A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Chicky scandalized her family by running away from her small town in Ireland with an American. They told her no good would come of it so she never told them when he left her a few months later. She stayed in America for 20 years, only returning when she had the opportunity to buy a big house in her hometown and turn it into an inn.

Each chapter in this book tells the story of a person involved in the establishment of the inn or of a guest in the first week. I love Maeve Binchy books and this one was no exception. I was sad to read that this was her last novel because she died last year. I’m going to have to go back and reread some favorites now when I need a fix.

Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back. When her sometimes employer Ranger and a soon-to-be-married Army buddy are targeted by a person with inside knowledge of their unit, Stephanie is hired to be an undercover bridesmaid.

When I reserved this at the library I was number 273. It got to me fairly quickly because they have lots of copies and it is a fast read. I read it in a morning. It wasn’t my favorite of the series but it was cute.

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

John Puller is an Army CID investigator on R and R after a tough assignment. He receives a letter from his aunt in Florida asking him to come down and investigate something. By the time he gets there she is dead. Now he wants to find out what happened to his aunt and what did she see that he was supposed to investigate.

This book is an interesting look into human trafficking in the United States. (That’s not a spoiler. You find that out in the first chapter.) The plot hinges on several groups of people who have been tracking a smuggler from different angles coming together to bring him down.

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Kate won the right to be Queen of the Underworld. She will live there six months of the year and on the surface for the other six months. Now she is returning after her first summer off and she finds that the Underworld is under attack from a powerful enemy. The only person who can help is her new husband’s beloved first wife, Persephone.

This is the second book in a trilogy and I liked it anyway. Most second books don’t have a lot of plot. They are just getting you to the climax in book 3 but there was story and closure here.