Saturdays at the Café














Saturdays at the Café is a weekly meme hosted here, at Blue Mood Cafe, to talk about and discuss the books I’ve discovered during the past week, added to my shelf and am excited about reading. They may be new/scheduled releases I’ve seen on NetGalley, at the library, or from publishers or they may be older titles my friends have reviewed and shared on Goodreads or blogs.




On an early morning in November, a couple boards a private plane bound for Geneva, flying into a storm. Soon after, it simply drops off the radar, and its wreckage is later uncovered in the Alps. Among the disappeared is Matthew Lerner, a banking insider at Swiss United, a powerful offshore bank. His young widow, Annabel, is left grappling with the secrets he left behind, including an encrypted laptop and a shady client list. As she begins a desperate search for answers, she determines that Matthew’s death was no accident, and that she is now in the crosshairs of his powerful enemies.

Meanwhile, ambitious society journalist Marina Tourneau has finally landed at the top. Now that she’s engaged to Grant Ellis, she will stop writing about powerful families and finally be a part of one. Her entry into the upper echelons of New York’s social scene is more appealing than any article could ever be, but, after the death of her mentor, she agrees to dig into one more story. While looking into Swiss United, Marina uncovers information that implicates some of the most powerful men in the financial world, including some who are too close to home. The story could also be the answer to Annabel’s heartbreaking search—if Marina chooses to publish it.

I saw a few friends’ reviews of this book and became intrigued. I was in banking for many years so I was naturally drawn in by the description.




J.T. Merriam walked away from his family company and everything he knew to protect the ones he loves. In doing so, he found Caroline Hale, an art expert, to help him build a new life.

But the person who threatened him—his ex-wife—is back and she’s not finished trying to destroy his second chance. Yet J.T. has come home to Dare Valley where his family roots run deep, and he has new allies, none more so than the town legend himself, newspaper giant Arthur Hale.

As the small town rallies around J.T., Caroline comes under attack, threatening the love they have for each other and making J.T. wonder if he will have to walk away from her and his new beginning in Dare Valley.

Ava Miles is one of my favorite authors so when I received her latest newsletter, I immediately added this book to my shelf.




Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away.

Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text…

You’re not safe anywhere now.

Her refuge at Stillhouse Lake has become a trap. Gwen leaves her children in the protective custody of a fortified, well-armed neighbor. Now, with the help of Sam Cade, brother of one of Melvin’s victims, Gwen is going hunting. She’s learned how from one of the sickest killers alive.

But what she’s up against is beyond anything she feared—a sophisticated and savage mind game calculated to destroy her. As trust beyond her small circle of friends begins to vanish, Gwen has only fury and vengeance to believe in as she closes in on her prey. And sure as the night, one of them will die.

The first book in this series is on next month’s reading plan for a Traveling Friends group  read and I understand it ends in a cliffhanger. I’m just getting prepared to jump right into this one once I’ve finished Stillhouse Lake.


I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…

Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s promised today will be the best day ever.

But as Paul and Mia drive out of the city and toward the countryside, a spike of tension begins to wedge itself between them and doubts start to arise. How much do they trust each other? And how perfect is their marriage, or any marriage, really?

Forcing us to ask ourselves just how well we know those who are closest to us, Best Day Ever crackles with dark energy, spinning ever tighter toward its shocking conclusion. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

As soon as I read Traveling Sister Brenda’s review, I added this to my shelf!




Portia Cuthcart never intended to leave Texas. Her dream was to run the Glass Kitchen restaurant her grandmother built decades ago. But after a string of betrayals and the loss of her legacy, Portia is determined to start a new life with her sisters in Manhattan…and never cook again. But when she moves into a dilapidated brownstone on the Upper West Side, she meets twelve-year-old Ariel and her widowed father Gabriel, a man with his hands full trying to raise two daughters on his own. Soon, a promise made to her sisters forces Portia back into a world of magical food and swirling emotions, where she must confront everything she has been running from. What seems so simple on the surface is anything but when long-held secrets are revealed, rivalries exposed, and the promise of new love stirs to life like chocolate mixing with cream.

This landed on my shelf when my friend Susan at SusanLovesBooks posted it as a Throwback Thursday feature.




For the record, I’m not going to hook up with my boss.

I’m a lot of things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow, which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.

I don’t want to be tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won’t get the key to my heart, no matter how much I want him.

Between us, she’s the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce.

What sane man trying to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles, and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn’t notice.

My focus is on my kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to mine. It doesn’t matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can’t have and shouldn’t want, no matter how much I crave her.

This is a new author and was recommended by Audible Studios for review.




Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth’s eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family—a past that suddenly becomes all too present when her late father’s journals are found amid the ruins of an old shipwreck.

With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing community service, Elizabeth goes through the diaries, a journey through time that brings the two women closer together. Entry by entry, these unlikely friends are drawn deep into a world far removed from their own—to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior, where Elizabeth’s father manned the lighthouse seventy years before.

As the words on these musty pages come alive, Elizabeth and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are connected to the isolated island in ways they never dreamed. While the discovery of Morgan’s connection sheds light onto her own family mysteries, the faded pages of the journals hold more questions than answers for Elizabeth, and threaten the very core of who she is.

My friends at Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee reviewed this on Friday and they were unanimous in their praise. I had no choice….


What books did you add to your shelves this week?

15 thoughts on “Saturdays at the Café”

  1. I have The Banker’s Wife on my tbr as well – I’m currently waiting for the audiobook to be available from my library. I love listening to suspense books. Reckless by Lex Martin is a cute, sweet and sexy read – let me know how you liked it!!

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  2. Great post Jonetta. I have several of those on my TBR for the same reason you do, the Traveling Sisters and Friends have got me adding several. I have a question about Ava Miles. I have one of her books on my tablet that was a freebie from Amazon and am wondering about her. Have you posted any reviews on her books? I would like to learn more about her, you are the first one t mention she is one of your favorite authors.

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    1. Thanks, Carla!

      Yes, I’m a big fan of Ava Miles because her stories just leave you feeling good, despite the issues she throws at her characters. The town she’s created provided a lot of the appeal, too. I think the freebie you might have is Nora Roberts Land and it’s where Ava started. I’ve reviewed every one of her books I’ve read. Check out my shelf on Goodreads (see contact link below right) as I haven’t posted a review here yet. Let me know if you have any problems finding them.

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