Monday, March 27, 2017

Murder is No Accident - A Review

Published - March, 2017, Revell Books
Series - Hidden Springs Mystery
Author - Ann H. Gabhart
Format - ebook, paper
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Hidden Springs has seen its share of mysteries. So Michael Keane is hoping that things settle down, finally. Yet when a woman is found dead at the Chandler mansion, questions arise. Was it an accident or was it murder?

I've really enjoyed this series. The characters are quirky and loveable. I've come to enjoy these books.

I love how Michael is determined to keep the town safe and that he somehow finds himself in the midst of mysteries. This one kept me turning pages all the way to the end. I had an idea as to who was the bad guy, and I wanted to see if I was right.

I received a copy of the book for free from the publisher as part of the Revell Reads program. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of mysteries.

Rating - 4 stars

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Books on my Spring To Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke & the Bookish

I know it's been awhile since I've participated in Top Ten Tuesday. There are a couple of reasons for that - 1. I haven't liked the more recent topics and 2. The hosting blog hasn't had a long term schedule.

But anyway, I'm back with this week's.

Today's topic is about the top ten books on our spring reading lists. My list contains titles that I hope to be able to get to this spring. Some are already out. Others haven't been published as yet.

Here they are, in no particular order...

1. True to You by Becky Wade - It's the start of a new series, and I can't wait.

2. Rescue Me by Susan May Warren - Book 2 in her latest series. I am looking forward to reading this one when I get a chance.

3. Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron - I've got a review copy of this one. I need to just charge my Kindle and read it!

4. Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy - Her books are always a delight.

5. For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund - This is the conclusion to her YA series. I've enjoyed the others, so I know I'll enjoy it.

6. When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin - The conclusion to her current WWII series. I've enjoyed her books, and am looking forward to this one.

7. Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano - Her books make giggle each time I read one.

8. Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier - I'm currently reading the first one, Ruby Red, as I've rented it from the library. I think I'll be needing to hit the library up soon for books 2 & 3.

9. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier - Book 3 in the series that I'm currently reading from the library.

10. Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan - This has been on my reading list forever! I've gotten it from the library, so I should be able to dive into it soon.


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Still Life - A Review

Published - February 2017, Bethany House
Series - Chesapeake Valor Book 2
Author - Dani Pettrey
Title - Still Life
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book (from Amazon):
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 and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. 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. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

My Thoughts:
I've loved Dani Pettrey's books since I first discovered her with her debut novel. I know that I will get a book that is a page turner and well written. This one was no exception. 

While this one does stand alone in the series, I highly recommend reading book 1 first as Parker, Avery, and the rest are all introduced in that one. What can I say about this book? It was wonderful. I read it rather quickly, I love the relationship between Parker and his buddies as well as between Parker and Avery. There were so many times that my heart just broke for what Avery went through in her life. I love how what is one person's problem becomes everyone's because that's how Parker and his friends are. 

I cannot wait until the third book, Declan's story, comes out later this year!

I received a copy of the book from the author to help promote. I was not required to like the book, only to give my honest opinion.

Recommended to fans of Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, romantic suspense, Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon

Rating - 4 stars

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Moving Target - A Review

Published - February 2017, Revell Books
Series - Elite Guardians Book 3
Author - Lynette Eason
Title - Moving Target
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe didn't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, despite Maddy assuring their friends that they would be there. Their friends know something's wrong, and when neither of them can be reached, their friends are really concerned. But the question is - where are they? Maddy awoke to find herself in a cement room with no knowledge of how she got there. Her one consolation is that Quinn is with her. Soon this pair must use all of their wits to try to survive a cat and mouse game where they are the bait and a serial killer is the hunter. Because if they fail, they die.

I've enjoyed each of the books in this series. This one was no exception. I loved getting to know Maddy and Quinn more. In some ways this book felt like a cross between the Hunger Games and Survivor. This was a very fast read for me. It's been one of the few books this year that I really couldn't put down. The action kept me guessing and I ended up really enjoying the book.

I received a copy from the publisher for free as part of the Revell Reads blog program. I was not required to like the book, only give my honest opinion.

Recommended to fans of Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason, Dee Henderson

Rating - 4 stars

Monday, February 20, 2017

Home on the Range - A Review

Published - October 2016, Waterbrook/Multnomah
Series - Double S Ranch Book 2
Author - Ruth Logan Herne
Title - Home on the Range
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book (from Goodreads):
A cowboy romance with a heart of gold, in Home on the Range author Ruth Logan Herne returns readers to the Double S Ranch where God and family are first, but love is certain to follow the Stafford menfolk. Nick made all the wrong choices for all the wrong reasons. His father had failed at marriage and fatherhood. Nick was determined to show him up. He'd be a better husband, better father and a better ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever hoped to be. But Nick's wife Whitney hated the ranch and she walked out on Nick and their two beautiful daughters three years ago. For a long time Nick pretended everything was fine and when his stubborn nature is finally challenged by trouble with his young girls, he's faced with the changes he should have made long ago. Psychologist Dr. Elsa Andreas had a thriving family therapy practice, a school commission, a good life, but tragedy pushes Elsa to walk away from her life. Three years later, she's tucked herself in the backwoods of Gray's Glen. When her sister encourages her to help Nick Stafford's daughters, Elsa takes a chance. But Nick's ex-wife comes back to town, threatening the girls' newfound stability. Can Nick find the forgiveness and Else the courage to build their own "Home on the Range"?

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed the first book in this series. This one I struggled with. I struggled to connect to the characters. I struggled to stay interested in the plot. Honestly, I didn't care one way or the other about whether or not I finished the book. But this is a review title. So I struggled my way through it. 

I liked being able to catch up on the characters from the first book. I liked seeing Nick start to change. But I really felt blah about most of the book. 

Other readers are really enjoying this book, so please don't just take my word for it. This book is one that just wasn't for me. 

I received a copy of the book from the publisher for free as part of the Blogging for Books Program. I was not required to like the book, only give my honest opinion.

Rating - 2 stars

Good Good Father for Little Ones - A Review

Published - January 31, 2017, Thomas Nelson
Author - Chris Tomlin
Title - Good Good Father for Little Ones
Format - board book
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About the book (from Amazon):
With sweet, rhyming text, Good Good Father for Little Ones explores many of the attributes that make God such a good, good Father: like a warrior, He protects you; like a teacher, He helps you learn and grow; like a doctor, He makes you feel better; like a farmer, He provides the food you need; like a musician, He brings you joy. Most of all, a good, good Father loves you! Based on the children’s picture book Good Good Father, this precious rhyming adaptation will leave little ones with a greater assurance that God truly is a good, good Father and they are loved by Him.

My Thoughts: 
I'm familiar with the Chris Tomlin song Good, Good Father. So when I saw this one up for review, I snatched it up!
Let me just say, that this book is precious! I loved the rhyming aspect of it. I loved the illustrations. When I shared it with my friend's little ones, they loved it. The older two were able to read it by themselves, and the youngest loved the pictures. 
This book is so simple. The message in it is a good reminder to everyone that God is a good Father.
I received the book for free from the publisher as part of the Booklook Blogging Program. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of Chris Tomlin, parents of young children, Sunday School teachers
Rating - 4 stars

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Scribbles Vol 3.1


It's been a while my friends. This is the first Scribbles I've managed to write in 2017. The biggest reason is that I didn't really have anything to talk about. Technically I still don't, but wanted to give you something anyway.

So, let's see. What's been going on? I'm still reading, only not as many review titles as I've done in the past. I've currently got 3, maybe 4, reviews that I need to write. Work has been pretty busy too. We're getting ready to roll out Office 365 which means updating books for a minimum of 9 classes.

So I've been busy. And today's post is short.