Jul 21, 2014

The Lightkeeper's Bride

The Lightkeeper's Bride (Mercy Falls, #2)The Lightkeeper's Bride by Colleen Coble
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Lightkeeper's Bride is the second in Colleen Coble's Mercy Falls series. It's not a bad read, but it didn't live up to the first book in the series, The Lightkeeper's Daughter.

Katie Russell is content to marry wealthy Bart Foster and become "someone" in the town of Mercy Falls until the new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson, comes to town. Together she and Will embark on an adventure involving a murder, an orphan child, stolen treasure, and pirates.

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There were inconsistencies in this story that bothered me. Katie was supposedly all about keeping her job as telephone operator in the beginning of the story and that whole idea fizzles without any closure. There is an assumed murder, but the body is never found and the murder is never identified. Katie is supposed to move to the lighthouse to help care for the toddler, but leaves that up to the chaperone while she runs around after Will, trying to find the pirates. There are several scary moments with the bad guys threatening Katie if she talks - but she's never hurt while the same bad guys killed another woman.

I'll probably read the third book in the series, The Lightkeeper's Ball and hope it's as good as the first book.

Jul 13, 2014

The Hesitant Heiress

The Hesitant Heiress (The Everstone Chronicles, #1)The Hesitant Heiress by Dawn Crandall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Historical romance with a touch of mystery. Dawn Crandall does a very credible job of bringing her characters to life. She paints a setting that will have you sniffing the sea air and relishing a relaxing tea in the parlor. The plot twists and character quirks will keep you turning those pages - or scrolling that screen. All together an enjoyable read that is hard to put down.

Amaryllis Brigham has felt the sting of rejection and the stab of failure, but now she's looking at a whole new future, as the heiress to her grandmother's fortune. But there's a catch. (Isn't that always the case!?) She must find a husband within the year.

Nathan Everstone is everything a woman could want, unless, of course, the lady in question is haunted by memories of his father.

He wants her. She doesn't believe him. Circumstances - and their pasts - conspire to muddle the waters even more while friends and family both help and hinder.

I can highly recommend this book and am looking forward to the next installment in this series. I received this Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Look for this one to release August 1st!

Jul 7, 2014

Yankee in Atlanta

Yankee in Atlanta (Heroines Behind the Lines, #3)
Excellent ending to the trilogy! Jocelyn Green has done a wonderful job of portraying the Civil War through the eyes of the women who were adversely affected.

Yankee in Atlanta is the story of Caitlin McKae from New York. An Irish immigrant, she flees her step-father and follows her brother off to war. Found wounded on a battlefield, she is mistaken for a Confederate and taken to an Atlanta hospital. She accepts the responsibility for raising a young girl, the daughter of German immigrant Noah Becker, who enlists to fight for the Confederacy.

Trapped in a hostile land, charged with the care of a daughter not her own, living under the suspicion of being a spy due to her accent, Caitlin has to find a way to survive not only her enemy, but her own army's invasion.

Gritty. Realistic. Powerful. Emotional. These books are well worth your time.

Jul 4, 2014

C.S. Lewis: A Life Inspired

C.S. Lewis: A Life InspiredC.S. Lewis: A Life Inspired by Christopher Gordon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting peek into the author's life. Mr. Gordon delivers a nice overview of C.S. Lewis without delving very deeply into any one aspect. A good read for those who want to get an overall gist of the man behind so many powerful writings.

Jul 1, 2014

The Lightkeeper's Daughter

The Lightkeeper's Daughter (Mercy Falls, #1)The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Colleen Coble
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Delightful tale of intrigue and love. Addie Sullivan has always wished for a large and loving family. When a stranger insists she's someone other than her parent's daughter, she finds herself plunged into a family of dark secrets. Who paid the couple who raised her all those years? Who can she trust? Who is it safe to love?

Well written, this book will keep you guessing. Addie is a likable young woman who captures the reader's attention from the start. She and her faithful German Shepherd tackle a world they never knew existed.

Jun 21, 2014

Grace's Pictures

Grace's PicturesGrace's Pictures by Cindy Thomson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Grace McCaffery passes through Ellis Island, a reluctant and frightened young woman from Ireland. She finds much more on the shores of New York than she dreamed of. Some of it good... and some of it not so good. But through it all, she finds what she needs most.

An interesting look into the life of an Irish immigrant at the turn of the 20th century in New York. Cindy Thompson does a wonderful job of painting the scene with colorful characters and drag tenements.

Jun 16, 2014

The Cat Lady's Secret

The Cat Lady's Secret by Linda Yezak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I reserve 5-star ratings for books that are so good I think I'll read them again. This is one of them! Love the characters in this story. They are plucky and sassy, the kind of people you want to invite to a backyard BBQ. I love a well-rounded story with personable secondary characters as well as interesting main characters. The Cat Lady's Secret delivers!

Emily Taylor returns to her hometown after ten years. But she doesn't feel at home. Secrets have built a wall around her heart. Scott Barlow was too timid in high school to ask Emily out. Since she's returned, he's found his courage but she's turned him down every time. Lots of questions need answers. Who is Millie? Who is setting houses on fire? Who is writing large checks?

You'll have to read the book to find out!