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Monday, December 10, 2018

Memories Light the Corners of My Mind

I was offered the first chapter of this book by Rachel Hauck to read and review, but one chapter alone does not give the whole feel and does not really give a full insight of the book.  I usually read a book over three or four nights right before I go to sleep, but this book was so compelling, I finished it in two nights.

Beck Holliday is a NYPD sergeant who has blanks in her memories of her life growing up, especially since her father died in 9/11. 

Bruno Endicott is a sports agent who is trying to build his business from the ground up and fight the negative press of his former employer.

Everleigh Callahan was a neighbor of Bruno's and Beck's (during the summer).  She was the one who spent time with Bruno and Beck every summer until Beck's father died. She was a kind, grandmotherly type woman who loved children with her whole heart.

Beck works the night shift and with her partner, they go after a "perp" who is selling drugs in one of New York City's economically depressed neighborhoods. She goes beyond the regulations when she punches him in the face after he was already cuffed.  She gets a reprimand and four weeks suspension.  About this same time she finds that Everleigh has passed away and left her entire estate to Beck.  This is the first turn in the road that leads to Beck's memories and leads her home to her Heavenly Father.

This is more than a Five Star book, but that's all they will let me give it.  Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a memory restored.

My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

With Winter's First Frost

I've read many of Kelly Irvin's Amish Fiction books and this is the one that has every single character Kelly has produced--well almost.  I must say that if this book were to be produced into a play, it would take a whole Amish settlement to fully fill the cast.  But the play would be entertaining for sure.

Playing the leading lady would be Laura, a widow of some years, with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Playing the leading man is Zechariah, a crotchety old widower with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Among the supporting cast are the sons and daughters of Laura and Zechariah, along with their children and grandchildren.  The plot is rife with the cares and foibles of the characters.  It moves at a pretty good clip, keeping the reader engaged and involved to the very last page. For instance, granddaughter Tamara's jumping the fence, and Hannah's unborn baby.  The biggest plot issue is whether two elderly people can find love again after raising families and knowing the love of a good spouse.  It's all here.  All you have to do is read the book.

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a gingerbread cookie for your hot cocoa

My Thanks to Zondervan Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

X Marks the Spot

Liz Johnson writes a whiz bang of a book.  She includes mystery, comedy, drama, and daily life adventures.  A Sparkle of Color is all of these and more and it will keep the reader involved from the very first page until the maps in the back of the book (I say that tongue in cheek, but maps are a pretty important part of the book.)

Millie is taking care of her Grandma Joy the best way she knows how under Millie's circumstances.  Joy has dementia and Millie wants her safe and cared for, but the home where Joy is residing is taking all of Millie's money and now she has to move Grandma Joy to another, more expensive home.

Ben's mother spent Ben's childhood bilking gullible people out of their hard-earned money.  Ben has made it his job to repay those she cheated. 

Ben and Millie meet working at the Chateau on St Simon's Island.  Ben works as a security guard, while Millie portrays a guest at the Chateau.  Millie's great-grandmother was a guest at the Chateau in 1929 right before the stock market crashed.  Joy had told Millie that Great-Grandma Ruth had kept a diary and it was still at the Chateau, and there is a treasure buried somewhere on the property. 

When Millie is looking for the diary in the library, she gets caught by Ben for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Thus begins the partnership between Ben and Millie to find the treasure and the second diary that Ruth had written.

This is a five star book, with two thumbs up, and a map to find the treasure.

I want to thank Revell Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book, and for publishing such quality fiction.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Burning Fields

The year is 1948, the war is over, but racism is alive and well in Australia.  Some Italians have moved into the sugar plantation next to the one owned by Rosie Stanton's family.  Rosie's dad dislikes that the Italians have moved into their area of Australia. 

Rosie has come home to find that her family's farm is deep in debt and the farm manager that her father has trusted for years has absconded with the payroll and left town.  Rosie sets about trying to overcome her father's prejudices and take over the books.

Next door, Rosie has met Tomas and his family and has come to love them all, but her father's mindset stands in the way of her happiness because Tomas is Italian. 

Tragedy is the only way this book can come out to any reasonable conclusion and to bring all the characters together in unity.  Alli Sinclair writes with unusually high quality in her plot, characters, and settings. 

This is a five star book with two thumbs up and some cane sugar to sweeten your day.

My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book.

Amish Midwives and Secrets

Leah is Old Order Amish, but she's working to get certification as a midwife.

Kyle used to be Amish until an accident several years ago.  Now he is a doctor and the doctor from his little home town wants him to come back and take over his practice.

There are problems with being Old Order and getting a certification as a midwife.  The Ordnung does not allow it.

Kyle doesn't like the way Leah treats her patients with herbs and sweet words.  Leah doesn't like his bullying ways.

Rachel J Good has written a sassy book taking place in the Amish world.  Leah isn't afraid to stand up to Kyle and reintroduce him to the world of the Amish.  Both Kyle and Leah have their own secrets and want to tell each other, but they dance around the words they need to say to get their points across.  This book has happy moments, sad moments, and everything in between all woven into one cohesive story that is hard to put down.

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a good doctor to argue with.

My thanks to Hachette Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Light Over London

When I saw that this was a time slip book about World War II, I decided I HAD to read it.  I was not disappointed.  It contains everything a good book should:  no formulas, but mysteries, humor, and just a bit of romance.  

Cara is helping her boss evaluate catalog the antiques in an estate for possible sale in his antique shop.  In going through the pieces of furniture, Cara finds a diary dating back to 1942.  It becomes an obsession for Cara to find the owner of the diary and find out the history and what happens after the diary ends.  

It takes a lot of research and digging to find out the facts behind the entries in the diary.  Cara finds help through her next door neighbor, Liam, and Liam finds friendship and more in Cara.  

Julia Kelly has written a top notch novel that kept me up way past my bedtime.  This is definitely a five star book, two thumbs, and a mysterious diary to stir up your imagination. 

My thanks to Gallery Books for allowing me to read and review this book. 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Do You Dare?

The MISSadventure Brides Collection: 7 Daring Damsels Don’t Let the Norms of Their Eras Hold Them Back


Usually Barbour Publishing will gather the best of the best for their collections.  The time era begins in the 1800s and goes to the Great Depression.  Some of these novellas do not have the same quality of writing that the others do.  Overall, the average would be a four-star book. 

One of the "misses" goes fur trapping in light of her father's death.  Another raises llamas in spite of her father's objections, still another goes on a cross-country road trip after learning to take down and put a car back together again. Regardless of what society thinks is right, these seven girls find themselves embarked on adventures with pitfalls and pratfalls to entertain the most jaded reader.  

Readers will find romance, mystery, adventure, and lots of entertaining humor.  It's worth the time to read the ones you like, and cherry-pick through the rest of them. 

My thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this book.