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The Redgrave Murders

The_Redgrave_Murders_COVER    Evie Hampton is no stranger to death- her mother’s loss to cancer and her brother’s life to a WW2 battle- but when her father is murdered and series of dangerous events happen her world is turned upside down. Who could be behind these things? An angered student or client? Evie’s troubled boyfriend? Or someone from the past? Evie is determined to find the murderer but the closer she gets to the truth the more determined the murderer is to silence her.

This story gave me vibes of Nancy Drew meets film noir. A classic Whodunit filled with a list of suspects with motives. As one person states in the story, everyone has secrets. The question is, which secrets are deadly?

I enjoyed this story and had fun being part of the review team for it. Thank you to A.L. Sowards and Netgalley for the review copy of the book.

 

*I received this book free from Netgalley and the author in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any monetary way*

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The Pink Bonnet

pink bonnet    Cecile Dowd, a widowed mother struggling during the Depression, discovers her neighbor has given Cecile’s daughter to Georgia Tann, owner of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. When Cecile goes to get her daughter back, explaining that she never gave her neighbor permission to give away her child, Cecile is told her daughter has already been adopted. There are no limits a mother will do for her child.

This is the second book I have read about Georgia Tann and her shady (to put it kindly) adoption methods. It is horrifying to think children were really taken from their families and sold to other parents. such a sad sad situation. This story showed not only the mother’s side of the tale but also the child’s. This was a good story but a little predictable for me. I like to be surprised in stories, this one did lack in the surprise factor for me. But overall it was not a bad story.

 

*I received this book free through Netgalley for review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any monetary way*

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In the Shadow of Croft Towers

   Jane Austen meets Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca in this debut novel that held me captive late into the night.

Sybil Delafield is on her way to her new position when her coach is robbed by highwaymen. Add in Mrs. Chalcroft, her employer, coming into her room at night speaking of secret messages and family members pretending to be who they are not and you have yourself a thriller that grips you and won’t let go. There are characters that had me guessing. There were times I started reading and I could not stop. It is riveting and exciting and a definite keeper!

 

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

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Who I Am With You

who i am with you    Jessica Mason has lost her husband and child. Still reeling from this she is preparing for the arrival of a new baby. Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out from the media after a false story leaked, tarnishing his name. Neither is looking for a relationship but they quickly become friends.

Meanwhile, Jessica finds her great-grandfather’s Bible and begins reading it. Inside he wrote notes, letting Jessica into his mind and heart. His story weaves with Jessica’s, helping her heal.

I really enjoyed this story. The multiple characters were a sweet mixture and I never got confused over who was who or what era the story was being set in. I love duo-time stories.

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

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Becoming Mrs. Lewis

becoming mrs. lewis    Joy Davidman begins writing to C.S. Lewis looking for spiritual answers. She lives with her family, a husband and children, in America. Mr. Lewis replies and soon a friendship blossoms. Not long after that she goes to visit him in England. With that, she must make other choices that will change her life forever.

This story had moments that felt lyrical and captivating. There were moments my emotions were pulled in. The story itself was interesting to me, however, it did not hold my interest. I felt it dragged on too long. There were quite a few times I either had to take a break from it or skim through scenes (and that is never a good sign). I think, personally, I would have enjoyed it more if it had been shorter.

 

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

 

My star rating- **

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Freedom’s Light

Freedom's Light    Hannah Thomas has been married only a short time when her husband is killed in battle, leaving her alone to tend the lighthouse. She already feels out of place in this town and with her husband’s family and now she must prove herself to be capable of caring for the lighthouse. The lies of those on the ships depend on it. When a shipwreck does occur and the crew is washed ashore Hannah rushes to help. The Captain has survived and she takes him in to care for him. Soon, she realizes he is keeping secrets, ones that can be deadly.

I admit I went into this story not expecting much. Why? I honestly do not know. And shame on me for that. I was most definitely proved wrong. I was immersed into the story, I wanted to know what was going to happen, to the characters and to the story itself. The details were just the right amount to bring this story together without being overwhelming.

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

 

My star rating- 4 out of 5

Parental Guidance- PG due to shipwrecks, mentions of war battles, and adult content

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Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Sons of Blackbird Mountain    Three brothers, one widow, and the healing power of family.

Aven Norgaard has lost her husband and now has to move from her home in Norway to the rugged hills of Appalachia. Learning her way in a new home among a family she has never met until now, working in a business she previously knew nothing about, is more than a widow should have on her shoulders. However, Aven handles it all with care and grace. The tension among the brothers, though, is thick and it is only a matter of time before it rips them apart.

This story is one of those that you feel like you are living with the family. I felt involved in the happenings. I was cheering for the brothers and Aven, hoping for reconciliation. It is a story I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend.

 

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

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Honeysuckle Dreams

honeysuckle dreams    Brady Collins has already gone through enough. His ex-wife has passed away, leaving Brady with Sam, his baby son, and a business to juggle. His friend, Hope, helps out when she can. Brady loves his son and cannot imagine his life without him. And then he receives news that is devastating.

Sam’s maternal grandparents are filing for custody and as things stand, they have a better chance of custody than Brady does. The biggest tip the attorney offers- get married. Show the judge he is hard working, he is a family man, he is serious about being a father. Hope is willing to step up to the plate, but can their shared love for Sam be enough?

Welcome back in the world of Denise Hunter. Beautiful descriptions of scenery, the amazing personalities of the characters, the displays of selfless love. It was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more from Ms. Hunter.

 

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

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Portrait of Vengeance

portrait of vengeance    Secrets never stayed buried.

Gwen Marcey knows pain, and she knows how to keep it boxed up. However, when a new case demands her attention, details keep surfacing that are too similar to her childhood trauma. Gwen does not believe this is just coincidence. She can no longer ignore her past. She needs to face it and put the dots together before another family is shattered.

The Gwen Marcey series has quickly become a favorite. I love her attention to details. I admire the characters for being human, for having talent and flaws. I hope there will be more in this series. This particular book is #4 in the series (I have accidentally read them out of order, lol)

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

 

My Star Rating-****

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Beneath Copper Falls

Beneath Copper Falls    If you are looking for a suspenseful, heart-pounding, non-stop action mystery have you read this book yet?? If you have not, I highly recommend you give it a try. This story hooked me in with its talons at the very first sentence and kept its hooks in me until the very end. It was one of those stories I just could not look away. Very well done, Ms. Coble!

Dana Newell has suffered far too long at the hands, and words, of her abusive fiance. Finally she has stood up for herself and has returned to Rock Harbor, her home town. With her, however, comes danger and the threat of her own life. A budding serial killer is on the loose and Rock Harbor is hiding secrets that could become fatal. With death around every corner, is there any hope for escape?

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

My Star Rating- *****

Parental Guidance- PG13 for intense scenes