Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Bride For All Seasons - My review

I looked forward to this book for a long time because it is written by some of my favorite authors.  I wasn't disappointed.  I liked each story.  Even though they were short they were well developed and independent.  It was nice to sit a spell and finish a story and feel like it was complete and that you weren't cheated. I am always a sucker for a mail order bride story and this was no disappointment.  None of the stories were connected in any way except by the mail order bride catalog's owner. Robin Lee Hatcher's story including characters from Heart of Gold, but they were minor characters.  I think I liked David and Megan's story best, but then Mary Connealy is my favorite author.  This is definitely a book I would share!

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson - My review

I was excited to read this novella because I really enjoyed the previous books by Mona Hodgson.  I liked the characters.  I was intrigued by them. I just wanted more.  I think the storyline was good though a little predictable.  I wanted there to be more to it.  Maybe reading the following novellas will help, but I don't think that the story was long enough to truly get to know the characters and see a relationship develop.  I like where it was going.  Maren and Wooly made for an interesting match and old Elsa had more stories to tell.  I can tell by reading that the sub-stories will continue, but I don't know that we will hear much more about Maren and Wooly.  I enjoyed the writing, it just felt a little rushed, but then again this isn't a novel.  I will read the novellas to follow because I feel the need to complete the series, but I don't know that I would recommend it. It is not a book that I desire to read again.

I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Safe in His Arms - Under Texas Stars Book 2

This is only my second Coleen Coble book. I liked the first book in the series and was happy to be able to read about Margaret. One of my favorite things about this is that it is a historical/ suspenseful / romance. There are many aspects to the book and the story line keeps you wanting to read. I liked Daniel from the beginning and his character was intriguing. He is mysterious and she doesn't want to trust him. She has always been the strong one and doesn't want to depend on anybody so she tries to take down a bank robbery, by herself. She finally finds safety and comfort in his arms. Coble's books are always great. I love a good series! The element of mystery to her books make them enjoyable and easy to read!

Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for the copy to review!

Another Karen Witemeyer Hit!!!

I loved Short Straw Bride and was so glad to know that Crockett Archer was getting his own story!  I also enjoy that this is a stand alone book.  Crockett is finally getting the chance to be a preacher to more than his family.  Joanna Robbins prays for a preacher to revive her little church.  With a little prayer, the help of her father and something criminal, Joanna has her preacher. Crockett and Joanna form a friendship out of an unusual circumstance.  It is another wonderful Karen Witemeyer read.  I highly recommend it!

Thank you to Bethany House and NetGalley for my copy to review!

A Most Peculiar Circumstance

Super fun!  Keeps you reading!  Can't wait for the next one! This is a continuation of A Change of Fortune with Theodore Wilder tracking down and protecting Arabella Beckett, sister to Hamilton Beckett we met in the first book.  Theodore and Arabella are both very strong, independent characters who really have no need for the other.  They have differing views on the roll of women.  As the two continue to cross paths and need the help of the other a peculiar relationship begins.  There is an energy to the book that comes from the mystery and romance. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to more by Turano!

Thank you to Bethany House and NetGalley for my review copy!

The Heiress of Winterwood

This is something different.  Regency era fiction is not my usual, but I have recently become a fan of a popular TV show of set in this era so this book intrigued me.  I wasn't disappointed by any means.  When you read alot the plot of a book often seems familiar like you've read it before, but not this book!  I would think I had it figured out and then something would change.  I didn't want to put it down.  Amelia was a fabulous main character.  She had spunk to say what she wanted and was a devout loyal friend.  She made true sacrifices in this book.  The character of Captain Graham was also very likeable and a sweet father!  I love the relationship that they formed out of necessity and then becoming more.  There were many other characters that I wanted to know more about and can only assume we will learn about in the following book.  I was glad to know that this is the first in the series because I have questions and want to read for the answers.  Great job Sarah Ladd!

Thank you to NetGalley for my copy to review!