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I have two new additions to my shelf this time, one an author request, the other a publisher enquiry, with both requests being fulfilled by the lovely NetGalley team. Two more diverse storylines I couldn’t have wished for, so I can ring the changes in my reading, as my mood dictates!

To start off – I received this enquiry from author, Stewart Lewis. His latest book is released July 28th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing


Cover image of the book 'Happily Whatever After' by author Stewart LewisA dark comedy about putting yourself in unexpected places, reaching for your dreams, and believing in second chances.

Thirtysomething Page was content with her life in New York City—until it went to the dogs. Unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend of four years and fired from her art gallery job in the same week, she flees to Washington, DC, and moves in with her big brother. She hopes the new setting and familial comfort will help her finally find her bearings. What Page finds instead is an unlikely refuge: a park for the neighborhood’s poshest pooches, and a quirky pack of companionable dog-run regulars who become fast friends.

Both four-legged and two-, these new allies offer Page a world of possibilities. The woman who hit rock bottom now has dreams: of having her own business, getting her own place, and even wilder ones about the ruggedly handsome owner of a vineyard and two equally fetching Bernese mountain dogs.

Unleashed from all that once held her back, Page finds everything might be falling into place. But just when she thinks her life is headed in the right direction, the road takes a sharp turn to show her just how unpredictable second chances can be. Will Page get her happily ever after? Is there even such a thing?

Witty, smartly funny, and modernly romantic, Happily Whatever After shows us all that sometimes imperfect can still be good enough.



Image of author Stewart LewisStewart Lewis is a six-time published author and singer-songwriter who is based out of Nashville, TN and Nantucket, MA.

His novels have been translated into five languages and his songs have been used in TV and film worldwide.

Stewart’s essays have also appeared in several anthologies.

His favourite things are, his french bulldog Oliver, travelling, good food and good friends.

Cover image of the book 'Happily Whatever After' by author Stewart Lewis



Next – A welcome email from Ellie at Harper Collins means that having read book #2, I now shan’t miss out on book #3 in the excellent ‘DS Josie Masters’ series.

WATCH OVER YOU – (DS Josie Masters – Book #3)

Cover image of the book 'Watch Over You' by M.J. FordThe hunt is on. And this time, it’s personal…

DS Josie Masters is called out to a house in North Oxford to investigate a serious incident – an apparent burglary turned violent. But things take a personal turn when she walks through the door and discovers the body is that of her former friend and mentor, Harry Ferman.

He’d lived alone, though possessions found in his spare bedroom indicate that he’s had a lodger staying – a young woman who seems to have fled the scene.

Soon, though, further vengeful killings rock Oxford, and evidence mounts that the picture is not as simple as it first appeared.

The girl is on the run, and someone is following her – leaving a stack of bodies in their wake…



Image of author M.J. FordMichael (M.J.) Ford lives in the north of England with his wife, two young children and two dogs.

He studied English and Classics at Oxford University before working in publishing for many years.

He loves thrillers, historical and fantasy titles.

He writes for both adults and children.

Cover image of the book 'Watch Over You' by M.J. Ford

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Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week. This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from.


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