#FridayReads: The Memory House, At the Water’s Edge, The Trouble w/Love

Posted 27 March, 2015 by DLWhite in Writers Read 0 Comments

fridayreads HEY, remember this feature, when I used to talk about stuff I was reading over the weekend? Got away from with with all that book talk… but going to post up about what my eyes will be looking at all weekend. I have two ARCs I will be reading and I’m going to try to get in another CCJones book as well!



The Memory House by Linda Goodnight

Memories of motherhood and marriage are fresh for Julia Presley–though tragedy took away both years ago. Finding comfort in the routine of running the Peach Orchard Inn, she lets the historic, mysterious place fill the voids of love and family. No more pleasure of a man’s gentle kiss. No more joy in hearing a child call her Mommy. Life is calm, unchanging…until a stranger with a young boy and soul-deep secrets shows up in her Tennessee town and disrupts the loneliness of her world.

Julia suspects there’s more to Eli Donovan’s past than his motherless son, Alex. There’s a reason he’s chasing redemption and bent on earning it with a new beginning in Honey Ridge. Offering the guarded man work renovating the inn, she glimpses someone who–like her–has a heart in need of restoration. But with the chance discovery of a dusty stack of love letters buried within the lining of an old trunk, the long-dead ghosts of a Civil War romance envelop Julia and Eli, connecting them to the inn’s violent history and challenging them both to risk facing yesterday’s darkness for a future bright with hope and healing.

I thought the cover of this book was beautiful and I’m totally guilty of judging a book by such. As well, the swan song of an engaging blurb will get me to consider your book faster than anything else! This book releases Tuesday, March 31. More information at Goodreads.



At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind. To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants. The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love.


I started reading this awhile back, had a really difficult time connecting with the characters, and put it down. Here’s hoping I can make it through, but it’s set in Scotland and you all know how bad I am about books set abroad. I just often have NO IDEA what people are blathering on about. I did read Water for Elephants and thought it was alright. I’ll let you all know if I make it through and what I thought in my review next week. This book releases Tuesday, March 31. More information at Goodreads.



The Trouble with Love by Christina C. Jones

“That’s the trouble with love. You never know when you’ll lose it, when you’ll find it, or what you’ll have to do to keep it.”
One sister is living the dream…
Cameron has found the perfect guy in handsome, successful Kyle. He’s supportive, kind, just all around wonderful. Unfortunately, the higher the pedestal, the harder the fall.
While the other is waking up from what could have been a nightmare…
Unforgiveable actions force Jai to move on from her admittedly stagnant relationship with Elliott…right into the arms of her best friend. Was love standing right in her face all along, or is she still looking in the wrong direction?
Hearts are broken and healed. Scars, both physical and emotional are formed. Happiness is found, then lost, then found again.
Over the course of a year, these sisters face shattering blows and remarkable triumphs as they embark on a journey, figuring out that pesky little thing called love. 


This is going to be my ‘cuz I feel like it!’ read this weekend. I am excited as the author recently mentioned on her Facebook page that she’s working on a book in connection to this one. I’m really enjoying her backlist… scratching that black romance itch!


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