3. Nora’s and Jake’s relationship is very organic. They start out as friends with benefits, which I actually hate. lol. But then things get deeper as he opens up to her. She expects absolutely nothing from him, and lets him open up slowly and quietly and on his own terms. When he tells her his story, she responds in a very comforting way without exhausted cliches. She reacts to him in a way nobody else has. She asks him tough, but meaningful, questions about his son instead of glazing over him as if he never existed. It’s hard on Jake, but also helps him realize that he can look to the good times and remember than fondly, rather than feeling guilty for the bad times.

4. The sex scenes were a bit too much and too frequent for me. I enjoy steam in my books, and I like it when it adds to the story. But when these scenes just keep happening and happening I start to skim over them because I need more than that in my books. I begin to disconnect from the characters because I’m not seeing them grown and learn and love. I’m just seeing how much stamina they have in the bedroom and that gets old. lol.

5. That being said, I really had fun getting to know these two characters and seeing their love story unfold. I loved Jake’s dog and his house, which was in a cute little cove. I loved that Jake bought Nora some rain boots that stayed at his house so he could put them out for her when he knew she was coming over. That way, when the tide rolled in she could traverse the wet rocks and wade through the water to get around the bend and make it to his house without getting wet. How sweet is that?

6. I loved the supporting characters and all the friendships that were developed in this story between the townspeople and Nora. I’d like to go back and read the first book in this series so I can get more info about some of these characters.

All in all, I enjoyed the story and am excited to read more books in the Matchmaker Bay series! Jenny’s writing is great and her characters are loveable. I could do with a little less heat and steam and more actual story, but it’s not enough of a drawback for me to keep me from reading more of her books!

3 Stars
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Top Ten Long Book Titles

Posted October 12, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 24 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic is about super long book titles. Maybe you’ve chosen to only include the titles of books you’ve read or want to read, titles you just simply like but are not necessarily interested in reading, or even long titles you hate. Or all of the above? I’m a huge fan of a good title, so I’m only focusing on ones I like, both on and off my TBR/read lists.

1.The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
This title is super unique, unforgettable, and I’d love to read this someday!

2. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
I liked this book as a kid, and I sometimes refer to my days as terrible, horrible, no good, very bad ones so the title has stuck with me!

3. You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself by David McRaney
This just made me laugh. I have no idea what it’s about, but I know a few people I’d like to fling this book at based on the title alone!

4. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
My mom mentioned this one while I was talking to her about this topic, and I’ve always thought it was a pretty and intriguing title.

5. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
I didn’t love this book, but the title sure is cute!

6. The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman by Louise Plummer
One of the cutest Christmas books ever.

7. On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
I laughed when I saw this one, so I had to include it.

8. Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah MacLean
I just finished the first book in this series, and am excited to start the next one!

9. Christmas Wishes and Mistletoe Kisses by Jenny Hale
Because it I can add a Christmas book, I will!

10. Snowflakes at the Little Christmas Tree Farm by Jaimie Admans
Hey look, I did it again! I’m actually hoping to read this one soon.

Which loooong book titles did you find this week?

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Top Ten Book Covers That Give Off Fall Vibes

Posted October 5, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! I hope you’re doing well. It’s finally October (yay!!) and even though it’s not getting cold enough fast enough for me to really feel like it’s fall, I’m excited to share books with covers that give off fall vibes!

Something Wicked by Lucy Hudson
Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr
Halloween Boo by Sarah Spade
Halloween at the Graff by Sinclair Jayne
Thankfully in Love: A Thanksgiving Anthology by Anna J. Stewart, Kayla Perrin, Melinda Curtis, & Cari Lynn Webb
Pumpkin Everything by Beth Labonte
Bewitching You by Katana Collins
All I Want for Halloween by Marie Harte
A Thankful Heart by Melissa McClone
A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau

Which covers did you choose to feature this week?
Do any of these capture your feelings of fall?

Have you read any of these book? They’re all on my TBR, so please share your non-spoilery thoughts if you’d like!

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Ten Quotes for Book Lovers

Posted September 28, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 19 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! I hope your week is off to a good start. What are you excited about right now? The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween update drops tonight, so that’s what I’m looking forward to right now!

This week’s topic is “Favorite Book Quotes”. I share quotes a lot on my blog, so I chose to share quotes for book lovers today. These are quotes about books and reading and how wonderful it is to be bookish. I’m excited to see which quotes you featured this week!

1. “A good book is an event in my life.” – Stendhal

2. “The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

3. “Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” — Jean Rhys

4. “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.” – James Baldwin

5. “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles W. Eliot

6. “A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” ― Madeleine L’Engle

7. “I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.” ― Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

8. “I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

9. “Books make people quiet, yet they are so loud.” – Nnedi Okorafor, The Book of Phoenix

10. “Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book.” ― Stéphane Mallarmé

It was so much fun looking through quotes I’ve saved and browsing a bunch online! There were so many great ones to choose from, but I tried to pick some of the ones I don’t see all over the place. Hope you enjoy!

What are some of your favorite bookish quotes?

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Top Ten Books On My Fall 2020 To-Read List

Posted September 21, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 30 Comments

I LOVE FALL! I’m so, so excited that fall is here and that the weather is cooling off. I can’t wait for pumpkins and leaves and cozy hoodies and blankets. We are about to begin my absolute favorite chunk of the year. As crazy as it is to think we’re already here, I also can’t believe we’re here! In many ways, this year has felt like 7 years. It’s hard to believe that life was normal at the beginning of 2020, because I feel like we’ve been in a dystopia forever.

What kinds of books do you like to read in the fall? For me, it’s definitely Gothic/atmospheric books and eerie historical mysteries and thrillers. I love being a little creeped out, but not terrified. The books on my fall tbr fit that bill, and I’m eager to get to all of them!

The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.

Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel. Some customers are from out of town, passing through on their way to someplace better. Some are locals, trying to hide their secrets. Viv Delaney works as the night clerk to pay for her move to New York City. But something isn’t right at the Sun Down, and before long she’s determined to uncover all of the secrets hidden…

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

An isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .

From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a novel set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.

After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.

Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.

Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.

And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.

The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James

Rebecca James unveils a chilling modern gothic novel of a family consumed by the shadows and secrets of its past in The Woman in the Mirror.

For more than two centuries, Winterbourne Hall has stood atop a bluff overseeing the English countryside of Cornwall and the sea beyond.

In 1947, Londoner Alice Miller accepts a post as governess at Winterbourne, looking after Captain Jonathan de Grey’s twin children. Falling under the de Greys’ spell, Alice believes the family will heal her own past sorrows. But then the twins’ adoration becomes deceitful and taunting. Their father, ever distant, turns spiteful and cruel. The manor itself seems to lash out. Alice finds her surroundings subtly altered, her air slightly chilled. Something malicious resents her presence, something clouding her senses and threatening her very sanity.

In present day New York, art gallery curator Rachel Wright has learned she is a descendant of the de Greys and heir to Winterbourne. Adopted as an infant, she never knew her birth parents or her lineage. At long last, Rachel will find answers to questions about her identity that have haunted her entire life. But what she finds in Cornwall is a devastating tragic legacy that has afflicted generations of de Greys. A legacy borne from greed and deceit, twisted by madness, and suffused with unrequited love and unequivocal rage.

The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. A high school English teacher specializing in the Gothic writer R. M. Holland, she teaches a course on it every year. But when one of Clare’s colleagues and closest friends is found dead, with a line from R. M. Holland’s most famous story, “The Stranger,” left by her body, Clare is horrified to see her life collide with the storylines of her favourite literature.

To make matters worse, the police suspect the killer is someone Clare knows. Unsure whom to trust, she turns to her closest confidant, her diary, the only outlet she has for her darkest suspicions and fears about the case. Then one day she notices something odd. Writing that isn’t hers, left on the page of an old diary: “Hallo, Clare. You don’t know me.”

Clare becomes more certain than ever: “The Stranger” has come to terrifying life. But can the ending be rewritten in time?

The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller

A young widow restores a dilapidated mansion with the assistance of a charming, eccentric genius, only to find the house is full of dangerous secrets in this effervescent Gilded Age debut novel

It’s 1875, and Alva Webster has perfected her stiff upper lip after three years of being pilloried in the presses of two continents over fleeing her abusive husband. Now his sudden death allows her to return to New York to make a fresh start, restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time. However, fresh starts aren’t as easy as they seem, as Alva discovers when stories of a haunting at Liefdehuis begin to reach her. But Alva doesn’t believe in ghosts. So when the eccentric and brilliant professor, Samuel Moore, appears and informs her that he can get to the bottom of the mystery that surrounds Liefdehuis, she turns him down flat. She doesn’t need any more complications in her life―especially not a handsome, convention-flouting, scandal-raising one like Sam.

Unfortunately, though Alva is loath to admit it, Sam, a pioneer in electric lighting and a member of the nationally-adored Moore family of scientists, is the only one who can help. Together, the two delve into the tragic secrets wreathing Alva’s new home while Sam attempts to unlock Alva’s history―and her heart.

Set during the Gilded Age in New York City, The Widow of Rose House is a gorgeous debut by Diana Biller, with a darkly Victorian Gothic flair and an intrepid and resilient American heroine guaranteed to delight readers.

The Family Plot by Cherie Priest

Music City Salvage is a family operation, owned and operated by Chuck Dutton: master stripper of doomed historic properties, and expert seller of all things old and crusty. But business is lean and times are tight, so he’s thrilled when the aged and esteemed Augusta Withrow appears in his office, bearing an offer he really ought to refuse. She has a massive family estate to unload – lock, stock, and barrel. For a check and a handshake, it’s all his.

It’s a big check. It’s a firm handshake. And it’s enough of a gold mine that he assigns his daughter Dahlia to personally oversee the project.

Dahlia preps a couple of trucks, takes a small crew, and they caravan down to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the ancient Withrow house is waiting – and so is a barn, a carriage house, and a small, overgrown cemetery that Augusta Withrow left out of the paperwork.

Augusta Withrow left out a lot of things.

The property is in unusually great shape for a condemned building. It’s empty, but it isn’t abandoned. Something in the Withrow mansion is angry and lost. This is its last chance to raise hell before the house is gone forever, and there’s still plenty of room in the strange little family plot.

New from Cherie Priest, a modern master of supernatural fiction, The Family Plot is a haunted house story for the ages – atmospheric, scary, and strange, with a modern gothic sensibility that every bit as fresh as it is frightening.

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

When Elsie married handsome young heir Rupert Bainbridge, she believed she was destined for a life of luxury. But pregnant and widowed just weeks after their wedding, with her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie has only her late husband’s awkward cousin for company–or so she thinks. Inside her new home lies a locked door, beyond which is a painted wooden figure—a silent companion—that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself. The residents of the estate are terrified of the figure, but Elsie tries to shrug this off as simple superstition—that is until she notices the figure’s eyes following her.

A Victorian ghost story that evokes a most unsettling kind of fear, The Silent Companions is a tale that creeps its way through the consciousness in ways you least expect—much like the companions themselves.

The Return by Rachel Harrison

An edgy and haunting debut novel about a group of friends who reunite after one of them has returned from a mysterious two-year disappearance.

Julie is missing, and the missing don’t often return. But Elise knows Julie better than anyone, and she feels in her bones that her best friend is out there, and that one day she’ll come back. She’s right. Two years to the day that Julie went missing, she reappears with no memory of where she’s been or what happened to her.

Under the Willows by Pamela McCord

After her husband is killed by a drunk driver, Kelly Harris and her son TJ move into a sprawling Victorian house in Ohio that her husband inherited from his grandmother. Dealing with her overwhelming grief is a struggle as she adjusts to life in a small town. And, just as she’s beginning to feel more comfortable, life takes another unexpected turn.

The Alexa unit in her son’s bedroom starts to cry, and a little girl’s voice comes out of it asking for help.

At first Kelly is unnerved by the presence of the voice. After ruling out all the other likely possibilities, she begins to put the pieces together, and suspects the girl is a ghost. Unwilling to be uprooted from another home, she decides to find out what the child wants. Maybe she can help.

Kelly isn’t the only one interested in the voice. Detective Rob Porter is investigating the disappearance of a child named Marilee. As the two cross paths, Porter is taken aback when Kelly’s ghost mentions Marilee’s name. In fact, the ghost says “Marilee’s with me.”

Whether that means the child is a ghost as well is a question Rob and Kelly hope to answer.

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

A seductive, gothic-infused tale of literary suspense — the debut of a spectacular new voice — about a dangerously curious young undergraduate whose rebelliousness leads her to discover a shocking secret involving an exclusive circle of students . . . and the dark truth beneath her school’s promise of prestige.

You are in the house and the house is in the woods.
You are in the house and the house is in you . . .

Catherine House is a school of higher learning like no other. Hidden deep in the woods of rural Pennsylvania, this crucible of reformist liberal arts study with its experimental curriculum, wildly selective admissions policy, and formidable endowment, has produced some of the world’s best minds: prize-winning authors, artists, inventors, Supreme Court justices, presidents. For those lucky few selected, tuition, room, and board are free. But acceptance comes with a price. Students are required to give the House three years—summers included—completely removed from the outside world. Family, friends, television, music, even their clothing must be left behind. In return, the school promises its graduates a future of sublime power and prestige, and that they can become anything or anyone they desire.

Among this year’s incoming class is Ines, who expects to trade blurry nights of parties, pills, cruel friends, and dangerous men for rigorous intellectual discipline—only to discover an environment of sanctioned revelry. The school’s enigmatic director, Viktória, encourages the students to explore, to expand their minds, to find themselves and their place within the formidable black iron gates of Catherine.

For Ines, Catherine is the closest thing to a home she’s ever had, and her serious, timid roommate, Baby, soon becomes an unlikely friend. Yet the House’s strange protocols make this refuge, with its worn velvet and weathered leather, feel increasingly like a gilded prison. And when Baby’s obsessive desire for acceptance ends in tragedy, Ines begins to suspect that the school—in all its shabby splendor, hallowed history, advanced theories, and controlled decadence—might be hiding a dangerous agenda that is connected to a secretive, tightly knit group of students selected to study its most promising and mysterious curriculum.

Combining the haunting sophistication and dusky, atmospheric style of Sarah Waters with the unsettling isolation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, Catherine House is a devious, deliciously steamy, and suspenseful page-turner with shocking twists and sharp edges that is sure to leave readers breathless.

Have you read or are excited o read any of these?
Do you have any recommendations for Gothic or atmospheric/spooky reads?
What’s on your Fall TBR?

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Top Ten Swoony Book Covers

Posted September 14, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 22 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic is a book cover freebie and I decided to focus on covers with swoony scenes on them! I love romance, so this was very hard. I tried the not let them all be historical romances, but… again, that was hard. I’m excited to see what you chose to post about.

The Bride Bet by Tessa Dare

A Good Duke is Hard to Find by Christina Britton

The New Normal by Tracey Brogan

This looks like a super sweet moment.

The Highlander’s Christmas Bride by Vanessa Kelly

The Write Escape by Cherish Reid

The Irish Heiress by Kaitlin O’Reily

The Austen Playbook by Lucy Parker

An Unexpected Christmas by Shannon Richard

There’s just something about those cheek/head kisses that melt me.

Christmas with Love: An Anthology by Sarah Morgan

Royally Romanov by Teri Wilson

Paris. But also, this is so romantic.

What book cover freebie did you pick this week?
And have you read any of these? Are they good?

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Top Ten Picture Books Little Me Would Have Loved

Posted September 7, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 20 Comments

Welcome to TTT! Just an FYI, I updated the list of future TTT topics through the end of the year so you can get planning!

This week’s topic is “books for my younger self”, and I have just realized that this topic is… basically the same topic we did in April. I’m so sorry! I did books I wish teen me had read back then, so it slipped my mind that the two prompts I provided are basically identical. I hope you’ve been able to spin it or pick a new topic entirely that suits you better. Can we please blame this duplication on the pandemic? I feel so dumb!

I rarely get to talk about picture books on here because I focus on romance so much, but I really love them and am excited to share a few favorites I wish had been around when I was little.

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
This is about a kitten who thinks the moon is a bowl of milk, and it is darling.

Little Elliot, Big City (and the rest of the series) by Mike Curato
Elliot is the cutest white polka dot elephant and he loves to go on adventures with his best friend, a timid and tiny mouse. The pictures are to die for.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (and the rest of the series) by Mo Willems
This pigeon wants to do everything he can’t, and he’s the best little complainer. These books are so funny!

The Lending Zoo by Frank Asch
I loved Frank Asch books as a kid (his bear books were so fun), and this book about a zoo-brary with a missing tiger would have been well loved, I know.

Duck and Goose (and the rest of the series) by Tad Hills
This entire series is so cute and simple, but I think the illustrations are my favorite part.

Little Quack (and the rest of the series) by Lauren Thompson
Another adorable book series with the cutest illustrations! Little Quack has some of the best facial expressions.

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
Apparently I like ducks? 10 rubber duckies fall off a ship and travel around the world. It’s magical and adorable, and so colorful!

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Simple and so funny. I bet my mom would have enjoyed reading this to me!

Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson
The most heartwarming little romance for kids! I love these slugs. A sentence I never though I’d say.

Where’s Walrus? by Stephen Savage
There are no words in this book, but it’s still so amazingly entertaining! A walrus escapes his zoo home and goes on an adventure. I know I would have loved to narrate this.

Which books do you wish had been available when you were younger?

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Top Ten Book Covers that Make Me Hungry

Posted August 31, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 21 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! Thank you so much to those of you who reached out in the comments and on Twitter to make sure I was ok last week. That was so sweet of you, and made me feel very loved. I’m back his week with a very fun topic that centers on one of my favorite things: food. The topic is “books that make me hungry” and I’ve chosen to share book covers that have pictures of yummy things on them! I can’t wait to see what everyone else chose to do with this week’s topic!

A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee
The Ingredients of You and Me by Nina Bocci
Christmas Cakes and Mistletoe Nights by Carole Matthews
The Bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice by Donna Kauffman, Kate Angell, and Allyson Charles
The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert
Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March
Just One Taste by Louisa Edwards
Sugar Rush by Donna Kauffman
Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Have you read any of these? The only one I’ve read is Love & Gelato (LOVE IT),
but the others are on my TBR!

What’s your favorite food? 

(So sorry this was late! My link-up service has been down all day.
I got it to work for a few minutes, so fingers crossed!
Please post links as comments if the linky is weird!)

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Top Ten Tuesday Link-up – August 25, 2020

Posted August 24, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 17 Comments

Welcome to another TTT! This week’s topic was submitted by Nushu @ Not A Prima Donna Girl and is “Questions I’d Ask My Favorite Author(s)”. Unfortunately for me, it fell on a week where I’m feeling very “meh”, so I’ve decided to sit this one out and focus on myself. It’s been a rough couple weeks for me. But I love this topic, and I hope you do too!

What do you do when life gets in the way of blogging and you just aren’t feeling like it?
What authors, living or dead, would you love to sit down and talk with?
What would you ask them?

I’ll be back for another TTT list next week!

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Top Ten Book Series that Should be Adapted into Netflix Shows

Posted August 17, 2020 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 22 Comments

This week’s TTT topic was submitted by Nushu @ Not A Prima Donna Girl, and it’s a fun one! Netflix and Hulu and Amazon Prime and all the other streaming platforms out there are coming out with some really fun exclusive or original shows/movies, and lots of them have been based on books! It was fun to think of the books and series I’ve loved for so many years and dream about what could be done with them on screen.

1. The Moose Springs, Alaska series by Sarah Morganthaler would make such a fun TV show! The setting is darling, and all the residents of this town are so wonderful. Only the first book is out right now, but the other two are completely amazing as well!

2. The Well Met series by Jen DeLuca would be so much fun because there’s so much to see at a Renn Faire!

3. The Knitting In the City series by Penny Reid is full of such fun characters that I think I’d love it like I love Friends.

4. The Cedar Street series by Shannon Stacey gives me all the cute, quaint small-town vibes that would be so cute on screen.

5. The O’Neil Brothers trilogy by Sarah Morgan takes place at a ski resort throughout the seasons. The first one is Christmas, and totally magical and I’d REALLY love to see that on screen. The other two books are wonderful, too, though, and I’d really love to see it.

6. The From Manhattan with Love series by Sarah Morgan… ok, she write great series!! This one has lots of Christmas books in it, plus non-Christmas ones and I’d just love a show set in New York with all these great characters!

7. The Search and Rescue series by Katie Ruggle would be suspenseful AND romantic, plus a search and rescue show would be amazing.

8. The Spindle Cove series by Tessa Dare would be a DREAM. I’ve always wanted to visit this place, and I’d love to meet all these characters I love so much!

9. The de Vincent Brothers trilogy by Jennifer Armentrout would have awesome creepy New Orleans vibes, just sayin’.

10. The Love & Gelato trilogy by Jennifer Evans Welch would be so much fun because each book takes place in a different, beautiful country and includes teen love and swoons. What more could I ask for?

What books would you love Netflix (or another streaming platform)
to adapt into a show or movie?

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