Holiday Break Reads


I love a long holiday break around Christmas – time to rest, relax, and READ! Here’s some of what I tackled on my Christmas vacation…

–Marissa

Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand is actually a title that was released last year, but I just got around to reading it! Kelley is the owner of a charming Nantucket Inn, and his expecting his four grown children home for the holidays. But when he walks in on his wife kissing Santa – literally – things take a bit of a turn. We learn the foibles of all the characters (the kids and the parents) as they gather for the holidays, with at times hilarious or sober results. This is a charming “winter” read – and there is a sequel out this year, called Winter Stroll!

Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh is the first in the “Wicked Quills of London” series. Anyone who knows me knows I love a good Regency romance, and I really loved the uniqueness of this one! He is a notorious rake (aren’t they all?!), but she is a self-made woman, NOT of the gentry, who runs a newspaper. They conspire together to write a new series of “adventures” for her readers, but there is a deeper reason for his willingness to contribute. Their romance is a slow burn, and this novel is filled with lots of snappy dialogue, one liners, and verbal sparring, making it great fun. A unique entry to the Regency set!

Tricky Twenty Two by Janet Evanovich is nothing earth-shattering. Once again there is Stephanie and Lula on the prowl for “bad guys”, Ranger and Morelli making appearances, and automobile mayhem. Formulaic but fun!

I also read The Naughty List by Lori Foster, et al, a collection of “spicier” Christmas tales. They were…eh. Not bad, but not great…
I also listened to Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline, a stand-alone suspense novel about a teenager’s murder and the boy who is accused of the crime.
I also read Jenna Wolfe’s Thinner in 30 – it IS a new year, and time for resolutions, no? This is an easy guide to making one change each day for 30 days to a better you (drink water, food journal, and so forth). Easy to read, with attainable goals. I enjoyed it!

 

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