Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

  • ISBN-10: 0800727681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727680
  • Publisher: Revell (April 4, 2017)


Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish.

Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine.

I have loved the Hope Harbor series since I read the first book (Hope Harbor). With each subsequent book I have fallen more in love with the town, it's residents and the beautiful coast and surroundings. I know it sounds corny but I really wish this was a "real" place - what a wonderful sea side town to live in! 

Sandpiper Cove, the third book in this series lives up to and beyond the prior books. The story is delightfully engaging with realistic and flawed characters facing love and experiencing life's challenges head on.  I enjoyed this book from start to finish and walked away with a big grin on my face.  I definitely recommend this to all. I can't wait to read the fourth books ~ Pelican Point due to be out in April 2018!

5 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Hannon, Revell Publishing, Library Thing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Underground River by Martha Conway

  • ISBN-10: 1501160206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1501160202
  • Publisher: Touchstone
Release Date~ June 20, 2017


Set aboard a nineteenth century riverboat theater, this is the moving, page-turning story of a charmingly frank and naive seamstress who is blackmailed into saving runaways on the Underground Railroad, jeopardizing her freedom, her livelihood, and a new love.

It’s 1838, and May Bedloe works as a seamstress for her cousin, the famous actress Comfort Vertue—until their steamboat sinks on the Ohio River. Though they both survive, both must find new employment. Comfort is hired to give lectures by noted abolitionist, Flora Howard, and May finds work on a small flatboat, Hugo and Helena’s Floating Theatre, as it cruises the border between the northern states and the southern slave-holding states.

The Underground River by Martha Conway has received great reviews across the blogging world and the Internet. Mine will not be one of those, unfortunately. 

I love reading historical fiction but this time, not so much. I found The Underground River too dry; so much so that I had  a very hard time getting into the story and reading it. So much so that I couldn't finish this book. 

It's rare but when I have to post a review such as this one, I ask that readers of this blog put aside my review. This is a well loved author who is known for great books.  Check out The Underground River for yourself, make your own opinions!  

2 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Conway, Touchstone Publishing, and Netgalley and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shadow ~ Wendy Darling #3 by Colleen Oakes

  • ASIN: B072JVYPB6
  • Publisher: SparkPress 
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2017


Wendy Darling has found herself once again in the arms of charming Peter Pan, the god-child who desires power above all things. This time, though, Wendy burns not with passion but with a secret: with Hook as her ally, she is there to defeat the evil that lies inside of Peter, the evil that holds all Neverland hostage—the Shadow. 

To do this, Wendy must quietly undo Peter from inside his heart while at the same time convincing Tink to betray the twisted love that binds them together. This is a task made nearly impossible by the arrival of Booth, her sweetheart from London and a new pawn in Peter’s manipulative game—a boy whose heart she must break in order to save his life. 

As all of Neverland prepares to fight, Wendy races to untangle Peter’s connection to the Shadow, a secret long buried in the Forsaken Garden. When the time comes, pirates, mermaids, Lost Boys, and the Darling family will all rise—but if Wendy can’t call the Shadow, they will all be destroyed by Peter’s dark soul. War has come to paradise, and Neverland will never be the same. 

Shadow  is the third and final book in the Wendy Darling Series by Colleen Oaks. This series overall has been a unique take on the fairytale retelling of Peter Pan

This book is full of action, adventure and romance. The world building in this book was phenomenal  with well developed characters and a flowing story-line that wrapped up this series rather nicely.  In my opinion, Shadow is the best of the three in this series!

3.5 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Oaks, Sparks Press and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer

  • Publication Date: May 16, 2017
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 16, 2017)


Memorial Day weekend means that seasonal visitors have descended on the glamorous island of Nantucket. For year-round resident Darcy Cotterill, it means late-night stargazing in the backyard of the beautiful house she grew up in and inherited from her beloved grandmother. It’s also Darcy’s chance to hit the beach and meet her new summertime neighbors. But the last person the thirty-year-old librarian expects to see staying next door is her ex-husband, Boyz, along with his wife, Autumn, and stepdaughter, Willow.

Darcy must also navigate the highs and lows of a new romantic relationship with local carpenter Nash Forester even as she becomes smitten with handsome vacationer Clive Rush, a musicologist in town to write a book and visit family. And she finds herself pulled into the concerns of Boyz, Autumn, a charming elderly neighbor, and an at-risk teen.

As the season nears its end, Darcy must decide her next move: retreating to the comforts of her steady and secure island life, or risking it all for a chance at true happiness.

Summer time ... Sweet, Sweet Summer Time! 

The Summer months are busy but there is always a bit of time to relax, unwind and enjoy a bit of good reading!

Secrets in Summer was the perfect Summer reading for me this past month. Romance, intrigue, Nantucket Summers, tangled emotions and sweet moments. The stuff that makes for an excellent romance read ~ any time of year!

4 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Thayer,  Random House LLC and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

With You Always by Jodi Hedlund

  • ISBN-10: 0764218042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218040
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (June 6, 2017)


When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance. 

The son of one of New York City's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother's shadow and is determined to win his father's challenge. He doesn't plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

I love reading historical romances and Jody Hedlund has become one of my favorite "go to" authors. She writes wonderful romances set in detailed, richly described historical settings.  

With You Always is rich in history, faith and romance. While it is a wonderful romance story, this book also brought to my attention the Orphan Train movement, a part of history that I hadn't ever really focused on. Ms. Hedlund brought this era to life for me with her story and I hope she will do a sequel  to round out this delightful and emotionally moving story.  

I highly recommend With You Always and I can't wait to read more of Ms. Hedlund's books!  

5 Stars

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to Ms. Hedlund, Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.