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My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York

 

 

 

Title:  My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York

Author:  Amanda Barratt

Pages:  256

Year:  2018

Publisher:  Barbour Publishing

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

The series, “My Heart Belongs in” has other installments written by other authors readers will enjoy.  Each novel is superbly written with various female lead characters in different times and situations, and each are such an enjoyment to read.

It would be difficult for me to pick out a favorite one, though I must say this one had me guessing how it was going end, and the tension in the book was quite palpable!  My heart at times was in my throat waiting to see how Adele Linley was going to get herself out of a situation or how her past might keep her from reconnecting to God.

For so much of the novel it seemed that Adele would prefer leaning on her own schemes to accomplish what she thought best.  When she met Drew Dawson, she gained a worthy friend who shared his faith, belief and walk with God through all seasons of his life.  However, Adele was going to marry a man who looked at her as his property and cared not one wit for another human being beyond himself.

Would Adele finally reconnect with God and allow Him to take the reins of her life?  Would Drew’s nemesis gain what he considered the “upper-hand”, leaving Drew in poverty and without hope?  Would Adele’s fractured family ever be made whole again?

Well, to discover the answers and enjoy the journey, grab a copy of the book and sit back to enjoy the tale!  I thoroughly enjoyed the book as well as the other stories written and shared with audiences.  Don’t take my word for it, instead, read this book or one of the others and let me know what you thought of the novel!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.”

Death at Thorburn Hall (Drew Farthering #6)

 

 

Title:  Death at Thorburn Hall (Drew Farthering #6)

Author:  Julianna Deering

Pages:  329

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Bethany House

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

While visiting a distant cousin who lives in Scotland, her husband falls off his horse during a ride and dies.  Drew asks a few questions and is satisfied it is truly an accident.  The victim’s daughter, however, is not.  Her father was an excellent horseman.  She begs Drew to look more into the matter, and Drew soon discovers that the death was not an accident.  Someone had tampered with the saddle, but who would want Lord Rainsby dead?

Drew delves deeper into the lives of the Rainsby family with the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison.  Nick has more on his mind than murder, however.  The woman he hopes to marry has arrived, but she is very troubled being around murder and the ensuing investigation.  Nick is afraid she will return to America and stay away another three years or perhaps more.  So, Drew is juggling a murder investigation, his best friend’s romantic life, his cousin’s grief, a daughter’s suspicions and a chief inspector who wants no interference from amateur detectives.  Then, another body is discovered and shortly thereafter a third body washes ashore from the sea.  Are the murder’s connected?  If so, by what?  Drew’s detective skills will be put to the test as he tries to find a killer.

My only negative about this mystery was the role of Carrie in the story.  She was a distraction and downer for most of the story.  I liked Madeline’s positive attitude and the prominent role faith had in her life.  I also liked the playful interaction between Madeline and Drew.  I was intrigued by the mystery of Drew’s search for his birth mother.  Will he continue to try to find her?  Maybe he will finally track her down and have a chance to meet her, or maybe she will be involved in his next murder mystery.  I’ll anxiously await the next tale and let you know!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Yuletide Suspect (Secret Service Agents)

 

Title:  Yuletide Suspect (Secret Service Agents)

Author:  Lisa Phillips

Pages:  224

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Liberty Westmark is a Secret Service Agent on her way to forewarn her ex-fiancée about those on their way to arrest him.  What is the charge?  Terrorism.  Liberty doesn’t believe that Tate is capable of such a thing; yet, the evidence is daunting to disprove.  When Liberty gets to Montana’s mountains to speak with Tate, the danger starts right off and doesn’t let up throughout the whole journey of trying to prove who the real terrorists may be.

What complicates the dangerous and perilous times they spend together tracking down those who might be culpable is that their past love for one another hasn’t dimmed.  Yet, Tate has no idea why Liberty called off the relationship and while the major angst is gone, he still wants to know the real reason Liberty was so willing to walk away.

The constant suspense and action, twists and turns of the book will keep you engaged until the very last page is read!  For me, this is one of the best I have read in a long time that was so climactic and filled with tension that was palpable I simply cannot imagine having read another story like Lisa’s.  I hope other readers will grab a copy to thoroughly enjoy and consider giving a copy to someone they know who loves books with themes of faith, action, adventure, romance and much more!

Get a copy on 12/05/17, the release day!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Courage for the Unknown Season

 

Title:  Courage for the Unknown Season

Author:  Jan Silvious

Pages:  208

Year:  2017

Publisher:  NavPress

My rating 4 out of 5 stars.

When I started reading the book, I wondered if it would have any nuggets of wisdom for me to glean, and it truly did have some!  There were a few places I didn’t quite glean as much.  Perhaps that is based more on my season of life than anything.  Either way, I think chapters 8 & 9 have much to share with those who are caretakers or were caretakers of aging parents.

I had the blessing of being able to be that person for my husband’s parents.  It wasn’t always easy and sure it did not always feel like a blessing at that time.  When one sees parents aging and declining, there is grief that goes right alongside other emotions that are mixed and complicated.  It has been a few years since that season for me and now both my husband and I look back and are seeing the wonders God did and the memories we have that we cherish.

Now, as my sons grow into adults and one recently married I am in an unknown season.  With unknown seasons there are many emotions experienced, questions, insecurities and such.  Unknown seasons bring change without the benefit of foresight because we don’t see it coming.  It seems like we awake and there the season is on our face.  The author shares nuggets that I have stored in my heart and mind to remember as I take a step each day and close my eyes at night, closing my day with prayer.

The book isn’t long, so people can read it and quickly gain insight and encouragement.  Plus, it is a good book to use for discussion groups of various kinds.

Exalting Jesus in John (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary)

 

Exalting Jesus in John (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary)

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

 

Title:  Imperfect Justice

Author:  Cara Putman

Pages:  352

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

The Justice series begins with the first book titled, Beyond Justice.  In her latest novel, Imperfect Justice, Cara really ups her game by placing before readers a thoroughly addictive story that was hard to put down. Though, to be truthful, I didn’t want to put it down!  Having read her first novel, I was very much interested in seeing where the plot would go and how the characters would develop that were introduced in the first book.

Here in book two what an amazing, heart-grabbing and heart-pounding sequel!  The main female lawyer, Emilie Wesley, has been through an abusive relationship and empathizes with those women who are seeking to escape from their significant others who are harming them in a multitude of ways.  Emily’s most daunting reality though is the one case she never got to court; the one woman she felt she let down.  Kaylene Adams along with her two daughters Emily wanted so very much to see escape to a whole new life, free from her controlling and abusive husband.

When Kaylene is smeared across the pages and internet saying she killed her daughters and herself, Emily can’t seem to make the world stop spinning.  Something is wrong here that drives Emily to seek the truth for those who can no longer speak for themselves.  There are obstacles besides the media that challenge Emily to decide if she wants to fight for truth!  Reid Billings is Kaylene’s younger brother, who has not seen his sister in a while and cannot accept her actions, which don’t seem like something his sister is capable of doing.

Now together, Emily along with Reid set out to find the truth even if the proof is that what has been said about Kaylene is true.  Along the way, Emily and Reid’s hearts become entangled in a possible budding romance if Emily will let herself believe that not all men are controllers, abusive and more.  At times, my heart was in my throat as I read this special story that really brings to the forefront the need some have to become free from a very dysfunctional relationship.

At the end of the book, I read the Acknowledgments page to find out that the author found the story difficult to write and at times was not sure where to take the plot.  I was reminded how truly appreciative I am for those who sit in front of a computer and write, rewrite, bang their heads, start over and so much more to tell the story that they long to convey to readers.  I want to thank Cara Putman for telling a very heart-tugging and touching story that in the end was excellent!  For me, I won’t soon forget this book and look forward to whatever Cara brings next in the Justice series!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

A Place At Our Table (An Amish Homestead Novel)

 

 

Title:  A Place At Our Table (An Amish Homestead Novel)

Author:  Amy Clipston

Pages:  336

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Zondervan

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Amy Clipston is one of my favorite Amish authors as her stories have real substance to them!  The author tells a tale that really at times caused me to inhale as I didn’t see where she was taking the characters.  Some of the time it was heart-wrenching what the people were dealing with such as grief, loss, guilt and more.

The main character that stuck out to me was Jamie Reihl, a young man who had so much on his plate.  Jamie is a volunteer firefighter and helps run his father’s growing dairy farm, which truly doesn’t leave Jamie much of a social life.  When his mother suddenly is no more, Jamie can’t seem to right the world under his feet.  On top of that, some of the family dynamics make the grieving period much more difficult to walk through.

Kayla is a young Amish woman in the same community who knows how Jamie is feeling, but because of different experiences.  In fact, Kayla’s whole family longs to minister to Jamie, if he would only open is his heart to the truth of what happened and believe God can make beauty from ashes.

Amy writes stories that deal with real life issues and doesn’t make the Amish community appear perfect nor the people living there perfect either.  I hope you read this novel and some of her others if you like stories that can reflect real life, people, events, faith and so much more.  There is to be a second installment to the series titled, Room on the Porch Swing coming out in May 2018, and I for one will be reading it as soon as I can get my hands on a copy!

I hope you join me in the continuing adventure in the Homestead Amish series!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Christy (50th Anniversary Edition)

 

 

Title:  Christy (50th Anniversary Edition)

Author:  Catherine Marshall                                                                                                          

Pages:  512

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Evergreen Farm

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

I don’t know exactly when I had heard of the book or read it, so reading the anniversary edition was fun.  I think the best part was learning how it relates family history, to be specific Catherine Marshall’s mother and her life in the 1900s.  This was a time when a young woman embarked to a place where strangers were welcomed easily and winning the trust of folks took a lot of work and faith.

I loved reading how Catherine’s mother related so much history to her daughter and challenged her to put it into writing.  I am thankful that once again it is made available for a new generation to read and learn what occurred long before they were born.  To learn how different life was back then and the dangers Christy faced when she entered a small town as a complete stranger.

Don’t let the number of pages keep you from enjoying the true story of a woman’s courage written into a work of fiction that at times it was hard for the author even to tell where fact or fiction began or ended.  I meditated on how people took time to tell their life story to their children and the children listened and passed them on to the next generation.  Perhaps with all the new instant everything, we can be challenged ourselves to share our family history with the next generation and the next so that the connection with our past can remain unbroken.

The novel is not just for girls, but I think boys might enjoy reading how men in the past.  Reading time can be a family adventure and there is no hurry to finish the book.  We need to take time to write down even some of what we have been taught and learned for those who come after us.  I am amazed at how this woman at age 19 faced so much with faith and fortitude, and impacted not just her life but that of her daughter and many, many others.

The holidays are coming so please consider giving a copy to those who love history, family ties, faith and the past.  What an astounding gift we can give to others!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice

 

Title:  My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice

Author:  Angie Dicken

Pages:  256

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Barbour Books

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Each book in the “My Heart Belongs” series is unique and a stand-alone, and I’ve enjoyed reading each novel!  In this latest novel set in the early 1900s, a young widow named Leanna wrestles with her unforgiving heart toward her husband and herself.  On top of which Leanna decides to help two Greek children in the coal mining community along with her other students.  Leanna has known sorrow, hunger and being disinherited by her family as she followed her heart in marrying beneath her social status and following what she believed was God’s call on her life.

Now, with very little means to support herself, Leanna is fighting prejudices and the elements just to survive.  Leanna is a very caring, loving character though she recognizes within her heart she would be just as high and mighty as others in the coal town who are acting against the Greeks and others if life hadn’t changed for her with her now deceased husband Jack.

Leanna is my favorite character in the book as she walks out her faith, her struggles and even owns her failures.  On top of this, Leanna strongly opposes how others are mistreating people based on their heritage.  Eventually her faith in God is what shines the brightest throughout the book.  I enjoyed the Greek sense of family and traditions, plus learning how family members are titled compared to how I grew up.  This is a great story that touches the heart and reminds us we are all loved by God and created uniquely!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Macy

 

Title:  Macy

Author:  April McGowan

Pages:  262

Year:  2014

Publisher:  WhiteFire

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

What a unique story that unfolds within these pages!  There are a multitude of heart-touching interactions between the main character, Macy, beginning with her husband and family.  Macy is abandoned in a diner when her husband leaves her because she has refused to relinquish the life growing inside her.  My heart was pulled as I read what happened with and to Macy as she begins trying to build a life with nothing to her name.

The novel points out how women in abusive marriages can slowly find a new life until they are able to decide what the future may hold for them.  Macy, while not physically abused, was certainly emotionally abused, as well as having her mother’s hand in her marriage along with how controlling Macy’s husband was in keeping her from knowing anything outside of what he revealed.

The theme of struggling with believing in God during these times while learning to forgive by showing just how hard it can be to do and yet freeing at the same time was an amazing aspect to the book.  Many other characters are introduced in the story I think to show how people can lend a helping hand to women who find themselves in the situations they are in.  Plus, I loved how the author ends the book with the ultimate theme of hope that God alone can restore to a broken heart and life.

I don’t want readers to think this is a downer novel; it isn’t.  It is gripping, but doesn’t pull the reader into the depths of pain.  Readers will be touched by what they read by what others do to help Macy, and above all how God can work miraculously and wondrously when we relinquish trying to fix our problems on our own.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Christmas on the Run (Mission Rescue)

 

 

 

 

Title:  Christmas on the Run (Mission Rescue)

Author:  Shirlee McCoy

Pages:  217

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Carly Kelley is on the run…literally.  She is begin chased by a man while out on her morning jog.  She has kept to her normal routine recently, even though she has felt like she is being watched.  Just as her text warned, she has not talked to the police or told anyone about the threats issued to her, her young son and her best friend via text.  She is a restorer and designer of antique jewelry and her skills are in demand for an unknown criminal to be put to illegal use.  Carly is desperate for help and discovers her deceased husband’s brother lives nearby.  She decides to risk contacting him for help.

Dallas Morgan has watched the female jogger who has run by his house for the last few mornings and is curious why she comes up to his porch, but doesn’t knock.  He soon finds out and it is a lot more than he could imagine.  He quickly realizes Carly needs his help as well as the nephew he has never met.  Carly is a strong, attractive and smart woman who Dallas is drawn to immediately, even while still grieving a loss from the past.  Dallas and Carly work together to protect her son, who seems to be the target.  As they get to know each other, the attraction is obviously mutual.  They each have pasts that make them leery of getting involved in a relationship, but they rely on God to guide them.

These short books are gems to read in one sitting and are filled with lots of action, suspense and intrigue.  The books I have read contain a faith message that is consistent and upbeat.  This story will grab readers from page one with a chase scene and keep them captivated until the last page.  The strength of the two lead characters was a draw for me, as well as their active faith despite their terrible childhoods.  Zane was an adorable supporting cast member.  I hope to read more of this author’s books as they are well worth the time spent engrossed in the pages!

Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)

 

Title:  Dangerous Illusions (Code of Honor #1)

Author:  Irene Hannon

Pages:  358

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Revell

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Colin Flynn and his two best friends meet every other Saturday to catch up on their lives and share a meal.  One Saturday he tells them about his latest case.  His two friends immediately sense a reticence about Colin regarding a suspect.  They grill him and he finally admits he is attracted to the suspect, an attractive art teacher.  Colin tries not to show his friends too much of his feelings, but they know him too well and see through his apparent nonchalance.  Colin must keep a professional distance during the case.  He doesn’t think Trish is guilty of any crime, but he must find proof to clear her as well as find the true perpetrator.

Trish Bailey is a young, widowed, art teacher who has moved in with her mother to help her after her mother sustained serious injuries in a car accident.  This accident also took the life of her father and her husband.  Trish’s parents are wealthy and have set up a charitable foundation that her mother still administers on a monthly basis by meeting with the foundation’s accountant.  Trish’s mother also asks Trish to sit in on these meetings so she knows what is going on with the foundation.  This accountant has asked Trish out on a couple of dates and Trish accepted, but felt no spark of attraction.  Trish is stressed out with teaching, taking care of her mother, arranging her mother’s caretakers when Trish is at work, as well as being involved with the foundation.  So, it is natural she might be a bit forgetful sometimes, right?  You’ll have to read the story to see how this plays out!

Once again, Irene Hannon as written a spellbinding, tension-filled tale with a romance included.  I have read most of her trilogies and find them to be engaging and easy to get involved with, and this first book in this trilogy is no exception.  I soon became invested in the two main characters’ lives and emotions, watching their romance develop as well as reliance on faith.  The faith element in Irene’s stories is evident throughout, but not overwhelming.  Faith is woven into the story naturally.  I thought the plot well done with a surprise or two.  This book will make a great Christmas gift, whether to yourself or to someone who likes a great story!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

The Gift (The Amish of Hart County #3)

 

 

Title:  The Gift (The Amish of Hart County #3)

Author:  Shelley Shepard Gray

Pages:  248 (ARC)

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Avon Inspire

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Susanna Schwartz and her family are excited to be living on their own farm for the first time ever.  Her father had to work for an Englisher on a farm until they could save enough money to buy their own farm.  They have had to leave their Amish community in Ohio and move to Kentucky, but they are looking forward to making new friends as well as celebrating Christmas in their new home.  Soon after the move in, Susanna has a buggy accident when her horse is spooked by some gunshots fired too close to the buggy.  The shooter is not caught and she begins to think maybe a hunter had some shots go astray.  She learns that the local community isn’t very friendly toward her family.  The circumstances of the family who had lived on the farm previously and had been forced to sell their home are made known to her.  She meets one of the sons of that family, who she forms a friendship with after some awkward and tense conversations.  Then, someone destroys part of the fence on the family’s property.  Susanna begins to suspect someone wants them to leave the farm.

Neil Vance was angry and embarrassed that the whole community knew his family had to sell their farm due to their father’s poor investments and then gambling debts.  He takes out his anger on Susanna upon their first conversation.  He knows he has treated her unkindly.  He apologizes and then forms a friendship with her.  He begins to take her seriously about someone wanting them off the farm when several incidents occur, each one more dangerous than the last.  They take their suspicions to the local sheriff, but he doesn’t seem to take them seriously.  Is her family going to have to live in fear indefinitely?

I have read the other two books in this series and found them to be suspenseful, but this third book lacked that element for me.  It was evident to me who the culprit was early in the story, and the ending proved anticlimactic.  I did like the characters’ appreciation for God’s creation in nature and their emphasis on faith and family.  This is not a bad book by any means; it just didn’t captivate me like some of the author’s other books.  Sometimes a book and a reader just don’t mesh, and this was one of those books for me.  I will continue to read her writings and look forward to what she publishes next.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Murder in Disguise (A Preston Barclay Mystery)

 

Title:  Murder in Disguise (A Preston Barclay Mystery)

Author:  Donn Taylor

Pages:  312

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Lamplighter Mysteries

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

The first book in the series to read is Rhapsody in Red.  Book two in the series is titled, Murder, Mezzo Forte.  The series is about a quirky kind of professor of history who ends up involved in solving murders.  Preston has a sidekick who is also a professor although in a different area of study named Mara.  Both Preston and Mara have personal histories that affect a possible romance or future together.

The one thing Preston keeps doing in this installment that I laughed at was always having a ham sandwich and coffee when at home; this character evidently can’t cook.  A good friend of Preston’s committed suicide.  At least that is the ruling and what he is told when he comes to the university to teach a summer course.  However, that never set well with Preston and while teaching, he meets with the widow and she asks him to look in to her husband’s death.

Readers will enjoy how what looks like a simple plot quickly spins into a much wider social menace in the community and at the university where Preston is teaching.  There are other murders happening and the police keep looking at Preston and wondering if it is because he is “investigating” his friends suicide.  The themes the story deals with show, at least in my opinion, what is happening at schools in the way students are taught, or not taught, and how that directly influences society.

The story shows how some Christian professors stand up to “progressive” nonsense type teaching as well as the teaching being anti-Christian.  I love how the author had Preston, Mara and some students stand up to the push of the left and stand by their Christian beliefs.  I loved how Preston and Mara handle their relationship in the professional and personal realms.

The ending was a stroke of genius as I never saw the climax coming so dramatically and gripping!  There is no mention of another novel forthcoming, but I certainly hope that another one will come out at some point.  These books are not just entertaining, funny, and faith filled; they are also great at making some observations about what is happening in society in our day.

Grab the books, sit with a hot chocolate and enjoy the tales!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Deeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon #10)

 

 

 

Title:  Deeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon #10)

Author:  Mel Starr

Pages:  234

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Lion Fiction

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Master Hugh de Singleton now narrates his tenth chronicle for readers.  Once again, readers are transported to the village of Brampton, England in the 14th century.  Hugh is tasked once again with solving a murder in his role as bailiff for Lord Gilbert.  This time murder visits someone Hugh knows from the village, someone he has worked with before.

In searching for clues, Hugh must make many trips to Oxford as well as a local abbey.  More and more thefts are begin committed in the area, as well as murder.  Hugh chases down clues related to a group of well-dressed young gentlemen as well as a group of poorly clad scholars or priests in ragged black robes.  Are either group connected to the crimes, or is there another criminal at work yet to be discovered?

In addition, Hugh visits his father-in-law while in Oxford and discovers him close to death and his shop making no money.  He has also recently been robbed of the few books he might have sold.  Hugh decides to bring his father-in-law to Galen House where he might live his last days.  Once under Hugh’s roof and Kate’s good cooking, his father-in-law sees an immediate improvement in his health.  The three of them hash out the information related to the various crimes, which helps Hugh’s thinking process.

I so enjoy visiting Hugh and the familiar cast of characters who aid in his crime solving.  I like reading about the food eaten and clothes worn during that time as well as how difficult it was to survive in that time.  The observations of human nature, subtle humorous jabs, and words of wisdom were quite often true. The glossary and map at the beginning of the story was also helpful.  Hugh has matured since his first chronicle.  He has learned to hold his temper better and control his tongue more.  The next book in the series is titled, Prince Edward’s Warrant.  I am already anxiously awaiting a trip to the 1300s English countryside!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Plummet

 

 

Title:  Plummet

Author:  Brandilyn Collins

Pages:  320

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Stonewater Books

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

In this fictional story, a single mother with a 13-year-old daughter moves to a small town to begin their lives over after being shattered by divorce.  Cara begins working for a man who owns his own business, making investments for them, preparing taxes and more.  Barely there two weeks and Cara’s life is about to take a twist that boggles the mind as the man she works for will intimidate her to do his bidding.  The man is J. L. Larrett.  The town believes is an upstanding citizen and wonderful family man.  J. L. knows everyone in town and therefore he begins to bully Cara into doing his underhanded actions or face the consequences.

What Cara never sees coming is the cunning and deceiving way her boss soon entraps not just her but also her 13-year-old daughter Riley.  So begins the rollercoaster ride for Cara, feeling more and more of her life coming under her the control of her boss without any hope for escape.  Cara thought this new job and town would be the place to start anew without her past of being abused repeating itself.

The author does an amazing job at keeping the story moving at a good clip without losing the reader.  I loved the way the tension slowly built in the tale and the ending was just outstanding and filled with hope!  Put this book on your to read list or grab a copy, a warm drink for a cold night, and plan to spend some time in a truly heart-pounding novel that will leave you breathless at the end!