Monthly Archives: July 2015

To Capture Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is captured by a rival tribe while celebrating her marriage to her childhood sweetheart. Rescued by Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren, she is able to return to her people, where she grieves over the loss of other members of her tribe with her extended family. She can also reconnect with her old friend Ben Horton, a man who has realized his growing feelings for Heather Flower. But she is already falling in love with the handsome lieutenant who saved her from her captors, despite the political strife between her friends and his. As tensions rise, Heather Flower must decide whether to choose what duty and family demand or what her heart desires.

This book has a wealth of greatly researched history from an interesting time period. It is clear that the author put forth much work with regards to the background of the setting, characters, and time period. However, the history-laden plot of the novel detracts a bit from the personal connections of the characters and the flow of the story. It reads more like a history book than a true fictional novel and it is somewhat difficult to relate to the characters for this reason. Although not strictly necessary, reading the first book in this series will help to sort out some of the characters, as there are many. This novel is perhaps best suited for those who enjoy the historical part of historical fiction and wish for less emphasis on the connection between the characters and reader.

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

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Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley

Livy Reynolds decides to take some time off of her job as a homicidal detective after a case affects her emotionally. Upon returning home to Logan Point, she meets private investigator Alex Jennings, who is in town researching the disappearance of a senator’s missing granddaughter. Chilled by the similarities to her own cousin’s disappearance two years prior, Livy teams up with Alex to dig deeper into the odd circumstances surrounding these events and discovers danger neither of them suspected.

The action in this novel was fairly fast moving and kept the plot interesting from the beginning. There were enough twists that I could not fully predict the ending, which was a favorable part of this book. However, I found the relationship between the characters to be somewhat stilted, which made certain portions of the plot a little choppy and the romance less genuine than desired. The villain is certainly disturbing, which may bother some young readers. Nevertheless, overall the book is intriguing and suitable for lovers of contemporary suspense.

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

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In Good Company by Jen Turano

Millie Longfellow finds herself fired from yet another nanny position after her unconventional ways do not meet favor with her employer. The nanny agency agrees to give her one more chance and pairs her with none other than Everett Mulberry, a friend of a friend and a society gentleman who has suddenly become guardian to three rather unruly children, children who have managed to drive away every nanny thus far. Millie, annoyed by Everett’s rather snobbish ways, focuses on taking the children in hand while he pursues the favor of the social elite. But when further investigation reveals that the deaths of the children’s parents may not be what it seems, both Everett and Millie must work together to solve the mysteries and dangers surrounding the children’s past.

Yet another delightful read by Jen Turano! This author crafts such hilarious escapades that it is easy to fall in love with the characters, especially Millie’s rather unconventional methods of interacting with children. The spiritual messages are subtle and brilliantly interwoven, the scenes are creative and vividly painted, and the dialogue is hilarious and endearingly spoken, creating a novel that is truly a joy to read. The plot contains a few unsuspected twists to round out a story that is amusing and charming. I adore all of this author’s novels and this one is no exception! Most highly recommended!

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

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The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart

Carlyn Karney still hopes that her husband, declared missing by the Union Army, will return home. However, the landlord for their farm is not nearly as patient and uses the local sheriff to force Caryln to move on. Desperate, she turns to the mysterious Shaker village for assistance, an act that requires her to leave behind any thoughts of her husband, home, or former life. But strange events begin to happen while she is adjusting to her new life, causing many of the Shakers to become suspicious of Caryln. Caryln finds herself trusting an unlikely friend to help her unravel the odd circumstances, but she must be careful before she gets hurt.

Being not at all familiar with the Shaker lifestyle, I was surprised to discover how legalistic and strict the followers were in this religion. This created an interesting and unique backdrop to a rather unexpectedly mysterious plot that really began to take shape a few chapters into the novel. The beginning pages were good for setting the background of the reminder of the story, but were not certainly gripping by any means. However, once strange things began to happen, the storyline picked up its pace and became much more interesting. Something about the Shaker village still left me unsettled by the end of the book, despite a good conclusion. Overall, the novel is unique and not quite what I expected, but worth reading nonetheless.

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

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