Bette’s Bookshelf – two books I read in May

May was a busy reading month for me. We took a driving trip to New York so I was away from my computer and had time to lose myself in several wonderful stories. Here are two very different books and I loved both of them…

SWEET LAKE by Christine Nolfi

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Perhaps it was because I saw a bit of myself in Linnie Wayfair… she is a young woman with a heavy load of responsibility and a ne’er-do-well brother. As Linnie works to restore the family inn and make it profitable her brother shows up out of nowhere and threatens to ruin everything. Not only will you come to love Linnie and her friends, but you will want to join the Sweet Lake Sirens, a group of middle-aged women who meet at the lake in the moonlight and… wait, I am not going to say anything more because I don’t want to spoil the story. I will say the kinship of the Sirens is likely to remind you of the wonderful Ya Ya Sisterhood. So put Sweet Lake on your Summer Reading List, I think you’ll enjoy this fun story and there is plenty of tension to keep you turning the pages.

I already have “The Comfort of Secrets” Book 2 in this series on my TBR list.

THE PAPER MAGICIAN by Charlie N. Holmberg

While this series is flat out fantasy, the characters are so well drawn you will find yourself believing in their world. When Ceony Twill graduates from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, she has her heart set on studying with a metal magician, but she is instead assigned to a paper magician, which means that she will forever be restricted to the magical arts of paper. At the time it seems overwhelmingly disappointing, but as she soon comes to learn sometimes paper can be the difference in life and death. This is a delightful read that will have you turning the pages until the very end. I loved Ceony and will be continuing on with the next book in the series – The Glass Magician

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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