Monday, January 2, 2017

Review & Giveaway - The To-Do List by Sharon Struth

The To-Do List

by Sharon Struth

GENRE: romantic comedy/suspense



Maggie Harris has her ultra-organized life well in hand, until she finds her neighbor and husband together, in her bed, and the tight hold she keeps on her world unravels, leaving her grasping for an escape. So how can she refuse when she’s handed the dream job of running her aunt’s bookstore and a chance for a fresh start? Even though the bookstore is in Brockport, Connecticut, her former hometown, and a place she’d vowed to leave behind forever.

When someone breaks into Maggie’s new business and leaves a threat on the wall, Detective Cooper Stanton is assigned the case. It’s been twenty years, but Coop hasn’t forgotten the way Maggie once charmed him at every turn—even with her controlling ways. This time, though, Coop refuses to let her seize the reins. What he doesn’t know is she plans to grab them anyway…and she’s got a secret she never shared.



The door chimes jingled, but she kept working. “Forget something, Jax?”

“Excuse me.”

The smooth, baritone voice stopped her mid-stroke. She’d never forgotten it. It belonged to someone she’d thought had moved far away from Brockport. Someone she’d hoped never to see again.

He cleared his throat. “Is this your dog?”

Maggie slowly turned around. Her mouth went dry at the sight of Cooper Stanton. A man she’d once believed she loved. A man who’d rejected her.

“What are you doing here?”

Roxy strained to get away while he held her collar.

“Nice to see you, too.” Coop’s lips wavered but didn’t reach a smile.

Cool and distant. Same as the last time they’d been together, a night filled with passion and anger.

She stepped down the ladder. Hadn’t he moved away from town with hopes of becoming a major league baseball star, a promise to put their small town on the map? She landed on the scattered newspapers, avoiding the splattered paint.

Roxy whimpered. Coop crouched at the dog’s side, keeping a firm grip on the chocolate colored mix while he whispered words of assurance. He stroked the dog’s torso, his hand no longer that of a teenage boy, but of a grown man, the fingers long and sturdy with strong veins.

“So?” Coop pried his adoring eyes off the canine and glanced at Maggie. “Is she yours or should I keep looking for the owner?”

At the sound of his voice, Roxy flipped back her head and dragged a saliva-coated tongue across his cheek. He grinned. Coop always did like promiscuous women.

“Yes. She’s mine.” Maggie brushed aside a few stray wisps of hair near her face, worked free from a plastic headband, escaping like the decades-old hurt now ripping at her heart.


Maggie Harris is a super-organized individual.  After dumping her unfaithful husband Ben, the newly divorced Maggie moves with her daughter to the hometown where she grew up.  She's inherited her aunt's bookstore but she swore she would never go back because of a broken heart over a badly ended high school romance with Cooper, Coop, Stanton.  Well, he was part of the past and now the bookstore is her future.  Coop is a really great guy.  He still agonizes over the past with Maggie and the hurt he caused her but he is a man now.  Can these two get over the past and move on?  But there are dark forces as work here.  Maggie must make the bookstore a success and her ex-husband, a bully, has make sure she would be afraid not to.  Her cousin has a stake in making sure she fails as well.  Can she get past all the people who want to destroy her and her future? 
Dispite the anxiety over Maggie's trials and having a special fondness for OCD persons aside, I truly enjoyed this good sit-on-the-couch romance love story read.  3.75 stars ~JoEllen


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Bestselling author Sharon Struth believes you’re never too old to pursue a dream. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail.

The Hourglass (Etopia Press), her debut novel, is a finalist in the National Readers' Choice Awards for Best First Book and winner of the Chatelaine Award For Romantic Fiction. Her follow-up release, Share the Moon (Kensington Publishing) is a Barnes & Noble Romance Bestseller. The series also includes Twelve Nights (11/15), Harvest Moon (12/15) and Bella Luna (2016).

She writes from Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived along with her husband and dogs. For more information, including where to find her books and published essays, please visit

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