Tuesday, July 25, 2017

On Love’s Gentle Shore (Prince Edward Island Dreams #3)


Title:  On Love’s Gentle Shore (Prince Edward Island Dreams #3)

Author:  Liz Johnson

Pages:  336

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Revell

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The other books in the series are The Red Door Inn and Where Two Hearts Meet.  I think to really appreciate the tale it is helpful to read the first two books as the character’s story continues to develop with each book.

In this story, we meet Natalie who formerly lived on the island and left for a time and is now returning to be married per her future husband’s desire.  Natalie left in hurry years ago as she tired of the whispers of gossip and the way she thought people thought of and about her.  Now, a grown woman, she feels like she did years ago and cannot wait to be married and leave the island along with her past to never return.  However, her plans don’t quite go as she had envisioned, starting with her fiancĂ©e returning to Nashville to help take care of a problem with recording a record for an artist.

Throughout the book it touched my heart to see Natalie confront her fears, the gossip and her past. How she comes to really understand how the people loved her and tried to care for her is an eye-opening and heart-touching moment for Natalie.  Plus, she runs into her childhood friend who was the one always there to help her through some of the roughest of her youngest years with her mother.

Here is a wonderful tale of redemption, real love and overcoming the past in order to embrace a brighter future!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, July 24, 2017

My Daughter’s Legacy (Cousins of the Dove #3)


Title:  My Daughter’s Legacy (Cousins of the Dove #3)

Author:  Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould

Pages:  397

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Harvest House

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

After meeting Nicole in book one and reading about her continued trouble with addiction in book two, now readers get to hear her story in book three of the series.  She has just completed her first year of college successfully.  She has been substance free for the whole time and has no intention of going back to her former life.  She is healthier than ever and with summer approaching she is going to live with her sister and intern at a local ranch that uses horses for rehabilitative therapy.  However, before she can begin her summer break, she decides she must share a secret she has kept at her grandfather’s request since she was six years old.  The secret sheds a little light on the mystery of the disappearing dead body that has plagued Nicole, her sister and her two cousins for years.  As the four cousins come together once again, can they finally discover what really happened all those years ago?

In alternating chapters, readers are taken to the past of 1864 and learn about Therese Jennings.  Therese lives in Virginia, which is a Confederate state, but she is anti-slavery.  Her father was from the North and taught his daughter that slavery was wrong.  Her mother is from the South, but abided by her husband’s wishes.  Now that Therese’s father has died, her mother returns to the family plantation, refusing to free the slaves as her grandfather requested in his last words.  Therese can’t live under these conditions so she takes a job in Richmond as a governess and begins volunteering at a local hospital to nurse wounded soldiers.  Therese must decide if she can stand firm in her beliefs as well as who is trustworthy as all is not as is appears.

I so enjoyed this final book in this interesting series!  The authors did a great job of blending the story between past and present to make it easy to read and follow each timeline.  The look at the past in each book was especially captivating.  I liked learning about Richmond near the end of the Civil War and what life was like in this southern city.  The romantic angle for both Therese and Nicole was also one that piqued my interest.  I do recommend reading these books in order.  For an intriguing look at history and mystery, this is a series that will fit the bill!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, July 21, 2017

"Searching for Irene" Review & Giveaway

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Title:  Searching for Irene

Author:  Marlene Bateman

Pages:  268

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc.

My rating is 4 stars.

I always like to read a good mystery and this was a good one!  I was unfamiliar with this author, but when the chance came to review it, I jumped!  The story is set in the 1920s in Virginia.  Anna Coughlin is in her mid-20s and has something not many women have…a college degree.  She works as a financial advisor of sorts, preparing tax documents, payroll records and estate planning.  Her younger sister, Irene, works for the same firm.  A few months ago, Irene accepted a live-in position to get all the paperwork in order for taxes at a wealthy estate in Virginia.  She writes to her sister frequently, but the letters stop coming and Anna begins to worry.  She finds out that her sister has disappeared.  A search was undertaken at the time of her disappearance, but all that was found missing from her room was a suitcase.  Most of her possessions were left behind, giving the impression she was planning to return.

Anna has always protected Irene as she had to raise her when their mother was always at work.  Irene is headstrong, impetuous, beautiful, full of life and not afraid to push the envelope of propriety.  Anna has always lived in her shadow, but loves her sister deeply and will do whatever is necessary to find her.  She decides to investigate on her own as the police don’t seem to be doing much.  She takes a job as Irene’s replacement at the mansion in Virginia, but she tells no one of her relationship to Irene.  She begins asking questions and stirs the pot as strange things begin to occur.  Anna is also at odds with the young heir-to-be, Tyler Richardson.  He is attractive, but gruff, distant and sometimes downright rude.  He is against Anna being hired, but his father overrules him.  Tyler and Anna butt heads initially, but Tyler soon learns that Anna is quite efficient and knows her job well, plus his father likes her.  As Anna keeps her identity secret and continues her quest, the stakes are increased and her heart ignores her brain when she falls in love.  What happened to Irene?  Did she leave to meet a man and run off to get married?  Did she steal some things from the mansion and take off for the big city?

The had a Gothic feel in certain creepy parts that I liked as it raised goosebumps on my arms!  The ending was a surprise reveal, which I found well done.  I didn’t really like the character of Tyler much as he seemed too hot and cold, going from rude and mean to smoldering gazes for Anna.  Anna had a determined mindset that she didn’t waver from even facing danger to herself.  The mystery was a little slow in some portions, but overall flowed well.  I liked the crusty character of the father, Lawrence Richardson the best.  I would like to read more from this author and would recommend this book for any mystery buff.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island (Maude’s Mooring)


Title:  My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island (Maude’s Mooring)

Author:  Carrie Fancett Pagels

Pages:  256

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Barbour

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Maude Welling is the main character in the story.  She is expecting to inherit an inn on the island.  The inn has been in the family through her mother’s side though her father doubted she could run it without a husband.  When her childhood friend returns to the island and she expects to become engaged to him, imagine her surprise when he returns with a friend!

Maude is a very independent, head-strong woman who sets her course with little thought of how it will impact her or anyone else.  When a young wealthy man shows up on the island, Maude begins to be drawn to him, but doesn’t really understand what she is feeling.  There are many other interesting characters in the story that bring depth to the book.  It was very fun and exciting to read!

I hope you grab a cold soda and relax as you enjoy a wonderful tale from author Carrie Fancett Pagels!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”