“There was a big bowl of dirty rice on the coffee table and white porcelain plat…

“There was a big bowl of dirty rice on the coffee table and white porcelain plates too.” 💙 • Great, classic mystery noir. Super atmospheric and you get all of the LA vibes in the 1940s. Mystery man offering money, missing woman, out of a job protagonist… this had it all! Black man searching for … Read more

“Ivy brought her coffee and croissant to the beach.” • I featured this book pr…

“Ivy brought her coffee and croissant to the beach.” 🧡 • I featured this book previously but came back to review this 5 star read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! This was so good – suspenseful for sure because I felt like I held my breath for so much of this book. It’s kind of a dark coming of … Read more

“He came over that night for a coffee.” • This is a quiet, heavy and heartbrea…

“He came over that night for a coffee.” ❤️ • This is a quiet, heavy and heartbreaking multigenerational story of a Métis family. At the center of the story is a crime that impacts the members of this First Nations family of mostly women. It’s told through multiple perspectives and from those stories we get … Read more

“‘I’ll have eggs and bacon,’ he answers after a beat. ‘Black coffee, too, please…

“‘I’ll have eggs and bacon,’ he answers after a beat. ‘Black coffee, too, please.’” ❤️ • This is a story of 3 women in the 1930s whose paths converge in Key West, FL one Labor Day weekend. It’s also exactly when a huge hurricane threatens the area. I love that a Cleeton book makes you … Read more

“Sara helped Nonna ice the cinnamon rolls. When she returned to the table, she n…

“Sara helped Nonna ice the cinnamon rolls. When she returned to the table, she noticed a full, steaming cup of coffee sitting at her place.” 💚 • 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh my heart. Felt like it was squeezed throughout this entire book. I’m rather new to reading romance but this felt like the perfect romance … Read more

“Then they drink a cup of coffee together in the kitchen: hot, strong, as much s…

“Then they drink a cup of coffee together in the kitchen: hot, strong, as much sugar as she wants.” 💙 • Beautifully written book that deserves all of the accolades it has received. It’s very atmospheric and vivid and I felt transported to the setting and felt protective of both Marie-Laure and Werner. But I … Read more

“I sat at the kitchen table and watched Bertha cut a thick slice of coffee cake …

“I sat at the kitchen table and watched Bertha cut a thick slice of coffee cake and put it on a paper towel in front of me.” 💜 • Happy Valentine’s Day! My daughter asked me last night if I would be her Valentine and of course I said Yes!!!! I love that she’s at … Read more

“As I make myself coffee, they are usually reading the weather forecast for skie…

“As I make myself coffee, they are usually reading the weather forecast for skiers.” 💙 • A smart, dark “mystery” with a lot of social commentary mixed in. I read someone describing the protagonist as an anti-heroine and I would agree with that term! This book gave me The Door vibes by Magda Sazbo which … Read more

“I’d love both the coffee and a scone.” • Loved reuniting with Maddie from the…

“I’d love both the coffee and a scone.” 💚 • Loved reuniting with Maddie from the Wedding Party and meeting her mom, Vivian. I also loved that it showed romance with characters in their 50s and the location in England was super atmospheric and cozy – I could imagine myself there! However, this had the … Read more

“…We’d meet at Ralph’s for coffee and doughnuts before work.” P.44 • This one …

“…We’d meet at Ralph’s for coffee and doughnuts before work.” P.44❤️ • This one was a winner for me. Banned Nobel prize winning book and smuggling it out of the country for publication as an act of political rebellion? Yes! I was equally interested in the dual storylines going on in this book – they … Read more