In a bid to sort through the numerous ebooks I have downloaded to my Kindle app, over the last couple of years, I have decided to adapt the BookTube series “Try a Chapter” into a blog post.
I will read the first chapter of 3 books to decide if I should keep it and continue reading or delete it from my collection. Each of these books are number 1 in their own respective series.
Here are my results..
Tess escapes from Florida with a secret as big as Miami. She needs to find someplace to lay low and hide from her overbearing family. Mackinac Island, Michigan, should be the perfect place to hide out. However, her timing is a little off, it’s the dead of winter and she’s never been in temperatures below fifty degrees. Just her luck, her landlord, Lukas, is as hot as the sun. He’s also moody and hiding secrets as well. Which suits Tess fine. A man is the last complication she needs. A Michigan blizzard leaves them trapped in the same house together and things heat up, fast. Tess finds herself falling for Lukas, in spite of the secrets that could ruin everything before it even begins.Source: Goodreads
I don’t read a lot from the romance genre, however the Mackinac Island setting caught my attention. The first chapter was quick and I expect the rest of the novel will follow in this fashion. It sounds as if this will be a damsel in distress type of story which will turn into a steamy love affair.
Keep or Toss?
I have decided to keep Snowfall and Secrets, as I think it will be a quick contemporary, perfect for Valentines Day.
From Publishers WeeklySource: Goodreads
In Orgain’s charming debut thriller, office manager Kate Connolly becomes a supersleuth and a new mom in the same week. From the moment she and newborn Laurie lock eyes, Kate can’t imagine returning to work after her six-week maternity leave, but in expensive San Francisco, she and her ad exec husband, Jim, need every bit of both incomes. Then a dead body is fished out of the bay and linked to Jim’s estranged brother, George. Both the police and PI Albert Galigani, hired by the dead man’s mother, believe that Jim and Kate know more than they’re revealing. Kate is determined to find the elusive George and get some answers, but she soon gets in over her head. Galigani serves as a charming mentor as Kate navigates the twists of motherhood and an uncomplicated but engaging plot.
Two days overdue and the telephone rings saying that her brother in-law might be dead. One chapter in and I am intrigued to find out where this mystery goes.
Keep or Toss?
Keep! Although I have so many series started and unfinished, I will be adding this one to my TBR pile.
From a USA TODAY Bestselling author, the first book in the acclaimed Ginger Gold Mystery series.Source: Goodreads
Murder’s a pain in the bow!
It’s 1923 and bright young thing Ginger Gold makes a cross-Atlantic journey from Boston to London, England. When the ship’s captain is found dead in a most intriguing fashion, Ginger is only too happy to lend her assistance to the handsome Chief Inspector Basil Reed. This fun, jazz-age whodunit has readers saying “Lady Gold is a charming heroine” and “can’t stop reading!”
Murder on the SS Rosa will have you laughing, crying, and guessing until the last page.
My first impression was that the characters felt true to the time period. The setting on a ship was something I thought would be right up my alley, however the first chapter didn’t capture my attention like the first two books in this list, did.
Keep or Toss?
Unfortunately I have decided to toss this eBook after completing the first chapter.
In conclusion I have decided to keep 2/3 of the books I sampled for this post. Hopefully I will complete these two selections during 2020.
Stay tuned for another Try a Chapter installment in the future.