Kindle Kandy is a Friday weekly bookish feature hosted by The Book Dame. We scan our shelves and eReaders to rediscover books that we own but have not read, to this point little more than shelf or Kindle Kandy.
For All You Have Left by Laura Miller
When Logan was nine years old, her father landed a promotion and moved the family back to his old stomping grounds in Columbia, Mo. Logan traded in her old friends and a familiar setting for a new school filled with new faces, but she did get at least one good thing out of the trade—Andrew Amsel.
Andrew and Logan spend a childhood playing hide and seek and then four years at Truman High falling in love and dreaming about their future together. Then on graduation night, Andrew asks Logan to marry him. Logan doesn’t even think twice before saying yes. Five days later, they elope.
But life has different plans for Logan. And now at twenty-two, she is in the midst of starting over when Jorgen Ryker moves in next door. Jorgen, a paramedic who grew up along the Missouri River bottoms, seems normal, and he’s definitely easy on the eyes, but Logan still has her reservations—and her secrets. Can she put her old life aside to start anew? And what big secret is she hiding that Jorgen might already know?
Set in small-town Missouri, For All You Have Left is a love story with an unexpected twist centering on three lives, two great loves and one epic journey in learning to love again.
My sweet friend Kathy over at Kathy Reads Fiction has been raving about this author a lot lately. I had this book on my Kindle long before she recommended it, but didn’t realize it! Now I’m making it a mission to read something by this author asap.
The Last Camellia by Sarah Jio
A romantic and suspenseful tale about two women whose destiny is bound across the years.
On the eve of World War II, the last surviving specimen of a camellia plant known as the Middlebury Pink lies secreted away on an English country estate. Flora, an amateur American botanist, is contracted by an international ring of flower thieves to infiltrate the household and acquire the coveted bloom. Her search is at once brightened by new love and threatened by her discovery of a series of ghastly crimes.
More than half a century later, garden designer Addison takes up residence at the manor, now owned by the family of her husband, Rex. The couple’s shared passion for mysteries is fueled by the enchanting camellia orchard and an old gardener’s notebook. Yet its pages hint at dark acts ingeniously concealed. If the danger that Flora once faced remains very much alive, will Addison share her fate?
Before the end of the year I have a goal to read every Jio book I have on my TBR list. With only two left to go, I think this one is going to be next. I love romantic suspense and most recently have started enjoying historical fiction. This book sounds like a good mix of all three!
Have you read either of these books? What did you think?