Friday, June 27, 2008

Book Review: Abbie's Outlaw


Abbie's Outlaw by Victoria Bylin - Harlequin Historical #750 - Apr 05

I cried buckets reading this book. A strong woman. A flawed hero. Wills that clash. Love that endures. Wow!

You want to know what the scariest part of this book is? How does Vicki know this stuff? How did she research for it? I cried enough reading the book without knowing what I'd do if I found out there's even a grain of personal experience involved. And no, I can't tell you what I'm talking about, but I'll give you a hint:

John Leaf is what we like to call a ‘bad boy'. He took Abbie's innocence, gave her a child and walked away without a backward glance to continue his bad boy ways.

Suffice to say that young Abbie Windsor did what she had to do to survive. Her main concern was for her daughter to have a decent life regardless of any personal sacrifice Abbie had to endure.

Now, 15 yrs later, Abbie and her daughter are back in John's life. Only, he's not a ‘bad boy' any longer. Now, he's the esteemed Reverend John Leaf with his own church. His congregation knows the awful deeds he committed before he was redeemed. But they also believe in God's grace.

The only thing is, John didn't know he had a daughter until she comes looking for him. She needs a father. But if John claims her as his own, will he be helping her or putting her in danger? He might be a minister now, but there's always someone who refuses to believe a person can change. Someone bent on revenge.

And how is John to deal with Abbie who now freezes on contact with his touch? Who put the fear in her eyes? The panic? And why does she seem destitute when she'd been married to a congressman?

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Heat level: Yummy (but some people might find some scenes disturbing)

My Rating: Excellent - 5 stars (one to re-read; definitely a keeper even if it's only to remind ourselves of the blessings in our lives)

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100,000 book Challenge:

Total books Read: 69 Harlequin Imprint: 65 Others: 4


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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Book Review: The Bounty Hunter's Bride


The Bounty Hunter's Bride by Victoria Bylin Love Inspired Historical #8 - May 08

This is a great book! We all know that no one is infallible, but many people think that when you become a Christian, your brain is automatically washed and you never have another bad thought. That your hands never commit another bad act. That feelings of love overflow and you can't possibly dislike anyone, never mind hate them. But a Christian is still human with all the failings of our race. And it's an everyday battle to choose to walk the narrow path to heaven.

Beau Morgan is such a man. He believes in God - he might be angry with Him but he still believes. And, his best friend is a preacher. But he's filled with hate for the man who killed his wife six years ago. He can't shake the pain of her loss. Every time he closes his eyes, he sees her falling from the bullet that struck her down. And he's still trailing the guy after all these years. He's fixated on revenge.

Mail-order bride Dani Baker was in correspondence with Beau Morgan's brother for months before deciding to head west, marry him and adopt his 3 daughters. But when Dani steps off the train, she finds that her financé has been fatally struck by lightning leaving the 3 little ones with Beau, a known Bounty Hunter.

Dani is determined to adopt the 3 girls who are scared of their Uncle Beau and his guns, but Beau is equally determined to ship the girls off to either boarding school or a mean aunt.

Beau is determined to catch wife's murderer and he's not letting anyone - his nieces - a woman who tugs at his heart - or even God - stand in his way.

This is a terrific book that looks at human failings and redemption.

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Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Great! - 4 ½ stars (a keeper)

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100,000 book Challenge:

Total books Read: 68 Harlequin Imprint: 64 Others: 4


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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Book Review: A Holiday To Remembe


A Holiday To Remember by Jillian Hart (A Tiny Blessings Tale) Dec 07 - LI # 424

I loved the young teen in this book. She sparkles with hope and God's love. Every time she opened her mouth, I felt that God had his hand on her shoulder - so refreshing from the youth we usually read about.

Debra Watson wasn't true to her values as a young woman and had a child out of wedlock - not an uncommon event in this day and age. However, Debra's mother took the news hard and the mother daughter relationship deteriorated. Now, Debra's taken her 13 yr old daughter to Chestnut Grove, VA to meet her brother's family. He's the brother she never knew about until just recently when it was revealed that her mother, now deceased, also had a child out of wedlock but had given it up for adoption. I guess her mother didn't like Debra following in her footsteps.

Big Jonah Fraser, minister's son, has war medals to prove his valor in the Iraqi war. But Jonah considers himself a coward. He survived. His company of men did not. He barely functions day by day, while crafting beautiful furniture of wood. And his nights are achingly long and painful as he relives the horrors of his loss.

The first time Debra sees Jonah, she's struck by his size and his gentleness. Her daughter finds a rapport with the tender giant that brings him out of his shell and into the community. But can it last? Debra and her daughter are only there on a visit. She has a publishing empire to get back to. And Jonah just wants to be left alone to wallow in his misery.

This is the final book in the ‘Tiny Blessings' series. It is a stand-alone book but like the rest of the series, a thread runs through it that links the series together. Because this is the final book however, the loose ends are tied and the mystery is solved. The theme of the Tiny Blessings series, is: Loving families and needy children continue to come together to fulfill God's greatest plans!

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Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)

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Look here for the complete list of 'Tiny Blessings' books.
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100,000 book Challenge:

Total books Read 2008: 67 Harlequin Imprint: 63 Others: 4

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Book Review: Giving Thanks for Baby



Giving Thanks For Baby by Terri Reed (A Tiny Blessings Tale) Nov 07 - LI # 420

This book was a fascinating look at a pastor and a member of his congregation. I mean, there's no law that says a Pastor can't date a member of his own flock, but what happens when the member happens to be a recent divorcee and her husband wants her back? Suddenly, the pastor is caught in a conflict of interest. How can he come between a man and his wife, ex or otherwise?

Lawyer Trista Van Zandt has recently moved to Chestnut Grove, VA to be close to her brother and his family. A divorcee with an infant, she's struggling to overcome her failed marriage. Lonely, she joins an on-line chat group for singles and starts looking forward to emails from a ‘chat buddy'.

Assistant Pastor Scott Crosby keeps himself busy with volunteer work with the church and the youth centre. It's not that he doesn't want to go looking for a wife, he just doesn't have the time to find the right one. It takes a special woman to be a pastor's wife - Scott knows b/c he was in a relationship once with someone who could't cut it - and didn't want him to either. So, Scott stays busy.

But then he meets Trista and his hopes stir. Their dates are just 2 friends going out for coffee - regardless of how they really feel toward each other. He's also joined an on-line chat group and there's this lady who is searching for God. Scott has lots to keep his mind off Trista and her infant...so why isn't it working?

Now, if there was one negative thing about the book it's the question of Scott's eyes. I realize that authors are busy and are stressed especially when working with edits on a deadline, but in another of my book reviews, I commented on a book where the hero's eye color kept changing, so it's only fair that I do the same here:

So what color really are Scott's eyes?

- Pg 47 Line 2: "His blond, green-eyed good looks aside..."
- Pg 84 Line 7: "She met his gaze, noting the darker blue ring around the lighter blue irises."
- Pg 87 Para 5: "She held his warm brown gaze, seeing the tenderness of his soul."
- Pg 202 Line 3: "His blue eyes stared at her intently."

I guess I'm an eye girl. I notice eye color and when it's off, it stops my reading and I go back and check. Well, I guess it would be the same for hair color, length, etc. But even with this, I still enjoyed this book.

This book is part of the ‘Tiny Blessings' series. It is a stand-alone book but like the rest of the series, a thread runs through it that links the series together. The theme of the Tiny Blessings series, is: Loving families and needy children continue to come together to fulfill God's greatest plans!

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Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)

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Look here for the complete list of 'Tiny Blessings' books.
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100,000 book Challenge:

Total books Read: 66 Harlequin Imprint: 62 Others: 4

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Book Review: Little Miss Matchmaker


Little Miss Matchmaker by Dana Corbit (A Tiny Blessings Tale) Oct 07 - LI # 416

I really liked this book, particularly the part where the heroine's dad chases all her boyfriends away. I mean if they can't take it, they have no right to date her, right?

Dinah Fraser is a PK - that's Preacher's Kid. As a teen, she did what most PK's do and rebelled, but she's older now with a respectable teaching job. Never mind the fact that she lives at home and her dad is still checking out her boyfriends - that is when anyone dares to ask her out - she's a teacher and she takes her job to heart. She feels for the little girl in her class who's mother is away facing chemo treatments. In an attempt to help her, she calls in her student's guardian and life isn't the same after that.

Alex Donovan is not just the hero of the story, he's a real life hero - a firefighter - and he takes his job seriously. With his cousin away facing cancer treatment and her husband in Iraq, Alex becomes guardian to their 2 children, loosely referred to as his niece and nephew. He's trying to juggle his work with their school and his nieces's playtime and his nephew who's a teen, and he's doing a pretty decent job. Until his niece gets the idea that Uncle Alex is lonely and wouldn't it be nice if he dated her teacher?

As for Alex, he's never seen a PK with curves like Dinah's or an attitude to match. He's drawn to her in more ways than the obvious but his life is on hold - not only b/c of the kids, but also b/c he's just found out that he was adopted. He doesn't want to dishonour the people he considers his parents and go looking for his biological ones, but he feels like he doesn't know who he is anymore.

As part of the ‘Tiny Blessings' series, this story delves into the emotions of adoptions - in this case from the viewpoint of the adoptee. It is a stand-alone book but like the rest of the series, a thread runs through it that links the series together. The theme of the Tiny Blessings series, is: Loving families and needy children continue to come together to fulfill God's greatest plans!

Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)

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Look here for the complete list of 'Tiny Blessings' books.
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100,000 book Challenge:

Total books Read: 65 Harlequin Imprint: 61 Others: 4


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'Tiny Blessings' Books

Here are all the books in the 'A Tiny Blessings Tale 'series:

#1 - Jul 05 - For the Twin's Sake by Jillian Hart LI #308
#2 - Aug 05 - Brought Together by Baby by Carolyne Aarsen LI #312
#3 - Sep 05 - On The Doorstep by Dana Corbin LI #316
#4 - Oct 05 - The Cinderella Plan by Margaret Daley LI #320
#5 - Nov 05 - Her Christmas Wish by Kathryn Springer LI #324
#6 - Dec 05 - Past Secrets, Present Love by Lois Richer LI #328
#7 - Jul 07 - For Her Son's Love by Kathryn Springer LI #404
#8 - Aug 07 - Missionary Daddy by Linda Goodnight LI #408
#9 - Sep 07 - A Mommy in Mind by Arlene James LI #412
#10 - Oct 07 - Little Miss Matchmaker by Dana Corbit LI #416
#11 - Nov 07 - Giving Thanks for Baby by Terri Reed LI #420
#12 - Dec 07 - A Holiday to Remember by Jillian Hart LI #424

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Book review: A Mommy in Mind


A Mommy in Mind by Arlene James (A Tiny Blessings Tale) LI #412 - Sep 07

This was a 3 tissue book for me. Remember the story of King Solomon when he had to decide who was the real mother? Well, this book is reminiscent of that story.

Three months after accepting a newborn to foster parent, Lucia has fallen in love with the child and is in the process of adoption. Unfortunately, the child's biological mother wants her baby back. Lucia is torn between her love for the child and the knowledge that the infant's mother regrets her decision.

Ramon Estes is the lawyer hired by the biological mother to fight for her maternal rights. In fact, he jumped at the chance knowing that the mother was an illegal alien. There is no doubt in his mind that the baby belongs with it's mother. Until he meets Lucia and sees her with the baby. He can't deny that she's a wonderful mother and there is no question as to the care she's given the infant. But Ramon starts to develop feelings for Lucia. How can he represent one mother while wanting to kiss the other? Talk about a conflict of interest.

This book made me cry. It was wonderful!

This is the 8th book about the Tiny Blessings Adoption Agency set in Chestnut Grove, Virginia. The theme of the Tiny Blessings series, is: Loving families and needy children continue to come together to fulfill God's greatest plans!



Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)

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Look here for the complete list of 'Tiny Blessings' books.

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100,000 book Challenge:

Total books Read: 64 Harlequin Imprint: 60 Others: 4


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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Book Review: Missionary Daddy


Missionary Daddy by Linda Goodnight (A Tiny Blessings Tale) LI #408 - Aug 07

Have you ever gone someplace and met someone you couldn't forget? That's the premise of this book. Two people spend a sweltering day working together in Africa and then part. But they can't stop thinking about each other. A year later, they come together in Chestnut Grove, Virginia but something has drastically changed. He now knows who she is and he feels betrayed although he has no right to.

Beautiful, rich Samantha Harcourt is on a modeling assignment in Africa when she takes a side trip and ends up at a mission. For one glorious day, instead of being the face that everyone knows, she's just a woman helping to build an orphanage. Not wanting to ruin her image, she doesn't tell the handsome missionary who she is. But she can't forget Africa or the homeless children there.

Eric Pellegrino has spent years in the African mission field. He thrives on the land and the people. He's even in the process of adopting 2 young boys. When a beautiful woman shows up for work detail, he thinks she's one of the helpers. At the end of a fulfilling day, he bids her goodnight believing he'll see her in the morning. He doesn't. Months go by and then he accepts a job back in the U.S. Imagine his surprise when he finds Samantha's face ‘literally everywhere. Billboards, magazines.' And now, a year later, he's getting the biggest surprise of all...Sam's coming home.

This book shows you what a day in the life of a mission field worker feels like as well as that of a supermodel. It covers international adoptions as well as disillusionment.

I really liked this book.

As the 7th book in the ‘Tiny Blessings' series, it continues to weave the problems of the Tiny Blessings adoption agency throughout its pages. Like all the other books in the series, this is a stand-alone but the other rich stories in the series shouldn't be missed.

The theme of the Tiny Blessings series, is: Loving families and needy children continue to come together to fulfill God's greatest plans!

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Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)

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Look here for the complete list of 'Tiny Blessings' books.
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100,000 book Challenge:

Total books Read: 63 Harlequin Imprint: 59 Others: 4


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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Book Review: For Her Son's Love


For Her Son's Love by Kathryn Springer (A Tiny Blessings Tale) LI #404 - Jul 07

Don't you just love books where someone is living a double life? Except usually, the double life entails deceit of some kind. Not this time.

If you believe only what you read, then you'd think rich Andrew Noble cared more about his social life than anything else. Hardly a newspaper goes by that doesn't have a photo of Andrew with a beautiful socialite hanging from his arm. But it's all a sham to hide his real life. You see, Andrew's secret job is locating missing children. And he's good at it. Andrew has never cared that the world thinks he's full of fluff. Until he meets Miranda.

Miranda Jones is running from a bad relationship. When her sister and brother-in-law died, Miranda took on the job of parenting her nephew, then a toddler. Bereft, she dropped her defenses and got entangled with a man who abused her. Now Miranda and her son are on the run, ready to move on at a moment's notice. She doesn't want ties to anything or anyone.

The problem with this whole scenario is that Miranda starts tingling whenever Andrew is in the same room. She's fighting a major attraction that's threatening to overwhelm her. And to top it off, Andrew has made a deep connection with her son of a level she's never been able to achieve. She must have a fatal flaw to fall in love with another ‘hollow' man.

This is the 6th book about the Tiny Blessings Adoption Agency set in Chestnut Grove, Virginia. If you read the original series from 2005, you'll notice elements of those stories weaved into the fabric of his new set but its done lightly with a sprinkling of information here and there. Just enough to keep you informed.

The theme of the Tiny Blessings series, is: Loving families and needy children continue to come together to fulfill God's greatest plans!


Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)

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Look here for the complete list of 'Tiny Blessings' books.

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100,000 book Challenge:


Total books Read: 62 Harlequin Imprint: 58 Others: 4


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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Writing Fun on the Net

Other than working on my wip, I’ve been writing book reviews for here and my eharl blog (4 books behind at the moment). I’ve also been checking out some other writer blogs and having fun:

June 10th - I entered a 100 word writing contest using a photo prompt on Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner's blog. The 121 entries (mine included) were added as comments to her blog here:
http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/

June 9th – Donna MacMeans was blogging at http://www.writersatplay.com/wordpress/
For my ‘creative description’ of a superpower (if I had one), I won a copy of Donna’s book, The Education of Mrs. Brimley.

June 4th – Cheryl Wyatt emailed about my entry to her May Prompt Contest. She said, ‘I LOVED this entry. While it didn't win this time...I hope you will finish their story. I truly felt the emotion in the opening with the boy and loved the attraction between your heroine and Gallagher’ (the hero). So, I didn’t win, but it was encouraging enough to try another one. Go here to see Cheryl’s June Prompt Contest:
http://scrollsquirrel.blogspot.com/2008/06/junes-prompt-contest-aka-story-starter.html

May 31st – Judy Duarte was blogging at http://petticoatsandpistols.com/
For participating and commenting, I won an autographed book from Judy’s backlist. Since I’m trying to complete the Montana Mavericks Gold Rush Grooms series, I chose her book Their Unexpected Family.

May 31st – I posted my entry for the eharlequin writer’s challenge. We needed to create both protags as alpha characters this time around, so I’d made my heroine as a pirate queen. My 1,000 word historical entry was entitled Cunning Callie of the Calista Queen and I won 1st place. My prize was to create the criteria for the next challenge, to be posted June 5 or 6th. I’ve chosen this:

Criteria: A hero and a heroine, a pkg 'To Be Delivered only To:(fill in blank)' 1000 words or less
The setting: A courier has instructions to deliver a package. When the courier gets to the house, the front door is partially open. The courier rings the bell and when no one answers, the courier calls out the name of the person listed on the package. The courier hears a pop and a zing and realizes someone has taken a shot at him/her. Your story starts here.
Challengers: The courier must be either the hero or heroine with the name on the package being the other person.
The house can be any type of dwelling.
The shot can come from any direction


If you’re interested in attempting this writing challenge, go here:
http://community.eharlequin.com/forums/write-stuff/writers-challenge-3

If you’re not a member of the eharl community, it’s a simple matter to register and then you’re on your way. This is an effective way to find out if you are a writer or just a wannabe. Remember, if you can’t put your work out there for us, your peers, how can you get the courage to submit it to an editor/agent?

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Book Review: Her Kind of Cowboy


This review was originally posted to my book review blog on the eharlequin site. I wasn't going to post this here because I didn't want to embarrass the author but I have 'heard' other authors wondering if they're the only ones making a mistake. The answer is NO and the proof is here:

Her Kind of Cowboy by Pat Warren Silhouette Special Edition 1638 - Sep 04

Except for the screw-up listed below, this book drew me in and kept me there! It's the story of first love and what should have been. Only it didn't happen that way. Jesse Calder's final words to 19 yr old Abby was that he'd be back. But due to a horrific accident, he couldn't keep his promise right away. And when he was finally able to contact her, he was told to stay away - that she'd married someone else. But 7 yrs later, unrecognizable due to the accident, he's back.

And this time, he not only falls for Abby again, but for her daughter as well who just happens to have familiar blue eyes.

I have to point out that somehow, Abby's eyes kept changing from green to blue. If you don't believe me, find a copy of the book and check this out:

Pg 12 - "...and huge green eyes."
Pg 46 - "Her incredible green eyes..."
Pg 49 - "Her eyes were that incredible cornflower blue..."
Pg 71 - "She'd probably gotten her blue eyes from Vern." (describing Abby's daughter)
Pg 75 - "In her beautiful green eyes..."
Pg 107 - "My blue-eyed golden girl."
Pg 108 - "Your eyes are the best part, so big and blue..."
Pg 128 - "...gorgeous eyes turn a deeper blue."
Pg 192 - "...and a green shirt that matched her eyes."
Pg 163 - "He studied her beautiful green eyes..."
Pg 199 - "An emerald to match her eyes..."

Heat level: Yummy

My Rating: Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)

Originally posted here:
http://community.eharlequin.com/content/her-kind-cowboy-pat-warren-silhouette-special-edition-1638-sep-04

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Book Review: Frontier Courtship


Frontier Courtship by Valerie Hansen - Love Inspired Historical #4 - Mar 08

This book is going straight to my 2008 Top Ten List. I loved it! This is the kind of story that started me on my long journey of writing and reading. (Remember I'm a wreader )

I found it difficult to put this book down. The intense action, lively dialogue and captivating visual descriptions kept me turning the pages wanting more.

This book makes you think about what it meant to be a woman in the 19th century. Especially a single woman bent on crossing the continent in a covered wagon. In an atmosphere where the wagon train boss made his own law.

It's the story of unwavering faith in a seemingly godless land. When her mother dies, aptly named, Faith Beal takes her younger sister on a journey west to look for their father in the California gold fields. After 2 months of demoralizing travel, with still weeks to go, Faith gets run down in Ft. Laramie.

Connell McClain's fiancée was on her way to join him when she disappeared. He's in Ft. Laramie showing her photograph around when he sees Faith get knocked to the ground. The street is filled with people but everyone ignores her. A Christian and a gentle man, Connell carries her to safety.

Thus starts the love story of Faith and Connell. It doesn't take Faith long to decide she wouldn't mind spending the rest of her life with Connell. But she soon realizes that he'll never be hers as long as he's looking for his fiancée. And being a man of substance, he'll never break his vows when he does find her.


Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Excellent - 5 stars (one to re-read; definitely a keeper)
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100,000 book Challenge:


Total books Read: 61 Harlequin Imprint: 57 Others: 4

Monday, June 2, 2008

Book Review: Hideaway Home


Hideaway Home by Hannah Alexander - Love Inspired Historical #3 - Mar 08

I don't often read books that are set in the 1940's but I enjoyed this one. The love story is poignant but the historical details really brought this story to life. If there was a Steeple Hill line for Historical Suspense, this would fall in that category. It's the story of 2 Americans who happen to have German lineage - not a good thing in your background when your country is fighting the Nazi's.

It seems like Bertie Moennig has loved Red her whole life even though they didn't have their 1st date until just weeks before he was shipped off to fight the Nazi's in Europe. Undeterred, she writes him letters believing in her heart that he is the only man for her. When the need arises for machinists, she learns a trade and heads out to California to work in the aircraft industry until Red comes home.

Bertie's letters had kept Red Meyers sane in an insane war. He kept them in his shirt pocket and it was habitual for him to check often to ensure they were there. In plain terms, they were his security blanket. Although he'd never exchanged words of love with Bertie, the letters were filled with their hopes and dreams.

And those dreams didn't include him coming home lame. Believing that Bertie would be better off with a ‘whole' man, Red heads home without telling her of his injury. He happens to arrive the day after Bertie's dad is murdered. Clues lead to the possibility that the motive was his German heritage. When Bertie makes plans to return for her father's funeral, Red tries to deter her for her own good but she comes home anyway and gets the shock of her life.

What makes this book extra special is that it's the forerunner of the Love Inspired Hideaway series where you find Red and Bertie enjoying their twilight years together.

Heat Level: Affectionate (kissing and hand holding but nothing more)

My Rating: Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)
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100,000 book Challenge:

Total books Read: 60 Harlequin Imprint: 56 Others: 4

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Murder By Mushroom Doesn't Fit

This morning when I awoke, my first thought was my book review for Murder by Mushroom and the ‘Okay - 2 stars (a so-so read for me)' rating I'd assigned it.

Interpretation: I felt guilty.

You see, my rating list goes like this:

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Excellent - 5 stars (one to re-read; definitely a keeper)
Great - 4 ½ stars (a keeper)
Very Good - 4 stars (excellent one time read)
Pretty Good - 3 stars (I enjoyed this story, but was not blown away by it)
Okay - 2 stars (a so-so read for me)
Poor - 1 star (not worth the bother!)

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Well, that's fine for most books, but Virginia Smith's Murder By Mushroom didn't fit. Why? Because like I said in my review, it was well-written, but not near enough romance for me. Yet it is a book worth reading because of the way it covers gossip and everything that it entails, like hurt, betrayal, and repercussions.

So, when I got back from church today, I had decided to up the rating a notch. So I sat at my computer and pasted in the next higher rating:

Pretty Good - 3 stars (I enjoyed this story, but was not blown away by it)

But you know, that's not right. I didn't enjoy the story. I kept waiting for the romance... the hugs and kisses and handholding of 2 people getting to know each other. Of course I can't give you details because that would spoil it for those of you who haven't read the book. Suffice to say that I wanted more and did not enjoy what I received.

So, I asked my teen daughter who is an avid Love Inspired Suspense fan what she would do and she said, ‘Why not 2 ½ stars?'

Why not, indeed. I checked my rating list and realized that it goes from an Okay book to a Pretty Good one - no mention of a Good one.

So, I've added a new rating:

Good - 2½ stars (Good writing and story line but not my cup of tea)

I feel much better with this rating.