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Adieu 2017 – Hello 2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017
My reflection on the past twelve months will be a bit different from the one, I´ve done last time around this time of a year. 2017 has turned out to be a year I am glad that it will be over in a few hours. 
Like every year as soon as December arrives, people go nuts. Christmas Eve is coming, presents need to be bought or created and as soon as the first snow is falling, the chaos is perfect.

Best Authors Of 2017

During 2017 I discovered some new-to-me-authors like Kristina Ohlsson, Erin Watt or Sarina Bowen. I read many more authors but narrowed them down to a list of ten. You might miss the one or the other name, but I chose them for the books I´ve read and who impressed me the most.

Since a few months I like to discover new authors, though I am not always happy with the covers, their books have when it comes to the German edition. And I am sure I wouldn´t have read Raphael Montes thriller if I had gone after the English cover.


Best Books Of 2017

Saturday, December 30, 2017
This year I got my Best Books-post done earlier than last year. It was no question of time or energy, it was more a question whether the last book I´ve read would be one that needed to find a place on this list or not.

It has been a really great year in reading books and I am already looking forward to the new books that the one or the other author will have coming out in 2018.

My Best Books of 2017 contains new releases, older books, some I read in English, some in German.


Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

As an old NR fan (in age and years) I had to have this. I guess her entire fan base was eagerly awaiting this new book. And when the cover got revealed, it was clear to see that the author had made some changes in her life as an author.

Come Sundown*
Author Nora Roberts
Publisher St. Martin´s Press on June 6, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 466
Format Hardcover
Source Purchased
Goodreads

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers who want to ride horses in the apple-crisp air or couples holding weddings under the wide-open sky. A little more than thirty thousand acres, it is home to four generations – and behind the scenes, Bodine Longbow does all she can to keep things running with the help of her siblings, the staff, and the new hire, Callen Skinner. But not far away, an aunt Bodine has never met lives in her own twisted version of a family, one no one knows about, one she never chose. Years ago, Alice was a rebellious eighteen-year-old who ran off looking for freedom and adventure. Now she cowers in fear, rarely seeing the sunlight, her mind shattered by a man who views her – and her offspring – as his rightful property. The Longbows don´t talk about Alice anymore. Many quietly presume that she is long dead. Then a young bartender leaves the resort late one night, and Bo and Cal discover her battered body in the snow. It´s the first sign that danger lurks in the mountains that surround them, and it will not be the only murder to unnerve this peaceful town. But the greatest shock is yet to come when Alice returns – and the threat that follows in her wake will test the bonds that hold Bodine to this place and these people, and thrust her into a darkness she could never have imagined.

Thoughts

But don´t ask me why it took me so long to read it. I have no clue why I put it first on my tbr and looked at it for so many months, before finally starting to enjoy it. 

Love Around The World Challenge

Friday, December 29, 2017
This challenge came to me earlier this year. My blogger friend Isa at Mikku-chan tagged me to show the world some love.

Originally this post has looked a bit different. But after a night of sleep and re-reading my words again, it didn´t felt right to publish it, so I started again from scratch.


Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber

Thursday, December 28, 2017
The last novel from the author´s Rose Harbor Inn series. And one, I didn´t read within a couple of hours. In the end, I was not sure about it, and it took me some days to write this review.

Sweet Tomorrows*
Author Debbie Macomber
Rose Harbor Series #5
Publisher Ballantine Books on December 27, 2016
Genre Novel
Pages 416
Format Softcover
Source Library
Goodreads

Nine months ago, Mark Taylor abruptly left Cedar Cove on a perilous mission to right a wrong from his past. Though Mark finally confessed his love for her, innkeeper Jo Marie Rose is unsure if he´s ever coming back. The Rose Harbor Inn barely seems the same without Mark, but Jo Marie can´t bear to lose herself in grief once more. Determined to move forward, she begins dating again, and finds companionship when she takes on a boarder who is starting a new chapter herself. Recovering from a twice-broken heart, Emily Gaffney, a young teacher, is staying at the inn while she looks for a home of her own. Having given up on marriage, Emily dreams of adopting children someday. She has her eye on one house in particular – with room for kids. Although Emily´s inquiries about the house are rudely rebuffed, her rocky start with the owner eventually blossoms into a friendship. But when the relationship verges on something more, Emily will have to rethink what she truly wants and the chances she´s willing to take. The inn seems to be working its magic again – Emily opening herself up to love, Jo Marie moving on – until Jo Marie receives shocking news.

Thoughts

You want to know why I feel mixed about this last Rose Harbor Inn book, then keep reading.

News - The Versatile Blogger Award

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
It is crazy: I got a new award!

It happened some weeks or better said months ago, but I hadn´t the time until now, to write a post about it and give back the honors. How great, I am totally happy.

Good, 2017 is running out and I underestimated the time I´d have left to post such wonderful things and how time-consuming Christmas can be, totally. As if that time of a year wouldn´t happen every year. Well, I hopefully am able to learn and schedule my time next year in December a bit better.

But for now, I don´t wanna bother you with my time-problem and give you instead a bit of an insight into me, as a person. So keep reading, and you will learn more.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 24, 2017
Christmas, the fifth season of the year. A time meant to be special. Filled with anticipation, preparations, decorating, baking cookies, some of us buy their Christmas presents, others tinker them and some of us might do nothing at all.

Yes, this time of a year is special in many ways.

Some of us will spent the weeks until Christmas Eve with lots of work, stress and with the feeling that there isn´t enough time to get everything done.


Das Mädchen Im Eis by Robert Bryndza

Saturday, December 23, 2017
Somehow, I got fascinated by the cover. Not only that it is the same the original book shows, but also in the same color style and when you hold it in your hand and move it a bit, you can see some ice glitter – nice effect.

Das Mädchen im Eis*
Author Robert Bryndza
Detective Erika Foster #1
Translation Charlotte Breuer, Marion Matheis, Norbert Möllemann
Original Title The Girl in the Ice
Publisher Penguin on September 11, 2017
Genre Crime
Pages 430
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher
Goodreads

Eight months have passed since Detective Erika Foster´s last mission, which ended in disaster and cost her husband his life. But it is time to look ahead. The daughter of one of London´s most powerful families was murdered, and Erika does her utmost to find the culprit. As she fights against the demons of her own past, she is facing a merciless killer. (personal translation)


Thoughts

My very first book by the author and my first thriller about Detective Erika Foster. 

2018 New Release Challenge – Sign-Up

Friday, December 22, 2017
I am signing- up for this challenge again and hope that it´ll be as much fun to do as the last two years were.  The challenge will be hosted by Lexxie at (un)Conventional Bookviews.

I am planning on reading books like I do every year so the next year won´t be any different from this current one. The only exception may be, that I might not read as many new releases, as I have been reading the past years.

But I don´t think that that will change the fun and with that in mind, I am looking forward to going in again and see how it will turn out.


2018 Beat The Backlist – Sign-Up

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
I found this challenge by accident while scrolling through the internet. Somehow, I landed on Austine´s blog NovelKnight and became aware of it.


Waiting On Wednesday #56 – Eine Unbeugsame Braut by Simona Ahrnstedt

is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.

For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon! Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday.


Weihnachten In Briar Creek by Olivia Miles

Monday, December 18, 2017
Another book I won by surprise. And it turned out to be a wonderful Christmas read. Lots of snow, lots of Christmas decoration and lots of cookies, that´s for sure *smile*

Weihnachten in Briar Creek*
Author Olivia Miles
Briar Creek Series #5
Translation Yvonne Eglinger
Original Title Christmas comes to Main Street*
Publisher LYX on September 29, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 366
Format Softcover
Source Giveaway


If Kara Hastings wants to save her little bakery from ruin, she must win the Christmas deco contest of Briar Creek. Nate Griffin she was just missing. The arrogant – and outrageously attractive – city dweller competes against her with his aunt´s bed and breakfast. Unfortunately, he is known for always getting what he wants. He can not stand Christmas! Kara tells the Grinch to fight – even if that makes her heart melt with every encounter…. (personal translation)

Thoughts

This was my first book written by the author. And for sure not the last. 

The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag

Sunday, December 17, 2017
I saw this a little while ago over at Between My Lines and liked the idea of it very much. Though I am not much of a Christmas person, my place still isn´t decorated and this year I haven´t even put an advent wreath on the table.

If you want to see what other bloggers wrote, who do The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag as well, just look on social media for the #TheChristmasBookBloggersTag or follow their blogs – and mine of course *smile*

Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren

Saturday, December 16, 2017
This is a series I kind of fell in love with from the first moment. The author duo created not only some fantastic characters, but also wonderful stories about them.

Beautiful Secret
Author Christina Lauren
Beautiful Series #4
Publisher Gallery Books on October 14, 2015
Genre Love-Women-Erotica
Pages 388
Format Paperback
Source Purchased
Goodreads

When Ruby Miller´s boss announces he´s sending her on an extended business trip to New York City, she´s shocked. As one of the best and brightest young engineers in London, she knows she´s professionally up to the task. The part that´s throwing her is where she´ll be spending a month, up close and personal, working alongside – and staying in a hotel with – Niall Stella, her firm´s top urban planning executive and The Hottest Man Alive. Despite her ongoing crush, Ruby is certain, Niall barely knows she´s alive – until their flirty overnight flight makes him sit up and take notice. Not one for letting loose and breaking rules, recently divorced Niall would describe himself as hopeless when it comes to women. But even he knows outgoing California-girl Ruby is a breath of fresh air. Once she makes it her mission to help the sexy Brit loosen his tie, there´s no turning back. Thousands of miles from London, it´s easy for the lovers to play pretend. But when the trip is over, will the relationship they´ve built up fall down? 

Thoughts

I still remember how much I laughed during reading Beautiful Bastard, how great I was entertained during that read.

Ain´t She Sweet by Marie Force

Friday, December 15, 2017
Another nice read of the author´s Green Mountain series, no doubt here. But as you will read in my review, I have some things that I am missing.

Ain´t She Sweet*
Author Marie Force
Green Mountain Series #6
Publisher Berkley on April 26, 2016
Genre Novel
Pages 320
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher*

Charlotte “Charley” Abbott has gone out with every guy under thirty-five in Butler, Vermont – except for one. Tyler Westcott´s attempts to date her maybe determined, and frequent, but Charley can´t stand how he acts like he knows her better than she knows herself. So, when Tyler turns up at the running club Charley joins to train for a marathon, she´s almost ready to quit before she even gets started. Tyler knows that behind Charley´s prickly personality and dismissive attitude is a sweet woman he wants in his life. And when Charley suffers an injury while training, Tyler is ready to prove that the perfect man for her has been right there all along … 

Thoughts

Don´t get me wrong here, I LOVE this series, and will continue reading the books until the last book. 

Susannah´ s Garden by Debbie Macomber

Thursday, December 14, 2017
I don´t know what I´ve expected from this novel. This book is so different from the other Blossom Street books and with a tone in it, I don´t think of when I want to read a Debbie Macomber novel. 

Susannah´s Garden*
Author Debbie Macomber
Blossom Street Series #3
Publisher Mira on April 20, 2010
Genre Novel
Pages 384
Format Paperback
Source Library
Goodreads

When Susannah Nelson turned eighteen, she said goodbye to her boyfriend, Jake – and never saw him again. She never saw her brother, Doug, again, either. He died unexpectedly that same year. Now, at fifty, Susannah finds herself regretting the paths not taken. Long married, a mother and a teacher, she should be happy. But she feels there´s something missing in her life. Not only that, she´s balancing the demands of an aging mother and a temperamental twenty-old daughter. Her mother Vivian, a recent widow, is having difficulty coping and living alone, so Susanna goes home to Colville, Washington. In returning to her parents´ house, her girlhood friends and the garden she´s always loved, she also returns to the past – and the choices she made back then. What she discovers is that things are not always as they once seemed. Some paths are dead ends. But some gardens remain beautiful …

Thoughts

It was a bit of a surprise, that the structure of this novel was totally different from the one, the first two books show.

Waiting On Wednesday #55 – Everless by Sara Holland

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.

For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon! Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday.


Die Fabelmacht-Chroniken-Flammende Zeichen by Kathrin Lange

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The jacket design is awesome. I fell in love the moment I saw it and now live in my hands it looks even prettier.

Flammende Zeichen*
Author Kathrin Lange
Die Fabelmacht-Chroniken #1
Publisher Arena on June 19, 2017
Genre Children 14+
Pages 409
Format Hardcover
Source Publisher


It has long existed in the streets and alleys of Paris: the fabled power, a gift carefully guarded for generations. Anyone who owns them can rewrite reality. But Mila suspects nothing, as she fled after a quarrel with her mother to Paris. Until she meets the mysterious Nicholas, who dominates the gift like no other. And although Mila has never seen him, she knows his innermost. Because she already writes about him as long as she can think. When Nicholas´ family begins to hunt down both of them, she learns that he too has written about her – with dangerous consequences. A battle of stories about love and death flares up. (personal translation)


Thoughts

This new YA novel by Kathrin Lange reminded me a bit of her Heart-Trilogy. The plot is full of secrets, very mysterious and with two main figures who complete each other perfectly.

Blutzeuge by Tess Gerritsen

Sunday, December 10, 2017
Since many years I am a huge fan of the author. And her Rizzoli & Isles series is one of the most loved series I have on my shelves. So, of course, I wanted to read this new book about Jane and Maura and see how their new case would turn out.

Blutzeuge*
Author Tess Gerritsen
Rizzoli & Isles Series #12
Translation Andreas Jäger
Original Title I Know A Secret
Publisher Limes on November 20, 2017
Genre Thriller
Pages 409
Format Hardcover
Source German Publisher
Goodreads

In Boston, the body of a young woman is found – in the open palms her eyeballs. The mutilation happened post mortem, as is clearly stated in the autopsy. But the exact cause of death remains unclear. A short time later, the body of a man appears – arrows stick out of his chest, which were also placed there only after his death. Both were victims of the same perpetrator, otherwise there seems to be no connection between them. Boston Police Detective Jane Rizzoli is puzzled until a trail leads her to a decades-old case of mistreatment in a Catholic nursery. (personal translation)

Thoughts

And that end …. I can´t remember a book in this series, that had ended the way this one does. 

It´s Only Love by Marie Force

Saturday, December 09, 2017
For some reasons, I keep reading this series, although the past three books weren´t really mine. Maybe it is because I hope that the author will go back to her fun and charming style she used to have in the first few books of the Green Mountain series.

It´s Only Love*
Author Marie Force
Green Mountain Series #5
Publisher Berkley on November 3, 2015
Genre Novel
Pages 320
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher*
Goodreads

Ella Abbott has long been secretly in love with Gavin Guthrie. A few recent encounters have only added to her infatuation, especially the kiss they shared at her sister´s wedding. It doesn´t matter to Ella that Gavin is in a bad place. He says there´s no hope for a future with him, that he has nothing to offer her. But all Ella cares about it the love she feels. It´s been seven long years since Gavin lost his brother. He´d kept himself under control and moving forward until his brother´s beloved dog died and his brother´s widow re-married. Since then, he´s been drinking, fighting, and even getting arrested. It seems the only time his demons leave him alone is when Ella is around. Gavin knows it wouldn´t be fair to drag Ella into his darkness, but when she inserts herself into his life, what choice does he have but to allow her to soothe his aching heart?

Thoughts

This fifth book was again, not as good as the start of this series has been. But nevertheless, I read it.

Follow Friday #31 – Highlight November 2017

Friday, December 08, 2017
Launched by Sonja of A Bookshelf Full Of Sunshine, continued by FiktiveWelten with a new logo.

The blog action is for lively communication between bloggers, a good network and should be fun. Duration of the question: Friday to Thursday. Rules. No registration required.

This week I am doing a little exception from the usual FF. No, not the Highlight itself. That goes as usual. But I totally missed posting my choice of book for this at the end of November – life has gotten crazy lately – and thought I am presenting it now. 


A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber

In this series, the author obviously remains true to her pattern of three women and their knitting teacher while going through some rough times in their lives.

A Good Yarn*
Author Debbie Macomber
Blossom Street Series #2
Publisher Mira on April 29, 2014
Genre Novel
Pages 379
Format Paperback
Source Library

Lydia owns a knitting shop on Seattle´s Blossom Street. In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived – and so has Lydia. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad´s ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness. Three women join Lydia´s newest class. Elise Beaumont, retired and bitterly divorced, learns that her onetime husband is reentering her life. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a much more recent divorce. And Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager, whose grandmother´s idea of helping her is to drag her to senior´s swim sessions – and to the knitting class at A Good Yarn. 

Thoughts

That is, in one novel, wonderful to read about, no doubt about that.

And I Love Her by Marie Force

Thursday, December 07, 2017
A family with ten kids. Well, those kids aren´t kids anymore. At least not all of them. But I have to say, that the author has changed her way of writing about the Abbott´s. And with that, I mean the tone and how the plot is presented. But see for yourself.

And I Love Her*
Author Marie Force
Green Mountain Series #4
Publisher Berkley on March 3, 2017
Genre Novel
Pages 336
Format Paperback
Source German Publisher*


As the chief financial officer, Hunter Abbott manages the family´s various business interests while “fixing” things for the people he loves. But the one thing he can´t fix is his undeniable attraction to Megan Kane. Instead, Hunter is prepared to do whatever it takes to show Megan that he´s the man for her. Megan´s sister rocks her with the news that she and her husband are moving overseas, leaving Megan truly alone. With her sister – and her job at the diner- going away, Megan finds herself leaning on the sexy, button-down accountant who isn´t afraid to lay it all on the line for her. But Megan has watched too many people she loves leave her. Can she risk her heart on Hunter?

Thoughts

I am a huge fan of the Green Mountain series, and the first books were one thrilling read. 

Waiting On Wednesday #54 – Irgendwas Von Dir by Gayle Forman

Wednesday, December 06, 2017
is a weekly event originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy.

For whatever reason Jill is not blogging since August 2016 but her meme is still going on. Hope everything is ok and she will be back soon! Until then, I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday.


Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Tuesday, December 05, 2017
That cover got me from the moment I saw it. Holy hell, what a color-and-motive-combination. But I am not so sure if I would have read it anyways, if I´d known what it was with all the birds. Still getting goosebumps when I think of all those scenes where they are playing a key role in it.

Magonia*
Author Maria Dahvana Headley
Magonia Series #1
Publisher HarperCollins on April 28, 2015
Genre Children 14+
Pages 320
Format Hardcover
Source German Publisher
Goodreads

Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak – to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn´t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name. Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who´s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terrible wrong. Aza is lost to our world – and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships. Aza is not the weak and dying thing, she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power – but ahs she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza´s hands lies fate of the whole of humanity – including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?

Thoughts

I don´t know what I was expecting, but surely not what I was getting. 

The Shop On Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber

Sunday, December 03, 2017
The author is a guarantor for nicely written novels set in a beautiful setting and with some well-created characters. I like her books because I can read them almost overnight.

The Shop on Blossom Street*
Author Debbie Macomber
Blossom Street Series #1
Publisher Mira on April 30, 2013
Genre Novel
Pages 400
Format Paperback
Source Library
Goodreads

Lydia teaches knitting to beginners, and the first class is How to Make a Baby Blanket. Three women join. Jacqueline Donovan disapproves of the woman married to her only son, but knitting a baby blanket would be a gesture of reconciliation. For Carol Girard, the baby blanket brings a message of hope and she and her husband make a final attempt to conceive. A tough-looking Alix Townsend is learning to knit her blanket for a court-ordered community service project. These four very different women, brought together by the age-old craft of knitting, make unexpected discoveries – about themselves and each other. Discoveries that lead to friendship and acceptance, to laughter and dreams. Discoveries only women can share …

Thoughts

Yes, and this book was no exception.

Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren

Friday, December 01, 2017
After I had read the first two books of this series about three years ago, I couldn´t wait for the third book being published in Germany and bought this as soon as the original edition was available. The cover somehow reminded me of that, the first had and though I am not much of a fan the green color concerned, this one kind of looks good.

Beautiful Player*
Author Christina Lauren
Beautiful Series #3
Publisher Gallery Books on October 29, 2013
Genre Love-Women-Erotica
Pages 402
Format Paperback
Source Purchased

When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she´s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother´s gorgeous best friend Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy? Will takes risks for a living, but he´s skeptical about this challenge of Hanna´s … until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed – and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can´t forget. Now that Hanna´s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it´s up to Will to prove he´s the only man she´ll ever need.

Thoughts

I have to admit it, that for me, the best book of this series, so far, is still the Beautiful Bastard
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