Review

The Edge of Summer. Viola Shipman

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Published:  Harlequin: Graydon House
Date: 12th July 2022
Source: Publicist via NetGalley

Devastated by the sudden death of her mother—a quiet, loving and intensely private Southern seamstress called Miss Mabel, who overflowed with pearls of Ozarks wisdom but never spoke of her own family—Sutton Douglas makes the impulsive decision to pack up and head north to the Michigan resort town where she believes she’ll find answers to the lifelong questions she’s had about not only her mother’s past but also her own place in the world.

Recalling Miss Mabel’s sewing notions that were her childhood toys, Sutton buys a collection of buttons at an estate sale from Bonnie Lyons, the imposing matriarch of the lakeside community.  As Sutton cautiously befriends Bonnie and is taken into her confidence, she begins to uncover the secrets about her family that Miss Mabel so carefully hid, and about the role that Sutton herself unwittingly played in it all.

As always Viola Shipman has written an engaging and at times heart touching story of a woman grieving the loss of her mother, and alongside that she is wondering about the past. Her mother has been a lone woman with no family other than Sutton. Now Sutton wants to unravel the secrets and mystery. Will she like what she finds – no not all of it, but in the search she will find truth and integrity and will be able to name the values that truly matter. And the people who truly matter.

Parenthood is  examined in this novel. Sutton wonders did her mother really love her, as she journeys I think she finds the answer to that, and sees for herself where a mothers lack of love has gone awry big time.

In Saugatuck / Douglas, Sutton meets up with Tug and a friendship is soon formed. He is a loyal, kind, challenging friend.  As well he sees the opportunity for new life and hope for family way before Sutton does.

The setting itself in Saugatuck / Douglas is a character in itself. The way the author describes life there makes me the reader very much fall in love with the place and itch to visit.

Throughout the book as Sutton examines her past and present and future, names her values and chooses life and happiness, we are presented with thought provoking ideas relevant to our lives today. Lots of wisdom.

I really liked the town, Sutton and Tug, I felt sorry for one lonely woman who made her own bed and even though its uncomfortable, refuses any other. For another, when she made her move I applauded and was delighted.

For me The Edge of Summer is a keeper.

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author photoAuthor Bio: VIOLA SHIPMAN is the pen name for internationally bestselling author Wade Rouse. Wade is the author of fourteen books, which have been translated into 21 languages and sold over a million copies around the world. Wade chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman as a pen name to honor the woman whose heirlooms and family stories inspire his fiction. The last Viola Shipman novel, The Secret of Snow (October 2021), was named a Best Book of Fall by Country Living Magazine and a Best Holiday Book by Good Housekeeping. 

Wade hosts the popular Facebook Live literary happy hour, “Wine & Words with Wade,” every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. EST on the Viola Shipman author page where he talks writing, inspiration and welcomes bestselling authors and publishing insiders.



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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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I had a good week – some of us got together for one of my sisters significant birthdays. Her daughter held it at her place and it was just great to get together with various family. We’d had to put it off once because of Covid in the family but this time it went ahead with only one couple not making it because of being sick with Covid.

I had a good reading week. My review for The Edge of Summer will be posted soon. I did not like Out of the Clear Blue Sky and a short review will be up later in the month.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

Murder Spills the Tea

And still listen to and really enjoying An Island Wedding by Jenny Colgan.

Up next:

Birds of a Feather 

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Month in Review

June Reading Round Up

Total books read this month:  11

Book Ratings

The Library at the Edge of the World.  3.5 stars
Riverbend Road. 3 stars
The Homewreckers 4.5 stars
The Wedding Dress Circle. 4.5stars
Summer on the Island 4 stars
Count to Ten 4.5 stars
How Hard Can it Be?   3.5 stars
Bloomsbury Girls. 4 stars
The Tuesday Night Survivor’s Club  4 stars
The Cartographers.  3.5 stars
The Edge of Summer. Viola Shipman 4.5 stars

New to me authors:

Felicity Hayes- McCoy
Allison Pearson
Lyn Cahoon*

ones I’d want to read again. *

Top Book for June.

It was really hard to pick the top book this month as I had a few that were equal, so I looked at them and I said if I could only keep one what would it be?

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Looking forward to reading in July

I liked the first book by this author and so I am hoping I’ll like this one too.

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Review of Reading Goals  for June

Completed except for the reading of Pride and Prejudice.

Main Reading Goals for  July

Read five from my own print shelf.
Read more of Pride and Prejudice.

Linking up with Nicole from FeedYourFiction Addiction.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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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Happy July 4th to all the USA readers. Hope you are having/had a great day.

Well a day or two ago Goodreads seemed to have fixed my problems, at least when I am using my laptop. iPad still a little iffy. I am not jumping for joy yet, but quietly hopeful it will all keep working.

This past week I had three trips into the city, so unusual for me, so that meant my week had a lot less going on in various areas but that is okay. This week, fingers crossed it will mean very little travel.

I started watching The Gilded Age, which seems to be a bit of Downton Abbey set in New York. I am enjoying it, well not the snobbery, but I like shows like this.

I dislike when books mention Covid. Some seem to think when they set their book its all over. But its not, is it! Our cases are on the rise in NZ and winter flu, and besides who wants to read about it! Let’s pretend in our reading its not there!  I’ve left a couple of books on my shelf a little longer because of the pandemic links. The Edge of Summer did have mention of it, but I excuse it because only a fleeting mention, although it did assume things are fine. I guess authors can have wishful thinking like us all.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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Up next:

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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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Greetings to you all. We have just come off a long weekend holiday, with Friday taking the day this time. It is Matariki here, a Maori celebration of a set of stars showing in the sky, so its counted as the Maori New Year. For the first time we have celebrated it as a nation. I really like the idea and hope it really becomes embedded in our country as a top celebration.

On a less delighted note, Goodreads has been giving me grief and will not let me take any actions like currently reading, read etc or post reviews. I contacted them and they put me in a queue. Then sent me an email asking for feedback. Well of course it was a thumbs down because nothing was fixed… so far. It’s a bummer because I actually use GR all the time. Thank goodness for this blog where I keep a record too.

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

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And starting to listen to…

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Up next:

Not sure but most likely this one.

Nightwork 

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More 2022 Books on my WTR List

Busy time of the year for books! These books have either already been published in 2022 or soon will be. They are ones I have organised in my online shopping in various places. If they are books I really like the author, I generally get a print book as I prefer reading in that format when possible. The first three will be print books, Viola Shipman’s will be a digital egalley and the last one will definitely go best on audio.

These all show my liking for women’s fiction with a bit of a mix of romance !

book coverFlying Solo Linda Holmes. I really enjoyed Linda Holmes previous book – Evvie Drake Starts Over so this is an automatic buy for me. “Smarting from her recently cancelled wedding and about to turn forty, Laurie Sassalyn returns to her Maine hometown of Calcasset to handle the estate of her great-aunt Dot, a spirited adventurer who lived to be ninety”

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The Emma Project.  This book is part of a series I’ve been reading. This one gives and Indian/American twist to Emma by Jane Austen. It’s a Rom Com and while that is not my favourite genre these books are well written and make a pretty  good read. So another buy book.

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Kristan Higgins latest book Out of the Clear Blue Sky is another buy. I have found her last few books a little issue oriented but still can’t resist giving this one a read. Some readers I follow have loved it and some are not so warm about it. So I’ll have to read it and see where I sit. Perhaps knowing that I haven’t been so keen on her recent books might make me read this one slowly and patiently.

book coverThe Edge of Summer publishes on the 12th of July. I am fortunate to have a NetGalley copy of this one but if I totally fall in love with it I know I’ll want to buy it as well. It’s about a woman seeking out the mystery of her mother who has just died and secrets that have as yet to be revealed. Viola Shipman is a pen name for Wade Rouse. He has recently written a memoir I’d like to read too at some point.

book coverAn Island Wedding by Jenny Colgan. Well anyone who loves visiting the island of Mure will be waiting for this one. Looks like there are a few relationships happening and Flora and Joel are finding the going and hard and I can’t wait to see how Lorna and Saif are getting on. I love to listen to this series and so looking forward to it.

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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 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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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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This weekend we put our clocks back, I really dislike that time of the year. I’d like to stay in one time or the other!

During the week I spent some time in the garden tidying up and in a fit spent a bit of money at the local garden centre to put into pots, just to brighten it up a little. I’d let everything go in the heat of summer. I also put a few greens into the vegetable garden. Maybe I might sow some carrots and see. It does get a bit cold in winter but I could try.

I’ve done a little viewing, got hooked into the Australian TV series The Newsreader and also started Season 2 of Bridgerton but need to set some time aside to seriously watch it through!!

What I read last week:

What I am reading now:

Summer at the Sunflower Inn

And still listening to listening to Rising Tides by Nora Roberts

Up next:

The Secret of Snow Last Week’s Posts

The Library    Bella Osborne

Breezy Books

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Breezy Books

An informal challenge I am doing this year through Emilie Richards Readers Facebook page calls for some sort of weather in the title of the book. So I decided to look at books I have read with some sort of weather in the title or ones I’d like to read.  I didn’t manage to get a lot of weather variety but let’s see. Of course the weather word might not actually be referencing weather but that’s quite okay by me!

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

This is sixth in the Outlander series and of course I have read it. Sitting on my shelves.

It is set in 1772 and the American Revolution is just beginning and of course Jamie is involved. But… through Claire of course, he knows how it will eventually all end.

Mind you I just read #9 in the series and they are still stuck in Revolution times!

Storm Echo This is the latest in the Psy Changeling series by Nalini Singh. Of course I want to read it. I’ll be pre ordering it. This is the USA cover, I’ll most likely get our cover.  Will be too late for the challenge but I thought it had a great weather title to fit in here!

book cover Of course sunshine is what we like in our weather.  A Bad Day for Sunshine is one I’ve read and loved.

Different but so entertaining. I thought ‘really weird’ as I began but soon I was really cheering for all the wacky characters. Plenty of family drama and little surprises.  I’ve read the next one as well, and let me tell you watching out for the next one.

Becoming Rain This is second in a series by K. A. Tucker and I’ve read the first one awhile back now. I want to listen to this one via audiobook.

It’s romantic suspense/crime and has good reviews from Goodreads readers I follow. Just need to get onto it. Could be for April but might not get to it.

The Secret of Snow And the one I am going to read for April and the Emilie Richards Readers Challenge is The Secret of Snow Viola Shipman. I bought it last year but it just didn’t get its turn. So now is the time.

Again it has great reviews, and as I am going into winter, the winter weather flavour is fine. Looking forward to it.

What’s a book with weather in the title that you’ve read and enjoyed?

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Eyeing some books out in October

Yesterday I had a very pleasurable time looking at books being published in the next three months. I was quite surprised to see I could easily fill five from October I’ll most likely pre-order. Another couple I have for review so I didn’t count them. Oh yes some happy reading times in the future. Now I am not looking at what I already have!!

So this could have been a Christmas connect but for the first one, which has to stay right here! I’ll delve into the paranormal/urban fantasy for Nalini Singh any day.

It could also be books published on October 26th. What is it with that date!!

Covers are linked to Goodreads in case you want to know more.

Archangel's Light#14 in a series. This is the story of Ilium and Aodhan, two angels that are delightful but have tough back stories. I am really looking forward to their story and I am guessing seeing their great friendship taking a new tack in this book. Out October 26th.

The Christmas BookshopWhat a cover and of course the title. This looks like a stand alone book. It involves sisters, a bookshop and some romance. And it looks like around Christmas and set in Scotland. Need I say more! Well its by Jenny Colgan as well!  October 26th

Christmas in Peachtree BluffThis is #4 in a series. I haven’t really read the blurb, the author is enough and the series as well, for me to say okay that goes on my buy list. Obviously set in Christmas season as well and will be a continuing of the Murphy women’s lives.  October 26th.


The Secret of Snow
Again the author is enough for me to buy this one. I again haven’t read the blurb. This is what V Shipman says…

“My new book, The Secret of Snow, is more than just my first holiday novel. It’s a deeply personal story of family, faith, forgiveness, overcoming grief and second chances. It’s inspired by the tragic death of my brother, Todd, at an early age, and how we too often run from loss and hide from grief at the holidays. ”  October 26th.

The Christmas EscapeAnd from Sarah Morgan! Again an author favourite. Set in Lapland during Christmas. Again haven’t read the blurb, I don’t need to. I’ll read the book when I get it.  October 26th.

Are any of these on your list, or what is one you want from the October books being published?

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