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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.


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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…