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Timeless by Michelle Madow

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Author: Michelle Madow
Publisher: Dreamscape Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Series: “Transcend Time” (book 3 of 3)
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Historical, Young Adult, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Drew and Lizzie are now secure in their future. Much to the resentment of Chelsea, they changed the course of the past… or they thought they did. Happy as they are now, both are unaware that Chelsea has campaigned to unleash a horrible curse obtained by a witch that will alter all of their realities. Lizzie soon realizes that in order to be with the man she’s loved twice now, something will have to be done. To hold onto the future… changing the past is key.

From a reader’s perspective, I don’t think I’d have imagined Michelle Madow changing the character’s future using the means she did. Instead of keeping the story only in present day, she takes her characters out of their “comfort zone,” so to speak and puts them into the era they are reincarnated from. Snapping pretty bits of inspiration from elements this series was inspired from (Pride & Prejudice, Taylor Swift), it’s something that works for the story. Time travel aside, once the reader breezes past the first three to five chapters, things get more complicated than we bargained for. Continue reading “Timeless by Michelle Madow”

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Cover Candy: Edition Five

Put together another edition of some “cover love” today. Found some really great new covers, and a couple that have been re-designed. Enjoy!

Re-posting from my “main” blog.

  • “Basic” and traditional as this cover may be, I am in love with the splash of yellow in the car. It adds a neat hue and brings everything together. Know nothing about this Christian market author but the story sounds fine…

Synopsis: The red warning light on her car dashboard drove Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But as she encounters the people who make Last Chance their home, it’s her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life for Lainie’s comfort-especially since she’s on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Yet in spite of herself, Lainie finds that she is increasingly drawn in to the dramas of small town life. An old church lady who always has room for a stranger. A handsome bartender with a secret life. A single mom running her diner and worrying over her teenage son. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little hick town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?

July 2013 Continue reading “Cover Candy: Edition Five”

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The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport

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Author: Olivia Newport
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Avenue of Dreams” (book two)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical, Sequel Rating: 31/2 out of 5

Review: Notions and daydreams are not something the hard-working Charlotte Farrow can afford. She is hiding a secret and trying to provide for her young son. Unable to share her burden, Charlotte has protected her secrets at all cost since it would mean immediate dismissal from her work in service at the Banning house. The only person who knows about Henry is Lucy Edwards, the Banning’s only daughter, and Charlotte’s advocate. All of her savings goes towards the care of Henry who was placed with a kindly woman but things are about to get complicated. Henry is dropped off at the Banning home leaving Charlotte in a horrible position. Coinciding with her son’s arrival is the Banning’s coach man, Archie talking of leaving service – and he wants to take Charlotte with him. Suddenly her once orderly life becomes a waiting game as she silently stands by while her employers determine what to do with a child they assume was abandoned. Continue reading “The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport”

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Vanished by Irene Hannon

Vanished Book ArtAbout the Book:
Author: Irene Hannon
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Private Justice” (book one)
Genre: Christian Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

My Thoughts: Since re-discovering my love of a solid mystery novel, it doesn’t take much to embroil an interested reader such as myself in a good one. Few pages in, award-winning author, Irene Hannon addicts interest with her fabulous pacing and creative skills. Hook, line and sinker – all three elements are prominent in this mystery involving a credited reporter Moira Harrison whose accident on a lonely road one rainy night leads her straight to the doorstep of the detective agency Phoenix, INC. and more specifically Cal Burke. Now retired from law enforcement, Cal is skeptical when he hears Moira’s story of a woman lying in the road and a Good Samaritan who never dialed 911 but something about Moira intrigues Cal. Going against the clues, he takes the pro bono case, opening a Pandora’s Box full of secrets in the process. Continue reading “Vanished by Irene Hannon”

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Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee

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Author: Krista McGee
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Genre: Christian Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult
Rating: 5 out of 5

My Thoughts: Reading a handful of complimentary reviews can entice any reader to pick up a book with an unfamiliar author’s name to its credit. That was how I become introduced to Krista McGee’s novels; fellow reviewers unknowingly prompted me to request this novel for review. Happily I am not sorry to have done so. The story of seventeen-year-old Natalia is one that will hit its mark with many teens – instead of just “another” teenage romance novel in which the characters are on the brink of falling into places they might not return from or a sordid love triangle, this one has heart (more than any novel – adult or teen – that I’ve read in a long time), and more importantly, it’s grounded in realism not fantasy. In the story, Natalia leaves behind her life in Spain to return to America with her broken-hearted stepmother – just the latest “victim” in a long line of her father’s now ex-wives. Determined to remain unattached in life so that she never follows her father’s footsteps, Natalia finds that God has other plans for her new life in Florida. Continue reading “Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee”