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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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Exposed by Lisa Scottoline

Scottoline, Lisa Exposed

 

 

Publication Date: August 15, 2017

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

 

 

In this latest book from the Rosato and DiNunzio series, Mary DiNunzio is once again embroiled in neighborhood/family business. Mary gets embroiled in what appears to be a relatively straightforward discriminatory firing of a young man from the neighborhood who has a very sick child.

As the investigation begins DiNunzio soon realizes the complexities with which she is dealing. The actual case is complicated by the fact that the parent firm she intends to sue is owned by a large corporate conglomerate represented frequently by her partner Bennie Rosato. Before she can begin, internal legal and ethical issues must be resolved.

The characters from the South Philadelphia neighborhood are amusing as usual, and the new characters play their roles well. The storyline twists and turns with murder and danger lurking throughout the pages. The story is entertaining with its suspense, intrigue, and drama. A good light read!

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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A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

 

Series: Treasures of Surrey, Book 3

Publication Date: May 2017

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ARC copy from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers

 

“Every person is on a journey. You.  Me.  Mr. Thorley. Miss Stillworth. Every single one of us.” …. “Some of us will learn and grow, and some will struggle and fail. I know I certainly could not judge another. All we can do is be there for the ones who have been put into our lives.”

-Crosley

Suspense, romance and a bit of faith deliver a great story in this latest novel by Sarah E. Ladd. Readers of Regency novels will definitely engage with this story. Intriguing characters, dark plots, and subtle romance tie the story together quite well!

Annabelle Thorley,  a young gentile woman, finds her life changing drastically as her family goods are carted from their pleasant home and sold by her brother who has inherited the family estate. Bills to settle, debts to be paid, and unsavory friends add to Annabelle’s brother Thomas’s problems. Thomas decides to use Annabelle as a means of getting himself out of debt and out of trouble.

Desperation drives Annabelle to seek shelter at Fellsworth School run by her Uncle Edmund, whom she has not seen in ten years. Owen Locke, a groundskeeper from the neighboring estate, steps in and provides safe transportation to Fellsworth for Annabelle and her ladies maid, Crosley.

Uncle Edmund is quite willing to provide the two women with jobs and a safe place to live. Thus begins a changed life for Annabelle and Crosley both. One will use the change to her advantage and one will use it unwisely.

Once again Sarah Ladd examines in depth the significance of family, morals, and the true meaning of home. Annabelle and Owen have both suffered loss and difficulties. Annabelle’s upbringing left her ill suited to the life with which she winds up, but she makes an effort to adapt and do the best she can with the skills she has. Owen learns that he is capable of a great deal of patience and that his patience and hard work do pay off in the end. Annabelle and Owen learn that home is where you make it and family is sometimes what we choose, not what we are born to.

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

 

 

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The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Cambron, Kristy The Illusionist's Apprentice

Publication Date: 2017

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Copy from The Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson Publishers

 

“Everything about it causes me to doubt, but that’s just instinct. If you’re asking me personally, then I’d say it’s because my faith must always be stronger than what my eyes can see. However, if you’re asking Wren the illusionist, then I’d say that you once told me a showman must always make the crowd believe the story she tells.”

                                                                        -Wren Lockhart

 Kristy Cambron weaves yet another absorbing tale grounded in history and based on real people. The story of Wren Lockhart, a famed illusionist trained by Harry Houdini, begins in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the year 1926. Much to my dismay when I began reading, Houdini had been dead for two years. The story focuses entirely on Wren and a young FBI agent, Elliot Matthews.

As Elliot works to solve a mysterious death that occurs as part of a public performance by a well known medium, he draws Wren into the investigation. The case pulls the two together as Wren struggles to maintain her very private life and a few well kept secrets of her own. The more time they spend together, the more their interests intersect.

The story is filled with mystery, suspense, intrigue, faith, and romance. The story is based on a real apprentice who worked for Harry Houdini prior to his death, even though the story itself is fiction. A great job of weaving the threads of history with fiction! Readers who love historical fiction will definitely find this an excellent read.

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

 

 

 

 

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Amish North Star by Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, and Katie Ganshert

Woodsmall, Cindy Amish Christmas at North Star

 

Publication Date: October 2015

Publisher: Waterbrook Press, a division of Waterbrook Multnomah

ARC Copy from Blogging for Books.com

 

 

A collection of heartwarming Christmas tales centered on a group of four young people called Rebekah’s Babies unfolds around the holidays as each young person’s special story comes to light. Katie Ganshert does a great job of introducing the main storyline and tying it all together at the end.

Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert

Chase Wellington, a young man who writes for the North Star Tribune in his spare time and manages a construction business, comes across a newspaper story from 25 years ago about Rebekah’s babies and decides to check out a follow up article. His first visit to Rebekah’s birthing center uncovers the mystery of baby Anna and her mother, Ruth. Chase’s investigation leads him to a young woman named Elle, who was adopted as a baby. The story opens the reader’s heart to the conflict involved in deciding to pursue birth parents.  I enjoyed the blending of Englisch life and Amish family. Katie Ganshert does a wonderful job of exploring these deeply emotional conflicts at a special time of the year.

Morning Star by Amanda Flower

An Amish mystery surrounds this tale of the second of Rebekah’s babies, Eden Hochstetler. Eden spends her days reading Jane Eyre and making fudge for her father’s candy shop. When her best friend, an Englischer named Gina, talks her into sneaking around and investigating the death of her friend, Isaac Yoder. Isaac was like the grandfather that Eden did not have and she had treasured their daily visits. While exploring the farm where Isaac died, the girls meet Jesse Yoder, the young Amish man who inherited his uncle’s property. The more they explore; the deeper the mystery becomes. Read this quick little mystery and find out who murdered Isaac!

In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall

Two young Amish people are torn apart by a lack of faith and trust in each other. Kore Detweiler and Savilla Beiler are in love and headed towards marriage when Savilla unexpectedly pulls away. Kore leaves North Star for Virginia and a new life. However, as much as he would like to forget Savilla and North Star, Kore is pulled back into life in North Star as a result of a family emergency. Can Kore find out why Savilla left him? Can Savilla keep her secret? Read this story to find what happens when faith and trust open your heart.

Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark

This delightful story touched my heart with its tale of a younger brother’s love for his older brother. Sam, an enterprising young Amish boy of twelve, challenges his older brother, Andy, to come home for Christmas. The challenge involves a girl, a train ticket, and a job. Sam has a great sense of family and an innocent trust. In his quest to bring his brother home, Sam takes a job with a crusty old English man in town who fires him on his first day for being Amish. Crushed, Sam steps back and revises his plans. A wonderful tale of forgiveness and faith!

This ARC copy was received from BloggingforBooks.org and Waterbrook Press in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

Beyond All Dreams

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley

What an interesting story! The plot in this novel drew me into the pages of the story immediately. The book begins in Washington, D.C. and the year is 1897. Anna O’Brien, a map librarian working at the Library of Congress, is given an unusual task as punishment for interfering in naval business. She is assigned to work with Luke Callahan, a prominent young Senator from Maine who also happens to be an outspoken opponent of the Library of Congress.

Anna’s life is devoted to the library and she feels personally offended at Luke’s criticism of the institution. Luke feels an instant attraction to the young woman assigned to help him with his research and has a hard time hiding it. Anna wants to do her job and spend her free time with her best friend, Neville Bernhard, but Luke seems to turn her up constantly in places she least expects him. As Anna strives to maintain the world she has created for herself and get answers regarding the death of her father, she finds an unlikely ally in Luke.

The characters are engaging and have depth to them. The storyline follows an actual historical event involving a naval ship, the country of Cuba, and the United States. Ms. Camden does a great job of incorporating her knowledge and love of library science into the novel. The historical components of the book are very detailed and interesting. The mystery and “opposites attract” romance blend well with the historical part of the story.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and romance. A very interesting and fun story set during an interesting time!

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

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