Handpicked Kindle Books for May 18 2017 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Grab Bag Thursday

Hello Shelfbuzzers. Yesterday we had a minor technical glitch and our normal Western/Historical Wednesday picks disappeared in a Black Hole somewhere in the far northwest corner of the Internet. So today we’ve added a few more historical picks to our usual Grab Bag Thursday. Enjoy!

My Temporary Life by Martin Crosbie

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Malcolm Wilson learns that everything is always temporary. Growing up, he’s raised by a promiscuous mother who can’t stay out of trouble, his best friend is a thirteen-year-old alcoholic, and the masters at his tough Scottish school are always raising their canes in his direction. When he becomes an adult, he escapes, and chooses the safe route, watching the world from a distance. Everything changes the day he meets the beautiful, alluring, green-eyed Heather, and when he learns of Heather’s own abusive childhood and the horrific secret she’s been carrying, Malcolm decides to help her. And, this… (more)

Flowers in the Snow by Danielle Stewart

Genre(s): Historical

If you step across the threshold of Betty Grafton’s house, you can be sure of two things: she’ll feed you until you’re ready to bust and she’ll love you before you even realize you’re worthy of it. She’s spent her life building a family that finally feels complete.But as sad news forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life, she decides to share the story with those she loves. Revealing the hard truth about growing up in the South during the 1960’s is difficult but necessary. She tells the tale of how an unlikely friendship shaped… (more)

Sea Scoundrel by Annette Blair

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Lady Patience Kendall crossed the sea to marry, but her intended died before she arrived. Penniless and stranded, she found only one way to get home: Bring rich American Misses to England to find them titled husbands. At the ship, she realized their mothers expected each to wed the Marquess of Andover. She’dseek an introduction. On the journey, Captain Grant St. Benedict was anything but friendly. Just because her girls caused a few mishaps? Grant had never met a woman more irritating, or more desirable, than the Lady Patience Kendall. But however dangerous his interest, he couldn’t resist teaching the… (more)

The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

London, 1816Cavalry captain Gabriel Lacey returns to Regency London from the Napoleonic wars, burned out, fighting melancholia, his career ended. His interest is piqued when he learns of a missing girl, possibly kidnapped by a prominent member of Parliament. Lacey’s search for the girl leads to the discovery of murder, corruption, and dealings with a leader of the underworld. He deals with his own disorientation transitioning from a soldier’s life to the civilian world at the same time, redefining his role with his former commanding officer making new friends–from the top of society to the street girls of… (more)

Sea of Secrets: A Novel of Victorian Romantic Suspense by Amanda DeWees

Genre(s): Historical, Thriller, Romance

Can she save him from the darkness in his soul–or will it destroy them both? After her brother is killed in the Crimean War, innocent young Oriel Pembroke finds herself alone in the world. Disowned by the cruel father who has always despised her, she has nowhere to turn until she is taken under the wing of a glamorous relative she never knew: the former Duchess of Ellsworth, who has scandalized society by remarrying soon after her first husband’s death. At the opulent seaside estate of Ellsmere, Oriel thinks she has found a safe haven–but the darkly handsome… (more)

Loving From Afar by Mona Ingram

Genre(s): Romance, Historical

Allison Ransome loses everything; everything except her love for Cole Slater, the young man she planned to marry after graduation.Gutted by Allison’s perceived treachery, Cole moves on with his life. Ten years later, he returns home, telling himself he will avoid the woman who broke his heart.But nothing goes as planned. Can Allison and Cole forget the past and come to terms with the events that tore them apart… (more)

The Good Knight by Sarah Woodbury

Genre(s): Historical, Romance, Mystery

Intrigue, suspicion, and rivalry among the royal princes casts a shadow on the court of Owain, king of north Wales…The year is 1143 and King Owain seeks to unite his daughter in marriage with an allied king. But when the groom is murdered on the way to his wedding, the bride’s brother tasks his two best detectives–Gareth, a knight, and Gwen, the daughter of the court bard–with bringing the killer to justice.And once blame for the murder falls on Gareth himself, Gwen must continue her search for the truth alone, finding unlikely allies in foreign lands… (more)

Winter’s Bite: A Clean Historical Mystery by Hannah Parry

Genre(s): Mystery, Historical

Fifteen year old Isabella Rockwell’s bones ache with homesickness. But home is eight thousand miles away in northern India, and Isabella is imprisoned in the bitter winter of nineteenth century London. Sent to England after her father goes missing in a violent battle, Isabella runs away from a life of drudgery and hardship. Rescued from death by a gang of street urchins, Isabella finds the shelter and love she so desperately craves. As an accomplished trickster, she starts to save for her passage home with the money she makes from swindling the rich. After a moment of heroism which surprises… (more)

Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

August Shroeder, a burned-out teacher, has been sober since his nineteen-year-old son died. Every year he’s spent the summer on the road, but making it to Yellowstone this year means everything. The plan had been to travel there with his son, but now August is making the trip with Philip’s ashes instead. An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go.What none of them could have known was how transformative both the trip–and the bonds that develop between them–would prove, driving… (more)


Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Tougher than Harvard, more demanding than MIT, Husband Training School is the last hope of desperate wives who love their husbands but… Will Trailer is a super-achiever on the baseball diamond but at home? Not so much, according to Jessie Lynn Wessell, his gorgeous movie star wife.Efficiency expert Howard Hopkins has just retired. Edna Hopkins married him for better and for worse — but not for 24-hours-a-day.Gordo Canholme would procrastinate breathing if he could, but will he ever get the new baby’s room ready? Not without Husband Training School, according to tech executive Sissie Canholme… (more)

A DANCE CALLED AFRICA by Isabella Bleszynski

Genre(s): Historical

1798. ZululandThreatened by a group of thugs, a 10-year old boy appeals to his ancestors for help. The response is immediate – and terrifying. Years later, after publicly defying the powerful father who forced his family into exile – again the heavens respond.Coincidence, natural phenomena… or something else? One person, however, shows no fear- either of the storm or its apparent instigator. Langani, the four-year old who likes to dance, meets the rebellious youth, Shaka ka Senzangakhona.During the trial of a notorious witch, they meet again. Shaka is now a powerful warrior king and creator of the… (more)

Flying Lessons: It’s never too late to change … by H. Lovelyn Bettison

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Henry and his daughter, Chandra, are stuck. Haunted by the past, they sleepwalk through life until unexpected relationships shake up their perceptions of reality. Henry’s new friendship with a neighbor blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, and Chandra starts to see possibilities she’s never noticed before… (more)

Laced In Lies: A Shelby Nichols Adventure by Colleen Helme

Genre(s): Thriller, Contemporary Fiction

Meet Shelby Nichols, mind reader extraordinaire. A typical day in the life of Shelby Nichols involves cheating husbands, solving the hardest cases for the police, and working for a big time mob-boss, all because of her little secret that she can read minds. It can get complicated, especially considering she has a husband and two kids. Ramos, Uncle Joey’s hit-man, is reluctant to involve Shelby when an acquaintance from his past comes into town. Uncle Joey has a favor to ask Shelby which involves heading to New York City and meeting his estranged relatives. Then there’s Dimples, a… (more)

P.S. We’re highlighting the books that our readers have have wanted to read the most in 2016. Here’s #14, a standalone romance:
Silent Love by Casey Clipper