Sunday, September 24, 2017

Once an Heiress by Renee Ryan

Once an Heiress by Renee Ryan was a wonderful historical novel set during the Gilded Age in New York City. This is the third book in the "Gilded Promises" series which was preceded by Journey's End and A Touch of Scarlet.

I love books that have strong, well-developed characters that almost come to life on the written page. Gigi and "Fitz" are two characters that fall into this category. In fact, I almost felt like they stepped off of the page into my life and they are still with me. Well done, Ms. Ryan.

There is a conflict between these two flawed but lovable characters. Gigi feels she is beyond redemption of her past sins, but our God is a God of second chances.

The plot flowed along very nicely and took me right along for the ride. I found myself getting so lost in the story that I lost all track of time. When a book is this good, I hate to finish the last page.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance novels. It's a story that follows the theme of the prodigal son. A story of redemption and second chances. A story to be embraced and loved.

On a 5-Star scale = 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author for my copy of Once an Heiress. I voluntarily received an Advanced Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.


Smiles & Blessings,

The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman

The Promise of Breeze Hill is Pam Hillman's first book in her "Natchez Trace" series. Based on this book, I would say her series will be a 'winner' for all who enjoy historical fiction

I fell in love with the characters in this book, the good and the bad. Ms. Hillman breathed life into a cast of characters from plantation owners and indentured servants, to piratous cut-throats and just plain mean folk. She did it well as I rooted for them, yelled at them and wanted to wring some of their necks.

The leading characters are Isabella, plantation owner, and Connor, indentured servant. Sparks fly between these two whenever they appear in a scene together. Connor, oh, my, my, my, what a swoon worthy character. He is definitely one of my favorite hero characters of all time. Right up there with Rhett Butler.

There are several topics that Ms. Hillman tackled within the covers of this book. Ride, commitment, jealousy and greed, just to name a few. Her characters tackled these issues and persevered, offering hope to all.

This was an extremely well-written historical novel with a Christian thread woven throughout. I would highly recommend this wonderful novel.

On a 5-Star scale = 5 HUGE Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author for my copy of The Promise of Breeze Hill. I received it for free in order to read it and give my honest review.


Smiles & Blessings,



Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

I have learned that if a book has the name Patricia Bradley on it, I can be sure it will be an exciting, fast-paced suspense novel. One that will grab the reader and to let go until the final page. That is the case in Patricia Bradley's newest release, Justice Buried. It is the second novel in her "Memphis Cold Case" series. The first book in the series is Justice Delayed. 

The main characters, Kelsey Allen and Detective Brad Hollister, were extremely well developed complex characters. Kelsey is a museum curator-turned security specialist and Brad is the detective she finds herself "tied" to in trying to solve a couple of murders and thefts at the museum in which Kelsey works. These two have a history, but the question is, will they have a future?

The plot was packed with some twists and turns along with a little romance sprinkled in.  For readers who enjoy a clean, fast paced, suspense novel, this book is highly recommended.

On a 5-Star scale = 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for my copy of Justice Buried. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

I love Christmas and all that goes with it. One thing I just can't pass up is a Christmas book with Melody Carlson's name on the cover. Ms. Carlson's book this year is The Christmas Blessing and a blessing it was.

The Christmas Blessing is set on the homefront during World War II. It is the story of a young mother, Amelia Richards, and how she journies from San Diego, California to Rockford, Montana in order to introduce her son to his paternal grandparents. I loved the character of Amelia and how the reader was given a chance to know her selfless heart. I wish we could have seen more into the lives of the other characters but since it is a novella there just wasn't enough time to do so. I truly wish Ms. Carlson would lengthen this novella into a full-length novel so we could get to know the characters better.

I can say I cried and smiled throughout the story because the author pulled me in at the start and held me to the end.

I would highly recommend The Christmas Blessing to anyone who enjoys a quick holiday read. I'm sure you'll love it.

On a 5-Star scale = 4 Stars!

I would like to thank Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy of The Christmas Blessing. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

I am quickly becoming a big fan of author Nancy Mehl who writes wonderful Christian suspense novels. Her latest novel, Dark Deception, is the second novel in her Defenders of Justice series. The first in the series was Fatal Frost.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

MY REVIEW

While this book can be read as a stand alone book, I wish I had read Fatal Frost first because many of the characters that are in Dark Deception were first introduced in Fatal Frost.

In Dark Deception, the author takes the reader into the world of serial killers and the witness protection program leaving them breathless by the time the last page is turned. Her lead characters, Kate O'Brien and Detective Tony DeLuca, are well developed and complex. I cared deeply for both of these characters and rooted for them throughout their story.

Ms. Mehl truly takes the reader on a roller coaster ride with twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing as to who the real B.E.K. (Blue Eyed Killer) is. Just when I thought I had things figured out, there was another turn of events that took me in a different direction. I loved it because it really made me engage my mind to try to figure things out. 

I would highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a good suspense novel that will engage you in the chase for the killer. 

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Bethany House for my copy of Dark Deception. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, July 2, 2017

High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

Before I say anything else I want to state, I LOVED THIS BOOK! It is one of those books that once you start reading it you just don't want to put it down. Now with that said, I will give you the synopsis from the back of the book.

Back Cover Synopsis

     A British nurse in WWI German-occupied Brussels, Evelyn Marche spends her days at the hospital and her nights working at a cafe...or so it seems. Eve's most carefully guarded secret is that she also spends her nights carrying out dangerous missions as a spy for a Belgian resistance group.
     When a plane crashes as she's en route to a rendezvous, Eve is the first to reach the downed plane and is shocked to recognize the badly injured pilot as British RFC Captain Simon Forrester. She risks her life to conceal him from the Germans, but as the secrets between them grow and the danger mounts, can they still hope to make it out of Belgium alive?

My Thoughts:

This book was without a doubt the best book I have read by Kate Breslin. It begins in Belgium in 1917 in the midst of World War I. But it also goes back in time in the early part of the book. First we go back ten years when Evelyn Marche first meets Simon Forrester. The author then takes us back to 1917 and flip flops for a few chapters between 1917 and three years prior. I enjoy learning the back story in this way as we are given a chance to experience what happened instead of being told what happened.

Evelyn Marche is keeping secrets as she tries to do her best to help the Allies fight the German's any way she can. Which means she's a spy. I loved this character. She was strong willed and had spunk. She pulled me into her story from the very first and I rooted her on until the very end. Captain Simon Forrester is a character that I also loved. While he was serving in the Royal Flying Corps for Britain, he was actually from Scotland. I loved how the author put a little brogue in his dialogue from time to time.

The story is filled with secrets, pain, unforgiveness and ultimately forgiveness while unfolding a beautiful love story. A love for country, family, and friends.

It's not often that I have read works of  fiction set during the WWI and so I found this book even more enjoyable because I learned a lot about this war. Ms. Breslin obviously did extensive research and it showed.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical set during wartime. 

On a 5-Star Scale = 5 HUGE Stars!!!!! I loved this book!

I would like to thank the author, Kate Breslin, and Bethany House, for my copy of High as the Heavens. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.


Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

Once again, Melissa Jagears has penned a book that tugs at your heartstrings as the heroine strives to help orphans and women of the red-light district to achieve a better life. With A Love So True, the second release in her "Teaville Moral Society", Ms. Jagears has presented a tough subject matter in a way that makes the reader want to help the characters. While this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, I would suggest you also read the first book in the series, A Heart Most Certain, (read my review here) as it introduces characters that also populate this book.

Back Cover:

     Evelyn Wisely loves working at the local orphanage, but her heart can't ignore the women of Teaville who are also in need. Her boss is willing to help build a shelter for them, but only if she gains the cooperation and financial support of other local businessmen.
     
     While David Kingsman plans to stay in Teaville just long enough to get his father's business back on solid ground, he's intrigued by Evelyn's cause and finds himself more invested with each passing day.

     Will their plans and partnership fall apart when confronted with all that is stacked against them, or can they trust in God's plan despite it all:

My Review:

The book takes place in the year 1908 and addresses the red-light district of Teaville, Kansas and one woman's dream of helping not only the orphans of the town, but also the broken women in the red-light district as well as their children. The main character, Evelyn Wisely makes it her mission to open up a home for these women who would like to get out of their pain-filled lives and become upstanding women, holding jobs and providing for their children. But Evelyn can't do it alone, she needs help and seeks her boss out to see if he will help.

Evelyn's boss, Nicholas, tells her that he will help but only if she can get support and financial backing of upstanding businessmen in the community. Enter the hero in the form of one David Kinsman, who is temporarily living in Teaville while he is attempting to get his father's new business back on solid ground. When he meets Evelyn, he finds himself intrigued and soon finds himself wanting to help her in her quest.

Both Evelyn and David are strong, well-defined characters that had me wrapped around their little fingers right off the bat. I loved Evelyn's heart for the "underdogs" and I especially loved how David put himself and his health in harms way to help Evelyn and the orphan son of red-light woman. The scenes written around this incident touched me deeply and were some of my favorite parts of this book.

This book is about loving without judging, forgiveness, getting over past hurts, and finding God's grace in the midst of an ugly world. It is a book that will touch your spirit and make you think about the world we live in today.

I would highly suggest this book to anyone who enjoys a good Christian Historical. Although, because of the subject matter, I don't believe it is a book for younger readers.

On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank the author, Melissa Jagears, for my complimentary copy of A Love So True. I was given the book for free in order to read it and give my honest opinion.


Smiles & Blessings,