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In Want of a Knife by Elizabeth Kane Buzzelli

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A great mystery and one that involves books to boot.  I liked trying to figure out what was going on with the mystery and seeing if I could figure out things before the characters did.  I enjoyed seeing the new neighbors and deciding how they would fit in and in how it all come out.
     I received a copy of the book from the author , the review is entirely my own.


A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund

I loved the suspense and heartache in this book.  Izzy is fleeing from all she knows and pretends to be someone she isn't in order to heal from an injury.  Cole falls for her as she is healing and in hiding and wants to all he can for her.  Unfortunately when the truth comes out, they both have a lot to work out as they have both began to care for each other.  On top of everything, there is a revolt going on and they are both on seemingly opposite sides.  I loved reading and could not wait to see how it all turned out.



Died in the Wool (A Knit & Nibble Mystery) by Peggy Ehrhart

I am new to this series and requested to read it based on the cover.  I enjoyed reading this mystery and seeing how the group came together to solve the murder.  It was interesting to see how the put together the clues and I will probably go back to read the first one.
     I received a copy to read from the publisher, the review is mine.



A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

I enjoyed reading this book and seeing how Tressa handled those who came acting one way and really wanting something else.  She and her mother had to find a way to keep things going at their estate when her father died, leaving the family fortune hidden somewhere.  Tressa had to figure out who to trust and and what her father did with all their money.  I liked seeing how Tressa reasoned things out and wanted to find the fortune as well.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.


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The Daily Question for You and Your Child: A Three-Year Spiritual Journal Diary by WaterBrook

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An interesting and interactive journal that allows you to capture memories as well grow in faith.  I have enjoyed what I have seen so far and look forward to seeing what is yet to come.  I also think that it will be interesting to look back on what was written in the future to see how things have changed over time.  I liked too that if I miss a day, than I just pick up and will make sure to try and match days for the future readings.
     " I received this book from the publisher as part of their book launch program, the review is entirely my own."


Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

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Hidden Among the Stars tells the story of how Max Dornbach helped out some Jewish friends during the time of Hitler's reign of Germany.  He agreed to help hide some valuable items and also helped to hide a Jewish woman.  Unfortunately the German soldiers come and find out about the hidden treasures.
     The story continues in present day when Callie finds an old book that draws her into a story from the past.  This helps to draw her out as well and she soon uncovers information from the past and changes her life as well.   
     Wow, I really enjoyed reading this story of past and present.  I quite enjoy learning about history from fiction.  It gives me an insight and the desire to learn more as this story did.  A great read.
      I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is entirely my own.




The Reckless (Legacy of the King's Pirates Book 6) by MaryLu Tyndall

A wonderful story full of adventure and hope.   I loved reading the story of Reena and Frederick and how they worked on their differences.  I loved all the places and searching and wonder what it would be like to live a life like they did. I also liked how their faith factored into their decisions.
     I received a preview copy of the book, the review is my own.

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The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman

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Quinn finds himself with a big change in plans . He plans to come to Mississippi and make a way on his own, but soon finds himself helping the  Young sisters as they too are on their way to Mississippi as well.  The Young sisters have come over from Ireland planning to start a new life, but soon find that the life that was planned for them is not the life they were actually coming to.  Soon The sisters and Quinn find a new overlapping direction than what was planned.
     I liked how Quinn gave in and took responsibility even though he did not have to and was trying to have a more carefree life.  This became even more relevant when it became apparent what was really going on .  I liked seeing the relationship grow between Quinn and Kiera and the seeing what life was like on the Breeze Hill Plantation.


Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

Book four in the Chesapeake Valor series starts off running and stays that way till the end.  Luke Gallagher is finally back with his friends and family, but not as a happy reunion, but to stop a terrorist.  I liked seeing how Luke worked as getting back to a "normal" life, while at the same time having to do all he can to keep himself and Kate alive. 
      I have really enjoyed this series and seeing the characters evolve.  It will be hard leaving them behind, but look forward to seeing what comes next.
     I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is entirely my own.


Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

I have enjoyed this series set in Memphis as I can can picture many of the places that they wind up.  I think it would be great to finally solve a cold case, but would hate to have the case hanging over me as it waits to be solved and would hate it even more to realize that someone was still out there and was still killing.  Rachel soon finds out that there is more to her mother's death as she meets up with an Elvis impersonator.   She soon finds herself looking into it again as another murder occurs and she has to work together with someone from her past before anything happens again.
      I received a copy from the publisher, the review is my own.


A souffle of Suspicion by Daryl Wood Gerber

A good mystery mixed in with good food makes for a great book.  I enjoyed reading the second book in the French Bistro series.  Mimi has gone back home and opened her own Bistro and it is starting to do well until a dead body turns up in the kitchen.   Mimi realizes that in order to restore order to her business and to continue making a name for her business during the local festival, she must figure out who the real killer is.   A great read.
     I received a copy from the author, the review is my own.


Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

An enjoyable story of change, love, and acceptance.  When Captain Macy gets back home he finds things very different than when he left and has a hard time accepting it.  I too would have a problem if I came back to find everything different, but would soon have to move on.  Captain Macy tries to act like he isn't bothered by everything, but Daphne sees through him and soon sees the man beyond the surface.  She soon must make a decision that will change things very long term. 
      I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.



A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

Rosalind is a real pioneer.  I admire how she has a job and passion that is not normally associated with women, but have noticed this theme in many of Camden's books.  She is willing to put what she knows to good use, no matter what. 
     Nicholas is not too happy to have to work with Rosalind, but soon finds himself listening to what she has to say even if he is still a bit weary of her techniques.
     I really liked seeing their relationship grow and how they learned that even if they did not always agree, that listening to one another did have merit.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.. 



Bonbons and Broomsticks by H.Y. Hanna

I love this series and was very happy to get to read the next installment.  Caitlyn is doing her best to settle in her new life as a chocolate maker, but soon finds herself caught up in another mystery.  I love seeing how she and her cousin go about trying to figure out the murder while trying to stay under the radar.  I also liked seeing how the previous story progressed as we learn more about her background and how she tries to get around who she is with James.
     I received a copy of the book the review is my own.


A Rebel Heart by Beth White

A great read.  I really enjoyed the interactions between Selah and Levi as they worked together to meet both of their needs.  I admire Selah for doing what she felt needed to be done to save her home and how things wound working out for both Selah and Levi.  It was interesting to see how things were during that time period as well.  I love reading historical fiction that has a good mystery, romance, and gives me a taste of the time period.
      I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is mine.


The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

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Rachel has to rebuild her career after some bad reviews cause her to lose her job.  Alex is indirectly responsible for this and offers to help her to restore her reputation by hosting a pop up dinner party.  While getting this party put together, Rachel and Alex have to work together and soon find that there is more to life that first thought.
     I love the idea of the pop up dinner party.  I had not heard of it until now.  It would be an interesting thing to attend, but it would be my luck I would be a picky eater and not like the offerings.  I enjoyed seeing Rachel change her point of view and learn that there is more to life than her career and that even when she felt she had lost everything, she learned there was more to life..

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

Flowers and Foul Play by Amanda Flower

I loved reading this book and seeing how Fiona found anew life with her godfather's home and garden. It was neat seeing Fiona see all that the garden had to offer and solve a mystery at the same time.  Fiona's trip didn't seem to start out any better than what she had left at home, but as she gets to know her new community it all comes together and she finds her self very much liking her  hopefully soon to be new home.
     I received a copy from the author, the review is mine.



Cold Case by Susan Sleeman

I liked seeing how Eryn had to put aside her  lack of trust and put her trust in Trey to help her solve one of her biggest cases yet.  It was interesting to see how she realized that she could not do everything on her own, especially take care of herself and her daughter and finally let Trey help.  It was a very suspenseful book as you try to figure out what will happen next and how it will all turn out.
     I received  a copy of the book from the author the review is my own.



The Golden Vial by Thomas Locke

This book is the conclusion in the Legends of the Realm trilogy.  I liked seeing the story line wrapped up and how Lady Shona worked at leading her people even with everything that was against her.  I liked seeing how she had to put her reliance in someone that she did not know and did not know if they could get the job  done, but had to trust that they could.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.


A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot

A Borrowed Dream tells the story of Catherine and Austin.  Catherine has trouble trusting, but soon learns to as she gets to know Austin.  Austin has secrets of his own, but is just trying to do the best for his daughter.  The two of them have to get past hurts and secrets and soon come to find hope in each other.  A great read.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.



Falling for You by Becky Wade

I liked seeing how the main characters got past their differences to work together and how by being forced to work together, they had to come to some type of agreement.
     I would like to slow down sometimes and work like Willow was.  It is still work, but it gave her a chance to slow down and regroup.  I found it interesting how Corbin found himself with a second chance and how he handled it.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.



Together Forever: Orphan Train series, Book 2 by Jody Hedlund

I have enjoyed reading to the next installment of the Orphan Train series.  I can imagine the guild that Marianne feels as she takes on her job caring for the children on the orphan train.  She has to make sure they stay safe and go to a good home while also trying to figure out what happened to her younger sister and two other children from her earlier life. 
      This book really gave insight as to what it was like for the children on the train and made you happy when you felt they were getting a good life and suspicious of some of the families as well. I look forward to seeing what is in store next for the series.
     I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is my own.


The Road Home by Beverly Lewis

I found it interesting to see how Lena Rose was able to work through her grief of not only losing her parents, but being separated from the rest of her family. I am unsure how I would feel about having to move away and begin a new life and have so many changes all at once.  I enjoyed reading the book and liked how Lena Rose was able to continue trusting and let thing work out the way they needed to , not necessarily the way she wanted them to.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.

Lethal in Old Lace by Duffy Brown

I really enjoyed this book and the setting of Savannah really added to it.  I loved loved the characters and their southern charm.  It was interesting to see how Reagan was able to juggle her wedding with figuring out the mystery.  I can't imagine what it would be like to be a professional mourner, but can definitely see that as being a southern thing.
     I received a copy of this book from the author, the review is my own.



Dangerous Water by Christy Barritt

Cassidy is still trying to lay low as she await to testify at trial.  She finds herself caught up in another situation on Lantern Beach as she feels like she sees someone from her past and to add to her problems, her assistant disappears.  She has to try to still stay undercover and still find a way to put the clues together without giving too much away. 
     I received a copy from the author, the review is mine.

How to Window Box by Chantal Aida Gordon and Ryan Benelt

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I enjoyed reading this book and getting using the pictures to come up with ideas for window box arrangements.  It was very informative and the step by step directions were very helpful.  It gave advice on what plants to pair together and had helpful pictures for many of the steps. 

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The Sea before Us by Sarah Sundin

I loved learning history through historical fiction.  This book gave me an opportunity to to see a woman's part in the war as part of the story focused on Dorothy's service of putting together reconnaissance photographs to create a map of Normandy.  I was interesting to see how the technology of the time period allowed them to put something like this together.  I also enjoyed seeing how the relationship between Dorothy and Wyatt progressed as they worked together to provide what was needed leading up to D-Day.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own,




High Treason by Diann Mills

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High Treason is a book that will keep you reading.  FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson and CIA operative Monica Alden find themselves tasked with protecting Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal.  This becomes more complicated when they find out that the prince is not just there for him mother's cancer treatment, but also to negotiate some some stronger business ties between the US and his country.
      I really enjoyed reading this book and liked seeing the interaction between the main characters.  They had to learn to get over each other's role in the protective detail and learn to work together.  I liked seeing how they worked out their differences as well as trying to figure out who the bad guy was and what the motive was.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.

Storm Surge by Christy Barritt

Cassidy is still trying to stay under the radar as she awaits to testify, but as a mysterious raft shows up, she can't help but to get involved. I think I too would find it hard to keep silent if I were in Cassidy's shoes and it would be my luck that the more under the radar I tried to be, the more things would happen to draw the spotlight on me.   Loved the book and look forward to the next one.
      I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is my own.



Apple Strudel Alibi by H Y Hanna

I liked seeing Gemma and the Old Biddies take on a mystery away from home.  It seems like Gemma can't even get a break from sleuthing even when she his on holiday.  She and the Old Biddies run across a suspicious death in the hotel they are staying in and soon find themselves trying to figure out what exactly happened.  I also enjoyed " seeing" some of the sites that they visited and would love to see the dancing horses someday myself.
     I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is entirely my own.

Death by a Whisker by T. C. LoTempio

I really enjoyed this book in the A Cat Rescue series.  It was fun to see the interaction between Sydney and Toby and how they went about proving Maggie innocent in the death of Ulla.  It is amazing how Toby is able to help out and point Sydney in the right direction.  Got to love a good mystery with a cat.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.


Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnet

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I loved reading this story set in Yosemite.  It let me know about how the national parks were early on and tied it to a story within the park.  I loved how Olivia was able to go between the two worlds of her former life of poverty to painting for the rich.  I loved how Clark was able to help Olivia with trusting others and moving ahead.  I look forward to reading more in this series
   More from the author can be found here.
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund

A great read that had a bit of adventure, a bit of romance, and much loyalty to family and others.  Olivia and her family are taken captive and she must do all she can for their freedom, even falling in love with her captor.  I really enjoyed seeing this story unfold and gain insight in to the way things were during that time period.
     I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is my own.



The Pajama Frame by Diane Vallere

Madison finds her hands full when she inherits a pajama factory.  She finds herself trying to decode mysteries of the past and current day associated with the factory.  She finds herself trying to just ignore it all an pretend likes she doesn't know what is going and getting caught up in it all trying to figure out what really happened.
    A good mystery and a good read.
    I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is my own.



Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Wow, I loved reading all the different paths that this story took.  From wanting a new take on life to finding out that it wasn't as expected.  I can just imagine Phoebe being one who wanted her own way and then when she got it having to turn to an unwanted gift to get her through her new life at sea.  She has to depend on things that she never expected to make it in her new life.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.



Flood Watch by Christy Barritt

I love reading this mystery.  It is interesting to see how Cassidy  juggles her instincts from her former life to trying to stay under the radar in her new one.  She is making a new life while awaiting to testify, but is not succeeding in keeping her past under wraps as she keeps running in to events that cause her to draw on her past skills.  I don't know that I would be any more successful than she was at flying under the radar,


A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith

This book gives you a taste of life long ago as Hannah and Elkanah try to hold onto hope and faith as their life does not progress as hoped.  When her husband takes another wife, Hannah must hold on to her faith even more that her relationship with her husband will be as it once was.
    I don't know how I would react if I were pushed aside as Hannah was.  She knew that Elkanah loved her and that children were important, but it would be hard to stay nice with the things that were going on in her life
     I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the review is entirely my own.


Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

This is a great read that will give you insight into the life after the war, trying to escape and get to life back as normal.  One of the characters who wants adventure, one who just wants to get away from it all, and another how comes into a connection from the past.  This series is a great read that keeps your attention and makes you anticipate what will come next.
    I received a copy of the book from the author, the review is entirely my own.


Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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This was an interesting story about Abigail and  how she had to learn to adapt from a life of luxury to one where she finds herself in conditions that she could never imagine when she has to move and make a living for herself.
    I do not know how I would handle myself in her situation if I had to basically give up all I had and move to an untamed territory and deal with conditions like she had to.
     I received this book from blogging for books, the review is my own.

Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman

This is a book that you will not want to put down.  Rick has has knowledge that he thinks he had time to decide what to do with it, but soon finds out that the clock is ticking.  Olivia too is interested in who and how the killing is occurring and soon teams up Rick so that their knowledge together can hopefully find out who is behind everything before it is too late.



Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

This book kept me guessing as to what would happen between Ian and Sierra next.  They seem to want to work things out , but I imagine with the secrets and grief in their lives, it makes it hard to make it all come together.  I liked how when push came to shove, the finally had to talk things out and to get everything rescued.
     I received a copy of the book from the publisher, the review is my own.


The Baby Assignment by Christy Barritt

This book kept me guessing as to how they would get out of each incident.  I felt so sorry for the baby and what it had to endure as well as poor Macy having to help to keep the baby girl safe and comfortable.  I also liked that Macy was willing to give Tanner a second chance as they endured what they had to go through.
     I received a copy of this book as a gift, the review is my own.


Hidden Currents by Christy Barritt

A great new series.  I enjoyed seeing how Cady had to adapt to her new life and talk her way out of situations that as a civilian she should not have known as much about.  Her new job is very interesting and I would love to live in her new house, as long as I was safe.  Can't wait to see what happens next. 
     This review is entirely my own.

A Devious Death by Alyssa Maxwell

I enjoy reading this series as it is set in the past and I get a view of living after WWI.  I like seeing how Phoebe is able to do her investigations and still act the way she should as a lady of her standing.  I like trying to decide what I think will happen and then see if it does.
     I received a copy as a gift, the review is mine.


Coldwater by Samuel Parker

This book really gets to you as you read about Michael and see all the emotions he has and what he has to endure as he has moved back home and is trying to live again.  I kept reading to find out what would happen and who all would be involved .
     I received this book as a gift and the review is my own.

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings

I liked seeing how Louisa was trying to make the best of things and took the circumstances at hand and made the best of it.  She is doing what she can to make a living, but when the chance to step up occurs, she tries to make a go of it, even though she doesn't know anything about being a governess.  I enjoyed seeing the things she came up with and how she makes it work.
     I received the book as a gift, the review is my own.


Pre-Meditated Murder (A Downward Dog Mystery) by Tracy Weber

The adventures of Kate, Michael, and Bella continue with book five in the Downward Dog Mysteries.  I love seeing what Bella gets in to and how she seems to get Kate into situations that she would rather avoid.  I also was intrigued to find out what was going to happen with Michael and is not so ex wife.  Kate has to get past her original feelings to help Michael to get everything settled and of course everything is not going to go smoothly.  A great read.
     I received a copy from the author, the review is my own.