A debut novel that takes place in 1944 Wisconsin. Money is short, food is rationed, and the cherry crop is due to be picked. Nearby is a camp for German POW’s. Charlotte persuades the local authorities to allow the prisoners to help with the harvest. A quick, enjoyable read.

The Cherry Harvest by Lucy Sanna (William Morrow & Company) Recommended by Kitty at Litchfield Books Pawley's Island SC

James Beck wasn’t a criminal when he was sentenced to prison on a falsified charge of killing a policeman, but he was very, very smart and he did what he had to in order to survive.

Eight years later when his conviction was overturned he left prison with a group of ex-cons who would do anything for him. They were family, so when a distant cousin of one of the ex-cons needed help James Beck stepped in. Little did he know they would soon be fighting a Russian arms dealer, Bosnian war criminals and the NYPD.

Among Thieves is an amazingly intelligent, fast paced, well written story about how to get even, steal 116 million dollars and not end up back in jail.

Among Thieves by John Clarkson (Minotaur) Recommended by Nancy at Fiction Addiction Greenville SC

Imagine living in the middle of the country and you decide to pick up your family (your husband and three children) and move to Vermont with no job in sight. 

Because you've always wanted to live in a beautiful place. 

And then imagine that although you're now living in the beautiful country, you haven't a clue because you're a city family.  This book will explain how it all settles out, with lots of laughter and tears along the way.  And you've got to read this book if for no other reason than to find out why they have so much mud in Vermont in the spring.

We met this fantastic and vibrant woman recently in New Orleans. I think that she might have the best laugh in the book world. Read her book... it will no doubt make you laugh as well.

Mud Season by Ellen Stimson (Countryman Press), recommended by The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines, NC.