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Mornings On Main ~Blog Tour~ @JodiThomas @HarlequinHQN @InkSlingerPR #NewRelease #bookreview

Happy Tuesday y’all! This small town love story set in Texas has brought out my inner Texan… this wonderful book comes out today April 10 and I would strongly encourage you to pick it up if you are a fan of a sweet clean love story with amazing characters and a small town vibe….

My full review is below and a very happy publication day to Jody Thomas!

 

From the beloved and bestselling author of the Ransom Canyon and Harmony, Texas series comes a powerful, heartwarming story about generations of family and the ironclad bonds they forge. MORNINGS ON MAIN is now available! Grab your copy today!

 

 

When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she’s definitely not planning to stay—except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family.

Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer’s. And now he has to close Eugenia’s quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he’s out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother’s legacy?

Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her.

An inspiring family saga that asks us to consider what love and chosen family really mean.

 

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EXCERPT:

He held the truck door for her, then circled around and climbed in. “Where to?”

“Somewhere quiet. I’ve been surrounded by people all day.”

“I agree. The house has been full of friends since I got Gram home. I managed to run most of them off early last night so she could sleep and again this afternoon to let Gram rest a few hours before the quilters swarmed in.”

He drove through the Hamburger Hut, picked up malts and burgers, then crossed the bridge to the old part of town. The boards over the water were uneven, rattling her from side to side like a cheap, twirling carnival ride.

Jillian raised her eyebrows but didn’t say a word. Where they were going didn’t matter. She was with the one she wanted to be with. She needed to stop worrying about lin­gering memories and just relax.

He parked by a three-story building and climbed out.

She waited, not sure what to do. The malts and burgers were still on the seat beside her. Surely they weren’t stopping here. This place was scary even in daylight. She didn’t plan on staying around to see how it looked in less than an hour.

When he opened her door, he raised his arms to catch her. “Come with me.” He encouraged as if offering far more than a lift down from the high seat.

Her legs were plenty long enough to take the step out, but she slid into his embrace. He lowered her to the ground. For moment they were so close they touched as they breathed. She thought he might lean in slightly and kiss her, but he simply brushed his cheek against her hair. “Trust me, Jillian, you’re going to like this restaurant.”

He grabbed his raincoat from behind the seat, handed her the drinks and picked up their meal.

Following him into the building, she was surprised to see how sound the old factory seemed to be. The ceiling was tall, over twenty feet. Decaying ropes still hung from pulleys, and worktables stood dusty, silently waiting for craftsmen to ar­rive. The windows were high, ribboning the building with natural light.

Staying close, she whispered as though she might disturb ghosts, “What did they used to make in here?”

“I’m not sure. I think parts of oil rigs were shipped in and assembled here. I don’t know much about it, but there’s an old Christmas tree over there in the corner.” He pointed to a six-foot structure that was formed from a mixture of valves, spools and fittings welded together.

“They’re used at oil or gas well sites. I see them in the oil fields around. I’m not really sure why they call them Christmas trees. A roughneck would have to be drunk to mistake this jumble of metal for a tree.”

She turned in a complete circle. “Nice restaurant.”

“Oh, we’re not there yet.” He pointed to a staircase along one wall. “We’ve got rooftop seating.”

Suddenly excited, she climbed ahead of him, her shoes tap­ping a rhythm in double time. At the top, she waited impa­tiently with a malt in each hand.

He juggled the bag of burgers as he shoved the heavy door open. They stepped onto the rooftop with no one else around. She could see for miles in every direction. The trees, the fields. Oil rigs, scattered homes and barns, schools and churches.

“It’s beautiful!” The sun’s low glow gave everything a golden light.

He set the bag down and spread his raincoat out like a ta­blecloth on an air vent cover. “It’s not yet, but it will be.” He pulled up two empty five-gallon buckets to use as stools.

She sat the malts down. “You’ve been to this restaurant before.”

“Guilty. But I’ve never brought anyone here. Only you.”

While he unwrapped his burger, she looked around, point­ing out everything as if he was also seeing it for the first time. “Look how winding the creek is.”

“I had no idea there were so many trees.”

“Oh, look at those horses running.” She loved the way the evening clouds moved over the land, darkening the hues of the earth in shadow as they drifted.

“It’s winter now, not near as pretty as it’ll be come spring.” He set his hamburger beside hers and came to join her near the roof’s edge. “I lease that flat land out to a farmer who plants cotton every spring. That brown dirt will look like a green carpet in a few months.”

“I won’t be here in spring.” She let the wind catch her words as she turned away from him and the view. The black tar roof beneath her feet was all she saw now, but she stared hard, willing not one tear to fall.

This time. This place she would miss. When she left, Jillian knew memories would be packed in her heart. A year from now, a decade, a lifetime, she’d still remember the beauty of this view in winter and wonder how it looked in spring.

 

“Compelling and beautifully written.” —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on Ransom Canyon

 

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About Jodi Thomas:

New York Times and USA Today’s bestselling author Jodi Thomas has published over 30 books in both the historical romance and contemporary genres, the majority of which are set in her home state of Texas. Publishers Weekly calls her novels “Distinctive…Memorable,” and that in her stories “[tension] rides high, mixed with humor and kisses more passionate than most full-on love scenes.” In 2006, Romance Writers of America (RITA) inducted Thomas into the RWA Hall of Fame for winning her third RITA for THE TEXAN’S REWARD. She also received the National Readers’ Choice Award in 2009 for TWISTED CREEK (2008) and TALL, DARK, AND TEXAN (2008). While continuing to work as a novelist, Thomas also functions as Writer in Residence at the West Texas A&M University campus, where she inspires students and alumni in their own writing pursuits.

 

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~Review~

4 Sweet Small Town Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

There something about a small town romance that draws me in every. single. time…. throw in a bunch of fabulously develop characters and I am hooked…. major props to Jodi Thomas not only were the main characters Connor and Jillian well developed and likable….. so were all the many secondary characters…. I felt as though I spent the hours I did reading this book immersed in this lovely small town in Texas…..

Neither Connor or Jillian are looking for love, neither of them want a relationship, so of course what happens? This was absolutely not a case of Insta love it was a slow burn…. quite slow…. and I liked it like that, it was very realistic…. everything about this book was real…. the town seemed so very real and lifelike with all the good and bad…. but best of all it was so refreshing to read a romance with male characters who you might actually meet some day…. they were men you would find walking down the street not walking on a runway in a fashion show…. don’t get me wrong I love reading about that super hot musclebound guy that will fulfill my every need wish and desire… but this was definitely a refreshing change…. Jillian also was a real girl, with real problems, Who you would really love to hang out with….. I think I need to head to Texas and hang out with Connor and Jillian for the day!

Absolutely recommend when you’re in the mood for a sweet clean love story with amazing characters and that small town feel😍

*** thank you so much to the author and the publisher for a copy of this book ***

Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom y’all🤠 Barrett

Posted in Mystery, Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline – @LisaScottoline @StMartinsPress #bookreview #NewRelease

Two can keep a secret, if one of them is dead.

Happy Book Birthday to “After Anna”🎉 this book was the perfect blend of a domestic thriller and a legal thriller and I absolutely was thrilled by it!

You can read my full 4.5 star review below… hope you find it as compelling as I did!

After Anna

After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Synopsis

Nobody cuts deeper than family…

Noah Alderman, a doctor and a widower, has remarried a wonderful woman, Maggie, and for the first time in a long time he and his son are happy. But their lives are turned upside down when Maggie’s daughter Anna moves in with them. Anna is a gorgeous seventeen-year-old who balks at living under their rules though Maggie, ecstatic to have her daughter back, ignores the red flags that hint at the trouble that is brewing. Events take a deadly turn when Anna is murdered and Noah is accused of the crime. Maggie must face not only the devastation of losing her only daughter, but the realization that her daughter’s murder was at the hands of a husband she loves. New information sends Maggie searching for the truth, leading her to discover something darker than she could have ever imagined.

Review

4.5 Page Turning Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

“Two can keep a secret if one of them is dea”

I haven’t read a Lisa Scottoline book in quite some time, and I’m not sure why but after reading this book I’m going to go back and pick up some of those I have missed…. this book grab me from the very beginning and did not let go until the bitter end….. A combination of both legal thriller and domestic thriller it was fantastic…. The only reason this book did not get a full five stars is I felt as though the ending was a bit rushed and tied up a little too neatly….

Maggie and Noah have the perfect life…. A beautiful home, fulfilling jobs, and a 10-year-old adorable son Caleb….. The only thing missing from Maggie’s life is her estranged 17-year-old daughter Anna… so when Anna reaches out to her she is beyond thrilled… Anna comes to live with the family and now the happy family of three is a happy family of four, but not for long….. not long after Anna arrives and has caused much tension….. she is found murdered and Noah is charged with her murder…..

Told from alternating points of view between Maggie and Noah… I think I enjoyed Noah’s point of view a bit more…. I loved all the court scenes…. there was so much tension and it kept me on the edge of my seat….. and there were times I wanted to yell at him think about yourself not about Maggie… he was almost too good of a guy….. my heart did break for Maggie…. here is what should be the happiest time in her life the reunion with her daughter…. and things have gone unbelievably wrong…. i’d always say a woman should believe her child and stand by her child no matter what… but this was such a different situation…. she didn’t really know her daughter and she knew her husband, I just couldn’t see a good answer for her in the situation….

Throughout this book I kept trying to figure out what the twist was…. Who murdered Anna and the even bigger question why? And what Game was Anna playing? There of course were plenty of twists and turns none of which I saw coming…. and some of these twists if anybody saw coming then they are clairvoyant…. because they were a little out of left field….. even if some of the parts of the ending of this book were a little unrealistic, I don’t care the book as a whole was fantastic… and it is fiction after all…..

Strongly recommend to all fans of legal thrillers, domestic thrillers,and books that keep you turning the pages as fast as you can!

*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Happy reading! Berit 💛