Saturday, October 14, 2017

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan


STANDING FOR WHAT'S RIGHT COULD COST HER EVERYTHING

Tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit against Mason Pharmaceutical, Kate Sullivan knows this case could make her career. What really drives her, though, is getting justice for the victims whose lives were ruined by the company's dangerous new drug. But when a whistleblower turns up dead, it paints a target on the back of everyone involved.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James steps in to handle security for Kate. He's still haunted by mistakes in his past and is determined never to let something like that happen again. But it soon appears someone is willing to do anything--even commit murder--to keep the case from going to trial.

As danger closes in, Landon can't help but admire Kate's courage and resolve--but will her determination not to back down become too great of a risk?

MY THOUGHTS:

Deadly Proof is the first book in Rachel Dylan's "Atlanta Justice" series and it is the first book I have read by this talented author. But I can honestly say it definitely will not be the last, I can hardly wait for the second book in the series. Ms. Dylan pulled me into this legal thriller and kept me flipping pages long after I should have stopped for the night because I not only wanted but needed, to know what was going to happen next.

I don't always choose legal thrillers basically because the legal terms can sometimes be confusing. However, Ms. Dylan explained things in such a way it makes the reader understand without having to look the terms up. It also gives the reader an insight into the legal system and how it works.

This was a story about Big Pharma and how one corporation was more concerned with the all mighty dollar instead of caring for the people using their products. Actually, I found it a little scary to think that this actually could happen in real life. 

Ms. Dylan did an excellent job of creating tension both with the suspense and the romance. She allowed the romance thread to develop slowly and it captivated me from start to finish. I didn't feel like the author was trying to rush the romance and neither the suspense or romance overshadowed each other.

I would highly recommend Deady Proof to anyone who enjoys a good thriller laced with romance.

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

I would like to thank Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my copy of Deadly Proof. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Each time I pick up a novel written by Kim Vogel Sawyer, I become more and more a fan. Her newest novel, Bringing Maggie Home, spanned two time periods and it pulled me in from the first page and didn't let me go until the end. 

This is a three-generational story in which the characters are complex and realistic which is just the way I like my characters in any book. The characters seemed to want to invite me into their story and I gladly became one with this book. The tragedy and the sadness gave way to the hope and redemption for these characters. 

There were plenty of Bible verses sprinkled throughout which fully added to the feelings the characters evoked in this reader. 

I loved the theme of the unsolved cold-case mystery and how it unfolded. Ms. Sawyer did an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged in the solving of this mystery.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books that will pull on your heartstrings and cause you to think.

On a 5-Star scale = 4 Stars!

I would like to thank Litfuse Publicity for my copy of Bringing Maggie Home. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

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. Pride, 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,


Saturday, June 10, 2017

If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

I am a huge fan of Christian Suspense novels and last year I chose a book off my Kindle to read and completed it in less than a day. That book was Terri Blackstock's book, If I Run, (read my review here). which was the first book in her "If I Run" series. Needless to say, I was hooked. Not just on the series but on Ms. Blackstock's writing. 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

IS DYLAN HUNTING CASEY TO PROSECUTE HER OR PROTECT HER?

     Casy Cos is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn't commit. Dylan Roberts--her most relentless pursuer--is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist he knows the truth and wants to help her. He's let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn't come easily.
     As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who's also been falsely accused. casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormentors. But doing so is risky and may result in her capture --and if she's captured, she has no doubt she'll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail cell.
     In this riveting sequel to the USA TODAY bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows...but there is light shining in the darkness.

MY REVIEW:

While you could read this book without reading the first book in the series, If I Run, I wouldn't advise it as the this book is a continuation of the first book, and because the first book was so good you really must read it first.

From the first sentence, "The police lights in my rearview mirror almost destroy me." to the very last I was catapulted into a fast paced, sit on the edge of your seat, good guys versus bad guys pursuit that literally left me breathless. Had I had the time I would have read it in one sitting as it was one of those books you just don't want to put down.

Casey is the heroine of the series that has been wrongfully accused of the murder of her friend. She seems to stay just one step ahead of the real killers while trying to gather evidence that will not only clear her name but put the killers behind bars. Enter, Dylan, while he has been hired to find her, he has realized she is innocent and is now using his job to find her as a way to help clear her of everything she has been accused of doing.

In the first book, Ms. Blackstock gave us a sub-plot that was full of danger and helped create more mystery into the story line. Don't worry, in If I Run, she has added another sub-plot that takes the reader into a different direction allowing the reader to see even deeper into Casey's heart. 

I loved the Christian thread that was woven into the story as well because it let the reader see that there is hope even in your darkest of hours. 

As mentioned before, you will want to read the first book in the series as this is a continuation series. In fact, the reader is left hanging as far as the major plotline. However, the subplot is tied up quite nicely and the relationship between Casey and Dylan, well, lets just say, I was happy with the way they left things...for now anyway. I can hardly wait for book three, If I Live, which releases in March 2018.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a good sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense novel. It is fast paced and heart pounding and well worth your time between the pages.

I would like to thank BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan for my copy of If I'm Found. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

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


Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herne

I truly love reading book series, especially when the author is someone I truly admire. Ruth Logan Herne has just released Peace in the Valley, the third book in her "Double S Ranch" series and let me tell you, it was the 'icing on the cake' to this series. The first two books in the series, Back in the Saddle (read my review here) and Home on the Range (read my review here) were excellent, but Peace in the Valley, well let's just say, it was definitely worth the wait.

About the Book:

ADDING THE NEXT VERSE TO AN UNFORGETTABLE LOVE SONG

In spite of their differences, Trey Walker Stafford knows he owes his life to cowboy and legendary rancher  Sam Stafford--the uncle who rescued him after his parents' death. Trey left the Double S Ranch to purse music against Sam's wishes, but returns to central Washington when he learns he's the best match for a procedure that could same Sam's life. Although Trey's found country music fame and success, he's also endured the tragic loss of his wife. He croons about love, but struggles with a yawning emptiness he can't explain.
     Overwhelmed by a growing list of challenges and mistrustful of Stafford men, single mother Lucy Carlton reluctantly accepts Trey's help to revive her crumbling farm when Sam instructs him to repay the overdue debt to her family.
     As the two grow close, Trey slowly begins to open his heart to this beautiful woman and strives to let go of the grief he's held for years. Lucy has a complicated history of her own. Can Trey accept her as she is, learn to forgive the past, and find the elusive peace he's sought for so long?

My Review:

To be perfectly honest, I hated to see this series end. The three Stafford boys were as cowboy as cowboy can be. They were kind and gentle and all of them are 'swoon worthy'. But Trey stole my heart in the second book and never let it go. This is a character that you would want to introduce to your daughter, or sister, or niece or your best friend. He's genuine, authentic and yes, 'swoon worthy.'

Lucy Carlton has had a lot of tough breaks and has an issue with trust and well so does Trey. Together, through God's grace, they learn to trust God, each other and other people as well.

There is a young girl named Ashley that I would love to see get her own story. She is actually Lucy's sister-in-law. I would love to see her three "uncles" take her under their wing and anytime a young gentleman came courtin'... Well, like I said earlier, I hate to see this series end and would love to see maybe one more book...Ashley's story. 

If you enjoy a good clean read with a little bit of cowboy and country music mixed in, you will love this book. I guarantee it. While it can be read as a stand-alone, it is best you read all three books in order.

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

I would like to thank the author, Ruth Logan Herne for my copy of Peace in the Valley. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pursued by Lisa Harris

 
PURSUED by Lisa Harris
Revell
April 4, 2017

NIKKI BOYD'S FLIGHT INTO NASHVILLE WAS ROUTINE --

UNTIL THE CRASH LANDING AT THE AIRPORT.

When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing--and no one will admit she was ever there. When she learns that Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial, Nikki wonders if her disappearance from the crash site means she's running from trouble--or straight into it. Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

My Review:

Lisa Harris just released her third book in her series, "The Nikki Boyd Files". The first two books in the series Vendetta (read my review hereand Missing (read my review here) were excellent reads and while they are all part of a series each book can be read as a standalone. 

Pursued was a thrill packed ride with fast paced twists and turns that left me holding my breath at times and praying for a successful outcome. There is definitely no slow pace in it. It is action packed from the very first page to the last page.

The character of Nikki Boyd is quite complex and she carries a lot of history that she just can't escape. Each book I read in this series leaves me wanting closure for NIkki. Will this be the one that leads her to answers she has been looking for regarding her sister? If not, will there be another book in the series down the road?

If you are a fan of fast paced suspense, this book would be an excellent choice. I highly recommend it.

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

I would like to thank the author, Lisa Harris, for my copy of Pursued. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Their Surprise Daddy by Ruth Logan Herne

To read a book with the name Ruth Logan Herne on it is pure delight for me. From her contemporary love stories to her cowboy stories, this author always delivers a book that is filled with tender moments, learning experiences and sweet love. Also, a few little ones may be tucked into the cast of characters which always brings more warmth and love to the story.

Her newest book for Love Inspired is Their Surprise Daddy. It is the third book in her "Grace Haven" series, and while it can be read as a standalone book, I know you will want to get the two previous books, An Unexpected Groom and Her Unexpected Family. The books tell the stories of the Gallagher sisters. In this third book in the series we meet Rory Gallagher, a small town girl with a big heart for disadvantaged kids. I guarantee you will fall in love with her as soon as you meet her.

Cruz Maldonado did not win me over for at least a few pages. Here is a man who has made his mark and money in Manhattan and now he finds himself back in his hometown tending to an issue that requires him to become one of the caretakers to his cousins two young children. I must admit I was holding my breath for awhile in the hopes of loving his character. I didn't have to wait long until I was envisioning his character as good looking Antonio Cupo (who plays in a lot of Hallmark movies) and his personality and tenderness for his two young charges melted my heart.

The author knows how to create a wonderful small town atmosphere where everyone knows everybody in town and are protective of their own. Her towns make you want to visit them and maybe hang out for awhile. Which of course, you can do, by picking up a copy of this wonderful book. I highly recommend it!

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

I would like to thank the author, Ruth Logan Herne, for my copy of Their Surprise Daddy I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

I become more and more of a fan of DiAnn Mills with each new book that I read of hers. Her newest release, Deep Extraction, is book two of her "FBI Task Force" series. The first book in the series, Deadly Encounter (read my review here.), was a sure winner and I could hardly wait to read her second installment. While the books are part of a series, they can be read as stand alone novels, but I assure you, once you read one you will surely want to read the other.

Back Cover Blurb:

A PACEMAKER should have saved oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore's life. Instead, it provided his killer with a seemingly perfect means of execution.
     A bombing at one of Nathan's oil rigs days earlier indicates his death could be part of a bigger conspiracy, a web Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle. But her first order of business is separating the personal from the professional--the victim's wife, her best friend, is one of the FBI's prime suspects.
     Clearing Sally's name may be the biggest challenge of her career, but Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan's personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer--and to each other--the more intent someone is on silencing them for good.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book. With characters that are extremely well developed, crisp dialogue that pulls you in and the suspenseful twists and turns of the plot you are guaranteed a breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat, suspenseful read that will leave you wanting more. I for one, cannot wait until book three is released.

DiAnn Mills has a talent of creating well developed characters that make you want to meet them in person. Of course, we know that they are fictional but they are developed so well you almost feel like you are reading a story right out of current day news.

I really enjoyed Tori Templeton's character and how her relationship with Cole Jeffers developed. I was worried for awhile that Tori would give up on Cole but in the end I was happy the way things turned out. 

If you love a good suspense novel, then Deep Extraction is a must read that I highly recommend!

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

I would like to thank the author, DiAnn Mills, for my copy of Deep Extraction. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.


Smiles & Blessings,

       

Her Baby's Protector by Margaret Daley & Susan Sleeman

I am a huge fan of the Love Inspired Suspense line of books. Two very good reasons are because of the two authors who share the book Her Baby's Protector,  Margaret Daley and Susan Sleeman. They both pen excellent suspense novels so to have a book with novellas written by them both was shear delight!

"Saved by the Lawman" was Margaret Daley's story and what a story it was. Judge Kate Forster is the heroine of the story with police officer Chase Walker as her hero. The judge finds herself being assaulted and her infant son is almost abducted when Chase happens upon the scene. 

This story is fast paced and draws the reader in within the first few pages and keeps the reader engaged until the very end. I found myself on the edge of my seat several times and I also have to admit, while I like the character of Kate Forster, I LOVED Chase Walker. He was definitely swoon-worthy. 

For this story, I give a big 5-Stars and would highly encourage you to pick up a copy if you enjoy a good suspense.

Ms. Sleeman's contribution is "Saved by the SEAL" and it too packed a lot of suspense within a short amount of time. From the opening scene to the very last page, I was held captive.

The heroine is Bree Hatfield and she has just been given custody of her best friends little girl. Bree doesn't believe her friends died naturally, in fact in her mind it was murder. She really believes this when she finds herself under attack. I had a hard time accepting that Bree would turn to her ex-boyfried, Navy SEAL, Clint Reed. Especially since they broke up because he was a SEAL. But in no time, I understood why Clint was the only person who really could help her.

For this story I gave it 4 1/2 stars and I would highly recommend it as well.

I would like to thank Margaret Daley for my copy of Her Baby's Protector. I received my copy for free so I could read it and give my honest review.



Smiles & Blessings,

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

It was really hard for me to read Cynthia Ruchti's book A Fragile Hope, not because there was anything wrong with the book (believe me, this is an excellent read), but because a great part of the book takes place in an emergency room and hospital. I was reading it as I sat in the emergency room with my mom and later in the hospital with her before she passed.

A Fragile Hope is a story about communication and how when it isn't handled properly, people get hurt and look for ways to escape. It is a story of misunderstandings, forgiveness and most importantly, hope. 

This is the story of Josiah Chamberlain, a relationship expert and his wife, Karin who runs her own business. Ms. Ruchti takes the reader on a journey along with Josiah to discover who he really is and what he can do to rectify the issues he is forced to face. 

I highly recommend this book but I will say that you may need some tissues handy as you read it. I know I did. Ms Ruchti touched my heart deeply with this book and I so appreciate being given the opportunity to read it.

On a 5-Star scale - 4 Stars.

I would like to thank the author for my Advanced Reader's Copy of A Fragile Hope. I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

I am a huge fan of Dani Pettrey and after reading Cold Shot, the first book in her "Chesapeake Valor" series (read my review here), I could hardly wait to  read the second book, Still Life. It was just as good as the first book.

From the Back

SOMEONE IS OUT THERE. WATCHING HER. WAITING.

Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker MItchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.
     Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modeled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead-and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.
     As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

My Thoughts:

The more books I read by Dani Pettrey, the more I fall in love with her writing and her characters. I love how, in each book, she introduces the majority of her characters, that will populate her series. While Still Life is Avery and Parker's story, we get a glimpse at the couple that will be front and center in her next book as well as hints to another possible book in the series. I have read books by other authors that try do this but to be perfectly honest, I believe Ms. Pettrey has a gift of weaving her characters into each book and she has excelled at it.

Still Life is fast paced and will keep you guessing right until the end but don't let your guard down as just when you think you know what is going on, there might be a twist or turn taking you in another direction. I found myself rooting for Avery and Parker all the way.

I would highly recommend Still Life to anyone who loves a good clean suspense novel.

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

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


Smiles & Blessings,


Friday, February 3, 2017

In Honor of My Mom Dorothy Erwin

I lost my Mom on Wednesday . She was not only a wonderful mom but she was my best friend. It's hard to let go but I know she is with Jesus now and no longer in pain or discomfort.

January 15, 1928 - February 1, 2017.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble

Most of you who follow my blog know that I love books by Colleen Coble. Her newest release is Because You're Mine, and it may have been previously released as the book is dedicated to her dear friend in heaven Diann Hunt and it states it was Diann's favorite of all the books Colleen had written. Personally, I would have to agree. I loved this book.

The book takes place predominantly in Charleston, South Carolina and is the story of a singer named Alanna, who is in a Celtic band named Ceol. Shortly after the story begins, her husband, Liam, is killed when a bomb explodes under the car he and his best friend are in. His best friend Jesse survives. But, is it really Jesse or is it Liam as they both looked so very much alike.

Alanna is pregnant with Liam's baby and her father-in-law is wanting custody. She agrees to a marriage of convenience to the band manager in order to stay in the United States so her baby won't be taken away. But her new husband, Barry, is, well, different. He takes her to his family home which, while it is a mansion, it is a decaying one and strange things begin to happen.

Per a note on the back of the book, "A mysterious painting, a haunting melody, and a love stronger than death leave Alanna questioning where darkness ends and light begins."

I loved the characters of Alanna, Liam, Jesse and the rest of the band. I loved the way Ms. Coble brought a lot of the Irish culture to life within the book as well as the dialect. I could actually hear the Irish brogues in my head as I read the book.

If you enjoy clean romantic suspense I would highly recommend picking up a copy and reading this wonderful novel.

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

I would like to thank BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for my copy of Because You're Mine.  I received my copy for free in order to read it and give my honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Reba's Newest Song and Video

Thought you all might enjoy Reba McEntire's newest song and video. The words are so good for today's world.



Smiles & Blessings,