Book Review, Books and Reading

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?




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Just a Kiss book review

1d6f33229112506b7aef32cc985d7e17    Seeing the love of his life fall for his brother had been hard enough to send Riley to enlist as a marine. Beau and Paige are no longer together and it all seems to be time to tell Paige how he feels. And then he is hit with a IED that leaves him an amputee. He feels he is no longer worthy of Paige’s attention.

Paige is more than ready to help her best friend recover and as time goes by her feelings for him go deeper than that of friendship. But what if he does not feel the same way? Although she wants him to know how she feels, is telling him worth the risk?

As always, Denise Hunter strikes gold again. This story is easy to follow but did not lose my interest by being too slow or predictable. The characters were also easy to connect with. All in all it is a very enjoyable, entertaining story. I liked that is has a side story as well. In regards to the main story, it can be read as a standalone. However, to fully grasp the picture of the side story I do recommend reading the Summer Harbor series in order.

*I received this book free for my honest review from Thomas Nelson and Fiction Guild. What I have shared about the book are entirely my own thoughts.*