Ohio

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Lucy on the Wild Side

There’s no sophomore slump in sight for Kerry Rea in her refreshingly, intelligently funny romantic comedy Lucy on the Wild Side. Lucy Rourke is a junior primate keeper at an Ohio zoo. Known for her devotion to gorillas and her aversion to fundraising (as her friend points out, she’s attended ...

B
Just Another Love Song

I'll admit, I expected Just Another Love Song to read like Just Another Small-Town Romance. Based on the cover blurb about Sandy Macintosh and Hank Tillman, high school sweethearts reunited, I assumed the book would be set in an overly cute, overly perfect small town where nothing goes wrong and eve ...

B+
Hold on Tight

Want a cute second chance romance where the hero and heroine loved the person they were with before long and hard – but are willing to try for love again?  Shelly Shepard Gray does a good job of successfully bringing a realistic working class blue collar romance to life in Hold on Tight. Jacks ...

B
Stay and Fight

Stay and Fight is a powerful novel that haunts yet has derivative features that may give the reader pause.  But overall, it provides a thought-provoking experience. Helen Conley arrived in Appalachian Ohio fully in love with her boyfriend’s ideas about living off of the grid.  After all, if t ...

B
Waiting for Tom Hanks

Waiting for Tom Hanks is cheesy, but it’s unabashedly so.  It wraps its arms around you and charms you with its tropes and tries to make you love it, almost in spite of any grumpy misgivings you might have about it when you part its covers.  It does have some nagging problems that means it doesn ...

B+
Sugar Pie Guy

Are you tired of the same old historical settings? Then how about 1970s Cleveland? Can you fall in love with a mustachioed hero named Randy Manucci who likes to do the hustle? Want to read about a savvy black businesswoman and community representative heroine who looks superfly in silver Lurex? Then ...

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What Hope Remembers

What Hope Remembers is the final book in Johnnie Alexander’s Misty Willow trilogy that takes place in a small fictional town only a short commute from Columbus, Ohio. The focus of the story is Amy Somers, related to both AJ and Brett whose romances played out in the previous books. I had not read ...

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A Sister's Wish

A Sister’s Wish is the first Amish romance I have read, and I was captivated by it. Set in Charm, Ohio, it’s a small town story of family, tight-knit relationships, and a lot of heart. Amelia is the youngest of four and is the lynchpin in the lives of her siblings. She does the cooking, clean ...

B
After the Storm

A little bit over one percent of the crime in Pennsylvania is committed by the Amish. Most of that crime consists of drunken driving violations done by young people during the time they call Rumspringa, a period where they are allowed to experiment with the English world while trying to decide if th ...

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Making It Last

I don’t read short stories or novellas and avoid marriage-in-trouble books. If I’d realized this was a novella about a 14-year marriage that’s in trouble I never would have picked it for review. Sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. While definitely not what I expected, this was a powerful, touc ...