Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Girl Friend by Michelle Frances – What a Riveting Read! 5 Stars


Great read! I couldn’t put the book down once I got a second chapter into it.  It starts out slowly but then builds fast.  There is romance, mystery and suspense….
Girl meets boy, then she meets his Mother.  Mom doesn’t make her feel welcome in their rich pretentious life, she tries, but she just can’t warm to this girl.  She really wants to keep her boy who is now in a program to be a doctor, to herself.  This girl keeps coming between them.  She starts snooping amongst the girls belongings while they are visiting their home in France……she finds the girl has told some little white lies.  She soon finds out this girl will do anything to hold on to her son and then she must do anything to keep her from him, the son has no clue for a while what is going on!  Warning Will Robinson, this girl is dangerous but then there is his Mother also!!  Pick this book up I promise you, you won’t be disappointed!

I won a copy of this book through Good Reads, and for that I’m giving it an honest review…..I Love It!!!


Description as found on Good Reads:
The addictive Number One bestselling thriller, perfect for fans of Into the Water.

A girl. A boy. His mother. And the lie she'll wish she'd never told.

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances is a gripping and chilling debut psychological thriller, based on the fall-out following an unforgiveable lie. It looks at the potentially charged relationship between girlfriend, boyfriend and his mother, which most women can identify with, and locates it in an extreme but believable setting.

Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a twenty-three-year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome, and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart but she hasn't had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura's life.

Cherry comes to the family wide-eyed and wants to be welcomed with open arms, but Laura suspects she's not all that she seems. 

When tragedy strikes, an unforgiveable lie is told. It is an act of desperation, but the fall-out will change their lives forever.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Serendipity's Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson - 5 Stars - Awesome book!

Serendipity’s Footsteps by Suzanne Nelson
Suzanne Nelson takes you on a journey that covers the past, Berlin 1940’s and present day, three women whose lives will intersect.  This book is about shoes, but so much more, it is the journeys one takes in them and how our lives come together with these journeys.  She takes us on a fabulous journey that will make you forget your present-day obligations and make you want to stay with the journeys of these women to see what is going to happen next!  How will she ever get these three women to come together and where in their journeys will it happen?  This is an awesome book with true history woven in with fiction, I learned some more about the camps that the Jewish people were forced to live in that I didn’t know until I took this journey it was a piece of history!  You really need to pick this book up and let it take you on your journey with these three women and the people that they meet, it is definitely a five star book.  I want to follow this author and see what she comes up with next because the way her mind works is worth waiting for the next book and I’m sure it will be as wonderful as this book was!  A fabulous writer!  The book was supposed to be geared toward the young adult but that didn’t make it any less interesting for me. 
I won this book through Good Reads; the author hopes that winners will write an honest review of the book which I did!
Description of book as found on Amazon: From Nazi Germany to a modern-day orphanage in the American South, three girls separated by decades and thousands of miles are about to give up when a single pair of shoes binds them all together.
 
Dalya is the daughter of a cobbler in 1930s Berlin, and though she is only fifteen, she knows she will follow in her father’s footsteps. When she is forced into a concentration camp one violent November night, she must leave behind everything she knew and loved.
 
Ray is a modern-day orphan, jagged around the edges in every possible way. She sees an impulsive escape to New York as her only chance at happiness; there, she knows she’ll be able to convert her sorrows into songs.
 
Pinny is an unwavering optimist and Ray’s unintended travel companion on her passage to a new life. She inherited from her eccentric mother a fascination with shoes as a means of transformation and expression.
 
A single pair of shoes entwines these lives. How these women connect across different times and places is an unforgettable story of strength, love, bravery, memory, and the serendipity that binds us all together.
Information on Author Suzanne Nelson as found on Amazon:

When she was in kindergarten, Suzanne Nelson jotted down in a school keepsake album that she wanted to be a “river.” Though she clearly had issues with spelling, she persisted, composing cryptic poems about rainbows, fairies, mud, and even "Star Wars" in spiral notebooks all through elementary school. When she was seventeen, she filled four journals with her handwritten first novel, titled “The Dream Keeper.” To escape her chores, she often lied to her parents about what time her shift started at the local fast food joint so that she could spend an extra hour writing in the parking lot in her mom’s faded Buick. Her first published novel was The Sound of Munich, followed by Heart and Salsa, The Ghoul Next Door, Cake Pop Crush, and Dead in the Water. She is a shameless fan of “The Sound of Music,” Hershey’s kisses, Charlotte Bronte, and Jane Austen, and can often be caught daydreaming of romping about gothic castles in lovely Victorian gowns. She was born in New Jersey, grew up in Southern California, attended college in Texas, and spent eight years as a children’s book editor in New York City. She now lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her family. (less)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert – 4 Stars

I did enjoy reading this book as I was involved in the first segregation of Pontiac I was bussed over to the other side of town.  I didn’t like it as the schools weren’t as clean and well kept up.  I didn’t really love getting mixed in with kids from that side of town at first but by the time I got the second school on my side of town with a mixed group I found that I had some friends in some of the classes that were black.  I remember that I didn’t feel as safe over at Eastern Jr. High as I did when I was at Kennedy.  I hadn’t been educated in a mixed crowd it was good to face my fears and find out that things weren’t going to be as bad as I thought.  In the book there are several women with children who have different problems and the stories revolve around them.  I thought that the book seemed to slow a little in different parts so that was why I didn’t give it five stars.  It wasn’t that I opened the book and wanted to read it all the way through and forget my responsibilities as I do with some books so this wasn’t a five on my scale.  It was eye opening as there were some things in the story line that I wouldn’t have thought about and I saw the bussing through their eyes.  It was a good read and some would enjoy it more than I, I am sure.  Not every book is for every person.
 "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

ABOUT NO ONE EVER ASKED:
Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district–and in their lives.
When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray–the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser–faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones–the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as “this” or “that”, when such complexity exists in each person?
ABOUT NO ONE EVER ASKED
Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district–and in their lives.

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray–the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser–faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones–the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as “this” or “that”, when such complexity exists in each person?
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ABOUT NO ONE EVER ASKED
Challenging perceptions of discrimination and prejudice, this emotionally resonant drama for readers of Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult explores three different women navigating challenges in a changing school district–and in their lives.

When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray–the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser–faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones–the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge’s top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she’s stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as “this” or “that”, when such complexity exists in each person?
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ABOUT KATIE GANSHERT


KATIE GANSHERT is the author of several novels and works of short fiction, including the Christy Award-winning A Broken Kind of Beautiful and Carol Award-winner, The Art of Losing Yourself. Katie lives in eastern Iowa with her family.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Smash Cut by Sandra Brown - Five Stars!!

Wow!  I have always loved Sandra Brown’s books, but had forgotten just how fabulous a writer she is.  This book delivers a great mystery or whodunit, along with very well-developed characters, and spins and turns to the story until you are wondering who killed Paul before it’s over also.  Could it have been someone else other than the obvious?  What was the motive?  I love the characters in this book, Creighton is the sort of character you love to hate!  The story line is just rich with details and I love the interaction between Paul’s mistress Julie and the attorney she made sure couldn’t represent Creighton.  How she did that is a fabulous mile high story!  You won’t be able to put this book down until the end and even then, you’ll be sorry that it’s finished! 
I
 received this book as a gift from the author, through Good Reads (I was a giveaways winner) and am leaving my reviews of the book absolutely on my own, my own opinion and score of 5 Stars!  Had I been able to give more I would have.

Here is the description as found on Good Reads:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sandra Brown comes this thrilling new novel full of jarring, cinematic twists and breathless suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat.

When millionaire Paul Wheeler is murdered, his family retains renowned lawyer Derek Mitchell to defend the victim’s nephew Creighton— although the police have not charged the young man with the crime. Wheeler’s mistress, Julie Rutledge, who is also a suspect, believes that Creighton is the killer, despite his rock-solid alibi, and she’ll do almost anything in her quest to prove his guilt—even ruin Derek’s career. But the more Derek learns of Creighton’s darker side, especially his bizarre fascination with movie murders, the more he comes to believe Julie is right. The clock ticks down to a shocking ending as Derek and Julie join forces to find the truth. Has Creighton begun reenacting cinema’s goriest scenes? And who will be his unwilling costars? They won’t know until the final SMASH CUT.

Should've Been You (A Man Enough Romance) by Nicole McLaughlin

Wow this book had some hot love making in it!  Also, very creative.  Yes, I know now you are thinking I should read it to find out what she is talking about.  Yes, you should. I had sisters that were fraternal twins.  One was sunny and pretty and got more attention she was very outgoing. The other was not as pretty, more introverted and felt badly when she would be on the end of someone paying more attention to her sister for those reasons. I use past tense because I lost that sister this last summer at age 58.  Back to the book this book does have a similar set of twins.  Becca has always been attracted to the next-door neighbor Jase.  She has had a secret crush on him for years.  She’s done nothing about it because her sister has always been right there flirting and touching and hanging out with Jase whenever he was around.  When she gets engaged to someone who is not Jase, Becca and Jase find themselves spending more time together when she comes home over Christmas.  Secrets come out that change everything and involve Becca’s sister and a long ago lie regarding Jase and Becca.  Really good story line and this one kind of reminded me of my sister, which was a little sad for me.  It really is a good read and I believe as long as sexual encounters aren’t a problem with you and your reads, you really should pick this one up if you like a good romance!  Hot romance!

I received this book free from Net Galley, in exchange for an honest review. This book was in kindle format
Here is the description of the book as found on Net Galley:
Childhood neighbors get a chance at love in Should’ve Been You, an achingly romantic novella in Nicole McLaughlin’s Man Enough series!
National Guardsman Jase Beckford wants to live a quiet life raising cattle and taking care of his mother. His childhood friend and neighbor Hannah is still his best friend, but when he walks into the Walters house one morning and sees her twin sister Becca for the first time in five years, he wonders if he missed out on something special.
Becca Walters has nursed a secret crush on Jase since childhood, but he always preferred Hannah, so she buried her feelings assuming her sister and Jase would one day turn their flirtation into a real relationship. And this Christmas, she is anticipating a proposal of her own, so Jase’s reappearance in her life doesn’t mean anything. Much. Okay, maybe more than Becca would like to admit.
However, when Becca’s sister gets engaged to someone who’s not Jase, Becca and Jase find themselves spending more together. And when secrets are revealed, suddenly those dormant feelings come back to life; but is the possibility of something between them worth risking the happiness of everyone they love?


Holding The Fort by Regina Jennings - Five Stars!

Great book!  Historical information included in the story on the Fort Reno at the time of the story and the Indian problems along with the soldiers that were housed there.  Louisa Bell loses her job as a singer in a saloon (she only sings) and she finds out that her brother is once again in trouble at Fort Reno he’s been thrown in the Brig and she decides to go there to let her brother know that he has to straighten up she can’t help him anymore.  Once she has stopped for a lay over waiting for the stage coach she meets a woman who was supposed to be the governess for the Majors two daughters, and she can’t go there and take the job. She asks Louisa to take the box of books that he paid for and she ordered and deliver them to the Major.  Louisa agrees and the woman also gives her an outfit to wear, as the clothing that Louisa has was all for performing in a saloon…..nothing is suitable to be seen in at the Fort.  When Louisa arrives at Fort Reno she finds that she’s been mistaken for the governess that was expected, and she decides since she has no other way of supporting herself she’ll ride it out and do what she can to keep the job as governess.  Boy does she run into trouble!!  The book is humorous, very interesting, almost unbelievable but I went with it and read the entire book.  It was quite the romp. I did enjoy it and do recommend it!  You can easily polish off this book in one setting if you have the time.

I received the book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Here is the description as found on Good Reads:

When dance hall singer Louisa Bell visits Fort Reno to see her brother, she is mistaken for the governess that the harried Major Daniel Adams is waiting for. Between his rowdy troops and his two daughters, he has more responsibility than he can handle alone. Eager for the opportunity, Louisa sets out to show the widower that she is a perfect fit.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Grace's Forgiveness (Keepsake Pocket Quilt #2) by Molly Jebber (Goodreads Author) - I gave it four stars!


I loved this book.  The main character Grace helps run a quilt shop as well as practices midwifery.  I found the book fascinating. There was much about the Amish way of life that I didn’t know included in this book.  I can’t say what it would ruin the book for you. 
Grace was born with a disfiguring birthmark on her face which had kept her from finding a true love to marry.  The men couldn’t stop looking at it.  From the start when she meets a newcomer to their village, an Amish man, Mark…..he never once looked at anything but her eyes when speaking to her.  He seemed quite smitten with her right from the beginning.  Mark has a brother who was shunned, his brother came into the picture just after Mark got permission to marry Grace.  He caused problems for Mark and Grace so that her Daed withdrew his support for their marriage and nothing they could say or do would get him to change his mind.  There was much that went on in the book, it was well written, the characters were interesting, and the book kept my interest all the way to the end. I read it in one day. 
I received this book from a Good Reads contest.  I’m sure the author will be happy that I’ve posted a review for her new book.  Publishers provide free copies to Goodreads in hopes of getting early feedback about the book.

Description as found on Good Reads:  A handsome newcomer with secrets shows a yearning Amish woman a chance at happiness—but their love will need all their courage to keep . . .

Grace Blauch is skilled at midwifery—and crafting quilts that help others pass on messages of enduring family love. But a disfiguring birthmark keeps the young Amish woman from a husband and home of her own—until Mark King arrives from another community. His helpfulness and independent nature earn Grace’s respect. And he finds her outspoken ways and determination to do right irresistibly appealing. Soon Grace is planning a wedding quilt of her very own . . . until her father discovers that Mark’s shunned brother is hiding somewhere in town . . .

Grace can well understand why Mark took such a risk once she hears his wrenching reasons. But she fears even prayer will not convince her father to restore his blessing on their union. She wills herself to face the end of her dreams, but sudden danger and an impossible act of generosity will show her that abiding hope can inspire the most precious of miracles . . .

"Endearing characters and a delightful story make this a keeper for fans of Amish romance." --Emma Miller on Change of Heart

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas - 5 Stars

The Sound of Rain
by Sarah Loudin Thomas (Goodreads Author)
This book has everything, romance, a mine cave in, a hurricane, a couple whose Father and Mother don’t approve of their being together and Faith in God above.  What more could a person want in reading a book?  Also love, lots of love!  The inspirational drama takes place in the town of Myrtle Beach, South Caroline.  A miner comes to town who no longer wishes to go under ground to earn a living and starts working for Larkin Heyward’s Fathers timber company.  He falls in love with the daughter of the owners’ daughter which just isn’t suitable, until she runs away to join her brother who has become a minister to the people of Appalachia.  Larkin just wants to help people she soon finds though that these people are proud people and they don’t want help from any outsiders.  I picked the book up and read it through in a day or two.  It was hard to put down.  Judd and Larkin’s story as told in this novel is a wonderful read and I do recommend the book to anyone who likes to read romance!

This book was a gift from Bethany House, they give them out in hopes that the recipient will post reviews of the book which I have.  I’m sure the writer will appreciate the post!

Description as found on Good Reads:   In the Dark of the Mine, In the Face of Rising Water,
In the Shadows of the Hills, Faith Will See Them Through

Judd Markley knew he could never set foot underground again. The mine collapse that nearly killed him and claimed his brother's life meant leaving West Virginia forever. Although that hard-Appalachian world was all he knew, he put it behind him and headed for the open sky of the thriving town of 1954 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Larkin Heyward's life in the beach town is uncomplicated, mostly volunteer work and dancing at the Pavilion. But she dreams of one day doing more and being more--maybe moving to the hills and 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 hurricane that changes Myrtle Beach forever, Judd's and Larkin's dreams pull them in divergent directions. It will take a significant sacrifice to keep them together--or maybe, it will take a miracle.

Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky - Five Stars!

Across the Blue
by Carrie Turansky (Goodreads Author)
Isabella Grayson wishes when she grew up she could write articles for her Fathers newspapers.  Although back in that time it wasn’t a suitable endeavor for a woman.  She had to go to parties, be presented to the Queen and find a beau and get married.  Particularly one with money!
James Grant grew up his entire life with no idea who his parents were.  Although he was taken in by a professor, who also helps him build one of the first airplanes which he feels is his life dream to fly…..he always wanted to know who his parents were and why he was given up for adoption.
Isabella and James meet and fall in love, they over come many obstacles, her Mother doesn’t believe James is a proper suitor he doesn’t have money! 
This being an inspirational type of book, they do a lot of praying and they learn many lessons along the way, which if I shared them with you it would give away the outcome.
Isabella’s Father and newspaper puts up a bunch of money and a promise of fame for any pilot who can cross the English Channel first.  Isabella agrees if her Father will let her write articles for the newspaper on the pilots getting prepared to cross the channel, that she will take seriously any offers for her hand in marriage. 
Read the book, it’s a good one I promise!  I gave it five stars.  "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Here is the description as found on Good Reads: Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith.
Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Grant, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of eighteen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott. They have five adult children and five grandchildren.



Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Plain Leaving (The Sisters of Lancaster County #1) by Leslie Gould - I gave this one five stars!

A Plain Leaving (The Sisters of Lancaster County #1)by Leslie Gould (Goodreads Author)Gould Offers a New Amish Series in Idyllic Lancaster County:

This was one of the best Amish stories I’ve read in a very long time!  It had a mystery involved, a romance, a family drama, and a clash with the bishop!  Loved the book.  Read it in one day. I couldn’t put the book down the author is a really great writer.  I’ve read a lot of Amish books, I’ve always found them fascinating, a lot of Amis live around the town my Grandmother lives in, and I always wondered how and why they did the things the way that they did.  After ready many Amish stories this one stood out for me, I really believe if you are interested in the Amish and their lives, if you  pick up this book you’ll  really enjoy reading it.  I did!I received the book as a gift from the author and Bethany House Publishers..  It was sent with no strings attached the author just hopes I will like it and tell my friends.  Of course, I will, I loved the book!
At age twenty, Jessica Bachman left her two beloved sisters and her Amish community after clashing with the new bishop about her role in the family and the future of their farm. She tried to convince Silas Kemp, who'd been courting her for two years, to join her, but when he said no, she fled anyway.
Three years later, she returns home for the first time since leaving Lancaster to attend her father's funeral. Her arrival back revives all sorts of emotions--yearnings and sorrows alike. Jessica knows things will never return to how they were. But in seeing Silas again, she can't help but wonder what might have been.
Struggling to decide where her next step should take her, she learns the story of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor that echoes her own choices. Will Jessica leave her family and community forever, or is there peace and healing and love yet to come?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Deck The Halls by Donna Alward – 5 Stars - Loved this book!


This book was seriously a heart breaker in many ways before it built to a great ending.  It starts out with a man who has been for years homeless a veteran with serious PTSD and a case of guilt that really breaks him down.  He’s alive when his brothers in arms are not.  He knows he should have contacted the family of his friend and tell them what happened to their brother, he just can’t. He feels so guilty due to the circumstances surrounding his best friend’s death that he couldn’t contact them. He went downhill so fast that he lived on the streets and in homeless shelters for years and then one holiday when he’s gotten a job working in the Ladybug Garden Center and actually has a small apartment to live in, a family member comes looking for him.  He absolutely doesn’t want to talk to Amy, she wants closure and he doesn’t’ want to talk about it. She can’t believe when she finds him that he is the same man that left with her brother to go to war in the Middle East. She decides that she isn’t leaving until she receives that explanation.  Christmas will work its magic on he and Amy before it’s over and the book was a really engrossing read. I do highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great Christmas book with a veteran and a family member who were attracted to each other prior to the war.  See how Darling Vermon and Christmas works to help them get around all of their problems.
I received this book through Netgalley.com in the kindle format and this is my review in exchange for the great book.  I loved it and give it five stars.

Description as found on NetGalley.com:
With shades of It’s a Wonderful Life, one man must face his past to find his future this Christmas.
In the last year, George's life has drastically changed. The formerly homeless veteran now has a job he likes, a family in the residents of Darling, VT, and for the first time in years, a home. But while his present is good, he's still haunted by the past, a past that appears shortly before Christmas when the older sister of his brother-in-arms hunts him down and finds him in Darling, working at the Ladybug Garden Center.
Amy’s looking for closure for her family after her brother's death in the Middle East, but the serious man she finds working in Vermont doesn’t resemble the soldier she remembers from years before. This man is hardened and yet somehow fragile, too, and in her desire to find out what really happened to her brother, she learns more about George than she ever expected.
With a little Christmas magic and the whole town supporting them, can these two bruised hearts make a future together?


Someone to love by Donna Alward Darling Vermont #2 - Four Stars!


Ethan is a fire fighter who has to adorable boys, who are also a handful.  Ethan is a handful.  He lost the love of his life and no longer believes that there is anyone out there that can finish his family and make them all happy. He and his first wife pledged their love on The Kissing Bridge, which is supposed to ensure lifelong happiness.  They had that until she died.  He feels there is no one else.
Willow returns to Darling, Vermont a changed girl.  She has overcome her past and owning her own business has strengthened her character in a great way!  She isn’t looking for love and absolutely doesn’t believe that there will be anything between her and Ethan!  She opens her Purple Pig CafĂ© and is busy with that.  She and Ethan eventually get on the same page, although they both fight it.
The book is a great romantic tale, one of three I believe.  They can all be read as a standalone.  This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley.com.  I gave it four stars.

From NetGalley.com


Ethan Gallagher is a firefighter in Darling, Vermont, who followed tradition and pledged his love on the Kissing Bridge to ensure lifelong happiness. A few years later, he's a widower with two rambunctious boys who no longer believes in magic. But even he has to admit that free-spirited Willow Dunaway fills him with wonder...and an attraction he cannot deny.

Willow's come back to Darling a different girl than the one who left after high school. Overcoming her past and owning her own business has made her into a strong, independent woman. Single dad Ethan appeals to her in a way she didn't expect, even though settling down is the last thing on her mind. But after fire destroys the local food bank, the town rallies, and a fling between Ethan and Willow leads to unintended consequences. Can they find a way out of their heartbreak to make a home in each other's hearts?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Season Of You by Emma Douglas - Cloud Bay #1 - Four Stars!

A Season With You (Cloud Bay #1) by Emma Douglas
I think I read the books in this series out of order, perhaps?  I thought for sure I had read about the festival at Cloud Bay before.  Either way, I hadn’t read this book.  Loved the romance at Christmas time!  Great story of a man who falls in love at first sight and never lets Mina Harris know, she’s married.  She lost her husband to a drunk driver and five years later Will figures even after all of this time she won’t want anything to do with a guy who runs a distillery even though it wasn’t his bar the fellow was drinking at prior to hitting her husband.  She has a freak accident and Will comes to her rescue.  She can’t get him out of her mind, and decides to have a wildly weird Christmas fling, it’s just mistletoe-inspired, right?  Only Will doesn’t believe that he’ll go along with anything if he can be with Mina even if it is during the Christmas Festival and they are supposed to go back to normal, going their separate ways at the end.  Can they, do it?  I never believed so although the story doesn’t take you in that direction.  You’ll have to pick up this passionate Christmas-inspired romance story to see how things happen and how they end up.  I know romances always have a happy ending, but do they?  Give it a read I think you’ll like it.

I received this book through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.  It was in a kindle format.

Description as found on NetGalley.

It's Christmastime in the quaint island town of Cloud Bay, where love is always in season... Will Fraser has believed in love at first sight since the day he first laid eyes on Mina Harper five years ago. There was only one problem: She was happily married. Then, when Mina's husband was killed by a drunk driver, Will figured she'd want nothing to do with a guy who owns a whiskey distillery. So he's kept his feelings locked away, knowing that not even a Christmas miracle would be enough to melt Mina's heart. . . Mina believes her days of true love are behind her. Since losing her husband she's kept to herself, content to do her own painting and stay out of the limelight that comes with her famous family. But when, after a freak accident, Will comes to her rescue, Mina can't quite get him out of her mind. As curiosity turns into a fling during Cloud Bay's first Christmas Festival, she finds it harder to convince herself that her feelings for Will are just mistletoe-inspired. Could Mina be ready to lay the past to rest and finally admit that what she really wants for Christmas--and forever--is Will? 

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton - Engrossing read! Five Stars!

Many Sparrows
by Lori Benton (Goodreads Author)
I loved this book!  Clare Inglesby is left with just her little boy, waiting for her husband to bring help.  She doesn’t’ find out til later that he was attacked and stripped of his hair by a passing Indian.  She went into labor and left her boy long enough to be out of sight while giving birth because she felt her son didn’t need to hear her suffering labor pains waiting for the new baby to be born.  Unbeknownst to her a passing Indian took her son Jacob and she is willing to do anything to get him back!  She is found having labor by Frontiersman and adopted Shawnee Jacob Ring.  He promises Clare to take her into the wilderness to find the Indian’s that have taken her son.  They find the Shawnee party that took her boy, but it Is too late.  Jacob’s own sister who had lost her child and husband and has been very sad, and the ones who had her boy gave him to her in order to cheer her up, and the adoption ceremony has already happened.  There is no real way that Jacob can get her boy back after that happened. Jacob was renamed Many Sparrows, after a small story in the bible.  Rain Crow absolutely does not want to give up her new son.  Clare was very upset and had risked her life many times with the Indians trying to get close to her son.  She has no idea that her Uncle who had been expecting the little family for a long while and he is looking for her.  She won’t leave without her son.  This book was very interesting in that it told of many traditions of the Indians and how they lived.  The author describes all of it very well.  Clare is so brave and she lives among the Indians for quite a while with the hopes that Rain Crow will realize that Jacob will not behave and be her son, he’s seen his Mother knows she is alive and she’ll do anything to get her son back!  She had a daughter on the trail and she doesn’t hardly look at her daughter only doing very little to care for her, just breast feeding her, but she lays her aside while looking for her son Jacob.  This book was such a gift to me, it is inspirational, with many quotes from the bible, and the realism of living among the Indians gave the book such truth! I loved this book and gave it five stars. 
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." This is my review as promised.

Description as found on Blogging For Books:
ABOUT MANY SPARROWS

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would…

In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.
When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can to recover her son…especially when her second child is moments away from being born.
Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

About Lori Benton:

 Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, Christy-nominee The Wood’s Edge, and A Flight of Arrows.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Proving by Beverly Lewis - I really enjoyed the book about the Amish People - I gave it five stars!

Amanda Dienner left the Amish life behind five years previous.  She was really upset with her sister and her Mother stepped in and told her she should perhaps take some time away from home.  Well that was in the heat of the moment and Amanda didn’t stay around to see if anything more was said later.  She packed up, found some friends who were leaving the life and she left.  The fight with her twin sister left her feeling betrayed, she wasn’t going to let that feeling go easily either. 
She was working at a flower shop and they had to let her go as the big flower shops were causing the owners to have money problems.  They couldn’t compete.  Just as Mandy was looking for another job she got a certified letter from her oldest brother.  She has received two letters from her sister but she didn’t read them, she just wrote return to sender on them.  She wrote her Mom once in a while and let her know how she was doing.  The letter from Jerome told her that her Mother had passed away suddenly and that she had left the Bed and Breakfast that she ran after her husband passed away, to her.  The catch?  Amanda had to run it for one year before she could sell it. 
Mandy has no idea what she is getting herself into but she returns to the Amish life but doesn’t want to live as an Amish person and that causes her big problems.  No one will work for her! 
I found this book really a great read.  Sometimes the Amish books can be too simple for me but this one went into great detail and had a wonderful story line.  Of course, it was a great clean read, with the Amish church back beliefs built into the story here and there along with their other ways of doing things.  The book leaves you feeling really good, you put the time in, read the book and felt great about the end of the story which isn’t the ending you thought you were going to find early in the beginning.  That’s another thing that made it fun.  I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this type of read you won’t be disappointed.
I did receive this book from Bethany House Printers in exchange for an honest review.  The above was my review.

Description of the Book as found on Good Reads:

Having left the Amish life for the English world, Amanda Dienner is shocked when she learns that her mother has passed and left her Lancaster County's most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. The catch is she has to run it herself for one year, acting as hostess. Amanda accepts the terms, but coming home to people she left behind won't be easy.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Love, Second Time Around: A Summerfield Village Sweet Romance by Penny Appleton (Goodreads Author) - 4 Stars!


Maggie Stewart, an attorney (retired) is living in an English cottage in Summerfield and she loves her home, but she doesn’t love the cost of the upkeep. She takes a job working with her old environmental team and on the plane to the location she comes across a man she was obsessed with in her old life.  Had he not been married she would definitely have started something up with him.  She sure is shocked when she sees him on the plane, she doesn’t even speak to him.  He’s always (Greg Warren) been attracted to Maggie but never moved on it when they came in contact with each other, but he never moved on it he was happily married.  His wife died three years ago and he hasn’t been dating at all.  Greg owns a ranch in Idaho, he’s very well off, but he’s lonely.  He has a daughter still living with him, and she definitely doesn’t want him to move on to anyone else.  He makes moves toward Maggie and she is afraid they are too different, their lifestyles.  Also his daughter is angry she doesn’t want Maggie anywhere near her Father.  Not because she doesn’t like her she doesn’t like anyone if her Father is involved.  Maggie retreats a few times and Greg follows her.  He’s been lonely a while and he likes Maggie and he’s drawn to her.  If you like a mature romance story that’s clean, romantic, and has wonderful descriptions of the English life style and that of an Idaho Ranch, then this book is for you!  Enjoy the read and the ride!

I received this book through Good Reads I believe, in exchange for an honest review in kindle format.  The above is my review.

Description as found on Good Reads:
In LOVE, SECOND TIME AROUND
Maggie Stewart is a retired lawyer, working to preserve the heritage of her little English cottage in Summerfield village. Her children have grown and she's content to ride horses in the countryside and enjoy her retirement.
Except she needs money for her renovations ... and she's lonely.
When she joins her old environmental team to go up against an oil company, Maggie finds herself working in opposition to a man she once loved from afar, many years ago.
Idaho ranch owner Greg Warren is rich and entitled, with a dark past that he hides behind a professional smile. But inside, he struggles with loneliness after the loss of his wife, and the rage of a wild daughter who won't let him move on.
Love blooms as Maggie and Greg take a chance on a new start, but can they find a balance between their two worlds?
˃˃˃ In this sweet romance, set between the English countryside and the mountains and farmland of Idaho, can Maggie and Greg find love second time around?
If you love a happy ending, this clean and wholesome, contemporary romance might just be for you. Download a sample or buy now.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Hunter Bride (Hope's Crossing #1) by Cynthia Woolf (Goodreads Author) - 4 Stars

I just finished this book. I really liked it.  I do enjoy a good mail order bride story!  This one didn’t disappoint me. I had never read one where the bride was a bounty hunter in her past life.  She decides as she captures the man who murdered her family and takes him in, that she is going to settle down, find a husband and have a family.  She does stretch the description of her abilities a bit!  She does arrive and she marries Sheriff Sam Longworth of Hope’s Crossing, only to find out that the criminal that she captured got loose and is out looking to kill her.  She also doesn’t have any clue that Sam, before being a Sheriff, was a bounty hunter himself.  They just never crossed paths.  The book is packed with action, has some scenes that pull at your heartstrings a bit and of course has a happy ending.  What happens?  You have to read the book to find out.  Will Sam keep her? Read the book.
I received this book free in kindle format from the author in exchange for an honest review.  This is that review.

Description as found on Good Reads:
Five years ago, a band of outlaws murdered Josephine Shafter's parents and younger brother. Desperate for vengeance, Jo has spent every day since serving the law as a bounty hunter. But the trouble with justice served is that now that her family's killer has been brought in, she has nothing to do and no one to hunt. She decides it may be time for a new life and a fresh start. She longs for the arms of a strong man around her, and for a child of her own. But the Chicago dandies don't know how to kiss a woman who is tougher than they are. Jo decides her best chance at happiness is to head out West, to the wild Montana territory, to start a new life as a mail order bride. Sam Longworth has been the Sheriff of Hope's Crossing, Montana for two miserable years. He was much happier roaming the untamed plains as a bounty hunter, bringing outlaws to justice. But that was no life for a husband or father, and his wife wanted him home, safe and sound, every night. Forced into marriage, theirs had never been a love match, but he thought warming her bed every night would be enough. Instead she left him and took a stagecoach to rendezvous with her childhood sweetheart. She vowed never to return, and died on the journey. Plagued by guilt over her death, Sam doesn't need a woman's love, he just needs a wife. He orders a mail order bride, a woman who won't make too many demands, who can build a home and give him children. Josephine fits his life perfectly, until danger follows her to her new home and he realizes she's keeping secrets that could get them both killed. Trust is a hard road for two lost souls used to keeping secrets, and their new and fragile love might not be strong enough to survive what's coming.


Be Mine This Christmas: Sweetgrass Springs Stories (Texas Heroes Book 22) by Jean Brashear (Goodreads Author) - 5 Stars!

I really liked this book.  It was moving along well, kept my attention, had me wanting to keep reading to see what was happening next.  I really like reading Jean Brashear’s books, she writes engaging stories that make you want to see them to the end.  Also you are disappointed when the book is done.  This book was about a Mom  who couldn’t leave a kid in the system once she became a foster mother.  Who isn’t going to be in her corner?  She has a secret.  She was to follow Gib years ago out of high school but she didn’t she called him and said she didn’t love him and that she wasn’t coming.  She married someone else.  He died.  She has one child that is hers and three that are adopted.  Gib came to town because he thought she was still living elsewhere and wasn’t going to be someone he would run into when he came back to see his parents at their request for Christmas.  Little did he  know his entire life was about to be turned upside down. 
I received this book from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
Description as found on Good Reads:
"Jean Brashear's distinctive storytelling voice instantly draws in the reader. She writes with warmth and emotional truth.” ~ #1 NY Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
The man he's become is not the boy she knew…and he may never forgive her for the secret she's concealing
In this Christmas story set in beloved Sweetgrass Springs, two young lovers torn apart years before come face to face unexpectedly in this emotional reunion romance by New York Times and USAToday bestselling Texas romance author Jean Brashear…


Gib Douglas has been on the road a long time, with no place to really call home. When he pays a Christmas visit to relatives in Sweetgrass Springs, the last person he expects to encounter is the girl he loved with all his heart, the girl who’d promised to marry him and love him forever…until she betrayed him and married someone else.

No Time to Explain (Barefoot William Beach #6) by Kate Angell - Laugh out loud fun!! Five Stars!


Ok this book was too fun! Joe “Zoo” Zooker is a ball player in town for the start of spring training. He’s hanging out at a Bridal show on the beach, looking to pick up a girl he can take home for the night or at least to the hotel for the night and he runs into one hot lady.
Stevie who has come to town with her friend in order to help her Aunt out at her doggie daycare as she has hurt herself and can’t take care of it for a while.  Stevie and her friend are at a local Bridal Show on the beach just looking around and Stevie fills out for different prizes, although she doesn’t have a boyfriend she definitely is not going to get married, it’s just a lark.  She runs into Zoo.  He hits on her and really annoys her, he won’t take no for an answer and unlike his normal self he keeps persuring this gal through the entire story even though she keeps protesting she isn’t interested.  She eventually has to suck It up and play nice when he brings his dog to the business to be taken care of as he really terrorized the hotel and was asked to leave.  Zoo’s dog is very much like him and doesn’t take no for an answer either.  There are laugh out loud moments during this story and you have to pick this book up!  I LOVED IT!

This book was a gift on NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review.  It came in kindle format.  This is my review.

Description of book as found on Good Reads:
Who says romance has gone to the dogs? 
 
Richmond Rogues’ left-fielder Joe “Zoo” Zooker has his own ritual for the start of spring training—a weekend of pure pleasure, including as many pretty faces and curvaceous bodies as he can charm into his bed. After that, he’s all about baseball, especially with hungry minor leaguers eager for their own shot at the majors, just waiting for him to strike out. But when a beautiful woman with a smart mouth brushes off his flirting, he’s determined to go to bat as often as it takes to win a smile aimed only at him. 

Stevie may be new to the beach town of Barefoot William, but she’s seen plenty of charmers like hot and hunky Zoo before. Managing her aunt’s doggie daycare business, she’s up to her ears in rowdy puppies—and she doesn’t need a lifelong hound like Zoo breaking her heart. Still, there’s no denying the attraction between them, and as spring training heats up, lust suddenly begins to look a lot like love . . .