Dicken creates a sweet romance that portrays the very real prejudices that Americans had toward immigrants during the 1900s. This book puts into perspective the struggles individuals must face when they leave their own homes and adjust to life in a new country and the different class systems of the time. Our main characters will struggle to overcome the obstacles put in their way, not only from their families but from society as well. With well-written characters and descriptive scenes, the readers will get a clear mental picture, as well as feel many deep emotions.
Leanna McKee has every intention of leaving the coal-mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, after a mine collapse takes the life of her husband. The only thing keeping her there is a lack of funds and her teaching job where she educates the Greek children she has grown to love. Greek immigrants live on one side of town, Americans on the other, and never the two shall meet — except in the mine, of course. Until one day when Alex Pappas, a Greek miner who had tried to save her husband, comes by her house with his brother’s children. Alex's sister-in-law is on bed rest with her third child, and the family fears the fate of the children if they were to walk to school alone through the American side of town. The worst threat being from Leanna's neighbor, Coffey, who lives across the street. He constantly watches her and stirs up trouble for Alex with the other miners. Will Alex be Leanna's second chance at love, or will Coffey manage to run her off? (BARBOUR, Nov., 256 pp., $12.99)
In the second installment of the Langtry Sisters series, Dunn opens with our main character arriving with three orphans to her hometown; she hasn’t been back for almost 10 years now. Dunn gives great visual accounts of the town, with well-developed characters. We are introduced to new characters and reintroduced to main and sub characters from book one. You will enjoy seeing what past characters have been up to. With fast-paced writing and many unexpected twists and turns, you will want to keep reading to see the outcome. Like the first installment, this book leads the reader to strong emotions and opinions. Conflict begins right from the start.
Adelaide Langtry has returned to Whispering Pines with three siblings in her care and the backing to open a new orphanage in her grandmother's old home. Sheriff Jack Roper was an orphan and on his own much of his youth and understands what Adelaide's young charges are going through. Sparks fly when Adelaide and the Sheriff spend more time together. Old enemies show up, causing havoc. Then, one orphan is adopted without his siblings and Adelaide's ex-beau shows up to take them all back home with him. He is adamant that Adelaide not interfere. Since her ex is the son of the orphanage’s major donors, he is essentially Adelaide's boss. What will she decide to do when she knows something is not right with the adoption? Jack is determined to help her regardless of the ramification. (ZEBRA, May, 384 pp., $7.99)
In the second book in the London Beginnings series, Delamere writes a heartfelt novel set in 1881 London. While being introduced to many new characters, about halfway through the book characters from book one return, which adds a nice dynamic to the story and allows readers the chance to play catch-up with some of their favorites. Delamere paints a satisfying picture of the main characters as they search their souls to discover what is truly important for them.
Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor. She is en route to a conference — one not usually attended by women — when her train derails. Now she must do everything in her power to help keep a man alive! The man is Michael Stephenson, and he just happens to be the lawyer involved in a lawsuit that would close the only medical school available to prospective female students. Seeing that he owes Julia his life, Michael agrees to tutor her in Latin, which she will need in order to pass her medical school entrance exam. Conflicts arise in his court case, and he is forbidden to see Julia in any capacity. Will he find another way to help her, or will he let someone else make his decisions? (BETHANY HOUSE, Mar., 384 pgs, $14.99)
Halsey and her trusty canine sidekick, Bardot, are at it again. Blum opens this second installment to the Rose Avenue Wine Club Mystery series with our main character’s dog digging in a newly acquired garden plot and discovering a body. Murder Most Fermented can be read as a standalone or as a second installment. This addition to the series lays out the plot, setting and character descriptions more completely than book one, leading to a better read. We are re-introduced to everyone from book one and some new characters as well. Many twists and turns, lots of movie references and the surprise ending make for a great read.
Bardot has unearthed another body and under the watchful eye of the neighborhood spy and her cop nephew, Halsey and the Rose Avenue Wine Club take it upon themselves to figure out this new murder before the police arrest Halsey for the crime. Her dog-training, emergency-rescue boyfriend has had too much of her shenanigans after he’s called in to provide bail for her in the middle of the night. Will she back off to keep him or will she stay true to herself and discover the true murderer before it is too late? (KENSINGTON, May, 256 pp., $7.99)
Sawyer writes another amazing page-turner. The newly formed town of Spiveyville, Kansas, formed in the 1800s, is portrayed quite accurately, with its dirt roads and rough exterior. The writing evokes clear pictures of the prairie and what life was like at this time. She also effectively explores the standards of high-society living and what happens when one loses their wealth and status. The fast-pace scenes keep the pages turning, the expectation of what is coming next always exciting. Readers won’t want to miss Sawyer’s newest inspirational release!
Abigail Grant was brought up in high society. But after her father’s illegal business dealings leave her penniless and she is cast out from elite society, she humbly seeks out a company that provides brides to men in the Wild West. Abigail is sent to numerous places … and then returned due to her inability to accept the different towns and men. The company owner, upon receiving more than a dozen requests from Spiveyville, Kansas, decides to send Abigail there as a high-society tutor to teach the men some manners. Mack Cleveland is sent to retrieve Abigail and the bridal company owner from the train depot. Turmoil comes when the company owner is kidnapped. Will Abigail trust Mack and the townsfolk to find the woman she now thinks of as a mother figure? Or will she leave, despite having nowhere to run back to? (WATERBROOK, Mar., 352 pp., $14.99)