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Shattered by Dani Pettrey

Book - ShatteredAbout the Book:
Author: Dani Pettrey
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Alaskan Courage” (book two)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Mystery, Sequel

Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

Review: She may be the baby of the family but Piper is one determined girl. Her brother’s return to Alaska is shattered when he stands accused of murder. Fiercely protective of those she loves, Piper refuses to believe that Reef could ever murder anyone even as the evidence is mounted. Making matters worse, the one person Piper thought she could trust, is who makes the arrest. Deputy Landon Grainger is conflicted at the prospect of arresting Reef McKenna. For over ten years, he has been a part of their family and Cole’s best friend but now, in order to uphold the law, he has to follow where the evidence leads, only doing so will mean crushing Piper. Refusing to stand by helpless, Piper determines she’ll carry out her own investigation, and Landon can do nothing to stop her. In order to keep close tabs on her, he sticks to her side, wanting to protect the woman he has silently loved since they were kids…

It is rare for me to be giddy over a suspense work of fiction. Sure, I like the genre as well as the next person but it’s one I’ve drifted from since reading Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series years ago. Nothing seemed to intrigue like those books. Until now. In Dani Pettrey’s terrific character driven series, I feel as if I’ve stepped into a world that, although it’s nothing more than fiction is in fact, very real. At the heart of the story is the McKenna clan. We likely remember Piper, the “pesky” youngest McKenna sibling whose apparent reckless choices suspiciously strikes a raging fear in the heart of family friend and Deputy, Landon Grainger. Piper is an interesting lady. Her character is easily loved and I particularly enjoyed her young age as it made her motivations and personality more relatable and easy to identify with. Everything Piper does is to protect her family, perhaps she even overcompensates with this trait because she is the youngest and most “protected” by each of her siblings. We feel Piper’s heart as she fights to clear her brother’s name. Because of Piper’s persistence, the story is actually a compelling one. Continue reading “Shattered by Dani Pettrey”

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Cover Candy: Edition Six

Re-posting this from the “main” blog.

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Hey, there, readers! Decided to put out another edition of “candy love.” Finally built up a decent amount of cool concepts, was inspired by Bethany House’s new fall 2013 line-up as well as being reminded by the lovely Rel how fun this was! So without further ado,
Let’s talk about books…
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Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Book - Safe HavenAbout the Book:
Author: Nicholas Spark
Publisher: Grand Central Station
Publication Date: 2010
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5Review: Frightened for her life but without the means to be a self-sufficient woman prompts Katie to finally run from everything she knows after an entire year of careful preparation. Ending up in a small Southern town that is more a tourist hangout than a place to put down roots, Katie begins a new job while catching the eye of the local shop keeper, Alex. Widowed and raising two kids, with a past in law enforcement, Alex has a keen sense, and he knows Katie is hiding from a past – and the threat is a danger that still frightens her. Paralyzed by the life she left behind, Katie’s resistance to Alex is soon challenged when she slowly finds herself relying on his protective embrace and her heart is lost to his two children, all of which is threatened when her past rears its ugly head.    Continue reading “Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks”
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Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson

Book - Picture PerfectAbout the Book:
Author: Janice Thompson
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Weddings by Design” (book one)
Genre: Fiction; Christian, Romantic-Comedy
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

Review: Hannah Grace is tired of her life being a series of “almosts.” Though the eldest in her family, she is the only one not yet married and is in fact, still living at home with her parents whose repetitive routines are enough to make any girl go mad. This time, Hannah has had enough: No more is she going to settle. She has started her own business – a photography studio – plans on winning the favor of Bella Neely, Galveston’s most sought-after wedding coordinator and shoot the wedding of one of the music industry’s best talents, which could make or break her burgeoning career. First, she must get over the re-appearance of her high-school nemesis, Jacque Goldfaurb. This time, however, Hannah’s Jacque arrives in her competition, the handsome Drew Kincaid – a man whose good looks and beautiful eyes may tempt Hannah to stop thinking of Drew as the enemy. To make matters worse, there is an Irish legend that says the Kincaid’s and McDermott are mortal enemies. These near-misses, Hannah is determined to ace! Continue reading “Picture Perfect by Janice Thompson”

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A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad

Book - A Great CatchAbout the book:
Author: Lorna Seilstad
Publisher: Revell
Series: “Lake Manawa Summers” (book 2 of 3)
Publication Date: 2011
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Rating: 3 out of 5

The Story: Unmarried. That is the one fact that the still single (at 22 years of age!) Emily Graham is unable to escape. Her grandmother and aunts seem to remind her daily of her marital status – and they make sure she doesn’t forget that if she cannot find a husband this summer, she will be past her prime. An independent woman who is active in the suffrage movement, Emily is not opposed to marriage – in fact she dreams of having a husband and someday, a family. A bit of a klutz who thinks her looks are nothing to turn heads, Emily is not about to give in to her aunt’s idea of a suitor – a man more suited to being her father than a lover.

Carter Stockton is back again on Lake Manawa. Defying his father and brother’s hopes for him to enter the family business, Carter is instead playing for the Manawa Owls – the local baseball team. Passionate about the game, Carter finds himself in a whole lot of trouble when he comes face-to-face with Emily again. The younger sister of his former schoolmate, Carter cannot afford to get entangled in Emily’s adventures this summer… but he finds himself becoming more and more attached to her until he craves spending his days with the loveable girl who is always a blunder-waiting-to-happen. Will their family’s feuding – and Emily’s suffrage work keep the two apart? Continue reading “A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad”