Showing posts from April, 2016

Berry the Hatchet by Peg

I have enjoyed reading a book from an author new to me and went back and purchased the first book in the series as well.  It was great to see the festivities that went on in the town and how they turned into a mystery as the mayor turned up dead.  It sounds like a great place to visit (minus the murder).  It was great reading and seeing how Monica was able to sort out the clues and find out who was responsible.  It was a great book to read in a couple of sessions as it was easy to keep up with what was going on in the book.
     I received a copy of the book for free to read and review.

Brooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy

I had not tried this author before, but I liked the way it was written and kept me turning the pages to find out how the story would progress.  I like mysteries and I especially liked how this one followed the clues no matter where the clues took them.  I also liked how the characters had personal ties to the job they had to catch the killer as it made it more relevant for them.

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The Atonement by Beverly Lewis

The Atonement tells the story of Lucy Flaud and how she had devoted her life to volunteering and and trying to atone for mistakes of the past.  Due to something that happened long ago, she no longer feels worthy of having a family and a normal life.  Through her father, she meets Dale Wyeth, who is an Englisher.  She soon grows closer to him and soon begins to realize that redemption and forgiveness is possible.
     I felt bad for Lucy for feeling that there was nothing she could do and that others would not forgive and accept her for who she was.  I was glad to see that she was able to open up and allow herself the opportunity to grow again.
     I received this book from the publisher to review.

The Magnolia Duchess by Beth White

The Magnolia Duchess is the third book in the Gulf Coast Series and all have been great.  I was drawn to this series and this book because they are set in the Gulf Coast and I am familiar with the area. It is always nice to try to draw from knowledge and try to see the scenes in my head.
     Fiona's family is very familiar with the sea as they are shipbuilders and her brother has been forced into the British Navy.  During this time she meets up with Charlie who was involved in a shipwreck near her home.  While taking care of him, the soon begin to care for each other, but as Charlie's memory returns, they soon find obstacles to this new found romance.
     I liked seeing how the culture plays out and how the goings on were during this time.  I really enjoy historical fiction because it gives me a taste of how things were.
     I received a copy of the book to read and review and would highly recommend it.

Your Teenager is Not Crazy by Dr. Jeramy Clark and Jerusha Clark

I chose this book because of the title and since I work with teenagers on a daily basis.  I had hoped that it would give my some insight in how to deal with them especially on days when things didn't seem to be going as it usually did.  This book was helpful it how it gave insight into how and why they think and how to deal with some of the situations that occur over time.  I would recommend this book to anyone who has, will have, or works with teens.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review.

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

I love following this series and their characters and seeing them grow up and evolve.  I have followed Dooley and Lace from the start and now it is time for their big day.  Come Rain or Come Shine tells of the days leading up to Lace and Dooley' s wedding  and all that is going into it.  The have decided to have a nice country wedding with a potluck reception, but soon find out that there is more to it than first thought.  I loved how the Flower sisters came to the rescue and how the entire "family" helped out.
      There are some old and some new characters in the book and we  learn more about how how the families are formed, the heartaches involved from the past and future, and much forgiveness.  I loved seeing all the work that went into their wedding day, learning about Dooley's new job, and hope for more in the future.
     I received a copy to read and review, and also checked out an audio book to listen as well.

Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti

When Lucy has to retire from a job she loves and her father started, she feels a great loss.   While her husband has retired as well, he cannot seem to understand the loss she feels.  Lucy feels that she has not only lost her position, but maybe her faith as well.
     I have not had a job or anything I was as passionate about as Lucy was, but I can see where she is coming from. It is hard to let something go that you have put so much in especially the way that she has to give up her passion.  I liked seeing how she worked things out and has to deal with the other issues in her life as well.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher to read and review.

Necessary Proof by Camy Tang

A great tale of suspense where Alex had turned over a new leaf, but someone is not happy about it and works to make it look like he has turned back to his past.  Jane is the computer tech whose job is it to prove that Alex is innocent or guilty.
     As Jane gets closer to the truth they both find their lives on the line as someone does not want the truth found.
      I enjoyed this book and liked the interactions between the characters.  It was interesting to see how their faith played out to help them in the times of crisis.
     I received a copy of the book to read and review.

Breach of Crust by Ellery Adams

Ella Mae is a great baker and she finds herself with the opportunity to help out the Camellia Club with their cookbook.  She is going to their annual retreat to show the members the best way to carry out the recipes in the book, but while there finds herself caught up in more.  She finds Beatrice Burbank, the clubs president dead.  Ella Mae finds herself once again caught in a mystery, but this time has to rely on more than her magic to help her out.
     While I had not read the previous books in this series, I had no trouble following this book.  I loved the characters and the way the book progressed.  A recommended read and the recipes are worth trying out as well.
     I received a copy of the book to read and review from the author.