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Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’

A B O U T THE B O O K
Author: Hillary Manton Lodge
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Source: Publisher provided
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Family
Rating: ★★★★½

“Smart, sassy and sensational, Jane of Austin is a classic in its own right; a book worthy of placing next to its Austen inspired tome.”

REVIEW | Change is threatening to sweep the Woodward sister’s into its vicious cycle. In the wake of their father’s scandal, the sisters reinvent their life by opening a tea shop. Now, their landlord has died and his family no longer believe they’re good tenants. Forced to leave behind their home and business, the three sisters pack up and make the move from California to Texas, where distant relatives await. Continue reading “Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge – Sisters and Sweet Tea, Novel Re-Tells ‘Sense and Sensibility’”

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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – Unique Sci-Fi “Gamer” Story Set in Dystopian World

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Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher Provided – Thank you!
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Series: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow, 1
Rating: ★★★★

An exciting adventure awaits the reader as we journey with Sofi Snow.

REVIEW | There are two things 17-year-old Sofi Snow is good at. Keeping her guard up, and protecting her bother. It’s all she’s ever known. She’s fierce in her every day and as an online gamer. Her world is an Earth ruled by cooperation’s rather than a form of government. Her primary goal though is to keep her young brother, who is a part of the games’ virtual and physical arena fights, safe. When an explosion rocks the arena, Sofi is injured and Shilo is nowhere to be found.

Convinced he’s a alive, Sofi escapes the hospital (after overhearing the sinister plans for her) and sets about finding her brother. To enter the forbidden world where the Delonese live (the alien planet surrounding Earth), Sofi needs help. She’ll need the kind of help only Earth’s playboy, Miguel, one of the Delonese’s ambassadors, can offer. A dangerous possibility not only because ambassadors aren’t allowed on the planet, a complication further agitated because they share a history both wish to forget. Continue reading “The Evaporation of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber – Unique Sci-Fi “Gamer” Story Set in Dystopian World”

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With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series

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Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Author provided – thank you, Jody!
Publication Date: 2017
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Genre: Fiction; Historical Fiction
Series: Orphan Train, 1
Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | The New York streets are brutal to Elise Neumann and her young sisters. Following the recent death of their mother, the three girls are left orphaned. Housed by an uncle who cruelly demands more money from them, Elise decides she must strike out on her own before her family is torn apart. Leaving her family in the capable hands of a kind-hearted woman trying to start a mission, Elise sets out for unknown territory: Illinois.

Once there, she is hired to cook by the wealthy entrepreneur Thornton Quincy. Facing his own complicated challenges, Thornton cannot help an interest in Elise. Beautiful inside and out, Thornton begins to wonder if she’s his chance at true love – and to fulfill the challenges his father issues to his sons to marry for love. Continue reading “With You Always by Jody Hedlund – Railways and Romance Collide in Hedlund’s New Historical Series”

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Missing by Lisa Harris – Riveting Follow Up to Nikki Boyd Files

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Author: Lisa Harris
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: 2016
Genre: Fiction; Mystery and Suspense, Contemporary Romantic Suspense
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Rating: 4 out of 5

As an agent of the Tennessee Missing Persons task force, Nikki Boyd is used to seeing a multitude of cases cross her desk. Specializing in the missing persons unit, driven by her personal past, Nikki’s latest case sends her on a search for a missing wife. With the woman’s husband dead, and a trail of men seeking her who’d do the woman harm, Nikki will have to unravel the case before someone else finds her victim. Even if that means turning the investigation on her best friend, Tyler… the man she harbors unrequited love for.

BOOK REVIEW | Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris

Up until I’d read Vendetta, I was unfamiliar with Harris’ books. But it only took that one novel for me to be impressed. The style, characters and rapid pace won me over like nothing else had. Book one set up a story (about Nikki’s missing sister) that is meant to linger throughout the trilogy. While frustrating for a reader who wants answers, it’s this that keeps us up and flipping pages, all while being actively invested in this story and its characters. Continue reading “Missing by Lisa Harris – Riveting Follow Up to Nikki Boyd Files”

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – Historical Novel Set in the Remote Wilds of Australia

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Author: M.L. Stedman

Publisher:  Scribner

Source: Purchase

Publication Date: 2012

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Genre: Fiction; Historical Fiction

Rating: ★★★ ½

REVIEW | Tom Sherbourne is a loner. He may have come through the war physically intact, but emotionally, it’s a part of his life he closes off. As the new light keeper on Janus Island, Tom welcomes the solitude. But while on shore leave, he meets Isabel. A beautiful girl full of life and love, she makes an impression on Tom, and he on her. So much is their first meeting impressed on her that during one of his rare shore leaves, she proposes they marry. When time doesn’t waver her affection, the pair marries and move to the island, where they happily begin their life. But the future suffers one too many losses until a baby, adrift in a boat, arrives on Janus, and brings with her healing, hope and heartbreak. Continue reading “The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – Historical Novel Set in the Remote Wilds of Australia”

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Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren – A Return to Warren’s Signature Style

A B O U T THE B O O KWild Montana Skies

Author: Susan May Warren

Publisher: Revell Books

Source: Publisher

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Series: Montana Rescue, Book One

Rating: 4 out of 5

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren – A Return to Warren’s Signature Style 

This novel is a kind of restart for the Christy-award winning talents of Susan May Warren. If the accolades weren’t enough, the reader love of Warren’s pen proves she’s a rare talent whose stories never cease to excite, entertain, and enchant.

REVIEW | Nashville has been the best and worst of times for country crooner Benjamin King. His first record sold well, but his fledgling career since then demanded he take on a partnership role. The duo Montgomery King was formed as a bandage to his sinking passion. Then, some 13 years later, Ben returns to his Montana hometown and locks eyes with Kacey Fairing, the girl he never stopped loving.

Kacey is like a balm to his soul. Once engaged to marry his high school sweetheart, Ben’s arrival home again uncovers more than one secret about their past that shatters and heals them in more ways than one. Continue reading “Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren – A Return to Warren’s Signature Style”

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Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson – A Comforting, Contemporary Romance on the Coast

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Author: Liz JohnsonWhere Two Hearts Meet Liz Johnson
Publisher: Revell
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2016
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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary
Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams, Book 2
Rating: 4 out of 5

REVIEW | Change is just what Adam Jacobs needs. Luck hasn’t been kind to him, and Adam certainly has no time for God in his life. This leads him to a small bed and breakfast on Prince Edward Island. There he meets Caden Holt. On the outside, Caden seems to have it all together. She’s living her dream through her work as executive chef of Red Door Inn, and has a loving family supporting her. But underneath this Caden conceals a person looking for one final achievement, an accomplishment that would put the struggling inn on the map.

As with her debut (Revell) novel, Liz again captures a special kind of magic with Where Two Hearts Meet. The story is pleasant and the writing style suits my reading tastes beautifully. It’s an easy-going style that isn’t difficult to read nor have I ever felt as if I needed to “push” myself to flip the pages. The story is simply there (if this makes any sense), waiting to unfold without forcing itself on its reader. Continue reading “Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson – A Comforting, Contemporary Romance on the Coast”

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Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Emotionally Complex Contemporary Romance

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Author: Crystal Walton

Publisher: Impact Editions (Indie)

Source: Amazon Purchase

Publication Date: 2016

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Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Fiction

Series: Home in You, Book 1

Rating: ★★★★

REVIEW | Ten years ago, the world became a darker place for Ethan DeLuca. Since that day, he’s been punishing himself and pursuing every opportunity to “rescue” everyone but himself. With his grandmother’s health in decline, he returns to his small hometown where he meets Cassidy McAdams. Beautiful and everything Ethan shouldn’t be wishing for, Cass too is hiding scars. (Something she hides by trying to reopen her grandfather’s camp.) Her past is covered in them, and yet despite her walls, Ethan walks into her life as the person she didn’t know she needed.

Broken hearts, souls and lives collide in their otherwise safe worlds. But what happens when danger lurks around the corner?  Continue reading “Write Me Home by Crystal Walton – Emotionally Complex Contemporary Romance”

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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”