Friday, July 20, 2018

"The House at Saltwater Point"

Book Description from the publisher:

The dangerous beauty of Lavender Tides is harboring secrets that reach around the world.
Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he?
Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy.
Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

My Review:
As soon as I finished "The House at Saltwater Point" I was eager for more; so looking forward to the next book in the series to come out!  Colleen has done an excellent job with this book - the characters are well-developed and they became so real, the storyline is filled with twists and turns so it completely holds the reader's interest and the cover is gorgeous!  Ellie is a house flipper and is becoming well-known for this; however her work and her entire world is flipped upside down when her sister disappears.  Not knowing what to think and believe about her sister and her disappearance as Ellie questioning what is true and what she believed to be true.  Grayson is seeking the truth in this disappearance, but he and Ellie has varying viewpoints, and Grayson is working through some other things in his personal life and work life as well. 
This is a fast-paced read that will have you completely engrossed in the storyline and involved in the characters' lives.  It is a nice balance of suspense and romance which I loved and I am eager for the further books in this series!

*Thanks to the Booklook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Monday, July 16, 2018

"Dangerous to Know"

About the book:

“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.”

Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.

Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.

Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?

 My Review:

 "Dangerous to Know" is an intriguing and exciting read, meaning that it was hard for me to put down once I started reading.  Megan does a great job with bringing the characters' and their personalities to life.  Isabella has her list, her ideas for what she is looking for in a husband, and she is given a few proposals and options.  One meets her expectations and she goes for it even though she is warned not to.  The two men vary from each other and Isabella must learn what is best for her, her heart, and for keeping her priorities in line.  This is set in the Regency era therefore there are different customs and styles of living; however the characters are still relatable and good lessons to be learned from them.  This is a great read for those whom enjoy historical fiction!

About the author:
Megan Whitson Lee is an anglophile and a recovering runaway. Over the years, she escaped to England and Australia before finally settling down in the US. These days, she lives a relatively quiet life as a wife, a mom of two greyhounds, an editor for Pelican Book Group, and a high school English teacher. She now escapes by writing novels instead of jumping on planes to foreign countries. Her novel, Captives, won the 2016 Director's Choice Award and was a finalist for a Selah Award in the women's contemporary fiction category at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference.

Megan writes women's contemporary thrillers and historical fiction featuring characters standing at the crossroads of major life decisions.



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"Lone Witness"

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"Lone Witness" is book #2 in Rachel Dylan's Atlanta Justice series and this is a book that I did not want to put down once I started reading!
Sophie is in a new role at work and is all ready to get in there and make a difference and bring justice to those whom deserve it.  However, she finds herself in danger when she witnesses a double homicide.  Sophie suddenly cannot live her life the way she wants, doing her job and going about here business as she is in danger.  Cooper is hired as her bodyguard; however will this be enough as the threats continue and neither Cooper or Sophie know who can be trusted.  Sophie is used to be on the side of preparing for a case and asking the questions; however now she is working on the case in her role as a prosecutor but also having to be prepared as a witness for the homicides which is a whole new experience, and horrifying as she finds herself a main target. 
This is a fast-paced read with twists and turns as the events play out in the story. Rachel does a great job with tying in a love story and romance in with the suspense and horrific events throughout the book.  "Deadly Proof" was a great story and I have really enjoyed the characters so far in this series and am eager for book #3 to come out!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

"When Through Deep Waters"

Image result for when through deep waters "When Through Deep Waters" is a novel that is hard to put down once you start reading it!  Rachelle Dekker has woven a story that will keep you turning the pages and wanting to know what is going to happen next. The story begins with every mother's nightmare, the loss of her child.  This completely breaks the facade that Alicen has been living, the perfect life that her mother wanted for her and she presents to everyone.  Alicen decides to return to where she spent happy summers as a child with her grandmother.  This is to hopefully help ease the guilt she is experiencing and give her hope for her life; however she begins to see and hear things, just like her grandmother did.

"When Through Deep Waters" is so well-written.  The emotions and actions are so real that the characters truly come to live on the pages and I found myself wondering how things were going to play out and end up that I had to keep on reading anxiously; my interest was definitely held all the way to the end!  I highly recommend this for those whom enjoy suspense novels!

About the Author:
The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through storytelling.
She won a Christy Award for her critically acclaimed debut novel, The
Choosing, which was followed by two more books in the Seer series:
The Calling and The Returning. Rachelle graduated with a degree in
communications and spent several years in marketing and corporate
recruiting before making the transition to write full-time. She lives in Nashville with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat, Blair. Visit her online

"A Rebel Heart"

Image result for a rebel heart beth white"A Rebel Heart" is the latest historical romance novel from Beth White and it is my favorite of her novels so far!  "A Rebel Heart" is book #1 in her brand-new series The Daughtry House Series and it is based in the years following the Civil War, the dishevel and heartbreak of this time, but also a time of rebuilding and hope.  

Selah is trying to take care of her family which is made up of herself, two younger sisters and her cousin, she is trying to be the anchor, the role that her mother filled until she was brutally killed.  It breaks her heart to have to give up their plantation and land, but she is struggling.  When Levi appears with a solution to her problem, to turn the home into a hotel, she thinks this will be the answer to her problems.  However, she knows she must stay vigilant especially since he is a Yankee and she knows of their kind.  Selah is not prepared for her heart becoming involved as well.
I loved this book!  I have always enjoyed books set during the Civil War period and following after reading "Gone With the Wind" so many years ago.  Beth does an incredible job with bringing this time period to life and the horror and fear that the war brought.  I also love how she is able to portray the emotions of the characters and the hope that they experience and how they learn to trust and overcome the horrific events from the war.  Selah and Levi are both great main characters who are easy to love and root for while reading.  I am looking forward to book #2 in this series!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Saturday, June 30, 2018

"Justice Betrayed"

Image result for justice betrayed patricia bradley"Justice Betrayed" is another great romantic suspense book from Patricia Bradley, another one in her Memphis Cold Case series.
 Rachel Sloan finds herself dreading Elvis Week even more when Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas arrives at her office to specifically see her.  Rachel finds herself being drawn into the midst of a case to solve; however this is not like any other as it involves two murders, two murders that took place 17 years apart.  Very quickly, this turns into three murders to be solved and Rachel is suddenly wondering if she will be the target next 
Rachel has dealt with much heartache and she has barricaded herself from God and does not have the peace of knowing and loving Him and relying on Him. Rachel is in over her head but really doesn't have anyone to help her as she has a history with Boone and yet he may be the best one to help her, besides God that is. 
This story completely grabbed my attention from the prologue and held it all the way to the end.  It is a nice mix of romance and suspense and the style of writing is very easy to read and follow. 
This is another great read from Patricia and I highly recommend it!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

"More Than Meets the Eye"

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Karen Witemeyer has become one of my must-read authors, there is not one of her books that I have not liked.  However, her latest, "More Than Meets the Eye," is one of my top favorites of her books!  The cover art is just amazing as well, look that detail!

Evangeline, Zach and Seth created their own family after being carted around as orphans and put on display for prospective families only to be turned away from and after a tragedy struck for them once again.  These 3 have done well for themselves over the years; however now they are being threatened.  Evangeline has always been rejected by those who come into contact with her or ridiculed or people believe she is cursed and honestly she has had a tough life and one would think she would be bitter and miserable.  Logan Fowler quickly realizes that Evangeline is anything but that.  Logan has arrived in town hoping to avenge his father's death and he is trying to find Zach whom he believes is responsible for his father's death.  When Logan actually meets the Hamilton family he is confused and intrigued.

This is such a well-written story filled with so many poignant moments and lines throughout it.  There is also humor sprinkled throughout as well as moments that will tug at your heart.  The characters are ones that are easy for the reader to connect with and relate to and I found myself immediately feeling sorry for them, but also admiring their strength and determination.  I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it for those whom enjoy historical romance fiction!

*Thanks to the author for the complimentary copy of this book.*