Thursday, October 30, 2014

Carrie Stuart Parks

Dear Readers,

New author Carrie Stuart Parks’ new book A Cry From the Dust is one you don’t want to miss reading.  Especially if you are a mystery lover like me.  It was a bit different in that the main character is a forensic artist.  Gwen is just coming to the end of a time in her life that has been extremely difficult.  She fought breast cancer, her husband divorced her and then wrote a bestselling book which did not paint her in the best light, and her daughter has now entered her teenage years and it is not going well.  Oh and don’t forget she is entering early menopause because of the chemo she had.   It really has not been a great year or two. 

Finally landing a job reconstructing the faces of the victims of a massacre in 1857, Gwen is thinking things may just be turning around.  It isn’t the best situation for her daughter because the job is in Utah, but it is a start.  But someone or a group of someones does not want those faces knows.  First there are the protestors and after that there is the attack on the site following a murder.  Gwen is beginning to think she should not have taken this job after all.

Of course the mystery continues from there, but I don’t want to reveal any more to you as that is no fun and will ruin a good chunk of the book.  I loved following the trails of clues and "un-clues" that Carrie laid down for us.  As any good writer of mystery can tell you, a few rabbit trails to throw you all off is a good thing and Carrie was very good at it.   

She also includes loads of history of the Mormon church, which made the book even more interesting.  It is not done in a dry history book way, but a way that made it very much a part of the story.  I have read books that just include history of a story and boy does that make for dry reading, but Carrie doesn’t do that.  I learned a bit more about the LDS and how they ended up in Utah and who their leaders were.  It even delves into some of the beliefs they have for the end of the world. 

If you are looking for an interesting mystery to read, this is a great one to start with and I am looking forward to seeing what Carrie writes next.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Author Visit

Dear Readers,

Just in time for a shiver on Halloween, Zachary Bartels is going to visit our store and talk about his new spiritual warfare book, Playing Saint.  He will be in the store at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday night. 

Playing Saint is about a pastor whose star is on the rise until he hits a small bump.  To avert a scandal he agrees to help the Grand Rapids police department solve a series of murders that look religious in nature.  But there is more going on that what we can see and suddenly more than his career is in danger.

Come join us for a very interesting time and find out where Zach got his idea for his book and maybe even get a scare to share on Friday night.

Happy Reading,

P.S. Zach will also be bringing some of his other titles with him to sell.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Release - Deceived - Irene Hannon

Dear Readers,

Deceived by Irene Hannon is book # in her Private Justice series.  Her books get more and more popular.  They have been getting to be a more of the "edge of your seat" reads also.  Her fans have a terrible time waiting for the next book to release.  It all makes for an author who you should be reading if you are not already.

Kate Marshall has been a grieving wife and mother for 3 years now.  She lost her husband and 4 year old son in a very tragic accident.  Then she sees a young boy at the mall that is a perfect match to her dead son. 

When the police refuse to believe her, she turns to a Private Investigator Connor Sullivan for help.  He is willing to at least check it out and what he finds out ends up putting their lives in danger.

Like I said, suspenseful, fast paced and hard to laydown before you are finished, Irene's books make for some really good reads.

Happy Reading,

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Releases - Oct. 20 - 25

Dear Readers,

Fall is in full swing here.  Cold, damp days, crisp nights and glorious colors.  Really the only thing I don't like about fall is that it is followed closely by Winter.  Here are a few new titles for you to enjoy while sitting inside enjoying a cup of hot cider and a good book.

Happy Reading,

At Bluebonnet Lake - Amanda Cabot - #1 Texas Crossroads - Kate is not ready to slow down, but she respects her grandmother's request to visit resort where Kate's grandparents spent a week years ago.  Kate figures she can spend the week and be done with it, but there is something about that handy man...

A Path Made Plain - Lynette Sowell - #2 Season in Pinecraft - Betsy Yoder pours all her time and energy into her bakery.  She is not interesting in another relationship after her heart was broken.  That is until a former Amish man who like motorcycles and leather walks into her bakery.

Deceived - Irene Hannon - Private Justice #3 - 3 years ago Kate Marshall lost her husband and young son.  When she sees a young boy in the mall that looks remarkably like him, she goes to the police.  When they don't believe her, she turns to a P.I. and what he finds puts her in more danger.

Lila -  Marilynne Robinson - Marilynne returns to Gilead to tell us the story of Lila, a homeless girl who finds herself in the midst of a church that judge those who raised her as unfit to enter their church. 

Lizzy and Jane - Katherine Reay - Lizzy and Jane have had a difficult relationship. Partly because of their age difference and partly because of what happened when their mother died.  Jane now is fighting breast cancer and Elizabeth, as she is now know by, arrives to help.

Friday, October 24, 2014

New Release - Surprised by Love - Julie Lessman

Dear Readers,

Julie Lessman makes no secret of her desire to bring good romantic books to the Christian reader.  When she realized what some of the girls she knew were reading, she decided she could do better than that for them and include a good message for them.

Surprised by Love is book #3 in The Heart of San Francisco series and with no apologies to anyone, it is a romantic book filled with young love. 

Megan McClare leaves San Francisco for Paris and no one really thinks anything of it.  She is a wallflower and not what one would call a great beauty.  That is why when she returns people take notice as she has bloomed into a young woman everyone is now taking note of. 

She now has a job working alongside a young man who used to tease her mercilessly in school.  She turns to a friend who has always been a support system for her, but now finds himself attracted to her also.  Which of her new suitors will Megan choose?

Fun, light, and a wonderful read for a relaxing afternoon.  Julie's books make us all long for that knight in shining armor.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Katheine Reay

Dear Readers,

Every one of us has been touched by cancer, whether it was a family member, a close friend or yourself, it is something that we all seem to have in common.  I have walked with several different people on their journey with cancer.  No journey is the same for any of them.  Each fight is a very personal event and everyone reacts differently to the treatment, but one thing that journey can do is draw us all closer.

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay is a book about two sisters, many years apart in age and yet with so much in common.  They haven’t spoken in years because of what happened when their mother was dying of breast cancer.  Jane is now in her own battle with breast cancer and Lizzy, because of the pleading of their father, returns home to help while Jane’s husband is overseas.  The tension between the two has had several years to build and it will take something major to clear the air. 

I really liked Katherine’s first book, Dear Mr. Knightley, but there is something very special about this book.  I think it is because it is a topic that so many of us can relate to.  Stress levels are elevated during a time of illness and we struggle to keep our emotions in check, but sometimes they win and we say what we are actually thinking.  That is why I liked this book so much.  The characters are very real, their emotions are at times raw but they come from the heart when dealing with something that can take a loved one away. 

If you have never gone to a cancer clinic with someone while they are receiving chemo, Katherine does a really good job of showing how it is.  How everyone cheers each other on during their treatment, but how they grieve when someone loses the battle.  It can be a very beautiful place to visit even if it makes you uncomfortable at first.  And once again, the emotions are real, from those who are just putting in time to get it over with, to others who are so very angry, but have no place to direct their anger. 

A very interesting read and one I will recommend to many others.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New Release - A Lady at Willowgrove Hall - Sarah E. Ladd

Dear Readers,

Just a few short months ago the genre I got asked the most for was Amish.  Everyone wanted to know the new Amish releases, well that is changing a bit.  I am getting asked more and more about Regency Romance.  That genre is gaining ground and the authors are responding.

bakerbookstore.comA Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah E. Ladd is on of a couple different titles I have gotten here at the store in that genre.  It is book #3 in the Whispers on the Moor series and has been very popular with the readers.

Cecily Faire knows she must keep her past a secret.  If anything would slip out her das as a lady's companion at Willowgrove would be over.  As she is adjusting to her new job, she comes face to face with someone who could ruin everything.

Nathaniel has secrets of his own he has to keep.  He must keep them to secure his father's position as the Hall's steward.  The two must either confront their past and come to terms with it or they will continue to run the rest of their lives.

Beautiful covers wrapped around a delightful story, books don't get much better than that.  Sarah takes us in to a past that is just so much fun to visit.  Not sure I would want to live during that time, but visiting is nice.

Happy Reading,