Code Name: Lise : The True Story of the Spy Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Woman by Larry Loftis (review)

codenamelise_loftis_gallerybooksShortly after beginning to read Code Name: Lise by Larry Loftis, I had to stop and double check that this was intended to be non-fiction.  The writing was engaging, the story briskly paced, and even when giving brief back story of a new individual or situation, there was a consistent narrative thread.  And that feeling continued for much of the book, even through the torture Odette Sansom, code name Lise, endured at the hands of the SS. Continue reading

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First Line Friday: Freedom’s Light

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I finally read my first Colleen Coble novel this week!

I love discovering new authors when it is their debut and when they are new-to-me and have a backlist of books.  In a way, Freedom’s Light by  Colleen Coble is both.  It is my first read of an author with a daunting backlist and it is an early story that, according to the note from the author, was part of her journey to publication but has been waiting eighteen years for it’s own debut.  And I love that!

I reviewed it earlier this week, but today I’m sharing the first line – and I’m holding back, since the first few pages are among my favorites of this Revolutionary War novel.  Here it is: Continue reading

First Line Friday: Envious Casca or A Christmas Party

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I recently read my first Georgette Heyer and instantly added her to my list of 20th century authors to read more from in 2019.  Not for her Regencies or Historicals (though I’ll get to them), but for her English country house mysteries.  Lucky for me, there are recent and ongoing reprints with gorgeous covers coming out from Sourcebooks Landmark and from Penguin UK’s Arrow imprint.

I picked up a used Arrow edition of Georgette Heyer’s Envious Casca  last summer and only today discovered that it has been retitled A Christmas Party and has been given a lovely, wintery cover.

Here is the first line and a cover for each title:

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First Line Friday: Lost Christmas Memories

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Lost Christmas Memories by Dana Mentink is the fourth in the Gold Country Cowboys series from Love Inspired Suspense, and though I’ve only read the first 6% of the ebook, I can already tell you it definitely has two things in common with the rest of the series:  A Thorne brother and a high action start with the heroine in imminent danger.

A witness with amnesia

Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life?

Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw. Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her. With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember…and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.

Here is the first line:

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Fate of the Watchman by Chad Pettit (short story review)

fateofthewatchman_pettit_ambintlA story of the supernatural with a bit of Scrooge meets Groundhog Day thrown in, this short story packs a whole lot into less than 100 pages.  As Lester Sharp is swept from location to location in one frozen moment, his life is changed along with his way of thinking and his heart.

While Lester is not an initially likable character, reading his experiences of that moment is riveting and empathy for him grows.  This is a bit of a breathlessly paced, suspenseful thriller that begs for continuation and expansion.  Recommended for those who enjoy supernatural stories with influences of an unabashedly Biblical bent.


Fate of the Watchman by Chad Pettit | Ambassador International, October 2018 | ebook, 93 pages

This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily received through Just Read Tours.  A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.


From the publisher:

Lester Sharp is a workaholic, obsessed with the success of his business and oblivious to the world around him. All of that changes when a peculiar stranger comes into his shop asking for food and help. Lester soon finds himself on an impossible journey around the world to bear witness to some of the greatest tragedies a person can know, all frozen in a single moment of time.

In this challenging and gripping novel, debut author Chad Pettit, delivers a supernatural, pulse-pounding adventure in which Lester Sharp is in for the longest second of his life and learns lessons to last a lifetime.

First Line Friday: Tell Her No Lies

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Today’s quote is taken from a NetGalley digital galley and may vary from the final, published version.

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I’m traveling today and may not be able to fully participate in First Line Friday, but I couldn’t miss sharing the first lines from Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin.  I am currently reading it as a NetGalley digital galley that I was sent access to in order to feature it on Instagram – today! – as part of a JustReadTours media takeover tour, complete with a tour wide giveaway.

Look for my Instagram post, and posts by other tour hosts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Here are the first lines (and an uncropped version of my Instagram image):

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