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. *****


Hey-
Don't forget to check out all of Mary Connealy's books, Here is the link!
http://maryconnealy.com/



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
http://maryconnealy.com/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:
http://ptbradley.com/books/



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.





Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore



"I have to trust God, or nothing in this life would make sense," Oliver's words reverberated in Tess's thoughts as she drove back to the station. How did you trust someone-or something, for that matter- you couldn't really be certain was there? - Chief Tess O'Rourke, Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore





Hey Readers,
Happy October!
Don't you just love Fall? With its wonderful breezes and the beautiful colors?  I find that it is the perfect weather to sit outside with a cup of hot tea ( or coffee ) a blanket and of course a book! So if you need some ideas I am going to tell you about three fantastic new "Must Reads" for your Fall Tbr (To be read) pile.  My first "Must Read for Fall is Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore.

I would recommend this book if you:

  • Like to read "Criminal Fiction" stories.
  • Like to watch investigative Criminal TV shows like CSI or Blue Bloods. 
  • Want to read a very realistic (fiction) book that includes the struggles a Police officer may face. 
  • Just want to sit and read a interesting story. 
So here is the story, 
Crisis Shot is the story of Tess O'Rourke who is the Commander of the East Division in Long Beach, CA. She dreams of becoming the first Female Chief in Long Beach but unfortunately she was thrown a major curve ball. One night she hears a call over the radio stating that a officer was in danger and since she was close by, immediately responded. When she arrived on the scene she saw the officer being attacked by three individuals so she ordered them to put their weapons down. Two ran but one stayed and was trying to wrestle the now unconscious officer's gun off his belt.  Tess fearing for the life of both herself and the officer shot the teen, Fatally wounding him. Unfortunately there was a blogger there who took pictures and twisted the story making it look like Tess was a "Power-hungry commander" who killed a teen for no reason.  Tess was put on leave while there was a investigation into the shooting. During the days after the shooting, The blogger managed to make Tess into Public Enemy #1 and the media ate the story up. People starting rioting outside the station, Trashing the outside of her apartment complex and rioting in the streets. Tess was given a choice, Look for another job or retire early. Tess was shocked and hurt that because she did her job and saved the life of the other officer, she was potentially being told to quit or be fired.  She applied for several Police departments around the country because she wanted to stay in law enforcement but no one would give her a chance because of her reputation ( The shooting). Finally she receives word that she got the job as Chief of Police in Rogue's Hollow, OR.
Tess is determined to prove to the people of Rogue's Hollow that she has the ability to get the job done. But when they discover someone was shot, The people of the town quickly doubt her abilities. Tess finds an unlikely ally in  Deputy Steve Logan and together they try to track down Rogue's Hollow's first murderer. But then Tess's friend Anna goes missing. The townspeople are really concerned that they picked the wrong person for the job, Can Tess show them that she is not the person the media portrayed her as?
Will Tess and Logan find Anna before the Town Counsel removes her from her position?


What did I think? 
So this is the first book in the Line of Duty Series and I am looking forward to reading the next book. The story has a very realistic plot and it really makes you think about those Police Officers you see on the news in situations similar to the one Tess finds her self in. I feel selfish to write this, but I don't think I have ever thought about how those officers feel or how that one decision may have changed their lives. Anyway, This book has a very interesting plot that starts at page 1 and keeps you intrigued until the very last page.  I really enjoyed reading about Tess and her perseverance even though it seemed as if the world was against her. I also liked the friendship between her and Deputy Logan.   There is a very small bit of romance and no graphic descriptions of crimes committed.  Overall I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. ****


Interesting fact, The author is a retired Police Officer from Long Beach CA and she uses her 22 years of experience on the force to add authenticity to her stories! If you would like to check out her other books ( like Drawing Fire or Burning Proof)  you can by clicking on the link below: 



 Happy Reading :)


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


Saturday, September 30, 2017

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter


As all of Griffith and Isabella's expectations are shaken, Can they both set aside their pride and fear long enough to claim their own Happily ever after?






Hey Readers,
Here is my "Must Read"  for September and it is by one of my favorite authors Kristi Ann Hunter!

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter is a Historical Fiction Romance set London England in 1815. I would recommend this book if you:

  • Want to read a Historical romance story filled with humor and hidden agendas.   
  • like to read books by Julie Klassen and Roseanna M. White.
  • Like to read books set in England.
  • Have read the other books in the Hawthorne House series.
  • Just want to read a great story. 


So here is the story,
An Inconvenient Beauty is the story of Griffith Hawthorne, The Duke of Riverton. He has decided that now is the best time to find himself a wife... Logically of course. He has watched the ladies of Society for about a year and he believes he has finally found the girl for him.  Miss Frederica St. Claire is perfect, she is popular but not in the "Diamonds" category. She is pretty but not drop dead gorgeous so he won't have fight off would be suitors and she seems to possess a sweet personality. The only problem? She does seem interested in Griffith. In fact, she seems to be avoiding him.

Isabella Breckenridge  (Frederica's cousin) should be enjoying her debut in society but she cannot because she has agreed to a bargain that will benefit her family if she is successful but has dashed all her romantic dreams as well as her conscience. Now it seems like her path keeps crossing with the Duke of Riverton and as she gets to know him better, she discovers that some people in Society were not what she expected and that just makes her feel worse about what she has been doing. She is torn between the deal with her Uncle  and the feelings she has for Griffith. but regardless of what she feels, She knows that their friendship can never grow into more, not with her Uncle's hidden agenda.

Griffith finds himself running into Frederica's cousin Isabella every time he tries to talk with Frederica . Annoyed that he may have been wrong about marrying Frederica, Griffith tries to avoid Isabella because she is the reason that he is second guessing himself, But unfortunately he finds himself  intrigued by Isabella and finds that she is always on his mind. Taking the advice of his sisters, Griffith tries to talk to and dance with Isabella but finds that she always disappears. Why does she keep avoiding him when it seems evident that she has feelings for him. Griffith is also confused because he does not know if he is in love with Isabella or if he interested in her because she is breathtakingly beautiful and is a puzzle that he cannot solve?
Praying that God will guide him, Griffith determines that Isabella is the one God sent for him to marry,
now he just has to convince her.

Will they ever be able to be honest with each other or will Isabella's secret pull them apart?


So what did I think?
First, this is the final book in the Hawthorne House series and though it is sad that such a great series has ended, I am glad that Griffith was finally the main character in a book. Though the book  is part of a series, It could also be read as a stand-alone.  The book overall was wonderful. I especially enjoyed  reading about the love you see between Griffith and his siblings, How they would do anything for each other and if any of them needed help, The others would all jump to help them.  I like that the Author included humor, wit, a bit of intrigue and some things that we struggle with in our day and age in her story. Overall , the entire series is on my "Must Read " list and this book is rated 5 out of 5 stars*****

Kristi Ann Hunter is one of my favorite authors and this is one of my favorite Series, If you want to check out the book or the series, here is her link;
http://www.kristiannhunter.com/hawthornehouse


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.



Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Betsy had been so determined to get back to the world she belonged in that it never once occurred to her that she might not belong in it any longer...
-The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher




Hey Readers, I have a new book for you to check out,  The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher is an Amish Historical Fiction story set in ( and around) Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the year 1762. This story is unlike any Amish fiction that I have ever read before. I recommend this book if you:


  • Have read any of Suzanne Woods Fisher's books, 
  • Have read the first two books in the Amish Beginnings series
  • Like to read Amish Historical Fiction with a twist, 
  • Want to read a heartwarming story of acceptance and trying to find peace in the midst of chaos, 
  • Want to read a interesting story of a girl's survival after being kidnapped by Indians. 
  • Want to read a deeply layered novel that was inspired by true events during the tumultuous days of the prerevolutionary Pennsylvania.
Well, Here is the story: 

The Return is the story of Betsy Zook, A beautiful Amish girl who never has questioned her family's lifestyle or the love of her intended, Hans Bauer.  That is she didn't until that fateful night the Indians attacked her family and their neighbors. Taken captive after witnessing the horrible deaths of her parents and fearing for her siblings, Betsy only has her faith and the knowledge that one of her brothers also survived to keep her going. After Betsy endures the horrible and brutal walk to her fate, She finds that they took her and the other captives to replace family and friends who were killed by "white men". As she settles into her new life, she starts to get into the rhythm of Indian life and realizes how strict her life was before.  Not in a bad way, just different, Indian life was a bit more laid back and she was blessed to be treated as one of them and not as a servant or a slave. 

Meanwhile back in Lancaster County... 
Tessa Bauer has been in love with Hans since forever so she was horribly disappointed when he only seemed to pay attention to Betsy Zook. But now that she heard the news that Betsy was taken during a Indian attack, she feels like maybe now he will notice her.  No, she is not that mean to be happy about the situation that Betsy was in but she did get a glimmer of hope that now Hans will see that he was meant to be with her. The only issue is that Hans seems to have completely put his focus on finding Betsy and taking revenge on all Indians as retribution. Unfortunately Tessa can see that his need for revenge was literally eating him alive, But she figures if she comforts him, eventually he will see how much she cares for him and stop focusing on it so much. Finally she finds something they both have in common. They both want to see this mysterious black stallion that has been wondering around their farm.  As they work together trying to get the Stallion to trust them, Tessa senses that Hans is finally accepting and noticing her. As their relationship starts to build, Tessa begins to wonder if Hans would finally ask to marry her or if she would always be cast in Betsy's shadow. 

Back at the Indian Village...
Betsy has become fully immersed in the Indian way of life and though it was not a hard life , she missed her family dreadfully and she missed living the way she was brought up. A Indian man about her age named Askuwheteau ( or Caleb, You will have to read the story to see why an Indian would have a Amish/Christian name)  tries to help her to see the joy and peace of Indian life but when he sees that she is still troubled, He plans an escape to first take her to her brother and then back to her people.

If Betsy ever makes it back to her Amish friends, back to the world she came from... Will it be the same as it was before or will she find that she no longer belongs in that world?
And if she makes it back, Will Hans and Tessa have taken their relationship too far or will she make it back in time to get back to the relationship with Hans that she once had?



So what did I think? 
So this is book three of the Amish Beginnings series and even though I did read the previous book in the series, I would say that it could also be read as a standalone. Though it did have some violence ( Nothing horribly graphic, but there was mention of blood shed - especially when describing the Indian attack) the story is so intriguing that it grabs you at the beginning and does not let go until the very end. The characters are well thought out and the story is very well written. Like I mentioned before, this was not like any Amish book I have ever read before and I really enjoyed reading it.  My only issue was that the ending did not seem to be complete ( probably so she could write another book for the series ) Overall it is a great book with a intriguing plot ( slight bit of violence) I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5 stars **** 



If you want to check out this series or any of Suzanne's other books, Here is the link: 





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.






Friday, August 18, 2017

The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling

"Our someday has already begun. I see promise of dawn every day when the sun touches the tops of the big trees, the smoke rises from the chimney... and the cows bellows that we should hurry... "
- Rune Carlson , The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling



Hey Readers, I have another wonderful book for you to check out.  My latest "Must Read" is  by Lauraine Snelling. The Promise of Dawn is a historical fiction story that is set in the untamed land of Minnesota in the early 1900s. I would recommend this book if you:

  • Have read any of this author's other writings ( she has written over 45 books for adults and several series for youth) 
  • Like to read books by Lori Copeland and Tracie Peterson.
  • Would like to read a sweet story about love, hope and one family's journey toward their dream. 
  • Just want to read a great book :)

So here is the story:

The Promise of Dawn is the story of Rune and Signe Carlson who live in Norway with their three young boys Bjorn, Leif and Knute.  All of them loved Norway but there were not many opportunities for the boys to learn and eventually find jobs. So when a letter from Signe's cousins in Amerika  ( America) arrived asking for help in exchange for passage to Minnesota, They decide to make the journey to the new world in hopes of a better life for them and their children. The journey was long and especially hard for Signe because she found out a few days before their ship left port that she was pregnant. Finally arriving in Minnesota, they discover that the life they had pictured for themselves was very different from reality. Signe's cousins Einar and Gerd are both mean and cruel,  Einar only cares about how many trees they can cut down and how much work they can get finished and Gerd refuses to get out of bed because she is sick and assumes that Signe will do EVERYTHING around the house.  They do not even have beds to sleep in or a house to themselves! They are given the one room attic to live in and nothing to sleep on.  It takes some time but finally Signe accepts that God brought them here and that He has a plan for them so she decides to have patience with Gerd and help her to get stronger but its hard to help someone who does not want your help. After working for Einar and Gerd for several months, They are worn down to the bone. One of the boys broke their arm and Einar still expected him to work!  Then when Rune and Signe wanted to enroll the boys in school, Einar yells at them  stating that he paid their passage and that they have to work for him until it is paid off or he will have the sheriff arrest all of them.  Signe is sure they have worked enough to pay off what they were given but will they be able to prove it to the sheriff if Einar follows though with his threat?

When all seems lost, Their dreams appear to be impossible... Will they cling to the promise of dawn?


So what did I think? 
Well  The Promise of Dawn is the first book in Lauraine Snelling's new series  Under Northern Skies and it did not disappoint. Although the book has several Norwegian words within the story, it was not hard to read or understand ( It just took a few pages to get used to it) I love the amount of detail the author put in the story, describing the house, the farm and the surrounding lands. I did find that though the plot and story line were interesting that the story seemed to slow down a bit towards the middle of the book but then picked right back up to end the story perfectly. Overall I think this is a fantastic beginning to a new series and I definitely will check out book 2 when it comes out.
 I give the book 4 out of 5 stars****


If you want to check out any of this author's other books or would like to look at this series, Here is the link:
http://www.laurainesnelling.com/html/books.html


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, July 31, 2017

On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

How can Natalie go back to the place that she tried so hard to get away from? 







Hey Readers, I have another fantastic book for you to check out, My latest addition to my "Must Read" list is On Loves Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson. So this is book three of the Prince Edward Island Dreams series and it is a Contemporary Romance set in beautiful Prince Edward Island ,Canada.  I would recommend this book if you:

  • Like to watch Hallmark movies, 
  • Are looking for a sweet romance novel,
  • Like to read books by Jody Hedlund and/or Becky Wade,
  • Have read the first two books in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. 
  • Just want to check out a new book. 

So here is the story, 
On Loves Gentle Shore is the story of Natalie O'Ryan who is getting married and just found out that her fiance planned their wedding at her childhood home of Prince Edward Island, Canada.  Unfortunately she did not leave the island on good terms.  She had a rough childhood and her family was always the "talk of the town" . So she ran away without telling anyone, not even her best friend Justin Kane and now fifteen years later she has to face everyone that she left. 

Justin Kane was shocked when he found out his old friend Natalie was coming back to the Island and he did not want to see her. Not after she broke his heart when he was seventeen by disappearing off the face of the earth. They had made plans together, When they were older, they were going to go to Nashville and he was going to record music and she would be finally be away from the Island but then she disappeared and his Dad died and he got stuck working on their Dairy Farm.  But when he sees her at the local cafe, he is shocked at how beautiful and grown up she looked and yet she looked just like he remembered. Natalie was equally shocked to see Justin but did not know what to say to him so she decided to do what she did fifteen years before... She ran away. Unfortunately the place where they were going to have the reception became unavailable so the only place on the Island that she could have her wedding reception would be a barn on Justin's property. Natalie decides that the barn will work as long as she does not have to talk to or work with Justin because it hurts too much. But when her fiance has to leave the island due to issues with his company, She is given no choice but to work with Justin. But as they worked together, They both start to remember why they were such good friends and questions start to circle in Natalie's mind. Did her fiance really love who she really was or did he fall in love with the girl she pretended to be? As the wedding draws near Justin struggles with his feelings.  Now that his anger with Natalie has subsided,  How can he help his best friend get married to someone else when he is in love with her?


What did I think?
So as I mentioned before, This is book three of the Prince Edward Island Series but it definitely could be read as a stand alone.  The author presents such a beautiful story that it grabs you from the first page and does not let go until the end. Though the end was a bit predictable ( kind of like a Hallmark movie) I thoroughly enjoyed the journey getting there. I love the way the Author describes the Island, especially the view from the lighthouse. When you read it, you can almost feel the breeze and hear the waves hitting the rocks near the shore.  I loved the side story of forgiveness, love and redemption that was weaved in through out the story, especially between Natalie and her father. Overall I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. *****


If you would like to check out this book or the previous books in the series, ( The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet)  here is the link: 
http://www.lizjohnsonbooks.com/books/



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.






Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White





She's out to steal his name, Will he steal her heart instead?










Hey Readers, I am so excited to share this book with you because it was written by one of my favorite authors, Roseanna M. White and it has definitely earned a place on my "Must Read List".  A Name Unknown is Historical Fiction story set in Europe around the start of World War 1. I would recommend this book if you:


  • have read any of Roseanna M. White's books, 
  • have read books by Kristi Ann Hunter and/or Sarah E Ladd,
  • want to read an interesting story about a thief who set out to steal a name,
  • want to start a new series.


So here is the story.
A Name Unknown is the story of Rosemary Gresham, An orphan who has been living on the streets in London for years. The only way she could find to support herself and her "family' (a band of orphan kids who all look out for each other) was to become a thief. So after years and years, Rosemary and her siblings had become very good at what they did, so good in fact that Rosemary attracted the attention of Mr. V.  (An unknown client who stays in the shadows and knows a creepy amount of information about Rosemary and her siblings) When Mr. V. approached Rosemary with an offer that she could not refuse, she quickly agrees to his terms. The job seems easy; all she has to do is prove that Peter Holstein is loyal to Germany and not to Britain... She just has to steal his name.
Peter Holstein is tired of people judging him. Just because his last name is German, does not mean that he is not loyal to Britain, but because he avoids people and prefers living isolated, People have labeled him an enemy to his country. He was told that he needed to find some documents that proved that he was a British subject or he would be relocated for the duration of the war. When a “Librarian” named Rosemary Gresham approaches him looking for a job, he knew that God had sent her to help him. So he hires her immediately. Surely with her help, they should be able to find the papers that he was sure was hidden in   “The Cave” (The Cave was his library, and he called it that because it was so full of books that it was actually one of the darkest rooms in the house) As Rosemary starts the daunting task of going through the library and sorting it, She is beyond frustrated that she cannot seem to find anything but old books and pieces of paper that Mr. Holstein writes gibberish on. But as time passes and Rosemary gets to know Peter, she finds that Peter is different than any Gentlemen she has ever met and though he may be strange and a hermit, she knows that he is good and is not the traitor people believe him to be. The problem was that Mr. V. hired her to prove that Peter was a traitor and to bring him evidence, but if she does not produce the evidence he requested, will Mr. V. harm her family or have them arrested?
 But if she found evidence that she could use, could she live with herself if she were to present Peter as the traitor he is not?



So What Did I Think?
This is the first book in the Shadows Over England series and I am so excited about this series. The plot was intriguing with heartfelt struggles, bits of humor and  of course a hint of romance. I loved the characters, Peter who is the perfect gentlemen, always looking out for others but sometimes living in another world and Rosemary who is a thief who struggles between what she has to do and what her family has always done and believing that God knew her name and could love her even though she was a thief.  Her biggest struggle was the decision  to turn in her friend or potentially end up in jail. Though the book was long ( 426 pages to be exact) it never dragged or seemed boring. I thoroughly enjoyed everything about the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes Historical Fiction. Overall I give it 5 out of 5 stars*****



Hey, Don't forget to check out Mrs White's other fantastic books, especially the Ladies of the Manor series ( one of my FAVORITE series) . Here is the link:
http://www.roseannamwhite.com/books


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, July 18, 2017

Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard



Crime Does 
Not Take a Vacation...







Hey Readers,
I bring you another book that was recently added to my "Must Read " list, Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard. It is the exciting conclusion of the Serena Jones Mystery series and this one is set in the beautiful island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
I would recommend this book if you:
  • Want to read a intriguing mystery with a hint of romance and a touch of humor.
  • like to read books by Lisa Harris and/or Nancy Mehl (This book has a bit more humor then books by Lisa H. or Nancy M. but still the story lines are similar )
  • Have read the first two books in the series, A Fool and his Monet and Another Day, Another Dali
  • Just want to read a good story. 


So first I know the title is weird but the story is not,  I have seen this type of "play on words" with all of the books in this series (  and I think it is very clever )

 Anyway here is the story...
FBI Special Agent Serena Jones and her family decide to spend their annual summer vacation with a family friend at Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. But when they arrive they discover that their friend had been in an accident and was killed. The police believe it was a hiking accident, but Serena believes it may have involved foul play.  But as Serena starts to look into the “accident” it quickly becomes evident that someone does not want her investigating. Within hours of her investigation someone tries to run her and her father over. Serena quickly gets the message... Her friends death was an accident and she was to keep her nosy self out of it, but there are too many things that just don’t add up, Where was her cousin Ben? Why did he lie about not being in town  when he returned before the accident ? Is he in trouble or is he the trouble?

As Serena attempts to find answers, She has another problem thrown on her plate. Her friend Nate and her partner Tanner have both come to her rescue, The issue is she did not need saving, Especially from these two who are fighting for her attention.  Now not only is she missing her vacation to ensure justice for her friend but she has to keep her two best friends from attacking each other!
All of the leads they have found, seems to say that this was part of an Antiquities smuggling ring, but was their friend trying to stop it or was he part of it?

It appears that the trouble they stumbled in, may be a lot bigger then they thought, Will they be able to stay the course and solve the case before anyone else gets hurt?


What Did I think? 
So as I mentioned before, this is book 3 in the Serena Jones Mystery series and I LOVED it. Even though it is part of a series, It also could be read as a standalone but it is even better if you have read the first two books. It is written in the first person and it is so well written that it is like Serena is telling the story to you.  I love the fun, kind-of clueless romance that Serena finds herself thrown in and then ( finally) She has to chose between her two best friends. There was very mild violence ( very, very little) and nothing graphic.  The plot started at the first page  and with several twists and turns, did not stop until the very last page. Overall  I loved the book and was sad to discover that this is the final book in the series. But I am hopeful of starting another amazing new series by this author. Overall, I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars *****


If you want to check out this book or any of Sandra Orchards other fantastic books, here is the link:
http://sandraorchard.com/my-books/



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.






Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Heart On The Line by Karen Witemeyer


When Danger Arrives, Its More Than Just Her Heart On The Line...









Hey Readers, I have a wonderful new book for you to check out by one of my favorite authors, Karen Witemeyer!  Her latest book, Heart on the Line is a Historical Romance novel set in the fictional western town of Harper's Station TX.
I would recommend this book if you:

  • Would like to read a heartfelt romance story with just the right touch of humor.
  • Like to read books by Mary Connealy and Regina Jennings.
  • Have read any of the previous books in the Ladies of Harper's Station series.
  • Want to read a great book that captures your attention with the prologue and does not let go until the very last page. 

So here is the story, 
Grace Mallory is hiding in plain sight. She came to Harper's Station to hide from the man who killed her father because he knows that she was given the evidence of his crime. She has finally settled in this small town but is worried that she will bring danger to her friends.  She finds a bit of comfort in doing her job as a telegraph operator because it has been her passion for years. She enjoys talking with people clear across the country but she really looks forward to her conversations with her friend Mr. A.  She does not know anything about him except that he is from Denison TX, has a sister and a young nephew and he is not married.  It may sound strange but she has become very good friends with her anonymous friend.

Amos Bledsoe was not the husband every girl was looking for, Well at least in his city. He is a skinny telegraph operator who prefers to riding a bicycle instead of riding a horse and likes to dress in a suit instead of jeans and boots. He has tried to talk to several young ladies but they all have snubbed him or made fun of his habits. The only girl he enjoys conversing with is his mysterious friend on the telegraph line, Miss G. (Grace) from Harper's Station. The only problem is that he does not know anything about her. He does not know if she is married, widowed, single, ugly, pretty, young or old. During one of their conversations,  Miss G. receives an urgent message that seems to suggest that she is in danger.  He offers to help but she does not respond. After much prayer, he immediately travels to Harper's Station to rescue this damsel in distress and is shocked when he finally meets her and she is so much more then he expected. 

Grace is amazed that her friend Mr. A.  ( now he will be known as Amos) came all the way from Denison to protect her.  She is touched by how much he cares about her when he has never actually met her and is now worried about the danger he put himself in.  She enlists his help going over the evidence to see if he can discover what her father had found. While they are investigating, a Pinkerton Agent comes to town stating that he is the agent who was meeting her father on the day he died. Both Grace and Amos are suspicious of this newcomer because his stories are not lining up. Is he really who he says he is? 

As the residents of Harper's Station pull together to protect Grace, will they be able fight this evil that has been haunting their friend and killed her father?
Now that Amos knows the extent of the danger Grace is in, will he choose to go back home or fight to save her? 

What did I think? 
So this is book two of the Ladies of Harper's Station series but it could also be read as a stand alone. I LOVED everything about this book; The cover is absolutely beautiful and I love the Morse code detail around the title. The characters are fantastic, especially Grace, Amos and Helen . The plot has a touch of suspense and the perfect amount of humor and romance. I loved that when Grace confronts the villain she uses scripture, not only to remind herself of God's promises but to remind the villain who was ultimately in control.  Overall I think this might be the best book Karen Witemeyer has written so far and I would give it more then this but it is the most I can give. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars*****


If you would like to check out this book or any of her amazing books- Here is the link;
http://www.karenwitemeyer.com/books.html






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.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Freedom's Price by Christine Johnson

When an incredible secret comes to light, Both Catherine and Tom will face a choice: Grip their dreams tighter or step forward in faith...






Hey Readers, I have a wonderful new book for you to check out.  Freedom's Price by Christine Johnson is a Historical Romance story set in Key West and in New Orleans in the 1800's. I would recommend this book if you:
  • Like Historical Mystery with a dash of romance. 
  • Like to read books by Jamie Carie and Kathleen Y'Barbo.
  • Have read the first 2 books in the  Keys of Promise series. 
  • Want to read a great book,

So here is the story. 
Freedom's Price is the story of Catherine Hayes, a young Englishwoman who has lost her parents and now has lost her home. Realizing that there is nothing left for her in England; she decides to cross the ocean in search for her mother's relatives in America. ( Her mother was from Louisiana ) She is able to secure passage on the Justinian with her friend (and captain's wife ) Mrs. Durning to Jamaica, but before they are able to arrive in Jamaica, the ship is caught in a horrible storm. The wind and waves blew hard against the ship but they were able to withstand the severity of the storm with only damage to the mainmast. The issue was that because they were demasted, they were going to have to accept the offer of Wrecker and pilot Tom Worthington to pilot the ship across the reef and into the harbor at Key west safely. Catherine is immediately intrigued by Tom - with his pirate-like ways and his impish grin, but she does not have time to get to know him because she has to find her family...

Tom's gaze found Catherine's as soon as he boarded the Justinian. He is immediately impressed by her wit and courage but is troubled when he finds out that she means to go to New Orleans unaccompanied. When he discovers that she is looking for a person from her past by the name of  "DeMornay"  who has a large scar on one side of his face, He is shocked! Tom is also looking for someone from his past who may have played a part in his father's death. The man was known as "Mornez" and he also was said to have a large scar on one side of his face.  It cannot be coincidence that the names are so similar and that both people have the same scar on his face so Tom comes up with a plan to escort her, but it may cost him his job.. After much debate, Catherine allows Tom to escort her and when they arrive in New Orleans Catherine is glad she did not go on the trip alone. When  they arrived at her family plantation ChĂȘne Noir  they are shocked by the condition of the place. With rumors surrounding the plantation and the dark activities that happen there, Will they encounter more than they bargained for?   Will Tom let go of his need for revenge to save the girl he has fallen in love with?
It appears that darkness and evil surround the plantation and it's activities, But the real danger started when they were allowed inside...
       
So what did I think?
First this is book 3 in the Keys of Promise series but I read it as a stand alone and enjoyed it immensely. The book was intriguing from the beginning and just kept going until the very last page. This is the first book that I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading more of them, ( starting with the first 2 books in the series) There is a bit of suspense at the end but no graphic violence. I enjoyed the witty conversations between Tom and Catherine, and the mystery regarding the plantation. During the middle of the book, you can almost sense the danger that Catherine is in but it is not until the very end that you see the full extent of it. Overall, I loved the book and I rate it 5 out of 5 stars *****

Hey Readers, If you want to check this book or the beginning of the series, here is the link: http://www.christineelizabethjohnson.com/keys-of-promise-.html



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.





Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Naomi's Hope by Jan Drexler


When the future is threatened by the past, can Naomi trust herself to make the right choice?






Hey Readers, I have another amazing book I just finished that I need to tell you about.
My newest "Must Read" is Naomi's Hope by Jan Drexler and it was a heartfelt story that you must read if:

  • You have read any books by Suzanne Woods Fisher or Jan Drexler  :)
  • You like Amish Fiction
  • You want to read a heartfelt story of love, loss and faith
  • You are just looking for a great story.

So here is the story, 
Naomi’s hope is the story of Cap Stoltzfus who had just arrived to the Indiana Amish community.  He is a bit intrigued about his new neighbors Naomi Schrock and her son Davey. Cap having lost his wife and son several years ago, immediately takes a liking to Davey because his son would have been about his age. When he discovers that Davey’s mom Naomi is single, it just gives him another reason to hang out with his new neighbors.

Naomi tried not to think about Cap, with his golden brown eyes. Not that it really matters though, She knows that she is not pretty and that no one would ever want her especially since she is slightly cross-eyed.  But she has come to the realization that she was meant to be single... At least she has Davey. When a new Preacher arrives and becomes part of their community, She immediately dislikes him but she is not sure why.  She knows that Cap does not trust him because they grew up together and he was a bully when he was younger, but maybe there is more to it. The more Naomi and Cap watch the new Preacher, the more worried they are because it appears that he has a hidden agenda.
Cap is excited that Naomi seems to be warming up to him. It hurts him to see how guarded and over-protective she is with Davey. She finally opens up to him and tells him how she adopted Davey when she found him after the rest of his family were killed in a horrible tragedy.  Everything appears to be going well within the community and between Naomi and Cap when suddenly, The Church is divided. It appears that the people from one side of the county were convinced that they should not have to travel to go to church, when Naomi’s side just had a few miles to walk to get there.
 Then a family comes claiming they are Davey’s living relatives on his mother’s side and that they have been looking everywhere for him.  Naomi is torn between letting her son go with this family that claims to be his relatives or forcing him to stay with her. She does not want to be selfish and has left the choice up to him, but will Davey go with this family? Will Cap be able to comfort Naomi either way?

When everything around them is going wrong, will they be able to hold on their faith, knowing God is always watching out for them?


What did I think?
So this is book 3 of the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series but it definitely could be read as a stand-alone. This book is the classic case of Do not judge a book by its cover, the cover does not look very exciting but even though the plot is simple it is intriguing as well and made the book hard to put down. The author does a great job writing the story from both Cap and Naomi’s point of view. The book is filled with everything; romance, faith, love and a tiny bit of suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and overall would rate the book, 5 out of 5 stars*****




If you would like to check out the first two books in the series or other books by this author , Here is the link:   http://www.jandrexler.com/books.html


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.