Dreams that Won't Let Go is a riveting and beautiful book. I have not read the earlier books in the Jubilant Souls series, but I will make it a point...moreDreams that Won't Let Go is a riveting and beautiful book. I have not read the earlier books in the Jubilant Souls series, but I will make it a point to go back and read the first two. However, the third installment stands on it's own very well, I never felt lost. I just want to rad the first two to learn more about some of the characters and to enjoy more of Ms. Adams' writing.
So what about this book stood out to me? First the characters. I enjoyed getting to know Indigo and Reuben and their loved ones, Max and Peyton along with their family members. The characters are well done and you feel things for all of them. The story plays out through the characters and keeps you wanting to read more and learn more. The characters also grow through the book, both Indigo and Reuben are searching for something and though they seemed stumped to begin with on how to make things better, by the end they are making progress on working things out.
The plot is also amazing. Every time I thought I had something figured out, Ms. Adams took it in another direction. Yet nothing felt like it was out of the blue or not fitted in with the story. It is well plotted out and very interesting to read.
Conversation in this book also flowed well. Nothing felt stilted or strained. The message was one of love and forgiveness and I loved how it was written out in the book. The pastor that helps them out feels real and loving and very typical of what I am use to in the church. Not judgmental but understanding and loving. That comes out fully in the book without seeming preachy, and I think it is a beautifully written message. (less)
This was a very enjoyable historical romance, it read fast and I truly enjoyed watching Gerald and Prissy fall in love. I also loved the secondary cha...moreThis was a very enjoyable historical romance, it read fast and I truly enjoyed watching Gerald and Prissy fall in love. I also loved the secondary character of Miles.
I loved the character of Prissy - she is a no-nonsense do what she has to woman. She also has her own pursuits that once she is a mistress instead of a woman in an upscale brothel she gets to pursue. She is her own woman. She does not delude herself that she is falling in love with Gerald, though she does try to remain practical about it and remain what she was hired to be. She was an amazing character to watch during the book and I loved everything about her.
Gerald is a good character too, he is obviously a troubled hero, and different to me because he is not exceptionally smart or good-looking (though I have no problem with the handsome part - we all find something different beautiful in people. He has trouble forming relationships due to his mother's death and circumstances behind it and a father that was never pleased with him. His one relationship is with his best friend, Miles, the Earl of Severn. I enjoyed watching Gerald grow in the book and try to become a better man and learn about loving. That part was good, but his high-handedness with Prissy and his constant reminders that she is his mistress were my main fault with the book.
The romance is beautiful once it takes off and I enjoyed seeing things from both Prissy and Gerald's point-of-view. I also loved Miles, he was a true gentleman and a definite good addition to the whole storyline.
This is my second book about courtesans in a months time and it's a whole new world for me in historical romance. I have never read this plotline before but I must say I enjoy it. Especially when the man overcomes the social stigma to go after the one he loves for the inevitable happy ending that romance books provide.
I really enjoyed this book. It is a good look at how a character changes and grows due to what is going on in their lives. Sandy starts out idealistic...moreI really enjoyed this book. It is a good look at how a character changes and grows due to what is going on in their lives. Sandy starts out idealistic and I think this is very realistic of someone not far out of college in any field, not just in writing/journalism. She wants to make a difference and do serious writing. But then life throws her a curveball in that her work gets taken over and essentially becomes a gossip blog. No longer is Sandy writing her idea of meaningful journalism, now she is reporting about celebrities and drinking and pretty much doing whatever her boss and the sponsors tell her to do. And not only has her professional life gone wrong, but she still lives in an apartment she rents from her mother. She is still dealing with her parents' divorce and her father's emotional distance from her and she also has boyfriend troubles. So Sandy's life is going down the tubes and fast.
However the book is really about how she deals with all of this. How her ideas change due to circumstances and how she turns her life into something she likes again at least for a brief time and then it's time to learn again. This isn't a beat you over the head with ideas book. The values and lessons are subtle to Sandy and to the reader. The writing is beautiful and although the beginning starts a little slow setting up the book, once the book gets going you really start to enjoy it all.
Strong characterization and a well-thought-out plot make Lone Star Legend a delight to read and a book whose lessons will stick with you long after the book is finished.(less)
If you like edge-of-your-seat thrillers with some romance then this is a book for you. This was my first experience with Ms. Hinze as an author. She w...moreIf you like edge-of-your-seat thrillers with some romance then this is a book for you. This was my first experience with Ms. Hinze as an author. She writes great romantic suspense.
I liked this book for it's different from the ordinary plot. The book features Kelly, a woman who we learn at the beginning of the book is on the run from a group she knows little about. Then she ends up unconscious and left in a field with no memory of who she is and what is going on. She remembers some things, just not everything or the important things. Ben is just trying to get over the loss of his family several years ago and does not want to get involved in anything like what Kelly is involved in, but he gets pulled in and then he can't leave her.
It's exciting and it keeps you guessing. I liked how the story was given to you a little bit at a time. You didn't know much about Kelly, Ben or the bad guys in the beginning and then slowly their stories unfold. This is the first in the series and was an enjoyable read. I look forward to the next book and the couple it will focus on and more about the Crossroads Crisis Center.
My one complaint was the book was a little choppy. The jumping back and forth, which keeps things exciting, seemed a little too jumpy at times. I also feel like I never got the full story, but there are more books coming in the series, so I am guessing I will learn more in the following books. The main plot in Forget Me Not was tied up, but there is a larger plot that I want to learn more about and I hope I will.
But overall, this was a very enjoyable read. It's definitely a thriller and time well-spent.(less)
DiAnn Mills really scored a home run (hey it's baseball season now) with Sworn to Protect. It has a strong female protagonist, a blurred social/humani...moreDiAnn Mills really scored a home run (hey it's baseball season now) with Sworn to Protect. It has a strong female protagonist, a blurred social/humanitarian issue and a male to counteract and balance the female lead. As for issues, it doesn't get much more blurred than immigration. I love how this book shows both sides - the reason there are laws (drug dealers and other assorted problems) and the humanitarian side - Mexicans just wanting a new life and wanting to escape their own suffocating country. Both are portrayed well and I found myself seeing both sides through the book.
But it's not just about immigration. There is mystery too. Danika's husband was killed two years ago and his murder is still unsolved. There may be a rogue agent among the border patrol and something is going on with Danika's brother-in-law Jacob. Add to that the romance that is developing between Danika and adorable Doctor Alex and this book had me turning page after page and not wanting to put it down.
I enjoyed the main story along with the sub-plots that were going on in the book. The plots and sub-plots were well-crafted and fit together well to show Danika's life as a whole, not just her work life, but her personal life and her family life too. I reveled in watching the various sub-plots and characters weave together through the book from the point where they had very little in common to the point where they meet up.
The book is real and though it is a Christian book, it doesn't pull any punches, there is no sanitizing of things, Christian fiction in this case just means the reading is clean and that is refreshing.
One of my favorite lines in the book has Danika's daughter, Tiana, who is hearing impaired signing to her mother as they walk into a church to ask what is wrong. Danika replies with:
"I feel sad, and I need God to help me feel better." "I'm sorry, Mommy. When I ask Jesus for a daddy, I'll ask Him to make you happy."
Such innocence and belief - why can't we all have that? (and it's humorous to the reader who knows there is a love interest who will eventually be in the picture).
I also liked that each of the chapters started with a quote or Bible verse. My favorite one is:
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G.K. Chesterton
How true is that?
If you love mystery and suspense with some romance, the Sworn to Protect is a excellent book.
I thoroughly enjoyed Flaherty's Crossing while reading it and I already miss Kate and Drew as characters. This novel was such an exploration of what l...moreI thoroughly enjoyed Flaherty's Crossing while reading it and I already miss Kate and Drew as characters. This novel was such an exploration of what love is, what it is like to lose a parent and forgiveness. How is this done? Drew and Kate are married but seem to lost track of each other and their marriage, they are both at the breaking point, but after an accident and as time passes the two start to work together and talk together again. But can some secrets that still remain ruin the reigniting love between them.
Kate also has issues with her father in the beginning of the book and he is at death's door. The book goes through what Kate does after his death and how she learns more about her father and herself and how to go on with life.
This book is full of emotion and characters that really come to life. I feel like Kate and Drew are a part of my family now, and that is pretty amazing for a 250 page book. Also I found this book kept surprising me. As soon as I though I had something figured out, it was different than I thought. But it was the relationships that kept me reading above and beyond the plot, even though the plot was wonderful, the relationships were outstanding.
I look forward to reading more of Ms. McFarren's work in the future.(less)
What a fun book. I loved it from the start. It is my first book by Laura Kinsale and I will definitely be checking out her backlist now.
From the star...moreWhat a fun book. I loved it from the start. It is my first book by Laura Kinsale and I will definitely be checking out her backlist now.
From the start of the book I fell in love with Callie and Trev. Callie has been engaged three times yet never married and she feels she will spend life in spinsterhood and she is comfortable with that. Trev is one of those wounded men, he's been a bad boy and doesn't know if he can change his ways. He's in love with Callie but doesn't think he's good enough for her so every time he gets close, he pulls away. Callie has always been in love with him too, but doesn't think he returns her love. It's a wonderful romance in that they keep getting close in the beginning of the book for Trev to pull away. But you know they love each other so you keep reading.
I loved the dialogue. Especially between Callie and Trev and Trev and his maman. The dialogue is very witty and had me laughing out loud several times when reading. I would have to say that Ms. Kinsale is a master of dialogue based on this book.
The plot got a little slow to me at times, but never too slow, I wanted to keep reading. I wanted to learn more about Trev and Callie and what crazy situation they would get into next.
If you love historical romance this is a book for you. (less)