Returning back to Rainbow’s End in Amanda Cabot’s Texas
Crossroads series, our previous main characters Greg and Kate have been a boon
to the local economy. They have brought
in Marisa, the daughter of their chef Carmen, to be their business manager. Marisa comes back to the town where she is
known as the daughter of the town drunk.
Enter author Blake Kendall and you have a start of another romance in
the Texas hill country. However, just
like in the first book we have a secondary romance as well which did take me by
surprise. This book, by the cover anyway,
looks like a peaceful place to go, but dealing with such issues as anger,
unforgiveness, and mistrust has our characters always on edge. Throw in the fall-out of an alcoholic and
missing father, deeper issues are then touched upon. The third book having been set up nicely, is
one in which I look forward to reading so that I can return to Rainbow’s End
resort. I received a copy for review
from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
by author Dina Sleiman is a young adult read that has a lot to offer for teens
and adults. In this ever popular genre, Dauntless doles out just what is
popular like a strong heroine, a possible love triangle, true love, plenty of
angst, and even a type of dystopian novel.
Taking place during the medieval ages our heroine Merry is a type of
Robin Hood character only different.
Having been forced from her home due to a corrupt king, Merry and her
band called The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest have learned to survive unseen. However when her old friend, Timothy Grey who has
long thought her dead, identifies her, loyalties are questioned and love
becomes a test. This is a time where you
know the bad guys are bad and the good guys are good. Add a touch of supernatural and you have the makings
of a most engrossing read. I highly
recommend this to teens and adults and I look forward to reading the second in
the series. I received a copy of this
book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, (TBCN) and the opinions
are my own.
Welcome back to Deep Haven and for another visit with the
Christiansen family. Always on my Mind focuses on
middle son Casper and his volatile relationship with Raina, the love of his
life. After discovering that Raina and
his younger brother Owen had a history, he fled to South America on an archaeological
treasure hunt. Realizing he missed his
family, he heads back home only to discover a very pregnant Raina living with
his sister Grace. Casper, wanting to fix
things with Raina is unable to express to her how he really feels. He also struggles with letting go. Raina is running from her own sorry
circumstances and feels that she and Casper just will not work especially since
she is having his brother’s baby. This
read packed an emotional punch but shared some really great truths. Raina was self-destructive and making some
poor life choices. She would not see
reason and trust those who cared about her.
That was hard to watch and sometimes I just wanted to shake her. However, Casper who wanted to swoop in and be
her hero began to rely on prayer. When
she would not see him, he prayed for her.
When she would not listen to him, he prayed for her. I really liked how Ms. Warren showed in her
writing that that was the best thing to do, especially when someone is so
determined to not listen to good advice and thus they choose to go it alone.
Adding a thread of suspense, this story also involved an old
mystery surrounding a legend of the town that Casper and Raina are trying to
unravel. Darek, the older Christiansen
brother has a prominent role in the book as his story continues especially dealing
with his struggles in running his family’s resort and being there for his
pregnant wife, Ivy and his son Tiger. By
the end of this book Ms. Warren sets up the next story nicely which is about
younger sister Amelia and I hope we see a glimpse of the other missing brother,
Owen and his return as well. I received
this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) for an honest review and the
opinions are my own.
by Amanda Tru was a fun, hard to put down read in almost one sitting kind of
book. It was a time travel romance, need
I say more? This was a well-crafted
story and the timelines were easy to follow and made so much sense I could see
why she needed to travel in time. Hannah,
not knowing she possessed this gift or how it is happening has changed some
people's histories. For the better, I
personally think. Especially hers and her love
interest Dr. Seth Mcallister. However,
time traveling does have its consequences and I hope as the series progresses
we get more answers. Yes, this is the
first in a series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book after that ending
of Yesterday. I received this book for an honest review
from The Book Club Network Inc., (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
As Love Blooms
was just the sort of book I was craving for and didn’t even realize it. This was a lighthearted romance and yet a
great history lesson of the prejudices women went through in the past. From wearing pants, to working outside the
home, and eventually the suffrage movement for women to vote, I appreciated all
the more what our fore-mothers fought for: our freedoms that so many of us take
for granted now. I liked the
tenaciousness of Tessa and how she would not be bullied by anyone. I also liked how Reese (love that name!) was
just the man to not only let her be herself, but to keep her grounded as
well. Their love story was not without
its ups and downs and some secrets on both sides that needed to see the
light. Supportive family and a bit of
mystery turned adventure rounded out this well told story. This was a first read for me by Ms. Seilstad
and the third in the series. However, I
look forward to going back and reading about her two sisters’ adventures. I received a copy of the book for an honest
review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
is a romance story between two very broken people. Abigail Pressman, who is unlucky in love and
now about to lose her business to Dr. Jacob Willoughby, who is a widower with a
daughter he is trying to raise and to protect.
Growing up in a broken home, Abigail holds on to the one thing her
father left for her and that is his book store business. Jacob is a doctor who has just moved into
town, trying to escape the secret that he carries concerning his late wife and
he intends to open his new medical building in the same building Abigail’s book
store is. Starting off on the wrong
foot, both are having a hard time of letting go of the past and moving on.
Living in a town called Loves Park in which her great, great
grandparents are the town founders, Abigail longs for the fairy tale love
story. Until Abigail finds a set of
paper hearts that a husband and wife have been writing to each other throughout
the year. Wanting to know more about
their love story and commitment, Abigail finds out this is their eighth year in
writing them and sending them to the town.
Unfortunately, when more paper hearts are found and then sent, they hint
of a tragedy for this couple. After
reading the paper hearts, she realizes more about love than she ever thought
possible. She no longer wants the fairy
tale, but the long lasting love she has been reading about. However, through a series of events: the town finds out about the paper hearts, sides
are drawn between Abigail and Jacob, a quirky group of ladies called the
Valentine Volunteers try to fix Abigail’s love life, and her mother pushing her to get married, Abigail decides not to
hate Jacob after all. In all of this,
Abigail is changing and realizing that maybe her dreams were what was holding
her back the whole time. When she
decides to let go will she be ready for what is awaiting her? I enjoyed this bitter sweet, old fashioned
love story that dealt with the deepness of love instead of the superficial. I received
this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions
are my own.
This little board book was a cute read with delightful
illustrations. Very colorful and sturdy
it tells the story of how one small seed has so much purpose in its life when
it does exactly what God made it to do.
A nice story to read to a child that even teaches a basic science
lesson. My little guy enjoyed it and
really enjoyed finding all the little bug pictures in it. I received this book for an honest review
from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
No Place to Hide
by Lynette Eason was a non-stop action thriller from page one. I had a hard time putting this one down as
the characters were in constant danger from everybody and they literally had no
place to hide. Dealing with biological
terrorism and being set up by technology, Jackie Sellers and Ian Lockwood
really had no chance to regroup and figure out what was happening. They had to think and think fast while they
were on the run from the good guys AND the bad guys. Reminiscent of the Fugitive, this story had action, suspense, close calls, and a
romance thread to tie it all up nicely.
And just when I thought I had everything figured out, Ms. Eason throws
in a few surprises of the twists and turns variety. This was my first read by Lynette Eason and I
look forward to checking out her previous books and any future novels she
writes. I received this book for an
honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
This book was a lovely look at a very talented young girl
and her family. Told from the viewpoint
of her mother, we are taken into this family’s home and given a glimpse of what
their lives was like and how Akiane’s talent was allowed to progress and be
nurtured. This family is a lot like any
family, with good times and bad times, sickness and financial problems. I really think it was great that Akiane’s mom
held back her mommy impulses of getting angry, especially when her daughter was
making such a mess in creating her art.
I am glad she saw such talent in her daughter even though I was cringing
myself as I read those parts. Akiane has
a very artistic nature and her mother really showed that in her writing of how her
young daughter would act and think. This
is not only this family’s journey but it is a lovely book containing many of
Akiane’s paintings and her poetry that goes along with it. I look forward to seeing how her talent will grow
as she becomes a young woman. I was
given this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN)
and the opinions are my own.
Beyond All Dreams
Beyond All Dreams
is another riveting read by author Elizabeth Camden. In this one we have Anna O’Brien working as a
map librarian at the Library of Congress in 1897. A bit of a lonely woman, she has one dear
friend and an estranged aunt that she visits infrequently. Having had her voice damaged due to an unfortunate
childhood accident, Anna likes to stay quietly too herself working on the
requests given to her by the congressmen.
Then one fateful day she is called to sit in on a hearing where she and
a certain congressman from Maine, Luke Callahan, have a memorable first
meeting. Luke is a very hard working
politician who is dealing with raising his nephew and controlling his anger
which has plagued his family line for years.
Determined not to follow in his late father’s footsteps and not to
forgive him either, he is instantly intrigued by this quiet librarian with an
alluring voice. Deciding that she is the
perfect match for him, he intends to pursue and court her. She on the other hand has reservations. But when she uncovers some wrong information
concerning the Navy’s records of the ship that her father supposedly sank with,
she turns to Luke for help. Neither of
them would ever have guessed what they have begun to uncover. This was a sweet romance and I really liked
Luke’s tenacity and how he would not give up and let Anna go. The mystery in this story and why exactly the
government would go to such great lengths to prevent Anna from knowing the
truth about what happened to the ship her father sailed on kept me turning the
pages quickly. Again, I really enjoy Ms. Camden’s books and
her very unique characters and their situations. I have received this book for an honest
review from The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
is the second in the Hearthfire series and is a companion story to Saving Grace where we get younger
sister, Helen’s viewpoint. This novel
does not start where Saving Grace
leaves off, but rather has a parallel story which I found very interesting. I
quite liked Helen as she is really completely different than her sister. Not as bold or scheming, Helen is much more
of a gentler, quieter nature. Helen
starts off by trying to get Samuel Preston to notice her and perhaps offer for
her hand in marriage, however she comes to the conclusion that he is still very much in
love with his late wife. That is until
she unwittingly sees him and her sister together and witnesses his affection
and obvious feelings for Grace. Just like in Saving Grace, we have a slow building love story and we are
shown a great deal of character growth over the time given in the story. This
is a very romantic and tender read and not only that, but it is a clean read as
well. The ending was perfect and I look
forward to the story of their brother, Christopher. I received an e-copy for an honest review and
the opinions are my own.