Happy Book Birthday - Winter at the White Oaks Lodge

Ah, summer (or almost)... A time for shorts and tank tops, for spreading out a blanket on some soft grass under the shade of a tree and reading. So why not pick up a book that takes place in the frigid winters of northern Minnesota? We know, June seems like a weird time to release a book where the characters are bundled up in parkas, but Winter at the White Oaks Lodge is the fourth book in our Shore Leave Cafe series and most of the books take place in the summer - except this one. July and August will see the release of Wild Flower and The First Law of Love (both set in the heat of summer) and we have to read this one before we get to those!

All the Shore Leave Cafe books are available in print, digital and audio formats and we hope you'll enjoy continuing the story of this family of women and the men who love them. If you're interested, the first book (
Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe) is up on NetGalley right now, so head over to there to start this awesome series for free – or just give it some cover-love.


News & Reviews

  • "Wild Flower is a sweet, clever quickstep with characters that feel like longtime friends." Foreword Reviews
  • Amanda in New Mexico: "Fast-paced, spooky, and enough cultural reference to delight both readers and parents.” — Alex Lyttle, author of From Ant to Eagle
  • Soul of a Crow and An Elegant Theory are 2016 Foreword INDIES Finalists — Foreword Reviews
  • From Ant to Eagle: "An honest portrayal of love, loss, and friendship in the face of a life-changing journey." — School Library Journal
  • From Ant to Eagle: "A moving and ultimately hopeful book."— Booklist
  • An Elegant Theory: "A suspenseful intricate novel with elusive conclusions and a captivating journey." — Books Before Bandaids
  • From Ant to Eagle: "Lyttle's voice for Cal is appealingly direct and articulate ... and his account of his struggle to cope will appeal to readers. Tender, direct, and honest." — Kirkus Reviews
  • An Elegant Theory: Top Pick for December — Indies Unlimited
  • Second Chances: "There’s plenty of what most of us like, love scenes and downright romantic and hot conversations, fun, and thrills." — The Reading Cafe
  • Amanda on the Danube: "This book is a shining example of great, well-written, age-appropriate middle-grade books!" — This Kid Reviews Books
  • Summer at the Shore Leave Cafe "...a definite must keep reading the rest of the series..." — A Soccer Mom's Book Blog
  • "Heartfelt and inspirational, 300 Things I Hope is emotional to browse and makes an excellent giftbook." — Midwest Book Review

Events & Appearances

  • Alex Lyttle: Chapters, Dalhousie, Calgary AB - June 10 - 10am-2pm
  • Alex Lyttle: ALA Annual Conference, Chicago - June 24 - 1pm
  • Alex Lyttle: RGC Author Event at The Book Cellar, Chicago, June 24 @ 6:30pm
  • Darlene Foster: Vancouver Public Library: Book Camp Workshop: Aug 14-18, Vancouver BC
  • Darlene Foster: Calgary Public Library: Shawnessy, AB: Aug 22 @ 11:30-12:30
  • Darlene Foster: Coles, Medicine Hat, August 26 @ 12pm
  • Darlene Foster: Albany Books, Delta BC, Sep 2 - 1-3pm
  • Darlene Foster: Holly Elementary School, Surrey BC: Sep 8
  • Darlene Foster: Chapters, Granville Street, Vancouver BC, Sep 9 - 12-3pm
  • Molly Ringle, Words, Writers & West Seattle, Barnes & Noble West Seattle, November 3 @ 5pm


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