Book Review, Books and Reading

No Way Up book review

a432ef5fe6f414fd7d66f7cf6f58b070  Chance Boden is caught in an avalanche and only quick action may save his leg, possibly even his life. Before he boards the train, however, he demands his will be read and his orders obeyed. No exceptions. His children are to live together on the ranch for one year or entire ownership of everything passes to a despised relative. When it is discovered that the avalanche may have been intentional, Sadie Boden and hired-hand Heath Kincaid must work together, along with her brothers, to save their legacy.


I have always had fun reading Mary Connealy’s books and I have been looking forward to reading “No Way Up”. However, I could not finish it. I read quite a few chapters but I had to stop. From the very beginning, the first paragraph, I felt out of the loop on things. Like I had been thrown into the scene not knowing what was going on and what had happened. I was very confused. I felt lost. There were a few things I had to backtrack and check on because they did not make sense, and checking on facts actually only made me more confused. I ended up quitting. Unfortunately, I will not be keeping this book.


*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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No Other Will Do book review

7e670ebe156eb26ac7703066812ba85f  Emma needs help. She knows she can trust Malachi for the job, but can she trust him with her heart?


Emma Chandler has set up Harper’s Station, a safe haven for women in need. No men allowed. However, when a dangerous assailant continues to threaten the women Emma is forced to ask for help. The only man she trusts is Malachi Shaw, an explosives expert and a friend she has not seen in a decade. As danger intensifies, Emma must make a decision. Stay and fight, risking her life and anyone with her? Or claim defeat and run?


Karen Witemeyer, as always, has quite a cast in this story. Everyone has a part and they play it well. The story flows nicely. I liked the mix of determination in the characters, the mystery, the bits of humor, the relationships between everyone. I am looking forward to her next book.


*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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Traces of Guilt book review

7f24c3c8424e5bcde80f418773bcdbe5  Someone knows what happened. Someone is not talking.


Evie Blackwell has been put on a new assignment – Cold Cases. The first place on her list is Carin County where a young girl went missing and a family of three disappeared. With the help of the local sheriff, Gabriel Thane, she is hoping to finally find the answers and put to rest the questions the families of the missing have been left with. As Evie and Gabriel study old evidence and find new clues, Evie begins to wonder if there is a connection between the two cases. Will she and Gabriel be able to uncover the answers or is it too late?


If you are a fan of unsolved crimes, of mysteries…. of a good story!…. check this book out! I highly recommend it. From the very first page, the first paragraph, I was sucked in and didn’t want to leave Carin County for the “real world”. I felt as if I was part of the investigation. The details, the stories, the characters, it was all spot on! Traces of Guilt is another fantastic story by Dee Henderson. Keep up the great work, Dee!


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

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A Worthy Pursuit book review

pin5e5a8c210b72840cdec8684ab6ad1224A teacher on the run with three young students. A bounty hunter in hot pursuit. When Stone Hammond is hired to capture Charlotte Atherton, he thinks he is rescuing three kidnapped children. When he meets Charlotte and hears her side of the story, however, he begins to question who is in the right.

Both Charlotte and Stone felt they were in the right and they were willing to fight all the way for what they believed in. I appreciated that. The banter and thoughts between the two characters was entertaining. The love shown in the story was sweet. I loved Mr. Dobson, an older man who often brought a smile to my face with his quick comments. The relationship between Charlotte and Stone was fun to read. It was interesting to see how they would handle each other. Karen Witemeyer has yet to disappoint me with her writing. I loved the flow of the story, it got right into the action, the descriptions were great, everything- made for a fun, sweet story. I look forward to Ms. witemeyer’s next book.

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

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A Booked Weekend

First, I apologize for posting this a day late. I meant to post it yesterday (Friday) but I forgot due to getting ready for my trip to Kentucky. I left very early this morning with family and realized later today I hadn’t posted my weekend reading update. Now that we have made it safe and sound to our destination I can concentrate on it.

My reading list this weekend consists of two books thanks to the long ride in the car (about twelve hours). I finished another review book, A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer. The review will be posted soon, hopefully. I plan, anyway. The short version of the synopsis is…. A teacher in the run with three students. A bounty hunter hired to catch her on kidnapping charges. However, when Stone finally does catch up to Charlotte he questions who is in the right…. I finished the last half of the book on the roundtrip. The story is filled with action, mystery, drama, comedy and love. More of my thoughts on it will be shared in the review.

The other book, the one I just started tonight, is Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons. It is a short novel about an eleven year old girl. I have only read two pages so I don’t have too much to say about it yet. However, the story did catch me from the first sentence.

I hope you are having a relaxing, enjoyable weekend. I will be  back soon. I hope you have a good night.


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Taken book review

9532c8a3cdb9469e7c88d1cbe4929471Eleven years ago Shannon Bliss was abducted from her car and coerced into helping the crime family who took her. Now she has escaped and wants nothing more than to return to a normal life and put behind bars the ones responsible for kidnapping her. Private investigator Matthew Dane wants nothing more than to help her do just this. Soon, however, he discovers that Shannon’s troubles are far from over. He needs to uncover the truth of what happened in those eleven years but if he does, will he be stirring up a hornet’s nest of secrets?

This story caught me from the very beginning and kept me hooked until the very end. Yes, it is a long story and a deeper read, not one to be read lightly, you need to pay attention to the details, but it was really good. My suspect list was long. I was questioning the motives, comments, actions of so many people. My only disappointment was a part at the end. It is a preference moment, one of those “What would you do?” situations and I would have done it differently if I was Shannon. Other than that I liked the book very much and it is a keeper for me.

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