Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lacemaker - A Review

Published - January 2018, Revell Books
Author - Laura Frantz
Title - The Lacemaker
Format - ebook, paper

About the book:
When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.


My Thoughts:
Laura Frantz has done it again! She's transported me to a world that is rich in historical detail and made me forget about everything else going on. 

Seriously, I've always loved reading about the Revolutionary Period. I loved Noble. I loved how he was falling for Liberty long before he admitted it. When she lost everything, he wanted to protect her. But she's a determined young lady. I loved her grit and her determination. And the other characters as well. I know that this is not part of a series, but I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet. I'd love to see more from them. 

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher to share my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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

Rating - 5 stars

Oath of Honor - A Review

Published - January 2018, Revell Books
Series - Blue Justice Book 1
Author - Lynette Eason
Title - Oath of Honor
Format - ebook, paper

About the book:
Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?
 

My Thoughts:
This book was one that I couldn't put down! I was drawn into it immediately. It was certainly a page turner!

I loved both Izzy and Ryan. I loved how they worked well together. I also loved the family dynamic of Izzy's family. 

I'm one of those people who catch the occasional episode of Blue Bloods. This book (and series) reminds me of that show.

I received a copy from the publisher for free in order to give my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Recommended to fans of Blue Bloods, romantic suspense, Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon, Dani Pettrey.

Rating - 5 stars

Monday, December 18, 2017

Out of the Ordinary - A Review

Published - November 2017, Bethany House
Series - Apart from the Crowd Book 2
Author - Jen Turano
Title - Out of the Ordinary
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
Gertrude Cadwalder works as companion to the eccentric Mrs. Davenport.When she is caught returning items that Mrs. Davenport "borrowed" Gertrude must try to explain that she's not a thief. Harrison Sinclair enjoys his friendship with Gertrude. Now, he finds himself caught between his mother and Gertrude. And he finds himself coming to the lady's defense. Yet things are never boring around Gertrude.

My Thoughts:
I've read several of Jen Turano's books before. I've found them light-hearted and highly entertaining. This one, while both light-hearted and entertaining, didn't hold my attention the way that her other books did. It was cute. I enjoyed the characters. But I just wasn't captivated by it. So while others have loved this book, it's not one for me. Still for a light-hearted read, it was pretty good.

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

Recommended to fans of Jen Turano, Mary Connealy, chick lit.

Rating - 3.5 (3 stars)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Stable Cat's Christmas - A Review

Published - October 2017, Worthy
Author - Christina Vrba
Title - Stable Cat's Christmas
Format - hardcover
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When all of the other animals have a gift for a new baby, the stable cat wonders what gift she can give the baby.

My thoughts:
This was super cute. I love the illustrations. I love how the cat talks with each of the animals before discovering exactly what gift she can give the baby Jesus.

I love how this book shows that you're enough as you are.

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher to review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Christmas books

Rating - 5 stars

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How to Find Love in a Bookshop - A Review

Published - August 2017, Random House
Author - Veronica Henry
Title - How to Find Love in a Bookshop
Format - ebook, hardcover, audio
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About the book:
Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers—a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia's loyal customers have become like family, and she can't imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive. 

There's Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the bookshop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there’s a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage—she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings. 

My Thoughts:
So the premise of this book was interesting. A town of people find love in their local bookshop. I really wanted to like this book. I really did. 

Yet the cast of characters was too vast for me to keep their storylines straight. I also found that the story dragged on. I would happily put it down because I kept loosing interest. Or falling asleep.

Sadly, this book isn't for me. Others may enjoy it, but it's not for me.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of the Blogging for Books program. I was not required to like the book, only give my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating - 2 stars


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blind Spot - A Review

Published - October 2017, Bethany House
Series - Chesapeake Valor Book 3
Author - Dani Pettrey
Title - Blind Spot
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
FBI agent Declan Grey is chasing after something. Something that may prevent a terrorist attack. When his investigation leads to an immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for help. Declan's worked with Tanner before, only this time he has to protect her. Tanner's work has her now working with the FBI as a crisis counselor, giving her more opportunities to butt heads with Declan. But neither can deny the spark between them. They soon find themselves in a race against time for not only their lives but to stop something even bigger.

My thoughts:
This book was page turning. I loved how the characters from the other books are in this one as well. I found myself frequently staying up late to read this.

There are a couple of major revelations in this book, and it makes me even more eager for the fourth in the series.

Declan and Tanner have been sparring since the first book in the series, but seeing their story come about was a delight. Of all the couples in the series so far, I think this pair may be my favorite.

I received a copy from the author and the publisher to help with promotion. I was not required to like the book only give my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

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

Rating - 4 stars

Too Far Down - A Review

Published - October 2017, Bethany House
Series - Cimarron Legacy Book 3
Author - Mary Connealy
Title - Too Far Down
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
When an explosion at the CR Mine kills six men, Cole Boden finds himself in the midst of the troubles that have been plaguing the family. Up until now, the focus has only been on the ranch. But evidently, someone wants to take everything the Bodens have worked for and will stop at nothing to see it done. Cole joins forces with neighbor Melanie Blake. Mel is more comfortable on a horse than in a mine. She's also more comfortable in trousers than dresses. But Cole's drawn to her. Can he keep this spirited young lady safe without risking both their hearts?

My Thoughts:
This series has been fun to read. I knew after the first book that the final one would be Cole and Melanie's story. It's been fun to watch these characters develop over the three books.

I loved both Cole and Melanie. I loved how they were both strong willed yet clueless when it came to each other. I also loved their interactions with the others in the book.

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

Recommended to fans of westerns, Mary Connealy, Karen Witemeyer

Rating - 4 stars