Monthly Archives: August 2017

Melody’s Key By Dallas Coryell

 

Melody's Key by Dallas Coryel
Melody’s Key

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE MELODY’S KEY BY DALLAS CORYELL:

Set in England, Melody’s Key Dallas Coryellby , an intense romance novel filled with emotion and longing, fulfills the readers desire for intrigue and romance. Tegan Lockwood is not an ordinary young woman.  She has given up her dreams and aspirations.  As a result, struggling with her family to maintain the family business, Tegan works long hard hours of endless labor while hiding a life altering trauma.  Tegan’s a multi-talented woman sacrificing everything for her family.  It’s an endless struggle to stay solvent.  Much needed resources infuse the family coffers when famous American musician Mason Keane, seeks refuge at the family excursion business.

Mason and Tegan begin a journey of discovery and renewal.  Will Mason open Tegan’s heart to new possibilities?   What impact will the long forgotten love letters in the attic have on Tegan?  Will two scarred leery people find a common ground to happiness?  Can they overcome past crisis’ and issues to grab the happiness offered?  Grab a comfort seat, my romance book reviews of Melody’s Key follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPEMENT:

Primarily a romance novel, author Dallas Coryell, filled this novel with emotion.  Emotions which grab the reader quickly and do not let go.  Coryell created two deeply scarred lonely people and developed them throughout the story.  I felt their despair and deep need just below the surface of their being.  With pasts which defined each of them, Coryell demonstrates the healing power of love.

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Souls Reborn By Renee Vincent

 

Vikings of Honor, Book 3

Souls Reborn
Souls Reborn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE SOULS REBORN BY RENEE VINCENT:

Leif Dæganssen, archeologist, finds a mysterious ancient chest  buried outside his house.  Leif tried for years to prove his ancestors landed on this island long ago.  This chest will help prove his theory;  he feels it called him to the island and the purchase of his land.

Lorraine dreams of a Viking warrior for as long as she can remember.  Nightly dreams and visions of him haunt her.  Always fascinated with Ireland, Lorraine receives the offer of a trip to Ireland from her best friend Patrick O’Rouke.  While vacationing, she meets Leif Dæganssen, who happens to look almost exactly like the Viking warrior of her dreams.  Having odd moments of spacing out, seeing her Viking and conversing with him during these episodes, she wonders if she’s going crazy;  it almost feels as if she is seeing her long ago past life.

Raine, as her friends call her, finds herself drawn closer and closer to Leif.  However, the oddest things seem to pop out of her mouth when she’s with him;  making her wonder where they came from.  If she told Leif what’s happening to her, will he think she’s crazy?  Will fate and the universe bring two lovers back together?  Is the old adage “true love never dies” really true?  The road ahead of Leif and Raine will be rocky and rough.  Will their love conquer all or will they be torn apart once again?  My romance book reviews of Souls Reborn follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Book three in the Vikings of Honor, Souls Reborn, another epic story told skillfully by Renee Vincent, will keep you turning the pages.  With an intriguing story line, Vincent grabbed my attention from the first pages.  A standalone read, I would suggest

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The Adventures Of Harry Morgan By Clabe Polk

 

The Adventures Of Harry Morgan
The Adventures Of Harry Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE ADVENTURES OF HARRY MORGAN BY CLABE POLK:

Adventures of Harry Morgan has 3 stories, all with our main man Harry as the lead character; the stories are interconnecting. The first 2 blend together and the last story features Harry and friends.

Collegial Conspiracy Part 1

In Collegial Conspiracy, we find a retired Harry.  But Harry’s retirement is anything but quite.  When his old friend, Wiley Middleton contacts him with a request, Harry doesn’t know how to say no.  Wiley’s dying from an inoperable brain tumor.  He doesn’t want to leave his wife, Amanda, in debt nor watching him die.  Wiley left home, leaving Amanda a note, asking her not to look for him.

His one request of Harry; well it’s a dilly.  Wiley wants Harry to help him rob a bank.  Fascinated with Bonnie and Clyde, Wiley’s determined to go to jail for the medical care.  Harry reluctantly agrees.  However, when Amanda contacts Harry’s wife, Jean, for help finding Wiley, he’s in a pickle of lies and conspiracies.  Then when Wiley’s “never do well” son, Tony, shows up, things really get complicated.

Emilio Part 2

Amanda and Wiley’s son, Tony, left Oregon just ahead of the law.  Harry finds himself playing detective after Tony tells his tale of woe.  A campus police officer, Tony became involved with a two drug addicts who committed suicide.  Harry will find himself in another pickle as the suicide turns into much more and ends up smack dab next to the bank robbery case; you could say rubbing elbow with the robbery case.  Amanda ask Harry to help prove Tony’s innocent.  Simple you say; not so much.  Suddenly things ramp up as they discover the overdose and suicide may not be as simple as it seems.  Much more’s in play, and simple turns into complicated.

Pirates Of Cayo Pelau Part 3

Harry finally purchased his dream boat.  Hoping to treasure hunt just this side of legal, Harry and friends head out on a sail and treasure hunting.  You ask how can treasure hunting turn dangerous?  Harry and friends stumble upon a slave running ring with inside connections.  A night in jail, a court appearance, and release on bail, do not slow Harry down.  Harry’s determined to free the slaves and bring the criminals to justice.  Yes, he’s in a pickle again.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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Murder in the Park By Ivy McAllister

 

Fran Finch Cozy Mystery Book 1

Murder In The Park
Murder In The Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MURDER IN THE PARK BY IVY MCALLISTER:

Fran, aspiring party planner, acquires her first job planning a birthday party for the ultra rich in the Little Hamptons.  A very lucrative job;  Fran’s hired to plan and execute a birthday party for multi-billionaire, Byron Stratford’s daughter.  Fran’s friend, Emily and nanny to Waverly, recommended her for the job. The Stratford’s also employ, Anna, as a dog walker;  Fran, Emily, and Anna become good friends.

Planning a party any little girl would love’s a joy for Fran.  This is her big break;  everything’s going great from the food to the games. That is until Byron’s murdered during a game of murder in the park. The prime suspect’s Emily;  Fran with Anna’s help must find the real killer and set Emily free.  With a multitude of suspects, all with good motives, Fran might be in over her head with a murder investigation and her first party as a planner.  My cozy mystery book reviews of Murder In The Park follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

As everyone knows, I love cozy mysteries and love to review them; my reviews are always easy to craft for cozies.  McAllister fed my hunger for cozies with Murder In The Park.  With a variety of suspects, from the B&B owner, a male model, and the ultra rich, McAllister set the stage for a fine murder mystery.  Adding in a police officer who’s single-minded and hard to like, added much to this tale of murder and secrets.  Including dogs and Fran’s cat, Percy, added an extra element to the story.  I love story-lines with animals; after all who doesn’t love dogs and cats.

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The Eye of Nefertiti By Maria Luisa Lang

 

A Pharaoh’s Cat Novel

The Eye Of Nefertiti
The Eye Of Nefertiti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE EYE OF NEFERTITI BY MARIA LUISA LANG:

Wrappa-Hamen, a talking upright walking cat with human abilities, has the starring role in The Eye Of Nefertiti.  Also featuring High Priest Gato-Hamen, Elena ordinary female, and baby Alexander.  Although a standalone read, The Eye Of Nefertiti continues the story of these extraordinary people, a cat with personality, and a flying time-traveling magic boat;  yes, you read correctly, magic boat.

Receiving an invitation to Bath, England, Elena and Alexander leave by plane.  Wrappa-Hamen and the High Priest will travel by magic boat.  However, things do not go quite as planned.  Including ending up at Stonehenge in ancient England and finding Queen Nefertiti living eternally.  Then add in traveling to ancient Egypt and meeting Seth, demon god.  My book review of The Eye of Nefertiti follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

With vivid writing, Lang takes the reader on an action packed ride, full of twist and turns, adventure, time-travel, and laughter.  Narrated by the cat, Wrappa-Hamen, who possesses a wicked sense of humor, The Eye Of Nefertiti’s a fun read from start to finish.  I laughed and laughed at Wrappa-Hamen’s dialogue, observations, and conversations.  A cat with heart, an awkward uncoordinated High Priest, a re-incarnated Pharaoh in baby Alexander, and Elena normal human, are just a few of the characters the reader finds in this fantasy comedy.

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The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney By Ben Johnson & Sam Lawrence

 

 

 

Authors Ben Johnson and Sam Lawrence
The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney, Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE, COMPOSITION, DEVELOPMENT OF THE DAY MY FART FOLLOWED SANTA UP THE CHIMNEY:

Geared towards young children, The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney would entertain the young mind.  Timmy is looking forward to snow and having fun on his new snow sled.  Little Fart has never been on a sled, and this is an adventure for both.

After a day on the hills, Christmas Eve and Santa await.  As a result, Little Fart waits excitedly for Santa.  He just has to get up and met Santa.  Santa needs help delivering gifts through the small chimney at a little girls house and ask Little Fart to help him.  With laughter and fun, Santa and Little Fart deliver Christmas.

Young children will love the story of Santa and Little Fart.  Easy to understand and with colorful pictures, the child’s interest will be peaked.  The story flows smoothly and precisely.  Just the right length, the child will

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Gabe’s Pledge By Linda Hubalek

 

Grooms with Honor Book 3

Gabe's Pledge
Gabe’s Pledge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE GABE’S PLEDGE BY LINDA HUBALEK:

Gabe’s Pledge is the story of Iva Mae Paulson and Gabriel Shepard.  Iva has loved Gabe for years; she’s waited for him to propose.  On New Years Eve 1886, Iva announces she will sign up with a mail order bride agency;  for she intends to be a bride in 1887.  She loves teaching in Clear Creek, but wants a family and home of her own.  Hoping to push Gabe into proposing, will her plan backfire?

Gabe Shepard, shy and prodding, just can’t bring himself to propose to Iva.  After she kisses him on New Year Eve, he felt a wonderful tinge.  But can he overcome his issues to make her his wife?  Hubalek takes readers back to small town Clear Creek.  Filled with laughter, family help or was it hindrance, a strong woman, and maybe a groom of honor, Hubalek takes us on another wonderful journey in the West.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Welcome back to Clear Creek, Kansas and the people we have come to know and love;  Pastor and Kaitlyn Reagan, their six sons, the Paulson’s, Shepard’s, and all the other wonderful residents of Clear Creek.  A small town, close-knit, ready to help each other in any way they can, and where faith in God’s the backbone of the community.  Linda Hubalek skillfully filled Clear Creek with a variety of characters with different personalities and dreams. I love this series; Hubalek included characters from earlier books, allowing her readers to catch up with their lives.  I am always impatient for the next book in this series; wondering who’s the next couple united in love and faith.

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Haven On The Riverwalk By Eileen Cruz Coleman

 

Small Town Kisses 1

Haven On The Riverwalk
Haven On The Riverwalk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HAVEN ON THE RIVERWALK BY EILEEN CRUZ COLEMAN:

Maggie’s on the run from her life in New York.  Missing her bus in Soloman’s Island, unsure what she’s going to do, she found a hero in Dustin.  Dustin, the small community of Soloman’s Island, and Dustin’s sister, give Maggie has a second chance at life.  At the speed of lightning, Dustin and Maggie fall for each other.  But Maggie’s past does not stay in the past as it comes back to haunt her.  My romance book reviews of Haven On The Riverwalk follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a short story of 48 pages, I found Haven On The Riverwalk a satisfying romance filled with danger and mysteryAuthors can not develop in-depth characters or story-lines in a short story as they can in a novel.  Everything, including the ending, in a short story or novella happens quickly without the slow and full development of a novel.  However, Coleman did a good job with premise, structure, and plot with this romance.  I found the plot and mystery intriguing, the suspense held at high peak,

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Lady Likes The Lord by Eleanor Meyers

 

THE ABBEY BROTHERS

Lady Likes The Lord
Lady Likes The Lord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LADY LIKES THE LORD BY ELEANOR MEYERS:

Maria Kay takes starring role in Lady Likes The Lord.  Known as the good sister, Maria has secrets.  If only the Ton knew the real Maria.  Finally deciding to take a husband, Maria sets her sights on Cole Leverton, Lord Marion; Cole has loved Maria for years.  Now the time is right and she’s ready to break the Kay-Abbey curse.  She refuses to follow her sisters and marry an Abbey, especially Edmund.

Edmund does not want love and refuses to fall under its spell as his brothers did.  However, he will have Maria, she is his and he intents to make her his wife.  But fate has much in store for Maria and Edmund.  Adventure, action, romance, and secrets swirling around Regency London, awaits the reader in Lady Likes The Lord.  My Regency romance book reviews follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

Set in 1832, Regency England, Meyers latest addition to the Abbey Brothers Series, Lady Likes The Lord, grabbed me immediately.  With Meyers vivid descriptions, I could see the fancy ballrooms and all the Ton dressed to impress. As well as, see the back street taverns including the low life and criminal elements, almost smell the horse-flesh, and felt Edmund’s frustration.  The criminal element Meyers crafted for Lady Likes The Lord, made my skin crawl.  A truly evil man without conscience or a sense of right and wrong.  Filling her tale with emotion, action, and secrets, I read this book straight through as I could not put it down. I was back with old friends from the earlier books, learning the latest in their lives, and loving every minute spent with them.  I love books with recurring characters;  the Kay sisters and the Abbey brothers never fail to entertain.

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Love At Long Last By Emily Woods

 

Triple Range Ranch Western Romance Book 3

Love At Long Last
Love At Long Last

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LOVE AT LONG LAST BY EMILY WOODS:

Valerie Hillcrest, raised by wealthy parents, expected to marry a man thirty years her senior, loves her oldest friend.  Unable to abide her father’s decision, she’s sets off to find the love of her life, Thomas Wellington.  Valerie hired a private detective who discovers Thomas’ location. Thomas ran from his wealthy family when sixteen.  Unable to follows his fathers desire for him to take over the family business, Thomas left for the free life in the West.   Thomas, working on the Triple Range ranch for the last five years, can not believe his eyes when Valerie descends from a wagon; announcing to all she’s his fiancee.

Ah, “the tangled web we weave when first we practice to decease”.  Thomas realizes his lies are about to catch-up with him.  Will Valerie persuade Thomas to go back East?  How will she fit in on this working ranch in her costly clothes, precise proper English, and manners?  Will attraction and love bloom between Thomas and Valerie?   My romance book reviews of Love At Long Last follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

In Love At Long Last, Thomas’ carefully constructed life was imploding around him. Woods crafted Thomas’ dismay at the turn of events with skill.  Woods crafted this book with skillful and clean clear writing which made it an easy read.  A continuation of the Triple Range series, this book will hold the readers attention from the first pages.  I love books with recurring characters as they allow us to catch up with their lives.  I enjoyed revisiting the Triple Range again.

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Laundry Lady’s Love By Sophie Dawson

 

Christian Historical Fiction (Ladies of Sanctuary House Book 1)

Stone Creek Series

Laundry Lady's Love
Laundry Lady’s Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LAUNDRY LADY’S LOVE BY SOPHIE DAWSON:

In Laundry Lady’s Love, we meet widowed Laura Duffle, saved by Nugget Nate from a life as a saloon girl or worse;  he takes Laura and her two sons to Sanctuary House. When Nate gets a “Callin,” he travels where God leads to rescue abused and destitute women.  Laura stays for five years;  when the women head to Stone Creek seeking eligible men to marry, Laura also goes.   Laura’s hoping to set up a laundry business and find love again.  It has been five years since she lost her husband;  her boys need a father figure.

Arriving in Stone Creek, Laura asks advice from the local barber, Hank.  She finds herself attracted to Hank.  But is Hank attracted to her?  Hank’s thinking, “maybe it’s time for him to find a wife,”  when in steps Red Dickerson, asking to court Laura.  Has Hank waited too long?  Will Red win Laura’s hand in marriage?  Or will Laura walk off leaving both of them in her dust?  My Christian romance book review of Laundry Lady’s Love follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

An intriguing sweet clean romance, Laundry Lady’s Love, will touch your heart.  Laura’s a strong independent woman who misses the stability of a man in her life, as well as, in her heart.  Although her hearts set on one man, she realizes she might have to take

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To Know Her Calling By Heather Earles

 

To Know Her Calling
To Know Her Calling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE TO KNOW HER CALLING BY HEATHER EARLES:

In To Know Her Calling, Louise meets a masked stranger at the skating rink.  Many skaters are wearing beautiful scarfs, which two beautiful employees helped her put on;  explaining she could buy the scarf or turn it in at the end of her night.  Having fun, trying to skate after years, and of course falling, a masked stranger comes to her rescue; giving her pointers and the scarf to keep.  Raul, the masked man, could not keep his eyes off the beautiful woman he helped on the skating floor.  The attraction’s mutual.  She ask him to come dancing with her and her brothers the next night.  Things are moving fast;  is romance within God’s will for Louise and Raul?

Louise, a woman of faith and prayer, works hard, living a normal American life; family, church, friends, and teaching dance.  Raul’s a mystery covered by a scarf;  which she eventually persuades him to remove.  She sees a handsome foreigner with a scar running down his face. What is it about this man that attracts her so?  He owns the skating rink, but what’s his story?  Spending more and more time together the attraction grows into much more.  Raul has secrets; secrets, which when revealed, may cause Louise to run the other way.  My Christian romance book reviews follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

To Know Her Calling is filled with emotion, faith, family dynamics, and secrets. The faith Raul and Louise have is awe-inspiring as each are Christians and faithful to God’s commands.  A clean sweet romance, Earles crafted a wonderful romance which will keep you reading to the last page.  Filled with family dynamics and obligations, she shows two close-knit faith based families who worship God and pray for guidance daily.

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All-Butter ShortDead By H. Y. Hanna

 

Prequel: Oxford Tearoom Mysteries ~ Book 0

All-Butter ShortDead
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STORY-LINE ALL-BUTTER SHORTDEAD BY H.Y. HANNA:

Gemma’s headed back home to England in All-Butter ShortDead.  Giving up a high paying job in Australia, Gemma’s decided to open a tearoom in Oxford.  Flying home, she meets Jenn Murray, a fellow passenger, on the 24 hour flight.  Jenn and Gemma strike up a conversation and become friendly during the flight;  Gemma finds Jenn’s scarf tucked in the arm of her seat.  Gemma contacts Jenn’s hotel to let her know she has her scarf.  Returning the scarf, Gemma decides to stay and have a drink with Jenn, leaving late;  she helped a slightly drunk Jenn to her room.

When Jenn’s found dead in her hotel bathroom, the CID’s looking into foul play and Gemma’s their prime suspect.  Gemma’s the last person to see Jenna alive.  With four noisy old ladies to help her, Gemma must find the real killer.  My cozy mystery book review of All-Butter ShortDead follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING DEVELOPMENT:

With writing so vivid and descriptive, I could clearly picture Jenn in my mind’s eye. The descriptions of Oxford were so vivid I could see each quaint building and the sorry state of the building where she planned to open, The Little Stables Tearoom.  However, there maybe a snag, as a second tempting offer came in from a Chinese corporation wanting to turn this 500-year-old building into a tacky tourist trap.  Then of course, after the awful expose′ in the newspaper, who in their right mind would give Gemma a loan; I could feel Gemma’s indignation at the turn of events.

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Murder In The Mansion By Penelope Sotheby

 

A Daniel Swift Mystery

Murder In The Mansion
Murder In The Mansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE MURDER IN THE MANSION BY PENELOPE SOTHEBY:

In Murder In The Mansion, we find cheating husband Todd Nelson, on the phone with his lover, Tiffany.  Knowing something’s going on, his wife wealthy Jillian Wilmington Nelson, listens on an extension.  The fight which follows, between Todd and Jillian, leaves her paralyzed and bed ridden after she tumbles down the stairs.  Knowing Todd’s only after her money, she contacts her cousin, Rachel, to come and help her.  Locking herself in her bedroom, changing the locks, refusing Todd admittance, she wants to make him pay for his attempt to kill her.  Rachel takes over the reins of Jillian’s care.  Hiring a nurse, Clare Wharton and maid, Peggy Talbot, they and Rachel care for Jillian.

When Jillian suspiciously dies, the fur hits the fan.  Clare finds herself charged with murder and Daniel Swift, attorney, finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation and trial.  Why did a healthy woman died so suddenly?  She should have lived into old age even though paralyzed. The nurse denies responsibility, yet, strangely some of Jillian’s jewelery’s found in her room.  Will Daniel find the real killer or will he find  Nurse Clare’s the killer?  My mystery book review of Murder In The Mansion follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Murder In The Mansion, full of twists and turns, mystery, and varied suspects, will grab your attention immediately.  As you know, mysteries are one of my favorite genre;  this book hit the spot.  Sotheby skillfully leads the reader through this investigation and trial.  Surprises are in store in this fast paced mystery.

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Lily By Anna K. Payne

 

Planted Flowers Book 1

Lily
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STORY-LINE LILY BY ANNA K. PAYNE:

Lily’s life is a mess.  A single mother, with two children and pregnant again, married and divorced three times, and working a low paying job;  then to top it off, she sees a man murdered on the beach.  Not only did she see the murder, the murderer saw her, and he’s trying to kill her.  Then add in Ramon, the life guard who saved her when a waterspout came on land just after the murder.  Ramon, unknown to Lily, is an undercover cop. Rude, cold, and distant to Lily, Ramon finds himself attracted to her.  He has past issues with relationships which impact his perception of Lily.

Lily’s trying to get her life together, attending church and Planted meeting with her new friend, Rose.  How can God love her?  She has made mistake after mistake, and made bad choices, she thought God could not possibly love or want her.  Through study with Rose and the Planted group, Lily finds a miracle.  My contemporary Christian suspense book review of Lily follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Filled with suspense, danger, and action packed, Lily’s a wonderful inspiring story of Lily, a killer bent on doing her in, and the forgiving grace of God.  Payne expertly shows the reader the salvation plan and God’s love for man through her story of Lily.  A clean, sweet, emotional read, filled with wonderful scriptures, sage advice, suspense, and a driven killer, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I could feel Lily’s unbelief that God could love and care for her; as well as, her feelings of unworthiness.  Her fear of Jonesy’s palpable as he repeatedly tries to kill her.  I have to say, he’s one determined man!  A powerful story and wonderful message;  with a group of women who become knit together in love for each other and God.

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His Brother’s Bride By George H. McVey

 

Mail Order Brides of Sanctuary Book 2

His Brother's Bride
His Brother’s Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HIS BROTHER’S BRIDE BY GEORGE H. MCVEY:

In His Brother’s Bride by George H. McVey, the reader finds Greg, Glen, and Lyla’s story.  Lyla, with no prospects of marriage in Philadelphia, answers Glen Williams letter for a mail order bride.  As you know from Book 1, The Pastor’s Replacement Bride, the Ladies Aid Society of the church had Pastor Bryce write back east for good Christian women who would like to correspond with upstanding men in Sanctuary, Montana Territory; with matrimony in mind.

Lyla answers Glen’s letter; monies are sent to pay her way west, and off she goes on what she thought would be an adventure.  Lyla thought everything would be wonderful, a fine adventure ending in marriage and love for her and Glen.  Lyla’s outgoing, talkative, and adventurous.  Glen’s beyond shy; cold, rude and closed off, he’s unable to talk comfortably to people, especially women; he would rather be on the farm plowing or with the animals and plants.

When his twin brother, Greg, absent for four years, shows up as the stage comes in, his mother knows there’s going to be trouble.  These two have always tried to out do each other.  Greg’s tired of the cowboy life, he’s ready to start his own ranch, and maybe start a family.  He’s immediately smitten with Lyla when she comes off the stage.  Glen, plowing at the farm, didn’t even bother to come meet the stage to Lyla’s horror.  Taking to her to supper, at his mother insistence, he’s uncommunicative and rude.

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The Pastor’s Replacement Bride By George H. McVey

 

 

Mail Order Brides of Sanctuary Book 1

The Pastor's Replacement Bride
The Pastor’s Replacement Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE PASTOR’S REPLACEMENT BRIDE BY GEORGE H. MCVEY:

Pastor Joshua Bryce has a problem in The Pastor’s Replacement Bride.  The deacons of the church want him married and settled.  With Mayor’s Lyman’s daughter determined to become his wife, he needs a suitable bride quickly.  Joshua knows Ernestine Lyman’s totally unsuitable for a pastor’s wife as she’s selfish, without a helper’s heart, and looking for the prestige of his pastoral office.

Meanwhile the churches Ladies Aid Society, led by Myrtle, come to him with a proposal to provide brides for the eligible, up standing, church going bachelors in Sanctuary, Montana Territory.  With brides scarce in the west, and only 2 eligible women in Sanctuary, they suggest sending to church pastors back east for good Christian women to correspond; hoping to  obtain Christian brides.  After prayer and counsel with God, Joshua agrees and adds he will be one of the participating bachelors.

In Chicago, Hattie Long’s an orphan;  raised in a local orphanageIndentured in service to the orphanage and sent to a local brothel as a cook and servant, when she turns twenty-one the orphanage will release her from bondage.  However, the brothel owner, Papa John, has plans to use Hattie in his brothel as soon as she turns twenty-one?.  Unable to find a job, Hattie approaches Pastor Long and his daughter, Haddie, explaining her situation.   She and Haddie share almost the same first name and the same last name; they have a very close relationship of friends and almost sisters.

Haddie corresponded with Joshua as a potential bride; she and Hattie will go west before the nefarious brothel owner, Papa John, can do his worse.  Joshua decides he can not let this young innocent be used in such a way.  With monies Nugget Nate, famous rescuer of indigent and down on their luck women left him, he pays her way west; monies left with instructions he would know when to use it.  However, Haddie, sick with scarlet fever’s unable to make the trip; she sends Hattie on to safety.

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Slow Burn In The Wilderness By Renee Hart

 

Alaska Adventure Romance (Volume 7)

Slow Burn In The Wilderness
Slow Burn In The Wilderness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE SLOW BURN IN THE WILDERNESS BY RENEE HART:

Alaska’s on fire in Slow Burn In The Wilderness.  Trevor, a smoke jumper from Boise, arrives as the rookie in camp where he finds Jo the crew chief’s not a man, but definitely a female.  A female who affects him as one never has.  However, Trevor has secrets.  He left Boise under a cloud he does not want to talk about.

Josie, has never had a fellow crew member affect her as Trevor.  Her heart beats faster when he’s around.  But they have a job to do, one that’s dangerous and deadly.  Josie’s worried about the fire, bears, her twin brother who’s on the team, and her smoke jumper father who taught her all she knows;  she tried to ignore the fact he’s older and slower working the fires.  She has her hands full with just the fires.  She doesn’t need a romantic interest to gum up the works even more.  Also, Josie’s unsettled about this new comer, can he fit in with this top-notch crew of fire fighting smoke jumpers?  What is Trevor hiding?  So much more’s happening in this book than fighting fires; relationships, family dynamics, and secrets.  My romance book review of Slow Burn In The Wilderness follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

A sweet romance set in Alaska, Slow Burn In The Wilderness describes the danger smoke jumpers face everyday as these tight-knit men and women work to contain deadly fires.  A serious job in which attention can not waver. One mistake or miscalculation can cost life’s.

I loved the way Hart danced Trevor and Jo around each other; each denying the attraction they felt from their first meeting.  Hart

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The Mystery of Her By Patricia Catacalos

 

The Zane Brothers Detective Series Book 1

The Mystery Of Her
The Mystery Of Her

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE MYSTERY OF HER BY PATRICIA CATACALOS:

There are killers loose in Patricia Catacalos latest novel, the Mystery of Her.  Set in London 1888,  someone’s killing prostitutes in White Chapel and in the wealthy bedrooms of the Ton.  Lady Kiera Everett believes the nurse caring for her father murdered him; a nurse he left a substantial amount in a newly amended will.  Contacting the Zane Brothers Detective Agency, she hires them to investigate her father’s death.  Kiera’s determined to take part in the investigation.  Zachary Zane’s determined she won’t; Kiera determined she will.  Who will win this battle of wills?

During the investigation the Zane’s discover Kiera’s father’s not the only wealthy man to unexpectedly die leaving money to the same nurse.  Things are looking suspiciously like murderDanger, murder, and of course, romance follow Kiera and the Zane brothers. My Victorian Era historical book review of The Mystery of Her follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

A historical Victorian Era mystery romance novel with mystery, murder of the wealthy, the White Chapel murders, and a variety of characters, make an entertaining intriguing read.  With everyone’s avid interest in Jack The Ripper, Catacalos, vividly and skillfully included these “Ripper like murdersas part of her story-line; the Torso Killer and Leather Apron.  Set in London of 1888, the setting was perfect for inclusion.

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Donna’s Detour By Jo Huddleston

 

 

DONNA'S DETOUR
DONNA’S DETOUR

 

 

 

Get Your Kiss On Route 66

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE DONNA’S DETOUR:

In Donna’s Detour, Jo Huddleston crafted a sweet and clean romance fiction novel.  Donna Turner and two friends head to California; leaving Alabama behind for the big city lights.  However, when Donna runs out of money, fate steps in.  Donna’s left in Needles, California to find a job, earn money, and continue her trip.  Finding a God sent protector in the boss of the local café, Donna hires on as a waitress.  Meanwhile, she saves her money to proceed to California.

When Tommy walks into the café on a hot dusty day, Donna’s heart uplifts.  Donna measures all men by Tommy.  He is Godly, handsome, sweet, and all manner of wonderful traits.  Will Tommy remember his best friends sister?  What were the chances Tommy would walk into the dinner in Needles?   What will be Tommy’s reaction if Donna reveals her feelings?  Will they forge a deeper emotional relationship?  What does God have in store for Donna and Tommy?

Grab your favorite beverage and have a seat; my romance novel review of Donna’s Detour follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

First let me state, what a relaxing fun read I found in Donna’s Detour.  Written with young adults and adults in mind, this book is clean and sweet.  I found Donna and Tommy’s faith touching and enriching.  This Christian romance will warm your heart.

Author Jo Huddleston crafted a smooth well-written book.  The story-line moved gracefully from chapter to chapter as we came to know Tommy and Donna.  Furthermore, the character development proceeded throughout the story-line as we find Tommy and Donna have great faith in God and his guidance for their lives.  The story-line has just the right amount of religious elements for believability without pushing the reader.  As a result, you need not be religious to enjoy this novel.

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The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

 

The Art Of Hiding
The Art Of Hiding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE ART OF HIDING BY AMANDA PROWSE:

In The Art Of Hiding, Nina McCarrick, has the perfect life.  She has everything a woman could want, everything wealth could buy; a loving husband, two wonderful children, a mansion, luxury cars, and money for anything she wants.  When Finn, her husband, suddenly dies in an auto accident, her world comes tumbling down.  She finds her husband’s broke and she’s bankrupt, without a dime to her name.  All she owns will go towards paying 8 million pounds in debts; she and her boys stand on their lawn and watch the creditors and courts take everything. Thrown on the street, life as she knew it, is over forever.

Come along with Nina as she ends up back where she started, reconnects with her sister, holds on day by day, and finally must learn to stand up and take control of her and her boy’s lives.  My contemporary book review of The Art Of Hiding follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I am afraid my review will not do justice to this book. However, I will try to tell you the wonder of this story and Prowse’s talent with prose, plotting, and development.  The Art Of Hiding’s a powerfully written story of grief, renewal, and second chances at life.  I can’t imagine the feelings of pain and fear this woman felt as she found her life’s destroyed.  Nothing would ever be the same again. She’s desperate, with two boys, in unimaginable debt, losing everything she thought mattered.

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Mold and Marriage By Sophie Dawson

 

Love’s Infestation Series Book 1

Mold And Marriage
Mold And Marriage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE MOLD AND MARRIAGE BY SOPHIE DAWSON:

When Kyria’s place of employment explodes, she’s caught in the blast.  Seriously injured, Kyria’s physician, Dr. Mark Jenner, finds she touches something deep inside him.  Released after months, Kyria’s instructed to have home aid.  When her weekend aid hates cats, does nothing, and leaves in an hour and a half, she tells the agency she has made other arrangements.  Bad idea Kyria.  A serious, yet hilariously written, crisis occurs bringing Dr. Jenner back into her life.  The reader follows Mark and Kyria through trials, gossip, hurt, a noisy family, mold, and romance as they head towards happily ever after.   My Christian romance book review follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

This is a sweet clean romance filled with emotion.  Reading about Kyria’s injuries and pain, I could almost feel her suffering.  How wonderful her doctors a devoted Christian who prays for his patients.  Dawson shows how man, medicine, and God work together to heal the sick.

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Hope’s Bakery By Sophie Mays

 

A Contemporary Christian Romance (Magnolia Harbor Book 1)

Hope's Bakery
Hope’s Bakery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HOPE’S BAKERY BY SOPHIE MAYS:

In Hope’s Bakery, single mother Hope Nolan, owns Hope’s Bakery; the only one of its kind in her small town. Hope’s life has not been easy as her son father’s left without a word and never seen again.  Since then, Hope stayed away from her church, using work as an excuse.  Often her mother tries to persuade Hope to attend and reconnect with her church family.

So far, the bakery’s doing well; she’s known around town as the “The Wedding Cake Queen”.  If things continue to go well, in six months, Hope can hire a helper which will free up much-needed time for her.  With her small son to support, her bakery needs to succeed.  Watching every penny, doing all the work herself, and worrying if the orders will keep coming, Hope lives with daily stress.

However, disaster looms on the horizon.   A new restaurant’s opening up across the street serving deserts and coffee, as well as, meals.  The chef’s extensively trained in Italy;  which scares Hope to death.  If her bakery goes under, what will she do?  How will she support Rylan?  Meeting the chef, Michael, she feels attraction immediately.  But, she has no time for men or romance. However, Michael will not go away;  coming to the bakery every morning for coffee and sweets.  How will all this play out?  Will love bloom for Hope?  My romance book review of Hope’s Bakery follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

First I must say I loved this book which author, Sophie Mays, filled with emotion and family dynamics.  Mays built the romance in Hope’s Bakery gently and slowly.  The reader discovers Michael’s a Christian man searching for forever;  not heated emotions of the moment.  With Christian values and faith in God, he gently shows Hope a better way of business and life. Including Rylan’s a skillful stroke as he’s a wonderful child.  I wanted to kiss him all over his face and tickle him until he cried for help.

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Without A Hitch Boxed Set By Kent Hamilton

 

 

Without A Hitch Box Set, Cover, jpeg
Without A Hitch Box Set

 

 

Without a Hitch Book 1

Fatal attraction To Love Book 2

Piece of Cake Book 3

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE WITHOUT A HITCH BOXED SET BY KENT HAMILTON:

In Without A Hitch Boxed Set, author Kent Hamilton creates a continuing romance novel, which follows the meeting, romance, and marriage of Kari and John. Inseminated with her deceased husbands sperm, widowed Kari owns an up and coming bakery. Her cupcakes are a work of art.

As a result of catering a function for John’s mother, they meet. Things do not go well in their first meeting. John says things about Kari’s cupcakes, which hurt an emotional Kari deeply. Seeing this crying and hurting woman wounded by his words, John makes amends. Finding himself attracted to this beautiful woman, John begins his pursuit of Kari.

Kari and John find their emotions deeply involved. But, all does not go smoothly for John and Kari. Does love occur in a week? How will Kari tell John about her baby? Stalked by a demented woman, John’s life

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Whisper To Me By Kent Hamilton

 

Historical Western Romance Novels (The Martin Ranch Saga Book Book 2)

Whisper To Me
Whisper To Me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE WHISPER TO ME BY KENT HAMILTON:

Set in West Texas in 1868, Eliza and Christopher are deliriously happy running the Martin Ranch.  Married life agrees with both.  The old gang of troublemakers ranch hands are gone and the new ones told Eliza’s the owner and boss;  do what she says, when she says it.

Adam, new on the ranch, has never failed to break a horse; today’s the day he will fail.  Not only does he fail to break the horse, but also loses his bet with Susanna.  Susanna, visiting her Aunt Waverly, came to the ranch for after Eliza’s invisitation.  A veterinarian’s daughter, she has skill with horses, what we call whispering or horse whisperers today; she offers to teach Adam.

Sparks fly between Adam and Susanna.  Unimpressed with her in the beginning, as they work together gentling horses, his admiration for her talent grows.  As they grow closer and closer, will a city girl fall for the cowboy rancher?  Is trouble brewing on the horizon as the troublemakers are still in town? My romance book reviews of Whisper To Me follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I found Whisper To Me engaging and enjoyable.  Due to the length of short stories and novella,  authors can not develop the in-depth characterization and plotting as in a novel.  However, Hamilton crafted a short book of 55 pages, filled with action, drama, romance, and a solid complete story-line.

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Hiding The Truth By Kent Hamilton

 

Hiding The Truth
Hiding The Truth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HIDING THE TRUTH BY KENT HAMILTON:

In Hiding The Truth Kathy and Paul have settled in Farvale.  Kathy did not know Paul had a brother. He kept his existence secret.  Thrown out of the army, Daniel’s headed to the ranch to live.  Paul intends for things to change for his brother.  Daniel’s a low down good for nothing drunkard, who lies, cheats, and steals.  But Paul’s determined he’ll pull his weight on the ranch or leave.  Meanwhile, Kathy’s friend, Sarah, wrote asking for help as her husband killed himself; she has a new baby and nowhere to go.  Of course, Kathy and Paul also take her into their home.  Using Paul’s “hid away money”, he and Sarah agree to build Sarah a small house on a nearby piece of land.

When Daniel arrives drunk, accompanied of the Sheriff, Paul puts him in the barn to slept it off. The next morning Paul gives Daniel an ultimatum, either work on the ranch or leave.  Also, Kathy’s holding a secret close to her chest she has not revealed to Paul.

When Sarah arrives, Daniel picks her up and something happened to him he couldn’t explain.  Working hard on Sarah’s cabin and the ranch, Daniel seems to be changing.  What has happened to Daniel?  What is Sarah’s Secret?  My romance book reviews of Hiding The Truth follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Hiding the truth never works as Daniel and Sarah, then Paul and Kathy discovered. This is a story of a second chance for Daniel and hope for his future. Hamilton skillfully matured Daniel after he met Sarah; becoming a changed man.  Sarah, with

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Hunting Hour By Margaret Mizushima

 

A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery

Hunting Hour
Hunting Hour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HUNTING HOUR BY MARGARET MIZUSHIMA:

In Hunting Hour, author Margaret Mizushima, crafted an intriguing intense suspenseful mysteryDeputy Sheriff Mattie Cobb and Robo, her K9 partner, work in a small town Sheriff Department.  In earlier books in the series, Mattie formed a relationship with divorced local vet Cole Walker and his children. Cole does not understand why during the last few months, Mattie pulled away from him and his girls.  Unbeknownst to Cole, Mattie began working with a therapist as she tries to sort out her issues stemming from childhood abuse.  

When Candace Bank’s mother reports her missing, Robo and Mattie begin the search at the school which stretches out to Smoker’s Hill; a hang out for local teens;  where Maggie and Robo find Candace’s body.  Although only 13 years old and in junior high, Candace had several inappropriate relationships with male teens at the high school. Did one of them kill Candace?  When Cole’s younger daughter Sophie disappears, Mattie and Robo are back in search mode. Will Mattie and Robo find Sophie before it too late?  Who is stalking the children of this small town?  My book review of Hunting Hour follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT: STARS 4

While Hunting Hour is a crime thriller, it’s also a testament of the versatility of K9 partners, as well as highlighting mental health and family dynamics.  With many suspects, some with mental health issues, and an officer having mental health issues of her own, Mizushima created a solid suspense tale filled with emotion.  As well as, highlighting issues pertinent to today.

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Bride Brigade: Rachel By Caroline Clemmons

 

 

Bride Brigade: Rachel
Bride Brigade Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE BRIDE BRIGADE: RACHEL BOOK 5 BY CAROLINE CLEMMONS:

Bride Brigade Rachel is the fifth book in the continuing story of the mail-order brides of Tarnation, Texas. Rachel Ross falsely imprisoned in Virginia for embezzlement has spent three years in despair. After release from prison, all except her brother turned their back on her. Rachel takes a drastic step. Answering an ad for mail-order brides, Rachel along with a group of perspective brides heads west.

As a result, Rachel meets Zane Davis owner of the local freight company. In Tarnation, Rachel will face the chance for a life long love, if she can reveal to Zane her past. However, Rachel will have another crisis in her life, which threaten to upend her new future.

Grab your favorite beverage, relax in your favorite chair, and follow Rachel and Zane to the path of true

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Healing Hands By Kellie McAllen

 

 

Healing Hands by Kellie McAllen
Healing Hands

 

 

Book 4 of The Celestia Divisa Collection

 

“SOMETIMES, HEALING THE BODY HAS TO START WITH THE HEART.”

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE HEALING HANDS:

Healing Hands is the fourth book in the Celestia Divisa Collection authored by Kellie McAllen;  a great addition to this series.  Rafael DiAngelo is a healer in more ways than one.  Although, skilled as a doctor, Rafe is not fully human.  He is half angel and a member of the Celestia Divisa.  Single, focused on his healing arts and teaching at the university, Rafe has not found his mate.  Meanwhile, upon meeting CeCe, blinded since a young child, Rafe feels he must help her.  As a result of their growing closeness, Rafe knows Cece is the one for him.

Cece experienced a traumatic childhood and resents doctors; they all wanted to fix her.  Cece does not feel she needs fixing.  She is fine just as she is.   She does not consider herself handicapped by her blindness. Rafe is keeping secrets from Cece which could ruin everything.   Can Cece and Rafe

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Long Journey Home By Caroline Johnson

 

Rocky Brook Cowboys Book 1

Long Journey Home
Long Journey Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LONG JOURNEY HOME BY CAROLINE JOHNSON:

In Long Journey Home, Holly raised on the Rocky Brook Ranch, finds herself headed back home; without a job and little money left in the bank.  Never wanting the ranch life of dirt, manure, and hard work, she made her mark in the big city.  When her company merges with another, she lost her job.  Looking for work for six months, Holly has no choice except return to Rocky Brook and her family.

Upon her arrival, Spence, a nuisance from her childhood, meets her at the car. However, he’s matured and turned into a handsome man she does not recognize. Her sister reveals his identity to Holly.  From here Holly’s thrown into further disarray; for she feels immediate attraction.  However, Holly does not want to live on a ranch, the city life’s for her.

Holly finds she can not tell her father why she’s back; although she does tell her sisters and mother.  She’s afraid he will consider her a failure and she’ll see disappointment on his face.  How will Holly tell her father about her situation?  Will love bloom between Spence and Holly?  Will Spence convince Holly he will give her the life she wants on the ranch along with his love?  My romance book review of Long Journey Home follows

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Long Journey Home’s a sweet contemporary romance filled with angst and family dynamics.  None us want to let down our parent, Johnson shows how unnecessary our worries.  As Holly found in Long Journey Home, parents love unconditionally even when we think they’re disappointed.

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The Amish Best Friends By Katie Fisher

 

A Suspense Romance

The Amish Best Friends
The Amish Best Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lead story shares the same name as the title; The Amish Best Friends.  A wonderful buy with bonus content of 20 stories; for a total of 1708 page.  A great deal for any reader who loves Amish and Christian romances at a surprising low costs of .99.  A clean sweet book suitable for anyone, you will love these stories.  I chose to review the lead story, The Amish Best Friends.

STORY-LINE THE AMISH BEST FRIENDS BY KATIE FISHER:

In the lead story,The Amish Best Friends, Hannah Zook teaches school in Orthause, Pennsylvania.  Devout and dedicated to the Amish way of life, when Mennonite Eli Reimer wants to marry her, she’s thrown into a quarry.  For Eli demands she join his church, forsaking her Amish church.

When Ezekiel Miller’s murdered, the Englisch, investigating the murder, send Jacob King and his partner to the Amish community.  Jacob left the Amish after his rumspringa, becoming a law enforcement officer.  Hannah comforts Ezekiel’s wife, Martha, who’s the prime suspect and eventually arrested.  As far as Hannah’s concerned, he has arrested the wrong person.  She decides to start her own investigation with her best friend Abram Wittmer by her side.  My Amish romance book review follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I found this story well-written and entertaining.  Fisher created a first class romance suspense mystery.  Her writing is clear, concise, and easy to follow, as well as, containing scenes which transition smoothly.  Fisher keep the mystery and suspense at high peak and did not reveal the murderer until the last possible moment.  With several suspects, I did not guess the correct culprit.

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The Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook By Isabelle Dauphin

 

 

The Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook By Isabelle Dauphin
The Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook By Isabelle Dauphin

 

Please take Notice: This review will appear in a different format than reviews for novels.

 

Contents of The Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook

In The Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook, Isabelle Dauphin, creates an informative book of cooking with the Foodsaver and Sous-Vide system.

As well as explaining why you need the Foodsaver Sous-Vide in your kitchen, she includes many tips for the home cook. Dauphin unlocks the potential of your Foodsaver and provides pro-tips for professional results. Dauphin’s industry tested tips are geared towards making your life easier using her system.

Emphasizing this cookbook is the only Foodsaver Sous-Vide Cookbook you will need, she then proceeds to tell you what Sous Vide means. I will clarify, Sous vide is French for “under vacuum”. This system is

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Last Word By Robin Mahle

 

(A Kate Reid Novel Book 7)

Last Word
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LAST WORD BY ROBIN MAHLE:

In Last Word, Book 7 of the Kate Reid series by author Robin Mahle, the reader finds Kate applying to the BAU.  She’s also involved in a high-profile murder case.  Women, murdered by an unknown assailant, are found with a cloth note in their mouth.  On the cloth written with lipstick, they see the word, Whore.  Kate finds Congressman Grant Copeland, the only link between the victims. Kate and the team must stop this killer before the bodies mount.  Dealing with a high-profile member of Congress, a cop in charge of the investigation who’s probably on the take and dirty, while waiting to hear from her application to the BAU, Kate has her hands full in this exciting book.  My book review of Last Word follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I must say, the Last Word by author Robin Mahle‘s an action-packed roller coaster ride of excitement.  I was on the edge of my sit from the first page to the last.  Filling this book with many twists and turns, intrigue, action, and suspense, Last Word’s a great addition to the Kate Reid series. Just when I thought I had it all worked out another plot line appeared.  Mahle had many threads to bring together in Last Word, which she did with skill while keeping the suspense at high peak and the story flowing smoothly.

With a variety of characters, Robin Mahle developed to their full potential;  you’ll not be disappointed in Last Word.  I found Mahle‘s detailing of the FBI, profilers, and agents exciting and informative.  A profile does not suddenly appear in thirty minutes as it does on television.  It takes time to create an accurate profile of the suspect, long hours, a lot of investigation, and hard work.  Mahle gave us a fascinating look inside the FBI;  as well as, the territorial disrupts between agencies.

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Handsome Widower’s Second Chance by Elliee Atkinson

 

Family of Love Series (A Western Romance Story)

Handsome Widower’s Second Chance
Handsome Widower’s Second Chance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HANDSOME WIDOWER’S SECOND CHANCE BY ELLIEE ATKINSON:

Holly Anne and Adam Collins have the perfect marriage in Handsome Widower’s Second Chance.  That is, until Holly suddenly dies; Adam’s left with a broken heart and two children to raise.  However not only is Adam grieving, but his in-laws, Holly’s brother Nathan, and sister Alice, are deeply grieving.  However, Nathan’s grief takes a sad twisted turn as he blames Adam.  His grief causes him to do unspeakable things in revenge.  Alice, determined to protect the children and help Adam, aligns with him against her brother.

When Nathan kidnaps Alice and the children, she will do anything to save them.  Will Adam find Alice and the children in time?  Will Nathan’s insane grief led him on a path he can not return from?  Can love bloom between Alice and Adam?  My western romance book reviews of Handsome Widower’s Second Chance follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although the feelings between Adam and Alice seem to happen quickly, the reader must realize in the pioneer west, short of women to help with the chores and the household, were scarce. This alone facilitated quick marriages. I loved the slow way Adam and Alice realized their attraction.  Of course, Adam is reluctant as Alice looks so much like Holly; he is still grieving her

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Guilty Deeds By Dominika Waclawiak

 

A Caine & Murphy Thriller Book 2

Guilty Deeds
Guilty Deeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE GUILTY DEEDS BY DOMINIKA WACLAWIAK:

In Guilty Deeds Dominka Waclawiak, created another intense action packed suspense thriller which will grab the reader immediately.  Hold on tight for you are going on a roller coaster ride with Detective Eva Murphy and her partner Detective Larson; along with characters from book 1, Grim Angel.  After the conclusion of Grim Angel and finding the Jerry Killer, Eva’s returning to the LAPD from a months suspension.  Eva’s partner’s anything but thrilled to see her.  For Larson has a bad case of jealousy and insecurity.  When female torso’s begin showing up, mother’s are missing, children appear abused, and husbands which are sitting on the edge of brutality, they must try to work together again.

Eva and Larson must solve these murders quickly; before more bodies appears.  However, this serial killer’s smart; leaving no clues behind to aid in their investigation.  Eva’s running out of time to solve the case as the bodies mount.  Come along with Eva and journey through horror, spirits, and monsters.  My suspense thriller book review of Guilty Deeds follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

What a great book two Waclawiak crafted in Guilty Deeds.  Filled with twists and turns, suspense, thrills, paranormal elements, and mystery, I could not put this book down.  Although a stand alone read, I would recommend reading book 1 to enhance your reading enjoyment as it gives the insight into the characters and story-line.  Waclawiak kept me on the edge of my seat as she

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Out Of the Shadows By Emma Carrie

 

 

The Tacket Secret Book 1

Out Of the Shadows
Out Of the Shadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE OUT OF THE SHADOWS BY EMMA CARRIE:

Detective Victoria Tacket, a driven detective in Golden City, New York and Emily Brelin, a teen on the run from a monster, feature in Out Of The Shadows. Emily’s running from the General, who trained her as an assassin.  When Victoria’s friend, Jen, dies she’s floored;  and to top it off, Jen ask her to take guardianship of Emily.   What does she know about raising and mentoring a kid?  After all, she has issues of her own she can’t face and resolve. She’s not mother material.

Victoria decides to let CPS take the care of her.  Unbeknownst to Victoria, Emily, over-hearing her decision, runs from the conference room where Victoria left her to wait.  The CPS agent, an incompetent piece of work, gives Victoria a letter from Jen;  asking Victoria to take guardianship or let Emily go as she’s safer on the streets where her unanimity’s protected.  Knowing she has already contacted missing persons to place Emily’s photo and information on the street, she races to erase all trace of Emily from the police system.

This begins the story of the relationship between Victoria and Emily. Victoria knows she must find Emily and keep her safe. From what or who, she doesn’t know;  after reading Jen’s letter she knows it must be bad .  The race is on to find Emily and persuade her she wants to take over guardianship, and protect her from the threats on the street of Golden City, New York. My review of Out Of The Shadows follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

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