Sunday, July 26, 2020

Review: Christmas at the Chateau

Christmas at the Chateau Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Review: Christmas at the Chateau

Christmas at the Chateau Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very quick read. I enjoyed it as I love all things French, dogs and Christmas! This romance contained all three. It did not contain any “spicy” love scenes. It was an Englishwoman in France at Christmas who finds a love and wonders if he loves her too. I loved learning of the tradition of 13 desserts, something I could definitely enjoy. The treasure hunt was fun too.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Review: Love & Order

Love & Order Love & Order by Elsie Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was so much fun to read. I love the characters. I really enjoy children in romances. They are challenging but bring so much life in. In this book, the children had a lot of heartache to work through. So did Garrett. Haha. I love April. She had things to work out, too. I love that she had personal experience that gave her a unique connection to the children. Love & Order was a great escape for me. It really helped me with getting away from the stress of everything that has been happening in real life. If you enjoy children this romance is for you!

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Monday, May 25, 2020

Review: All She Wrote

All She Wrote All She Wrote by Tonya Kappes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series gets better with every book! I love Bernie. I really relate to her! I love the way she is working things out. Don’t get me wrong, she is a well developed character. There was just something in her life that she is working through. It’s so realistic to me. Isn’t there always something new coming at you? Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s something that we need to chew on. Bernie has something that most would need to chew on.
The author has also written in a variety of supporting characters that really play a big part in the atmosphere of the story. The Front Porch Ladies are always fun and provide some comic relief. Her parents, son Grady and Julia provide warm, family support. I can’t wait to read more about Grady’s expanding family. Iris is Bernie’s best friend and Mac has played a big part in Grady and Bernie’s lives. One character I like a lot is Vince. He doesn’t have a big role but I’m drawn to him. I look forward to Bernie’s chats with him. Bernie also has Rowena and Buster as part of her support system along with a duck on her mail route. I just love when animals are included in the story. This one had the added fun of a bird, Blue Belle. I sure hope she makes some more appearances.
The mystery was a good one. There were a few suspects and each had good reason to kill the victim. I like how the author isn’t afraid to have her character flawed and conflicted in her sleuthing. It really follows a natural path that makes me feel better about my reaching the wrong conclusion.
My opinion is this book is a five star read. I was able to lose myself in the story. I felt comfortable with the characters, even the victim. I wonder how the loss of her will affect the town, especially charities. I’ll stop here so I don’t spill the beans. Y’all go on, fix up a snack, find you a comfortable spot and settle in with this book. You can read it out of order if you’re just interested in the mystery. In my opinion, though, you’ll get a better picture of things by reading the books in order.



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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Review: Hopeless Pocus

Hopeless Pocus Hopeless Pocus by Rachel Rivers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a new author for me. I love the title of this book, Hopeless Pocus. It conjured up visions of fun. I was not disappointed. I enjoyed the main characters, Violet, her cousin Viv and their aunts. Violet is just finding out she is a witch in this book and is getting her decorating business going while settling into a new home. Viv and the aunts are setting up a paranormal B&B that I definitely want to stay in. The sheriff was a toss up for me. He has funny but I’m not certain about the hunky but dumb part. I was thinking it’s an act to find out more about the paranormals as he is suspicious. I don’t buy dumb in a sheriff though I do buy into the Andy Griffith personality. I’m really curious to see how he develops as well as Violet’s nosy neighbor. There was an uncle introduced towards the end who also peaks my curiosity. The mystery was a bit different from the usual but that’s all I’m saying about that. Over all this was a fun start to a new series with a lot of potential to be seriously entertaining. I’m looking forward to more.
There were some spelling issues. The author is aware and is in the process of fixing them.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Review: A Sparrow Falls

A Sparrow Falls A Sparrow Falls by Vicki Olsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was what I expected but at the same time was more than what I expected. It is Sarah’s story. It is Dee’s story. Dee is Sarah Jane’s mother. Sarah is the only daughter in a hardworking farm family. Some might have called it a white trash family. I don’t consider anyone trash but I have heard the term and know it’s usage. The story of Sarah does involve abuse, child sexual abuse to be exact. I knew it was going to be difficult to read because of that and my own history. I expected to go slowly with the book. The scenes were not over the top or gratuitous, in my opinion. I did take breaks after reading them but they weren’t what they could have been. Being ready for them helped me. There is more more to this book than that portion of it.
To me the book is about family and family isn’t always wrapped in pretty paper tied with a bow. It is about society, too. The ways we help, the ways we don’t and the times we ignore. I think the best part of this book was the lesson that we can’t change where we come from, what people do to us or what people say or think about us. Those things are all choices made by others that affect us. Our power is in our choices. Our choice to be a victim or be a survivor. Our choice in accepting or refusing to believe what others think, say or their treatment of us. Our choice in how we respond to it all. It’s a story about the healing power of love and the freedom found in forgiveness.
I cried copious amounts of tears. I recommend having tissues handy. I loved crying so hard. It meant the author forced me to feel something, which only happens when you have been transported to the world between the pages. What that means for me is that I will spend time after I close the book thinking about it. Relating to it. Working on my self improvement because something in the story has me examining myself.
I recommend this book to those who enjoy memoir type books. At times I wondered if this was based on fact. Afterward, in thinking about it, I realized it was. It might not be the authors story or even someone’s that she knew. But out there in the world..it is or was someone’s life.
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. A review was not required. I voluntarily reviewed the book and all opinions are mine.

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Review: The Loop

The Loop by Ben Oliver My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews