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Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

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Back in the Saddle is the story of Colt Stafford and his return home.  He has to admit defeat on Wall Street and return home to the Double S ranch t help out his ailing father.  He runs into an unexpected surprise when he get there in the form of ranch manager, Angelina Morales and a not so welcome home from his brother.
     This book showed how family has to work together even when it is not what everyone wants.  Colt has to learn to work with not only his brother, but also work at smoothing things over with the town the ranch is near.  The family has to take a hard look at things and decide what is necessary for all to work out for the best.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

A very suspenseful book that leaves you guessing to the truth and what will occur next.  Christy is trying to get back to a normal life after losing her family in a series of tragic accidents that are looking like they are not accidents after all.  She winds up working with FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor to sort it all out and to keep herself safe as well.
    I great book that had me wanting to find out what would happen and why it was happening.
     I received a copy of this book free to review from the publisher.

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

I like books where people come to a different place to heal and wind up finding more than they hoped for.  Sometimes I think it would be neat to go to an out of the way place for a while, do something new and come away for the better.
     Marie Carrington comes to Prince Edward Island to help renovate a bed-and-breakfast and has to work with Seth Sloane to make it all happen.  They have to work fast to get it all together and ready to open in  a few months time.  He doesn't like the idea of working with her, and she is skittish around him.
     The Red Door inn sounds like a great place to stay and reflect and rejuvenate and I look forward to more in this series.
     I receive this book free to read and review from the publisher.


A Powerful Secret by Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit

A story of family, politic, and mystery.  Sean Worthington is confused when his brother decides to walkaway from his Senate run and Sean is left to figure out why and to pick up the pieces.  I liked the family bond is this book and how it gave some insight into the political world.  I could see the anguish the younger son had as he had to try to deal with what his brother did without the full support of his family.
      I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher.



A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard

A little different book than I am accustomed to from this author, but a good read nonetheless.  A Fool and his Monet bell the story of Serena Jones and adventures with recovering artwork that has been lost or stolen.  She gets a call about a Monet that is missing and goes to work
     Serena is not your traditional FBI member.  Her adventures leave you laughing as well and wanting what will happen next.  The twists and turns in the book leave you guessing what will happen next and who will be involved.
     I received this book free from the publisher to read and review.


Burning Proof by Janice Cantore

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Burning Proof is the second book in the Cold Case series.  While it uses characters from the first book, it can be read without having read the first book.  Abby Hart is a detective who has decided to move on from trying to find out the truth about the death of her parents.  She has been working hard on a case about the killing of a young girl only to have the arrest not go down as planned.  This causes her to question what she should do.  Luke Murphy is a PI who has uncovered more about the death of Abby's parents, but is unsure how to tell her.
     I liked seeing how Abby worked through her emotions.  She knew what needed to happen, but had to struggle to make it occur.  I liked seeing how the relationship between Luke and Abby progressed and how they worked to get the truth out.  I would recommend this book to someone who likes a good character working relationship and suspense.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher to read and review.

Playing the Part by Jen Turano

Playing the Part is the third book in A Class of their own series.  Lucetta Plum is an actress who has to change her calling when a fan becomes too interested in her.  She winds up going out to the estate of a friend's grandson to hide out.  While there she becomes friends with the grandson and soon finds out there is more to him than meets the eye,
     I liked how the characters were made to intact even when they did not seem to want to.  The story was full of twists an turns and you never quite knew what would happen next.  It was full of mystery as well as laughs.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher to read and review.


On Lone Star Trail by Amanda Cabot

I enjoyed getting to know more characters in this series.  It is not one that you  have to have read the others to enjoy, but it is always great to get caught up with what happens next.  Gillian and TJ both have a lot to overcome and have to let go of some hurt that they are able to do together.  They form an unlikely and maybe unwanted friendship as she helps him out after a crash.  I liked seeing how they interacted and how the resort is able to help someone else out.
     I received a copy from the publisher to read and review.




The Borrowed Boyfriend by Ginny Baird

The Borrowed Boyfriend tells the tail of Allison and Grady.  I like how Allison had kept in touch with her girlfriends and wished that I had done the same.  It is great how they get together, but I too would be like Allison in wanting to avoid the set up with someone I didn't know to ruin my week.  I don't know how I would feel about passing off my roommate's boyfriend as my own, but who knows.
     Both Allison and Grady see the end to a means in agreeing to carry out the plan.  Allison sees it as a way to have a "boyfriend" and Grady sees it as a way to get at her business.  Neither planned on it going as it did
      A fun and enjoyable book.
      I received a copy from the author to read and review.


A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan

I liked how Rachael was rescued and the story between her and John began.  John is an old friend of Rachael's brother and currently own the ranch that was in their family along with his own.  He is able to rescue Rachael from a not so great profession and she comes to live at his ranch and work for his mother.
     I liked how Rachael found out the legacy that her brother had left her and what she had to do to claim it.  She wanted an easier way to get the ranch back through her brother, but she had to learn to trust that all would work out.
     I also liked how Rachael was able to help those who found themselves in less that ideal situations.  I would hope that I could see beyond the surface to help out those in need.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher to read and review.

Thrill Squeaker: A Squeaky Clean Mystery by Christy Barritt

After her last trip away, Gabby is ready for a routine job and this turns out to be anything but.  When her old partner Chad ask for help cleaning up an old abandoned amusement park, Gabby sees it as a fun way to earn a little money, help out a friend, and work in a few training sessions for her new job as well.  She didn't realize that she soon would be putting a few of the techniques and gadgets she trains with to the test.
     While there, the crew realizes that there is more to the amusement park than meets the eye and someone does not want them to find out what.  They find themselves having to dodge danger and try to find out the mystery of Mythical Falls.
     I loved seeing what Gabby and the gang were up to now, especially finding out where Gabby and Riley's relationship was headed.  I can't wait to see what happens next,
     I received a copy of the book from the author to read and review.

A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund

A wonderful, quick read that is great for adults and young adults alike.  Lady Juliana takes it upon herself to to steal to provide for the poor.  She has to not only try to provide for those less fortunate, but also works to regain the land she has lost to her uncle.
     She messes up and tries to steal from a wealthy knight who lives nearby.  He sees her for who she is a young lady, not young boy.  He agrees to help her out and soon more than friendship occurs.
     I really enjoyed this tale and how the characters interacted with each other.  It is a great read for those who like a tale of good vs evil and stories set in medieval times.
     I received a copy of the book from the author to review.


Heart of a Cowboy by Susan Page Davis , Miralee Ferrell , Yvonne Lehman , and Vickie McDonough

A wonderful set of four stories by four great authors.  I have read books by each of these authors separately and their compilation flows great.  I love books like this as I can complete a story and can take time to read the next one later.  They really give you a taste of the old west and make  you feel like you were there with the characters living their lives.  I love seeing how they lived during that time and love seeing how the characters interact and sometimes learn to heal and live again.
     I received a copy from the publisher to review.


Room for Hope by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Room for Hope takes place during the Depression.  Neva is doing the best she can to keep her family's store doing well during this time of economic struggle.  She feels like she is doing her best to keep things going and to care for their children as her husband travels around selling goods from their store.  An unexpected surprise awaits her when an deputy pulls up bringing her three children. She must find it in her heart to take them and not hold their past against them.
     I could not imagine myself in Neva's shoes. It would be hard enough keeping their store open and caring for their two children during this time, but to find out that he had strayed when he was traveling would be more than I could take.  It would take great courage and endurance to take on the task, but I would hope I would do the same thing if I were in her shoes.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

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Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh

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Change of Heart tells the story of Evelyn Brandt. She was a senator's wife whose life comes crashing down when he is arrested for embezzlement and she finds out he has other things he has been hiding as well.  Evelyn becomes very withdrawn and her friends decide to not let her hide away, but instead put her to work on a project that will use her talents as an artist to re-image the city's heart shaped light posts.  While doing this she begins to become closer to an old friend and a chance of love emerges again.
      I could not imagine what it would be like to have my life turned upside down like Evelyn's was and would probably want to crawl in a hole if my life were on display like hers was.  It would be great though  to have friends like hers that would not allow her to fade away from life, but instead drew on her dormant talents to get her back into life.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher to review.




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