Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Bound Heart - A Review

Published - January 2019, Revell Books
Author - Laura Frantz
Title - A Bound Heart
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning--together.

My Thoughts:
Combine Scotland, historical fiction, plus a book by an author I have read everything from, and what do you get? A book that is amazing!

I'll admit that I'm a sucker for anything Scottish or Irish. There's just something about those locations that I love. When I learned that Laura Frantz had a new novel coming out that was partially set in Scotland, it immediately hit my radar. 

It was easy for me to be drawn into this beautiful story. Lark is easy to love. And so is Magnus. As their story unfolded, I felt that these characters were now friends of mine. I didn't want the book to end. I truly didn't.

As always, I look forward to the next book that this author has to offer.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion of it. I was not required to like the book, only share my opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Jody Hedlund, Laura Frantz

Rating - 5 stars

Monday, January 7, 2019

Code of Valor - A Review

Published - January 2019, Revell Books
Series - Blue Justice Book 3
Author - Lynette Eason
Title - Code of Valor
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
What Detective Brady St. John really needs is a relaxing vacation. Unfortunately, just as the sun is setting on his second day at a friend's cabin on Lake Henley, he hears a scream and races to rescue a woman from her would-be killer. When the killer escapes only to return to finish the job, Brady vows to utilize all of his many resources to keep her safe--and catch those who would see her dead.

Financial crimes investigator Emily Chastain doesn't trust many people. And even though she let the detective who saved her life in on a few pertinent facts about why she was being attacked, there are some things you just don't share with a stranger. Little does she suspect that the secret she is keeping just might get them both killed.

My Thoughts:
This book was a page turner from start to finish. I couldn't put it down. 

I am really enjoying reading about the St. John family. They remind me so much of other fictional families. 

I loved seeing how Brady and his brothers worked to keep Emily safe. There was a plot twist that I didn't really see coming that had me going wow. Now, I did manage to figure out the overall villain in the book, but the suspense still had me quickly turning pages.

I received a copy from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion. I was not required to like the book, only give an honest opinion of it. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Dani Pettrey, Dee Henderson


Rating 4 stars

We Hope for Better Things - A Review

Published - January 2019, Revell Books
Author - Erin Bartels
Title - We Hope for Better Things
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
When Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request--that she look up a relative she didn't know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos--seems like it isn't worth her time. But when she loses her job after a botched investigation, she suddenly finds herself with nothing but time.

At her great-aunt's 150-year-old farmhouse north of Detroit, Elizabeth uncovers a series of mysterious items, locked doors, and hidden graves. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding. And as Elizabeth soon discovers, the past is never as past as we might like to think.

Debut novelist Erin Bartels takes readers on an emotional journey through time--from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to the Michigan's Underground Railroad during the Civil War--to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.


My Thoughts:
Wow! So unexpected, but so good! I'm always a little leery of books by debut authors. I'm never sure what to expect. This one though, it blew me away.

There are three generations whose story is told - Mary (Civil War), Nora (1960's), and Elizabeth (modern). As Elizabeth searches for answers, she discovers more than she bargained for.

This book deals with a very difficult topic - racism in America. How the author addressed it was part of what blew me away with this book. It reminded me of several of Katie Ganshert's books.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion. I was not required to like the book, only give my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Katie Ganshert, Lisa Wingate

Rating - 5 stars

Monday, December 31, 2018

Searching for You - A Review

Published December 2018, Bethany House
Series- Orphan Train book 3
Author - Jody Hedlund
Title- Searching for You
Format- ebook, paper
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I loved this conclusion to the Orphan Train series! I loved seeing how Sophie struggled and how she overcame her obstacles.

This series has probably been one of my favorite series that Jody Hedlund has written. Her books always have depth to them.

I received a copy from the publisher in order to help promote it. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating - 5 stars.

Recommended to fans of Jody Hedlund, Karen Witemeyer, orphan trains

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Mark of the Raven - A Review

Published - November 2018, Bethany House
Series - Ravenwood Saga Book 1
Author - Morgan L. Busse
Title - Mark of the Raven
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person's dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate.

As she discovers her family's dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family's legacy--a legacy that supports her people--or seeking the true reason behind her family's gift.

Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house.

One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

My Thoughts:
This book intrigued me. I enjoy fantasy and wanted to try this one. I'll admit, I was hooked. Hooked to the point that I stayed up late many nights. Selene and Damien are interesting characters. I want to know more. I liked them both, but I really want more. I want to know more about the different gifts that the houses have. I want to find out what will happen next.

I guess that you can say I'm anxious for the next book.

I received a copy from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.

Recommended to fans of fantasy. 

Rating - 4 stars

Shelter of the Most High - A Review

Published - October 2018, Bethany House
Series - Cities of Refuge Book 2
Author - Connilyn Cossette
Title - Shelter of the Most High
Format - ebook, paper
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About the Book:
The daughter of a pagan high priest, Sofea finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan.

Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past.

As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love?

My Thoughts:
Biblical fiction is a genre I don't read a lot of. I enjoy it, but in moderation. I've read one of Connilyn Cossette's before and enjoyed it, so I thought why not. 

This one was slow moving at first. I did enjoy it. It just took me a while to get into it. I'm not very familiar with the period in Bible history that this one is set in, but the way that the author describes things makes me feel as if I was there. She writes in vivid detail. I would like to read the next one in the series.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to share my honest opinion of it. I was not required to like the book, only to give an opinion. My thoughts are my own.

Recommended to fans of Bible fiction, Mesu Andrews, Angela Hunt

Rating - 4 stars

Christmas Heirloom

Published - September 2018, Bethany House
Authors - Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, Becky Wade
Title - Christmas Heirloom
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
In Kristi Ann Hunter's "Legacy of Love," Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman's grandson, a man far above her station.

In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love.

In Sarah Loudin Thomas's "A Shot at Love," Fleeta Brady's rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her family's brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance.

In Becky Wade's "Because of You," Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?

My thoughts:
Having a book that follows generations is always fun. I've read things by these authors before, and I've loved them. Seeing them come together to do a holiday novella collection was rather fun. It's hard to pick a favorite one since I really enjoyed all four of them. This collection contains one set in the mid 1800's, post Civil War, 1950's, and present day, so there is truly something for everyone.

I received a copy from the publisher on behalf of one of the authors in order to share my thoughts and opinions. I was not required to like the book, only give an honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.

Rating - 4 stars