I just finished reading Karen White’s new novel, The Night The Lights Went Out and wow, another great book!

This author can do no wrong, I love each book she writes and will eagerly await her next novel. In this story, set in the south of course (all of her books are set in the south), about to be divorced Merilee and her children move into Sugar Prescott’s guest house. Sugar is an old woman with a lot of secrets, equally feared and respected around town. Merilee is new to the area and is drawn to the beautiful and perfect Heather Blackford who is more than willing to help Merilee.

Merilee is new to the area and is drawn to the beautiful and perfect Heather Blackford who is more than willing to help Merilee with whatever she needs.  There’s something strangely familiar about Heather but Merilee can’t put her finger on it. As Merilee is pulled into Heather’s world, Sugar relives old memories that keep surfacing and little by little, she tells Merilee about her own troubled past, freeing Merilee to also confront some old demons.

The second part of the book is like a fast turning suspense, with Merilee and Heather;s friendship evolving, Sugar’s secrets and memories spilling out, a romance….I was sad to see this one end. Due out in April.

I can’t wait to start The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda. I devoured her first novel, All The Missing Girls, and have a feeling I will zip through this one too. Here’s the premise:

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

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I love a good memoir and since I have met Meredith Maran, I am already personally invested in her story! I also enjoy the transformation of a person and in The New Old Me, Meredith talks us along for the journey of her love and loss.

Check it out:

After the death of her best friend, the loss of her life’s savings, and the collapse of her once-happy marriage, Meredith Maran—whom Anne Lamott calls “insightful, funny, and human”—leaves her San Francisco freelance writer’s life for a 9-to-5 job in Los Angeles.

Determined to rebuild not only her savings but herself while relishing the joys of life in La-La land, Maran writes “a poignant story, a funny story, a moving story, and above all an American story of what it means to be a woman of a certain age in our time” (Christina Baker Kline, number-one New York Times–bestselling author of Orphan Train).

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I love the title, I love the cover and I think I’m going to love the story too. The People We Hate At the Wedding by Grant Ginder sounds like the kind of book I open and read in one glorious sitting!

Come on, admit it! This looks really good:

Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins.
They couldn’t hate it more.

The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss.

Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who’s recently been saying things like “monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct,” while eyeing undergrads. And then there’s Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna’s first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she’s infuriatingly kind and decent.