Friday, September 30, 2022

An Amish Christmas Star by Shelley Shepard Gray, Charlotte Hubbard, and Rosalind Lauer

 An Amish Christmas Star

Book Summary

The crisp fragrance of pine trees and the warm spice of fresh cookies aren’t the only blessings that Christmas brings, and no one knows more about happy homecomings than three couples who are celebrating the greatest gift of all . . .

BUGGIES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES * Shelley Shepard Gray

Called home by family, John Miller and Ellie Coblentz are each looking for a way north from Pinecraft, Florida. With few options, they decide sharing the burden of travel must be the Lord’s plan for them. But can this bumpy, bad-weather journey home help them find their way into each other’s hearts, too?
STAR OF WONDER * Charlotte Hubbard

When Raymond Overholt comes to Promise Lodge, hoping to sell the barnboard signs he’s painted with stars and Christmas messages, spirited young Mennonite Lizzie Zehr is intrigued. But any courtship between them will face fierce opposition from the bishop of Raymond’s Old Order community—unless someone can convince him that at the heart of faith lies love . . .
STARLIGHT EVERLASTING * Rosalind Lauer

Newlyweds Rachel and Luke Coblentz can’t wait to celebrate their first Christmas together after years of courtship. But when Luke’s factory job threatens to keep them apart—from each other and their dream of a family—it will take faith to believe in the gift of a truly joyful ending . . .
My Thoughts

An Amish Christmas Star by Shelley Shepard Gray, Charlotte Hubbard, and Rosalind Lauer contains three heartwarming novellas.  I enjoyed each one of these charming holiday tales.  They are well-written and engaging.   They remind us of the true meaning of Christmas.  I like stories where there are Christmas miracles.  I enjoyed returning to Promise Lodge in Star of Wonder by Charlotte Hubbard.  Lizzie was a delightful character.  I loved her enthusiasm and her style of dress.  Those who have read the Promise Lodge stories will want to see what happens in this novella.  I love how the author brought about the Christmas miracle.    Buggies, Trains, and Automobiles by Shelley Shepard Gray is a cute story.  I laughed several times while reading this one.  John and Ellie are trying to get home.  Their journey was certainly unique.  I like to think that they are truly good people out there who would help people in need.  

Starlight Everlasting by Rosalind Lauer is a touching story.  I enjoyed the descriptions of the Christmas shop with the picket fence and manager.  I like how the faith element was worked into each story.  I enjoyed the star theme and how it was presented in each novella.  These sweet stories are full of hope, determination, love, and the most important, faith. God will truly show us the right path to take if we let him.  An Amish Christmas Star has three touching tales with raucous rock, candy bar repasts, curious clothing, a speedy scooter, a bad-mannered bishop, work woes, sparkling stars, and happily ever afters.

An Amish Christmas Star is available from Amazon*.  Shelley Shepard Gray has Happily Ever Amish coming out on October 25.  You can find Shelley Shepard Gray's other novels here.  Charlotte Hubbard has Family Gatherings at Promise Lodge publishing on February 21, 2023 (it can be preordered from Amazon).  You can find Charlotte Hubbard's other novels here.  Rosalind Lauer has The Love of a Good Amish Woman releasing on December 27 and it can be preordered from Amazon.  You can find Rosalind Lauer's other books here.  All of these delightful Christmas books are getting me in the mood for the holidays.  I have begun planning my outdoor decorations for Christmas (which go up the day after Thanksgiving).  I found a cute inflatable with Santa in his sleigh with his reindeer.  It has Santa's beard flowing backward.
Thank you so much for joining me today.  I cannot believe it is the last day of September.  I will be busy outside this weekend setting up my Halloween display.  I have a minimum of fifteen inflatables to set up.  I will share pictures when it is done.  I hope you have a fun weekend (or relaxing if you prefer).  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

The Road to Christmas by Sheila Roberts: Author Q&A, Review, and Excerpt!

 

The Road to Christmas

Book Summary

From USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts comes a multi-generational Christmas road trip story filled with humor and heart, set against the snowy mountains of Washington state.

Michelle and Max Turnbull are not planning on a happy holiday. Their marriage is in shambles and the D word has entered their vocabulary. But now their youngest daughter, Julia, wants everyone to come to her new house in Idaho for Christmas, and she’s got the guest room all ready for Mom and Dad. Oh, joy.

Their other two daughters are driving up from California. Audrey from L.A., picking up Shyla in San Francisco and hoping to meet a sexy rancher for Audrey along the way. What they don’t plan on is getting stranded on a ranch when the car breaks down.

The ones with the shortest drive are Grandma and Grandpa Turnbull (Hazel and Warren). They only have to come from Medford, Oregon. It’s still a bit of a trek and Hazel doesn’t like the idea of driving all that way in snow, but Warren knows they’ll have no problem. They have a reliable car for driving in the snow—and snow tires and chains if they need them. They’ll be fine.

Surprises are in store for all three groups of intrepid travelers as they set out on three different road trips and three different adventures, all leading to one memorable Christmas.

About the Author

Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in Washington State, where most of her novels are set. Her books have been published in several languages. On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network (love it) and her novel, The Nine Lives of Christmas, was made into a movie for Hallmark. You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (http://www.sheilasplace.com).

Author Links

Author Q & A

·        Are any of the holiday scenes in this book inspired by your own holiday traditions?

Gathering family is a vital part of our Christmas celebrations, and, like the characters in my book, I will travel as long and as far as it takes to be with them. And the red velvet cake mentioned? Can’t have Christmas without it!

·      What are the key elements of a holiday romance?

You must have the holiday trimmings: lights, mistletoe, snow if possible, candlelight moments and sweet gestures. Best of all, if possible, I like to wrap up the story with the perfect present: a grand gesture on the part of the hero. Christmas is a time for unexpected kindness, miracles and love. If you have those in a book I think you have a great holiday read.

·     Is it difficult to come up with a specific Holiday themed novel every year?

Well, so far so good. The holidays offer so many opportunities for a great story – family drama, holiday events and gatherings, special requests for Santa, stress, misunderstandings, joy. Lots of possibilities in all of that!

·     Do you decorate your writing room when you are writing a holiday book?

I have a laptop so my writing room is often the living room and that is always decorated to the hilt. I never get tired of looking at our pretty tree, all dressed up for the holidays. And candles – love ‘em! Have to have lots of scented candles burning – Frasier fir and Bath and Body Works’ Twisted Peppermint are always strategically placed.

·     What is the best gift you've ever given? Recipient's reaction?

A few years ago I gave my daughter a quilt my mother had made. That quilt had so many memories wrapped in it and I know she will treasure it as she was very close to my mom. Of course, she was thrilled.

What is the best gift you've ever received? 

Best gift I ever received? It was years ago. My husband and I were struggling financially. My parents gave us a Christmas ornament wrapped in five ten dollar bills. Fifty dollars doesn’t sound like much these days but back then, to us, it was a fortune. And my parents weren’t exactly swimming in money at the time themselves, so I knew that gift involved some sacrifice. I cried. When it comes to Christmas and giving it’s never really about the gift. It’s about the love it comes wrapped in.

·   What’s next for you?

I am actually hard at work on next year’s Christmas book. But before that comes spring and another installment in my  Moonlight Harbor series: Mermaid Beach. That’s a fun one, following the adventures of the mother, daughter and sexy grandma who make up the band, The Mermaids. Who doesn’t love mermaids, right? Meanwhile, merry Christmas and happy travels, and may your road trips go exactly as planned.

My Thoughts

The Road to Christmas by Sheila Roberts is a sweet holiday novel.  I look forward to reading Sheila Roberts’ latest Christmas story each year.  The Road to Christmas has family members traveling to Idaho for Christmas.  Julia, Max and Michelle’s youngest daughter, has invited everyone to her new home for the holidays.  Max and Michelle are traveling from Washington.  It is guaranteed to be a tense trip since the two have been sniping at each other and are weeks away from separating forever.  Hazel and Warren, Julia’s grandparents, are traveling from Oregon.  The trip gets off to a messy start.  Audrey and Shyla, Julia’s sisters, are traveling from California.  A flat tire turns into an unexpected blessing for the sisters. 

I thought the story was well-written with steady pacing.  The characters and situations were realistic.  I could picture each of the incidents happening to me or one of my family members (one was similar to an experience I had one year).  I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of Leavenworth, Washington.  It is a picturesque town during the holidays.  I loved the ending which had me smiling.  The Road to Christmas shows us how “mishaps can turn into golden opportunities.”  This is a story that will get you in the mood for the holidays (is September too early to put up the Christmas tree).  The Road to Christmas is about family, forgiveness, second chances, and happiness.  There is nothing better than a story that makes you laugh.  The Road to Christmas is a special holiday tale with a holiday invite, squabbling sisters, a snowstorm shut down, parent problems, ticker troubles, a car misfortune, and red velvet lava.  

Excerpt

MICHELLE TURNBULL WOULD HAVE TWO turkeys in her house for Thanksgiving. One would be on the table, the other would be sitting at it.

“I can’t believe he’s still there,” said Ginny, her longtime clerk at the Hallmark store she managed. “You two are splitting, so why not rip the bandage off and be done with it?”

Rip the bandage off. There was an interesting metaphor. That implied that a wound was healing. The wound that was her marriage wasn’t healing, it was fatal.

She tucked a strand of hair behind her ear and went to unlock the door. “Because I don’t want to ruin the holidays for the girls.”

“You think they aren’t going to figure out what’s going on with you two sleeping in separate bedrooms? Don’t be naive.”

Ginny may have been her subordinate, but that didn’t stop her from acting like Michelle’s mother. A ten-year age difference and a long friendship probably contributed to that. And with her mother gone, she doubly appreciated Ginny’s friendship and concern.

Michelle turned the sign on the door to Open. “I’ll tell them he snores.”

“All of a sudden, out of the blue?”

“Sleep apnea. He’s gained some weight.”

Ginny gave a snort. “Not that much. Max may have an inch hanging over the belt line but he’s still in pretty good shape.”

“You don’t have to be overweight to have sleep apnea.”

“I guess,” Ginny said dubiously. “But, Michelle, you guys have been having problems on and off for the last five years. Your girls have to know this is coming so I doubt your sleep-apnea excuse is going to fool anyone.”

Probably not. Much as she and Max had tried to keep their troubles from their daughters, bits of bitterness and reproach had leaked out over time in the form of sarcasm and a lack of what Shyla would have referred to as PDA. Michelle couldn’t remember the last time they’d held hands or kissed in front of any of their daughters. In fact, it was hard to remember the last time they’d kissed. Period.

“You have my permission to kick him to the curb as of yesterday,” Ginny went on. “If you really want your holidays to be happy, get him gone.”

“Oh, yeah, that would make for happy holidays,” Michelle said. “Audrey and Shyla would love coming home to find their father moved out just in time for Thanksgiving dinner and their grandparents absent.”

“If you’re getting divorced, that’s what they’ll find next year,” Ginny pointed out.

“But at least they’ll have a year to adjust,” Michelle said. “And this is Julia’s first Christmas in her new home and with a baby. I don’t want to take the shine away from that.”

The coming year would put enough stress on them all. She certainly wasn’t going to kick it all off on Thanksgiving. That wouldn’t make for happy holidays.

Happy holidays. Who was she kidding? The upcoming holidays weren’t going to be happy no matter what.

“Well, I see your point,” said Ginny. “But good luck pulling off the old sleep-apnea deception.”

Their first customer of the day came in, and that ended all talk of Michelle’s marriage miseries. Which was fine with her. Focusing on her miserable relationship didn’t exactly put a smile on her face, and wearing a perpetual frown was no way to greet shoppers.

After work, she stopped at the grocery store and picked up the last of what she needed for Thanksgiving: the whipped cream for the fruit salad and to top the pumpkin and pecan pies, the extra eggnog for Shyla, her eggnog addict, Dove dark chocolates for Audrey, and Constant Comment tea, which was Hazel’s favorite.

Hazel. World’s best mother-in-law. When Michelle and Max divorced he’d take Hazel and Warren, her second parents, with him. The thought made it hard to force a smile for the checkout clerk. She stepped out of line. She needed one more thing.

She hurried back to the candy aisle and picked up more dark chocolate, this time for her personal stash.

Hazel and Warren were the first to arrive, coming in the day before Thanksgiving, Hazel bringing pecan pie and the makings for her famous Kahlua yams.

“Hello, darling,” Hazel said, greeting her with a hug. “You look lovely as always. I do wish I had your slender figure,” she added as they stepped inside.

“You look fine just the way you are,” Michelle assured her.

“I swear, the older I get the harder the pounds cling to my hips,” Hazel said.

“You look fine, hon,” said Warren as he gave Michelle one of his big bear hugs. “She’s still as pretty as the day I met her,” he told Michelle.

“Yes, all twenty new wrinkles and five new pounds. On top of the others,” Hazel said with a shake of her head.

“Who notices pounds when they’re looking at your smile?” Michelle said to her. “Here, let me take your coats.”

Hazel set down the shopping bag full of goodies and shrugged out of her coat with the help of her husband. “Where’s our boy?”

Who knew? Who cared?

“Out running errands,” she said. “I’ll text him that you’re here. First, let’s get you settled.”

“I’m ready for that,” Hazel said. “The drive from Oregon gets longer every time.”

“It’s not that far,” Warren said and followed her up the stairs.

Half an hour later Max had returned, and he and his father were in the living room, the sports channel keeping them company, and the two women were in the kitchen, enjoying a cup of tea. The yams were ready and stored in the fridge, and the pecan pie was in its container, resting on the counter next to the pumpkin pie Michelle had taken out of the oven. A large pot of vegetable soup was bubbling on the stove, and French bread was warming. It would be a light evening meal to save everyone’s tummy room for the next day’s feast.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the girls,” Hazel said.

“So am I,” said Michelle.

She hated that all her girls had moved so far away. Not that she minded hopping a plane to see either Audrey or Shyla. It wasn’t a long flight from SeaTac International to either San Francisco International or LAX, but it also wasn’t the same as having them living nearby. Julia wasn’t as easily accessible, which made her absence harder to take. She’d been the final baby bird to leave the nest, and dealing with her departure had been a challenge. Perhaps because she was the last. Perhaps because it seemed she grew up and left all in one quick motherly blink: college, the boyfriend, the pregnancy, marriage, then moving. It had been painful to let go of her baby. And even more so with that baby taking the first grandchild with her.

Maybe in some ways, though, it wasn’t a bad thing that her daughters were living in different states because they hadn’t been around to see the final deterioration of their parents’ marriage.

Are you ready to read The Road to ChristmasThe Road to Christmas is available from Amazon*, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Powell's, BookShop, and Harlequin.  Sheila Roberts has Mermaid Beach coming out April 25, 2023 and it can be preordered from Amazon.  It is the seventh A Moonlight Harbor Novel. You can find Sheila Roberts' other novels here. Thank you for joining me today.  I hope I have helped you add another book to your TBR pile.  I will be sharing my toughts on An Amish Christmas Star by Shelley Shepard Gray, Charlotte Hubbard, and Rosalind Lauer tomorrow.  Thanks to Hurricane Ian, I will not be putting up my Halloween decorations today as I had planned. My mother is eager for the stacks of boxes to disappear.   I decided to wait on letting her know about Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations that I have arriving (Santa arriving in an airplane).  I hope that you have a spirited day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Second Christmas by Marta Perry

The Second Christmas
Book Summary

The warmth of the Christmas season and a woman’s return home to the charming Amish community of Promise Glen opens the door to a second chance at love.

When Leah Beiler pictured returning to Promise Glen, she imagined taking everything she learned from her aunt’s business in Upstate New York and starting up a quaint herbal tea shop of her own. What she didn’t expect was for Josiah Burkhalter to insist on helping her. Josiah might have been her childhood sweetheart but they’ve both changed a lot since then and Leah’s not sure she can trust the man who once broke her heart.
Josiah is determined to make the most of this unexpected second chance. When he hears of Leah’s plans to open her own shop, he resolves to help in any way he can—beginning his gentle campaign to win her back by renovating the small cottage on her family’s farm.
 
During her time away, Leah looked forward to once again spending the holiday season with her family, especially Second Christmas, December 26th, a time of celebrating with extended family and close neighbors like the Burkhalters. But as Christmas nears, her feelings for Josiah grow more confused, strengthened by their time of working together. Now it will take all the magic of the season for Leah to confront her fears and reach for the love she deserves.

My Thoughts

The Second Christmas by Marta Perry is a heartwarming story.  It is the first An Amish Holiday Novel which is set in Promise Glen.  I like Marta Perry’s writing style.  It is engaging and friendly.  The story has a good flow as we go between Leah and Josiah’s point-of-view.  It allowed me to see things from each person’s perspective.  Leah is busy getting items ready for her new business and helping the family get ready for Christmas.  Leah has a secret that she has not shared with her parents.  She is hoping to keep it to herself, but she soon learns there is no escaping the Amish grapevine.  Josiah is doing the carpentry work on Leah’s little shop.  Josiah feels he does not have his father’s trust and he worries about this younger brother who loves to play pranks.  I enjoyed getting a glimpse of how the Amish prepare and celebrate Christmas plus Second Christmas.  I like how all the storylines came together to make a sweet story.  There are good life lessons that include forgiveness, trust, and leaving your worries with God.  Unburdening yourself to Him will always lighten your load.  The Second Christmas is a story that will tug at your heartstrings.  I look forward to the next An Amish Holiday NovelThe Second Christmas is a touching tale with a shameful secret, ex-beau troubles, crafting Christmas gifts, a prank predicament, colorful Christmas cookies, a difficult letter, and curative clemency.

The Second Christmas is available from Amazon*.  The next An Amish Holiday Novel is The Promise of Easter which comes out February 7, 2023. You can find Marta Perry's The Promise Glen series here. You can find Marta Perry's other novels here.  Thank you for stopping by today.  I am featuring The Road to Christmas by Sheila Roberts tomorrow.  I hope that you have a heartwarming day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


Kris

The Avid Reader 

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Murder on the Poet's Walk by Ellery Adams

 Murder on the Poet's Walk
Book Summary

When corpses clutching poems begin turning up around Storyton Hall, resort manager Jane Steward is on the trail of someone exercising poetic license to kill . . .
 
As Jane eagerly anticipates the wedding of her best friend Eloise Alcott, Storyton Hall is overrun with poets in town to compete for a coveted greeting card contract. They’re everywhere, scrawling verses on cocktail napkins in the reading rooms or seeking inspiration strolling the Poet’s Walk, a series of trails named after famous authors. But the Tennyson Trail leads to a grim surprise: a woman’s corpse drifting in a rowboat on a lake, a crumpled copy of “The Lady of Shallot” in her lifeless fist.
 
When a second body is discovered, also holding a page from a poetry book, a recurring MO emerges. Fortunately, Jane is well versed in sleuthing and won’t rest until she gives the killer a taste of poetic justice . . .

My Thoughts

Murder on the Poet’s Walk by Ellery Adams takes us back to Storyton Hall where poets are in residence trying to win a contract with an up-and-coming greeting card company.  Things take a turn when one of the frontrunners in the competition ends up dead.  When a second poet ends up in a watery grave, Jane with help from her loyal staff sets out to expose the killer.  As if Jane does not have enough on her plate, it appears that a valuable manuscript has gone missing from the secret room.  Jane is baffled as to how someone could have discovered the way in.  Jane needs to find the guilty party before the competition ends and the poets fly the coop. 

Murder on the Poet’s Walk is a delight to read.  I always enjoy my visits to Storyton Hall which is a paradise for booklovers.  While Murder on the Poet’s Walk is the eighth A Book Retreat Mystery, it can be read as a standalone.  The author included all the background information that a new reader needs to know.  I thought Murder on the Poet’s Walk was well-written with developed characters.  Jane, Edwin, Fitz, Hem, Aunt Octavia, Uncle Aloysius, the Fins, and the Cover Girls are back for another adventure.  The author’s descriptions bring Storyton Hall to life.  I can envision the beautiful rooms especially the library and the secret room.  The mystery is well done.  I love a complex mystery with some good twists and turns along the way.  I enjoyed the literary references throughout the story.  There is a romantic scene at the end that will delight fans of the series.  I was sorry when my trip to Storyton came to end.  I have read every book in A Book Retreat Mysteries and each one is better than the last.  Murder on the Poet’s Walk is bibliophiles delight with a cutthroat competition, a watery sepulcher, an adroit discovery, a literary killer, a missing manuscript, an ill uncle, and a poetic penalty.

Murder on the Poet's Walk is available from Amazon*.  You can find the other seven A Book Retreat Mysteries here.  You can follow Ellery Adams on Amazon and you will receive an email when she has a new book release.  You can find all of Ellery Adams' novels here.  Here are some of the other books that came out today:  An Amish Christmas Star by Shelley Shepard Gray, Charlotte Hubbard, and Rosalind Lauer, Seams Like Murder by Dorothy Howell, Murder in a Cape Cottage by Maddie Day, The Amish Matchmaker by Amy Lillard, The Second Christmas by Marta Perry, Christmas Scarf Murder by Carlene O'Connor, Maddie Day, and Peggy Ehrhart, Cicada Season by Mindy Steele, and An Amish Proposal for Christmas by Vannetta Chapman.  Thank you so much for stopping by today.  Tomorrow I am sharing my thoughts on The Second Christmas by Marta Perry.  It is the first An Amish Holiday Novel.  I am off to move my gnomes and garden flags out of my yard (anything that could be a projectile). Unfortunately, a hurricane is heading this way.  I am glad that I have not put up my Halloween display yet.    I hope that you have cheerful day.  Take care and Happy Reading!


Kris

The Avid Reader 

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Monday, September 26, 2022

The Amish Matchmaker by Amy Lillard

 The Amish Matchmaker

Book Summary

In this uplifting new inspirational romance series, award-winning authorAmy Lillard unites a “Widows’ Club” of women who share solace, friendship, faith—and mouthwatering Whoopie Pies—in the Amish community of Paradise Valley, Missouri. Will appeal to fans of Charlotte Hubbard, Molly Jebber, Susan Lantz Simpson, and Kelly Long.

While most women her age are searching for husbands, Astrid Kauffman has chosen a different path--writing romance novels and donating her profits to her beloved Amish community. But when Astrid struggles with writer’s block, she agrees to play matchmaker for Imogene Yoder, a widowed mother of rambunctious twin boys. Perhaps the diversion—and the entrĂ©e it gives Astrid to the stories among the Widows’ Club—will spark her creativity . . .
Fortunately, Astrid has just the match for Imogene: a widower she believes is the finest, most handsome man in town. In fact, Astrid realizes he’s perfect . . . for herself! Soon, the plot thickens as Imogene questions what kind of marriage she really wants, and Astrid wonders what kind of matchmaker falls for someone else’s match. But by letting faith guide the way, all involved may discover true love has written a far better next chapter than any of them expected . . .
 
My Thoughts

The Amish Matchmaker by Amy Lillard is an amusing story.  I chuckled often while reading this entertaining tale.  I thought the story contained good writing with interesting characters.  I loved Astrid who is confident and outgoing.  She also has an unusual profession for an Amish woman.  Imogene’s twin boys, Mattie and Mahlon Yoder, were a hoot.  They are ten years old and constantly getting into mischief.  They kept the story lively.  It was good to see the characters grow and become better people as a result of the meddling.  Astrid learns a good life lesson that she will not soon forget.  I liked that we get to see the importance of being pushed out of our comfort zone.  It may be uncomfortable, but we are better for it in the end.  I loved the epilogue that nicely wrapped up the book.  This was a fun story about friendship, family, meddling, and mischievous twins.  This is one of those feel-good stories that leaves you with a smile on your face when you finish it.  I am looking forward to One More Time for JoyThe Amish Matchmaker is the second book in the Paradise Valley series.  It can be read as a standalone, but you will be missing out.  The Amish Matchmaker was a heartwarming, lighthearted tale with impish twins, writing troubles, a meddlesome matchmaker, a doggy dilemma, festival fun, and happy hearts.

The Amish Matchmaker publishes Tuesday, September 27 and it can be preordered from Amazon*.  The first book in the Paradise Valley series is Marry Me, Millie (can read for free through Kindle Unlimited).  The third book in the Paradise Valley series is One More Time for Joy which will be out on March 28, 2023.  You can follow Amy Lillard on Amazon and receive an email when she has a new book release.  Thank you for dropping by today.  Murder on the Poet's Walk by Ellery Adams is on deck for tomorrow.  It is the eighth novel in The Book Retreat Mysteries.  I hope that you have a fun day.  Take care and Happy Reading!

Kris

The Avid Reader 

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