Monthly Archives: August 2015

Gone But Knot Forgotten by Mary Marks

Book Review

Author Mary Marks, has Martha Rose and her two best friends back in the thick of things again. This is the first of her books I have had the pleasure of reading; I found it delightful as only cozy mysteries can entertain.
gone but knot forgottenMartha is Jewish, her two friends, Lucy and Birdie, are not; this does not stop the intrepid trio from being fast and loyal friends, who respect each other, quilt together, and get in scrapes together. I loved the fact that Ms. Marks explained a lot of the Jewish traditions especially in regard to the Sabbath and funerals. This added to the book and I loved the information she included, it was educational and interesting as well as adding to the depth of the story.
In this book, Ms. Marks has Martha named as the executor of her old high school friend, Harriet Oliver’s estate. Martha hasn’t been in touch with Harriet for years. Harriet’s estate is worth millions and something seems fishy to Martha about the scene of her death. She was not found for 10 months after she died; it seems that Harriet led a sad and solitary life, her son drowned at five, her husband disappeared, he was eventually declared dead, and she had few friends. To make things even more interesting, Birdie is a walking talking CSI expert from watching television; she is up on all the latest “speak” in regard to criminal investigation.

What follows are plot twists and turns, mysteries, murders, an entire list of suspects, antiques, a priceless quilt and other extremely valuable items are missing, greedy family

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Refuge of the Heart by Ruth Logan Herne

Book Review

This is a wonderful story of courage, survival, the undefeated human spirit, terror, relationships, faith in God and redeeming love.  I loved this story and couldn’t read it fast refuge of the heartenough. Author Ruth Logan Herne did a wonderful job of instilling emotion into this story; I could feel Lena’s emotions; the cultural differences, the language, having to start her education over here, I thank God I live in America.  Lena, the main character of this story has suffered as no human being should have to suffer, and came to America with the help of the Catholic Church for a new life. Grozny, Chechnya was a battleground of fighting and evil men with evil intentions.

Lena and her 5-year-old sister, Anna, live in an apartment skirting a crime-ridden neighbor but a good school for Anna.  Mitchell Sanderson is the county DA up for re-election.  God has plans in store for Mitch, Lena, and Anna; God orchestras a

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The Visitant: A Venetian Ghost Story by Megan Chance

Book Review

Elena Spira, after a scandal, has been banished to Venice to nurse Samuel Farber, who has been injured. She arrives in Venice in 1884 to find the palazzo is derelict, covered in mold, mildew, soot, windowed boarThe visitantded and on the inside total disrepair, ruin everywhere. I could see the ruin and feel Ms Spira’s despair from the author, Megan Chance, descriptions. Megan Chance did a wonderful job setting the scene for the meeting between Samuel Farber and Elena. Samuel used laudanum liberally for the pain of his injuries. Elena immediately takes the situation in hand.

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A Texas Christmas by by Cecil, Dooley, Franklin, Griffin, Hake, Y’Barbo

Book Review

The book has 6 of the sweetest, wonderful, and clean, in some cases hilarious, romances I have ever read.

The first book Here Cooks the Bride by Cathy Marie Hake takes place in 1879; a hilarious romance between a young woman Lacey, and the local blacksmith Jeff, in Cut Corners, a small town in Texas. She came to a texas christmastown to help her sick aunt, who is a miserable cook, with her diner. Between every swain in town wanting to marry her for her cooking, the 4 old men, retired Texas Rangers,  that founded the town plotting to keep her in town to cook at the diner, and Jeff teaching her to make real Texas chili I laughed and laughed. This was a treat to read.  Watching Jeff and Lacey fall in love was a joy. This was a clean Christian read with strong Christian values.

The 2nd book A Christmas Chronicle by Pamela Griffin takes place in Cut Corners, Texas again in 1881. The four Meddin’ Old Men are at it again, this time trying to marry off Stone’s nephew Travis to Vivian who is clumsy and awkward.  Travis

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All The Beautiful Brides by Rita Herron

Book Review

Thirty years ago three young girls were murder at what is now called Graveyard Falls. Thirty years ago, Johnny Pike was convicted of the murders. Thirty years to the day, another murder has occurred with the same m.o., and now Johnny is due for parole.

 

Mona, psychologist, amateur profiler, and the widow of a FBI agent now lives in Graveyard Falls, but she is there for a reason. She was given up for adoption from this town and she is determined to find her birth mother. She

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Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait

Book Review

Picture a cozy small seaside town on the coast of Maine filled with colorful characters and we have the setting of this suspenseful cozy murder mystery book.   This is the second book in the Mainely Needlepointers Series and I must say I greatly enjoyed the book. This can be read as a stand-alone.

threads of evidenceAuthor Lea Wait has our main character, Angie Curtis investigating the forty-five year old death of Jasmine Gardener. Jasmine was the daughter of the town’s rich family who owned the estate, Aurora.   Each summer the family hosted an end of season party for the entire town prior to their return to New York, however at this last party tragedy occurred. Jasmine died and her mother insists she was murdered, and continued to insist until she died, which left Aurora empty and falling into disrepair. Suddenly the house is sold to an actress from California and things really begin to happen as the actress, Skye West and her son, Patrick, are in town to solve the mystery of Jasmine’s death and restore Aurora. The author, Lea Wait did a wonderful job of filling this book with colorful characters; a murder mystery that someone does not want solved, attempted murder, arson, and secrets, long-held secrets.

A part-time investigator, Angie is managing her grandmother’s Mainely Needlepointers,

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Fairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

This is a feel good book from the first page to the last.

 

Author Holly Martin without a doubt knows how to fill her stories full of laughter, quirky characters, ghosts, hidden treasurers, oogie monsters, curses and love.

I laughed so much during this read; Ms. Martin has a way with humor and words.

 

Story Line:

This is the story of Milly a woman full of life and loves all things Disney including castles, Princes, Princess, magic, and wishes. Her hair has pink ends and her shoes have sparkles.

 

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The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks

The bones Will S[eak

 

Serial Killer At Work!

 

 Action packed thriller from the first page!

 

This book begins in Washington State and a bombing by a Neo-Nazi group in Seattle, the little old cat woman who recognizes them hiding next door, and the pursuit that follows.

 

Fast-forward 15 years; forensic facial reconstruction expert Gwen Marcey is living in Montana, her dog brings her a human skull.  It is not long before more body parts are discovered and a live victim that

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The Arrival by J. W. Brazier

The Arrival

 

DNA Munipilation!

A Baby Born!

 

The premise for this book was set in stone thousands of years ago; if you believe the Bible it is all laid out in precise order. This is a take on the end times with America being in the center; in today’s advanced times of medicine, research, and science anything is possible.

 

This story begins in Palestine in 1948, Ian Taylor, archaeologist and Dr. Charles Wagner, scientist are hired to find a certain 2,000-year-old zealot Jewish body for Abram Solomon, CEO of Solomon Industries in the

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The Upside of Being Let Down by Karolyn James writing as London Casey and Ana W. Fawkes

The upside of being down

Troubled Young Woman

Life Out of Control

 

When I started this book, I thought it was not my cup of tea, for the first time I would not be able to write a positive review. I found I was very wrong. I was swept up in the book within a few pages.

This is the story of A. J., a girl who just never seems to get her life on the right path. At times I felt so sorry for her, I wanted to cry when she was revealing how their parents treated her and Wendy as children; then other times I just wanted to shake her.

 

She stopped going to her college classes and has been thrown out of college, she stopped going to her

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Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer with Caitlin Moscatello

good mourning

Inside Look At Death

Good Mourning Is A Gem:  witty,  clever, humorous

Powerful!

When I opened this book I was not sure what I would find inside.  Was I going to cry for the next few days or was just sadness waiting in the pages?

 

I was wonderfully surprised at the content; witty, clever, humorous, yes, sad at times, eye-opening, irreverent, and tongue in check with quite a different formula for funerals that I found I quite liked.

 

In the Southern Bible Belt a funeral is almost a religious experience; Ms. Meyers ideas of the send off were so different from we have, I found myself saying, yes, why not!  What a wonderful idea to have all the things that person loved and valued placed at the funeral. I found this a wonderful idea.

 

The portrayals of the ultra rich as pampered, spoiled, selfish, royalty were educational as I did not realize the rich expected so much to be done for and given to them as a course of life, a product of their privileges. As Ms. Meyers says in this book, death is the one thing that unites all of us, rich or poor.

 

I enjoyed this book from the first paragraph to last sentence as Ms. Meyers and Ms Moscatello entertained and kept my interest as they documented Ms. Meyers travels from an ultra rich privileged spoiled party planning young woman grieving for her

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Promises Kept by Scarlett Dunn

promises kept

Big Strong Cowboy

Needy Woman

Victoria works in a boarding house in St Louis, Missouri as the cook.   She arrived with two small boys in tow claiming they were her brothers. That was not exactly the truth; she took the boys with her when she left a saloon in Abilene two years ago to save them from the orphanage.

 

She needs a husband to help her care for the boys, provide a home, and a father figure. The boys keep asking for a Pa. She won’t consider a cowboy, as one had almost raped her; she had nothing but bad trouble with cowboys.

 

She advertises for a husband out west and travels to Promise, Wyoming to farmer Chet Barlow; he was the only that did not make reference to her wifely duties. The writers were very explicit in what they expected whether they married her or not.

 

Before leaving St Louis for Promise she served dinner to huge handsome cowboy, Colt McBride, from Wyoming in town checking on an inheritance left from his uncle.

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Cactus Rose by Samantha Harte

A DespeCactus Roserate Woman

A Powerful Strong Man

And Evil Surrounds Them!

Rosie Saladay raced into town in her worn out wagon and worn out horses on a mission. She needs a husband, and she needs him today.  The local gambler, Wesley Morris, is determined to practically steal her land and mysteriously her husband was killed last week.

 

Everyone believes there is gold on her land, she has something more valuable to history, ancient cliff dwellings; her husband, Abner, swore her to secrecy.

 

Del Grant riding thru town, drinking and gambling decides to marry Rosie even without “boots under the bed” as they said in the west, a marriage of convenience and protection for Rosie who believes she will be the next one killed for her land.

 

Rosie, a mill girl, had come west to find her future husband, found he didn’t want a wife, only a housekeeper, so he could research the dwellings and artifacts. She lives a lonely almost destitute existence. I could feel Del’s emotions rolling off of him as he listened to Rosie describe her life.

 

I could feel Rosie’s desire that her late husband had felt a little something for her, fear of what was to become of her, and her determination to safe guard her husband’s legacy. The author poured emotion throughout this book, as we watched Del and Rosie grow into the people they were

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Wedding Matilda by Heather Hiestand

An UnwWedding Matildaed Mother

A Proper Gentleman

A Mystery To Solve

 

This is book six of the Redcake series; it can read as a stand alone. The Redcake Tea Shop employs Ewan Hales, which is under Matilda Redcake’s control.  Ewan is a hard worker and proud of his employment as he is in line to manage the new enterprise to open shortly.

 

When sub-quality flour is discovered, Ewan and Matilda work together to discover if the tainted flour sold to Redcakes was sabotage or a mistake. He and Matilda slowly realize an attraction is growing. Meanwhile Ewan discovers he is the heir to the Earl of Fitzgerald, which will disrupt his life but also improve it in others. He now could address Matilda.

 

Matilda is an unwed mother.  After one indiscretion, her lover refuses to marry her, and then returns to persuade her marriage was possible.  Matilda refused and proceeded to raise her son alone. Matilda’s chances are ruined as far as marriage due to birthing her son out-of-wedlock.  Her two-year son is kidnapped and her life is falling apart. Ewan,along with her family, wants to help her find him.

Characters, Plotting,  And Development:

The plots keep coming in this book. Author Heather Hiestand kept my interest from the

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The Congregation A Jake and Amanda Bannon Novel by Desirée Bombenon Pub date 8-25-15

the congrgation

Powerful Secrets!

Secret Organizations!

Time Running Out!

Jake and Amanda are back in action in this book; this maybe their toughest case yet as it deals with the Church, beliefs, secret organizations, secret meetings, secret agendas;  so many secrets.

 

Jake and Amanda are vacationing in Rome, as well as, getting a blessed rosary from Cardinal Roland for a friend of Amanda’s very religious mother. Amanda offers to deliver a religious relic to the Cardinals friend, Father Kristofferson in Chicago when they visit Chicago.

 

Cardinal Roland and Father Kristofferson have a secret between them. Something that will take place Dec 12, 2012. Cardinal Roland is inconsolable with grief over the secret.

 

Once in Chicago, Amanda is getting the sixth sense, clairvoyance, that Cardinal Roland may be in trouble of some kind.

 

Anytime the Church is involved you know your heart is going to be pulled from your chest.  There are a lot of twists and turns, which Ms. Bombenon will weave together to form a complete story. There is Josh and

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Take and Give (Haven Seekers Book 3) by Amanda G. Stevens

Take and Give

 

Persecution & Hatred Of Christians

 

Powerful Story!

 

Awesome Author!

 

This is the 3rd installment of the Haven Series by Amanda G. Stevens. This was the first book of this series I have read.

 

I read as many reviews of the first two books as I could, to have a sense of the issues and back story in the books. I still felt I was missing something as I started this book, however I was soon caught up in this story.

 

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The Offering by Desiree Bombenon

The Offering

 

The Offering is  a thrill ride with surprises.

 

Action Packed And Frightening

 

Jake and Amanda are the perfect couple, rich, intelligent, business savvy, and Amanda has a sixth sense that has helped them in the past solve crimes.  Amanda and Jake are strong, brave and strongly in love; they share everything.

 

They are in Hawaii relaxing when their neighbor in Canada. Bernie Wright, calls with a request for Amanda

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Deep Time By Rob Sangster

Deep Time

 

Non Stop Action

Evil Villians

You Can’t Put The Book Down!

 

Rob Sangster has done it again.  Great book with fly by the seat of your pants action and adventure.  This book has everything it takes to make a great book.

 

Jack is back and it’s very personal. Jack’s goddaughter, Katie, a radar operator on the Greenpeace ship

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