December 29, 2014

Beyond All Dreams

Beyond All Dreams is the latest novel by Elizabeth Camden.  You meet Anna O'Brien on the first pages of this book.

Your heart immediately goes out to Anna, who seems to have been struggling her entire life.  She is currently working quietly as a map librarian in the Library of Congress.  When she meets Luke Callahan, the young congressman from Maine, this story takes on a new life!

Luke seeks Anna's assistance in his attempt to secretly thwart the Speaker of the House.  Anna unknowingly assists Luke with this task.  So when Anna discovers a mystery concerning her father's death at sea, she knows she must seek assistance from someone with more clout than she has.  She immediately thinks of Luke Callahan!

Beyond All Dreams is a lively tale that keeps you guessing until the very end.  Hang on for this fun ride with Anna and Luke!

 I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review

December 26, 2014

Here To Stay

In Melissa Tagg's latest book, Here to Stay, you will meet Autumn Kingsley and Blake Hunziker.

Autumn is ready to leave her hometown of Whisper Shore to live and work in Paris, France: a place where she has always dreamed of living.  Blake is returning home to Whisper Shore, after four years of running, following his brother's tragic death.

Autumn and Blake team up to put on the town's annual Christmas festival.  Blake has agreed to help Autumn repair her inn, in hopes she can sell it.  Autumn will help Blake prepare for and put on Whisper Shore's festival, in hopes that people will gladly welcome him back to town after his past misdeeds!

God is at work in both of their lives both to heal past hurts and to grow new dreams!

This was an enjoyable read.  I was touched by the storyline about how Blake deals with the circumstances surrounding his brother's death.

December 17, 2014

Price of Privilege

Price of Privilege by Jessica Dotta is the final book in the Price of Privilege Trilogy.  This book was as difficult for me to read as the first two books were; however, this story surprisingly brought me to tears in the final pages!

The trilogy tells the tale of Julia Elliston's life.  This third book begins with Julia newly married to Edward Auburn, her childhood friend.  The brilliance of the first days of their wedded life turns dark, when Edward's family refuses to acknowledge them as man and wife.

Julia and Edward begin searching for a new place to live.  They end up at her father, Lord Pierson's home in London.  As they are trying to settle into this new home, suddenly their lives are thrown into chaos.  Chance Macy, an evil man from Julia and her father's past, has re-entered the scene!  Macy falsely believes that Julia is his wife, so he is charging Edward as a bigamist and charging Lord Pierson with a civil suit for keeping Julia away from him.

In the midst of this craziness, Julia begins to learn that God can use painful situations to sharpen a believer.  God becomes Julia's anchor on this pain-filled path that she is on.

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my unbiased review 

December 11, 2014

One December Night

The recent novella , One December Night, by Melissa Tagg, was an interesting journey to take with a very disillusioned librarian!

Pennilynn Baxter is not quite sure what step to take next in her life.  She thinks her boyfriend,Graham, of two years might be ready to propose; but, instead of going on a date with him, Penn decides to travel to the house she inherited from her grandparents to check out a rumor that someone is squatting on her property!

As Penn enters the house alone, she runs smack into the squatter!  After demanding that the man immediately vacate her premises, Penn finds that this man seems to know too much about her.  Next the story takes an interesting twist.  After Penn learns that this intruder's name is Will, she seems to be slowly becoming friends with this man! 

When Penn finally discovers that Graham hired Will to prepare the house for a future sale, she knows what the next step in her life needs to be: saying goodbye to her boyfriend of 2 years!

This short story leaves you wanting to read the sequel when it comes out to learn how exactly Penn and Will's relationship ends up!

December 7, 2014

A November Bride

A November Bride, by Beth K. Voyt, is the final book in the A year of wedding novella series.

This book tells the tale of Eric and Sadie, who have been best friends for  the past 13 years.  When all of the sudden Erik decides he wants Sadie to be more than just a friend, the situation becomes very complicated!

This is a fun ride to take as you see these two learn to view each other in a whole new light! 

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my unbiased review

December 6, 2014

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

The Secret of Pembrooke Park, the latest novel by Julie Klaseen, is a story that will keep you turning page after page!

You meet Abigail Foster on page one and feel like you are friends by the end of the book.  Abigail is determined to help her father restore her family's standing, after he suffered great financial loss, because he followed her investment advice.  She helps her father decide to lease an old family home that has not been occupied in 18 years.

Once Abigail and her father arrive at Pembrooke Park, the questions and mystery of the place begin almost immediately.  Why did this family leave with their tea cups still filled with tea?  Abigail comes across questions at every turn!

Enjoy the ride as Abigail attempts to discover everything the secret of Pembrooke Park involves!

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my unbiased review.