The Return by Daoma Winston
Gabriella Tysson leads a quiet life working at an insurance company. She's shy and friendless, having spent several years as caregiver to her dying mother. When Jessie from Human Resources comes up to chat with Gaby and invites her to lunch, Gaby's happy to find a new friend. After a few weeks, Jessie offers to host a party in honor of Gaby's upcoming 21st birthday and it's there that Gaby meets Benjamin Haley, a distant cousin she vaguely remembers from her childhood. It's love at first sight and Ben proposes almost immediately, encouraging Gaby to quit her job and rush off to the home she and her mother hurriedly left in the middle of the night after her father's funeral, 11 years ago.
Rhymes with Witches by Lauren Myracle
In other news:
I may do several combined posts in order to facilitate the "catching-up" process because I have fallen so far behind on book reviews. We'll see. I'm rather unpredictable, you know.
Recently walked into the house:
Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs by Heather Lende- A very exciting surprise arrival because I loved Lende's first book, If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name . . . and so did my mother; it was actually one of the last books I loaned her. (from Algonquin Books)
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr(from PBS)
That's it. Nothing else wonderful is happening, but I'll let you know the moment excitement breaks out and the party begins.