Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cynthia Ruchti

Dear Readers,
All My Belongings by Cynthia Ruchti is a very good book.  I was first thinking that it was a book about having a family member that committed a crime and how that affects everyone, even well after the person is caught and put in prison.   But it is about so much more than that.  It has two very strong story lines and they blend together beautifully which makes the story all the richer.
The one I mentioned deals with family members who are criminals.  What is that like?  How do people react to you when they recognize you or you tell them who you are?  How do you forgive that family member?  All questions and issues that are dealt with and yet very few of us will ever have to deal with a murderer in the family.
The other story line was harder for me because it was about a mother with dementia.  I have mentioned before that my mother was diagnosed a year ago with it.  It is not an easy thing to watch, a parent slowly losing everything that makes them your parent. 
Neither topic is an easy one to read about, they each carry their own baggage, but they are also things that families deal with every day.   
Becca is moving half way across the country to get away from her family, especially her father.  What he did and her part in it is something she would like to never think of again.  She is hoping a new name and start will put that all behind her.  She wants to return to college and finish her nursing degree.  She dreams of being just another face in the crowd, but is California far enough away?
Isaac is drawn to Becca the moment he meets her.  He knows she is the one to take of his mother, who is suffering from Dementia.  He doesn’t have enough time in his schedule to take care of his mother and the temps he keeps hiring are not doing a good enough job, so when his Aunt recommends Becca, he jumps at the chance.  He knows she is hiding something, but how bad can it be?
I am not sure how else to describe a book like this.  It is one that I think is important to read to understand what families go through when they are in these situations, but it doesn’t always make for an easy read.  Sometimes it makes you uncomfortable, sometimes it hits too close to home.  But it also offers encouragement, there are others who are in the same place in life and they are ready to support you as you walk this journey also. 
Not a light summer read, but one that is a good read for anytime of the year.
Happy Reading,

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Release - With Every Breath - Elizabeth Camden

Dear Readers,

A few short years ago Elizabeth took historical fiction to a different place.  She writes a mystery in with the romance.  Except that it is very clunky to say, you could call it "Historical romantic suspense."  But what ever you want to call it, make sure you take the time to read her books.

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden takes us on a journey into the life of the country's capital in 1891.  Kate Livingston's life as a government worker is not what she wants to do with her life, but that is what is available to woman.  So when a doctor offers her a job helping predict trends in health and disease she is more than ready to take the job.  The only problem is the doctor who wants to hire her is the awful Trevor McDonough, the last person on the planet she would want to work with.

The dog days of summer are rapidly approaching and I am always on the look out for a book that I can just pull up my chair, grab an iced tea and just relax with.  Elizabeth's books fit that to a tee and then you can add a bit of mystery to it that is all you can ask for in a book. 

Happy Reading,

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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

New Release - The Butterfly and the Violin - Kristy Cambron

Dear Readers,

I said that I am taking time off from reading WWII books.  I needed a break from the intensity of the stories that have come out of the war.  The sacrifices that the people made for others and the cruelty of mankind on our fellow humans takes the breath away.  Books like The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron make that hard to stick to. 

Sera James is in a fragile state.  She has not gotten over being betrayed at the alter by her then fiancĂ© and her world has not been the same since.  She throws herself into her work of art dealer and decides to find a painting that she remembers from her childhood.  As she does research for the painting it leads her back to Germany and the Auschwitz death camp. 

I can not seem to keep this book on the shelf.  Every time I bring them in they are gone with in a day or two.  Word seems to be getting out about this book and more and more readers are looking for it.  It will not be an easy read, nothing about Auschwitz is, but it will be one that you will want to share with your fellow readers.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lauraine Snelling

Dear Readers,

I have a new rule for selling fiction.   Anytime a book contains a story line that is about a boy and his dog, it needs to be sold with a box of tissues with it.  Heaven sent Rain by Lauraine Snelling is one of those that should have a box with it. 

Dinah's life is well ordered, everything is in its place and she is happy.  Her company just made a big break through with a dietary supplement and it looks like everything is smooth sailing.  Then she stops for breakfast one morning and her perfect life is suddenly tangled up with Jonah.

Jonah is a very different 7 year old boy.  He seems to be taken care of, as his clothes are clean and neat.  He looks like he is getting enough to eat and yet every morning he and his dog are sitting outside of Extraburger.  Dinah stops and feeds them breakfast one morning and her life will never be the same.

Most of you will be able to figure out the story line quickly, but it does not take away the pleasure of reading this book.  It was a perfect read for a quiet Sunday afternoon.   It is heartwarming and a great reminder that we do live in a community and we need to take care of each other even when it knocks us out of our comfort zones. 

I have enjoyed many of Lauraine’s books and recommend them to readers as often as I can.  The historical ones shine a light on different parts of America’s settling, while her contemporary ones often have an important lesson in a very gentle story.   I look forward to seeing what she has to say next. 

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Release - Seagrass Pier - Colleen Coble

Dear Readers,

I love reading books that are set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  There is something about that place that I just loved visiting there and so to return, even if it is by book, is a treat.

Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble is book number 3 in the Hope Beach series.  Each one has been a treat to read.  The way Colleen describes the area makes me want to hop in the car and hit the beaches again. 

Elin Summerall was not only lucky enough to receive a new heart, but it was a perfect match.  Now she is experiencing flashbacks to a murder that she knows nothing about.  Is it the murder of her donor?  The killer seems to think so and knows that he must silence her before she tells anyone the identity. 

An outer banks cottage set on a remote beach, what a great place to set a mystery.  Maybe not the best read if you are headed to a cottage, but a great one to add to that TBR list. 

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Release - Between Us Girls - Sally John

Dear Readers,

There is something special about being able to curl up with a book that you know is going to be good even before you start.  Between Us Girls by Sally John is that kind of book.  You know and trust her to write a story that you can just sink into and enjoy

There is an oasis in Southern California that offers a place of acceptance and peace.  Jasmyn need a refuge to move past the disaster that is her life.  Samantha understands math, but not people.  They both struggle with their new neighbors, but soon find the love and understanding.

Olivia own the unique collection of cottages that offer a family that helps all the people who live there.  Whether the resident is looking for just some peace and quiet or have a need that only can be met with love and patience, this is the place to be.

Sally has a way of making you wish that you lived in the setting she creates in her books.  Her characters are real life and could be anyone of us or someone we love.  I have enjoyed several of her titles and look forward to reading many more of them.

Happy Reading,

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Releases - July 7th - 12

Dear Readers,

Summer is half over.  How depressing is that to hear?  I don't think I have made much head way on my summer reading list.  How about you?  If you have room, here are several more books to add to the list.

Happy Reading,

Seagrass Pier - Colleen Coble - #3 A Hope Beach Novel - Elin received a gift of life when she got a heart transplant.  It was a perfect match.  Now she is having nightmares of her donor's murder and the murder is none too happy about it.  Can she get the police to believe her before the murder can find her?

The Butterfly and the Violin - Kristy Cambron - A Hidden Masterpiece Novel - Sera James is still fragile after being left at the altar.  She needs a distraction and decides to try to find a painting that she first saw as a child.  The story behind the painting leads her to the most unlikely place.

Veil of Secrets - Shannon Ethridge/Kathryn Mackel - Melanie and Will have a marriage that is envied by others.  That is on the outside, reality is that he has an apartment in DC and returns as little as possible.  Until he says "We work on our marriage or we work on a divorce."

Seeing Your Face Again - Jerry S. Eicher - The Beiler Sisters #2 - Debbie is working on becoming Amish to be near the man of her dreams, but when he leaves for the Englisha world her heart is broken.  With Ida be able to help Debbie find happiness while working through her own heartache?

Between Us Girls - Sally John - #1 Family of the Heart series - Olivia owns a unique set of cottages.  It is an oasis for those who live there.  The find acceptance, love and caring.  They are healed and help for each other.

Fatal Tide - Lis Wiehl - #3 an East Salem Novel - All the pieces are in place for the final attack on humankind.  Linz Pharmaceuticals and the academy are joining together to strike the final blow.

A Plain Love Song - Kelly Irvin - #3 The New Hope Amish - Adah wants to make music, but her old order Amish forbids it.  When she meets Jackson she sees a promise of a new life, one that includes music, but not her family or community.

Friday, July 11, 2014

New Release - Emma, Mr. Knightley and Chili-slaw Dogs - Mary Jane Hathaway

Dear Readers,

Because that is how publishing and ordering happens sometimes we actually got two of Mary Jane Hathaway's books in this week.  The second being Emma, Mr. Knightley and the Chili-Slaw Dogs, it is also part of the Jane Austen takes the South Series.

Emma%2C+Mr.+Knightley+and+Chili-Slaw+DogsCarolina leaves her job at the Washington Post after the sudden death of her father to take care of her fragile mother.  The only break she gets from anything and everything southern is her friend Brooks.  Brooks is a professor of journalism and a voice of reason in the midst of sweet tea and triple layer coconut cake. 

When Carolina meets a interesting young man, Brooks realizes that he maybe loosing more than a friend, he maybe loosing the one woman he has been in love with for years.

Snappy, fun and a lovely peek into the southern culture makes these books fun to read and a great joy to add to that summer reading list that is probably already to long.  Of course maybe they will extend summer for us this year.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Release - Pride, Prejudice and Cheese Grits - Mary Jane Hathaway

Dear Readers,

Mary Jane Hathaway is a pen name for an award - nominated writer.  After a bit of research I recognized a couple of her other titles that we have carried here at the store.  Now those titles were not related to anything Jane Austen, but if you like historical fiction they are worth looking up. 

After reading her blogs I believe her heart lies with writing about, researching and reading Jane Austen.  Her new series is titled Jane Austen takes the South and from what I can find, there will be 5 books in the series.

BlankIn Pride, Prejudice and Chees Grits you meet Shelby Roswell, her career is on the move, she is fast-tracked to make tenure soon.  Until her book receives a bad review from a famous historian, then suddenly her career is in a holding pattern and she doesn't know how to fix it.

When Shelby finds out that the man who ruined her life is now a professor at her small town college, she knows she has to get rid of him.  The two of them lock horns and the battles reach Civil War proportions.  Will they be able to find a way to make peace before they are torn apart?

There is something about Jane Austen, her fans are truly fanatical about her and they all seem to want to write books based on her books.  I also find it amazing that even though I am not a huge fan of Jane's books, I find myself enjoying those written using her books as a backdrop. 

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

New Release - Annie's Stories - Cindy Thomson

Dear Readers,

Annie's Stories by Cindy Thomson uses a beloved child's story to tell a tale of a daughter and her fond memories of her father.  The Wizard of Oz is just new to the country and everyone is reading it and talking about it.  For Annie it reminds her of her father and the wonderful stories he use to tell. 

She arrives in America with only his stories and a dream for what can be.  She quickly settles into the heart of New York and finds a new "family" at the boarding house where she lives.  Annie loves her new life and when a friend urges her to share her father's stories, she has to decide if she is ready for the world to know them. 

Cindy has a way of including the simplest things into her story that makes the story all the richer for it.  To include the Wizard of Oz and how it swept the nation before it was a movie is such a neat twist.  It is a reminder that books and stories have been effecting people since the beginning of time. 

Happy Reading,

Monday, July 7, 2014

New Releases - June 23 - July 5

Dear Readers,

Here are a few more fun facts about books from Margaret Brownley.
  • The first published book ever written on a typewriter was The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain used a Remington in 1875.
  • Charles Dickens had to be facing north before he could write a word.
  • One out of every eight letters you read is the letter 'e'.
  • William Shakespeare invented the word hurry. He also invented the words boredom, disgraceful, hostile and puke.  So if you have occasion to use these words be sure to credit the Bard. 
  • It took Noah Webster 36 years to write his first dictionary.
  • Dan Brown was a pop singer and songwriter before writing The Da Vinci Code.
  • Before the Renaissance, three-quarters of all the books produced in the world were Chinese.
  • Americans buy approximately five million books a day. 125 new titles are published daily. 
Happy Reading,

In the Field of Grace - Tessa Afshar - Ruth has followed Naomi back to the land of her people. Now alone and at starvation's door, Ruth uses the only thing she has left - a strong back to gather the left overs in a field.

Pride, Prejudice and Chees Grits - Mary Jane Hathaway - Shelby is looking at tenure at her college until a bad review of her new books derails her plans.  When the reviewer who put her career on hold gets a job at the same college, she isn't sure how to handle him.  Falling in love was not it.

Secrets of Sloane House - Shelly Gray - The Chicago World's Fair Mystery - Rosalind's plan was very simple - get hired to Sloane House as a maid then figure out what happened to her sister while she worked there.  But there are dark secrets being kept at Sloane House.

Heaven Sent Rain - Lauraine Snelling - Go to Lauraine's website - and join the contest of joy for a chance to win.  Dianah's neat and tidy life is turned upside down when she takes Jonah for breakfast one morning.

The Family of Jesus - Karen Kingsbury - Life Changing Bible Study - Meet the family that knew Jesus best.  Joseph, Zechariah, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, James and His beloved mother Mary.  Told in a fictional tale with Bible study included.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July

Dear Readers,

Because I am sure the founding fathers meant for you to spend the countries birthday celebrating with a good book,  here is a quick list of patriotic books for you to enjoy.

Happy Reading,

Burning Sky - Lori Benton - Set just after the Revolutionary War, you get a wonderful look at what life was like on the edge of the new country.   Willa returns home after being abducted at the age of 14.  What she finds is much different than she remembers.

Raptor 6 - Ronie Kendig - The Quiet Professionals #1 - Anything by Ronie will make you proud of our military.  Dean Watters and his team fight against cyber-terrorists.

Sky Zone - Creston Mapes - #3 Crittendon Files  - Nothing like fighting terrorists on the Fourth of July weekend.  Jack was fired from his reporter job, now he uncovers a terrorist plot against a presidential candidate.

Renegade - Mel Odom - #2 Called to Serve - If you ever thought being in the military was an easy job, Mel's books changes that.  Pike is not the best civilian, but he is one of the best Marines.  One you want on your side when hunting for a top al Qaeda leader.

Counterfeit Lies - Oliver North & Bob Hamer - Read about what it is like to live and work in the underside of life.  Both Olive and Bob can write from experience.  Jake is an undercover agent who steps into a deadly underworld.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Julianna Deering

Dear Readers,

Julianna Deering’s Drew Farthering series has been an absolute joy to read.  The series consists of really good mysteries mixed with characters that have great and fun conversations with each other and then set in a wonderful time in England’s history.   The series has been a wonderful mix between Agatha Christi and Downton Abbey.  The books are just the right length to enjoy over a weekend or to take along on vacation.

Murder at the Mikado is the third book in series and was just as much fun to read as the first two.   Drew, Madeline and Nick are drawn into a mystery that involves one of Drew’s old flames.  Madeline isn’t so sure this is a good idea, but she can’t resist a good mystery any more than the guys. 

Things look grim for Fleur Landis when one of the actors from the troupe sees her leaving the dead man’s dressing room.  She protests her innocence, but her past makes it hard for anyone to believe her.  With only 3 weeks until their wedding, will Drew and Madeline solve the case before they need to put the finishing touches on the ceremony? 

These are not gruesome mysteries, they are almost a cozy mystery.  They are filled with loads of snappy conversation and dialogue.  Julianna does lay down a few clues as to who the actual murderer is, but she leaves it up to you to figure out who that is until the very end.   Which makes for a jolly good read. 

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

New Release - Fatal Exchange - Lisa Harris

Dear Readers,

With Lisa Harris' first book Dangerous Passage winning the Christy, her second book had a very timely release.   Fatal Exchange is book #2 in the Southern Crimes series and continues to show her writing skill.

Emily's family has many cops in it, but she is not one of them.  Life as a High School teacher is as much excitement as she wants.  She is moving on with her life since the death of her brother and is looking to buy her own home and settle in.

Mason is an undercover who may or may not have had something to do with Emily's brother's death.  Now he needs her help with a case that he is working on and he is desperate.  A young man was kidnapped by the drug cartel and time is running out to rescue him, but is Emily willing to risk it all for someone she doesn't know.

The Romanic Suspense genre has really mushroomed in the last couple of years.  Books that have loads of suspense, but also a very romantic side to them have rapidly become favorites of many readers.  Lisa Harris is a wonderful addition to that genre.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Release - Yankee in Atlanta - Jocelyn Green

Dear Readers,

Yankee in Atlanta by Jocelyn Green is book #3 in her powerful Heroines Behind the Lines series.  They have all had a story of a woman doing her best to survive a terrible and often terrifying situation.  Whether caught behind 'enemy' lines or just trying to bring comfort to the wounded and dying, these strong woman do their work with strength and character. 

When Caitlin awakens it to the realization that those taking care of her think she was fighting for the south.  That is when she knows she needs to keep her secret and to reinvent herself to fit in.  She makes her life as the governess for Noah Becker's daughter. 

Sherman is knocking on the door and starvation is running rampant, will Caitlin stay or will she run?

It is good to be reminded what it is like during war.  It is not always glory and heroism.  Sometimes it is just people going about their lives and trying to survive.  Jocelyn does her research and brings a story that is eye opening, but also full of people that could have been our next door neighbors.

Happy Reading,