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.


Aurora is a small town nestled in the ancient forest alongside the shores of Minnesota’s Iron Lake. In the summer of 1963, it is the whole world to 12-year-old Cork O’Connor, its rhythms as familiar as his own heartbeat. But when Cork stumbles upon the body of a man he revered hanging from a tree in an abandoned logging camp, it is the first in a series of events that will cause him to question everything he took for granted about his hometown, his family, and himself.

Cork’s father, Liam O’Connor, is Aurora’s sheriff, and it is his job to confirm that the man’s death was the result of suicide, as all the evidence suggests. In the shadow of his father’s official investigation, Cork begins to look for answers on his own. Together, father and son face the ultimate test of choosing between what their heads tell them is true and what their hearts know is right.

In this masterful story of a young man and a town on the cusp of change, beloved novelist William Kent Krueger shows that some mysteries can be solved even as others surpass our understanding.

I’m in my happy book space because of this upcoming August release!! Thanks to Marialyce @ yayareads for the heads up. The Cork O’Connor series is in my top ten of most favorite series and I love the audiobook narrator. This is an audio review hopeful.

Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim – the Thursday Murder Club – are still riding high off their recent real-life murder case and are looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet at Cooper’s Chase, their posh retirement village.

But they are out of luck.

An unexpected visitor – an old pal of Elizabeth’s (or perhaps more than just a pal?) – arrives, desperate for her help. He has been accused of stealing diamonds worth millions from the wrong men and he’s seriously on the lam.

Then, as night follows day, the first body is found. But not the last. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ron, and Ibrahim are up against a ruthless murderer who wouldn’t bat an eyelid at knocking off four septuagenarians. Can our four friends catch the killer before the killer catches them? And if they find the diamonds, too? Well, wouldn’t that be a bonus? You should never put anything beyond the Thursday Murder Club.

Richard Osman is back with everyone’s favorite mystery-solving quartet, and the second installment of The Thursday Murder Club series is just as clever and warm as the first – an unputdownable, laugh-out-loud pleasure of a listen.

I didn’t know this was going to be a series (Thursday Murder Club) but am adding this one, scheduled for release in September. Another heads up from Marialyce and audio review hopeful.

Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast-paced novel of suspense.

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it human-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

Sophisticated and provocative, The Last One is a novel that forces us to confront the role that media plays in our perception of what is real: how readily we cast our judgments, how easily we are manipulated.

This showed up at my library this week and I was intrigued, even though I’m not a reality TV fan. But it’s also narrated by one of my favorites, Nicol Zanzarella, so I know it will be a great performance.

Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, the backup quarterback for the Chicago Stars, is a team player, talented sideline coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with a low tolerance for Divas.

Olivia Shore, international opera superstar, is a driven diva with a passion for perfection, a craving for justice, too many secrets—and a monumental grudge against the egotistical, lowbrow jock she’s been stuck with.

It’s Mozart meets Monday Night Football as the temperamental soprano and stubborn jock embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand. Along the way, the combatants will engage in soul-searching and trash talk, backstage drama and, for sure, a quarterback pass. But they’ll also face trouble as threatening letters, haunting photographs, and a series of dangerous encounters complicate their lives. Is it the work of an overzealous fan or something more sinister?

This is the emotional journey of a brilliant woman whose career is everything and a talented man who’ll never be happy with second place.  Tender and funny, passionate and insightful, this irresistible romantic adventure proves that anything can happen…when two superstars collide.

When I first returned to reading the romance genre, this author and series (Chicago Stars) was one of the first I read! That was ten years ago so it’s a big deal that Phillips is adding another book. An audio review hopeful.

In the glittering world of Manhattan’s upper crust, where wives turn a blind eye to husbands’ infidelities, and women have few rights and even less independence, society is everything. The more celebrated the hostess, the more powerful the woman. And none is more powerful than Caroline Astor—the Mrs. Astor.

But times are changing.

Alva Vanderbilt has recently married into one of America’s richest families. But what good is money when society refuses to acknowledge you? Alva, who knows what it is to have nothing, will do whatever it takes to have everything.

Sweeping three decades and based on true events, this is a gripping novel about two fascinating, complicated women going head to head, behaving badly, and discovering what’s truly at stake.

I almost gave this a pass when offered for audio review but then when I saw the two main characters, I didn’t think twice about accepting the title. This sounds delicious.

Be careful what you wish for.

When social worker Jax receives nine missed calls from her older sister, Lexie, she assumes that it’s just another one of her sister’s episodes. Manic and increasingly out of touch with reality, Lexie has pushed Jax away for over a year. But the next day, Lexie is dead: drowned in the pool at their grandmother’s estate. When Jax arrives at the house to go through her sister’s things, she learns that Lexie was researching the history of their family and the property. And as she dives deeper into the research herself, she discovers that the land holds a far darker past than she could have ever imagined.

In 1929, thirty-seven-year-old newlywed Ethel Monroe hopes desperately for a baby. In an effort to distract her, her husband whisks her away on a trip to Vermont, where a natural spring is showcased by the newest and most modern hotel in the Northeast. Once there, Ethel learns that the water is rumored to grant wishes, never suspecting that the spring takes in equal measure to what it gives.

This was offered for audio review but I took a pass because I opted for another title instead. But! It showed up at my library so it was a win.

Maybe this Christmas can thaw his frozen heart—and heal hers.

Hollywood starlet Tia Beckett knows one moment can change your life. Her career had been on the fast track before a near-fatal accident left her with a debilitating facial scar. Certain her A-lister dreams are over, she agrees to house-sit at her producer’s secluded estate in Silver Springs. It’s the escape from the limelight Tia’s been craving, until she discovers she’s not the only houseguest for the holidays. And her handsome new roomie is impossible to ignore.

Artist Seth Turner has good reason to keep his distance. Losing his wife after only a few years of marriage has left a deep scar, even if he is still happy to spend a semester teaching art classes at the New Horizons Boys Ranch for troubled teens. Despite nursing her own wounds, Tia finds her curiosity piqued by enigmatic Seth, whom she recognizes as something of a kindred soul. Maybe spending Christmas together could be another game changer for both of them—this time, for good.

Novak is an auto read as is this series, Silver Springs. This book is scheduled for release in September and is an audio review hopeful.

What books did YOU add to your shelves this week?


13 thoughts on “Saturdays at the Café”

  1. Good Saturday morning! I am anxiously waiting for the library to get the first two you mentioned above. Yay! Once again for our libraries. I did already read The Drowning Kind. It was good but a tad too otherworldly for me.

    I added Finding Tessa by Jaime Lynn Hendricks, Eternal by Lise Scotterline, and Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead. I am finishing up reading Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney today. It’s a good study of what one secret does to a family and friends.

    Have a great rest of the weekend.

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  2. I love a lot of Novak’s books and really need to catch up on Silver Springs, I’m only on the second one 😅 when Stars Collide sounds absolutely fab too! Thanks for bringing it to my attention! A book I added this week is I Hate You More by Lucy Gilmore which sounds like a funny romcom and has the most adorable cover 😊

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  3. I want to start the Krueger series one of these days! I just finished Social Graces and writing my review now. It’s fascinating! Society is one of the narrators which adds an extra layer of zing!


  4. Oh I see many things I want too! The WKK should be a good read as it’s early since I’m not quite up to date on the series. I loved the Richard Osman book so I’ve been looking forward to the next one. And I, too, am always reading the Silver Springs series by Brenda Novak.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post


  5. Another tempting selection of good picks for me to contemplate. My Wish List is always doomed to stay loaded with your suggestions! 😉


  6. The Drowning Kind sounds excellent. Really they all interest me! I hope you enjoy these, Jonetta. Thanks for sharing and increasing my TBR. 😉

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