Joanna’s Favorites of 2017

With so many great and excellent reads published this year, I had a hard job settling on a short list. Some of my favourite authors have been knocking it out of the park with their releases, and I’ve made brand new finds who I’ll one-click forever.

How about you? Found a book that’s given you joy? Let me know.

Burn For You by J.T. Geissinger

Chef Bianca Hardwick goes head to head with rude, gorgeous and damaged Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux in this tale set in the Deep South. It’s all accents, sumptuous recipes and fiery tempers, with a dollop of an arranged marriage. And I adored it. [Read more…]

Review: The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

Reviewed by Joanna

Phew! Finally I made it to the fourth and most lauded book of this series of standalones. This story follows Lucy and Graham. A hippie florist who loves too much, and a famous writer who is so closed up he can’t feel anything at all.

We start with Lucy’s sister being gravely ill, and her douchebag husband walking out on her as he can’t handle watching her die–a theme in this book. Lucy cares for her sister, Mari, and thinks upset thoughts about their elder sister, Lyric, who doesn’t give a damn. [Read more…]

Review: The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

Reviewed by Joanna

Maggie May was a sweet little loudmouth who fell in love at aged ten with her stepbrother’s best friend. Brooks tolerated her chatter and her plans for their wedding, but the day he was late to their rehearsal, deep in the woods, little Maggie witnessed a murder, then was attacked herself by the murderer.

She escaped, but was traumatized and lost the use of her voice, unable to tell anyone what happened. The poor child became mute. For years. [Read more…]

Review: The Fire Between High and Lo by Brittainy C. Cherry

Reviewed by Joanna

Here’s another offering of big love from the author who charmed me with book one’s tale of love after spouse loss. And though I leapt on this with excitement, this is grittier, and not quite as enjoyable, despite many great ingredients.

Logan and Alyssa were best friends as kids. They did everything together despite coming from different backgrounds and having little in common besides unhappiness. She’s a musician, with wealthy parents, one of whom is a controlling nutcase and the other of whom runs off and abandons her. He’s got a drug addict mother and a violent drug dealer father, and lives hand to mouth with little by way of love. Together they create a pocket of happiness, constantly reassuring one another that they’re okay and they’re surviving, and they make each other’s lives better. [Read more…]

Review: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

Reviewed by Joanna

Fancy a good dose of angst today? This novel of love after loss comes souped-up to the gills with Big Emotion. I just so happened to be in the mood to see two people mangled so this was right up my street.

Lizzie lost her husband, and father of her five-year-old daughter, in a car crash, and for the past year since his death, she’s been away from home, mourning and generally trying to hold it together for her child. Disillusioned by her mother’s constant stream of boyfriends, she returns to her own house, where she and her husband lived together. On the way, she runs over a dog and takes the creature to the vet, it’s angry and wild-looking owner in tow. [Read more…]