“Playing the Part” by Jen Turano

27 Jul

About the book:

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but is forced to abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucinda’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, is delighted at the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to her grandson’s estate to hide out.

Bram Haverstein may appear to simply be a somewhat eccentric gentleman of means, but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows.

Lucetta, who has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, has the best intentions of remaining cordial but coolly distant to Bram. But when she can’t ignore the strange and mysterious things going on in his house, it’ll take more than good intentions to keep her from trying to discover who Bram is behind the part he plays.

My Thoughts:

I have to admit that the plot line for this book was a little unbelievable for me, but I didn’t care because I enjoyed the book. This was an easy read, the characters were silly and I found myself laughing throughout the book. Bram came off as a bit odd, but so did Lucetta and I enjoyed the banter between the two. I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, but I enjoyed it so I would definitely read another book by Turano.

Many thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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“From This Moment” by Elizabeth Camden

27 Jul

About this book:

Romulus White has tried for years to hire illustrator Stella West for his renowned scientific magazine. She is the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry.
But Stella abruptly quit the art world and moved to Boston with a single purpose: to solve the mysterious death of her beloved sister. Romulus, a man with connections to high society and every important power circle in the city, could be her most valuable ally.
Sparks fly the instant Stella and Romulus join forces, and Romulus soon realizes the strong-willed and charismatic Stella could disrupt his hard-won independence. Can they continue to help each other when their efforts draw the wrong kind of attention from the powers-that-be and put all they’ve worked for at risk?

My Thoughts:

I found this book very interesting, but I can’t say that it was anything special. I expected the heroine, Stella, to be strong and courageous but instead she came off as needy. I understand that Stella was grieving for her sister, but she couldn’t do anything by herself. If it weren’t for Romulus she wouldn’t have been able to succeed in finding any details on her sister’s death. I also an issue with Romulus, he was pompous, arrogant and mistreated Stella in several instances. I just didn’t enjoy this book and I think it’s because I didn’t like the characters. I wouldn’t really recommend this book, there are better out there. Although I will say that it is a short read so it didn’t take long to finish.

Thanks Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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“A Most Inconvenient Marriage” by Regina Jennings

4 Jan

About the book:

Having fled a difficult home life, Civil War nurse Abigail Stuart feels like her only friend in the world is sweet but gravely wounded patient Jeremiah Calhoun. Fearing he won’t survive, the Confederate soldier’s last wish is that Abigail look after his sickly sister at home. Marry him, return to his horse farm, and it’ll be hers.

Left with few choices, Abigail takes him up on his offer and moves to Missouri after his death, but just as the family learns to accept her, the real Jeremiah Calhoun appears–puzzled to find a confounding woman posing as his wife. Jeremiah is determined to have his life back to how it was before the war, but his own wounds limit what he can do on his own. Still not fully convinced Abigail isn’t duping him, he’s left with no choice but to let the woman stay and help–not admitting to himself she may provide the healing his entire family needs.

My thoughts:

I must admit that I do enjoy reading stories in which two characters are thrust into an unlikely situation such as in this book. However some aren’t executed as well as others; I wasn’t entirely sure I would like this book but after reading the description I just had to find out how this would all play out and I wasn’t disappointed. This is the first book I read from Regina Jennings and after this I definitely look forward to reading more of her work. I liked the characters, the story was entertaining albeit predictable however what I truly enjoyed most about the book though was getting to know Abigail’s character. She was amazing! I absolutely hate weak heroines and at first I wasn’t sure which direction Abigail would go in but wow! She was so strong, proud, kind, and she didn’t cower from a tough situation. I just loved getting to know her…Jeremiah, well not as much, but he eventually found his way. I would still recommend reading this book, it’s short and sweet.

Many thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

“Made to Last” by Melissa Tag

1 Jul

About the Book

Miranda Woodruff has it all. At least, that’s how it looks when she’s starring in her homebuilding television show, From the Ground Up. So when her network begins to talk about making cuts, she’ll do anything to boost ratings and save her show–even if it means pretending to be married to a man who’s definitely not the fiance who ran out on her three years ago.

When a handsome reporter starts shadowing Miranda’s every move, all his digging into her personal life brings him a little too close to the truth–and to her. Can the girl whose entire identity is wrapped up in her on-screen persona finally find the nerve to set the record straight? And if she does, will the life she’s built come crashing down just as she’s found a love to last?

My Thoughts

I must admit that it was difficult for me to get through the first few pages of this book. I just wasn’t feeling the characters, I really didn’t understand why Miranda was keeping up the lie about her marriage for so long but as soon as all of the characters were brought together I started to enjoy the book, and then I couldn’t put it down! I was so curious to see what had happened to Miranda, Mathew, and Blaze. Blaze was such an interesting character! However I now see why Tagg did not reveal Blaze’s past since he gets a book of his own, she did a terrific job setting up for the next book in the series.  But getting back to this book, both Mathew and Miranda have colorful pasts that they must face, it’s nice to see how these characters struggle but ultimately overcome their fears by exposing themselves. I give this book four stars.

Thanks Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

“Submerged” by Dani Pettrey

22 Jun

“Submerged” by Dani Pettrey

About The Book:

A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.

Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town…until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation–and Yancey’s a small town. She’s returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer has settled in his town and doesn’t appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he’s not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?

My Thoughts:

Wow! I don’t know where to start! Okay first let me begin by saying that I really enjoyed this book! I thought the plot was very original and absolutely loved the action packed suspense throughout the book! Dani Pettrey did a great job integrating the minor characters and intriguing the reader enough to keep on going with the series. However this story  is wonderful in the way that it shows how it is never too late to fix mistakes, that no matter what we have done God will always forgive us. This is a story about faith, redemption, and second chances. I give this book four stars.

Thanks Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

“Garden of Madness” by Tracy L. Higley

4 Sep

About the Book:

For seven years the Babylonian princess Tiamat has waited for the mad king Nebuchadnezzar to return to his family and to his kingdom. Driven from his throne to live as a beast, he prowls his luxurious Hanging Gardens, secreted away from the world. Since her treaty marriage at a young age, Tia has lived an opulent yet oppressive life in the palace. But her husband has since died and she relishes her newfound independence. When a nobleman is found murdered in the palace, Tia must discover who is responsible for the macabre death, even if her own freedom is threatened. As the queen plans to wed Tia to yet another prince, the powerful mage Shadir plots to expose the family’s secret and set his own man on the throne. Tia enlists the help of a reluctant Jewish captive, her late husband’s brother Pedaiah, who challenges her notions of the gods even as he opens her heart to both truth and love. In a time when few gave their hearts to Yahweh, Tia must decide if she is willing to risk everything—her possessions, her gods, and her very life—for the Israelites’ one God. Madness, sorcery, and sinister plots mingle like an alchemist’s deadly potion as Tia chooses whether to risk all to save the kingdom—and her family.

My Thoughts:

Honestly I don’t know where to start with this book. This book really intrigued me, I found the whole idea of this story taking place in King Nebuchadnezzer and Daniel fascinating…so I had high hopes. Tracy Higley had a great story to work with but didn’t execute it very well. I was let down because I had high expectations. Frankly I found this book extremely boring and very predictable. The characters were flat and uninteresting, so much to the point that I had to force myself to keep reading just so that I could write this review. I personally would not recommend this book.

Many thanks to Thomas Nelson publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to review.  I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

“Trouble In Store” by Carol Cox

21 Jun

“Trouble In Store” by Carol Cox

About The Book:

Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he’s not about to let some obstinate woman with newfangled ideas mess up all he’s worked for. He’s determined to get Melanie married off as soon as possible, and luckily there are plenty of single men in town quite interested in taking her off his hands.
The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn’t want her to marry up with any of them. He’s drawn to Melanie more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store unexpectedly offer positive results.

But someone doesn’t want the store to succeed, and what used to be just threatening words has escalated into deliberate destruction and lurkers in the night. When a body shows up on the mercantile steps–and the man obviously didn’t die from natural causes–things really get dangerous. Can Melanie and Caleb’s business–and romance–survive the trouble that’s about to come their way?

My Thoughts:

This is the second book I have read by Carol Cox; after reading Love in Disguise I had high exceptions for her books and I must say that after reading Trouble in Store I was a bit disappointed. The plot was interesting and the book was a quick read however there were certain areas of it that were lacking emotion, originality, suspense…there were no twist and turns. Honestly I thought it was very predictable. I felt that Ms.Cox could have described and established a better connection between Caleb’s son and Melanie; Seeing as how Caleb and Melanie’s relationship started blossoming after Melanie “bonded” with Levi one would think there would have been some sort of scene when Melanie was actually nice to him, throughout the whole book Melanie was yelling, scolding, or correcting the boy for something that he’d done. Wasn’t she a governess?? …Despite the flaws I felt this book had, I did enjoy it. I loved the way Ms.Cox integrated scriptures into the story; they were encouraging and not only perfect for the situations being faced but also for situations that we all as human beings face all the time such as, insecurities and doubts. We all have them but these scriptures really assure us of how God is all-knowing, how he has a purpose for each and every one of us… I also liked the way that the story was told in Melanie’s and Caleb’s point of view, that way the reader is able to connect with the characters. Overall I did enjoy they book and I rate it three stars.

Thanks Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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Amazing Book!!

3 Jul

“Love In Disguise” by Carol Cox

About the Book:

Can she solve the crime before they uncover her true identity?

Jobless and down to her last dime, Ellie Moore hears about a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and believes it’s the perfect chance to put her acting skills and costumes to use. Reluctantly, the agency agrees to give her one assignment, one chance to prove herself. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie travels to Arizona to begin her investigation. When the need arises, she also transforms into the dazzling Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.

Mine owner Steven Pierce is going to lose his business if he can’t figure out who’s stealing his silver shipments. In his wildest dreams, he never expected to receive help from a gray-haired widow…or to fall in love with her beautiful niece.

Then the thieves come after Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn’t safe no matter which character she plays! Should she give up and reveal her true identity? What will Steven do when he realizes the woman he’s falling in love with doesn’t really exist? 

My Thoughts:

I finished this book in a couple of hours only because I could not put it down! It was as if my eyes were glued to the pages and I simply could not detach myself from them, I had to keep reading. I absolutely loved this book! I was pretty much hooked since page one! I really felt connected with the characters, especially Ellie, she had so much to go through and I felt like I had a front seat to the whole thing. Something I also enjoyed was the fact that some parts were told in other character’s point of views so  the reader could get a different insight. I can honestly say it never go boring and that rise, that climax that we always wait for in a book definitely came and I was more than pleased. One of my favorite parts would be the ending, it was so well written that I even read it several times, and every time I read it over it felt like the first. I was thoroughly impressed with the whole story and I give this book 5 stars. This is the first book I’ve read by Carol Cox but now I really look forward to reading more. Recommend this to anyone looking for a good mystery/romance/humor book to read.

Thanks Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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“The Fiddler” by Beverly Lewis

22 Jun

 “The Fiddler” by Beverly Lewis

About the Book

Come home to Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania–the beloved setting where Beverly Lewis’s celebrated Amish novels began–with new characters and new stories of drama, romance, and the ties that draw people together.

A wrong turn in a rainstorm leads Englisher Amelia Devries to Michael Hostetler–and the young Amishman’s charming Old Order community of Hickory Hollow. Despite their very different backgrounds, Amelia and Michael both feel hemmed in by the expectations of others and struggle with how to find room for their own hopes. And what first seems to be a chance encounter might just change their lives forever.

My Thoughts

When I read the description of this book I was very interested, the story line caught me and I couldn’t wait to read it. As soon as the book came I started reading and from the very first page expected that the story would suddenly get interesting but, it never did. When I finished I couldn’t believe it was done. Honestly, I thought it was a waste of my time. It seemed as if there wasn’t really a plot, not real story line. In the end everything kind of came together but, it still didn’t completely make sense to me. Through out the whole book I waited and waited for something, anything, and it just became worse. I had to force myself to read it because it was so boring and pointless. Still, I did enjoy the scriptures that were embedded. So for that I’ll give it two and a half stars BUT, if you want to read scriptures just pick up the bible.

Thanks Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

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“Wildflowers From Winter” by Katie Ganshert

26 May

“Wildflowers From Winter” by Katie Ganshert

Bethany Quinn is finally at that point where she always dreamed she would be; being a successful architect in the windy city of Chicago, with her handsome lawyer boyfriend. Life is great, until she receives a call from her mother who bears terrible news that lands her back in her hometown in Iowa, the place she’s been running from all her life. After she goes to her hometown another tragedy hits and she is left with her grandfather’s farm, except she isn’t a farmer, she’s an architect so now what to do?

What originally had attracted me to this book was the fact that the main character, Bethany, was an architect, I want to be an architect and so really looked forward to this book. I didn’t learn much about that but, that wasn’t the point, in fact I learned much more important concepts. Bethany hates God and everything he entitles but as we go along with her in the book she learns how great his love is and so do we. There are beautiful scriptures that are also in the book and that make it even better, at least for me. I loved this book, and it is a very easy read, I give it 4.5 starts.

Thanks Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions expressed are mine entirely.

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