Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig (review)

conspiracyofsilence_kendig_bethanyhouseThe way I see it, there are at least two ways to approach a book like Conspiracy of Silence.    Take notes (perhaps making a diagram or two) to track all of the characters, countries, connections, and events or just let it wash over you as you read, trusting the author to make everything come together clearly in the end.  I chose trust. Continue reading

First Line Friday–The Innkeeper’s Daughter

Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today’s quote is from a NetGalley e-galley and may not be the final version of the first line.


Michelle Griep‘s previous novel, The Captive Heart, was one of my favorite Historical Romance reads last year, so I have been looking forward to reading The Innkeeper’s Daughter (Shiloh Run Press, March 1, 2018) and her upcoming novel in Barbour Books’ multi-author Daughters of the Mayflower series. Here is the first line of The Innkeeper’s Daughter: Continue reading

First Line Friday–Guard Your Heart

Welcome to a Special Edition of First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!

Today’s quote is from a NetGalley e-galley and may not be the final version of the first line.


We have a theme!  This week we have the option of posting the first line from a book that involves “hearts, love, romance, dating, matchmaking, reds, pinks, etc.”   Today I’m sharing from an upcoming novella collection from Barbour, Seven Brides For Seven Texans, that is full of broken hearts, hardened hearts, mended hearts, love, romance, and a bit of matchmaking, all in some very adventurous circumstances.  Eric Vetsch wrote the final of the seven novellas, Guard Your Heart.  Here’s the first line: Continue reading

The Island Keeper by Harry Mazer

Do you have one of those books? You know the one I mean…the one you can’t remember the author of but the story never quite leaves your mind?  Maybe you even remember the artwork from the cover, but the title still eludes you?  The Island Keeper is, or more correctly now, was one of those books for me.  It is now one of just a few that I’ve been able to identify again, and luckily my library still had a vintage 1981 copy.

theislandkeeper_mazerWhen I read it as a young teenager (pretty sure I read a school library copy in 1982 – I was a TA and often got the first check out of new books), I saw some problems with it.  Though I didn’t have these specific terms for what I saw in my reading back then, Continue reading