Book Review

The Siren by Kiera Cass – An Urban Fantasy Novel with Fairytale Underpinnings

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Author: Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Publication Date: 2015 (Republished)
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult Contemporary
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review | Exotic travel, a closest full of exquisite ball gowns and her sisters is enough for Kahlen. Or at it was. This was before she met Akinli. Kahlen is exactly human, and her relationship will threaten everything she’s promised to do. To start with, she is at the will of the Ocean for one hundred years. She owes a debt meaning her life is not her own. Instead, Kahlen (and her sisters!) are Sirens. Otherworldly creatures who though human in appearance are anything but. As Kahlen struggles with her the human part of her soul resurfacing, she must decide how best to protect Akinli. From the Ocean… and from her.

Novels that resemble – no matter the concept the classic fable, The Little Mermaid are a rarity. This is especially true in comparison to the re-tellings of Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella, which are abundant. Pitching this as a Little Mermaid reimagining isn’t really fair because it is different, but the idea lingers in the readers mind. The premise is unique and I found the characterizations particularly heart-tugging.

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Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh – a Complex Contemporary Novel with Depth

About the Book:Change of Heart
Author: Courtney Walsh
Publisher: Tyndale House
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Paper Hearts, 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | As a reader who (for reasons unknown) best loves the contemporary genre, reading Courtney Walsh’s novels was high on my priority list. But despite best intentions I’d not opened the pages to discover her brand of Story. Until now. Inside these pages, a story of joy, disappointment, betrayal and the healing power of forgiveness unfold, all of which rises to the surface as each of these layers is beautifully peeled away.  Continue reading “Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh – a Complex Contemporary Novel with Depth”

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The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert – A Messy and Beautiful Coming-Of-Age Story

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Author: Katie Ganshert
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
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Publication Date: 2015
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | Since it first released, I had every intention of reading Katie Ganshert’s latest novel. Her novel A Broken Kind of Beautiful lived up to its title and then some. Still, for whatever reason, it took the 2016 INSPYs before I actually picked up another of Katie’s amazing books. To my great pleasure, her latest novel is again, a study in what good fiction should be. Continue reading “The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert – A Messy and Beautiful Coming-Of-Age Story”

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The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson – A Cozy Contemporary Novel

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Author:
Liz Johnson
Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: 2016
Source: Publisher Provided ARC
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Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams #1
Genre:
Fiction; Romance, Inspirational  

Rating: 5 out of 5 

The vibrant setting, lovable characters and sense of community support a gentle and memorable story in Liz Johnson’s The Red Door Inn.

REVIEW | There are some books that stick with you from the very first time you hear about them. This was one of those novels. From the moment I saw the cover for The Red Door Inn, coupled with its series title, I knew it’d be a story well suited to my reading sensibilities.

The story is about Marie Carrington, a woman on the run from a past she cannot forget. As she nears Prince Edward Island, she is befriended by a fellow traveler, Jack Sloane, a kindly older gentleman looking to make his deceased wife’s dream of a B&B realized. With some reluctance, Marie agrees to work for Jack as his interior decorator, and in exchange she finds herself a safe place to stay while she plans her future. While working with Jack, Marie also meets his nephew, Seth. A man embittered by heartbreak, Seth immediately recognizes something familiar in Marie. But he is distrustful of pretty faces—they always leave him—and Marie is on a hesitant journey of healing and second chances. Continue reading “The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson – A Cozy Contemporary Novel”

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The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness

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Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Summer Harbor, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | On what should be the happiest day of her life, Lucy Lovett cannot remember a thing. She wakes in a strange place on the floor of a Portland restaurant confused about how she got there – in a wedding gown, no less! Her solution is to call Zac Callahan, the one man she does remember most vividly. But their wedding day isn’t for another several months, which means something she can’t remember has happened. Angry, Zac wants nothing to do with Lucy. But the mystery becomes, why? As Lucy tries to return home – to Summer Harbor, Maine, she finds no one is eager to welcome her back.

A woman who can’t forget the man she loves. A man who wishes he could forget.   Continue reading “The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter – A Contemporary Romance about Finding Home and Forgiveness”

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One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank – An Armchair Parisian Journey

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Author: Denise Grover Swank

Publisher: Blink

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance, Young Adult

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Sophie Brooks is annoyed. Her summer has been hijacked by the agreement between her mother and father. Now that they’re divorced and living on separate continents, Sophie and her brother Eric are shipped off to Paris for the summer. The purpose of this trip is to inspire bonding with their father (who walked out on them the year before) and to see him marry his fiancée. As a part of the package deal, Sophie must deal with an evil new stepsister determined to undermine her as well as the heartbreak of a first love.   Continue reading “One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank – An Armchair Parisian Journey”

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Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit

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Author: Lorie Langdon

Publisher: Blink

Source: Publisher Provided

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Young Adult, Teen

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW: Four years ago, Ashton Keller was accused of murder. Four years ago, all Ashton wanted to be worried about was surviving his first year of high school… and girls. More specifically, his best friend Willow Lamont. Now four years later, Ashton is released from juvenile detention with revenge on the mind little realizing how his conviction altered and damaged Willow and her family.

Prepared for indifference towards everyone he once knew, nearly as soon as Ashton sets foot back in Gilt Hollow, everything changes. Continue reading “Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon – Atmospheric Young Adult Whodunit”

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Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon – A Satisfying Conclusion to the McGregor Brother’s Saga

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Author: Irene Hannon

Publisher: Revell Books

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Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Men of Valor, book 3

Genre: Fiction; Romantic Suspense

Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Recuperating from a traumatic event is all Dana wants out of her off-the-grid haven. An editor by trade, her refuge – a cabin left to her by her grandfather, is soon the target of vandalism. Furthermore, her life is disrupted by the arrival of Finn McGregor; a seasoned Army Ranger recovering from scars (both physical and emotional) of his own. Though she didn’t plan for it, before long Finn becomes the person she relies most on. Similarly, Dana in Finn’s life becomes the person who helps him open up and heal. But with two such different paths before them, their separate lives and the danger that lurks, what does fate have in store for them? Continue reading “Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon – A Satisfying Conclusion to the McGregor Brother’s Saga”

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The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction

About the Book:The Bachelor Girl's Guide to Murder Rachel McMillan

Author: Rachel McMillan

Publisher: Harvest House

Source: Author provided E-galley

Publication Date: 2016

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Series: Herringford and Watts, book 1

Genre: Fiction; Historical

Rating: 5 out of 5

REVIEW | One of my weaknesses is historical settings set in or around the 1900s. I know the blame for this lies squarely on the shoulders of Julian Fellowes and a little drama called Downton Abbey. This is partial reason why the debut novel of Rachel McMillan rose up to be one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. Never mind its premise being completely different, it became the one novel I was 99.9% sure of 100% adoring. Helping to sell this educated guess of mine was the beautiful and swirly cover art that featured the old-fashioned art of silhouettes to say nothing of its gorgeous swirly font. As I turned the pages, within the span of 10-15, I was swept into Rachel’s Toronto and the fascinating historical setting of 1910. Continue reading “The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder by Rachel McMillan – Smart and Sassy Edwardian Fiction”

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Told You Twice by Kristen Heitzmann – Emotionally Investing and Raw

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Author: Kristen Heitzmann
Publisher: bHd Books (Indie)
Source: Author Provided (via Rel’s Author Services)
Publication Date: 2016
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Series: Told You, Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

REVIEW: Stars are finally aligning for Alexis Murphy. She has an adoring fiancé, Jeffrey, and with him, she’s planning a fairytale wedding with Grace Evangeline. All is made sweeter since Grace is married to Exi’s cousin, Devin, the guy who still affectionately calls her by the childhood nickname. Her otherwise ideal life hits a snag when Exi meets Bo Corrigan, the one man Devin distrusts most.

Bo is walking, breathing trouble. Grace sees more to him, but when he expresses interest in Exi, all Devin can see is an infuriating charmer out to break hearts. Bo is struggling internally with his lifestyle. He isn’t sure what he wants and questions everything: including his sketchy past and his infatuation with Exi. All of which could cost Bo a great deal more that he is willing to give. Continue reading “Told You Twice by Kristen Heitzmann – Emotionally Investing and Raw”