When you think of Nike, you don’t think of bad management, bad decisions and bad products – you think of money, brand and tons of success. In Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog, the creator himself will tell you what a terrible boss he was, how many mistakes he made, and how often the company almost went broke. In fact you’ll keep wondering how he held on so long – and how his marriage survived so many company and person attacks. Which is why you’ll want to read Shoe Dogs until the end. It’s refreshingly honest into the man who created the biggest brand on the planet.
Drawn together by accident, Lady Juliana St. Albans and Rhys Vaughn, a rising Scottish rebellion leader, came together in secret, married and had the most amazing wedding night – until he disappeared the next day. Juliana believed he was captured and sent on a ship, where she later heard he died. Only six years later he returns, just as she’s announcing her betrothal to another.
Formerly Stormswept by Deborah Martin (1996), Sabrina Jeffries brought back the book ‘revised for today’s audience,’ according to the publisher. From the start, you’ll be drawn in by Juliana and Rhys passionate and secretive love. Stormswept has great drama and lives up to Sabrina Jeffries flare for desire, deception and historical romance.
A small town in North Carolina is rocked when a teenage girl disappears – and friends and family are left with scars that still haven’t healed 10 years later. Nicolette Farrell left Cooley Ridge right after the tragedy and hardly returned until now, 10 years later, as she’s starting to pack up her family home after her dad moves to assisted living. Only another young girl disappears, and the tragedy brings back old suspects and new ones, haunting the town and it’s people all over again. Who’s to blame for the latest disappearance – and the one from 10 years ago?
All the Missing Girls is scary good: Cleverly written and intricately plotted. The story begins on Day 15 of when Nic returns home and works its way backwards to Day 1, when it all comes together for the reader. And the way it comes together is unpredictable and completely shocking if a little ironinc too. The group of friends are so haunted – and the town of Cooley Ridge and specific locations like the Ferris Wheel and the woods behind the Farrell home take on a personality of their own as events come to life as Nic traverses her 15 days in Cooley Ridge.
Previously a young adult writer, All the Missing Girls is Megan Miranda’s first adult novel – and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
A housekeeper in the Duke of Montgomery’s home, Bridget Crumb has an agenda other than running the household of a notorious and sneaky Duke. She’s searching for something – and the Duke finds her witty strength a little too appealing. As the two fight for their own agendas, they are drawn closer together.
One of my first Elizabeth Hoyt books, Duke of Sin is exactly what I love about historical romance – witty characters, come-back stories and overcoming the odds. And bonus: If you like Duke of Sin (which you probably will), you’ve got a slew of other Maiden Series books to pick from. Shop all Elizabeth Hoyt Maiden Series on Amazon.
The third book in the Barbara Taylor Bradford-Cavendon Series, The Cavendon Luck meets up with our favorite characters from her previous books as the influential and connected Ingram and Swam families navigate pre-war times. Much like all her books, Cavendon Luck meanders with several plotlines – maybe even one of the most dramatic times in English history. It’s easily my favorite of the Cavendon Series.
If you expect the perfection of Outlander Season 1, you’ll be disappointed. But if you can enjoy the slower, set-up episodes from the early part of Season 2, you’ll have much more of what most people love in the second half of the season. In that way though, it isn’t much different than Outlander Book 2: Dragonfly in Amber.
The early part of Season 2 is set in Paris, as Jaime and Claire try to navigate politics, espionage and the intrigue of so many varied agendas – including their own of stopping the Jacobite rebellion and saving many Scottish lives. Their agenda is complicated from many angles – including the appearance of Jaime’s biggest foe.
Finally the couple returns to the wilds of Scotland, where we spent the entire first season and originally fell in love with Jaime and Claire. There’s more Highlanders, fighting, direct and everything that we love about Outlander in general.
While Season 2 doesn’t have the first love passion that hooked us in Season 1, if you can wait patiently through the first few episodes, you’ll get a taste for favorite couple’s new passions and struggles after marriage. As with any book-to-movie transition, the tv series is missing some of the detail and plot from Diana Gabaldon’s Dragonfly in Amber, but the season is executed gorgeously. Costumes are believably gorgeous in Paris – and Claire’s time-travel forward 200 years as an older mother is well done. There’s so much to love about Season 2.
Good news: Outlander has confirmed they’ll do Season 3 and Season 4.
Bad news: We don’t have a premiere date for Season 3 yet … which means it could be a while (though rumors put the next Droughtlander at less than 10 months and maybe even closer to 6 months). We’ll keep you posted.