Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Long Time Gone - A Review

Published - March 2017, Bethany House
Series - Cimarron Legacy Book 2
Author - Mary Connealy
Title - Long Time Gone
Format - ebook, paper
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The Bodens are still in danger. Someone wants their ranch. With Chance recovering in Denver, the running of the ranch falls to his children - Cole, Justin, and Sadie. Only now Cole's been shot and is fighting for his life. Justin and Heath, Sadie's husband, put plans in place to find the traitor. To complicate matters, the beautiful Angie DuPree is staying at the ranch to help ensure that Cole is on the mend. Justin finds the woman to be a big distraction. Will having her at the ranch put her life in danger?

It was a delight to return to the Cimarron Ranch. I saw the sparks between Justin and Angie in the first book, and eagerly devoured their story. While the problems at the ranch didn't get completely resolved in this book, there have been some that were resolved. I can't wait for the third book to really wrap up the ends.

I received this book for free from the publisher for the purpose of providing my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Mary Connealy, westerns, historical fiction

Rating - 4 stars

Monday, May 22, 2017

True To You - A Review

Published - May 2017, Bethany House
Series - Bradford Sisters Book 1
Author - Becky Wade
Title - True to You
Format - ebook, paper
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Nora Bradford loves her job. She is a genealogist and the owner of a cute historical village. She loves to be around people and to help them. When former Navy SEAL, John Lawson enters her life, she wants to help him find his birth mother. Yet she doesn't count on falling for him.

This book is just as cute as the others that this author has written. First of all, I love the cover! It's gorgeous!

I loved getting to know Nora and John. I loved being a part of their search for answers for John. I also enjoyed getting to know Nora's sisters. 

I read this book rather quickly. It was light-hearted and fun. 

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

Recommended to fans of Becky Wade, contemporary romance

Rating - 4 stars

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Illusionist's Apprentice - A Review

Published - March 2017, Thomas Nelson
Author - Kristy Cambron
Title - The Illusionist's Apprentice
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book (from Goodreads):
Harry Houdini’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.

Boston, 1926. Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.

In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.

Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her.

Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.
 



My Thoughts:
This one was different than the others I've read by this author. It was more of a mystery. I was still captivated by it though! I love how rich in detail the book is. I love how Wren must decide what secrets she can share while at the same time trying to keep herself, and her identity, out of the spotlight. 

I've not really thought about the way that magicians/illusionists work. This book was a fascinating glimpse into that world.

I received this book for free from the Booklook Blogger Program. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Kristy Cambron

Rating - 4 stars

Invitation - A Review

Published - April 2017, Bethany House
Series - Harbingers Cycle Book 1
Authors - Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, Alton Gansky
Title - Invitation
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book (Goodreads):
Four Bestselling Authors Team Up for Thrilling Supernatural Suspense - Gathering four stories from four bestselling author friends, Invitation is the first collection in the ongoing Harbingers series. 

In "The Call" by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders . . . but there are some very disturbing strings attached. 

Frank Peretti's "The Haunted" confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house. 

In Angela Hunt's "The Sentinels," animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi's dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory. 

"The Girl" by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent--apparently not of this world--and something wants to kill her.

My Thoughts:
This was unlike any other collection of novellas I've ever read. In this case, each novella builds on the previous one. Each one was told in first person. 

I was captivated immediately with this book. I've read books by these authors before, so I knew their writing styles. What I didn't expect to happen was that I was pulled completely into the book. The characters moved seamlessly from one novella to another. I cannot wait for the next installment of this series to come out. 

I received this book for free from the publisher for the purpose of providing my opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Bill Myers, Angela Hunt, Frank Peretti, Alton Gansky, suspense

Rating - 5 stars


With Love Wherever You Are - A Review

Published - March 2017, Tyndale House
Author - Dandi Daley MacKall
Title - With Love, Wherever You Are
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book from Goodreads:
Everyone knows that war romances never last . . .
After a whirlwind romance and wedding, Helen Eberhart Daley, an army nurse, and Lieutenant Frank Daley, M.D. are sent to the front lines of Europe with only letters to connect them for months at a time.

Surrounded by danger and desperately wounded patients, they soon find that only the war seems real--and their marriage more and more like a distant dream. If they make it through the war, will their marriage survive?

My Thoughts:
I admit it. I'm a sucker for wartime romances. This one caught me immediately. Because it's based on the author's parent's love story. I loved everything about this book. Both Frank and Helen were well written. My heart rejoiced and broke for them as they navigated a war separated marriage. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. Their letters made me feel like I really knew these characters.

At the end of the book, the author, in her note, explains how she came to write her parents' story. I think that was probably my favorite part. 

I loved this book. 

I received a copy of the book from the publisher for free in order to share my honest opinions about this book. I was not compensated in any way. My thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Recommended to fans of WWII, historical fiction, Sarah Sundin

Rating - 5 stars

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pursued - A Review

Published - April 2107, Revell Books
Series - Nikki Boyd Files Book 3
Author - Lisa Harris
Title - Pursued
Format - ebook, paper
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Nikki Boyd is returning to Nashville on what should be a routine flight. Then the plane crashes. Suddenly Nikki finds herself in the midst of chaos. When the woman who was seated next to her disappears, the FBI ask Nikki to help. But it's a race against time, and the FBI won't share all of the details. Can Nikki and her team find answers before it's too late?

I've enjoyed each book in this series and this one was no exception. I loved how fast paced this book was. The twists and turns that the case followed had me eagerly turning the pages.

What I found different than the others in the series was that Nikki was a victim this time as opposed to the investigator. Seeing her attempt to separate herself from her job was interesting. Especially when she was trying to figure out her relationship with Tyler.

I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.

I received the Kindle copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of giving my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of romantic suspense, Irene Hannon

Rating - 4 stars

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Murder on the Moor - A Review

Published - February 2017, Bethany House Publishers
Author - Julianna Deering
Series - Drew Farthering Mystery Book 5
Title - Murder on the Moor
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book (from Amazon):At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontë hero. There have been several worrisome incidents out on the moor--property destroyed, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered--and worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church. Drew's friend is obviously smitten with his bride of eight months, though it's hard to imagine what she sees in the awkward man. Drew can't help wondering if her affections lie more with the man's money and estate, while her romantic interests focus on their fiery Welsh gamekeeper. As the danger grows ever closer, it's up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it's too late.

My thoughts:
I'm really glad that these books don't necessarily have to be read in order. I think I've read books 1, 3, and 5. Of the ones I've read, I think that this one may be my favorite one.

First of all Drew and Madeline are delightful. I've forgotten how much I've enjoyed them. I also really enjoyed the fact that there are TONS of suspects, but as a reader, I didn't really know which one was the killer. I've read some mysteries where the killer's identity is known in the first few chapters. That wasn't the case with this book. I had an idea, and I ended up being wrong. But the killer's identity didn't completely surprise me either.

I loved how Drew and Madeline both almost stumble on the clues in the case. This book really was a delightful read. I found it to be a true mystery.

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

Recommended to fans of mysteries

Rating - 4 stars