I am starting the year slowly – I got burnt out with reviews by December that I have decided to take it more slowly this year – no doubt that will change as there are so many good books coming up that I want to read!
For this year I have set my reading challenge to read 100 books by the end of the year and here is this months offerings:
Saint Vandal’s Day (Death by Cupcake #7) by D.E. Haggerty
St. Valentine’s Day is THE perfect day for a wedding. Unless a vandal is trying to ruin your life that is.
Callie is finally getting her dream wedding. On St. Valentine’s Day no less. Only a vandal is determined to destroy her bakery before the wedding can occur. Anna, self-proclaimed best cupcake baker this side of the Mississippi, is not letting anything happen to the cupcake bakery. No way. Barista extraordinaire Kristie jumps at the chance to help as well. Together the three women launch a mission to find the jerk who thinks it’s okay to attack the bakery.
Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes find the vandal and save the cupcake bakery before Callie’s dream wedding is ruined?
Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.
Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka by Amy Wilinski-Lyman
This children’s picture book tells the story of a colorful raven (who is also a therapist) who helps a young quokka who is hiding his depression behind his ever-present smile. Dr. Lucky helps Blue the Quokka understand what depression is, and through play therapy, teaches the quokka some tools and techniques to help him to once again smile on the inside as well as the outside.
Told in rhyme, with vibrant, lively illustrations by Leela Green, Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka is designed to help parents and other caring adults explain the concepts of depression and therapy to children in a gentle, non-threatening way. The book includes a section of parental resources including information of identifying symptoms of depression in children, talking to a child about depression, common myths about children and depression, and resources and organizations that can help.
Winter Whimsy: Escape this Christmas to the Boardwalk by the Sea by Georgina Troy
Zip up your puffer coat, winter has arrived!When Lexi Davies discovers that her father has sold the fishermen’s cottages she runs as holiday lets and where she also lives, she is heartbroken. Then Oliver Whimsy arrives at the boardwalk and announces that he is the new owner and Lexi realises that the future she was looking forward to enjoying at her cottages is over. Oliver might be handsome, wealthy and very sexy, but he’s new to the island and has already made a terrible impression on the locals. When the Scottish entrepreneur offers Lexi a job, she’s unsure whether she should accept. Unfortunately, she has little alternative if she wants to keep a roof over her head for the winter.
As Lexi gets to know him better, she discovers there’s far more to Oliver Whimsy than she or anyone else had imagined. Just what is the heartache Oliver’s trying so desperately to hide? And why was he so determined to buy the cottages? Lexi wants to find out, but in order to do so she’s going to have to spend rather a lot of time with him…