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.

Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she's ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she's out of her league--and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he's the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.

Kelsey had a secret crush on Brad Hollister when they were lab partners in high school.   She overheard him telling someone she was a disaster and she has not liked him since.  Now they are forced to work together.  Kelsey is witness to not one murder but two.  Now her life is in danger as well as her family. As Brad tries to keep Kelsey alive and solve the murders he is also looking into the cold case disappearance of her father.

I recommend this book to all mystery buffs.

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

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.

Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

This is Tess's journey to over come a bad situation that results in the shooting of a teenager.  Tess doesn't have a strong faith background so I didn't find a lot of faith brought out.  The pastor had a very strong faith that was shown during his darkest hour.

I found the book to be a little slow starting out.  I was expecting more mystery than there actual was.  It is a who done it.  But not a suspenseful who done it.  A lot of the mysteries I read I have trouble putting down.  I went several days without picking this one up.  All of that said.  I have enjoyed all the books Janice Cantore that I have read.  I look forward to reading her next book.

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The View from Raineshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.
When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.
Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.
This book starts out with suspense and doesn't let up until the last page.  Jack and Shauna have to resolve old issues in order for them to be able to solve the mystery of who is killing Shauna's friends and trying to kill her.  Not only does Shauna have to worry about her life but the life of her young son. 
I highly recommend this book to all suspense readers.  As will all Ms. Coble's books this one did not disappoint. 
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Your're Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn’t want in her safely constructed world.
Against Samantha’s warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.
Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room . . . Nick.
With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle—and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking?
Sam can't get over her fear of risk taking or risk takers.  She has let the fear rule her life since her father died.  Nick lives from one dangerous adventure to another until he is almost killed in one of his adventures.  His life will never be the same again.  With his new job he runs into Sam again and he wants to see if the spark is still there. 
This is Sam's journey to overcome her fears and Nick's journey to overcome is need to always be on a high risk adventure.
I recommend this for all who enjoy a light romance.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Blue Ridge Sunrise

Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years?
Cruz Huntley never quite got over his first love Zoe Collins, the little sister of his best friend Brady. Not when she cheated on him during their “break,” not when she took off to parts unknown with good-for-nothing Kyle Jenkins, and not even now—five years later.
As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoe’s head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isn’t sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities . . . and her first love.

Zoe has made a lot of mistakes in her life and is now having to face the reality of one of them.  Cruz is her first love and only love.  But she never wanted to have to face him again.  But her grandmothers death has forced her to come home.  This is her struggle to overcome her past and turn her life around.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.


Chasing Secrets

Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a twenty-five-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her--and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

In a sweeping plot that takes them into long-buried memories--and the depths of the heart--Haley and Steven will have to solve the mystery of Haley's past while dodging bullets, bombs, and bad guys who just won't quit.

After several attempts on Haley's life she is beginning to wonder if it's more than the young boy she is guarding. Especially after a detective comes from Ireland telling her she is not really Haley Callaghan.  As the story unfolds, she has to pull out all the stops just to stay alive.

Steven just met Haley but he is drawn to her immediately and will do anything to keep her alive.

 As with all Lynette Eason books, this did not disappoint. I highly recommend this book.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

Sylas Rutledge, the new owner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success--General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks. 
Sy needs someone to help him maneuver his way through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison, he quickly decides he's found his tutor. Only, he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra Jamison's fianc√©--and has shattered her world. 
Struggling to restore honor . . . 
Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen's university in the United States. But family--and Nashville society--do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.
Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite her first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect, and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for? And when Sy's roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility and honor? 
Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager her heart to do it. 
What an interesting book.  The struggles of Sy and Alexandra are told in a very good way.  Alexandra is trying to overcome the death of her fiance while trying to escape her father's iron hand.  He wants her to marry a man old enough to be her father.  He gives her an ultimatum that is life altering.  Sylas wants nothing more than to clear the name of the man who is blamed for the disastrous train wreck that killed so many people.  Including Alexandra's fiance.

This book also highlights the struggle of the freedmen following the Civil War.  The slaves had been freed but there was still a lot of oppression.

I highly recommend this book.

Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard

FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha's Vineyard with her family, ready for a little bit of R&R and a whole lot of reminiscing as they celebrate the engagement of an old family friend. But crime doesn't take a vacation, and she's soon entangled in an investigation of a suspicious death tied to an antiquities smuggling ring.

When her investigation propels her into danger, Serena must stay the course and solve this case before anyone else dies. But just how is she supposed to do that when the two men in her life arrive on the scene, bringing with them plenty of romantic complications--and even a secret or two?

Another winner for Sandra Orchard.  This is the continuing story of Serena Jones.  Not only is she trying to solve the murder of an old family friend, but which of the two men in her life is she in love with.  Can she love them both?  They are both full of surprises.  Not only them but her spinster aunt has some surprises in store for us. 

This is the third book in the Serena Jones series.  It's not exactly necessary to read the first two books but it is helpful.  I really enjoyed this series and look forward to more books by Sandra Orchard.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

Tenley is struggling to write her next best seller.  Actually she is struggling to write anything.  So she packs up and goes to FL to take care of her mother.  She has left her Christian roots behind and struggles with her choices.

Birdie is from the Gilded Age.  It's appalling how she was treated and not given any choice in who she will marry.  It was quite an eye opener.

Rachel never disappoints in her books and this time she didn't either.  I highly recommend it.

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

Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander

Amid war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas - and of sacrificial love.
Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year old son.With the bank threatening to evict, she discovers an advertisement for the Women's Relief Society auction and applies for a position - only to discover it's been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity - and friendship. But can Aletta trust this man?
Captain Jake Winston, a revered Confederate sharpshooter, suffered a head wound at the Battle of Chickamauga. When doctors deliver their diagnosis, Jake fears losing not only his greatest skill but his very identity. As he heals, Jake is ordered to assist with a local Women's Relief Society auction. He respectfully objects.Kowtowing to a bunch of "crinolines" isn't his idea of soldiering. But orders are orders, and he soon discovers this group of ladies - one, in particular - is far more than he bargained for.
This story shows the sacrifices that were made by not only the men during the Civil War but by the women as well.  This is Aletta's story.  She lost her husband in a battle and now she has her son to raise as well as a baby on the way.  By God's grace she survives.  
As always Tamera rights a good story.  I'm looking forward to the next installment in this series.
I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.


Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson

Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace's new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope's mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms.

Hope's precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days.

As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?

This is Hope's struggle with healing from the attack at the mission and the aftermath of her kidnapping.  She has hate in her heart for what was done to her.  Lance helps bring about the healing and self worth of Hope. Hope doesn't feel that any man will want anything to do with her after what was done to her. She has to rely on God to help her through this time in her life.

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

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 fianc√© 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.