Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Review of Catching Christmas

Catching ChristmasTitle:  Catching Christmas

Author: Terri Blackstock
Chapters: 32

Pages: 304

Genre: Christmas

Rating: 3.5

As Far as I know Catching Christmas is Terri Blackstock’s First Christmas book.  Sydney Batson is a first year Law associate who isn't really doing a good job of balancing her career as a lawyer and taking care of her grandmother.  Finn Parrish is a cab driver who finds himself becoming a personal cab driver to Miss Callie a wheelchair-bound elderly lady with Dementia who happens to be Sydney's grandmother. Because Sydney keeps calling cabs to take her grandmother to the doctor.  
However, there’s more to the story Callie is determined to play match maker. Rather it's with Sydney and Finn or Sydney and some other guy. Miss Callie doesn't want Sydney to be alone.  Miss Callie was a sweet elderly lady who reminded me of my own grandmother. Maybe a little too much.  I could relate to some of the story Sydney was going through not the whole first year associate stuff but the stuff that happened towards the end as some of that happened to me around Christmas one year when I was 16 and the other stuff happened to me back in May.  
Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock for the most part is a sweet Christmas story, but for me it hit to close to home. But I do feel like others who enjoy this read. But have tissues handy. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Review of A Christmas by the Sea

A Christmas by the SeaTitle:  A Christmas by the Sea

Author: Melody Carlson

Chapters: 14

Pages: 169

Genre: Christmas

Rating: 3.5 stars

A Christmas by the Sea is the new Christmas Story by Melody Carlson.  Widowed single mom Wendy Harper finds out that she has inherited a beach cottage in Maine. Her plan is to move to Maine temporarily with her son Jackson in order to get the house ready to be sold. Jackson has other plans he wants to make Maine their new home.   He starts by in rolling himself in the local school.  And in some ways he gets help from Caleb Colton in trying to get his mom to stay.   
What's a single mom and a local craftsman supposed to do when you’re dealing with a 12-year-old matchmaker? Well what follows is a sweet Christmas story about finding where you belong and that sometimes the plans you made aren't the ones that end up following.  That sometimes you go looking for something, but end up finding something so much better.    
Melody Carlson's Christmas stories tend to be lite on the romance, but heavy on the sweet. And more often than not there's always some kind of pet.  And in this book it was a loveable stray dog. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Review of Of Books and Bagpipes

Of Books and Bagpipes (Scottish Bookshop Mystery, #2)Title:  Of Books and Bagpipes

Author: Paige Shelton

Series: Scottish Bookshop Mystery book

Pages: 304

Genre: cozy mystery

Rating: 3.5 stars

In the second book in the Scottish Bookshop mysteries series Of Books and Bagpipes by Paige Shelton Delaney Nichols is settling into life in Edinburgh. It feels more like home than her home in the States. She loves her job as a bookseller at the Crack Spine, her boss Edwin McAlister and the other two members of the staff are becoming dear friends.  
But it's when she and Edwin go to a meeting about a first edition of a Scottish comic that they stumble on to another murder victim.  Delaney finds herself either becoming the suspect again or this time the killer next victim. But is a first edition Scottish comic worth killing over? 
     It was nice to be back in Edinburgh and at the Cracked spine with the same lovable cast of characters.  As the second book in the series the mystery moved faster than the previous book, because the character building had already happened in the first book.  With this book Edinburgh felt so much more real than it did in the first book.   As with the first book I enjoyed this one as well.  I look forward to the next one. I would recommend this one to anyone who loves cozy mysteries. Books set in Scotland and well as bookshops. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Review of An Hour Unspent

An Hour Unspent (Shadows Over England, #3)Title:  An Hour Unspent

Author: Roseanna M White

Series: Shadows Over England book 3
Chapters: 33 plus Epilogue

Pages: 416

Genre: Christian Historical fiction, Christian Historical Romance

Rating: 5 stars  

An Hour unspent is the third and final book in the Shadows Over England series by Roseanna M White.  It's Barclay's story, the story that I've been waiting for since I read the first book in the series.  Barclay's the "older brother" of Rosemary and Willa and the rest of the rag tag group of orphans. He's a reformed thief who now uses his skills for the good of England.   
Evelina Manning is the daughter of a clockmaker who just may have the key to helping England win the war against German.  Barclay is sent to steal the secrets any way he can. But what he doesn't count on befriending both Evelina and her father. But he doesn't' feel like he would ever fit into Evelina's world.  But on that same note Evelina who walks with a limp do to a polio like disease as a child doesn't think any man can love her for herself.  She knows her former fiance didn't not really.  Can these two misfits find a place together. 
Out of the three books in this series, An Hour Unspent was my favorite, I loved Barclay and Evelina did finally grow on me after a while.   I enjoy books set during WWI but I haven't found many of the Christian fiction market.  So I was thrilled to discover that Roseanna had this series especially this year being the hundred anniversary of   the end of WW I.   
Evelina and Barclay are both flawed characters but they both grow throughout the book especially in their faith. I loved the ending especially when Barclay was able to "steal" the thing that his sister challenged him to steal.   Got a love an honorable reformed thief.  This was my favorite book of the series to me Roseanna saved the best character for last, but I am sad that this series is over. Barclay has been added to my list of favorite book heroes.  I look forward to the next book or hopefully next series from Roseanna M. White. 
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction. WWI history especially if you want stories about the home front and the social aspects of the war like I do.  Not only I am a book nerd, I'm a history nerd. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Review of Premeditated Peppermint

Premeditated PeppermintTitle:  Premeditated Peppermint

Author: Amanda Flower

Series: Amish Candy Shop mystery book 3
Chapters: 38 plus epilogue

Pages: 341

Genre: Cozy Mystery

Rating: 4 stars

Premediated Peppermint is the third book in the Amish Candy Shop Mystery series by Amanda Flower.  Bailey King's favorite time of year just happens to be Christmas time. Especially now that's she back home in Ohio helping run her grandparents Amish candy shop.  This Christmas is bitter sweet as it's Bailey's first without some close to her.  She's growing to a certain deputy sheriff. Whom his mother and her pet pig are trying to play matchmaker. However what Bailey didn't count on her ex-boyfriend showing up with a TV crew in tow. But then when the producer is found murder her ex-boyfriend becomes the prime suspect.  Bailey is determined to clear his name so she can get home out of her town.
Since Christmas is also my favorite time of the year I enjoyed this Christmas cozy mystery.  I think it may be my favorite of the series so far. Gotta love Jerto the pet pig 
Bailey is one of my favorite cozy mystery sleuths.  I can also relate to part of what Bailey is going through in the book of getting through that first holiday season without a loved one.   This book is perfect for fans of cozy mysteries. Christmas mysteries and Christmas books in general.  This book is a fairly quick read perfect to read in either November or December. Or anytime if you want that Christmas feeling say in July.   
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Review of Whiskey in a Teacup

Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love & Baking BiscuitsTitle:  Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing up in the South Taught me about life, love and Baking Biscuits

Author: Reese Witherspoon
Chapters: 17 plus epilogue

Pages: 304

Genre: Memoir

Rating: 4 stars

I'm not going to lie I picked up this book for the name alone, Whiskey in a Teacup. But I have also enjoyed quite a few of Reese Witherspoon's movies, my two favorites being Walk the Line and Sweet Home Alabama.  This book was part memoir of growing up in the south and grandma's recipe book.  I enjoyed it. To the point of I finished it in a day. I hardly ever do that with non-fiction.  
As someone who also grew up in the south I know for a fact holidays like Reese said in the book are a big deal especially to your mom and grandmother. Like Reese I grew up a tomboy but every Easter and Christmas I was in church in a new dress. 
This is a great book to read if you’re looking for something quick and slightly light hearted and with some recipes thrown in.  You won't be disappointed. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review of Alaskan Holiday

37966378Title:  Alaskan Holiday

Author: Debbie Macomber

Chapters: 16 Plus Epilogue

Pages:  256

Genre: Christmas Chick lit

Rating:  3.5 stars

Alaskan Holiday is the new Christmas book by Debbie Macomber.  One of the things that you can count on is that Debbie Macomber almost always has a new Christmas book out every year. It's just something that she does, and this year is no different. Alaskan Holiday is at least her second Christmas book set in Alaska.  The first being Starry Night. 
In Alaskan Holiday Josie Avery having missed the last ferry leaving the remote Alaskan town of Ponder believes that she's going to be stuck in Alaska through the winter.  Which will lead to her losing her dream job in Seattle.  Though she loves the community and the people especially Palmer Saxon a quiet swordsmith and Jack Corcoran a wilderness guide who has an uncle like quality.  
Palmer who has fallen in love with Josie during the summer and loves his small Alaskan town can't understand why anyone would want to leave.  But when Josie finds a way out he lets her go.  But once in Seattle working at the restaurant she realizes her dreams aren't what she thought they were.  That maybe what she is looking for is somewhere else. 
I enjoy Debbie's Christmas books and Alaskan Holiday is no different.  I enjoy these Hallmark movies like books. That read just like a Hallmark movie.  Her books are great for people who like Christmas romances and Hallmark movies

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.