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As I sit at my computer wondering what books I want to share with you this month, I am reminded of the days when my home library did not span across four bookshelves, five shelves high and full to the brim with two rows on each shelf. In those days, I didn’t just frequent the public library, I lived there. So, I decided to choose novels that reminded me why I lived at my public library. In this month’s Fabulous Fiction I have uncovered a true gem, a sure fire win and a setting fitting to my reasons for writing this in the first place. I hope you enjoy one or all of these books, but, if you don’t, I encourage you to find your own treasure that reminds you why you love the written word, no matter where you obtain it from.
A True Gem
True Love at Silver Creek by Emma Cane
True Love at Silver Creek Ranch was the first book I read by Emma Cane, and it made me an instant fan. I loved the characters, the setting and the connection I felt with this book. The author does a wonderful job creating a life like town full of interesting characters with real life issues and no annoying “get over it” moments. The characters may have some self-doubt or reservations but they are never annoying to the reader. Who are these wonderful characters you may ask? Let’s explore!
Brooke Thalberg is a cowgirl to the core – with a desire to be something a little more – though she doesn’t know exactly what that something may be yet.
Adam Desantis has spent years as a marine, but after a tragic accident with his troop, Adam returns home, alone. When Adam walks back onto the Silver Creek Ranch for the first time, it’s in response to a fire, a fire he doesn’t expect to start burning in his soul.
Brooke is unsure and finds herself in an unexpected place while Adam battles demons that only Brooke can tame. The widows of Valentine Valley are up to their old tricks and everyone in town is all for this one! After all, what could be better than a little love in Valentine Valley?
This book kept me turning the pages. I loved Adam. He was a male character any reader could fall for. The novel has spark and spice without the sexy love scenes, though those exist. Every moment that Brooke and Adam are around each other is full of electricity. It was an excellent read that shouldn’t be missed.
A Sure Fire Win: Are you a fan of Sophie Kinsella?
Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
Sophie released a new novel this year entitled “Wedding Night” that fans won’t want to miss. In this novel, Lottie expects her boyfriend to propose over lunch at one of London’s most posh restaurants. However, his big question requires travel instead of a trip down the aisle and Lottie is completely crushed. So, when an old flame calls her of out the blue and reminds her of their marriage pact, Lottie heads down the aisle and on to her honeymoon on the island they first met on years ago.
Of course, in expected form, their friends and family are the opposite of thrilled, believing this is the worst, most impulsive decision they could make. Ben’s colleague fears his hasty marriage will ruin his career. In effort to change the status quo Fliss, the colleague, devises an elaborate scheme to sabotage the couple’s wedding night. For better or worse this honeymoon will be one to remember and readers can be sure of a few laughs along the way.
If you haven’t yet read a Sophie Kinsella novel, shame on you! Her novels are entertaining, humorous and quite enjoying reads. This stand-alone novel is a great contender among her books for your first read.
The Setting That Started It All
That Night on Thistle Lane by Carla Neggers
A little bit of make believe never hurt anyone, but when make believe comes true for librarian Phoebe O’Dunn, the jury is out on if this story will end in happily ever after. Believing that happy endings are rare, Phoebe is skeptical of any good that comes her way. When she finds a hidden room full of vintage clothing at the library, her safe and uneventful life begins to change.
When Phoebe attends a masquerade ball dressed in the guise of a princess, she is stunned to meet and connect with a handsome man dressed as a swashbuckler. After the magical night life returns to normal until Phoebe and her swashbuckler meet again. Soon, both are forced to unmask their selves, leaving them open and susceptible to the hurt they both fear. Will Phoebe get her prince or will the threat to their happiness prove happy endings really are rare indeed.
If you aren’t sure what a swashbuckler is, have no fear, neither did I! If you think I am going to squash the fun of your ability to Google the term and discover for yourself, you’d be wrong. No need to thank me, you’re welcome and enjoy! However, I will happily tell you that this novel is a recommended read. Despite its somewhat slow start, the novel quickly captures your attention and throws two wonderful characters into a story you may not want to put down. After all, a hidden room, a masquerade ball and a handsome swashbuckler are all elements that have the makings of a complete and wonderful story.
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Columnist Tiffany Schlarman: Tiffany is an avid reader, reviewer and marketing specialist. You can connect with her via the following outlets. Website- http://www.acozyreaderscorner.com - Twitter - @cozyreadersnook – Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/#!/page