Lenora Worth is a friend but that doesn't mean I can't like her books! :-) I enjoyed this book twice. I read it when it came out originally in 1998 anLenora Worth is a friend but that doesn't mean I can't like her books! :-) I enjoyed this book twice. I read it when it came out originally in 1998 and then picked up a newly reissued larger print version and read it again.
I enjoyed it both times!
Lenora writes a vivid story with interesting and involving characters. I loved the single mom on hard times who takes on a self-sufficient playboy and opens his eyes to the real issues of life, healing and faith.
This book is one of Lenora's early Love Inspired Romances but it's easy to see why she is now a New York Times best-selling author1 ...more
I have become an ardent Anne Perry fan. I love to listen to her stories on audio with my husband. Be warned however that her stories are intense.
ThisI have become an ardent Anne Perry fan. I love to listen to her stories on audio with my husband. Be warned however that her stories are intense.
This is one of Ms. Perry's William Monk stories. In this story Monk has given up private detecting since now he has a wife Hester to support. He is working on the Thames River police. I hadn't thought about London needing officers on boats to control river crime, but it is so.
As usual this is not merely a complicated mystery but is also the love story of William and Hester. And I always enjoy the many secondary characters like Scuff the street urchin and Squeaky the bookeeper at the hospital Hester volunteers at.
This is a story that highlights that things are rarely what they seem. You will not be disappointed. Highly recommended to anyone who loves a good mystery, suspense and a continuing love story....more
Beaglemania is the first mystery I've read by Linda O. Johnston. I confess I picked up at a rummage sale, but that's a good way to try a new author. OBeaglemania is the first mystery I've read by Linda O. Johnston. I confess I picked up at a rummage sale, but that's a good way to try a new author. Or at the library. Anyway I love animals, especially dogs and cats so when I saw the cover with four adorable beagle puppies, I couldn't resist.
As an author myself, I know that the publisher not the author controls the title and cover for a book so I shouldn't have been surprised that the beagles were just mentioned in the beginning and never were a part of the story.
Someone in marketing said: "Cute beagles will sell, just think of Snoopy!" And that's how the title and cover probably came about.
Fortunately I didn't hold this against Linda O Johnston. I quite enjoyed her story and her main character and the way she handled the beginning romance.
So if you want a sweet cozy mystery with lots of pets, this is for you!...more
I've read other mysteries by Sharon Dunn, such as and . I loved her wit and zany humor. Now she's writing for Love Inspired Suspense and her tone iI've read other mysteries by Sharon Dunn, such as and . I loved her wit and zany humor. Now she's writing for Love Inspired Suspense and her tone is different in Guard Duty. This book is more serious and emotional.
I liked the heroine Valerie Salgado and the hero Trevor Lewis. I think this book is part of a Love Inspired continuity series, so don't be surprised when a major plot thread is introduced toward the end but not tied up. Harlequin likes to do these 6 book series where each book is written by a different author and are connected by place and a theme. In this case, the series is TEXAS K-9 UNIT.
Valerie has taken custody of her toddler niece and a killer is after Valerie, thinking she can identify her for a killing. FBI agent Trevor is there trying to find another killer who is from the same Texas town.
The suspense aspect was believable and the story moved well. However, I miss Sharon Dunn's light touch of humor. However, I realize it wouldn't fit this type of story.
So I must accept Sharon's new kind of mystery!...more
The Forgiven is not the first novel I've read by award-winning author Marta Perry so I wasn't surprised at how well written and thought-provoking theThe Forgiven is not the first novel I've read by award-winning author Marta Perry so I wasn't surprised at how well written and thought-provoking the story was.
Marta Perry knows what she's doing in creating characters that spring to life within the pages of her novel. One doesn't need to be Amish to face the problems that young widow Rebecca Fisher and Matthew, the prodigal nephew, do.
Juxtaposititioned to the present is the old family story of Anna Esch and her sweetheart Jacob facing the challenges of being Amish during WWII.
As Rebecca reads of Anna's struggles to keep faith in a tumultuous time, she finds the strength to face the challenges of single parenthood and making her own way.
I received an Advanced Reading Copy of this novel from the author who is a friend. HOWEVER, my review is honest. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Amish or inspirational fiction...more
Francine Rivers has done it again--KEPT ME AWAKE AT NIGHT! Bridge to Haven is riveting reading--just as riveting as Redeeming Love and Leota's GardenFrancine Rivers has done it again--KEPT ME AWAKE AT NIGHT! Bridge to Haven is riveting reading--just as riveting as Redeeming Love and Leota's Garden my two favorite Francine Rivers' novels thusfar.
It's very easy to see why Francine has become a New York Times best-selling author. Her heroine Abra is orphaned and left under a bridge. Fortunately God leads Pastor Zeke to the spot where he quickly tucks Abra close to his heart where she stays the rest of her life.
But no life can be lived without pain and loss. Abra is no exception. Some parts of Bridge to Haven were hard for me to read, kind of like in my own childhood when I watched my brother do things, I knew were going to get him into all kinds of trouble.
I identified most with Joshua, Pastor Zeke's son, who is forced to do the same with Abra.
But don't worry, the ending won't make you wish you hadn't read the book. God's children always have hope and redemption just waiting for them.
I love Lorena McCourtney cozy mysteries!!! Lorena is an online friend but that makes no difference to this review. DANOTHER 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--thA 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!...more
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 necessarI 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....more
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 romA 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 readI 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!...more