Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand

Released: June 2002

I first fell in love with Elin Hilderbrand after reading The Matchmaker, which was just released last summer. Since reading that novel, I've been frantically purchasing everything on Hilderbrand's backlist. I dove into Nantucket Nights last week after deciding I needed a break from sci-fi and horror.

The Night Swimmers

Kayla, Val, and Antoinette have upheld the tradition of swimming naked at midnight on a secluded Nantucket beach on a special night every year for the last 20 years. Referring to themselves as the "Night Swimmers," each woman shares one of her most darkest secrets with the other women in a ritual most would find less than ladylike. When drunken Kayla brazenly accuses Antoinette of sleeping with Kayla's husband, Antoinette dances into the water and never returns to shore. The entire island of Nantucket goes into an uproar, and blames Kayla for Antoinette's disappearance.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Demise in Denim by Duffy Brown

Released: April 2015

Demise in Denim is the fifth book in the "Consignment Shop" mystery series by Duffy Brown. This southern cozy mystery series takes place in Savannah, Georgia and features the amateur sleuthing adventures of Reagan Summerside, consignment shop owner.

Duffy Brown and her publishers are always generous enough to send me copies of the Consignment Shop novels prior to their release dates. Receiving her surprise packages in the mail are always a real treat! I pushed all other reading to the wayside this weekend just so I could tear into this latest, especially since Brown's novels continue to get better and funnier with each new release.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Garden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield

Released: February 2013

Everyone's got a weak spot when it comes to books; mine is anything associated with WWI or WWII. If a book's synopsis mentions anything about either war, the book immediately goes into my shopping cart.

Which is exactly why I went out of my way to hunt down a copy of Garden of Stones by Sophie Littlefield. I think I initially learned about this novel in RT Book Reviews, and moments later, the book was on my wish list. Plus, I couldn't resist wanting to read this novel, considering I've actually lived near a few abandoned Japanese-American internment camps, so the topic hits home a little.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Released: July 2003

Maisie Dobbs is the first cozy mystery novel in the series of the same name by Jacqueline Winspear. I can't quite remember how Maisie Dobbs came to be on my wish list, but I suspect it may have been on behalf of a recommendation provided by Nancy Pearl of Book Lust. Winspear's writing style and prose reminds me very much of that by Alexander McCall Smith and Nancy Atherton. This book is absolutely amazing, and I'm excited to talk about it!