Monday, June 23, 2014

Book Review - Oliver and the Seawigs

I am unable to read this book as it is  not in Kindle format.  I contacted the company this was presented by and asked them if it could be downloaded in Kindle format before I selected to read it...The next time I logged onto my Netgalley account it was there for me to download and review.  I was told it could not be removed from my profile until I reviewed it.

I am sure it is a wonderfully funny book from what I have read from the blurb and would loved to have read and reviewed it.  Hopefully someone else will be able to do so...

Disclaimer:  I was given a copy of the book by the publisher through Net Galley blogger review program.  I was not compensated for my review.  The reviews I post are my own opinions.

Book Review - The Cursed by Heather Graham

The Cursed
By:  Heather Graham
Publisher:  Harlequin

Hannah O’Brien grew up in this fabulous house in Key West, FL.  When her uncle suddenly passed away he left it to Hannah who turned it into a bed and breakfast…Siren of the Sea.  It came complete with its own resident ghosts, Melody Chandler and her lover Hagen Dundee.  Not only did Hannah run the B&B but also was the local historian and did nightly tours of the ghosts of Key West.  The night begins as usual, nothing special with the tour and as usual at the end of the tour Hannah leaves her group at the local haunted Hard Rock CafĂ© where they end with drinks and a meal before returning back to the B&B.   When Shelly and Stuart return to the B&B Shelly can’t sleep, so they go to the pool to unwind.  Suddenly there is a man standing over her with his throat cut and a knife in his hand.....Is this person real or a ghost.

This book opens with a couple pages of history of the house and area and then bam…it takes off running with suspense and intrigue.  I was completely hooked from page one.  The twists and turns of this book will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat.  It is not your typical paranormal book.  Each ghost plays a vital role in helping to solve the mystery.  I have never been a fan of the paranormal, but I have loved these books by MS. Graham.  I think in part because the characters and the plot are so believable.  In MS. Graham’s previous book we met the FBI’s Krewe of Hunters, who specialize in solving mysteries of the paranormal, so when they arrived on the scene in this book it was a pleasant surprise.  This is a stand-alone book so you do not have to read any of the previous works.  This book is a must read for those of us who like a little romance and a lot of suspense, mystery and intrigue.

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.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Book Review-Hannah's Courtship by Emma Miller

Hannah's Courtship
By: Emma Miller
Publisher:  Harlequin, Love Inspired

Hannah Yoder is a widow and has raised her nine daughters alone since her husband’s death.  Her eighth daughter is soon to be married and Hannah is content in knowing that all her daughter’s except Susanna, her youngest have all been blessed with good husbands.  Hannah knows that Susanna will never marry since she was born with Down’s syndrome and she is also positive she will never remarry.  As the story line unfolds Hannah develops a friendship with local Veterinarian, Albert Hartman who is Mennonite.  Hannah knows that nothing can come of their relationship other than being just friends because she would be shunned by her Amish community, since she cannot marry anyone who is not Amish.  Also Susanna has developed affection for David King, whom she calls her King David, who also has Down’s syndrome.  Hannah is not sure what to do with the quandary she finds herself in.   Hannah learns that sometimes you just have to put your trust and faith in God and sit back and watch Him work out the wrinkles in life. 

I have read all the series of Hannah’s Daughters and this one is by far the best.  It is a beautifully written story about a middle-aged widowed Amish woman who loves her daughters, and God.  I was touched by the story of Susanna and David King who both have Down’s syndrome.  I felt Hannah’s pain and despair in trying to deal with Susanna and David’s growing affection for each other.  Learning to “let go” of your children who have disabilities is very difficult to do and Hannah through prayer and faith found the courage to do just that. 

If you are a fan of the Amish community and want to read a book that is filled with love and inspiration, then I highly recommend this book.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harlequin, Love Inspired, 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-Seal Team Six, Hunt the Jackal by Don Mann

Seal Team Six, Hunt The Jackal
By: Don Mann
Publisher:  Little, Brown & Company
                   Muholland Books

When U.S. Senator Clark’s wife and daughter,  Lisa and Olivia, are abducted from their hotel room by a notorious Mexican Drug Cartel Lord, Ivan Jouma also known as The Jackal, states he is holding them for the release of their people from American prisons.  As the plot unfolds you will learn this is pure bunk…The Jackal has and ulterior motive for keeping these two women alive, drugged but comfortable.  Senator Clark is a former SEAL so when Crocker from Black Cell hears the Senator on the news, he goes to his CO and asks permission to help the Senator. At first his request is denied, but later as a joint operation is allowed to go into Mexico to help find the women before it is too late.

This book was fast-paced and filled with twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat.  I read this book in one setting as I didn’t want to put it down.  I have always been intrigued by any book written about the SEALs and this book certainly didn’t disappoint. If you like books about SEALs, then this is one you won’t want to miss.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Little, Brown and Company, 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.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Book Review-Rescue At Cardwell Ranch & Wanted Woman by B.J. Daniels

Rescue At Cardwell Ranch
& Wanted Woman
by: B.J. Daniels
Publisher:  Harlequin

Rescue At Cardwell Ranch:
When a serial predator/killer wants to find the perfect place to  stalk unsuspecting women he chooses Montana small towns because they are so far apart the police has a hard time covering the remote areas.  Hayes Cardwell, private investigator, flies to Montana from Texas to talk his brother out of opening a new restaurant in Montana.  Upon arriving in Montana he stops by a grocery store to pick up a few items before heading to Cardwell ranch, where he rescues McKenzie Sheldon, owner of a local real estate company from being abducted and killed.

In Rescue At Cardwell Ranch, B.J. Daniels spins her magic and again creates a story line full of adventure, romance, mystery and suspense. 

If you love the West and cowboy knights-in-shinning Stetsons, then this is a book you won’t want to miss.  I was captivated from the first page.  The characters were so real, you felt like you were part of them. 

Wanted Woman:
The adventure and mystery surrounding Maggie Randolph started right from the first page.  She comes from a very wealthy family and after her father passes away things are just not adding up that his plane crash was just an accident.  She receives a call telling her if she wants to know about the truth of her father’s death, meet him at the pier that evening with ten thousand dollars.   When she arrives as she is speaking with him he is shot.  Maggie survives but now knows that someone is trying to kill her to cover up a 27 year old kidnapping….hers! Armed with this new information she realizes she must go to the town of the kidnapping to find who kidnapped her and who is trying to kill her now and why?  As she rides her motorcycle through the night, just as she reaches the outskirts of town she is struck by a car.  Jessie Tanner, temporary sheriff, sees the accident from his house and comes to her rescue.  He realizes she is running scared and doesn’t ask a lot of questions to begin with….

This book is filled with so many twists and turns and a whole lot of suspense it will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat.  It is filled with romance, intrigue and adventure.  The plot is fast paced and will keep you turning the pages…

Disclosure: I was given a copy of these two 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.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Review-A Moment In Time by Tracie Peterson


A Moment In Time
By:  Tracie Peterson
Publisher:  Bethany House

At the end of  “A Sensible Arrangement”,  I was disappointed because the book ended. It left me with too many unanswered questions. I wanted to know if Jake lost his job at the bank and if Alice ever got away from her stalker and if Marty ever took Jake back to her Ranch in Texas. 

As this book begins we find Alice Chesterfield physically and emotionally scarred for life.  She is learning to trust God with her future.  Although she has her problems to deal with, she is determined to help her dear friends, Marty and Jake.   Jake lost his job as a Denver banker and he and Marty are now living in separate states in order to find work.  Alice is determined to get her friends reunited as soon as possible.  Will MS Peterson answer the questions left unanswered in book one?  Ahh…you will just have to read “A Moment In Time” to find out. 

In “A Moment in Time” MS Peterson weaves her magic in expanding the story line and as always incorporating God’s love in each of her stories.  Although it isn’t necessary to read “A Sensible Arrangement”, reading it first will make the characters easier to understand. I love that Tracie Peterson encourages her readers through the characters in her books to trust God with all your heart and seek His will in your daily life.

I have been a big fan of Tracie Peterson for a while now and she doesn't disappoint in this book.  I always feel encouraged after reading her books because she often in her subtle way reminds me that I need to spend more time in prayer and practicing a little more faith.  I also love Historical Romance, so when you put it all together you have a fantastic book that you can lose yourself in.  I highly recommend this book.  I can’t wait for book 3.

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.