I received a copy of Redemption (Ladies of Larkspur Book 3) from the author in return for an honest review.
Ms. Gray’s mystery, western, historical, inI received a copy of Redemption (Ladies of Larkspur Book 3) from the author in return for an honest review.
Ms. Gray’s mystery, western, historical, inspirational, book Redemption, starts with an attention-grabbing scene that puts Minnie Smith Drake in the firing line from the get-go. Under suspicion and with her freedom curtailed she returns home to larkspur and comes face to face with the new sheriff in town.
Art Paulson, the new sheriff of Larkspur, soon devises a plan to keep Minnie ‘under close surveillance’ but nothing is ever as simple as expected.
The author’s fluent writing style took this reader right into Minnie’s psyche and in few words emphasised and explained how and why Minnie is so drastically changed.
The time-line plot and sub-plots all weave together into a tight, tense, and yet charmingly warm story. The scene setting is masterful, the word choices and detailed descriptions used to convince the reader of the historical era are dropped in without overpowering the tale and yet often enough to enhance the integrity of Redemption.
I’d urge those who may normally bypass an inspirational story to give Redemption another consideration. Yes, there are bible quotes and references to God, but these simply enhance the integrity of Art and Minnie without overwhelming those readers who might otherwise give Redemption the ‘pass-by’.
Family matters in Redemption, as do friendships. Small town and big city crime and justice are weighed, woven and balanced by Ms. Gray, and emotions run high – and low. Tension and suspense are both metered out in fluent and believable measures, as is the romance.
For those who enjoy a historical read blended with western, suspense, mystery and romance Redemption is a book to consider. The author’s writing skill bring this story alive on the page, and her characters, both main and supporting seem as real to this reader as if she’d been there as an observer.
For those who have not read any of Ms. Gray’s books before, she is a multi-genre author worth watching out for. ...more
I received an ARC of Impulse in exchange for an honest review.
Impulse is a well structured romantic mystery story which thanks to Ms. Walter’s fluentI received an ARC of Impulse in exchange for an honest review.
Impulse is a well structured romantic mystery story which thanks to Ms. Walter’s fluent writing style is fast-paced, well written and the very full cast of characters is well managed.
Jillian caught my interest immediately because of her remarkable job as a stuntwoman in Hollywood. As if that wasn’t enough it soon became apparent she moon-lighted as a rider in a family circus troupe.
Challenge and independence topped her list of needs. Men and relationships barely made it onto the list at all – until Lex Fitzgerald entered her life.
Life for Lex, as the head of his family, may not be perfect, but it suited him for the time being, so when an over-made-up clown appeared out of nowhere, he didn’t expect to have his life turned upside down.
The author placed strategic indicators throughout the story which on their own could easily be missed until the climax of the action brought it all together.
The scene setting kept me in the moment throughout the book, and I enjoyed Ms. Walter’s fluent writing style, the sense of humour she endowed her characters with and the depth of their personalities.
I was disappointed to discover Impulse is the first of a two-part series involving these two characters. I’m impatient and disappointed I’ll have to wait to find out the end of Jillian and Lex’s story!
This is the first of M’s Walter’s books I have read, and I’ll be looking for more in the future.
In Christmas Journey author Patricia Kiyono shares the journey of an older couple, single, never-been-married, Mike Sikkema and widow Helen DeGroot asIn Christmas Journey author Patricia Kiyono shares the journey of an older couple, single, never-been-married, Mike Sikkema and widow Helen DeGroot as they find and explore the growing relationship between them. She then adds a twist and reveals that Helen is a decade older than Mike. Ms Kiyono’s gentle and fluent writing style touches on many aspects of growing older and how the various generations deal with it, including Helen’s two sons Family influences run deep and on many levels in Christmas Journey and while the suspense is soon obvious, the resolution of the conflict is not. And therein lies one of many of the author’s writing gifts. The causes and effects in the relationships between all the characters are skilfully woven into the story and cleverly intermingle. This gentle and sweet romance is more than just a story of romance with its inevitable happy ending. It offers insight into the tearing and melding of the generation gap, and how family opinions can have a negative impact on the behaviour of a loved one. This romance has depth, wonderful settings, and is crammed packed with emotions between all the characters – on every level – and is a charming read. ...more