YA Mystery can be very hit or miss for me, but luckily Last Seen Leaving balanced the two fairly well.
I really enjoyed Caleb Roehrig's writing style aYA Mystery can be very hit or miss for me, but luckily Last Seen Leaving balanced the two fairly well.
I really enjoyed Caleb Roehrig's writing style and his characterization of Flynn. Flynn was a bit of an unreliable narrator. Even though I trusted in him, I didn't always trust what he was telling us and I think that is because he was so caught up in hiding that he actually ended up hiding from us (the readers) as well.
The book started off with a bang and continued to pick up steam...until it didn't. The whole middle of the book dragged just a bit while we explored a few minor characters, dodged a few red herrings and mostly learned more about Flynn as he struggled to understand and come to accept himself (These were the pieces n the middle that made it worthwhile.) Luckily the end picked right back up and then we rushed breathlessly to the final pages of the book.
At this point I really could not put it down. There were so many plots and sub-plots, side stories and characters (decoys) that I really was left guessing about what happened to January until the very end.
Flynn's big secret is a lot easier to suss out.
All in all I feel that Last Seen Leaving really delivered on a few fronts. This book has a lot more meat to it than one might surmise. ...more
RaeAnne Thayne never disappoints. There is just something about the way she writes small town romance that is like a big hug on a bad day or a warm thRaeAnne Thayne never disappoints. There is just something about the way she writes small town romance that is like a big hug on a bad day or a warm throw and a cup of hot cocoa on a cold one.
Snowfall on Haven Point, the fifth in her Haven Point series, is no exception. In this book we get Andrea Montgomery’s love story…those who have read the series in order will remember her as she featured prominently in Wynonna’s story. However, these really can be read out of order and still be thoroughly enjoyed.
Andrea is a great character with a lot of depth due to her previous experiences. When called upon by a close friend (Wynonna) to help out with her brother who’s been laid up due to a broken leg…a smoldering fire begins. Of course both sides fight the attraction as one would expect…but we all know we’re going to get an HEA here and I’m not spoiling anything by saying so…
It’s the fun of the journey that makes this book. From getting to know Marshall, who presents with his own backstory and challenge, to holiday decorating with Andrea’s adorable kids, to the genuine warmth and Christmas spirit exuded by all in Haven Point…This edition in the Haven Point Series is a winner.
We also have the added bonus of a little mystery in the mix as well. Thayne does a great job of mixing in enough smaller storylines to make the world come alive and feel real without overwhelming the main storyline or leaving us feeling as if the book is too contrived.
Snowfall on Haven Point makes for the perfect holiday read....more
It should be no surprise that the title of this book and the series in general (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery) would appeal to be. I love almost anything witIt should be no surprise that the title of this book and the series in general (A Wiccan Wheel Mystery) would appeal to be. I love almost anything with a witchy or pagan theme and Midsummer Night’s Mischief did not disappoint.
Much as I enjoy books with lots of woowoo, I also can really appreciate when paganism is more accurately depicted. It’s pretty subtle here especially since Keli has yet to come out of the broom closet but it’s there and it’s realistic.
extra points to jennifer david hesse for keeping it real.
Keli is a great main character. She is smart and gutsy..sometimes a bit too impulsive for my tastes but she definitely kept things interesting! At times I could do nothing but shake my head. Farrah, Keli’s best friend, is a great secondary character. And I really hope we see more of her friend who owns the local New Age gift shop.
I was thrown off a bit by the pacing of the book which seemed a bit slow and that it really felt a bit more chick lit than cozy to me. I really didn’t get that cozy feeling perse and Keli seemed more interested in her love life that I might have preferred. I like a side helping of romance in my mysteries but this seemed a bit heavy.
All in all Midsummer Night’s Mischief was a very entertaining read that kept me guessing until the end. With lots of suspects and tons of red herrings…it was really hard to predict who the thief would turn out to be. I’ll be interested to see where Jennifer David Hesse goes with the next in the series Bell, Book & Candlemas....more
Wow was this one dysfunctional family!! Honestly during much of this book I felt like I was watching a soap opera. Not necessarily a horrible thing…buWow was this one dysfunctional family!! Honestly during much of this book I felt like I was watching a soap opera. Not necessarily a horrible thing…but not exactly what I was expecting after how much I enjoyed the 1st Fairham Island book The Secret Sister.
In Brenda Novak’s The Secrets She Kept, we get to know a lot more about the matriarch of the family, Josephine, as her children and more specifically her son Keith question the circumstances surrounding her untimely death. For those who remember Josephine from The secret Sister, it will come as no shock that she was murdered…But by who? The list of suspects is long and surprising.
As Keith and his sisters investigate…much to the annoyance of local authorities…secrets that Josephine has held (some for decades) start coming to light. And let me tell you…they are not pretty.
i’ll never complain about my own mother again!!
I have to say that this was a fast and pleasant read but I never fully connected to Keith. I understand that his mother broke him and he was a recovered addict, but I still can’t justify all of his actions and reactions. I just felt that Nancy deserved better!
And the fact that the family was able to withstand all of the crazy revelations and come to terms with them within such a short time frame just seemed quite unrealistic to me. Especially one particular betrayal that I can’t imagine forgiving. Hence the Soap Opera feel.
Despite what might appear to be a slightly negative review, I really did enjoy The Secrets She Kept for what it was…sort of like that crazy celeb story in the tabloids that you can’t help reading while on line at the grocery store. Novak writes really well and I was captivated and compelled to read on although I wasn’t really ever completely invested.
A solid read with a great setting…I’m looking forward to hopefully getting Roxy’s story in the next installment of the Fairham Island series....more
After reading my third Whiskey Creek Book (Yes I’ve jumped all about but luckily they do not appear to need to be read in any sort of order) I think IAfter reading my third Whiskey Creek Book (Yes I’ve jumped all about but luckily they do not appear to need to be read in any sort of order) I think I’ve finally figured out one of the biggest factors in my enjoyment of this series and Brenda Novak’s books in general.
everything is completely believable.
Discovering You had a great mix of romance and suspense…but none of the tropes or devices that can annoy me in romances.
All of the characters back stories had meat but were also completely plausible. The interactions felt genuine…there was an instant attraction but no insta-love and the distance between them felt legitimate throughout rather than simply contrived to allow them to come together at the end.
The somewhat inept efforts at surveillance etc were also pretty believable. People who are not actually Private Investigators shouldn’t be able to step into a situation and act like a police detective. Rod and India are completely believable in their somewhat bumbling attempts at detective work and the whole endeavor was a great way to bring them closer and engender trust.
I also loved the not so subtle hints at a story between Mack and Natasha…I’m hoping theirs will be the next Whiskey Creek book.
All in all Discovering You was a solid and enjoyable romance with a nice dash of suspense thrown in!...more
Riverbend Road is a great addition to the Haven Point series. We get more of that great small town community feel plRaeAnne Thayne delivers yet again!
Riverbend Road is a great addition to the Haven Point series. We get more of that great small town community feel plus lots of tension, romance and even a little mystery.
Stepping into one one RaeAnne Thayne’s books is almost like going home. Riverbend Road is the 4th in this great series and I was able to pick it up and jump right back into the world of Haven Point.
Our main characters Wyn and Cade are great.
We got to meet Wyn in previous books and I was happy to have the opportunity to get inside her head and see her story. She’s strong and caring with a great family to back her up. I loved seeing how she stepped up and dealt with not only the challenges of her job but also went out of her way to help out a new neighbor. We also see her internal turmoil as she deals with her lifelong attraction to her boss and her doubts about the trajectory that her life is on. She has some tough choices to make and she does so with much bravery on all fronts.
Cade is definitely swoon-worthy and he also has a bit of an air of brooding and troubled man. Not only did he have a difficult childhood which in many ways has followed him into adulthood…but there is also something else weighing heavily on his mind. And that something is the larges of the obstacles that he and Wyn face in their romantic journey.
The supporting characters are fantastic…some are old friends that we are able to check in on which is great and others are new introductions which I can only hope will be highlighted in future Haven Point books.
All in all this is a quick sweet read, perfect for the beach or swinging in the hammock in the backyard on a lazy summer afternoon....more