Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Reading Ahead: September 2015, part 3

Just because school will be in session in September does not mean that you won't still need some beachy-feeling reads on hand for a long, lazy warm weekend afternoon. If thrillers aren't your thing, here are a few September titles that might be more to your taste.

Undercover, by Danielle Steel. A bit darker than her normal fare, Steel's newest follows undercover DEA agent Marshall Everett as he returns to the US after years abroad cost him everything. Then on temporary assignment with the Secret Service, Everett's course is changed forever in one act of heroism. A year later, he is in Paris, where he meets Ariana Gregory, a young woman running from demons of her own past. It is this unlikely pairing that may save each of them from themselves, and the pasts that haunt them, by giving them something to live for.

After You, by JoJo Moyes. Moyes says that she intended for the best-seller that put her on the map, Me Before You, to be a single stand-alone title. Yet fans found quirky heroine Louisa Clark so endearing, they clamored to find out whatever happened to her after the events of the first novel. Moyes became inspired by the fans, and this novel is the result. Struggling in the aftermath of her six months caring for Will Traynor, Louisa is involved in an accident which brings her back home to recover, making her feel as though she's right back where she started. Even as her body heals, Lou realizes she needs to find a way to move forward, which is how she finds herself in a church basement at a Moving On support group. It's also how she finds paramedic Sam Fielding, a man whose life-and-death career may just mean he can understand what Lou has been through. I enjoyed the first book, and have high hopes for the second.

Come Rain or Come Shine, by Jan Karon. Over the course of ten Mitford novels, fans have kept a special place in their hearts for Dooley Kavanagh, first seen in At Home in Mitford as a barefoot, freckle-faced boy in filthy overalls. Now, Father Tim Kavanagh’s adopted son has graduated from vet school and opened his own animal clinic. Since money will be tight for a while, maybe he and Lace Harper, his once and future soul mate, should keep their wedding simple. So the plan is to eliminate the cost of catering and do potluck. An old friend offers to bring his well-known country band, gratis. And once mucked out, the barn works as a perfect venue for seating family and friends. In Come Rain or Come Shine, Jan Karon delivers the wedding that millions of Mitford fans have waited for. It’s a June day in the mountains, with more than a few creatures great and small, and you’re invited—because you’re family.

Willow Brook Road, by Sherryl Woods. Spirited, spontaneous Carrie Winters has grown up under the watchful eyes of not only her grandfather Mick O'Brien, but the entire town of Chesapeake Shores. Now that she's home from Europe, a glamorous fashion career behind her and her heart broken, there seem to be far too many people watching to see if she'll live up to the expectations her family has for her. As if that weren't enough pressure, Carrie finds herself drawn to sexy, grief-stricken Sam Winslow, who is yearning for someone to help him raise the nephew who's unexpectedly come into his life after a tragedy. With her own life in turmoil, is Carrie really ready to take on a new career and a new man? Or is Sam exactly what she needs to create the strong, loving family she's always wanted?

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