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Santa Baby, Just Slip These Books Under the Tree, For Me...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

With Christmas right around the corner,  I'm daydreaming about celebrating Christmas on a beach far, far away.  We'll unplug, enjoy nature, and read.  I cannot wait!

Ahhhhh....I can hear the soft lapping of the waves....but I digress...

This is my open letter to Santa.  I don't want much this year {although I have been the very best girl ;P}, only a couple or three books to take with me on the trip.

So, Santa Baby, just slip these three books under the tree, for me....

According to Goodreads:

Since her parents’ mysterious deaths many years ago, scientist Cora Sparks has spent her days in the safety of her university lab or at her grandmother Etta’s dress shop. Tucked away on a winding Cambridge street, Etta’s charming tiny store appears quite ordinary to passersby, but the colorfully vibrant racks of beaded silks, delicate laces, and jewel-toned velvets hold bewitching secrets: With just a few stitches from Etta’s needle, these gorgeous gowns have the power to free a woman’s deepest desires.

Etta’s dearest wish is to work her magic on her granddaughter. Cora’s studious, unromantic eye has overlooked Walt, the shy bookseller who has been in love with her forever. Determined not to allow Cora to miss her chance at happiness, Etta sews a tiny stitch into Walt’s collar, hoping to give him the courage to confess his feelings to Cora. But magic spells—like true love—can go awry. After Walt is spurred into action, Etta realizes she’s set in motion a series of astonishing events that will transform Cora’s life in extraordinary and unexpected ways.

According to Goodreads:

From the bestselling author of Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo comes the story of one man's quest to find a pearl, save his marriage, and track down a missing rabbit named Frank.

Brodie McBride is having a tough time.

The last expert in the ancient art of pearl fishing, he’s on a quest to track down the pearl that will complete a necklace for his wife, Elspeth, convinced that the love token will save their marriage.

But Scotland’s rivers are running out of mussels, Elspeth is running out of patience, and their daughter, Maggie, is running wild with her moustachioed pet rabbit.

And when Maggie takes matters into her own hands, determined to keep the family together, the McBrides are soon at the centre of international commotion that will change everyone’s lives forever.

According to Goodreads:

Every spring Sugar Wallace coaxes her sleepy honeybee queen—presently the sixth in a long line of Queen Elizabeths—out of the hive and lets her crawl around a treasured old map. Wherever the queen stops is their next destination, and this year it's New York City.

Sugar sets up her honeybees on the balcony of an East Village walk-up and then––as she's done everywhere since leaving South Carolina––she gets to know her neighbors. She is, after all, a former debutante who believes that manners make the world a better place even if they seem currently lacking in the big city.

Plus, she has a knack for helping people. There's Ruby with her scrapbook of wedding announcements; single mom Lola; reclusive chef Nate; and George, a courtly ex-doorman. They may not know what to make of her bees and her politeness, but they can't deny the magic in her honey.

And then there's Theo, a delightfully kind Scotsman who crosses Sugar's path as soon as she gets into town and is quickly besotted. But love is not on the menu for Sugar. She likes the strong independent woman she's become since leaving the South and there's nothing a charmer like Theo can do to change her mind . . . only her bees can do that.

The Wedding Bees is a novel about finding sweetness where you least expect it and learning to love your way home.

Assuming that Santa grants my requests, which book should I read first?

What's on your list for Santa this Christmas?

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill


  1. Oh so sad your tote didn't come in time! It really is an amazing tote! May have to have someone help you tote it when it gets so full!!! But welcome to the group!
    These sound like some good reads. I have Kindle unlimited and always looking for a new read!

  2. Ricki Jill, you are such an avid reader. I do hope Santa brings you your books. They look so interesting and fun. I am sorry you did not receive your tote yet. Looking forward to hearing about your travels next time. Have a fabulous weekend.

  3. These all sound so good! I hope you get everything on your list!

  4. Good books and a trip sound lie the perfect Christmas! And you can carry them all in your tote!!


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