Sometimes an author has to post about the great books they have been reading. I am doing that today. I love, love, love these books and the authors who produced them. They have been on my podcast – which you can go to here in order to get more in depth about the books and the authors – and by way of transparency, they are not paying me in any way, shape, form, or fashion to say these things.
These are truly great books, and I hope you will check them out.
THE CHARM BRACELET by Viola Shipman
Blurb: Through an heirloom charm bracelet, three women will rediscover the importance of family and a passion for living as each charm changes their lives.
On her birthday each year, Lolly’s mother gave her a charm, along with the advice that there is nothing more important than keeping family memories alive, and so Lolly’s charm bracelet would be a constant reminder of that love.
Now seventy and starting to forget things, Lolly knows time is running out to reconnect with a daughter and granddaughter whose lives have become too busy for Lolly or her family stories.
But when Arden, Lolly’s daughter, receives an unexpected phone call about her mother, she and granddaughter Lauren rush home. Over the course of their visit, Lolly reveals the story behind each charm on her bracelet, and one by one the family stories help Lolly, Arden, and Lauren reconnect in a way that brings each woman closer to finding joy, love, and faith.
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This book had me spellbound from the first chapter. It is one of those books that you cannot put down until the last page. I will forever be touched by the magic between the pages of this one and I have already been referring all my friends and family to it. I hope you will get this one for your beach read. It is simply divine!
HOME IS A FIRE by Jordan Nasser
Blurb: Most people would look at Derek and say he’d made it in life. A fun job, a handsome boyfriend, and an exciting life in New York City. But one night, staring at his reflection in the window of the subway as it barrels down Lexington Avenue, Derek realizes he’s fooling himself—and everyone else, too.
Derek gets off the train and goes home. Only not home to his tiny Manhattan apartment, but home to Tennessee—which is definitely not NYC.
Home to his family—and to all the other people he knows, or thinks he knows, and who think they know him.
Home to football games, and dive bars, and high school buddies who have known him forever.
Home to old situations…and to new possibilities.
At turns lighthearted, poignant, and surprising, Home Is a Fire is a delightful read for anyone who believes that whoever said “You can’t go home again” was mistaken. It’s just not exactly how you pictured it.
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This book was my first read by Jordan Nasser and it is his first book. But it was great. He took a character home and showed us how home can be painful when you haven’t really looked at it from the outside, but sometimes home is just what you need, no matter what. The romance that he developed through the book was touching and well-done. The book only made me want more so I got the sequel.
THE FIRE WENT WILD by Jordan Nasser
Blurb: Now he’s settled into the slower pace of small-town living, enjoying colorful Tennessee culture with his family and friends. Best of all, a blossoming romance has him happier than he’s been in a long time—and it’s safe to say things couldn’t possibly be much better.
But after Derek and Luke decide to go public with their relationship, their romantic spark ignites plenty of drama within their community—and when a jealous ex joins forces with a disapproving family member, it’s not long before their positions at Parkville High School are put on the line.
Facing the destruction of their personal and professional lives, the happy couple must rally a few close friends for support if they hope to make it out of the rumor mill unscathed.
A witty romance combining Southern culture and small-town life, The Fire Went Wild is the much-anticipated sequel to Home Is a Fire.
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I usually do not like sequels as a general rule because the first book always sets the pace and some authors have trouble keeping it going. Not this one. Not this author. This book was SOOOOO well done, it amazed me and kept me reading day after day. I loved the way Jordan put in twists and turns about everyone in the town and in the family. You don’t know what is going to happen until the very end.
So there you have it, folks. Great reads all. Go get ’em!