childhood sweethearts

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A Midsummer Flight's Dream

In this lovely, Sweden-set short story, Jolie Flynn returns to the island of Öland for her aunt’s funeral and to take care of her estate. In the airport, she encounters her first love, Mattias, now a father of five, who remembers her aunt and comes to Öland to stay next door to Jolie. Their seco ...

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The Matzah Ball

Get your holiday season off to a strong start with the fabulous debut novel, The Matzah Ball. For the last decade, Rachel Rubenstein-Goldblatt, daughter of one of the world’s most prominent rabbis, has made a living as Christmas romance novelist Margot Cross. The job has been ideal for her – ...

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Gentleman Jim

I loved everything about Mimi Matthew’s Gentleman Jim - the set-up, the principal characters, the pacing and tension, the swoony, second chance romance (le sigh) - and I was prepared to give it a DIK.  But then I read the epilogue.  Oh dear.  Ms. Matthews makes casual reference to the happy eve ...

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Gentleman Jim

Mimi Matthews’ Gentleman Jim reminds one of a mid-Regency The Count of Monte Cristo, featuring as it does a poor sailor’s son who assumes a fresh identity and seeks romance with the woman he’s always loved after being unjustly accused of a crime.  It’s a fairly engrossing ripper of a tale, ...

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The Summer Deal

This book was my introduction to Jill Shalvis, and boy was it a doozie. In a good way.  The Summer Deal (fifth in the Wildstone series) sucked me in from the first page and charmed me until the last.  I love that there was not only one great love story, but two; add to that the “bombshell of a s ...

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Love Her or Lose Her

I loved Fix Her Up, book one in the Hot and Hammered series.  That was a pleasant surprise since my relationship with Tessa Bailey is hit or (mostly) miss.  I never know how I’m going to feel at the end of one of her novels.  But Fix Her Up was great.  Reader, it featured a children's party pl ...

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Love Her or Lose Her

Love Her or Lose Her is the second book in Tessa Bailey’s Hot & Hammered series.  A love story about a marriage on the rocks and about growing into who you were always meant to be, this novel is fun, sweet, intense and heartwarming. It stands very well on its own; Georgie and Travis from Fix ...

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The Duke I Once Knew

If you’re a fan of Olivia Drake, or if you’re just looking for a good book to while away a quiet afternoon, you can’t go wrong picking up The Duke I Once Knew. As the first book in the new Unlikely Duchesses series, it’s easy to jump into, and the reunited lovers theme is a classic romance p ...

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The Fourth Summer

As kids, Caitlin McGraw and Seth Street used to meet in North Carolina in the summers, where he taught her to skateboard and became her first love. Then the Olympics pulled Seth away to snowboarding glory, and Caitlin moved on as a graphic designer. Both are surprised to realize they are still legal ...

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Into the Blue

Into the Blue is the second book in Chanel Cleeton’s Wild Aces series. Think Top Gun but with a bit of a modern twist. Eric, call sign Thor, is finding things tough after the death of a colleague, which is making him question his decisions, in and out of the air. When he runs into his ex-fiancée ...