Saturday, June 3, 2017

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can't let the villain she believes responsible for her father's death release his wrath in Harper's Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she's ever known.

Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship--dare he believe, courtship?--has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

What a refreshing book.  Amos was not your typical hero material.  He wore spectacles and was not brawny.  He wasn't a great shot or horseman either.  But he made a great hero.  He leaves his job and family to rescue the woman that he loves, Grace.  Grace doesn't seem to mind that Amos isn't the traditional hero.  She finds herself falling for him.  When Grace finds herself abducted it is Amos to the rescue.

I really enjoyed reading more about the ladies of Harper's Station. I would highly recommend this book.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish.

Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine.

This is an unusual romance in that a police chief falls in love with an ex-con.  The pitfalls and public opinion are against them.  There's also the crime spree that has hit town.  As Lexie tries to solve the crimes she enlists Adams help in mentoring a young teen.  Along the way Adam helps Lexie find her lost faith.

I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone.

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn't guaranteed to "take." After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she's finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym "Miss Quill."

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it's simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she's determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she'll end up at risk as well.

As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there's more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .

I never knew what a snobbish bunch of people "Society" people could be.  Wallflowers weren't even considered to have feelings.  They were shunned and if someone had anything to do with them they were too. 

I found the story to be delightful.  Asher and Permilia don't want to admit they have feelings for each other as they work to solve the mystery of who wants to do away with Asher.  I highly recommend this book.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Beneath Copper Falls by Collee Coble

Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?

As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancĂ© to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.

But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.

Dana is afraid of making the same mistakes as before and Boone can't trust his own judgement when it comes to women.  They are drawn to each other as they try to find out who murdered Boone's sister and other women by the serial killer the press has named the Groom Killer.

I enjoyed visiting Rock Harbor again and seeing how Bree and Kade were doing.  I thought I had it figured out several times who the Groom Killer was.  But I was wrong.  I found myself reading when I should have been doing other things.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

Kate O'Brien has been leading a quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, for the past four years when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and it was her drawing of the attacker--along with some last-minute evidence--that convicted the suspect.

She's been in witness protection ever since, but new evidence suggests the convicted man isn't the murderer and she's been subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Nervous about the risk, she'll only agree if the same Marshal who protected her during the original trial escorts her to St. Louis.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca accepts the assignment to bring Kate to the trial, remembering how her strength impressed him. While in Shelter Cove, however, he gets a call from his chief, advising them to stay in Shelter Cove until a new development in the case can be straightened out. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

Kate is in the Witness Protection program after having witnessed her twin sister being murdered.  Upon learning that the man responsible for her murder has been released because his conviction has been overturned.  Tony is the Marshall responsible for bringing Kate back to St. Louis so she can testify again.  While trying to bring her back both of their lives are in danger.  Kate and Tony have to rely on each other and God to see them through the dangers that await them.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery.  There are twists and turn.

You'll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Her mother abandoned her, her father disowned her, and her husband left her. Can Brooklyn be convinced that it is possible to forgive the greatest of betrayals?

Brooklyn Myers escaped her broken home and her embittered, unloving father by eloping to Reno at the age of 17. But when she was pregnant with their first child, her husband abandoned her as well. Not welcome back home in Thunder Creek, Brooklyn stayed in Reno and raised her daughter Alycia on her own, doing her best to make sure Alycia never knew the heartache and rejection Brooklyn herself had known.

When her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies, he leaves the family home in Thunder Creek to his daughter. Believing it is the best way to give her daughter a stable home, Brooklyn does what she thought she would never do. She goes home to the orchard and wine country of Southwest Idaho. There, she encounters Chad’s best friend, Derek Johnson, a part time sheriff's deputy who also owns an organic produce farm next door. Derek was never a fan of former bad girl Brooklyn Myers, but he made a promise to his dying friend that he would be the father to Alycia that Chad had never been.

Although Derek and Brooklyn get off to a bumpy start, he and Alycia quickly form a bond. And soon, Derek realizes that he wants Brooklyn to trust him too . . .  even knowing that her trust won’t come easily. And then he realizes he wants even more than her trust. He wants to win her love.

While Brooklyn may be tempted to give her heart to Derek, risking her daughter’s happiness is another story. Will Brooklyn hold onto her self-reliance for dear life, or will she come to understand that the greatest gift she can give her daughter is showing her how to love and trust others?

This book deals with trust.  Brooklyn has no reason to trust anyone.  Life experiences has taught her she cant' trust anyone.  The only one she can rely on is herself.  Derek blames Brooklyn for the change in Chad when they started dating.  So when she moves back to town, he doesn't want anything to do with her.  The problem is she has inherited the property he was hoped to buy for his organic farm.  Brooklyn and Derek have to establish trust before they can move on with any type of friendship.

I recommend this book to everyone.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

Evie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's new Missing Persons Task Force. This elite investigative team is launched with plenty of public fanfare. The governor has made this initiative a high priority, so they will have to produce results--and quickly.

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. While Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood to find a missing college student, David searches for a private investigator working for a high-powered client.

With a deep conviction that "justice for all" truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But Evie must also find answers to the questions that lie just beneath the surface in her personal life.

Evie is investigating the disappearance of a college student.  As she digs dipper into the mystery,  she finds a connections to several other missing young girls.  Also, there seems to be a connection to David's personal life.  David's missing person involves a missing PI.  Is there a connection between the two disappearances?

God plays an important part in the characters lives.  David show Evie it's important to pray for small things as well as big things.  

There is a lot of details in the book.  Some of them were interesting.  Others not so much.  It was a good book.  But I prefer the older writing style of Ms. Henderson.  Will I read more books by Ms. Henderson?  Absolutely.  I m looking forward to the next installment in this series.

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

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he's remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana's rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can't seem to find his footing--or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret--one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella's brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park's most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn't so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he'll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder--and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella's secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other--even when disaster happens again?

Another winner.  Gage has to save the brother of the woman who betrayed him.  Also, the only woman he's ever loved.  He sees history repeating itself all over again.  This is about Gage and Ella trying to come to terms with the past and moving forward with their lives.  Ella has to forgive herself for prosecuting Gage and keeping secrets from him.

I learned alot about snowboarding during the reading of this book.  I can't say that is a sport I would want to pursue.

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

I was given this book by the author for review.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

If I'm Found

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.
As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail cell.

This is the second book in the "If I Run" series by Terri Blackstock.  It is important that you read the first book to understand this one.  Casey is still on the run from the crooked cops that framed her for murder.  In this book we find Casey searching for the God that Dylan has told her about.  Without God Dylan would have called it quits a long time ago.  He suffers from PTSD.  AWt the end of the book Casey is still on the run.  This is the only negative thing about this series.  The books don't end. 
The story itself wraps up.  But Casey is still on the run.  So, therefore, if you want to see how the story ends you have to read the next book.  I dislike books like that. 

If you are a fan of Terri Blackstock you will enjoy this book. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

The story starts with the death of Nathan Moore from an apparent heart attack.  Come to find out he was murdered when someone messes with his pace maker.  Enter FBI Special Agent Tori Templeton.  Not only is she an FBI agent she is a close friend with Sally Moore, the wife of the deceased Nathan Moore.  The "yardman", Cole Jeffers, is called to come to the house by Nathan's son.  Come to find out Cole is on leave from the US Marshalls.  He asks to be reinstated and attached to the task force that is investigating the death of Nathan Moore. As the story progresses, information comes to light that Nathan wasn't near as nice of person as everyone thought.  Therefore, there are lots of suspects.

Tori is struggling to find the faith of her deceased brother.  She promised him on his death bed that she would go to church.  Cole is a believer and is fighting his attraction to Tori. 

This is the second FBI Task Force Novel.  It is not necessary to read the first book to enjoy and understand this one.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good whodunit.

I was given this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in anyway.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Weaver's Needle

Two recovery specialists.
One murder.
A hunt for the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine becomes a race of survival.

Former Army MP Landry Parker fell into the recovery specialist role quite by accident—to help her ailing father. Now that she’s on her own, she is determined to prove herself and honor her family legacy.

After being shot in the line of duty, former police officer Nickolai Baptiste became a recovery specialist, and he’s good at his job—maybe even the best.
A potential client pits Landry and Nickolai against one another to find the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map that was stolen from her murdered husband, and the potential payday is too enticing to pass up. The trail takes them from New Orleans to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where legend claims the mine is hidden. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever.

Can Landry and Nickolai work together despite their distrust of each other to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost? Will they find the real treasure isn’t the gold, but something more valuable. . .true love and understanding?

Robin Caroll has written another award winning book.  It started out a little slow but picked up as it went along.  The Dutchman's lost gold mine has been written about for years and many people have gone looking for the gold.  This book tells the tale of greed leading to murder.  Then murder attempts on the heroine and hero.  You'll have to read the book to see if they find the gold mine.   I highly recommend you read the book.

I was given Weaver's Needle by Netgalley for a honest review.  I was not compensated in anyway.

Sweetbriar Cottage

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

I'm not sure what to think of this book.  It was nothing like I was expecting.  It was an eye opener about sexual abuse and it's consequences to the victims.  I would suggest that everyone read this book to get a greater understanding and empathy for sex abuse victims.  Only with God's help were the characters able to overcome the trauma.  This is so in real life as well.

I was given this book by Netgalley for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn't help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc's timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It's clear now that everything that's occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?

This is the second story in the Cimerron  Legacy series.  This book starts with Cole seriously injured and Angie coming with the dr. to help tend him.  Justin can't seem to get her out of his mind. I thoroughly enjoyed reading their story.  I did find it strange that Cole healed so quickly.  He was out riding his horse only a couple of weeks after being shot.  I am anxious to read Cole's story next.  It's not necessary to read the first story about Sadie and Heath but it would be helpful.  Also, reading the prequel would help.

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

This is the second book in the Chesapeake Valor Series.  It's not necessary to read the first book in the series.  But it was would be beneficial.  There are a lot of characters to keep straight and without reading the first book it could get confusing.  I read the first book and it took me a little bit to get up to speed on the characters.  Overall it was a very good book.   I am anxious to read the next book in the series.

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

Thursday, January 5, 2017

In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse

Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel outside Mt. McKinley. While John will be expedition and wilderness exploration guide for the wealthy tourists, Cassidy has signed on as a cook's assistant. Both are busy as the hotel prepares to welcome the president of the United States on his way to drive in the golden spike to officially complete the railroad.

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice of a seasoned Alaska mountain guide. Ever since his father's death climbing Mt. McKinley, he's worked to earn enough money to make the trek to the Alaska territory himself. His father's partner blames their guide for the death of his father, but Allan wants to find the truth for himself. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.

When I read the synopsis for this book I thought the book would be a mystery.  There was not much mystery involved.  It was more about the feelings of Cassidy and Allan.  Overall it was a good book just not what I was expecting.  The beginning was a little slow. About half way in it picked up.  For anyone who wants a light read this would be the book.

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in anyway.