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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Amish by Accident by J. E. B. Spredemann

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Amish by Accident
By J.E.B. Spredemann






Book Description:

Luke Beiler has loved Elisabeth Schrock for as long as he can remember and is looking forward to the day they both join the church so they can marry. Elisabeth, however, chafes under the church rules and flees to the Englisch world leaving Luke heart broken.When an accident leaves Brianna Mitchell with amnesia, she feels helplessly lost. What will happen when she is mistaken for Elisabeth Schrock and taken home to Paradise, Pennsylvania?














My Review:
I enjoyed this book.  The only problem I had was that I thought the ending was a little rushed, other than that I thought it was good.  The characters were all good and the writing was good.  Elizabeth and Brianna are look-a-likes who unknowingly switch lives. They come to find out that they rather like the lives they have switched to.  This is a fast read that will keep you turning the pages so you can find out what happens. This book shows you that with GOD, anything is possible. 

I was asked to do this honest review for this tour.  I had previously purchased a copy of the book on my own.


About the Author:

J.E.B. Spredemann resides in central California and currently writes Christian fiction. Joanna's Struggle, in the Amish Girls Series, is the first of several books written by the author. The Amish Girls Series was primarily penned for teen girls, but has been enjoyed by readers of all ages. Lovers of the ever-popular Amish fiction genre are sure to enjoy these books as well, even though they are geared toward a younger audience. The characters in the stories will soon become endeared to your heart, especially the mischievous Jonathan Fisher. We hope and pray that our books will touch your life and be a blessing to you, as they have been to us! Amish by Accident, written for adults, was the first book to be released via Amazon Kindle and is the eighth book penned by the author. The Amish Girls Series (Book 1) was released in late December 2012. Each subsequent book in the series will follow 2-3 months apart thereafter. Currently, a hard copy for Amish by Accident is in the works due to the book's popularity. A release date will be posted when it becomes available. Amish by Accident is now available in audio book format as well. A book trailer for Amish by Accident may be viewed on YouTube.





Additional Information:



Pages: 229

Genre: Christian Fiction (Romance, Chick Lit)

Publisher: Blessed Publishing



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Friday, July 26, 2013

Debby Mayne's Pretty is as Pretty Does

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
About the Book:
 
Priscilla Slater goes to her 10-year high school reunion as a successful business woman. Even though she got rid of her mousy brown hair, swapped out her discount store wardrobe for designer clothes, and now has perfectly straight teeth, she can't get past feeling like the ugly duckling. Her parents' disapproval for her choice of careers—running a chain of hair salons—deepens her self-doubt. She experiences self-discovery and learns that things aren't always as they seem.
 
During the reunion, one woman passes out after starving herself for the event. The class beauty queen appears to have more self-confidence than ever until her ex shows up with his new wife. The reunion organizer has taken her responsibilities to a whole new level that makes the Marines look like Boy Scouts, while her husband drinks too much and makes a fool of himself. The man she always dreamed about being with finally gives her some attention, but when she finds out more about him, she realizes he's not worth her time. These realizations boost her self-confidence, but now she has to deal with her best friend Tim's new feelings for her.
 
 
 
My Review:
 
I enjoyed this book.  It was written from the perspective of three different people, but I was able to follow along and not get lost.  Each person has their own fears about the upcoming high school reunion.  Debby does a really good job telling each persons story and they end up finding out a lot about themselves once the reunion is over.  They also resolve some family issues they have.  Great job Debby.
 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 
 



About the Author:

 

Debby Mayne has published more than 30 books and novellas, 400 print short stories and articles, more than 1,000 web articles, and a slew of devotions for women. She has also worked as managing editor of a national health magazine, product information writer for HSN, a creative writing instructor for Long Ridge Writers Group, and a copy editor and proofreader for several book publishers. For the past eight years, she has judged the Writers Digest Annual Competition, Short-Short Contest, and Self-Published Book Competition. Three of Debby’s books have been top ten favorites by the Heartsong Presents book club. Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida received 4-1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine, and was named a Top Pick for the month of July 2009.
 
Her latest book is Pretty Is As Pretty Does.
 
You can visit Debby Mayne’s website at www.debbymayne.com.
 
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Book Excerpt:
 
Chapter One
(Priscilla Slater)
 
We are thrilled to announce
Piney Point High School’s
10 year reunion
on June 7, 2003, at 7:30 PM
in Piney Point High’s
Newly renovated gymnasium.
Attire: Sunday best
RSVP: Laura Moss 601-555-1515
PS: There will be a pre-party
At Shenanigans in Hattiesburg
Starting at about 5:00 PM.
 
Wow. Ten years. As I read my high school reunion invitation a second time, I can’t help but smile. Although I own one of the most successful businesses in my hometown of Piney Point, Mississippi, I’ve lost track of most of the people I graduated with.
            Knowing the people I went to high school with, this is going to be one crazy event—that is, if everyone attends. I’m not surprised Laura added a pre-party to the invitation. Her husband has never attended any social event before pre-partying his face off—even in high school. Pete Moss graduated with the distinct honor of high school lush, and as far as I know, he continues to hold that honor, which is ironic since I don’t remember ever seeing Laura touching a drop of anything stronger than her mama’s two-day old sweet tea.
            Poor Laura.
            I pin the invitation to the bulletin board beside the fridge. And for extra measure, I jot the date on my calendar. In pencil, just in case . . . well, in case something comes up.
            As I kick off my killer-high heels, I wonder if Maurice will be there. I sigh as I remember the guy who, in my mind, almost became my boyfriend. I used to stand in front of my bedroom mirror, practicing “looks.” I reflect back and realize things weren’t as they seemed, but I still wonder if he’ll see me differently now that I’ve made something of myself. Not that I’m trying to impress anyone.
            And I sure haven’t impressed my parents. Quite the opposite. Still, I’ve taken a small-town beauty shop and turned it into a fabulous business—one of the most successful in Piney Point. And I’m not ready to stop there. I already have three shops—the original, which used to be called Dolly’s Cut ‘n Curl, one in Hattiesburg that formerly held the title Goldy’s Locks, and the salon where my current office is located in Jackson. In honor of the first, they are all called Prissy’s Cut ’n Curl, although I’m seriously considering changing the name to something a little trendier since I’m planning to expand. I mean, really, can you imagine anyone in New York City telling her friends she gets her hair done at the Cut ‘n Curl? Besides, I hate being called Prissy.
            I’ll never forget Mother’s reaction when she found out I’d dropped out of my first semester of college and enrolled at the Pretty and Proud School of Cosmetology. You’d have thought I announced I wanted to pledge Phi Mu or something. No offense to anyone in Phi Mu. It’s just that Mother was a Chi Omega, and that makes me a legacy, which carries even more clout than being Miss Piney Point, something I never was. Mother would have had a fit if I’d even suggested entering a beauty contest. So when I met some of the Chi Omegas at Ole Miss, I was surprised by how many of them were beauty queens—something Mother never mentioned.
            My parents are academics and they’re proud of it. Mother is a professor of English, and Dad is the head of the history department at the Piney Point Community College, but you’d think they were tenured professors at an Ivy League school the way they carry on.
            I missed lunch today and my stomach’s grumbling. But when the noise turns to hissing, I relent and pull a Lean Cuisine from the freezer. I know how to cook, but it seems rather pointless to do that for one. I also know that one Lean Cuisine isn’t enough, so while it heats in the microwave, I grab a bag of salad and dump the contents into a bowl. Then I chop a tomato, grab a few olives, and pour a tablespoon of ranch dressing on top. I step back and study the salad before I squirt another tablespoon or two. The salad’s full of fiber and the Lean Cuisine is low-fat, so I figure that balances out the extra calories.
            Just as I’m about to sit down and enjoy dinner, the phone rings. It has to be Mother, I think. She’s the only one who ever calls my house phone. I hesitate, but my daughterly duties overcome me. What if she needs something? I’d never be able to live with the guilt if I didn’t answer an important call from the woman who gave birth to me after twenty hours of labor—or so she tells folks when they ask why I’m an only child.
            “Did you get your invitation yet?” she asks without letting me finish my hello. “Are you planning on going?”
            Leave it to Mother to know about the reunion before me. “Yes . . . well, probably.”
            “There’s really no point, Priscilla. After all, it’s all about showing off all your accomplishments, and it’s not like you’ve made all that much of your life.”
            I bite my tongue, as I always have. I want to let Mother know how I really feel, but talking back has never gotten me anywhere with her, so I somehow manage to keep my yap shut. She takes that as encouragement to keep going.
            “That silly-frilly little job of yours will get old one of these days, and then what will you do?”
 
 
 
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Big Year For Lily by Suzanne Woods Fisher and Mary Ann Kinsinger

About A Big Year for Lily:

Book Three in the Adventures of Lily Lapp series. Co-written with Mary Kinsinger.

Lily Lapp's family has settled into their new home in Pennsylvania, but life still holds big changes and big steps for Lily. Good changes, like once again living close to her beloved cousin and best friend, Hannah. Bad changes, like a mean girl who plays tricks on her. And no change at all where Lily would most want one--Aaron Yoder sits near her in school and relentlessly teases her. Surprises are in store for Lily as she learns, with Mama and Papa's help, to manage the ups and downs of growing up Amish.

The third of four charming novels that chronicle the gentle way of the Amish through the eyes of a young girl, A Big Year for Lily gives children ages 8-12 a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Amish---and lots of fun and laughter along the way. It combines Mary Ann Kinsinger's real-life stories of growing up Amish and the bestselling writing of Amish fiction and nonfiction author Suzanne Woods Fisher. With charming line drawings in each book, this series captures the hearts of readers young and old.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/mVlq1

My Review:

This is a very cute and charming little book that anyone would enjoy, not just young girls.  This is the first book I have read in the series and I definitely want to read the other ones.  With that being said, I wasn't lost as to who was who in the series.  Lily is such a sweet and inquisitive little girl.  She gets herself into a lot of mischief, but most of the time, she isn't the instigator.  There is a little girl at school and church that she doesn't get along with very well, and that little girl causes Lily a lot of problems.  Some of lily's exploits will have you laughing out loud.  I highly recommend this book if you like a cute, fast read that leaves you feeling good.  Great job Suzanne and Mary Ann.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.



Meet Suzanne:

Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. She is also the coauthor of a new Amish children's series, The Adventures of Lily Lapp. Her interest in the Anabaptist cultures can be directly traced to her grandfather, who was raised in the Old Order German Baptist Brethren Church in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist. She is a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She lives in California. For more information, please visit suzannewoodsfisher.com and connect with her on Twitter @suzannewfisher. Get Amish proverbs delivered right to your iPhone or iPad! Download the Free App! http://bit.ly/134r55G

Learn more about Lily at http://adventuresoflilylapp.com/

Landing page: 


  

Suzanne Woods Fisher is celebrating the release of A Big Year for Lilybook three in the beloved Adventures of Lily Lapp series, with a giveaway extravaganza!



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One winner will receive:


Twelve winners will receive:

  • Special prizes specially picked by Lily (something new each day)! Suzanne will announce the winners on July 29 on her blog!
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 27th. All winners will be announced July 29th at Suzanne's blog.



Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to visit Suzanne's blog on the 29th to see if you won one of the fun prizes! (Or better yet, subscribe to her blog and have the winner announcement delivered to your inbox!)



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble

About Rosemary Cottage: Amy came to Rosemary Cottage to grieve, to heal, maybe even find love. But there's a deadly undertow of secrets around Hope Island . . .

The charming Rosemary Cottage on the beach offers Amy Lange respite she needs to mourn her brother, Ben. She's even thinking of moving her midwife practice to the Outer Banks community. It's always been a refuge for her and her family. She also wants to investigate Ben's disappearance at sea. Everyone blames a surfing accident, but Amy has reason to wonder.

Coast Guard officer Curtis Ireland has lost a sibling too. His sister, Gina, was run down by a boat, leaving him to raise her infant daughter. If anyone knew who little Raine's father was, Curtis could lose his beloved niece. Yet he can't help being drawn to Hope Beach's new midwife, Amy. He even agrees to help her investigate what happened to both Ben and Gina.

Can two grieving people with secrets find healing on beautiful Hope Island? Or will their quest for truth set them at odds with each other . . . and with those who will go to any length to keep hidden things hidden?

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/mQ63a

My Review:

Colleen Coble has out done herself with this one.  I literally could not put it down.  I just had to keep turning pages to see what happened next.  I usually don't mention covers, but this cover is just gorgeous!  I loved everything about this book.  The characters were so likable and the plot was so exciting.  There was also a great Faith element to this book.  I have read the first book in the Hope Beach series which was Tidewater Inn, but this one is better.  I highly recommend this book.  If you are looking for a great book that has a sweet romance, but also leaves you on the edge of your seat, then this is the book for you.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Meet Colleen: Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA's RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.




Learn more about Colleen: http://colleencoble.com/

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Rosemary Cottage Colleen Coble

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Bride for All Seasons

More about A Bride For All Seasons:
It All Started with an Ad in a Mail Order Bride Catalogue . . .
Melvin Hitchcock of the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalog isn't dishonest---not exactly. If he tweaks his clients' applications a bit, it's because he's looking out for their best interests.

This charming bouquet of novellas introduces four Hitching Post prospects in the year 1870, each one eager for second chances . . . and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they'll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.

And Then Came Spring by Margaret Brownley
Mary-Jo has been unlucky all her life. But who would guess she'd travel halfway across the country to meet her match . . . only to find him dead!
 
An Ever-After Summer by Debra Clopton
Ellie had no idea she's not what Matthew ordered. And what's wrong with being a "Bible thumper" anyway? She's determined to show him she's tougher than she looks---and just the girl he needs.
 
Autumn's Angel by Robin Lee Hatcher
Luvena would be perfect for Clay if she didn't come with kids. But kids are a deal breaker, especially in a rough-and-trouble mining town. The trouble is, there's no money to send them back. . .
 
Winter Wedding Bells by Mary Connealy
David's convinced he's not long for the world. He needs someone to mother his boys when he's gone---nothing more. Can plucky Irish Megan convince him to work at living instead of dying?
 
Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/mL2Ln
 
My Review:
 
This was a charming set of novellas that I thoroughly enjoyed.  All the authors did great jobs and even though they were novellas, I didn't think they were rushed and they told great stories.  Not sure which one was really my favorite, I liked them all.  They all had great faith elements in them also.  I thought it was funny that Mr. Hitchcock changed the letters to get the couples together.  He was a real matchmaker.  Each couple had written to the "Hitching Post" to find a mate, but ended up finding true love, all in God's timing.  Great job to all of the wonderful authors in this collection of novellas.
 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 

Landing page: 

 
 
Meet the Authors:
Margaret Brownley is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author and has penned more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. @margaretbrownley 
 
Robin Lee Hatcher is a Christy and RITA award-winning author. Her books often appear on bestseller lists. @robinleehatcher 
 
Mary Connealy is a Carol Award winner, an a RITA, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. @MaryConnealy 
 
Debra Clopton is an award winning author of sweet, heartfelt, western romance that face life with a smile. With over 2 million books in print, Debra has her first book coming as a movie starring LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton

 
 
  


Four novellas, four brides, and four stories to fall in love with. 

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Enter the world of mail-order brides with four of your favorite authors: Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher, Debra Clopton, and Margaret Brownley. In A Bride for All Seasons (Thomas Nelson) each of the prospective brides is hopeful for a second chance at love—and that second chance always seems to come in an unexpected package.





The authors are celebrating with a fun 12 Days of Unexpected Packages Giveaway! Between July 12-23 visit the authors’ Facebook Page to enter to win a new giveaway each day. Winners will be announced at the Facebook Author Chat party on July 23rd! Such fun!

The Wonderful World of Weddings-Researching for My Mystery Buzzkill


The Wonderful World of Weddings-Researching for My Mystery Buzzkill

by Teresa Trent

 

    My latest novel, Buzzkill centers around the process of planning a wedding. Weddings are natural stages for drama, heartbreak, joy and panic.  Most of the time the story has a happy ending and if it doesn't, it becomes an excellent exercise in character development.  Weddings are wonderful things for writers to expose characters at their very worst. You have to wonder if Ernest Hemingway had just attended a wedding when he coined the phrase, “Grace under pressure”.  

     Even though I've only had one wedding, I've had occasion to be around hundreds of them.  I paid my college tuition by working for three years  in a tuxedo shop in Colorado.  My job was filled with nervous grooms, bossy mothers, fickle brides, and plenty of funny groomsmen.  It always killed me how the wedding party would start out fun and jovial and end up stressed-out, nervous and on the edge of emotional collapse.  Writing Buzzkill was so much fun because I had many experiences to draw from, my own wedding included. 

Here are the top ten things I learned from working in a tuxedo shop:

 

1.      If the groom is wearing an “It's a Boy” hat...don't ask.

2.      If the groom hides the hat when the bride walks in...really don't ask.

3.      If the father of the bride tells you he has a 32 inch waist and you measure a solid 40.  Don't tell, just order the right pant.

4.      If the groom asks about the colors, it isn't pink; it's dusty rose.

5.      If the bride asks about the colors, it's pink.

6.      Never try to get wedding tuxes on prom night.

7.      Always use rubber gloves when cleaning out the groomsman’s pockets after the tuxes are returned.

8.      Every bride is beautiful and every groom is handsome, no matter what.

9.      The bride is always right.

10.  The bride's mother is even more right.

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Buzz Kill

by Teresa Trent

 

Teresa Trent lives in Texas and loves writing about small town life. She first got the idea to create Pecan Bayou after visiting the Texas Hill Country to view the millions of springtime flowers alongside the roads and highways. The town of Pecan Bayou does not exist in Texas, but there is a body of water in the state with the name. Pecan Bayou does exist in Teresa's imagination and heart. Buzzkill is the fourth book in the Pecan Bayou series featuring all of the crazy characters who live in this cozy little town in Texas.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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July 25 - 28



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Free Days

July
25 - 28


Buzz
Kill
by
Teresa Trent


Genre:
Cozy Mystery
Release
Date: July 2013




Book
Description:



Betsy
Livingston is planning a wedding so what could go wrong? After
publishing a recipe for homemade calamine lotion in the newspaper,
the ladies in the community church make a large batch. Everyone loves
the stuff until someone in Pecan Bayou is found dead after using it.
The town points to Betsy and she starts rethinking her whole career
as a helpful hints columnist. Now she must clear her own name in
between dress-fitting, cake-tasting, and all those things that turn a
bride into a bridezilla. Is Betsy at fault or could there be
something else that leads her down the aisle to murder?





Excerpt:

“Okay now, let’s
see.” Mr. Andre lowered his head, revealing the roots of his
mousse-spiked, bleached hair. He wore a dark maroon suit with a
matching jewel-toned silk shirt unbuttoned midway, showing sparse
hair on his skinny chest. “Do you have a photographer?”
“Yes,” I
ventured.
“No,” Aunt
Maggie cut in. “She has some guy who shoots kiddie team pictures.”
“Oh my.” Andre
circled something on his clipboard. “No photographer.”
“And you’ve gone
for a wedding cake tasting?”
“A tasting? I
think I already know what vanilla and chocolate tastes like by now.”
Andre shook his head
as if I were a child. “No, my dear. You will be pleased to find out
there are other flavors like white amaretto, champagne – girl, you
can even get peanut butter if that’s what floats your boat. So I
take it you haven’t had a cake-tasting session?”
“You would be
correct,” I replied.
“I see.” He
circled another line. “And your flowers?”
“She’s using
Lenny Stokes, and she’s already put a deposit down,” Aunt Maggie
said.
Andre grimaced.
“I see. I’ll
need his number and address so I can get in contact with him to put
him on my approved vendors list.” He circled another line. “And
what is the venue?”
“We are going to
have the ceremony at the community church.”
Andre’s eyebrows
raised as he nodded and smiled. I had finally done something right.
“Do you have any
kind of documentation on this?” he asked.
“Not officially,
no,” I said. “I have talked to the pastor about it, though and he
says it’s open. We live in a small town, Andre. Documentation isn’t
always required.”
“Mr. Andre,” he
corrected.
“We just don’t
have the same kinds of waiting lists like there are in the big city.”
He clutched his hand
to his chest. “Well, that’s a relief.”
“And your
invitations?”
“We weren’t
going to send those out until mid-January. We were afraid people
would lose them. I have them ordered.” Mr. Andre’s eyes slanted
toward me. “Well, they’re not exactly ordered, but I do have them
picked out.”
A pause hung in the
air as Mr. Andre summoned up the strength to go on. “Are you sure
we’re planning a wedding and not some kind of country barbecue
where they cook a pig over a spit?” He clasped his hands together
in front of him to emphasize his point. “You are in crisis mode,
Madame Happy Hinter.”
I gulped. So maybe,
just maybe, I hadn’t nailed down enough of the details. I felt a
tear escape onto my cheek. Andre, used to overwhelmed brides, reached
over to a satin-covered tissue box and slapped it down on the table
in front of me.
“Dry your eyes,
sweetie. We’ve got work to do,” he said. “You should know what
a lucky girl you are. I just removed myself from a wedding on the
same day. No one – I repeat, no one – does a wedding like Mr.
Andre, but even I have my limits on troublesome brides and monster
mothers. As fate would have it, I’m yours.”
He walked over to a
filing cabinet and pulled out a large white leather binder. Mr.
Andre’s picture was on the front, and underneath that, “Weddings
Exclusively by Mr. Andre” was embossed in gold lettering.
“I don’t care
what religion you are,” he said. “This, lovey, is your new bible.
Carry this with you everywhere and fill it with notes, questions,
business cards, quotes and everything – I mean everything – that
has to do with your wedding. Is that clear?”
“Yes, sir,” I
said and saluted before I could stop myself. Aunt Maggie broke out
into a laugh, but Mr. Andre turned quickly, fixing his eyes on her.
She quickly stifled her reaction and stood up a little straighter,
becoming just another draftee in the world of white satin.






Friday, July 19, 2013

Review of Cathy Ace's The Corpse with the Golden Nose






Synopsis
A heartfelt plea to look into the death of a world-famous vintner goes hand in hand with the opportunity to attend an exclusive gourmet event in British Columbia’s stunning wine country. How can overindulgent foodie and criminologist Cait Morgan resist?
Sure that the award-winning owner of a family-run vineyard was murdered, Cait shares her findings with Bud Anderson, a retired homicide cop. But he is convinced that the woman took her own life, whatever her grief-stricken sister might say. That is, until death strikes once again, in the neat rows of grapevines that clamber up the banks of magnificent Lake Okanagan.
Uncovering obsessions that might have fuelled murderous thoughts among the victim’s wacky neighbours is a start, but as Cait unravels the clues, she realizes that more lives are at stake. Can she think, and act, quickly enough to thwart the killer?
The Corpse with the Golden Nose is the second book in the Cait Morgan Mysteries, a classic whodunit series featuring the eccentric Professor Cait Morgan.
 
 
My Review:
 
This is one of those books, that once you get started, you don't want to put it down.  Cait Morgan, a criminal psychologist,  is a great sleuth, she solved this murder that no one even suspected was a murder. When her boyfriend, retired cop, Bud, shows her a picture of two sisters, one who committed suicide and told her the story, she knew right away that it wasn't suicide.  The sisters owned a winery and the surviving sister was Bud's "grief buddy" on a grief blog.  She invites him and his "other" to the "Moveable Feast", Cait is all ready to go.  When they get there, the meet an eclectic cast of characters, any one of them could have been the murderer.  But as Cait digs deeper, she uncovers the killer, but will she be able to stop more killings.
This was a great cozy that kept me on the edge of my seat and kept me turning the pages.  Great job Cathy Ace.  I look forward to more Cait Morgan stories. 
 
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 
About Cathy Ace
Welsh Canadian mystery author Cathy Ace is the creator of the Cait Morgan Mysteries, which include The Corpse with the Silver Tongue and The Corpse with the Golden Nose. Born, raised, and educated in Wales, Cathy enjoyed a successful career in marketing and training across Europe, before immigrating to Vancouver, Canada, where she taught on MBA and undergraduate marketing programs at various universities. Her eclectic tastes in art, music, food, and drink have been developed during her decades of extensive travel, which she continues whenever possible. Now a full-time author, Cathy’s short stories have appeared in multiple anthologies, as well as on BBC Radio 4. She and her husband are keen gardeners, who enjoy being helped out around their acreage by their green-pawed Labradors.
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Website: cathyace.com
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Review of Florian's Gate by Davis Bunn

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Review and synopsis from Amazon.com

The author of "The Lion of Babylon," "Book of Hours," and "The Sacred Divide "offers a fascinating story blending a family epic with mystery and romance. The Iron Curtain has been torn open, setting Poland on the road to democracy. But can true freedom come to those still bound by tragic memories? When Jeffrey Sinclair begins working in a high-priced London antique shop, he discovers that Alexander Kantor, his enigmatic relative and employer, has a reputation for acquiring priceless antiques under mysterious circumstances. As Jeffrey learns the business and becomes more deeply involved, he discovers that the source of the antiques is not the only secret Alexander has hidden. And Katya Nichols, the woman Jeffrey is coming to love, also has secrets to hide. Her shrouded past acts as a barrier that separates the two of them.Jeffrey's new life takes him to places he had never imagined, to the secret treasure troves of Europe, to poverty-stricken men and women also haunted by the past and hoarding their few valuables. But the journey takes him inward as well, into his own pain and the related wounds of those he loves, a place where only a divine Father can bring hope and light. A family epic blending mystery and romance set in the luxurious trappings of contemporary London and the turbulent economies of Eastern Europe.

My Review:

This book was okay, it is not what I usually read.  It gives a lot of detail about antiques and Poland right after the "iron curtain" was removed.  I didn't know a lot about this time in history, and I found it interesting to read about.  I found this book a little hard for me to understand at times, and for me it was a little tedious also.  Don't get me wrong, it is a good book with a very good faith element to it.  The characters are all likable and their struggles are believable. 

Jeffrey is an American that goes to London to help his relative, Alexander, with his antique business.  He doesn't know a lot about antiques, and know one knows where Alexander gets his antiques from.  Jeffrey hires Katya to help out at the shop and falls in love with her.  Alexander asks Jeffrey to go on a buying quest to Poland, and while there, all three have to confront their demons and learn to turn it over to GOD.

Very well written, but this isn't a fast read and will take a little to work through.  Overall a good job, though.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest review.

 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review of Jocelyn Green's Wedded to War



Synopsis from Amazon:

It's April 1861, and the Union Army's Medical Department is a disaster, completely unprepared for the magnitude of war. A small group of New York City women, including 28-year-old Charlotte Waverly, decide to do something about it, and end up changing the course of the war, despite criticism, ridicule and social ostracism. Charlotte leaves a life of privilege, wealth-and confining expectations-to be one of the first female nurses for the Union Army. She quickly discovers that she's fighting more than just the Rebellion by working in the hospitals. Corruption, harassment, and opposition from Northern doctors threaten to push her out of her new role. At the same time, her sweetheart disapproves of her shocking strength and independence, forcing her to make an impossible decision: Will she choose love and marriage, or duty to a cause that seems to be losing? An Irish immigrant named Ruby O'Flannery, who turns to the unthinkable in the face of starvation, holds the secret that will unlock the door to Charlotte's future. But will the rich and poor confide in each other in time?

Wedded to War is a work of fiction, but the story is inspired by the true life of Civil War nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. Woolsey's letters and journals, written over 150 years ago, offer a thorough look of what pioneering nurses endured.

Jocelyn Green's debut novel is endorsed by historians and professors for its historical accuracy and detail, by award-winning novelists for its spell-binding storytelling, and by entertainment journalists and book club leaders for its deep and complex content, perfect to share and discuss with others.
 
My Review:
 
This was an amazing story.  Jocelyn Green did amazing research because her depiction of the wounded soldiers was amazing.  It is the story of two different women from two different backgrounds, that are put together to help out the Union Army.  They come to find out they have a lot more in common than they thought.  Charlotte is a nurse for the Army.  She had to overcome a lot of obstacles to become a nurse and then she has to suffer a lot of degrading things when she gets to hospitals to help.  Ruby is a poor Irish immigrant whose husband joins the cause.  She has to fend for herself and is taken advantage of by the son of the woman she is working for.  This forces her to do things she swore she would never do.  When she finds herself pregnant, she goes to Dr. Blackwell, who trained and sent the nurses to the war.  Dr. Blackwell asks Charlotte to take Ruby to Washington with her.  The two strike up a close friendship.  When Charlotte’s suitor comes to the front lines to take her home to marry him, Ruby has to tell Charlotte and her family what really happened to her.  They follow what God would want them to do and extend her Grace.  Charlotte calls of the wedding, and goes back to the front lines to help.  There she finds her true love Caleb again, but also agrees to take a lucrative position.
This story was told with a lot of emotion.  Jocelyn did a really good job with the characters in this book and I felt their pain and agonies like they were my own.  Charlotte was a very strong character, and Ruby did what she had to do to survive.  I liked the faith element in this book.  I also liked how it played out in the end with the “villain” in this story.  Great job Jocelyn; I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes the era of the Civil War, and for anyone who wants a great read.  The only thing is this isn’t a lite read that you will read in a day or two; it is intense and may take a couple of days.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
 
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Bio

Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration.
Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Evangelical Press Association, Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.
She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.