I love Lorena McCourtney cozy mysteries!!! Lorena is an online friend but that makes no difference to this review. D...moreANOTHER MADCAP McCOURTNEY MYSTERY!
I love Lorena McCourtney cozy mysteries!!! Lorena is an online friend but that makes no difference to this review. Death Takes a Ride is quintessential McCourtney with a brave and sometimes naive amateur sleuth (though Cate is finally about to receive her PI license).
I also like Cate's hero Mitch and his very realistic pursuit of Cate. (This is a real man who is more at home with circuits and RAM than women.) I also love the cast of secondary characters, including Mitch's new dog and Cate's cat. Just fun! And an interesting mystery of course!
A Promise Kept is certainly not the first book I've read by Robin Lee Hatcher. Robin is a longtime friend but that has nothing to do with the fact--th...moreA Promise Kept is certainly not the first book I've read by Robin Lee Hatcher. Robin is a longtime friend but that has nothing to do with the fact--that I LOVED THIS BOOK! The heroine is so honest in her emotions, so hurt by a love that went so wrong. Her moving into her great aunt Emma's house in King's Meadow, Idaho, changes her life in the same way that finding and reading Aunt Emma's journal does. The story of Aunt Emma's love and life intertwined with Allison's struggle to regain her equilibrium after her divorce make for a rich story. And the hero, her alcoholic husband, is believable as well. Well done, Ms. Hatcher! I loved the people of King's Meadow and look forward to more stories there!(less)
I truly enjoyed Seaside Reunion by Irene Hannon. The heroine Lindsey is sweet and vulnerable but not too sweet. She is able to push back when necessar...moreI truly enjoyed Seaside Reunion by Irene Hannon. The heroine Lindsey is sweet and vulnerable but not too sweet. She is able to push back when necessary. The hero Nick is the kind of guy who would be hard to ignore. To the world he is a successful war time newspaper reporter, but inside he's still the boy who cherished Lindsey has his best friend during his brief stay at Starfish Bay. He and Lindsey share a love for the Point, a special promontory overlooking the ocean. The Point becomes the point of a dispute over its future. I was afraid it was going to just be the story of another slick developer versus hometown woman protecting the environment. However, I persevered because I trusted Irene Hannon and I was not disappointed. My husband also read this book and truly enjoyed it. Afterwords, we even had a discussion about Touchstones in our own lives, a theme in this book. If you haven't read and Irene Hannon novel, you are missing A good read.(less)
A Rumored Engagment is the first book I've read by author Lily George, a relatively new Love Inspired Historical author.
I am a real fan of Regency rom...moreA Rumored Engagment is the first book I've read by author Lily George, a relatively new Love Inspired Historical author.
I am a real fan of Regency romance, having cut my teeth on Georgette Heyer's Regencies as a teen.
I enjoyed Ms. George's sweet tale. Her heroine Susannah Siddons was sympathetic, which means I liked her and wanted to read about her. And I found the situation a bit different from other Marriage of Convenience stories in that the hero left for the sea after the sham engagement.
I had some trouble warming up to her hero Daniel Hale. He seemed so immature compared to Susannah, but that was exactly the problem between them. Daniel had to face growing up.
A coming of age tale for the hero is unusual.
I also was intrigued with how Ms. George kept the story moving with just mundane village happenings. That's not easy. However, the use of "'twas" was a really problem. It kept pulling me out of the story like a flat note. So I hope Ms. George will remove that from her "dictionary" before her next book.
So would I recommend this read? Yes, if you enjoy Regency romance and a lively heroine.
I hadn't read a Lenora Worth romance for a while. I still think that her Love Inspired The Wedding Quilt is a classic. And I was so delighted to read...moreI hadn't read a Lenora Worth romance for a while. I still think that her Love Inspired The Wedding Quilt is a classic. And I was so delighted to read another of her romances. Bayou Sweetheart seems to be the third in a series, but it doesn't say so on the book. But occasionally sisters of the heroine would step on stage and some references were made to their recent romances. That didn't detract from the story and made me curious about them.
Lenora is a NY Times best-selling author and I know why. THE GIRL CAN WRITE! Her descriptions are lovely. Her hero is yummy but dark and mysterious. Her heroine was a free spirit with a wounded heart. It almost had the flavor of a Harlequin Presents romance with its dark commanding hero.
The only reason didn't get 5 stars from me is that I rarely give 5 stars. And I thought that the plot needed a bit more action. But that might just be me. I tend to favor a fast-moving plot. And I had to love the opening--the heroine dancing in the rain--LOVELY.
But this story was like the bayou--slow, warm and sweet. Thanks for a good read, Lenora Worth!(less)