Saturday, August 27, 2016


I AM NO ONE by Patrick Flanery was almost impossible to read for me. Every time I picked it up to read it I was bogged down with the verbosity. It is a rambling dialogue that makes me wonder if the subject about a man whose mind is being questioned is a story of himself.

It's a story of a man who moves overseas for 10 years to teach, deserting his daughter from self pity that he didn't get the tenure we wanted. He returns and attempts to pick up where he left, but finds things changed. He no longer has friends and relies on his daughter and her husband for companionship.

Then strange things begin to happen and he begins to question his own past. He wonders if he inadvertently committed a crime that somehow made him an enemy of his home country. He seeks the advice of a doctor for his memory as no one believes the things that are happening to him.

I cannot recommend this book, but that's just my opinion. I couldn't hardly get past the wordiness, the tedious self-indulgence of a man that to me was a bit of a selfish boar.

I received this book free from Tim Duggan books via WaterBrook Multnomah and Blogging for Books.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


I just finished the box set, volumes 1-3, of Bourbon Springs by Jennifer Bramseth. I enjoyed them and now I'm hooked.

I loved Jennifer's ability to draw you into the story, waiting with anticipation to see how it will all come together. She does it in such a way that you want the couple to work it out and maybe even a little frustrated at one or both of them alon the way.

Each story hints at a romance building between another couple, which makes you foresee the next relationship building and the possible conflicts in store.

Her books are a bit more sexually explicit than I usually prefer, but the stories keep me coming back.

Saturday, August 13, 2016


What do you do when "THE THINGS WE KNEW" are buried and keeping us from the life we want? Catherine West takes us down the road of repressed memories, nightmares and freedom once everything is exposed and dealt with.

Lynette Carlisle was just a girl of twelve when her mother died. The youngest of five, she assumes the responsibility of her aging dad that is slipping away into Alzheimer's. She is also single handily trying to keep the home that is falling into disrepair but holds tantalizing memories of a life she once knew.

Nick Cooper is the boy next door, the brother's best friend, the childhood crush, that went off to college and just now returns years later.   

About to lose the only home she's ever known, she summons her siblings home to decide how to save it or if they have to sell.

The book will keep you in suspense, the family dynamics reminiscence of many others, the unfulfilled childhood crush possibly overdone in romance books, however, it is well worth reading. I do admit not totally satisfied with the ending, but then it is a novel and the author's prerogative.  Smile!

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016


The Captain Takes a Wife by Doris  Durbin was a very entertaining story and one that kept you on you intrigued wondering who? It's a romance but also a nail biter mystery.

The heroine, Sarah Beth is a young woman being raised by her uncle and aunt. Her uncle has arranged a marriage for her and a man she's who is evil. The day of the wedding she sneaks off to the train depot where she happens to meet a young preacher Harry Richardson. Harry was a Captain in the Civil War and then in the west fighting Indians.

Harry and Sarah get married thinking that will protect her from a forced marriage and head on North. There the story gets interesting as they are followed and face danger, not knowing who they can trust.

Will the marriage become one of mutual love? Will they find out what is the motivation of the marriage and who is behind it?

This is a stimulating story that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is Doris's first novel and I believe she will delight us with many more.

I received this book free from Harper Collins and Thomas Nelson Publishers for an honest review.