Dollars to Donuts - Kathleen Kole (2011)

April moves into her boyfriend Kevin's house and starts a new job in a new town. She also gets to know the neighbours - Carol and her dog Peaches, Thomas and his cat Corkscrew, and Deborah. But these neighbours give new meaning to the word nosy - April feels that she cannot leave the house without one of them noticing. Then a handsome stranger also comes to town. Will April find a way to be happy in her new surroundings? Will she and Kevin survive the coming conflict? The novel's premise is interesting - using a neighbourhood that most readers would relate to and gives lots of focus on the mix of personalities. In fact I could easily see myself in the story. (JG)

In Kathleen Kole's second novel, Dollars To Donuts, we follow the adventures of a young woman who moves to a small town that has a secret or two. The summary says: "Take a newspaper columnist; move her from the anonymity of her home city to a sleepy, small town; add a dollop of nosey, suspicious and just plain odd neighbours; a dash of mystery in the form of a stained garbage can and a rodent and, finally, a large pinch of unsettling attraction to a virtual stranger and you'll find yourself with a recipe that imitates April Patterson's life. Sound strange? It is. April Patterson had no idea that when she decided to follow the path of family and love, she would find herself an unwitting player in an eyebrow-raising cul-de-sac mystery, grasping for her privacy as she plays "Dodge the Neighbor" and being forced to examine her relationship motives ... all before she had unpacked her last box! Taking a deep breath, and a large bite into a comforting donut, April consoles herself with the knowledge that it will all work out. It always does ... doesn't it?" Available for eReader devices: Amazon, iBookstore, Smashwords, and Nook Book. To find out more about the author, visit Kole's website. (CF)

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