Review of A Walk Along The Beach

A Walk Along The Beach
Debbie Macomber
5 Stars

52491135. sy475 Synopsis:

Two sisters must learn from each other’s strengths and trust in the redeeming power of love in a touching new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

The Lakey sisters are perfect opposites. After their mother died and their father was lost in grief, Willa had no choice but to raise her sister, Harper, and their brother, Lucas. Then, as an adult, she put her own life on hold to nurse Harper through a terrifying illness. Now that Harper is better and the sisters are living as roommates, Willa has realized her dream of running her own bakery and coffee shop, bringing her special brand of caretaking to the whole Oceanside community.

Harper, on the other hand, is always on the go. Overcoming a terrible illness has given her a new lease on life, and she does not intend to waste it. When Harper announces her plan to summit Mount Rainier, Willa fears she may be pushing herself too far. Harper, for her part, urges Willa to stop worrying and do something outside of her comfort zone—like taking a chance on love with a handsome new customer.

Sean O’Malley is as charming as he is intriguing—a freelance photographer whose assignments take him to the ends of the earth. Soon Willa’s falling for him in a way that is both exciting and terrifying. But life has taught Willa to hedge her bets, and she wonders whether the potential heartache is worth the risk.

Life has more challenges in store for them all. But both sisters will discover that even in the darkest moments, family is everything. (Goodreads)

Review:

Willa has been a mother to her sister, Harper, ever since their mother died. Her dad fell apart and started drinking, so Willa picked up the responsibility for her sister. She has gotten Harper through cancer, and it seems like things might be working out. But Willa cannot help but being worried about Harper and prays that everything will be good from here on out.

Willa owns her own bakery/coffee shop and it is working out well. She has met Sean, a customer, that seems to be interested in her. She is definitely interested in him and they start hanging out together. But his job takes him away a lot and she has a hard time adjusting to that, and does not know if it will work out.

When tragic and traumatic events start happening, it will take all of Willa’s strength and faith to get through it. It will not only effect
Willa but all of the characters in the book.

This book made me laugh, cry and appreciate all of my loved ones. This book is very emotional and very well written. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written women’s contemporary book. I know when I get a book from this author I am in for a good read.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.

 

New Releases For The Week Of July 19th,2020–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of July 19th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

 

Bound by Fate: Celestial Academy: The Witch Book 2 by [Tegan Maher]My name’s Shelby Flynn, witch, college student, and hot-tempered redhead, and I’m in way over my head.

I never set out to save the world, but it seems that’s the course Destiny set for me when an angel gifted me with magical powers beyond anything I could have ever imagined. Not that I mind being able to control the elements or blow things up with my mind, but a heads up about my future would have been fantastic. Instead, I fell through a magical doorway straight into the library of a secret academy ran by a fae and guarded by a three-headed hellhound and a talking, fire-breathing monkey named Stu. I realize how far out it sounds, but trust me – I couldn’t make it up if I tried.

Now, a coven of dark witches bent on destroying the source of white magic has stolen the Scepter of Life, and I only have six days to recover the remaining components or else they’ll succeed. I’m not one to walk away from a fight, but this time, it’s not about saving myself or even my family – the fate of the entire world lies squarely on my shoulders.

My task comes with a heavy price tag. Not only do I have to save the people I care about, I have to lie to them while I do it because secrecy is the Celestial Academy’s biggest advantage. My long-term boyfriend suspects I’m cheating, and my best friend is stuck in the middle, trying to keep my “real” life from falling apart while I’m off fighting demons, evil witches, and whatever else goes bump in the night.

Am I up for it? I’m not sure, but I have no choice. The elements are mine to control, and I have an ancient Fae and a powerful – and hot – wizard by my side. That will have to be enough.

After all, I’m a Flynn witch, and nobody messes with me or mine.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearth And Bone: A Naomi & Winston Mystery (Naomi & Winston Mysteries Book 2) by [Maddie Sutton]

 

When Naomi’s uncle is arrested for the death of a gallery owner, can she find the gallery owner’s killer and get her shop ready for business or is she barking up the wrong tree?

The second book in the cozy mystery series Naomi & Winston Mysteries, Hearth and Bone contains no adult situations or gore, only fun and high jinks as the heroine solves mysteries and chases around behind her perpetually confused and endearingly curious Chihuahua.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The House Party: A gripping heart-stopping new psychological thriller for 2020 by [Mary Grand]Someone is about to die… Someone is about to lie…

At the intimate house-warming party for her glorious ‘grand design’, Kathleen confides in her best friend Beth that she is terrified of one of their close friends, but daren’t reveal which one. The guests are a tight-knit group, but Kathleen is convinced one of them is dangerous.

The next day Kathleen’s body is found at the foot of a cliff and Beth must face the sickening truth that she may have been killed by one of their trusted friends. With little help from the police, Beth’s decides to seek answers.

All the friends have secrets they are desperate to hide, but only one of them is ready to kill to keep theirs safe…

The House Party is set on the Isle of Wight – insular,claustrophobic, and with nowhere to run. Mary Grand has written a heart-stopping novel of secretsbetrayal and desire, perfect for fans of Louise Candlish and Lucy Foley.

What readers are saying about The House Party:


‘Truly a great puzzler with a superb ending! I HIGHLY Recommend!!!’

‘Wow I’m so so impressed it had me gripped start to finish and I couldn’t put it down. I completed within 1 night and such a page turner’

‘All the suspense and twists and turns’

‘This is a real page turner, that kept me guessing until the end!’

‘A gripping read.’

‘A brilliantly clever read and one to remember.’

‘So many twists and turns to keep the reader guessing to the very end. An excellent read.’

‘This is a book that will leave the reader guessing all the way.’

‘With its ability to draw the reader in, this is great for a day when you don’t want to do anything but curl up with a good story and while away the day.’

‘The House Party is a fantastic read for anyone who likes twisty, witty thriller reads.’

‘I highly recommend this book – you won’t want to put it down.’

‘This is a great book that sucks you in right from the start. Plenty of twists and turns and suspense. Unexpected ending that I didn’t see coming.’

‘Brilliant if you love psychological thrillers like me.’

‘This was an excellent novel, combining the elements of drama and thriller.’

‘A sinister “whodunit” that is not your typical police procedural.’  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camellia Hawkes: The Reluctant PI (A Hawkes Family Mystery Book 1) by [Phoenix Crawford]

 

 

Pre-Order Price of $0.99 through July 19.
Regular Price $3.99.

Private Investigator, Camellia Hawkes, is hoping for some normalcy after her husband, Paul, has been released from prison following a false allegation.
It isn’t happening.
Instead, she is forced deal with new problems—this time without help. Well, unless you count her birth family and her pets.
The first book in the Hawkes Family Mystery Series.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hobb's Henge: A Medieval Cosy Mystery (The Rookery Book 3) by [B G Denvil]

 

 

 

Rosie had hoped things would be a little more settled at The Rookery, but the plague has struck a nearby village and she feels responsible for keeping her neighbours safe.
But problems do seem to prefer company. The red power is creating havoc and it’s not long before once again Rosie and friends are dealing with yet more mystery and ever such lot of rats!
A visit to Stone Henge is suggested and things start coming together piece by piece. But with Viking ghosts, Troilus bugs and rats in their thousand’s, life is anything but settled.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paris Is Always a Good Idea by [Jenn McKinlay]One of Popsugar’s Best New Books for Summer 2020

A thirty-year-old woman retraces her gap year through Ireland, France, and Italy to find love—and herself—in this hilarious and heartfelt novel.


It’s been seven years since Chelsea Martin embarked on her yearlong postcollege European adventure. Since then, she’s lost her mother to cancer and watched her sister marry twice, while Chelsea’s thrown herself into work, becoming one of the most talented fundraisers for the American Cancer Coalition, and with the exception of one annoyingly competent coworker, Jason Knightley, her status as most successful moneymaker is unquestioned.

When her introverted mathematician father announces he’s getting remarried, Chelsea is forced to acknowledge that her life stopped after her mother died and that the last time she can remember being happy, in love, or enjoying her life was on her year abroad. Inspired to retrace her steps—to find Colin in Ireland, Jean Claude in France, and Marcelino in Italy—Chelsea hopes that one of these three men who stole her heart so many years ago can help her find it again. 

From the start of her journey nothing goes as planned, but as Chelsea reconnects with her old self, she also finds love in the very last place she expected.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where the Milkweed Grows (Sweetfern Harbor Mystery Book 19) by [Wendy Meadows]When Sarah’s lifeless body is discovered in a remote pasture where milkweed grows, Brenda vows to find her killer. Will her determination lead her to viable clues that lead to the murderer?

Brenda Rivers and her staff are preparing for the bi-annual meeting and luncheon of the local Scribble Society at Sheffield Bed and Breakfast. Its President, Sarah Perch has her hands full. She is particular about everything running smoothly. Besides the luncheon-meeting, her son Professor Jack Perch is due to arrive for the weekend from Kansas. Guests begin to arrive, and Allie Williams gets everyone checked in while Brenda meets with Mrs. Perch to discuss last minute details. The local Authors are looking forward to presenting their works in progress for the usual critiquing, the main purpose of the club.

Everything is running smoothly until pompous Duncan Griffen, who specializes in writing poetry, reads several stanzas he has added to an ongoing poem. He resents anyone who criticizes his writings which intimidates the others from speaking up with honesty. All except Sarah Perch, that is. She graciously tells him his latest style does not match the rest of the poem. He is heartsick over her criticism. He has been in love with the local Librarian for years but has never had the courage to make his move. Sarah determined long ago to never remarry after her husband’s unexpected death.

One of the guests at Sheffield Bed and Breakfast has her eye out for Sarah’s handsome son Jack. He pays little attention to Hilda Picard which does not set well with her. Sarah obviously disapproves of the exotic young woman’s mannerisms who is obnoxious trying to attract Jack.

Cole Barnes has a deep secret to hide from everyone he meets. He befriends Jack for a morning of fishing on the Atlantic. When Sarah Perch goes missing sometime in her walk from the bed and breakfast to her cottage, Cole attempts to distract Jack from his worry about his missing mother.

Brenda is determined to find the beloved Librarian. Detective Mac Rivers organizes the people of Sweetfern Harbor who are determined to find her. When Sarah’s lifeless body is discovered in a remote pasture where milkweed grows, Brenda vows to find her killer. Will her determination lead her to viable clues that lead to the murderer?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blind Vigilance (A Sydney Rye Mystery, Book #13) by [Emily Kimelman]

 

I can’t escape the vulnerability of motherhood.

The rage fueling me since my brother’s murder is no longer powerful enough to carry me forward. I want to create a simple life in the Spanish countryside and prepare for motherhood. For the sake of the life growing inside me, I must forge ahead without Robert’s help, Mulberry’s devotion, or my own anger determining my path.

The criminal cartel seeking to destroy Joyful Justice plans to crumble the foundation of the vigilante network by killing me.

But I’m dangerous prey—more deadly than ever.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Crime of Fashion (The Wedding Bell Mysteries Book 2) by [Nancy Robards Thompson]When a murder mystery-themed fashion show is struck by a real murder, there are enough suspects to line the runway

Bridal boutique owner and cozy mystery writer Maddie Bell and her daughter, Jenna, are hard at work planning Hemlock, North Carolina’s, annual 4th of July charity fashion show. When the show’s hometown star, bestselling mystery author Kellen Corsi, turns up dead, the mother-daughter pair find themselves playing detective…again.

Kellen’s death, which has been staged to mimic a murder from the book that launched her career, leaves the whole town reeling. The violence feels shockingly personal—Kellen was a founding member of the local writing group, Hemlock Homicide Heroines, before success swept her away to the big city.

Soon, it becomes clear not everyone was thrilled with Kellen’s success. As suspects multiply faster than designer knockoffs, Maddie and Jenna are determined to figure out who was resentful enough to kill over it.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resting Witch Face (Widow's Bay Book 1) by [Rebecca Regnier]Paranormal Women’s Fiction, because they say menopause can turn you into a real witch. What if they’re right?

Between her cheating husband and her on-air meltdown, Marzie Nowak is going through a bit of a bad spell and a heck of a midlife crisis. Her kids have flown the coop to college and her husband has opted to trade her in for a younger model. With nowhere else to turn, the ex-big-city journalist crawls back to her superstitious hometown of Widow’s Bay just in time for their annual pagan festival. Her new, much less glamorous gig has her reporting for a local news website. It doesn’t take long for her to realize the legends surrounding Widow’s Bay may be more practical magic than fanciful myth.

Soon Marzie is forced to contend with an invasion of flirty furry tourists, a sun-shy billionaire, and her suddenly chatty cat’s fashion advice. When an unsolved murder sparks her own mystical powers Marzie comes face to face with the fact menopause is a real witch and so is she!

With a killer on the loose and magical mysteries around every corner, can Marzie crack the case before her next meltdown? Or hot flash? Because in Widow’s Bay a hot flash means your magic is just getting warmed up!

Resting Witch Face is the first book in a spellbinding paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like clever heroines, snarky humor, and supernatural small towns, then you’ll love Rebecca Regnier’s bewitching mystery. Paranormal women’s fiction fans will want to move to Widow’s Bay. (Just make sure to bring your snow boots.) Join this coven of empty nest witches today!

Buy Resting Witch Face to fall under the spell of a witty, whimsical mystery!  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death on the Half Shell (Shipwreck Cafe Mysteries Book 3) by [Donna Walo Clancy]

Winter on Anchor Point is quiet. Most of the businesses are closed in the cold winter months, so when Jay organizes a Saint Patrick’s Day party at the Shipwreck Café most of the locals jump at the chance to attend.
The party is going great when it is brought to Jay’s attention that his brother, Robbie, has disappeared. The celebration is shut down a short while later when Phil Cook, the local jeweler, drops dead on the floor in front of the bar.
Days pass and there is still no sign of Robbie. Can Jay find his brother while also saving his café from financial disaster? Old enemies reappear and new clues are discovered in the search for Roland’s treasure.
Come visit Anchor Point where ghosts roam freely and family is everything.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle