Christmas Joy by Nancy Naigle is a heartwarming contemporary romance story that helps all of us remember what is truly important in life. Many of us get so caught up in our jobs and busy lives that we forget to take the time to spend time with family and friends. Some of us are also guilty of thinking we can handle everything on our own, when in fact sometimes we can’t and other times when we can, we don’t have to.
Joy is a single woman focusing on her career when she is called down by her aunt Ruby’s best friend after Ruby falls and breaks her ankle. During the time that Joy is visiting and helping her aunt out while she is in rehab, she meets Ben and Molly. These are two people that change her life.
Naigle does a very good job at writing stories involving some sort of tragedy that the main character has to overcome or learn how to live with in some manner. In this story, Joy had some unresolved feelings about Christmas and Crystal Falls based on losing her mother years earlier. I enjoyed the way those around her helped her see things differently and to finally live the life she wanted.
If you are looking for a Christmas story filled with love, family, friends and one that just makes you all warm and fuzzy when it’s over, give Christmas Joy a read.
What a book. I downloaded Life After Perfect by Nancy Naigle back when it came out in May. I started it. Then stopped. I started it again and stopped. Why? Because it has a LOT of emotion in it. Emotion I wasn’t ready for. I typically read books that sweep me up in the romance or the suspense of it. The ones that take me out of my personal reality. Life After Perfect is real. The characters are real. The struggles are real. They hit home. I am sure everyone that reads this has a friend or family member that has gone through or is going through something in this book. It’s an emotional, heart-tugging, tearful read. But it’s also a beautiful and heartwarming read.
Katherine “Katy” Barclift is watching one friend bury her husband and another friend go through some infidelity in her marriage. She is looking at this from her own “perfect” life. When that perfect life of hers hits a bump, it rocks her world. Rocks it right out of town. And right into Dr. Derek Hansen and the friendly faces in Boot Creek, North Carolina.
As in all of Naigle’s books, the descriptions of settings in Life After Perfect make you feel as though you have been to the town. You taste the yummy blackberry cobbler. You feel the water from the creek on your feet. She does a fabulous job of setting the scene. I enjoy how Naigle is able to bring out the small town charm in her books and makes you want to move into those towns! In Life After Perfect, small town hospitality is at it’s finest when Katy needs it most.
If you like small town romantic suspense, Nancy Naigle is the author for you. She is able to combine sweet love stories with unnerving suspense. The way she is able to write the points of view from the hero and heroine to the psychotic villains is astounding to me. Mint Juleps and Justice is the fifth book in her Adams Grove series. It can easily be read as a stand alone but will make you want to read all the other books once you start this one.
Mint Juleps and Justice follows Mike and Brooke. They are both relatively new to Adams Grove trying to start over after some tragic events in their lives. Brooke turns to Mike’s investigative skills to help her deal with an ex-husband. Little did she know that the biggest adventure of her life would start. Nancy does a really good job at creating stories that you think will be predictable only to turn out anything but. When I started Mint Juleps and Justice I thought we would have a similar mystery to her previous books in trying to find out who the villain was going to be. Well, she gave those to us right away and didn’t hide it. That almost makes for more suspense since we knew they are lurking and are going to pounce at any minute.
Small town romance and suspense sure comes with big time emotions in the latest Adams Grove novel. I have read all of Nancy Naigle’s Adams Grove books and so far Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies is my favorite. It’s all about Cody Tuggle and Kasey Phillips for me. I fell in love with both of these characters in Out of Focus, and even though they have another very tough situation going on in this story, there is a lot of hope for their future. Kasey is finally settling into life since husband’s death and the kidnapping of her son about a year ago and Cody is ready to settle down from life on the road as a country music star.
In Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies, Cody needs a place for he and his band to stay due to a cancelled concert. Cody did so much to help Kasey in the past she wants to do this for him and the band. The adventure begins from there. Not just between Cody and Kasey romantically, but someone ends up murdered with all fingers pointing towards Cody. Nancy’s stories are more mystery than suspense, so we find out who is murdered and then it’s all about finding out who did it.Throw in new (and old) romance, family, friends, groupies and agents you have a very captivating story.
If you like a clean small town romance with a bit of suspense, you really should try Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes by Nancy Naigle which was just released yesterday (July 9, 2013). While this is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone. I have never lived in a small southern town, but I can tell you if they are like Adams Grove, I would seriously consider moving there.
In Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes, we follow Connor and Carolanne’s story, but Nancy does a nice job of weaving several other plot lines and people into the story. They are all connected and the suspense in her books is more mystery where we follow all the strings and see where it all ends up.
The one thing that I can count on in Nancy’s books is a lot of heart. In this book, it isn’t the older ladies like Aunt Milly. It is Connor. He has a lot of heart and loves the town and the people in them dearly. He knows better than anyone that the time we have on Earth is precious and he isn’t about to waste any. I love his character and goes after what he wants.