July 18, 2016

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"All Summer Long"
Melody Carlson

She's ready to take on a new challenge. What she doesn't expect is an old flame.
Tia D'Amico is thrilled to move to San Francisco to help her aunt transform an old luxury yacht into an upscale floating restaurant. What's not to love? Sunset dinner cruises, posh wedding receptions--the possibilities are endless and far more appetizing than staying in a monotonous job in her Podunk hometown. Besides, some of her best memories are tied to San Francisco--especially the memory of Leo Parker, her crush from a long-ago sailing camp.

When Leo Parker himself turns out to be the yacht's captain, Tia is floating on air. But will it all come crashing down around her when she discovers his heart belongs to someone else?

Get ready for a romantic summer in San Francisco, where the future glistens brighter than the Bay at sunset.

While I was looking forward to reading another book by Melody Carlson, as I usually enjoy her books, this one I did not.  From the description of the book, I was anticipating a fun, "San Fransisco vacation".   Unfortunately, this book was anything but that. The description of the scenery was beautiful, but the rest of the book seemed more like a soap opera.  

There were also instances where Tia and her friend (that is a girl) were joking as if they were more than friends.  That is not appreciated nor welcomed here.  I was raised that sin is sin and to make fun of sin is just as much of a sin than the sin you are making fun of.  This ruined the whole book for me.  Never would I expect to read such material in a "Christian" fiction novel.  
I cannot recommend this book. 

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"Sea Rose Lane"
Irene Hannon

 Two people starting over . . . in a town known for second chances
After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to Hope Harbor--only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed and breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he's constantly distracted by noise, chaos--and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect who's invaded the house with her motley crew. As for BJ, her client's son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn't high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces for to help Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?

Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms

"Sea Rose Lane" is a sweet, charming read.  Where small town people and big as life problems collide, this book has it all.  You will be swept away by this darling little town of Hope Harbor, because the people are so delightful and genuine.  

At first, I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but I was proven wrong!  The characters are so vivid and easy to relate to.  I especially felt like I could relate to BJ, given her struggle with her weight and her love for the elderly.  For once the heroine didn't just naturally have a Barbie figure, she had to work at being trim, just like the rest of us do.  Most times in a book the girl has a perfect figure, perfect hair etc. and is unrealistic.  I'm glad that Irene Hannon made BJ real!  

Eric was a big sweetheart and a very understanding man.  While his personality isn't the norm for men these days, it should be.  I love how he reached out to Luis and tried his best to be the friend that Luis needed.  

Luis' story broke my heart.  What a devastating blow, but God wasn't done with him yet!  

Charlie was also a favorite!  I'm not a big seafood person. In fact, I don't like seafood at all, but the way Hannon wrote about those fish tacos, I was actually craving some!  Charlie's insight was uncanny!  Could he be an angel?  :)

Each and every character was unique and special.  By reading Sea Rose Lane, I feel as if I'm a part of this charming, little town.  

I highly recommend this book!  You will not be disappointed if you read this novel and if you don't, you'll be missing out!  It is book 2, but is also a stand alone novel.  I didn't read book 1 and was not confused one bit by starting with book 2.  

Read more about the book here.

Lyn Cote

A Quakeress on a Civil War battlefield?  The Quakers don't believe in war. But Faith had a gift for nursing. So she offers her skills to take care of the wounded & to use the opportunity to search for a freeborn childhood friend who was kidnapped & sold to the south by unscrupulous slave catchers.

She enlists the help of Colonel Devlin Knight, who himself, although a Union soldier, has a slave.  Yet this slave is more of a friend than a slave.

Traveling east with Grant's army, Devlin and Faith fight their personal battles and a growing attraction to each other.

Can they put aside their personal differences and listen to their hearts?

I enjoyed this book very much.  I haven't read many "Quaker" books.  This read by Lyn Cote offered a new aspect where you wouldn't think a Quaker would be involved with a war.

It offered many twists and turns, which kept things interesting.  

Would definitely recommend this book!


June 14, 2016

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"Silence In The Dark"
Patricia Bradley

Bailey Adams is running for her life . . . again.
When Bailey Adams left Logan Point two years ago she thought she was getting away from her problems. Running into her ex-fiancé Danny Maxwell was not part of the plan--neither was being chased through the city by the local drug cartel, the Calatrava. Now despite her best efforts, Danny is her only chance of escaping the people chasing her and getting back to Logan Point safely. Can Bailey find the strength to face what's coming? And in the midst of the chaos, can she keep herself from falling in love with her rescuer all over again?

With lean, fast-paced prose that will keep you turning the pages, Patricia Bradley pens a superb story of suspense and second chances.

Patricia Bradley's "Silence In The Dark" is her best book yet!  A non-stop, action packed, suspense-filled, roller coaster ride of a book.  It was so hard to put down.  The characters were very well developed and each had a bit of a mystery to them, which made me keep guessing who was the guilty one.  Just when I thought I had it figured out, I changed my mind. 

"Silence In The Dark" has just the right amount of suspense and romance and they blended so well together in this book.  This one is for sure my favorite of Patricia Bradley's work. 

The characters and the story still plays vividly in my mind, even though I finished it a while ago.  I feel as if I've lost some dear friends now that I'm done reading the book.  They were so vivid!

Read more about the book here.


June 7, 2016

A Daughter’s Dream 
"A Daughter's Dream
Shelly Shepard Gray
Rebecca Kinsinger had always dreamed of being a teaching instead of working at the family lumber company.  But when given the opportunity to be in charge of a classroom, she discovers that teaching is hard work and the children don't like her.

She meets Lilly Yoder - a thirteen year old who just lost her parents.  She is being raised by her uncle Jacob.  Rebecca and Jacob develops a friendship.  Will this friendship grow into love?
An easy, enjoyable read when you want something with which to help you relax.

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Anchor in the Storm 
"Anchor In The Storm"
Sarah Sundin

America has just entered WWII and Lillian's brother, Jim is in the Navy.  Lillian Avery has just finished Pharmacy School and is on her way to Boston for her first job as a full fledged pharmacist.  But her new boss is quick to tell her that she was hired only because all the men are at war.  He is not happy to learn of her handicap either.  

Because of her handicap, and something that happened with an old boy friend, she doesn't trust men.  Her brother Jim's best friend, Archer, sets out to change her mind.  

Meanwhile Lillian begins to notice a lot of prescription for barbiturates being filled, but is told that the doctor knows what he is doing.  However, Lillian's conscience won't let her do this.  She decides to try to solve the problem herself and ends up in danger.  

Will she survive?  Can Arch ever earn Lillian's love and trust?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I do all of Sarah Sundin's books.  I loved the fact that she has a theme to the book - Jesus is our Anchor in a time of storm and how her dad gave her an anchor necklace to remind her that Jesus is our Anchor, our Hope in any storm, our Refuge.  This spoke to me so much that I bought an anchor necklace for myself.  

Read more about the book here.