Review: “Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber

Silver Linings by Debbie MacomberSilver Linings by Debbie Macomber

August 11th 2015

Rose Harbor #4

About the Book:  


Set in Cedar Cove’s charming Rose Harbor Inn, Debbie Macomber’s captivating new novel follows innkeeper Jo Marie and two new guests as they seek healing and comfort, revealing that every cloud has a silver lining, even when it seems difficult to find.

Since opening the Rose Harbor Inn, Jo Marie Rose has met fascinating people from all walks of life, but none have piqued her interest quite like handyman Mark Taylor. Jo Marie and Mark are good friends—and are becoming something more—yet he still won’t reveal anything about his past. When Mark tells her that he’s moving out of town, Jo Marie is baffled. Just when she is starting to open herself up again to love, she feels once more that she is losing the man she cares about. As she grapples with Mark’s decision and tries to convince him to stay, she welcomes two visitors also seeking their own answers.

My thoughts:   I’m a big fan of Debbie Macombers books and this series is one of my favorites!   Jo Marie enjoys meeting new guests and making new friends that stay at her Inn.  She has quickly become friends with her handyman named Mark.  When Mark announces that he is moving, she is suprised and disappointed. 

While Jo Marie is wondering where Mark is moving to – she continues to get to know the guests staying at her Inn. She enjoys being a innkeeper and she hopes that her Inn can help have healing powers to all that stay there.

Two of her guests ( Katie and Coco ) are staying at her Inn while attending the activities at their 10 year High School Reunion.  Katie and Coco are anxious to attend the Reunion and to find some closure from some things that happened during their High School years.   Without giving too much of the story away…this is a touching story that makes me anxiously awaiting the next book in the Rose Harbor series! 

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Series Spotlight – Domestic Diva Mystery Series by Krista Davis


The Domestic Diva Mystery Series is one of my all-time favorite Cozy series!

There are 9 books in this series so far, the newest book ( The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss ) was released in June 2015.


The Diva steals a Chocolate Kiss


  1. The Diva Runs out of Thyme
  2. The Diva Takes the Cake
  3. The Diva Paints the Town
  4. The Diva Cooks a Goose
  5. The Diva Haunts The House
  6. The Diva Digs up the Dirt
  7. The Diva Frosts a Cupcake
  8. The Diva Wraps it Up
  9. The Diva Steals a Chocolate Kiss

Krista Davis also writes the Paws and Claws Mystery Series:

  1.  Murder, She Barked
  2.  The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer
  3.  Murder Most Howl  ( coming November 24th, 2015 )

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Review: A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake

I really enjoy books by Heather Blake, she also writes books as Heather Webber.  Her books have interesting characters and make me smile!

“A Potion to Die For” is the first book in her “Magic Potion” series – you can read more about her books on her website.

Review - A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake

More about the book:

As the owner of the Little Shop of Potions, a magic potion shop specializing in love potions, Carly Bell Hartwell finds her product more in demand than ever. A local soothsayer has predicted that a couple in town will soon divorce—and now it seems every married person in Hitching Post, Alabama, wants a little extra matrimonial magic to make sure they stay hitched.

But when Carly finds a dead man in her shop, clutching one of her potion bottles, she goes from most popular potion person to public enemy number one. In no time the murder investigation becomes a witch hunt—literally! Now Carly is going to need to brew up some serious sleuthing skills to clear her name and find the real killer—before the whole town becomes convinced her potions really are to die for!

More about the Author:

Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber) is the author of more than twenty novels and has been twice nominated for an Agatha Award. She’s a total homebody who loves to be close to her family, read, watch reality TV (especially cooking competition shows), drink too much coffee, crochet, bake (mostly cookies), and occasionally leave the house to travel to the beautiful mountains in the northeast. Heather grew up in a suburb of Boston, but currently she lives in the Cincinnati area with her family and is hard at work on her next book.

My Review:

I like the small town in this story, its called “Hitching Post”. The town has lots of interesting stores and characters.   When someone is found dead in the back of Carly’s store..the Police have to close her store to look for clues.  Meanwhile, Carly sets off to find who ( and why ) he was killed.  Did someone use one of her Magic Potions to kill him?  Thats one of the questions she needs answered.

One of my favorite characters in this story is Carly’s cousin Delia.  They dont always get along..but they are family..and they help each other.  There is also a romance in this book, between Carly and her on again/off again boyfriend Dylan.  ( I hope their romance story continues in the next book in this series! ) **

One of my favorite quotes from the book ~

White tendrils swirled into the air, then dissipated – a feature of the Leilara that I’d never tire of watching.

If you love cozy mysteries ( with a touch of magic ) be sure and pick up this book!

My friend Angela, at Griperang’s Bookmarks also reviewed this book, you can see her review here!

Heather Blakes Website

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Book Spotlight – Geared for the Grave by Duffy Brown

Geared for the GraveCycle Path Mysteries #1 ~ Geared for the Grave

Release Date ~ December 2nd, 2014

Where biking takes a deadly turn
Shakedowns cover-ups and big fat lies keep bodies hidden on Mackinac Island and bike-riding tourist oblivious to it all.

Geared for the Grave
To boost her chances for a promotion, Evie Bloomfield helps her boss’ dad with his cycle shop. The good idea turns bad when dad winds up prime suspect in a murder. To save her job Evie takes over the failing shop though she’s never ridden a bike, finding a killer though she can’t find her keys in her purse and discovering why someone is out to frame Dad. Can Chicago Evie survive life on Mackinac Island without her Honda, being on an eight-mile chunk of land with horses, carriages, bikes, fudge-eating tourists, the resident sage writing her eulogy and a killer who wants her dead?

I really enjoy books by Duffy Brown, and her new book sounds intriguing!  I’m honored to be a member of Duffy Browns Street Team!   I have read several of her books including Iced Chiffon, to read my review for Iced Chiffon – click here.

Iced Chiffon

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Featuring some Cozy Mystery series for the Fall

Fall is the perfect time to read some cozy mysteries featuring ghosts, Haunted Houses, Witches and all those scary things that go bump in the night!

Here are a few of my favorites!

One Potion in the Grave by Heather Blake ( Book two in the Magic Potion Mysteries )  October 2014

One Potion in the Grave

 Stirring the Plot by Daryl Wood Gerber ( Third in the Cookbook Nook Mystery Series ) October 2014

Stirring the plot


The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer by Krista Davis  ( Book two in the Paws and Claws Mysteries )  December 2014  **I’m currently reading Book One in this series,  Murder, She Barked, and really enjoying it!

The Ghost and Mrs. Mewer


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Book Spotlight – “A Widow’s Might” by Eunice Loecher

A Widows Might“A Widows Might” is Book One in the Arbor Vale Mystery series by Eunice Loecher.

Book Blurb:

Fred didn’t show for the fiesta lunch special on Wednesday at the Arbor Vale Café. Why not? He’d called to say he had something to tell her. So Zita Stillman drops by his house to hear him out. Fred had been such a good friend to her late husband. But Fred lies, lifeless, by the wood pile.
So begins Zita’s first murder investigation with her lifelong sidekick Zinnia Blossom Winwood and the distraction of the good-looking Max Knight, successful condo builder. Attacked by a clown, run off the road, and warned off by the police, Zita will not let Fred’s murderer get off scot free.

More about the author:

Eunice Loecher enjoys living in a small Wisconsin northwoods town, south of Lake Superior. Outside her window stands a thick forest and small spring fed blue lakes. Deer, bear, sand cranes, eagles and wolves abound. This setting inspired her Arbor Vale mystery series, featuring the two “Z’s”  Zita Stillman, amateur sleuth, and her sidekick the flamboyant Zinnia Blossom Winwood.

Writing for over twenty years, Eunice was a finalist in the prestigious Wisconsin Regional Writers Award, The Jade Ring 2003. Eunice also had stories included in three editions of the “God Allows U-Turns” series, the Christian version of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. Then Eunice switched from non-fiction to fiction and began by writing two romantic suspense novels. She now writes cozy mystery as her true calling.

A Widow’s Might is the first of the (Arbor Vale Mystery) Series. Followed by Woman at the Well, (Book Two) The Subtle Serpent, (Book Three), The Root of All Evil, (Book Four), and written and coming soon, Sin Lieth at the Door, (Book Five).

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Series Spotlight – “Big Sky Centennial” Love Inspired romance

Do you like Cowboy Romance books?  I love the country setting that alot of the Cowboy Romance books have.  =)

I recently found a series that has 6 books ( with a additional Digital-only prequel ) that has quickly gone on my “to be read” list!  * I have started reading the Digital only book, its called “Montana Reunion” by Valerie Hansen.   Its about a small-town beautician who reunites with her high school boyfriend.  **Check and Amazon for this digital only book, ( I just checked, and its still free on both of these sites on the day that I’m posting this )

The tiny town of Jasper Gulch, Montana, is celebrating their hundredth anniversary, and you’re invited! Get lost in Big Sky Centennial, a land of ranches and romances and memorable characters you can’t help but root for. In this short prequel from Valerie Hansen, a small-town beautician with a big heart reunites with the high school beau she could never forget….

Montana Reunion

This series includes the following books:

1. “Her Montana Cowboy” by Valerie Hansen ( July 2014 )

2.  His Montana Sweetheart by Ruth Logan Herne ( August 2014 )

3.  Her Montana Twins by Carolyne Aarsen ( September 2014 )

4.  His Montana Bride by Brenda Minton ( October 2014 )

5.  His Montana Homecoming by Jenna Mindel ( November 2014 )

6.  Her Montana Christmas by Arlene James ( December 2014 )

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Review: Their First Noel by Annie Jones

I enjoy reading Christmas stories in the Summertime. It helps me to “think cooler”!

Their First NoelAbout this book:

 A spunky Southern baker, Corrie Bennington has her heart set on winning a gingerbread house contest in  Vermont. Her masterpiece: a replica of the old inn where her estranged parents met. And where Corrie hopes to  find the father she’s never known. But when she arrives in Mt. Piney, Vermont, the inn is closed—and being  restored. Handsome carpenter Andy McFarland offers to help Corrie find her dad and build her candy house. But  Andy’s matchmaking little sister has her own sweet holiday wish—helping Andy and Corrie find a little romance this Christmas.


My thoughts:

When Corrie stopped at the Inn where her parents met, ( many years ago ) she meets Andy and his sister who welcome her and they are anxious to help her find her Dad.  Corrie is planning on entering a Gingerbread Contest, and as she puts her Gingerbread House together,  Andy and his Sister enjoy helping her with it!   With the cute things that happen to Corrie, ( trouble seems to follow her ) —  This book really gets me in the Holiday spirit!

 More about this author:

Award winning author, Annie Jones specializes in character driven stories that make you laugh and warm your heart. She lives in Kentucky countryside with her husband, her children, three dogs and two cats… at least that was the last count but you never know when another kitty may show up.

Find out what she’s up to by following Annie Jones-author on Facebook.


 Do you like to read Christmas books year round, or just during the Holiday Season?

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Spotlight on new Cozy Mysteries

  There are lots of new Cozy Mysteries this Summer!   I have featured just a few of them below.   

Taken In ( Southern Sewing Circle Mystery #9 ) by Elizabeth Lynn Casey – Release Date – August 5th, 2014

Murder in the Mystery Suite ( Book Resort Mysteries # 1 )  by Ellery Adams – Release Date – August 5th, 2014  

A Vision in Velvet ( Wishcraft Mysteries #6 ) by Juliet Blackwell – Release Date – July 1st, 2014

Taken in


For more information on new Cozy Mysteries, check out  This Site has a list of new mystery releases each month, Holiday mysteries, Cozy Themes and much more! 

Some of my favorite kinds of Cozy Mysteries include “craft” Cozies and “food” Cozies.  What are your favorite types of Cozy Mysteries?  

Murder in the Mystery Suite










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Currently reading “North to Alaska” by Debbie Macomber

2014-02-25---North-to-Alaska-(1)-reissueDebbie Macomber is my favorite romance author. Her books always take me on a romantic adventure!  She has many series of books including the Cedar Cove series, the Blossom Street series, Heart of Texas series, and her newest series called Rose Harbor.  One of the first books that I read by Debbie Macomber was one of the books from her Angel series. Her Angel series feature 3 Angels called Shirley, Goodness and Mercy.  These 3 Angels get into mischief ( sometimes ) but they are very helpful in sharing their wisdom with others! 

I’m currently reading “North to Alaska” by Debbie Macomber.  This book features two previously issued stories, That Wintry Feeling (1984)  and  Borrowed Dreams (1985).

That Wintry Feeling: She’s not in Kansas anymore! Cathy Thompson was betrayed by the man she’d loved, a betrayal that sent her north, to a new teaching job and a brand-new life. Now she’s fallen in love with the grandeur of Alaska—and with a bush pilot named Grady Jones, who has custody of his young daughter, Angela. He offers Cathy a marriage of convenience, a proposal that, for him, isn’t about love. But being together, being a family,helps Cathy forget her past. And it helps Grady find a future he hadn’t expected!  – from

Borrowed Dreams: Carly Grieves left Seattle for Anchorage because she was looking for a more adventurous life. She’s accepted a job with a shipping company—a job that comes with plenty of challenges. Including pilot Brand St. Clair… Despite her best intentions, she’s falling in love with him. But Brand’s a widower and Carly’s afraid he’s simply looking for a replacement wife. She’s afraid to hope that he’s fallen in love with her, too….- from

To keep up to date with Debbie Macombers new books, information about her Blog, and much more, be sure and visit her website for more information.  If you loved the Cedar Cove series, it premiered on the Hallmark Channel last year, and Season 2 premiers July 19th 2014!

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   What are you reading this Summer?  I would love to hear!  


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