Book Review, Contemporary, Historical

Two Book Reviews

Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson419wUXABxvL._SY346_

Synopsis: When the fun-loving and spontaneous artist Willow West meets buttoned-up, retired English teacher George Emerson, it’s not exactly love at first sight. Though she does find the obsessive-compulsive man intriguing. Making it her mission to get him to loosen up and embrace life, she embarks on what seems like a lost cause–and finds herself falling for him in the process.

A confirmed bachelor, George vacillates between irritation and attraction whenever Willow is around–which to him seems like all too often. He’s not interested in expanding his horizons or making new friends; it just hurts too much when you lose them.

But as the summer progresses, George feels his defenses crumbling. The question is, will his change of heart be too late for Willow?

With her signature heart and touches of humor, fan favorite Melody Carlson pens a story of two delightfully eccentric characters who get a second chance at life and love

My thoughts

I’ve read many books by Melody Carlson in the past, and have enjoyed them. I was intrigued by this story line, and wanted to see what it was all about.

Even though this is not a book with a lot of action and adventure, the story definitely piqued my interest. After I started, I found myself invested in the lives of the characters, and wanted to finish.

George is such an unusual main character. A retired bachelor teacher. He’s very…um….unique. He and Willow are like oil and water. Constantly at odds. And yet, they find themselves strangely drawn to each other.

This is truly a charmingly unique love story.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

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51hQ-rl1vqL._SY346_Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse

With America’s entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam’s munitions plants–and they’re bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler’s grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse.

An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war–they’re all hoping Dolly’s house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own.

When tragedy strikes, Dolly’s only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before.

Award-winning and bestselling author Valerie Fraser Luesse breathes life into a cast of unforgettable characters in this complex and compassionate story of hurt and healing.

 

My thoughts

This is a southern story. Set in Alabama in those good ‘ole days. Dolly’s home is the place that Jesse and Anna find themselves, after they’ve lost everything they owned. They’ve forgotten why they fell in love and almost lost each other in the bargain.

Dolly. She opens her doors and makes her boarders feel like family.

There’s also the story from the past…about a new bride and groom who vanished on their wedding day. Nobody knows what happened to them, it was believed that they drowned.

Dolly’s friends are determined to find out what happened.

Along the way, they find themselves again.

This is a sweet and heartwarming story. That hint of mystery kept me turning pages. I also enjoyed the depths of each character as they discovered again their purpose in life.

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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