Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Summer Book Fair 2022 – First in Series – #Romance Linda Bradley, #Paranormal Thriller Mae Clair

Over the course of the next three months I will be sharing the authors who feature in the Smorgasbord Bookshelf with the books that I have reviewed and can personally recommend.

In this first part of the summer fair, I am sharing books that are the first in a series in both adult and children’s books along with one of their five star reviews. I hope that this will encourage you to enjoy the series in full. I will feature every author on the shelves by the end of the summer. I hope you will enjoy.

The first author today is Linda Bradley and the first in her popular romance series – Maggie’s Way (Montana Bound Series book 1).

About the book

Middle-aged, Maggie Abernathy just wants to recuperate from cancer during the solitude of summer vacation after a tiresome year of teaching second grade. Maggie’s plans are foiled when precocious seven-year-old Chloe McIntyre moves in next door with her dad, John. Maggie’s life changes in a way she could never imagine when the pesky new neighbors steal her heart. With Maggie’s grown son away, her ex-husband in the shadows, her meddling mother’s unannounced visits, and Chloe McIntyre on her heels, somehow Maggie’s empty house becomes home again.

My review for the book February 24th 2022

It is refreshing to read a romance story about a woman who is in her forties with a little more baggage than in many love stories. Clearly Maggie has come up against some difficult life experiences including her marriage break-up, her son moving away and the devastating diagnosis of cancer, but the author has created a fiesty and strong-willed lead character for this story.

Many of us choose to isolate ourselves when faced with deeply impacting events, and the irritation and sense of intrusion that Maggie feels when she is adopted by the new neighbour’s seven year old Chloe is understandable. As is her growing acceptance of this persistent little girl and the unnerving presence of her attractive father.

When you are not feeling at your best, and your self-confidence has plummeted. it is not surprising that Maggie feels this is unlikely to lead to anything permanent. The story develops over the course of her radiation treatment with more intrusions that force her to reassess the past, present and future. These include previously held convictions about life, love, ex-wives, an unruly but lovable dog and a growing desire to let it all go.

The author did a great job in setting the mood and pace and created engaging characters.She also brought the end of this book to a satisfactory conclusion whilst still leaving the door open for the next book in the series, which I look forward to.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Linda Bradley

Linda Bradley, Buy: Amazon USAnd : Amazon UK – Follow Linda :Goodreads website: Linda Bradley Author – Twitter: @LBradleyAuthor

About Linda Bradley

Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments, thus creating avenues for readers to connect with her characters.

The next author today is Mae Clair with the first in the Point Pleasant series of paranormal thrillers – A Thousand Yesteryears.

A Thousand Yesteryears (Point Pleasant Book 1) by [Mae Clair]

About the book

A woman’s homecoming is met with death threats, a treacherous killer, and a legendary monster in this supernatural thriller series opener.

Behind a legend lies the truth . . .

As a child, Eve Parrish lost her father and her best friend, Maggie Flynn, in a tragic bridge collapse. Fifteen years later, she returns to Point Pleasant to settle her deceased aunt’s estate. Though much has changed about the once thriving river community, the ghost of tragedy still weighs heavily on the town, as do rumors and sightings of the Mothman, a local legend. When Eve uncovers startling information about her aunt’s death, that legend is in danger of becoming all too real . . .

Caden Flynn is one of the few lucky survivors of the bridge collapse but blames himself for coercing his younger sister out that night. He’s carried that guilt for fifteen years, unaware of darker currents haunting the town. It isn’t long before Eve’s arrival unravels an old secret—one that places her and Caden in the crosshairs of a deadly killer . . .

One of the outstanding reviews for the book

A Thousand Yesteryears is the first book in the Point Pleasant series, but somehow I read books two and three before it. Guess that answers your question about reading them in order. Each can serve as a standalone but share many of the same characters.

I’ve read several novels by this author, and she has such a talent for creating characters you love or hate. These are no exception. You want Eve to grapple with her tragic past, put it behind her, and settle her deceased aunt’s estate – and maybe even take over the hotel left to her and stay in town. You want Caden to realize he’s not responsible for the death of his sister and shed the blame he carries about that night. You also have a deep desire for the killer who ended the lives of their friends and family to get what’s coming to them because these characters feel like your own family.

Of all the subgenres of suspense, supernatural suspense is my favorite. I’m always a fan of the otherworldly, and basing a series on the Mothman and setting the story in the town where he was reportedly seen intrigues me even more. Is he a good guy or a bad guy? He makes appearances in this novel, so you’ll have to decide for yourself.

Small towns, long held secrets, sweet romances, dark mysteries, and strong characterization make this series a must read and will enthrall supernatural suspense fans. The Mothman is just a bonus. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Mae Clair

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Mae on: Goodreads Website: Mae Clair – Twitter: @MaeClair1

About Mae Clair

A member of the Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Mae Clair is also a founding member and contributor to the award-winning writing blog, Story Empire. She has achieved bestseller status on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble, with several of her novels chosen as book club selections.

Mae writes primarily in the mystery/suspense genre, flavoring her plots with elements of urban legend and folklore. Married to her high school sweetheart, she lives in Pennsylvania and is passionate about cryptozoology, old photographs, a good Maine lobster tail, and cats.


Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books… Sally.


38 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Summer Book Fair 2022 – First in Series – #Romance Linda Bradley, #Paranormal Thriller Mae Clair

  1. A Thousand Yesteryears was the first book of Mae’s that I read and it made me an instant fan of her amazing writing ability! I highly recommend it. I haven’t read Linda’s book yet, but it’s on my radar. Thanks for sharing, Sally! Congrats to Mae and Linda!

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  2. I loved The Point Pleasant Series, great to see A Thousand Yesteryear here today 🙂 Maggie’s Way caught my interest! Thanks for sharing these books, Sally 🙂

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  3. Like Jan and Denise, I’m already a fan of Mae’s writing. Your review of Maggie’s Way is lovely and I think I may already have it on my Kindle. ♥♥

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  4. Congratulations to Mae and Linda — both terrific writers. Thank you, Sally, for sharing the reviews and shining the light on two very gifted authors. 💗

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  6. I loved Mae’s Point Pleasant Series, Sally. It has such a great protagonist in Caden, and I was rapt by his connection to the mothman. And thanks for introducing me to Linda and Maggie’s Way. I’m intrigued by Maggie’s situation at the start and the lessons learned about love and life. It sounds like a beautiful read. Congrats to both authors!

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