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The Piper’s Pursuit by Melanie Dickerson

   1492 Hamlin is a town fraught with a plague of rats, a deadly beast, and children going missing. Katerina is determined to save her people even while fighting her own personal threats. When Steffan, the duke’s son, shows up seeking the reward for killing the beast, Katerina decides he might be the ally she needs. But is he who he really says he is?

 

Melanie Dickerson continues to give us fun, exciting fairy tale retellings. With a spin on The Pied Piper and bits of history, this story is sure to entertain fans of Ms. Dickerson, of fairy tales, of Disney movies, of adventures. I look forward to more from her and sharing them with you. The heroine is strong and determines never to give up- my kind of girl! This book is also part of the Hagenheim series, book 10, but the series does not need to be read in order.

 

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

 

My Star Rating – ****

Parental Guidance- Fighting, Kidnapping, Murder

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The Memory House by Rachel Hauck

the memory house    Beck Holiday lost her father on 9/11, and with it her memories of him. Years later she is a NYC cop weighed down with a childhood she cannot remember and a relationship with her mother that was torn after her father’s death. When a letter arrives declaring Beck has inherited a house she does not remember visiting before, she decides to go and check it out. Nestled into a town Beck used to visit as a child, she is hoping to finally crack open the memories determined to stay buried. Decades earlier, Everleigh Applegate is trying to get her life back together after a tornado rips through her town and destroys her life. When she runs into an old friend she begins to dream of a better life. However, she is hiding a secret that could ruin the rest of her life if it was found out. Can either women learn to face their pasts so they can move forward?

 

This story spans between two lives and about fifty years yet they are weaved together so well. Showing how the choices we make each day can affect our lives, and the lives of others, for years to come. I enjoyed reading about the women and their lives- the good, the bad, the heartbreaking. How they overcame their struggles. Rachel Hauck wrote a beautiful story and I am glad I read it.

 

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

Parental Guidance- Adult content, Tornado Disaster

Personal 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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The House on Saltwater Point

the house on saltwater point    Ellie Blackmore is doing exactly what she loves- house flipping. Her life, however, gets turned upside down when her sister disappears and everything points to a stolen cocaine shipment and an international plot. When the Coast Guard gets involved everyone wants the truth. The truth, however, may not be what everyone wants to hear.

This was a pretty good story, the characters were easy to connect with and the plot flowed nicely. I always like learning new things and this time it was about boats. I love how novels can be filled with information without sounding like a teaching lesson.

 

*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. Also, I was not compensated in any monetary way.*

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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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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

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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.*