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Looking for some summer reads to curl up with at the beach or poolside or in air-conditioned comfort in the most comfortable chair you can find? Consider picking up one of my most recent reads.

Untangling the Knot by Deanne Wilsted.

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This sweet, romance story is about a Catholic wedding planner who keeps screwing up a very handsome groom’s wedding plans because she’s falling for him and his children. The heroine, whose faith is important to her, is Catholic to the core, and you can’t help but love her and the wise Father O’Shea. This is an endearing story about dealing with grief, finding love, and rediscovering faith along the way.  I found myself chucking out loud and crying as I read this heartwarming story.

Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel by Linda Bennett Pennell

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A snippet of news about Al Capone in a 1930s newspaper sends history professor Liz Reams on a mission to track down the source, and the story, behind the cryptic news clip. A lover of all things Capone, and bad boys in general, what Reams discovers changes her life forever. This beautifully told story has a dual time line that will keep you turning the pages as you chase down the clues with the heroine to discover what Al Capone was doing at the Blanche Hotel. Pennell’s voice and language use is captivating. This is a don’t miss book.

Note to readers: The bedroom doors are basically shut in this book, but there is one extremely short (as in a couple of paragraphs), non-graphic romantic onscreen scene.

Cooking Up Love by Cynthia Hickey

This inspirational romance is about an emotionally damaged young woman who takes a job at a Harvey House restaurant to make her own way in the world. Fraternizing between male and female employees is strictly forbidden under Harvey House rules. That rule is not a problem for the heroine, Tabitha, as she has no intentions of marrying, ever. But when she awakens feeling in the newly widowed chef in the restaurant where she serves, trouble ensues as he tries to convince her to marry him and share his dreams of opening a restaurant in California.

This sweet romance is a quick, easy, enjoyable read. The characters are clearly Christian, but the author takes us on their faith journey, letting us share in their problems, without preaching. A great book for a summer read, or any other time.

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