Connect 5 -3 Connections

The Connect 5 reading challenge hosted at “The Book Date” urges us to connect five books in some way.

I’ve had a busy month of reading again, with many good books read. As I looked back over the month, I realized I had completed several Connect 5 sets of books. (I usually include a book cover picture, but with so many books this time I will just include my favourite from each set)


I love books that focus on sisters and the dynamics between them. Here are 5 great books, by favourite authors:

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The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

The Goodbye Café by Mariah Stewart


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Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery

How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan

The Lemon Sisters by Jill Shalvis


Jane Austen Retellings
I had never read Jane Austen before this year, when I set a goal to read all of her books and as many retellings as I could. I have read only 2 of her books so far,  but several retellings.

Here are 5 retellings I enjoyed:

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Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laura Viera Rigler

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson


Verbs in the Title
I was surprised at how many books I read that had verbs in the title. Most of Patricia Briggs titles have verbs but I had used most in other Connect 5 posts.

Here are 5 books with verbs used in their title:

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Blended by Sharon M. Draper (A diverse MG novel)

2 paranormal books by Patricia Briggs:

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Cry Wolf


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Tangled Up in You by Samantha Chase (A contemporary romance)

How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee (Diverse historical fiction)



Still lots of time to join in the fun of this challenge. What 5 books could you connect?


Connect Five – Christmas in July


I love Christmas and what better way to connect books than through this favourite holiday – and reading them in July as well! Connect 5 is hosted at Book Date and is such a fun reading challenge.

Once I read two,  I had to read several more. With ebooks I had a wide choice . Here are the 5 Christmas books I read this July, all lovely romance novels.


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Dear Santa: The Party by Mona Ingram

Sometimes it is better to meet someone when you don’t know who they really are.



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Christmas With You by Tracey Alvarez

My favourite of the 5 and takes place in New Zealand – what’s not to like?



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Holiday Sparks by Taryn Quinn

Imagine hating Christmas. Will Darcy gain some Christmas spirit?




His Christmas Bride by Lara Van Hulzen

What is better than a Christmas Eve wedding?



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The Secret Santa Wishing Well by Nikki Lynn Barrett

Will their wishes be granted for Christmas?


Connect Five – First Person POV


The Connect 5 reading challenge hosted at “The Book Date” urges us to connect some books in some way.

I’ve had a busy month of reading – and so many good books. As I finished one this morning, I realized I had read several books written in first person POV (point of view).

Those books are:



Storm Chased by Patricia Briggs

This is the 11th book in the Mercy Thompson paranormal series. Now I have to wait another year for the next book! Love this series and main characters.


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The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman

This was a reread for me and I loved as much the second time as the first. Imagine being forced to complete a life list you wrote at 14 to be able to inherit a fortune.



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The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley

How far would you go to prove to your ex that you had moved on? Not just for an evening but for a whole week of a wedding party.



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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Two people, sharing a flat and never meeting. Great premise, lovely story.



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Charming by Elliott James

Paranormal or urban fantasy? Either way I was drawn into this story of The Pax Arcane. I loved the imaginative take on the story as well the two main characters. Now onto the next 4 books in the series!

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Looking through my reading journal the past couple of months looking for book connections, i realized i had finally read 5 books published in 2019. And, they were so good as well.

Suddenly Mine by Samantha Chase

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A romance novel by one of my favourite authors about new beginnings.


The Cliff House by Rae Anne Thayne

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Women’s fiction with a story of two sisters, the aunt that raised them and a secret. Well told!


Unforgettable You by Brenda Novak

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This is the 5 novel in the Silver Springs series – a story about family, loss and second chances.


Lavender Blue by Donna Kauffman

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Two grieving people and a chance to find love.


99 Per Cent Mine by Sally Thorne

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What happens when the forbidden crush is free and you decide to stay put?


Connect 5 is a most enjoyable reading challenge. The fun is in the hunt – how can you connect five books?  Check here to take part.

Connect Five


This month I have been trying to connect some of my reading choices and have completed a Connect Five for that challenge at Book Date..

These books all have “One“ in the title (three by the same author) and all are romances.


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One More Kiss by Samantha Chase (4 ½ stars)
One More Promise by Samantha Chase (4 ½ stars)
One More Moment by Samantha Chase (5 stars)

Samantha Chase’s books are the “Band on the Run” series and follow three of the Shaugnessy band’s members.


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One and Only by Jenny Holiday (5 stars)

This is the first book in Holiday’s “Bridesmaids Behaving Badly” series – all are an enjoyable, fun, romantic  read


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One Day in December by Josie Silver (5 stars)

I had been wanting to read that one for a while and thoroughly enjoyed it.   The story of Laurie, Sarah and Jack is a complicated one and filled with love, heartbreak and missed opportunities.