This is the second book by Allie Pleiter that I have read. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!!
In A Heart to Heal, we meet guidance coThis is the second book by Allie Pleiter that I have read. She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!!
In A Heart to Heal, we meet guidance counselor Heather, who is working hard to make high school easier for Simon. She hopes to accomplish something by gaining the assistance and mentorship of Max Jones, who is with Adventure Access. Max, however, has a pretty wild streak even considering his mobility limitations. Can he be trusted? Will Simon's parents be ok with someone like Max teaching him the ropes of getting around in his chair and dealing with bullies like Jason Kikowitz?
First of all, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that Ms. Pleiter was not afraid to write about people with mobility issues!!!! That is not a common thread in reading these days!! I applaud her for taking the chance to write Max and Simon's stories. Her descriptions of having issues reaching certain places (like tables in restaurants) is a real issue and she wrote it well! She also conveyed the raw emotions and feelings that a caregiver faces when dealing with someone with mobility issues. For the past 33 years, I've watched my mom face these challenges with her wheelchair (she has Muscular Dystrophy). In a particular restaurant scene with Heather and Simon, I could empathize with Heather...the stares, the fear of what others think, etc. It made my heart really feel for her.
The second thing that I loved most about this book was the redemption found within, for all the characters. Even though this is a work of fiction, this is a book about healing. I do think that many could find hope and healing through this book.
Many thanks to Ms. Pleiter for bringing another great story to life as well as providing an autographed review copy of this book in exchange for my personal thoughts. ...more
This was the first book I've sat and read in quite awhile. It was a nice welcome back to the world of reading!
Set in Oklahoma, siblings Lars and KatriThis was the first book I've sat and read in quite awhile. It was a nice welcome back to the world of reading!
Set in Oklahoma, siblings Lars and Katrine have finally settled down in a cabin. They are making friends and learning more of the language while retaining their native Dutch. One horrible night, their cabin is purposely caught on fire. Katrine is trapped inside and her saving grace is the town sheriff, Clint. Is it fate that he saved her? What of Lars?
Clint becomes entangled in the Black Four, the "gang" that burnt down Katrine and Lars's home. Can he bring them to justice before it's too late? Can he put out the fire in his heart that is burning for Katrine at the same time?
This is the third book in the Bridegroom Brothers series. I've not read the other stories of Clint's brothers, Elijah and Gideon, but after reading this, I will be looking for those titles to read! Allie Pleiter writes this in a way that you are on the edge of your seat and don't see some things coming. This is my first read by her and surely not my last!
I enjoyed this read over a period of about 8 hours. Mitch, a doctor, is opening up a trauma center the same day a dear friend of his granddaughter arrI enjoyed this read over a period of about 8 hours. Mitch, a doctor, is opening up a trauma center the same day a dear friend of his granddaughter arrives in town. Lauren is a knock out and agrees to accompany Mitch and her grandfather to the ribbon cutting. However, tragedy strikes before the ribbon can be cut. Choppers land with trauma victims and Mitch and his team are nowhere near prepared for these victims. Lauren is a trained nurse who left the field to pursue other dreams, however she agree to step in...just this once.
Over the course of time, one of those first patients, a girl named Mara, changes things for Lauren. The name Mara must have been carefully chosen because it is more than fitting for this young lady and her prognosis in life. Will Lauren ever return to her love of nursing? Will Mitch ever be able to move on with this love life?
I always enjoy a great nursing/medical/military read. Thank you to Cheryl Wyatt and the publisher for providing a review copy of this book to review. ...more
What woman doesn't swoon for a man in uniform? Meagan is taken aback when she sees Prince Nicholas lying in her daughter's bed. Just how did she get iWhat woman doesn't swoon for a man in uniform? Meagan is taken aback when she sees Prince Nicholas lying in her daughter's bed. Just how did she get involved in this kidnapping tangle with her brother? Meagan didn't know about that, but she was quickly falling in love with her prisoner. Having read the tabloids, she knew Prince Nicholas was married and had a daughter. He also had a cousin who could serve as his double when needed. Was this really Prince Nicholas?
This is a very fast paced book (with 184 pages) that keeps you wrapped up in the action of what is going on. I was more entangled in the mystery behind it all more so than the romance in this one. This is a "sweet" romance novel where you want to hit both of them over the head for their stupidity! It's not as lusty as others I've read from this series either. I was drawn to the whole royal way of life in this one too! ...more
Ellen and Andy are a newlywed couple loving life in the Big Apple. Ellen's best friend, Margo, is also her sister-in-law. Ellen and Margo are inseparaEllen and Andy are a newlywed couple loving life in the Big Apple. Ellen's best friend, Margo, is also her sister-in-law. Ellen and Margo are inseparable, even though Ellen's lifestyle is very different from the upscale one of her husband and sister-in-law/BFF. That is until one fateful day while Ellen is sitting in a diner and HE walks by. Is it really him? After all these years?
When Ellen's ex offers her the job of a lifetime, can she pass it up? What will her family think if she takes this job and then they find out about it? Decisions, decisions, decisions...
I have enjoyed all of Emily Giffin's books so far and this one does not disappoint either! This book focuses on entirely different characters than her previous three (some of them have overlapping characters but only for brief moments). These are stand-alone reads but it's also fun to read them "in order" to see the author's progression in her skills. I look forward to reading Heart of the Matter as this was a common phrase throughout this book. I would love to see the author write a book connecting all of her characters together too!
For those who regularly read my blog, I will warn you that this book does have strong language and very adult themes. I do enjoy reading all genres of work and wanted to put that out there for those of you who regularly read what I write in case this one isn't for you.
Wynn is still trying to recover from the blow that was dealt to him and Macy last year...Macy's first husband "returning from the dead" after being aWynn is still trying to recover from the blow that was dealt to him and Macy last year...Macy's first husband "returning from the dead" after being a prisoner of the Taliban and reported dead by the Army. Not only that, Macy is pregnant with their child. Gracie is a beautiful little girl who Wynn is completely enamored with.
Holly and Hannah have just lost their mother. Hannah is all over Holly for never helping take care of their mother and is even more upset when she finds out everything has been left to Holly. She never amounted to anything spectacular so Hannah can't figure it all out. After all, what good is a songwriter who jumps from job to job? Hannah is married to a successful lawyer and her life is on the up and up....or is it?
Hannah rushes over to her sister Holly's house (when was the last time they talked? Oh, right, the funeral when Hannah chewed Holly out for everything) and dumps off her adorable son Mason. Hannah needs Holly to watch her kid but won't give her any specifics for anything. Holly doesn't know the first thing about taking care of a child! How can Hannah do this to her? Holly can't figure it all out...where to keep Mason in her small studio apartment, how to continue to work, and how to shut him up when he cries.
Holly decides to take Mason to her mom's old house. There is more room and she will be able to write her songs there. She runs into Wyatt and suddenly, her life isn't so bad.
I have always loved Julia London's books for my "guilty pleasure" reading. She weaves beautiful love stories and this one was particularly inspiring. I look forward to reading even more of her stories! ...more
Rainelle (Rainee) Victoria Devonworth will do whatever it takes to get away from her abusive brother...even if it means putting out an ad for a husbanRainelle (Rainee) Victoria Devonworth will do whatever it takes to get away from her abusive brother...even if it means putting out an ad for a husband. She could only hope the ad was answered sooner then later.
Haydon Bowen has had it with love. After the torment that Melanie put him through, he'll never marry again. However, Jesse has other plans in mind. To help his brother out, Jesse answers Rainee's ad and now Haydon finds himself looking for a woman at the train platform. Haydon is only slightly concerned about what happened to Jesse before he left when he sees a classy woman being accosted by a surly man. Haydon jumps in to the hero and finds out that he's rescuing Rainee.
How does one deal with a woman they don't want? Jesse is in no position to get rid of her, now will Mr. Bowen's mother hear anything of it. She's now a guest in her home. Rainee is thankful and will do whatever she can to stay away from her brother Ferrin, even if it means answering another man's ad for a wife.
I love stories like this! Often times I wish I could have lived back in those times! The formality used is sweet and stuffy at the same time (I cannot imagine calling my husband Mr in these days and times). I appreciated the romance and suspense that this book presented. I did see the ending happening as it did though, so this book was a bit predictable for me. ...more
It's been awhile since I've read a Harlequin romance novel. I can see that not much has changed over the years! It's ironic that no matter what authorIt's been awhile since I've read a Harlequin romance novel. I can see that not much has changed over the years! It's ironic that no matter what author's name is on the front cover, the story is pretty predictable.
I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy this book. It had a decent story line. Court is responsible for bringing down this Neely guy who is determined to take down everyone in the city. Court's job is to play the part of good militia soldier while in truth he's an undercover agent.
Sabrina (Brin) is busy doing everything she can to keep the family ranch afloat while keeping an eye of her teenage brother who is quickly forming alliances with Neely. Why can't he see he's not a good guy to be around?
Court sees Brin again...it's been so long. Does she still love him? He her? Can Court give up everything he loves for Brin...and their child? ...more
I can think of a billion reasons why Katie did what she did, but I'm not sure that I like the final outcome! That being said, I did enjoy this book!!I can think of a billion reasons why Katie did what she did, but I'm not sure that I like the final outcome! That being said, I did enjoy this book!! I had a good suspicion of how the book would end about halfway through, until another player came into the view. Then I changed my mind on who I wanted Katie to spend the rest of her life with. Actually I changed my mind several times but she ended up with who she thought best (not who I would have wanted her with though!)
This is a super cute book that reads very quickly. It's hard to put it down! I got so irritated at Luc and his arrogant billionaire multimillionaire ways. He just sucks you into his story and you want so badly to ring his neck! Poor Katie doesn't quite know what to do with this man who publicly humiliated her eight years ago. Does she forgive and forget? What about Dexter? Where does he fit into all of this? Then there's the issue of her engagement ring...and closure with her father's death. Can she handle it all? What's a girl to do?
I recommend this book for lovers of chick-lit. I have heard that Kristin Billerbeck is the "queen of chick-lit". This is the first book of hers that I have read but I'd readily pick up others to read! Very enjoyable! ...more
Levi has a past that he would like to leave...in the past. His move to Spencer, TX is just what he needs. The local town is in need of a blacksmith anLevi has a past that he would like to leave...in the past. His move to Spencer, TX is just what he needs. The local town is in need of a blacksmith and he has the skill and knowledge to fit the job.
Eden is a lonely lady who is really thinking she'll live the rest of her life alone after what her broken engagement. While she loves books and reading, there are some things that pages in a book cannot replace. She could have anyone she wanted. Afterall, she is the heiress to the town's founder!
Sheriff Pratt is always on the prowl...for women that is. While he desperately wants to woo Eden, she won't give him the time of day. How can he ever win her heart?
This is the 3rd Karen Witemeyer book and I believe she gets better with each one. She spins a tale of romance, humor, and a little bit of suspense as well. The mine scene seemed so real in this book it's as if she was sitting there watching the activity all unfold while writing this story.
My favorite line in this book comes from a scene with Chloe while she's chewing Eden out. Having teenage daughters, it was almost as if they were saying the line and I found it very funny (although the scene is very serious). Chloe says "...but if you can't see the good man he is, you need to unscrew them eyeballs of yours and try on a different pair." I just love that!!!
So who wins who's heart? Well you'll have to read and find that one out. I loved the ending. It was a total surprise to me (based on what I thought would be a small part in the book!). That's all I'm saying about that though! Have a tissue handy...I bawled like a baby through the last 10 pages or so!
Many thanks to Karen and to Bethany House for providing a copy to review. I have also purchased a copy of this book so look for a giveaway soon! ...more
This book was my first Kindle e-book purchase and I anxiously dived in after hearing many good things about it.
Rose is a young woman who is apprenticThis book was my first Kindle e-book purchase and I anxiously dived in after hearing many good things about it.
Rose is a young woman who is apprenticing under the town healer. Rose, however, does not like blood and cannot stand the smells associated with illness. What else is there for this young woodcutter's daughter to do?
Lord Hamlin has long been betrothed (since the age of 5 actually) to Lady Salomea. He's never met her because she's in hiding from the evil Moncure. Setting his sights on Rose gives him a bit of challenge though. Can he possibly be faithful to his betrothed or will his brother Lord Rupert win Rose's favor?
This is a spin-off so to speak of the story of Sleeping Beauty, only with a few twists. It is a good story but I did feel that the characters were lacking a bit. I wasn't really connected to any one character and became slightly bored with the story in the middle. It did pick up and had a very predictable ending that I figured out around the middle of the book. I do think young girls (8+) will enjoy this book as it gives hope for the fairytale ending.
I appreciate the author's note about how she came about developing this story and how she strived to keep to keep this book as historically accurate as possible. She is honest about a couple of areas where she knows she struggled in doing so.
I would have to say that the most discouraging thing to me about this book is that I never got a clear picture of what the characters looked like. I kept asking myself what each one would look like if I were to jump in the book and see them.
I do recommend this book and believe that the younger set will have a larger appreciation for this book! ...more
First of all, this is the first book I've been able to finish since school started. It took me almost 2 months of 20 minute "Magical Mondays" to complFirst of all, this is the first book I've been able to finish since school started. It took me almost 2 months of 20 minute "Magical Mondays" to complete! Second of all, this is my first read by Bodie Thoene. That being said...
I was instantly attracted to this book based on the cover and the premise. I love reading books about the Holocaust (I really don't know why, it's such a sad point in history) and this cover instantly drew me in. The flag, the burning, the couple, told me that I might enjoy this book. I feel that the fact that it took me so long to read, I my have missed some points, as I struggled a bit with the ending.
Lorelei (love the name!) is a young girl from a missionary family who struggles to find her way in life after losing her mother and then choosing to marry Varrick to save him from being sent to the concentration camp. Her life is full of struggle from the beginning and just never seems to end. Varrick is sent away to fight in the war and Lorelei, her dad, her sister Jessica, and her nieces begin a journey to leave their homeland. More lives are lost along the way and soon Lorelei finds herself all alone. She is proficient in several languages so her skills come in handy in churches and other refugee places for those who are misplaced due to the war.
As far as characters go, Judah is a favorite of mine, as are the other Tin Man army. Their stories are inspiring to me. I was also intrigued by Helga, but found her character's choices to be very frustrating. Eben was another intriguing character although I do not like how things ended up with him. I felt that his character took a poorly scripted turn that was set up to be spiritual and I do not believe it was in the least bit. It was too much of a stretch for me personally. I have read other reviews where readers felt entirely different so please read this book and decide for yourself.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and will read other titles by the Thoenes. I have read many great reviews on other books they have written and they tend to focus on a time period in history that I enjoy reading.
I was provided this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review, of which you have received without any coercion. ...more
I'd give this book 10 stars if I could! Candace Calvert does it again with a beautiful love story featuring, this time, a police officer and a doctor.I'd give this book 10 stars if I could! Candace Calvert does it again with a beautiful love story featuring, this time, a police officer and a doctor. Leigh Stathos is a successful ER doctor who has decided life with police officer hubby Nick just isn't worth it since his affair with Sam. She throws herself into her work and her horse. Nick is beside himself, sleeping outside the house, calling, texting Leigh wanting to reconcile. A series of rather tragic events brings the story full circle and Leigh and Sam meet. It's...well, you have to read the book to find this one out! Can love survive the "code" that occurs? Can Leigh have a happily ever after? What about Nick's lemon tree? Little Maria stole my heart and she'll nab yours too in this exhilarting read! I love how characters from the other books in this series kept appearing in this book as well as the others. There is a definite flow and continuity between them!
My only lingering question is, Candace, what's next!?!? :)
Marnie hates her name. She hates what it is that she has done to herself. What's she done to him.
Taylor has always wondered why it's taken him so lonMarnie hates her name. She hates what it is that she has done to herself. What's she done to him.
Taylor has always wondered why it's taken him so long to contact her. Would she ever take him back?
Emmit is going to live with Marnie after her sister (Emmit's mom) dies tragically. Only thing is, Marnie has never met Emmit. She had no clue that Rose had a child. Why hadn't her estranged sister ever shared this news with her?
Marnie goes to the airport to get Emmit after receiving the email from Taylor that Rose is dead and she is to care of Emmit according to Rose's will. She never expected what she saw in Emmit when he came off the plane. He was "damaged goods" in her mind. He has Down's Syndrome.
Could she ever love this nephew that she didn't know she had? Would she ever be able to get past the regrets of the past?
First of all, I want to commend Marlo Schalesky for writing a book about Down's Syndrome. My heart melted when I learned that Emmit had Down's. I hate that name for it by the way. These people are the happiest people I have EVER met and that is in spite of the multitude of health problems they have associated with Down's Syndrome! I have a soft spot in my heart for Emmit and others like him.
Second this was a very sweet romance novel. I saw the title Shades of Morning and after reading it thought it should be Shades of Mourning. There is so much loss in this book and Marnie is very deep in mourning. So is Taylor. Emmit is mourning but for very different reasons. However, Shades of Morning is appropriate because through life we go through varying days, even if they are similar. Emmit always saw the best in situations and helped Marnie to see that there is sunshine in every day.
I can't say that I entirely enjoyed this book. I was a little disappointed with the ending. I can't say why without giving away too much. I would have liked to have seen it end differently. It's not a bad story though, I really enjoyed it!
I was so incredibly excited when Ayelet, a publicity specialist of Pocket Books (a division of Simon and Schuster), contacted me and asked me if I'd bI was so incredibly excited when Ayelet, a publicity specialist of Pocket Books (a division of Simon and Schuster), contacted me and asked me if I'd be interested in reviewing Julia London's newest book! I read Summer of Two Wishes last summer and loved it so I knew this one had to be a hit as well!
Jane has a strong longing to find her birth family, especially her birth mother, before she makes a life long commitment to Johnathan. It's only fair that she knows who she really is afterall, eh? She can't cook like the others in her family and she just needs to know...
The bombshell is dropped and she moves to Cedar Springs, her birth town. She obtains a job as a nanny (What was she thinking? She knew nothing about kids beyond her 2nd grade class!) Riley is a beautiful 13 year old girl who is really missing her mother. Levi is a young 5 year old who barely remembers his mother. Asher, the man of the house/absolute worst person to work for, is well, handsome...difficult...intriguing. Asher's deceased wife Susanna is everywhere and soon Jane feels like she's being watched by this woman. Why was she so great? Or was she?
Without saying too much more about the book (at this point you should be running to the nearest book outlet and purchasing it!), I LOVED it! I was not the least bit disappointed in this story, even though I thought I knew where it would end. I wasn't exactly right though! Full of twists and turns, Julia London weaves a beautiful tale of a woman trying to find herself in the midst of chaos, a young woman (Riley) who is also trying to find herself and deal with the loss of her mom, a young man in search of a mother he never knew, and a man who is overworked and misses his family.
What do I love most about this book? It's towards the end but I see some familiar characters from Summer of Two Wishes (read my review here! SQUEE!!! I love how this story felt "full circle" at that point! Mentioning Macy made my day! It was beautiful!
I highly recommend this book to all hopeless (and hopeful) romantics. This is such a sweet love story and I look forward to more from Julia London!
(You may wish to know that there are some pretty intense intimate scenes in portions of this book. I would caution young adults in reading this book.)
My thanks to Pocket Books (and Ayelet) for providing a review copy of this book!...more
It's her debut novel, however Ronie Kendig does not disappoint! This was not the first novel by Ronie that I read (I have read Nightshade and DigitaliIt's her debut novel, however Ronie Kendig does not disappoint! This was not the first novel by Ronie that I read (I have read Nightshade and Digitalis by her previously). I loved this book as much as her others.
Shiloh is a girl surrounded by disappoint...in her father. Afterall, he watched her mother die and is quite possibly the cause of her death. Shiloh spends her time with her best friend, Khalid, and they love deep sea diving. It's not until they are on an archeological diving dig that she realizes how much she needs him. Trouble shows up and Shiloh finds herself fighting for her life as well as Khalid's.
Reese is a CIA operative who has his sites on Shiloh. She's his main objective...and he has to keep her safe. Reese finds out what a tough person Shiloh is when she lands a punch across his jaw. He thought he was prepared for anything!
What trouble is brewing in India that can destroy the world? You have to read to find that one out!
I am a huge fan of Ronie Kendig after reading two books in the Discarded Heroes series. I just recently learned those were not her first books. With that news, I had to search out this other book. There is no greater satisfaction then finding it to be available as an instant download on my Kindle! I literally could have read this book in about five hours, had I had the time to sit and devote to it. It was killing me to have to put this book down when life required me to! I love Ronie's writing style and the suspense that she writes within the books. Sometimes you never know what direction her stories will take!
I have had the opportunity to tweet with Ronie over time and have grown to love and respect her even more! She's worth checking into and picking up a great read! ...more
It's been quite awhile since I read a Nicholas Sparks book and I remember now why I love his writing.
Ronnie is a troubled teenager who hears those drIt's been quite awhile since I read a Nicholas Sparks book and I remember now why I love his writing.
Ronnie is a troubled teenager who hears those dreaded words "You are going to your dad's this summer". Just what every teenage daughter wants to hear when her dad has been NON-EXISTENT in her life! Her only saving part of the summer is that her little brother Jonah will be going with her.
Nothing seems to work out the way Ronnie has planned and her summer is headed for doom. Her new friend Blaze is very interesting and her creeper boyfriend Marcus is more like a stalker. Meanwhile, Jonah is helping his dad to create a stain-glassed window.
Ronnie has a soft spot for animals and when she learns of turtles laying eggs on the beach behind her dad's house, she begins to camp out there to protect the eggs from the racoons. Through that process, she meets Will.
This is very much a love story that is full of all kinds of emotion. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to throw the book, cried some more, laughed some more, and enjoyed my first few days of summer vacation with Ronnie, Jonah, and Will....more
Does Adelaide really have her head in the clouds? I think so! This is a great follow-up to Tailor Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer. British nobles, goverDoes Adelaide really have her head in the clouds? I think so! This is a great follow-up to Tailor Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer. British nobles, governesses, rogues, and sheep herders are all that's necessary to make this book complete! I loved everything about this book, especially the cover!
My favorite character, without question, is Isabelle! How could one resist her charm? Poor thing has had a rough life though and is now mute because of her trials. However, Adelaide is on a mission to change that. What will it take to get her to speak again?
Gideon is also intriguing. Love the name, wish he were real so he could sweep me off my feet (in the form of my real hubby!) Hmmm...nothing like a sheep herder with an adorable daughter to make you fall in love!
I highly recommend this read. It's a quick read (took me longer than I wanted because of time constraints!) that is well worth the magical journey. Oh how I wish I would have lived back in this era! The author makes you feel that you are there watching the sheep shearing and feeling Adelaide's fabrics wrapped around you! Great book for teens and older!
I'm looking forward to more of Karen's works!
Many thanks to Bethany House and Karen Witemeyer for providing me a copy of this book for review! ...more
I'm a first time reader of M.L. Tyndall. This won't be my last book by her! I could not put this book down!! Poor Marianne grabbed my heart right fromI'm a first time reader of M.L. Tyndall. This won't be my last book by her! I could not put this book down!! Poor Marianne grabbed my heart right from the start. Who wouldn't feel sorry for a young girl who's whole life (and the lives of her mother and sister) depend on her marrying a wealthy sea merchant? Especially one who she doesn't love and he doesn't love her in return. Noah is one of those men who is going to have it his way and nothing will stop that. He leaves the engagement party to board his ship. What a man, eh?
M.L. Tyndall has written a book that doesn't give a "perfect world view" of the main characters. Marianne is described as rather plain and Noah doesn't sound all that attractive to me. Marianne is also a bit conniving and spunky too! However, I became more enamored with Lieutenant Reed and Luke. Even more than him, Mr. Weller absolutely stole my heart! The characters were so well developed that you feel like you know then as you read this tale of swashbuckling adventure!
I am definitely a fan now of M.L. Tyndall and I look forward to the next book in this series.
Meg has a strong desire to be a teacher for the young in her community. She was sent away to school and she wants more than anything for young girls tMeg has a strong desire to be a teacher for the young in her community. She was sent away to school and she wants more than anything for young girls to be able to stay at home while learning. Joseph is a wealthy landowner who wants his future wife to spend her time entertaining governers, presidents, etc. She won't have time for knitting, teaching, and spending time with her friends. When Meg's dad announces to her that she is to marry the Sunday after Easter, Meg does her best to hide her disappointment. She and Joseph have been friends from childhood but she just doesn't feel like he's "the one". However, being a good young lady, Meg will do as her daddy wishes.
One day while rescuing a cat from a tree, Meg gets herself in a predictament. She will either not reach the cat and the cat will fall, or Meg will. From out of nowhere this gorgeous man comes to her rescue. She learns this is the new glassblower in town and she is not to fraternize with her dad's employees. As time goes on, Meg and Colin run into each other and form a friendship. It's this friendship that jeopardizes Meg's family's future as well as Colin's. She just can't seem to resist the Scot though!
It's not until her father is out of town on business that many things start coming to Meg's attention. The accidents, the roof of the schoolhouse, etc are all starting to add up. Whatever should Meg do? Follow her heart or follow her father's wishes?
This is my first read by Laurie Alice Eakes and hopefully not my last. This made for enjoyable Sunday reading while stranded several hours from home awaiting a way back home.
This is my first completed read for the Christian Historical Fiction challenge! ...more
Destiny's sister Leah is missing. What ever in the world will she do? If anyone learns of her powers, there could be trouble!
This is the fifth book inDestiny's sister Leah is missing. What ever in the world will she do? If anyone learns of her powers, there could be trouble!
This is the fifth book in Melissa Mayhue's Daughters of Glen series. I have not read any of her other books and I didn't feel like I was missing anything by reading this one. Looking back at some other reviews, some of the characters appear in earlier books but never in "main character form".
Destiny needs help finding her sister and this tall, beautiful man falls into her lap, or rather she onto the back of his motorcycle. Her world is a whirlwind of travels and learning more about her rescuer, Jesse. He's a Guardian Fae who knows that the people behind Leah's disappearance are bad news.
This book has some of the most beautiful descriptive scenery. I wish I could find a portal and escape there right now...with Jesse of course! This is a paranormal, highlander romance full of fae and vamps. What could possibly go wrong with these two mystical groups working their own magics in the world?!
Moreover, will Destiny ever see Leah again? Will Jesse break a company policy? Read this great book for a wonderful adventure of mystical love and devotion.
You might want to be aware that there are a couple of "racy" romance scenes (sex included) and the language is fairly strong at times.
This is the first book I've read by Linore Rose Burkard and I LOVED it! Many people have compared this book to something of the Jane Eyre era and I'mThis is the first book I've read by Linore Rose Burkard and I LOVED it! Many people have compared this book to something of the Jane Eyre era and I'm just going to have to take their word for it because I've never read any Jane Eyre!
I was a bit concerned when first received this book to read since it is the third in a series. However, I heard that it could be read as a standalone so I gave it a try. I never felt lost or like I was missing a piece of the story. I do, however, want to go back and read the first two books in the series!
Beatrice is a young woman who is full of anticipation about her "coming out". The only problem is that her mother thinks she's not ready yet. Beatrice is pleading with her sister Ariana (who, by the way, just recently married into a very wealthy and respectable position) to take her to London. Mr. Mornay (Ariana's husband) is needing to secure a vicar and before long, two men are present at Abington to apply for such a position. When Beatrice appears attractive to both of them, and she with an eye for each one of them, whatever is a girl to do? It's only after a couple of significant, trying events, that the decision is made for her.
I found myself hearing the dialects of the characters and envisioning the homes, the beautiful finery, and the carriages. I longed to escape there on a Saturday morning after a long week of work. I even caught myself wanting to refer to my family members as "Mr", "Miss", and "Master". They would have thought I'd lost my mind had I done so but I was so wrapped up in the story that it could have very well happened.
I identified with Beatrice in this story on so many different levels and was anxious to see what "we" would do next. I was not disappointed, not even in the least!
I wish to extend a special thanks to the author and publisher for providing this copy for me to review.
I'm so excited that I was able to finish this book today!! :) ...more
He was telling you he wasn't leaving you all alone in thie world, that you didn't have to marry Michael. ~Maggie
Rebecca Strand has a wonderful divor He was telling you he wasn't leaving you all alone in thie world, that you didn't have to marry Michael. ~Maggie
Rebecca Strand has a wonderful divorce-lawyer boyfriend, Michael, a job in his firm as a paralegal, and a dad dying of pancreatic cancer. As if that's not enough stress! While visiting her dad in the hospital, Daniel Strand makes a stunning deathbed confession...Rebecca did have the sister she always wanted. That begins her quest to find Joy Jayhawk.
Michael is not at all happy that Rebecca wants to make this quest to find her half-sister and to possibly give away half of her inheritance. He does everything he can to knock some sense into her thick skull. Rebecca goes anyway and finds the sister she's always wanted...only to find out that she's not wanted as this sister. Will she ever be able to find happiness and Joy in her life?
I really loved this book and didn't want to see it end!! I was afraid of how it would end but I'm very happy with how Melissa Senate chose to end this book. There were so many characters I could identify with throughout this book but I see myself identifying more with Joy. I have known my dad and he's been in my life since the beginning. However, paralleling this situation with others in my life, I could be Joy. I also really like the character of Theo. He would be my hero in the "real life".
I highly recommend this read to lovers of chick lit and for those looking for a lite refreshing read. I received this book from the Publisher as a part of the Pump Up Your Book Promotional Blog Tour. ...more
A Courtesan's Scandal is about the life of Kate Bergeron and Grayson Christopher, Duke of Darlington. Kate is a courtesan who is well cared for and highly desired by the Prince. The Prince can't have her until his divorce is final or risk the scandal that will incur when the Princess makes her demands. Instead of risking that scandal, the Prince asks his most trusted man, the Duke, to appear to court Miss Kate until he can have her for his own. Upon meeting, the Duke and Miss Bergeron do not like each other or the arrangement that is in place. However, there is too much at stake for both of them to disobey the Prince. Kate would lose her lavish lifestyle and home that the Prince has set up for her and the Duke's affair with Lady Diana would be exposed and put his desire for the abolition of slavery vote at risk.
Throughout this book, we learn of many people who have influenced the lives of Kate and Christy. All of these people help to shape them into who they are. Their love/hate relationship begins to blossom and before long, they are faced with a decision...to betray the Prince or forget the love they have for each other? What will they decide? Is there too much at risk or is love worth all?
I loved this book and the storyline behind it. I've not read many historical fiction books but they are fast becoming some of my favorites. While Miss London does include some graphic sex scenes and strong language (which I do not like to read most of the time) I enjoy her writing style and the stories she weaves in her characters. Overlooking these things that I find bothersome, she is becoming one of my favorite authors!
This is one of those books that I like to pick my favorite character in and desire to be. IF I was not the person that I am today (picture an imaginary world where there is no right or wrong, where moral decisions are a mute point), I would want to be Kate. I am not a fan of her lifestyle but the love she has for Christy and vice-versa makes me desire to want to be her in a different type of world. She has had a rough life and has finally got a break that she has to decide if the chance of falling in love wholeheartedly is worth it. There is something about her that draws me to her. Maybe it's the way she reaches out to those who are like her on a lower level. Maybe it's the pride she has in herself. Maybe it's her desire to keep her word. Either way, she's my favorite character!
I was provided a review copy of this book by Pocketbook Publishers. I would like to thank them and the author for this review copy. Thank you for reading this review!...more
This is one of those books that captures your interest and ropes you in from the very beginning. It's a little frustrating though because it seems likThis is one of those books that captures your interest and ropes you in from the very beginning. It's a little frustrating though because it seems like takes forever to find out what the whole deal with Damen is (don't worry, it's worth the wait).
Ever is a young teen who lost her family in a car accident. She goes to live with her aunt Sabine, who is rarely if ever home. Ever doesn't fit into her new school too well. She does find too people who she enjoys spending her time with though, Haven and Miles.
When I first started reading this book, I thought it was another vampire book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's about different paranormal creatures!!
What I love most about this book is the author's choice of names for the characters...Ever, Damen, Haven, Miles, Sabine (my personal favorite), Drina, Riley. They are so unique and different from most character names that I've been reading about lately. I appreciate the time that alyson noel took to make some really great and creative characters!!...more
How willing are you to pick up your cross DAILY and live for the Lord? Annette was willing to do this and then some! Lost in a world of what she thougHow willing are you to pick up your cross DAILY and live for the Lord? Annette was willing to do this and then some! Lost in a world of what she thought was a great mission work, Annette soon learns that not everyone who says they are believers really are. Claude and Blanche let her know that pretty quickly.
Annette isn't about to let these two bring her down and ruin her faith. With a tragic situation on hand, Annette finally chooses to escape her current situation and try to better herself.
She's been away from home for six years and Annette is ready to see the ranch and Pa. Several of the townsfolk try to warn her about her ranch and what she may or may not see. Most townsfolk aren't fond of Pa. Little does Annette know, this is yet another cross to pick up and carry.
This book has several tragic starts but has a heartwarming lesson about sticking to the faith and doing what is right. Annette solely leans on the Lord and brings a cowboy to a new found version of life with crosses.
This was my first read by Mary Connealy. I've seen many reviews for her other works and when I saw this on netgalley.com, I couldn't pass it up! I'm so glad that I didn't! She is now on my list of authors to read more of! Coincidentally, I have 3 other books of hers sitting next to me as I write this!
Be sure to check out this great read when it is released on Sept. 1! ...more
This is such a beautiful story full of love, mystery, and beautiful clothing!! :) I love reading historical fiction and this second read by Julie KlasThis is such a beautiful story full of love, mystery, and beautiful clothing!! :) I love reading historical fiction and this second read by Julie Klassen was the perfect weekend getaway!
Oliva isn't sure what she might have done to the man but she does know that she needs to get away quickly. She finds herself in even more trouble once she is on her way to a school for work. Will the drama ever end?
There are so many things I absolutely loved about The Silent Governess. The title is more than fitting and it had me intrigued from the beginning! I loved learning more about Parliament, Dukes, Earls, and most importantly, Governesses. I think had I lived back then that I would have loved to be a Governess. While it's a quiet, somewhat lonely lifestyle, I would have been a perfect match since I'm so painfully shy!
I don't think I can pick a favorite character from this book because there are just so many good ones. Some who were my favorite in the beginning ended up being ones that I didn't care as much for by the end and vice versa. There are so many wonderful and exciting twists and turns that I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. This was a quick, three settings read and I can truthfully say that I hated to see it end.