Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Lawman's Secret Vow by Tara Randel + $25 and Big Giveaway!






The Lawman's Secret Vow


By Tara Randell
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

To have and to hold—

until the case is solved?

When an undercover assignment pairs laid-back Florida detective Dante Matthews with by-the-book cop Eloise Archer, he knows it won’t be easy. And not just because they’re competing for the same promotion. Now they’re living together under the same roof, and it’s getting harder to ignore his deepening feelings for his “wife.” Can he convince Eloise to partner up—for life?


I love a good opposites attract love story and Dante and Eloise couldn't be more opposite!  I loved the clash and pull between them in almost every situation.  It was great.  The whole undercover op as a married couple was fun and as Eloise grew to love the people around her, so did I.  It was a fantastic feeling of community that emerged when I wasn't expecting it.  The added bit of light suspense the mystery provided help in the all around full feel of the book.  I really liked it a lot!

About the Author


USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn't come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Warrior Queen (The Hundredth Queen #4) by Emily R. King


In the final volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, Kalinda will risk everything to save the man she loves.

Kalinda has brought peace to the Tarachand Empire, at least for now. Bhutas no longer need to hide their gifts. The last of the rebels have been banished. And Prince Ashwin is set to take over as rajah.

But for Kalinda, this all came at a great loss. Her childhood home. Her best friend. The love of her life.

Deven is still trapped in the Void, although he is able to find his way to Kalinda each night. He has been lucky so far — mortals are not meant to last in the Void for long, and Deven has lasted longer than most. But when he doesn’t visit her one night, Kalinda knows that his luck has run out.

She will do whatever it takes to save the man she loves, even if it means convincing a god to guide her through the Void. Freeing a mortal from the Void is nearly impossible, but Kalinda has never let those odds stop her before…



Here it is!  The last volume in the Hundredth Queen Series!  I've been waiting to read this book since the last book left me in such a hanging over the cliff place.  This is a series I've been reading since the very beginning and it is always both exciting and sad to reach the end.

I have to say that this book was slow for me.  I had a hard time staying invested in it, which seems awful to say.  There were moments that I absolutely loved and the ending with everything wrapping up was good.  Satisfying.  But for me this book lacked the intensity and danger the other books had and it felt much less compelling.  I don't know, I just didn't enjoy it as much.

But.  It wasn't bad.  There were a lot of things coming together which led to a great ending for this series.  Overall this is a series that I've enjoyed and would recommend.  Plus, these books are all on kindle unlimited with the audible narration which is AWESOME!!  The first book, The Hundredth Queen (which was my favorite one), is just $1.99 (if you don't have KU) which is an awesome price and makes this the perfect time to see if this series is something you would enjoy.

Content:  peril, mild violence, kissing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher at my request.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Catch Him If You Can (Accidentally Yours #2) by Jennifer Shirk


Veterinarian Wade Roberts is done with love. But try convincing the elderly folk of Cape Harmony who are determined to play matchmaker. Now the young single women in town are bombarding him with baked goods and love notes, and being “taken” is the only way to stop the meddling grannies—which is why he needs a fake fiancée. Fast.

Arden Pearson loves planning weddings. Other people's weddings, that is. After her own engagement ended in disaster, she prefers to live vicariously through her work. But when she needs to persuade a big client that she’s capable of planning the celebrity wedding of the year, she’s willing to go as far as pretending to be engaged herself to her best friend’s older brother.

Soon their ruse has everyone in town believing they make the perfect couple—including Arden. She’s always been nothing more than a kid sister to Wade, and it might take a village to convince him otherwise...


I love reading books by Jennifer Shirk!  She has a gift for writing books that are easy to settle in with.  There is always a pull with her books that makes me want to keep reading and keep reading. . .

Wade and Arden have some zingy chemistry.  The mutual attraction is there so when they decide to help each other out by faking a relationship, boy do those sparks start flying.  I loved the fun banter between Wade and Arden.  It was so easy to imagine them, like scenes from a movie.  Arden falls quickly for Wade, even though she knows better because all Wade does is casual.  Wade is a harder sell but I loved how everything worked out in the end.  It was such a fun ride!  I can't wait to see what is coming next from Jennifer Shirk!

A few extra loves:  the name Arden, dreaming of the weddings she created (I'd love to see them in real life!), the pink bedroom.

Personally, I could have done without the swearing, but that is a definite personal preference.  I also would have rather seen the characters take a less casual approach to sex but again, personal preference.

Content:  Swearing. Intimate relations between the characters behind closed doors with no details but you know it happens.  Innuendo.

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Songs of You and Me by Mylissa Demeyere + $25 Giveaway


   

Jane Hartford fell head over heels for Jackson at the tender age of fifteen. She spent most of high school pining for him, until she realized he wasn’t going to see her as anything more than his baby sister’s best friend. Now she finds herself single with a daughter, a broken heart, and songs that remind her of a long lost love.

Jackson Wright is a man living with regret. His biggest one, never acting on his feelings for Jane. When he returns to Bellebrook, the town they grew up in, he literally runs into her and his world gets tossed upside down and sideways. This time, Jackson isn’t willing to give up. With a meddling sister eager to push both of them together, he believes things might actually work out. That is, if they can overcome the heavy baggage they both carry. Follow Jackson and Jane as they revisit their past, figuring out what went wrong so long ago. Will they learn they have the power to make things right in the present?  

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Wow!  Debut author Mylissa Demeyere has woven a fantastic second chance at first love story here.  As a reader, it's sometimes a bit scary to pick up a brand new author because you just cannot be sure what you are going to get.  But this book?  It makes me so happy because now I have another new author to support.  :)

I loved the flashback memories that helped me connect with both Jane and Jackson.  It gave me history and insight into the depth of their friendship and the dynamics that were coming into play.  Their friendship is still there, but that crackling chemistry was so hard to ignore.  Watching them navigate their re-connection was yummy.  Jackson's determination and patience was so attractive.  I also loved the dual perspectives from both Jane and Jackson.  I pushed through this book so quickly and it was hard to put it down.  

I'm so excited to see what comes next from this author!  I sure hope it comes soon.  :)

Content:  mention of death, infidelity

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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Playlist

The whole idea for this book started out as a scene after listening to a song. Then I would listen to that song over and over and see more of the pieces fall into place. Soon, I had an entire playlist, with scenes mapped out, and a whole story ready to write. This book tells the story of Jane and Jackson, the songs of them. Included in the book is a unique playlist. Here is the list, but in the back of the book, I give you a full breakdown of how I saw each scene and how I felt that song was best fitted for the chapter. Enjoy!
Prologue: Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton 
C1: Lay Me Down – Sam Smith 
C2 : It’s a Beautiful Day – U2 
C3: Hello – Martin Solveig 
C4: Hanging by a Moment – Lifehouse 
C5: This Girl – Kungs 
C6: Disappointment – The Cranberries 
C7: Everybody Hurts – R.E.M 
C8: My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton 
C9: It’s Time – Imagine Dragons 
C10: Could this be love? – The Wanted 
C11: Hold Back the River – James Bay 
C12: September Song – J.B. Cooper 
C13: Count on Me – Bruno Mars 
C14: The Other – Stripped / Lauv 
C15: Breathing – Oscar and the Wolf 
C16: Love Love – Amy MacDonald 
C17: Push the Button – Sugababes 
C18: Animal – Neon Trees 
C19: Perfect – Ed Sheeren 
C20: Someday – Sugar Ray 
C21: What Lovers Do (feat. SZA) – Maroon 5, SZA 
C22: Gotta Get Thru This – Daniel Bedingfield 
C23: It’s Gotta Be You – Isaiah
 C24: Welcome to New York – Taylor Swift
 C25: Best Day of My Life – American Authors 
C26: Over My Head – The Fray 
C27: Water under the Bridge – Adele 
C28: The Middle – Jimmy Eat World 
C29: Silence – Marshmellow ft Khalid 
C30: Demons – Imagine Dragons 
C31: Walking The Wire – Imagine Dragons 
C32: Home – Dotan 
C33: No Sound But The Wind – Editors 
C34: WhoKnew – Pink C35: Stargazing – Kygo 
C36: Love – Jana Kramer 
C37: Quicksand – Tom Chaplin 
Epilogue: False Alarm – Matoma , Becky Hill


 

Author Mylissa Demeyere   Mylissa Demeyere was born in Belgium, and resides in the beautiful city of Ghent. She lives in a somewhat organized home with her four beautiful children and the love of her life. If she isn’t working, she’s writing, running, reading, or enjoying time with her kids, who are growing up way too fast. The Songs of You and Me is her debut novel, with a sequel already in the works.  
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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Roses of Feldstone by Esther Hatch + $25 and Book Giveaway!


Standing before Feldstone Manor, site of so many happy memories, Rose Davenport feels nothing but dread. Her family’s annual visit to the stately home was once brightened by her friendship with the earl’s youngest son, William, but everything changed the day his elder brother was disinherited and William became heir to his father’s earldom. From that moment, William made it clear he has no interest in continuing an acquaintance with Rose. Heartbroken, she sets out to prove that she will simply not be ignored—or outdone—by the arrogant future lord of the manor. When his elder brother marries for love, William’s entire life changes in an instant. He does not have the same option to marry whom he chooses, and he must let go of the feelings he has harbored for his dear friend, Rose. He steels himself against her annual visits, determined to keep his feelings for her a secret. But when he makes the hasty promise to marry within six months, he never dreams that his actions will lead Rose to impulsively undertake the same challenge.


This book was such a pleasant surprise.  Debut author, Esther Hatch, has created a fantastic story with vivid characters who stand out in personality but not without their flaws.  The back and forth between Rose and William was enough to drive me crazy in the best of ways.  I was ready to scream out in frustration with them and then . . .  oh, well, I cannot give too much away but let's just say that my tummy was all a flutter and I got goosebumps on my arms.  That's a good sign of happy things.  But then.  Frustration again.  There were so many great moments in this book that created a perfect movie in my head.  I love when that happens.

I really had a good time reading this book.  It was so good.  I am so excited about Esther Hatch and hope to read many, many more books from her in the future.

Content:  clean, some kissing

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Windfall App by Teresa Richards + Three Book Giveaway


Marina Berghman is a classical piano prodigy with parents who’ve had her life mapped out since she was in diapers. But their plan leaves no room for her secret love of alternative rock, or Sean, the edgy guitarist who recently moved to town.

When Marina buys a lottery ticket on her eighteenth birthday via the new Windfall app, she expects it to be nothing more than a rite of passage. But she wins—the grand prize of five thousand dollars a day, for life. Suddenly given the means to break free from a life she never felt in control of, she’s quick to cut her family ties and turn her back on everything she knows.

But her lottery win was no lucky break. Her prize comes with strings attached, and Marina soon finds herself at the center of someone else’s life or death game. When she discovers evidence linking her dad to the intrigue, she turns to Sean for help. But he’s harboring secrets of his own.

Now Marina must sort out who to trust and who’s pulling the strings, before her prize turns into a noose.

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What a cute book!  This story was really just easy, breezy fun to read.  I loved the quirky Marina, coming into her own and trying to figure life out.  She is talented and smart but definitely not used to making her own decisions.  Spreading her wings under such unusual and dynamic circumstances (winning the lottery!!) leads to a few big bumps in her road.    Yes, Marina makes some mistakes but I thought she handled herself fairly well all things considered.  Marina is kind and a bit fearless.  I think I loved that about her the most.

What would you do with $5000/day for the rest of your life?  It's crazy to think about, right? 

This book was a little bit teenage drama, a little bit romance and a little bit mystery.  It had moments where the sweetness of a new romance had me sighing happily and moments where my heart was speeding up because DANGER!  It was just a good balance of all the good stuff a young adult novel should be filled with.  It was fun and I really enjoyed reading it.

Content:  underage drinking (party), peril 

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.
 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

$50 Book Blitz of The Rancher's Twins by Carol Ross

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The Rancher's Twins
By Carol Ross

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Note from the Author

Funny how the waning twilight of life shines so brightly on one’s mistakes. Nearing his eightieth birthday, family patriarch Elias Blackwell can only hope it’s not too late to rectify a few of his. Namely, his relationships with his five grandsons, Jonathon, Ethan, Ben, Tyler, and Chance. With both the operation of the Blackwell Family Ranch and the boys’ upbringing entrusted to him after the tragic death of his son and daughter-in-law, he made a mess of both. Now the boys are scattered to the winds and the family legacy is in jeopardy. Bringing his family back together is going to take every bit of the ingenuity, shrewdness, and tenacity Elias is known for. And, yes, maybe it’ll even take a bit of deception to instigate the Return of the Blackwell Brothers.



Each subsequent book in the series will release as follows:
The Rancher's Twins by Carol Ross, August 1st
The Rancher's Rescue by Cari Lynn Webb, September 1st
The Rancher's Redemption by Melinda Curtis, October 1st
The Rancher's Fake Fiancée by Amy Vastine, November 1st
The Rancher's Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart, December 1st

In book one, The Rancher’s Twins, single father and rancher Jon Blackwell needs help. His five-year-old twin girls are out of control, it’s calving season, and his grandfather is MIA. Hiring a real nanny, a professional childcare worker from an accredited agency with years of experience, turns out to be the best decision ever. Lydia is amazing. She adores the girls. The girls love her. Even as Jon wonders if she’s too good to be true, he finds himself smitten, too. What he doesn’t know is that Lydia isn’t a professional at all. She’s on the run and using the ranch to hide out. Just when Jon begins to believe that life might actually be as sweet as Lydia’s smile, her past shows up and threatens to destroy them all.

― Carol


The Rancher's Twins
(Return of the Blackwell Brothers #1)
By Carol Ross
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She’s not the country nanny he advertised for

But she could be perfect for him…

Jon Blackwell needs a woman ready to tackle the duties of a cattle ranch and two lively, take-no-prisoners twin girls. But ever since Lydia Newbury showed up at his six-generation Montana spread, the frazzled single father is rethinking, well, everything. The Philadelphia dazzler is a marvel. What he doesn’t know is the secret that has Lydia on the run…

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Excerpt

THAT WAS THE moment Lydia realized that she’d talked herself into a corner. She didn’t want to lie to him. Of course, she was sort of lying to him by being here as it was. But that was different. She’d had no idea that she’d fall in love—with him, his girls, the ranch, Falcon Creek. “I just kind of fell into it. All the jobs and experiences I’ve had seemed to point me in this direction. When my friend saw the position available, he encouraged me to take it.” That felt good, truthful. “And I’m so glad I did. It’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”

“But...how is that possible?”

“What do you mean?”

“Stuck out here in the middle of nowhere taking care of someone else’s kids? This is the life you want?”

Lydia stared back at him, hoping her heart wasn’t showing in her eyes. “Um...” She turned and held her arms out in front of her. “This isn’t exactly nowhere. Pretty sure it’s the most beautiful place on earth.”

“I’m not trying to put you on the spot here, it’s just that I’m wondering why.”

In that moment, she wished she could tell him everything. But what would he think of her? There wasn’t a situation in the world that would cause Jon Blackwell to run from his problems the way she’d always run from hers. Maybe, she could tell him a little, though. Tanner’s warnings surfaced but she brushed them away. She’d keep things vague.

“Well, Jon, I’ve made some mistakes. I haven’t had great luck with relationships.” With a little grimace, she went on, “There’s no luck involved. It’s more that I get involved with the wrong guys. The last one was a real piece of work. I had a difficult time getting out of the relationship.” Gripping the rock she’d gathered, she continued, “That’s part of the reason that I took this job, to get away from him. I needed to get out of Philadelphia.”

Jon’s eyes homed in on her like a laser beam. “Lydia, did some guy...? What are you talking about? If someone hurt you, I’d like to know about it.”

Lydia’s heart fluttered helplessly in her chest. She couldn’t help but wonder how it would feel to have a man protect her for once, or at least to not want to hurt her. And not just any man, but this man, who was strong and smart and good. Too good, maybe, because he ended up with a woman who took advantage of that goodness. She ignored the little voice that reminded her that she was currently doing the same.

But she didn’t want to be. She wanted to protect him, too, from the wiles of Ava and Marilee. She wanted to help him in every way that she could—take care of his girls, support him on the ranch and keep him from working too hard. She wanted to be his partner. And love them all in the way they deserved.

“Um...he didn’t hurt me physically.” Lydia had often thought he wanted to. She suspected he’d been abusive in other relationships. “But he could be rough and the threat of more was always there. Verbal abuse, yes. I worked for him so that made it all worse.” She sighed. It was so difficult to explain without explaining. “At the end, I lived in constant fear.”

Lydia watched his mouth flatten out to a thin, angry line. “You deserve so much better.”

“Thank you. I know I want better.”

“What do you want?” His voice was low and deep and somehow made her want to cry a little.

You, her heart answered immediately. It hurt that she couldn’t say it, so she looked out at the view again. Doing her best to lighten the moment, she tossed the rock from the cliff and answered in a teasing tone, “Oh, I don’t know. Not much really. Just love, safety, security... And someday...maybe my own horse.”

Her attempt at levity didn’t work.

Jon looked out toward the horizon. He was still and appeared calm. But Lydia knew him better now. Tension radiated from him and she knew it wasn’t anger. Her breath stalled as her pulse began to pound fast and hard. His expression was pure Rancher Blackwell—grave and solemn and almost unreadable. Almost, because she could see the vulnerability there. She knew he had feelings for her, too. The attraction between them had been simmering hotly since he’d kissed her on Easter. What she hadn’t known was what those feelings entailed or how strong they were. But now she did. And at that moment, all of the reasons why they couldn’t be together flew out of her head. Which left only her heart, aching and craving his love. Just say it, she silently pleaded. Because no matter what happened long-term she wanted to hear the words at least once in her life from a person she wanted to hear them from.

He faced her again, his gray-blue gaze ensnaring hers. Her heart jumped into her throat. “What if I told you that I want those things, too? And what if I told you that I didn’t ever want to let you go, not even when the girls leave for college?”

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USA Today bestselling author Carol Ross grew up in small town America right between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, in a place where you can go deep sea fishing in the morning and then hit the ski slopes the same afternoon. The daughter of what is now known as free range parents, she developed a love of the outdoors at a very early age. As a writer, Carol loves to breathe the life she has lived into the characters she creates, grateful for the “research material” that every questionable decision, adrenaline-charged misstep, and near-death experience has provided.


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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

As Wide as the Sky by Jessica Pack


Five a.m.: Amanda Mallorie wakes to the knowledge that her son Robbie is gone. And a new chapter of her own life must begin. She has spent four years as her son's only support, desperately trying to understand the actions that landed him on death row and to change his fate. Now Amanda faces an even more difficult task--finding a way, and a reason, to move forward with her own life.

Before the tragedy that unfolded in a South Dakota mall, Robbie was just like other people's sons or daughters. Sometimes troubled, but sweet and full of goodness too. That's the little boy Amanda remembers as she packs up his childhood treasures and progress reports, and discovers a class ring she's never seen before. Who does it belong to and why did Robbie have it in his possession? So begins a journey that will remind her not only of who Robbie used to be, but of a time when she wasn't afraid--to talk to strangers, to help those in need, to reach out. Robbie's choices can never be unmade, but there may still be time for forgiveness and trust to grow again. For a future as wide as the sky.

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Oh.  Wow.  I really, really wasn't expecting that.  Yeah, I don't really read blurbs for books of authors I am familiar with and trust.  I like the surprise of it all and wow, was this book a complete surprise for me.

This story is told from alternating points of view, every other chapter being Amanda, the mother.  Honestly, I was completely overwhelmed as a reader a few times and had to put the book down and take a breather.  It was hard for me to digest all of Amanda's feelings and emotions in such a small space of time.  Which is a good thing, right?  I was feeling so many emotions and as a mother, it was so intense for me.  There was so much to try to reason out in my mind as I grappled with Amanda's many thoughts.  Emotional, intense.  Those are the two words that keep coming back to me.

This definitely isn't a fluffy story.  It's not romance.  It's not light.  It deals with several real and difficult issues.  Mental heath, divorce, alcoholism, and of course, a mass shooting.  That is intense stuff.  I loved the added bits of "smart stuff" that had me thinking as well.  The timers at the start of every chapter were interesting and had me thinking until I finally figured out what it was about.  I like things like that.

I really am blown away with the amounts of intense feelings and emotion captured in this book.  It's hard to imagine the place the author had to go to to achieve this level of emotional depth and understanding.  She must have been completely wrung out every time she stopped writing.  I am grateful for the place this book led me to.  I have never really given much thought to the struggle of families of mass shooters left behind other than fleeting thoughts of how awful.  Which it is.  This book just leaves me with the reoccurring thoughts that the world needs more love.  More kindness.  More understanding.

Pick this book up.  Be prepared for a gripping, emotional journey.  This is like no other book that I have read.

Content:  mental illness, alcohol abuse, divorce, mass shooting, death, mild swearing

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.

About the author Jessica Pack:  Jessica Pack is a pseudonym for Josi Kilpack, author of twenty-six novels.  Find more here:



Friday, July 27, 2018

$25 Cover Reveal for Rachael Anderson's Newest Book!

Coming in November!
A New Book by A Favorite Author!!
 

Abigail Nash leads a lonely existence. Her mother died giving birth to her, her father's business dealings took him away more often than not, and her ailing great-aunt, unable to provide much in the way of companionship, was a lack-luster guardian at best. So when her dear friends offered to launch her into London society, it appeared Abby's life was taking a turn for the better, with suitors and social engagements aplenty. When she marries a proclaimed darling of the ton, it seems she will at last settle into the life of her dreams. But appearances aren't always what they seem, and dreams often become disappointments. Just months into her marriage, Abby finds herself widowed, penniless, increasing, and determined to never hope again. But when her late husband's brother, the Earl of Brigston, attempts to thaw the numbness surrounding her heart, Abby must decide if she has it in her to risk another chance at happiness, knowing the odds are not in her favor.

   

Author Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.  


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The Memory Tree (Carson Chronicles, #2) by John A. Heldt


Days after barely escaping 1889 with their lives, the Carsons, siblings from the present day, resume their search for their missing parents in 1918. While Adam and his pregnant wife, Bridget, settle in Minnesota, unaware of a wildfire that will kill hundreds, Greg seeks clues in his great-grandparents' Mexico, where he finds love, danger, and enemies. At the same time, Natalie, the ambitious journalist, follows a trail to World War I France, and teen twins Cody and Caitlin rekindle a friendship with an old Pennsylvania friend haunted by her past. In THE MEMORY TREE, the sweeping sequel to RIVER RISING, several time travelers find answers and meaning as they continue the adventure of a lifetime in the age of doughboys, silent movies, and Model T's.


I've been reading John Heldt's books for a long time. I keep coming back to them because I love the way he incorporates historical events, big and small into his books. It's time travel through history and I love that. He does such a good job of researching events and bringing them to life for me. There is a feeling of continuity throughout all his books as far as the time travel aspect goes. I like that too.

This is the second book in this Carson Chronicles series so it picked up right where the last book left off. In this book, the Carson children are still on the hunt for their parents. They decide to split up so each sibling takes a different journey in different parts of the country, hoping that someone will be where there parents are. Each chapter comes from a different point of view as we follow the siblings and parents on their adventures. Normally I like this but this time, because there were so many of them, the book got REALLY long (over 650 pages!!). Forward progression was slow and I felt like it was taking forever to get anywhere. I struggled a bit. I think I would have preferred following maybe one or two siblings per book.

I wasn't a fan of some of Greg's decisions, well, one in particular. He pulled a real jerk move and it sort of tainted my view of him.

While this wasn't my favorite book, I still appreciate all the things I mentioned above. I have come to know this Carson family quite well and I'm looking forward to what may be coming next because this book leaves off in place where so many things could go right or wrong!

Content: swearing, sexual relations behind closed doors with no details but you know it happens, some war violence mentioned with no details, death, peril.

I picked this book up on Kindle Unlimited

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Promise of Home (Hearthfire Scottish Historical) by Michele Paige Holmes


As Katie and Collin MacDonald prepare to embark on the most perilous journey of their lives— crossing the Atlantic to Nova Scotia— an ocean away Collin’s brother Ian is seeing the coast of Virginia for the first time.

After a voyage that would have cost Ian his life, except for the courage and timely aid of Elizabeth Campbell, Ian plans to risk the same returning to Scotland as soon as possible, even if that means stowing away. But as Eliza and Ian form an unlikely friendship, Ian realizes he cannot simply abandon Eliza and their fellow passengers to the cruel fates that await them. At the risk of his own freedom, he decides he must do what he can to help.

After a narrow escape in London, Katie and Collin cross the ocean swiftly, with the smaller ship Cleopatra making good time until she encounters a fierce storm near Sable Island. The tempest threatens both the ship and Katie’s fragile health, and their arrival in Halifax brings little relief, but further proof that the dangers of this new continent will equal or surpass the old.

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I have been anxiously awaiting this book- this final book in this series- for months.  It feels like a lot longer!  ha.  First and foremost, you must read this series in order.  This book will not make sense or feel right if you don't read the others first.  I promise you will be glad if you do.  If you haven't read the first book, now is an excellent time to start as the series is now finished.  No waiting in between books!

It was so good to be back with Katie and Collin again.  I have missed them.  The first two books in this series were SO, so good.  I fell in love with both Katie and Collin there and in this book I was longing for that happily ever after for them.  There were so many sweet moments between them in this book but the road has been so long and so difficult.  Included in this book was the alternate viewpoint of Ian, Collin's brother.  He is an interesting character and it was good to see and feel his take on past events as he tries to reconcile that with the present.   I kind of wish he could have had his own book so his relationships could have developed in a similar way to Katie and Collin's.  But still, it was good.

While I really enjoyed this book, I felt more connected to the first two in the series.  I'm not sure why but this one felt a little different to me.  It was still good and I am completely satisfied by the ending.  This is a series I would love to read again all the way through.

Content:  clean, some danger and peril.

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.
 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Veins of Gold by Charlie N. Holmberg


Desperate to save her siblings from poverty, a young woman discovers magic fueled by gold . . . and a love for the man who wields it.

Abandoned by their father for the gold rush, Gentry and her siblings labor to survive alone in the inhospitable west. When bizarre natural disasters begin wreaking havoc on the land, Gentry discovers a world of magic. Desperate for help, she accepts aid from a mysterious stranger.

Winn not only sees the magic, but controls its hunger by feeding it gold—the very thing Gentry’s father left to acquire. But the earth’s unrest only grows worse, and Gentry’s fear leads her to a terrible choice: marry a wealthy man she does not love, or trust in Winn’s unpredictable power to save her family.

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This book incorporated so many interesting dynamics.  It was a little bit history- set during the time of the California gold rush but the characters were in Utah.  It was also magical, which twisted the story around and made it far from a historical novel.  I loved the earthy feel that weaved itself into everything and everyone.  The land, animals and people were all connected and it was cool.  The author took something that I'm familiar with and turned it into something full of imagination.

I really think the best word I can use to describe this book is interesting.  I was so interested in knowing where this book was going and where it would end up.  When I had to put it down, I was thinking about it, anxious to get back and see what would come next.  I like when that happens!

This is actually the first book I've read by this author.  I have a couple of her books, but haven't read them yet.  I'll have to remedy that soon!

Oh!  And one more thing.  I love when a cover is a perfect representation of the story inside.  This is cover is exactly that.  And it's pretty too.  :)

Content:  A couple instances of mild swearing, mention of a mother's infidelity.

- I received a complimentary copy of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.