Thursday, March 9, 2017

Courageous Love... a book review

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Courageous Love

Circle C Milestones series
ISBN: 978-0-8254-4370-1
Kregel Publications
Available: March 2017
Fiction / Christian / Historical

Publisher's Description:

Andrea Carter is finally pulling her own weight on the Circle C Ranch she loves. The only thing she loves more than helping to run the ranch is spending time racing and stunt-riding on her horse Shasta, with the help of wrangler Riley Prescott. Little does she know that when she and Riley stumble onto a mysterious cut in the fence around her brother's prize calves, life is about to get far more exciting--and dangerous.

A cryptic warning tied around a brick crashes through the window at a family party. Then cattle begin to die. When the horse barn catches fire, Andi knows this is more than just coincidence. But who is trying to hurt her family--and why?

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I always enjoy a good historical fiction read!  My homeschool teacher "mentor" first got me hooked on this genre during our schooling years.  What a great way to learn about a specific time period through the characters in a book.  Courageous Love was no different!  Seeing through the eyes of Andi and her family made me realize how much work life was in the late 1880s - no corner store, automobiles, or cell phones!  Yet, the family not only worked hard, but played (and celebrated) hard, too!  Add in the mystery surrounding the family and you have a wonderful read!

I enjoyed the story and the characters.  Although this is the fourth book in the series, I was able to pick up with the story and "know" the characters well.  Kudos!

I received a complimentary book from Kregel Publications for my honest review.

Happy reading,

     Ellen

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Candidate... a book review

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The Candidate


Available: October 4, 2016
Thomas Nelson Fiction, Nashville
ISBN: 9780718037680
Mystery / Suspense / Thriller / Crime drama


Lis Wiehl has crafted a story so real it could be our next front page news!  With the USA currently at the end of a presidential election year (2016), it was a riveting read!  The Candidate shows not only the rigors of the campaign trail, but also demonstrates the lengths at which people will go to win.

Erica Sparks – Seasoned investigative reporter with secrets of her own

Senator Mike and Mrs. Celeste Ortiz – presidential candidate, former POW

Senator Lucy Winters – presidential candidate

Governor Fred and Mrs. Judy Buchanan – presidential candidate

As Erica begins her “Candidates at Home segment” she realizes there is a true story behind the one being shared.  As Erica begins her investigation and travels the globe, “everyone material to her probe ends up dead. With each death, her foreboding grows. Is she next? And can she find out in time if the country's beloved candidate is what he seems . . . or a threat to national security?” (publisher’s description).

Thank you Lis for another amazing, page-turner, “can’t put down” novel!

Lis Wiehl is a New York Times bestselling author, Harvard Law School graduate, and a former federal prosecutor.  A popular legal analyst and commentator for the Fox News Channel, Wiehl appears weekly on The O’Reilly Factor, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Imus in the Morning, Kelly’s Court, and more. (Author Biography)

I received a complimentary digital copy of The Candidate from NetGalley.com and Thomas Nelson Publishing for my honest review.

Happy Reading,
     Ellen

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens... a book review

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by: Colleen Coble
Series: Sunset Cove #3
Thomas Nelson Publisher
ISBN: 9781401690304
Available September 20, 2016: print, e-book, audiobook
Fiction / Christian / Mystery / Romance

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Catching Heat by Janice Cantore... a book review

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Catching Heat

Series: Cold Case Justice #3
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
ISNB: 978-1-4143-9670-5
Genre: Christian / Romance / Suspense
Available: September 1, 2016

Publisher's Description:

Twenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart’s parents, she’s desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermind—the governor’s wife—behind bars. When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student. Realizing their investigation will bring them near the town where Alyssa Rollins grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire.

Luke is eager to help Abby close the books on a case they both have personal stakes in. But as she uncovers long-held secrets, Abby stumbles into an explosive situation, and Luke fears that her obsession may prove deadly.

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If you are like me, you find intriguing books that have begun 1-3 books ago.  Catching Heat is the third book by Janice Cantore in the Cold Case Justice series.  Although I did not read the first two books (Drawing Fire and Burning Proof), I was able to pick up on the storyline between Abby Hart and Luke Murphy.  Janice seamlessly wove the storyline of the Triple Seven Fire into this book so I did not feel like I was "missing" parts of the story.  As a retired police officer, Janice Cantore brings realism to the numerous storylines within the book.

My rating: B+             3 out of 5 stars

I received a complimentary copy of Catching Heat from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review.

Happy reading!

    Ellen

Friday, August 26, 2016

Unlucky in Love... a book review

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Unlucky in Love

by Maggie McGinnis

ISBN: 9781101967775
Series: Whisper Creek #4
Available: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Loveswept
Sold by: Random House
Genre: Romance


Publisher's Description:

After Alexis Maguire's wedding day comes and goes without a groom, she decides that it's time for a change. Tired of being the dependable, steady—and apparently boring—one, Alexis hopes that a cross-country road trip will help her loosen up and find her inner sparkle. Her first stop is the Whisper Creek Ranch, where the hot wranglers are sure to bring out her inner party girl. The trouble is, she can't stand pretending to be someone she's not—especially around the cowboy who tempts her to stay put.

Gunnar Peterson has spent six months working at Whisper Creek, and he's never been happier. Having grown up an army brat, he's ready to put down roots, and the only thing missing is a woman to share his life with. When Alexis blows into town, Gunnar thinks he may have met his match, despite the wild-child facade he sees right through. But Alexis swears she won't settle down anytime soon—so it's up to Gunnar to convince her that what she's looking for . . . is right here.

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From the first book Accidental Cowgirl, I enjoyed meeting the "ranch hands" and their way with the ranch's guests.  Each book invited me back to a place of family, warmth, and charm - a step back in time to overflowing hospitality.  Unlucky in Love is no different.  I was able to meet up with old "literary" friends and meet a few new ones along the way. 

This book focuses on Alexis and her determination to live life fully and to the brink.  What she learns along the way is a lesson to which many of us can relate!  Throw in a hot, down-to-earth cowboy, and the sparks are surely going to fly!

My rating:  A     /    4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a complimentary digital copy of Unlucky in Love from NetGalley and Random House Publishing for my honest review.

Happy reading,

     Ellen




Sunday, June 5, 2016

Defender by Diana Palmer ... a book review

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Defender

Series: Long, Tall Texans
ISBN-13: 978-0373789733
Publisher: HQN Books
Available: June 28, 2016



Publisher's Description:

The man who shattered her trust is back to protect her… New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer delivers a breathtaking story of second-chance love.

When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling's life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father's lowly employee.

Three years on, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel's case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then—and how much damage he did when he left.
Once love-struck and sheltered, Isabel has become an assistant district attorney committed to serving the law, no matter how risky it gets. But right now, the man she can't forgive is the one thing standing between her and a deadly stalker. She knows Paul won't hesitate to protect her life with his own. But if she can't trust herself to resist him, how can she trust him not to break her heart all over again?

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Oh my... once I began this book, I did not want to put it down!  Unfortunately, I did have to go to work and cook and clean..... my apologies, I digress!

Isabel and Merrie appear to have it all... a wealthy family, a doting father, personal bodyguards, and a loving housekeeper, Mandy Swilling.  As the story develops, we are drawn into the tension between Paul and Isabel, the girls and their father, and too many unanswered questions regarding the father and his business dealings.

As I neared the end of the book, I was enjoying how Diana Palmer was tying up all the different story lines.  Then, when I went to turn the page to the next chapter, I realized I was at the end of the book!  Since this ended with a cliffhanger, I look forward to the next book and continuing the story of Isabel, Merrie, Paul, and Mandy!

I received a complimentary digital copy of Defender from HQN Books and NetGalley for my honest review.

Happy reading,

   Ellen

Friday, April 1, 2016

Silent Sentry... a book review

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Silent Sentry
Silent Sentry

Available: April 3, 2016
ISBN: 9780989045
Rizzo Publishing
Suspense / Mystery thriller / Romance
Age range: 18 +




Publisher's Description:

Dr. Joe Scarfili runs. He’s a runner. It’s how he copes with emotional pain.

When his wife was murdered, he ran from violent Detroit to insular Grosse Pointe. He ran from his smothering, caring family to long hours in the operating room. But when he falls for Gianna, another run could cost him everything.

Nurse and entrepreneur Gianna Donnatelli is on the verge of making her dreams come true. Her company is poised to go public with a product guaranteed to revolutionize medical care and at the same time help revitalize Detroit, only she’s attacked, stalked, and flattened by an explosion. Then the danger escalates.

With Gianna’s life at stake, Joe can’t run. Despite the fact that he has no police or tech experience… Despite the fact that Gianna’s penchant for aiding Detroit’s underprivileged is the same kind of altruism that got his wife killed… Despite the fact that Gianna pushes all his insecurity buttons… This time, Joe will do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

And Gianna protects those she loves just as fiercely. Together they’ll fight to save each other and their love... Or die trying.

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How does a young woman, raised in the affluent neighborhood of Grosse Point, end up living in one of Detroit's highest crime neighborhoods?  One that has a mind of her own to live among those who need a hand-up.

I loved this book... from the opening paragraph to the closing scene!  Theresa Rizzo has created characters so real that you feel you truly know them.  Add the well-researched information regarding the Mafia and the strong bonds of Italian families, and you have an award-winning combination.  Every time I thought I had the plot figured out, Theresa threw in more twists and turns in the story line which kept me guessing to the very end!

Silent Sentry is one of the best books I have read in a long time!  Thank you, Theresa, for pouring your creative talent into this wonderful story!

I received a complimentary digital copy of Silent Sentry from author Theresa Rizzo for my honest review.

Happy Reading,

    Ellen
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