Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Books: Summer Reads

Miami Beach. Photo by Jason Schott.

As summer rolls on, we will keep looking at perfect books to read on the beach, including The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke; False Step by Victoria Helen Stone; and Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale.

The Two Lila Bennetts
By Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Lake Union Publishing; paperback, $14.95; Kindle eBook, $3.99; available today, July 23rd

Life is made up of fateful decisions and chance opportunities. When one door closes, another opens. What if you went through the first door and how would your life be different? What role does Karma play in where you end up?
This premise is examined through the story of a decorated criminal defense lawyer, Lila Bennett, whose bad choices have finally caught up with her. And one of those decisions has split her life in two, literally.
In one life, she’s taken hostage by someone who appears to be a stranger but knows too much. As she’s trapped in a concrete cell, her kidnapper forces her to face what she’s done or be killed. In an alternate life, she eludes her captor but is hunted by someone who is dismantling her happiness, exposing one secret at a time.
Lila’s decorated career as a criminal defense attorney, her marriage, and her life are on the line. She must make a list of those she’s wronged—both in and out of the courtroom—to determine who is out to get her before it’s too late. But even if she can pinpoint her assailant, will she survive? And if she does, which parts of her life are worth saving, and which parts must die? Because one thing’s for certain—life as Lila Bennett knew it is over.

About The Authors: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over thirty years and survived high school and college together. They’ve coauthored five novels, including Girls’ Night Out and the Amazon Charts bestseller The Good Widow. In their former lives, Fenton worked in the pharmaceutical industry, and Steinke was a talk show producer. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in San Diego, California. Find them at www.lizandlisa.com and on Instagram @lisaandliz.

False Step
By Victoria Helen Stone
Lake Union Publishing; hardcover, $24.95; paperback $14.95; ebook, $4.99

For days, all of Denver, Colorado, has worried over the fate of a missing child, little Tanner Holcomb. Then, a miracle: handsome, athletic Johnny Bradley finds him, frightened but unharmed, on a hiking trail miles from his wealthy family’s mountain home.
In a heartbeat, his rescuer goes from financially strapped fitness trainer to celebrated hero. The heat of the spotlight may prove too much for Johnny’s picture-perfect family, however.
Veronica, his wife, despises the pressure of the sudden fame, afraid that secrets and bitter resentments of her marriage may come to light - and she’s willing to do anything to keep them hidden.
When a shocking revelation is revealed and exposes an even darker side to Tanner’s disappearance, Veronica realizes that nothing in her life can be trusted. And everything should be feared.

About The Author:  Victoria Helen Stone, formerly writing as USA Today bestselling novelist Victoria Dahl, was born and raised in the flattest parts of the Midwest. Now that she’s escaped the plains of her youth, she writes dark suspense from an upstairs office high in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. She enjoys summer trail hikes with her family almost as much as she enjoys staying inside during the winter. Since leaving the lighter side of fiction, she has written the critically acclaimed, bestselling novels Evelyn, After;
Half Past; and Jane Doe, which we reviewed: 
http://www.brooklyndigest.org/2018/09/books-compelling-works-of-fiction.html?m=1. For more on the author and her work, visit
www.VictoriaHelenStone.com and www.VictoriaDahl.com.

Last Summer
By Kerry Lonsdale
Lake Union Publishing; paperback, $14.95; ebook, $4.99

Ella Skye, a lifestyle journalist, remembers every celebrity she interviewed, every politician she charmed between the sheets, and every socialite who eyed her with envy.
The chance meeting she had with her husband, Damien; their rapid free fall into love; and their low-key, intimate wedding are
all locked in her memory. The thing she can’t remember is the tragic car accident that ripped her unborn child from her.

Ella can’t even recall being pregnant. Hoping to find the memories of a lost pregnancy that’s left her husband devastated and their home empty, Ella begins delving into her past when she’s assigned an exclusive story about Nathan Donovan, a retired celebrity adventurer who seems to know more about her than she does

To unravel the mystery of her selective memory loss, Ella follows Nathan from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada to the frozen slopes of
southeast Alaska. There she discovers the people she trusts most aren’t the only ones keeping secrets from her—she’s hiding them from herself.

Ella quickly learns that some truths are best left forgotten.

About The Author: Kerry Lonsdale is the Wall Street Journal, Amazon Charts, and #1 Amazon Kindle bestselling author of the Everything series—Everything We Keep, Everything We Left Behind, and Everything We Give—as well as All the Breaking Waves. She resides in Northern California with her husband and two children. Learn more about Kerry at www.kerrylonsdale.com.

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