Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Release - Penny Wise - Neta and Dave Jackson

Dear Readers,

Most of you already know how I feel about Neta and Dave Jackson's book.  I love them.  They are about the only series I have read that has made me want to live in Chicago.  I then remind myself I would not like to live in Chicago, but I can enjoy the city through the books the Jacksons write.

The Windy City Neighbors series has been so fun to read because it brings you right into the neighborhoods that are so famous in Chicago.  Each little community has it own unique group of people living there.  They each have their own shops, stores and problems.  Penny Wise is book #3 in the series and is Neta and Dave's latest release.

Michelle Jaspers is just trying to make it through each day.  With 3 teenagers in her house, a full time job, volunteer work and church life she doesn't have to hang out with her new neighbors.

Penny WiseHarry and Estelle Bentley have reached out to the families of the neighborhood, but Michelle just doesn't know how she would deal with their needs when she can barely deal with her own family's.  So when suddenly her kids are the ones at risk, Michelle faces a crisis of faith and isn't sure where to turn.

Just as the Yada Yada Prayer group books made us all want to start, and many of us did, our own prayers groups, the Windy City books are reminding us that our neighbors need us as much as we need them.

Happy Reading,

Monday, July 28, 2014

New Releases - July 20 - 26

Dear Readers,

Warm summer breezes, a comfy chair, what else do you need for pass a warm July afternoon?  How about a good book.  Here are a few ideas.

Happy Reading,

Abandoned Memories - Marylu Tyndall - #3 Escape to Paradise - The new Confederate colony of New Hope is last chance at a new life for both Angeline and James.  Each for a different reason, but will they both find love and happiness in the jungles of Brazil?

A Bouquet of Love - Janice Thompson - Weddings by Design #4 - Cassi Papas just wants to work at the floral shop on Galveston Island.  She makes friends with local wedding coordinator, Bella to help business.  The problems start when her Greek family moves on to the island to start a new restaurant, one that is in direct competition with Bella's family restaurant. 

Penny Wise - Neta Jackson/Dave Jackson - Windy City Neighbors #3 - We meet the Jaspers, they are a normal urban family.  Busy with the many details of their lives, that is until a crises arises and they find something has got to change.

Crossroads - Barbara Cameron - #2 Amish Roads Series - Emma has always thought her and Isaac would marry and raise a family together.  Now that Isaas is in his Rumschpringe they are at a cross roads as he has seemed to turn his back on his family and faith and wants her to join him.

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Release - Captured by Love - Jody Hedlund

Dear Readers,

I don't know if you get as excited when a book releases that is set in the state you live in, but I do.  I enjoy learning about the different parts of Michigan and maybe even planning a trip to that area to see some of what is written about. 

Captured by Love by Jody Hedlund is not only a book set in Michigan it is the first of a series about different lighthouses of the great lakes.  Set in 1814 during the war of 1812 in the northern point of the lower peninsula, we step back into when parts of Michigan fell back under control of the British.

Pierre Durrant is a fur trader and doesn't return to Michilimackinac Island often.  When he returns to the island after years in the wilderness, he finds the British in control and the family under the control of the invaders.  All Pierre needs to do is get back in his canoe and leave, but can he leave his family and friends?  He is torn between the war and his love of his trading life style. 

I have been to Fort Michilimackinac and have seen the reenactment of the war of 1812.  It is always nice to be able to share this story with those who have never had a chance to hear it before or who may never get a chance to visit Michigan and make a stop at Mackinac island. 

I do recommend that you make plans now if you haven't already visited, just read the book first and the visit will be all that more interesting.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Robert Roush

Dear Readers,

One of the privileges that we here at the store have that I love is the chance to support local authors.  Now, sometimes that can be a very bad experience, but most times it is fun, exciting and one of the best things we can do.  There is something about an author coming in with a book they have written and then self-published and asking us to carry it for them.  It is their little baby and they are trusting us with the book.  It makes it a privilege and also something we do not take lightly. 

In The Image of ManIn the Image of Man by Robert Roush is just that type of book.  Robert was actually sent to our store by a fellow worker from the Holland Baker Book Store.  He told me that Robert had written a book and he had read it and enjoyed and would we at Baker be interested in carrying it for him.  I told him I would be glad to read it and see what we can do for him.

I really did enjoy the book, it is written just 6 years in the future and one of the main story lines is human cloning.  The book makes you wonder if we did start cloning humans, would they be born with souls, and if not, what happens to them then?

Chris Davis comes to the rescue of Sarah when a very strange man randomly attacks her on her own doorstep.  When he is finally able to wrestle the man under control and arrest him, Chris knows there is something very different about him. Later after the man is shot and killed after making an attempt on Chris’ life, the coroner notices some medical abnormalities in the man’s DNA.  As Chris follows more and more leads, it continues to lead him back to CeSiR Tech.  But Chris can’t seem to find the connection and every time he feels he is making headway, someone derails his investigation.

There is more going on behind the walls of CeSiR Tech than they are willing to admit or even they themselves know about.  There are dark forces at work to take over the little town of Arrow Springs.  Will Chris and his little band of believers be able to stand against them?

With a feel of a Frank Peretti and a bit of Science fiction, Robert writes a compelling story that will make you think about the shadows you see moving along walls.  Suddenly everything feels like a demon about to pounce.

There are few details that Robert could fix and tighten up, but overall this is a very interesting read.

Happy Reading,  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Release - Miracle in a Dry Season - Sarah Loudin Thomas

Dear Readers,

I think the one thing that really intrigued me about this book is the year it was set in.  1954.  It is not an earth shattering year in America's history. The Korean war has ended, another little country south east Asia is just starting to make the news and color television is a brand new concept. 

With an endorsement from Debbie Macomber, Miracle in a Dry Season by Sarah Loudin promises to be a wonderful read.  It is not a book that is going to be a thriller, but one that gentle peeks into life in a sleepy little town. 

Perla arrives in Wise, West Virginia with as little fan fare as possible.  She wants to go unnoticed and settle into a quiet life for herself and her daughter Sadie.  Of course that isn't going to happen in a small community and the gossip is started to spread on Sunday Morning. 

Casewell was hoping to be married with a couple of kids by now, but guesses bachelorhood will be his lot in life.  Until he meets Perla, she is everything he has looked for in a woman, but what is she hiding from him? 

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Release - The Amish Blacksmith - Mindy Starns Clark/Susan Meissner

Dear Readers,

The Amish Blacksmith by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner is book #2 in the Men of Lancaster County series.  The Amish Groom is book number one.

Jake Miller is a gifted horse-gentler.  He is also an apprentice blacksmith.  He is courting Amanda and life is going according to plan.  That is until Priscilla comes back to town.   6 years ago she lost her mother in a tragic accident and she has not been able to get over the guilt of it all.

Jake's boss is Priscilla's Uncle and asks Jake to help her to reconnect with the community.  They are soon at odds with each other, and yet there is something about Priscilla that makes Jake want to "fix" her.  What will Jake discover about Priscilla along the way? About forgiveness?

With the men being the main characters of the series it adds a bit of a different element to the stories.  A male's perspective of a story is a so different from the female side of it.  Jake is practical and sees things as needed fixing, whether it is a troubled horse or a person, but that doesn't always go well until he is willing to listen to what the problem might be. 

Happy reading,

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Releases - July 14 - 19

Dear Readers,

July is half over, August is rapidly approaching and that summer reading list is no shorter.  Here a few more titles to add.  Is there such a thing as a fall reading list?

Happy Reading,

The Amish Blacksmith - Mindy Starns Clark/Susan Meissner - #2 The Men of Lancaster County - Priscilla returns to Lancaster after 6 years.  She is still trying to get over her mother's death.  Jake is talented with horses and tries to "fix" Priscilla, but the attraction is something he is trying to deny.

The Lady and the Officer - Mary Ellis - #2 Civil War Heroines Series - Love, Loyalty, and Espionage... How does a lady live with all three?

The Healer's Touch - Lori Copeland - Lyric has resigned herself to a life of isolation because of her mother's mental illness.  When Ian happens into her life, she finds hope.  But Ian hasn't told her about his history. 

Miracle in a Dry Season - Sarah Loudin Thomas - Perla arrives in Wise West Virginia hopefully unnoticed and unannounced.  She just wants a quiet life for her and her daughter.  Casewell planned on life as a bachelor.  But there is something about Perla that draws him to her.

With Every Breath - Elizabeth Camden - Kate's respectable life in the nation's capital is disrupted by a man she never wanted to see again.  Trevor McDonough.  He seeks her out to ask for her help to find a cure for tuberculosis. 

In Perfect Time - Sarah Sundin - Wings of the Nightingale #3 - Lt. Kay Jobson has left a trail of broken hearts across Europe.  Lt. Roger Cooper seems immune to her charms.  But as they fly wounded soldiers out and paratroopers in, they learn more and more about each other.