April 21, 2018

Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller - Review

I have received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Series: Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope (Book 1)
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kregel Publications (March 27, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0825445337
ISBN-13: 978-0825445330

Book description
Years ago, the man who stole Catherine Winthrop's heart rejected her--and she's never recovered from the grief. Now tragedy has brought him back into her life. This time it isn't her heart he's taking, it’s her home and her family's good name.

Jonathan Carlew's serious demeanor and connection to trade, not to mention the rumors surrounding his birth, have kept him from being a favorite of the ladies, or their parents. Now, suddenly landed and titled, he finds himself with plenty of prospects. But his demanding society responsibilities keep pressing him into service to the one woman who captured his heart long ago--and then ran off with it.

These two broken hearts must decide whether their painful past and bitter present will be all they can share, or if forgiveness can provide a path to freedom for the future.

Set in the sumptuous salons of Bath, Regency England's royal breeding ground for gossip, Winning Miss Winthrop is the first volume in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series. Fans of the wholesome and richly drawn first series won't want to miss this new set of characters--or appearances by their old favorites.

Meet the author - Carolyn Miller
A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of Romance Writers of American (RWA) and American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. Her favorite authors are classics like Jane Austen (of course!), Georgette Heyer, and Agatha Christie, but she also enjoys contemporary authors like Susan May Warren and Becky Wade.

Her stories are fun and witty, yet also deal with real issues, such as dealing with forgiveness, the nature of really loving versus 'true love', and other challenges we all face at different times.

My thoughts
This was a great start to this series. I have enjoyed each of this authors books as she has a way of taking you to a different place and time. Each of the characters are well developed and likeable in their own way. I like how the author sets each scene and does well with the descriptions so you can feel like you are a part of the story. I also like how she incorporated a few characters from the first series into this one. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. 

Murder at the Mushroom Festival - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 4th in Series 
Lyrical Underground (April 17, 2018) 
Paperback: 176 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1516104239 
Digital ASIN: B07465HNVP
  

Book description
There’s a corpse among the chanterelles!

Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast manager Kelly Jackson is hosting a cooking class during the Week of the Mushroom festival to attract guests, not drama. But soon after she finishes foraging for an edible mushroom species on sacred Native American land, a local newspaper reporter gets shot dead at the same site. With suspicions spreading like fungi in the quaint Northern Californian community over the culprit’s identity, Kelly and a savvy gang of sleuthing seniors known as the “Silver Sentinels” must uncover the truth about the secluded property before a tricky killer prepares another lethal surprise . . .

Meet the author - Janet Finsilver
Janet Finsilver is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Kelly Jackson mystery series. She worked in education for many years as a teacher, a program administrator, and a workshop presenter. Janet majored in English and earned a Master’s Degree in Education. She loves animals and has two dogs–Kylie and Ellie. Janet has ridden western style since she was a child and was a member of the National Ski Patrol. One of the highlights of her life was touching whales in the San Ignacio Lagoon. MURDER AT REDWOOD COVE, her debut mystery, was released on October 13, 2015. Her second book, MURDER AT THE MANSION, was released on June 7, 2016. Book 3, MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER'S TABLE was released on March 14, 2017.

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April 18, 2018

A Hole in One by Judy Penz Sheluk - Spotlight and Giveaway

Book details
Cozy Mystery 2nd in Series 
Barking Rain Press (March 6, 2018) 
Paperback: 178 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1941295731 
Digital ASIN: B079VJLVQ4
  

Book description
Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.

They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name—even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.

Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiancĂ© (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.

All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?

Meet the author - Judy Penz Sheluk
Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Judy’s short crime fiction appears is several collections. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario. Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

Author Links Website http://www.judypenzsheluk.com Facebook https://business.facebook.com/JudyPenzSheluk/?business_id=736294013145101 


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April 16, 2018

The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Series: Sullivan's Crossing (Book 3)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: MIRA (April 17, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778330761
ISBN-13: 978-0778330769

Book description
An exceptional storyteller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr beautifully captures the emotionally charged, complex dynamics that come with being part of any family. Readers will laugh and shed a few tears as they discover what it means to be loved, supported and accepted by the people who mean the most.

Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan’s Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. But, like every visitor to the Crossing, he’s immediately drawn to the down-to-earth people and the seemingly simple way of life.

Dakota is unprepared for how quickly things get complicated. As a newcomer, he is on everyone’s radar—especially the single women in town. While he enjoys the attention at first, he’s really only attracted to the one woman who isn’t interested. And spending quality time with his siblings is eye-opening. As he gets to know them, he also gets to know himself and what he truly wants.

When all the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people who see you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted.

Meet the author  - Robyn Carr
Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, eleven-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of almost sixty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. The third novel (THE FAMILY GATHERING) in her fan-favorite new series, Sullivan's Crossing, will be released in April 2018. Robyn is a recipient of the Romance Writers of America Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and in 2017, VIRGIN RIVER was named one of the HarperCollins 200 Iconic Books of the past 200 years. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr's website at www.RobynCarr.com.

My thoughts
This was a great book. I loved going back to Sullivan's Crossing and seeing what was happening with all of the great characters. I miss hearing a little more about Maggie and Sully but it was nice to learn more about Dakota and to meet Sid. I also liked hearing more about how Sierra and Connie's relationship was going. I have to say though that Robyn put a lump in my throat a couple of times during their story. Sid was a good addition to the story and watching her and Dakota get to know each other. Oh and how can I forget about Lola and Tom and how they are doing. There was so much goodness packed into this book that I did not want it to end. I wonder what is in store next - let's hope crazy Neely is gone for good but I am not so sure that is the case.

April 15, 2018

Welcome to Moonlight Harbor by Sheila Roberts - Review

I received this book free from the author. All opinions are my own

Book details
Series: A Moonlight Harbor Novel (Book 1)
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: MIRA (April 17, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 077836805X
ISBN-13: 978-0778368052

Book description
USA TODAY bestselling author Sheila Roberts returns with a brand-new series set on the charming Washington coast

Once happily married, Jenna Jones is about to turn forty, and this year for her birthday—lucky her—she’s getting a divorce. She’s barely able to support herself and her teenage daughter, but now her deadbeat artist ex is hitting her up for spousal support…and then spending it on his “other” woman.

Still, as her mother always says, every storm brings a rainbow. And when she gets a very unexpected gift from her great-aunt Edie, things seem to be taking a turn for the better. Aging Aunt Edie is finding it difficult to keep up her business running The Driftwood Inn, so she invites Jenna to come live with her and run the place. It looks like Jenna’s financial problems are solved!

Or not. The town is a little more run-down than Jenna remembers, but that’s nothing compared to the ramshackle state of The Driftwood Inn. Aunt Edie is confident they can return it to its former glory, though Jenna feels like she’s jumped from the proverbial frying pan into the beach fire.

But who knows? With the help of her new friends and a couple of handsome citizens, perhaps that rainbow is on the horizon after all. Because, no matter what, life is always good at the beach.

Featuring all the warmth, romance and trademark humor of Sheila Roberts’s writing, this new series will delight longtime fans and welcome a generation of new readers.

Meet the author - Sheila Roberts
USA Today best-selling author Sheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest and has three children and one long-suffering husband. Her books have been printed in a many different languages. Her Christmas perrenial "On Strike for Christmas" was made into a movie for the Lifetime Channel and her novel "The Nine Lives of Christmas" was made into a movie for Hallmark. When she's not playing with girlfriends or on the tennis court Sheila can be found writing about those things dear to women's hearts:family, friends, and chocolate. You can visit Sheila on Twitter and Facebook or at her website (www.sheilasplace.com).

My thoughts
I was sad to see Sheila's Icicle Falls series end but was very happy to hear that she was going to write a new series. This book was a good start to a new series and a great introduction to a  new town (Moonlight Harbor) and a who cast of new friends. From the start I fell in love with Jenna and her aunt Edie. Her daughter Sabrina was your typical teenage girl - acting out her emotions. Out of the two guys in the book I have to say I like Seth better than Brody. Don't get me wrong they are both good guys I just had a soft spot for Seth. Pete was a grumpy old fart but he kind of grows on you. You can't forget all the townspeople that you get to meet. They are a unique bunch but great people. I liked that the author included tidbits about Icicle Falls in this story. Without giving away too much of the story I will say that the author did a good job of having your emotions all over the place but in the end this was a real feel good book. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. 

April 7, 2018

Secrets of Cavendon by Barbara Taylor Bradford - Review

I received this book free from the publisher. All opinions are my own

Book details
Series: Cavendon Hall (Book 4)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (November 21, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250091454
ISBN-13: 978-1250091451

Book description
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Barbara Taylor Bradford, comes a striking, breathtaking saga featuring the aristocratic Inghams and the Swann family, who have loyally served them for generations.

It’s the summer of 1949, and things have run smoothly at Cavendon Hall for years, with very few quarrels, dramas, or upsets between the two families. But since the end of World War II, changes have arrived at Cavendon. A new generation is at the helm, and also at the forefront of new scandal and intrigue. With romance, betrayal, heartbreak, and possible murder threatening to tear them apart, the Inghams and Swanns will have to find a way to come together and protect each other in the face of threats they never could have predicted.

Told with Bradford’s inimitable deftness of prose and a beloved cast of characters, Secrets of Cavendonis a captivating novel that will draw readers in and grip them until the very last page.

Meet the author - Barbara Taylor Bradford
BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD was born and brought up in England and started her writing career as a journalist. She has written more than thirty international bestsellers. Secrets of Cavendon is her thirty-second novel. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth awarded her the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for her literary achievements. She lives in New York with her husband, TV and film producer Robert Bradford.

My thoughts
This author is one of my favorite authors. I love that she writes about strong female ladies and this book is just as good as the first one she ever wrote. One of the things I like that the author does is she makes her stories historically accurate when telling them, as she captures the time and place of when and where it takes place. It was nice to see what was going on with the Inghams and Swans - it was like catching up with family. This book was full of romance, mystery, friendship, hardship and so much more. I am looking forward to the next book that Barbara Taylor has to offer us. 

All Things Beautiful by Keely Brooke Keith - Review

I received this book free from the author

Book details
Print Length: 184 pages
Publisher: Edenbrooke Press (April 17, 2018)
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
ASIN: B07954FB2B

Uncharted Beginnings:
#1 Aboard Providence
#2 Above Rubies
#3 All Things Beautiful

Book description
It’s 1868 in the settlement of Good Springs, and Hannah Vestal is passionate about writing fiction and keeping her stories to herself. By lantern light she slips into her story world and dreams the adventures she’ll never experience. When her father asks to read her work, she decides to have it printed secretly for his 50th birthday. Hannah tries to arrange the printing with the settlement’s pressman, but the witty and dapper Henry Roberts won’t make it easy for her to prove her writing is worthy of his ink.

If Henry Roberts did nothing else for the rest of his life but print and bind books, he would die a satisfied man. In order to secure settlement support for his printing press, the elder council says Henry must print an error-free copy of the New Testament before the settlement’s 8th anniversary celebration. He is determined to meet their challenge, but when the enigmatic Hannah proves to be a beguiling distraction, Henry longs for something more than a life at the letterpress.

Get swept away to the hidden frontier settlement where love requires sacrifice, faith-filled adventures await, and sweet romance makes people glad to be alive. Read All Things Beautiful today and embark on an unforgettable journey of the heart in this inspirational story.

Meet the author - Keely Brooke Keith
Keely Brooke Keith writes inspirational frontier-style fiction with a twist, including The Land Uncharted (Shelf Unbound Notable Romance 2015) and Aboard Providence (2017 INSPY Awards Longlist). Keely also creates resources for writers such as The Writer’s Book Launch Guide and The Writer’s Character Journal. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Keely grew up in a family that frequently relocated. By graduation, she lived in 8 states and attended 14 schools. When she isn’t writing, Keely enjoys playing bass guitar, preparing homeschool lessons, and collecting antique textbooks. Keely, her husband, and their daughter live on a hilltop south of Nashville, Tennessee.

My thoughts
I love this third installment of the Uncharted Beginnings Series. One of the things that I liked the best besides the time period was that it was about writing and publishing books alongside the characters stories. I understood Hannah's wanting to keep her stories private but when she did decide to have them printed I was upset that Henry did not really want to help her. But then again he had his own challenges he was dealing with. Hannah was a determined writing doing whatever she could to get paper and ink - her determination was one of the things I really liked about her. When I started this book I felt like I was visiting old friends and catching up with what was going on with their lives. Even thought this book is a part of a series, it can be read as a standalone book. A good historical fiction book with a touch of romance added in.