Thursday, March 31, 2016

Book Club Thursday-March 31st Theme Week

Hi Readers! Thanks for stopping by this weeks Book Club Thursday. This is a theme week. We are calling it: Which Series Would Be Your New Home?
     Have you ever wanted to visit a fictional town by one of your favorite authors? I have thought about this over the years. A town that the author writes so well that you could picture yourself living there? It was a little harder than I thought, but there are three that call to me and always have from the first book in the series. So my number one town...Drum St. Dennis in Mariah Stewart's Chesapeake Diaries series.

Published 2010 by Ballantine

Book One: Coming Home
In the wake of his wife’s murder, agent Grady Shields turned his back on the FBI—and everything else—to retreat into the vast solitude of Montana, grieve for his lost love, and forget the world. But after years in seclusion, his sister’s wedding draws him to St. Dennis, a peaceful town on the Chesapeake Bay. Though he swears he isn’t interested in finding love again, Grady can’t ignore the mutual sparks that fly when he meets Vanessa Keaton.

Although her past was marked by bad choices, Vanessa has found that coming to St. Dennis is the best decision she’s ever made. Bling, her trendy boutique, is a success with tourists as well as with the townspeople. She’s made friends, has a home she loves, and has established a life for herself far from the nightmare she left behind. The last thing she’s looking for is romance, but the hot new man in town is hard to resist. And when Vanessa’s past catches up with her, Grady finds that he’s unwilling to let her become a victim again. As together they fight her demons, Grady and Vanessa discover that life still holds some surprises and that love doesn’t always have to hurt.

The Chesapeake Diaries is a spin-off of Mariah Stewart's romantic suspense Dead series. Coming Home has a strong suspense story as well as a romance, but as the series progresses, it is more about people, romantic relationships, and family instead of suspense. There is a few diary entries in each book written by Grace, the town mayor. She has a knack for people and their problems as well as being a bit of a matchmaker. There is just something about Ms Stewart's description of St. Dennis that makes me think that this would be a great and safe community to live in with people that would make good friends.

About The Author

Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-six novels and three novellas and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is a RITA finalist in romantic suspense and the recipient of the Award of Excellence for contemporary romance, a RIO Award for excellence in women's fiction, and a Reviewers Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine. A three-time winner of the Golden Leaf Award presented by the New Jersey Romance Writers, Stewart was recently awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award (which placed her in their Hall of Fame along with former recipients Nora Roberts and Mary Jo Putney — very excellent company, indeed!)

After having written seven contemporary romance novels, Stewart found true happiness writing murder and mayhem. She considers herself one lucky son of a gun to have landed the best job in the world: getting paid for making up stories. At home. In sweats and J. Crew flip flops. Could life be sweeter?


            Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold             Nora Robert's Three Sisters Island

Yes, it's a tie, lol. It was so close between all three authors.  Fool's Gold is a sweet small town series that is filled with fun characters and still continuing. It even has an elephant!  Nora's Three Sisters trilogy is a personal fantasy of mine. What's not to like, owning a business with your best friends in a renovated Victorian mansion? Did I mention that it's my dream bookstore? And, there is plenty of magic in this town.

Born to Read Books-Cyndi                                         Romancing the Readers-Ann

We are glad that you visited. Let us know what town is a favorite of yours. Stop by and visit us next week, April 7th when we will be Cleaning Off the Shelves. Until then, Happy Reading!


  1. Nice pick. I'd visit you there! Love that series too! Your other two choices are good too! It looks like we kind of thought the same way.

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  3. Great choices, especially the Nora.