August 1, 2015

Klondike Medicine Woman by Linda Ford


Published: May 3, 2011
Number of pages: 288
Genre: Historical, Romance, Christian
Alaskan Brides Series #2

Synopsis:
Dr. Jacob Calloway was the answer to her prayers—whether he liked it or not. Teena Crow is desperate to learn his scientific healing methods to help her people. But Jacob is too suspicious of Teena's native remedies to allow her near Treasure Creek's clinic. So she decides to earn his respect—and teach the good doctor to see beyond surface differences to their common goal.

But it's not just Teena's medicines that render Jacob uncomfortable. Her warm gaze and determination dare him to open his heart. But can their fledgling love weather a town's disapproval, or the secrets they both hide?

What did I think of this book:
This was a good book. I like the fact that it took place in the Klondike during the Alaskan Gold Rush and that it included Native Americans. There were a couple of parts that could have moved a little faster for me but I think the reason it didn't move faster is because of the character Jacob. Jacob was very stubborn and would not let go of his hatred for Native Americans. I really liked Teena the best, she was so strong. She had to endure the way the white men talked to her and treated her and she really wanted to learn white man's medicine. I also loved the Tucker sisters they were quite the characters. 

What I thought of the cover:
I liked this cover it shows a woman in a wheat field. The only problem that I have with the cover is it looks like a pioneer woman in a wheat field. There are no wheat fields in the Klondike and the girl does not look Native American to me. 

Alaskan Brides Series
#1 Yukon Wedding
#2 Klondike Medicine Woman
#3 Gold Rush Baby

July 29, 2015

Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy


I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: June 9, 2015
Number of pages: 336
Genre: Mystery
Mary Handley Mystery Series #1

Synopsis:
A historical mystery featuring the witty and wily Mary Handley, the first woman detective in Brooklyn, as she tries to prove herself in a man's world while solving a high profile murder.

Mary Handley is a not your typical late-nineteenth century lady. She's fiery, clever, daring—and she’s not about to conform to the gender norms of the day. Not long after being fired from her job at the hat factory for insubordinate behavior, Mary finds herself at the murder scene of Charles Goodrich, the brother of a prominent alderman and former bookkeeper of Thomas Edison. When Mary proves her acumen as a sleuth, she is hired by the Brooklyn police department—as the city’s first female policewoman—to solve the crime. The top brass of the department expect her to fail, but Mary has other plans. As she delves into the mystery, she finds herself questioning the likes of J. P. Morgan, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla. Mary soon discovers the key to solving the case goes well beyond finding a murderer and depends on her ability to unearth the machinations of the city’s most prominent and respected public figures, men who will go to great lengths to protect their secrets.

Much like Mr. Churchill’s Secretary and Maisie Dobbs, Second Street Station presents a portrait of a world plunging into modernity through the eyes of a clever female sleuth. Mary Handley is an unforgettable protagonist whose wit, humor, and charm will delight readers from the very first page.

What I thought of this story:
One of the first things that drove me to want to read this book was that is was a mystery book with a historical setting. These are two of my favorite things to read about. I liked getting to know Mary and can't wait to see that else she gets involved in as this series progresses. She was a fun person to follow along with as she finds herself hired by the police to help solve this crime. I also liked how the author used the historical figures as a part of the story and the way he did so just seemed to fit together. There were plenty of twists and turns throughout this book to keep you guessing until the end. Another thing I enjoyed was the author's writing style. For me it was an easy to read book. This book in my opinion has a lot going for it and I look forward to the next book. 

What I thought of the cover:
I did like this cover. I liked how it showed us the main character as well as a glimpse of where the story was going to take place. 

About the author:
LAWRENCE H. LEVY is a highly regarded film and TV writer who is a Writers Guild Award winner and two-time Emmy nominee. He has written for various hit TV shows such as Family Ties, Saved by the Bell, Roseanne, and Seinfeld. Second Street Station is his first novel.



Berenstain Bears Harvest Festival by Mike Berenstain


I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: August 4, 2015
Number of pages: 24
Genre: Children's 

Synopsis:
Autumn is a beautiful time of year, and the folks of Bear Country are looking forward to everything the season brings. So when the Chapel in the Woods holds its first ever Harvest Festival, people gather at Farmer Ben’s for a wonderful time of family, friends, fun, and praising God for his gifts.

What did I think of this story:
I thought this was a fun story for kids to read or for parents to read to their kids. I liked the harvest theme. This book also teaches kids how to be thankful for everything. I like how these stores are not only entertaining but have a meaning to them. They pictures are also very colorful and really draw your eye to the page. 

What I thought of the cover:
I love this cover it makes me want to attend their fall festival as it looks like they are all having fun. 

A Wedding on Primrose Street by Sheila Roberts


I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: July 28, 2015
Number of pages: 384
Genre: Romance/Fiction
Series: Life in Icicle Falls #7

Synopsis:
There's nothing like a wedding!

The joy, the fun, the memories—the stress. As a wedding planner, Anne Richardson has seen mothers of the bride turn into Momzillas, and she's determined not to do that when it's her daughter's turn to get married. But once Laney gets engaged, all bets are off. Anne becomes obsessed with giving Laney the perfect wedding she herself never had. And that wedding needs to be held in Icicle Falls at Primrose Haus, the perfect setting.

Roberta Gilbert, owner of Primrose Haus, has been hosting events at her charming Victorian for thirty years. She's an expert on weddings, but not on mother-daughter relations. When her daughter, Daphne, comes home and decides to help with the business, the receptions become truly memorable—and not in a good way. Then there's the added complication of Roberta's gardener, who seems more interested in Daphne than he is in planting primroses…

Tying the knot is a business that has everyone tied up in knots!

What I thought about the book:
It was so exciting to revisit Icicle Falls and hear what was happening in town with all of our friends. I felt connected with Daphne from the moment she came back to Icicle Falls and Roberta started talking to her. Hopefully in the next book we will see her find happiness. Anne and Laney were fun to get to know and watching Anne turn into a momzilla was kind of funny. But I know for Laney it was not so funny. In fact what I loved most about this book was the whole wedding theme. I enjoy reading and watching wedding planning shows and books. It is very true have the wedding you want so there will be no regrets. At the end of the book Sheila gives the memories of some of the residents of Icicle Falls and their weddings. I thought that was a nice way to end. Sheila's writing style helps you to become friends with each of the characters. You will want to visit this fun little town and meet all of the people who live there. Sheila's writing just flows. I am looking forward to the next book to come out. 

What I think about the cover:
I always like the covers of Sheila's books. They show part of the town and make you want to jump right in the book to visit. 

About the author:
Sheila Roberts lives on a lake in the Pacific Northwest. Her novels have been published in several languages. Her book, Angel Lane, was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009. Her holiday perennial, On Strike for Christmas, was made into a movie for the Lifetime Movie Network and her novel, The Nine Lives of Christmas, was made into a movie for Hallmark . You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (http://www.sheilasplace.com).

Life in Icicle Falls Series
#1 Better Than Chocolate
#2 Merry Ex-mas
#3 What She Wants
#4 The Cottage on Juniper Street
#5 The Tea Shop on Lavender Lane
#6 The Lodge on Holly Road
#7 A Wedding on Primrose Street

July 26, 2015

Among the Fair Magnolias by Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love and Elizabeth Musser - Review and Giveaway


I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: July 14, 2015
Number of pages: 384
Genre: Christian/Historical Fiction

Synopsis:
In the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history, four Southern women—destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war—face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
Savannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family home. So when new owner, Aidan Bedford, a Boston attorney and former Union soldier, seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But the clock is ticking. Can she find the box her father supposedly hid there during the war before her assignment is completed? And before she sees yet another battle lost on the home front. This time, one of the heart.

An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray
When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he’s determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother’s homestead, he discovers she’s very ill, and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
Emily has a secret: She’s in love with one of the freedmen on her family’s plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.

Review:
I think reading these books where there are multiple stories in one book. Each of these stories are set in the 1800s which as we all know that is one of my favorite time periods to read about. Each of these stories have strong characters. These authors each did a good job of making you really get to know. I felt as if I could really see where they were talking about as if you could be a part of the stories. I highly recommend this series of books. Another nice thing is that the stories are a nice size so they read quickly. 

About the authors:
Tamera Alexander is the best-selling author of numerous books including "A Lasting Impression" and "The Inheritance." Tamera is a two-time Christy Award winner, two-time RITA winner, and a recipient of the prestigious Library Journal Award. A native of west Tennessee,

Dorothy Love makes her home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their golden retriever. An award-winning author of numerous young adult novels, Dorothy made her adult debut with the Hickory Ridge novels. 

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), "The Protector," recently made the New York Times best seller list. 

Elizabeth Musser, a native of Atlanta, Georgia now living in France, is a novelist who writes what she calls 'entertainment with a soul.' For over 25 years, Elizabeth and her husband, Paul, have been involved in mission work with International Teams.

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July 25, 2015

The Hero by Robyn Carr


Published: August 27, 2013
ISBN: 9780778314592
Number of pages: 384
Genre: Romance
Series: Thunder Point #3

Synopsis:
In a moment of desperation, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees a place where they should have been safe and secure. She has no idea what is around the next bend, but she is pretty certain it can't be worse than what they've left behind. Her plan is to escape to somewhere she can be invisible. Instead, an unexpected offer of assistance leads her to Thunder Point, a tiny Oregon town with a willingness to help someone in need.

As the widowed father of a vulnerable young boy, Spencer Lawson knows something about needing friendship. But he's not looking for anything else. Instead, he's thrown his energy into his new role as Thunder Point's high school football coach. Tough and demanding to his team, off the field he's gentle and kind...just the kind of man who could heal Devon's wounded heart.

Devon thought she wanted to hide from the world. But in Thunder Point, you find bravery where you least expect it...and sometimes, you find a hero.

What did I think about this book
Another hit by Robyn Carr. She has a way of making you fall in love with each of the characters in her books. Her writing style is such that I don't want to put the book down until I am done with it. This one touched on a cult religion and how a woman got out of it. Therefore there are two stories going on here. The stories of the townspeople and the story of the cult and what is happening there. I felt for Devon and wanted to help her out myself. This was a great addition to the series and I can't wait to get to the next one. I am sure there will be more adventures in store for us. This one had some action as well as the romance in it. A great series. 

What did I think of the cover
This cover fits with the theme of this entire series. Thunder Point is a town set on the ocean and this cover again gives us a glimpse of that area. 

About the author
Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost fifty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Her highly anticipated new series, Thunder Point, will be released March 2013. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at www.RobynCarr.com.

Thunder Point Series
#1 The Wanderer
#2 The Newcomber
#3 The Hero
#4 The Chance
#5 The Promise
#6 The Homecoming
#7 One Wish
#8 A New Hope
#9 Wildest Dreams

July 24, 2015

Drape Expectations by Karen Rose Smith - Interview and Spotlight


Published: July 28, 2015
Number of pages: 352
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Series: A Caprice Deluca Mystery #4

Synopsis:
Caprice De Luca’s former client and now friend Ace Richland–an 80’s rock star–asks her for a favor. Can she quickly stage his girlfriend’s house to sell? Widow Alanna Goodwin, a transplanted Southern beauty, will be moving in with him! Immediately Caprice realizes Alanna’s southern charm can be turned on and off at will. Caprice agrees to stage Alanna’s Kismet antebellum-styled mansion for Ace’s sake. But she soon learns Alanna doesn’t have a genuine love for her cat Mirabelle and also uncovers a plot her new client is hatching to sabotage Ace’s comeback. However, before she can tell Ace, Alanna is murdered and Ace is the prime suspect.

As Caprice investigates, she learns Alanna had more secrets than pie safes. With her Cocker Spaniel Lady by her side, she tracks down clues and adopts Alanna’s cat. In the midst of some of her own family upheaval–her uncle has moved in with her parents–she finds herself with a dilemma. Grant Weatherford, her brother’s law partner, advises Ace and reveals more of his past to her. Seth Randolph, the doctor she dates, wants her to meet his family. She must choose between them.

Danger stalks Caprice. Will her refresher self-defense course save her life? Only if she keeps her wits about her and Lady by her side.

Caprice Deluce Mystery Series
#1 Staged to Death
#2 Deadly Decor
#3 Gilt by Association
#4 Drape Expectations
#5 Silence of the Lamps - March 2016

About the author:
Award winning and best-selling author, Karen Rose Smith’s plots are all about emotion. She began writing in her early teens when she listened to music and created stories to accompany the songs. An only child, she spent a lot of time in her imagination and with books–Nancy Drew, Zane Gray, The Black Stallion and Anne of Green Gables. She dreamed of brothers and sisters and a big family like her mother and father came from. This is the root of her plotlines that include small communities and family relationships as part of everyday living. Residing in Pennsylvania with her husband and four rescued cats, she welcomes interaction with readers on social media.

Author Links:
Webpage: http://karenrosesmithmysteries.com/

Blog: http://karenrosesmith.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarenRoseSmithBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/karenrosesmith

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21863.Karen_Rose_Smith

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/karosm/

Purchase Links:
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Interview:
1.      Who or what inspired you to start writing? 
I read voraciously as a child.  I became an English teacher and often wrote poetry or essays and had even started a book in college.  When back pain and then surgery interrupted my lifestyle, I turned to writing for a creative and emotional outlet.

2.      What do you do to help you get over writer's block? 
I don't believe in writer's block per se as something that happens often.  I plot my books well, so I always have a road map.  Each day when I sit down to write, I know what I'm going to write and having a point-by-point synopsis leads me where I want to go, even if the muse isn't with me.  That said, I have gone through grief when loved ones passed.  I simply couldn't write for a few weeks.  I don't consider that writer's block.  That was time I needed to heal before my subconscious and conscious mind could mesh.  I knew when it was time to start writing again.  If I get stuck, that's because I need to change point of view or sequencing, and I pay attention to that inner editor.

3.      Do you have scheduled writing time or a certain amount of words you write each day? 
I have personal deadlines, as opposed to contract deadlines.  I know how much of the book I need to finish in a week, and I adjust my time schedules according to that.  If something comes up to interfere with my writing schedule, then I'm up late writing…or very early in the morning.

4.      Where do you get your ideas for your books? 
I pull ideas from everywhere—from news stories, TV programs, real life, childhood and personal interactions I overhear at McDonalds!

5.      When you are not writing what do you like to do? 
I have four rescued cats, as well as a stray or two, who keep me busy.  Cooking, gardening and photography are also pastimes.

6.      What one piece of advice would you like to give to aspiring writers? 
To become a better writer, you need to write.  The more often, the better.  Keeping a journal is a great tool.  Writing essays about what is important in your life is worthwhile as well as jotting down descriptions of anything you want to remember.  Learn to use your five senses and describe what you taste, see, touch, feel and smell.  Good writing often comes down to details and how well you can convey descriptions and emotions.  Persistence is the most important quality of all.

7.      Who is your favorite author or book that you would like to recommend to your readers? 
My favorite author by far is Harlan Coben.  I snatch up any of his books as soon as they are released.  His most recent novel, THE STRANGER, is one of my favorites.

8.      If you could meet any famous person dead or alive who would it be and why? 
I would love to meet Dean Koontz and listen to his views on quantum physics.
  
9.      If you could visit anywhere in the world where would you like to visit? 
My two favorite places on the planet are the Grand Canyon and Sedona.  If I could travel anyplace I haven't been, I would choose Florence and Tuscany.

1.   5 interesting facts about yourself: 
·         I was an only child who always longed for a sister.
·         Last summer my husband and I took in a stray pregnant cat and helped deliver her kittens.  I'm a crazy cat lady!
·         I attended the Beatles concert at Dodger Stadium.
·         I wrote for six years and finished 13 manuscripts before I sold two books in one week to two different publishers.
·         I love 60's fashion.




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