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Off Script by L.L. Bartlett

I enjoyed reading this story and seeing how their thought process worked in solving the mystery.  It was a quick read so it can be started and finished in one reading which is nice as you don't have to wait quite as long to see what has happened.  I liked how the characters were able to see past what seems the correct train of thought to get down to what is really going on.
     I received a copy of the story from the author, the review is my own.


The Promise of Dawn (Under Northern Skies Book #1) by Lauraine Snelling

Signe and her family take a chance by joining their family in Minnesota and find things there very different than they expected.  I really liked Signe and how she was able to be strong and speak up for her family when things were not quite as expected.  I don't know how she was able to put up with what she did from her relatives. I don't think that I would have had her patience and would have probably told someone off in not so nice a way.
    The only thing I did not like about this book is that it ended and I have to wait to see how their lives progress.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  The review is my own,


Body on Baker Street: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany

Another great installment of A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery.  Poor Gemma is just trying to have a book signing with a (cranky) author, when all of a sudden she is dead, right there in the store.  Now Gemma has to put her sleuthing to use to decide who is responsible and why.  It becomes more personal when someone she knows becomes a suspect.
     I like the process Gemma goes through in coming up with suspects and motives.  She also gets to work some with the police in this endeavor, although, they are not always happy about it.
    I look forward to more in this series.  I received a copy from the publisher, the review is my own.



The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

A wonderful read that gives great insight into the time period and what it was like to live during this time dealing with the harshness of living conditions, paired with the fear of the Indians.  Betsy gets a very new perspective on things when she is taken captive during a raid.  She is shown a different type of faith and love and turns more to God.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the review is entirely my own.




Chasing Secrets (Elite Guardians Book #4) by Lynette Eason

I have really enjoyed this series about a group of bodyguards and how they do all they can to protect those in their charge.  I like how they go the extra mile even when their own lives wind up in danger.  The danger that Haley finds herself in is tied to an old case, but even so the danger is real and relevant.  The detective in charge, Steven steps in to help protect Haley and her client.
     I enjoyed seeing peeks of the past as they worked together to find out who was behind everything and persevered throughout all that was thrown at them.  A real page turner.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the review is entirely my own.




Fault Lines by Thomas Locke

A thriller that will keep you reading.  Fault Lines is a book that will leave you rethinking how things are and looking at things with a new light.  Charlie thinks that he knows what is going on, but soon finds himself questioning many things.  He has to look twice at everything to make sure all is as it seems.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is entirely my own.


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Witch Chocolate Bites (BEWITCHED BY CHOCOLATE Mysteries ~ Book 4) by HY Hanna

A fun read that is quite enjoyable.  Caitlyn is still trying to figure out this entire witch thing and has to pair it with helping her uncle out of trouble and and a new love interest.  I really enjoy seeing how she juggles everything and the seeing what her cat Nibs is up to as well.  It is fun seeing how she deals when things don't quite go as planned and of course there is all the mentions of yummy chocolate as well.
    I received a copy of the book from the author,, the review is entirely my own.


Gathering the Threads: A Novel (The Amish of Summer Grove) by Cindy Woodsmall

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I really enjoy reading the books that give me insight into a different world.  Ariana is back where she grew up, but has a bit of conflict in her old and new ways.  I cannot imagine what it would be like to go from living the way I live to try to live Old Order Amish especially like Ariana had to do.  She had to learn an entirely new way to do thing and with interacting with her "new" family.  Also Skyler is trying to fit in and keep things together with her new family, and soon all is not as good as she wants it.
    I really like it how the characters in this book have to learn to work together, depend on others, and trust their faith to hold things together.  This is the third and final book in The Amish of Summer Grove series.  It is better to have read the other two books, but not necessary.
     " I received this book from the publisher and blogging for books, the review is entirely my own"


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The Matchmaker's Match (Love in the Cascades Book 4) by Kimberly Rose Johnson

I really loved reading this book and the way that the characters just seemed to come together.  They were able to work out their fears with each other with no pressure and would up with something more than they expected.  They were able to take their friendship and make it into a great match, all the while getting to know each other and themselves better.
    I received a copy from the author, the review is my own.




Dressed to Confess by Diane Vallerie

I would very much like to visit Proper City, Nevada where dressing up is the norm for the town festivals.  I think that the costumes that Margo helps to provide would really lend to the small town atmosphere, and it would make for a great visit, except for the murder.   I really enjoy the characters and think that running across them in real life would make a trip very memorable.  I liked trying to figure out what would happen next and what Margo would find out next.  Sometimes I beat her to figuring something out and quite often I was wrong with what I guessed.  A great read.
     I received  a copy of the book from the author, the review is entirely my own.


Maggie Bright by Tracy Groot

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This book tells the story of the Maggie Bright a sailing vessel and the secrets it harbors.  When the boat is called into action in WWII, Claire knows that it will do what is necessary, even if the American piloting it, isn't fully committed.
     I really enjoyed this book and its insight into events of WWII.  I was unaware of many of the events and the author has done a good job of portraying them in a way that makes it interesting and not like reading a history book.   I knew that due to production timing that many civilian vehicles were "drafted"into the war effort and the story behind the Maggie Bright made it even more interesting.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is entirely my own.

Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson

I really enjoy books set in a historical setting as they give you a bit of history woven into a story that makes it more realistic.  Hope is a survivor and has moved somewhat on, but soon has to go back and face her past.  She has survived a massacre and has to go back and testify against those involved.  I really liked her courage even though it was not what she wanted.  I think that facing the past maybe helped her to move on somewhat.  She also had to learn to trust others as she had to trust opening up to Lance was the right thing.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.


Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard

A great mystery that will keep you reading and guessing.  I love seeing what Serena is up to next as she tries to take a break from the rigors of the FBI only to find herself caught up in a death tied to a smuggling ring.  She finds herself more deeply involved than she plans and then to complicate things, she finds herself the romantic target of the men in her life and she has to juggle them, the case, and her initial reason for being at Martha's Vineyard the celebration of an engagement.
     A real page turner.
     I received a copy from the publisher, the review is my own.


A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

This is a suspenseful book as well as one of forgiveness.  I kept reading to find out what would happen between Gage and Ella as they had to put their differences aside to find Ella's brother.  Gage could have let his feelings get in the way of doing his job, but realized that would cause even more trouble than was already there.  Gage had to learn to trust and put his hurt aside and Ella had to fess up to what she had done for them to be able to work together and do the job that had to be done. I enjoyed reading this book and this is a great series.
     I received a copy from the publisher to read, the review is entirely my own.



Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

A very suspenseful read that will keep you reading until you finish.  As I read, I tried to make predictions and sometimes I was right and others I would have never guessed.  I could not imagine surviving what Kate did to only have to go back and relive it.  While on the way, Kate and the marshal, Tony,  protecting her run into some snags and it is all that Tony can do to keep her safe.  I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more from the author.
     I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is entirely my own.




On Love's Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

This is the third book in the Red Door series and is quite enjoyable.  I first of all love the island and feel like I am there when reading the book.  I liked how in this book, Natalie had to face her past and work out things with Justin.  They both has some healing to do and by coming back to the island, they were able to face these issues.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is entirely my own.


My Daughter's Legacy by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould

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I really enjoyed how this book went back and forth between the past and present to tell the story.  It gives you the background and lets you know the outcome.  I did not find it hard to keep up with the story as it was written.  There are also two other books in this series, but you don't have to have read them to understand this story, but it will help with the present day story.   I also enjoy learning history in the context of  a fictional story and this one was no exception.
     The story tells about Therese Jennings in the 1860's and Nicole Talbot in present day.  When Nichole comes home she finds out much about her family's legacy some good and some not as expected, but with help, she is able to get it all sorted out.

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     I received a copy of this book from the  publisher, the review is entirely my own.

A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd

I really enjoyed reading this book and seeing the interaction between the two sisters.  It gave me a feeling of how they were able to become closer even though they found out things that they did not previously know about their family. I really like books that have a sense of family and like seeing how the families deal with problems and use their faith to work through what they are faced with.
     This book tells the story of Angela who is unhappy in her marriage and does not have the best relationship with her sister Rose.  Rose is not married, but would like to be, but does feel a bit wary as she sees how her sister is fairing in her marriage.  When given the opportunity to visit an aunt in Pennsylvania, they both jump at the chance to get away from home and hopefully work out some things that are going on in their lives.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, but the review is entirely my own.

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Naomi's Hope by Jan Drexler

I liked reading this book and learning more about the Amish in the 1800's.  Many things have not changed for them in this time, but it was interesting to see them in this context.  Naomi had tried to get things back together and start a live with her adopted son Davey.   She is doing what she can to make things work, but that gets changed when Cap enters her life and takes a liking to Davey.  She must now decide what she wants to happen and trust that she will make the right choices.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the review is my own.

Do Baby Bears Have Mommies? (I've Got Questions) by Crystal Bowman (Author), Teri McKinley (Author), Ailie Busby (Illustrator)

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This book answers many questions in a way that a child can understand.  It gives answers that can be understood, but in a child like way.  The pictures are great as the cover a variety of animals and children.  They help the child to relate the animal relationship to one they can understand of their own.
     I really enjoyed this story. The pictures were great and they really helped the story as a child can relate to the pictures as much as they can relate to the words.  It helped that a variety of animals were used as some children may not know a lot of animals.  A great book to read over and over to any child.

Light of Dawn by Vannetta Chapman

I have really enjoyed reading this series and this book was just as good.  I would find it hard to go through what Shelby, Carter, and Max have been going through and then to leave what is comfortable to try to find what is needed would be even worse.  This book is a real page turner and will pull you in from the beginning.
     I received a copy from the publisher, but the review is my own.


Cement Stilettos by Diane Vallere

A quick paced mystery that will keep you reading.  Samantha finds herself trying to figure out what is going on when she finds a dead body in her finance's storeroom.  She decides that she has to figure out what is going on not only with the dead body but with her fiance as well.  Full of surprises a great read.
     I received a copy from the author, the review is entirely my own.


Distorted by Christ Barrett

Distorted is book that is not only suspenseful, but makes you really think as well.  Mallory was a victim of human trafficking and after being rescued, she goes out speaking out about what has happened.  When she starts to get some threats and it becomes apparent that everything is not as it seems, Tennyson is brought in to help protect her.
     This book really kept me reading and things were not always as they seemed.  It was a book that really make me want to guess what would happen next and then was quite pleased when I guessed right and pleasantly surprised when I wasn't.
    I also liked how Mallory was a survivor and did not let things get to her and stop her even when she was afraid.  She was not afraid to keep on living.
    I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is entirely my own.


The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

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As an enjoyer of national parks, I was excited to see this book.  It gives you a feel of what Mount Rainer park was like as the park was getting started and some of the things that had to be work out with our national park system.  I think I would have liked to have been Margie and had the chance to work at Mount Rainer.  The story also has the point of view of one of the rangers, Ford Brayden.  He is still working out how to best do his job and working with Margie is not one of the things on his list.   They both love the simplicity and beauty of the parks though and will do all they can to preserve it.  I also loved the cover of the book as it reminded me of postcards that I had purchased at some of national parks.
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     I received my book from blogging for books, the review is entirely my own.



Trusting Grace by Maggie Brennan

Trusting Grace tells the story of Grace Bidwell.  She is doing her best to keep her late husband's ranch running and realizes she needs help.  Robert Frasier answers her ad for a hired hand and they both find something more.  Robert needs more than the job that Grace is offering and soon finds himself growing closer to Grace. He soon learns to trust again.  I enjoyed the setting of the book and at times felt like I was there.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.



Freedom's Price by Christine Johnson

This book really kept my attention as I wanted to keep reading to find out what Catherine would do.  I found her very courageous to undertake the journey of traveling during this time and then having to make the decision of what to do when things do not turn out as expected.  I liked how Catherine and Tom's relationship progressed and how they learned to trust each other.  They both have big decisions to make and must really put their trust in God to make the right decision.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.


With You Always by Jody Hedlund

This looks like the start to an interesting series.   I always find it interesting to learn about things from the past in the context of a story. It gives me knowledge of how things were without seeming like a history lesson.  I knew some about this time period, but enjoyed learning more.
    I liked how Elise took the initiative to step out and do what needed to be done to help out her family even if it meant leaving them.  She had the courage needed to do this and relied on faith to help her out.  Thornton was an interesting character as he set out with a motive in mind and soon found himself doing things for different reasons.  I liked how he grew as a person.  I look forward to more in this series.
     I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is entirely my own.



True to You by Becky Wade

I love Nora's job and find it interesting how she applies what she knows.  I would love to visit the village and learn more.  I found it interesting how she was able to use her skills to help out John and how they became more and more attracted to each other as friends and maybe more.  I liked how they were able to work at finding out the answers that John needed and were able to use them for what he needed.  I really  enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one.
     I received a copy from the publisher, but the review is entirely my own.



The Final Vow by Amanda Flower

I have enjoyed this series that take place at a living museum. It makes me feel like I have visited the museum, but am glad not to under the circumstances that Kelsey finds Vianna under.  Kelsey has her hands full with Vianna and her ideas for a wedding on the grounds, but when Kelsey finds Vianna dead, she realizes she has to find out what has happened so that the museum is not negatively affected.
     I appreciated  how Kelsey was able to handle herself under the circumstances and think that she has a really exciting job.
        I received a copy of the book from the publisher to read and review.



My Soul Sings by Kim Vogel Sawyer

A story of hope and help.  Jeremiah needs the healing that the small Arkansas church can provide as he finds our that there is always someone that needs his help.   As he gets there he finds Tessy.  She is in need of a friend and they soon are able to help out each other as they both grow.  It was interesting to learn of the superstitions and ways of the people of Shyler's Point especially during this time in history.  It seems like God knew exactly what was needed in placing Jeremiah there when he did to promote both his healing as well as the town and Tessy's.  He was exactly where he was meant to be.
     I received a copy of the book from the author, but the review is entirely my own.



The Genesis Tree

I have really enjoyed this series and this book is better read after the first two.  I always like how Sadie is able to do what is needed and still seem normal (in a very unusual world).  She has really grown over time as she has had to take on more responsibility and has become very observant to what is happening and needs to happen.
    I really feel like I am with Sadie on her adventures as the descriptions and writing is well done.  I also liked catching up with some of the characters and events of the previous two books and finding out what has happened.
     I received a copy of the book from the author, but the review is my own.


Witch Summer Nights Cream by H Y Hanna

A wonderful cozy mystery that will keep you reading.  I loved this next installment in the Bewitched by Chocolate series and finding out what happened next.  I would love to visit an enchanted chocolate shop and of course kittens are great any time.  Caitlyn has to solve the mystery of a murdered girl and a missing love option before she can really enjoy the summer solstice.  I love seeing how she gets it all together and is still working at getting her powers figured out.
     I received a copy from the author, but the review is entirely my own.




Fatal Mistake by Susan Sleeman

A very suspenseful read.  Tara is just worried about living and surviving another day and it is Cat Riggins job to make that possible, once he finds her that is.  I liked seeing how the characters interacted and worked at finding the ones responsible for the bombing and how they grew closer as the book went on.  I liked how they trusted in each other and how they were able to focus on the goal at hand.
     I received a copy of this book from the author, the review is entirely my own.




An Encore for Estelle by Kimberly Rose Johnson

I really enjoyed this story of moving on and learning to work together.  Estelle and Blake both have a past that they need to move on from an it seems that the children's theater is just the place to do it.  I liked how they seemed to work at forgiveness and working together when they can't work alone.  I liked how they had to move beyond their comfort zone to move forward.

I received a copy of the book from the author, but the review is entirely my own.


Cry Wolf by Leighann Dobbs and Traci Douglass

I have really enjoyed this series and Cry Wolf is another great read.  I enjoyed learning more about a secondary character DeeDee and how she was able to do what she had to for work and still work out things about her upcoming marriage.  I liked how she interacted with the suspects and worked at figuring out who did it and how she worked with her feelings vs what she was supposed to do concerning her family obligations.  I highly recommend this book and while it is part of a series, it can be read by it self.
     I received a copy from the author to read, the review is entirely mine.

Life After by Katie Ganshert

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An enjoyable read as Autumn is forced to face a miracle that happened in her life although she cannot figure out why it happened to her.  She as the one survivor of a train explosion and doesn't understand why.  She has spent a year trying to figure it out and finally faces it a bit more head on when she begin to receive letters from the child of one of the victims.  This causes her to explore her purpose and to become closer to that family.
    I would recommend this for a good read as it is easy to read and had to put down.
"I received this book fromBlogging for Booksfor this review, the review is my own."

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Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal

This journal is a mix of scripture, prayers, quotes and places to color and draw to take you through your prayers and reflections.  The topics of thankfulness, stress, and how to be patient give you the guidance you need to take you through your quiet time.  There is much space to color and write down your thoughts after your quiet time.
      I took a while after getting this book to review it as I did not want to rush through the many different opportunities throughout the book. Each day gave you a new set of thoughts and quotes that seemed to often match what was needed for that day.  I really enjoyed what I have seen so far and look forward to the rest of the journal
     I received a copy of this book to read and review from the publisher.



Deadly Bones by Terry Odell

I had the great opportunity to listen to this audiobook and loved it so much that I went back and purchased the first one.  I really enjoyed the narrator's tone and cold very easily see the gruff police chief from his voice.  I liked seeing how all the pieces of the puzzle come together as they try to figure out first of all if a bone is human and when it is whether there are more.
     As the case progresses, more and more come out about some of the prominent citizens of Mapleton as well as why they are involved the way they are.  The local police team up again with the sheriff's department as many unseeingly related incidents all start coming together.
     I usually listen when traveling, but found myself listening as I was home so I could verify some things I had guessed and find out about others that I could not.
     I received a copy of this book from the author, the review is my own.


Murderous Mayhem at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison

I really enjoyed seeing how the problems were sorted out in this book as Iris has to figure out what to do about her missing book and Muriel has to figure out some way to get out of debt.  I am not sure why Iris would think it was ok to have only one copy of her book, but it does make for some good reading and motivation to figure out where it is and to get it back.  I enjoyed learning more about the people in the town and how they interconnect.  It is a great read and a great addition to the series.



Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

I got a preview of this book with the Novella At Your Request and was glad to get the chance to read more into this world.  Permila makes good use of her status or lack of in New York high society to be able to write a gossip column and finds herself in a situation where she feels like she needs to share what she has learned.  I enjoyed reading how she went about getting in touch with Asher Rutherford to let him know what she has learned and going the extra mile to make him see the truth in what she is telling him.  I liked how their relationship evolved and how they were able to really see who the other was by not worrying about everyone else's opinion.
      I received a copy of the book from the publisher, but the review is entirely my own.





Four Puddings and a Funeral by H.Y. Hanna

Gemma's tearoom and catering business is getting off to a great start, now if she could just avoid the dead bodies.  As Gemma is hired to cater a funeral, the guests at the funeral get more than expected as the widow takes ill as well.  Gemma is a bit worried that it could be her food, but soon finds out that the widow's illness and later death have more to it.  When one of the old biddies is accused she realizes she needs to get involved to see what is really going on.
    I really enjoyed reading this book and one of he parts of the book that really had me laughing was the antics of her cat Muesli.  I loved the scene with the food inspector and could imagine my cat getting into some of the scrapes that Muesli does.  I am also curious as to how her relationship issues are going to continue to play out in the upcoming books.



Sandpiper Cover by Irene Hannon

The Hope Harbor series is a great read and this new book in the series is no exception.  I like seeing how Lexie and Adam work together even though their worlds seem very different.  Lexie had a lot going on and soon learns to depend on the help of Adam to help out someone headed down the wrong path.   I enjoyed seeing how the characters planned things out and learned to trust in each other.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.


A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

A wonderful story of hope and belief.  As Josiah has to put to practice what he does for others, he must depend on his faith, love, and hope to make things as they need to be with his wife.  He must depend on his belief that things can be repaired to keep trying.
    I liked seeing how Josiah persevered even when things did not go the way he wanted.  How he realized that things that might work for others might not work for him and how he worked to find other ways.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher,   The review is entirely my own,


Pursued by Lisa Harris

This book starts off running as Nikki 's flight into Nashville crash lands what follows is  a series of events that keeps everyone looking.  I liked how Nikki was willing to stick with what she believed from the person who she thought was sitting next to her to the motive behind it all.  I also liked seeing how her relationship with Tyler progresses.  This book is a real page turner and I am really enjoying this series.
    I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher but the review is entirely my own.


Designing Love by Kimberly Rose Johnson

I loved the twists in this book as things didn't go as Sierra had planned.  Sierra feels like she has it all together and is ready to make a go of things especially when she gets the opportunity to house sit.  I liked her take on things and how she was upbeat with her new opportunities and a new love interest.    Things do not start off well and soon go down from there as she is accused of a crime and must work to get things sorted out.  A delightful read and a good mystery as well.
     I received a copy from the author to read and the review is my own.


Cat Got Your Cash by Julie Chase

I was drawn to the book by the cover and was curious to see how the cats fit in.  The book was an interesting read as the cats played a big part in the book as the ones who will inherit the money.  When Lacy takes them in and then they go missing, she teams up with Jack Oliver, homicide detective to find out what is going on.
     I liked trying to stay a bit ahead of what had happened in the book and finding out if I guessed right or wrong.  A great read and an enjoyable series.



When Angels Cry by MaryLu Tyndall (Author)

While this is a different kind of book than I usually read, I found it quite compelling.  It is not as hard as it should be to imagine living in a world like is described in this book, and it would not be an enjoyable time.  I cannot imagine how hard it would be for Angelica to go against everything she feels is what should do, to do what she feels like God is calling her to do.
     I was intrigued as to how she was able to go against her first inclination to be able to talk to Daniel and tell him what had to be told.  It is a lesson in listening and doing what you are called to do.

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Safety in Blunders (The Worst Detective Ever Book 3) by Christy Barritt

Joey seems to find trouble wherever she goes.  While out hiking she stumbles across a mermaid tail and soon finds herself getting involved in all kinds of things trying to figure out where it came from and what led up to its placement in the preserve.   She also finds herself still  in the company of Zane and Jackson as they both are able the help her keep safe as she investigates.
    I have enjoyed reading this series and love how quickly it has been coming out so I can see what happens next as well as how the investigation into her father is going.
    I received a copy of the book from the author, but the review is entirely my own.



When the Grits hit the Fan by Maddie Day

I have been patiently awaiting this next book in the Country Store Mystery and loved it.  ( I had the fortunate privilege of finding the series after the first two books were already out).  I love the Country Store/Restaurant and it makes me hungry to think of all the good food that is served there and it makes me want to try the recipes that are included in the book.  I would also like to meet some of the characters that hang out there, as long as one of them is not a murderer.
     Robbie finds herself involved in solving the murder of a professor when she and her friend Lou din them while exploring the outdoors.  When Lou is deemed a suspect, Robbie decides to clear his name even though it exposes her to danger as well.
      I received a copy of this book from the author, but the review is entirely my own.




Murder is No Accident by A. H. Gabhart

This has been a fun series as it ties a good mystery with great characters.  I love the small town atmosphere and how Maggie feels that using the old mansion is just the ticket to make her stories work.  She find more than she bargained for though when people start turning up dead.  I enjoyed the suspense of the book and how Maggie wanted to stay quiet about her involvement, but would up quite involved instead.
     I received a copy of this from the publisher, but the review is entirely my own.




When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

I have enjoyed reading this series and since I have been studying about WW2 in school, I enjoyed it all the more.  I have liked being about to tie what I have learned in history class with what is in the book because even though it is fiction, it was well researched and gave me a different view on things.  I also enjoyed seeing how the characters interacted even though it was a change of pace for both of them.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, but the review is entirely mine.





A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot

A wonderful story set in 1880 Texas.  Lydia Crawford has to work to gain the trust and understanding of the town, she realizes that she has a long road ahead of her.  It takes a turn for the worse when she realizes that her fiance is missing and already married.
    I liked the spunk of Lydia as she had to adapt to her surroundings and learned who she could trust.  This was a great book that I had to work hard to not skip to the end to confirm what happened.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, but the review is my own.



To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

I was excited to see a new book out by this author and loved every page of it.  I  love the way she incorporates historic events into her stories and gives me a perspective as to how it was for the people involved in the events.
     Jenny thought that Ryan had betrayed her many years ago, but he had to do it in service to his country.  When they meet up again many years later, he still cannot open up to her, but soon a solution presents itself.  Jenny finds herself not knowing exactly what she should do, but having to trust in making the right decision.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but the review is entirely my own.




Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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I enjoyed reading this book and learning about Grace's correspondence and hope for a different future.  I think it would be neat to get to know someone through letters, but would still be very cautious before revealing too much without having some type of verification of who I was corresponding with.
    I also enjoy books that have some type of forgiveness as it helps me to remember to give others a second chance.
    I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books, but the review is my own.


More from the author.  

Witch Chocolate Fudge (BEWITCHED BY CHOCOLATE Mysteries ~ Book 2) by H.Y. Hanna

I enjoyed reading the next book in this series and finding out what happened next.  I love reading books where animals  and chocolate are involved and this one  does not disappoint.  Caitlyn is accused of murder and realizes that she must clear her name to lose the suspicion of the others in the village.  I also liked see how her relationship with James is progressing and how she is continuing to find out more about her family.  Can't wait for book three to come out to find out what happens next.
   I received a copy of the book from the author , the review is my own.




Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delaney

I love a good mystery and this one was great.  Gemma has returned to London to manage her Great Uncle's shop.  I liked how when she found something she took the initiate to get it back to the owner even after running into a dead body and finds herself the main suspect.  It is a great book for any mystery lover.




Message in a Bottle by Joanne Bischof (Author), Amanda Dykes (Author), Heather Day Gilbert (Author), Jocelyn Green (Author), Maureen Lang (Author)

I really enjoyed getting to read this book and one of the great things was the book itself. I loved the way the pages felt and it added to the atmosphere of the book.  I loved the story of faith that was interwoven throughout the book  It was interesting to see how the bottle made its way to all of the main characters and how it filled a need that they all had.   Each of the characters is strong her her own way, but facing some type of battle that they need hope and courage to get through.
     As an enjoyer of history, I also liked seeing how the stories depicted the customs and ways of the time period as the journey takes place over around 700 years.  It was interesting to see how some things are the same over time, while at the same time progress is made.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but the review is my own.


For Love and Honor by Jody Hedlund

For Love and Honor is a great story that tells the tale of Lady Sabine and Sir Bennett. It is an enjoyable read of teens and adults alike and I really got into the story.  I enjoyed seeing how they were able to get around some of the obstacles that they felt were holding them back to work together to trust each other.  The each feel like they have something to hide, but learn to put their trust in more.
    I received a copy of the book from the author, but the review is my own.




Saved by the Lawman by Margaret Daley

Kate is a family court judge who has made someone so upset that they try to kidnap her son, but thankfully Chase a policeman is there to step in and stop the attempt.  He realizes that they are in more danger and works to keep them safe and loses his heart in the process.  I love seeing how he falls for Kate and her son and keep them safe as well.



Saved by a SEAL by Susan Sleeman

Saved by a SEAL is a very suspenseful read that will keep you reading to find out what happens next.  I enjoyed the interactions between Bree and Clint  as they worked together to find out what really happened to Bree's friends.  I also liked how Clint was willing to do what it took to keep Bree and Ella safe.
     I received a copy of the book from the author, but the review is my own.


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Reign of Error by Christy Barritt

Joey is at it again in this next installment of her life after acting.  She has been suckered into participating in a polar plunge and the person who went in next to her winds up dead and she is a suspect.  Not liking being in this position and finding out that he has a link to her missing father, she makes a vow to find the killer, no matter what the cost.
     I enjoyed reading this book and following the life of Joey and finding out how she handles all that is going on her life.  Can't wait for more.
    I received a copy of the book from the author, but the review is my own.


When God Made You Matthew Paul Turner (Author), David Catrow (Illustrator)

I loved this book.  It was fun to read with a little one and look at the great pictures.  It had a great message and was fun to listen to a little one's interpretation of the book as they "read" it to me after I had read it to them.  It is a great book that everyone should read and find someone to read it to.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, but the review is my own.



Maybe It's You by Candace Calvert

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Maybe It's You tells the story of the new life that Sloane Ferrell  has set up for herself.  She is doing her best to keep her past in the past, but is having trouble keeping everything from Micah.  Micah gets to know Sloane and when a crisis hits the hospital that they work at he finds out more about her that he ever hoped to.
     I enjoyed reading this book and the fast pace of it kept me on my toes.  I enjoyed learning about their jobs and how they came to learn more about each other.  I like how they worked with her past and were able to do what had to be done to keep her safe.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the review ismy own.


The Sisters of Sugarcreek by Cathy Liggett

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The Sisters of Sugarcreek tells the story of three women and the trials that they have faced that brought them together.  Lydia's husband has died leaving her to learn how to do things on her own, while Liz has always depended on Rose for friendship finds herself at a loss after she is killed in a fire.  Jessica inherits Rose's quilt shop and finds  herself in need of help which she soon finds in the other two women.
     I really enjoyed this book and the developing friendship between the women.  I can't imagine what  it would be like to go through what they did and have to start over without some type of support system and they found that in each other.  It is always great to have and find friends like that.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.


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The Newcomer by Suzanne Woods Fisher

I cannot imagine what it would be like to leave everything and start a new life like Anna did.  It would be hard enough to leave in modern times when you can go to the nearest store to get everything you need, but to try to set up a house and live on the frontier would be something else.  I enjoyed seeing Anna's romance and learning how she chose who to give her heart to and I really enjoyed seeing the twist in the story and how it all came together.
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the review is my own.




Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

A very suspenseful read that I was glad I started reading when I had time to finish it.  Andi's sister was murdered a while ago and it is time for the murderer to pay the price for the murder, but Andi receives evidence that he didn't do it and is determined to make sure the right person pays for the crime.  I  don't know if I could be as open minded as Andi was in giving the murderer a chance to prove  innocence.
     I also enjoyed reading how Andi and the cold case detective Will worked together to sort out all the details.  They made a good match in figuring things out.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.


Dark, Witch & Creamy by H.Y. Hanna

What can go be better than a  a book with has chocolate and cats in it, not much.   Caitlyn finds out that she is not who she thinks she is and goes searching for the truth.  I loved wondering what she would run across next as she embarked on her journey and finds out who she really is.  I enjoyed reading about the own she found herself in and the description made it seem like a great place to visit minus the murder of course.
       An enjoyable start to a new series and I look forward to seeing more.
      I have read previous books from this author and was delighted to get a chance to read this one for free, the review is entirely my own.



Still Life by Dani Pettrey

This story grabbed my attention from the start as I liked how the characters were able to work at solving the mystery based on multiple outcomes.  While they kept up hope for one outcome, they kept their options open for more.  I liked how Avery was open about her past even when she was ashamed of it, but realized that being open could help them with the investigation and that made her more real to me in that she was willing to let go of the past to focus on the future.
     I also like learning some of the history of the area as the author used some of the local history in the area as part of the crime scene.  It gave me a taste of hidden treasures that are around many towns and a bit of a nod to the first book as it too has a bit of a historical theme.
    I highly recommend this book and series and look forward to seeing what happens next,




Scheduled to Death by Mary Feliz

I was drawn in by the cover of the book and loved the house and dog on front.  In reading it , it was just as intriguing.  Maggie has a business that I could definitely take advantage of as she helps to get things organized. She has taken on the task of helping the absent minded Professor Lincoln Sinclair to get organized, when she gets the added task of figuring out who killed his fiance.  I quite enjoyed seeing how she was able to keep things together as she tackled several jobs at once.  Once I started reading, I had to keep my self from turning ahead to see how it would turn out and if I had guessed correctly.
    I received a copy from the author, but the review is my own.



A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

Being a history lover, I enjoy books set in the past as it gives me some insight as to life during that time period.  I enjoyed reading about Temperance Tucker's life and how she was able to defend herself on the Kentucky frontier.  I don't know that I could have been as rugged as she was and been able to survive during that time.  I enjoyed seeing the story play out between her and Sion and how they learned to get around each other's pasts.
      I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but the review is my own.



In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

I greatly enjoyed reading this book and learning more about Alaska and this time period.  I liked learning about the living conditions and what all it took to  be a mountain guide.  I think it would have been exciting to be around during this time period, but a bit scary too. It was great to get a perspective on the president's visit as well.
    I also enjoyed learning about Cassidy and her father as they were a part of this exciting time and the mystery and working together of Cassidy and Allan had me not wanting to put the book down.
    I love the stories that these authors pair together to write and this one was no exception.
    I received a copy of this book from the publisher, but the review is entirely my own.



Shadow of Suspicion by Christy Barritt

I enjoy suspenseful books and Shadow of Suspicion did not disappoint.   Laney and Mark have to work together to clear Laney's name and to keep her safe.  I enjoyed seeing how they interacted and worked together to figure out what is happening and how they drew closer together.  I like seeing how the characters think and love it when I come to the same conclusion they did, but love being pleasantly surprised as well.  I highly recommend reading this book.


Dead and Breakfast by Kate Kingsbury

I really enjoyed reading about Liza and Melanie and the adventures they faced trying to open their B&B.  I can imagine that what they expected and what they found were very different things.  I imagine that choosing something that took a lot of work, but had a great backstory sounded like a great idea, that is until the skeleton and later on dead body showed up.
    I really enjoyed seeing what all happened next and how it all came together.  I am not sure if I could take on what they did and continue after what they ran into, but that is part of what made it a great read.
    I received a copy of this book from the author, the review is entirely my own.



The Tunnels by Greg Mitchell

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I enjoyed reading this book as it gave me a different perspective on life in Berlin and getting to hear it as a story instead of just something in the history book.  It was interesting to read the stories of those involved in the events of the tunnel as well as what was going on above ground as well.  I hadn’t really thought of how much it affected those involved until reading this book.
     I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books.  More from the author can be found at http://gregmitchellwriter.blogspot.com/







A Fatal Twist by Tracy Weber

I have greatly enjoyed this series and following the antics of Bella and Kate and this book did not disappoint.  I love seeing how Kate interacts with Bella and in this story there are two foster puppies as well.  Bella like many older dogs does not like this intrusion into her home and reading about the situations they find themselves in is quite entertaining.
     Also there is the little situation of murder going on.  Kate has agreed to be a doula for her friend and one of the doctors turns up dead.  Kate works to figure out what happened and finds out all kinds of things about the doctor that makes it difficult to narrow the suspects down to one all while taking care of the dogs and working at her yoga studio.
     A great read and recommended to anyone who likes a good cozy mystery.
     I received a copy of the book from the author, but the review is entirely my own.



Never Forget by Jody Hedlund

A wonderful conclusion to the Beacons of Hope series.  I have enjoyed learning about the lighthouse keepers and what they had to go through to keep the lanterns going.  I especially learning about how often times it was the women that did the job even though they were not thought to be "able" to do it.
     Abbie has been doing her best to be able to continue living on Rose Island and keeping the light so that her grandfather can stay on the island as well.  She has even gotten married so that her husband can be considered the keeper since her grandfather can no longer do the job as he could before.  Abbie's husband is not quite up to the job, so when a man washes up on shore and cannot remember who he is, she lets him believe that he is supposed to be there and passes him off as her husband.
     I enjoyed seeing the growing relationship between Abbie and Nathaniel and how even though things didn't always work out in the timing they wanted, they managed to do…