Thursday, February 27, 2014

Devoted to Drew

Logan was a football player but was told due to his concussions he cannot play anymore when he was twenty-five. Ten years later he meets Bianca who is a widow with a seven year old autistic son, named Drew. Logan has a sister with a autistic son also. He does commercials and one is for companion dogs which Drew has decided he needs a companion dog to help him. Also Logan is planning to build a school for autistic children and wants Bianca to work with him on it. I don't want to give away any more of the story. If I could give this book 10 stars I would, so well written, such a good book.

What others are saying:

"I love that Loree Lough's books so often raise awareness of social issues. In Devoted to Drew, her characters were realistic--and parents of children on the autism spectrum will relate to mom Bianca's attempts to single-handedly meet her son, Drew's, every need. Readers will not only enjoy the tender story, but will also come away with a better understanding of the challenges, victories, and joys of parenting a special needs child. Super book". -V. Herlocker

"This book was a great read. I really liked the characters of Drew, Bianca and Logan. Bianca was quite the independent woman out of necessity. I also liked that Bianca worked hard with Drew to help him on his way to achieving his potential. I really liked that Bianca put Drew first and foremost. I also liked that Loree made it clear several times that all children with autism are not the same!When I read the prologue, I wasn't sure where we were headed. As the characters and their relationship grew, I figured it out. The relationships between all the characters helped me understand who Logan and Bianca were and where they came from. I liked rich characters.I made sure that I had plenty of time to read this book once I started it. I knew it would be an interesting, fun, and worthwhile read. I was correct!" - Andre

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Reclaiming Home, a Green Pines Romance Price

Ella gets a call from her sister that her parents were in a car accident, her dad is hurt bad but her stepmom has minor injuries. She goes to the hospital to take care of her dad and stepmom and after her dad gets released she also helps them at home. The town Green Pines is going downhill, people moving out and business's going out. Ella is in the business of trying save towns like this /neighborhoods. She does get a lot of interest in her project to save the town and they decide to build the bed and breakfast that was a dream of her stepmom. Ella meets Tony that works for the company that the truck was involved in the accident. She has a lot already against that company from them taking over neighborhoods for new buildings. There is misunderstandings between Ella and Tony that will leave you hanging on till the end. This is my first book to read by Milou Koenings but won't be my last.

What others are saying: 

I read a lot of books but this was an emotional and "real" read from the beginning. I thought it was going to be the same old thing but it is far from it. The description of the characters and places was so on spot, so excellent, you were part of the story from the start. I couldn't stop reading this book and would sneak read at work. To me, that is the sign of an excellent book.Tony and Ella are very different from each other and what their jobs are, but their attraction is there from the beginning. It comes on slowly and it all works it's way through. I can't say how wonderful this book is and I am looking forward to reading more from this author.white; font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, This is a book that I will read again and again." - Amazon Customer
"Reclaiming Home is such a good read. The two main characters are Ella and Tony. Ella left home to have a better life and help those less fortunate when she was called that her dad had been in an accident. She went home to find out that Tony paid for all of her dads medical expenses as it was his supplies that caused the accident. She met him when he was also at the hospital visiting his brother who was also in the hospital and Ella befriended. They had an instant attraction but then found out Tony's company was the one that Ella was fighting in order to help others. One thing after another puts angst between them both. Wil they be able to overcome their differences and she return home? Read this book to find out. Each page makes you want to keep reading more. It does not dissappoint." -Melinda Garza

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

My Amish Boyfriend

 Shannon thinks she is going to get a job during her summer break but finds out different after getting home from the last day of school. Her neighbor that helps take care of her mom that is sick due to a decease that makes her dizzy a lot tells her it has been arranged for her and her mom to go stay with her mom's family in Hochstetler to help care for her mom. She finds out that it is Amish country. She finds there is a lot of adjustments to make in living with the Amish. Shannon and her mother stay with her grandparents but after a few days Shannon goes to live with her uncle's family for she can have more room. The required her to dress like the Amish. She meets Ezra and they immediate like each other, unfortunately things don't work for them. Her mother gets worse, she take her to a dr there and finds out what is wrong with her. I love the way Shannon takes care of her mother.
"Melody Carlson has done it again! I can't say enough about this deft handling of the whole "Amish fiction thing". Carlson brings it! This is one of those YA/teen reads that is thoroughly satisfying for the adult reader as well. Jump right into caring about Shannon and her mother (whose mysterious ailment adds tension and conflict in surprising ways) who journey back to mom's Amish roots when they need care only a family can give.In no way idolizing the Amish, Carlson paints a fair portrait of a slice of Amish culture, practices, and problems. I won't tell too much, because I don't want to spoil your fun." - Susan Karsten
"I related to Shannon in this book in a way. I was the primary caretaker of my mom before she passed away of cancer in 2006. I had to do everything for her, even when we decided for her to go into the nursing home. I was still there 8 hours or better a day with her. I was younger, not as young as Shannon, but the feelings of being stuck. I certainly can relate. The author, Melody Carlson, really engages the reader. The writing is easy to read, it flows from chapter to chapter. Shannon learns some life lessons, falls in love with an Amish boy, and learns to interact with grandparents she did not know she had, let alone know that they were Amish. I love the book. I give this book 5/5 stars!" - Ginger

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Wishing on Buttercups

Wishing on buttercups is the second in a series, continued from Blowing on Dandelions.Beth is a illustrator and Jeffery is a writer, she is doing it under a different name that will help her family find her, but got a contract for it but he is having problems with getting one. He gets a offer with a magazine but they want drawings to go along with the story. They find out the magazine decided to put their work together. Beth was burned as a child and has scars, keeps them covered up but still sensitive about them. When she was a child the other children made fun of her. Her aunt that she is with at the boardinghouse took her in as a child. She doesn't know what happen to her real parents. A man from her past comes into town to take to take advantage of her finances. She finds outs later that her family is looking for her. This book made me laugh in spots and really helped out after a stressful day at work.

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"I first discovered Miralee Ferrell when I read "Blowing on Dandelions", the first book in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Wishing On Buttercups is the second book. I love the characters in this series and really enjoyed getting to know Beth and Jeffrey and how their pasts correlated with their present and future. Miralee is an excellent author and I love how she brings her books to life. I highly recommend this book and the series."- Judy Cook

"Wishing on Buttercups is the second book in Miralee Ferrell’s Love Blossoms in Oregon series. This captivating story imparts a wonderful message. “God looks at the heart, not the outward appearance.Having read Blowing on Dandelions, I was eager to continue this series! I loved returning to Baker City, Oregon, and delving deeper into the lives of Beth Roberts and Jeffery Tucker. Both of these characters harbored secrets from their pasts and unanswered questions plagued them. This intriguing storyline, coupled with complex characters, kept me turning the pages and wanting to know more. I also enjoyed catching up with the other colorful characters who were introduced in Blowing on Dandelions. It was a pleasure to revisit the boardinghouse, which continued to bustle with the activities of its residents.Miralee has penned a story that is full of heart and emotion; one that will draw you in and surround you with comforting hope. I highly recommend Wishing on Buttercups and eagerly await the release of Book 3, Dreaming on Daisies!" - Britney Adams
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Cowboy's Touch

Abigail goes to visit with aunt for a few months to take a break from work and to watch over her aunt. She gets to be friends with Maddy, a young girl who is the daughter of Wade that is a widower. He discovers he needs a nanny for the summer after the one that was going to do it is not able to. Maddy suggest Abigail to stay with her, which she does. Abigail is a writer for her mother's magazine, she discover a story there that could help out the magazine, actually save the magazine. This causes some issues but work out in the end. Always a good book by Denise Hunter.

What other are saying about this book:

"This was such a wonderful book, I loved traveling to the charming town of Moose Creek with Abigail, Wade, sweet Maddie, and colorful Aunt Lucy and her dolls. Such a wonderful love story, and also Christian- I felt like this book brought me closer to God. Loved it- just what I needed. Thanks Denise, I am on to The Trouble With Cowboys now, and almost halfway through. Also just ordered The Accidental Bride. I love how the characters grow on you throughout the stories. Like in The Trouble With Cowboys, I have come to love stubborn Annie, she is so strong in caring for Sierra and Ryder and has such a passion for horses, and already loved Dylan from A Cowboy's Touch. I really hope there are more in this series -A Big Sky Romance. Now if only Moose Creek were real... along with either a Wade or a Dylan cowboy to go along with it!"- Ashley

I eagerly awaited this new genre from Denise Hunter, as my favorite romance is that which involves cowboys. Denise did not disappoint as this was a very, very good book. Some reviewers may say it is predictable, but what romance novel isn't? I really enjoyed it and the ending was great - not as predictable as you would expect. It had romance, as well as life lessons learned through Abigail's and Wade's choices in life and how they handled decisions they made. Aunt Lucy was an interesting supporting character, as well. I read the book in no time at all and now am back to waiting for Denise's next cowboy romance, "The Accidental Bride," featuring Shay from this book."-Debbie

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ellie's Haven River of Hope Series

Ellie'e Haven ( River of Hope)

 This is a second in the series, it does help to read the first one before this one but don't have to. Ellie goes to Indiana to live with her aunt to get away from her stepfather in Tennessee. After she get there she finds out her aunt passed away about a year ago. She knows something her stepdad did and he is trying to find her. Gage puts a advertisement up in the restaurant for a wife since hiring housekeepers is not working for his 4 young children. He is a widow. Ellie applies to be his wife but she is only nineteen and he is in his thirties.They end up getting married since he needs someone to care for his children.To find out how this ends, you'll need to read the book. A very good book.

What others are saying about this book:
"I own all Sharlene MacLaren's books and will continue to buy them and keep them in my collection. This is the second offering in her River of Hope series and tells the story of Ellie Booth, who leaves her broken down home in the hills of Tennessee after witnessing something horrible. Alone at 19, with practically nothing to her name, she steps off the train in Wabash, Indiana with nowhere to live.that it will work but desperately needing something. She never realizes she will find love, but danger will also come knocking on her door and along the way, Christ also knocks at her door.x-Sharlene MacLaren has a unique knack for drawing her readers into the story, making her characters as real as their own family. She writes with feeling,depth and great spirituality.You will never go wrong with her books." - Susan Snodgrass

"I loved this book! It is Book 2 in the River of Hope series and it is just as good as book 1. I love the way Sharlene MacLaren writes. She weaves a beautiful, believable story with faith, romance and yes even fear at times but God is in control and He will make a way. Eleanor, Ellie for short, Booth is desperate. She has witnessed a crime committed by her stepfather and her mother sends her away for safety. Unfortunately, the Aunt she is sent to has passed away so Ellie answers an ad placed by widower Gage Cooper for a "wife". What he is really looking for is a permanent housekeeper and caregiver for his 4 children, not anything romantic. God, however has other plans for Gage and Ellie. How those plans work out makes this a wonderful story that kept me reading far into the night. You will love the characters in this book and Tommy Lee will steal your Thank you Ms. MacLaren for a great book! I am looking forward to Book 3! If you haven't read any of this series yet, please do. You will be glad you did!" - Lynne Young

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The Rancher's Twin Troubles


            The Rancher's Twin Troubles

Josie is a teacher and Dallas has twin girls that is in her class that like to cause trouble but he doesn't believe they do the things she said they do. Being young twin girls they like to cause trouble but don't really realize they are. Of course through the girls that end up falling in love. I really enjoyed this book.

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"Twice the fun twice the trouble! Dallas Buckhorn refuses to believe it. His daughter teacher insists his daughters are causing trouble in school. Josie Griffin the girls teacher knos the girls aren't bad they're just spoiled by their by their overindulgent cowboy daddy. The twins are out of control in her classs."- Harleygirl
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Sunday, February 9, 2014

A Deadly Secret

                                                      A Deadly Secret, a Tale from the Ohio Valley.

A very exciting book , a mystery that involves several murders and missing drugs at the hospital cancer unit. The book starts out when the morphine bottles goes missing. Like most mysteries you have to wait to see who did it at the end, however , it was one I suspected throughout the book. I think this book would make a good movie. Also loved learning about the German Baptist church. I did want to cry when one of the characters died in it. Had a hard putting the book down., kept getting better and better.

What others are saying about it:

"Awesome author. Kept me guessing through the book. Couldn't stop reading once I picked it up. Would recommend it to others." - Pam Newman
"Deadly Secret was a captivating story full of suspense and intrigue that made me want to keep reading until the very end. It was difficult to put it down! But, most of all, I love reading stories that take place in the German Baptist culture, the way I was raised. Sharon has a wonderful gift of weaving the lives and personality of the characters in such a way that I can relate so closely with them. They are so real, and could be a part of my family. In fact, I am so wrapped up in their lives and really want to hear what happens next. I hope their stories will continue in a future book!" - Ruby M Hudson

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Blowing on Dandelions

                                                        Blowing on Dandelions 

Always love a good historical. This is definitely a good one. Katherine is a widow and runs a boarding house, her sister that was taking of her mother recently passed away and now her mother is going to stay with her. Katherine's mother is always picking on everything she does and makes her feel insecure.Micah Jacobs is also a widow with a son. Katherine has two daughters and the oldest, Lucy, becomes friends with Micah son.There is a fire at the livery where Micah and his son lives, when the fire happens they lose everything, Katherine invites them to stay at the boardinghouse. Then Mrs. Roberts and her niece,Beth, comes to town and stays at the boardinghouse. Katherine has "fun" trying to get everyone to get along. A very good book and well worth reading.

 A couple of reviews by others:
"I never considered myself to be a historical romance reader, but the more I read them, the more attracted I am to the genre. Miralee Ferrell's Blowing on Dandelions drew me into the story immediately. I loved the main character, Katherine, and appreciated her sadness and struggles. I loved all the points of view in this story--especially the kids'. Other than in kids' books I'd never seen it. How delightful to know Lucy's and Zachary's thoughts and feelings when it came to her mom and his dad. The other thing I most appreciated in this story was how one rather unlikable person came through to do some wonderful, helpful things. I would definitely recommend this book--especially to anyone who would love a little trip to 1880 Eastern Oregon! "- Cheryl

I have read all of Miralee's Historical books & just finished reading Blowing on Dandelions. I was blown away. I admire her for taking on a story about Mother/Daughter conflicts & how they worked through them with the help of other loved ones & friends. It is a compassionate story that many of us have dealt with or will have to deal with sometime in our lives. Not every Mother/Daughter are best friends & this story tells how that can feel to each of them. I am so honored to have read this & can't wait for the next book in the series. She always covers all aspects of the emotions & feelings in her characters"-Shelske
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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Shoreline Drive A Sanctuary Island Novel

                                                    Shoreline Drive by Lily Everett 

 Loved this book from the beginning. I just wished I had read the first one in the series before reading this one but a book that is one you can read by itself without having read the first one.Ben is a veterinarian who is called to deliver Merry baby because of the bad weather a regular doctor cannot get there and she does not have time to get to a hospital. After he delivers her baby he decides he wants them to be his finally someday.A few months later he asked her to marry, but they decides it will be a marriage convenience. But ends up being more. The book gets really exciting at the end when her baby father comes back, really feel bad for Ben since he loves them so much. This is a very good book and definitely recommend it. This was my first book by Lily Everett and will read more by her.

A couple of reviews by others: 

"After reading Shoreline Drive I will buy any book that Lily Everett publishes. Her writing style is fantastic, her characters are well developed, and the storyline flows seamlessly. The story contains Ben, very alpha male, and Merry, a single mom that wants for her child what she never had. I think I fell in love with Ben from the very first chapter. He is gruff and says what he thinks, but when you read from his point of view, you just melt. He has a hard exterior and a very soft, romantic heart. Merry is tough, sensible, and perfect for Ben. Their story is realistic, not insta-love, and not always easy. The angst is light, but the love is real. A very sweet romance where the steamy scenes start, but are finished behind closed doors. Grab this book, find a comfortable spot, and enjoy the world of Shoreline Drive!"- Angie Hulsman

" Such an amazingly good read. Back to Sanctuary Island and the Preston sisters. Can grouchy vet Ben Fairfax win Merry Preston's heart? In this wonderful tale we get to know the characters and the Islanders in a heartwarming and real way. You definitely don't want to miss out ton this book. I recommend this for everyone!"-Bette Hansen

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Merry Humbug Christmas Two tales of a Holiday Romance

                                              Merry Humbug Christmas by Sandra Bricker

Really enjoyed this book. Joss and Reese always went somewhere for Christmas to get away from the celebrations of Christmas but this year when Joss booked a Bah Humbug cruise Reese could not go due to getting engaged and going to meet his family ( which that is what the novel is about ). Joss went on the cruise by herself and then found it was cancel but she was put on a cruise called 12 days of Christmas fun cruise. She then meets her soulmate on the cruise. Reese and future husband go meet his family and to start out with went driving there it was snowing a lot and they was on a road that did not much traffic and no houses around, a deer ran in front of them, they ended up in a ditch and had to walk almost two miles to his place, everything went downhill from there for Reese. I could see this book as a movie on the hallmark channel.

Here is what some others thought about the book:
"While I usually do not like to even think about Christmas before Halloween, I could not pass up the opportunity to read Merry Humbug Christmas. Sandra Bricker gives us not one but two holiday tales to start off the holiday season. In her laugh out loud fashion Sandra shows us how romance and the power of Christmas will not be denied. Two friends Joss and Reese who usually spend Christmas together to avoid all of the classic Christmas festivities end up spending the holiday apart. Joss in her quest to avoid caroling and decked halls finds herself right in the middle of her own candy cane flavored nightmare. Thank goodness for the Irishman in the Christmas sweater. Reese is excited about spending the holiday with her fiancé and meeting his family. A run in with a deer starts things off on a bad note, but not all is lost, traditions and a birthday cake make help wrap up this heartwarming tale"- Melissa Dennis.

" Funny, witty and absolutely charming. The only disappointing part for me was turning the last page and not having any more to read. How could Joss non-Christmas event get anymore Christmassy then finding her bah humbug cruise had been canceled and she found herself on the twelve days of Christmas boat instead. Then in the second book Reese meets his family for the holidays and boy what she can't get herself into. I couldn't go to sleep until the last page was turned. I would recommend this book to all"- Donna

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Raw Edges: A Quilt of Love Review

Raw Edges: A Quilt of Love
by Sandra Bricker

A year after his wife Jenna passes away from ovarian cancer, Gray and his daughter is invited to the ovacome support group and gets involved in helping with the quilting project. They meet Annabelle there,She, Gray and Sadie get to know each other and fall in love. At the end of each chapter is a page from a journal written to Sadie from her Mommy that passed away from ovarian cancer. After the journal for that day a bible verse is written that goes so well with that part in the journal. I learned a lot from this book besides about quilting, one of the most interesting to me was about the African black footed penguins. This is a book that I would love to read again and was not ready for it to end. A very well written book.

Here is another couple of reviews from others based on this wonderful book:

"Raw Edges was a wonderful book. It is the story of three different people who are affected by ovarian cancer that are brought together by a quilt. Grayson lost his wife, Jenna, to ovarian cancer. They had a young daughter, Sadie. Annabelle overcame ovarian cancer and she is heading up the quilt project. When Sadie drags Gray to Overcome, an ovarian support group, meeting, they meet Annabelle and Sadie wants to help with the quilt. As Gray and Sadie spend more time with Annabelle, they open their hearts to her. This is a fast read that leaves you feeling good and gives you hope after you finish it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gray and Annabelle's story. Sadie was also such a sweet little girl, I fell in love with her. I highly recommend this book, especially if you have suffered in any way from ovarian cancer or any type of cancer. But this book is great even if your life has never been touched by cancer. It is very insightful and gives a whole new perspective on the issue. Great job Sandie." - Melina Mason
"I immediately fell in love with this book in the Prologue. The way the characters are developed makes you feel that you are right there with them in the story, and you feel every emotion that they feel. "Raw Edges" documents the making of a memory quilt for a Tampa, Florida Ovarian Cancer Support group called Ovacome. They are making the quilt to raise funds and awareness for this silent and deadly disease. Facts and statistics to help raise awareness are interwoven in this story. The quilting aspect is spot on too. Even if you are not into quilting, or have no desire to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer, this book is a great love story... of a young widower, who is faced with the decision to move on shortly after his wife's death. It is a story of blending families. A story of faith. I would definitely recommend this book!" - C. Dunn

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If the Shoe Fits: A Contemporary Fairy Tale Review

  If the Shoe Fits: A Contemporary Fairy Tale by Sandra D. Bricker

 I love Sandra Bricker books, this one is very good. Julianne is in traffic going to a court case, a dog almost gets hit and a guy in a truck stops to get the dog but leaves his toolbox and a boot in the middle of the road and Julianne stops to pick them up. She is a lawyer and going in business with her best friend Will who is in love with her. She finds the guy from the truck name Paul and thinks he is her Prince Charming but finds out different. A very exciting and interesting book.

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"Each of Sandra Bricker's romance books that I have read have a couple things in common, humor and a Christian basis. As far as I am concerned, IF THE SHOE FITS does not disappoint on either point. There is not so much 'religion' as to be preachy and the humor seems to flow effortlessly. The book is a modern day fairy tale based on the classic story of Cinderella searching for her Prince Charming. This story takes a winding path to reach the happily ever after most girls are looking for. There, of course, is an antagonist for Julianne, the young lawyer at the center of the story. All the characters are well developed and you feel they are neighbors you have known and who live in your neighborhood. Mostly I laughed through the book. But one thing did bring tears to my eyes. Julianne and her mom had a great relationship, easy interaction and lots of love. I found myself really missing my mom who passed away a few years ago. How is that for reality in a book? Good job, Sandie. Another really fun read from you." - Sherlee
"I was very refreshed to read If The Shoe Fits by Sandra Bricker. This modern day romance novel gave several nods to a fairy tale that has been loved for so many years: Cinderella. This book didn't quite follow the exact all is happy, sudden demise, and then happily ever after as so many romances do. It followed much closer to Cinderella: happiness, lots of pain and trouble, and then after the ball, more trouble and finally a happy ending. I found myself reading as fast as possible, needing to know exactly how the book reached the perfect ending. I fell in love with so many of the characters and I liked that there was were happy endings for many of the characters, not just the main characters. This was definitely a wonderful rendition of happily ever after!" - Mrs Lopez
This is the first book of the series, Second book will come out May 1st of this year. Hope you enjoyed my first post and review! Please comment below to post your questions and own reviews!

Kingdom of Ruins

About the Book Title: Kingdom of Ruins   Author: D.C. Marino   Genre: Fantasy   Release Date: July 27, 2018 In the Lands...