Book Review, Books and Reading

Why I Hate Green Beans book review

green beans    Technically the book title is “Why I hate green beans and other confessions about relationships, reality tv, and how we see ourselves”. Don’t let that long title scare you away, though. This is a doozy of a story and I recommend not passing it up!

Lincee Ray is a cracker jack of a storyteller. Seriously, no one could make up these things she wrote about. Personal stories of working at Disney World, escaping from a helicopter simulator that is under water, shopping experiences, and so much more. This story is a hit in my book! I was laughing out loud reading her personal stories. And at the end of it, I felt that each woman is connected through our experiences. We can sympathize and understand each other, we can lean on each other and heal each other. It reminded me that picture-perfect Facebook statuses are not always picture-perfect. And it’s okay, that is life. Crazy, beautiful life.

*I received this book free from Revell in exchange for my honest review. What I have shared are exactly that and I was not compensated in any financial way*

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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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When Tides Turn book review

6aecc4b82a42f8cb87e4aabb6bb83579    Tess Beaumont joins the Navy’s newly established WAVES program for women. (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service), hoping to convince people there is more to her than just a pretty face. Lt. Dan Amery is a determined man, focused on his job and doing his part in the war. The last thing he wants is a distraction named Tess. However, when she needs help rooting out a possible spy, how can he say no?

I have always enjoyed Sarah Sundin’s stories and as with the other books, I was looking forward to reading this one. I love how Ms. Sundin takes true events and weaves them into a novel. I always learn something new (to me) while reading her books. This ne is no different. I did not know about the WAVES program until this book. She makes history come to life.

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

Book Review

Storm book review

stormSelah’s mind  and life are beginning to fracture. Can she complete her mission before it is too late?

Many have died in the Mountain now. All clues to completing her mission lead to the West, but what will she find there? Answers to Selah’s quest? Her destruction? The clock is ticking…. fast.

I enjoyed the first book in the series but my favor in the story quickly diminished. It is my own personal preference…. I am not a fan of mental telepathy abilities at all and I was also bummed to find some questionable things in Books Two and Three, Lightning and Storm. I did not finish the series. My conscious would not allow me to.

*I received this book free from Revell in exchange for my own, personal, honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and feelings on the book.*

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A Moonbow Night

a-moonbow-night    Yes, I know it is not Thursday, however, this book was on a blog review tour and I need to post this today. So…. you get an extra review this week! 🙂


A wilderness filled with dangers waiting around every bend. A Virginian surveyor intent on helping to colonize the land of Kentucke. An innkeeper’s daughter wanting the surveying party gone before her secret is revealed.

When Tempe Tucker is asked to guide the surveying party through Kentucke she initially declines. However, she soon changes her mind. The group heads into the woods and it does not take Sion Morgan long to realize there is more to Tempest than meets the eye. The thing is, Tempe is not the only one keeping a secret.

This story sucked me right in and held me tight. I inhaled it. The descriptions of wilderness life in 1777, the characters and their personalities. I felt as though I was part of the surveying group. The story is filled with riches in history mixed beautifully with fiction. I happily recommend this book to anyone who is a fan not only of Laura Frantz but also of settlement stories, history, and/or adventures. From beginning to end it was well-written. And may I add, I love that Tempe was portrayed as a GUIDE for the surveying party! She also was part of their night security watch. In an era when that would have been frowned upon more than accepted.

*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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The Raven book review

the-raven    A deception specialist, a prominent politician, blackmail, and the Ukrainian Mafia. Add in a rumor about a threatening plot being called Nevermore and Private Investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill have their hands full. Will they be able to put this crazy puzzle together in time?


The first book in the series, Annabelle Lee, hooked me in and this sequel has kept me hooked. Mike Nappa has a way with words. The mystery, the action, the banter between Trudi and Samuel, everything was spot on! I am looking forward to the next Coffey and Hill assignment.


*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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Missing book review

3da6b3799850f1be212635e8bfa2f9a9  Nikki Boyd is back to action, this time she is called to a homicide even though she specializes in missing persons. When it is discovered that two people are missing and are linked to the homicide, Nikki and her partner, Jack, jump on the case. What she does not expect is for the trail to take her to her friend, Tyler. How can he possibly be involved? What has he been hiding? What does he know? And will Nikki find the missing people before more victims end up in a body bag?


I thoroughly enjoyed Vendetta, the first in the Nikki Boyd Files, and was looking forward to the sequel. Missing did not disappoint! I was engrossed in the story, I was entertained by the characters and their personalities and lives. I am looking forward to what is next in store for Nikki.


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

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A Booked Weekend

Good evening, everyone.

First, I want to apologize for not posting my Booked Weekend post last week. Being in Kentucky was throwing off my schedule and before I knew it Friday has passed and then the weekend and this week had come upon me. I decided to wait until tonight to bring back the post. I’m sorry to anyone who missed it last week (for anyone curious, I was reading A Worthy Pursuit and Ellen Foster last weekend).

Now onto this weekend. It is another busy few days, fill with work, dinner at a friend’s house, a friend coming over to spend a few days and reading mixed in there, of course. This weekend’s read is a new review book, Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley.

It’s been more than two years since Live Reynolds’ cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Livy has never believe that Robyn left voluntarily. When private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator’s missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. The investigation is an uphill battle a Alex and Livy try to piece the puzzle together. Are the disappearances just coincidence? Or are they connected?

I am currently 66 pages into the story and, although it started out slow to me, it has picked up and caught my attention. Hopefully it’ll stay that way. How about you? Reading anything exciting this weekend?



Book Review

Love’s Rescue book review

96943b9a9523b193e5134578ef60dd83The death of Elizabeth Benjamin’s mother brings her back to Key West, the home Elizabeth loves, the home she hasn’t seen in four years. Her homecoming, however, is not what she hoped. Her brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O’Malley, the wrecker she vowed to forget, refuses to let go of her heart. When it seems matters cannot become more difficult she discovers her father is not the man he appears to be. As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth must make a difficult choice- perform her duty and abandon her dream of the sea or leave her life of privilege behind for a man her father sees as little better than a pirate.


This story is a fifty-fifty for me. I didn’t hate it and I didn’t love it. I’m not quite sure where I would put it on the bar. I kept reading because I was curious about the father’s secrets, although I had my suspicions. Elizabeth’s and Rourke’s relationship was a hard one for them. They live in a time, 1850, when the parents, mainly the father, chooses the husband for a daughter. Elizabeth was in a sticky mess for sure. The characters were easy to follow and the style of writing flowed well. It took me a while to get my “sea legs” and learn the ship terms. Even not I’m not sure what everything means. I suppose in a scale of 1-10 (1 being horrible, did not finish and 10 being best read, 5 being okay) I would give this book a 6. This is the first in the “Keys of Promise” series. Would I read the next one? Honestly, probably not.


*I received this book free from Revel Books in exchange for my honest opinion. What I have shared are entirely my own thoughts.*