Saturday, March 23, 2019

Review of On Love's Gentle Shore

On Love's Gentle Shore (Prince Edward Island Dreams #3)
Title: On Love’s Gentle Shore
Author:   Liz Johnson
Ch: 21 plus epilogue
Pg: 336
Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams book 3
Genre: Christian Contemporary
Rating:  4.5 stars
     On Love’s Gentle Shore by the Liz Johnson is the third book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series. Natalie O’Ryan never thought she would be back in her hometown. But yet she is because her fiancée thought he would surprise her with a wedding on Prince Edward Island. He thought she would love to get married in her hometown, because she’s never told him the reason she left and never looked back. She’s been keeping a part of herself and her past a secret from him. As well as the boy she left behind.
     Justin Kane and Natalie where best friends as children and teens. But when Natalie left without so much as a goodbye Justin buried the hurt and their friendship and focused on running his family’s dairy farm. Now that Natalie’s back in town to get married he doesn’t know what to think. Can these two find a way to mend the past and save a friendship or will they find so much more.
     Even though Justin is the boy from her past and she has a fiancée there isn’t a love triangle.  This book isn’t so much about romance as much as it is about Natalie learning to love herself despite her past, and past hurts. Out of all the characters in this series Natalie was the one I related to the must because like her I didn’t really fit in with my classmates in school and I had stutter that never completely went away. Even now it still comes out when I am tired or stressed.
     All in all, this is good series I would recommend reading. I read this one the fastest out of all of them because I just couldn’t put it down. This book should be read after the first two in the series.  This isn’t the last book in the series. There is a Christmas Novella that comes after this one. That I still have to read.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Reading this week


I read a total of 1,230 pages this week.

Finished
The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Linsday Harrel
A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro (e-book)
With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander (audio)
The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene (audio)
Unlucky in Love by Tracy Joy Jones (e-book) (owned)
The Legend of the Howling Werewolf by Gertrude Chandler Warner (audio)
It’s Milking Time by Phyllis E. Alsdurf
In Another Time by Jillian Cantor
A Study in Death by Anna Lee Huber (e-book)

Reading
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
American Princess by Stephanie Mare Thornton

Non-fiction reading

Classic
Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Audio on the Way to Work

Getting ready to read
Once Upon a Laugh by Pepper D Basham
Finding Ever After by Pepper D Basham

Reviewing

Devotional reading


Did not Finish

Reviews Posted this week



Thursday, March 21, 2019

Review of All Made Up

All Made Up
Title: All Made Up
Author:   Kara Isaac
Ch: 35
Pg: 376
Genre: Christian Contemporary
Rating:  5
All Made Up is my favorite of Kara’s books.  It is also the most emotional of her books at least two me. Katriona McLeod has been a secondary character in Kara’s first three books. She had a career as a professional make-up artist that is dealing with a strong case of what might have been.  She working as a makeup artist the set of the reality TV show Falling for the Farmer when she finds herself on   the show. And the farmer is none other than her ex Caleb Murphy.
Caleb Murphy can’t believe that his mother signed him up for this show nor can he believe that Kat is one of the constants. He sees this as a second chance.  Katriona’s not so sure.
Katriona’ was the easiest character of Kara’s for me to relate to. Not because of the relationship issues nor the reality TV show aspect.  That part was a bit of a turn off because I don’t really care for reality TV. I never did.  But because of the medical issues that she goes through. As I also deal with the same issues. Though not to the level that Katriona does. I was blessed that mom recognized the symptoms and kept taking me to doctors till we got one to listen and start my treatment. So I felt Kat’s plan as well as how she felt when her felt her like her dreams for the future were gone.
Kara did her research on the condition and actually talked to women who have suffered from the condition so that she could write a character true to life. I feel like this book brought to awareness to the condition of Endometriosis. This is the first book I have read that I read that had this condition. And quite frankly we need more books like this tastefully done.   I am thankful that Kara was thoughtful and brave enough to get Katriona her own book.



Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Review of Murders and Metaphors

Murders and Metaphors (Magical Bookshop Mystery #3)
Title: Murders and Metaphors
Author:   Amanda Flower
Ch: 37
Pg:320
Series: A Magical Bookshop Mystery book 3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Rating:  4 stars
Murders and Metaphors is the third book in the A Magical Bookshop Series by Amanda Flower. And my favorite of the series so far. With Cozy mysteries I feel that by the third book you have the setting set as well as the characters and you can focus on the mystery and the story.  And Murders and Metaphors is no exception.  
Violet Waverly is finally settling back into her hometown and finally forgiven her grandmother for lying to her. When another mystery has landed in her lap. And though she promised her grandmother and police chief David Rainwater that she would stay out of murders mysteries from now on. But it’s a promise she can’t keep when her best friend is the prime suspect.
This one was a quick read. That to me wrapped up nicely.  Violet is left with a decision that she’s pretty much had to make since the first book.  And I as a reader think she made the right decision. If there are any more books in this series, I look forward to them. As well as any other books by Amanda Flowers.

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.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Review of The Lost Traveller

The Lost Traveller (County Cork, #7)
Title: The Lost Traveller
Author:   Sheila Connolly
Pg: 336
Series: County Cork book 7
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Rating:  3.5 stars
     The Lost Traveller by Sheila Connolly is the 7th book in the County Cork series.  Boston Ex-Pat Maura Donovan has settled into life in County Cork as a pub owner. The rest of the village is finally seeing her as one of the locals. She may have found romance with a local boy.  When another murder lands in her lap when a body is found behind the pub.
     I love the Irish village setting as well as the Irish charm of this series.  Sheila’s writing makes it feel like you are in Ireland when you are reading the book. Which I enjoyed it’s a bit like armchair traveling.
     I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and books set in Ireland.
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, March 16, 2019

Review of Where Two Hearts Meet

Where Two Hearts Meet (Prince Edward Island Dreams #2)
Title:  Where Two Hearts Meet
Author:   Liz Johnson
Ch: 26
Pg:376
Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams book 2
Genre: Christian Contemporary
Rating:  4 stars
     Where Two Hearts Meet is the second book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series by Liz Johnson though book 2 focuses on two different main characters’ chef Caden Holt and and Journalist Adam Jacobs it picks up where the first book The Red Door Inn leaves off, so it’s best to only read this one after reading the first one. 
     Caden loves her job and her hometown sometimes but she’s always seen herself as the plain one, the girl that just seen as a friend. She’s pretty much given up on ever falling in love. Adam thinks he two scared from the mistakes of his past to ever have a chance with a girl like Caden. That is until he meets a wise old man who just happens to be a guest at the Inn. Who gives Adam some advice that he just needs to hear from someone who’s been where he’s been.
     I enjoyed this one more than the first one in the series and it really is worth the read.  It a quick read just like the first one in the series.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Reading this week


I read a total of 1,909 pages this week.

Finished
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano
Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service by Gary Sinise
Murder in an Irish Pub by Carlene O’Connor
Hunted by Meagan Spooner
The Tower Treasure by Franklin W Dixon
When Life Doesn’t Match Your Dreams: Hope for Today from 12 Women of the Bible by Jill Eileen Smith

Reading
The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Linsday Harrel
A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Non-fiction reading

Classic
Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

Audio on the Way to Work
With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander
The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolyn Keene

Getting ready to read
Once Upon a Laugh by Pepper D Basham
Finding Ever After by Pepper D Basham
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
In Another Time by Jillian Cantor

Reviewing

Devotional reading


Did not Finish

Reviews Posted this week