Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Vengeful Groom By Misty Shae

 

The Vengeful Groom
The Vengeful Groom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE VENGEFUL GROOM BY MISTY SHAE:

In The Vengeful Groom we find Thomas Engelberg and Caroline Saget.  Caroline, daughter to Ryan Saget, who ruined many fine men and their businesses with his dishonest business deals.  Having nothing but mean and rude comments for Carolina when he’s not ignoring her, he’s a sad excuse for a father.  Caroline seeks a way out of her torment.  Placing a mail order bride ad, she wants to go west.

Thomas Engelberg father’s one of the men Saget ruined.  Seeking vengeance, he answers Caroline’s mail order bride ad; saying all the things she needs to hear, he can not wait to begin his revenge against Saget by using Caroline.  The proverb states, “He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves one for his enemy & one for himself.”  After marrying Caroline and making her life hell, Thomas will find this proverb true.  Will these two ever come together in love and happiness?  Can Caroline’s love for Thomas and faith in God change Thomas for the better?  Will she ever be able to forgive his horrendous treatment of her?  My romance book review of The Vengeful Groom follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Oh my, what a short story Shae created.  Although short stories and novellas can not develop the characters or story-line in the depth of the their parent, the novel, Shae packed this short story with emotion.  I felt so sorry for Caroline I almost cried. Living a life of subjugation, discouragement, and belittling, she thought she had found her knight in shining armor. However, Caroline finds continuation of her earlier life.  Carolina never lost her faith in God’s goodness;  praying for Thomas daily.  Hoping for her happy ever after dream to come true.

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Heart On The Line By Karen Witemeyer

 

Ladies of Harper’s Station Book #2

Heart On The Line
Heart On The Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HEART ON THE LINE BY KAREN WITEMEYER:

In Heart On The Line by author Karen Witemeyer, we find Grace Mallory telegraph operator,  on the run after her father is murdered; she lands in Harper’s Station.  Continuing to work as a telegraph operator, she begins dotting and dashing with Amos Bledsoe. As their friendship grows so do their feelings for each other.  When notified the villain who murdered her father has found her, Grace knows she has to tell the town;  for evil is on the way.  Grace anguishes over the fact they might be in jeopardy. 

Amos is not very handsome and rides a bicycle rather than a horse.  He’s seen as an oddity to the women in his community; he wants Grace to see him as a man worth knowing and possibility loving.  Will he rush to Grace’s side or stay in his quite safe town?  What will Grace see when she first lays eyes on Amos?  My romance book review of Heart On The Line follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Heart on the Line, by author Karen Witemeyer, entertains and enthrall the reader from the first pages.  She grabbed me immediately; I could not read fast enough.  A sweet clean romance filled with mystery, grief, love, faith, and strength, the reader finds two romances in this book.

Witemeyer’s characters live in an all woman town, Harper’s Station; the sheriff and goods transporter the only men allowed.  I loved how the town, filled with women, supported and loved each other as family.   What a unique and original job Whitimeyer gave Grace.  Whitimeyer included the inequity of pay and positions for women during this time period. 

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Caged: A Psychological Thriller By Onaiza Khan

 

 

Winner of the story peak contest, this is the brand new psychological thriller from India’s upcoming author Onaiza Khan

 

 

 

Caged by Khan
Caged, Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE CAGED:

Author Onaiza Khan’s novel Caged  billed as a psychological thriller novel, is without question more.  Kidnapped by her new husband and kept locked in her room for three months, she begins to lose touch with reality.   She remembers abuse, hurting, and hearing another person screams of terror and pain.

What is real and what is not?  There is more to her story than appears on the surface.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

Although not my cup of tea, I can without hesitation state the author developed the characters, varied story-lines, and for a new author the writing was well-done.  I did not find the editing problems mentioned in other reviews.  Also, the pace of story was in line with the length of the novel.

With a variety of characters, an original story-line and the correct audience, Caged will be a hit.  Nothing is as it seems in the beginning of the story.  The author keeps the reader guessing about who

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Cowboy Ranch By Laura Fletcher

 

 

COWBOY RANCH BY LAURA FLETCHER
COWBOY RANCH, COVER

 

STORY LINE COWBOY RANCH WESTERN ROMANCE:

In Cowboy Ranch Western Romance Book 1, author Laura Fletcher, creates a romance novel of faith and need.  Jane Curtis, orphan, left the orphanage traveling to Colorado as a governess and house-assistant on Tom James’ ranch.  Under the supervision of Rosa and with instructions to leave the cowboys alone, Jane finds a ranch filled with handsome manly cowboys.  As a result, Rosa and Jane are at odds.  Jane seeking acceptance and in need of security and love, finds the foreman, Jacob, fascinating.

Will the gentle nature of Jane, catch Jacob’s eye?   Can Jacob forget the past and move on?  Will Rosa and Jane forge a working relationship?  My reviews of romance novel, Cowboy Ranch follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

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The Wrong Bride By Emma Harper

 

A Western Historical Mail Order Bride Romance (Mail Order Brides Go West Book 4)

The Wrong Bride
The Wrong Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wrong Bride contains a collection of 15 bonus western romance stories and the lead story, The Wrong Bride.  A fantastic deal for readers; a total of 16 mail order bride stories with a total page count of 1095, for the price of one.  I chose to review the lead story The Wrong Bride.

STORY-LINE THE WRONG BRIDE BY EMMA HARPER:

In The Wrong Bride, Bethany finds herself pregnant and unwed.  She has her friend, Carol, answer a mail order bride advertisement from a man out west, correspond, and agree to marry Cody Bowles in her name.  Cody has a house ready and impatiently waits for his bride.  When her lover and father of her child proposes, Bethany ask Carol to break the news to Cody; she will not be coming to marry him.

Carol unattached after recently breaking up with her fiancé, does not have the heart to write Cody the bad news.  She wants a husband and family to love and if Bethany doesn’t want Cody, she does.  She decides to take Bethany’s place and marry Cody; using Bethany’s name she arrives to find Cody very sick.

Nursing Cody, Carol has an immediate attraction to this large handsome man; Carol finds she can’t tell him she’s not Bethany.  What is she going to do?  Can she stand in front of God, in his house of worship, and marry Cody under another

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Tricked To Marry By Emma Harper

 

A Western Historical Mail Order Bride Romance (Mail Order Brides Go West Book 3)

Tricked To Marry
Tricked To Marry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tricked To Marry by author Emma Harper has Tricked To Marry and 15 other wonderful stories.  What a buy, 16 stories for the price of one.  I chose to review Tricked To Marry and The Sheriff’s Broken Bride.  All stories have a sweet clean romance set in the west.

STORY-LINE TRICKED TO MARRY BY EMMA HARPER:

In Tricked To Marry, we find Caroline, school teacher, in a small town in the west.  Coming from the East for a new life in the west, she loves her job and the town.  Desiring a husband and family, men are scarce and few are available.  At twenty-two she’s given up on finding a husband, much less love, when fate steps in taking the form of Winona.  Winona, friend, landlord, and confidant’s determined to find Caroline a husband; even if she has to tell a few lies and use subterfuge by answering a mail order bride ad.  One candidate, Kenneth, appears on the horizon and Winona’s determined to get him for Caroline. My review romance book review of Tricked To Marry follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In Tricked To Marry, we find, unbeknownst to Winona and Caroline, each have the same man in mind for Caroline’s future husband. Harper gave Winona a matchmaker personality which she used for Caroline’s benefit.  Winona unaware Caroline’s already has her heart on the same man as Winona wrote, does all she can to get them together. I found it hilarious Carolina had met Winona’s candidate already and attraction followed on both sides.

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America’s Next Reality Star By Laura Heffernan

 

America's Next Reality Star
America’s Next Reality Star

 

STORY-LINE AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR BY LAURA HEFFERNAN:

In America’s Next Reality Star, Jen Reid’s in desperate need of money;  no job, facing eviction, and receiving huge hospital bills for a previous accident. When a call for reality star participants post, Jen sees the answer to her prayers.  She’s smart, likes people, has a good memory, loves puzzles and people;  she is perfect for this gig.  Jen feels her boyfriend, Dominic, will support her;  expecting him to wait for her return from the show.  With a variety of personalities on the show including, handsome Justin, she might win more than she thought.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although everyone does not like reality shows and care even less for the participants, I found America’s Next Reality Star an entertaining read.  Seeing behind the scene was fascinating and I enjoyed the many personalities at play.  As on the real television shows, some of the participates are likeable and others you love to hate.  Heffernan filled this story with emotion and action; America’s Next Reality Star’s a past paced read with well-developed characters.

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A Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2 By Beth Durkee

 

A Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2
A Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MEMOIR A TESTIMONY VOLUMES 1 AND 2

MEMORY OF MIRACLES VOLUME 1:

In Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2, Beth Durkee outlines her early life of trials and faith.  In Memory of Miracles, the reader meets a fascinating girl who grows into a strong faith based young woman facing crisis’ with courage.  From teen pregnancy to many strokes, brain surgeries, short-term memory loss, and double vision, Durkee retained a faith in the Lord few have.

Raised by a calm Catholic father and an exuberant religious mother, Beth knew church and God from an early age.  But not spiritually, this would come later as she realized God always has a plan, hears and answers our prayers when in line with his will, and sometimes his plans take years for completion.  The Lord had his hand on her life, orchestrating the events which could have killed her, without his intervention.

The crisis’ Durkee endured will make the reader cry and her faith in God uplifts the reader.  With God directing events, which a non believer will believe coincidence, Beth recognizes the work of God. This is an up lifting volume proving the handy work of God

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Murder In The Development By Penelope Sotheby

 

A Diane Dimbleby Cozy Mystery

Murder In The Development
Murder In The Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE MURDER IN THE DEVELOPMENT BY PENELOPE SOTHEBY:

In Murder In The Development, we find Diane and Albert, amateur detectives and possibly the bane, of Inspector Crothers existence.  Pruning her roses, trying to get the characters for her latest book to coöperate, they receive a call from Crothers asking for help. He’s sending Monique Carstairs for help with her missing husband, Jonathan.

Returning home, Monique finds her house in total disarray, with the words TRAITOR, painted everywhere.  Where is Johnathan and what has he gotten into?  Finding several worthy culprits, Diane’s on the case; action and murder is sure to follow.  My review of cozy mystery, Murder In The Development, follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I love cozy mysteries and rarely do I correctly guess who is the murderer.  This book’s no different.  Sotheby crafted a fast-paced book filled with clues, and possible villains.  I found the pacing correct for the length of the book and the characters well-developed.  I loved Albert’s character; he’s a hoot.  Diane and Albert compliment each other.  I enjoyed the snips and snarks they tossed around.  Diane, a motherly caring woman on the surface; far from matronly she has an inquisitive mind and the skill to sort out a mystery.  Including several worthy culprits, and a surprise ending, I found this a good cozy mystery.

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Lady Lures The Earl By Eleanor Meyers

 

Lady Lures The Earl
Lady Lures The Earl

 

STORY-LINE LADY LURES THE EARL BY ELEANOR MEYERS:

In Lady Lures The Earl, the reader’s treated to a romp through Regency England.  Madalene Kay, teacher and confidante to her charges at St. John’s School Of Girls in Bath, does not follow the strict regulations of the headmistress, Miss Joseph. Madalene’s forward-thinking and believes in nurturing and loving the girls.  As well as, mixing the social classes together for play and schooling.  In order to bring into the school a sponsored girl of lower class, she makes a deal with Miss Joseph.  Joseph, hoping to increase the coffers of the school, tells Madalene she must obtain permission for the Earl of Pengross daughter to attend St. John’s School Of Girls.  The task of obtaining admission of Lilias is not as simple as it seems.

The complication to Miss Joseph’s scheme involves Marshall, the Earl of Pengross.  Accused of murdering his father, Marshall’s face was horribly scarred before he’s released from prison. Proclaiming his innocence, the murderer was never found.  Reclusive, Marshall’s reputations in ruins.  The ton gossips and speculates about Marshall, whispering in full view. Marshall’s unprepared for the independent and strong Madalene.  Madalene’s also the talk of the ton; a nonconformist who will not conform to the ton’s mold;  she left the social whirl after her first season.

Come along with Marshall and Madalene as they fight each other and the growing attraction each feels.  As well as, try to solve the murder of Marshall’s father.  Will love win the day?  Or will each go their separate ways?  My romance book reviews of Lady Lures The Earl follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a fine romance, Meyers also included mystery in Lady Lures The Earl.  A sweet clean romance, this book has an intriguing murder mystery.  With Marshall’s father’s moral values the lowest of the low, I had a hard time feeling sorry he was dead.  Meyers did not reveal the murderer’s identity until the last possible moment; keeping the suspense and intrigue at high peak.

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Love Touched Hearts By Richmond, Thorne, Keats, Healey, Austen

 

A Regency Romance Valentine’s Day Collection

Regency Romance Collections Book 2

Love Touched Hearts
Love Touched Hearts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Touched Hearts, a 5 books/novellas collection from various authors; I chose to review the contribution by Isabella Thorne.

 

STORY-LINE LOVE TOUCHED HEARTS, VALENTINE’S DUEL BY ISABELLA THORNE:

In Love Touched Hearts containing Valentine’s Duel by author Isabella Thorne, the reader finds Miss Mary Highland and her family.  Mary’s tanned skin color and dark hair, far different from her sisters fair skin and blonde hair, sets her apart.  Mary’s in love with her brother’s best friend, Captain Vincent Darten.  Just back from the war, he cut a large swathe through society.  Never mind the fact he’s engaged to another, Mary’s heart belongs to Darten.

Helen, her bluestocking sister, dropped a valentine, which Mary picked up and threw in a drawer long with the accompanying note/poem containing strange numbers.  Why would Helen receive this strange lace valentine? Then of all things, Darten kissed Mary.  Still on a high from his kiss, her father tells Mary, she’s to wed the Baron of Millersmit.  What did it all mean?  How could she marry another when she loved Darten?  What was Helen hiding?  A lot’s happening in this household.  My romance review of Love Touched Hearts, Valentine Duel follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

In Love Touched Heart, Valentine Duel, Thorne crafted a Regency romance with many threads.  Bringing all the threads together to a successful conclusion, the reader closes the book satisfied.  Presenting Helen as the bluestocking of the family, Thorne

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Cowboy Charade Rodeo Knights By Barbara McMahon

 

Cowboy Charade Rodeo Knights
Cowboy Charade Rodeo Knights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE COWBOY CHARADE RODEO KNIGHTS BY BARBARA MCMAHON:

In Cowboy Charade Rodeo Knights by author Barbara McMahon, we find Susannah Davis and Toby Palmer, joining forces to find the drug smugglers using the rodeo as a source of transportation.  Susannah’s an accomplished barrel racer trying to make the finals in Las Vegas.  She works hard, making a promise to herself to would never again become involved with a rodeo cowboy;  rodeo cowboys lead to heart ache.

Toby Palmer and his partner, Kyle, are winning and placing high in the rodeo standings;  saving for a ranch they have their eyes set on the big money in the rodeo finals in Las Vegas.  When Kyle’s in a wreck, cocaine’s found in the door panel of his truck.    Susannah and Toby join forces to find the culprits.  Not only has Kyle’s truck been used as transportation, Susannah’s truck also has drugs stashed in the door.

Calling in Jessie Knight, private investigator and past rodeo companion, to ferret out the villain or villains and prove Kyle innocence, Toby and Susannah decide to play a couple.  Susannah has trust issues and Toby has no plans for a woman in his life.  But fate has different ideas for these two. Come join in the race to find the culprits and the journey to love.   My romance book reviews for Cowboy Charade Rodeo Knights follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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Second Time’s The Charm by Rychards, Cortelyou, Dixon, Gray, Sharp

 

 

A Summer Romance Boxed Set by Authors:  Robyn Rychards, Holly Cortelyou, Ja’Nese Dixon, Khardine Gray, T. S. Sharp

Second Time's The Charm
Second Time’s The Charm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SECOND TIME’S THE CHARM is a boxed set of 5 wonderful summer romance novella’s.  You may have noticed I usually review one or two books from the collections.  This time I reviewed each book.  Therefore, this review will be longer than my usual post.

 

1.  SECOND TIME’S THE CHARM

     STORY-LINE:  THE BODYGUARD’S CATCH BY ROBYN  RYCHARDS:

In The Second Time’s The Charm containing, The Bodyguards’s Catch we find, Jordyn Souliere, who needs money desperately; then fate dropped an opportunity of a lifetime into her lap.  Unfortunately, she will have to go against her principles to cash in on the photo’s and video of famous singing artist Maximillian Chanteur’s broke up with his girlfriend.

To make matters worse, her first love, Remo Vashenko is Chanteur’s bodyguard.  Remo left her without a word and never returned.  Now, he is standing in front of her, grabbing her phone and hauling her out of the bathroom stall where she hid.

Can Remo and Jordy resolve this situation peacefully?   Will Remo and Jordyn resolve old hurts and forge a new relationship?  My romance book review of Second Time’s The Charm, The Bodyguards Catch follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

Although a sweet clean romance, The Bodyguard’s Catch, also has a mystery.  Remo, the poor kid from the other side of the tracks, fell in love with Jordyn in high school. But a crisis forced him to make a choice which left Jordyn still hurting years later.

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Love One Summer In Bath By Richmond,Blackwood,Thorne,and others

 

A Regency Romance Summer Collection From:

Richmond,Windsor,Thorne,Keats,Bruce,Healey,Darcy,Blackwood

Love One Summer In Bath
Love One Summer In Bath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a collection of Regency romances titled Love One Summer In Bath.  I chose to review Isabella Thorne and Gemma Blackwood contributions.

 

STORY-LINE HOPE FOR CHARITY BY ISABELLA THORNE:

In Love One Summer In Bath containing story, Hope For Charity, the reader’s treated to a short regency romance story set in Bath.  Lady Charity Abernathy’s looking for a husband.  However, Charity wants to marry for love and not social position.  Naive and young, she believes all the gossip she hears. Lord Wentwell, object of the latest gossip, reputation is one of a rake and rogue.  Upon meeting, Lord Wentwell, Neville Collington, Charity gives him the cold shoulder.  However fate has a different course in store for Charity.  Lord Wentwell’s reputation is not what it seems.  Come along with Charity as she discovers all gossip’s not true and love could be waiting in the wings.  My romance book review of Hope For Charity follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I found Hope For Charity a sweet clean romance.  Although Charity’s character is a naïve young woman, she knows she wants to marry for loveSocial position mean little to her.  She has a caring heart which differs from most of the ton.  Neville’s allowed his reputation to flourish which will cause him a great deal of problems with Charity.  Furthermore, including the Neville’s brother, added an extra ingredient to the story;  as a result, allowing Charity to see a side of Neville the gossips did not.  We know today, the brother was a victim of PTSD.  Charity comes to see the true Neville rather than his soiled reputation.

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The Refuge by Heidi Martin

 

Finalist in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards

The Refuge
The Refuge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE REFUGE BY HEIDI MARTIN:

In The Refuge, the reader finds Anne Waters, whose life imploded after the death of her unborn daughter, Claire.  As a result, becoming more and more introverted, closing off from emotion, hiding her feelings and true thoughts from everyone, Anne, finds herself divorced and without a job. 

Anne dreams vividly of an old oak tree, which starts a journey of discovery and renewal for her.  Anne researches and finds South Carolina has such trees.  Upon arrival Anne’s amazed to find the very tree with the very same bird cages hanging from the limbs.  She knows she has found the place she’s destined to stay.

Meeting Clark, Anne finds a true friend who has had his own share of a troubles and grief.  He recognizes another soul who’s lost, grieving, and alone.  As a result, Clark helps Anne finds her own spirituality again.  Along with Clark, Anne finds others along her journey of enlightenment including Lucita, an adorable girl, whose mother is dying and father’s hiding in alcohol.   Her refuge is not without problems, from jealousy to death.

Come along with Anne as she finds her the place her soul’s meant to be.  My romance book review of The Refuge follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

The Refuge, an intense journey of self-discovery and new love,  grabbed my attention immediately.  Heidi Martin created a story-line which explores the human condition.  Without favoring any one religion, Martin, in-cooperates the essence of self-awareness, acceptance, and forgiveness; first we must learn to forgive ourselves before we can forgive others.

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Wicked and Haunted By Lotta Smith

 

Paranormal in Manhattan Mystery: A Cozy Mystery on Kindle Unlimited Book 6

Wicked and Haunted
Wicked and Haunted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE WICKED AND HAUNTED BY LOTTA SMITH:

Mandy and Rick are back in Wicked and Haunted by author Lotta Smith, this case involves a haunted ring.  While planning their up-coming wedding, dealing with the future mother-in-law from hell, and solving the case of the haunted ring, Mandy and Rick finds themselves in the middle of lots of action.  The ring’s having definite disastrous results on people; then you have mother-in-law, Alice, trying to turn their wedding into a circus event.  Planning everything from llama ring bearers to exchanging tattoos instead of rings, Mandy and Rick are at wit’s end.

All your old favorites put in an appearance as Mandy and Rick work to solve their latest case and have a normal wedding, .  My paranormal romance book reviews for Wicked and Haunted follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

Although Wicked and Haunted, is the first book of this series I have read, it’s not the last.  I plan to read all the earlier books. Filled with zany characters, hilarious snips, and snarky dialogue, I laughed continuously.  I loved the characters Smith developed for this book; from the zany Jackie to the domineering demanding Alice.

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Marriage by Proxy By Emma Harper

 

A Western Historical Mail Order Bride Romance

(Petticoats and Pistols Series Book 4)

Marriage By Proxy
Marriage By Proxy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE MARRIAGE BY PROXY BY EMMA HARPER:

Marriage By Proxy, set in the old west’s, a clean mail order bride story. As a bonus, the author Emma Harper, included 15 other stories in this book for a total of 873 pages.  At steal at .99.  Pepper Martin lives in Tall Grass, Georgia.  The south has not been the same since the war and Tall Grass has changed even more since her father’s death.  Finding an ad from Quaid McDaniels, seeking a wife;  Pepper heads to Wyoming, married by proxy in Georgia.

Quaid has not told Pepper his whole story and quite a surprise is waiting for her at Quaid’s ranch.  Quaid’s father, crippled in a riding accident, is rude, hateful, and as mean as a rattle snake as he lays in his own waste and refuses help.  Can Pepper change the hateful old man into a pussy cat?  Will love come to Quaid and his new mail order bride?  My reviews for romance book, Marriage by Proxy, follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly let me say I chose to review the first story in this bundle.  I enjoyed the story-line, finding it original and the characters

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A Christmas Surprise By Emily Murdoch

 

A Regency Romance

A Christmas Surprise
A Christmas Surprise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE A CHRISTMAS SURPRISE BY EMILY MURDOCH:

A Christmas Surprise by author Emily Murdoch, finds the reader back in Regency England.  Lord Robert, Viscount of Marchwood is holding his annual Christmas Ball in Scotland.  Sending invitation to all the ton élite, Marchwood’s presenting his 18 year-old daughter, Audrey, to society.  Raised by the widowed Viscount, Audrey formed an unusual closeness to the servants, including her father’s valet, Thomas.  As well as, a close bond with her father, who adores her.

With rumors flying of the empty Marchwood coffers, it makes for an interesting party.  Leaving Audrey in charge of the ball, she decides on a masquerade, where she meets a handsome, tall, attractive gentleman.  With his identity masked, Audrey has no idea, who has stolen her heart.  How will Audrey discover her masked love‘s name?  Who can he be?  With the coffers empty, who will win Audrey’s hand and love?  Will her father approve of the unknown gentlemen?   My reviews for romance novelChristmas Surprise, follows.

CHARACTERS,PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

A Christmas Surprise by author Emily Murdoch, takes place in the cold winter of Scotland.  Making it hard for the guest to travel

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When Leaves Fall By C. A. King

 

This Book’s Recommended In The Hamilton Spectator, A Major Newspaper, On June 10th, 2017!

Click On Link Below:

http://www.thespec.com/whatson…/7362956-hamilton-writes-/

 

A Different Point of View Story Book 1

When Leaves Fall
When Leaves Fall

 

STORY-LINE WHEN LEAVES FALL BY C. A. KING:

A short read of 56 pages, When Leaves Fall, is an intense read.  Ralph wakes in a place he does recognize. His vision’s cloudy and he’s disoriented.   Ralph realizes he’s in a poorly constructed shack, and of all things, he’s chained allowing him limited movement. He can vaguely remember his family and he knows they will search for him when they realize what has happened.  For love is a two-way street;  he loves them and they love him.

As days pass, Ralph’s beaten, he’s hungry, cold, in pain, and begins to doubt his memories.  My reviews of contemporary book, When Leaves Fall, follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Do not let the page count of this short book fool you.  Although short in pages, it’s packed with emotion from the first page to the last page; it packs a huge punch and will leave you emotionally spent.  My tears started almost immediately as I read of the abuse Ralph endured from his unknown assailant.  I quickly became emotionally involved in the story-line.  For such a short story, King skillfully packed as much emotion and story into the 56 pages as a lot of writers can produce in a full novel.  It takes skill to produce an intelligent, well-developed, and well-paced story in 56 pages; King managed this feat well.

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A Heart Made For Love By Linda Tillis

 

 

A Heart Made For Love by Linda Tillis, Cover
A Heart Made For Love, Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE A HEART MADE FOR LOVE BY LINDA TILLIS:

In a Heart Made For Love, Linda Tillis crafted a clean romance novel filled with emotion.  Set in Florida during the early 1900’s,  we find Mae Hinton facing a tragedy no woman should have to face.  Assaulted by a group of men, Mae must face the evil of the world head on.  Not one to lay down and quit, Mae’s determined to survive and fulfill her dreams.

Although her mother died years before, Mae’s family lives by her teachings.  With brothers Samuel and Cyrus, her father Garth, and her mother’s principles, this family’s united in love of each other and of God.

After, “the event” occurred, Mae’s determination to provide for abused and victimized women takes a strong grip on Mae.   Mae’s determined to provide shelter and training. Today we would call this project a woman’s shelter with vocational training.   Meanwhile, Mae meets and comes to love Edward Finch, doctor in training.  Edward, training in England and home for a visit. does not know what hit him upon meeting beautiful Mae.

Circumstances occur which allow Mae to realize her dream.  But at what cost?  Will Mae’s happy world comes tumbling apart?  The past has reared its ugly head, and Mae will have to decide how to handle the

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Emerald Glory By Renee Vincent

 

 (Vikings of Honor, Book 2)

Emerald Glory
Emerald Glory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE EMERALD GLORY BY RENEE VINCENT:

Emerald Glory, the story of Breandán Mac Liam and Mara, daugther of Callan, the King of Connacht, follows these two thru war-torn land towards love.  The reader will remember Mara and Breandán from Sunset Fire by Vincent.  Book 2 finds a widowed Mara seven years later raising a son.  Mara’s raising her son alone, and watched over by Tait her deceased husbands best friend.  Breandán’s given the task of returning Mara to the King. 

Breandán loved Mara from the first time he saw her.  Knowing he’s beneath her social class, he loves her from afar.  Married to a Northman (Viking) and widowed, Mara’s summoned home to her dying king and father.   Breandán jumps at the chance to bring Mara home.  Come follow with Breandán and Mara in this wonderful love story.  My reviews for romance novel, Emerald Glory, follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Emerald Fire continues the epic story of Mara, who finds all’s not lost when Dægan died.  Seven years after his death, Breandán comes to escort Mara home to her dying father.  Creating a story filled with conflict, long-held secrets, conspiracies, and, of course romance, Jenkins continued her tale of Viking honor.  Breandán is the perfect knight in shining amour, kind, compassionate, giving, and honorable. Mara knew he had declared his love 7 years earlier, however, she wondered could that love have survived this long time.  As the saying goes, “true love is timeless”.  

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The Magician’s Dream By LeAnn Mathis

 

 

 

THE MAGICIAN'S DREAM BY LEANN MATHIS
THE MAGICIAN’S DREAM, COVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE MAGICIAN’S DREAM:

Author LeAnn Mathis’ creation, The Magician’s Dream, is an intriguing children’s fantasy novel.  Franklin lives during the turbulent 60’s and dreams of a magic world at night.  In his dream world, his dream friend Maggie and he are training for battle using magic. In life, Franklin a black child of the sixties meets the real Maggie the first day at his new school.  Maggie, white and from racial ideologies of the 60’s home life, dreams the same dreams as Franklin.

Franklin suddenly realizes his two worlds have collided.  How is that possible?  Is his and Maggie’s dream world real?  Can they save the world, their dreams, and improve their way of life?

Children’s will love this story of good and evil, magic and the ordinary world.  My children’s fiction novel review of The Magician’s Dream follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, let me say, I found the premise of the story intriguing and original.  Secondly, Mathis created a

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Written In Blood by Nathan Bush

 

 

Written In Blood By Nathan Bush, Cover
Written In Blood, Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horrendous Crimes…

Two Detectives Determined To Solve Them…

And the Stalker/Murderer Determined To Destroy One Of Them!

“Life is like a vapor, here for just a little while then it’s gone”

 

 

STORY LINE WRITTEN IN BLOOD:

Author Nathan Bush created an intensely driven and emotional story in his mystery crime novel, Written In Blood.  Ken Collin’s rookie probationary period has ended.  Now a full pledged Detective with the Foley PD and still partnered with seasoned Detective John Filcher, he should have life by the tail.  However, fate will step in and change everything for Ken.   His father’s cancer has returned with a vengeance and Ken seems to be developing some issues of his own, mentally and physically.  Also, Ken has acquired a stalker bent on revenge.  Eddie, evil personified, determined to destroy Ken and all he holds dear, blames Ken for all the wrongs in his life.  Eddie, locked away for many years, sees Ken as the reason for all his problems.  Upon release, Eddie seeks revenge.

Can John, a Godly man, presents the Lord’s plan to Ken and bring him peace and salvation?  Can he help Ken with his black outs, persist mental issues, and his father’s illness?  Will Eddie succeed in his quest for vengeance and destroy Ken?  Will John and Ken solve the latest murders?  Finally, will they stop Eddie before it is too late?

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Reaching Kylee: Book 1 (A Kellam High Novel 0) By Tamara Hart Heiner

 

 

 

Reaching Kylee By Tamara Hart Heiner
Reaching Kylee, Cover

 

 

STORY-LINE REACHING KYLEE:

Author Tamara Hart Heiner crafted a great young adult mystery romance novel in Reaching Kylee.  When Pierce Hudson’s mother died, his world changed forever.  Left without a maternal anchor, Pierce has not resolved the issue of his mother’s death.  His life now seems superficial and inadequate. Hoping to give the family a new start, Pierce’s father moves them to a new area, new house, and new high school.

Pierce finds his next door neighbor scary.  Not just scary, they are crazy, the law comes around often, and their daughter has disappeared.  Solving the mystery of Kylee’s disappearance becomes an all-consuming obsession for Pierce.  Will Pierce ferret out the circumstances surrounding his next door neighbors?  Has Kylee run away or is she dead?

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