• Spring is here in Pittsburgh & that means rain. LOTS of it. I’m someone who could be 100% happy living somewhere where it storms 24/7, so I’m absolutely loving this weather: warm and grey and rainy. Love it. We’ve had so much rain here these past few weeks that sections of downtown Pittsburgh have been closed due to the flooding!
• Yesterday Matt & I met up with one of the guys he met through his Cars & Coffee meet-ups – some of the cars these guys have cost more than my house (!!) C&C ended for the season, but we REALLY like this one couple and we’ve been grabbing dinner, coffee, just hanging out whenever we can. Local friends, C&C is biweekly at Generoasta in Warrendale.
• MISSED SOMETHING THIS WEEK? I fell hard for Laura Madeleine’s debut, The Confectioner’s Tale, and have been waiting not-so-patiently for her next book. Where the Wild Cherries Grow took a few chapters to really get started, but once it did I was hooked. Told in two voices, this one tells the story of a young woman in 1919 who lost her family to WWI and the Spanish Flu and runs away to France to start a new life. In 1969 remaining relatives are looking to sell a crumbling manor, but in order to do so, they need confirmation of the owner’s death..and the owner hasn’t been seen in 50 years.
I also shared 6 things I’m loving this month! From tea to a new magazine to breathing life into old clothes, February has been great!
The Secret to Southern Charm by Kristy Woodson Harvey
While this is the second book in a series, it seems to be a novel that works as a standalone – Peachtree Bluff follows three sisters and their mother and this book focuses on the middle sister. Sloane has just learned her military husband is missing in action. She falls onto not only her sisters and mother for support, but also her own children. This one seems to be a great read for heading into spring and I’m looking forward to it! Thank you, Gallery Books!
Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson
Not even joking, I shrieked when I opened this package. The blurb on the cover says “Lovers of Civil War fiction will rejoice” and rejoice I did. There are publicists who know me so well and I am ridiculously excited to dive into this one!! A debutante from a Confederate family has been keeping her epilepsy a secret, lest scandal breaks out. Not one for balls and parties, she longs for a way to break free from the confines of her family…and an old schoolmate introduces her to life as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. YESSSS. Thank you, Tyndale!
The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
Last month I received an e-ARC of this one for a blog tour and I was delighted to see a finished hardback arrive! Dual era novels are my fav: this one bounces between 1950 and 2014. A school for troubled girls, a murder with a conviction that never felt right. I am SO there. Thank you, Berkley!