Good reading for ‘Abbey’ fans

Recommended for fans of Downton Abbey is “Benedict Hall” by Cate Campbell.

Set in the roaring ’20s in Seattle, World War I veteran Frank Parrish is looking for work, but there is none to be had, and all he is getting is pitiful looks from the business owners at the loss of his arm. By chance he runs into a man from his company, the wealthy and spoiled Preston Benedict. Though they’ve never been friends, Benedict immediately invites Frank over to meet his family and impress them with tales from the war. With nowhere else to go, Frank accepts. There, he meets Preston’s doctor sister, Margot, who is flouting convention by even having a job and whose bobbed hair and short skirts continue to do so. Frank and Margot feel a kinship to each other. But as Preston becomes even more wild, could her brother’s crazy ways tear their relationship apart?

This story is full of drama and is plenty enjoyable, especially because of the time period, the roaring ’20s, a favorite of mine. Margot and Frank are great characters with warm chemistry the reader will want to see together.

“Benedict Hall” is published by Kensington. It is $15 and 372 pages long.


New York Times bestselling author Janet Dailey tells a story of a television anchor/reporter stumbling upon a hot story and an even hotter guy in “Triumph.”

Kelly Johns wants her chance to be more than just an anchor and she thinks a story on abandoned construction sites is just the ticket. But while working on the story, she and her cameraman and producer accidentally stumble upon a crime scene and are suddenly in terrible danger.

Kelly is saved by Deke Bannon, an investigator working on the case. Kelly doesn’t think she was spotted by any of the bad guys, but Deke isn’t so sure. He also isn’t sure he wants a nosy reporter in his investigation. But before they know it, the two are tangled up, both in the case and with each other. Is Kelly’s story too hot to handle? Or is Deke?

This is a good mystery with two hot characters with great chemistry to spice up your summer night.

“Triumph” is published by Kensington. It is $25 and 293 pages long.


A woman running a ranch gets more than she bargained for with the three teenagers who are living and working on her property in Lois Greiman’s “Home Fires.”

Childless Casie has somehow become a mother hen to three troubled teens – the pregnant Emily, the rich but troubled Sophie and the abused Troy. All three are helping her out at her ranch, the Lazy Windmill, tending to the horses and helping Casie make a go of the resort aspect. But not only have the three teens gotten her into mishaps, Casie has as well, with a potentially troubling crush on cowboy Colt Dickenson. Colt doesn’t seem like the type to want to stay put, yet that’s what he keeps claiming to Casie. Should she trust him? Will her business succeed despite teenage hijinks?

This is a warm story of family despite blood relations or not, and Casie is an enjoyable heroine.

“Home Fires” is published by Kengsington. It is $14 and 289 pages long.

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