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
I love the author's take on a popular Christmas rhyme. It is a well put together plot and fluently written and I read this in one sitting and was sorrI love the author's take on a popular Christmas rhyme. It is a well put together plot and fluently written and I read this in one sitting and was sorry to say goodbye to the characters....more
The opening grabs your attention. How can a doll cause a grown man, Luke Rieser, to prick his finger until it bleeds and feel as though he’s drowning wThe opening grabs your attention. How can a doll cause a grown man, Luke Rieser, to prick his finger until it bleeds and feel as though he’s drowning while in his own office? Because it’s cursed?
Malia Kane is far from pleased when Luke demands she collect the doll from his office, and even more upset when old memories coming pouring back. She has an art exhibition to prepare for and has no intention of allowing Luke to distract her.
Not one word in this short novella is wasted. It is funny, warm, tense and suspenseful. Ms. Wheeler creates characters that charm regardless of the part they play in The Color of Betrayal. Each one comes to life under the author’s skilful word sketches. The vibrancy of each scene leaps from the page. Luke’s office, Malia’s home and studio, and Granma’s residential home. I felt I was there as I read.
I read The Color of Betrayal in one sitting, and with the mention of cursed dolls I was expecting dark, instead I enjoyed a fun read full of depth on many levels. ...more
Title: The Chatsfield Rebel’s Bargain Author: Annie West Publisher: Harlequin/M&B Genre: Romance Length –189 pages
I was fortunate to be gifted this bTitle: The Chatsfield Rebel’s Bargain Author: Annie West Publisher: Harlequin/M&B Genre: Romance Length –189 pages
I was fortunate to be gifted this book during an online event. The Chatsfield Rebel’s Bargain is the penultimate book in an eight book series and introduces us to Poppy Graham and Orisino Chatsfield. While part of a series, The Chatsfield Rebel’s Bargain is a stand alone story in its own right.
In The Chatsfield Rebel’s Bargain Ms. West presents her readers with two strong and flawed characters who have a shared past that now impacts on their present
Orisino, self-contained, in love with a challenge, is driven by past influences which, due to a life-threatening accident, have an immediate impact on his present actions. Five years ago when a plea for support and understanding is ignored it leads to consequences that destroy her life. Since then Poppy has worked hard to become self-contained, relying on no one.
Ms. West skilfully bring the two together in a manner that guarantees sparks fly and feather are not flustered but downright crumpled. The passion between them and the emotions that flare to life in each of them, challenge them both and leave them facing life-changing decision. It is how Ms. West takes her characters through this minefield so fluently, and apparently, effortless that keeps you turning the pages.
The scene setting is vivid, the characters’ actions transport the reader into the moment, and the secondary character, while all playing cameo parts, have a strong influence on the plotline.
To begin with I wasn’t sure whether I would like Orisino but not only did I come to like him, I came to admire his self-honesty and determination to set things right. Ms. West also skilfully answered my query as to why Poppy would drop everything, under the circumstances, and fly to Orisino’s side. I came to love both characters and was rooting for them both. I read The Chatsfield Rebel’s bargain in one sitting – it was a cold and rainy day – and thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
(This book was gifted in exchange for an honest review.)
Everyone loves a wedding! – Don’t they? Especially those working in a bridal gown store. Not K(This book was gifted in exchange for an honest review.)
Everyone loves a wedding! – Don’t they? Especially those working in a bridal gown store. Not Kienna. For Kienna her wedding represented false promises based on lies, and she has no intention of forgetting such a harsh lesson. One marriage, brief though it had been was enough for her.
For Blake Reynolds a wedding – his wedding – represented sharing his future with the woman he loved. But anything could, and did, happen before the ‘I do’s.’
Wedding Gown Girl is a sweet contemporary romance with an emotionally flawed heroine and a hero who has his own demons to come to terms with. There were times when I wanted to scream at Kienna to ‘get a backbone’ and wish that Blake would rush in and sweep her off her feet. But it would have wrecked the story and the characters. The author managed to keep me engaged with Kienna even at her worst, and it is the strength of Ms. Bosman’s character creation that it worked so well.
There was a small blip in the middle of the story where the timeline seemed to warp that pulled me out of the story while I tried to work it out, but other than that Ms. Bosman’s writing is gentle and fluent, and her references to the South African location adds magic to her vibrant scene setting.
If you enjoy contemporary romance, the fun of ‘running’ with flawed characters who have you shouting and screaming when they take a misstep, and sighing with relief and pleasure when they get it all together then Wedding gown Girl is worthy choice. ...more