Two Ways Home by Sondra Kraak

Two-Ways-Home_kraakThis is the story of the grown up romance between childhood frenemies Dairy Mary and Luke the Duke.  And along the rocky road to their romance, readers are treated to glimpses of their shared past and the struggles that made them the adults they are. Continue reading

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Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett (review)

everfaithful_burnett_waterbrookEver Faithful is the third stand-alone Vintage National Parks novel from author Karen Barnett, combining mystery, adventure, and romance against the backdrop of Yellowstone National Park during the summer of 1933.

Several things make this novel stand out, not least the fun and authentic use of the names summer workers gave to their different jobs, like maids being pillow pushers and tour bus drivers being gear jammers, and the use of locations peculiar to the setting, like the Crow’s Nest treehouse inside the Old Faithful Inn.  But what leaves the most lasting impression is the spirit of the main characters. Continue reading

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner (tour review)

allmannerofthings_finkbeiner_revellAbout the book:

After Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he mails her the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. Letter by letter, the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family will grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted. Continue reading

One Plus One Equals Trouble by Sondra Kraak (review)

OPOET-cover_kraakReviews of the first three books in the Love that Counts series have had me wanting to read them for quite some time, so I thought I’d give the sample chapters of book one, One Plus One Equals Trouble, a quick read. That was a mistake.

Combine one part scandalous rumor with one part affection, one part suspicion, and one part outright frustration, and what did you get?  One sleepless night. (p.165)

I was quickly drawn in by this story of a heartbroken former San Francisco socialite and a former college professor, reeling from undeserved scandal. co-teaching while competing for the one teaching job in the small town of Pine Creek, Washington.  From their first amusing but, for 1891, potentially scandalous encounter, it is clear Continue reading

Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass by Heather Day Gilbert (review)

belindablake1_gilbert_kensington copyBelinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass is the first in author Heather Day Gilbert’s new Exotic Pet-Sitter cozy mystery series. When I first heard of the series, I was drawn in by the description, warmed up to it a bit more by the fantastically fun cover, but hooked because of the author.  Having thoroughly enjoyed her Viking historical novels, I was definitely up for giving her new cozy contemporary mystery a try.  And what fun I had “trying” it, right up to the very end. Continue reading

A Modest Independence by Mimi Matthews (review)

A-Modest-Independence-Web-Medium-1-e1554874896863Skipping the book description and just plunging into a book isn’t something I usually do, so the storyline was a surprise, and a very pleasant one at that.  Picking up not long after the first Parish Orphans of Devon novel, A Modest Independence centers on two characters who were important secondary characters in The Matrimonial Advertisement, lady’s companion Jenny Holloway and solicitor Tom Finchley.

Having been gifted with a settlement substantial enough to give her the modest independence of the title, Jenny finds herself able to travel and determines to locate her distant cousin who was reportedly killed in a conflict in India.  She is looking for freedom and adventure, but Continue reading

Lord of Her Heart by Sherrinda Ketchersid (review)

LordofHerHeart_ketchersid.jpgHow did one master the affairs of the heart?

Fans of Medieval Historical Romance have a new author to watch in Sherrinda Ketchersid.  Her debut novel, Lord of Her Heart, is an absolute treat.

As Lady Jocelyn escapes the convent disguised as a boy, she soon finding herself taken on as squire to an imposing, impressive, and chivalrous knight, Malcolm Castillon.  More than luck is at play, as they are both bound for her home of Ramslea.  He to win a title and land, and she to avoid an unwanted marriage and discover why her father has not written to her for a year. Continue reading