Thursday, July 30, 2020

Books from the Backlog - July 30

Books from the Backlog is hosted by Carole's Random Life in Books. It is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

To join in, visit the weekly link at Carole's blog to enter the link to your post. Then spend time visiting some of the other posts.

Happy Thursday. The week is almost over. Are we even paying attention anymore?

Jean Stone started our local writing group. That's how we met. She has since moved out of the area, but she returned in 2018 for a book reading of A Vineyard Christmas at our local Barnes and Noble when the publisher released it.

The fourth book in the Vineyard series is due out next year.

This week's neglected book

In the midst of a Christmas blizzard: A baby on the doorstep.

It's taken a long time and a little heartache, but Annie Sutton is finally following her dream of living on Martha's Vineyard. She fell in love with the island's singular beauty while using it as a setting for two of her novels. In her cozy rented cottage on Chappaquiddick, she's settling in for her first Vineyard winter--complete with a fierce nor'easter on the way, forecast to bring high winds and deep snow. But the blizzard also brings something unexpected to Annie's front porch: a basket, encircled by a ribbon, containing a baby girl. The note reads: "I named her Bella, after my grandmother. Please help her, because I can't."

Adopted as a child, Annie is grateful for wonderful parents who raised her as their own. Yet she also hopes to spare little Bella the feelings of abandonment that still haunt her. And so, rather than take the baby to the police, Annie decides to keep her and try to find the birth mother, giving her a chance to change her mind.

But it's not easy keeping a secret in a close-knit, island community, especially amid the bustle of Christmas. Before the holiday ends, there will be revelations, rekindled hope, and proof that families--the ones we are born into and the ones we claim for ourselves--are the gifts that truly matter . . .

What do you think of this novel? Would you read it? Have you read any Christmas stories yet this year?


sherry fundin said...

a blizzard on the vineyard caught my attention. i love when a book has a good storm. lol

sherry @ fundinmental

Cheryl said...

Me, too, Sherry. Thanks for visiting.

Sarah @ All The Book Blog Names Are Taken said...

I am quite partial to blizzards. But I am from Minnesota, not exactly vineyard country.

Cheryl said...

Minnesota---one of my favorite places. Thanks for visiting, Sarah.