Readers’ Corner: April 2022. Second Chances

By Bonnie McCune & Kathleen Duhamel ~

In Never Retreat, (Bonnie McCune), a feisty single mom gets a second chance at love when she clashes with an ex-military corporate star at a retreat in the wild Colorado mountains. Years ago, a roving con man knocked up Ramona Soto, and she’s avoided men since. At thirty-something, she’s concentrating on her career and funding college for her son. Enter Desmond Emmett—a fast talker with every negative quality to avoid in a guy. The reluctant duo struggles to complete mental and physical tests for a huge reward only one can win, while facing their biggest challenge—a massive flash flood.

The Art of Racing in the Rain. Garth Stein’s beloved 2007 novel is told from the point of view of Enzo, an elderly dog who shares an unshakable bond with his human, Denny, an aspiring race car driver. Enzo, who spends his days watching television documentaries, believes in a Mongolian legend that a well-prepared dog will be reincarnated as a human. The heart of the book explores the connection between two souls as Enzo and Denny face an uncertain future together. With Enzo, Stein has created a memorable canine character who is impossible not to love.

The Lost Apothecary: A Novel: Aspiring historian Caroline Parsewell arrives in London for what was supposed to be a tenth anniversary trip with her husband. However, after learning about his infidelity, she goes alone, hoping for a break in her unfulfilled life and crumbling marriage. An unexpected find—a tiny glass vial washed up from the River Thames—sparks a 200-year mystery involving a long-lost apothecary shop. As Caroline digs deeper into a series of unsolved murders involving the shop’s proprietor, she unearths a story of death and deceit that changes her future. An engaging debut novel from Sarah Penner.

Author Kathleen Duhamel writes humorous contemporary romance featuring “seasoned” characters. Her newest is Fed Up. Author Bonnie McCune’s latest is Never Retreat, a suspenseful romance in Colorado’s wilderness.

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