Review

Twilight Shadows

Twilight Shadows

Republished: by Emilie Richards
Date: 1st June 2022
Source: from the author

When private investigator Kelley Samuels’s best friend and partner asks her to be the maid of honor at her wedding, she can’t refuse. After all, wearing a frilly dress and dealing with the bride’s mother are minor irritations.

Then on the trip down the aisle, all hell breaks loose. Between barrages of gunfire and a lunatic seemingly intent on wiping out the wedding party, Kelley has to protect guest and film action hero Griff Bryant. While neither Griff, intent on playing a real life hero, nor Kelly herself can capture the shooter, when the smoke clears, no one is really sure who the gunfire was meant for.

Kelley, a former child star, has a clear-eyed view of the film industry, and when she’s cornered into becoming Griff’s pretend lover and real-life bodyguard, she can’t wait for the assignment to end. But as she and Griff encounter more violence, and his pre-teen daughter is endangered, too, Kelley finds herself deeply involved with the man she’s supposed to protect.

Kelley knows she can protect Griff from harm, but how can she protect her own heart?

Emilie Richards now republishes the second book in her Palm Springs Confidential books. We get up close and personal with Kelley, the partner of Felice, the heroine of the first book.

I was hooked into this story straight away, I loved the characters, the Hollywood setting grabbed me, the mystery, the action, the suspense and the tension between Kelley and Griff. I did like Tara – Griff’s twelve year old daughter and Kelley’s dog too, I just wanted more of them!

I liked that we caught up with Felice and Josiah, and that we first renew our acquaintance at their action filled wedding. It’s not the only time we meet them as they play small but important roles later on. Twilight Shadows and Desert Shadows are named so, because private investigators are sometimes referred to as shadows. I rather liked that little nugget of information. Kelley and Felice are private investigators.

This story really engaged my emotions and I was left feeling very satisfied and happy as the book ended. Well as happy as a reader can be when a book you love ends!

Month in Review

May Reading Round Up

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Total books read this month: 11

Book Ratings

You Can’t Hide.  Karen Rose 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Beach House Summer. Sarah Morgan 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Fairy Godmother.  Mercedes Lackey 🌟🌟🌟. 5
A Whisker of Trouble.  Sofie Ryan 🌟🌟🌟. 5
Twilight Shadows.  Emilie Richards 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
The Librarian.  Salley Vickers 🌟🌟🌟🌟
A Mother’s Heart.  Carmel Harrington 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
South of the Buttonwood Tree.  Heather Webber 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Court of Thorns and Roses.  Sarah J Maas 🌟🌟🌟
The Last House on the Street.   Diane Chamberlain 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

New to me authors:

Mercedes Lackey
Salley Vickers
Sarah J Maas

Top Books for May

Looking forward to reading in June

Very likely ones.

Review of Reading Goals for May.

  • five books read from my print TBR. – yes
  • read more of Pride and Prejudice – not sure I read any
  • read a book from library – yes. The Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain.

Main Reading Goals for June

  • read five more books from my print TBR
  • continue to read Pride and Prejudice
  • read a library book if one comes in

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
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Welcome in and hope all is going reasonably well for you all. I had a good week. I ventured into Wellington city via a new road that opened a little while back. Quite an experience as it cuts through some high hills. It takes off a whole lot of the small towns and so you can go along at full speed.

After connecting with a friend we then travelled around the harbour to Eastbourne for a walk and the yummy oysters, scallops and chips. Great way to spend a day.

Now wet weather has set in and while not too cold I have lit the fire a few times. Makes things cosy!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And listening to..

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Up next:

I am not too sure, I am only beginning A Mother’s Heart and I am not sure what I will feel like reading once I finish that one.  

Last Week’s Posts

Book. Directions

Lost Coast Literary. Ellie Alexander

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Welcome in all. Hope the week is starting well for you all.

Saturday for me was spent helping to dig out the veggie garden as roots from other things had grown up in it. All the soil was dug out ( no not me) and then we sifted it through some netting and put weed mat down and put the soil back. Hopefully it won’t compact like it did before. It’s a raised veggie bed. Now to grow veggies again. We had done half about a month ago and already I have some greens growing well. Helps with the growing price of vegetables at the supermarket.

Sunday I was a bit out to it, couldn’t even read I was so tired, so a few doses of Bridgerton and a Dancing with the Stars helped.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And still listening to The Fairy Godmother.

Up next:

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Last Week’s Posts

Emilie Richards and Twilight Shadows

2022 Books I want to Read

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
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Well I had a great reading week, that’s not surprising because every author on this post is a favourite of mine!

Hope all is well for you in these times of challenge for us all. Easter coming up is rather nice and a time to pause and appreciate life.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

The Becoming

And just starting to listen to…

The Wedding Veil

Up next:

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Spotlight on Summer Island by Brenda Novak.
Family Affair.   Robyn Carr
Books to Challenge Me
March Reading Round Up

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Book Connections

Bookish Moments that Warm my Heart

At times there are little bookish related things that I store away in my heart to bring back and relish when I need.

As you many know I have been helping my 8 year old great nephew to read as when I found out at the end of last year he couldn’t, I went into action. A little unlike me to get outspoken but this really mattered to me, and I began discussion with his mother and grandmother – my sister. After quite a few Saturdays of hard slog, there came one Saturday when we were both on song and he read so much more smoothly. He’d read the book to his grandmother and sister and then taught his six year old sister  to read it. (His grandmother sent me a video of himself and his sister sitting on the couch with Max having his arm around her shoulder while she read. Of course it’s not all roses every week, but we are making some progress. Because of Omicron I just made him a video for this week and dropped the books off for him. He’ll make a video of himself reading the books and send to me. I’ve found I just love having a purpose and doing something fulfilling.

Noodlehead NightmaresThis is the fun shared reading book I dropped off to him today plus a couple of graded readers.

Max caught silently reading to himself at his grandmother’s house. No one told him to do it. Makes my heart so happy.

Max reading

The Princess in Black

I have been buying his sister The Princess Black books so that someone can read them to her. I could only find books 1, 2, 3 and 5 so that’s what I got. Not remembering what I had got previously I bought 8 for Christmas. She said how could she read 5 and 8, she needed the ones in-between other wise it wouldn’t all follow on.  Ah…. at such a tender age insisting on reading a series in order!

The joy of reading a book that is a reread and finding it just as enjoyable the second time. Nora Roberts just about always gives me a good read. Recently both these books warmed my heart. The Sea Swept a reread and The Awakening the first in a trilogy that I loved.

book coverWhen an author notes a review you’ve done and refers to it.  It’s a small thing but … a bookish joy all the same.  Peaks and Valleys was a book I really enjoyed and when Emilie Richards mentioned my review in a blog post  that was another heartwarming bookish moment.

Anne of GG

Finally many of us love Anne of Green Gables, the books and most likely the TV series and movie. I’ve enjoyed them all and at the moment I am making my way through Anne with an E. As some of you know I quilt as well, blame the above author! Anyway if there is Anne of Green Gables fabric going I usually buy some. At the moment I am taking part in a challenge and using Anne of Green Gables fabric. The illustrations are small, but I am managing to fit them in. When I shared a block on the Facebook  Riley Blake block challenge I received a great response. I think lots of quilters love the Anne books – of course I loved the response I got to the block but … I think Anne can take the bow.

In a strange world we must look for our daily joys that pop up.

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Review

Peaks and Valleys. Emilie Richards

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Published: by Emilie Richards
Date: 1st January 2021
Source: Author

The quilters of the Shenandoah Community Church Bee are busy. Not only are they finishing a new quilt, Peaks and Valleys, for a charitable fundraiser, but together and individually they are working on other quilts, too. As always, each quilt tells its own heartwarming story.

Peaks and Valleys contains three novellas that centre around the Shenandoah community in Toms Valley.

The first story is Steps to the Altar – which I thoroughly enjoyed. Rebecca and Connor were to be married, however Connor calls it off at the last moment. So what to do with the Steps to the Altar quilt that the quilters have gifted them. Would the quilters take it back? Would one of them keep it? Or might there be a way to step back to each other and actually put that quilt on their bed? It’s a novella but it felt like a full, satisfying story.

Woven Paths is the second story, centred on twin sisters. Kate is now responsible for Bejoy since their mother’s death. It’s a journey for sure, a surprising and heart warming one. Emilie Richards explores this situation wonderfully well. Both women found a place in my heart. And a second quilt pattern I hadn’t known about. Again a novella that felt very complete.

Peaks and Valleys the third novella is The Contrary Wife. Cathy is the president of the quilting group – perhaps not the best quilter among them, but certainly she has great organisational skills. Alf her husband is retired but undergoing a kind of crisis where upon he wants to go back to the high powered life he left to be a gentleman farmer. The way Cathy conducts herself through all this was delightful. Alongside this couple is a younger couple – Molly and Zach, with a history of their own and who are yet to find their feet. Another totally engrossing story.

The book finishes with an epilogue that has us at the fair that raffles the Peaks and Valleys  quilt that they have been working on and has been a theme through each story. It plays out perfectly with a little surprise at the end.

I fell in love with all the characters – some already known, some new. It is not often I even read a novella and very rare for me to fall for three in a row and award five stars at the end. A winner. Shenandoah series fans will love this one and even if you have never read that series, this is quite a stand alone, so go try a sample of life in Toms Valley.

Month in Review

December Reading Round Up

Total books read this month: 14

New to me authors:

Josi Kilpack
Julie Cantrell
Gill Hornby

Top Book for December

Okay so I am biased! So what!

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Looking forward to reading in January

I don’t have any big “must read” publishing books for January that I know about. I am planning to get started on my goal of five books off my actual print shelf per month. One book I do have in mind is a memoir that published in 2021. A very interesting story of a woman and family who started a big quilting business in Missouri. I learned so much about quilting from her via her videos. And well… I might have bought quite a bit of fabric from her shop online!!book cover

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Well just a few days to Christmas. I hope you all have a family Christmas where ever possible. I will join my sister and her family all going well. So far omicron hasn’t made it to where I live and hopefully it won’t before Christmas.

Enjoyed my reading this week, a mix of my own books and review books. I have a bit of a back log on audiobooks, and Audible gave us a credit which was rather nice. Now I need to choose!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And I am listening to…

Heirs and Graces

Up next:

A review book

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Sleigh Bells Ring  RaeAnne Thayne

New to Me Authors of 2021

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn here at The Book Date.
Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels or anything in those genres – join them.

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Hope you are all well and out of the track of those tornadoes.  Where I am its rain! and rain! With the odd respite.

This week I was able to go and buy Go Tell The Bees I am Gone. It is #9 in the  Diana Gabaldon Outlander series. I’ve read them since they first began and even listened to her speak when she was here many years ago. I heard a really good interview with her on the radio yesterday and so now I am all geared to read her 800 odd page book. First though I want to get some of my review books read so that I can clear a good long space for reading her book.

What I read last week:

I really enjoyed the audio Love and Lavender, and what a treasure 84 Charing Cross Road was. Mary Kay Andrews Christmas story was delightful and Can’t Go Back I reviewed.

What I am reading now:

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And listening to…

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Up next:

A review book publishing on January 1st. Three novellas from the Shenandoah series.

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Can’t Go Back.       Debra Webb

Favourite Covers of 2021

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