The White City by Grace Hitchcock (review)

thewhitecity_hitchcock_barboutThe White City by Grace Hitchcock leads off a new multi-author series from Barbour Books that, at least in this first outing, weaves together a fictional historical romance with notorious American crimes.

Set mainly at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and in a building that became notorious as the “murder castle” of America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, this short novel centers around a would-be female detective and the police officer assigned to keeping her out of trouble. Continue reading


One Thing I Know by Kara Isaac (review)

onethingiknow_isaac_howardbooksKara Isaac’s One Thing I Know was a delightful surprise, a story of two people with so much in common finding each other, and their need for forgiveness that tears them apart.

I’m not going to rehash the plot, as the book description does describe this book well.  What I will say is that Continue reading

Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin (quick review)

tellhernolies_coverNina Fischer has trust issues stemming from a rough childhood, and with the murder of the uncle who took her and her sister in and the reappearance of her mother, the secrets that begin to come out will make her question everything she thought she knew.  And while the reader may think they know who she should trust, and want to shout at her not to trust others, this well plotted but more sedately paced story of suspense throws twists and more than one dead body in the way.

Kelly Irvin’s Amish fiction is enjoyable, but if her debut in a new sub-genre is anything to go on, her Romantic Suspense might be even better. With an intriguing premise and characters that will hold the reader’s interest, Tell Her No Lies blends murder, betrayal, and mortal danger into a story of healing, faith, and a blossoming love.

Recommended for fans of Romantic Suspense with a faith element.

Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin | Thomas Nelson, November 2018 | ebook, 352 pages

This review refers to a digital galley read through NetGalley courtesy of the publisher.  The digital galley was provided for an Instagram tour.  No review was required.  All opinions expressed are my own.

From the publisher:

Even the most admired families have secrets to hide . . .

Nina Fischer carries a camera wherever she goes—so she can view life through a filter. Safely. After her mother abandoned her to the streets, Nina has kept people at a distance, including her uncle, who adopted Nina and her sister. Wealthy and proud, he is a good man, a fair judge, and someone many in San Antonio admire.

But when he is murdered, and the detective assigned to the case accuses Nina of the crime, she knows she must act. She’s determined to use her journalism background to find the real killer. The two men in her life want to help, but can she trust them?  She’s known Rick since they were children, but now he’s an attorney whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss. And then there’s Aaron, a news videographer; using their friendship could break the biggest story of his career.

Following the evidence leads Nina on a journey of discovery into her father’s shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove fatal, but it’s the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again.

Combining romance and suspense, bestselling author Kelly Irvin’s Tell Her No Lies is a high-stakes race for the truth.

With Winter’s First Frost by Kelly Irvin (review)

withwintersfirstfrost_irvin_zondervanIn the fourth and final novel of Kelly Irvin’s Every Amish Season series, Winter refers not only to the time of year but to what might be considered the season of life for the two main characters.  And in choosing to tell a story of two characters in their seventies, the author tackles some sensitive issues related to aging.  Debilitating illness, forgetfulness, frailty, the changing relationships with different generations of family, loss of independence, and the need to still feel useful despite all of those factors.

Older characters are some of my personal favorites in fiction, but the downright surly nature of Zechariah Stutzman made it difficult to warm up to him. Continue reading

You’re My Little Sweet Pea by Zonderkidz, illustrated by Kit Chase (review)

youremylittlesweetpea_zonderkidzAdorable.  Completely and utterly adorable.  From the sentiments of the rhymed text (see the book description below for sample lines)  to the cute as a button illustrations, this little board book will be a delight to read with the little one in your life.

Each page features an adult and child pair of animals, among them kitties, foxes, giraffes, tigers, and bears. Continue reading

The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer (review)

theunfinishedclue_heyer_sourcebooks.jpgThe third of Georgette Heyer’s country house whodunnits is a corker!  Once again, we have a set of characters in a country house being questioned by an Inspector over a death, and this time out the victim is a thoroughly unlikable fellow.  A bellower and a bully, Sir Arthur’s death has nearly everyone looking guilty.  His browbeaten young wife, though never truly her more capable sister, the son he’s just disowned over his engagement to a Mexican dancer, the grasping and flirtatious guest or perhaps more so her jealous spouse, or any number of other weekend guests and visitors. Continue reading

So Bright A Hope by Amber Lynn Perry (review)

so bright a hope reviewer tourStarting with the fifth and final book in a series is not something I would ever advise, but I’ve been wanting to give Amber Lynn Perry’s Daughters of His Kingdom series a try, and  now that I finally have I am looking forward to reading the previous four (all of them having been sitting and waiting in my Kindle library for some time).  In So Bright A Hope, the author takes a headstrong and practically-on-the-shelf miss and a dashing gentleman who has accepted that he can never marry and places them in the thick of the Revolutionary War. Continue reading