3.27.2017

Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills ~ Review

Deep Extraction (FBI Task Force #2)
Lucie's Review:

When FBI Agent Tori Templeton's former best friend, Sally, is the prime suspect in the murder of Sally' oil magnate husband, Nathan, Tori finds herself to separate her personal connections from the case. Tori's partner, Max, thinks that Sally is guilty and says that it doesn't look good that she is connected to the case.

Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers is a friend of Nathan's and he joins their task force to see justice done for his friend. Neither Max or Tori are thrilled to have his help, so he must prove himself to them both, as he fights for the truth. As the hunt for the truth get's more treacherous, will what they find surprise them all?

This is a great read, and a more realistic look at a true investigation, talking to the same people and shifting though evidence and circumstances, each time finding one more nugget that leads them closer to what they seek. Both Tori and Cole are surprised that Nathan might not have been all that they thought he was. There is great dialog throughout, as well as plenty of action, tension, and dangerous situations.

Cole is a straightforward guy, and he knows right away that he would like to know Tori better. He takes every opportunity that he can to talk to her and share his faith with her, he encourages her to keep seeking and don't look down on her for doubting. He follows where God leads, even though he is aware that it could cost him his life.

Tori is a capable and confidant woman, she is afraid if her own mortality, and is looking for answers, not only to the mystery, but to her own personal questions about life and death.

I liked the lighter moments as well between Cole and Tori, they fall into a friendship quickly and work well together. There is some graphic violence because of the nature of the story, but nothing more than PG-13. It was a fast paced and well done story throughout, hard to put down and a fantastic adventure. Highly recommend!

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3.26.2017

Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky ~ Review

Shine Like the Dawn
Lucie's Review:

After losing her mother, father, and older sister in a tragic accident, Maggie Lounsbury is determined to survive. Maggie works in her grandmother's shop, making hats and caring for her younger sister, Violet.

Before the accident she and her family were very close with Nathaniel Harcourt, who spent more time with their family that with his own. But after the tragedy he disappeared from their life. When Violet get's hit by a car, Nathaniel is there at the right time to help them out, but his re-entry into their life, brings up memories from the past and stirs up conflicts from the past.

When the shop burns down, Nate offers to let them stay at Harcourt Manor, she hesitantly accepts for her sister's sake, but will they be able to reconcile and re-establish their friendship?

Maggie is resilient, and through everything she has done her best to carry on and raise her younger sister, Violet. Maggie is spunky and clever, she struggles with the grief of her loss that still weighs her down.  Her grandmother is kind, and has much sage advice to offer, always pointing Maggie to Christ and forgiveness.

Nate hasn't been keeping his distance of his own accord, in fact he has been looking for Maggie and her sister to make amends for his absence and what his family did her family so long ago. But his Step-mother has gone to lengths to keep them apart, sending him on a goose chase to the wrong places. Nate is also an inventor, and heir tot his father's legacy, he wants to live up to his father's name, but rise above the legacy that he left behind, he works to treat people fairly. He takes his responsibilities seriously, and works hard to balance the load. He connects quickly with Violet, works to get to know his half-sister better.

There is actually quite alot going on in this book with the mystery of Maggie's parents, and of the mysterious man who seems to linger in the shadows. There are so many well written characters, and quite alot going on in all of their lives, especially for Nate. I really liked Maggie's journey of faith through this book and how she comes to terms with the tragedy that took a part of her family, her grandmother is a wonderful lady. It was a fast paced read and very hard to put down! I think I finished it in about two days. Definitely recommend this fantastic read, it has a little of everything, and makes for a 100% enjoyable read!


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3.24.2017

You'll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher ~ Review

You'll Think of MeLucie's Review:


Derek Johnson get's a letter from his dying childhood friend, Chad Hallston, that changes his life forever. Chad leaves him the Hallston land that borders Dereks's, and asks him to be a father figure to his daughter Alycia. But Derek has always resented Brooklyn, Alycia's mother, for coming between his friendship with Chad.

Brooklyn Myers married Chad at seventeen, but he left when she found out that she was pregnant with Alycia. Her neighbor Ester, has been an angel in disguise these past years, and when Brooklyn get's the news that Chad has died and left his home to Alycia, Ester encourages her to go home and look at it as a blessing.

Alycia is a lovely child, friendly and respectful, she spends a lot of her time reading on her kindle. She accepts her mom's decision to move and tries to help make the transition easier, she bonds quickly with Derek and his animals.

Derek is surprised at how quickly he befriends Alycia, he is a hardworking man who does his best to do help Brooklyn and Alycia adjust to their new home. He sees the struggles that Brooklyn has overcome and begins to admire her strength and refusal to let her circumstances define her. He stands up for Brooklyn in front of her father, and makes a point of being there for her and Alycia.

I loved Ester and Ruth, who help bring Derek and Brooklyn together, they are both strong women of faith who serve as mentors and confidants, who do much encouraging along the way.

I really loved the interaction between Brooklyn and Derek, they are both two people burned by the past who don't believe that they deserve a happy ending. Derek really opens up and begins to pray about his disappointments and the way that he has reacted to them. A fantastic story about second chances and finding hope.



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The Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron ~ Review

The Illusionist's Apprentice
My Review:

FBI Agent Elliot Matthews meets the elusive and intriguing Wren Lockhart, former assistant to Harry Houdini, in a graveyard. A disturbing spectacle in the graveyard sets them on the trail of what is being revealed as a much bigger conspiracy, bringing up ghosts from Wren's past, and has her working with Elliot to clear a charlatan that Houdini exposed as a fraud, of murder.

Set in the 1920's the vaudeville sensation is waning, Wren Lockhart has branched out on her own after Harry's death, but there are are still many of his enemies out there who do not have short memories. Wren must risk her deepest secrets as they work to get to the bottom of who is behind the murder.

Wren is an unconventional woman, even more so for her time. She dresses as a man on stage, lives in her uncle's mansion, yet keeps a staff of one, and prefers to do for herself. She has always been sharp witted, earning her place as an illusionist. She stands strong for what she believes in, having a distaste for those that pass illusions off as magic.

Elliot is a clever man, who knows how to follow a lead and get results. He is intrigued by the elusive Wren, and the life that she has made for herself.

A wonderful read that captures the era perfectly within the vaudeville community, filled with bright characters, and plenty of mystery! There are definitely a lot of twists along the way. Well written and descriptive, I liked how well the flow of the storytelling fit with the story. Wren is a terrific heroine, strong and clever, she loves fiercely and fights for what is right, Elliot really helps to draw her out and come out of the shell that she has built for herself. A fantastic read from beginning to end.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

3.20.2017

A Stolen Heart by Amanda Cabot ~ Review

A Stolen Heart (Cimarron Creek Trilogy #1)

Lucie's Review:

Sheriff Travis Whitfield is waiting for the stage when Lydia Crawford arrives in Cimarron Creek, he is surprised to find that she is looking for Edgar Ellis, because he is looking for Edgar too. Edgar left without a trace, leaving behind his pregnant new wife.

Travis takes Lydia to stay with his Aunt Bertha, who is excited to have company, and quickly take her under her wing. Travis' cousin Catherine, the school teacher comes to visit Aunt Bertha, and Lydia and Catherine become fast friends.

Lydia is a hard worker and enjoys cooking up delicious confections, many of the townsmen come calling but she does what she can to discourage them. Travis enjoys Lydia's company and friendship, even though he can't offer her more than that. He admires how quickly she has fit into the community.

Travis is a man of faith, and integrity. He doesn't believe in marriage after witnessing his parents contentious union. There is great dialog between Travis and Lydia as their friendship builds and they come to trust each other.

This is a great read, with many intriguing characters, mystery, and several surprises along the way. One of my favorite character was Catherine, and I'm excited to follow her story in the future!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

Moving Target by Lynette Eason ~ Review

Moving Target (Elite Guardians #3)Lucie's Review:

Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe have stuck by each other through good and bad, she is one of the Elite Guardians and he is a police detective. Quinn has just finished physical therapy to help him recover from breaking both his legs in the last book.

Maddy and Quinn find themselves in a mysterious room with a map on the wall. They soon find themselves in a race for their lives on a island full of booby traps trying to stay one step ahead of the man who calls himself "The Chosen One" who is hunting them.

Maddy and Quinn are forced to use everything at their disposal and their wits to survive the madman's game. But whatever they do, he seems to anticipate their every movement. Meanwhile back home, the rest of the Elite Guardians and Quinn's partner Bree are doing everything they can to find out where they are.

Maddy has moved on with her life after the controversy around her leaving the FBI, she is a good friend and loves her co-workers. She has loved Quinn for a long time, but doesn't see it ever working out long term. She is strong in her faith and challenges Quinn to face the demons in his past.

Quinn is irascible, but good at his job, Maddy get's to him like nobody else, be he's afraid that the things in his past will come to hurt her. I like how their situation brought them together and forced them to trust each other more, and face things head on.

An intense read full of suspense. I loved getting to read about characters from the previous books in the series, even though you don't have to read them to enjoy this book, it does make the characters more familiar. Fantastic read, and some serious The Most Dangerous Game vibes.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

3.19.2017

Just the Way You Are by Pepper D. Basham ~ Review

Just the Way You Are (Pleasant Gap Romance #1)

My Review:


Eisley Barrett is a single mother of three, who goes to England to help her dying uncle do research for his novel. She is staying with the kindly Harrisons, who's son so happens to be Christopher Wesley Harrison the swoon-worthy star of the small screen, who is known for playing period drama heroes.

Wes is an actor who has spent the last year of his life re-evaluating and prioritizing, having given his life to Christ and leaving his playboy ways behind.

Wes's parents are just adorable, still crazy about each other after all these years they love their son and only want what is best for him. Eisley's dad was an absolute hoot. Gruff and a merciless teaser, he loves his family and wants to protect his children anyway that he can, he has a good heart and just wants his children to be happy.

Eisley is  beautiful inside and out, she sees her own faults, and is refreshingly honest and open. She loves her children and wants to give them the best that she can. I loved her willingness to laugh at herself, and how comfortable just being who she is.

Wes is thankful for the second chance that he's been given to live his life differently. He is determined to fight for the ones that he loves, even when the mistakes from his past threaten to ruin his future. He is a modern day Darcy right out of a Sunday night PBS BBC miniseries, and even though they give him a rough time, he fits right in with Eisley's All-American family.

Overall, an absolutely delightful read, I think that one of my favorite things was meeting all of Eisley's siblings who all have their own unique stories to tell. This is a delightfully flirtatious read, full of witty dialog both internal and external, and great chemistry between the main characters. You won't want to miss it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

3.16.2017

The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller ~ Review

The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace, #1)
Lucie's Review:

Lavinia Ellison is the Reverend's daughter, she knows everyone in town and is concerned for their well being. Lavini is determined to convince the Earl of Hawkesbury to improve the condition of the tenant housing.

Lord Nicholas of  Hawkesbury assumes Lavinia to be a servant upon their first meeting from astride a high horse, figuratively and literally, but is enchanted by her gift for music. As he get's to know Lavinia better, it is hard not to find her passion for helping others infectious, but he has his own pain and guilt that he carries from the war. Will he let it get in the way of making things right?

I loved the witty dialog that Nicholas and Lavinia share whenever they are together. Lavinia is intelligent, determined, and compassionate, she doesn't care for the airs of high society and believes that every life is of value.

I like that Nicholas rushes to Lavinia's aid many a time, and he does what he can to right the damage that he unintentionally caused. He is torn between duty and honor, still fighting the ghosts that haunt him.

The title of this book is so fitting, as it is how Nicholas comes to think of Lavinia in his head. I loved the setting, characters, and clever dialog. Filled with touches of humor and well written characters that I wanted to cheer for the whole way through, along with some colorful side characters. I loved this read from beginning to end, it was thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable, and I never once thought that any of it dragged.

Nicholas' journey was my favorite, because he finds new life and freedom, along with a fresh perspective and attitude. And his faith goes from being for show and image to genuine and real.

Overall, a fantastic read. It's already on my favorites of 2017 list! Highly recommend this amazing book!



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About the Book:


Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions.
That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother-who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.
Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect.
That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellisonchallenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change.
These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.
Fans of Georgette Heyer, Lori Wick, and Julie Klassen will enjoy the spirited exchanges between the bluestocking minister's daughter and the bruised war hero as they move past pride and presumption to a humbled appreciation of God's grace and the true strength of love.

About the author:

Carolyn Miller lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of Regency romance, Carolyn's novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers.

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3.12.2017

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz ~ Review

A Moonbow Night
Lucie's Review:

Temperance "Tempe" Tucker lives with her family in their inn along the Shawnee River, that is a wayside stop for trappers and travelers of all kinds. When her fiance James Boone is killed, and her brother Russell is crippled, by Indians, and her father kills a man, Tempe becomes the provider, forager, scout, and her whole family depends on her for their livelihood. When a surveying team comes to the inn, her father forces her to go with them a guide.

Sion Morgan is a surveyor come to map the Southwest frontier, he is a man at home in the wilderness, but he struggles with conflict within the team, especially from his brother-in-law who is a stark negative to him in every way. Sion is a natural leader, honorable, and true, he and Tempe must rely on each other to survive the Kentucky frontier.

Historically lush and evocative with detail, I loved how the characters were true to their time and were realistic for their time. Tempe is a strong young woman, good daughter, and skilled outdoors woman, she has a strong faith that holds her fast during the turmoil and tension of young Kentucky. I admired Tempe for her faith and forbearance, she befriends Nate an older man on the surveying team.

There is a lot going on this book, full of tension with the conflicts between the Indians and the brave people forging their way into a new frontier. At times the pace was a bit slow going. I loved the evocative writing style that brought the wilds of Kentucky to life in this historical saga that brought to life the brave men and women who traversed the wilds of Kentucky.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."

3.05.2017

Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy ~ Review

Long Time Gone (The Cimarron Legacy, #2)
Lucie's Review:

This book picks up right where the last one left off, Cole Boden has just been shot and Justin is rushing to  get his brother safely back to the ranch.

Angie Dupree comes with the doctor and stays to care for Cole, she came to Skull Gulch to her her Aunt Margaret at the orphanage. She met Justin  when she first came to town, Angie does what she can to help out and soon finds herself drawn into their problems,

Full of mystery, even though they caught a couple of the bad guys, they still don't know who is behind it all or why. Especially after a woman at the orphanage is shot, instead of the sniper's mark, Justin.

I like the friendship between Justin and Angie, he always seems to be there when she falls and he doesn't give up when she refuses his idea of courtship.

Angie came to Christ during her first marriage and has held to her faith through the troubled times, she doesn't want to let her past define her anymore, she wants to prove to herself that she is strong and capable of taking care of herself.

I like the sense of camaraderie between the brothers, and how they have accepted their brother-in-law, Heath, even though they didn't like him when he first married their sister, Sadie. There is plenty of teasing and humor between them.

I like that his boo also follows the Boden parents, Veronica and Chance who are in Denver seeing a doctor about Chance's leg. And they know the family trouble isn't over, because it has followed them to Denver, and they work together to keep each other safe.

This was a quick paced read, and there was always something going on, leading up to an action packed ending. A highly enjoyable read!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."