Thursday, June 6, 2013

This Book Room: all brand new releases!

For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. She sacrificed everything for her career—her friends, her marriage, her chance at creating a family. When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She’s been let go and must rebuild her entire life . . . starting now.

With no job prospects in sight, Libby reaches out to old friends and spends her afternoons at A Good Yarn, the local knitting store. There she forms a close bond with Lydia, the sweet-natured shop owner; Lydia’s spirited teenage daughter, Casey; and Casey’s best friend, Ava, a shy yet troubled girl who will shape Libby’s future in surprising and profound ways.

As A Good Yarn becomes a second home—and the women a new kind of family—Libby relishes the different person she’s become. She even finds time for romance with a charming and handsome doctor who seems to be her perfect match. But just as everything is coming together, Libby must make a choice that could forever change the life she holds so dear.

Warmly told and richly textured, Starting Now is filled with the promise of new beginnings and the unending delights of companionship and love.

Additional notes: This is the ninth and latest book in the Blossom Street series. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here, the third book here, the Christmas book here, the fifth book here, the sixth book here, the seventh book here and the eighth book here.

My thoughts: Oh my, was I so glad to see this book finally released! I absolutely loved it, but it was so heartbreaking. I related to everything the main character was going through. If you find yourself thinking your job is everything {and I often do this, though not as much as before Bug was born!}, you may want to read this book. Your job is not everything. I know it may seem like it is, but I promise it's not. There's so much more to life! There were so many great parts to this book. I really, really hope Debbie writes a tenth book for this series!

Stephanie London led a life of comfort and ease in St. Louis before feeling inexplicably drawn back to her father's roots in the tiny Southern town of Hope Springs. Charlotte Willoughby has lived there all her life and longs to make a new life somewhere else. Stephanie doesn't know exactly what she's doing there--or how to occupy her time. And Charlotte doesn't understand why, despite her overbearing family and reminders of her failed engagement, she's suddenly led to stay.

Despite its small-town charm, Hope Springs itself is at a crossroads. After a failed reconciliation attempt by two well-meaning pastors, the town is split along racial and cultural lines, with little hope for redemption.

When a terrible tragedy puts Hope Springs on the national radar, the entire town is tested, and both Stephanie and Charlotte feel their lives unraveling. In the midst of heartache, though, they'll discover the true color of hope...

Additional notes: This is the second and latest book in the Hope Springs series, although please be rest assured: you absolutely can read this book without reading the first. You can read my review of the first book here.

My thoughts: This book... this book. There aren't really a lot of words. You must read this book. It all just broke my heart. When I think of my Bug growing up in this world... this world. I take such comfort knowing our Jesus will come back for us all. Without Him... there are just no words. This book left me breathless and speechless. It was that good.

Alan Christoffersen lost his heart when his wife was killed in an accident almost one year ago. He lost his trust when his business partner stole his advertising business. He lost his home when the bank took his house. So Alan decided to leave his painful memories behind and walk from Seattle to the farthest point on the map, Key West, but in St. Louis, he is forced to stop.

Because his severe vertigo is diagnosed as the side effect of a brain tumor, Alan must go to Los Angeles for treatment. He is surrounded by those who care most for him: his father, who is happy to have Alan back in his childhood home; Falene, who has been by his side through his most difficult times; and Nicole, who helped him recover from a mugging in Spokane. One by one, Alan alienates them all, and he resumes his journey in angry loneliness. The people he meets as he walks the dusty southern back roads have lessons to teach Alan about accepting love. He just has to have faith that life can be worth living again—and that the woman he rejected will be willing to forgive him.

Additional notes: This is the fourth and latest book in the Walk series. You can read my review of the first book here, the second book here and the third book here.

My thoughts: I love, love, love this series. I recommend it to everyone I know. If you haven't read the Walk yet, you must read it today. Right now. Run, don't walk, to your local library. I have a feeling this series will end with the fifth book. That will be a sad, sad day. I'm not a fan of this author's work in general, but this series is fantastical.

Life is close to perfect for Charlotte and Curtis Black--except that their son Matthew's girlfriend, Racquel, is eight months pregnant and Racquel's mother, Vanessa, and Charlotte can't stand each other.

On the day of Racquel's baby shower, Charlotte and Vanessa have a major blow up and the stress sends Racquel into early labor. Curtis is displeased with Charlotte's behavior, something that slowly but surely drives a new wedge between them. At the same time, Curtis is consumed with church business, and trying to uncover who is behind a series of mysterious letters that threaten to expose Curtis's biggest secret. Increasingly furious with his mother, Matthew gives Charlotte an ultimatum--treat Racquel and her mom with respect or she'll be cut off from seeing the baby altogether. This sends Charlotte down a road of revenge. Once again, the Black household is torn apart, and it will take a miracle for anyone to recover.

Additional notes: This is the tenth and latest Reverend Curtis Black book. You can read my review of the second book here, the third book here, the fourth book here, the fifth book here, the sixth book here, the seventh book here and the ninth book here. I don't know what happened with the eighth book review, as I read the book while having this blog, but apparently did not review it on here! My apologies.

My thoughts: I'm not really sure why I keep reading this series... the characters are so malicious! It's truly awful. But it's so scandalous and juicy! I just can't stop myself. I really can't. The story is like a train wreck you can't look away from. My advice: stay away. It's like Cheetos - once you eat one, you just can't stop. Save yourself from this series!!!

Tully Hart has always been larger than life, a woman fueled by big dreams and driven by memories of a painful past. She thinks she can overcome anything until her best friend, Kate Ryan, dies. Tully tries to fulfill her deathbed promise to Kate--to be there for Kate’s children--but Tully knows nothing about family or motherhood or taking care of people.

Sixteen-year-old Marah Ryan is devastated by her mother’s death. Her father, Johnny, strives to hold the family together, but even with his best efforts, Marah becomes unreachable in her grief. Nothing and no one seems to matter to her . . . until she falls in love with a young man who makes her smile again and leads her into his dangerous, shadowy world.

Dorothy Hart--the woman who once called herself Cloud--is at the center of Tully’s tragic past. She repeatedly abandoned her daughter, Tully, as a child, but now she comes back, drawn to her daughter’s side at a time when Tully is most alone. At long last, Dorothy must face her darkest fear: Only by revealing the ugly secrets of her past can she hope to become the mother her daughter needs.

A single, tragic choice and a middle-of-the-night phone call will bring these women together and set them on a poignant, powerful journey of redemption. Each has lost her way, and they will need each one another--and maybe a miracle--to transform their lives.

An emotionally complex, heart-wrenching novel about love, motherhood, loss, and new beginnings, Fly Away reminds us that where there is life, there is hope, and where there is love, there is forgiveness.

Additional notes: This is a sequel to Firefly Lane. You must read Firefly Lane before reading this book!

My thoughts: What a terrific follow-up to Firefly Lane. These books are seriously life changing. At least, they were for me. The second book wrapped up some things I had questions about from the first book, and the stories presented here completely redeemed the characters I didn't like from the first book. These books are must read books and perfect for summer reading!

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