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What are you currently reading?
You want to read this book. Trust me. It is set in a cute hometown bookstore, The Busy Bea, and run by a sweet elderly woman named Bea.
I started reading Hope at Christmas over the weekend and I have fallen in love with the MC, Sydney. She is a recent divorcé with a 10-year-old Daddy’s girl. Her daughter is sweet but also selfish. I hope she truly redeems herself throughout the book. Sydney uproots her daughter after much indecision to move her daughter to the town she grew up in with her grandparents, into the house she inherited. The narration about her divorce and the feelings evoked are so raw and a true testament to the betrayal and self-doubt and low self-worth one feels after suffering one of the greatest shatterings of trust one can feel in their life. I have found myself highlighting almost all of those parts. They speak volumes.
I started reading chapter six last night and it was just revealed that something is going to happen to the bookstore Sydney grew up in and has been hired at for holiday help! Noooooooo!
A recently divorced woman and her daughter look for a fresh start by moving to a small town that embraces them in ways that only fate and the magic of Christmas can explain.
Sydney Ragsdale is divorced, but her husband is still calling the shots. In an attempt to shake free from his hold, she and her daughter, Ray Anne, head for tiny Hopewell, NC to the only asset her ex has no control over – a decaying farmhouse that once belonged to her grandparents. She finds solace at The Book Bea, the bookstore she’d loved as a child during her summer stays.
Kevin MacAlea, Mac to his friends, is the local high school history teacher and baseball coach. Father of a twelve-year-old son, he’s Hopewell, North Carolina’s most sought-after bachelor. His young bride abandoned him and his son just before Christmas and has never come back. It has left his son bitter about Christmas which is hard for Mac who loves the magic of the season. He’s been the Santa here in Hopewell since the year Seth was born.
But when catastrophe forces The Book Bea to close before the end of the year, everyone in the small town is feeling the loss. While Sydney is already off-balance by the bad news, her ex-husband breaks a promise to their daughter that sends Ray Anne running away. As Sydney tries to figure out what her next steps are she discovers all of the answers are right here in Hopewell.
What did you just finish reading?
I am so proud that I finished these two books during the Thanksgiving week. I was disappointed when I discovered they are the second and third book in the Cloud Bay series since I recently received both from NetGalley. I wish they would add the option to read the previous books in the series as a courtesy service, especially if it is only the second or third book in the series. Do you agree?
The series follows the three children of a famous rock LEGEND. They are all half-siblings, having only their dad in common. Their father lost his battle with cancer and his band disbanded, but many band members still live on the island where their famous recording studio is located. The entire band is still a family of sorts. Their inheritance was massive, and they continue to receive income from their father’s estate. Enough that each child is a millionaire several times over!
A Season of You is the second book in the series and follows the youngest child. Mina is only 23 and already a widow. She is struggling to make it following the death of her husband. She had the one greatest love of her life and has put the notion of any other man in her life to bed. She wants to make her own way in the world and make something for herself based on her own merit, not based on her world-renowned father’s name. She is secretly painting away furiously in the lighthouse she lives in on the island for an art gallery in L.A. She is using her mother’s maiden name to earn her credit as an artist. She is keeping this a big secret and on the super down-low. She is also ostracized for “not needing to work” and volunteering to work the night shift for the island’s search and rescue program. The mayor definitely has it out for Mina and her sister Faith, who still lives on the island, too, and runs their dad’s company.
No Place Like You is the third book and follows the oldest sibling, Zach. Like Mina, he is struggling to make his own way in the world – in the music world, his father’s domain – under the oppressing weight of his father’s infinite fame. Zach’s band is nowhere near as famous, but they do fairly well in their own right. When his band’s lead announces he is taking a year off, he leaves everyone scrambling with how to minimize damage control and spin this whirlwind disaster in a positive light. With a year’s vacation in his sights and a “not my problem to deal with” attitude, Zach returns home to Cloud Bay for the first time in six years. He plans to use his year to branch out on his own. He wants to continue writing and record his own music using his dad’s private recording studio. The sound engineer for his dad’s label, Leah, offers to help him by producing several of his songs. She really needs the credit as the producer to be considered to produce for other artists. Zach lets the overwhelming feeling of walking in his rock legend father’s footsteps get to him and hold him back, but at the same time, he wants to do everything in his power to launch his new album, even if that means throwing all of Leah’s hard work under the bus. It was so angsty because they both worked SO hard to make this music together. It was painful to watch Leah’s world crumble and her dreams dashed. There’s also a massive fight with one of his dad’s band members! I thought it was a lost cause at that point…but there are always loopholes! 🙂 I enjoyed this book more than A Season of You, but I liked them both.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I am going to read the Donna Alward books next, Christmas at Seashell Cottage and Christmas at Evergreen Inn. She will be my most-read author this year with something like 5 books. These are books 1.5 and 3.5, respectively, in the Jewell Cove series. My NetGalley goal this year was 50 books. After reading these two books, I will be sitting at 31 books for my NG Challenge. I’ve been saying for months that I won’t make it…but I just might. Or come closer than I thought possible. I still want to read at least 10 more NG books before the year is out. Plus, COYER Switch starts December 16 so…I’m going to be reading my tailfeathers off!
How about you? What are you reading this week?