Friday, February 19, 2016

Always Watching by Lynette Eason

I absolutely love the novels written by Lynette Eason so it was a given that when her newest book, Always Watching, the first book in her "Elite Guardians" series, came out I would have to read it.

This book is a fast paced suspense novel that takes the reader on a ride filled with twists and turns and leaves them breathless by the time they turn the last page.

Olivia Edwards owns a protection agency known as "Elite Guardians". She is hired by the father of radio personality, Wade Savage, because Wade is being stalked. Unaware that a protection detail has been put in place to guard him, Wade soon finds himself knee-deep in a quest to save his life and that of his young daughter Amy. 

The characters in this book are quite complex and I found it an added enjoyment that the reader is able to see who Olivia and Wade really are. Ms. Eason has a knack for creating well developed characters that pull the reader into their story.

Always Watching has been one of the most enjoyable books I have read this year. The second book in the series, Without Warning, is scheduled to release in the Summer 2016. That is not too far away and I can hardly wait!

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romantic suspense. There are a few scenes that depict violence so this might not be a story for children.

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

I would like to thank Revell for my copy of Always Watching. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher

When I saw the cover of Robin Lee Hatcher's newest book, Keeper of the Stars, I couldn't help but want to read it. First, the cover art is enticing and second, the title is the same as one of my favorites songs by country singer Tracy Byrd. Once I started reading I realized the song and book title were not a coincidence.

Keeper of the Stars is the third book in Ms. Hatcher's "Kings Meadow Romance" series, but while it is the third book it can be read as a standalone book. I must admit I haven't read the first two books in the series yet but didn't feel like I was missing anything.

This book is a story that deals with grief, remembrance, forgiveness and healing. It is the story of a young woman and her father who live in Kings Meadow, Idaho and for the most part are just moving through life carrying their grief baggage with them. You see, twelve years prior to where the story begins, Penny Cartwright, her brother Brad and her father Rodney, lost their mother and wife to pneumonia. All three had a hard time dealing with the loss but somehow pulled through. It is now twelve years later and Penny and her father are now trying to get over the loss of Brad who has died in a tragic car accident. Unfortunately, Penny blames Brad's boss, country singer wannabe, Trevor Reynolds for Brad''s death. Afterall, if Trevor hadn't hired Brad as his drummer, Brad might still be alive.

What I truly enjoyed about this book is the way Ms. Hatcher did flashback chapters from Brad's point of view so the reader was able to see him for who he was and how God had chosen him to be used to touch the lives of so many people.  She also allowed each character to show their grief and anger in such a realistic way that the reader can't help but feel it too.

Trevor comes to Kings Meadow at the request of Brad and is met with anger and contempt from Penny but is met with a caring warmth from Penny's dad. In time, God's hand is seen in the reason Brad requested Trevor to go to his home in Kings Meadow. This was a beautifully told story that showed how grief can be healed and forgiveness can be a gift.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good family love story. On a 5-Star scale = 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity for my copy of Keeper of the Stars. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, February 7, 2016

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Oh. My. Gosh. If you had told me I would pick up a full length novel and read it in one sitting I would have laughed. But, yesterday morning I decided to select a new book to read on my Kindle. I chose If I Run by Terri Blackstock. Let me tell you. That book grabbed me from the first line and by late afternoon I had finished this wonderful book.

If I Run is the first book in Terri Blackstock's new series and is due to release on February 16, 2016. I can honestly say that this is a powerful suspense novel that will grab you from the first sentence, "There's blood on the bottom of my shoes." and leave you wanting more by the time you turn the last page. 

The blurb on the back starts out, "Casey knows the truth. But it won't set her free." This is a story about Casey Cox, a young woman who at the tender age of twelve discovered her father's dead body. It was stated that her father committed suicide by hanging but she still doesn't believe it. She knows in her heart that he was murdered. Now she finds her best friend murdered and she decides to flee until she can uncover the truth. She can't trust the police so who can she trust.

Ms. Blackstock has written a fast paced, nail-biting suspense novel that takes the reader on an edge-of-your-seat ride until the very end. I have to say that I was so hooked at wanting to know what was going to happen next that before I knew it I had finished the entire book and now I will have to wait patiently for the second book in the series.

I highly recommend this book for adults who enjoy reading fast paced suspense novels with a Christian thread. Because of the subject content, it might not be suited for young readers.

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

I would like to thank BookLook Bloggers for my e-copy of If I Run. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give an honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert

Today I spent a wonderful couple of hours reading the novella, The Perfect Arrangement, by Katie Ganshert. This is the eleventh novella in "A Year of Weddings" novella series.

This is the story of a shy, small-town florist Amelia Woods and ghostwriter Nate Gallagher. They meet totally by 'accident' and go on to strike up a friendship via email. 

I found myself totally involved in this story and at times I laughed and other times I cried. I must admit that there is a character by the name of George that I totally fell in love with. I guarantee you will most likely do the same should you pick up this wonderful book.

I have read several books by Ms Ganshert and have truly loved each and everyone. She has a talent of creating true-to-life characters that still your heart leaving you wanting more.

I do enjoy reading novellas as they are always a quick read, however I sometimes feel I need a little more of the story for it to feel totally complete. I must say that is not the case with The Perfect Arrangement. Ms. Ganshert gave it all to us. However, in this case I do hope she creates a sequel letting the reader know what happens next in all her wonderful character's lives.

I would highly recommend picking up a copy of this wonderful book to anyone who likes to read 'feel-good' stories. On a 5-Star Scale - 5 Stars!!!!!

I would like to thank BookLook Bloggers for my e-copy of The Perfect Arrangement. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,