Thursday, February 27, 2014

Book Reveiw - Distortion by Terri Blackstock

A Prerelease Review
Distortion
By: Terri Blackstock
Publisher: Zondervan
Publish Date:  March 11, 2014
 
On the way to drop off their U-haul Juliet Cole’s prominent doctor husband is gunned down right in front of her.  Her life and that of her children is turned upside down, not only from the trauma of losing her husband and their father, but they find themselves in grave danger as her husband’s secrets unfold.
Juliet’s life completely unravels as she learns of her husband’s other life, but she still hopes he is a victim rather than a criminal.  What happens to Juliet and her children as you turn the pages of “Distortion” will have you on the edge of your seat. 
 Terri Blackstock is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.  I thoroughly enjoy her style and the way she incorporates faith, love and inspiration throughout her novels without sounding preachy.  This book is no exception.  The storyline kept me on the edge of my seat and just about the time I would despair she would toss in a little faith.  I was captivated from the first page to the last.  I read the book in one evening.  This is a great mystery with no explicit language that I would highly recommend to anyone.  It was a pleasure to read.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Zondervan, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Book Review - Circle of Influence by Annette Dashofy

A Prerelease Review
Circle of Influence
By:  Annette Dashofy
Publisher:  Henery Press
Publish Date:  March 25, 2014
 
 After an explosive township meeting, finding the body of the township’s president on dead- end highway ramp, is not the way Zoe Chambers, paramedic for Vance Township, Pennsylvania, wanted to spend her night.  Although this township is tight-knit, it is not without its secrets, including Zoes.  Police Chief Pete Adams and Zoe have a budding relationship, but as they work together to find the killer, secrets are uncovered that can hurt the relationship of Pete and Zoe and those they love. 
This is the first book I have read by Annette Dashofy, but it will not be my last.  I really enjoyed it from cover to cover.  It was a fast paced book with unexpected twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I read the book in one evening as I couldn’t put it down.  As the secrets began to unravel, I felt their anguish and sorrow.  It had a great storyline. 
I would highly recommend this book, if you enjoy a little intrigue and a little romance with your mystery. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Henery Press, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Book Review - The Lady's Maid by Dilly Court

The Lady’s Maid
By: Dilly Court
Publisher:  Random House UK – North America
In 1854 in the quiet of the night on an English countryside, two ladies give birth to daughters.  One mother dies in childbirth and the other mother is forced to give up her child. 
Kate grows up in a life of poverty while Josie lives in the lap of luxury.  Kate is the lady’s maid in the same house as Josie so they become best of friends.  Even though it is unheard of for a servant to become educated, Josie insists that her friend be allowed to attend classes with her.  If the secret of their lives at birth become known, it could change their friendship forever.   Will they ever learn the secret of their birth?  Will Josie marry well?  These are questions that will be answered as you turn the pages of “The Lady’s Maid”.
I was captivated from page one.  I felt the anguish of the mother having to give up her child at birth and the sorrow of the young mother who died in childbirth.  I love historical fiction and this book was not a disappointment.  I am a fan of the contrast between the classes of the English.  This was a book that I certainly wanted to curl up with a comforter and a cup of tea so I could lose myself in the storyline.  For anyone who enjoys historical fiction this is a must read.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House UK – North America, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review - The Best of Daughters by Dilly Court

The Best of Daughters
By: Dilly Court
Publisher:  Random House UK – North America
The Best of Daughters takes place in England at the beginning of World War I. 
Daisy Lennox is the oldest daughter and her mother is intent on seeing that her daughter marries well in order to improve their social standing.  Although her mother wants her to marry her brother’s friend, Rupert, the son of a Duke, it is not what Daisy wants.  However, even though Daisy is a good daughter, she has a bit of a rebellious streak.  She becomes active with the suffragette movement as she feels it is a worthy cause for women to be able to vote and to become equals.  The family loses their fortune because her father’s partner embezzles from them.  They lose their affluence and their home and are banished to live in their small country house.  Along with the loss of their fortune Daisy has to give up being a part of the suffragettes to help keep her family together.
This was a fun easy-to-read book, filled with family disaster, war, scandal and love.  It made me laugh and cry.  I loved Daisy from the first page. I would recommend this book because I found it enjoyable and an escape from everyday life for a few hours.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House UK – North America, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review - The Workhouse Girl by Dilly Court

Easy Entertaining Read

The Workhouse Girl
by: Dilly Court
Publisher:  Random House UK-North America
 
Because of situations beyond her control eight year old Sarah Scrase finds herself in St Giles and St. George’s Workhouse.  Once her mother dies in childbirth she receives the brunt of the Trigg’s’ wrath at the workhouse.  Although she is not old enough to be sold, she throws such a fit when her friend Nettie Bean is purchased by a sugar mill owner; the Triggs sell her along with Nettie.  When her new owner finds out how badly she was treated he reports the Triggs to the authorities.   The Triggs lose their position as the workhouse managers and they begin their vendetta against Sarah and her new family. 
This was an easy, entertaining, but predictable book to read.  The first chapter or so was filled with the situation at the workhouse.  The rest of the book was devoted to the life she lived trying to avoid the Triggs who would not give up trying to harm her.  It is filled with one twist and one turn after the other. 
In my opinion, if you are looking for a book to read for entertainment only, this is it. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House UK - North America, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Book Review - Poisoned Ground by Sandra Parshall

Suspense Filled


 
Poisoned Ground
By:  Sandra Parshall
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publish Date:  March 4, 2014
A large development company wants to build a resort for the wealthy in Mason County, Virginia.  As the company pushes to gain land in any way they can, it pits neighbor against neighbor and they begin taking sides.  Rachel Goddard, the local veterinarian becomes very vocal in the fight to keep their land from being developed, which really complicates the life of her husband, Tom Bridger who is the Sherriff.  Things really begin to escalate when a couple is gunned down in their own home.  Rachel realizes there is more going on than just land development and wonders if she can help bring out the truth before it is too late for the county to recover. 
I was hooked from the first page of this book.   It was a well written plot with twists in every direction, which kept it fast paced.  Just when I thought I had it all figured out, something else would crop up to change my mind.  It was filled with just enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat.  I would recommend this book if you are looking for a suspense-filled entertaining read.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Poisoned Pen Press, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review - Most Eligible Sheriff by Cathy McDavid

Entertaining Romance
Most Eligible Sheriff
by: Cathy McDavid
Publisher:  Harlequin
Publish Release Date:  March 4, 2014
 
Ruby McPhee, a Vegas casino manager, is being stalked by Crowley, the son of a politician, who keeps paying his son out of trouble.  This time he attacked Ruby in her home, so she had to find a place to hide until the police could deal with the situation.  Her sister Scarlett McPhee lives in the small town of Sweetheart, Nevada, so Ruby and Scarlett trade places since they are identical twins.  Scarlett in her haste to get out of town to meet with her on again off again boyfriend forgets to tell Ruby, she and the Sheriff are dating.  It only takes one kiss for Cliff Dempsey, the sheriff, to know that she is not Scarlett.  Upon hearing her story he agrees to keep her identity a secret.  With Scarlett out of the picture will this relationship blossom?  What will happen to her stalker?  These are questions that will be answered as you turn the pages of this easy to read entertaining book.
If you need a light entertaining book to read this is it! This romance novel has a great plot with believable characters.  I found myself rooting for Ruby from the first page and wanting to knock some sense into Cliff and the town’s people all at the same time.  In my opinion this book has it all…a little mystery and intrigue and a whole lot of romance.  There are no graphic sex scenes or explicit language.  This is a great book to read for entertainment. 
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book Review - Runner by Patrick Lee

Terror Filled
Runner
by:  Patrick Lee
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Publish Date:  February 18, 2014
Sam Dryden, retired not only from special forces but also from life since his wife and daughter were killed in an accident five years before.  He lives in a small seaside community often running the boardwalk when he can’t sleep.   While out on a run late one night, he literally runs into an eleven year old girl who is being chased by armed men who want to kill her.  His training in special ops takes over and he begins the journey to protect this young girl who knows nothing more than her name…Rachel, and that she knows things these people don’t want made public.  Can Sam save her life?  Will she regain her memory?  These questions will be answered as you turn the pages of this past paced book that has paranormal/mind altering overtones. 
With terror lurking on every page, this book kept me on the edge of my seat.  It had a well written plot that culminated in a surprising ending.  Although I am not a fan of paranormal/mind alteration I am glad I read this book.  However I was disappointed by the amount of “language”.  I understand the author wanted the abductors portrayed as “bad to the bone”, but to me the “F” word could have been used a little less and the result would have been the same.   All in all I would recommend this book.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Book Review - Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

Enchanting, Mystical, Romantic and Mysterious
 Doon
by Carey Corp  & Lorie Langdon
Publisher:  Zondervan
 
Veronica and Mackenna are best friends with completely different backgrounds but swear they each share half their brain.  Veronica comes from a dysfunctional family and longs for acceptance and to feel loved.  She doesn’t think she is crazy but begins to wonder since she is not only seeing a young man in a Scottish kilt in her dreams but also in her waking hours.  Mackenna has inherited a cottage from her aunt in Alloway, Scotland and convinces Veronica to go to Scotland with her for the summer. 
  The girls find Mackenna’s aunt’s diary and some ancient rings which lead them to Doon, a mystical enchanted kingdom with a dark underside.   Doon can only be entered and exited one day every hundred years.  The girls suddenly find themselves in another dimension filled with princes, castles and witches.  Their adventure of a lifetime leaves them having to make decisions that will not only affect their lives but also the lives of the people of Doon. 
This book reminded me so much of the musical Brigadoon, that I was immediately hooked.  There wasn’t anything that I didn’t like about it, except it had to end.  I certainly hope there is a sequel in the making.  It is the perfect book to read for an afternoon of escapism.  It was filled with romance, mystery, intrigue, enchantment and a subtle message of hope. 
This is a book that will definitely be part of my library.  I am sure I will find myself reading it perhaps as many times as I have seen Brigadoon....  I read this in one evening as I couldn’t put it down even though I didn’t want it to end.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Zondervan, through Booksneeze blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review - Minding Molly by Leslie Gould

An Amish Love Story

Minding Molly
by: Leslie Gould
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date:  February 4, 2014
Molly Zook is used to being in control of everything including her own destiny, until her father suddenly dies and she is faced with trying to save her family’s land.  Her mother becomes ill and feels that Molly should marry their neighbor Mervin Mosier to combine both farms in order to save their home.  Molly entertains the idea although she knows she is not in love with Mervin and feels her friend Hannah still has feelings for him.  She has almost convinced herself to agree to marry him, when she meets Leon Fisher, a handsome rugged man from Montana, who is training horses at her friend Hannah’s father’s horse farm.     Although Molly struggles to keep things under control she finds them quickly spinning out of control.  Will she learn to let God have control and wait for His answer?  Will she realize who she truly loves?   You will find the answer to these questions as you turn the pages of this book.
Although I have loved the other books by MS. Gould, I felt this one waxed and waned a bit.  I found myself skim reading in several places.  However I am glad I stuck with it till the end, because it was a superbly written book about following God and allowing Him to control your life.  I feel it is well worth taking the time to read.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, Bethany House, through Bethany House blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review-The Fixer by T. E. Woods

A Suspense-Filled Mystery
The Fixer
by: T. E. Woods
Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group-Alibi
Publish Date:  February 4, 2014
 
The Fixer always fights for justice.  She is the one you want to hire when the judicial system fails and you need something fixed permanently.  She evaluates each situation before acting to make sure her results never result in a police inquiry.  The Fixer is invisible and deadly.
Lydia is a psychologist in Olympia, Washington.  A beautiful extremely troubled young woman, Savannah, comes to her for help and her stories are filled with lies and riddles.  Lydia is determined to help her even though she claims to have hurt many people in terrible ways.  As their sessions progress, Lydia feels she must involve the police, but will it be too late?
I feel this book started a little slowly, but as I continued to read I was pleasantly surprised.  The plot is not your typical run of the mill mystery.  Almost from the beginning I was sure who the murderer was, but the ending took me completely by surprise.  I would also like to know what made the author decide that Lorain, Ohio would be the birth place of one of the characters.  Being very familiar with that area, I found it to be an interesting choice.   The plot is intricately woven and filled with twists and turns that keep twisting and turning till the end.  At times I found it to be a sit-on-the-edge of your set book.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group-Alibi, through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Book Review - Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

True Inspiration

Where Courage Calls
Authors:  Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date:  February 4, 2014
 
New teacher, Beth Thatcher a young woman of upper class finds herself in a teaching position in the remote mining town, Coal Valley, Canada.  She certainly was not prepared for the hardships she had to endure on her trip to Coal Valley, much less what she would face once she arrived at her destination.  Her luggage was stolen, including her teaching supplies and all her clothing except for what she was wearing.  Upon arriving, she was appalled to find there was not even indoor plumbing.  The most daunting task was not the loss of personal belongings but the poverty of the community and the tragedy that most every family had endured when the mine collapsed and their husbands, sons and brothers were killed.  Beth quickly learns the clothing she packed certainly would not have fit in with her surroundings.  She felt it was part of God’s plan when her luggage was stolen as it forced her to borrow clothing from the ladies in the community, which she did with a grateful heart.   She not only educated their children, but brought about closeness to the community and integrated the newly hired Italian miners into the community as well. 
This is a wonderfully written book of hardships of school teachers in remote areas at the turn of the century and more importantly of the hardships of the mining families.  Their ability to persevere in the face of disaster is a true inspiration.   Beth stole my heart from the very first page.  I wanted to join in with the characters when they laughed and cried.  I felt their sense of loss and despair along with their joy.  I would recommend this book as it is filled with a bit of mystery, a little romance and a lot of love, faith, hope and inspiration.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.