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The Noble Servant book review

 Once upon a time, there lived a nobleman’s daughter and a duke….

Magdalen of Mallin has received a proposal from a duke. It almost seems too good to be true. Her future looks bright and hopeful now. On her journey to his home, however, she discovers that things are just that, too good to be true. Magdalen is overpowered by her maid and in order to protect herself and her friend, she must trade places with the maid, allowing the servant to marry the duke. Magdalen is trapped, stripped of her identity and forced to tend to the geese. She soon befriends the shepherd boy and begins to suspect that he is carrying his own secrets. Can she trust him to help her gain back her rightful place? Or is he working with her maid, making sure Magdalen stays quiet?

I was very excited to jump back into another Melanie Dickerson fairytale. Her writing style is so easy to follow, her characters are entertaining, and the stories themselves are like little portals of time travel, taking me back to happy days of my childhood. And that for me, is the best part. I also have to mention the cover image. I love how colorful it is, it suits the fairytale theme so perfectly. Melanie Dickerson has become a new favorite author of mine. In fact I bought all of the other fairytale books she has written that I had not read yet. If you are looking for a fun, light read with a bit of childhood reminiscing, I highly recommend this book, as well as The Silent Servant, the other story from Ms. Dickerson I have read.

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

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Beyond Justice

    What would you do if, as an attorney working your way up the ladder, given a case no one else wants? And you shortly discover there is more at stake than you thought. Lives, including yours, now hang in the balance.

Hayden McCarthy is put exactly in that deadly position. As she uncovers the truths being hidden she begins having to fight against the same government she works for. The premise of this story sucked me in right away. Dangerous political secrets. corrupt people, immigrants, determination that Hayden showed in bringing the truth to light…. Everything about this story was on point! The story was easy to follow and hard to set down to do other things. I was happy to discover this is the first in a series and I am looking forward to jumping back into the political intrigue and dangers.

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

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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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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.*

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The Silent Songbird book review

    Evangeline has been gifted with a beautiful voice. But now she is on the run, determined to not be forced to marry Lord Shiveley- a man twice her age and harboring sinister motives. She remains silent, afraid if anyone hears her they will recognize her and send her back. Can she trust the man who has offered to help her with her life? Perhaps even with her heart?

This story had a way of easily taking me back to my teenage years, when I was about 14 or 15. The subtle fairy tale setting, the costumes, the characters…. in a way it was a breath of fresh air getting to experience that again for a little while. The cover image is captivating (although, I do need to point out that the model’s eye color is wrong. It does not match Evangeline’s eye color.) All in all this was a light, entertaining read. I already have a friend who wants to read it.

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

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Child of the River book review

    Persomi dreams of a world much bigger than the one given her in the Bushveld of the 1940’s and 1950’s of South Africa. How long and how strong can she continue to dream?

Persomi has been born into a poor, illiterate, farming family, a family working on someone else’s land. She dreams of an education, a profession, and of love. But her dreams seem too grand for her life; too distant. However, she has  determination. And she is not about to give that up. This is a compelling coming of age story with a memorable heroine, and I do not say that lightly.

This is by far my favorite book of the year so far. The cover image, the heroine, the rest of the cast, the style of writing, the setting, the situations Persomi is faced with, all of it. I inhaled this story because I could not put it down, and at the same time I did not want it to end. It has an ending, however, and I came to it too soon. I gladly lost sleep over this book. I was sad to reach the last page, the last sentence, the last word. Great job, Irma Joubert! I truly, highly recommend this book!

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

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The Candidate book review

    How far would a candidate go to become the next president of the United States of America?

Newsmaker Erica Sparks is covering the presidential election campaign. As she questions and witnesses the interactions between the candidates she begins to suspect that one of them, Mike Ortiz, is dependent on his wife. To an unnatural degree. What is this seemingly perfect couple hiding? Can Erica figure it out before the vote is cast? Or is she being paranoid?

This is book two of The Newsmakers Series and I have not yet read book one. However, I did not feel as if I missed out on anything. I really liked diving into the back scenes of politics. Usually these types of stories are not my cup of tea but I could hardly keep this book down. I wanted to know what Erica would discover next. What was really happening? I very much enjoyed the book and I look forward to more from Lis Wiehl.

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

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

twilight-at-blueberry-barrens    “Keep the girls safe.”

 

Drake Newham, an entrepreneur, gains custody of his two nieces when his brother and sister-in-law die. He, however, does not believe it was a murder/suicide. He packs his nieces up and brings them to Sunset Cove, Maine hoping to find out what really happened. He rents a cottage from Local Kate Mason and hires her as nanny while he digs into the deaths.

Kate has her own family problems. Convicted criminals in her family tree and one just escaped prison. How safe is her life? Add to it a stalker and her world is turned upside down.

Okay, on the creep side level the stalker is in my book, on a scale from 1-10, definitely easily an 11 or 12. Colleen Coble wrote those scenes exceptionally well! They gave me shivers. They were, I think, my favorite scenes in the entire story because they were so well written. I also did not have all of the mystery completely solved when the story ended and I like that. It helps keep me hooked and reading more. And the cover of the book? Oh my word, I love it!!

*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.*

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The Vote is Being Cast

Good Evening, Friends,

I am taking advantage of the internet being on and posting Friday’s topic, what I am reading. I will admit, when I grabbed this book from my Review Books pile I was skeptical. This is not a book I am usually drawn to. This is not a topic that sucks me in, but Lis Wiehl has done just that! The book this weekend? The Candidate. It is book two in the Newsmakers Novel series and I have not read the first book yet, yes, I admit I pre-judged the series thinking I would not like it (Shame on you, Kym! Tsk, tsk.). However, thanks to a review copy sent my way, I have been shown the error of my ways. Lis has a way with words, she has a way with pulling me into the lives of journalists and politicians, and how far some people will go to get what they want. I am looking forward to telling you more about my thoughts on it when I post my review.

What about you? What are you reading this weekend?

 

Peace,

Kymberli