March 5, 2015

Ribbons of Death by Edita A. Petrick - Book Spotlight

Title: Ribbons of Death
Author: Edita A. Petrick
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Pages: 371
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Book Synopsis: 
The ancients believed that once in a Blue Moon a child with Peacetaker powers is born. Such child, when grown to maturity, can seed murderous madness in people’s minds by merely walking amongst them. A simple amulet activates the Peacetaker’s powers. When a horribly scarred man knocks on the door of Stella Hunter’s ramshackle cottage in upstate Montana, she lets him in. What’s there to lose? The book critics killed her chances to warn the world about myths and legends behind the myths and legends.
But once the man pushes a book smudged with bloody fingerprints across the table, Stella sees a glimmer of hope. She may re-establish her credibility within the scientific community and vindicate her ‘peace-taker’ theory. She may also be murdered by anyone standing next to her if her theory is correct because the ancient curse is anything but extinct. In fact, the ancient curse has a new attitude….

Ribbons of Death is available at Amazon.

About the Author
By profession, I’m an engineer and ten years ago, I left a corporate job to concentrate on writing. It was perhaps the scariest thing I’ve done. Of course, there were other considerations at the time, life, kids, economy and my mother who was battling cancer. I wrote as means of staying grounded because I had to hold it together. There was no one else to pitch in. There wasn’t a single moment that I didn’t have doubts about whether what I was doing was the right thing or not, but doubts come and go, while the need to write goes on forever. Since 2005 I’ve published 5 books and this year alone I have 6 new ones coming out. I live in Toronto with my family and our two pets – wheaten terriers. And whenever I’m tempted to look back, and start second-guessing my past decisions, I sit behind the computer and start another book. At least for me, that’s a cure-all.

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March 4, 2015

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck

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

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck
The Royal Wedding Series #3
ISBN: 9780310315544
Trade Paperback

Synopsis: She caught her prince once. Can she catch him again?
American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.
But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.
When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?
Yet, true love has a destiny all it’s own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must chose to answer the call of love on their hearts.
Or let it be lost forever?

My review: This is a great addition to a fun series. As with the other books in the series this book grabbed me from the first page. In this story there are a lot of emotions going on as the characters are dealing with a lot of issues that go along with war/military people. With this issues the character development was very good and Rachel created such strong characters in this story. Another thing that draws me to this series is the "fairy tale" aspect of the story. In this installment I felt as if Corina was a great person as well as a strong person. I felt as if she deserved happiness. I am glad we got to know more about Prince Stephen in this story. If you like stories with a happy ending then this is the book for you. 

An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? Find out in Rachel Hauck's new book, How to Catch a Prince. True love has a destiny all its own. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?

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March 3, 2015

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton
ISBN: 9781601427328
Trade Paperback

Synopsis: At the wood's edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald's wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood's edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin's absence, another unaware of his twin's existence. And for Anna, who loves them both--Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

My Review: This was a nice historical book to read. I liked that it had both the Oneida Tribe and British colonists. The characters in this book were strongly developed. I can't imagine taking someone's baby even in grief of losing my own. I am sure Reginald thought he was helping all involved but in reality it did not. This whole book is so full of history and the author did a great job of making it all come to life. There is so much to like about this book and it was such a touching story that it is hard to put into words. If you are looking for a historical fiction book that will keep you turning the pages long into the night then this is the book for you. 

About the author: Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn.

The Fiercombe Manor by Kate Riordan

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Fiercombe Manor by Kate Riordan
ISBN: 9780062332943

Synopsis: In this haunting and richly imagined dual-narrative tale that echoes the eerie mystery of Rebecca andThe Little Stranger, two women of very different eras are united by the secrets hidden within the walls of an English manor house.

In 1933, naive twenty-two year-old Alice—pregnant and unmarried—is in disgrace. Her mother banishes her from London to secluded Fiercombe Manor in rural Gloucestershire, where she can hide under the watchful eye of her mother’s old friend, the housekeeper Mrs. Jelphs. The manor’s owners, the Stantons, live abroad, and with her cover story of a recently-deceased husband Alice can have her baby there before giving it up for adoption and returning home. But as Alice endures the long, hot summer at Fiercombe awaiting the baby’s birth, she senses that something is amiss with the house and its absentee owners.
Thirty years earlier, pregnant Lady Elizabeth Stanton desperately hopes for the heir her husband desires. Tormented by the memory of what happened after the birth of her first child, a daughter, she grows increasingly terrified that history will repeat itself, with devastating consequences.
After meeting Tom, the young scion of the Stanton family, Alice becomes determined to uncover the clan’s tragic past and exorcise the ghosts of this idyllic, isolated house. But nothing can prepare Alice for what she uncovers. Soon it is her turn to fear: can she escape the tragic fate of the other women who have lived in the Fiercombe valley . .

My review: This book to me was a book that I wanted to keep turning the pages so I could hear the next part of the story. The favorite parts of the story for me were Elizabeth's part of the story as they were historical but do not get me wrong I loved Alice's story as well. I kind of liked how the story switched back for forth between the two stories as it kept the book moving. These characters were all very strong, I am not sure who I liked the best though. I have to say though I felt bad for Alice being sent away to this old manor to await the birth of her baby as her situation was a "scandal". The details of the manor and the settings were so good that I felt as if I was right in the story. If you are looking for a good, dark/gothic type of historical book, then I recommend this for you. 

February 26, 2015

Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton

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

Betting on Hope by Debra Clopton
Four of Hearts Romance #1
ISBN: 9781401690496
Trade Paperback

Synopsis: A bet gone wrong. A small town's meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it's beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie's bosses know this is the opportunity she's been looking for to launch her career---and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he'd like, but he knows it's the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru's fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do-for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart's desires.
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My review: This a nice romance book without the romance overtaking the story. The characters in this book were easy to get to know and fall in love with. I also liked that there was some humor in this story as well as a few plot twists along the way. I think the settings were very well described as well, I felt as if I was there on the ranch. I have mostly lived in the country and love all things country so this book appealed to me. There are a couple of very real topics used in this story as well one is teen pregnancy and the other is dementia. I have dealt with dementia in my family so this hit home for me. This is the first book by this author that I have read and I will be looking for me. She grabbed my attention on page one and kept it all the way to the end. If you are looking for a nice clean romance than this is the book for you. 

About the author:

Debra Clopton
 is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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Flamenco, Flan and Fatalies by Mary McHugh - Spotlight and Giveaway

Flamenco, Flan and Fatalities by Mary McHugh
A Happy Hoofers Mystery # 2
ISBN: 9781617733611

Synopsis: The high-kicking Happy Hoofers–Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini–have been booked to flaunt their fabulous flamenco footwork on a luxury train ride through northern Spain. But when a blowhard talk show host is found deader than four-day-old flan–with Gini as suspect numero uno–the feisty friends waste no time stepping into their sleuthing shoes to protect one of their own.

The dynamite dancers will have to step up their game before a clever killer brings the curtain down on one of them . . . for good!

Includes Photo Tips And Tasty Recipes

About the author: Mary McHugh graduated from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, with a B.A. in English Literature and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She is the author of nineteen nonfiction books and two novels. She was a contributing editor for Cosmopolitan, an articles editor at Woman’s World, Travel Holiday, and Bridal Guide, and has written articles for The New York Times, Good Housekeeping and Family Circle.

She loves to tap dance and to travel -two passions that inspired her to write the Happy Hoofers series.

She lives in the New York area. Visit her at

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February 25, 2015

Read Across America Day

March 2 is the annual Read Across America Day in celebration of the great Dr. Seuss. Originally intended as a day to celebrate reading with and to children, we at More Than A Review believe you don't have to be a child to celebrate Read Across America Day or to love Dr. Seuss.
Seuss books are filled with wisdom for both adults and children from quotes about being yourself to treating others with respect.
"Adults are just outdated children" ~ Dr. Seuss
If we're being honest, most of Seuss' books are a fun read but the Oh The Places You'll Go is especially poignant for graduates as they cross over into the world of young adulthood.
But get this, in 1939 Seuss wrote a book designed entirely for adults titled The Seven Ladies of Godiva: The True Facts Concerning History's Barest Family. It's about seven sisters who never wear clothing so we're not sure how it would rate on the MTAR reviews!
How do you plan to celebrate reading in March?