Nicole Baart’s 5 Summer Loves

15803042Our guest today: Nicole Baart

Why she rocks: Not only is she an amazing author, she is an amazing person as well!

Her latest: Sleeping in Eden

The Scoop: She knew what he wrote . . .One little word that made her feel both cheated and beloved. One word that changed everything.


On a chilly morning in the Northwest Iowa town of Blackhawk, Dr. Lucas Hudson is filling in for the vacationing coroner on a seemingly open-and-shut suicide case. His own life is crumbling around him, but when he unearths the body of a woman buried in the barn floor beneath the hanging corpse, he realizes this terrible discovery could change everything. . . .

Years before Lucas ever set foot in Blackhawk, Meg Painter met Dylan Reid. It was the summer before high school and the two quickly became inseparable. Although Meg’s older neighbor, Jess, was the safe choice, she couldn’t let go of Dylan no matter how hard she tried.

Caught in a web of jealousy and deceit that spiraled out of control, Meg’s choices in the past ultimately collide with Lucas’s discovery in the present, weaving together a taut story of unspoken secrets and the raw, complex passions of innocence lost.

Our thoughts: A delightful page turner!

Giveaway: One copy!  Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win.  We’ll choose the winners after 3pm PST on May 31st.

Where you can read more about Nicole: Her website, Facebook and Twitter.


739129421. Book you plan to read: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline. But those books are just the tip of the iceberg!

2. Vacay or staycay you plan to take: We’re in the process of adopting a five-year-old girl from Liberia, and hope to have her home in the next few weeks. We’d like to load the whole family (hubby and me plus three boys and our sweet girl) in the van and pull a pop-up tent trailer across the US. We’re from Vancouver, BC, so that would be our final destination, but we’d like to hit all the major stops along the way (from Iowa to Western Canada): Rushmore, Yellowstone, etc. But these are tentative plans as our daughter has some medical needs that must be addressed first. We’ll see what happens! If we need to do a staycation, that’ll be a blast, too.

3. Cocktail or mocktail you plan to drink: Mojitos! And my fave white wine, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. It has to be from New Zealand.

4. Music you plan to listen to: I love the upbeat, summery feel of Imagine Dragons. And I think Mumford and Sons scream backyard party. Oh! And Fun.

5. Place you plan to write: At my fabulous new (really old, repurposed) writing desk. It’s mustard yellow and gorgeous.

Thanks, Nicole! xoxo

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14 Responses to Nicole Baart’s 5 Summer Loves

  1. denise says:

    love mumford and sons, too!

  2. pascale says:

    sounds great!
    Good luck with the adoption!

  3. Melissa says:

    This book sounds really good!!!

  4. Elise says:

    I am really looking forward to reading another one of Nicole’s books!

  5. Lorelei says:

    I’m looking forward to reading Nicole’s next book!

  6. Michele says:

    I ❤ Nicole's books and can't wait to read her latest!

  7. Sara says:

    Praying for you and your adoption.

  8. I hope you get to do the road trip, Nicole. They are a great way to bond a family together, or make everyone crazy 😉

  9. Hillary says:

    So cool about the adoption! I will definitely be watching for updates on this!

  10. I’m jealous about the mustard yellow desk, I must admit. 🙂

  11. Marci Nault says:

    I’m going to see Mumford and Sons tomorrow night in Berkeley for my birthday. I can’t wait to read this story and I love your author photo.

  12. You are giving away some FABULOUS books during this fabulous month. Nicole’s has been on my radar since I read one of her interviews on another blog. Like Nicole, I want to read The Orphan Train and Life after Life!

  13. This book sounds amazing. Straight to the wishlist!

    Oh, wow. The adoption sounds utterly wonderful. Best of luck with your new daughter! 🙂

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