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Summer Rental Mary Kay AndrewsSummer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Sometimes, when you need a change in your life, the tide just happens to pull you in the right direction…

Ellis, Julia, and Dorie. Best friends since Catholic grade school, they now find themselves, in their mid-thirties, at the crossroads of life and love. Ellis, recently fired from a job she gave everything to, is rudderless and now beginning to question the choices she’s made over the past decade of her life. Julia–whose caustic wit covers up her wounds–has a man who loves her and is offering her the world, but she can’t hide from how deeply insecure she feels about her looks, her brains, her life. And Dorie has just been shockingly betrayed by the man she loved and trusted the most in the world…though this is just the tip of the iceberg of her problems and secrets. A month in North Carolina’s Outer Banks is just what they each of them needs.

Ty Bazemore is their landlord, though he’s hanging on to the rambling old beach house by a thin thread. After an inauspicious first meeting with Ellis, the two find themselves disturbingly attracted to one another, even as Ty is about to lose everything he’s ever cared about.

Maryn Shackleford is a stranger, and a woman on the run. Maryn needs just a few things in life: no questions, a good hiding place, and a new identity. Ellis, Julia, and Dorie can provide what Maryn wants; can they also provide what she needs?

Mary Kay Andrews’ novel is the story of five people questioning everything they ever thought they knew about life. Five people on a journey that will uncover their secrets and point them on the path to forgiveness. Five people who each need a sea change, and one month in a summer rental that might just give it to them.

Summer Rental is one of Library Journal’s Best Women’s Fiction Books of 2011

Ellis is the primary character and there is a little mystery. One of the reviewers said she didn’t like women’s romance novels but enjoyed this one.

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Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou by Susan HigginbothamQueen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou by Susan Higginbotham . $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A man other than my husband sits on England’s throne today.

What would happen if this king suddenly went mad? What would his queen do? Would she make the same mistakes I did, or would she learn from mine?

Margaret of Anjou, queen of England, cannot give up on her husband-even when he slips into insanity. And as mother to the House of Lancaster’s last hope, she cannot give up on her son-even when England turns against them. This gripping tale of a queen forced to stand strong in the face of overwhelming odds is at its heart a tender tale of love.

Award-winning author Susan Higginbotham will once again ask readers to question everything they know about right and wrong, compassion and hope, duty to one’s country and the desire of one’s own heart.

Historically rich detail centering around the Lancastrians side of the War of Roses.

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Willowleaf Lane RaeAnne ThayneWillowleaf Lane by RaeAnne Thayne. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Sometimes going back is the best way to start over

Candy shop owner Charlotte Caine knows temptation. To reboot her life, shed weight and gain perspective, she’s passing up sweet enticements left and right. But willpower doesn’t come so easily when hell-raiser Spencer Gregory comes back to Hope’s Crossing, bringing with him memories of broken promises and teen angst. A retired pro baseball player on the mend from injury—and a damaging scandal—he’s interested in his own brand of reinvention.

Now everything about Spencer’s new-and-improved lifestyle, from his mission to build a rehab facility for injured veterans to his clear devotion to his preteen daughter, Peyton, touches Charlotte’s heart. Holding on to past hurt is her only protection against falling for him—again. But if she takes the risk, will she find in Spencer a hometown heartbreaker, or the hero she’s always wanted?

This is book 5 in the Hope’s Crossing series. The reviews say it is nice but that the ending and epilogue didn’t provide enough of a conclusion. One review felt like the ending was even open-ended.

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Big Sky Summer Linda Lael MillerBig Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller. $ 2.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

The “First Lady of the West,” #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller, welcomes you home to Parable, Montana—where love awaits.

With his father’s rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can’t ignore that his “act now, think later” passion for Casey has had consequences. Two teenage consequences!

Keeping her children’s paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey’s plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it—as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets—like Casey’s desire to be the rancher’s wife in every way—unravel, with unforeseen results?

This looks like a secret baby plot, but I can’t tell exactly from the blurb. One of the Goodreads reviews was a succinct “Good book, I like the sex scenes.”

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Michelle
    Jul 06, 2013 @ 15:01:30

    Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle is on sale for 1.99 at amazon. It is excellent. Even though I have the paperback I couldn’t pass up on the ebook.

  2. Cleo
    Jul 06, 2013 @ 15:54:33

    @michelle – thanks! It’s on sale at B & N too. I’ve wanted to read it for a long time. Yay sales.

  3. Brianne
    Jul 06, 2013 @ 17:56:34

    re: Big Sky Summer

    I don’t think it is quite secret baby – The father knows the kids are his and is a family friend and involved in their lives to an extent. The mom didn’t want the paternity known because she was a music star. I’m not sure what the kids know. (all this is in the first 30 pages of the book – so not really a spoiler) New twist on secret baby, I guess

  4. SonomaLass
    Jul 07, 2013 @ 02:19:12

    I’ve been enjoying the Hope’s Crossing books; it’s nice to get this one (as I did the first one) at a sale price. I paid more for the middle books, but so far it has been worth it.

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