Monday, February 18, 2019

HEALING HEARTS by Sarah M Eden

HEALING HEARTS by Sarah M Eden. I love Savage Wells and the people there. I love all their personalities and how they fight for one of their own. Add Miriam into the mix and it makes the town even better. She had her work cut out for her, winning over the townspeople after leaving their beloved Gideon at the alter, but she did it in the best possible way. This story also showed what it was like for those in the early medical field and how far we have come in learning and developing in both opinions as well as medical means. It is a fascinating story that will leave you turning the pages to find out what happens next and how Gideon and Miriam will make things work. I highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Wyoming Territory, 1876
As the only doctor in the frontier town of Savage Wells, Gideon MacNamara knows his prospects for a bride are limited. The womenfolk in town are either too young, too old, or already spoken for. So, being a practical man, he decides to take advantage of the matchmaking service of the day—mail-order brides—and sends away for a woman with nursing experience.
When Miriam steps off the stagecoach in Savage Wells, she sees a bright future in front of her. But when the town—and Gideon—meets her, ready for a wedding, her excitement quickly turns to horror. Somehow Dr. MacNamara's message had gotten turned around. He didn't want a nurse, he wanted a wife. When she refuses to marry him, she finds herself stranded in Savage Wells with some very unhappy townspeople.
But Gideon is not like the other men Miriam has met. Embarrassed by the misunderstanding, he offers her a job, and the two begin an awkward—and often humorous—dance of gettting to know each other as they work to care for the people of their town. 
Romance blossoms between the two, but when a former medical associate of Miriam's arrives in town, Gideon and the other townsfolk must rally to protect Miriam from a dangerous fate. Gideon and Miriam must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts for each other even as buried secrets are brought to light.



Friday, February 15, 2019

BLOODLINE by Kathi Oram Peterson

BLOODLINE by Kathi Oram Peterson. I loved the idea of this plot. A queen dying with a secret heir to the throne and all that coming to light in the modern era. Having been to many of the sites that were seen in the story in Scotland, I loved revisiting them. She did a wonderful job showing the many political viewpoints that are currently going on in Scotland as well. I enjoyed the story, but I found myself feeling like Skye was too weak of a character for me. She questioned too much after certain characters more than proved themselves, in my opinion. I really had a hard time with her the farther I got into the book. I did really like the twists toward the end and I would recommend it to others. I didn't feel completely done though at the end. I has me wondering if there will be a sequel. 

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France, 1371. The old Queen of France lies on her deathbed with a secret she will take to her grave: there is one true heir to the throne, one who would have the power to ally France and Scotland. But after her death, all that will be left are a few shreds of evidence revealing the stunning identity of her successor.
Flight attendant Skye Armstrong has heard the voice of warning before, and as she's returning home from London, she recognizes the feeling of dread that accompanies her sixth sense. Walking from the airport terminal to her car, she pauses in the middle of the road. Her hesitation gives a Good Samaritan the split second he needs to pull her out of the path of a speeding car, saving her life. But her misfortunes are just beginning. When she arrives home, she discovers that Auntie Marjorie has been kidnapped, and cryptic instructions have been left behind: Skye must retrieve the contents of a safe deposit box and deliver it to the captors . . .No police. Her feelings of dread return.
What Skye discovers in the bank box is baffling: a single page. The ancient document is certainly valuable, and with no time to lose, she goes to the rendezvous to discover the next step. A cell phone rings beneath a park bench. She answers the call, and on the screen is a picture of Auntie, unconscious. Now the kidnapper demands Skye find two more pages or her aunt will die.
What secrets are hidden within the illuminated pages, and who believes they are worth killing for? And what roles does the Good Samaritan play in all of it?

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

ESCAPE TO EVERLY MANOR by Chalon Linton

ESCAPE TO EVERLY MANOR by Chalon Linton. I really enjoyed this book. The "adventure" that Lizzy and Thomas went on had lots of twists and turns, and showed just how far a sibling will go to protect another sibling. There were times I wanted to shake Lizzy and tell her not to make the choice I knew she would make because of the drive to protect her brother. I wasn't sure how she would be able to get out of the situations and my heart hurt for her. It was a well done story that has a good ending. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good, adventure with romance in it.

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Nineteen-year-old Lizzy and her young brother, Thomas, find themselves orphaned after a tragic accident claims the lives of their parents. Their estrange Uncle Cline arrives to claim his inheritance, and his roguish ways cast a shadow over the manor. Both the family estate and guardianship of his niece and nephew were left to him, and scheming Uncle Cline is determined to indulge his newfound wealth and rid himself of his charges. Desperate to save her brother form a dangerous life at sea, and herself from being married off to a detestable old gentleman, Lizzy knows there is only one choice left—they must run.
Lizzy and Thomas sneak away and find refuge in an abandoned cabin. There they remain hidden—until fate acquaints Lizzy with Mr. Barton, a charming gentleman who is immediately intrigued by the mysterious young woman. Concealing her identity, Lizzy is unaware that there is much more to this compassionate man than meets the eye. Through his kindness to herself and her brother, Lizzy begins to trust Mr. Barton. Soon Lizzy realizes he may be her best hope for a life in which she can live—and love—as she chooses . . .

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Monday, January 28, 2019

WHITEOUT by Brett Cain

WHITEOUT by Brett Cain. This book was interesting. I don't normally like a lot of internal thought or dialogue, and this book was full of it. It was one that I kept putting down but had to keep picking back up. The plot was interesting and I like the characters. It was obvious the author had extensive knowledge on a couple of things in the book. That might have been what kept me reading. I wanted to see if I was correct in my assumption of why Frank felt a certain way, and it wasn't until almost the quarters of the way through the book. The ending . . . didn't feel right for me. I can see why it happened that way, however, it left me wanting a better conclusion. I would recommend it to most people.


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Long hours of driving on the frigid interstate have taken their toll. In a split second, Frank Sawyer's car drifts and clips a passing van on the otherwise empty Montana highway. In the aftermath of the wreck, Sawyer encounters a gruesome scene: the van's passenger did not survive. But it isn't the crash that took his life—he's been shot. Before Sawyer can assess what's happened, he's struck from behind. When he regains consciousness, he discovers that his attacker is gone, his car is missing—and the police have named him their prime suspect in the dead man's murder.
The harsh winter weather bears down as the chaos unfolds, and Sawyer finds himself trapped in the small town of Cluff. And law enforcement is keeping him firmly in their sights, so there's no possibility of escape. As he struggles to clear his name, Sawyer looks to the past for answers, becoming embroiled in a decades-old mystery that may hold the key to proving his innocence.

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Friday, January 18, 2019

POTION MASTERS: THE TRANSPARENCY TONIC by Frank L Cole

POTION MASTERS: THE TRANSPARENCY TONIC by Frank L Cole. This. This is a fantastic series. The first book POTION MASTERS: THE EXTERNITY ELIXIR was fantastic. Check out my review here. And this next installment is equally as good. The creative potions that are brewed, the twists and turns in the plot, the action level, everything about it is incredible. I had so much fun reading it. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. My kids are sure to love this one, as will all their friends and anyone else who will take my suggestion. I highly recommend this story and can't wait for the third book.

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It has been nine months since Gordy and his friends, Max and Adilene, saved B.R.E.W. (the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide) and the Vessel—the power source for the secret society of potion masters. Now, Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying new potion brewing techniques, but when he starts zoning out during practice, he knows something is wrong.
Gordy and his friends continue to work on their potions, but when Gordy chooses Max as his lab partner, Adilene starts to wonder if she still has a place with her old friends. She turns to a new friend, Cadence, who might know a way to help Adilene become a potion master on her own.
And in Greenland, Mezzarix has a chance to escape his Forbidden Zone—as long as he agrees to work with the mysterious Ms. Bimini and replicate an unusual solution known as "Silt." It could be just the weapon Mezzarix needs to destroy B.R.E.W. forever.
With both B.R.E.W. and the Vessel in danger, and with the potion world in chaos, it's up to Gordy, Max, and Adilene to rally the remaining Potion Masters before it's too late.



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

THE HOUSE OF STONE AND IVY by Anita Stansfield

THE HOUSE OF STONE AND IVY by Anita Stansfield. I have read several other books by Anita many years ago and had a hard time with them. However, this plot sounded really interesting so I thought I'd like to give this one a try. Unfortunately, my copy didn't arrive in time for this post, but I look forward to reading it and seeing what I think after all these years. I'll let you know! Be sure to enter to win your own copy and stop by the other reviews on the tour.

Orphaned as children, Hennie and Lottie share an unbreakable friendship. Together, they suffered the horrors of orphanages and the workhouse, and now grown, they continue to rely on each other. When Lottie approaches Hennie about a possible position at a manor house, Hennie is eager to work alongside her dear friend. However, to secure the positions as stable hands, they will have to undergo a bold act of deception: the women must disguise themselves as men.
Upon arriving at the manor, Hennie is stunned. Her new position is at Ivy Manor—the beautiful estate where her mother was employed long ago and where Hennie was raised until her mother's death. Hennie has wonderful memories of her friendship with the son of the house, Jack, and is shocked and dismayed to learn he has vanished. Living in disguise at the manor allows her to gradually uncover the truth of Jack's disappearance and eventually find him. Both Hennie and Jack are thrilled to be reunited, and their friendship is renewed. Soon, their relationship blossoms . . . and threatens their determination to remain concealed. With so much at stake, will they be prepared to risk everything for love?


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Monday, January 7, 2019

SAVING SUSANNAH JONES by Carolyn Twede Frank


SAVING SUSANNAH JONES by Carolyn Twede Frank

This book began with a bang and I was excited to read it. Susannah was easy to fall in love with and have empathy for. Joseph's shyness was very endearing which made him easy to love as well. Their unusual courtship was fun to watch grow, but when they got married, I was surprised at how much of the book was still left. Maybe it was distractions within my own family or maybe it was the book itself, I'm not sure which, but I had a hard time with the rest of it. I could have been that I had it all figured out too early to enjoy it unfold. I'm not sure. It is a fun, clean read that I would recommend to anyone though.

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In the still of a cool Colorado evening, the Circle J Ranch house burns to the ground, leaving Susannah Jones and her two brothers orphaned and homeless. Embittered by the tragedy, Susannah's older brother grows increasingly cruel, leading Susannah to make the difficult choice to leave the last of her family behind to forge a new life for herself. It is the kindness of Dr. Kate, the woman physician in town, as well as a chance meeting with a rugged homesteader that give Susannah the strength she needs to escape.
When Joseph Iverson encounters the harassed young woman on his land one day, he has no thought but to provide the assistance she so clearly needs. Overcoming his shyness, he takes Susannah under his wing and agrees to a marriage of convenience to liberate her from her brother. As the pair works side by side, their mutual admiration deepens. But their happy existence is threatened all soon by a series of "accidents" on the farm. With danger looming ever closer, Susannah and Joseph must discover who is bent on their destruction before the life and marriage they've built together goes up in flames.


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