Reviews - Contemporary

Blue Moon and Starry Nights
Ryan Jo
Summers

While working late one night, Spencer Days, as he leaves his office, comes face to face with a daunting reality. His boss, Louis, is a crime lord. A deadly one. Louis orders his extermination, an order that sends him to the Witness Protection Program (WPP) landing him at a faraway island, Driftwood Bay.

The Casserole Dish
Amey
Zeigler

Lisa Bennigan, a newly-divorced mother of three children, finds herself lifting and balancing different kinds of weights as she transitions into a being fully independent single mother. After inheriting an old house that belonged to grandmother Maybelle, she becomes part of a rather dramatic, if not problematic, neighborhood in St. Louis.

The Tenderest of Strings
Stephen
Schwartz

Reuben and Ardith Rosenfeld move from Chicago to the small town of Welton, Colorado, hoping the change of scenery will be the change of pace their family needs. Reuben, a former copyeditor at the Chicago Tribune purchases the local paper, while Ardith stays home and attempts to fix up their fixer-upper and manage their troubled teenager, Harry, and amiable younger son, Jamie.

Nursing a broken heart from the death of his fiancée, Grady O’Hara is determined to keep himself hidden away to sulk in peace. But when Farren Parks practically barges into his life with a plan to reinvent the motel he owns, Grady jumps at the chance to make a deal with her.

Cindy and Jay DeMatteo are approaching the seven-year mark of their marriage, and after remodeling their dream home, they are looking for a bit of spark. The two are working to strengthen their relationship even as they confront obstacles they never could have imagined.

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