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Diamonds For Christmas By Holly Blair

 

A Juniper Falls Holiday Romance

Diamonds For Christmas
Diamonds For Christmas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE DIAMONDS FOR CHRISTMAS BY HOLLY BLAIR:

Ruby Parkers meddling Aunt Muriel and her sister are setting Ruby up with eligible bachelors.  However, each one has been a dud.  With Ruby alone after breaking her engagement to Declan Rossi a year ago, they have decided enough is enough;  they want her settled and married.

Little do they know, Declan is back in town and planning to stay.  He and Ruby decide to have a fake engagement to get Ruby’s family off her back and his family off his.  In steps fate, and things heat up for Declan and Ruby.  Will this fake engagement turn into the real thing?   My romance book reviews of Diamonds For Christmas follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Diamonds For Christmas is a second chance sweet romance.  A short read of seventy-seven pages, the reader finds a cute, sincere, abiding, love story.  Ruby has ghosts she must face and lay to rest before she can commit to Declan again.  However, fear has her in its grip.  Meanwhile, Declan is determined Ruby will not get away again.

Holly Blair created a light, cute, sweet, romance which can be read at any time of the year.  A second chance at love, with the same person, does not come often.  However, Ruby and Declan have a chance to grab love and happiness;  if Ruby can conquer her fears.  Bringing the story to an end with a crisis creates an opportunity for Ruby to face her fears head-on.  Set in the small town of Jupiter Falls, I liked the small town feel of the story, as well as, Aunt Muriel’s determination.  Blair’s scenes transitioned smoothly, and her writing flowed well.  As a result, Diamonds For Christmas is an easy book to read.

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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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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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