Thursday, May 2, 2024

Coming Attractions & Giveaway - - May 2024


May has arrived! I'm back from my sojourn to the UK where the gardens are in glorious bloom. I've never seen so many stunning varieties of tulips. I could have happily spent the entire three weeks taking leisurely strolls through gardens and nothing else. You know what else is in full bloom this month? Books! We have a full lineup of terrific new titles to share with you this May. Here's what's on the schedule.

Kicking things off on Wednesday, May 1 is Santa's review of Funny Story by Emily Henry. Santa loved this new romcom that she says "
is a funny story about how two people can be thrown together by horrible circumstances and are able to find real, lasting love."

Friday, May 3 brings Santa's review and a giveaway of Effie Olsen's Summer Special, a romcom by Rochelle Bilow that features a reunion romance between childhood best friends who vowed they would never speak again.

Saturday, May 4 features a review of The Dressmaker on Amelia Island, book six in Hope Holloway's emotional and heartwarming Seven Sisters series. This one will definitely tug at your heartstrings. 

Sheila Roberts will be in the spotlight on Monday, May 6 when we feature a review and giveaway of her newest book, The Best Life Book Club. These book club neighbors all had me cheering for them.

Tuesday, May 7 brings a tour review of People in Glass Houses by Jayne Castle (a/k/a Jayne Ann Krentz). This 17th book in her futuristic Harmony series (can totally be read as a standalone!) features another adorable dust bunny along with a riveting story I couldn't stop reading.

Santa returns on Wednesday, May 8 with a review of This Summer Will be Different by Carley Fortune, a women's fiction novel with a best-friend's-younger brother romance. 

Be sure to stop by on Thursday, May 9 for a review of The Summer Swap by Sarah Morgan. This women's fiction novel with a strong romantic thread is another keeper from one of my favorite authors. 

Hellie returns on Friday, May 10 with a Top Dish review of Happily Never After by Lynn Painter. Stop by to read why Hellie thinks this romcom should be on everyone's summer beach read list. 

Debbie Mason is back this month with a new story of the complicated relationships among the Rosetti women of Sunshine Bay. Stop by Saturday, May 11 for a review of Three Little Wishes.

On Monday, May 13, I'll be sharing my thoughts about The Heiress's Daughter, a new historical romance novel by Anne Gracie. This is the third book in Gracie's The Brides of Bellaire Gardens series and one I'm eagerly looking forward to reading. 

Speaking of books I'm eager to read, Jenn McKinlay's Love at First Book releases this month. Stop by on Tuesday, May 14 for my review of this book that features an American librarian who moves to a small Irish village and falls for her favorite author's grouchy son.

Wednesday, May 15 brings a review of Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie by Jackie Lau, an Asian American romcom with a meddling mom who just maybe really does know what's best for her daughter. 

So, I'm an unapologetically enthusiastic fan of The Bachelorette/Bachelor franchise which makes me doubly excited for former Bachelorette Hannah Brown's upcoming debut romcom. Stop by on Thursday, May 16 for my review of Mistakes We Never Made

We're heading back to WWII on Monday, May 20 with a review of Kelly Bowen's newest novel, Tomorrow is for the Brave. Bowen is one of my favorite authors which makes me even more eager to dive into this one.

On Tuesday, May 21 I'll be sharing my thoughts about The Prince's Bride, book two in Charis Michaels' Hidden Royals series about French royal siblings who have been secretly living (separately) in exile since childhood. 

Vanessa Riley returns to historical romance with A Gamble at Sunset. Stop by on Wednesday, May 22 for a review of this first book in her new Betting Against the Duke series.

I love a good character redemption arc and am looking forward to discovering what Susan Sands has in mind for cardiac surgeon, Elizabeth Keller. Join us for a review of Bayou Redemption, book four of Sands' contemporary Louisiana series, on Thursday, May 23.

I thoroughly enjoyed Emmaline Warden's debut, Love and Other Perennial Habits, and have been looking forward to the second book in the series. Join me on Friday, May 24 when I share my thoughts about book two in Warden's A Genus of Gentlemen historical romance series: Seasonal Habits of Husbands and Honeybees

Next up is a review of the newest historical romcom from Virginia Heath. I'll be sharing my thoughts on Tuesday, May 28 of All's Fair in Love and War, the first book in Heath's Miss Prentice's Protegees series. 

Wrapping up the month on Wednesday, May 29 will be a review of The Promise of Tomorrow, a new women's fiction novel by Mary Ellen Taylor. Taylor, who also writes suspense thrillers as Mary Burton, never fails to touch my heart with her emotional women's fiction stories. 

What are you looking forward to this month?

One randomly chosen person who posts a comment before 11:00 PM, May 3 will receive a print copy of A Summer of Second Chances by Miranda Liasson. 

*U.S. only
*Must be 18


  1. There are so many good books coming out this month!! I'm most excited for Sheila Roberts and Debbie Mason!

  2. OMG, PJ, what a great bunch of books coming out this month! I own or have ordered at least half of them! Welcome back from the UK!

  3. Wonderful selection of books. Spring is here! Beauty, warmth and sunshine.

  4. WOW! Each of these books looks as though it will be a really read. So many authors who I love and so many authors I do not know. You have made my day. I think I am looking forward to any of the books on your list for the month. Thanks for all I can anticipate.

  5. I'm looking forward to The Best Life Book Club and Love, Lies, and Cherry Pie and The Summer Swap

  6. Love at First Book by Jenn McKinlay

    Rose Ward

  7. What a busy month this is going to be. So many great books to explore. I am most looking forward to The Best Life Book Club by Sheila Roberts and The Heiress's Daughter by Ann Gracie. I haven't read any of Jayne Castle's books in a while and guess it is time for a dust bunny fix. I am glad to see you reviewing so many women's fiction books. They sound like a nice variety.

  8. Love at First Book is one I am looking forward to. I am also looking forward to my daughter's high school graduation later this month.

  9. Sounds like a lot of great books. Thanks I can't wait to read about them all

  10. Haven't had as much time in April to read as I would like but the Liasson book sounds great as well as looking forward to Holloway, Roberts, Fortune, Morga and Mason books. And wow a huge lineup.