Tuesday, May 15, 2018

MISS WILTON'S WALTZ by Josi S Kilpack

MISS WILTON'S WALTZ by Josi S Kilpack. This was a fun, clean read. I enjoyed getting to be with Lenora again and seeing her growth after leaving her home town to live with her aunt. Her introduction to Mr. Asher was priceless as well. I think anyone who is any type of teacher, whether in the classroom or in the home, formal or informal, will relate to what Lenora was going through with Catherine. It was good to see how that worked out as well. I didn't think the story was slow until it picked up pass a little toward the end. It was a refection of how engaging it was. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Lenora Wilton has spent her life hiding behind the keys of her beloved pianoforte and the vibrancy of her younger sister, Cassie. But Lenora is ready for a change and travels to Bath to live with her Aunt Gwen and teach music at an all-girls boarding school. She is different in Bath more comfortable with herself and enjoys the freedom and independence of her new life there. When Lenora meets Aiden Asher, she finds herself attracted to him, but her unexpected feelings become more complicated when she learns that Catherine Lenora s newest and most troublesome student in the school is Mr. Asher's niece. Catherine is a difficult student, and Lenora works hard to make progress with the girl.
When the chemistry between Lenora and Aiden increases, they share a passionate kiss by the River Avon, and Lenora feels it is the beginning of a new forever until she learns that Aiden has withheld an important detail about his life that changes everything.
Lenora closes her heart to him, and Aiden, caught between his obligation and his heart, must do what he can to make amends. And Lenora, after years of hiding from everyone and everything, faces a decision only she can make.
*I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a nonbiased opinion.



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

SCARLET by Jen Geigle Johnson

SCARLET by Jen Geigle Johnson. This book was fascinating. I love the Scarlet Pimpernel and I loved her in this novel. It was interesting to read it from her perspective and how things were pulled off. I loved all the characters involved. I felt all their ups and downs, successes and failures. The historical aspect of it was also very eye opening. You read things about this time period, but being put in it through the eyes of someone living through it is very powerful. It is a fantastic read, however, I cannot recommend it for all. There are aspects of this time period that are gruesome, although there are not really any gory details, it does cover and talk about things surrounding La Guillotine that some people would not be interested in reading. If you're okay with that, this book is for you.

*I was provided a copy for review purposes, but the opinions are my own.

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The roads in and out of Paris are heavily guarded, but the dead have easy passage out of the city. A ragged old woman transports the coffins of the most recent victims of the guillotine and is waved on unimpeded. Later, the same crone watches five French aristocrats step out of the coffins unscathed. not beheaded, but spirited away to safety by that most elusive of spies: the Pimpernel. Or, as she's known in polite society, Lady Scarlet Cavendish.
When not assuming her secret identity as a hero of the French Revolution, Scarlet presents herself as a fashionable, featherbrained young widow flitting about London. In truth, this facade is merely a diversion designed to conceal her clandestine work in France. Among members of the doomed French aristocracy, the Pimpernel is renowned for her bravery and cunning. But when tasked with rescuing handsome Comte Matteo Durand, she faces an unprecedented challenge: she is falling in love with the man. If ever there was a time to keep her head, it is now—because in a world brimming with intrigue, she is not only one harboring secrets. And if Scarlet doesn't take care, Madame la Guillotine may finally catch up with the Pimpernel...


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Friday, April 27, 2018

TRIPWIRE: A SAINT SQUAD NOVEL by Traci Hunter Abramson

TRIPWIRE A Saint Squad Novel by Traci Hunter Abramson. I've enjoyed each Saint Squad Novel since I was introduced to them and this one is no exception. I love novels that have characters I'm familiar with and love already. I did find some holes in my memory of Jane, so I'll have to go back and read Spotlight in order to fill those in, but I like Jane and her take on things. I like how the Saint Squad's mission was weaved into the story. There was good suspense that kept the pages turning. This was a book I couldn't put down and finished in a couple of days. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves a good suspense with romance.

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Jane Napierski is back at work at the job she loves—being a personal assistant to her friend Sienna Blake, a rising star actress. The duo is on location in Virginia Beach to film Sienna's new TV series, along with costar Reed Forrester—the man with whom the world thinks Sienna is in love. Wrong.
Sienna's heart actually belongs to her fiance, Craig, a Navy Seal with the Saint Squad. Craig must fly under the radar if he is to keep Sienna safe from this world of terrorists and toxic bombs. And Reed has no problem pretending to date his old friend Sienna simply because it means he can spend time learning more about Jane. Making a TV series is grueling work but not nearly as difficult as the treacherous adventure that is about to begin with a simple photo taken in the wrong place at the wrong time—an image worth killing for.
When Craig returns to the United States to spend time with Sienna, he's not expecting to spend that time protecting her and Jane. Frightening incidents targeting the two women rapidly escalate, and as Craig and his Saint Squad investigate a tangled conspiracy, they find themselves tracking, here at home, the terrorists they have searched for across the globe. But can they shut the terrorists down in time to save Jane, Reed, and Sienna?


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Monday, April 23, 2018

THE LEMONADE YEAR by Amy Willoughby-Burle

THE LEMONADE YEAR by Amy Willoughby-Burle. I'm beginning to think that women's fiction isn't my favorite genre. This was a well written book that had a great storyline but it wasn't my favorite. I understand Nina's struggles. I've been there with some of them. I was enjoyed getting to know Oliver and Nina together and try to figure out Oliver's mystery, but I didn't like how that ended up. Maybe there was no foreshadowing of his story. I'm not sure but I wasn't satisfied with what happened with Oliver, although in a way I can see why it works.

I did enjoy see how Nina's family relationships ended up mending. I did feel like there were too many flashback stories. Some were necessary but some we not. In the end, this book will appeal to lots of women. It is a great story, but just not for me.

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Nina's once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina's mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.
All Nina's got left is her final photography assignment shooting images for the book 32 Ways to Make Lemonade. Well, that and the attention of a younger man, but Oliver's on-again-off-again romantic interest in her ebbs and flows so much she is seasick. And then Jack, her ex-husband, shows up, wanting to get back together.
As Nina struggles to find a way through her complicated relationships and to uncover her true path, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.


Friday, April 20, 2018

NEVER THAT FAR by Carol Lynch Williams

NEVER THAT FAR by Carol Lynch Williams. This was a very interesting read. I felt like it was a good way to show children how deal with the death of a loved one, however, I had a hard time with the way the characters spoke. It could have been because I was tired, but it felt like I had to translate in my head what they were saying at times. It is a good, clean read that most people would love.

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After her grampa dies, the last place Libby expects to see him is sitting on the edge of her bed. But that's what happens the night after the funeral.
Even more surprising is that Grampa has three important things to tell her: first, that she isn't alone or forgotten—"The dead ain't never that far from the living," he says; second, that she has "the Sight"—the ability to see family members who have died; and third, that there is something special just for her in the lake. Something that could help her and her father—if she can find it.
Libby and Grampa try to help her father heal from his grief, but it will take all of Libby's courage and her gift of Sight to convince her father that the dead are never truly gone.
Never That Far is set in the lush, rural landscape of central Florida and is a story that celebrates friendship, hope, and the power of family love.



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

MY DEAREST ENEMY by Jennifer Moore

MY DEAREST ENEMY by Jennifer Moore. I really enjoyed this book. I'm so used to Regency era that it so a nice change to read about something on the North American continent. It gave me a different feel for what was going on during that time period. I love to see how what is socially acceptable in society has changed over the many years, both for better and for worse. The characters are amazing as is the storyline. In a way I feel like the story could be continued which is fun to speculate but I was happy with the ending. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good historical romance, although it does touch on some of the unpleastantries of war so it may not be good for some.

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Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, 1812
Struggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who is to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren't for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier's injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans.
Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn. After being nursed back to health by beautiful, if reluctant, Abigail, Emmett would do anything to save the men he left behind—including forcibly enlisting Abigail's help. Soon, Abigail finds herself caught between two countries at war. And as her attraction for Emmett grows, her conflicted heart engages in its own silent battle. But when she is accused of treason for her actions, her survival rests in the hands of the very man she once considered her enemy.



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Thursday, March 29, 2018

CELEBRATING A CHRIST-CENTERED EASTER (Children's Edition)

CELEBRATING A CHRIST-CENTERED EASTER (CHILDREN'S EDITION) by Emily Belle Freeman, David Butler, Ryan Jeppsen. This book is the perfect addition to anyone's Easter library. I have young kids and this made many on the Easter elements obtainable for them. We've done several of the activities and my kids have loved each one. Now when we ask them what we are celebrating during Easter, they respond with more than just the Easter Bunny. I love each activity as well as the pictures and scriptures that go with them. I highly recommend this to everyone who has interaction with children during Easter.

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Discover how the people around Jesus during the week of His Crucifixion and Resurrection can lead your family closer to Christ this Easter season. This children's edition of Celebrating a Christ-Centered Easter will guide you through seven meaningful traditions inspired by the people closest to the Savior during His holy week. These simple experiences are not meant to add chores or stress to a reverent holiday season but to offer something different. They will give your family an opportunity to slow down from the candy and egg hunts and instead spend time reflecting on the Savior's ultimate sacrifice and triumphant Resurrection.
This interactive book invites children to get to know various people in Christ's life during those sacred days and to discover the lessons they learned in the encounters with Him. It encourages children to ask what they might have done if they had been there on the days when Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Seven colorful Easter ornaments have been created to accompany the lesson each person teaches. Displaying the ornaments throughout the Easter holiday will remind your children of the lessons they are learning from Christ's magnificent act.