This was my favorite Eastman yet! We have all of the characters that we love. Clyde and Mac. Clyde’s wacky family including her Mother a Tarot Card reThis was my favorite Eastman yet! We have all of the characters that we love. Clyde and Mac. Clyde’s wacky family including her Mother a Tarot Card reader and her Aunt a Pet Psychic and Pendulum pro. We also get to know Mac’s mom Lucille a bit more in this one and she was a great foil to Clyde’s family.
Unlike the previous two books, this one takes place at an awesome Victorian Castle turned Bed and Breakfast complete with secret rooms and hidden passages. Throw in a blizzard during a knitting convention (confession time – I so want to be a knitter!!) that effectively snows everyone in and downs the power and phone lines and we have the perfect setting for a murder mystery. A cozy version of Christie novel.
I loved the how Clyde and Mac finally got to actually work together to solve a case and even how Mac begrudgingly let Aunt Vi in on the case. Their relationship and his acceptance of her gift and her family is growing nicely:)
The paranormal aspects remained fairly minimal in this third edition of the Family Fortune Mysteries…but I wasn’t as disappointed as I was with Pall in The Family and Be Careful What You Witch For. I already knew that they were more character development than plot and I enjoyed this one that much more for it.
A great cozy mystery that will keep you guessing as you meet suspect after suspect, I can’t recommend this series enough. Perfect for cuddling on the couch with a cup of tea…A Fright to the Death will leave you feeling warm and satisfied and itching for the next book in the series.
NOTE: These can be read out of order without the reader being lost, but I strongly suggest starting at Book 1: A Pall in the Family for maximum enjoyment.
Can we talk about that cover for a moment? Absolutely perfect as are all of the covers in this series! ...more
The Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman may be the cutest book I’ve read in a long long time! I literally caught myself stopping and reacting out loud muThe Truth About Jack by Jody Gehrman may be the cutest book I’ve read in a long long time! I literally caught myself stopping and reacting out loud multiple times while reading this one. Saying things like.. “Oh my gosh”… “Aawww” ..etc throughout.
Dakota and Jack were both great characters. I liked them both…even Jack despite his deceit because I knew it was coming from a good place. He was a little bit of a stalker but seeing things from his viewpoint was a comfort and never left the reader fearing his motives. They are both fleshed out enough to be believable and likable without being too complex or angst ridden as so many YA characters tend to be.
The secondary characters in this one really shine especially Atilla and Joaquin…I really loved them and wanted to know more of their back stories than we got in this one.
The plot follows a predicable arc but overall this story is so sweet and cute with such great characters and Jody’s flawless writing style that you won’t mind that one bit.
If you are looking for a super cute read with amazing prose don’t hesitate to pick up The Truth About Jack....more
~Nora Roberts is one of my “Go to” authors. I have yet to read one of her books that I didn’t enjoy. The Liar follows predictable paPurrfect Elements:
~Nora Roberts is one of my “Go to” authors. I have yet to read one of her books that I didn’t enjoy. The Liar follows predictable patterns and and is a smooth easy read. ~Shelby is a really likable character – she shows such amazing inner strength in the face of what would appear to be an insurmountable obstacle and she does it with such class. One can’t help but like and respect her. ~The secondary characters really make this story. Shelby has an amazingly supportive family. Her parents, grandparents and siblings are all wonderful in their own right…and put together add up to quite the loving ensemble. ~Griffin…Griffin…Griffin! Could this man be any more perfect? He’s almost, but not quite, too good to be true. The way he interacted with Callie…made me swoon :)
Less than Purrfect Elements:
~The suspense part of the story left a little to be desired. It was a bit slow moving and never really built up as much as I’d hoped. ~The ending was a little too predictable…though still enjoyable.
Although this one didn’t completely wow me, it was still a great read. I love Nora Roberts – her books all feel like a big warm hug at the end :)...more
~Though 8th in the Whiskey Creek series this book reads just fine as a stand alone:) I was so happy that I could just dive right in. ~The small tLikes:
~Though 8th in the Whiskey Creek series this book reads just fine as a stand alone:) I was so happy that I could just dive right in. ~The small town setting - I love small town settings...all the personalities, the fact that everyone knows everyone else's business and the fact that in most cases people end up sticking together but sometimes that's not until after they've done some serious damage to each other. ~The guys are real Southern gentlemen - Despite perhaps feeling otherwise...they seem to always do the right thing. ~The sweet and slow second chance romance - I love the way that second chance romances allow for a real connection between the characters without ever having to feel rushed. ~Phoenix's back story - I really felt for her and thought it added so much more depth to her character. ~Jacob's openhearted nature...he welcomes the chance to get to know the mother he's never met and is the first to trust his instincts and trust her. ~How selfless and forgiving Phoenix was - she's an amazingly kind individual despite all the hardship she has experienced
~How selfless and forgiving Phoenix was - yes this goes both ways. She was almost too sweet and forgiving. I really wished she had shown a bit more spine...but then she wouldn't be who she was. ~Sort of ties into the above - I found it hard to believe that she didn't fight harder to avoid being convicted all those years ago or to share her story after the fact. ~I wanted a bit more of a resolution with Phoenix's mother. I felt like that part of her story was not fully complete.
A warm and cozy story that flowed at a perfect pace. The characters were well developed and relateable, the plot mostly believable and the romance beautiful and sweet. I definitely recommend this to lovers of small town romance. ...more