Saturday, May 14, 2022

Among the Innocent by Mary Alford

 I must admit that "Among the Innocent" is the first book I have read by author Mary Alford. I will also admit that it won't be my last book to read by Mary Alford. She has a talent for creating very believable characters and suspense that pulls you in and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page. 

The main characters are Police Officer Leah Miller and the new Police Chief Dalton Cooper. They hit the ground running from the start with a murder that has just occurred in the Amish community where Leah was raised in. Unfortunately, the murder is a reminder to both Leah and Dalton of a murder that had taken place years before when Leah's family was murdered in front of her and she was left for dead. Leah doesn't know that Dalton has a tie back to that murder as well.

I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Alford's writing but I must say the content of the story was really hard for me to embrace as the villain in this story is a serial killer. I must say Ms. Alford kept me guessing and tied things up well in the end.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy Christian Crime Fiction but I would highly suggest it be for adults eighteen and older due to the graphic depiction of the murders.

On a 5 Star Scale - 4 Stars.

I would like to thank Net Galley, Revell Books, and the author for my copy of Among the Innocent. I received my advanced readers e-copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255. 

Smiles & Blessings,

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Catch by Lisa Harris

When I first discovered Lisa Harris her books held me spellbound and to be honest, they still do.

Her newest book, The Catch, is her third and final installment of the U.S. Marshals series and the reader finally finds out who killed Madison's husband (the case in the first book). Please note that even though this is the third book in the series it can be read as a stand-alone as there are references to the past.

The story is about Deputy U.S. Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn. During the course of this book, three cases are solved, the death of a judge's wife, a missing babysitter along with the baby in her care, as well as, discovering who murdered Madison's husband. Could they all be connected?

I find that when characters are brought to life on the written page and endear themselves to me through their actions and words, I don't hesitate to read more by the author. Ms. Harris creates well-rounded characters that seem to live and breathe between the pages. Madison and Jonas did just that for me.

The Catch is a fast-paced journey filled with suspense and mystery. You might find that the characters aren't necessarily as they seem. I found myself thinking ill of one character but in the end, well, I may have been wrong.

If you like fast-paced, edge-oh-your-seat action novels with a little bit of romance tucked in I am sure you will love The Catch.

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

I would like to thank Revell Books, for my copy of The Catch. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Monday, April 4, 2022

Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is my favorite author of WWII fiction. It is obvious to me that she fully researches her subject for every novel she writes.

Her newest novel, Until Leaves Fall in Paris, is well crafted with endearing characters that pull you into their story and escort you through their journey.

The story begins on May 29, 1940 and ends on March 7, 1942. The story belongs to Lucie Gerard, a ballerina and the owner of Green Leaf Books in Paris. The male lead is Paul Aubrey, the owner of the Aubrey Automobile Factory in Paris. Paul is a widower with a young daughter, Josie, who is an adorable girl with an invisible friend named Feenee. Paul always wonders why Josie came up with the name Feenee. I could share the reason but that would be somewhat of a spoiler.

When Lucie and Paul first meet there is a spark but it is short-lived when she finds out that Paul is working for the Germans. But her knowledge isn't complete so she turns him away. At least for a while.

The Green Leaf Bookstore is a place for the resistance to come and pass notes to other resisters within the pages of books. When Lucie discovers this she asks to help but is turned down, for a while.

I could go on but I really don't like to present too much of the story as I hate spoilers. I will say that the characters are so well constructed that they felt real to me. I felt as if I knew them in some way other than through the pages of this book.

I would highly recommend Until Leaves Fall in Paris to anyone who loves to read novels set during WWII. With Sarah Sundin you will not be disappointed.

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

I would like to thank Revell Books, for my copy of Until Leaves Fall in Paris. I received my copy for free with no expectation of a positive or negative review.  The opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR. Part 255.

Smiles & Blessings,

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Malicious Intent by Lynn H. Blackburn

After I read Unknown Threat the first book in Lynn H. Blackburn's "Defend and Protect" series I wanted more. When I had the opportunity to join Ms. Blackburn's Launch Team for the second book in the series, Malicious Intent I was beyond ecstatic. This book did not disappoint. From the first sentence to the last I was held captive by the characters, the suspense, the romance and even some laughter. This book even exceeds the first book in the series. Read my review of Unknown Threat here.

The lead characters are Dr. Ivy Collins, founder and CEO of Hedera, Inc., and US Secret Service Agent Gil Dixon. The backstory lets the reader know that in their youth these two characters were best friends and they were each other's first love. That is until Ivy left abruptly with no explanation. It is now fifteen years later. Ivy is working on a new prosthetic that is on the cutting edge of science but someone is trying to stop her. Gil is working on a counterfeit ring and his first encounter with Ivy since their youth is when he appears at her door to discuss the fact that some of the counterfeit money came through Hedera, Inc. When Gil and Zane arrive they find her front door ajar... By the end of the first chapter, you cannot put this book down.

Ms. Blackburn has created a great team of characters that are well-developed and who embed themselves within your thoughts so that you crave more and more from this wonderful author.

Within the covers of this book, you will find second-chance romance, suspense, some laughter, and a whole lot of intrigue. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves good romantic suspense.

On a 5-Star Scale = 5 HUGE Stars.

I received an ARC of Malicious Intent from the publisherI have chosen to leave an honest review.

Smiles & Blessings,