Netgalley & Edelweiss Shelves (April 2020)

Netgalley & Edelweiss Shelves

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Since last month’s update, I’ve added 7 ARCs from Netgalley and Edelweiss to my shelf. Two books are cozy mysteries and the others are thrillers. I can’t wait to read them!


Murder in Wine Country by Janet Finsilver
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Expected publication date: April 28, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Kelly Jackson Mystery #6


The Half Sister by Sandie Jones
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Expected publication date: June 16, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller


The Swap by Sandie Jones
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Expected publication date: June 23, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller


The Request by David Bell
Publisher: Berkley
Expected publication date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller


Handbook for Homicide by Lorna Barrett
Publisher: Berkley
Expected publication date: July 21, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery


The End of Her by Shari Lapena
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
Expected publication date: July 28, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller


The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds
Publisher: Lake Union
Expected publication date: August 25, 2020
Genre: Psychological Thriller


STATS

NETGALLEY
Books To Read: 18
Books Approved (all time): 196
Books Reviewed (all time): 178
Feedback Ratio: 91%

EDELWEISS
Books To Read: 8
Books Approved (all time): 63
Books Reviewed (all time): 55
Feedback Ratio: 87%

Book Review: Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher

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BOOK INFO

Title: Not That Kind of Guy
Author: Andie J. Christopher
Publisher: Berkley
Publish Date: April 14, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

An office attraction becomes something more when they’re off the clock in this delightful romantic comedy by the USA Today bestselling author of Not the Girl You Marry.

State attorney Bridget Nolan is successful in all aspects of her life—except romance. After breaking up with her longtime boyfriend, she’s been slow to reenter the dating scene. To be honest, she has more important things to do like putting bad guys behind bars. But with her brother’s wedding right around the corner, she suddenly needs a date and fast. Lucky for Bridget, the legal intern is almost done with his program.

Matt Kido is dumbstruck by Bridget—total love at first sight—but there’s one problem. She’s totally off-limits while she’s his boss. But the moment he no longer reports to her, Matt decides to take a chance. An impulsive decision takes them to Las Vegas where, as the saying goes, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

Unless you put a ring on it.

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
Purchase Links:
Amazon


MY REVIEW

Bridget broke up with her long-term boyfriend and is not interested in dating. She’s a state attorney, and she’s focused on work. Matt is in law school, and working as a summer intern in Bridget’s office. Matt is immediately attracted to Bridget. He can’t make a move on his boss, but he takes a chance as soon as his internship ends.

Told using the alternating points of view of Bridget and Matt. Bridget is smart and independent. Matt is charming and attentive. While they work together, they work well, but hide their attraction to one another. Fortunately, it’s only a summer internship, and they are soon able to admit their feelings.

I was hesitant about this book because I wasn’t impressed with Andie J. Christopher’s Not the Girl You Marry. This one sounded like a cute and light read though, so I thought I’d give it a chance. I’m happy I did. I found Not That Kind of Guy to be a better book.

A fun contemporary romance. Delightful characters in a sweet romance. A good read for fans of rom-coms.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 10)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Hey y’all! I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. I ventured out to get groceries this week, but otherwise, I’ve been staying home. With all this time at home, it does look like I’ll fit in a few more books than planned this month.


BOOKS READ

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
This is the first book in a new series. The main character is Sunshine, a female sheriff in a small town. I’ve liked the few books I’ve read in Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series, so I was excited to see she had a new mystery series. This was a great read. I posted my review earlier this week.

Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
This sounded like a light, cute book. I wasn’t impressed with Andie J. Christopher’s Not the Girl You Marry, but I thought I’d give another of her books a chance. This one was better. I plan to post my review next week.

Specials by Scott Westerfeld
I mentioned this series last week. I own the books, and am working through the series this month.


CURRENTLY READING

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
I liked Jennifer Hillier’s Jar of Hearts, so I was happy to receive an ARC of her newest book. I’ll post a review after I finish reading it.

Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris
I bought this book a couple of years ago, but never read it. I’ve always like Audrey Hepburn, so I’m enjoying learning more about her life.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld
This is the last book in this series. I hope to finish it this weekend.


ADDED TO MY TBR

• The Girl Beneath the Sea – ebook via Amazon First Reads
• The End of Her by Shari Lapena – ARC via Edelweiss
• The Request by David Bell – ARC via Netgalley
• The Day I Disappeared by Brandi Reeds – ARC via Netgalley
• Murder in the Wine Country by Janet Silver – ARC via Netgalley
• Deep State by Chris Hauty – ebook via Simon & Schuster
• Foe by Iain Reid – ebook via Simon & Schuster


BLOG POSTS

Book Review: The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
Book Review: The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey
Book Review: Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler
Book Review: Knot Cannot by Tiffany Stone
Book Review: A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
• Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 10)


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Book Review: A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones

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BOOK INFO

Title: A Bad Day for Sunshine
Author: Darynda Jones
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Mystery – Crime
Series: Sunshine Vicram #1
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

Sheriff Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o’ joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a kidnapper on the loose.

Del Sol, New Mexico is known for three things: its fry-an-egg-on-the-cement summers, strong cups of coffee—and, now, a nationwide manhunt? Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff—thanks to her adorably meddlesome parents who nominated her—and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug. But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of this is reminding Sunshine why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that the trouble at her daughter’s new school, plus and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and, well, the forecast looks anything but sunny.

But even clouds have their silver linings. This one’s got Levi, Sunshine’s sexy, almost-old-flame, and a fiery-hot US Marshal. With temperatures rising everywhere she turns, Del Sol’s normally cool-minded sheriff is finding herself knee-deep in drama and danger. Can Sunshine face the call of duty—and find the kidnapper who’s terrorizing her beloved hometown—without falling head over high heels in love…or worse?

A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

Sunshine Vicram is the new sheriff in Del Sol, New Mexico. She’s returned to her hometown as the new sheriff, in a campaign her parents orchestrated, without her knowledge. Sunshine won though, and her first day on the job is a doozy. A teenage girl goes missing, and everyone is curious about why Sunshine left her hometown so suddenly years earlier.

This is the first book in a new series by Darynda Jones. I’ve enjoyed Jones’s Charley Davidson series, so I was excited to see she had a new book available. Happy to report that this was a funny, clever, and exciting read.

A lot of the novel is setting up the characters, and each one is well developed and interesting. Sunshine and her daughter, Aurora, move to Del Sol for Sunshine’s new job as sheriff. Sunshine is working with her best friend from childhood, Quincy. He’s now a deputy and helps keep Sunshine informed about what’s happening. Another character in Sunshine’s life is Levi Ravinder, an old crush, and the son of the local crime family. Aurora is a teenager and starts school at the local high school.

As for the mystery, Sunshine and her deputies look for a missing girl. They also have a few other things happening in town, so the sheriff’s office stays busy. While a lot is happening in Sunshine’s professional life, her personal life is a mystery too.

Fantastic start to a new series. A fun cast of characters, a small desert town full of quirky locals, and an exciting mystery.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Knot Cannot by Tiffany Stone

Knot Cannot by Tiffany Stone

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BOOK INFO

Title: Knot Cannot
Author: Tiffany Stone
Illustrator: Mike Lowery
Publisher: Dial Books
Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

A pun-packed look at friendship, jealousy, and being yourself

Knot is a piece of rope who longs to do the same things as Snake. Snake can slither and swim and hiss. Sadly, Knot cannot! But when Snake finds herself in a pickle, Knot discovers there’s one thing he can do that Snake cannot. Knot can knot–a lot!

With wordplay a-plenty, this uproarious read-a-loud encourages readers to find–and celebrate!–whatever it is they do best.

Knot Cannot by Tiffany Stone
Purchase links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

Knot is jealous of Snake. Snake can do all kinds of things that Knot cannot. There is one thing that Knot can do though, and it helps Snake a lot.

A fun story with wordplay and colorful illustrations. A great read-aloud book. Cute and silly.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler

Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler

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BOOK INFO

Title: Sorry (Really Sorry)
Author: Joanna Cotler
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

A sweet and thoughtful picture book about how one act of kindness can change the world, written by publishing legend Joanna Cotler and illustrated by New York Times bestseller Harry Bliss.

Cow was in a nasty mood. When Duck came along Cow kicked mud in her face.
“Why’d you do that?” asked Duck.
“I felt like it,” said Cow. “And I’m not sorry.”

Little did Cow know that her bad mood would spread to the whole farm. But it does when Cow passes her anger along to Duck who takes it out on Frog who is mean to Bird who upsets Goat who bothers Pig. Until good-hearted Dog turns things around by showing kindness to Pig, turning not sorry into sorry (really sorry). But will that be enough to mend all of the hurt feelings on the farm?

With a charming text by Joanna Cotler and beautiful artwork by New York Times bestseller Harry Bliss, this is a picture book about the power of reactivity and how to diffuse it with love. Being sorry (really sorry) can make a world of difference and make your world different too.

Sorry (Really Sorry) by Joanna Cotler
Purchase links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

The day starts with Cow in a bad mood. When Cow is mean to Duck, the bad mood spreads, and nobody is sorry for their behavior or hurtful words. When Dog responds with kindness, the other animals learn to be sorry, really sorry, about their behavior.

A sweet story about being sorry for bad behavior. The animals on the farm are quick with their bad behavior when things aren’t going their way, but a positive attitude and saying “sorry” goes a long way. Adorable illustrations. Cute picture book with a positive message.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Love Story of Missy Carmichael
Author: Beth Morrey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Contemporary
Series: na
My Rating: 4/5


BOOK BLURB

For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and A Man Called Ove, a life-affirming, deeply moving “coming-of-old” story, a celebration of how ordinary days are made extraordinary through friendship, family, and the power of forgiving yourself–at any age.

The world has changed around seventy-nine-year-old librarian Millicent Carmichael, aka Missy. Though quick to admit that she often found her roles as a housewife and mother less than satisfying, Missy once led a bustling life driven by two children, an accomplished and celebrated husband, and a Classics degree from Cambridge. Now her husband is gone, her daughter is estranged after a shattering argument, and her son has moved to his wife’s native Australia, taking Missy’s beloved only grandchild half-a-world away. She spends her days sipping sherry, avoiding people, and rattling around in her oversized, under-decorated house waiting for…what exactly?

The last thing Missy expects is for two perfect strangers and one spirited dog named Bob to break through her prickly exterior and show Missy just how much love she still has to give. In short order, Missy finds herself in the jarring embrace of an eclectic community that simply won’t take no for an answer–including a rambunctious mutt-on-loan whose unconditional love gives Missy a reason to re-enter the world one muddy paw print at a time.

Filled with wry laughter and deep insights, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is a coming-of-old story that shows us it’s never too late to forgive yourself and, just as important, it’s never too late to love.

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

Missy Carmichael is an English woman in her late 70s. She lives in the home she once shared with her husband and children. Now, her husband is gone, her son lives in Australia, and she is estranged from her daughter. Missy is set in her ways, asocial, and somewhat depressed.

Told using flashbacks, Missy’s life story is revealed. The pieces of her past help explain her current life and behavior. Missy is hard to like, but the more of her that is revealed, the more I cared about her.

Missy is lonely, but she slowly opens herself to new friendships. This story may be about an older character, but it is still a story about growth. As Missy becomes more comfortable with herself, she finds her way in the world again.

An delightful contemporary. Bittersweet and emotional.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton

The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Stolen Letter
Author: Paige Shelton
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publish Date: April 7, 2020
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: Scottish Bookshop Mystery #5
My Rating: 3/5


BOOK BLURB

New York Times bestselling author Paige Shelton returns with the next installment of The Scottish Bookshop Mystery series, The Stolen Letter

Delaney Nichols is confident she’s doing what she loves—case in point, just one day after returning from her fabulous European honeymoon, she’s eager to get back to the Cracked Spine, the bookstore where she works. But as she disembarks her bus and hurries toward the shop she and another woman collide, sending a stack of books the woman is carrying to the ground.

Delaney’s hapless victim’s name is Mary, and the two women can’t help but notice that they bear an uncanny resemblance to one another. According to Mary, they both also look like the long-beheaded Mary Queen of Scots. Even stranger, Mary believes she is the reincarnation of the Scottish queen. But peculiar as Delaney’s doppelganger is, she doesn’t have time to dwell on it: on her arrival to the bookshop, she learns the Edinburgh city council wants to close the Cracked Spine, citing code violations, and she’s determined to stop them.

But when Mary’s husband dies in a car explosion—and Delaney learns he was the very member of city council who proposed that the city take a closer look at the bookshop’s construction—she starts to wonder if her meeting with Mary wasn’t an accident. Edinburgh has become as filled with intrigue and deception as any European court, and Delaney is determined to get to the bottom of this royal mystery.

The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
Purchase Links:
Amazon | Books-a-Million


MY REVIEW

This is the fifth book in the Scottish Bookshop mystery series. The main character, Delaney, is an American woman who relocated to Scotland to work in a unique bookshop, the Cracked Spine. Also, Delaney occasionally helps solve mysteries. She comes across a murder mystery to solve in The Stolen Letter.

I recommend starting with the first book in this series, The Cracked Spine. Each book in the series has a unique mystery, but the relationships between the characters grow throughout Delaney’s time in Scotland.

In The Stolen Letter, Delaney runs into Mary on the way to the bookshop. The women immediately notice they look a lot alike, and Mary says they look like Mary, Queen of Scots. Turns out, Mary knows a lot about the dead Queen, and even believes she is the reincarnated Queen Mary. Delaney is intrigued with Mary, but, unfortunately, Mary’s husband is trying to close down the Cracked Spine. When Mary’s husband is killed, Delaney searches for answers.

An enjoyable cozy mystery series. This book, along with the earlier ones, includes a touch of paranormal in the story. While this isn’t my favorite book in the series, I did find it entertaining. The characters are likable and the story is interesting. Delightful, fun, and quirky.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Weekly Wrap-Up (Apr 3)

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Hey y’all! I hope everyone is staying safe.


BOOKS READ

The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton
This book is the 5th book in the Scottish Bookshop Mystery series. I’ve read the previous four books in this cozy mystery series, so I was happy to receive an eARC of the new book. This book is expected to be published next week, and I plan to have a review posted on Monday.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
I own this series, and these books have been sitting on my shelf, unread, for years. I love YA dystopian novels, so I decided to finally pick up this series to read.


CURRENTLY READING

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey
I received an eARC of this book. The book blurb peaked my interest, so I’m hoping it’s a good one. This book is expected to be published next week. ‘ll try to have a review posted on Monday.

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
This is the second book in the Uglies series. This series has four books, and I hope to get through them all this month.


ADDED TO MY TBR

Nothing new added this week.


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Book Review: The Return by Rachel Harrison
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April 2020 TR
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April 2020 TBR

Monthly TBR

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Happy April!

I hope everyone is safe and well! Like everyone else, it looks like I’ll be spending the month at home. Maybe I’ll be able to fit in a couple of extra books from my TBR. I have nine ARCs on my TBR this month. I also hope to fit in some books I own.



ARCs

• Not That Kind of Guy by Andie J. Christopher
• He Started It by Samantha Downing
• Proof of Murder by Lauren Elliott
• Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
• A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones
• Can You See Her? by S.E. Lynes
• The Love Story of Missy Carmichael by Beth Morrey
• Read or Alive by Nora Page
• The Stolen Letter by Paige Shelton

Owned Books

• White Oleander by Janet Fitch
• Audrey Hepburn by Barry Paris
• Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese