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Somebody Like You by Donna Alward

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

SOMEBODY LIKE YOU

By Donna Alward

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A kiss to last a lifetime

Aiden Gallagher was only five years old when he appeared in a photograph on the Kissing Bridge. The town of Darling, Vermont, has used Aiden’s image on the famed bridge—local legend has it that a kiss there results in everlasting love—as part of its tourism campaign. Now, twenty years later, Aiden is asked to recreate the moment with the woman he once kissed: Laurel Stone.

Recently divorced, there’s nothing Laurel wants less than to pretend happily-ever-after with Aiden. As teenagers, their romance was no fairy tale—and Laurel has never quite forgiven Aiden for breaking her heart. But now that she is back in her hometown, and keeps bumping into police officer Aiden, Laurel can’t deny that there’s still a strong flicker between her and her old flame. Could it be that the Kissing Bridge is working its magic on Laurel and Aiden—and that all true love ever needed was a second chance?

My Comments:  This is a fun, sweet read and I can’t wait to read more of these books!

DONNA ALWARD BIO: While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers!

Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict.

 

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The Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel

Friday, October 14th, 2016

the book club murders
Charley Carpenter has poured heart and soul into her clothing store, Old Hat Vintage Fashions. She’ll do anything to make it a success—even join the stuffy Agathas Book Club in order to cultivate customers among the wealthy elite of Oakwood, Ohio.

Although mixing with the most influential women in town has its advantages, Charley finds the endless gossip a high price to pay. But after two women with close ties to the Agathas are brutally murdered, everyone falls under threat—and suspicion. When key evidence indicates that both murders are the work of the same hand, Charley realizes that the killer has arranged each corpse in perfect imitation of crime scenes from the Club’s murder mystery reading list. She uses her membership in the Club to convince Detective Marcus Trenault to use her as an inside informant. Not that he could stop her anyway.

Intelligent, fearless, and every bit as stubborn as Marc is, Charley soon learns the Agathas aren’t the only ones with secrets to protect. Passions explode as she and Marc must race against time to prevent another murder. And if Charley’s not careful, she may find herself becoming the killer’s next plot twist.

My Comments: This was an engaging read, however, the idea does not seem new to me. I have either read it before or seen it on a Hallmark Mystery story. However, having said that, I enjoyed it a great deal and look forward to more books in this series. The main character is likable (I also like her love interest). Secrets abound, the characters interest me, and there are many twists and turns. I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

British Manor Murder (Lucy Stone Mystery) by Leslie Meier

Monday, September 5th, 2016

British Manor Murder

It’s a nippy spring in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and so Lucy Stone can’t wait to join her friend Sue at the Earl of Wickham’s manor in England for the “Heads Up!” hat exhibition—even if she has to spend her entire holiday curtseying. But at Moreton Manor, privileged life isn’t always tea and crumpets . . .
Although Perry, the earl of the house, and his sister, Poppy, are surprisingly accommodating to their jetlagged guests, Lucy feels uneasy after a fallen portrait sparks talk of a deadly family omen. The bad vibes come in quickly—snobby Aunt Millicent and her handmaiden Harrison unexpectedly drop by for the exhibition, and meals with the family are consistently tense. But real trouble begins when a body, bludgeoned by the chapel’s gold-plated reliquary, is found in a hidden, sealed off room. Stranger still, the corpse is identified as Harrison’s son, Cyril.

Considering the weapon and the clandestine location, Lucy wouldn’t be shocked if the murder was an inside job. Cyril wasn’t exactly a gentleman, and it’s unclear what business he had on the property. Was the victim trying to make off with the family riches before meeting his end? Or was a scorned country squire looking to settle an ancient indiscretion for good? One thing’s for sure—the criminal is privy to Moreton Manor secrets . . .

To end the reign of terror, Lucy must keep her ear to the ground and mind time-honored traditions—no matter how unusual. Because Lucy has a hunch that the killer has been in her company all along, just waiting for a chance to make blueblood run red . . .

My Comments: I love Lucy Stone mysteries. I feel like as I’ve read the series that I’ve watched this family grow up, because they do grow up in the stories. I think in the very first one I read, Zoe was a nursing baby. Now she’s getting ready for college.

In this story Lucy and friend Sue go across the pond to England for a hat show. Although it’s not exactly like they expected (Downton Abbey), the scenery is beautiful and there is plenty to keep sleuth Lucy busy and to help her forget how much she misses her grandson, Patrick, who is now in Alaska with his parents.

The story is engaging, has a few twists and turns and interesting characters. Of course, there is a murder to solve.

I recommend this book to fans of cozy mysteries. This is a clean, entertaining read. Thank you Leslie Meier – keep the books coming!

Address to Die For by Mary Feliz

Saturday, August 20th, 2016

address to die for
For professional organizer Maggie McDonald, moving her family into a new home should be the perfect organizational challenge. But murder was definitely not on the to-do list . . .

Maggie McDonald has a penchant for order that isn’t confined to her clients’ closets, kitchens, and sock drawers. As she lays out her plan to transfer her family to the hundred-year-old house her husband, Max, has inherited in the hills above Silicon Valley, she has every expectation for their new life to fall neatly into place. But as the family bounces up the driveway of their new home, she’s shocked to discover the house’s dilapidated condition. When her husband finds the caretaker face-down in their new basement, it’s the detectives who end up moving in. What a mess! While the investigation unravels and the family camps out in a barn, a killer remains at large-exactly the sort of loose end Maggie can’t help but clean up . . .

My Comments: Interesting concept—a professional organizer moving into a mess! Not only a mess, but a murdered body! Great beginning to what looks to be an engaging series! Thank you Ms. Feliz, this was a delightful read.

Mary Burton’s New Series Book 1 – THE SHARK

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

the shark

At the grisly murder scene of a teen prostitute, Virginia state trooper Riley Tatum’s past roars back to haunt her. When she was a teenage runaway, she was kidnapped, drugged, and left unconscious on the streets. She has no memories of what happened, only strange recurring dreams of two men playing cards.

Former FBI agent Clay Bowman, Riley’s old flame, is Shield Security’s newest member. He’s plagued by the unsolved case of a serial killer nicknamed the Shark who murdered girls as part of a sadistic poker game. Only one girl survived. With the Shark now bent on evening that score, Clay has a chilling suspicion: Riley is the girl who escaped the Shark’s deadly amusement—and she is his next prey.

As the Shark gets ready to play his hand, can Riley and Clay stop him—or will this killer finally claim the one who got away?

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Karen Kingsbury’s New Book – “Brush of Angels Wings”

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Angels Wings
Despite needing a heart transplant and against the advice of her doctor, Mary Catherine moves to Uganda to work at a new orphanage. Whatever time she has left, Mary Catherine wants to spend it helping children—especially since there will be no children of her own. The only problem is Major League Baseball player Marcus Dillinger, the man she never meant to fall in love with. Neither Marcus nor Mary Catherine’s other friends—Tyler Ames and Sami Dawson—know just how serious her heart condition is.

Still, Marcus is sure in the depths of his soul that something isn’t right. Ultimately his correspondence with Mary Catherine leads him on a desperate life-or-death mission to rescue her and get her to a US hospital before time runs out. Meanwhile, Sami and Tyler struggle with issues of their own. In a season when Tyler plans to ask Sami to marry him, the very core of their relationship is in jeopardy.

The team of angels walking is busier than ever in this epic battle between life and death. Brush of Wings is a poignant tale of love, sacrifice, and the power of faith.

My Comments: This was a very typical Karen Kingsbury book. I would recommend this series to young adults and teens. It speaks of “Touched by an Angel,” and everything will turn out happily every after. I think for young adults it gives hope and maybe introduces them to the spiritual, angelic world. I’m not really sure that real angels play the role that they do in this book, however. I got totally frustrated by the stubbornness of Mary Catherine (which I’m not sure others would view as stubborn, but I did, others may see it as self-sacrificing.) Nevertheless, I read the book in its entirety and found it somewhat entertaining. It doesn’t seem real to life, but it give a great escape. It was quite predictable.

The publisher sent me a free review copy in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. I also listened to it on Audible on my commute back and forth to work. The Audible edition was well read and acted out.

Debbie Macomber’s “A Girl’s Guide to Moving On”

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

A Girl's Guide to Moving On

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this powerful and uplifting novel, a mother and her daughter-in-law bravely leave their troubled marriages and face the challenge of starting over. Leaning on each other, Nichole and Leanne discover that their inner strength and capacity for love are greater than they ever imagined.

When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in nearly every way. Though blunt-spoken and rough around the edges, Rocco proves to be a dedicated father and thoughtful friend. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Somehow, Nichole must find the courage to defy her fears and follow her heart, with far-reaching consequences for them all.

Leanne has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Resolved to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements, Leanne nonetheless finds it difficult to resist Nikolai’s effusive overtures—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of her commitments.

An inspiring novel of friendship, reinvention, and hope, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On affirms the ability of every woman to forge a new path, believe in love, and fearlessly find happiness.

My Comments: Debbie Macomber has another hit with this book. I loved it and was quite engaged throughout. I know I’ve read about these characters before in “The Last One Home.” It was great revisiting them and learning how they have come along. The main characters in this book, however, are Nichole and Leanne both have cheating, immature husbands. They each meet a new love, someone who actually deserves them. Each man is opposite of the women’s original husband, which makes the book very entertaining and unpredictable. Before they can have a good relationship, they need to learn how to live on their own. Interesting and happy book. I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

wedding cake murder

Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married!
Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. They get a taste of the Big Apple before Hannah wins the Hometown Challenge and the producers bring all the contestants to Lake Eden to tape the remainder of the show. It’s nerve-wracking enough being judged by Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But it’s even more chilling to find him stabbed to death in the Lake Eden Inn’s walk-in cooler—before he’s even had a chance to taste Hannah’s Butterscotch Sugar Cookies! Now Hannah has not only lost her advantage, she’ll have to solve a mystery with more layers than a five-tiered wedding cake…

My Comments: What a great read! I love Hannah and her family. I have to say though I will miss Norman and Mike. Ross is a relatively new character, but I guess that is what it took for Hannah to tie the knot, and he has already endeared himself to me. The food cooking contest was a great idea for this story–something a little different. All of my favorite characters were present and accounted for. I wonder what direction these stories will go in now that Hannah is married?.? I can’t wait to find out!

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

 

Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Back in the Saddle

The Prodigal Is Coming Home

It’s been a long time since Colt Stafford shrugged off his cowboy legacy for shiny Manhattan loafers and a promising career on Wall Street. But when stock market manipulations leave him financially strapped, the oldest son of legendary rancher Sam Stafford decides to return to the sprawling Double S ranch in Gray’s Glen, Washington. He’s broke, but not broken, and it’s time to check in with his ailing father, and get his legs back under him by climbing into the saddle again.

He doesn’t expect to come home to a stranger pointing a loaded gun at his chest— a tough yet beautiful woman that Sam hired as the house manager. Colt senses there’s more to Angelina Morales than meets the eye and he’s determined to find out what she’s hiding…and why.

Colt’s return brings new challenges. Younger brother Nick has been Sam’s right-hand man at the ranch for years and isn’t thrilled at having Colt insert himself into Double S affairs. And the ranch’s contentious relationship with the citizens of Gray’s Glen asks all the Stafford men to examine their hearts about what it truly means to be a neighbor. And as Wall Street recovers, will Colt succumb to the call of the financial district’s wealth and power—or finally the courage to stay in the saddle for good?

My Comments: I love books about cowboys and I love books about prodigals. This is a winner! We have mystery, redemption, romance, and reconciliation all wrapped up into this book. If all the books in this series are as engaging as this one, ladies and gentlemen, we have a winning new series!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

newsmakers

About the book:
Erica Sparks is a beautiful and ambitious reporter who has just landed her dream job at Global News Network in New York. And while it was hard to leave Jenny, her cherished eight-year-old daughter, in the custody of her ex-husband, Erica is determined to succeed in the cutthroat world of big-time broadcasting. She can only hope her troubled past won’t come back to sabotage her dreams.
Although the wounds from her divorce are still fresh, Erica can’t deny the chemistry between her and her new producer, the handsome and empathic Greg Underwood. But a relationship is the last thing she wants right now.
On her very first assignment, Erica inadvertently witnesses—and films—a horrific tragedy, scooping all the other networks. Mere weeks later, another tragedy strikes—again, right in front of Erica and her cameras. Her career skyrockets overnight, but Erica is troubled. Deeply. This can’t just be coincidence. But what is it?
Erica will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. But she has to make sure disaster—and her troubled past—don’t catch up with her first.

My Comments: I read this book after quite a dry spell with reading and I found it very engaging. The book was somewhat predictable, but not completely, and the not completely part made it quite a page turner. Erica lives the American dream. She is successful, beautiful, curious and just plain smart. Her quest for success brings her into contact with some people who are not all that ethical. Those unethical people (quite rightly so) cause her to question the others around her. She also, however, tends to find people who can help her in her search for truth.

Erica has a drive to find truth. This is what makes her such a great reporter. However, it also causes her and her close friends and family problems. Too many “events” just seem to happen when Erica is around. I wondered why and had my suspicions throughout the book.

If you enjoy clean, suspense novels, you will love this book. I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review, which I have given. This is a four star book!