Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

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Miss Gertrude Cadwalader may be simply a paid companion, but working for the eccentric Mrs. Davenport is never dull. From wearing odd costumes that her employer creates to returning random stolen goods the woman pilfers, Gertrude is rarely bored. However, when Mrs. Sinclair catches Getrude in the act of returning items to the Sinclair yacht, a misunderstanding may cost her the friendship of the dashing and successful Harrison Sinclair, a friend of hers and a man who is becoming quite dear to Gertrude despite his lack of fashion sense. As one misunderstanding leads to another adventure, Gertrude must attempt to solve the mystery of other stolen goods before her friendship and her livelihood are destroyed.

I love Jen Turano’s novels because they are always full of hilarious escapades and laugh out loud adventures with eccentric, extraordinary characters. This book is no exception! I loved Gertrude from page one, with her dear generous heart and kind thoughtful spirit. She may be cast as a wallflower in society, but her fortitude and tenacity demonstrate a stronger soul beneath her exterior. I also loved Harrison and his ability to see the deeper Gertrude as well as his laughable sense of fashion and close relationship with his family. Indeed I quite enjoyed all of the characters although I do have to admit that I found Mrs. Davenport less than desirable, even though her antics were explained well with her history. Nevertheless, there is great history and wonderful spiritual growth. I do most heartedly recommend this novel to all lovers of books everywhere—I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

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

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Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

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Garrett Anderson is excited to leave behind his life as a lawyer and work instead for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, but his job is challenging from day one when he is assigned to a case of a missing girl. This girl appears to be another victim in a stream of serial killer crimes. Garrett soon realizes that this case is bigger than the TBI and works alongside the FBI to solve the mysteries. He is surprised when is assigned to Special Agent Jordan Lambert, an old flame and a love from which he has not yet recovered. As yet another girl goes missing, Garrett and Jordan must team up to attempt to solve the case before the killer aims at them.

This book contained great action and suspense. From page one, there is intrigue and mystery surrounding the murders of the young girls. The plot takes unexpected twists and turns and results in startling events. Although the suspense and action is superbly written, I thought the romance was a little lacking and did not like how the romance spanned so many years. Despite this, the novel is still very enjoyable, particularly because the romance is not central to the story. We finally see a conclusion to Nikki Boyd’s mysteries as well, although reading the first three books in this series is not required as it is a different perspective and time reference than the others. I thoroughly enjoyed this final installment and recommend it to lovers of contemporary suspense!

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The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

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Two years after her husband dies, Kaine Prescott decides to move across the country, impulsively buying an old abandoned home in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. Convinced that her husband was murdered and his murderer is stalking her, but unable to prove it, she attempts to move on and start over. Only the strange events that were taking place in California to her begin to occur in Wisconsin, increasing Kaine’s suspicions. Meanwhile, a century earlier, Ivy Thorpe helps her father identify a dead woman found in a tree near the old house on Foster Hill. As she untangles the mystery, odd discoveries cause her to question the strange happenings at the old house. Danger mounts for both Ivy and Kaine as their investigations lead to more similarities that crosses decades and ties together at an old house.

This story is a perfect blend of mystery and suspense! I liked how the two story lines were separated by time but connected in a very unique way and I did not find them to be confusing at all. This author may be fairly new, but her writing style, creative plot, and suspenseful story craft a novel that speaks of an experienced writer. I had a hard time putting the book down! I really enjoyed the tasteful romance and sprinkles of history as well. There is definitely enough spooky suspense enough to keep you up at night. I highly recommend this novel and look forward to more from this author!

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A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

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Lucy Drake loves her job as a decoder of Morse code at the Associated Press news agency, where she uses her skills to be the first to discover news around the world. But since the Associated Press has not yet finished its sub-Pacific cable line, she has to interact with the insufferable Sir Colin Beckwith, a rival at the British news agency Reuters and her source for Eastern news. As she and Colin spar during work hours, she realizes that he could be helpful to her long-standing family feud and lawsuit. But when Lucy decodes a secret message that has larger implications than herself, she turns to Colin to help her, endangering them both and entangling them in a precarious game.

This particular book grabbed me from the first page and did not let go until the last. One of my favorite parts of Elizabeth Camden’s books is her ability to craft such deep characters with realistic and engaging struggles; this novel is no exception! I absolutely loved Lucy. She has made mistakes, like any one of us, but she has a loyalty to her family and develops a deeper sense of morality and peace as the story develops. The historical setting is really fascinating, tackling a lot of interesting topics at the turn of the century, and the author’s dedication to thoroughly researching the history is admirable. I also was impressed with the amount of suspense and mystery in this book and surprised by all the twists and turns. I most highly recommend this book!

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All This Time by Melissa Tagg

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Bear McKinley sacrificed everything for his family ten years ago before leaving for Brazil to perform noble work. But when he finds himself back home again in Maple Valley, he is once again charged with caring for his family, this time for his missing brother’s children. He reconnects with Raegan, his childhood friend. Raegan had been fine with her part-time jobs and home life until Bear comes back to town and disrupts her life while also instilling her love of art once more. But as Bear finally begins to settle in at Maple Valley, his brother’s mystery begins to cause danger and strife once again. Raegan and Bear must work together to save their family and their town.

I have loved all of Melissa Tagg’s books and especially this series set in Maple Valley. The town has worked its way into my heart and makes me feel as if I can picture its storefronts and its residents with its descriptive scenes. This story has its own unique plot that has realistic, applicable spiritual truths. The author captivates me with memorable characters, full of wit and humor but also broken and in the process of healing, with deep spiritual struggles and growth. I really liked Bear and Raegan individually, but together they are wonderful! These are not merely good books, but remarkable novels that stick with you for some time. I am happy to put this book on the shelf to read over and over again and recommend it highly to all readers!

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The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

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During the peak of World War II, Amelia meets the love of her life, James, and gets engaged to him quickly, only to lose her new husband to the warm months later. Alone and penniless, Amelia takes her infant son Jimmy to meet his paternal grandparents. Only his grandparents do not know that he exists or that Amelia married their son. And Amelia is surprised to arrive and find that her in-laws are wealthy and privileged. She is suddenly nervous that they will not accept her or her son as she and James never had the chance to marry. Amelia must decide if she can be brave enough to make the journey, if not for herself than for the sake of her son.

Another sweet Christmas book by Melody Carlson! This short story has forgiveness, faith, love, and a dash of Christmas magic. It is a lovely story and a pleasant read. It is only 170 pages, so the characters do not have significant depth and the storyline is rushed due to the nature of its shorter plot, but overall I enjoyed the book. It is an easy read that can be accomplished in an afternoon with some tea and the fireplace nearby. I recommend this book to those who enjoy Christmas stories that leave readers with lovely, warm-hearted endings!

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The Day the Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

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A terrible summer causes a tragic accident and the death of a loved one. Samuel Chambers sets out on a quest to seek the Tree of Life in order to bring back his mother. He solicites the help of his best friend Abra to join him on the journey, and along the way, he meets carnival fortune-tellers and odd neighbors who introduce him to new ideas. As he ponders the theme of death and the process of dying, he learns new concepts and discovers new answers to lifelong questions.

This story is not something that I would typically pick out to read, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the distinctive storytelling and prose of this new author. His descriptions are interesting and craft a depth to the story that is appreciated and admired. The overarching themes of death and the process of dying are explored in a unique and remarkable way. The plot sweeps the reader away to another time and place.   Because the style is so different, it may take a little extra time to get into the novel, but I encourage readers to continue until the end. I look forward to more from this author.

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