Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Once A Midwife (Hope River #3) by Patricia Harman – 5 strong points



What a great book.  So very interesting.  It’s about Patience Hester a midwife who has a practice during the beginning of World War II.  Her husband is a conscientious objector but won’t register for the draft as one.  He served during World War I and he absolutely doesn’t want to kill anyone.  He puts his family in a very uncomfortable position as he an be jailed for this.  Bitsy, Patience’s old friend comes back to Hope River and she helps a lot with the midwife business and supports her friend.  Bitsy happens to be African American.  She brings a young man with her who she treats as her son.  She does get a job in the factory that makes things for the war, falls in love with the boss who happens to be white and that’s another problem because they wish to marry.  That in many states is illegal.  The story was very interesting from the beginning to the end.  I found the book enthralling and a fast read.  I loved the book.  I have never read the other books in this series and that didn’t keep me from enjoying this book.  I do hope at some point to read the others.  Great book!

I receive the book from Good Reads and the publisher as promotional material for which I’m publishing this review which is my own opinion.

Description as Found On Good Reads:
Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman’s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II.

The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around. But though the Great Depression is behind them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war…and it can only be a matter of time before the U.S. enters the fray.

And while some are eager to join the fight, Patience’s husband, Daniel, is not. Daniel is a patriot—but he saw too much bloodshed during the First World War, and has vowed never to take up arms again.

His stance leaves Patience and their four children vulnerable—to the neighbors who might judge them, and to the government, who imprison Daniel for his beliefs.

Patience must support their family and fight for her husband’s release despite her own misgivings. And with need greater than ever, she must also keep her practice running during this tumultuous time…relying on generous friends, like Bitsy, who has returned to Hope River, stalwart neighbors, and her own indomitable strength to see them all through

The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris – 5 Stars!!



I’ve never read anything by this author.  I will in the future.  This book was one that grabbed me from the first page.  I couldn’t put it down, I carried it around from room to room and finished it quickly.  I loved the story, it wasn’t a pleasant story of course because of the subject matter, but Heather Morris did her best with the historical background.  She drew me in and kept me captive till the last page.  If you have read stories about Auschwitz, or not, this story stands out from the rest.  As soon as I saw the cover of the book, I knew I wanted to read it.  I’m so glad that I did.  It was a captivating, moving story. I recommend it highly!
I bought this book from Costco, and thought it needed a great review so that others will pick it up and read it also.

The description of the book as found online:
The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller
This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a T├Ątowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

Year One: Chapter 1: Chronicles of The One, Book 1- by Nora Roberts – 5 Stars



This is NOT Nora Roberts usual romance.  There is romance in the book but it is not the main story, it is a thing that happens in the middle of people fighting for their lives.  This was so exciting to read…heart pumping….people dying left and right but some people living and they know not why.  They band together to fight those that are evil people who lived who like to take and destroy lives and living.  There are fairies and shape shifters and people who can just look at a candle and light it….and then bigger things.  I never thought I would like to read a book that had these types of people in them….but I was hooked.  I’m now reading book 2….no spoilers from me but it seems to be just as great.  You won’t want to put this one down and it will stay with you after the last pages.  Buy this book!  I did and it was so unexpectedly great!
I thought I would leave a review as this book was so great it needed to get the word out.  Buy it you won’t be disappointed!
Review as found online:
A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author—an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…
It began on New Year’s Eve.
The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.
Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.
As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A Season of Grace (Under Northern Skies#3) by Lauraine Snelling - 4 Stars


I love Lauraine Snellings books, at least those I’ve read so far, I know there were quite a few.  This book is a historical romance based in 1910 Minnesota.  There is also a bit of mystery as Nilda Carlson was accosted by Dreng Nygaard back in Norway, that that affects her interaction between possible suitors, she is always cautious when it comes to men.  She has a couple of suitors, but then as she is settled in a home with her younger brother having traveled from Norway, and slowly adjusting, she sees Dreng Nygaard again. He’s come from Norway and she’s afraid of him.  The author assumes you’ve read the previous two books, she doesn’t go into this book building on the past stories. She just digs in.  The book is very sweet when it comes to romance, filled with prayer and the bible, and the things that Nilda counts on to keep her safe and happy.  The book holds your interest and is easily read in a day or so, and you’ll be able to read also, about felling trees, making butter, building a home, weaving rugs, etc.  All the things they would have done in 1910 Minnesota.  I gave the book 4 stars.

I received this book through NetGalley.com and the publishers as a promotional piece.  I’m providing a review of the book of my volition.
#NetGalley.com #ASeasonOfGrace #LauraineSnelling

Description as found on NetGalley.com
In 1910 Minnesota, Nilda Carlson's dreams are coming true. Though her first few months in America were difficult, her life now resembles the images that filled her daydreams in Norway. She and her younger brother Ivar live in their own house, just a short distance from her older brother and his family. Together they work the farm and fell trees for lumber. They plan to grow a dairy herd, weave rugs out of their own wool, and make skis to sell. Everything is going right.

The only thing missing from Nilda's life is love. But though she has two suitors--a quiet schoolteacher and a handsome lumberjack--Nilda feels hesitant. A terrifying experience in Norway has made her cautious where men are concerned. When she thinks she sees the man in question, all her fears come
flooding back. Is it possible the danger has followed her across the Atlantic? If Dreng Nygaard is truly in Minnesota, all of her dreams for the future could come crashing down around her.

One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh; Veronica Chadwick - 3 Stars



One reviewer said that Lora’s Books can scorch the ink of the pages….so right.  If explicit sex scenes are not your bag, then this author is not for you.  Samantha when young used to follow Hunter around and some times bother his girl friends as he was older.  She leaves town and when her Aunt dies, under suspicious circumstances she comes back.  Hunter loses a loved one also under circumstances he isn’t falling for.  The plot gets really good with so much more going on intrigue, sex trafficking, guns blazing and a showdown…. but they are all interrupted by Hunter and Samantha having sex scenes.  Some times they interrupt the story line that I’m interested in and it goes to far for me.  I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought it would.  I found myself skimming through the sex scenes to get back to the rest of the story.  That is not how I usually read a book.  I wish there were more of the mystery they were trying to solve.  Not so much nakedness and some of it seemed unbelievable to me.  I gave this three stars…..a quick read but not really my cup of tea in totality.

I received this book through NetGalley.com and the publisher in the hopes that I would provide an honest review which I’ve done.  #OneToughCowboy #LoraLeigh #VeronicaChadwick

Description as found on NetGalley.com –

First in a brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and Veronica Chadwick about one man’s pursuit of justice—and unbridled desire. 


LAW AND ORDER. 
For as long as Samantha can remember, Hunter—a man as strong as steel, with a heart of gold—has been her hero. It came as no surprise to Samantha when she found out that the ranch-hardened cowboy who always protected her from bullies went on to become the town’s sheriff. What does surprise her is how incredibly hot he still is. And how much she still wants him…


PRIDE AND PASSION


And, lo and behold, Hunter still has feelings for Samantha. The long-smoldering heat of their innocent flirtation has grown into a full-raging fire. But when tragedy strikes, and their small-town community is shattered, Hunter vows to do everything he can to keep his childhood sweetheart safe. But can Samantha trust that Hunter has her best interests at heart…and that, after all these years, his love is true?

“Leigh’s books can scorch the ink off the page.”—RT Book Reviews (less)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas by different authors - 5 Stars!


The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love Through the Generations

Four Christmas novellas by four different authors, all connected as the stories are all about a broach that brings the wearers true love.  The stories are all in different era’s yet still connected by the broach that has been passed from Mother to Daughter for almost two hundred years.  I loved all of the stories, each so different yet connected.  The stories were rich in content and well written characters, the stories linked together and so heartwarming!  Each a holiday story with a feel-good ending!!  I give this book 5 stars.  I truly enjoyed the stories.

I received this book through NetGalley.com for promotional purposes.  I’ve decided to write this review of my own volition as I loved the book…..#NetGalley #TheChristmasHeirloom #KristiAnnHunter #KarenWitemeyer #SarahLoudinThomas #BeckyWade
Description as found on NetGalley.com:
Perfect for the Christmas season, four beloved authors bring their bestselling, award-winning talents to a multigenerational collection of romantic holiday novellas. In stories ranging from 1820s Regency England to present-day Washington state, readers will be treated to Christmas tales of an heirloom brooch passed from mother to daughter for almost two hundred years. Will the family legend claiming the brooch brings love to its recipient hold true for these women separated by the years but bonded together by the ties of family?

in Kristi Ann Hunter's "Legacy of Love," Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman's grandson. While he may be far above her station, she can't help but notice that his desire to make this Christmas special for his grandmother matches her own.

in Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love as the holidays draw near.

in Sarah Loudin Thomas's "A Shot at Love," Fleeta Brady's rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her mother's brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance one December.

in Becky Wade's "Because of You," Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love? 
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Saturday, January 5, 2019

A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer - 4 Stars!

I love this author!  She always writes such great stories that pull at the heart strings that are so full of rich historical background.  Once again, she has done her a great job with this book.  The background history being that of the International Cotton Exposition and the silk trade, how the silk is gotten and how it is put on a loom, she has a girl who knows how to work a loom with cotton on it, and so she is able to secure the job in the Women’s section of the Exposition of setting up the silk on a similar loom and working it all day while two other women tell visitors the story of the background to silk. The book is full of action, romance, betrayal and history.  I won’t tell you the story here as the description tells you the setting of the story and the characters.  This book was well paced, I wanted to keep reading, it’s plot is so well done and the people’s stories that were the forefront of the book were so well thought out and interesting.  I rated this book a 4.  If I could it would have been 4.5.

I received this book free from NetGalley.com for promotional means, and my review as shown above was absolutely voluntary. #NetGalley #ASilkenThread
Description as found on NetGalley:
For readers who love a heartwarming romance and a rich historical setting comes a tale of a young woman with a heavy burden, the International Cotton Exposition, and the pursuit of true love.


Eighteen-year-old Laurel Millard, youngest of seven children, is expected to stay home and "take care of Mama" by her older siblings, but Laurel has dreams of starting her own family. Operating a silk loom at the Atlanta Exposition will give her the chance to capture the heart of a man wealthy enough to take care of Laurel and any children she might bear, as well as her mother. Brendan Rochester's parents have given him an ultimatum: settle down with a wife or lose his family inheritance. At the Exposition, Brendan meets Laurel. Marrying her would satisfy his parents’ command, she would look lovely on his arm for social events, and in her besotted state, he believes she would overlook him continuing pursuing rowdy adventures with his unmarried buddies. Brendan decides to woo Laurel. Willie Sharp is not well-off and must take on an extra job at the Atlanta Exposition as a security guard. When mischief-makers cause trouble in the Women's Building, Willie is put in charge of keeping the building secure. He enjoys visiting with Laurel, who seems like the little sister he never had, but his feelings for Laurel change to something much deeper. Can Willie convince Laurel that he can give her better life--even with so little to offer? 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Night of Miracles (Arthur Truluv #2) by Elizabeth Berg 5 Stars!!


Elizabeth Berg always writes such great books.  They keep you invested in the characters from the beginning and you want to stick with the book to see what’s going to happen next and to whom.  I love her books and this one surely did not disappoint.  I wish I had been able to read “Arthur Truluv”
but missed out on that one.  The characters in this book keep you so invested in their lives, you have to keep up to see how their lives are going to turn out.  It’s a good yarn!  The description is shown below and I couldn’t have done a better job of describing the story.  If you are looking for a good book to curl up with “Night of Miracles” is a good one to keep you busy and interested.  I would give this book 4.5 stars…..but can’t do that so 5 Stars it is.  I wish I had an Iris in my town to teach me how to bake!

Received free from NetGalley.com for promotional means, and my review as shown above was absolutely voluntary!  #NightofMiracles #NetGalley

Description as found on GoodReads:

A delightful novel about surprising friendships, community, and the way small acts of kindness can change a life, from the bestselling author of The Story of Arthur Truluv

Lucille Howard is getting on in years, but she stays busy. Thanks to the inspiration of her dearly departed friend Arthur Truluv, she has begun to teach baking classes, sharing the secrets to her delicious classic Southern yellow cake, the perfect pinwheel cookies, and other sweet essentials. Her classes have become so popular that she's hired Iris, a new resident of Mason, Missouri, as an assistant. Iris doesn't know how to bake but she needs to keep her mind off a big decision she sorely regrets.

When a new family moves in next door and tragedy strikes, Lucille begins to look out for Lincoln, their son. Lincoln's parents aren't the only ones in town facing hard choices and uncertain futures. In these difficult times, the residents of Mason come together and find the true power of community--just when they need it the most.

"Elizabeth Berg's characters jump right off the page and into your heart" said Fannie Flagg about The Story of Arthur Truluv. The same could be said about Night of Miracles, a heartwarming novel that reminds us that the people we come to love are often the ones we don't expect

The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman 5 Stars!!


Two sisters who don’t get along in the time of WWII.  I love reading books during that time period.  The author did a great job describing the Springfield Armory and the characters she developed to live during that time. A good part of the story is true based on the research the author did. She had to move some of the events to make the story move along the way she wished, but even the cook who was a singer was a real person back in the day.  I think every family have had some issues in their family and mine was no exception.  I could see these sisters and understand their individual problems easily enough. I’ve seen similar family problems.  The story seemed real and the characters even more so.  I believe Lynda Cohen Loigman really has a gift and she used it extremely well in telling the story of the Springfield Armory during WWII.  She another author I’ll have to add to my list to follow.  What a great story! Five Stars to this one!

Received free from NetGalley.com for promotional means, and my review as shown above was absolutely voluntary!  #WartimeSisters #NetGalley

Description as found on GoodReads:
Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Lines We Leave Behind by Eliza Graham – 4 Stars


I do like to read historical fiction/romance and this book had a bit of both in it.  Most of it was historical fiction about a woman who finds herself in an insane asylum, thinking she is not sane, charged with a crime she has no memory of doing.  Some of the facts presented in this book were true, which always makes it interesting.  There was suspense, mystery, and a bit of romance.  The book kept me interested til the end although it wasn’t as compelling as some I’ve read but I did like the book.  It’s a great read and if you like your historical fiction during war time you’ll love this book.  It doesn’t pull everything together until the end you’ll have to wait, it will be worth the wait.
I received this book from NetGalley in kindle format.  I am posting this review of my own volition!  I love the book.

Description as found on Good Reads:
England, 1947: A young woman finds herself under close observation in an insane asylum, charged with a violent crime she has no memory of committing. As she tries to make sense of her recent past, she recalls very little.

But she still remembers wartime in Yugoslavia. There she and her lover risked everything to carry out dangerous work resisting the Germans—a heroic campaign in which many brave comrades were lost. After that, the trail disappears into confusion. How did she come to be trapped in a living nightmare?

As she struggles to piece together the missing years of her life, she will have to confront the harrowing experiences of her special-operations work and peacetime marriage. Only then can she hope to regain the vital memories that will uncover the truth: is she really a violent criminal…or was she betrayed?

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter 5 Stars!!! Suspense from beginning to end!

Loved the book!  Suspense from beginning to end.  You never know what is going to happen next!  I read a lot of romance, this wasn’t my normal genre although I’m wondering now why not?  I have to read another book by this author, it’s an absolute!  The book is character driven from beginning to end. It centers around lawyers rather than police, or detectives which I love as this family the book is centered around are all lawyers. Father and daughter live in the city of Pikesville, the last daughter has moved away never wants to return. Until she receives an email your sister needs you!  The book just doesn’t stop as far as action and suspense and I can’t recommend this book and author enough.  If you like your action on the dark side this one is absolutely for you!  See description below I didn’t see the need to repeat it!  I would have given it 6 stars if I could have!!

I received this book from the publisher as part of their book launch program, the review is entirely my own. I’m a member of Good Reads and that is where I entered a drawing for the book and won one!! #GoodReader #TheGoodDaughter
Description as found on Good Reads:
Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father—Pikeville's notorious defense attorney—devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, Charlotte has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself—the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized, Charlotte is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress--because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever. Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

The Military Wife by Laura Trentham - 5 Stars!!

I really loved this book.  Laura Trentham always delivers great reads. This book was written from the perspective of her Navy Seal husbands Nowah’s experience, and who struggled with PTSD before his death.  Harper Lee Wilcox deals with her husband’s death, moves in with her mother and deals with delivering a son Ben, whom her husband will never meet.  She struggles with being alone as a widow with a young son, she feels guilty moving on as she loved her husband home, but he is gone. Her friend Allison Teague has a husband who won’t go for help who is a danger to their home as he deals with the PTSD.  Harper comes up with a way to help the military wives to find jobs and support their husbands that need help.  She meets her husbands’ best friend and retired Navy Seal Bennet Caldwell, looking for answers on how her husband died, only to find that Bennet is talking and doesn’t want to spend any time around her.  She finds a way to push the envelope and they find that they have a connection that both of the have problems with.  The book is a sweet romance, has interesting information included on what it takes to become a SEAL and what it’s like to become a #MilitaryWife.

I received this book through #NetGalley.com and St. Martin’s Press. #TheMilitaryWife I received this free in kindle format in the hopes that I would write a review of my feelings on the book as I am doing here.

Description as found on NetGalley.com

A young widow embraces a second chance at life when she reconnects with those who understand the sacrifices made by American soldiers and their families in award-winning author Laura Trentham’s The Military Wife.
Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husband, Noah Wilcox’s death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind.
Her best friend, Allison Teague, is dealing with struggles of her own. Her husband, a former SEAL that served with Noah, was injured while deployed and has come home physically healed but fighting PTSD. With three children under foot and unable to help her husband, Allison is at her wit’s end.
In an effort to reenergize her own life, Harper sees an opportunity to help not only Allison but a network of other military wives eager to support her idea of starting a string of coffee houses close to military bases around the country.
In her pursuit of her dream, Harper crosses paths with Bennett Caldwell, Noah’s best friend and SEAL brother. A man who has a promise to keep, entangling their lives in ways neither of them can foresee. As her business grows so does an unexpected relationship with Bennett. Can Harper let go of her grief and build a future with Bennett even as the man they both loved haunts their pasts?

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks; Sarah Pekkanen


Wow what a tale these two authors have woven. This was a physiological thriller that you can’t put down once started.  The have written a story that has characters and story that is so compelling you have to finish the book the same day if possible.  It’s hard to know what is coming next!  The ending was a surprise to me.  Perhaps those who read mysteries more often then I do will be able to figure it out but I sure couldn’t. The characters are well rounded and well written, the book leaves you thinking of it after the last page is turned.  You wish you had more to read!  Pick this one up you won’t be disappointed!

I received this book from NetGalley.com and St. Martin’s press as they put the book out there to pick up interest.  I am posting this review for them as seen above.
Description as found on NetGalley.com
The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us
Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.
Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?
But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding.
Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?
As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?
From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.
Praise for The Wife Between Us:

"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" —New York Times Book Review
"[A] seamless thriller that will keep readers on their toes to the very end...Readers will enjoy the dizzying back-and-forth as they attempt to figure out just who to root for and as the suspense ratchets up to one hell of a conclusion." —Booklist

A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult – 5 Stars – This book is a must read!


What can I say that is different than the description of the book or the thoughts of some of the previous famous writers that reviewed the book that are included in the description.  This is a very thought-provoking book on the subject of a clinic that offers women abortions, back in the day when they were legal in some states, not in all, and pro-life/pro-choice was just as difficult a choice for women who found themselves pregnant or wanted to use birth control.  In order to get to the clinic, you had to run the gauntlet of the people who chose to protest every single day at this particular clinic.  That in of itself would give some people pause before going in. On this particular day a gunman decides to go into the clinic to take a stance for his daughter who went to this particular clinic in the past.  There is a police hostage negotiator that begins to set up a plan to speak with the gunman and sets up the perimeter only to get a text from his own 15-year-old daughter, Wren, who to his horror is inside the clinic along with her Aunt.  This book is takes you through the white-knuckle time inside the clinic and through the thoughts of each character inside the clinic.  You’ll be driven to read this book to the end to find out the fate of each of the characters, but of course that of Wren who is so young to be caught up in the middle of all of this, who keeps waiting for her Dad to rescue them.  I can only say that Jodi Picoult has written this book in such a way that everyone might wish to rethink their stance and what they would do in each and every character’s position. She is to be applauded for taking on this subject in this story in the way that she did.  It’s obvious that much thought, and much research went into the writing of this story and the way she set up the story makes the telling even more powerful.

I received a kindle version of this book through NetGalley and Random House books and I highly recommend this book for everyone to read!

The Description of the book as found on NetGalley.com:
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

“Picoult at her fearless best . . . Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate.”—The Washington Post

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

Advance praise for A Spark of Light

“The author presents the white-knuckled narrative in a reverse-chronological order. The effect is mesmerizing, as Picoult establishes moments in the overarching event, before revealing how they came to be.”—Houston Chronicle

“Picoult delivers another riveting yarn . . . in this carefully crafted, utterly gripping tale.”—Booklist (starred review)

In Dreams Forgotten by Tracie Peterson – 4 Stars




There is not too much more I can add beyond the description of the book. It provides the story line of the book. Tracie Peterson’s books are full of quotes from the Bible and are always clean if they tell the story of a romance.  This book did have a back story that had characters that were well written and the story was full of romance, and mystery.  I gave this book 4 stars.  I really liked the book but it wasn’t one that I couldn’t put down.  I did of course want to finish the story, I read a little bit each evening before sleep.  I had some similar feelings as those the character had as she went to find family members who she didn’t know exist till later in life which happened me also.  I found my biological Father at age 26 and you never know what you are going to walk into when you contact family who either didn’t know you existed or perhaps didn’t want to find you.  It’s always a gamble.  My story came out happily I can’t tell you her story as you have to read the book to find out for yourself!
I received this book from NetGalley.com and Random House in the hopes that I would provide an honest review which I am doing now.  I love Tracie Peterson’s books!

Description as found on NetGalley.com:
Judith Gladstone came to San Francisco after her parents died to find her last living relative, an aunt she has never met. Instead she has fallen head over heels in love with Caleb Coulter, her friend's brother. Caleb has promised to help Judith find her aunt, but she can tell he thinks of her only as a friend, and she struggles to hide her feelings.

When Caleb traces Judith's aunt to the wealthy Whitley family, Judith is reunited with her long-lost relatives. The truths she learns about her past and her parents are shocking and overwhelming, however, and the more she gets to know her new family, the more danger she uncovers. Someone does not want Judith in the picture, and they will do whatever it takes to get rid of her.




Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber - 5 Stars I enjoyed this one!


Debbie Macomber once again weaves a tale of romance full of information on the remote Alaskan town and the people there.  She always has a story full of characters that stick with you as you read and leave you thinking about them as you finish the story.  Once again she’s written a book that doesn’t disappoint this reader, a love story that takes the characters quite by chance and they have to separate from each other as the main character, Josie Avery, is only working at the Lodge as the cook for the summer and then she is to go on to a very hot new restaurant with her dream job as a sous chef which should set her up for a good future in her chosen field.  She meets a famed master swordsmith, Palmer Saxson and he works his magic into her heart.  What happens when its time for her to leave Alaska and report to Seattle is the second half of the book and becomes a Christmas story that is woven with romance. You’ll have to read the book to find out how things end, if you do you won’t be disappointed this is written as all of Debbie Macomber’s books are full of life and some mystery and romance.


I received this book through NetGalley in kindle format in the hopes that I would proved an honest review of the book which I am doing here!  Loved the book! #NetGalley #AlaskanHoliday

Description as found on NetGalley.com

“[Debbie] Macomber brings her signature charm to this appealing tale of an aspiring chef. . . . This charmer will please Macomber fans and newcomers alike.”—Publishers Weekly

Debbie Macomber brings us to the Alaskan wilderness for a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it’s least expected.

Before beginning her dream job as sous chef in one of Seattle’s hottest new restaurants, Josie Avery takes a summer position cooking at a lakeside lodge in the remote Alaskan town of Ponder. Josie falls for the rustic charms of the local community—including Jack Corcoran, the crotchety keeper of Ponders famed sourdough starter, and, in particular, the quiet and intense Palmer Saxon, a famed master swordsmith.

Josie and Palmer become close during the long Alaskan summer days, but Josie knows that, come fall, she’ll be returning to reality and the career she’s worked so hard for. Palmer, on the other hand, would like nothing better than to make Josie his wife and to keep her in Ponder. But Josie can’t imagine abandoning her mother back in the Emerald City and sacrificing her career to stay in this isolated town—not even for a man she’s quickly coming to love.

Fate has other plans. Josie misses the last boat out of town before winter sets in, stranding her in Ponder and putting her dream job at risk. As the holidays approach, Josie and Palmer must grapple with the complications that arise when dreams confront reality, and the Christmas magic that can happen when they put their faith in love.

Debbie Macomber is at her best in this beautiful holiday story about the far journeys we travel to find a place to call home.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult - 5 Stars - This book is a must read!


What can I say that is different than the description of the book or the thoughts of some of the previous famous writers that reviewed the book that are included in the description.  This is a very thought-provoking book on the subject of a clinic that offers women abortions, back in the day when they were legal in some states, not in all, and pro-life/pro-choice was just as difficult a choice for women who found themselves pregnant or wanted to use birth control.  In order to get to the clinic, you had to run the gauntlet of the people who chose to protest every single day at this particular clinic.  That in of itself would give some people pause before going in. On this particular day a gunman decides to go into the clinic to take a stance for his daughter who went to this particular clinic in the past.  There is a police hostage negotiator that begins to set up a plan to speak with the gunman and sets up the perimeter only to get a text from his own 15-year-old daughter, Wren, who to his horror is inside the clinic along with her Aunt.  This book is takes you through the white-knuckle time inside the clinic and through the thoughts of each character inside the clinic.  You’ll be driven to read this book to the end to find out the fate of each of the characters, but of course that of Wren who is so young to be caught up in the middle of all of this, who keeps waiting for her Dad to rescue them.  I can only say that Jodi Picoult has written this book in such a way that everyone might wish to rethink their stance and what they would do in each and every character’s position. She is to be applauded for taking on this subject in this story in the way that she did.  It’s obvious that much thought, and much research went into the writing of this story and the way she set up the story makes the telling even more powerful.

I received a kindle version of this book through NetGalley and Random House books and I highly recommend this book for everyone to read!

The Description of the book as found on NetGalley.com:
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things returns with a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

“Picoult at her fearless best . . . Timely, balanced and certain to inspire debate.”—The Washington Post

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the crosshairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

Advance praise for A Spark of Light

“The author presents the white-knuckled narrative in a reverse-chronological order. The effect is mesmerizing, as Picoult establishes moments in the overarching event, before revealing how they came to be.”Houston Chronicle

“Picoult delivers another riveting yarn . . . in this carefully crafted, utterly gripping tale.”Booklist (starred review)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter - 5 Stars - Suspense From Beginning to End!!


Loved the book!  Suspense from beginning to end.  You never know what is going to happen next!  I read a lot of romance, this wasn’t my normal genre although I’m wondering now why not?  I have to read another book by this author, it’s an absolute!  The book is character driven from beginning to end. It centers around lawyers rather than police, or detectives which I love as this family the book is centered around are all lawyers. Father and daughter live in the city of Pikesville, the last daughter has moved away never wants to return. Until she receives an email your sister needs you!  The book just doesn’t stop as far as action and suspense and I can’t recommend this book and author enough.  If you like your action on the dark side this one is absolutely for you!  See description below I didn’t see the need to repeat it!  I would have given it 6 stars if I could have!!

I received this book from the publisher as part of their book launch program, the review is entirely my own. I’m a member of Good Reads and that is where I entered a drawing for the book and won one!! #GoodReader #TheGoodDaughter

Description as found on Good Reads:
Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn's happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father—Pikeville's notorious defense attorney—devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, Charlotte has followed in her father's footsteps to become a lawyer herself—the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again, and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized, Charlotte is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it's a case that unleashes the terrible memories she's spent so long trying to suppress--because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won't stay buried forever. Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

The Sweetest Thing by Barbara Freethy – 5 Stars!



I’ve read a lot of Barbara Freethy’s books, she never disappoints!  Each of her books are very different and they are always so interesting that you can’t or don’t want to put them down.  This book has a bit of paranormal included which only pulled me in further.  I had to see how things were going to work out.  Of course, there was an attraction going on between two of the characters, one that the gentleman had a hard time dealing with.  He doesn’t want to be involved with a woman in any shape or form…..he also finds himself saddled with his Father whom he doesn’t always get along with and a young girl who shows up on his doorstep saying she believes she is his daughter.  He absolutely doesn’t want to believe that.  Then there is the paranormal stuff that is going on for which I am not going to speak of I don’t want to spoil things.  The characters are well written, well developed, very interesting and the interaction between them is very compelling.  This book is one you must pick up.  I would say that of anything Barbara Freethy has written though because I think I’ve read four books of hers now and they were all very good!!  #Barbara Freethy
I received this book through #BookFunnel in the hopes that I would provide an honest review of the book.  I received it in kindle format.

Description as found on Good Reads:
#1 NYT Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy delivers an emotional and poignant story with touches of humor and a cast of quirky, lovable characters. A touch of mysticism adds an extra layer to this story of love and family. 

Alone in the world, Faith Christopher had always yearned for love ... and a man who'd make her heart pound. But her dreams of a place to call home were getting harder to hold on to ... 

Alex Carrigan liked fast cars, fast women and fast deals - then a tough-talking teenager arrived on his doorstep claiming she was his long-lost daughter, and his meddling grandfather decided to move in. Suddenly, Alex has to face the family he never expected. 

Enter Faith. Little did the outspoken and beautiful baker know that deep inside Alex was a well of tenderness ... and that she might have the recipe to bring him true love - the sweetest thing life has to offer. 

Reviews... 

"The Sweetest Thing is a heart-tugging tale of family and the healing power of love. Barbara Freethy has created a delightful cast of quirky yet lovable characters and brought them to full life. The Sweetest Thing is a story as enjoyable and richly satisfying as one of the heroine's chocolate eclairs!" Romance Fiction Forum - AOL 

"Freethy has crafted an entertaining and moving contemporary romance. The paranormal elements are well handled and enrich the story. But ultimately, The Sweetest Thing is about the importance of love and family, for it is love that makes family sweet." The Romance Reader 

"Ms. Freethy has again done a wonderful job of crafting an intriguing plot line and peopling it with fully developed characters that have all of the flaws and foibles common to human beings." Bookbug on the Web 

The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy – 4 Stars!



I liked this one by Mary Connealy.  I got a little slowed on the story while she told the back story that was from her previous book. For me it didn’t flow as well as her previous books in those sections…..but she got into the story eventually without having to tell any more backstory.  I like her writing and I do love reading about the old west and how the people who traveled into Indian country in covered wagons managed with very little to prove claims and live with very little and build homes with even less.  The story line picked up and I finished the book in very little time. I did enjoy the book and there was a bit of suspense throughout the book, a romance, etc. 

I received this book from the publisher as part of their book launch program, the review is entirely my own. I’m a member of NetGalley. #TheReluctantWarrior #NetGalley

Description as found on NetGalley.com
Union army officer Cameron Scott is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He's come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness, who he worries may be trying to keep the children.

When danger descends on the cabin where they're huddled, Cam is hurt trying to protect everyone and now finds Gwen caring for him too. He soon realizes why the kids love her so much and wonders if it might be best for him to move on without them. When she sees his broken heart, Gwen decides to help him win back their affection--and in the process he might just win her heart as well.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Lady Of Tarpon Springs by Judith Miller – 5 Stars!!



I loved this book!  I did read it in one day.  It was very interesting.  In addition to having a romance thrown in there is a very real history of diving off boats for sponges.  I knew nothing about this business or how it came to be.  Although the story line is fiction, there was actually a group of over 500 Greeks that moved to Tarpon Springs to live and work diving for sponges.  I enjoy reading about Greek families as I lived with a Greek man for 13 years.  Back in 1905 there was a thriving sponge business and also many came to that area to use the mineral springs that were thought to be beneficial.  The Greeks that came to that area used some of the first diving gear, really quite a process to keep themselves from getting sick or dying while going down or coming up in these suits.  A lot of research went into the writing of this book in regard to diving, the sponge business, and Tarpon Springs in that time period.  The story line is also built around a Greek woman who studies and passes the bar to become a lawyer without her Father’s permission, which was a very big deal in those days.  She ends up running the sponge business for her friend who inherited it from her Father who died suddenly.  Her friend works as a doctor another career not taken up by ladies by many in those days.  The Greek men didn’t want lady doctors taking care of them, nor do they want to do business with ladies and are superstitious about having a lady on any of their boats.  This book was so interesting and the love story and the mystery built into the story line made up for a great read.  Hat’s off to Judith Miller for another very interesting read!

I received this book from the publisher as part of their book launch program, the review is entirely my own. I’m a member of "Bethany House and Chosen Books Reader Crew".  #Bethany House. #BakerPublishingGroup. #ChosenBooksReaderCrew.

The description as follows of the book was found on Good Reads:
Much to the dismay of her Greek family, Zanna Krykos makes a living as a lawyer in Tarpon Springs, Florida. When her friend Lucy needs legal advice about the business she inherited upon her father's passing, she ends up asking Zanna to run the business instead so she can focus on her medical career.

Nico Kalos is a Greek diver who has worked on sponging boats in the Aegean Sea since the age of 14, giving him a vast knowledge of the trade. When he hears of an opportunity to lead a group of spongers to the United States, he seizes it. But his excitement is quickly quelled when he arrives only to discover that a young woman with no experience in the business will be in charge of the new crews. 

But as Zanna and Nico face even more complications than they could have imagined, they must learn to work together or risk everything they've worked so hard for.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ours For A Season by Kim Vogel Sawyer – 5 Stars!



I’ve always liked the author Kim Vogel Sawyer, this book was just another of hers that had me after the first couple of pages.  She writes often about the Amish or Mennonite people.  This book was about a couple who were part of a Mennonite community.  Anthony and Marty Hirschler married and he caught the Mumps after rendering him sterile.  She lost the baby she carried the first one and now her life is nothing like she thought it would be. They are falling further and further away from each other and Marty is having problems with her faith in God. She can’t stand to be around her family members that have little ones or are pregnant because it just hurts too much! 
Her friend Brooke a childhood friend who is not Mennonite writes and invites the couple to come and help run a construction crew to turn a ghost town into a resort community.  Anthony has a construction crew in Indiana.  There are many issues that come up through the story as I read it.  The book left me wanting to keep reading it, I carried it around where ever I went, to get a page in here and there.  The book was very interesting, compelling, and I liked the story line.  The characters were well developed as well as the story line.  Of course, God and the Bible are referenced in the book as the author enjoys a full time speaking and writing ministry. 

I received this book from the publisher through their book launch program. @WaterBrookjMultnomah #Partner.

An Old Order Mennonite couple's vows and beliefs are challenged in this stirring contemporary novel for fans of Cindy Woodsmall or Shelley Shepherd Gray.

Anthony and Marty Hirschler are part of an Old Order Mennonite community in Pine Hill, Indiana. The couple has grown apart since a doctor confirmed they would never have children. Marty longs to escape the tight-knit area where large families are valued, and the opportunity to do so arises when her childhood friend, Brooke Spalding, resurfaces with the wild idea of rebuilding a ghost town into a resort community. Brooke hires Anthony to help with the construction, drawing the Hirschlers away from Indiana and into her plan, and then finds herself diagnosed with cancer. Moral complications with Brooke's vision for a casino as part of the resort and the discovery of a runaway teenager hiding on the property open up a world neither the Hirschler’s nor Brooke had considered before. Will they be able to overcome their challenges and differences to help the ones among them hurting the most? 

Eagle & Crane by Suzanne Rindell – 5 Stars!



I won this book, it was part of a package of three books given out through a drawing at Read It Forward.  They usually give away one book a week, this time they gave three away.  This book I started reading as soon as I received it and it had me wanting to stick with it, right from the beginning.  This book was set during the depression era, also back when there were traveling circuses, gypsies, air shows, etc.  This book was really about two families and their animosity for each other, although the younger men really only disliked the other because their families had been telling them for years that they shouldn’t do anything together.  A traveling air show came to town and the two young men both showed up for the air show.  One decided he wanted to try and wing walk while up in the air, and was willing to pay double to try it the next day.  The other decided to do it because he couldn’t let himself be out done in the eyes of the people there from the area.  The man running the show was a bit of a shyster, always looking for his next big deal.  He married a woman who had a daughter, and he had them living in a caravan, and working the crowd and collecting money.  He wasn’t always the most pleasant man.  They did successfully walk on the wings of the airplanes, and that got the shyster thinking, he needed to make them a permanent part of the show.  The story about how things were going was very interesting as well as the back story between their families.  One of the men was Japanese and they were doing the air shows when Pearl Harbor happened. So another part of the story is about the camps they sent any Japanese people to for their own safety, although many people died in those camps.  They were run more like prisons.  With several back stories going on at the same time, the book was never dull or slow.  It was an easy read and I finished it over two days.  I really enjoyed the book.  The characters were well developed as well as the story line.  The ending was not disappointing and was really a surprise.

Thanks again to the people at Read It Forward and to the publisher at G.P. Putnam’s Sons it was an amazing read and a wonderful surprise! #RIFWINNER

Description as found on Good Reads: Two young daredevil flyers confront ugly truths and family secrets during the U.S. internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, from the author of The Other Typist and Three-Martini Lunch.

Louis Thorn and Haruto "Harry" Yamada -- Eagle and Crane -- are the star attractions of Earl Shaw's Flying Circus, a daredevil (and not exactly legal) flying act that traverses Depression-era California. The young men have a complicated relationship, thanks to the Thorn family's belief that the Yamadas -- Japanese immigrants -- stole land that should have stayed in the Thorn family.

When Louis and Harry become aerial stuntmen, performing death-defying tricks high above audiences, they're both drawn to Shaw's smart and appealing stepdaughter, Ava Brooks. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor and one of Shaw's planes mysteriously crashes and two charred bodies are discovered in it, authorities conclude that the victims were Harry and his father, Kenichi, who had escaped from a Japanese internment camp they had been sent to by the federal government. To the local sheriff, the situation is open and shut. But to the lone FBI agent assigned to the case, the details don't add up.

Thus begins an investigation into what really happened to cause the plane crash, who was in the plane when it fell from the sky, and why no one involved seems willing to tell the truth. By turns an absorbing mystery and a fascinating exploration of race, family and loyalty, Eagle and Crane is that rare novel that tells a gripping story as it explores a terrible era of American history. 
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Healing Hearts by Sarah M. Eden - A compelling read - 5 stars



Spoiler Alert – if you don’t want to know more about the secret revealed in the book don’t read this one.  Read the book to find out towards the end.
This book was a very interesting read!  It was set in the old west, Wyoming Territory 1876 in the town of Savage Wells.  It has so much information in the story line of how they treated illnesses back in the day, what some of the doctors were like, how mental illness was often something to be afraid of or a social stigma if your child had it.  Many with epilepsy were put away in institutions and couldn’t legally leave if their family signed them in.  Laws were different back then.  This book was a very compelling read, one you won’t want to lie down and walk away from.  You’ll find yourself carrying this one around your home with you in order to see what is going to happen next.  I really liked the main characters of this book and the story line. It was very well researched and very well written.  You won’t be disappointed if you pick this one up!
I received this book from the Net Galley through their book launch program. I did receive it in a kindle format. #HEALINGHEARTS #NETGALLEY
Wyoming Territory, 1876

As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.

When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara's message had gotten turned around. He didn’t want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.

But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of getting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam’s arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally around Miriam to protect her from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.