Saturday, March 23, 2019

Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin



     In 1918 England, Lieutenant Colin Mabry spends his days decoding messages for MI8 after suffering injuries at the front. When he receives an urgent summons by carrier pigeon from Jewel Reyer--a woman who saved his life and whom he believed to be dead--he can only hope he'll regain the courage he lost on the front lines as he's driven back into war-torn France.
     But Jewel isn't the one waiting for him in Paris. Instead, it is a stranger who claims to be her half-sister, Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence. She found Jewel's diary and believes her sister is alive and in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Coli is at first skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust grows.
     That trust is quickly put to the test, however, when their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot and their search for answers quickly turns into a battle for their lives.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book. It was filled with suspense, intrigue, and romance. Kate Breslin has created a well-balanced novel set during WWI that will leave the reader wanting more.

I love characters that are not only believable but ones that make the reader want to really know them. Lieutenant Colin Mabry and Johanna Reyer were just that, believable and so real that I wanted them to walk off of the page. From the very first page, I was pulled into the story and loved every minute of it. 

I really can't say anything negative about this book. I loved it from cover to cover and would highly suggest it to anyone who loves clean historical novels filled with suspense.

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

I would like to thank the author for my copy of Far Side of the Sea I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.


Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard


THE CASE MAY BE COLD, 
BUT THINGS ARE ABOUT TO HEAT UP

Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather's footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than twenty years ago. When someone makes an attempt on Willow's life to keep her from discovering the truth, help will come from an unexpected source.

Ex-FBI agent--and Willow's ex-flame--Austin McKade readily offers to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together th 2y'll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he's spent much of his life trying to forget--and put Willow's tender heart at risk.

My Thoughts:

I have always been a fan of Elizabeth Goddard's Love Inspired Suspense novels and when I learned she would be releasing a trade paperback through Revell Books, I was ecstatic. Her first book in her "Uncommon Justice" series, Never Let Go, is a definite winner. It is fast-paced, suspenseful and will keep the reader on the edge of their seats.

Willow Anderson is a forensic genealogist who has just lost her beloved grandfather and inherits the last cold case he was hired to solve. But then enters ex-FBI agent, Austin McKade who was hired by her grandfather to help on the case. Unfortunately, Willow and Austin have a past that ended poorly. The question is, can they move beyond their past and get the job done?

The title of the book, Never Let Go, really says it all, from the first page to the last I didn't want to put it down. The book involves a 21-year old cold case, arson, a couple of murders and a few attempted murders. Oh, it also contains some romance that is packed full of sparks and tension. 

I would highly recommend Never Let Go to anyone who truly loves a good clear romantic suspense. I can hardly wait until the Fall of 2019 when the second installment of the "Uncommon Justice" series is released.

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

I would like to thank Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy of Never Let Go.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin


Facing the past may be the most 
fearsome battle of his life.

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wants to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, arranging entertainment for the men of the 357th and setting up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near...and secrets can't stay buried forever.

My Thoughts:

When it comes to novels set during World War II, in my humble opinion, there is no better author than Sarah Sundin. Her second book in her "Sunrise at Normandy" series, The Sky Above Us is an awesome read. The first book in the series is The Sea Before Us. I have yet to read the first book in the series, however, I just bought a copy because the second book was so good.

The series is about three brothers, Wyatt, Adler and Clay Paxton. This story belongs to Adler, a fighter pilot in the 357th Fighter Group based in England. Adler is running from his past and is yearning to become an ace so that once the war is over he can start a flying freight business names ACES. He also has a problem with being 'second'. He had a problem being second to his brother Wyatt, and being a wingman. This is a story of someone wanting one thing and finding that what God planned for him was far better.

Adler's interest is Violet Lindstrom, a member of the American Red Cross. Her dream is to become a missionary in Africa just like her great aunt. But just as Adler learned to change, so did Violet and her dream changes as well.

Ms. Sundin has a great gift in making the reader feel like they are right in the cockpit with the pilot. This gift is no different. I guarantee you will feel like you are in each and every dogfight that takes place in this book and if your heart isn't beating a little faster by the end of each scene, you probably didn't engage. 

The Sky Above Us is a fast-paced, World War II action novel that will get the reader's heart pumping. It is also an inspirational romance novel that will touch the heart of any reader. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially to fans of historical romance.

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

I would like to thank Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy of The Sky Above Us.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Her Last Chance Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe

She came seeking family...
Will she find love 
at Big Heart Ranch?

When pregnant single mother Hannah Vincent shows up professing to be the half sister of the Maxwells of Big Heart Ranch, horse trainer Tripp Walker is wary. Wounded before, he doesn't trust easily. If only Hannah and her feisty five-year-old daughter weren't so impossible to resist. Now, despite his doubts, joining this little family is quickly becoming the cautious cowboy's greatest wish.

My Thoughts:

The author of Her Last Chance Cowboy, Tina Radcliffe, definitely saved the best for last. in her "Big Heart Ranch" series. This is the fourth and final book in the series. This is Tripp Walker's story and I loved it!

Tripp's story was definitely worth the wait. He appeared in the other books and we saw just enough to know that his story needed to be told. It was obvious he had been hurt in the past because the walls were built solid around his heart. Solid until a pregnant Hannah Vincent and her adorable daughter, Clementine, came on the seen. She was filled with a spirit that when she met Tripp the sparks flew. These two characters challenged each other and it was pure delight to see their story unfold.

As for the rest of the family and friends of Big Heart Ranch, I loved them all. I truly hate to see this series end but I know it must. Though I would love a story sometime in the future with Dub and Clementine as a grown-up couple living and working at Big Heart Ranch. 

I  would highly recommend this book of second chances to anyone who loves a good story that tugs at your heartstrings.

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

I would like to thank the author, Tina Radcliffe, for my copy of Her Last Chance Cowboy.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing by Ruth Logan Herne

From bachelor to daddy...
Shepherd's Crossing is
full of surprises

Cowboy bachelor Jace Middleton was ready to leave Shepherd's Crossing for good--until he learns his family's unspoken secrets. Now Jace finds himself not only caring for his twin baby nieces, but working with beautiful, strong-willed designer Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother's run-down estate. Love wasn't part of the plan...but Jace soon finds himself wishing Melonie could become part of his unexpected family.

My Thoughts:

"Sleep stole up on her like a summer sunset. Nothing hurried about it. And when she finally closed her eyes one last time--and the bottle went lax in her mouth--he stared at the absolute miracle he held in his arms." (Page 64)

This is just a small moment in this wonderful book where Ms. Herne brings the story to life to the reader. I saw it. I felt it. And I loved it. Ms. Herne has created another wonderful story in her Shepherd's Crossing series. A book that the reader can step into and become one with.

The hero, Jace Middleton, has his life turned upside down at the same time he meets the heroine, Melonie Fitzgerald. Who, by the way, has had a shake-up in her life as well. I must say these two characters had sparks flying throughout their story. These two special people come from definite cultures and Ms. Herne paints their relationship beautifully. 

I have to say that besides the two wonderful twins that showed up in Jace's life, I loved Gilda. She was a curmudgeon that was trying to make things right. I truly believe that what happened in Jace's distant past was a loving thing that Gilda had a part in. I don't want to hand out a spoiler so you'll have to read this wonderful book to find out just who Gilda is.

If I were to say anything negative about this book, it would be to say that I really wish that they had included the twins on the cover with Jace and Melonie. But in my mind's eye, I see them there.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a feel-good story.

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

I would like to thank the author, Ruth Logan Herne, for my copy of A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Code of Valor by Lynette Eason

Code of ValorLynette Eason's current book, Code of Valor, is the third book of her "Blue Justice Series" following Oath of Honor and Called to Protect. This series revolves around the St. John family and once you meet them I guarantee you will love them.

Back Cover:

SHE'S LIVING PROOF THAT WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW
 COULD KILL YOU.

What Detective Brady St. John really needs is a relaxing vacation. Unfortunately, just as the sun is setting on his second day at a friend's cabin on Lake Henley, he hears a scream and races to rescue a woman from her would-be killer. When the killer escapes only to return to finish the job, Brady vows to utilize all of his many resources to keep her safe--and catch those who would see her dead.
     Financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain doesn't trust many people. And even though she's trying to cooperate with the detective who saved her life, there are some things she doesn't know--and some things you just don't share with a stranger. Little does she suspect that what she doesn't know just might get them both killed.

My Thoughts:

Ms. Eason is a master at creating multifaceted believable characters and fast-paced page-turning suspenseful novels. It saddens me when an author speeds up the ending of the story (maybe due to meeting a deadline) but that is never an issue with Ms. Eason as she always gives the reader the whole story and never shortchanges the reader by ending the story too quickly.  

If you love fast-paced suspenseful novels you'll love Code of Valor. The characters draw you in from the beginning and do not let you go until the very end of the story. I would highly recommend this book.

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

I would like to thank Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy of Code of Valor.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.


Smiles & Blessings,

Lone Star Christmas Witness by Margaret Daley


Lone Star Christmas Witness, is the 5th book in Margaret Daley's "Lone Star Justice" series and it is another extremely suspenseful addition to this great series. Please note while it is part of a series it can be read as a stand-alone book.

Back Cover:

To protect a child witness
Lone Star Justice must prevail

With a killer at large, Texas Ranger Taylor Blackburn must safeguard little Ben Markham--the sole survivor of a mass shooting. But allowing Ben and his beautiful aunt, Sierra Walker, into his life is riskier than Taylor imagined. While he can distract Ben with Christmas planning, Taylor can't ignore how Sierra makes him feel. The only thing harder than protecting them is guarding his own heart...

My Thoughts:

Lone Star Christmas Witness is another sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat book by Margaret Daley and this one could come right out of a current headline. Ms. Daley handles the subject well.

This book starts out in the aftermath of a mass shooting leaving one very young boy as the only witness. The suspense escalates from there taking the reader on a roller coaster ride. 

I always love it when an author creates a world and characters that beckon me in. Where you feel like you are right there feeling what the characters are feeling. Ms. Daley does this very well.

I am a huge fan of good characterization and I wasn't disappointed with Sierra, Taylor, Ben and Taylor's father Robert. They were all believable and I grew fond of them all.

The saddest part of the story centered around a little boy named Ben, who because of the circumstances turned mute. But in time... well you'll have to read the book to see what- happens.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good suspense-filled story, especially one set during Christmas.

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

I would like to thank the author, Margaret Daley, for my copy of Lone Star Christmas Witness.  I received my copy for free but I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.


Smiles & Blessings,