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It Had to be You by Susan May Warren

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Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: February 2014
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Series: A Christiansen Family Novel – book 2
Genre: Fiction; Romance, Christian, Contemporary
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Ever since reading my first Susan May Warren novel (Happily Ever After – way to hook a teenage romantic!), I have been a committed fan of Warren’s wordsmith. Since that very first Deep Haven book, this fan has been eager to return to the beloved north of the rustic Minnesota town. The second novel in Warren’s “spin-off” series (following the six novels in the Deep Haven series), It Had to Be You is Eden Christiansen’s story. As the responsible daughter of the family, Eden has always put aside her feelings and aspirations in favor of keeping baby brother, Owen in line during his pursuit of a career in the NHL. Wild and determined to push his sister out of his life, Eden is devastated when Owen is injured with the possibility he may never play again. This leads her into the life of team captain Jace Jacobsen. Jace is the Blue Ox’s “bad boy,” every stereotype of the image has been written about him and because of that neither Eden nor Jace knew each other beyond recognition when passing in the stadium halls. Eden has made assumptions about Jace, and Jace never thought of Eden as anything other than Owen’s bossy cheerleader, but now these two unlikely people are about to discover there is more to a person than first impressions. Continue reading “It Had to be You by Susan May Warren”

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Dare to Love Again by Julie Lessman

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Author: Julie Lessman
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: The Heart of San Francisco – Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5

Back with only her second novel in her newest series, Julie Lessman tackles the sassy Allison McClare’s story, heartaches and the risks she takes to fall in love again. Working with her mother, Caitlyn and cousin, Cassidy at the new school for girls the McClare women have opened on the crime-ridden Barbary Coast and now run, Allison isn’t the average society girl nor one likely to be intimidated. Or so the brute of a detective Nick Barone soon learns. Through a  series of events, Nick is hired to teach Allison self-defense and what started out as less-than-polite interactions between the two soon blossoms into friendship – even if it’s a tenuous one. While Allison craves independence and living life on the edge of what’s “safe,” Nick changes her outlook on life… he both infuriates her and with time manages to touch her heart. But no matter the time the pair spends together, will Allison be able to trust Nick…? Or is his past riddled with secrets that will again break Allison’s trust in men… and her heart? Continue reading “Dare to Love Again by Julie Lessman”

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Top Ten (Or Seven) Tuesday: Things on my Reading Wishlist

TTT_Logo-001Morning, lovelies. Today we are welcoming another week, another Tuesday and another edition of Top Ten Tuesday. Oh, my! This week’s topic isn’t about books that have me in a tizzy of anticipation or a themed topic in that regard and is instead asking what we’d like to see more of from authors. Although in my case, I’m being extra nit-picky and requesting things of authors I’d like to see less of… not sure how well that translates to this topic, but there you have it. Continue reading “Top Ten (Or Seven) Tuesday: Things on my Reading Wishlist”

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The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

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Author: Julie Klassen
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Historical Fiction
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Review: Generally speaking, regency fiction – or really, most novels that fall within the historical fiction genre, is something I prefer when the British give us a spectacular new cinematic production. For some crazy reason, I love it when seen through the lens of vivid film but reading about it…? I just haven’t been able to fall into the fan base. For this reason, this is only the second novel I’ve read by the talented Julie Klassen which follows a young dancing instructor Alec Valcourt newly arrived from London to the small village of Beaworthy. Once there, living with his mother and sister under his uncle’s roof, Alec is anxious to set up a new academy only to learn that the estate landowner, Lady Midwinter has forbidden dancing of any kind to be participated in. When he meets Julia Midwinter, the woman’s impetuous daughter, Alec is surprised to find her desirous to go against her mother and learn the art of dance but also a young lady who has no scruples about who she flutters her eyes at. When past secrets begin to emerge, it’s up to Julia and Alec to restore happiness to the village that has tiptoed around Lady Midwinter for one too many years. Continue reading “The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Debut Authors of 2014

It’s Tuesday again which means I’m jumping back on the Top Ten Tuesday meme train and this is the first I’ve participated in of the new year. The topic today is:

Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For

I’m kind of breaking the “rules” for this topic today since news about debut authors isn’t readily available this early in the year. Instead of “just debuts” as the topic calls for, you’ll find a mix-up of various different authors below. Some will be debuts I’m curious about, others won’t be debut authors but they’re names I haven’t read yet and their upcoming 2014 release has me excited which means hopefully 2014 will be the year I’ll actually read one of their novels. Here are those 2014 titles. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Debut Authors of 2014”
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No One to Trust by Lynette Eason

About the Book:Book - No One to Trust
Author: Irene Hannon
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Hidden Identity – book 1
Genre: Fiction; Suspense, Contemporary Suspense/Romance
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Review: Among her peers, Lynette Eason has established herself as a voice who is talented, unique and well worth a read. Each one of her novels is fast-paced rarely giving the reader a moment to reflect and experience calm (not that I’m complaining, mind you), nevertheless that’s what keeps us frantically turning the pages. In this, the first book to kick off her new series, the story follows Summer Abernathy whose perfect life has suddenly been torn apart. On the day she and husband Kyle were to spend together away from work responsibilities Summer instead awakes to strange men in her bedroom and a gun in her face. Who is Kyle? Is he the man she fell in love with… or a man who’s hiding an unforgiveable past? Continue reading “No One to Trust by Lynette Eason”