Saturdays at the Café

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Saturdays at the Café is a weekly feature hosted here 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.



Greyhill, Virginia–refuge of old money, old mansions, and old-fashioned ideas about who belongs and who doesn’t–just got a few new residents. When Bess Warner arrives in town with her husband Cole and their kids, she thinks she knows what to expect. Sure, moving to Cole’s small hometown means she’ll have to live across the street from her mother-in-law, and yes, there’s going to be a lot to learn as they take over Cole’s family’s inn-keeping business, but Bess believes it will be the perfect escape from Washington. She needs it to be. After losing her White House job under a cloud of scandal, she hardly knows who she is anymore.

But Bess quickly discovers that fitting in is easier said than done. Instead of the simpler life she’d banked on, she finds herself preoccupied by barbed questions from gossipy locals and her own worries over how her twins are acclimating at the town’s elite private school. When the opportunity to write an article for the Washington Post’s lifestyle supplement falls into Bess’s lap, she thinks it might finally be her opportunity to find her footing here…even if the subject of the piece is Greyhill’s most notorious resident.

Susannah “Cricket” Lane, fruit of the town’s deepest-rooted family tree, is a special sort of outsider, having just returned to Greyhill from New York after a decades-long hiatus. The long absence has always been the subject of suspicion, not that the eccentric Susannah cares what anyone thinks; as a matter of fact, she seems bent on antagonizing as many people as possible. But is Susannah being sincere with Bess–or is she using their strangely intense interview sessions for her to further an agenda that includes peeling back the layers of Greyhill’s darkest secrets?

As Bess discovers unsettling truths about Susannah and Greyhill at large, ones that bring her into the secrets of prior generations, she begins to learn how difficult it is to start over in a town that runs on talk, and that sometimes, the best way to find yourself is to uncover what everyone around you is hiding….

Check out the review at Stephanie’s Novel Fiction if you want to know why I added this book. I’m hoping to get this on audio for review.




Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on.

But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth–its squalid hallways filled with neglected children–she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive.

For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, Keeping Lucy is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.

I received a request from the publisher to consider this book and didnt waste a moment saying yes to this author!




Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations–a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

This addition came after reading Holly B.’s review @ Dressed to Read.




The Family Lawyer with Robert Rotstein
Matthew Hovanes is living a parent’s worst nightmare: His young daughter is accused of bullying another girl into suicide. But this loving father is also a skilled criminal defense attorney. And something here doesn’t add up….

Night Sniper with Christopher Charles
Cheryl Mabern is the NYPD’s most brilliant detective – and the most damaged. Now she must confront her darkest fears to stop a calculating killer committing random murders.

The Good Sister with Rachel Howzell Hall
Her beloved sister’s cheating husband has been found dead. Now, Dani Lawrence must decide if she will help the investigation that could put her sister away…or obstruct it by any means necessary.

Three stories written by contributors that sounded interesting. This is a library audiobook.




An accused killer insists she’s innocent of a heinous murder.

A grieving journalist surfaces from the wreckage of her shattered life.

Their unlikely alliance leads to a dangerous cat and mouse game that will leave you breathless.

Who can you trust when you can’t trust yourself?

Trust Me is the chilling standalone novel of psychological suspense and manipulation that award-winning author and renowned investigative reporter Hank Phillippi Ryan was born to write.

Holly B @ Dressed to Read strikes again! Another library audiobook hopeful.




Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita is one of the most beloved and notorious novels of all time. And yet, very few of its readers know that the subject of the novel was inspired by a real-life case: the 1948 abduction of eleven-year-old Sally Horner.

Weaving together suspenseful crime narrative, cultural and social history, and literary investigation, The Real Lolita tells Sally Horner’s full story for the very first time. Drawing upon extensive investigations, legal documents, public records, and interviews with remaining relatives, Sarah Weinman uncovers how much Nabokov knew of the Sally Horner case and the efforts he took to disguise that knowledge during the process of writing and publishing Lolita.

Sally Horner’s story echoes the stories of countless girls and women who never had the chance to speak for themselves. By diving deeper in the publication history of Lolita and restoring Sally to her rightful place in the lore of the novel’s creation, The Real Lolita casts a new light on the dark inspiration for a modern classic.

Ren @ What’s Nonfiction? reviewed this a couple of months ago and I waited patiently for it to show up at my library and it finally did!




What drove their family apart just might bring them back together…

It’s been seventeen years since the tragic summer the McAvoy sisters fell apart. Lindy, the wild one, left home, carved out a new life in the city and never looked back. Delia, the sister who stayed, became a mother herself, raising her daughters and running the family shop in their small Pennsylvania hometown on the shores of Lake Erie.

But now, with their mother’s ailing health and a rebellious teenager to rein in, Delia has no choice but to welcome Lindy home. As the two sisters try to put their family back in order, they finally have the chance to reclaim what’s been lost over the years: for Delia, professional dreams and a happy marriage, and for Lindy, a sense of home and an old flame—and best of all, each other. But when one turbulent night leads to a shocking revelation, the women must face the past they’ve avoided for a decade. And there’s nothing like an old secret to bring the McAvoy women back together and stronger than ever.

I’ve read just about everything this author’s written as Molly O’Keefe and am thrilled at her shift to contemporary fiction! It’s what she excels at writing hidden within the romance genre. When this showed up in NetGalley, I immediately requested it and got approved.




In the fall of 1780, after five frustrating years of war, George Washington had come to realize that the only way to defeat the British Empire was with the help of the French navy. But as he had learned after two years of trying, coordinating his army’s movements with those of a fleet of warships based thousands of miles away was next to impossible. And then, on September 5, 1781, the impossible happened. Recognized today as one of the most important naval engagements in the history of the world, the Battle of the Chesapeake–fought without a single American ship–made the subsequent victory of the Americans at Yorktown a virtual inevitability.

In a narrative that moves from Washington’s headquarters on the Hudson River, to the wooded hillside in North Carolina where Nathanael Greene fought Lord Cornwallis to a vicious draw, to Lafayette’s brilliant series of maneuvers across Tidewater Virginia, Philbrick details the epic and suspenseful year through to its triumphant conclusion. A riveting and wide-ranging story, full of dramatic, unexpected turns, In the Hurricane’s Eye reveals that the fate of the American Revolution depended, in the end, on Washington and the sea.

It’s taken so long for my number to rise to the top in the library queue for this book I no longer remember the source. If it appeared on your blog, please let me know. I’m really looking forward to this one.




Running for his life….

Cage Foster is in the wrong place at the wrong time when a body is discovered in one of New Orleans’ most mysterious cemeteries. His partner recognizes the victim—she investigated him for the disappearance of his girlfriend a year ago and suspects suicide. Cage isn’t buying it—the evidence and the acid burns on the man’s throat tell a different story.

Running out of time.

Within days, both of the women who discovered the body disappear. Cage is certain everything is tied to one of New Orleans’ most powerful Mardi Gras Krewes, but with Fat Tuesday just days away, city officials demand Cage drop the investigation. Up against the city’s rich and powerful who financially fuel a corrupted legal system, Cage only has 2 allies: A clairvoyant and a woman with a past so dark and damaged, he’s afraid to trust her.

The killer will do anything to keep from being exposed, and Cage’s luck may have finally run out.

The author is an auto read and this release was announced in her newsletter this week. I love the character and the series.




From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.

Jennifer ~ Tar Heel Reader reviewed this some time ago and it finally showed up in my library. I’m in the queue.

What books did YOU add to your shelves this week?

36 thoughts on “Saturdays at the Café”

  1. Jeez Jonetta, you are very bad for my TBR mountain! I had no idea about Molly Fader being Molly O’Keefe!!😊 I’ve never read Stacy Green…..where do I start??

    Have a great weekend Jo!😊💗(can I call you Jo?)🤪💕

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    1. You absolutely may call me Jo!

      I’ve known O’Keefe was Molly Fader because it showed up as her name in one of her social media accounts (can’t remember which).

      I love Stacy Green! Start with her Delta Crossroads Trilogy and then to Delta Detectives. Cage Foster first appears in the trilogy and the spinoff is all about him. This new series continues with him in another city. I go where he goes😏

      Have a lovely weekend, Susan!

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      1. Okay that is what I’m going to do! I just snagged the first book, Tin God, from Amazon and it was free!😊So you are calling dibs on Cage before I even get to meet him? Hahaha😂 Okay fine!

        Thanks so much for the info and happy reading my friend!😊🎄💕

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  2. Looks like a wonderful collection of book. I have read the Mrs Lewis book and am now reading Keeping Lucy.
    My adds are: The Dreamers, That Churchill Woman, Witness, The Lost Girls of Paris, and She Lies in Wait.
    Interested in The Real Lolita although I have yet to read the original. Also Greenwood wrote a book about Sally Horner called Rust and Stardust. Did you read that one yet?
    Hoping you have a terrific reading week, Jonetta!

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    1. I’m holding off reading Keeping Lucy until closer to the publication date.

      You’ve added some really good titles, Marialyce! I’ve picked up Lolita and can’t decide which to read first. I’ve seen the movie (original and remake).

      I’ve got Rust & Stardust on audio and that’s planned for January.

      Enjoy your reading!


  3. Thanks so much for the shout-out, Jonetta! I think you’ll enjoy the book! You’ve got some other great additions too. I’ve got The Silent Patient on my list and Becoming Mrs. Lewis and am very excited to read both! Have a great weekend…I hope you’re thawing out some! Most of our snow is gone!

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  4. Yay! So many great reads here, Jonetta! I hope you enjoy Becoming Mrs. Lewis. It surprised me. I’ve been eyeing the Molly Fader and now I REALLY want to read it knowing you love the author. I also want to read The Real Lolita! Happy reading, Jonetta! ♥️

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