An intriguing, enjoyable yarn about Ty Cobb confronting modern-day baseball.

BASEBALL IMMORTAL

In this novel, a baseball legend finds himself in the present day.

In the opening scene of Colton’s series opener, a tense baseball game is in progress. It won’t take readers long to figure out the game actually happened a century ago. And sure enough, Ty Cobb, the star of the Detroit Tigers, soon makes an appearance. After the game, the story’s action shifts to the present, with a man named Chase Ripley staggering drunk out onto the sidewalk at a bar’s closing time. The former college baseball prodigy is reeling from the death of his imperious father (“The only time his father ever gave him praise was when he had a perfect day at the plate”). Chase doesn’t see the car bearing down on him until it’s too late. When the tale resumes, a badly disfigured John Doe awakens in a hospital—and claims to be Ty Cobb, somehow alive again as a young man many decades after the baseball luminary’s death in 1961. As this restored Cobb recovers, he’s forced to deal with a very altered state of the world—and baseball. Colton eases his readers into this amusing premise with a good deal of narrative skill and patience. This leads to many dramatic payoffs, not the least of which is the opportunity it gives both the author and Cobb to comment on current-day baseball. At one point, Cobb muses: “It was clear that the game had changed from a contest of cunning and deception…to waiting for the circuit clout. It was now ‘boom or bust’ as nearly every batter, it seemed, was swinging from their heels, producing a proliferation of strikeouts and homeruns.” Baseball fans will likely love this kind of stuff (although some of them may disagree with the warm, appealing version of the famously unlikable Cobb presented here). And readers who aren’t aficionados of America’s national pastime will still appreciate the well-done time-travel mystery that unfolds throughout the book.

An intriguing, enjoyable yarn about Ty Cobb confronting modern-day baseball.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Manuscript

Review Posted Online: March 16, 2022

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Honestly, who needs Nantucket. It could hardly be more fun than this book.

THE HOTEL NANTUCKET

Bring on the fresh-baked gougères and the hydrangea-blue cashmere throws: A classic fictional setting—the grand hotel—gets the Hilderbrand treatment.

The beloved beach novelist’s 28th book is another tour de force, deploying all her usual tricks and tropes and clever points of view, again among them a character from the afterlife and the collective “we” of gossipy island residents. Our ghost is Grace Hadley, a teenage chambermaid who died under suspicious circumstances in a hotel fire in 1922. Grace’s lonely days are over when the historic property is purchased and reopened by a London billionaire. As Xavier Darling tells his general manager, Lizbet Keaton, their goal will be to get five out of five keys from Shelly Carpenter, an undercover hotel blogger who has not awarded top honors to any spot visited so far. A gorgeous remodel, a sterling staff, free treats in the minibar, and—of course, since this is Hilderbrand—an incredible restaurant where a disco ball drops from the ceiling every night at 9 p.m. and the chef is hotter than any dish on the menu are all in play as the first guests come streaming in. Which one is the hard-to-please Ms. Carpenter? Other addictive storylines include a rich kid cleaning rooms to expiate some mysterious, terrible thing he did this past spring, an evil beauty breaking up island marriages (instead of a gun in the drawer, there's a half-used Chanel eye shadow in Pourpre Brun), and the desperate attempts of Lizbet’s ex, who sexted with their wine rep, to win her back. One of the special services Lizbet creates for the guests of the Hotel Nantucket is a “Blue Book” containing all her recommended island itineraries. A real-life version is included as an appendix, giving the complete scoop on where to eat, drink, sunbathe, shop, and stay on the island, plus notes on which Hilderbrand novels happened where. If you’re ready to check out Chicken Box or to try the sandwiches on herb bread that lured the author to become a permanent island resident in 1993, the Elin Hilderbrand Bucket List Weekend really is a thing.

Honestly, who needs Nantucket. It could hardly be more fun than this book.

Pub Date: June 14, 2022

ISBN: 978-0-316-25867-8

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: April 27, 2022

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2022

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With captivating dialogue, angst-y characters, and a couple of steamy sex scenes, Hoover has done it again.

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REMINDERS OF HIM

After being released from prison, a young woman tries to reconnect with her 5-year-old daughter despite having killed the girl’s father.

Kenna didn’t even know she was pregnant until after she was sent to prison for murdering her boyfriend, Scotty. When her baby girl, Diem, was born, she was forced to give custody to Scotty’s parents. Now that she’s been released, Kenna is intent on getting to know her daughter, but Scotty’s parents won’t give her a chance to tell them what really happened the night their son died. Instead, they file a restraining order preventing Kenna from so much as introducing herself to Diem. Handsome, self-assured Ledger, who was Scotty’s best friend, is another key adult in Diem’s life. He’s helping her grandparents raise her, and he too blames Kenna for Scotty’s death. Even so, there’s something about her that haunts him. Kenna feels the pull, too, and seems to be seeking Ledger out despite his judgmental behavior. As Ledger gets to know Kenna and acknowledges his attraction to her, he begins to wonder if maybe he and Scotty’s parents have judged her unfairly. Even so, Ledger is afraid that if he surrenders to his feelings, Scotty’s parents will kick him out of Diem’s life. As Kenna and Ledger continue to mourn for Scotty, they also grieve the future they cannot have with each other. Told alternatively from Kenna’s and Ledger’s perspectives, the story explores the myriad ways in which snap judgments based on partial information can derail people’s lives. Built on a foundation of death and grief, this story has an undercurrent of sadness. As usual, however, the author has created compelling characters who are magnetic and sympathetic enough to pull readers in. In addition to grief, the novel also deftly explores complex issues such as guilt, self-doubt, redemption, and forgiveness.

With captivating dialogue, angst-y characters, and a couple of steamy sex scenes, Hoover has done it again.

Pub Date: Jan. 18, 2022

ISBN: 978-1-5420-2560-7

Page Count: 335

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2021

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