Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Release - The Pelican Bride - Beth White

Dear Readers,

 I think I am going to have to do some research and find out just how often mail - order brides actually happened in America's history.  The Pelican Bride by Beth White I #1 of the Gulf Coast Chronicles and is set in 1704 in the new world and once again the heroine arrives in the setting because she is a mail order bride of sorts.

Genevieve  and her sister board the small boat, Pelican, after agreeing to become brides for the men working to settle the Louisiana colony.  The sisters are fleeing persecution for their outlawed beliefs. 

Unrest and trouble between the colonist and the native people is growing and threating her new life.  Is her past part of what may cost the colony and its inhabitants their lives? 

It is fun to read a book about a time in our history that I know so little about.  I really don't know much about the settling of Louisiana and what becomes Mobile, Alabama.  That is what makes fiction fun, you can learn history without it seeming like you are learning. 

Happy Reading,

Monday, April 14, 2014

New Releases - April 7 - 12

Dear Readers, 

It is spring break around here.  Quite a few of the families in the area head to warmer weather for the week.  At the very least they take a few days to relax, rest and reset for the busy spring season.  It means that people are in looking for a few good titles to take along.  There are a couple goods ones on this list to fill that purpose.

Happy Reading,

Harbor of the Heart - Katherine Spencer - #5 Angel Island series - Daniel is thinking of returning to the medical field.  Liza doesn't understand why until she sees his skill in action.  But returning means giving up the love of his life.

The Last Bride - Beverly Lewis - #5 Home to Hickory Hollows - Tessie is the last of her sisters to marry.  She has her heart set on a man her father opposes.  The choices they make next effect Tessie in ways they never thought of.

Plots and Pans - Kelly Eileen Hake - (from the back cover) - Can a cranky cowboy and a clever cook stir up more than trouble?

Woman of Courage - Wanda Brunstetter - Amanda gives up on romance and decides to follow fellow missionary couple Rev. and Mrs. Spalding over the mountains.  Her first convert is the wife of a trapper who saves her life, but he and fellow trapper want nothing to do with Christians.

Sing for Me - Karen Halvorsen Schreck - Set in 1937.  Rose Sorenson longs for something more than just the hymns she sings at church.  Introduced to the world of Jazz clubs, she finds an exciting place that offers her what she wants.

Childless - James Dobson/Kurt Brunner - #2 in the Fatherless series - Book two is now available in paperback of this chilling realistic series.

Son of God - Roma Downey/Mark Burnett - (from the backcover) Grittily realistic, (this book) pulls no punches in conveying the harsh realities of Jesus' era. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

New Release - Visible Threat - Janice Cantore

Dear Readers,

Visible Threat is book the second book of the unofficially titled "Brinna Caruso" series by Janice Cantore.  She gains more and more fans in the tough romantic suspense field.  Her fast paced and realistic stories draws reads back for more.

Visible+ThreatBrinna want to save innocents no matter the cost.  She finds herself embedded in a murder that seems to point to a human trafficking ring.  Ivana and her sister leave Bulgaria with the promise of a better life in America, but shortly after arriving, they find out how wrong they were.  Brinna races to save them and others like them.  But the cost might be her own life.

Fast paced, "don't want to lay it down until the last page is read," is probably one of the best ways to describe Janice's books.  You will find yourself cheering for Brinna as she fights Goliath in a problem that is raging through out America.  This books isn't going to solve the problem for us, but it will give you a bit of an insight as to what the girls themselves go through, but also what our Police departments are doing to stop human trafficking.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hillary Manton Lodge

Dear Readers,

First let me tell you I really enjoyed reading A Table by the Window by Hillary Manton Lodge.  It is a wonderful story about families and what it means to be part of a loud and loving family.  How sometimes it can be awkward when everyone tries to take care of each other.  Sometimes it can be frustrating when someone thinks they have a better idea for your life than you do and how no matter what choices you make, they will love you completely. 

Second I want to tell you, the recipes included in the text made me want to take a cooking class or two to learn how to make some of the items listed.  There were no easy cook in a couple minutes recipes, these were involved dishes that required time to make and then more time to enjoy with a group of family and friends.

Juliette’s family revolves around food.  Grandma moved from Italy after her husband passed to open her own pastry shop in Portland, Oregon.  Her parents own an Italian/French restaurant that seems to be on everyone’s list to go to.  Her brother is a chef and she herself writes for a food magazine. 

When her grandmother passes, Juliette inherits her prep table.  She remembers learning how to cook and make pastries at her grandmother’s side.  She loves this table and the memories it brings.   While cleaning the drawers she finds an old cookbook of Grandmother’s and it contains a picture of someone who looks strikingly like her brother. Who could it be?

I will let you discover the answer to that question, it is a journey you need to take with Juliette.   Between the family she has and the history that is part of their story, it is a hard book to lay down.  It isn’t because it is so fast paced, it is because you won’t want to leave them. 

So grab a pastry of choice and rich cup of coffee and enjoy.


Happy Reading,


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

New Release - The Amish Groom - Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner

Dear Readers,

Two of my favorite authors have teamed up and wrote a book, YAY!  The Amish Groom by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner is book one of the Men of Lancaster county series.  So I can plan of at least a couple more by them.

I love Mindy's mysteries and those of you that read here regularly know how I feel about Susan's books.  The are both authors I recommend to other quite a bit.  Tyler's mom used to be Amish.  He is a military brat until his mother passes and he is sent to live with his Amish grandparents.  Everything changes for him.  Which world does he belong with?

Tyler isn't sure if he hears God calling him to be Amish and Rachel's husband or if he is being lead to become Englisch.  A visit to his father's confuses him even more after he meets Lark, who is about as opposite from Amish as you can be.

Each author brings something very different to any writing experience when they share a novel.  I always find books with two authors interesting as I love to find each of them in the writing.  Sometimes it is very seamless and you can't see the difference and sometimes it is very easy to find.  I am eager to find out how these to ladies did. 

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

New Release - The Fearful Gates - Ross Lawhead

Dear Readers,

There is nothing like a good Sci-fi book.  Of course the other is true, there is nothing so bad as a terrible sci-fi book.  Thankfully the Lawhead family writes the good stuff. 

The Fearful Gates by Ross Lawhead is book #3 in the Ancient Earth trilogy.  He is following in his father's footsteps by involving readers in a world that doesn't exsist, but most of us end up wanting to know better at the end of the series.

The last line of defense for the city Nidergeard is waiting for the army of giants, trolls, and yfelgopes to attack.  It is time for the dragons to released and the gates between the worlds to be opened.  Will Daniel and Freya and the faithful few be able to stand against them and save Britain and the rest of the world?

To find yourself locked in a battle between good and evil is one of the greatest pleasure in reading.  To loose yourself in that world and when you come up for air it takes you a second to realize there are not any dragons or trolls chasing you, that is what makes a good book.

Happy Reading,

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Releases - March 31 - April 5

Dear Readers,

Tomorrow is an all day event for me.  I know I have mentioned it before, but it is a chance for me to meet with many different librarians and talk about all the fiction that has hit the shelves in the past 6 months.  The list is so long I am not sure when to quit as I don't want to forget one good one.

If you had to tell me which one fiction book you would recommend, one that has just released what would it be?

Happy Reading,

Murder Simply Brewed - Vannetta Chapman - #1 An Amish Village Mystery - When Amber Wright finds her employee dead of a apparent heart attack, she isn't convinced that he wasn't murdered.  Amber and her new store manager decide to follow the clues on their own and it may cost them more than they expect.

A Promise in Pieces - Emily T. Weirenga - Quilts of Love - 50 years ago Clara promised a dying soldier to deliver message to his widow.  The young widow gives her a baby quilt, one that has gone on to give hope to countless newborns.  Now it is time to share the story, but the trip doesn't go as planned.

Whisper Goodbye - Myra Johnson - #2 Till We Meet Again - Mary has watched Gilbert in the Army Navy hospital for months.  He is struggling physically and emotionally and the only way she can reach him is if she tells him goodbye.  Will he ever return to her?

Simple Faith - Anna Schmidt - #2 The Peacemakers - Anja could save her Jewish family, but her beliefs make her want to save others.  She joins with fellow Quakers and the calling to save Allied airmen shot down behind the lines.  At first Peter seems to be just like the others, until Anja finds herself falling in love.

The Spymistress - Jennifer Chiaverini - Now in paperback - Inspired by a true story of Civil War espionage.

The Pelican Bride - Beth White #1 Gulf Coast Chronicles - Genevieve Gaillain agrees to be a bride to a man working in the new world to escape her painful past, what she finds is love and that nothing can be hide forever.

The Turning - Davis Bunn - Five very different people believe they were summoned by God to obey.  They are called to stand against the most powerful industry in America.  Will they be able to stand against the rising evil? 

The Fearful Gates - Ross Lawhead - #3 the Ancient Earth Trilogy - (from the backcover)  "The army is gathered.  The Alliance for good is holed up in the Langtorr.  The fate of Britain - and the world - will be decided in the events of a single day... a day when the Fearful Gates are finally opened, and the mystery that lies behind them is revealed."

The Kissing Bridge - Tricia Goyer - #3 Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors - Rebecca is abandoning her Amish community, but she needs to make it across country first.  He stop in West Kootenai, Montana may change she plans.