The Paragraph Ranch by Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon (+giveaway!)

 

The Paragraph Ranch

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Traveling With T was sent this book for review consideration.

The Paragraph Ranch

Summary from Goodreads:

EVERY WRITER KNOWS YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN. But that’s just what is required of West Texas expatriate Dee Bennett-Kaufmann when her mother is badly injured in a mysterious car accident. Single-again “Dr. Dee” has never been on the “A-team” in her trendy East Coast MFA program. When a prestigious summer fellowship gives her the chance to finally finish her book, salvage her career, and spend some quality time with her college-age daughter — Dee’s certain her luck is about to change. Returning to care for her irascible, widowed mother threatens all of that. With so much at stake, Dee engineers a series of unorthodox strategies and creative tradeoffs to keep her options in play—and despite herself finds friendship, love, and the power of words in the unlikeliest of places.

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The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee

The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee

Photo Credit: St. Martin’s Press- June 17, 2014

 

This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair review.

The Glass Kitchen

Portia Cuthcart would have lived in Texas forever- Texas was her home, her birthright- the place she felt comfortable. The other place she felt comfortable was the kitchen- Portia had a gift (some called it a curse)- but it was “the knowing” and Portia just knew things about food- she didn’t always know why she was compelled to make certain dishes- but she would be. Cooking at The Glass Kitchen with her grandmother was one of life’s joys. Continue reading

Lie Still by Julia Heaberlin

lie stillLie Still is my first Julia Heaberlin book- but it will not be my last.

 

Meet Emily Page. Young, successful, married to a man who is the love of her life, and expecting a baby. When his job brings them to Texas, Emily knows she will miss some things about Manhattan- but she won’t miss it all. Including her stalker.

When Emily and Mike arrive in Texas, Mike encourages her to make friends with some women- so Emily begins the process. Little does she know that Texas women play a game of friendship like no others- these women collect secrets like some collect handbags. At first, Emily is not worried- she’s not from the area- so how would these women learn her secrets, her secrets that she kept under wraps in her Manhattan life?

A juicy secret is hard to keep, though, and someone in the group knows the secret about Emily’s life in college- but do they intend to use it to hurt or help Emily? When Caroline, the head of the group, disappears- Emily is worried. Then as pieces of her past turn up, and her stalker increases contact- Emily worries more. Does she have 2 stalkers? Just 1? Is someone in the group playing a game of cat and mouse?

Emily knows she must figure it out- what happened to Caroline, who knows her secrets, and more- she must find out for her life and for her unborn child’s life.

 

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Lie Still opens with a bang. We, the readers, know 1 of Emily’s secrets immediately. Julia Heaberlin does a great job, though, with dangling the other secrets and keeping the reader guessing. For fan of mystery and suspense- Lie Still will be a book that you should read. Texas, crazy women, former beauty pageant ladies, and a group who likes to collect secrets- all mixed in with a cocktail atmosphere. It’s definitely worth reading.

 

 

*This book was requested through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.