Monday, December 31, 2018
My last post for 2018. Thank you for following along and I hope you continue to enjoy my reviews throughout 2019! Happy New Year everyone!
Between Two Shores is Jocelyn Green's novel of the French and Indian war. Catherine Stands Apart a woman of French and Mohawk descent runs the trading post for her French father and trades with the Voyageurs and the natives. She spans two peoples belonging to neither. I enjoyed most of the book with it's depiction of life at that time. Ms. Green has certainly done her research and she paints a picture of life at that time. She has created strong female characters in Catherine, her sister Bright Star and Thankful the girl she ransomed.The only part I did not enjoy was the gory description of battle injuries. I believe that Ms. Green's storytelling skills are growing with each novel she writes. So grab a mug of tea and settle in for a great read, I believe you will love Catherine as much as I do!
The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-
fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.
Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel's life convince her he's in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She's risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?
About the author:
Jocelyn Green (www.jocelyngreen.com) inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King, Wedded to War, and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award, the gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a BA in English, concentration in writing. Jocelyn lives with her husband, Rob, and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Michele Griep has again demonstrated her fantastic writing skills in the three novellas in Ladies Of Intrigue. These novellas range from 19th century England to frontier Minnesota. Each story is filled with romance and a touch of mystery. The heroines are strong women wrapped in femininity that draw the heroes to their side. The settings are diverse but very believable. I know I can never go wrong in buying a book by Ms. Griep. So grab your tea and settle in for a cozy read.
I was given a copy of Ladies of Intrigue by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
3 Page-Turners Under One Cover from Reader Favorite Michelle Griep!
Can truth and love prevail when no one is as they appear?
The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
Cornish Coast, 1815
When a prim and proper governess returns to England from abroad, she expects to comfort her dying father—not fall in love with a smuggler. Will Helen Fletcher keep Isaac Seaton’s unusual secret?
The Doctor’s Woman (A Carol Award Winner!)
Dakota Territory, 1862
Emmy Nelson, daughter of a missionary doctor, and Dr. James Clark, city doctor aspiring to teach, find themselves working side by side at Fort Snelling during the Dakota Uprising. That is when the real clash of ideals begins.
A House of Secrets
St. Paul, Minnesota, 1890
Ladies Aide Chairman, Amanda Carston resolves to clean up St. Paul’s ramshackle housing, starting with the worst of the worst: a “haunted” house that’s secretly owned by her beau—a home that’s his only means of helping brothel girls escape from the hands of the city’s most infamous madam.
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Sunday, December 16, 2018
I loved The Lieutenant's Bargain! I would say the theme for this book is that God can use anything for good. Hattie Walker is headed to Denver to prove that she can be an artist. Hattie survives a stagecoach robbery and ends up in the care of Lieutenant Jack Hennessey a former childhood friend.
This novel has a strong plot and beautiful settings. The dialogue brings the story to life. I always enjoy reading books by Regina Jennings. She continues to grow as an author. So grab a glass of Meadow tea and settle in for a great read!
I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with noe expectations. All thoughts are my own.
Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, while her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to head to Denver and place her works in an exhibition or give up the dream forever. Her journey is derailed when a gunman attacks her stagecoach, leaving her to be rescued by a group of Arapaho . . . but she's too terrified to recognize them as friendly.
Confirmed bachelor Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has long worked with the tribe and is tasked with trying to convince them that the mission school at Fort Reno can help their children. When a message arrives about a recovered survivor, Jack heads out to take her home--and plead his case once more.
He's stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart--but quickly realizes he has a chance to impress her. When his plan gets tangled through translation, Jack and Hattie end up in a mess that puts her dreams in peril--and tests Jack's resolve to remain single.
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Sunday, December 9, 2018
Grayson Thibodeaux is a game designer and psychologist whose company has been hired to design a game to test some candidates for a new job. His ex-wife Anna Belle is one of the candidates and she ends up dead. I really enjoyed figuring out who-dunit. The characters were very realistic and I loved the dialogue. Robin Caroll did an excellent job of bringing the setting to life. So pour up a glass of sweet tea and settle in for a good, suspenseful read.
I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
A High-Stakes Simulation Adventure Leaves Grayson Thibodeaux the Prime Suspect. . .for Murder
Deep in the gritty underbelly of New Orleans, psychologist Grayson Thibodeaux loses everything when his wife leaves him to climb her company’s corporate ladder. He buries himself in his job of creating mind-bending adventure games for businesses as team-building explorations. When his ex-wife’s company hires Grayson’s to create an elaborate game, he doesn’t see how things can get worse. Until she dies during the course of the game he created…making him the prime suspect for murder.
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Saturday, December 1, 2018
Searching For You is the exciting conclusion to Jody Hedlund's Orphan Train trilogy. Sophie Neuman believes that her older sisters have abandoned her for their new lives. She has been living on the streets with Olivia and Nicolas her two young charges. She decides to take a chance with the orphan train. I loved the characters and the setting. I learned quite a bit about the orphan train. I have to admit I am sad to have reached the end of this trilogy as I have become very fond of the Neuman sisters. So grab a mug of hot tea and settle in for a great read.
I was given this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
Despite years on the run, Sophie Neumann is determined to care for two young children. She won't abandon them the way she thinks her older sisters abandoned her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing 1850s New York is her only option.
Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. When the train stops in Illinois for the first placement of orphans, Sophie faces the most difficult choice of her life.
Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm. With mounting debts, a harvest to bring in, and past scars that haunt him, he's in no position to give his heart away . . . but can he say no when his long-lost friend shows up on a nearby train pleading for his help?
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