Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An October Bride

Book description:  "She wants to make her father's dream come true. She doesn't realize her own dream has been in front of her the whole time.
Emma Tate isn't a risk taker, so everyone in her small Midwest town is surprised when she suddenly becomes engaged to lifelong friend Jake Sawyer. No one but Jake and Emma know the true reason they're getting married-so Emma's dying father can walk her down the aisle.
While Jake and Emma plan an autumn wedding together, it becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications-the biggest being their true feelings for each other.
In this novella by award-winning author Katie Ganshert, a young woman must reconcile her dying father's dreams with her own dreams for love and for her future."
My review:  This is one of the novellas in "A Year of Weddings" that I love.  I love the story, the characters, and the ending.  A lot of novellas are not easily developed in a short amount of space, but Katie Ganshert did a great job developing An October Bride.  I have enjoyed reading her novels in the past and I certainly enjoyed reading An October Bride.  I read the whole book in one sitting on this rainy afternoon.  If you need something quick to read that will pull you in and hold your interest until the end of the book, this is the book for you.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher through the Booklook Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Matter of Heart

Book description:  "Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two new men come into her life, and both manage to stir her heart.

Harrison Gable is a successful young lawyer with ambitions that match Jessica's dreams. His warm, attentive manner and thoughtful gifts make her feel special.

Austin Todd, a former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But after learning of forged gold certificates and missing printing plates, he's drawn back into the world of intrigue and agrees to help solve the case. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes. 

If Jessica follows her heart, where will it lead?"

My review:  This is another great book by Tracie Peterson.  She is able to write in such a way that the reader feels like part of the family.  In a few places it was a little hard to keep all the characters straight, but overall the story flows smoothly.  The characters are well-developed and it was great to catch up with a few of the characters from the first two books in this series.  Even though A Matter of Heart can stand alone, it is helpful to have read the first books.  Parts of this story relate to things that happened in the first parts of this series.  A Matter of Heart can be enjoyed more if you are familiar with the characters and the background from which this story was written.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  

The Daughter of Highland Hall

Book description:  "Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.

When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served."

My review:  I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I was really looking forward to reading this one.  I was not disappointed, but for me it wasn't as good as the first one. The story was well-written, but it just didn't seem to go deep enough.  I didn't get pulled into the lives of the characters as I would have liked.  I did enjoy seeing the transformation in Kate from a spoiled child in the first book, to a mature young woman by the end of this book.  There was also plenty of humor with Kate's aunt planning her every move.  The author also gives the reader plenty to think about as far as his own priorities and spiritual health.  A very clear presentation of the gospel makes this book an excellent resource to give to unbelieving friends and acquaintances who like to read.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Love Undone

Book description:  "At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.

Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.

As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God's guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?"

My review:  A Love Undone is another great Amish novel.  I loved the characters and enjoyed catching up a little with characters from a previous novel.  This isn't a story that you just enjoy.  This is a story that will make you feel like part of the family.  You will be pulled into the lives of the characters and will hate to see the story come to an end. There are unexpected events and deep emotions throughout the book that will keep you turning pages.  The only part of the book I didn't like was the ending.  For such a deeply emotional book, the ending was rushed.  The book wasn't so long that the ending couldn't have been a little longer.  I know I could have kept reading since I hated to see it come to an end.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An August Bride

Book description:  "Kelsey vowed never to love a cowboy again. But then she meets Brent.
After a cowboy broke her heart, Kelsey Wilcox traded in her boots for flip-flops and a bistro on the beautiful sandy beach of Corpus Christi. Two years later, still not believing in happy endings, she is about to endure a weekend of torture at her cousin's beach wedding. Not only will she be forced to watch yet another wedding, but her great-aunt and her two best friends-aptly nicknamed "the matchmaking posse of Mule Hollow"-are coming to the wedding, and Kelsey is sure to be on their radar.
Brent Corbin has had his share of bad luck with women and isn't looking for love or looking forward to the weekend of wedding festivities as a groomsman for his friend. When he sees a commotion on the beach and what appears to be a mermaid in distress, he doesn't hesitate to dive to the rescue. His attention is instantly captured by the woman he's saved and it turns out they're part of the same wedding party. But the instant Kelsey spots his soaking wet boots she wants no part of him.
Thrown together through the weekend and with the meddlesome encouragement from the matchmakers, Brent is determined to pursue Kelsey and change her mind about cowboys. Sparks fly at this August wedding as Kelsey and Brent dance a rocky Texas two-step toward a beach wedding of their own."
My review:  An August Bride is another great "A Year of Weddings" story.  There is plenty of romance, humor, and fun to keep the reader turning pages until the very end.  I have enjoyed this series and was looking forward to reading this novella as well. I was not disappointed.  If you want a quick, enjoyable, summer read this is the book for you.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The River

Book description:  "Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.

Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption. Can they face the future in the light of a past they can't undo?"
My review:  The beginning of The River did not flow very smoothly, but once I got into the book a little way the story line seemed to move along more easily.  I think there were too many "voices" at the beginning and that caused things to be a bit disjointed.  Once I got into the book I thoroughly enjoyed it. Beverly Lewis has a way of telling a story that makes the characters come alive.  This is another great Amish fiction that is a bit out of the ordinary.  The unusual plot makes for a great read!  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Deadly Business

Book description:  "If the hours don't kill you, the accused just might.
Mia Quinn is a Seattle prosecutor working on high profile cases in the Violent Crimes unit while juggling the impossible demands of single parenthood. Her husband, Scott, was killed in a car crash that homicide detective Charlie Carlson now believes was no accident. Charlie's instincts and professional record make it impossible for Mia to refute the evidence she'd rather not believe.
When the powers that be refuse to reopen the case, it's up to Mia and Charlie to investigate, all the while trying to deny a growing attraction between them. Was her accountant husband really in league with nefarious criminals? And who is the young woman whose photo they find on his computer?
Uncovering the truth may hurt Mia in more ways than one."
My review:  A Deadly Business is another book that kept me up late at night.  Great characters, unexpected twists, and a page-turning plot are all included this book.  This is the second book in the Mia Quinn mystery series.  Although you don't have to read the first one to enjoy this one, you won't want to miss either book.  If you love a good suspense novel, this one will fit the bill perfectly.  The author, Lis Wiehl, will keep you on the edge of your seat as you read.  I look forward to the next book in this series.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher through the Booklook Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.