Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings

Louisa Bell never wanted to be a dance-hall singer, but dire circumstances force her hand. With a little help from her brother in the cavalry, she's able to make ends meet, but lately he's run afoul of his commanding officer, so she undertakes a visit to straighten him out.

Major Daniel Adams has his hands full at Fort Reno. He can barely control his rowdy troops, much less his two adolescent daughters. If Daniel doesn't find someone respectable to guide his children, his mother-in-law insists she'll take them.

When Louisa arrives with some reading materials, she's mistaken for the governess who never appeared. Major Adams is skeptical. She bears little resemblance to his idea of a governess--they're not supposed to be so blamed pretty--but he's left without recourse. His mother-in-law must be satisfied, which leaves him turning a blind eye to his unconventional governess's methods. Louisa's never faced so important a performance. Can she keep her act together long enough?

Louisa never had a chance in life to learn how a proper lady was to behave.  Her mother was a prostitute and treated her and her brother badly.  They had to get by the best that they could.  The one experience that Louisa had with church and the good "Christian" ladies was to be shunned for who her mother was.  This is a good lesson on how not to treat people. Unfortunately, Christians of today aren't a lot different than when this story was taking place.  Louisa learns the true meaning of what God is about from Major Adams. 

I recommend this book.  It was really enjoyable.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader works as a companion for the wealthy Mrs. Davenport, who secretly and impulsively pilfers other people’s personal belongings. One of Gertrude’s tasks is to return the stolen items. The wealthy Mrs. Sinclair, catches Gertrude trying to return the items, and jumps to the wrong conclusion. Harrison Sinclair is the son of Mrs. Sinclair and tries to convince his mother that his friend Gertrude is not a thief. He finds helping Gertrude is anything-but-ordinary.

This is the second book in this series.  It isn't necessary to read the first book.  But it helps explain some of the comments in book two.  The book started out a little slow but picked up speed as it went along.  Mrs. Davenport's bizarre behavior gets explained towards the end of the book.

This is an entertaining book.  If you enjoy a light read,  this is for you.

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Judd Markley is a hardworking coal miner who rarely thinks much past tomorrow until he loses his brother--and nearly his own life--in a mine cave-in. Vowing never to enter the darkness of a mine again, he leaves all he knows in West Virginia to escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It's 1954, the seaside community is thriving, and Judd soon hires on with a timber company.

Larkin Heyward's life in Myrtle Beach is uncomplicated, mostly doing volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more--maybe moving to the hollers of Kentucky to help the poor children of Appalachia. But she's never even met someone who's lived there--until she encounters Judd, the newest employee at her father's timber company.

Drawn together in the wake of a devastating hurricane, Judd and Larkin each seek answers to what tomorrow will bring. As opposition rises against following their divergent dreams, they realize that it may take a miracle for them to be together.

Judd is trying to recover from losing his brother due to a mine cave in.  The same cave in that broke Judd's leg and left him with a limp.  He moves to Myrtle Beach and starts working in a lumber camp.  This is his journey to forgive himself for living.  He meets Larkin whose goal it is to help the poor Appalachia mountain people.  Her problem is that her dad is dead set against her doing anything except staying home, marrying well, and being a socialite.  Larkin has to determine what is actually God's will.

I recommend this book to everyone.  The only thing is I thought the book had a rather abrupt ending.  

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

This is the first book in the Code of Honor series.  Irene didn't disappoint with this book.  There are twists and turns everywhere.  I thought I had it figured out.  But I was wrong.  It's not a sit on your seat suspense book but mystery through and through.  I didn't want to put it down. 

I recommend this book to all Irene Hannon fans and mystery buffs.

I was given this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in anyway.

Merry & Bright by Debbie Macomber

Merry Knight is pretty busy these days. She’s taking care of her family, baking cookies, decorating for the holidays, and hoping to stay out of the crosshairs of her stressed and by-the-book boss at the consulting firm where she temps. Her own social life is the last thing she has in mind, much less a man. Without her knowledge, Merry’s well-meaning mom and brother create an online dating profile for her—minus her photo—and the matches start rolling in. Initially, Merry is incredulous, but she reluctantly decides to give it a whirl.

Soon Merry finds herself chatting with a charming stranger, a man with similar interests and an unmistakably kind soul. Their online exchanges become the brightest part of her day. But meeting face-to-face is altogether different, and her special friend is the last person Merry expects—or desires. Still, sometimes hearts can see what our eyes cannot. In this satisfying seasonal tale, unanticipated love is only a click away.

This is a typical Debbie Macomber book. A lot of the book takes place via a dating web site.  I can see this becoming a Hallmark movie.  Of course it has a happy ending. 

I recommend this to all who like a light romantic read.

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

FBI agent Declan Grey is in the chase of his life--but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after. Threatened by a terrorist that "the wrath is coming," Grey fears something horrible is about to be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw to help him. She's sought justice for refugees and the hurting around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw has joined the FBI as a crisis counselor . . . meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. But that tension also includes a spark she can't deny, and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything can develop between them, they discover evidence of a terror cell--and soon are in a race against the clock to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives.

This is the third story in the Chesapeake Valor series.  It would be very helpful to read the first two books in the series to be brought up to speed on this one.  There is two stories going on at once in this book.  The murder of a beloved coach and the imminent terrorist attack threat.  Tanner and Declan  are being targeted by the terrorists to stop them from discovering their plans.  Their lives are saved by an unexpected source.

The only negative I have about this book is that it doesn't really end.  I do not like books that don't really end.  It sets the stage for last book in the series.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Too Far Down

When an explosion kills men and damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them.

Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back East and all that New Mexico offers. Sure he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys running the mine and, when he's honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone. Particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who may not stay long at the ranch. She's determined, however, to help the Bodens finally put an end to the danger that's threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm's way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

This is the conclusion of the Cimarron Legacy series.  This is Cole and Melanie's story.  Cole and the Bodens are still fighting those are out to kill every last Boden.  It gets all tied up neatly at the end with twists and turns along the way.

Mary Connealy does it again with humor and mystery.  I really enjoyed this series and look forward to the next series by Ms Connealy.

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.