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This hard-bodied football star is used to scoring.

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Take the shot…or take a chance?

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A young widow dares to love again in the heartwarming conclusion of the Ardent Springs series.

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“Unforgettable characters and a high-octane plot …” —Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

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In Summer Dance, bestselling author Nan Rossiter brings together characters from her acclaimed novel Nantucket in a powerful, heartwarming love story that bridges past and present.


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Run to Ground
by Katie Ruggle
"When grief blinds you to reality danger can strike"
Posted June 19, 2017

New to Monroe, Colorado, is a little family. Jules Young is nervous, because she has kidnapped her younger brothers and sister as her stepmother won't give her custody. The resourceful kids love Jules but she now has to provide for them and change identities in the exciting RUN TO Read more...

A Hiss Before Dying
by Rita Mae Brown
"Past and present intertwine in this lively book about Virginia heritage - and crime"
Posted June 13, 2017

Can you believe this is the twenty-sixth book in this cheerful Virginia series? The chatty tabby cat Mrs Murphy and her friends Pewter the grey cat and Tee Tucker the corgi make a welcome return in A HISS BEFORE DYING. Autumn colours make the countryside even more beautiful as Read more...

Starting Over on Blackberry Lane
by Sheila Roberts
"Caution: hiring a hunky builder can bruise your husband's ego"
Posted June 8, 2017

Fans of the popular Icicle Falls series have a treat in store. Ever needed some basic home renovation done? Ever felt that project was taking too long or going nowhere? Meet Stef, Cassie and Griffin, each with a home repair Read more...

A Falling Knife
by Andrew Case
"Cynical sleuth Mitchell goes undercover in the NYC real estate industry"
Posted June 8, 2017

I'm entering the Hollow City series at the second book, which is not ideal, but we all grab interesting books when we see them. The setting is Brooklyn in modern day and book two is A FALLING KNIFE. To Read more...

The Sound Of The Stones
by Beth Hammond
"A dark YA fantasy about a girl down the crystal mines"
Posted June 8, 2017

Frances or Frankie Sheba has been in foster care for most of her seventeen years, and while her life isn't too bad, she loves to escape into fantasy books. The used bookstore down the road is closing, so she accepts a job of helping to pack the stock. As Read more...

The Rule Of The Land
by Garrett Carr
"Ireland's border is open to visit, with history, legend and friendship"
Posted June 8, 2017

As I enjoy driving and camping around Ireland I was interested to read THE RULE OF THE LAND: WALKING IRELAND'S BORDER. The island of Ireland was divided in the early twentieth century when the southern part gained independence from Britain, but the largely Protestant population of the northern six Read more...

One Size Fits All
by Stephanie Haefner
"a fun and sexy read about the nature of friendship and love"
Posted June 8, 2017

I haven't read any chick-lit for a while, but I am sure they used not to be so full of strong language and obsessing about sex. Nothing wrong with that, provided the reader knows what she's getting. You might want to pass ONE SIZE FITS ALL around Read more...

A Temporary Family
by Sherri Shackelford
"Life on the prairie was not easy, especially with gold thieves riding into town"
Posted June 1, 2017

This is one of those fun frontier stories of a temporary or convenient relationship to preserve appearances. Only in the case of A TEMPORARY FAMILY the stakes are quite a bit higher. In 1869 Nebraska, the wounds left by the recent war still run deep. A young woman travelling with Read more...

Seduce Me, Cowboy
by Maisey Yates
"She's determined to shake off the label of the pastor's daughter"
Posted June 1, 2017

Copper Ridge is the series and this is the third book but I think you can jump in if it's your first visit to town. Hayley Thompson is the town good girl... she has to be, she's the Read more...

Grilled Cheese For Eugene
by Michael Heath
"Our New Jersey friends get involved in a school campaign"
Posted June 1, 2017

Having read the previous two YA books about brothers growing up in New Jersey, GARLIC BREAD FOR EUGENE and LEMONADE FOR EUGENE, I was keen to continue the adventure. Henry takes looking after his younger brother very seriously as their dad has died. Their explorations of life and the neighbourhood Read more...

His Amish Teacher
by Patricia Davids
"The heart-wrenching dilemma of a teacher with no children"
Posted June 1, 2017

I enjoy Patricia Davids' looks at various aspects of Amish life. In her latest offering, we meet Lillian Keim who is quite content to be a teacher at Bowman's Crossing. Unmarried women usually get this job, and if she marries she will have to leave. What a dilemma for Read more...

by Allison Pataki
"Her own tale: a glittering, extraordinary life filled with famous people and great events"
Posted June 1, 2017

Twenty-five years that should have been spent home-making were spent horseback riding. If that quote from a newspaper of her day doesn't give you a feel for Elizabeth, Empress of Austria-Hungary, nothing will. Known to family as SISI, this lady was the great beauty of her Read more...

Trying Sophie
by Rebecca Norinne
"Ireland, rugby players and a self-willed woman star in this romance"
Posted June 1, 2017

If March has given you a love of all things Irish, you might want to grab a copy of the Ireland-based exciting romance TRYING SOPHIE. Our main character Sophie Newport is half-Irish, half-American, growing up in Ireland without being pretty and suffering the disgrace of her dad Read more...

Knit to Be Tied
by Maggie Sefton
"Visit the Colorado knitting shop at the centre of these cosy mysteries"
Posted May 22, 2017

I first met Maggie Sefton's Knitting Mysteries because I was buying them for my mother, who knits. Naturally I read the cosy mystery too and I have been enjoying them ever since. By the time of KNIT Read more...

A Love for Leah
by Emma Miller
"The returned missionary seeks an Amish husband"
Posted May 16, 2017

Leah Yoder is unique among Amish heroines I have read to date. She went to South America to be a missionary with her Mennonite husband, but when a fever struck, she was widowed. Now returned to Delaware, she seeks the services of Read more...

Holiday in Your Heart
by Susan Fox
"A traveller returns in the final Caribou Crossing tale."
Posted May 16, 2017

Caribou Crossing is the series and the town, set in the middle of British Columbia. HOLIDAY IN YOUR HEART is the eighth and final book which brings Mo Kincaid to reunite with his ex-wife and kid. Nobody was surprised Read more...

by Lisa Black
"If investigative journalism is shut down, who investigates crimes?"
Posted May 16, 2017

In this crime thriller, a copy editor at a major newspaper is found hanging in the printing department. Suicide or murder? UNPUNISHED is the second in the Gardiner and Renner series about a crime scene technician and forensics Read more...

Deadly Alibi
by Leigh Russell
"A modern city is the setting for this British police procedural"
Posted May 16, 2017

The latest case for Londoner DI Geraldine Steel involves a tawdry means of disposing of a body; dumped in a wheelie bin outside a charity shop. In DEADLY ALIBI the shop in Highgate High Street is quiet, until the staff Read more...

Last Chance Mustang
by Mitchell Bornstein
"A horse with PTSD demonstrates the history and uncertain future of mustangs"
Posted April 22, 2017

As a horse-mad young adult I read J. Frank Dobie's factual book The Mustangs. Later I read Robert Denhardt's The Horse Of the Americas. If you're like me, you will need no introduction to the American Mustang horse. But on reading LAST CHANCE MUSTANG you will Read more...

The Impossible Fortress
by Jason Rekulak
"A YA computer game holds the secret of happiness in 1987 New Jersey"
Posted April 21, 2017

This wistful, witty and carefully crafted YA story will be enjoyed by anyone who remembers programming the Commodore 64 or being a kid who didn't fit in. THE IMPOSSIBLE FORTRESS is the name of an early version of a videogame designed and written by our eponymous hero, Billy Marvin Read more...

Clare O'Beara


I am a tree surgeon and author, living in Ireland. I write science fiction, crime, romantic suspense and Young Adult books. I have qualified in ecology and journalism.

Formerly I have showjumped my own horses at national level. I have been a member of the Royal Dublin Society's Forestry And The Environment Committee.


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