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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Trusting True North by Gina Linko, Book Review

 


Book Summary:

True North Vincent is struggling after spending months in lockdown because of a virus. With her mom stuck across the border in Canada and her dad working long hours as a nurse at the hospital, True feels responsible for making sure her family stays safe, especially her grandma and her younger brother, Georgie, whose asthma makes him more vulnerable to the virus. She also wishes her older sister, Rose, would be friends with her again instead of texting on her phone.

True finds escape and comfort in working on her maps, a skill she learned from her mother. To keep Georgie entertained, True creates an elaborate treasure map for him to follow that spans the forest beyond her backyard. While exploring, they find a litter of newborn kittens in an old barn. The smallest kitten looks sickly and has been abandoned by the mama cat. True names her Teacup; she knows exactly how it feels to not have a mom around when you need her the most.

True also meets Kyler, who wants to care for the kittens, and True realizes he might not be the bully everyone thinks he is. But when both Teacup and Kyler get sick, True is afraid she won't be able to help everyone all by herself.

Running out of her own fixes and remedies, True reaches out and realizes that her family does care about her and wants to offer support and guidance to help her find her way through the unexpected challenges the virus and life bring.

My Review:

This is a great middle grade read. It is very relatable since it is set during the pandemic and it will really resonate with kids. Since everyone has experienced this, kids will be able to see themselves in the story. Trying to cope with being locked down and learning online. Wanting to see your friends and live normal life but worrying about your family.

This is told from True’s point of view and how she struggles to live during lockdown and follow all of the rules given to her. She wants to live life but she also worries about the virus. How can she find the compromise? This is a beautiful story about learning to trust yourself and to lean on your family. A wonderful middle grade read, True North is a story that young and not-so-young readers will both enjoy. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Red Cicada by Gregg Luke, Blog Tour & Giveaway!





Book Summary:

Twenty-eight-year-old Lana Baker knows the signs: the intense flashes of light and building pressure in her head herald yet another migraine. But this time, the unavoidable pain lands her in the hospital, where her unusual past raises more questions than answers. Her medical history is a complete mystery. Stranger still, her battery of tests reveals a shocking secret: Lana has a metal disk embedded in her skull—but she has no idea how it got there. Even more disturbing is the fact that the disk is etched with words—in Russian.

Lieutenant Lance Kipling has been tracking down information on a former marine he believes may have had ties to Cold War biological weapons. So when that man’s daughter turns up in a hospital with a metal disk in her skull, it does not go unnoticed. But Lance has competition for the information stored in Lana’s head—dangerous individuals with Soviet ties. 

Together, Lance and Lana follow a trail of clues her father left, bits of information that reveal Lana’s past and paint a deadly picture of a weapon that has the potential to wreak havoc on the planet’s entire population.


My Review:


Luke knows how to instantly intrigue the reader and hold that intrigue until the very last page. Red Cicada was a whirlwind ride and I eagerly turned the pages needing to know what was going to happen. Lana herself was a mystery and I found myself swept up in the need to know what this plate was that was in her head. How does someone have a plate in their head and not know it?!? There were some twists and turns that had me hanging on to see what would happen next. Lance was every girl's dream of a hero! A handsome lieutenant who has come to protect her from those seeking her harm. Gregg Luke has hit it out of the park with Red Cicada. It kept me page turning late into the night because I needed answers. Warning: once you pick this book up, you will not be able to put it down until you have finished it! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Master Craftsman by Kelli Stuart, Book Review



Book Summary:

In 1917, Alma Pihl, a master craftsman in The House of Faberge, was charged to protect one of the greatest secrets in Russian history--an unknown Faberge Egg that Peter Karl Faberge secretly created to honor his divided allegiance to both the people of Russia and the Imperial Czar's family. When Alma and her husband escaped Russia for their native Finland in 1921, she took the secret with her, guarding her past connection to the Romanov family.

Three generations later, world-renowned treasure hunter Nick Laine is sick and fears the secret of the missing egg will die with him. With time running out, he entrusts the mission of retrieving the egg to his estranged daughter, Ava, who has little idea of the dangers she is about to face. As the stakes are raised, Ava is forced to declare her own allegiance--and the consequences are greater than she could have imagined.

This modern-day treasure hunt from award-winning author Kelli Stuart transports you into the opulent and treacherous world of the Russian Revolution to unearth mysteries long buried.
 

My Review:

Stuart has written a masterful story set in the present time and the early 1900s. I loved the multiple POVs and being able to watch both ends of the story unfold. Stuart grabs ahold of the reader and just holds them there until the very end of the book. The mystery of the last Easter egg in the past and the race to find it in the future makes for an unputdownable story. I needed to know how the relationship between Ava and her dad would pan out. Could she put aside the hurt of the past to help fulfill his final wish? Would she be able to piece together the clues from the past?

I am still thinking about this book days after I finished it. I immediately had to search the internet for the Easter eggs designed by Faberge. They are phenomenal. The historical details were so interesting and the present day story was so suspenseful that it made for the perfect blend. If you like historical fiction and suspense with mystery, then this is a must read book! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

Sea Glass Cottage (A Hope Harbor Novel #8) by Irene Hannon, Book Review




Book Summary:

Christi Reece is desperate. The one-time golden girl's life has tarnished, and a cascade of setbacks has left her reeling. She needs help, and she's certain Jack Colby is in a position to provide it.

When she shows up in Hope Harbor, however, Jack wants nothing to do with the woman who betrayed him. He's built a new life on the Oregon coast--and there's no room in it for Christi, even after she takes refuge in a charming but mysterious cottage nearby. Yet it soon becomes apparent his opinion of her may need revising . . . especially when he ends up needing her help.

Can these two hurting souls make peace with their past and open their hearts to a new beginning?

Come home to Hope Harbor--where hearts heal . . . and love blooms.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon delivers another heartwarming and romantic story set in the enchanting seaside community of Hope Harbor that is loved by readers the world over. Once you visit, you'll never want to leave.
 

My Review:

Sea Glass Cottage is a story about forgiveness, healing, and turning to the Lord. There was not just one couple who needed a second chance, but two. It was a very intricate story line with two couples hoping for a reconciliation. Every time I thought I may have things figured out, Hannon would throw a curve ball. Which is what life is like in reality, full of curve balls. Hannon does a great job at bringing the reader to Hope Harbor and making them feel like they are a part of the town. I loved the small town atmosphere and the supporting characters. Hannon made them every bit as memorable as the main characters. Especially Charley, I feel like there is a story there, and maybe I am missing it because this is the first book I have read by this author. Hopefully there is a book about Charley, because he really left an impression of this reader. Fans of Christian fiction and clean romance will enjoy Hope Harbor. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Pursuit of Perfection (Roselund Heights #4) by Miranda Nelson, Book Review



Book Summary;

Her attempts at perfection fall short. He cannot settle for anything less.

Lady Francine Brightmore is acutely aware that she does not measure up to expectations. A daughter of an earl ought to be graceful, well-spoken and demure. However, try as she might, Fanny is none of these things. With a duke and dowager duchess coming to stay, the expectations placed on her have never been higher. Fanny fears her only hope may be to avoid their company altogether.

Between tending to his mother’s health and his plans to fulfill a lifelong endeavor, Nicholas Thynne, Duke of Cravenhurst, has enough on his mind when he visits Roselund Heights. And yet he must also persist in his efforts to find a new bride. However, finding someone to fill the role of duchess will not be an easy task. Not any eligible woman will do, as Nicholas has been raised to expect nothing less than perfection.

When two secrets bring Fanny and Nicholas closer together, they find in each other an unexpected friend. Despite their growing attraction, the demands for perfection prove powerful. Will either be able to lay aside expectations and have the courage to risk their hearts?

My Review:

Nelson pulls you directly into Fanny's world and does not let you go until the very last page! I love the strangers/friends/lovers trope and how Nicholas and Fanny met was so memorable. Franny's friends were true "ride or die" friends and it was wonderful how they loved her for who she was without trying to change her. The family drama for Franny made my heart literally ache. How can family be so cruel? Nelson flawlessly writes about so many different emotions and scenarios in one single story. I was pulled right into Franny's world and I didn't want to leave. The reader becomes her biggest cheerleader, wanting her to succeed. Nicholas is probably one of the sweetest characters I have read in a long time. His loving attention to Fanny's needs, his desire to truly be her friend, all of it made my heart melt. Every time he told her, "I have you" I swooned a little. Who doesn't want a man who has you? Who will take care of you and help you? If you love regency, then Pursuit of Perfection needs to be your next book purchase! (Pursuit of Perfection reads perfectly as a standalone, especially since I have not read any of the other books in the series.) I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Love, Strictly Speaking (Terms of Inheritance #4) by Dana LaCheminant, New Release

 


Book Summary:

Wes Hawthorne has always been a man of few words. For him, everything is easier when he’s quiet. Content to speak only through his writing, he’s overjoyed when he gets picked for an internship to write the biography of one of the country’s wealthiest venture capitalists, and it’s exactly what he needs to start his future life and make his dad proud.

What he didn’t count on was another author working on the project with him. Sammy Faraday is everything Wes isn’t—spontaneous, exuberant, endlessly cheerful—and she seems to love nothing more than pushing him over the edge. Sometimes literally.

But the longer Wes works with Sammy, the more he starts to open up and find courage he’s never known. When feelings grow on both sides, the two of them make a pact to keep things professional (aka firmly in the friend zone). But with every passing day, Wes loses more of his heart and finds himself no longer chasing the safe and certain future he always thought he wanted, but something less so with the potential to be infinitely better.

All he has to do is convince Sammy that an uncharted future is better faced together. But to do that, he’ll have to find his ever-elusive voice or risk losing her at the end of the semester. No pressure.


My Review:


I love this series so much! Wes’ story is by far my favorite! For someone who doesn’t say very much, his story is poignant and life changing. It was wonderful watching his story unfold and the growth and change we get to experience right alongside him. Sammy was a fun and bubbly breath of fresh air. Talk about opposites, Wes and Sammy could not have been further apart. But they were so good for each other. Bobby was a beautiful shining light and her character had an impact on the story that was indelible. The sense of family and loyalty the Hawthornes portray is what makes me continue reading these books. The world building is spot on and each character feels real. Contemporary romance fans will love the wit and banter from Love, Strictly Speaking. I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

The Catch by Lisa Harris, New Release!



Book Summary:

After a harrowing attempt on a judge's life at the courthouse, Deputy US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are tasked with finding a missing woman and an endangered child in connection to the murder of the judge's wife. What seems like a fairly straightforward case becomes hopelessly tangled when the marshals discover that the woman they are searching for is in witness protection and the Amber Alert put out for the missing child has put two lives in danger.

Madison and Jonas are forced into a race to find the woman and the child before the men who want her dead discover her location. And in a final showdown that could cost her everything, Madison will come face-to-face with the person who murdered her husband.

USA Today bestselling author Lisa Harris concludes her thrilling US Marshals series with this breathless tale of secrets kept, lies exposed, and ultimately, justice prevailing.


My Review:

This fast paced, action packed, romantic suspense novel with a gentle weave of faith was amazing. It started out with a bang and kept the momentum going throughout the entire book. The suspense was palpable and I Could. Not. Put. The. Book. Down. You guys, it is one of those books that keeps you going; you cannot stop because you have to know what is going to happen books! Harris had me hook, line, and sinker. She baited me well because I was all in. From the romance between Jonas and Madison (sparks were flying!), to the edge of your seat action and suspense, Harris has hit this one out of the park. If you like romantic action suspense novels, The Catch is a MUST READ!!! I received a copy of this book for free; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Happy Reading!!!

You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.