Thursday, July 6, 2017

Abiding Mercy by Ruth Reid - Review of the first book in the Amish Mercies series




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Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents' restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community and the romantic attentions of er longtime friend, Gideon

When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married.

But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into questions.

Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she even trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?


MY  REVIEW
I read the first 'short' chapter and when I saw that the second chapter was 15 years later, I thought, "Oh no, I hate these books that jump back and forth like this". Well, it didn't take long for me to get pulled into this story, even with the back and forth! I have enjoyed many of Ruth's books and I enjoyed this one as well. What a tale to tell and Ruth did it well. Grab a copy and while waiting for more in the series maybe read some of her other books to bide the time, great author.

I was given a copy of this book by BookLook Bloggers for an honest review and that is what I've done, given my honest opinion of this book.

Buried by C. J. Carmichael - Review of the first book in the Twisted Cedar Mysteries series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
In the coastal town of Twisted Cedars, Oregon an ugly secret from the past has been festering for over thirty years when five librarians were targeted by a serial killer. Now an anonymous e-mailer wants true crime writer Dougal Lachlan to tell the story. To uncover the truth Dougal enlists the help of local Twisted Cedar librarian Charlotte Hammond.

Since the disappearance of her older sister, Daisy, eight years ago, Charlotte has led a quiet, sheltered life. But as Dougal's investigation proceeds she realizes there is no safe zone. Not even in libraries. And especially not in Twisted Cedars.


MY  REVIEW
I came across this book as a free Kindle book, now I may be on the hook for the next two in the series! C. J. did a wonderful job on this story, I had a hard time putting it down. If you like a good mystery then I would recommend you grab a copy of this, as I see it, it is still free on Amazon (no guarantees though as they change that 'price' often and quickly sometimes), but be prepared to want to read more books by this author!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Her Secret by Shelley Shepard Gray - Review of the first book in the Amish of Hart County series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray begins a new series--The Amish of Hart county--with this suspenseful tale of a young Amish woman who is forced to move to a new town to escape a threatening stalker.

After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she's getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky...if only she wasn't too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone--even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she'll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was.

For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called "The Recluse" confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he's misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God's gifts, and wonders if the will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, the realize that there's always more to someone than meets the eye.

Just as Hannah is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding a new love, more secrets are revealed and tragedy strikes. Now Hannah must decide if she should run again or dare to fight for the future she has found in Hart County.


MY  REVIEW
What a great story Shelley has told here, she pulls you in and keeps you on your toes as you continue to read, not wanting to put it down. I am so looking forward to the next one in the series, "His Guilt", due out on July 4th with two more to follow. I am so recommending this book to my friends!

Silence of the Jams by Gayle Leeson - Review of the second book in A Down South Cafe Mystery series




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SMALL-TOWN SOUTHERN CHEF AMY FLOWERS CAN'T TAKE HER FREEDOM FOR GRANTED WHEN SHE'S SERVED UP AS A MURDER SUSPECT....

It's Independence Day in Winter Garden, Virginia, and the residents are gearing up for their annual celebration. The Down South Cafe is open and flourishing and Amy Flowers is busy making pies and cakes for the holiday. The only thorn in her side is Chamber of Commerce director George Lincoln, who is trying to buy the cafe so he can tear it down and build a bed-and-breakfast on the site.

When George collapses while eating at the Down South Cafe, everybody assumes it's a heart attack--until the autopsy declares it to be poisoning. Now, it's up to Amy to prove her innocence before her liberty is lost.

INCLUDES DELICIOUS SOUTHERN RECIPES!


MY  REVIEW
I have not read the first book in this series, "The Calamity Cafe", yet but I will have to get a copy and do so. This was a good read, I will say that I thought I had the 'murderer' figured out before the end, and for once I was right, lol. Grab a copy for yourself and enjoy! OH, and there is a third book, "Honey-Baked Homicide", coming out in December so keep your eye out for that one too, I am.

Friday, June 16, 2017

The American Dream Romance Collection by DiAnn Mills, Jane Kirkpatrick, Kristy Dykes, Laurie Alice Eakes, Carla Olson Gade, Lisa Karon Richardson, Ann E Schrock, Amber Stockton & Jennifer Hudson Taylor - Review





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(copied from Amazon.com)
Meet the faithful dreamers who helped build the foundation of the new American nation--from four brothers in Colonial Connecticut determined to make something of their lives, to a colony of Quakers in North Carolina resolute in their faith, to settlers in the northwest frontier staking their claim in hostile territory. Watch as nine romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.

MY  REVIEW
Love the collections books, some favorite authors and some new authors! Some of the stories go together and some are stand alone stories which makes it more fun. I was touched by one of the stories that deals with Hemophilia, as my grandson has Severe Hemophilia A, before they knew much about the 'bleeding' disorder. Yes, he informed me that it is NOT a disease but a disorder! I can recommend this as a good read.

Plain Sanctuary by Alison Stone - Review




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Returning to her Amish hometown to open a bed-and-breakfast, Heather Miller thinks she's finally safe from her violent ex-husband---until he escapes from prison. Now with her ex determined to hurt her, she must rely on US Marshal Zachary Walker for safety. For Zach, this mission isn't only his duty--it's personal. The escaped convict killed his sister, and Heather was instrumental inputting the man behind bars. But with Zach's natural protective instincts toward Heather turning into something deeper, he must keep his emotional distance. He can't be distracted, because the danger that lies in wait is as evil as it is unexpected ...and a lapse in judgment could prove deadly.


MY  REVIEW
I was not disappointed in this story by Alison, I have read several of her books and have enjoyed each one. Heather and Zach's story just shows you never now where tragic events can lead, sometimes good results and sometimes bad, which will this be? Grab a copy and enjoy!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Bobbins And Boots by Shanna Hatfield - Review of the fourth book in the Baker City Brides series




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(copied from Amazon.com)
How does an act of kindness result in. . . marriage?
One carefree cowboy is about to find out in this sweet historical romance!
Born dirt-poor into a life of hardship, Allie Tillman seizes the opportunity to better her situation by answering an advertisement for a mail-order bride in the West. Upon her arrival in Baker City, -Oregon, she discovers her intended is a low-down, lying thief. Determined to avoid a life of drudgery with him, she grasps at the one thing that will keep him from forcing her to be his wife -- marrying another man.

Good-natured cowboy Ben Amick had no idea a simple trip into town would completely change his life. When he happens upon a mail-order bride desperate to avoid marrying her fiance, Ben does the first thing that pops into his head and weds her. Willingly, he gives her the protection of his name and his arms, never expecting her to capture his heart.

Humorous, heartfelt, and awash in sweet romance, Bobbins and Boots captures the tender and tumultuous emotions of falling in love.


MY  REVIEW
Yes! Another winner by Shanna. Once I start reading one of her books I just can't seem to put them down until I am finished, she just pulls you straight into the story and won't let go. Allie's story pulls at your heart and just when she is having a blessed life, it all blows up. Believe me when I say you will love this series, be sure to read them in order though,