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Staff Reviews by Sarah Moscatello

Cover: 'The Coincidence of Coconut Cake'

"The Coincidence of Coconut Cake" by Amy E. Reichert

★★★★★ In this lovely new novel set in Milwaukee, Lou, owner and extremely talented chef of her own restaurant, literally runs into the food critic who eventually threatens to destroy her restaurant. Unbeknownst to either of them at the time, the food critic, Al, cannot forget the smell of vanilla and coconut Lou carried with her after their run in. But later that...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, romance

Cover: 'Black-Eyed Susans'

"Black-Eyed Susans" by Julia Heaberlin

★★★★★ In this extremely addicting, fast-paced thriller, Tessa Cartwright is months away from watching the man on death row executed for leaving her mistaken for dead in a field filled with black-eyed susans and the bodies of young women who did not survive his attacks. But when a patch of freshly planted black- eyed susans appears under her bedroom window, Tessa...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery'

"Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery" by Jenny Colgan

★★★★★ This is the fantastic sequel to the equally fantastic "Little Beach Street Bakery" and was just as heartwarming and completely captivating as the first. Polly, having just bought a lighthouse with her boyfriend Huckle, is happily settled spending her days working in the local bakery that brought the town together. But when a newcomer comes to town, her...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'The Canterbury Sisters'

"The Canterbury Sisters" by Kim Wright

★★★★ After the death of her mother, Che receives a letter from her longtime boyfriend saying he's leaving her for another woman. In the same batch of mail, Che is notified of her mother's last wishes including the request that Che complete their unfulfilled plans of hiking the Canterbury trail in England. Not wanting to confront the breakup and exhausted from...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'A Place in the Country'

"A Place in the Country" by Elizabeth Adler

★★★★ Newly single Caroline and her teenage daughter Izzy are in desperate search for a change of scenery and a new home. After Caroline discovers her husband has been unfaithful throughout their marriage, Caroline knows she has to sacrifice her comfortable life in Singapore for anything that doesn't involve her ex-husband. Finding a renovated barn in the English...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'Beneath the Shadows'

"Beneath the Shadows" by Sara Foster

★★★★★ When newly-weds Adam and Grace inherit a cottage in the Yorkshire's moors, they leave their frantic life in London with their newborn Millie, ready for a quiet life. But when Adam disappears a week later and Millie is left on the doorstep, Grace's life is forever changed. A year later, Grace finally returns to the cottage to confront what happened, seeking...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Buttercream Bump Off'

"Buttercream Bump Off" by Jenn McKinlay

★★★★ The second novel in the cozy "Cupcake Mystery" series, finds Mel and Angie, co-owners of Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, wrapped up way too closely in murder. Mel's mother has just found her first date in decades floating in his pool. Now she is a prime suspect, and her daughter Mel and best friend Angie race to find other suspects for the police to focus on....

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'The Vanishing'

"The Vanishing" by Wendy Webb

★★★★★ Julia Bishop is newly widowed after her husband, who exploited enormous amounts of money from his investors, is murdered. Utterly alone after her friends and family have abandoned her and newly penniless, Julia is desperate. When a man shows up at her doorstep offering her a home at a grand estate on Lake Superior and an opportunity to disappear while...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'The Fate of Mercy Alban'

"The Fate of Mercy Alban" by Wendy Webb

★★★★★ This is a must read for fans of gothic suspense and mystery, with even a bit of romance thrown in to soften the strong female lead's journey of discovery that spans decades of family secrets. When Grace Alban hears of her mother's untimely passing, Grace returns to their sprawling family estate on Lake Superior with her teenage daughter. But after finding...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Little Beach Street Bakery'

"Little Beach Street Bakery" by Jenny Colgan

★★★★★ In this unforgettable and heartwarming novel, readers meet Polly, a woman who's life has completely gone up in flames: her boyfriend and her are bankrupt, their business done, flat foreclosed on, and relationship on the rocks. Fleeing alone to a dilapidated flat in a tiny seaside town (the only thing she can afford), Polly slowly begins to heal and find a...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'Once Upon a Lie'

"Once Upon a Lie" by Maggie Barbieri

★★★★ The first in a fantastic mystery series, readers meet Maeve Conlon, a baker whose bakery is struggling, a mother whose ex-husband has a new wife and baby, and daughter whose father is falling into the depths of dementia and possibly worse. When Maeve's brutal cousin dies under alarming circumstances, police start to be interested in her father as a prime...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Never Die Alone'

"Never Die Alone" by Lisa Jackson

★★★★ Twins turning 21 years old have been disappearing, only to be found brutally murdered in a seemingly ritualistic manner. Brianna, cousin of the man put in jail for the crimes, believes her cousin is innocent. When two twins she knows closely go missing the night before they turn 21, she is frantic to find them and prove her cousin's innocence, with or...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar'

"Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar" by Kelly V. Brozyna

★★★★★ I am completely ecstatic to try every single recipe in this beautifully illustrated book. Every recipe looks absolutely delicious, and won't make me sick! For all of us ice cream lovers with food allergies, rejoice! These recipes are made without eggs, gluten, soy, dairy, or refined sugar. As someone who can't have soy or dairy, finding dessert recipes has...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'Raw and Simple Detox: A Delicious Body Reboot for Health, Energy, and Weight Loss'

"Raw and Simple Detox: A Delicious Body Reboot for Health, Energy, and Weight Loss" by Judita Wignall

★★★★ This a great new resource for anyone looking to eat delicious, healthy raw foods. Included is helpful information and guides to detoxing for those interested. For me, having food allergies and eating a mostly vegan diet, I just enjoyed the recipes that are naturally safe for me and great for my body. Included on my list to try: rustic raw lasagna,...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, cookbook

Cover: 'Lies That Bind'

"Lies That Bind" by Maggie Barbieri

★★★★ In this fast-paced mystery, Maeve Conlon is not the typical suburban mom. Owner of a bakery and mother of two daughters, Maeve loses her beloved father suddenly from a heart attack. At the funeral, Maeve's already tumultuous life is thrown into chaos when a relative tells her she has a sister that her father kept hidden from her. Spurred by her desire to...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'The Tale of Halcyon Crane'

"The Tale of Halcyon Crane" by Wendy Webb

★★★★ I happily stumbled upon this atmospheric novel and immediately couldn't put it down. We meet Hallie, a woman who receives a very mysterious and unbelievable letter from a woman who claims to be her long-lost mother. When Hallie confronts her beloved father, days before he dies, she learns the letter is no lie. What she grew up believing is, and she travels...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'Make My Day London'

"Make My Day London" by Lonely Planet

★★★★ This is a great, quick resource to go through for anyone interested in a short trip to London. As someone who's lived in this amazing city, I thought Lonely Planet did a great job picking some of the top attractions for a city where there's something to see around every corner (in my very biased opinion!). This resource allows you to mix and match...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, travel

Cover: 'The Silver Witch'

"The Silver Witch" by Paula Brackston

★★★★ I couldn't help but immediately get sucked into the setting and characters in this novel. Set in Wales, a country I've always loved since visiting it in person, this beautiful landscape has many secrets. Tilda, a woman who just tragically lost her husband after they bought a lakeside cottage, feels an immediate affinity for the mysterious place. She vows to...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, historical fiction

Cover: 'Style & Simplicity'

"Style & Simplicity" by Ted Kennedy Watson

★★★★ This isn't your typical decorating book. This is a celebration of the beauty in everyday items. Organized alphabetically, the author beautifully displays items and ideas on how to use them to create a wonderful space. A few recipes are included, and every page is gorgeous. A fantastic book to look through for ideas and inspiration.  

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, decorating

Cover: 'The Dress Shop of Dreams'

"The Dress Shop of Dreams" by Menna van Praag

★★★★★ What a beautiful, enchanting read! This is a book you will fall in love with, and characters that you feel as if you know from the very beginning. Studious and unfeeling Cora, after the death of her parents, splits her life between trying to continue her parents' scientific work and keeping her grandmother company in the beautiful dress shop she owns in...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'By Book or By Crook'

"By Book or By Crook" by Eva Gates

★★★★★ I stumbled upon this brand new cozy mystery series by happy accident, and am thankful I did! Set along the beautiful Outer Banks, Lucy has just escaped from her chaotic Boston life to start a job in the quaint local lighthouse library. Set to host first editions of Jane Austen's work, the library hosts a party commemorating the temporary additions. But when...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction, mystery

Cover: 'The House of Memories'

"The House of Memories" by Monica McInerney

★★★★★ What an amazing, moving journey this book took me on! Ella has just tragically lost her young son. Unable to deal with the grief or look her husband or step-sister in the eye, both of whom she blames for her son's death, Ella escapes to London. There, she stays with the only family she has ever really loved, her beloved Uncle who has secrets of his own....

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'The Secrets of Midwives'

"The Secrets of Midwives" by Sally Hepworth

★★★★★ Are you a fan of "Call the Midwives" and are looking for something similar? Or are you just interested in novels with strong female characters? This novel centers around three generations of midwives, each with a startling secret that will alter their lives and the lives of their families. When Neva, a third generation midwife learns she's pregnant, she...

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

Cover: 'life.love.beauty'

"life.love.beauty" by Keegan Allen

★★★★ This is a thoughtful collection of photographs, poems, journal entries, and thoughts from Keegan Allen. Most readers will recognize him from the ABC Family TV show "Pretty Little Liars." Fans will enjoy moments and photos taken on and off the set featuring many of the actors from this show, as well as other productions important to Keegan Allen. He also...

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, photography

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