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Mini-Reviews

Becky Sawyer’s life unravels in a single day. Not only does she catch her boyfriend, the man she hoped to marry, lip-locked with another woman, she also receives the gut-wrenching news that her grandfather, the man who raised her, is dying. His last wish? To see her happily married. Heartbroken, Becky seeks inspiration in the pages of the Holy Scriptures. And finds it in the story of Isaac and Rebekah.

If love couldn’t keep his parents together, Luke Masterson wonders what will make a marriage last. He decides to steer clear of all women—especially crazy ones like Becky Sawyer, who employs a friend to find her a husband. But when he feels the dogged promptings of the Holy Spirit to move across the country and marry a complete stranger, it seems love has little to do with it anyway.

With commitment their only foundation, and love constantly thwarted, can an arranged marriage find happiness in the twenty-first century?

Review

I loved the concept of this novel. I was immediately pulled in and eager to see how this book would work. And for the first half of the novel, it did. However, Rebekah got on my nerves. She treated Luke like she was doing him a massive favor and he was being paid millions. Somewhere along the line, she forgot it was all her idea. Luke, of course, was perfect. A perfect hero and and annoying heroine equals an unhappy reader. But! The idea was wonderful!

From bestselling author of Lulu’s Cafe.
Some mistakes create accidental blessings.
Jillian (Jewels) Whitman lives with her mistakes and tries to move past the biggest one of her life – Dillon Bleu – Rocker and once best friend.
After saying goodbye to the lakeside trailer park of his youth, Dillon sets out to make something of himself only to discover all he needs is his Jewel. After hitting it big in the music industry, Dillon heads back to ask for a second chance.
Only… Nothing is ever as easy as it seems…
A southern tale of rags to riches where a man’s worth is ultimately found in his heart.

Review

This book pulled me in immediately. I started this book with the intention of reading a chapter and taking a nap. No nap occurred. The romance of this book just totally pulled me in. I have merely one complaint with this book: the author “hides” an important fact for a while and that fact bothered me so much that I questioned whether this was really a Christian novel. However, once the fact was revealed, I was cool. I just didn’t understand why she decided to hide that info.

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Monday Musings…I’ve Got Nothing

Cover Love- I wanted to do cover love, but I think I shall wait until I have more than one cover to share

Reading Post-Nothing has jumped out to me lately on the reading front

Writing Post- I have a great one! It’s all about doing self-publishing with a company instead of on your own. But I’m thinking of waiting until this new book is almost ready to come out before I post it.

Randomness-I’ve got nothing.

So, you tell me, book wise, what’s up?

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Novella Time!

Julia Broeder is only six months shy of graduating from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania when one small decision spirals out of control and results in her expulsion. Hoping to travel the world as a missionary doctor, her only choice is to return back home…or throw herself upon the mercy of Ashton Carlyle.

Formal and straight-laced, Ashton Carlyle is not pleased to see an expelled Julia arrive at his Manhattan office. His position as a junior attorney for the Vandermark family’s world-famous shipping empire entails taking care of the Broeders, longtime employees of the Vandermark family. But Ashton has no intention now of using his employer’s resources in defense of Julia’s impulsive and reckless actions.

What Ashton did not expect was a scathing reprimand from none other than the Vandermark family patriarch or the bewildering resistance from Julia herself when he’s forced to change his tune. At an impasse, Ashton and Julia never anticipated the revelations that arise or the adventure that awaits them.

In this novella, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Camden introduces readers to the world of the grand Hudson River Valley estate Dierenpark and the enigmatic Vandermark family. Includes an extended preview of Until the Dawn, Camden’s full-length Dierenpark novel.

Review

I liked this novella. I will say that at first, Julia seemed a bit annoying. But, you begin to really like her. As always, Camden has crafted a bright woman who is forward thinking and yet manages to not come across as fighting against her current era. Ashton is a complex and fascinating hero and I enjoyed their love story. I definitely felt like this should be read before Until the Dawn came out because it lays the foundation for that novel. Read it!

Willet Dura ekes out a living as an assistant reeve in the city of Bunard, the royal city, investigating minor and not-so-minor crimes in the poor quarter. Ever since a terrible battle, Willet’s been drawn to the dead, and has an uncanny ability not only to solve their crimes, but even to know when one has been committed.

When a gifted musician is found dead in the merchants’ quarter of the city, everyone assumes by the signs that the old man simply died of a stroke, but Willet’s intuition tells him better. When he learns that this is the second death within the last month of one of the gifted, those with a rare inherited ability, he begins to suspect that something more is afoot, and he soon finds himself chasing a mystery that could bring down the very kingdom of Collum.

Review

Well worth reading. In fact, I can’t imagine starting the series without reading this novella. For me, this really works and is actually less of a novella and more like the first third of the novel. You are introduced to Willet, you learn about the fantasy system, and you get the foundation of the romance. Read it!

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What I’m Reading this Week

HE’S COMING FOR THEM. AND THE KINGDOM.

Haegan and Kaelyria Celahar are royal heirs of the Nine Kingdoms, but Haegan is physically crippled. What chance does he have against Poired Dyrth, the greatest enemy the kingdom has ever faced, who wields fire with a power none can match?

Their only hope is forbidden: Kaelyria must transfer her fire-harnessing abilities to Haegan. When she does it comes with a terrible price: Haegan’s disability is healed, but only by being transferred to Kaelyria. This act unleashes their father-king’s wrath.

Haegan must flee the kingdom alone with two impossible tasks: Find a cure for Kaelyria and stop the coming war with the omnipotent Poired Dyrth.

Book One in the “Abiassa’s Fire” series.

What are you reading this week?
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Robert Whitlow’s A House Divided

Corbin Gage can stand up to anyone . . . But his own divided house will bring him to his knees. Corbin, a longtime legal champion for the downtrodden, is slowly drinking himself into the grave. His love for ‘mountain water’ has cost him his marriage to the godliest woman he knows, ruined his relationship with his daughter, Roxy, and reduced the business at his small Georgia law firm to a level where he can barely keep the bill collectors at bay. But it isn’t until his son, Ray, threatens to limit Corbin’s time with his grandson that Corbin begins to acknowledge he might have a problem. Despite the mess that surrounds his personal life and against the advice of everyone he knows, Corbin takes on a high-stakes tort case on behalf of two boys who have contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure. The defendant, a fertilizer company, is the largest employer in the area. The lawsuit becomes a tornado that sucks Corbin, Ray, and Roxy into an increasingly deadly vortex. Equally intense pressure within the family threatens to destroy, once and for all, the thin threads that connect them. Corbin must find the strength to stand up to his personal demons. Justice for two dying boys depends on it . . . his family depends on it

Review

Reading a Robert Whitlow book is always a joy and leaves me with a desire to pray more; to have a better relationship with Christ so that things happen. Here’s my thoughts:

What I liked:

The writing. Whitlow won’t win wards for best drama, but he will win awards for best storytelling and character development. I get so involved in his books and really end up loving his characters.

The legal aspect of this book. I mean, sure, its a “legal thriller” of course there are legal aspects. But, as an attorney it’s nice to read a legal book that “feels” real. Even the way things wrapped up legally felt real (even though I wasn’t crazy about it).

The characters.They felt real. They had flaws and good points and I was so invested in all of them.

Spiritually, there is this great theme of prayer and how people can pray for years and maybe even die before their prayers get answered. But they get answered.

What I didn’t like:

There were moments when there was a bit of an information dump and I skimmed a bit.

Romantic scale: 4

Overall, a really good book. It might take a minute to get into it, but once you are in, you will definitely want to know what happens next.

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What I’m Reading This Week

Corbin Gage can stand up to anyone . . . But his own divided house will bring him to his knees. Corbin, a longtime legal champion for the downtrodden, is slowly drinking himself into the grave. His love for ‘mountain water’ has cost him his marriage to the godliest woman he knows, ruined his relationship with his daughter, Roxy, and reduced the business at his small Georgia law firm to a level where he can barely keep the bill collectors at bay. But it isn’t until his son, Ray, threatens to limit Corbin’s time with his grandson that Corbin begins to acknowledge he might have a problem. Despite the mess that surrounds his personal life and against the advice of everyone he knows, Corbin takes on a high-stakes tort case on behalf of two boys who have contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma due to an alleged chemical exposure. The defendant, a fertilizer company, is the largest employer in the area. The lawsuit becomes a tornado that sucks Corbin, Ray, and Roxy into an increasingly deadly vortex. Equally intense pressure within the family threatens to destroy, once and for all, the thin threads that connect them. Corbin must find the strength to stand up to his personal demons. Justice for two dying boys depends on it . . . his family depends on it.

What are you reading this week?