Top Ten Tuesday-Top Ten Books That I Love That Are Over Ten Years Old

There are so many wonderful books over ten years old that the world has seemingly forgotten about. Here are a few of mine. To see more lists please visit That Artsy Reader Girl

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1971

1995

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1980

1949

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The Cosy Travelling Christmas Shop by Lilac Mills-Review

About The Book

While bringing joy to others, can these two Christmas helpers also find some for themselves?

Seren’s great aunt Nelly hates being in a care home, especially around Christmas when Seren learns that Nelly and the other residents can’t enjoy the simple pleasure of browsing for gifts in the shops. So what if Seren brings the shops to them?

Converting an ice cream van into a gift shop, Seren travels around Tinstone to help out the less mobile. On her journeys, she keeps bumping into a reluctant – and handsome – Father Christmas, who has been roped into helping out this festive season.

But running her own business comes with risks and surprises that Seren’s not sure she’s able to tackle. Has she bitten off more than she can chew, or will her travelling Christmas shop provide some much-needed festive cheer for the residents of Tinstone?

A delightfully heartwarming and funny festive romance for fans of Rebecca Raisin and Sue Moorcroft.

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My Review

It’s so much fun getting into Christmas books for this year already.
Christmas books are fun and uplifting, well if they are by Lilac Mills they are.
Seren’s great Aunt Nelly hates being in a care home, especially because of her limited mobility.
The one time Seren and her father took aunt Nelly out shopping with her wheelchair it made for a very long and tiring day for all.
While Seren is pondering Nelly’s suggestion of she wants the shopping to come to her there’s the brilliant idea of converting an ice cream truck to a portable Christmas shopping van.
It’s not all smooth sailing but when it’s done lots of people are so impressed with the Cosy Travelling Christmas Shop. Throw in the warm,fuzzy holiday season,a little snow and gift wrapped gifts and a fun and unexpected holiday romance. It wouldn’t be the holidays without the latest Christmas read by Lilac Mills which I recommend to you!

Pub Date 01 Sep 2022
I was given a complimentary copy of this book.
All opinions expressed are my own.

About The Author

Lilac Mills lives on a Welsh mountain with her very patient husband and incredibly sweet dog, where she grows veggies (if the slugs don’t get them), bakes (badly) and loves making things out of glitter and glue (a mess, usually). She’s been an avid reader ever since she got her hands on a copy of Noddy Goes to Toytown when she was five, and she once tried to read everything in her local library starting with A and working her way through the alphabet.

She loves long, hot summer days and cold winter ones snuggled in front of the fire, but whatever the weather she’s usually writing or thinking about writing, with heartwarming romance and happy-ever-afters always on her mind..

Website: http://www.lilacmills.com

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No Ordinary Christmas (Mistletoe,Maine #1)by Belle Calhoune-Review

About The Book

The quaint New England town of Mistletoe is thrilled to welcome back one of their own, Dante West. Now a famous Hollywood action star, Dante is filming a movie in town to help the local economy, as well as make amends with the people he hurt when he abruptly left Mistletoe all those years ago.

Librarian Lucy Marshall isn’t thrilled to see Dante. He was once her best friend and first love until he left her behind without a word of goodbye. When Dante makes her an offer she can’t refuse — use of the library as a filming venue in exchange for a lucrative donation, Lucy finds herself spending a lot of time in Dante’s company. With the magic of Christmas in the air, Dante and Lucy begin to forge a new bond. But can two people leading such different lives find lasting love the second time around?

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My Review

This is my first read by this author and I can tell you right now it’s definitely not going to be my last!
This book will make you feel all warm and fuzzy like it’s a relaxing Sunday and you’ve just eaten a big stack of warm fluffy pancakes and you’re so satisfied.
Mistletoe,Maine has been chosen as the filming spot for Dante West’s latest movie. Dante grew up in Mistletoe but left for Hollywood and became a celebrity heartthrob .
When he was just a local guy he was best friends with and dating quiet unassuming librarian Lucy Marshall. He left it all behind,even her without a goodbye.
The town’s folks welcome him back with open arms as for Lucy, she’s scared to risk her feeling on him again but those feeling just seem to bubble up to the surface again no matter how much her sister warns her to be careful this time around.
The magic of Christmas may just play a part in getting these two back together again.
I loved the winter descriptions of the book and the fun atmosphere of it.
Everyone needs to visit a town like Mistletoe,Maine at least once.
I can’t wait to read more books in this series.

Pub Date 28 Sep 2021
I was given a complimentary copy of this book.
All opinions expressed are my own.

Beautiful African American couple in love

About The Author

Publisher’s Weekly Best Selling Author Belle Calhoune was born and raised in Massachusetts, one of five children. Growing up across the street from a public library fed her hunger for books, particularly romance novels and mysteries. A member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) Honor Roll, Belle has written over 40 books. Her novel, An Alaskan Christmas, has been made into a television movie by Brain Power Studios, to be featured on UPtv in October of 2019.

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A Perilous Pal (Friend for Hire #2)

About the Book

Entrepreneur Emma Westlake has found that starting a business can be murder in this new Friend for Hire Mystery by USA Today bestselling author Laura Bradford.

Emma Westlake, proprietor of A Friend for Hire, finds a heart-wrenching email from a prospective client in her inbox. The email is from Kim Felder, a woman struggling with empty-nest syndrome and an out of left field divorce. Emma is determined to help get this woman in a better headspace. She suggests that Kim draft a bucket list of things she has always wanted to do in life but has not because of the time she has devoted to being the best mom and wife she could be.

Together, they fill that list (baking classes, traveling, dancing in the middle of the street for no reason) with Kim adding in some hilarious items about getting even with her ex. All laughter ends though, when Kim’s ex winds up dead via one of the “funny” ideas Kim proposed. Now, Kim is the lone suspect in the murder with Emma the only person who can prove otherwise.

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My Review

This is the second book in the, A Friend for Hire series by Laura Bradford.
I’ve read and enjoyed the first book in this series and now this one just as much.
In this series we see a woman, Emma Westlake, at the suggestion of her elderly friend Dottie starting a friend for hire service. The service is just like what it sounds like, a woman who you can hire to be your friend to go places with you, such as the gym,doctor’s appointments, to have coffee with you or just talk if needed. Now we do see some characters from the first book in this one as well which is always neat when we see characters crossing over to another book in the series.
In this book Emma is hired by a lonely woman, an empty nester who feels like her children don’t need her any more and whose husband has flown the coop for a younger woman.
She jokes around to Emma she is so mad that she wants to kill her husband. When said husband turns up dead she is the automatic suspect. Emma has gotten to know her and doesn’t believe the woman has committed the crime.
Help Emma solve the case to try to get her new friend off the main suspect list.
I am really enjoying this series and look forward to more by this author.

Pub Date 05 Jul 2022
I was given a complimentary copy of this book.
All opinions expressed are my own.

Friends enjoying coffee together

About The Author

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house more than forty years ago, Laura Bradford (a.k.a. Elizabeth Lynn Casey) fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do anything else.

Today, Laura is the USA Today Bestselling Author of more than 35 books and stories. Her latest work includes A Plus One for Murder, the debut book in her new A Friend for Hire Mysteries, and the women’s fiction novel, Her New Story.

Laura also pens several other mystery series including; An Amish Mystery series, the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Tobi Tobias Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). She is a former Agatha Award nominee, and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. Laura enjoys baking, spending time with her family, and being an advocate for those living with multiple sclerosis. Learn more at: https://www.laurabradford.com

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A Dark and Stormy Tea (A Teashop Mystery #24) by Laura Childs-Review

About The Book

A possible serial killer on the loose sends tea maven Theodosia Browning into a whirlwind of investigation in this latest installment of the New York Times bestselling series.

It was a dark and stormy night, but that was the least of Theodosia Browning’s troubles. As she approaches St. Philips Graveyard, Theodosia sees two figures locked in a strange embrace. Wiping rain from her eyes, Theodosia realizes she has just witnessed a brutal murder and sees a dark-hooded figure slip away into the fog.

In the throes of alerting police, Theodosia recognizes the victim–it is the daughter of her friend, Lois, who owns the Antiquarian Bookshop next door to her own Indigo Tea Shop.

Even though this appears to be the work of a serial killer who is stalking the back alleys of Charleston, Lois begs Theodosia for help. Against the advice of her boyfriend, Detective Pete Riley, and the sage words of Drayton, her tea sommelier, amateur-sleuth Theodosia launches her own shadow investigation. And quickly discovers that suspects abound with the dead girl’s boyfriend, nefarious real estate developer, private-security man, bumbling reporter, and her own neighbor who is writing a true-crime book and searching for a big ending.

INCLUDES DELICIOUS RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS! 

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My Review

I would say A Dark and Stormy Tea is my favorite of the books I’ve read in A Teashop Mystery series.
Once again we have tea maven Theodosia Browning butting her nose in, err helping to investigate a murder committed by a possible serial killer.
On a dark and stormy night on her way home from working at her delightful teashop ,Theodosia Browning cuts through a cemetery and witnesses a brutal murder. Because of the cloaked figure she can not identify who it was but the victim is her friend’s daughter who owns a bookshop next to her teashop, the Indigo Teashop.
Her boyfriend is a police detective so we get an inside scoop on how the investigation is going which makes it interesting,
I enjoyed the descriptions of the the types of tea in the shop,the china and the fancy parties taking place there.
Earl Grey is a great name for her dog.
There are other similar types of murders taking place at different places and times so this just may be the work of a serial killer.
Theodosia Browning’s gotten herself into a bit of hot water with her investigating, see how a teakettle and a bit of tea helps her out.
Recommended to fans of foodie cozy mysteries also teashops.
Absolutely delightful food and drink recipes included in the book.

Pub Date 09 Aug 2022
I was given a complimentary copy of this book.
All opinions expressed are my own.

About The Author

Gerry Schmitt, who writes under the pen name Laura Childs is now adding two more series that are harder-edged Wednesday February 26, 2014 in Plymouth. (Pioneer Press: Jean Pieri)

Laura Childs is the New York Times bestselling author of the Tea Shop Mysteries, Scrapbook Mysteries, and Cackleberry Club Mysteries. In her previous life she was CEO/Creative Director of her own marketing firm and authored several screenplays. She is married to a professor of Chinese art history, loves to travel, rides horses, enjoys fund raising for various non-profits, and has two Chinese Shar-Pei dogs.

Laura specializes in cozy mysteries that have the pace of a thriller (a thrillzy!) Her three series are:

The Tea Shop Mysteries – set in the historic district of Charleston and featuring Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop. Theodosia is a savvy entrepreneur, and pet mom to service dog Earl Grey. She’s also an intelligent, focused amateur sleuth who doesn’t rely on coincidences or inept police work to solve crimes. This charming series is highly atmospheric and rife with the history and mystery that is Charleston.

The Scrapbooking Mysteries – a slightly edgier series that take place in New Orleans. The main character, Carmela, owns Memory Mine scrapbooking shop in the French Quarter and is forever getting into trouble with her friend, Ava, who owns the Juju Voodoo shop. New Orleans’ spooky above-ground cemeteries, jazz clubs, bayous, and Mardi Gras madness make their presence known here!

The Cackleberry Club Mysteries – set in Kindred, a fictional town in the Midwest. In a rehabbed Spur station, Suzanne, Toni, and Petra, three semi-desperate, forty-plus women have launched the Cackleberry Club. Eggs are the morning specialty here and this cozy cafe even offers a book nook and yarn shop. Business is good but murder could lead to the cafe’s undoing! This series offers recipes, knitting, cake decorating, and a dash of spirituality.

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Do you have a favorite tea you enjoy? Let me know in the comments. I enjoy Orange teas,also lemon,peppermint,pumpkin spice,salted caramel and Constant Comment tea, plus more but I’m not going to bore you and list even more 🙂

A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen-Review

About The Book

Laura Callaway daily walks the windswept Cornwall coast, known for many shipwrecks but few survivors. She feels like a castaway, set adrift on the tides of fate by the deaths of her parents and left wanting answers. Now living with her parson uncle and his parsimonious wife in North Cornwall, Laura is viewed as an outsider even as she yearns to belong somewhere again.

When ships sink, wreckers scour the shore for valuables, while Laura searches for clues to the lives lost. She has written letters to loved ones and returned keepsakes to rightful owners. She collects seashells and mementos, and when a man is washed ashore, she collects him too.

As Laura and a neighbor care for the castaway, the mystery surrounding him grows. He has abrasions and a deep cut that looks suspiciously like a knife wound, and he speaks in careful, educated English, yet his accent seems odd. Other clues wash ashore, and Laura soon realizes he is not who he seems to be. Their attraction grows, and while she longs to return the man to his rightful home, evidence against him mounts. With danger pursuing them from every side, will Laura ever find the answers and love she seeks?

My Review

One of my favorite authors, though I may be behind in my reads I will always read every book I can get my hands on by this author.
This book is set on the windswept Cornish coast. The area has quite a few shipwrecks and many of the areas inhabitants are known to have lost a loved one to these wrecks. Very atmospheric, you can feel the wildness of the wind tossing the ships about.
As the ships sink wreckers search the area for valuables that have washed ashore.
The man Laura rescues from the shipwreck near her Cornish home is surrounded in mystery, who is he and why does he have strange injuries on his body? The romance between Alex and Laura, the woman who rescues him after the shipwreck near her Cornwall home. I also enjoyed reading about the Cornish coast and it’s rugged storms. Atmospheric and full of interesting characters the plot kept me entertained and I found it hard to put down.

Published December 1st 2020
I was given a complimentary copy of this book.
All opinions expressed are my own.

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About The Author

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Minnesota Book Award, the Midwest Book Award, and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live in St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit http://www.julieklassen.com and talesfromivyhill.com for more information.

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The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden-Review

About the book

“Heartfelt, heartwarming, joyful, and uplifting. You can’t go wrong with a Rachel Linden book.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

An uplifting novel about a heartbroken young pie maker who is granted a magical second chance to live the life she didn’t choose. . . . from the bestselling author of The Enlightenment of Bees.

 
Lolly Blanchard’s life only seems to give her lemons. Ten years ago, after her mother’s tragic death, she broke up with her first love and abandoned her dream of opening a restaurant in order to keep her family’s struggling Seattle diner afloat and care for her younger sister and grieving father. Now, a decade later, she dutifully whips up the diner’s famous lemon meringue pies each morning while still pining for all she’s lost.  
 
As Lolly’s thirty-third birthday approaches, her quirky great-aunt gives her a mysterious gift—three lemon drops, each of which allows her to live a single day in a life that might have been hers. What if her mom hadn’t passed away? What if she had opened her own restaurant in England? What if she hadn’t broken up with the only man she’s ever loved? Surprising and empowering, each experience helps Lolly let go of her regrets and realize the key to transforming her life lies not in redoing her past but in having the courage to embrace her present.

My Review

Heartfelt,heartwarming, this is one of those books that when you’re finished with it it won’t just quickly leave your mind.
Lolly Blanchard is the stability in her family. After her mother passed away she is sticking to the promise she made to her mother shortly before her passing, take care of your sister and father.
She’s been raising her younger sister and also is the lemon pie maker in her family’s restaurant baking her delicacies daily from her mother’s secret pie recipe.
Her great-Aunt has come to help run the restaurant as well. Into her eighties she is strict and no nonsense but at times Lolly does see a milder side to her.
Coulda,shoulda,woulda we all have thoughts of what we could have done differently in the past including Lolly especially when her sister finds and old notebook of Lolly’s with a list she made in middle school of what she wanted to accomplish as an adult. Looking at the list she can laugh at some of the items but some she still wants to accomplish.
The book has magical realism as Lolly is able to experience the things she had wished for for only one day for each item. Not all is fine and dandy though there are the positives and negatives of each of the days she’s experiencing. She comes to realize what she has is so much better than she thought and all she thought she really wanted is not better than what she already has.
Beautifully written and definitely worth a reread in the future.

Pub Date 02 Aug 2022 |
I was given a complimentary copy of this book.
All opinions expressed are my own.

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About The Author

Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures in over fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her writing. She is the author of Ascension of Larks, Becoming the Talbot Sisters, and The Enlightenment of Bees. Currently Rachel lives with her family in Seattle, WA where she enjoys creating stories about hope, courage and connection with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.

To learn more about Rachel Linden, visit her at http://www.rachellinden.com or connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorRachellinden/ or Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/rachellinden_writer

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Can’t Wait Wednesday

I can’t wait for Worthy of Legend by Roseanna M. White. I’ve been reading her books for years. Every book just gets better than the last.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here.

Bethany House Publishers Publish Date September 13,22 368 pages

About The Book

1906

After a summer of successful pirate-treasure hunting, Lady Emily Scofield and her friends must hide the unprecedented discoveries they’ve made, thanks to the betrayal of her own family. Horrified by her brother, who will stop at nothing to prove himself to their greedy father, Emily is forced to take a stand against her family–even if it means being cut off entirely.

Bram Sinclair, Earl of Telford, is fascinated with tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table–an interest he’s kept mostly hidden for the last decade. But when a diary is unearthed on the islands that could lead to a secret artifact, Bram is the only one able to piece the legends together.

As Bram and Emily seek out the whereabouts of the hidden artifact, they must dodge her family and a team of archaeologists. In a race against time, it is up to them to decide what makes a hero worthy of legend. Is it fighting valiantly to claim the treasure . . . or sacrificing everything in the name of selfless love?

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Key Man by Allen K. Huffstutter-Review

About The Book

Being stymied by a murder investigation that’s going nowhere is bad enough. Now, Sam and Ski, L.A. Detectives, are being hounded by Kate Newberry, who wants the two investigators to get to the bottom of her grandfather’s seemingly unrelated murder. Reluctantly, this unlikely trio follows an expanding, bi-coastal trail that leads to dozens of potentially related murders with a common how. Eventually, the why becomes clear. Frantic, can they connect all of the dots in time to determine who’s next?

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My Review

This is my first read by this author and there were things I liked and disliked about the book.
I thought the book was on pace. It kept my attention and had me guessing if the connections were there in the developing case. Well developed characters that kept me turning pages .
I liked the pacing of the story with the police detectives working the murders.
As they make headway on the case these L.A. detectives are working against the clock before their main suspect strikes again.
I thought the ending fell flat though, it felt rushed and incomplete. Maybe a second book will wrap up this story.
I liked the author’s writing style and would read more of this author’s works.

Published April 20th 2021
I was given a complimentary copy of this book.
All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Over years of involvement in finance and the launching of start-ups, Allen Huffstutter’s career has been one of “doing deals.” That background, combined with his MBA from the University of Southern California and his BS in Finance from San Diego State University, provides Allen with the basis for weaving together a nuanced financial plot line involving a cast of memorable characters … and murder.

Other Work

Liz Estrada, A Contemporary Adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata

http://www.allenhuffstutter.com

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Top Ten Tuesday-Places I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

There are so many wonderful places to visit around the world so I’ll list a few here.

France

England

Italy

New York

Michigan

Germany

California

Ohio

Seaside,England

Boston and New Hampshire

We’ve just returned from traveling on a week long anniversary trip last month and the urge to travel has hit again. So many exciting and wonderful things to see.Let me know in the comments if you’d like to read any of these books and where you’d enjoy traveling even if just through books which I do a lot.

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