Friday, October 19, 2018

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: A Search for Refuge: A Haven Manor Novella by Kristi Ann Hunter

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring a novella that I recently finished - A Search for Refuge by Kristi Ann Hunter. I loved it! It's free on all ebook retailers, if you want to check it out!

About the Book
Margaretta Fortescue desperately needs to disappear from London society, and her only hope is to follow the rumors of another young woman who recently made a life for herself away from the glare of society. Her search leads her to the market town of Marlborough where, in spite of her efforts to avoid attention, she can’t seem to elude local solicitor, Nash Banfield.

All Nash wants is a quiet, sedate life—no risks or surprises. When Margaretta, clearly on the run and unwilling to answer questions, interrupts his solitude, his curiosity and his principles won’t let him leave this determined woman without assistance.

But will the truth of what Margaretta is running from be worth finally opening his heart up to a chance at love?

Book Beginning
Marlborough, England
1804
Margaretta had used the word desperate many times in her life, but she'd never truly known the meaning until she stood in the open door of a mail coach, clutching an eight-month-old letter and praying that someone in this miniscule market town would know where the writer had gone when she moved on.

Friday 56 (56% on my Kindle)
Margaretta's mouth dropped open as she looked in Mrs. Lancaster's kind, smiling eyes. The woman looked almost excited about putting Margaretta on the spot. Or was it the news she was expecting to hear that made her so happy?

What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: Suspicious Minds (Squeaky Clean Mysteries #2) by Christy Barritt

About the Book
Rock and roll may never die, but the King is definitely dead . . . again.

To pay off some bills, crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire takes a job doing mold remediation, but she finds a surprise in the dilapidated home's crawlspace: Elvis, dead as a doornail and still wearing his blue suede shoes. How could she possibly keep her nose out of a case like this?

A sequel to the popular novel Hazardous Duty.







My Thoughts

Suspicious Minds is book two in the Squeaky Clean Mystery series by Christy Barritt. It was a fun read full of humor, great characters, and a head-scratching mystery.

I'm always entertained when I pick up a Christy Barritt book. I'm immediately pulled into the story and have a difficult time putting it down. This one was no different.

I'm really loving the characters in this series, Gabby, Riley, Sierra – even Mrs. Mystery, Bill McCormick, and the new addition Chad Davis. They're such a fun group of people and I've really enjoyed getting to know them.

I highly recommend this to anyone who likes cozy mysteries. I'm excited to check out the next book.


Four Stars

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday: Wait for Me (Montana Rescue #6) by Susan May Warren

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights and discusses the books we're excited about that we've yet to read. Generally, they're books that are yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

This week I'm featuring Wait for Me (Montana Rescue #6) by Susan May Warren releasing November 6, 2018.

About the Book
Pete Brooks can't believe he's waited an entire year for Jess Tagg to return to Montana, only to have her break his heart by getting engaged to her ex-fiancé. Worse, a series of mistakes on the job have cost lives, and Pete isn't sure he wants to continue to work in Search and Rescue. Maybe if he can just get over Jess, he can figure out how to move forward.

EMT Jess Tagg has returned to Montana to finally give her heart to Pete, but it seems he's no longer interested. When a terrible fight between them sparks an impulsive decision, she finds herself crashed on the side of a highway along with Esme Shaw. And just when she thinks things couldn't get any worse, she and Esme are taken captive and into the untamed Montana wilderness--with murderous intent.

Now Pete and the other PEAK Rescue Team members are in a race against time, the elements, and the actions of a vengeful man. Pete will have to use everything he's learned to find Jess and Esme--and pray that his past mistakes don't cost him the life of the woman he can't stop loving.

Why I Need It
I'm bummed that this is the conclusion to the series but am so excited to finally get Jess and Pete's story. There's been a lot back-and-forth between them this whole series and I'm ready for them to settle things once and for all. Plus, it sounds like there's gonna be quite a bit of suspense that will keep me on the edge of my seat. I can't wait!

What upcoming release are you excited about?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Review: House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings #1) by Robert Liparulo

About the Book
Dream house . . . or bad dream?

When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.


My Thoughts

With it being October, I was in the mood for a bit of a spooky read and thought I'd try House of Dark Shadows. I don't read too many scary stories, mainly because I'm such a chicken where they're concerned, lol, but this one sounded really interesting so I thought I'd give it a chance.

It was really good! It was just the right amount of spooky for me. Not enough to give me nightmares, but there were definitely a few times when it gave me goosebumps. It's a page-turner, for sure. Once I started it, I had a hard time stopping. There was so much suspense and I never knew what would happen next. It was a lot of fun trying to figure out what was going on with the house alongside brothers Xander and David.

My only complaint is that there wasn't a satisfying ending. I know it's the first book in a series, but it felt like the story had just started going and then it ended with no resolution. It ended too soon for me. I definitely want to continue the series, but I'm just not the biggest fan of endings like this.

Four Stars

Friday, October 12, 2018

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings #1) by Robert Liparulo

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring a bit of a spooky read - House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings #1) by Robert Liparulo.

About the Book
Dream house . . . or bad dream?

When the Kings move from L.A. to a secluded small town, fifteen-year-old Xander is beyond disappointed. He and his friends loved to create amateur films . . . but the tiny town of Pinedale is the last place a movie buff and future filmmaker wants to land.

But he, David, and Toria are captivated by the many rooms in the old Victorian fixer-upper they moved into--as well as the heavy woods surrounding the house.

They soon discover there's something odd about the house. Sounds come from the wrong directions. Prints of giant, bare feet appear in the dust. And when David tries to hide in the linen closet, he winds up in locker 119 at his new school.

Then the really weird stuff kicks in: they find a hidden hallway with portals leading off to far-off places--in long-ago times. Xander is starting to wonder if this kind of travel is a teen's dream come true . . . or his worst nightmare.

Book Beginning
THIRTY YEARS AGO
The walls of the house absorbed the woman's screams, until they felt to her as muffled and pointless as yelling underwater.

Friday 56 (56% on my Kindle)
The top level of the stadium was lined with ornate columns. Above them, wood poles held canvas awnings, which flapped in the wind. He recognized this place.

What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Review: The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas of Love through the Generations

About the Book
In Kristi Ann Hunter's "Legacy of Love," Sarah Gooding never suspected returning a brooch to an elderly woman would lead to a job . . . and introduce her to the woman's grandson, a man far above her station.

In Karen Witemeyer's "Gift of the Heart," widow Ruth Albright uses the family brooch as collateral for a loan from the local banker. But the more she comes to know the man behind the stern businessman, the more she hopes for a second chance at love.

In Sarah Loudin Thomas's "A Shot at Love," Fleeta Brady's rough-and-tumble childhood means she prefers hunting to more feminine activities. She never expected her family's brooch might be how a fellow hunter turns her attention from competition to romance.

In Becky Wade's "Because of You," Maddie Winslow has spent years in love with a man whose heart was already spoken for. When a church Christmas project brings them together and she stumbles upon an old family brooch, might it finally be her turn for love?


My Thoughts

The Christmas Heirloom is a collection of four heartwarming holiday romance novellas following the journey of a brooch that's passed on down through the generations. It featured three authors I was familiar with and one that was new to me. It was such a delight to read and sure got me into the Christmas spirit!

Legacy of Love by Kristi Ann Hunter – Five Stars
Why haven't I read more of Kristi Ann Hunter's books? This was such a great story filled with a lot of laughs, so much heart, and quite a few tears too. It was witty and charming and unputdownable. I read it pretty much in one sitting. I didn't want to leave these characters for one second. The dowager was hands down my favorite. She had quite the feisty personality and in many ways reminded me of my own spunky grandma. This story definitely makes me want to go catch up on the rest of Hunter's books that I haven't read quite yet.

Gift of the Heart by Karen Witemeyer – Four Stars
I've enjoyed many of Witemeyer's books so I was very excited to start Gift of the Heart. It was so good! The characters were great and so genuine. Ruth was such a strong and admirable woman. Naomi, her daughter, was a sweet and adorable little girl. And Bo! Oh my! What an all-around good guy he was! This story sure left me with a big smile on my face!

A Shot at Love by Sarah Loudin Thomas – Four Stars
This was my first time reading anything by this author. It takes place in the late 1950's which I don't think I'd ever read a story set during that time period. I was unsure if I'd enjoy it because of that but I ended up liking it a lot. Fleeta was quite the interesting character, so fierce and determined. She's a tomboy who loves hunting and guns. She's different than the normal leading lady, but that's what made her so great and likeable. It took me a minute to get into this story, but once I did, I couldn't read it fast enough.

Because of You by Becky Wade – Five Stars
I'm not gonna lie, this story was the one I was most looking forward to. I've been loving the Bradford Sisters series and was excited to visit them again. This story is about Maddie Winslow who works at the chocolate shop, Sweet Arts, with her best friend Britt Bradford. It was really nice to get Maddie's story and to learn more about her. Her and Leo were easy to like and root for.

All in all, The Christmas Heirloom was an excellent collection. I really enjoyed all four stories and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes good, sweet romances.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.