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Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan โ€“ Interesting Court Room Drama Introduces New Series

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan – Interesting Court Room Drama Introduces New Series

Author: Rachel Dylan
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction, Mystery
Source: Publisher provided
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Rating: ★★★ ½

If there is one thing everyone who knows her can say of Kate Sullivan, it’s that she doesn’t back down. It’s this tenacious part of her personality that’s about to come in handy. As one of the best attorney’s at her firm, Kate is about to try a big pharmaceutical case; a case that involves clients who suffered terrible losses. Their loved ones were all victims of a new drug with the Mason Pharmaceutical label. A conglomerate corporation, Mason has the resources (and money) to sweep this under the rug, and they begin by hiring the best law firm money can get.

Landon James is a former Army Ranger with more than one skeleton in his own closet. When he’s hired by Kate and her firm to do some investigative work for the case, it soon becomes clear, his talents are needed elsewhere. Witnesses begin to disappear and when Mason’s threats turn to Kate, the one mission Landon refuses to abandon is to keep Kate safe.

Unlike the white-knuckle suspense of fellow Baker House (publishing house family) novels from Dani Pettrey or Lynette Eason, Rachel’s stories take an entirely new approach. Since Deadly Proof is a courtroom drama, it’s more about the methodical building of the mystery rather than the suspense or thriller feeling. Think more conversations and paperwork research versus’ kidnappings or foot chases.

Before I press onward about the good of 'Proof,' I do want to preface this review with the following. Much as I did enjoy this story (and I did), I have a personal quibble. The story is well developed and intriguing, but I did feel a (slight) disconnect in the balance between the mystery and the characters. Because the story needs to devote so much of its time to unraveling the mystery, it feels a little like the characters suffer from this.

As I said, don’t misunderstand. Deadly Proof is still a fabulous read. (Though Dylan is not a debut novelist, this is her debut from Bethany House.) Its complications and need to unravel the questions take precedence. And I understand this. I think because I tend to often read character-driven novels, this is a reason why I noticed this. … I do think the characters as individuals are well informed. What I feel lacks are the connections, specifically those of a personal nature. As I say, this in no way hampers a fondness for these characters, nor support of their endeavors. I’m also very willing to admit, these feelings might be the result of a distracted reader.

Deadly Proof is a great start to what I know will be a fascinating series. If you’re a fan of courtroom dramas, this hobby will definitely aid in the payoff of this series. It’s going to help the reader envision the world and set ups even if this story steers clear of other popular tropes. Instead of thoughtless drama, this story keeps its focus on Kate’s sense of justice and doing right by her clients. A noble pursuit not all stories (aka TV dramas) pursue.

One of the plot surprises is the multiple perspective POV’s. We don’t just experience a Kate and Landon switch off, we also get two perspectives from opposing council. One is from the lead attorney, who also happens to be Kate’s best friend. The other is his associate, a woman by the name of Nicole, who finds herself at an impasse during the story.

Solidly crafted storytelling, with a great “hook” and sense of “place,” Deadly Proof is a wonderful first book in the Atlanta Justice series. It’ll make you wonder about the outcome of the case while feeling a sense of pride in its leading heroine. She’s all about doing the right thing, even when it means seeking truth proves to be dangerous.

Synopsis: In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial. – Goodreads

Coming Next from Rachel Dylan, LONE WITNESS: When prosecutor Sophie Dawson is the lone witness to a gang-related double homicide, her world is turned upside down. Private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to protect Sophie from the gang, but she's more concerned about prosecuting her latest case than the threat to her life. Sophie wants to stand for what's right, but can Cooper keep her safe? – Goodreads, May 2018 | Add on Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing an e-copy of this book; all opinions are my own
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Book Giveaway | Rachel Dylan's 'Deadly Proof'

Book Giveaway | Rachel Dylan's 'Deadly Proof'

Hello and happy Wednesday readers. Today's content included a book review (finally getting a review for Rachel Dylan's BH debut posted!!) and with that arrives a book giveaway

If you like mysteries that are more about the conversations and paper trails vs the breath catching thrill of the chase, Deadly Proof has your name written all over it. It's a great mystery to work to unravel alongside its fierce and independent heroine, Kate Sullivan. Plus, its hero, Landon James isn't bad. Not bad at all. (Read: Army. Ranger. Enough said.) 

(Yes, I do have  thing for military characters.) 

BOOK REVIEW | Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan – Interesting Court Room Drama Introduces New Series

What can you win in this giveaway you ask? Well, for entrants who can provide a U.S address (sorry!), you can enter to win a paperback copy of Rachel's Deadly Proof. Below is the Goodreads synopsis. 

Synopsis:  Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. 

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial.- Goodreads

Amazon | Goodreads
And now let's get those annoying rules and regulation details out of the way. 

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Power Rangers (2017) โ€“ Live Action Adventure Flick of a Pop Culture Favorite

Power Rangers (2017) – Live Action Adventure Flick of a Pop Culture Favorite

When it comes to the films I like, I’m a rebel. (99% of the time.) Those that the “powers that be” critics tear apart (and I understand they do objectively view films) and belittle are often the titles I’m most fond of.

Pushing the limits is one of Jason Scott’s mottos. His latest dare devil stunt lands him in the hospital after a brush with death. Because he tore up his leg, his chance at a football scholarship is impossible, and now he's on his father’s list of disappointments. 

As punishment for vandalizing school property, Jason (Dacre Montgomery) must spend his Saturdays in detention with a bunch of “weirdos and criminals,” or so his father believes them to be. Jason along with two of his fellow detainees - pretty-girl-cheerleader-turned-rebel, Kimberly (Naomi Scott) and Billy (RJ Cyler), a bright kid on the “spectrum,” wind up connected in unusual ways.

During a night of curfew breaking, Jason, Kimberly, Billy, and two fellow classmates, Trini (Becky G) and Zack (Ludi Lin), discover colorful coins buried in a quarry. As they try to escape notice, they are in what should be a fatal car accident. Only the following morning, each awake to find they’re unharmed… and very different.

To bottom line my feels for this summer flick, I have to say the following. I 100% love this. That said, do I have more to say about this including getting into specifics? Of course I do. This wouldn’t be a Finding Wonderland review if not. Though I’d read about this in bits and pieces back when made the rounds in theaters, enough time elapsed since then to erase any early impressions. Distance that I’m glad to have gone into this flick with.
This Ranger team did what my team could not. You will humbly walk amongst your peers, but heroes you all will be. Each of your names will be etched alongside the great Ranger teams before you. I will always owe a debt of gratitude to you all.
The story opens with “campy” origins that, if you’re anything like me, may cause a kind of OK-this-is-going-to-be-a-silly-plot reaction. In many ways, that is just what Power Rangers is, but it’s also completely entertaining (and this is how it wins me over), engrossing and all-around fantabulous. Once it settles into a groove, I was completely “in” the world of these five strangers and wondering what's around the bend. The script does employ clichรฉs, but it does so in a non-clichรฉ manner. (I know, this is contradictory.) Rather than fall into some of the trope traps (not that I'd have been annoyed if this one had done so) this type of story ordinarily would, this one opts for navigating away from these story cues. I’d say more, but in consideration of spoilers and all that, I’ll avoid this.

Full of relative unknowns, this cast is well suited, although is again a good deal older than their high school aged counterpart characters. In regards to this cast, here’s a fun bit of trivia for you: Scott has been cast as Jasmine in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake. She’s going to suit the role very well in my opinion. Beyond the main cast (all of whom play their roles with unique perspectives and plenty of emotions), Elizabeth Bands and Bill Hader (voicing a hilarious robot) co-star.

Anyone looking for a fun popcorn flick to enjoy should look no further than Power Rangers. It’s fast-paced, cool to watch (sci-fi effects and whatnot), plus it features a (surprisingly) good cast with strong performances. Some of the scenes drag a bit (the climax), but overall, the humor keeps things lighthearted and the themes of sacrifice add depth. For this girl, Power Rangers is the kind of film that's perfect to enjoy on a weekend, and let me tell you, I thoroughly did enjoy this.

Content: there’s some minor profanity and innuendo. Some tense moments (including two car wrecks) and of course, some sci-fi violence. The film is rated PG13.
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Top Ten Tuesday | A Portrait of Autumn (Works of Art aka Book Covers that Capture and Frame the Essence of the Season)

Top Ten Tuesday | A Portrait of Autumn (Works of Art aka Book Covers that Capture and Frame the Essence of the Season)

With Indian summer behind us (or that’s the hope), autumn has (sort of) returned to my part of the world. Perfect timing to match up with today’s popular Top Ten Tuesday meme.

Broke and Bookish October 10: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish) – Broke and Bookish

This is really the ideal subject for me. I don’t as much as I used to, but once upon a time I published “Cover Candy” posts at regular intervals. These are posts where I tried to put a spotlight on beautiful cover art. Today I get another chance to do this.

I decided to stick with the whole “fall vibe” looks, though a couple on my list are more about the stories inside “feeling” like fall rather than the covers. Still, all of these are on the list for, what I think is a very good reason. Either way, all of these books are as lovely on the outside as they are inside (or those I’ve read are) albeit for different reasons.

Since today is all about the book covers, I’ve decided to curb my rambling (temporarily), and instead just let the books speak for themselves.


1. The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron ● Amazon | Goodreads

2. A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess ● Amazon | Goodreads

3. Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon ● Amazon | Goodreads

4. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz ● Amazon | Goodreads

5. The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter ● Amazon | Goodreads

6. Close to You by Kara Isaac ● Amazon | Goodreads

7. Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson ● Amazon | Goodreads

8. Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon ● Amazon | Goodreads

9. Dear Reader by Mary O’Connell ● Amazon | Goodreads

10. Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay ● Amazon | Goodreads

11. Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart ● Amazon | Goodreads

12. All This Time by Melissa Tagg (but really, ALL THE BOOKS!) AmazonGoodreads 

13. Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh ● Amazon | Goodreads

BONUS!! AKA, why didn’t I include these??*

1. Death at Thorburn Hall (November) by Julianna Deering ● Amazon | Goodreads

2. Blue Ridge Sunrise (November) by Denise Hunter ● Amazon | Goodreads

3. If Ever I Would Leave You by Susan May Warren ● Amazon | Goodreads

* Ok, so the reasons “why” are legit. Books 1 and 2 are not yet published (therefor HOW could I have them on my shelf?? And book the third is only in Kindle format!

*goes live tomorrow afternoon; channel linked above

That brings yet another Top Ten Tuesday edition (Finding Wonderland style) to a close. What are some of your favorite cozy, nostalgic or “creepy” autumn reads; what genre are you drawn to this time of year? Did you base your list on book covers or the story?? Which books did you feature – have you read any of these??

Leave all the bookish comments below – and feel free to introduce yourself, and leave those Top Ten Tuesday links. It may take me the entire week, but I’ll be by to visit!

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland 
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Eat, Drink and Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (2017) โ€“ Duels! Pastries! Romance! Hallmark's Detecting Duo Returns

Eat, Drink and Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (2017) – Duels! Pastries! Romance! Hallmark's Detecting Duo Returns

As the autumn season descends,  a shift in our choice of entertainment follows. If you’re anything like me, where the summertime is full of contemporary stories and light-hearted beach reads, during the autumn season, you discover some cozy mysteries. This is just one of the reasons I was so excited to discover the Gourmet Detective is back!

TV FILM REVIEW | Eat, Drink and Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (2017) – Duels! Pastries! Romance! Hallmark's Detecting Duo Returns. All text © Rissi JC; review first appears on

From professional (albeit reluctant) partners, to sparing partners (let’s face it, they still are) to 3-month anniversary. This is a snapshot of the relationship timeline and current status of Henry Ross (Dylan Neal) and Maggie Price (Brooke Burns). Following their working relationship with the SFPD (he’s an ex-chef turned consulting detective, she’s a detective), the two began dating and on this evening, Henry has plans to dazzle Maggie on their anniversary.

Only trouble is, the event, a costume party for an old friend, ends up not being a costume party at all. Needless to say, Maggie is a little annoyed with Henry (she now feels ridiculous in her 18th century garb!). But she soon forgets when David's, the guest of honor, son dies.

As the investigation unfolds, they discover this wasn’t an accident. Between David’s four children (all of whom never get along), business rivals and employees, the list of suspects begins to stack up.

Though this sleuthing duo doesn’t seem as popular as the finds of an antique shop (Garage Sale Mystery) or the emotional journeys of a postal team (Signed, Sealed and Delivered), this is actually one of, if not my favorite mystery series. Housed under Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries brand, there’s something about them that makes each one stand out.

TV FILM REVIEW | Eat, Drink and Be Buried: A Gourmet Detective Mystery (2017) – Duels! Pastries! Romance! Hallmark's Detecting Duo Returns. All text © Rissi JC; review first appears on

For me, one of these things is the fantastic chemistry between its leads. I'm so glad that kiss (from 'Death Al Dente') translates to an actual dating relationship rather than a "let's ignore that ever happened" script. These two together have a smart, easy-going and sassy (especially Maggie – she’s all about the sass!) chemistry. This keeps the viewer laughing often over their antics and hilarious arguments. Plus makes the story “pop” and keeps the rapport between them fun.

For anyone who watched crime dramas with a lighthearted feeling (like Castle), you’ll enjoy this franchise. It’s fun, full of mystery and of course, flirty. Those of us who’ve been rooting for these two to couple up, will be grinning with abandon as we watch them navigate the waters of a professional and personal life. One of the most humorous parts of the film is watching them navigate the pros and cons of personal and professional life blends. A potential snag in their otherwise blissful relationship is the introduction of Henry’s past, a past that crops up in the form of Bruce Boxleitner’s character! But to discover more, you’ll have to tune in.

With the primary cast remaining the same, a fun subplot setting up and an emotional component that is Henry’s past, ‘Eat, Drink and Be Buried’ is a fantastic telefilm. For those who love a good mystery, you won’t want to miss this latest installment – plus for the romantics among us, the ending is fulfilling and cute, aka flirty bliss. 

'Eat, Drink and Be Buried' airs TONIGHT on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries!

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press
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Carrie Pilby (2017) - New York Streets Backdrop Literary Heroine's Story

Carrie Pilby (2017) - New York Streets Backdrop Literary Heroine's Story

Every once in a while, I encounter a magical piece of cinema. 

Not the kind that transports you to a land where fairies guide a heroine through dangerous villains. Or the sort where magicians must carefully conceal their sorcery lest they lose everything. Nor even the ones that ends with a kiss that reawakens a beauty sleeping in the woods. 

No, it's the sort of magic that comes along once in a blue moon when I make a discovery of a contemporary piece of filmmaking that somehow, just "clicks." 

Quibbles, quirks and all, one such film is, Carrie Pilby. Let me introduce you to Carrie.

Carrie Pilby is an exceptionally bright young woman who graduated Harvard at 19. Now, without school as a buffer, she struggles to find her little piece of the world in the big, wide city that is New York. 

Witty, heartwarming, and even, swoony, Carrie Pilby is one of the best "happy accident" films I've seen. Boasting an all-star cast (trivia note: lots of British talent, including William Moseley from the Narnia films), this Indie is a gem of a story that explores life, living among the world but not of it, and love. 

Find my official, full review of this one on Silver Petticoat. ♥

Carrie Pilby Film Review

Indie films and I have what I’d call a love-hate relationship. I find them on a whim, read their premise, check out the cast list and perhaps finish with the two-minute trailer. After that, I add them to my “think about” list. If I ever get around to watching them, my reaction is one of two things: I either fall head over heels for their brand of charm or I detest them. Read on Silver Petticoat Review →
Content: British slang/profanity, and a use of the F-word. Some adult situations, including an underage affair (non-explicit) and talk of society’s obsession with “sex.” The film is unrated, but would, in all likelihood, earn a PG-13 rating.
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Top Ten Tuesday | In Which I Gush, Crush and Fangirl Over the Following Book Boyfriends

Top Ten Tuesday | In Which I Gush, Crush and Fangirl Over the Following Book Boyfriends

With a new set of prompts up to take us through the end of the year, the Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday just keeps getting more and more awesome. Why, you wonder? Well, for starters, there’s this week’s fangirl approved topic.

Broke and Bookish October 3: Top Ten Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends (Which characters do you have crushes on?) – Broke and Bookish 

Fangirl Confessions | Previewing Fall 2017 TV

In fiction or the book blogging community, one of the favorite coined phrases is “book boyfriend.” It’s basically those characters you crush on and consider, well, you book boyfriend. Or if you’re anything like me, that term is plural because let’s face it, I have a few too many book boyfriends. (Or is there no such thing as “too many”??)

(*giggles* I’d argue there isn’t. But...)

You see, all of the guys below are all dudes and men I’d like to meet… *train of thought interrupted by logical self*

What’s that?

*whispers* These are fictional characters – as in, they’re not real…


When blogging and/or “work” involves picking through books and finding favored book boyfriends, I’m all for this job. After all, gushing about favorite leading men is never a hardship methinks. Though not all of these are necessarily guys I'd date... they are nonetheless, good guys - and most importantly, they are exactly who their leading lady needs. You’re about to meet a single father, a Navy SEAL (*swoon*), and boy(s)-next-door!

Here we go…


1. Ben from A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay | Ben is not only a chef, he’s also an Italian who whisks his sweetheart off to Italy on a grand adventure to meet his eccentric family. Amazon | Goodreads

2. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins | Aww, I recently met Cricket in a story that may lack his name in its title, but is 100% a story he owns nearly every corner of. He’s the cutest, best and smartest YA male character I’ve met for a while. Amazon | Goodreads

3. Davis Carter from A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese | Davis is, flat out (no ifs about it), a fantastic character. The way he loves his sweetheart, considers what's best for his son and lives his everyday life impresses me to no end. Amazon | Goodreads

4. John from True to You by Becky Wade | Ok, confession time. I really (like, really, really) wanted to put Ty Porter on this list (Meant to be Mine, also by Becky Wade), but since I gush about him enough, I decided to give John his due. Because, don’t get me wrong, John is an amazing character – one I wouldn’t  mind meeting. Amazon | Goodreads

5. Olly from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon | I love Olly. At first blush, he’s kind of sporting that “bad boy” vibe (with the description of being clad in “all black”), but the guy has a heart of gold, and a backstory to go with it. Amazon | Goodreads

6. Seth Nguyen from Lucky in Love by Kasie West | Seth is the latest leading guy from Kasie West’s latest, and boy is he a good ‘un. LoveLOVELOVE his character. He’s the best kind of character because he’s genuine, and understanding and perfect for Maddie! Amazon | Goodreads


1. The Beast from Beauty and the Beast | Let's be honest the real reason this prince of a beast made it onto my list is because Dan Stevens aka Matthew Crawley plays him. I mean, who didn't adore Matthew?? ...OK, I'll admit it. I have a (big) soft spot for the Beast too. ♥

2. Steve Rogers aka Captain America | *swoon* You know I adore Captain America. 'Nuff said. (Though I will admit I crush on Daniel Sousa too - a lot. Peggy has excellent taste.)

3. Steve Trevor from Wonder Woman | From Steve Rogers to Steve Trevor (I'm sensing a theme here...). The more I think about, see and get to "know" Steve, the more I like him. He's a fantabulous character and one I'm sad we may not see more of.

4. Trace from Chesapeake Shores | Though I haven't seen "season two" Trace (because I haven't watched 'Shores'), I do love this character. Now if only the writer's wouldn't create unnecessary drama by pulling Trace and Abby apart because of exes, and new love interests - whaaat!! #NotCool

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above

These are some of my favorite book boyfriends. Some are because of a deeper emotional connection the characters make on the planes of the pages they live on. Others are for surface reasons *ahem* eye candy. Who are some of your favorite fictional crushes? Who are some of the most memorable fictional characters you’ve met lately?

Comment with all the bookish thoughts below – and don’t forget to leave your Top Ten Tuesday spaces and places. I’d love to visit; it may take me the entire week to do so, but I will be by to visit.

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On My Bookshelf, Edition 3 | Anticipating October 2017

On My Bookshelf, Edition 3 | Anticipating October 2017

Happy October, everyone. I hope this new month has started well for you all. How was September's month for you - reading, life or blogging? Did you discover any nostalgic reads? Any cozy reads? Are you anticipating any of October's reads?

Though the start of a new month can be many things (in this case, it's all about the shifting weather and a beautiful canvas of nature), one of the positive things a new month brings with it is the release of new books.

Since these past couple of months have ushered in some amazing books, I thought I'd talk about a few of these books today. Below, I've collected a list of a few books that are on my read shelf and were amazing, as well as a few of the books coming out this month that have piqued my interest (SO. MANY. BOOKS.).

First up, books I've recently read (and think you should too) plus one I plan to read this month.

LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins | Read the Review 
...Lola and the Boy Next Door is still an easy, breezy and cute read. I enjoyed Cricket’s pursuit of Lola (the way he expresses his interest only to withdraw to be the “better man”) and Lola’s creative soul is so darn fun. Reading about a character like this (who’s so boldly “out there” in her style and personality) makes the experience all the brighter. - ★★★★

ALL THIS TIME by Melissa Tagg | Read the Review
With its signature “cozy” vibe and feels, the breath-catching moments are amped up in All This Time. Whether it’s because of the underlying sense of “mystery” that surrounds Bear’s family or the achingly tender moments between Bear and Raegan, there is plenty to swoon and sigh over.   - ★★★★

WRITTEN IN THE DUST by Christina Coryell | There are two basic types of people you’ll come across in small towns. Planters have the land in their blood and want to stay forever. Dreamers long for the day they will finally escape. Holly Christian? Definitely a planter. She’s never considered leaving for greener pastures, but it’ll be a whole lot easier to move forward when people finally stop telling her that will never happen. Thank goodness she has an ally in Hunter Pearce. He has no desire to leave now that he has what he’s always wanted. Well…almost. The words he can’t take back are still clinging closer than a humid summer afternoon. 

Then there’s Gatlin Moore, who leans more in the dreamer direction. He used to imagine a future away from his hometown, but circumstances changed his plans long ago. Now he can’t stop thinking about bringing some of his dreams back to life, namely the ones that involve Brooke Langdon. Breaking up in their small town was hard, but getting back together might prove impossible. She may not be around long, unless she rediscovers what she used to love about the place. Putting her future in order by piecing together the past could mend her heart…or break it for keeps. 

Welcome to Hope Canyon. This is our backroads story. - Goodreads, October 3 | Add on Goodreads


PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND MISTLETOE by Melissa De La Cruz | Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, 
beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her dad and little brother.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32 and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way? - Goodreads, releases October 17 | Add on Goodreads

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green | Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.

Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. 

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship. - Goodreads, releases October 10 | Add on Goodreads

THE AFTERLIFE of HOLLY CHASE by Cynthia Hand | On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn't.

And then she died.

Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . . - Goodreads, releases October 24 | Add on Goodreads

DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS by Irene Hannon | Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps--and figure out what they missed! - Goodreads, releases October 3 | Add on Goodreads

BLIND SPOT by Dani Pettrey | FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that "the wrath is coming," Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She's sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can't deny, and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell--and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives. - Goodreads, releases October 3 | Add on Goodreads 

LADY JAYNE DISAPPEARS by Joanna Davidson Politano | When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance--and perhaps even her father's death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano's stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance. - Goodreads, releases October 3 | Add on Goodreads 

THE SECRET LIFE OF SARAH HOLLENBECK by Bethany Turner | Steamy romance writer Sarah Hollenbeck's career is at its peak, but reconciling her writing with her newfound faith proves more difficult than she imagined--and falling for her pastor doesn't make things any easier. - Goodreads, October 3 | Add on Goodreads

That's a wrap for a look at a few of the books coming to store shelves this month. Tell me, will you be reading any of these? Do you plan to read any other books this month? How's your TBR shaping up? Let's chat all the bookish and bookworm talk! Comments are yours.

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