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.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review of The Choosing by Rachelle Dekker

Nutshell: Carrington Hale is growing up in the year 2257 and is about to be chosen as a bride. She has been trained her whole life for this one moment. When that moment passes and she is not chosen, her whole life changes in a blink and she is plummeted to the lowest class in society as a Lint. Her journey in finding who she is ultimately chosen by leads her to many choices of listening to that still small voice. From having a second chance in being chosen again by one of the most elite in society, she is faced with what true love is in human form and in the spiritual form.

Pro's: I absolutely loved this book. The plot, the characters, the journey the main character is taken on, the style of writing and the emotions this book evokes is top notch. The history flashbacks helped immensely as did the list of characters in the front.

Con's: It was a bit hard to get in to, but once you have a grasp of who is who and what is going on, the story flies.

Recommendation: As her debut novel, Rachelle Dekker does a phenomenal job in creating a story that sucks you in and keeps you up until the wee hours of the morning just to finish the book. It's like a book I haven't read before. A little sci-fi, a little romance, a little mystery, a little suspense all rolled in to one. A definite for your bookshelf! Available June 3rd.

Q & A with the author:

1. One of the story’s most significant lines is, “Life is a journey of remembering and forgetting.” What do you mean by this?
It means exactly what you probably think. We have these flashes of clarity where we see so clearly who we areand our connection to the Fatherbut then, in a single moment, something pulls our attention away and we forget who we are. This is the journey of life, remembering and forgetting. But I believe the more we remember, the more we set our gaze on the Father, the less often we forget. 


2. You based your main character, Carrington, off of your younger sister. In what ways is Carrington like her?
It’s more the beliefs that Carrington struggles with that remind me of my sister. The idea of worth, of not feeling like you’re enough, or questioning whether anyone would choose you. Carrington came about as I spent time with my sister and her college-age friends and saw that a large majority of them were searching for significance, searching for worthnone more than my sister at the time. 

3. How did you come up with the story for The Choosing?
This is a hard question because it has many answers. I wanted to write a theme-based novel about identity. I wanted to write a dystopian novel. I wanted to write in a world that was familiar, but in a setting where I could change the way the world worked. It actually is several ideas I’d been toying with pulled into one story. Once I landed on Carrington’s core revelation and story arc, I simply fell in love with her as a character and drew the rest of the story around her. That’s usually how it works for me. I come up with a character, good or bad, and create the story from there. 

Rachelle Dekker is the eldest daughter of author Ted Dekker. This is her debut novel and more information about her can be found at the following sites:

      Twitter: @RachelleDekker
      Instagram: @rachelle_dekker
 Website: http://rachelledekker.com






Tyndale Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Review of Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

Nutshell: A dead body unearthed. Two law enforcement officers caught up in a deadly case. A splash of romance thrown in. Suspense and mystery throughout. Book 1 of the Men of Valor Series is introduced with a great story! Irene Hannon does it again with another suspense book that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next.

Pro's: A great story line that keeps you glued to the pages of what is going to happen next.

Con's: A bit heavy on the romance side.

Recommendation: If you enjoy suspense novels, you will enjoy the first book in this new series!

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