Sunday, November 19, 2017

SECOND CHANCES





Denise Hunter is one of my favorite authors. In blue ridge sunrise she weaves a intriguing story of second chances at first love, forgiveness and God's mercy.

Zoe Collins and Cruz Huntley grew up together. Cruz was her brother's best friend and from the wrong side of the tracks according to her dad. They sneak around to see each other and when they are found out there are misunderstandings and lies that aid in their decisions.

Five years later Zoe grandma dies and she inherits her peach orchard. Torn with what to do and regretting the direction of her life, what will she decide?  Can she and Cruz work through the mistrust, and repercussions of the last five years?

I received a free copy from Thomas Nelson Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

THE UNSUNG HEROES OF WAR





Tamera Alexander does a lot of research and knows her history when she writes her historical novels. I've read several and have never been disappointed. Christmas at Carnton is the latest and it precedes in time to the Belle Meade Plantation series I finished not long ago. After reading her books she have a compelling desire to visit the locales and soak in the history.

This story is during the Christmas season of 1863. Aletta Prescott a recent widow of a Confederate soldier. She is let go at the sewing factory, her house is about to be foreclosed, and she is pregnant with a six year old son. She obtains a position as a temporary baker at the Carnton.

Confederate Captain Jake Winston has been wounded and during recovery he is sent to Carnton to assist the Women's Relief Society in the Christmas fund raiser.

I now anxiously await the first book in the new series of Carnton.

I received a free copy from Thomas Nelson Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

MOTHER'S AND DAUGHTER'S




Irene Vartanoff wrote A Daughter's  A Daughter about three generation of women.  The basic character is widowed Pam Ridgeway, who has let life's decision mold her into a compliant persoon.  Her daughter, Linley, is a no holds barred person who believes her mother is useless and has no time for her. Pam thinks her mother believes she is useless and favors her older siblings

The company Pam works for files bankruptcy and let's everyone go. After losing her job she comes driven to assist her co-worker who has a son in college. She goes to her mom for some direction and meets her neighbor who she is suspicious of feeling he's after something.

The story drags at first and Pam is frustrating, Linley is infuriating and Pam's mother trying. The book does show how family dynamics can become misunderstood and tenuous. It also shows that family is family and always to be treasured.

I received a free copy from PelicanBooks Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.                                                                                                                                                                                 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

LEAVING BEHIND




A PLAIN LEAVING by Leslie Gould is really two stories in one. It's the first book of The sisters of Lancaster County so I'm expecting to find myself anxiously awaiting the next as Leslie writes a compelling story.

Jessica Bachmann leaves the Amish community after her baptism due to half brother's desires for the farm she loved and her mother's criticism of her. She also leaves Silas, the man she'd planned on marrying.

Her father dies and she returns for his funeral faces the family for the first time. True to the Amish ways she was shunned and has not been back for years.

Returning she finds her feelings for Silas are still strong even though she's dating an Englischer, Tom. Her brother intends to lease the farm to a fracking company. In her job she's been investigating fracking and the dangers.

Suzie, her Dat's sister, proceeds to tell her a story about the farm she loves history and it becomes a teaching situation.

Does Silas still care for her? What will  happen to the farm now that her Dat is dead? What will Jessica decide, will she return to her former life?

I received a free copy from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.