Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hard-Hearted Highlander

Hard-Hearted Highlander is the third in Julia London's Highland Grooms series. This story deals with heartache, loss and grief but it balances with hope and healing. It can be read and enjoyed either as a stand-alone or as part of the series.

Both Rabbie and Bernadette tragically loved and lost someone, altering the course of their lives forever. Bernadette is forced to become a governess and Rabbie tries to give up on life until he steps in to protect the family lands and future by marrying a young Englishwoman. Young Avaline is not happy about marrying the bitter, harsh man who terrifies her, but breaking the engagement would ruin her reputation. While it is obvious Avaline is not the right bride for Rabbie even before sparks fly between him and her governess Bernadette, the dilemma they face gets quite complicated. *JK*

Friday, May 12, 2017

Meet Chip & Joanna Gaines

Do you watch HGTV? Then you must know Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of the popular home remodeling show Fixer Upper.  Their new book The Magnolia Story, written by Chip, Joanna and Mark Dagostino, gives readers an up-close and personal look at the Gaines’ family life. Both Chip and Joanna graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. They met when he came to her dad’s Firestone Shop for new tires. They have been a team ever since-tackling small home renovations and even running a home d├ęcor shop. Chip became an entrepreneur at an early age, while Joanna spent time in New York City, interning as a broadcast journalist. Get to know your favorite husband-and-wife remodeling team with this quick read. DB     

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Piece of My Heart

A Piece of My Heart is the fourth book from the Blessings, Georgia series by Sharon Sala. The main character, Mercy Dane has no memory of her family and lived in a foster care home while growing up. When she receives a call on Christmas Day to donate her rare blood to save an accident victim, she jumps on her motorcycle and races to Blessings. Never in a million years did she expect to find the victim is her long-lost sister, one she had no knowledge of. Then there was another surprise where she finds out that the police chief is the same man who comforted her when her apartment was broken into years before.

The romance is sweet, the characters are delightful, and the plot is realistic. The story is definitely an emotional roller coaster which will make you cry at the end. The ending is by far one of the best I have read in a while, and the suspenseful elements are "grab onto your seat and hold on!". *JK*

Friday, April 28, 2017

Final Voyage

The Lusitania was the luxury “greyhound” ocean-liner of its time. While traversing the Atlantic between New York City and Liverpool, passengers enjoyed every amenity. The May 1, 1915 voyage was different. War has taken hold of Europe and Great Britain and the seas are dangerous. German U–boats have been sighted off the Irish coast and merchant vessels have to be wary. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson takes the reader on a voyage like no other. He reports on every possible detail that effects the great ship during this fateful crossing. A truly fascinating read! DB.  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It's cold in Shetland!

The Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland are where the mysteries of Ann Cleeves take place. Dark and moody with a great sense of place, they feature Jimmy Perez as Detective Inspector and a native of the Shetlands. Cold Earth, the seventh in the series, opens during the graveside service of his friend Magnus, Insp. Jimmy Perez  watches as a heavy storm initiates a mudslide that damages part of the cemetery, the main road, and an empty rental cottage. Jimmy checks out the cottage and discovers the body of a woman wearing a red silk dress. He's determined to uncover her identity and solve her murder. The potential for the professional relationship between Jimmy and fellow detective -Willow Reeves to become more personal will intrigue series regulars. Plenty of suspects on a remote Scottish island mixed with the high quality of Cleeves's prose make this a solidly plotted whodunit for procedural and traditional mystery readers.ML

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Million Dollar Cowboy

Million Dollar Cowboy by Lori Wilde is a heartwarming story that will have you melting for Ridge Lockhart. He grabbed my heart as the little boy abandoned by his mother and raised by a man who never accepted him. Ridge was the illegitimate son who butted heads with his macho father, a father who betrayed him in such a personally hurtful way. This gave him a goal to leave and to make himself more successful than his father ever could be. Ten years later he reluctantly comes home to prove it to the old man.

The whole setting of the story is rich with description, but also with the inner dialogue of both main characters. You read about their inner struggles to find a good balance of work, family and love. Ridge is a complex character because he doesn't know what it is to have love in his love and doesn't recognize it. I loved his journey and how it wasn't easy to let go of the past and move forward. This was a very well written story. *JK*

Thursday, March 30, 2017

An exciting life!

 In Peter Heller's new novel Celine, the elegant Celine shows us her charms and quick shooting. A licensed PI, she lives near the Brooklyn Bridge. She and her partner/husband, Pete, specialize in finding missing persons, with a success rate higher than that of the FBI. The main plot centers on a daughter's quest for her father, who "disappeared" at Yellowstone many years back, supposedly mauled by a grizzly.  Hired by the desperate daughter, Celine learns that local trackers and lawmen doubt the bear story, and as she and Pete approach the park, they realize they're being shadowed by an FBI sniper. The missing father was a charismatic, world-famous National Geographic photographer who had been in Chile during the overthrow of President Salvador Allende; eventually we learn that he had pictures that compromised the current government. Near the conclusion, the G-man tries to take them out, but the 68-year-old asthmatic Celine is also a quick draw. Fun and exciting! ML