Monthly Archives: June 2015

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

Caroline Taylor has grown to love caring for the Windmill Point Lighthouse. It allows her to enjoy the peaceful lake and fills her with a sense of duty as she protects boats crossing the water. But the lighthouse board frowns upon a female acting as keeper in 1865 Michigan and appoints a war veteran to resume her position. Ryan Chambers is struggling with his own demons, however, and realizes upon arriving that Caroline can handle this task much better than he. Ryan convinces her to stay for a short time to show him how to manage the light, but someone does not want Caroline to remain in the position. As dangerous events continue to occur, each one suggesting something other than pure coincidence, Caroline must decide between staying and exploring her growing affection for the wounded soldier and moving the family she has sworn to protect from the dangers of the lighthouse.

What a wonderful read! The characters were interesting and possessed significant depth. They were flawed, yes, but their struggles made their personalities, trials, and victories that much richer. The setting of this novel was unique and was described so well that that I felt as though I could feel the breeze from the lake or smell the dew on the grass. The story contained surprising plot changes that created a novel that was not predictable. The romance was complex and the villain was not whom I at first suspected. A truly enjoyable book and most highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard

Kate Adams has discovered a rare plant that has been a crucial component to her family for a long time. She thinks that understanding this plant is the key to solving her father’s disappearance and finally making her family whole once again. Detective Tom Parker suspects that Kate may be hiding some information from him regarding her father, but he decides to trust her while he follows some leads on his own. But neither of them realize that Kate’s information may put them both in grave danger as they race to discover layers of secrets and lies.

A creative story with many surprising twists, this novel will keep you turning pages long into the night as you wish to discover more secrets and plot revelations that are plentiful in the story. I most definitely recommend reading the first two books that precede this in the series or you may become lost, as the author does not really re-explain important plot points from those earlier novels. Despite this disappointment, however, this book contains exciting and dangerous chapters that create a book that is difficult to put down and enjoyable to read. Recommended only after reading the other two equally exciting novels in the series!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson

Anna Gordon has bigger dreams than managing the small inn in her hometown. So when she hears of a new chic hotel in downtown New York, so flies east to interview for the head manager. She is soon disappointed to discover that a childhood crush has instead been hired for that role, but she accepts another position as head housekeeper, throwing herself into her new job with excited zeal. Sean O’Neil is intrigued by the passionate girl he remembers from childhood and works to discover more about her every chance that he can. But their blooming friendship is frowned upon by the hotel’s strict rules and may result in either termination of a job or their newfound relationship.

This novel is entirely too predictable to be very enjoyable. The plot is tired and boring with its smattering of too-perfect characters and rushed romances. The entire story is, in fact, quite forgettable. It was difficult to connect with any of the characters since none of them had much depth or complexity. The plot did flow relatively easily and the descriptions of New York in the summertime were fun to read. It certainly is not a difficult novel to get through and may be more suitable for those looking for a light summer read.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Love’s Rescue by Christine Johnson

Elizabeth Benjamin returns home to Key West after receiving news that her mother passed away. She is eager to see if Rourke O’Malley, a childhood crush, is still as handsome, dashing, and courageous as she remembers. She fears facing her brother and father, however, after a family event that caused her to leave the island four years ago. Pressured by the demands of society and family, Elizabeth must choose to follow her heart or selflessly give up her desires to help those she loves.

This book opens with interesting action and intriguing romance. The plot contains enough complexity to make the story interesting, but it does lack a certain depth to the characters and their relationships. The romance between Rourke and Elizabeth becomes a bit lost amidst the other subplots. Elizabeth has a frustrating personality initially, but her character redeems itself throughout the novel. There were some surprises throughout the book that kept my attention and created a good summer romance. I was also impressed with the author’s research and knowledge of the nautical life. Overall, this novel is recommended to those who enjoy an interesting seaside setting and romantic story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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