Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beneath Copper Falls by @colleencoble Book #Review

Synopsis:
USA TODAY bestselling author Colleen Coble returns to her beloved Rock Harbor—but both danger and romance hide in this idyllic small town.

Dana Newell has just moved to Rock Harbor to take a job as a sheriff's dispatcher and is settling in next door to Bree and Kade Matthews. The abusive relationship she left behind seems a distant memory in this perfect place.

Her first day on the job, Dana receives a call from her friend Allyson who screams "He's going to kill me too" before the phone goes dead. Dana immediately dispatches a deputy, but it's too late. Allyson's death is ruled an accident, but Dana just doesn't believe it. She knows Allyson—an investigative reporter—was researching a new story. Did someone want to keep her quiet?

Dana continues to look into the accident with the help of Bree and also Allyson's cousin Boone. Romance quickly blooms between Dana and Boone but the game is much more complex than either of them imagined. When Dana's ex-fiance locates her, she's caught in the middle. It’s a game of cat and mouse as she and Boone fight to catch one killer while evading another. 




My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Once again we are reunited with the wonderful people of Rock Harbor.  This time, Bree's old friend Dana has moved back home to Rock Harbor to escape her abusive husband.  The entire town rallies to protect her. But when her friend Allyson, an investigative reporter, is murdered.  She begins to wonder if Allyson got too close to the truth.  With the help of her new friend Boone, she uncovers crazy dark family secrets.

This book took me completely by surprise.  I thought it would be a simple romance with a predictable mystery. Do not be misled! This is a Christian novel with an intense mystery that will make your head spin.  If you love mysteries, this book is for you. 


About the Author:
USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

City of Miracles by @robertjbennett Book #Review

Revenge. It's something Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is very, very good at. Maybe the only thing.

So when he learns that his oldest friend and ally, former Prime Minister Shara Komayd, has been assassinated, he knows exactly what to do and that no mortal force can stop him from meting out the suffering Shara's killers deserve.

Yet as Sigrud pursues his quarry with his customary terrifying efficiency, he begins to fear that this battle is an unwinnable one. Because discovering the truth behind Shara's death will require him to take up arms in a secret, decades-long war, face down an angry young god, and unravel the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself. And perhaps most daunting of all finally face the truth about his own cursed existence.

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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

City of Miracles is book 3 of the Divine Cities series.  I didn't get the opportunity to read books 1 and 2, so it took me a little while to understand exactly what was going on.  However, once I did, holy cow! Robert J. Bennett has written an epic fantasy series.  He has a new fan of his writings and I cannot wait to read more of his work.




Thursday, May 25, 2017

Wings of the Wind by @connicossette Book #Review

Synopsis:
Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.

Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can't ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.

Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage--for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she's found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah's fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she's come to love?
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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

Alana thought she had lost everything she had and decided to exact revenge on the Hebrews that took the lives of her brothers and father.  Instead she gets injured in the battle and forced to wed the Hebrew that rescued her to insure her safety.  But when she begins to have unexpected feelings toward her captor and decides to stay, she uncovers the truth about the death of Tobiah's best friend and her life is forever changed.

I loved how this story tied in with the Old Testament story where the Hebrews were at the end of the forty years of wandering in the desert and the collapse of the walls of Jericho.  This story was so rich in history and truly depicts what Jesus constantly teaches us; God has a plan and purpose for everything that happens to us.  We're just unable to see the big picture when events take an unexpected turn.

About the Author:
Connilyn Cossette is the CBA-Bestselling author of the Out from Egypt Series from Bethany House Publishers. There is not much she likes better than digging into the rich, ancient world of the Bible, discovering new gems of grace that point to Jesus, and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Haven of Swans by @colleencoble Book #Review

Synopsis:
A beautiful woman stands by the side of the road, barefoot and bleeding, a child in her arms. Someone just tried to kill her, but she wouldn't recognize him if she saw his face. She doesn't even remember her own name.

A suburban cop surveys a kitchen in disarray—a woman and child missing, a chilling note. This crime scene is unlike any he has ever seen.

The man who calls himself Gideon waits and plans. He sees himself as a destroyer of evil, one who rids the world of abominations. He has already killed five. He will kill again.

And somewhere in the wilderness, in a secret geocache near where the wild swans gather, lies the unspeakable clue that links them all together.

Michigan's rugged and beautiful Upper Peninsula is the setting for this absorbing tale of love and loss, beauty and terror, grievous sins and second chances. A deftly woven thriller from the bestselling author of the Rock Harbor novels.

My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from HarperCollins Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Elena Cox is found barefoot and cold walking on the side of the road with her baby girl. She has bruises, a stab wound, and no memory. Bree Matthews is determined to help her get back on her feet and get her memory back. Other than her name she remembers nothing but has immense fear that the attacker has followed her to Rock Harbor.

Then there's Gideon, his quest is rid the world of evil. He's taken to leaving bodies at geocaching sites, with messages about their sins. He's got his eye on Elena, he needs retribution for her past sin.

Colleen Coble has written a wonderful mystery. There is so much depth to the story, I just could not put it down. It kept me guessing until the very end. I was screaming “oh my gosh!”. I also loved the sweet romance that grew throughout the novel.

About the Author:
USAToday bestselling author Colleen Coble lives with her husband, Dave, in Indiana. She is the author of dozens of novels including the Rock Harbor Series, the Aloha Reef Series, the Mercy Falls Series, the Hope Beach Series, the Lonestar Series and two Women of Faith fiction selections, Alaska Twilight and Midnight Sea. She has more than 2 million books in print.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

When Will You Be Home Book #Review by @AuthorGVD

Synopsis:
Paige Scott believed that moving back to Philadelphia was the right move. She needed to tie up the frayed ends of her past and recreate a life for herself, independent of the support of others. She swiftly learns that this may have been a terrible mistake, as she becomes mired in past relationships.

Polly, Olivia and Lucien, best friends since college, are finding their current situations unstable and their futures uncertain as each inch toward their own difficult crossroads. Polly yearns to have a family, but is caught up with the handsome and unavailable Lucien, while also caring for a friend who is mentally unstable after enduring terrible tragedy. Olivia flees her unhappy marriage to contemplate divorce in her aunt's home in Key West, and finds herself unwinding her tightly repressed life in the arms of a younger man. Lucien hires Paige, a lost love from his past, causing Polly further distress.

As their lives entwine, all must learn that life is bittersweet, and finding your home in the world is about love, not geography... 



My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange of my honest review.

When Will You Be Home is book two of The Running series.  Paige Scott has returned to Philadelphia to tie up loose ends.  But she quickly realizes that she's more alive now than when she was dumped by her ex husband in a small town, in a sad looking fixer upper. As she begins working for her ex boyfriend Lucien, she begins feeling the suffocation from her past life pressing in and questions what she really wants.  Meanwhile, Polly has a  bizarre relationship with Lucien, bringing forth a searing jealousy when Paige reappears.  Olivia, Polly's BFF, has run away from her marriage and insufferable lifestyle to the beaches of Key West.  Will these three women figure out what they want and what is important to them?

I loved the continuation! It made me feel like I was revisiting old friends. I can't wait for the next book to find out where everyone happens to end up.  This was a great read with even a few budding romances.

About the Author:
I am originally from the Philadelphia area. I went to boarding school in Maine, college in Boston, NYC, then back to Philadelphia, where I have been ever since. I have been writing since I could hold a pencil. Creative writing major in College, I have been working on novels over the years, but haven’t finished anything until now. Like Mitt Romney has binders full of women, I have binders full of unfinished novels. Resides in Philadelphia with husband, 7yr old daughter, a cat, several fish and a one-eyed dog.
Running Against Traffic is my first novel.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LOLA by @mscrivnerlove Book #Review

The Crenshaw Six are a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central LA who have recently been drawn into an escalating war between rival drug cartels. To outsiders, the Crenshaw Six appear to be led by a man named Garcia . . . but what no one has figured out is that the gang's real leader (and secret weapon) is Garcia's girlfriend, a brilliant young woman named Lola.

Lola has mastered playing the role of submissive girlfriend, and in the man's world she inhabits she is consistently underestimated. But in truth she is much, much smarter--and in many ways tougher and more ruthless--than any of the men around her, and as the gang is increasingly sucked into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, her skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.

An astonishing debut crime thriller about an unforgettable woman who combines the genius and ferocity of Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White. Lola marks the debut of a hugely exciting new thriller writer, and of a singular, magnificent character unlike anyone else in fiction.

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My Review:
Lola belonged to a gang in South Central Los Angeles.  Everyone thought that she was just a member, but the reality of it  is that she leads them. Because of society's way of thinking, it's assumed that her lover Garcia is the leader.

Then there's little Lucy. Her mother is a drug addict and Lola is determined that Lucy doesn't end up like her and has a better life than she ever did.

This was a fantastic book with a strong female lead. There's tons of action and twists to keep you riveted. Melissa Scrivner Love has written a wonderful novel everyone will enjoy. 


I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. 

About the Author:

MELISSA SCRIVNER LOVE was born to a police officer father and a court stenographer mother. After earning a master’s degree in English Literature from New York University, Melissa moved to Los Angeles, where she has lived for over a decade. During that time, she has written for several television shows, among them Life, CSI: Miami, and Person of Interest. She and her husband, a comedy writer and Los Angeles native, welcomed their daughter in 2014. Lola is her first novel.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Perfect Stranger by @MeganLMiranda Book #Review

Synopsis:
In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls—a “fiendishly plotted thriller” (Publishers Weekly)—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

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My Review:
I received a free copy of this novel from Simon & Schuster in exchange for my honest review.

Leah thought that she knew everything about her friend Emmi.  They both desperately needed a fresh start and chose a small town to do so. Suddenly a young woman is found assaulted and the woman looks remarkably like Leah.  Added to that Emmi has not been home in days  and Leah suspects foul play.  With the help of a newly transferred detective she uncovers much more than she bargained for. 


I absolutely loved this book! The story is scarily plausible and kept me at the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next.   It was so suspenseful that it had me intrigued and I was drawn in from the very beginning. This is an amazing novel that every mystery lover will enjoy.  

About the Author:
Megan Miranda is the New York Times bestselling author of ALL THE MISSING GIRLS. She has also written several books for young adults, including FRACTURE, HYSTERIA, VENGEANCE, SOULPRINT, and THE SAFEST LIES. She grew up in New Jersey, graduated from MIT, and lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children. THE PERFECT STRANGER (4/11/17) is her second novel of psychological suspense.
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Roanoke Girls Book #Review

Synopsis:
Roanoke girls never last long around here. In the end, we either run or we die.

After her mother's suicide, fifteen year-old Lane Roanoke came to live with her grandparents and fireball cousin, Allegra, on their vast estate in rural Kansas. Lane knew little of her mother's mysterious family, but she quickly embraced life as one of the rich and beautiful Roanoke girls. But when she discovered the dark truth at the heart of the family, she ran fast and far away.

Eleven years later, Lane is adrift in Los Angeles when her grandfather calls to tell her Allegra has gone missing. Did she run too? Or something worse? Unable to resist his pleas, Lane returns to help search, and to ease her guilt at having left Allegra behind. Her homecoming may mean a second chance with the boyfriend whose heart she broke that long ago summer. But it also means facing the devastating secret that made her flee, one she may not be strong enough to run from again.

As it weaves between Lane's first Roanoke summer and her return,
The Roanoke Girls shocks and tantalizes, twisting its way through revelation after mesmerizing revelation, exploring the secrets families keep and the fierce and terrible love that both binds them together and rips them apart. 
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My Review:
Lane didn't know what it felt like to be loved. Her mother, Camilla, spent most days crying and the rest ignoring her daughter. The only thing Lane knew about her mother was that she ran away from Roanoke, she never wanted to speak of her past, other than to say that she never wanted to return there.

After Camilla passes away, social services finds family for Lane to live with. Lane had no idea that she had family, and now she was headed to her wealthy grandparents that are also raising her teenage cousin at Roanoke. During that brief summer at Roanoke, Lane learns about love and the dark secrets at Roanoke.

I really enjoyed the toggling between past and present. The story was so suspenseful, that it was difficult to put the book down. The mystery kept me guessing right up to the very end. This was a great thriller everyone will love.

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
About the Author:

Amy Engel is the author of THE BOOK OF IVY young adult series. A former criminal defense attorney, she lives in Missouri with her family. THE ROANOKE GIRLS (March 7, 2017), is her first novel for adults.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Silent Corner Book #Review

Synopsis:
A dazzling new series debuts with a remarkable heroine certain to become a new icon of suspense, propelled by the singular narrative genius of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
I very much need to be dead.


These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demands: find the truth, no matter what.
People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn
why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important so terrifying that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.


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My Review:
The Silent Corner is the first novel in the Jane Hawk series.  Jane Hawk, a brilliant FBI agent, has lost her husband from a suicide.  Other than a very ├žryptic and bizarre note, there were no signs of depression.  This forces Jane to begin investigating other suicides of happy, successful people.  Her actions puts her and her sweet five year old son, Travis, in mortal danger.  She isn't sure who she can trust.

Dean Koontz has written a riveting tale of suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat.  This is definitely one of those books that will keep you up at night.  I hated to see it end and I cannot wait for the next installment.

I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names
Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Fifth Petal Book #Review

Synopsis:
Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty, now married to gifted lace reader Towner Whitney, investigates a 25-year-old triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed one Halloween night. Aided by Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims who has returned to town, Rafferty begins to uncover a dark chapter in Salem’s past. Callie, who has always been gifted with premonitions, begins to struggle with visions she doesn’t quite understand and an attraction to a man who has unknown connections to her mother’s murder. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian and sometime-aunt to Callie, is guilty of murder or witchcraft. But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?
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My Review:
 I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

The Fifth Petal is book two of The Lace Reader series.  In this portion, a few years has passed since book one.  Towner has decided to stay and although the relationship with her mother is strained at best, Towner has restored her aunt's tea room, and has it serve as a halfway house for the women living at Yellow Dog.  The mystery opens on Halloween night, teenage boys heckling an old mentally ill homeless woman.  They claim she's a witch, and when one of the boys die.  The outraged people of Salem want justice to finally be served.  Will Rafferty be able to find the killer before there is a witch hunt like olden days?

Brunonia Barry once again brings us a story rich in the history of the Salem Witch Trials.  There was so much suspense, this book held me at the edge of my seat.  I was engrossed until the very end and was taken by surprise by the end.  This was a great suspenseful novel with lots of unsuspecting twists.

About the Author:
Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best selling author of THE LACE READER, THE MAP OF TRUE PLACES, and THE FIFTH PETAL, which will be released in January 2017. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award and was a past recipient of Ragdale Artists’ Colony’s Strnad Fellowship as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction, a People Magazine Pick, and Amazon’s Best of the Month. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times, The Washington Post, and The Huffington Post. She is a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed. Brunonia chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee and serves on Grub Street’s Development Committee. She is the Executive Director of the Salem Lit Fest, an annual event that brings people to Salem, MA from all over the world. She lives in Salem with her husband, Gary, and their dog, Angel.
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