Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings

Major Daniel Adams invited Miss Bell to the Fort because he had girl trouble... Now his female complications were only multiplying. How many secrets did the new Governess have?

Hey Readers,
Happy New Year!!!
Its 2018 and I wanted to give you my first "Must Read" of the year,  Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings
 Holding the Fort is a Historical Fiction story set within the walls of Fort Reno in the year 1885. I would recommend this book if you:

  • have read any of Regina Jennings books before,
  • like to read books by similar authors such as Karen Witemeyer and Mary Connealy,
  • want to read a story filled with secrets, humor and a bit of romance, 
  • just want to start the year off with a fantastic new book!
So here is the story, 

Louisa Bell has had a hard life. After a very difficult childhood that ended with her mother dying when Louisa was still very young, Louisa has done what she had to do to ensure that her and her brother survived. The book starts out with Louisa getting let go from her most recent job as a singer at the Cat-Eye Saloon. She knew it was a horrible place to work but as a singer she had gotten paid and she was blessed to because she never had a man touch her. As she was packing up her personal items, she received a letter from her brother who was a Calvary Solider stationed in Indian Territory that stated that he had gotten in trouble with his commanding officer again. Since she now had nowhere to go, She decides to head to Fort Reno and talk some sense into her brother so that he did not end up like herself.  On her way to the Fort, Her stagecoach has to stop because of issues with the coach so she finds herself near a creek with a new little friend that she met during the delay. While she was there she saw the most unusual sight, A Calvary officer who was trick riding! He was standing barefoot in his saddle while riding his horse! Unfortunately, once the officer saw her, he fell off his horse and severely injured his head. After seeing if she could help the officer and promising a older Mennonite woman that she would deliver a package to the Commander, She finally arrives at the Fort. Unfortunately, the current commanding officer (because Major Adams was currently unavailable)  mistakes Louisa as the new Governess hired to teach Major Adams two girls. Louisa accepts the job even though she was not educated enough to be a teacher thinking that it would just be like acting on a stage. However she did not expect to have such smart pupils and a way to handsome and suspicious Major watching her every move, But if she is not successful with this job, Will her and her brother be arrested for her deception? 

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full with his two young girls and a Mother-In-Law who wants to take them away to be "properly educated" .  He has tried to teach them everything they need to know but he knows that they really need a woman to help them since their Mother died. He is immediately suspicious of the new Governess because Miss Bell is not the old strict widow that he was promised was coming.  He decides to give her a chance because he does not have any other options and because she had kept quiet about his riding accident that she witnessed before she arrived. He observes that she has the mannerisms of a Governess and the skills but lacks the confidence that he assumed that one had to have to that profession , It is almost like she was just acting out the part. He also is annoyed that she seems to be attracted to Private Willis (who was her brother, but of course the Major does not know that) As the days go on, he finds himself oddly attracted to Miss Bell but he is also wary of her because he knows that there is something about her past that she is hiding. 

Louisa is trying to be confident in this performance but could she make this family love her? 
Because unfortunately she has already fallen in love with the Major's family. 

What Did I Think?
So this is the first book in the Fort Reno Series and it was amazing! 
I loved how the author describes the Fort and gives us a glimpse of how the Major and his family lived. My favorite character was Louisa because she was so ambitious going all the way to Indian Territory to tell her little brother to behave ( like any big sister should ) But I really liked how even though the job as a Governess started out as just a way to talk to her brother, She jumped in with both feet and studied the topics that she was lacking knowledge in and genuinely wanted to teach the girls the subjects they would need to succeed. I love the interactions between Louisa and Major Adams, How He always expected her to be like his soldiers when he spoke with her, but she always said what was on her mind without caring what he thought. And I loved how Louisa finally discovered that  God would forgive even someone like her.  Overall I rated the book 5 out of 5 stars*****

So for this year, I am also rating my "Must Reads" by emoji's! 
But I will start this on my next "Must Read" ( even though it would have been a WOW emoji!)

Don't forget to check out this book and other books by Mrs. Jennings ... Here is the link! :

Happy Reading :)

  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

 " You may be sure that your sin will find you out." -Numbers 32:23

Hey Readers, Here is my last "Must Read" from my November collection ( finally, now I can move on to my December/Christmas books) Dangerous Illusions is a fast paced, edge of your seat book by Irene Hannon. I would recommend this book if you: 
  • have read any books by Irene Hannon,
  •  like to read books similar to books by Lynette Eason and Dani Pettrey,
  •  like to watch tv shows like Blue Bloods and/or Person of Interest,
  •  just want to read a new book!
Well on to the story,

Trish Bailey is beyond stressed. She is trying to deal with a demanding job, take care of her sick mother and is still grieving the deaths of her husband and her father who were killed in a tragic car accident two years before. When she discovers that her mother died in her sleep one night after she returned from a date with her friend Matt, Trish is torn. She thought her mother's health was improving but now... Unfortunately, the paramedics call it a "suspicious death" and the CSU (Crime Scene Unit) come to investigate and she discovers that she is the number one suspect in her mother's murder. Her friend Matt suggests that it's possible that since she is under a lot of stress and forgetting things, that she may have miscounted her mother's medicine which in her mother's condition would have been fatal. Trish is shocked! She knows that she never would have messed up with her mother's medicine... But she had been forgetting things lately. ( like forgetting to turn the stove off, forgetting to lock the front door). She is feeling like the weight of the world is on her shoulders, with not a friend in the world ( because, Seriously??? you're friend is going to accuse you of killing your own mother?!?) But then she saw Detective Colin Flynn and for some strange reason, she trust him because he looks and seems familiar, like a friend. Detective Colin Flynn is not certain what to think about his latest case and the attractive suspect he has interviewed. A requirement for his job is to be able to read people and Trish Bailey seems genuinely distraught about losing her mom, But if her mother’s death is ruled a homicide, then she will be the prime suspect. While the autopsy report is being completed, Colin looks into Trish and her family's background. He is not surprised to see that they were/are a very wealthy family that loved to give back to their community. The more time he spends with Trish he becomes certain that she did not hurt her mother, so the better question is who had something to gain by her mothers death? Is Trish in their way and if so, how far will they go to get what they want. With danger closing in on all sides and friends are not as they appear, Will Colin be able to keep Trish safe or will he be too late? 

What did I think?
So this is book one of the brand new series Code of Honor ( of course by Irene Hannon) and it was great! Some parts in the story were downright creepy but nothing was graphic or morbid.  There are a ton of twists and turns so it is hard to keep track of who is good and who is the enemy but the plot was not confusing.  I loved that Mac McGregor from Irene Hannon's previous series Men of Valor is a side character.  There is also a bit of romance in the book but not much, just enough to weave into the plot. Overall, It is an amazing suspense novel and I cannot wait until the next book in the series. Overall I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars****

Hey, Don't forget to check out this book or some of her other books, She writes mostly suspense but also some Romance novels, so if you want to check them out, Here is the link:

 I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

Harrison hoped that his friendship with her would become something more...
 but he was unprepared for the outlandish escapades that seem to follow the lovely, anything-but-ordinary Gertrude.

Hey Readers,
Its Finally Here!
I have been waiting for this book to come out for months and I am so excited to tell you that my second "Must Read" for November is by one of my favorite authors Jen Turano!

I would recommend reading Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano if you:

  • like the humor in books like Karen Witemeyer's or the drama in stories by Sarah E. Ladd. 
  • have read the previous books in the Apart from the Crowd series  ( or any books by Jen Turano) 
  • want to read a story full of laugh out loud moments
  • just want to read a great book 
So on to the story,
Gertrude Cadwalader may have a ordinary job as a paid companion but with her employer being the eccentric Mrs Davenport, Her life is anything but ordinary. The story starts with Gertrude attending her best friend's engagement party aboard Harrison Sinclair's yacht. She should be enjoying herself and celebrating with her friend but instead she finds herself lurking below the deck because Mrs Davenport disappeared and she only disappeared with she was doing something of a suspicious nature. As she was looking in the what appeared to be the study, she gets stuck in a awkward position on the sofa because the wires in her bustle (Mrs Davenport's latest creation, a bustle made out of a birdcage) became stuck in the fabric of the sofa.  Another society member tried to blackmail Gertrude saying that she became stuck because she was attempting to steal the painting nearest the sofa but thankfully Gertrude's best friend Permilia came to her rescue. But unfortunately, once she was rescued from that sticky situation she discovered to her horror that Mrs Davenport and Harrison had seen her predicament. What follows is a hilarious exchange between Harrison, Permilia, Mrs Davenport and Harrison's sister ( but I can't tell you anymore then that because I do not want to ruin the story.
Anyway, Harrison Sinclair is not sure why he is attracted to Gertrude, He has always said that he was not the marrying kind of person. But ever since he saw her dyed orange ( a situation from the first book) and he noticed that she was not ashamed of letting Mrs Davenport practice her "fashion designs" ( even if they were outrageous) He wanted to become her friend. Not in a romantic sense, just a good friend. or so he tries to convince himself.
But when Gertrude is accused of stealing several valuable items from his yacht while at the party he immediately comes to her defense. He knows enough about her character to know that the accusations are ridiculous even though his defense will put him in the middle of a horrible misunderstanding between Gertrude and his mother.  After that matter was settled, Harrison decides that he wants his relationship with Gertrude to become something more so he goes to a great source for his romantic ideas... His sisters romance novels.
But will Harrison's romantic attempts show Gertrude how he feels or will he ruin everything by not telling her how he feels?

Guess you will have to read the book to find out!

So what did I think? 
First this is book two of the Apart from the Crowd series but though it is part of a series, you could definitely read it as a standalone. I love everything about the book and I LOVE the relationship between Harrison and Gertrude, that it had so many ups and downs . I will say that the names in the series are a bit unusual ( Gertrude, Temperance, Permilia???) But because they are unusual, it makes them more memorable. I really enjoyed reading about Harrison and Asher's  ( Permilia's  fiancĂ© ) attempts at understanding the female mind by reading Harrison's sisters romance novels.  ( it was absolutely hilarious! I actually laughed out loud at some of their antics) and when they actually did some of the things the heroes in the books did, I almost died laughing. Overall this is a wonderful book filled with love, hope, forgiveness and a bit of humor. I would rate this book 5 out of  5 stars *****

Hey Readers! I just found out that the next book in the series is coming out in July 2018!!!
( and it looks amazing!!! ) So if you want to check out this book or any of her other books, here is the link;

Happy Reading :)

  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

 What happens when six girls are missing and every clue leads to a dead end?

Hey Readers,
I cannot believe that Christmas is in 24 Days!!! 
Wow, the year is flying by but in case you have time to sit with a cup of hot tea and check out some new books, I would like to tell you about the first book on my three November “Must Reads”, Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris.

Vanishing Point is the exciting, long awaited conclusion to the Nikki Boyd files. I would recommend this book if you:
  • Have read any of the previous books in the series or by Lisa Harris.
  • Like to read books by Dani Pettrey or Irene Hannon.
  • Like to read a Criminal suspense story with LOTS of twists and turns.
  • Just want to read an interesting book!
So on to the story,
Vanishing point is the story of Garrett Addison who is a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. During his first week on the job his team is called to investigate the murder of a young girl who was found in the middle of the woods.  They had no leads until they discover a Polaroid photo of the girl near the crime scene. The picture now links the murder of Julia Kerrigan with two other disappearances that all have that same piece of evidence.  Because this may be the work of a serial killer, The FBI brings in Special Agent Jordan Lambert to assist in the investigation.  Unfortunately Garrett was once in love with Jordan so working with her may present a challenge. But he is determined not to let her get to him. He just has to focus on this case. 
---Time Jump--- 
Unfortunately it has been several months and now they found another girl murdered  by Julia's killer now known as the Angel Abductor. Garrett blames himself for the death of the latest victim Marissa, because he followed a lead and because of it , he did not get to her in time. The guilt weighs down on Garrett  until he decides that law enforcement is not for him anymore because he could not bear it if anyone else got hurt because of him. But just because he had given up, does not mean the killer has.
Jordan cannot believe that Garrett has given up, ever since she met him at the academy, he was always her rock. Even when her faith was shaken, he was always there for her even if she was not there for him…
But now another girl has gone missing and time is running out to find her. It seems like the killer is taunting them because he keeps leaving subtle clues for Garrett and Jordan, But when Jordan disappears, will Garrett be able to find her and save the Angel Abductors next victim?                                                                                                                                                                                          
 Or will it be too late? 

What did I think? 
Vanishing point is both a prequel and a conclusion all wrapped up into one. It is book 4 of the Nikki Boyd Files series but it gives a different perspective then the previous books. Previously the Nikki Boyd have focused on Nikki and her search for her sister ( who was abducted) but this book had Nikki and her Sisters disappearance as small parts of a bigger picture. This book was a edge of your seat, nail biting story with so many twists and turns that it was hard to keep them all straight. Overall it was a very interesting/exciting story and even though there were several abductions mentioned, there was nothing graphic. It was bittersweet to finish this series but I am excited to see what Mrs Lisa comes up with next! Overall I rate the book 4.5 Stars out of 5 ****

Hey Don't forget to check out this book or her other AMAZING books by clicking on the link below:

:) Happy Reading!

I would like to thank Mrs Lisa Harris and Revell ( A division of Baker Publishing Group) for allowing me to read and review this book. I was not paid or asked to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

With Danger Drawing Ever Closer... The Boden Clan Risk Losing Their Ranch Forever.

Hey Readers, Happy Fall.
Wow, I cannot believe that October will be over in just a few hours. It seems that the year is quickly coming to an end and I still have so much to do. Well even though we are busy,  we still have to make time for the little things ( like reading God's word, family, friends and of course... reading books!) and if you are looking for a new book to read this fall, I have the amazing, action-packed conclusion to The Cimarron Legacy Series by Mary Connealy! 
I would recommend Too Far Down if you: 
  • Have read any books by Mary Connealy ( especially in The Cimarron Legacy Series).
  • Have read books by Karen Witemeyer and Regina Jennings.
  • Like a good western story with a lot of action and a bit of romance. 
  • Want to read a awesome new story. 
So on to the story, 
Too Far Down is the story of Cole Boden,who is struggling to find where he belongs. He grew up in New Mexico with his family  but moved to Massachusetts with his maternal grandparents to attend college.  Because of his father's will that states that all of the Boden siblings must live at home for an entire year or else they forfeit their ranch and the family legacy, Cole is living at his family's ranch and is in charge of the family gold mines. The book starts with an explosion in the mines that traps several miners and kills 6. Cole is seriously injured but continues to help with rescuing the miners until he collapses due to a head injury. He is sure that this latest attack on his family is related to the ongoing plot to kill his family and take over their family's ranch. As the family investigates the explosions they come to the conclusion that the explosions were deliberate and the 6 miners that were killed, were killed intentionally and so the mystery deepens. Who were those men they hired and who murdered them?  Cole needs to rent the mines to 6 people he trusts so he partners with his neighbor and rents the mines to his neighbors ranch hands... It would have been perfect except one of the "ranch hands" was his neighbor Mel who he is attracted to but will not "court" because of his uncertainty about where he is going to live. 
Melanie Blake has been a friend to the Boden family for years. She is a cowgirl who is more comfortable around horses then people. She is frustrated by this growing attraction to her neighbor Cole,  because he is a refined Harvard graduate and the complete opposite of who she thought she would be attracted to.  When she arrived at the Boden mines after the explosion, she is shocked by the injuries but immediately jumps in to help. When she hears that Cole needs 6 people to rent the cabins and mines that the 6 men who died left, she immediately volunteers to stay. As the Boden family uncover clues about the people plotting against them, they find a strange link to the past. Cole's grandparents are mentioned on a note that one of the people involved in a previous attack had on them but they could not understand the remaining scribbles on the note. Cole is confused because he loved his grandparents and never wanted to think ill of them but was it possible that their hatred for his dad and his family was enough for them to try to steal their ranch away?  
Mel is determined to help the Boden's fight this deadly force and hopefully put an end to this madness, But will this latest threat be worse then anyone expects? 
In this exciting conclusion to The Cimarron Legacy, when all the hidden agendas and malicious plots are exposed, Will the Boden's be able to finally defeat this enemy or will this be the end of the family's legacy? 

Guess you will have to read the book to find out! 

So, what did I think? 
So as I mentioned before, this is the last book in the Cimarron Legacy series but it could be read as a standalone.  ( It would be best if you read all the books though because it is a fantastic story)  The story is filled with everything, romance, danger and even a bit of humor. I love the overall plot and enjoyed reading about Mel and Cole's relationship, But my favorite part was how all of the events in the series started with their father's will and even though it seemed annoying and horrible at the time, It started a chain reaction that blessed every single person in the family.  To sum the whole story up I will quote Cole in the later part of the book 
"Because of you (father), we were together to face the trouble as one, which made all the difference. You didn't punish us with that last will and testament-- you saved us" - Cole Boden, Too Far Down by Mary Connealy.                                                                               
 I am both excited to have read the book and saddened because it is the end to an amazing series, Overall I rate the book 5 out of 5 stars. *****

Don't forget to check out all of Mary Connealy's books, Here is the link!

If you want to check out this series, but are unsure if you would like it, The prequel book to this series is FREE!!! 
Here is the link to download her free ebook, The Boden Birthright

Happy Reading :)

  I would like to thank Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy. I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

"If he took the card and saw my face when I put the card on the desk, Then he knows who the Phantom Hawk is." - Kelsey Allen-Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

Hey Readers,
Here is book three of my Fall "Must Reads" and it is probably my favorite of the three books I have showed you ( so far anyway, there are some awesome books coming out later this month) Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley is a intriguing " Who did it?" Romantic Suspense novel set in beautiful downtown Memphis.
I would recommend this book if you:

  • Like any of Patricia Bradley's books or have read the first book in the  Memphis Cold Case series "Justice Delayed".
  • Like to solve mysteries. 
  • Like to read books by Lynette Eason and/or Lisa Harris.
  • Want to read a intriguing Romantic Suspense story with twists and turns. 
  • Just want to check out a new book or author.

So here is the story 
Justice Buried is the story of Kelsey Allen who is trying to get her newly started Security Consulting business up and running.  Since she is an experienced rock climber and a "white-hat" hacker, She approaches a business and asks permission to break into the company to show them any weaknesses in their security. She is hired to check out the security of the Turner Accounting services building downtown. So one night she climbs the 14 floor building and slips in through a open window and leaves her card on the desk to let them know that the "Phantom Hawk" had infiltrated their security. But as Kelsey was leaving the building she sees a silhouette of a man in a office below. She went to investigate when the silhouette turned and she heard the sound of a gun and realized the man was shooting at her! She quickly climbed to the roof and hid behind a garbage can praying that the man would not see her.  She makes it out of the building and safely home but she is still wondering who shot at her? 
Kelsey is hired shortly after for another job, this time at the Pink Palace (a History Museum). She was to go undercover as the Museum Curator and try to find out who is stealing artifacts from the Museum Archives. Her first "mission" was to attend a benefit dinner at the museum and get to know the people who work at the museum to make a list of potential suspects. As Kelsey was learning about the dinner, she discovers that her mother set up a blind date for her with  Detective Brad Hollister who she had a crush on when they were in high school. After enjoying the dinner with Brad, Kelsey decides to test the museum's security because of the extra challenge of the people at the dinner below.  Kelsey easily broke into the building and left her card as usual but within minutes of her exiting the building, They discover that the head of security was murdered! Kelsey is worried that since she left the card, the police would think she did it. But now Kelsey has something else to worry about, It appears that the murderer saw her put the card on the desk and he knows who she is. Will Kelsey be his next target?  
Brad is surprised by Kelsey because she was always so snotty when they were in high school, but she seems so different now.  As he talks with her throughout the dinner, he finds himself oddly attracted to her but he cannot understand why.  As he starts his new position in the cold case division, he decides to look up the case on Kelsey's father who disappeared over 20 years prior. Did he really run away with several antiques from the museum or was his disappearance because of foul play?
When Kelsey's life is threatened, Brad and the other detectives join forces to protect Kelsey, but if it comes down to it.. Would Brad risk his life to save Kelsey?

What did I think?
So this is the second book in the Memphis Cold Case series but it also could be read as a stand-alone because the characters in the first book are minor/side characters in this book.  I loved the relationship between Kelsey and Brad because though it was evident that they both were developing feelings for each other, the book was not overly romantic. There was a strange part of weird modern medical practices (a Psychiatrist) but it was only for a page or two. I loved all of the twist and turns in the plot and how it kept you guessing until the very end. Overall I would rate this book 5 out of 5 stars*****

Want to check out Mrs Bradley's other books?
 Here is the link for you to take a look:

Happy Reading :)

  I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens"        -Ecclesiastes 3:1

Hey Readers, Here is Book 2 of my Fall "Must Reads"  list,  All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick.

This book is an interesting Historical/Romance story set in the Oregon Frontier around the year 1870.
I would recommend this book if you:

  • Have read any of Jane Kirkpatrick's books before. 
  • Like to read books by Janette Oke and Karen Kingsbury. 
  • Like to watch Hallmark movies, 
  • Want to read a sweet story about a unlikely romance blossoming out of adversity.

So here is the story, 
All She Left Behind is the story of Jennie Pickett, a young mother who dreams of becoming a doctor. Ever since she was young, she loved to learn about the healing properties of herbs and oils. Her husband Charles was not supportive of her dream because he saw it as an extra expense that they did not need. Jennie noticed that Charles was changing. He was not the same man that she married six years before so she decided to keep an eye on him, especially around their three year old son.  When she found him upstairs one night completely drunk and her son by himself, she decided to take matters into her own hands. She figured that there was outside influences where they were currently living that made Charles go astray so she moved her family into their own place far away from outside influences of alcohol and drugs. Jennie hoped that she would be able to help Charles beat his addiction with the help of the herbs and oils she created. Unfortunately Charles came to her one night soon after they moved in to their new home to let her know that he filed for divorce so she could be free of him and then he disappeared with all their belongings leaving Jennie and their son with nothing. Jennie refused to let her circumstances ruin her life and found a job nursing a older woman so she could support herself and her son. After some time though, her patient dies leaving Jennie to care for her friend/patient's husband. While going through her friend/patients belongings with the widowed husband, Jennie discovers that she has allowed herself to fall in love with him. After waiting a respectable amount of time, they get married and their unlikely romance blossoms into something beautiful.
Will Jennie finally be able to fulfill her dream of becoming a doctor or will she find happiness and fulfillment in having a family and a husband that loves her?

So what did I think? 
So this is the first book I have ever read by Mrs. Kirkpatrick and it was very different that I am used to. I love reading a Historical fiction story but this was more like a romance novel to me. The plot was good and the book was well written and full of historical details  You cannot do anything except admire the faith and perseverance that Jennie had especially in those days after her husband left her.  The story reminds me of a Janette Oke story or a movie that would play on Hallmark. Not quite my "cup of tea" but overall it was a good book. Overall I rate the book 3 out of 5 stars. ***

Hey, The Author has some amazing historical background research on her website including some herbal remedies, Here is the link if you want to check it out. 

Happy Reading :) 

  I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.