Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review-Guilt by Association by Marsha Clark

Guilt by Association
A Rachel Knight Novel
By:  Marsha Clark
Publisher:  Mulholland Books

Rachel Knight DA is a member of the elite Special Trials Division for Los Angeles which investigates and prosecutes high profile cases.  As the book opens Rachel is celebrating a win in court with her friends, Toni and Jake.  Jake receives a phone call and he and Toni leave early with promises from Rachel she will leave soon.   Since she lives only 6 blocks away at the Biltmore she often walks to and from work.  On her way home she sees police cars and fire trucks in front of a less than reputable hotel.  When she arrives she sees them bringing out the body of her friend and colleague Jake.  She is shocked to see him in such a seedy place and the circumstances of his death are even seedier.  Rachel would like to spend all of her time investigating Jake’s death, but she inherits cases from Jake’s desk and one of them is the rape of a high profile physician’s younger daughter.   As Rachel delves into Jake’s death she is taken from the elite upstanding neighborhoods to the ghetto.  

When I began to read this book I didn’t realize who the author, Marsha Clark was.  I thought wow this author really seems to have deep insight into the workings of the DA office so I went back and read her profile.  No wonder the book flowed so well.  This book held my attention from the beginning to the end.  

The characters and storyline was completely believable.  There were twists and turns with sub plots that culminated in a well-executed finish.  I thought I had it all figured out only to be totally surprised at the end. 
 Call me sheltered or whatever, but I didn’t realize that affluent neighborhoods were called hoods.  I felt the word was a little over used but that is my opinion.  In no way does it take away from the plot or the suspense and it certainly didn’t keep me from reading the book from beginning to end. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Mulholland Books, 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.



Sunday, July 6, 2014

Book Review- Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund

Captured by Love
By:  Jody Hedlund
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date:  July 1, 2014

Michigan Territory 1814 Michilimackinac (Mackinac) Island was occupied by the British who forced the Americans to swear an oath to the crown in order to keep their land.  Angelique Labelle is not only at the mercy of the British soldiers, but also her abusive step-father who is determined to keep her from repeating the mistakes her mother made and starvation due to the American Blockade of the Island.  She befriends Peter Durant’s mother by smuggling food to her during the long hard winter.  Peter left the island many years ago to be a fur trader and his brother Jean left because he could not swear allegiance to the crown.  Upon Peter’s return home he finds the farm in shambles and his mother blind and near starvation.  Peter is a changed man from when he first left home and is determined to prove so to this mother and Angelique, but he is also a spy for the United States and the British.  Angelique is betrothed to Jean, but her love has always been for Peter.  When Jean returns home Angelique is faced with keeping her promise to marry him or breaking her promise to marry her true love, Peter….Will she accept God’s will in her decision?  That question will be answered as you turn the pages of this wonderful book.

The characters of this book captured my heart right from the first page.  Angelique faced hardships beyond her years with grace, dignity and love.  She shows again and again how she must depend on God to be the rock of her life, while struggling to make the right decisions and uphold her promises.  As you turn the pages you will be caught up in the drama of her life and find yourself being her champion. 

This is a beautifully written book about love, grace and following God’s will.  There is just enough mystery to keep you turning the pages and enough history to make it real. 
I have always been an American History buff and live close to one of the Great Lakes so being familiar with the area helped to make this a must-read for me, although I will admit you don’t have to be a history buff or live in the area to read this book.  It is uplifting and inspiring.  This will be a book that I will read again and again. 


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.

Book Review-Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie

Hope at Dawn
By:  Stacy Henrie
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publish Date:  June 24, 2014

Livy Campbell’s brothers are fighting in World War II overseas.  Their being gone has placed a hardship on her family so she has to give up her college studies to return home to help.  At a dance, she is stood up by her boyfriend on her birthday, but meets German-American farmer, Friedrick Wagner, who tells her of a teaching position in his hometown.    She can’t understand why he is not off fighting like her brothers, but learns he has a farm deferment, because his father is dying,  although he would rather be fighting like everyone else.  Determined to help her family, Livy applies for the job and is hired.  It is then she learns the cold hard facts about prejudices.  She couldn’t believe German-Americans were not allowed to speak or worship in their native language, they were forced to buy US Bonds they could ill afford and asked to spy on each other to insure they were loyal to America.   Livy not only opens her heart to these people, but gives her heart to Friedrick in spite of the unacceptance of both families.

This is a beautifully written story line about love and acceptance of others no matter what their ethnic background may be.  It was easy to see how Friedrick could fall in love with Livy.  Her character is sweet and caring. 

I truly enjoyed how MS Henrie wove history into this beautiful story without making it seem like a history lesson.  I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoy reading about World War II.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), 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-Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

Cop Town
By:  Karin Slaughter
Publisher:  Random House Publishing Group-Bantam Dell
Publish Date:  June 24, 2014

Setting:  Atlanta 1974…A time of unrest and when women were not well accepted on the police force.
Socialite Kate Murphy was determined to defy her background and  make her own way by becoming a cop.  However her first day on the job leaves her feeling bruised and inadequate to deal with not only the macho world of the Atlanta PD, but also with unacceptance by the female officers. 
Atlanta at this time is rocked by a cop killer which sends the police department into a tailspin.  They are out to get blood and avenge the deaths of their fellow officers.  Kate partners up with Maggie Lawson, whose uncle and brother are also cops and feels she too must prove her worth.  Determined to be more than meter-maids these two get to work investigating the latest cop murder and during their investigation uncover deep corruption within the Atlanta PD.

MS Slaughter does it again with a riveting storyline.  The twists and turns of this dramatic mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages.  I am not sure exactly how I feel about her infiltration of gays into the police department…but that is something each person who reads this book will have to determine for themselves.   I would not recommend this book if you are opposed to explicit language content.  However if you can look beyond that, and love a good mystery with lots of suspense, I would recommend this book. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Random House Publishing Group-Bantam Dell, 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