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Favorite Coffee 1-4 By Victoria Pinder

 

Favorite Coffee 1-4
Favorite Coffee 1-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 This is a boxed set of Victoria Pinder‘s Favorite Coffee Series 1-4.  I chose to review two of these wonderful stories.  Four books for the price of one.  What a deal!

 

FAVORITE COFFEE FAVORITE MISTAKE

STORY-LINE FAVORITE COFFEE FAVORITE MISTAKE BY VICTORIA PINDER:

In Favorite Coffee Favorite Mistake, the reader finds two lovers torn apart years ago.  Sandra Marshall and Wyatt meet on-board Penny’s wedding cruise again.  Sandra, as the wedding planner, must see all goes well;  hoping to transition from former wedding shop owner to wedding planner as a result of her supervision and planning.  Wyatt, along with his small daughter, is on-board for the wedding.  Both mothers, of the bride and groom, I would graciously describe as mothers from hell.

After Wyatt left Sandra, his high school love, he married and had a daughter.  However, there is much more to this story.  Sandra and Wyatt not only have to see the wedding goes off without disruption but resolve issues from the past.  My reviews for the romance novel, Favorite Coffee Favorite Mistake, follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Favorite Coffee Favorite Mistake by Victoria Pinder takes the reader on a wedding cruise filled with vengeful mothers, a very much in love wedding couple, friends galore, and high school lovers with issues to resolve.  I found the plot fast-paced and steady along with well-developed characters.  The reasons behind Wyatt’s desertion of Sandy all those years ago empathized what a good man Wyatt was;  he’s one with a deep sense of responsibility.   Add in his adorable daughter, Charlotte, and the reader will lose their heart.  What a sweet child.

Also, you will love to hate the mothers.  What pieces of work.  Excellent work, Ms. Pinder, in creating obnoxious villains.  Sandy is a hard-working woman, who never loved again.  As a result, Wyatt’s the only man she had ever wanted.  She is ready and willing to hear Wyatt’s explanations.  As the romance begins to feel the air, will Wyatt and Sandy overcome past mistakes?

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A Mountain Christmas Romance By Misty M. Beller

 

A Mountain Christmas Romance
A Mountain Christmas Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE A MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS ROMANCE BY MISTY M. BELLER:

Set in the Wyoming Territory of 1867, Matthias Bjork, descendant of Vikings, spends his life searching for his sister.  In between journeys, he stays with a loving German couple;  the Shumeister’s consider him a son.  While out racing across the landscape, Matthias and his horse, Karl,  are felled by the sudden appearance of a woman.

Discovering Opal Boyd, works for the Shumeisters, comes as a surprise to Matthias.  Opal’s happier than she’s ever been; secure and loved with the Shumeisters.  Opal has no interest in men and doesn’t trust them for good reason.  However as she comes to know Matthias, her trust builds.  The road to love for Matthias and Opal is rocky and rough, as Matthias searches for his sister and a threat arises which could be the end of Matthias and Opal.  My romance book review of A Mountain Christmas Romance follow

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Misty M. Beller created a romance filled with emotion and a story-line which held my attention from start to finish.  Including hints of mystery, feelings of mistrust, misunderstandings, romance, and a crisis which changes everything, Beller included all the elements needed for a successful romance.

With several plot threads, Misty M. Beller, brought all the threads together to form a solid book.  With well-developed characters, intriguing plot lines, and writing which is easy to follow and read, Beller had no need sex or fluff to fill the pages.  This is a clean sweet romance which will tug at your heart-strings.  Including the abandoned dog, Charmer, adds to the depth of the story;  he’s loving and protective to his pack of humans.

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Love’s Chance By Emily Murdoch

 

Love's Chance
Love’s Chance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LOVE’S CHANCE BY EMILY MURDOCH:

Katherine, aka Kitty, Morrison’s life went to Hades in the last three years.  Running off at sixteen with Mr. Ernest Gilman, life did not proceed as she thought it would.  Now considered a fallen woman, prostitution’s her only option.  Working day and night, finally, a man comes into her life who knows someone in Sweet Grove.  Sweet Grove, where her sister Elizabeth purchased land;  how ironic, that Thomas Bryant and Katherine, searching for the same thing, will team up as man and wife in a marriage of convenience.  Traveling from Nacogdoches to Sweet Grove, Texas will they become a united couple?

Sweet Grove represents forgiveness, second chances, and security.  Thomas, however, has an agenda of his own; alienated from his family and ashamed of his behavior, Thomas has his own insecurities.  Will these two find what they need?  Can love bloom or will love once again be a let down for Kitty?  Will Sweet Groves occupants welcome them or turn them away in horror?  My romance book reviews of Love’s Chance follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

The Sweet Grove Series by author Emily Murdoch grabs the reader immediately as Murdoch penned an emotional heart grabbing tale of second chances, forgiveness, and love.  How sad the only option open for a fallen woman in 1841 is to prostitute herself for survival.  I felt Kitty’s desperation and sorrow in the house of prostitution.  While Thomas feels shame for his past and the things he did to his family; each emotion’s pungent.  Murdoch‘s descriptive writing’s vivid; I could see the people, the smell the odors, and feel the emotions of Thomas and Kitty.

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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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The Steps By Iveta Redliha

 

TRANSLATED BY KARINA LOZA

The Steps
The Steps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE STEPS BY IVETA REDLIHA:

The Steps, begins with a prologue in which a boy, ease-dropping hears his name and the word surrogacy.  Raised in an orphanage and determined to find his mother, he hears just enough to know he must find out more.  Fast forward to a grown man, Lucas, who can seem cold and menacing in an instance. He is on a mission; one which will either be successful or lead to destruction.

Reyna inherited Bradbury Mansion, in need of much repair, holds secrets which will affect many lives.  Unaware her mother purchased the mansion just before her suspicious death, Reyna needs to decide what to do with this falling down master piece.   Arriving to see her inheritance, Reyna quietly contemplates the grounds and mansion when a stranger suddenly appears.   Lucas introduces himself to Reyna as a neighbor;  she felt shivers run over her at the look in his eyes and his attitude.  Who is this man who keeps popping up when least expected?  How and why did her mother buy this mansion?  Leonora, Reyna’s mother, held dark secrets for many years which when revealed will change everything.  My review suspense thriller book review of The Steps follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Originally written in Latvian and translated to English, The Steps, grabs the reader immediately.   I found a few language issues, however, they did not affect my enjoyment of the book.  A fast paced thrill ride of secrets, lies, and a dark dank

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Mastering Darkness By Kate Wendley

 

mastering darkness

 

How Do You Like Your Vampire?

A Master Vampire Of The Atlanta Territory

A Beautiful Human Woman

Shifters And Vampires As You Have Never Seen Them

Filled With Emotions And Desire To Belong

 

 

 

STORY LINE:

Author Kate Wendley has created a world of shifters and vampires that is very different.  We see them with emotions, insecurities, jealousy, envy, in other words, we see human emotions in her characters.

 

Anthony is the Master Vampire of the Atlanta Territories; he is a good Master who punishes when he must and has been emotionally alone for almost 300 years.  Romantic relationships never work for him

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