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Deader Homes and Gardens by Angie Fox

Deader Homes and Gardens by Angie Fox

Verity Long, reluctant ghost hunter, is back in the fourth book of the series! She's finally trying to embrace the powers to see spirits that an old mobster ghost, Frankie, shares with her, and make a living as a ghost hunter rather than a graphic designer. Unfortunately, her declaration of seeing spirits has done nothing for her reputation in her small southern town, and she has yet to be hired. When a neighbor afraid to live in his own family home calls her desperate, Verity feels she has no choice but to accept the job, needing whatever he can pay her. Frankie is more cautious, remembering seeing ghosts there during his living years, and Verity must strike a bargain to be able to finish the job.

Deader Homes and Gardens is the fourth book in the Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery series. The first book in the series is called Southern Spirits. Their author, Angie Fox, lives in St. Louis! The series is fun and light-hearted, making them easy reads but still highly entertaining.

Number of Pages: 
198

The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

The Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

After the graphic design business Polly and her boyfriend started runs into the ground, Polly escapes to a small island to decide what to do with her life. The locals can't understand why Polly would voluntarily live there, but the little run down flat is the only thing in her budget, and she suddenly has a lot more time to think. When Polly realizes the island has only one bakery, which doesn't even bake in-house, she starts making bread for herself, and sharing it with her new friends. Unfortunately, her grumpy landlady owns the other bakery, and Polly must try to keep her baking a secret, though nothing in the small town is a secret. She adopts a baby puffin and becomes friends with some locals and the one other stranger in town. Though Polly is happier than she has been for a long time, money is getting tight and Polly must find a paying job.

Number of Pages: 
424

Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

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Sweetshop of Dreams by Jenny Colgan

When Rosie's great-aunt Lilian needs help out in the country, it's Rosie who doesn't have a full-time job, Rosie who doesn't have a husband, and Rosie who doesn't have children. So it is Rosie her mother sends. Rosie has been working as a nursing auxiliary for a few years, so she knows how to help her stubborn aunt regain her strength, but Rosie knows nothing of life in the country or selling an old sweetshop.

Number of Pages: 
422

Granny Dan by Danielle Steel

Granny Dan by Danielle Steel

Her granddaughter had always simply known her as Granny Dan; the lovable old grandmother who was always there for her and sang songs in Russian. However, when she dies her granddaughter is left with a single box containing a locket, toe shoes and a stack of letters.

She is about to learn so much about the grandmother she hardly knew at all:

About her time a prima ballerina,

About her fight with pneumonia,

About her time with the royal court, before the revolution,

And about her time falling in love with a married man.

Number of Pages: 
223

Kill the Competition by Stephanie Bond

Kill the Competition by Stephanie Bond

Belinda escapes to Atlanta after her short-lived marriage, and tries to create a new persona. After playing it safe her whole life, she decides a new city is where she should learn to take risks and live on the edge. But her new job causes problems when she discovers she's taken a dead woman's place in her carpool and new group of friends and everyone around the office gives warnings about the others. Has she chosen the right new group of girlfriends? Is she right to swear off men as unnecessary or should she respond to one of the two who keep popping up in her life?

Number of Pages: 
374

Body Movers by Stephanie Bond

Body Movers by Stephanie Bond

Carlotta is struggling to support her younger brother with her Nordstrom job and all his gambling debts. Her parents left her alone with him when he was only nine and her then-fiance also disappeared to let her shoulder the burden alone. Now, nine years later, Carlotta serves the rich, privileged women of Atlanta, for example, her ex-fiance's wife, and wonders how her life could have been different. As her brother continues to get in trouble and their debts begin to mount, Carlotta forces him to find any job he can -- but is none too happy when he gets a job moving bodies of homicide victims with a young man who doesn't hide his interest in Carlotta. But when one of the dead bodies that turns up is none other than Carlotta's customer and her ex-fiance's wife, Carlotta gets sucked into the investigation and back into his life.

This mystery was fun and quick -- the main character is a strong, independent young woman and very likable. The story and writing reminded me some of Meg Cabot's Heather Wells series, which I also love. I am happy to have found a fun new series!

Number of Pages: 
425

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris by Jenny Colgan

After Anna is hurt in an accident in the chocolate factory where she works, she befriends her former French teacher while in the hospital. The ailing woman, Claire, sets up the opportunity for Anna to move to Paris and work in a small chocolate shop with an old acquaintance. Though Claire will not give Anna any more information into her own past in Paris, she pushes Anna to work through her own rough patch and restart in the new city.

The novel follows not only Anna's story as she finds her way around Paris in the present day, but also a flashback with Claire, and her time in Paris in the 1970s. The stories overlap through the scenery and the man who runs the chocolate shop.

Number of Pages: 
374

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

After losing a job and a boyfriend in the same day, Issy does the only thing left she knows: she bakes. Having grown up in her grandfather's bakery, when job opportunities in her former field seem few and uninteresting at best, she decides top open her own. Running in blind with one other employee, Issy begins her struggle to start a small business. Along the way, Issy creates a new family for herself, and they learn to protect their new home.

Number of Pages: 
410

The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot

The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot

In Cabot's newest Heather Wells mystery, Heather is hoping for the best with the beginning of a new school year and her upcoming wedding. Unfortunately, all her positive thinking doesn't help with one of the residents of "Death Dorm" turns up dead before the semester has even begun. As Heather attempt damage control and tries to keep from getting sucked into the new mystery, she has new problems with her family "helping out" with the wedding plans. Will Heather be able to solve the mystery and remain unharmed for her wedding only a month away?

Number of Pages: 
392

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

Going Vintage by Lindsey Leavitt

When sixteen year old Mallory discovers that her boyfriend has been cheating with her online, it sets off a flurry on her on social media page and creates more drama than she is ready to deal with. In order to cope, Mallory decides to go full "vintage," unplugging from anything that did not exist when her grandmother was in high school. After she finds her grandmother's list of goals when she was a junior, Mallory decides that will be her starting off point for the year, and dedicates herself to fulfilling every goal. From joining the pep club (which she also has to start herself) to finding a steady, the list becomes more difficult than she imagined, and reveals more about her grandmother's teen years that Mallory never knew.

Number of Pages: 
312