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Book Review: The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts by Jennifer Joyce

The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts by Jennifer Joyce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher:  HQ Digital

Summary:   From fairy cakes to first dates!
Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…
So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.
Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?

Book Review: Let's Play Dead (Museum #2) by Shelia Connolly

Let's Play Dead by Sheila Connolly
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Berkley

Summary:   The new exhibit at the Philadelphia children's museum, Let's Play, isn't meant to be shocking-but when one of the installers is zapped with a fatal electrical charge, it's up to Nell to put her detective skills on display.

Book Review: Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives

Impossible Views of the World by Lucy Ives
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Penguin Press

Summary:   Stella Krakus, a curator at Manhattan's renowned Central Museum of Art, is having the roughest week in approximately ever. Her soon-to-be ex-husband (the perfectly awful Whit Ghiscolmbe) is stalking her, a workplace romance with "a fascinating, hyper-rational narcissist" is in freefall, and a beloved colleague, Paul, has gone missing. Strange things are afoot: CeMArt's current exhibit is sponsored by a Belgian multinational that wants to take over the world's water supply, she unwittingly stars in a viral video that's making the rounds, and her mother--the imperious, impossibly glamorous Caro--wants to have lunch. It's almost more than she can overanalyze. 

Book Review: Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: Riverhead Books

Summary:   A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return.


Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.

Book Review: Rome Is Where the Heart Is (From Italy With Love #1) by Tilly Tennant

Rome Is Where The Heart Is by Tilly Tennant
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: Bookouture


Summary:   Can a holiday romance ever have a happy ending? Escape with Kate to the sun-drenched city of Rome where a love affair is just about to begin …

When Kate’s husband Matt dumps her on Friday 13th she decides enough is enough – it’s time for her to have some fun and so she hops on a plane to Rome. A week of grappa and gelato in pavement cafes under azure blue skies will be just what the doctor ordered.

What she doesn’t count on is meeting and falling for sexy policeman Alessandro. But the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly – Alessandro has five meddling sisters, a fearsome mama and a beautiful ex Orazia. They’re all certain that Kate is not the girl for him.

Book Review: Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams

Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: William Morrow

Summary:   Burdened by a dark family secret, Virginia Fortescue flees her oppressive home in New York City for the battlefields of World War I France. While an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, she meets a charismatic British army surgeon whose persistent charm opens her heart to the possibility of love. As the war rages, Virginia falls into a passionate affair with the dashing Captain Simon Fitzwilliam, only to discover that his past has its own dark secrets—secrets that will damage their eventual marriage and propel her back across the Atlantic to the sister and father she left behind.

Book Review: Paloma (Retrieval Artist #5) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Paloma by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Roc

Summary:   As a Retrieval Artist, Miles Flint helps the Disappeared, saving the lives of those oppressed under the Earth Alliance regime. He owes his livelihood, and his very sense of honor, to a woman known as Paloma. It was she who was responsible for setting him on this path—and now she has been murdered.

Book Review: The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publisher: HarperCollins

Summary:  When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara’s street seem dull by comparison.

Book Review: Little Teashop of Horrors by Jane Lovering

Little Teashop of Horrors by Jane Lovering
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher: Choc Lit

Summary:   Secrets, lies, carrot cake – and an owl called Skrillex! 
Amy Knowles has always been the plain sidekick to her pretty best friend Jules. And whilst the tearoom they both work in on the Monkpark Hall estate in Yorkshire is not exactly awash with eligible bachelors, it’s obvious where the male attention is concentrated – and it’s not just on the cakes! 

Book Review: Luna (New Moon #1) by Ian McDonald

New Moon by Ian McDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publisher:  Tor Books

Summary:   The Moon wants to kill you. 

Maybe it will kill you when the per diem for your allotted food, water, and air runs out, just before you hit paydirt. Maybe it will kill you when you are trapped between the reigning corporations-the Five Dragons-in a foolish gamble against a futuristic feudal society. On the Moon, you must fight for every inch you want to gain. And that is just what Adriana Corta did.