Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review of Trial Run by Thomas Locke

Nutshell: Mind games are under way, except these games are life and death. With twists and turns through this whole book, each page is chalked full of mind bending experiments and outcomes that leave you wondering what is going to come next. This is book one in the Fault Lines series.

Pro's: Interesting! This book had me thinking and learning all sorts of new words and ideas. It's not a book I would normally pick up, but the storyline was easy to follow.

Con's: It became a bit too technical when talking about computers and mind experiments at times where I ended up skimming over parts as it was above my level of knowledge.

Recommendation: If you enjoy a bit of sic-fi mixed with suspense mixed with secrecy, this book is for you!!

Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Review of Reservations for Two by Hillary Manton Lodge

Nutshell: This book is #2 in the Two Blue Doors series. The story continues with Juliette D'Alisa as she explores her grandmother's past in her homeland of Tuscany. Journey with Juliette as she digs deeper and learns more of ancestry which start many more questions about her family. Walk along side her as she and her new boyfriend, Nick, figure out how to continue a long-distant relationship. Smell the aroma's of the recipes that are cooked up in the new family restaurant she manages and owns with her brother. Sit with her as her heart explodes with love for her family and the challenges they face.

Pro's: As a recipe lover, the recipes in this book look amazing! I can't wait to try some of them. As for the book, I enjoyed the intertwined storyline of the letters of Juliette's grandmother and the story of Juliette. It was like two story's in one!

Con's: If you haven't read the first book, this book may be a little hard to follow. It has been awhile since I read the first book and it was a bit hard to pick up where the previous book left off. This was a true second book in a series and picked up right where the previous one left off.

Recommendation: Read this series! I love the lilt of the book, the emotions that are evoked in the characters and feeling like you are right there in the lavender fields.

Waterbrook Multnomah sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. The opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review of Hope Harbor by Irene Hannon

Nutshell: Tracy and Mitchell's lives are about to intersect in a not-so-great way. They each want to continue living their lives as they are. One as a struggling cranberry farmer and the other as one who's job it is is to help others. But when their lives collide, the roads they thought they were traveling down take a hard right turn. Follow their story of forgivness, soul searching and how one incident can change the trajectory of their lives.

Pro's: I loved this book. It was light, heartwarming and tender. Irene Hannon spins a tale that will make your heart warm and fuzzy by the time you are done reading it. You have hardships and light moments along with a few side stories along the way.

Con's: Only that it had to end.


Recommendation: If you are in need of a book that will make you smile, but yet is not fluff, pick this one up.

Revell Pubishing sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review of Mind of Her Own by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Nutshell: Louisa's life looks picture perfect from the outside. Three kids, husband, big house, everything anyone would ever want. But on the inside she is falling apart. Her marriage is falling apart. Her kids are going crazy. She goes through the motions of living without actually living fully. All that changes in the blink of an eye...or the hit on the head by the George Foreman grill she was taking out of the cupboard. Now she can't remember who she was. But she does know who she is: a famous writer that lives on the beach. She's sure she's not married, and kids? No way. Follow Louisa's journey as she learns who she was, who she is and how her past splits her heart open in ways she didn't expect.

Pro's: What a great story line! I loved the angle this book took the minute the grill fell on her head. Laced with a touch of humor, but overflowing with love, it was a great story line that kept you turning the pages to see if her memory does return.

Con's: None. Only that it ended sooner than I would have liked!

Tyndale Publishing sent me this complimentary copy to review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Review of Gone Without A Trace by Patricia Bradley

The Nutshell: This is book 3 in the Logan Point Series. Detective Livy Reynold's is facing traumatic events from her past that have her moving back to Logan Point for a time. PI Alex Jennings is put on a case to locate the Texas senator's missing daughter who disappeared from Logan Point. These two join forces and end up working two cases that they find have similarities. It's a race again time for those that are missing and the detective and PI to wrap up the cases before someone gets killed.

Pro's: What a great book to wrap up the series! You are able to read this book as a stand-alone novel as well. It has been a long while since I read the previous book, and I didn't have any difficulty following along the plot and characters when I could barely remember what the previous book was about. The author keeps you guessing and what a great page turner this book is!

Con's: A smidge on the romantic side that was not particularly realistic.

Recommendation: Read this book. Read the whole series! Great author with great plots and suspense!

Revell Books sent me this complimentary copy to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Review of Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard

Nutshell: Kate Adams is still on the hunt for who tried to kill her dad and what the big secret is about the plants she is harboring in her basement. Book 3 in the Port Aster Series concludes the journey of researcher Kate Adams, but not without a price on her life. Journey with Kate as she unravels the mystery of her past, her present and her future.

Pro's: Full of suspense and mystery. The author does a good job of keeping you wondering who is after Kate and why the plants she's keeping secret are so important.

Con's: A lot of "what if's". I know detectives are supposed to look at all angles, but it was hard to get past the scenarios flying around throughout the book. There were several characters that were hard to keep in place and to whom they worked for. It would have helped to re-read the 2nd book again to freshen up the plot and what was going on as it was hard to piece the plot together.

Recommendation: This is not a stand-alone book. It would be advantageous to read the first two books before reading this one. It's a great mystery and suspense book if you are inclined to that type of genre.

Revell Books sent me a complimentary copy to review for them. Opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Review of Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Nutshell: Ruby returns to the town that where all of her haunting secrets began. Ephram, her childhood friend can not get her out of his mind. This story is her journey through the past and finding freedom in the present while her long-ago friend does not give up on her and walks the path of healing for himself and with her.

Pro's: The words in this book are so descriptively beautiful, even during the most horrendous portions. The imagery is crystal clear, the emotion so raw that it takes your breath away.

Con's: At face value, this book could be seen as graphic and wrought with distasteful language. But it is so fitting considering the context of the story. I did have a hard time getting into the book with the back and forth between the present and the past, but once the reader figures it out, the book sweeps you away.

Recommendation: You have to be able to see past the face value of the book. This book makes you think, makes you feel uncomfortable, makes your heart race, makes you furious, and evokes different emotions throughout the pages. It is not an easy read in the sense of the abuse that takes place and it does weigh heavy on the heart.

Waterbrook Multnomah sent me this copy to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.