A High-End Finish by Kate Carlisle
A High-End Finish is the first Kate Carlyle book I’ve read, and you bet your cozy cup of coffee I’ll be reading more. It has everything in it to make a wholesome, entertaining read.
What woman hasn’t dreamed of owning a Victorian house, having a handsome cop lend her a hand, sharing a kiss with a charming mystery writer who used to be a Navy Seal and compliments you constantly? Sigh.
If that doesn’t interest you enough, let me tell you it’s a well-paced mystery with vividly depicted characters and a nasty murderer. The seaside town of Lighthouse Cove in northern California is gorgeous. The heroine has a strong, independent character and yet she’s emotionally vulnerable. She’s the kind of woman you would want to hang out with, self-effacing, funny and loyal to her friends and family.
Carlisle pulled me into the book with the story of Shannon, the heroine, going on a blind date with a man who seems charming at first, but then assaults her. She aims her kick for his family jewels and the story goes on from there.
I recommend this book for lovers of cozy mysteries with good plots and charming characters. I gave the book a 5-star rating on Amazon.com, Bookbub and Goodreads.
Starlight and Tinsel by Judith Hudson
Starlight and Tinsel is a heartwarming story about two highly-independent individuals who lived nomadic lives until they arrived in the small town of Fortune Bay. In each other, they find love and a sense of home.
Judith Hudson’s richly descriptive prose pulled me into this story. From the first page, I rooted for Star, a woman who has had a hard life.
I recommend this novella for readers who like romantic, women’s fiction. (5 stars)
You can hear my Christmas podcast episode with Judith here.