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Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

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Aurelie Harcourt grew up in debtor’s prison, but when her father dies suddenly, she moves in with her wealthy relatives. However, Aurelie has nothing in common with these distant relatives, so to pass the time, she assumes her father’s pen name, Nathaniel Droll, and continues to write his stories. She relishes his parting story, the story about her mother’s disappearance from the home where she now lives. To finish the story, she will have to seek the secrets from the walls of the old manor and the gossip of her relatives.

The premise and storyline of this story is certainly interesting. I enjoyed the elements of mystery woven throughout. I liked Aurelie but I also occasionally became frustrated with her because she was not as strong and determined as I wished her to be—that being said, she has deep compassion and a gentle heart that are endearing and sweet. Initially I very much enjoyed the complex descriptions and sentences of the novel but after some time, this seemed to slow the plot down. The creative nature of the storyline is definitely worth the read, however. The writing is a little modern for Victorian England but nonetheless there are interesting topics of history such as debtor’s prison in the 1860’s about which to learn. I recommend this novel and look forward to future stories from this debut author.

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

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Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

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Trish Bailey is feeling overwhelmed with caring for her ailing mother and managing a stressful job, not to mention doing her best to navigate her love life. But when a series of events occur, all related to Trish’s lapse in memory, she realizes that perhaps she is taking too much on at once. When one such event causes a death, she becomes an object of a police investigation. Detective Colin Flynn is methodical in his methods of uncovering a crime scene. After being assigned to an investigation involving Trish, however, he finds his usual tactics of uncovering clues somewhat hindered by his uncertainty over Trish’s involvement. As he and Trish start to work together to uncover clues, the game turns even more deadly.

I really enjoy Irene Hannon’s contemporary suspense and this novel once again includes fast paced action, intertwining mysteries, and devious villains. The characters are complex and have great development and the romance is tastefully intertwined among the action. I thought perhaps some of the later plot points worked out in an unrealistic manner, but this does not detract from the overall creative nature of the story. I also liked how I got to read from the villain’s perspective every now and again as it provides a chilling look into the killer’s mind. I recommend this novel to all lovers of contemporary suspense and cannot wait to read more in this new series!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing 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!

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

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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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Pursued by Lisa Harris

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Nikki Boyd is returning from vacation and could not be happier to finally be reunited with Tyler, their new relationship on the forefront of her mind. But when her plane crashes while attempting to land in Nashville, a neighboring passenger is suddenly missing and Nikki cannot shake the feeling that the stranger had something to do with the crash, except no one believes that this passenger was actually on the flight. As Nikki gets caught up into a sudden new mystery, murders and missing people abound and Nikki finds herself drawn further from Tyler. Nikki has to race against time to outsmart the rich and powerful while balancing her love life before it is too late.

I have really enjoyed this series, as each book is full of action from the first page to the last page. The villain and mystery are more predictable than the previous two stories, but the plot is still exciting. The trauma is non-stop, which makes me wonder how Nikki can withstand the pressure, but she manages to overcome her obstacles while relying on her faith. The search for Nikki’s sister continues as well in the background of the more urgent missing persons case and ties this into the previous novels, although this book could also be read as a stand-alone novel. I am excited to see how Nikki progresses with her relationship with Tyler and her search for her sister in the next book. I recommend this book and the whole series!

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

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The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Betsy Zook feels like her life is coming together—she has a wonderful family, beautiful looks, and the attentions of the handsome and devoted Hans. But her life is suddenly changed forever when she’s taken captive in a surprise Indian raid and removed from all she holds dear. She is stunned to meet a comfort during her captivity, a native who encourages her to seek God despite her circumstances. Tessa Bauer is jealous of Betsy’s perfect life and particularly envious of Hans’ devoted attention. When Betsy is taken captive, she is ashamed but thrilled when Hans turns to her for comfort. She overlooks Hans’ simmering anger as she grows closer to Hans during Betsy’s absence. Inspired by true events, Betsy and Tessa maneuver life in prerevolutionary Pennsylvania among the Amish and the Native Americans, growing and maturing in ways they had never imagined.

I have mentioned before on my blog that I am not a big reader of Amish fiction, but I have immensely enjoyed this series Amish Beginnings by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I particularly liked this third installment and think it is my favorite of the series. I am not ashamed to admit that I cried—often—during this novel. The author does a phenomenal job of crafting deep emotions that encourages the reader to feel the same feelings as the characters. I loved Betsy and admired her strength and ability to overcome her circumstances. Even though Tessa made mistakes and errors, her actions are not unlike shameful sins I too have performed, allowing me to connect with her as well. I also find it fascinating that many of the events in the novel are based on true events, a testament to the author’s ability to perform research of interesting history. Not everything works out perfectly in the end (although the story does have a good conclusion), which I always find to be a more honest and relatable way to write books. It is not necessary to read the first two books to understand this third one, but I do encourage readers to also give those books a try. I truly cannot recommend this novel enough, even for those who do not consider themselves fans of Amish fiction.

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

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