New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

BLACK RABBIT HALL by Eve Chase (Hardback)

THE ARRANGEMENT by Ashley Warlick (Hardback)

THE RUMOR by Elin Hilderbrand (Paperback)

WHISPERING SHADOWS by Jan-Philipp Sendker (Paperback)

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir (Paperback)

THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE by Cynthia Hand (Paperback)

THESE VICIOUS MASKS by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (Paperback)

GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard (Hardback)

BAD LUCK by Pseudonymous Bosch (Hardback)

FRIDAYS WITH THE WIZARDS by Jessica Day George (Hardback)

WHEN SPRING COMES  by Kevin Henkes (Hardback)


Here are a few new releases for the week:

All the Stars in Heaven by Adriana Trigiani (autographed copies available at the store)

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickman

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford

An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea by Patrick Taylor (the latest in the Irish Country Books)

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas by James Bowen

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton (autographed copies available at the store)

The King’s Justice by Stephen Donaldson

Symbiont by Mira Grant (Book 2 in the Parasitology series)

The Rose Society by Marie Lu (Book 2 in the Young Elites series)

Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Happily Ever After: A Companion to the Selection Stories by Kiera Cass

City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis (Book 2 in the Map to Everywhere)

Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly (Book 3 in the Waterfire Saga series)

Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri Smith

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Badlands by C. J. Box (autographed copies available at the store, click here to inquire) (Hardback)

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica (Hardback)

Unlucky 13 by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro (Paperback)

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (Hardback)

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (Hardback)

Desert God by Wilbur Smith (Paperback)

The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand (Paperback)

Neverwhere: Author’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman (Hardback)

Half a War by Joe Abercrombie (The latest in the Shattered Sea series) (Hardback)

Grunt Traitor by Weston Ochse (Paperback)

Spider’s Trap by Jennifer Estep ( The latest in the Elemental Assassin series)(Paperback)

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr Seuss (Hardback)

Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare (Paperback)

Quest for Justice by Sean Fay Wolfe (The Elementia Chronicles) (Paperback)

Nightmares! by Jason Segel & Kirsten Miller (Paperback)


August Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of August:

1  The Wednesday Daughters by Meg Waite Clayton (autograph copies are available at the store)

2  The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton (autograph copies are available at the store)

3  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

4  A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

5  Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

6  Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

7  The English Girl by Daniel Silva

8  Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Marie Semple

9  The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

10  The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Beautiful Day

I think every year around this time we mention how much we love Elin Hilderbrand’s writing.  She is the perfect summer read (although we do read her all year round) her books almost always take place during a summer on the small island of Nantucket.  She has the perfect combination of sunshine, beaches, and amazing food in her books.  However, her books are much more than summer fun.  Her characters are rich, engaging, and easy to relate to.   Beautiful Day is her new novel and it will be in our store on June 26th. This is the story of a beautiful wedding that is to take place on Nantucket between the Carmichaels and the Grahams.   The soon-to-be-wed couple are following instructions left by the bride’s late mother.  The couple are happy and in love, but people around them seem to be spinning out of control with new scandals.

I love Hilderbrand’s descriptions.  She does such an amazing job of capturing the island life that it  makes me want to pack up for a summer beach vacation.  Although her writing always makes me feel like I am right there sitting on the beach feeling the sand beneath my toes.  Hilderbrand also has such great insight on family relationships and drama.  Whether it be sibling issues or friendships, the problems that arise are always realistic and well developed.   I often find myself telling the character to make better decisions and then I am happy when they learn from their mistakes and grow.  I always recommend reading an Elin Hilderbrand book when you are needing a nice escape.  You will be intrigued by the plot and satisfied with the ending.

May Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of May:

1  The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

2  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

3  Inferno by Dan Brown

4  Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

5  Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

6  Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

7  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

8  Still Life:  A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny

9  A Feast of Crows by George RR Martin

10  One Summer:  The Blue Bistro and the Love Season by Elin Hilderbrand

The Beach Club

I love Elin Hilderbrand’s books and I really can’t express this enough.  Her novels are always set in Nantucket and have characters who are at a turning point in their lives.  The stories are wonderful contemporary fiction that leaves me smiling.  The Beach Club is her fist novel and tells the stories of the staff of one of Nantucket’s best hotels.  Bill and Therese have own the Beach Club for years.  In fact, it has been in Bill’s family for three generations.  The plan is to give the hotel and club to their daughter, Cecily, after she finishes college.  Bill’s health is starting to decline so it is looking like Cecily will have to take on the responsibility sooner.  Mack is their hotel manager and is a charming and efficient employee.  He makes all of the guest feel welcome and at home, and everyone loves him.  It seems highly unlikely that the hotel would function or succeed without Mack’s hard work.  His girlfriend Maribel doesn’t work at the Beach Club, but her life is wrapped up in  the hotel due to her relationship with Mack.  Vance has been the head bellman for the Beach Club for the past twelve years even though he had applied for the manager’s job.    Needless to say, this has been an enormous thorn in his paw.  Jem and Love are new to the island and the Beach Club.  They are both excited for their season on the island and have big expectations.  Lacey doesn’t work at the hotel, but she might as well.  She is their oldest club member and frankly the one person everyone goes to for advice.  Things are changing for everyone and they can feel a storm is brewing.

This was a great story.  It had all the qualities that are quintessentially  Hilderbrand:  relationship drama, feelings of being lost in life, and a huge emphasis on the island and food.  It seems that every year in May I have to read one of  Hilderbrand’s novels.  For some reason, this is what starts my move into summer reading.  She never disappoints me and I  finish a book feeling good about life.  I always recommend her books when someone asks me for a nice read or a book to just get lost in for a few hours.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Robert B Parker’s Wonderland by Ace Atkins (The latest Spenser novel)

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell

Icons by Margaret Stohl

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Loki’s Wolves by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr

One Summer:  Two Novels by Elin Hilderbrand (This is a reprinting of two books in one, The Blue Bistro and The Love Season)

Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (in paperback)


Elin Hilderbrand’s newest novel Summerland is yet another wonderful tale of love and loss set in Nantucket.  The summer is looking perfect for Zoe.  Her twins, Hobson and Penny, will be seniors next year, work is going well, and everyone is excited for a summer of food and sun.  But then everything suddenly changes when Penny and Hobby, along with classmates Demeter and Jake, are in a terrible car accident that leaves Hobby in a coma and Penny dead.    Zoe is completely overwhelmed with the loss of her only daughter and coming to terms with a different future for her son.  Now Zoe and the people on the small island of Nantucket have to overcome the grief of loosing one bright and promising child, and the sidelining of their all-star player.

Hilderbrand does such a great job of creating and developing her characters.  You find yourself cheering everyone on and then  feeling devastated when something doesn’t workout for one of the characters.  She has the perfect balance of drama and happiness, and it was a mesmerizing tale.  I love how much Hilderbrand describes food in all of her novels.  Everything that her characters eat sound simply amazing and so appropriate for an island getaway.  Her books are the ideal summer escape.