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The Memory of You

Thirteen years ago Natalie’s life crumbled when her twin sister died. As soon as she could, Natalie left home and all its heartache behind. Or so she thought. When another family emergency strikes, she returns home. Her goal- check on her ill grandfather and shut down the family winery. Once Natalie is back home, however, the past comes back and she must finally face it.

I enjoyed this story, but not as much as I was hoping I would. The writing itself was done very well and the characters were relatable. The actual story, unfortunately, seemed lacking. It did not provide the punch it set me up for, which disappointed me. Perhaps her next book will be better.

*I received this book free from Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for my review. All thoughts I have shared are entirely my own.*

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You’ll Think of Me

    Brooklyn Myers has had more heartache than a person should have; and then her husband dies. A husband who left her and their child. She learns he has left them with a house and land, something that definitely surprises her. Brooklyn sees this as a second chance. Derek Johnson is not happy. Not only did Brooklyn steal his best friend from him but she is now also the owner of the land he has been planning and saving to buy. Can each of them let go of the past and give themselves another chance at friendship? Maybe even love?

I started reading the book but was unable to finish it. As hard as I tried I could not get myself into the story. The characters were difficult for me to connect with and the story felt dragging to me.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are my own thoughts and I have not been compensated financially in any way.*

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If I’m Found

    Casey Cox is still on the run. The police are still searching for her, her picture is all over the news. Dylan Roberts is relentlessly hunting her. He claims he knows the truth, that Casey did not commit murder. Can Casey believe him? As she stumbles upon other injustices she risks her own safety to help others, knowing she may be caught. She must make a choice- her safety or strangers?

I greatly enjoyed the first in the series, If I Run. https://kymberlibriggs.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/if-i-run-book-review/    and I was excited to read the next part of Casey’s journey. Wondering if she would get caught, is Dylan really a good guy or is he fooling all of us? This sequel pulled me in. I am looking forward to the third and final book in the trilogy. I really want to know how this plays out. Terri Blackstock is also becoming a new favorite author of mine and I will be checking into her other books.

 

*I received this book free from Zondervan and the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review of the story. I did not receive any compensation to do so. All thoughts I have expressed are entirely my own.*

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The Illusionist’s Apprentice

the illusionist's apprentice    Not all illusions happen on stage.

 

Wren Lockhart was apprentice to the famous illusionist Harry Houdini. After his death, Wren is determined to continue her career, as well as keep her true identity hidden. But when a rival performer’s act goes tragically wrong Wren is called on to speak the truth, including revealing who she really is. Wren knows if anyone digs too deep, the past she has been so careful to hide could resurface and shatter her world.

I loved the setting of this story. The Jazz Age. Where do I begin? The music, the fashion, Kristy Cambron described the details so vividly and I felt as if I was there beside Wren. I enjoyed how carefully Ms. Cambron weaved the past and present together, giving just enough of each story to keep me up at night needing to read more. She really brought it all to life for me. All the while through the story I kept asking “How do you kill a man who is already dead??” My mom can verify that I was asking that, lol. We were on vacation when I was reading this book and she heard me voice that question a few times. How do you kill a man who is already dead? I will let you figure that one out!

 

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild in exchange for my review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts*

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To the Farthest Shores

b8fd191a671a6b60b477f6a1618dbfa0Army Nurse Jenny Bennett has lived a hard life. Determined to put the past behind her she focuses on her job and hopes to gain a promotion. The sudden reappearance of Lt. Ryan Gallagher changes her life yet again.

Ryan Gallagher is one of a few who are able to carry out a certain mission. One that destroyed his reputation and the heart of the woman he loved. Now, returning years later, he not only cannot tell Jenny what happened, but he needs to ask for her help in his current assignment. Will she be able to put past hurts behind her, though? And when a threat to Ryan’s life becomes apparent, is it even safe to be near him? Does she want to be near him? Does she have any trust left in him? These are many things Jenny needs to face.

This was a very well-written story. The characters were developed nicely and my interest in their lives and the story as it unfolded was kept. I enjoyed the history that Ms. Camden incorporated into the story. There was enough to draw me in and hold my attention without becoming overwhelming. And I can’t not mention the cover art. I love it. It is so beautiful.

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

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An Uncommon Protector

5fd46a09bc22d29c51258a3bfb831259Laurel Tracey, feeling overwhelmed having to run a ranch on her own, makes a decision that will change her life forever.

Squatters have settled in a pasture and refuse to leave, leaving Laurel with no choice but to use the last of her money to free a prisoner and hire him to work for her. Thomas, imprisoned for fines he could not pay, is thankful to be free but now he is indebted to this woman. He counts down the days until he has true freedom. However, cattle start dying and Laurel’s life is threatened. Thomas soon realizes he is involved more than he planned to be. Can he protect the woman he has grown to love?

I tried reading this book yet had a very hard time connecting with the characters. Nothing was capturing my attention. I unfortunately stopped reading it, not getting into the story itself or the way it was written.

 

*I received this book free from Zondervan and Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest thoughts. What I have expressed are entirely my own.*

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A Note Yet Unsung

a note yet unsung“Women aren’t allowed to play in orchestras.”

 

Although a master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington’s hopes of playing in the Nashville Philharmonic are quickly dashed due to her gender alone. Nashville’s new orchestra leader. Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb, agrees that Rebekah has talent, but what a shame she is female. He chooses to bow to public opinion. However, when it becomes clear he needs an assistant to help him finish his symphony he believes Rebekah is the one to ask. Yet how does he win back the trust of a woman when he has dashed her dreams?

Tamera Alexander brings music to life within these pages. Music, the city of Nashville in the 1870’s, as well as Chicory Hollow (two completely different settings beautifully flow together in this story). Ms. Alexander always has a way of bringing history to life with words. This is a beautiful story I greatly enjoyed.

 

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

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Still Life book review

5896d5aac83b584fabc1b1443ad9b47b    Avery Tate, a crime scene photographer, attends a gallery opening for which her friend modeled for the photographer. However, the image is a very disturbing one. Her friend is posing dead. What makes things more unsettling is the photographer whose name is on it insists he did not take that picture, and Avery’s friend cannot be found. Avery immediately calls in Parker, a friend as well as a crime scene analyst. They soon come face to face with a relentless, deadly threat.

This is Book Two on the Chesapeake Valor series. I suggest reading them in order so you understand the main characters better. With that said, I read the first one and then this one. I made it about one hundred pages before I stopped reading Still Life. I could not connect with the events and how the story was written, unfortunately. It felt…. dull, to me.

 

*I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

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Pursued book review

    Nikki Boyd is heading home to Nashville after a job. Her flight is routine and uneventful, until the plane crash lands at the airport. Although shaken up, Nikki is fine. However, she discovers the woman who sat next to her is missing. When questioning about the woman she is told Erika Hamilton is not on the flight manifest. Nikki is plunged into a missing persons case where she first needs to prove there is a missing person.

This is Book Three of the Nikki Boyd Files and once again, Lisa Harris does not disappoint. I have become a huge fan of this series and when I see the new one is coming out I wait as patiently as possible. I love mysteries and action and this series delivers on both. I am definitely looking forward to Book Four. (As a side point, I do suggest reading these in order so as not to get confused on Nikki’s personal events).

 

*I received this book free from Revell in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts.*

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Because You’re Mine

because you're mineAlanna does not know where to turn or what to do. Her husband has been killed in a car bomb and she is left alone and pregnant. Her only hope at a new life away from the controlling hands of her father-in-law is to marry her manager. It seem like a dream come true. Alanna’s dream, however, quickly turns into a nightmare.

First, I have to point out, Alanna is from Ireland!! 🙂 so for part of the story it is set in that beautifully scenic country. IRELAND! And then colleen brings us to America’s Southern charm. The family heritage from both sides of the waters, both accents, the family home in Charleston…. And of course the mystery. What on earth is going on? (MINI SPOILER ALERT- The only thing I did not like was no satisfactory explanation, as in NO explanation whatsoever, of the large painting).

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are my own thoughts.*