Monday, May 14, 2018

The Road Home

Book description: "Grieving the death of her Amish parents and the separation from her nine close-knit siblings, Lena Rose Schwartz consoles herself that her new life in Lancaster County won't be forever. Surely someday soon she will return to her beloved Michigan settlement, including her beau. But even as she holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own. Will she find the courage to open her heart to other possibilities?"

My review: Beverly Lewis is my favorite author for Amish fiction. The Road Home is another novel that keeps her at the top of my favorites list! This particular story took a few unusual twists and turns and didn't necessarily end the way I expected. I really couldn't decide what I wanted to happen to Lena in the end. That made the plot that much stronger in my opinion. Once again Lewis's characters are personable and real. Lena lived a life of trust in God that was not perfect, and each of the characters showed the ups and downs of life with real struggles. I look forward to another book with these particular characters. I received a copy of the is book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 6, 2018

In Places Hidden

Book description:  "Camrianne Coulter's brother Caleb is a successful San Francisco attorney. But when three months go by without a word from the usually communicative Caleb, Camri boards a train to the booming West Coast city to find out for herself why he hasn't written. When she arrives at his home, nobody seems to know where he is, or what has become of him.

Camri's search for her brother leads her deep into the political corruption of the city--and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, who Caleb successfully defended from a false murder charge. Getting to know this handsome Irish contractor challenges all of Camri's privileged beliefs, but Patrick is unshakably loyal to her brother, and he seems to know more about what happened to Caleb than anyone else. As the two edge closer to the truth behind Caleb's disappearance, they risk angering the powerful forces that control the city. Can Camri trust Patrick to protect her from the dangers that lie hidden in San Francisco's backstreets?"

My review:  As with all of Tracie Peterson's books, I enjoyed reading In Places Hidden. There were a couple of times the story line was a little confusing with some of the details of the mystery, but overall, it was an intriguing story that kept me turning pages. I enjoyed Camri's story as well as her two friends, and hopefully their stories will continue in the next books in this series. I felt that Camri and Patrick's relationship was a little rushed under the circumstances, but that did not take away from the story. Mrs. Peterson has a great start to her next series. I look forward to reading them. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

If I Live

Book description:  "Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she’s running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes her.
Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan’s life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?"
My review:  What a great ending to a great series! A page-turner for sure! From the first words of the first book in this series, I was hooked. Waiting for the second and third books to be released was agony. I read this final book in the series in one sitting. I couldn't put it down! Casey was one of those characters that felt so real I thought I would see her story in the news. Terri Blackstock is an amazing suspense author and this is my favorite series of hers. I'm usually not a fan of multiple points of view, but with this series I didn't care. If you love suspense, this is a series you don't want to miss. Just make sure you have all three. You will kick yourself if you don't. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The View from Rainshadow Bay

Book description:  "After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.
When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.
Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.
In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State."
My review: I sometimes feel that my review of books by Colleen Coble are all the same! That is because all her books are amazing! This one is no exception! The characters, setting, and plot pulled me into the story. The suspense kept me turning pages late into the night. There are several Christian themes in this book, but the one that stood out the most to me was the theme of forgiveness. I always appreciate the Christian themes that are presented. This book is a great start to a new series. I already feel like I know the characters, and I am looking forward to reading more about them. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Blue Ridge Sunrise

Book description: "Former free spirit Zoe Collins swore she’d never again set foot in Copper Creek or speak to the man who broke her heart. But return she must when her beloved Granny dies, leaving the family legacy to Zoe—a peach orchard nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
When Zoe returns home with her daughter and boyfriend Kyle, she finds that she’s the only person in town who doesn’t expect her to give up the life she’s established far away from Copper Creek. Everyone believes she was born to run the orchard, but how can she make it her home after so many years?
Cruz Huntley never quite got over his first love, Zoe Collins, the little sister of his best friend Brady. Not when she cheated on him during their “break,” not when she took off to parts unknown with good-for-nothing Kyle Jenkins, and not even now—five years later.
As life-changing decisions and a history with Cruz hang over Zoe’s head, tensions rise between her and Kyle. Even as she comes to terms with the shifting relationships in her life, Zoe still isn’t sure if she can remain in Copper Creek with her new responsibilities . . . and her first love."
My review: This is not a book with everything falling into place perfectly.  Life happens and the characters are human. While this book does of course have a "perfect" ending, the path there is anything but. I appreciate that about this story. I thought the trips back in time helped with understanding the story. It gave more meaning to the plot and a better understanding of the characters. I have enjoyed other books by Denise Hunter and this one was no exception. Her characters are relatable and her plots are well-developed. If you are looking for a good book to read over the holidays, this is one I can recommend. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Booklook Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Out of the Ordinary

Book description:  "Working as a paid companion may be quite commonplace, but Miss Gertrude Cadwalader's eccentric employer makes her job unpredictable, to say the least. She finds herself carrying out an array of highly unusual tasks, including wearing peculiar outfits and returning items the woman pilfered. But when the wealthy Mrs. Sinclair catches Gertrude sneaking around the Sinclair yacht with some of the missing items in her possession, she immediately jumps to the wrong conclusion.

Shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair is caught in the middle of a misunderstanding between his mother and Gertrude, but he can't help coming to his friend's defense. Even as he hopes their friendship might become something more, Harrison is unprepared for the outlandish escapades that seem to follow the lovely, anything-but-ordinary Gertrude at every turn."

My review: If you need a good laugh, this is the book for you! Just when you think circumstances can't get any more comical, you find that you are mistaken. Jen Turano has a way with words, and while this book is titled Out of the Ordinary, all her books seem to be anything but ordinary. Even the characters names show a great sense of humor. I loved Gertrude and the development of her character and Mrs. Sinclair and her eccentric ways, but Harrison Sinclair was actually my favorite. Many times I just had to shake my head as I chuckled.  Frankly to me it seemed the ending was a bit rushed. I think so much time was spent on the unusual events, that the story line stalled some and the ending had to be rushed. In spite of a rushed ending, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. All my opinions are my own.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

To Wager Her Heart

Book description:  "Can a railroad man and a Southern Belle turned teacher find a way to work together to achieve their dreams in the new reality of the post-Civil War South?
Sylas Rutledge, former gambler and new owner of the East Line Railway, invests everything he has into this venture, partly to see if he can do it—but mostly to avenge his father. One man holds the key to the railway’s success—General William Giles Harding of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sylas Rutledge is beer and bullocks. Sy needs someone to help him maneuver in high society, and when he meets Alexandra Donelson, he quickly decides he’s found his tutor.
Spurning her family’s wishes that she marry, Alexandra Donelson is pursuing her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedmen’s university in the United States. But her family does not approve, and ultimately, her father expels her from the family home and cuts her off completely.
Through her friendship with Mary Harding, Alexandra is thrown together with both General Harding and Sylas Rutledge. And she soon finds herself falling in love with a man whose roguish qualities and adventuresome spirit smack more of recklessness than responsibility.
Sylas Rutledge will risk everything to win the hand of the woman he loves. What he doesn’t count on is having to wager her heart to do it.
Set at Nashville’s historic Belle Meade Plantation, To Wager Her Heart is a sweeping Southern love story about a nation mending after war, the struggle to move a country forward, and the courage of a man and woman to see themselves for who they truly are—and can be—with each other."
My review: While this wasn't my favorite book in this series, it was still very good! I love to read historical fiction especially when the author researches carefully and includes plenty of historical detail. Tamera Alexander is one of those authors. She carefully weaves her story around her historical detail, and the end result is fascinating story that you don't want to put down. I really enjoyed being introduced to Fisk University and the Jubilee Singers. The romance in this particular book is not as prominent in the story line as most books by this author. However, the lives of Alexandra and Sylas pull you into their story in such way that you don't really miss the romance. I have loved this series, A Belle Meade Plantation, and hate to see the series end. I do look forward to whatever Tamera Alexander writes next. I received copy of this book from the publisher through the Booklook Blogger program. All opinons are my own.