Monday, July 26, 2021

Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin review

Title:  Anchor in the Storm

Author:  Sarah Sundin

Ch: 48

Pg:  396

Series: Waves of Freedom

Genre:  Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Revell

 

Anchor in the Storm is the second book in the Waves of Freedom series by Sarah Sundin and I have to say I enjoyed spunky girl pharmacist Lillian Avery. I think she’s my favorite heroine in this series. Though it took me a bit to warm up to Archer Vandenberg as I was on the fence about him as a secondary character in the previous book. Through I wanted Lillians book since she was mentioned in the first book in the series.

And just like with the first book in the series I loved the mystery aspect of the story just as much as the romance. Lillian and Arch’s journey and growth was my favorite part of the story. They might have been from different worlds at the beginning but by the end I couldn’t imagine them with any else. Arch thought he lost everything he wanted but he ended up gaining so much more. And Lillian discovered who she had been all along. But most importantly they both learn who their Anchor is the Storm really is.

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Moonshine Shack Murder by Diane Kelly review

Title:  The Moonshine Shack Murder

Author:  Diane Kelly

Ch: 26 

Pg:  304

Series: Southern Homebrew Mystery book 1

Genre:  Cozy Mystery

Rating: 4.5 stars

Publisher: Berkeley

 

I enjoyed this moonshine cozy mystery but then there’s been nothing that Diane Kelly has written that I haven’t like. I loved that Hattie is a woman kicking butt in a man’s field. Carrying on the family tradition of making moonshine.

Also love how it’s got a bit of Romeo and Juliet feel because Marlon is following in his family’s law enforcement history.

Smoky the cat was adorable and I loved the Chattanooga setting I don’t think I’ve ever read a book let alone a cozy mystery set there. Now my favorite character was indeed Hattie’s grandpa he reminded me so much of my own papaw right down to the moonshine and whittling and I mess him so much.

Hattie was a strong and determined woman and even though she only got involved in the mystery to clear her name not a trope I truly like normally it worked with this one. I can’t wait for the next one in the series.

 

 

 

Monday, July 19, 2021

The Off Limits Rule by Sarah Adams Review

 Title:  The Off Limits Rule

Author:  Sarah Adams

Ch: 32 plus epilogue

Series: It Happened in Nashville

Genre:  Contemporary Rom Com

Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Indie

 

I enjoyed the audio version of this Rom Com.  Especially  since there were two narrators one for Lucy and one for Cooper. I loved their banter back and forth. Though I do have to say that Levi is indeed my favorite.  he's such and adorable kid.  I am looking forward to listening to the next one  Lucy's brother Drew and Lucy's best friend Jessie.  I do recommend  listening or reading these  in order. even though they are stand alone. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe reivew

 Title:  Under the Magnolias

Author:  T.I. Lowe

Ch: 16 Plus epilogue

Pg:  363

Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Tyndall

 

I'm not going to lie Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe was a hard read not because of the writing but simply because it dealt with a tough subject. That the author handled with grace. 

 

Though I also lost my mom at a younger age suddenly I couldn't imagine it happening at 13 and having six younger siblings to care for as well as a father. At twenty something and having a nineteenth year sister when it happened but unlike Austin I only had to deal with a dad who zoned out for a only a few months so I don't know if I would have been able to hang on as long as Austin did. 

 

I get that Austin's family didn't want people to know but I still can't believe that the only person who noticed was another teenager. But Austin's childhood and teenage years made her who she was. 

 

I do recommend that you read this book but have tissues handy. 

Monday, July 12, 2021

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon review

Title:  Pelican Point

Author:  Irene Hannon

Ch: 25 Plus epilogue

Series: Hope Harbor book 4

Genre:  Christian Contemporary romance

Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: revell

 

Pelican Point is the fourth book in the Hope Harbor series by Irene Hannon. And with each book in the series I grew to love the small coastal Oregon town even more. Ben Garrison has inherited a lighthouse he doesn't want and can't afford. While Marci Weber is determined to save it. So of course these two are going to butt heads.   And the secondary couple Rachel and Greg also kept me turning pages.  

 

Both the heroes in this book are military veterans  though Ben chose to leave the military Greg's injury makes the choice for him.   I loved reading and seeing how both couples grew and changed through the course of the novel.   

 

Lighthouses through history have served as guiding light for ships. Historical lighthouses required a keeper in order to keep the light burning especially during dark and stormy nights.  Now electric lights and computers keep the lights going. But it hasn't stopped the lighthouse from becoming a symbol of light pun intended. 

Thursday, July 8, 2021

In A Far-Off Land by Stephanie Landsem review

 Title:  In a Far-off Land

 Author:  Stephanie Landsem

Pg:  384

Genre:  Christian Historical

Rating: 3 stars

Publisher: Tyndale

 

In A Far Off Land by Stephanie Landsem is a book that’s slightly out of my comfort zone but I did enjoy it. This one was edger that other Christian fiction that I’ve read but it was worth the read. I enjoyed the prodigal son retelling in 1930s Hollywood which was a setting that worked for the type of retelling.

The author stayed true to history and it’s easy to see that she did her research in order to do justice to hard topics. Even now no one wants to admit it but during the depression Americans weren’t fond of immigrants taken what few jobs and the author handled that event in the novel truthfully. As well as the police corruption in the L.A. police department in the 1930s which is indeed based in historical fact. That the author handled tactfully.

This book is worth the read but it’s a hard read.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Cover Reveal To Treasure an Heiress by Roseanna M White