Hello! I know I have been very absent lately, and I really apologize for that. The past few weeks have been really crazy with final exams and projects, and I have been so focused on them that I honestly have not even had time to think about blogging. However, I am finally done now!! I actually graduate two days from now, and I could not be more excited. So, now I will actually be able to focus on blogging and writing and everything else I love to do, starting with sharing about my featured releases for the month of May!
Moments We Forget by Beth K. Vogt
Moments We Forget is the second book in Beth’s Thatcher Sisters series, coming after Things I Never Told You.
Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine.
Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again.
Will Jillian ever achieve her own dreams, or will she always be “just Jillian,” the less-than Thatcher sister? Can she count on her sisters as she tries to step into a stronger place, or are they stuck in their childhood roles forever?
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
The Printed Letter Bookshop is a stand-alone novel.
Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop.
One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt—and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.
While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls.
When Madeline’s professional life falls apart, and a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. Has she been too quick to dismiss her aunt’s beloved shop? And even if she has, the women’s best combined efforts may be too little, too late.
Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter
Summer by the Tides is a stand-alone novel.
A summer of low tides could expose years of family secrets.
When her grandmother goes missing from the family beach house, Maddy and her estranged sisters converge in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma in the home where their family broke apart is a struggle Maddy is not in the mood to face, especially since she’s recovering from her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal.
As the sisters wait for word of their grandmother, they begin to pack up the family belongings—and unpack memories of the idyllic summers of their childhood. But with those memories come long-buried secrets, and Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven. Meanwhile, Gram’s neighbor, Connor Sullivan, seems overly interested in Gram’s whereabouts. Maddy is drawn in by his quick smile and steady gaze in spite of herself.
Undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the family under again, maybe for good this time. As tensions rise, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become—and Maddy must decide if falling in love again is worth the potential heartbreak.
Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn
Becoming Us is the first book in the Haven Makers series.
Five young women, including beloved Gunn characters Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen, gather for a simple Christmas party and soon become unlikely best friends. Told from the viewpoint of Emily, a timid young mom going through a difficult season of life, the regular gatherings provide the much needed community she’s longed for. As the women begin sharing their life stories in Becoming Us they are endeared to each other and find ways to challenge, encourage, and help each other becoming the nurturing mothers they wished they’d had when they were growing up. They see themselves as Haven Makers and unite to be remembered for what they do and not for what was done to them.
Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg
Now and Then and Always is the first book in Melissa’s Maple Valley series.
“It was just a house. Just a craggy old house in a hidden grove, shuttered and still…”
Last year, after traumatic circumstances forced her from her job as a nanny, Mara Bristol finally found a place to belong—the winsome Everwood Bed & Breakfast at the edge of Maple Valley, Iowa. For months, she’s helped its owner, Lenora, maintain the ramshackle property despite their shortage of guests. But when Lenora fails to return from a month-long trip and the bank threatens foreclosure, Mara worries she’s once again alone…abandoned…about to lose the only true home she’s ever known.
Detective Marshall Hawkins is no closer to whole today than he was two years ago…the day his daughter died. Between his divorce, debilitating migraines, and dependence on medication, his life is falling apart. And when a reckless decision on the job propels him into administrative leave, he has no other plan but to get in his truck and drive. A one-night stay at the Everwood was supposed to be just that. But there’s something about the old house—or maybe its intriguing caretaker—that pulls him in.
Together, Mara and Marshall set out to save the Everwood. But its secrets run deeper than they could’ve imagined. As they renovate the house and search for its missing owner, they’ll each confront the pain that brought them to the Everwood in the first place…and just maybe discover a faith and love to help them carry on.
The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport
The Inn at Hidden Run is a stand-alone novel.
Welcome at Our Door by Amy Clipston
Welcome at Our Door is the fourth book in Amy’s Amish Homestead series, coming after A Place at Our Table, Room on the Porch Swing, and A Seat by the Hearth.
Those are my featured releases for May! I hope you’ve found something that you’re looking forward to checking out!
All credit for the italicized synopses goes to each author and their respective publishers.