Stacking the Shelves #41!

Posted May 7, 2022 by WendyW in Blogging, Book Blog Meme, bookblogger / 41 Comments

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks! And audiobooks. Don’t forget audiobooks!

A few more books this week.


Publication Date: September 20, 2022

I haven’t read a book by Nicholas Sparks in a while so I was excited when I got approved for this.

Synopsis: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wish comes a poignant love story about risking everything for a dream—and whether it’s possible to leave the past behind.
Colby Mills once felt destined for a musical career, until tragedy grounded his aspirations. Now the head of a small family farm in North Carolina, he spontaneously takes a gig playing at a bar in St. Pete’s Beach, Florida, seeking a rare break from his duties at home.
But when he meets Morgan Lee, his world is turned upside-down, making him wonder if the responsibilities he has shouldered need dictate his life forever. The daughter of affluent Chicago doctors, Morgan has graduated from a prestigious college music program with the ambition to move to Nashville and become a star. Romantically and musically, she and Colby complete each other in a way that neither has ever known.
While they are falling headlong in love, Beverly is on a heart-pounding journey of another kind. Fleeing an abusive husband with her six-year-old son, she is trying to piece together a life for them in a small town far off the beaten track. With money running out and danger seemingly around every corner, she makes a desperate decision that will rewrite everything she knows to be true.
In the course of a single unforgettable week, two young people will navigate the exhilarating heights and heartbreak of first love. Hundreds of miles away, Beverly will put her love for her young son to the test. And fate will draw all three people together in a web of life-altering connections . . . forcing each to wonder whether the dream of a better life can ever survive the weight of the past.

I’ve really enjoyed the last 2 books by Danielle Steel, and this one is about siblings.

Synopsis: In this heartwarming novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Danielle Steel, adult siblings find their way back home—and back to each other—after loss.

Preston and Constance Whittier have built a happy life together, with a brood of six children raised in a beautiful historic Manhattan mansion. Now, with a nearly empty nest, it’s easier than ever for the Whittiers to maintain their tradition of a solo romantic “Wintermoon” ski trip.

But with this year’s trip comes tragedy. Suddenly, their adult children find themselves reuniting in the family home without their parents for the first time ever. The oldest, Lyle, is reaching a breaking point in his marriage and must decide whether a divorce would be best for him and his two children. Gloria’s big job on Wall Street has kept her single at thirty-nine, and growing ever more cynical. The twins, Caroline and Charlie, moved out long ago to start a fashion business that may now be faltering. Benjie, with special needs, is hit hard by the loss of his parents and needs his siblings’ help. And Annabelle, the youngest, drops out of college and starts to spin out of control.

The eldest four are forced to put aside their personal issues and their grief to keep the family together and support each other and their two youngest siblings. Selling the house, along with all the memories that live in its walls, feels like yet another devastating loss. Could there be another way, as unconventional as it seems?

In The Whittiers, Danielle Steel delivers an inspiring story about the everlasting bonds of one unforgettable family.

Publication Date: July 26, 2022

I can’t remember reading a book about a psychic before!

Synopsis: A psychic on the verge of stardom who isn’t sure she believes in herself and a cynical journalist with one last chance at redemption are brought together by secrets from the past that also threaten to tear them apart.

Psychic-medium Sylvie Young starts every show with her origin story, telling the audience how she discovered her abilities. But she leaves out a lot—the plane crash that killed her parents, an estranged adoptive family who tend orchards in rainy Oregon, panic attacks, and the fact that her agent insists she research some clients to ensure success.

After a catastrophic reporting error, Thomas Holmes’s next story at the L.A. Times may be his last, but he’s got a great personal pitch. “Grief vampires” like Sylvie who prey upon the loved ones of the deceased have bankrupted his mother. He’s dead set on using his last-chance article to expose Sylvie as a conniving fraud and resurrect his career.

When Sylvie and Thomas collide, a game of cat and mouse ensues, but the secrets they’re keeping from each other are nothing compared to the mysteries and lies they unearth about Sylvie’s past. Searching for the truth might destroy them both—but it’s the only way to find out what’s real.

Publication Date: October 4, 2022

I’ve been wanting to read a book by Elle Kennedy for a while. This is her second book in this series, so I’ll have to read the first book, Good Girl Complex soon.

Synopsis: Bestselling author Elle Kennedy returns to Avalon Bay in this sexy second chance story about two exes who can’t stay away from each other, Bad Girl Reputation.

When former bad girl Genevieve West returns home for her mother’s funeral, she’s prepared to keep her distance from her ex-boyfriend, Evan Hartley. Their history is rife with turbulence. And passion. A heck of a lot of passion…which she’s trying desperately to forget.

But it’s impossible not to run into Evan in the small coastal town where they once ran wild. And the moment she sees her gorgeous ex again, it’s clear to Gen that Evan is still as unruly, sexy, and irresistible as ever. This time around, however, she’s resolved to walk a new path. No more partying. No more foolish mistakes. Her plan is to temporarily remain in town to help her father run his business, but the second he finds somebody else, she’s out of there.

Evan has other ideas. He knows they can be good together, but he just has to convince Genevieve of that, even if it means turning over a new leaf himself. But can a bad reputation ever truly be shed? Do second chances really work? Genevieve and Evan are about to find out.

Publication Date: June 14, 2022

Another cute looking Romcom!

Synopsis: Alex Turner is never The One—but always the last one an ex dates before finding love—and now she’s determined to find out why in this hilarious new rom-com.

Single divorce attorney Alex Turner is watching reality TV when she sees her latest ex’s new fiancée picking out her wedding dress. Yet again, the guy she dumped went on to marry (or at least seriously commit to) the next person he dates after her. Fed up with being the precursor to happily ever after, she decides to interview all her exes to find out why.

Up-and-coming chef Will Harkness mixes with Alex like oil and vinegar, but forced proximity growing up means their lives are forever entwined. When Will learns Alex and her friends are going on a wild romp through Los Angeles to reconnect with her ex-boyfriends, he decides to tag along. If he can discover what her exes did wrong, he can make sure he doesn’t make the same mistake with Alex. 

On this nonstop journey through the streets of LA, Alex realizes the answer to her question might be the man riding shotgun…

Publication Date: June 14, 2022

This is by a debut writing duo!

Synopsis: Two best friends torn apart by a life-altering secret. One summer to set the record straight.
When twelve-year-olds Kat Steiner and Blake O’Neill meet at Camp Chickawah, they have an instant connection. But everything falls apart when they learn they’re not just best friends—they’re also half sisters. Confused and betrayed, the girls break off all contact.
Fifteen years later, when their father dies suddenly, Kat and Blake discover he’s left them a joint inheritance: the family beach house in Destin, Florida. The two sisters are immediately at odds. Blake, who has recently been demoted from regular nanny to dog nanny, wants to sell the house, while social media influencer Kat is desperate to hold on to the place where she lived so many happy memories.
Kat and Blake reluctantly join forces to renovate the dilapidated house, with the understanding that Kat will try to buy Blake out at the end of the summer. The women clash as Blake’s renovation plans conflict with Kat’s creative vision; meanwhile, each sister finds herself drawn into a summer romance. As the weeks pass, the two women realize the most difficult project they face this summer will be coming to grips with their shared past—and learning how to become sisters.

That’s all I have for this week. Have you read any of these books? What’s on your list to read? Comment below!

41 responses to “Stacking the Shelves #41!

  1. I haven’t read Steele or Sparks in forever but both of these sound like really good reads! The rest are new to me but also look great. Can’t wait to see what you think of them!

  2. Great haul Wendy. I’ve enjoyed your reviews of the last couple of Danielle Steele books. Hope this one turns out as good as well

  3. I’ve never read a Nicholas Sparks before. I’m curious about his books. I’ve thought about reading The Notebook because I did like the movie. I look forward to your review of this one so I can see what you think.

  4. I’ve never read a Nicholas Sparks book either. I’ve watched a couple of the film adaptations, though. Hope it’s good! Love Elle Kennedy but haven’t added this series. Enjoy!

  5. Some great books here Wendy. I also got Dreamland, but The Whittiers is a wish for me. I will be checking out a couple of the others though.

    • The Whittiers was a wish for me too, but then they granted it, so hopefully, they will grant the wish for you too.

  6. It’s been so, so long since I’ve read anything from Nicholas Sparks or Danielle Steel. They used to be mainstays in my reading but somehow I got away from them. Hope their news ones are winners for you! 🙂

    • I haven’t read Nicolas Sparks in a while. Danielle Steel’s newest books have been pretty good lately.

  7. I also got Some of It was Real, Thank you Next and The Beach Trap NetGalley widgets. I hope we enjoy them.

  8. What a great haul Wendy! Your list has me tempted to request/borrow more, but I must be strong….those holiday books are already starting to show up on Netgalley! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I have not read Nicholas Sparks but picked up one of his books a while back so I could read one. I will get to it eventually, LOL. I hope you enjoy all of these.

    • I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. I’ve always enjoyed his books, they usually are tear jerkers!

  10. Janette

    Like you, I haven’t read any Nicholas Sparks for ages but Dreamland certainly sounds interesting. Enjoy your reading.

  11. The only two I have are the Sparks and the Steel but I’m very excited to read them! I hope you love them all when you get to read them Wendy!🤗🌻☕📚💜

    • Thank you, Susan. Danielle Steel has written some wonderful books so I’m hoping this one is a good one. Same with Nicolas Sparks! I hope we love them both!