New Adult is All That—In a Bad Way by LAURIE GOLD
Philosophically speaking, I’m anti-New Adult fiction. I’m quite fine with Young Adult fiction, and over the years as a PW reviewer have read many a coming-of-age novel, but I’m genuinely annoyed by the notion of a genre of fiction for 18-26 year olds. What’s next? Not-Quite-New-Adult fiction, for the 27-30 set? How about Fiction for 30-Somethings, Unmarried Fiction, Menopausal Fiction, or…better still, Men in Midlife Crisis Fiction? Isn’t it bad enough that just the other week Wikipedia started removing women novelists from its list of American Novelists onto a separate list for… Read More
Cedar Cove 2
Welcome to Cedar Cove – a small town with a big heart! Grace Sherman was happy and untroubled – until her husband just disappeared. What could be so awful that a devoted husband and father would go without a note or a warning? But life can – and does – go on. Cedar Cove is abuzz with gossip. Grace’s daughter Kelly just had a baby. And it looks like her eldest daughter Maryellen is seeing someone new, someone she’s keeping a secret… Then there’s Jack, who’s been pursuing a romance with Olivia, and Zach and Rosemary Cox, who’re having a few problems. And Grace’s own mystery – will she ever find out what happened to her husband? Find out the truth in Cedar Cove. Make time for friends. Make time for Debbie Macomber.
The last time readers visited Cedar Cove in Macomber’s 16 Lighthouse Road, family court judge Olivia Lockhart had refused to grant a divorce to a young couple trying to come to terms with the loss of their infant daughter. This time around, Olivia has problems of her own; her ex-husband wants her back, which makes her on-again, off-again relationship with newspaper editor Jack Griffin even rockier. Elsewhere around town, Olivia’s daughter finally follows her heart and marries her high school sweetheart instead of the troublemaking older man she’d been dating; Zach and Rose Cox find their marriage falling apart when Rosie begins neglecting her family for volunteer work; and Maryellen Sherman, the manager of the local art gallery, becomes pregnant after a brief affair with an artist. Despite all these goings-on, the book’s main focus is librarian Grace Sherman, whose husband of 35 years is still missing after disappearing six months earlier.
Rosewood Lane (Cedar Cove book 2)
Cedar Cove 1
Welcome to Cedar Cove – a small town with a big heart! Judge Olivia Lockheart has caused a scandal. Hearing Cecilia and Ian Randal’s petition for a divorce, she came to the conclusion that the young couple hadn’t tried hard enough to make their marriage work. Her judgement? Divorce denied. While Judge Olivia throws the town into an uproar, her daughter Justine is on the verge of the biggest decision of her life. Should she stop waiting for love and accept a marriage of convenience? Olivia’s best friend, Grace, has troubles of her own. Dan, her husband, is increasingly distant and Grace is starting to wonder if he’s having an affair. And in Cedar Cove, nothing stays secret for long.
Olivia is in her 50’s.
Lighthouse Road (Cedar Cove book 1)
Angels of September
Ann Reilly is a 50-ish art gallery owner. Beautiful, competent and decent. After two disastrous marriages, she falls in love with Mike Casey, a top Chicago cop and former schoolmate. But Anne’s lifelong Catholicism riddles her with guilt and she’s loath to marry again. An exhibit of Breughel like paintings by a dead mad priest begins to take on fiendish vividness and Anne’s life and sanity are in peril. Casey’s cousin, the urbane Cathedral rector, Father “Blackie” Ryan, joins with his psychiatrist sister to fight Anne’s demons.
Some of Greeley’s horror effects aren’t quite in Stephen King’s league and Anne’s guilt seems a bit unlikely but her ongoing “autobiography” is a vivid picture of a good woman struggling to come to terms with her family and an old-fashioned Catholicism that is stunning in its repression.
Couple in their 50’s.
Angels of September
Forty Shades of Pearl
Documentary producer, Pearl Robinson, is a beautiful and smart forty year-old divorcee but has not had a date for over two years. When she hears about Alexandre Chevalier, a young French, Internet success story, she assumes he is a nerd. But when she bumps into him face to face, she’s stunned by his charm, beauty and sophistication, and startled by her strong feelings and desire for a man fifteen years her junior. His looks, wealth and worldwide triumph with his social media site, HookedUp, means he can get any woman he chooses, but there is something about Pearl he finds irresistible…
The couple begins a passionate affair and Pearl’s body is awakened in ways she never imagined possible. She is consumed by him and his magical touch. But secrets, jealous family members and other external forces are threatening to pull them apart.
Pearl Robinson is 40.
Forty Shades of Pearl