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The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper

Publication Date: 16 June 2020

Publisher:  Thomas Nelson

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Thomas Nelson

Rating: 4.5  out of 5

 

Step back in time with this uniquely haunting tale spanning two intertwining timelines set predominantly in Australia. In this fascinating story of an unwanted inheritance, fiery opals, exotic animal taxidermy, a white kangaroo, and a mysterious woman in a green dress, the author weaves a tale that cleverly draws the reader in deeper and deeper to follow the twisty plot of the story.

The first timeline begins in 1919 when Fleur Richards, a young war bride, inherits an estate in Australia from her husband Hugh about which she knows absolutely nothing. Upon traveling to Australia to resolve issues with the inheritance, she finds herself drawn into a rather peculiar situation with a group of unique characters that tie back to the story that unfolds in the second timeline. The story in the second timeline draws Fleur back in family history to the year 1853 and a place called Mogo Creek, a name with which she is familiar.

Travel with Fleur as the story of Captain Stefan Von Richter, an explorer and opal hunter, and Della Atterton, the owner of the Curio Shop of Wonders, unfolds to reveal the layers of a complicated family history. Interspersed with fiction based on historical facts, this intriguing story is a complex tale that readers of mysteries and family drama will enjoy.

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelsons and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Echoes Among the Stones by Jamie Jo Wright

Publication Date: 04 December 2019

Publisher: Bethany House

ARC from Bethany House and Netgalley

 

 

Skeletons, bones, unmarked graves, and crime scene investigation set the background in this fascinating tale of murder and the aftermath of grief that follows it. Melding past and present, author Jamie Jo Wright spins a tale encompassing the Grayson family and the community of Mill Creek, Wisconsin where they have resided for many decades.

Present day,  Imogene “Mumsie” Grayson Hayward, a feisty 92 year old, continues to live in the past with a multitude of unanswered questions and a lifetime of grief. Aggie Dunkirk, Imogene’s estranged granddaughter, returns to Mill Creek to try and resolve her own grief issues after the loss of her high end real estate career. The two women are drawn into solving a 70 year old mystery that continues to haunt Mumsie. Adding character to the story is Collin O’Shaughnessy, a dashing archeologist, filled with theories of his own and a caring soul.

The mystery is intriguing and not easily figured out. Darker undertones creep through the story, but they intertwine with the inspirational undercurrents well. An intriguing tale for readers who enjoy mysteries and for anyone struggling with grief! Well worth the read!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

Rated: 4 out of 5

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Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Politano

Publication Date: August 20, 2019

Tyndale House Publishers

ARC copy from Revell and Netgalley.com

 

A very intriguing story! A rather unique plot with a captivating leading lady kept me reading steadily until the very end. Spitalfields in the East End of London is an extremely poor neighborhood from which Raina Bretton, a local rag woman, vividly imagines escaping someday but with no real hope. Spirited away on a train early one morning, she finds herself living an adventure she could not begin to imagine.

As she finds herself questioning who she really is, she must also figure out who she can trust.  Filled with twists, turns, and definitely some romance, the story leaves the reader speculating until late in the story. Grab a book and venture along with Raina as she struggles to figure out who she is and what she wants out of life. Readers of historical fiction and historical mysteries will definitely enjoy this book!

This ARC copy was received from Revell and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

Rating: 5/5

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Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillian

Series: A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery

Publication Date: May 2020

Publisher: ARC from Thomas Nelson

Review Title: More Murder, Mystery, and History!

 

“Murder is a by-the-way when there are so many bigger things at play.”

                                                                       -Hamish DeLuca

Welcome back to Boston! Hamish DeLuca, a handsome upright young man who works as an investigator and part-time attorney, and his perky well-bred partner, Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, are now running their own firm in the historical part of town. Although the office is a bit slow, the two are always on the lookout for any type of investigative business that looks the least bit interesting and mysterious. When Reggie takes a call from someone who won’t give his name, their lives become extremely interesting.

The shadowy figure of Luca Valari, Hamish’s flamboyant, troublesome cousin, seems to lurk in the background of their current problems along with Dirk, one of Reggie’s old friends who works at the architecture firm of her good friend and sometimes boyfriend, Vaughn Vanderlaan. As Hamish and Reggie increasingly find themselves drawn in to multiple situations that seem to be tied together, their investigative work takes them to the baseball field, Fiske’s Wharf, and other shadowy places.

The characters in this novel continue to develop and add even more personality to the series. Once again the suspense pulls the reader in and draws them through the story. Love, loyalty, prejudice, and honor all play into the heart of this tale. A captivating, suspenseful read that will take the reader right into the heart and soul of Boston with an entertaining mix of historical fiction, mystery, and romance!  Bring the next one on!!

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson Publishers. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

 

 

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Sweet On You by Becky Wade

Series: A Bradford Sisters Romance, #3

Publication Date: April 30, 2019

Bethany House Publishers

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

“Loving her was his greatest blessing. But it was also his greatest curse…”

                                                         -thoughts from Zander Ford

Two of the three Bradford sisters are now married and residing close to home. This third book centers on Britt, the youngest of the three sisters. Her life revolves around her chocolate shop, Sweet Art and Britt is all about chocolate. Up until a year and half ago, Zander Ford had been her most reliable and best friend in the world. However, becoming a bestselling author changed Zander’s life and he departed to broaden his horizon and give himself some space.

When an unexpected death in the family brings Zander home early, he finds that he cannot go back to his old way of life with Britt. As the two struggle with their own personal concerns, can they find their way back to what they had or move forward to a different life? As they explore their options, Britt and Zander work to solve a unexpected mystery that comes to light while balancing family and relationship issues.

I enjoyed the characters very much because they are all so familiar from the previous novels in the series.  A very good contemporary read filled with drama, romance, mystery and faith!

This copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Ladies of Intrigue: 3 Tales of 19th-Century Romance with a Dash of Mystery by Michelle Griep

Publication Date: 1 February 2019

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

ARC Copy from the author, NetGalley.com, and Barbour Publishing

Let’s take a journey through the nineteenth century with this collection of tales each with a hint of intrigue. Three settings, three heroines, and their three equally captivating counterparts make for a delightful read.

The Gentleman Smuggler’s Lady
1815. Cornwall. Helen Fletcher, a young governess, returns from Ireland to Cornwall only to find herself spirited away from the ship by a mysterious smuggler. When the mysterious smuggler turns up again, will Helen be able to figure out exactly what his intentions are? Be swept off your feet in this charming tale of love on the Cornish coast!

The Doctor’s Woman
1862. Mendota, Minnesota. Emmy Nelson, a frontier doctor’s daughter, braves the wilds of Minnesota in order to care for the men at the outlying military post of Fort Snelling and the Sioux Indian being held captive there. Clashing with the new citified, military doctor adds further turmoil to her troubled soul. Read this lively tale of a city boy and country girl and the lessons they learn from each other!

A House of Secrets
1890. St. Paul, Minnesota. Amanda Carston, a lively young woman full of spunk, is soon to be married to a handsome, dynamic young attorney, Joseph Blake. In her search to finish one big project before the wedding, Amanda uncovers a mystery that she just can’t leave alone. Creep through the halls of the decrepit Grigg house with Amanda to see if she uncovers the mystery behind the old place!

I enjoyed the likeable characters, unique settings, and bit of romance each story shared. Each tale is a standalone and easy to read. I hope you will enjoy this collection of stories as much as I did. If I had to choose a favorite, I think the prize would go to A House of Secrets. Enjoy!
This ARC copy was received from the author, Barbour Publishing and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillian

Series: A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery

Publication Date: July 2018

Publisher: ARC from The Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson

 

Sometimes stories are in the people whose life’s pages no one thinks of turning, his father once told him. Maybe it was time to land straight in the middle of the adventure. Not just peer through a glass and count his heartbeat.”

                                                      –Hamish DeLuca

Hamish DeLuca, a rather quiet young man with a severe case of anxiety, finally has enough of his well meaning parents help and takes off for Boston to spend some time with his rather progressive and wild cousin, Luca Valari. Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, daughter of well to do Connecticut parents, runs off to Boston to remove herself from an unwanted fiancé and a difficult social situation. Reggie and Hamish find themselves working for Luca as he prepares to open his flashy new nightclub, The Flamingo.

The story centers on the opening of the nightclub and all of the undercurrents that come to light when Hamish and Reggie begin to spend time together. Opening night rolls around and a sensationalized murder occurs at the nightclub. The year is 1937 and the undercurrents of illegal business, police on the payroll, and dark mysterious figures controlling things all play a role in this mysterious read. Family, loyalty, and finding oneself all occupy central themes in the story. The characters add depth and heart to the story.

An engaging read for lovers of historical fiction, romance, and historical mystery! I’m ready for another Van Buren and DeLuca book!

This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson Publishers and The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Mysterious and Complex!

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Publication Date: Oct 9, 2018

Publisher: Atria Books

The book, set at Birchwood Manor in England where the heart of the story takes place, begins with Elodie Winslow finding of a sketchbook and a photograph in an old leather satchel. As she examines the items in the satchel, she feels a familiarity with the house in the photo. Elodie slowly gets drawn into the story behind the sketchbook and photo and she finds a familial thread intertwined.

This book weaves an extremely complicated story with more than one mystery at the center of the tale. The story is intertwined with time shifts between the 1860’s and 2017. Not only is the story complicated, but keeping track of the characters required work.

In my honest opinion the book is a challenging read much too complex for a casual, enjoyable read.  I have read the majority of Kate Morton’s other work and very much enjoyed them.

This ARC copy was received from Atria Books and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Falling for You by Becky Wade

Series: A Bradford Sisters Romance

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Bethany House Publishers

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

 

“Just because God started you on one path didn’t mean He intended to keep you on that path all your life.”

                                                                                -thoughts from Willow

 Once again we come back to visit the Bradford sisters, all currently living in the state of Washington. This second book in the series centers on Willow, the oldest of the three young women, who generally lives a jet setting life as a world class model.  Home for a much needed break, Willow encounters Corbin Stewart, a handsome former quarterback and a bitter reminder of relationships gone wrong. Is the small town of Shore Pine big enough to hold these two people who go out of their way to avoid each other until they can’t?

A watchful Willow and a decisive Corbin team up with his young cousin, Charlotte, to solve a family mystery. As the two are forced to spend time with each other and Charlotte, they remember the good things about each other, relive the painful ones, and discover new things along the way. As with many relationships, reconciliations can be both sweet and painful.

The novel explores the complexities of reconciliations and relationships, as well as the difficulties encountered when embracing new paths in life. Family, romance, and a dark secret make this story very engaging. The characters are like old friends at this point and I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with Willow’s sisters, Britt and Nora, as well as meeting the new characters Corbin’s story introduces.

Terrific book! Another great read for people that enjoy contemporary romance, family drama, mystery, and faith inspired fiction. One more book left in the series!  Counting down!

This copy was received from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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After Anna by Lisa Scottoline

Publication Date: April 2018

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and St. Martin’s Press

 

Excerpt:  Maggie realized that life wouldn’t be as much fun if we knew where its treasures were hidden. Sometimes you had to search for them. Sometimes you had to fight for them And sometimes, they were at your feet.

To Maggie Ippoliti a call from her teenage daughter Anna whom she hasn’t seen in 17 years is an unbelievable gift, one she certainly hadn’t been expecting. Having been declared an unfit mother due to postpartum psychosis, Maggie lost touch with her daughter at 6 months. Never once has she been allowed to see the girl since that time due to the vindictive nature of her ex-spouse.

Dr. Noah Alderman, well respected pediatrician in the community and husband of Maggie, welcomes his stepdaughter into their home with no knowledge of what the future will hold for his family. Noah’s son, Caleb, is a trusting young boy of ten whose life is turned upside down by the events that will unfold in the month following Anna’s arrival.

Alternating chapters–Noah’s viewpoint during the trial and Maggie’s perspective before and during the trial–disclose the story detail by detail. The mystery that surrounds Anna and her death add suspense and intrigue to the story. I definitely didn’t see the ending coming. Read this interesting story and see if you can put the details together!

This ARC copy was received from St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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