Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Yes, much to the entertainment of various men in my life I read " chick-lit", usually on my lunch break while I'm sitting in my car being anti-social.  ( I really need to just get away from everyone after being surrounded for 6 hours, and if I'm in the breakroom, there are people, the tv is usually on something ridiculously stupid, and people think it's ok to come bother me and ask questions.  In my car I can roll up the windows. - mind you if they text the ?? I'll answer it - I just don't want to talk to anyone. OK, I'll admit, I have spent my lunch break hanging out with one of my drivers, when he's got to wait for his next stop to open back up from their lunch... but I actually like him as a friend, not just a work friend)  Anyway, it's hard to read something substantial and still manage to eat something in 30 minutes, so this genre is easy to pick up and put down and come back to.  I've learned the hard way that I have to be careful with Nora Roberts books.  Some are easy fun chick lit, some are pretty gripping.  When I was reading the first book of her Circle Trilogy : Morrigan's Cross, I got caught up and someone actually came out to the parking lot to see if I was ok since instead of 30 minutes I had been gone for almost 2 hours!  So now her books require a timer to be set, and sometimes I relegate them to home reading when I don't have constraints.

I like well written series books.  That take you through various characters in a town, while keeping up with what happened after the happily ever after ending of the last protagonists. Not all authors pull this off well.  While still keeping the main characters in focus, they need to build the auxiliary characters well enough, that the reader cares about what happens to them in the future as well.  Usually these books end up in small towns and the authors need to build that small town dynamic also. And as much as Nora Roberts and Debbie Macomber will always be my two favorite authors that do this superbly well, I do need to check out other authors from time to time, to continue having something to read.  I've recently read two such continuations - coincidentally both have the word Lavender Lane in their titles.

The first is On Lavender Lane by JoAnn Ross.  It's the third in the Shelter Bay series. So far all three deal with male characters recently out of the service, dealing with their own post service demons. Lucas, a former Navy SEAL medic, trying to leave behind the men he couldn't save, is at loose ends because his post military plans are to renovate old buildings with his recently retired architect father.  His father dies before the book starts, and he returns to his childhood summer destination of Shelter Bay to spread his ashes.  He stays to help the grandmotherly woman, who helped him deal with his sister's death and mother's desertion as a child, renovate her farmhouse.  When her granddaughter - his youthful summer love- returns to her grandmother's to recover from her husband's very public affair - you know where the book will eventually take you. ( I started to read Freefall another series of hers that has these men in their service days, but it was much more graphic, and I stopped after just a few chapters - it wasn't the war zone graphics that bothered me - it was the really dark twisted rapist abductor killer and the scenes about him and his victim that made me stop.  I kind of wish Goodreads had a quit reading button)  An interesting twist of the first and third book was that it was the man who was interested in long term commitment not the woman, and he had to find a way to actually "woo" her.  Also I like the whole reunited from childhood trope.  An interesting side story was a woman who escaped a domestic violence relationship and built up the personal strength to stand up to her husband when he found her.  She has a budding friendship with a farmer who delivers fresh produce to the shelter she is staying at, and I want to know if it goes farther. 

The second book is the 5th in the Icicle Falls series by Sheila Roberts, The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane.  This book pits the two younger Sterling sisters, Cecily and Bailey in romantic competition.  Cecily, a former matchmaker who can match everyone but herself, is torn between former badboy, motorcycle riding, bar owner Todd Black and all around good guy, father, widower,safe,  line manager at her family's chocolate factory Luke Goodman.  When Bailey returns home from LA and is looking to start a new life, after Todd had bought a cute house in a commercial zone, she ends up going into business with him to open a tea shop, their budding friendship has Cecily seeing red.  The ending isn't what I expected, but if you want to find out - you need to read the book too. 

I missed book three in the series "What She Wants" because none of the libraries in my county own a copy.  I have already staged requests for Book 6 in the Icicle Falls series and Book 4 of the Shelter Bay series.



  1. I have What she Wants, I will bring it Friday---glad you are enjoying her.

    1. Awesome!! I assumed all your stuff was electronic so I didn't ask you!!!!

  2. oops i goofed this one is electronic, although I have a bunch of hers that aren't/ U can always borrow my Kindle, I know you are a quick reader!


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