The Return to Big Valley by Wanda, Jean, and Richelle Brunstetter

Pages: 448

Publisher: Barbour Publishing. Inc.

Published: June 1, 2021

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Source: NetGalley and Audiobooks through Hoopla (library app)

This was not my favorite of any of the Bruntetter books. Two of the three main characters were unlikable especially Alma. I almost did not finish her story because she was so terrible. I understand she had suffered a tragic loss but it was no reason to be the way she was.

The story premises were good and I do suggest for fans of Amish fiction/romance. Just know that the characters may not be warm and fuzzy as we usually like.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, Inc., through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

Beyond a Reasonable Donut (Deputy Donut #5) by Ginger Bolton

Pages: 256

Publisher: Kensington

Published: May 25, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

Get your donuts, come get your donuts! This is the sound we are all longing to hear after more than a year of being socially distant from one another. Food vendors peddling their yummy food, children screaming with excitement at rides and games, and laughter from all. Even if you aren’t comfortable going out just yet Beyond a Reasonable Donut will provide some of this excitement. Emily and Nina agree to sell their donuts at the local fair and are having fun until a mime and a magician cause chaos. Things are further complicated when Nina gets home and the mime is found dead on arrival. Does Nina have an evil past? Will Emily solve everything in time for the wedding of two of her closest friends?

This series is so fun. It is delicious. I am so glad that Deputy Donut is not a real donut shop near me or I would be there every day! All the combinations sound divine.

I enjoyed this book centered on Nina and we got to know her so much more. She is a wonderful asset to the series and deserves to be highlighted.

This book in no way discusses covid or the pandemic. It is a wonderful escape from these issues.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

Lemon Drop Dead (An Amish Candy Shop #6) by Amanda Flower

Pages: 320

Publisher: Kensington Books

Published: April 27, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

Baby fever is all the rage in Harvest, Ohio. Everyone wants to celebrate Emily and her baby. The kicker is the baby shower is in less than a week and Bailey has to get everything put together. The last thing Bailey needs is to find herself in the middle of a murder investigation with the one Amish woman who hates her. Can Bailey find the killer and save the baby shower?

A delightful series that makes you crave everything fudge and candy-related. This time you will be dreaming of lemon drops, lemon pie, and lemon everything. Jethro is still trying to make himself the star but he has added a few friends along the way.

I love how Amanda Flower stays as true to the Amish as she can but at the same time gives them real-life issues.

A clean read for romance and mystery readers of all ages.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington Books, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

An Amish Surprise (Berlin Bookmobile #2) by Shelley Shepard Gray

Pages: 320

Publisher: Gallery Books

Published: May 18, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

Sarah Anne has the best job I can imagine, a bookmobile driver in Ohio Amish country. She not only gets to ply people with books she also gets to travel through beautiful country and meet interesting people, Amish and English alike.

In this addition to the series, Sarah Anne gets to see into the lives of Miriam and Calvin as they navigate their way through infertility. She also meets a little boy who will change the lives of everyone he meets. Sarah Anne also finds herself navigating the dating scene as a later in life dater. Lots of laughs with some tears thrown in for good measure.

A clean read for the romance reader in your life.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Gallery Books, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

Deadly Ever After (A Lighthouse Library Mystery #8) by Eva Gates

Pages: 298

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Published: May 11, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

Lucy and Conner are finally celebrating their engagement with family and friends but it gets derailed when her ex-fiance and his mother show up. They bring both murder and mayhem with them. Can Lucy save them and her engagement?

This cozy series is a pure joy to read. I love that it takes place in a lighthouse. For us bookwormies it is a dream come true. To live above a library. Can you imagine all those books at your fingertips any time you want! Sigh…

Book eight had a lot going on but never felt bogged down. I was surprised by the killer and did not guess it at all. The addition of the ex-fiance’s mother’s dog was a fun addition and gave some more life to Charles. He needs a companion every now and then.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

The Jam and Jelly Nook (Amish Marketplace #4) by Amy Clipston

Pages: 336

Publisher: Zondervan Fiction

Published: May 4, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

It’s finally Leanna’s turn to find love (again). All her cousins are married and have children or in the process of having children. Although her son is old enough to have his own job and to spend the evenings with friends she is worried about him. Especially when she gets a call late at night to come pick him up from the police station. While there she meets Emory and finds herself drawn to his calm spirit. Can they develop a friendship that leads to more?

This has been my favorite Amy Clipston series. I am going to miss the cousins and hope to see cameos of them in future stories just so I can get updates on their lives. Please don’t ask me to pick a favorite as I can’t. They are all wonderful.

Each book can be read as a standalone so the order is not highly important. My suggestion, don’t just get one at a time get them all as you will not want to wait. Clean reads with no cursing and no sex. Safe for just about any age.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Zondervan Fiction, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

Murder at the Taffy Shop (Cozy Capers Book Group #2) by Maddie Day

Pages: 304

Publisher: Kensington

Published: March 30, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

Mac’s stars are aligned again for her to find another dead body. This time it happens to be a churlish local that had beef with just about everyone. The worst part of the case if her bestie’s taffy was the vehicle for the murder. Can Mac get her bestie out of the sticky situation?

I read both book one and two back to back and I am glad I did. It let me get very immersed in the lives of Mac and her family and friends. I am excited to report that book three is to be released in November 2021.

I love that Mac has a bike shop on Cape Cod. As I read I feel like I am on vacation without leaving my couch. The author does a wonderful job of describing the scenery. One can almost smell the ocean and feel the wind in your hair.

There are a few curse words but nothing too bad. No detailed sex scenes but unmarried sex alluded so if you have a teenager you would prefer not to read this then it might not be for them. Personally, I would have no issues letting a teenager read this series.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

Under the Cover of Murder (Beyond the Page Bookstore #6) by Lauren Elliott

Pages: 304

Publisher: Kensington

Published: March 30, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

It’s wedding time for Addie’s best friend, Serena, and love is in the air. Unfortunately, so is murder. Addie must try and solve the murder at the same time as attending to the bride. Can she do it?

I am not ashamed to admit that the first book in the series had me going “eh, I’m just not sure”. Now I am like hurry up with the next one. The sixth installment was a fast and entertaining read. I did not want to stop reading. The ending has me on the edge of my seat for the next one. I can’t say much as I don’t want to give anything away.

I enjoy how I learn so much about old books, the care for them, and the history behind them. It has made me appreciate some more that I may have never given a second look.

This is definitely a cozy mystery series but it is meatier than some. The covers are always phenomenal and I am seriously thinking about how to make them artwork in my library.

I suggest you read in order for the background of each character. Clean reads.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.

Dacie Mae: Midnight Under the Magnolias by Gwenn Wright

Pages: 267

Published: July 2020

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Kindle Unlimited

If you are looking for a book that will keep you up and make you think about it every minute you are not reading it then Dacie Mae by Gwenn Wright is the book for you.

Dacie Mae is trying to make a living as a newspaper reporter in her small town and a huge story has just broke. The local bad boy turned hit musician has returned home along with a body under the magnolia tree in his yard. Is there a connection between him and the dead man? Can Dacie Mae figure this out before more bodies show up?

I have a new book boyfriend. Hank is the perfect swoony, dreamy man we all want in our lives. He carries a handkerchief and is so gentle and sweet with Dacie Mae that you sigh with contentment.

I am anxiously awaiting book two.

Dacie Mae is available on kindle and kindle unlimited.

Three Missing Days (Pelican Harbor #3) by Colleen Coble

Pages: 352

Publisher: Thomas Nelson – Fiction

Published: April 6, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

In the stunning conclusion of the Pelican Harbor series, Jane’s son has been arrested for murder. Can she convince the judge of his innocence all the while solving another murder and the missing days of her past so she can live freely with her son and his dad, Reed?

This series has been an edge-of-your-seat series. This series should be considered aerobic exercise. Your heart rate is up for hours at a time and you are sweating by the end of many chapters trying to keep one step ahead of the bad guys.

You must read this series in order or you will lose the excitement each book offers on its own.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.