June 8, 2023

What Dreams May Come


 
















What Dreams May Come, by Dana LeCheminant, opens as Lucy is fleeing from the brother of her employer.  She is a penniless governess and has no idea why Jonathan Granger is pursuing her.  Now that she is away from London, Lucy feels like she can breathe.  What will Lucy do, when she looks across the room of the inn where she has sought shelter from a storm and sees the face of one other than Jonathan Granger!


After a stranger provides Lucy a place to hide, Lucy world changes before she knows it.  This man, whose name is William Calloway, suddenly comes down with a fever and Lucy finds herself in William’s carriage traveling to his home as his “wife”!


This is an interesting tale to follow, especially after William’s family assumes Lucy is William’s wife upon their arrival.  It is fascinating to see the relationship that slowly develops between Lucy and William’s older brother.  Of course, Jonathan Granger is still close on her heels!


I received a copy of this book from Covenant Communications in exchange for my honest review.



June 2, 2023

Counter Attack




















Counter Attack is the latest suspense written by Patricia Bradley.  The author introduces Alex Stone on the opening pages.  This undercover detective has her hands full trying to track down a serial killer.  When Alex enters the bar where several of the victims had lost their lives, she suddenly gets the sense that someone is watching her.   She never identifies who has their eyes on her, but Alex is surprised when she looks up and sees Nathan Landry, her high school crush.  As she exits the bar, matters take a severe turn when a man suddenly tries to drag Alex away.  Before you know it, both Alex and this man are shot.  One is barely holding on to life, while the other is dead!


The man they assume to be the serial killer is now dead; however, Alex wonders if the man she killed is actually the Queen’s Gambit Killer.  After Alex’s grandfather has a heart attack, she is moved into his position temporarily to act as Russell County’s sheriff.  On her first day on the job, the Gambit Killer turns up in her town.  When on her second day on the job she needs to hold a press conference, she knows she needs help.  Alex turns to her friend and colleague Nathan!


When this serial killer continues leaving messages referring to a chess game, Alex teams up with Nathan to lean on his chess expertise to decipher these clues.  This chess game gets rather complicated by the end of this tale.  You will be surprised when the identity of the Gambit Killer finally comes to light!



May 24, 2023

A Duchess for the Duke

 















A Duchess for a Duke, by Sally Britton, opens with Gregory Dinard’s mother insisting that, following his father’s untimely death, it is time that he find a bride.  She feels it is the next step in moving into his father’s place.  As the new Duke of Montfort, Gregory has rather large footprint’s to fill.  He is not surprised that his mother already has someone in mind.  Lady Cecilia Boxbury has been invited to tea the next day.  Gregory is not sure he is ready for this change yet!


When Gregory shares he inclination toward marriage with Cecilia during their stroll about his gardens, Cecilia can hardly take him seriously; however, when he shows up a her front door, she can no longer ignore the reality.    Before you know it, Gregory and Cecilia are engaged and then walking down the aisle to become man and wife!


Watch as Cecilia struggles with the demands placed on a duchess.  You wonder what Gregory will do to assist with Cecilia’s transition to her new world.   It is also interesting to see how Cecilia attempts to restore the Montfort family’s castle!




May 16, 2023

The Secret of Happiness

 


















The Secret to Happiness, by Suzanne Woods Fisher, opens with Callie Dixon transitioning from a six-figure job to something that is minimum wage.  Regrettably, she was responsible for causing over two hundred people to experience food poisoning.  After losing her position as head chef, Callie must work her way up again.  Surprisingly, she runs into her aunt while working at her part-time job.  Before she knows it, Callie is heading to her family’s ice cream shop in Cape Cod!


Callie’s cousin Dawn is the primary owner of the ice cream shop.  Judging by their history of competing with each other, there are bound to be new conflicts as Callie and Dawn become reacquainted.  Soon it becomes apparent that something is not quite right with Callie.  Soon her family learns about the food poisoning; however, they have no idea that Callie to keeping a much bigger secret under wraps!


Dawn and her mother try to discover what could have happened to bring a dark cloud to Callie’s outgoing look on life.  In an effort to help Callie work through her depression, Dawn suggests a class entitled The Secret to Happiness.  You will be surprised how this class totally changes Callie’s life!

 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.



May 9, 2023

Wait for Me

 











Wait for Me, by Jody Hedlund, opens with Dawson Huxham standing over his sister’s coffin.  He feels responsible for Sybil’s death and he can hardly believe that she is gone.  As he discusses her job of investigating ancient waters with her former boss, Dawson realizes that this holy water may have been in the empty bottle found next to her dead body.  Sybil had given Dawson a bottle of this water hoping it would bring healing to his war-damaged body.  When Dawson rubs inside her bottle and licks his finger, he is suddenly in a new world looking at both his mother and his sister in medieval attire!


When Dawson is almost immediately sent back to current day, all he can focus on is finding a way back to his family.  After he is attacked by several men in his home, Dawson knows it is connected to the ancient water.  On his next journey to the past, he meets Philippa Neville.  This beautiful young woman is in desperate need of help.  Dawson suggests she seek out his mother, Lady Wilkin.  Then yet again he is whisked back to current day!


It seems Dawson and Philippa are separated by several hundred years, as you see them interact in both the Middle Ages and current day.  You wonder what the conclusion of this tale will be.  Hold on for a wild ride!



I received this e-book from Judy Hedlund in exchange for my honest review.


May 1, 2023

Lord Farleigh and Miss Frost

 


















In Lord Farleigh and Miss Frost, by Sally Britton, Isleen Frost and her family leave Dublin to spend the holiday at the home of the Duke of Montfort.  From the moment Isleen enters the castle, she is annoyed by Simon, the Duke’s eldest son!


After Simon corrects his earlier behavior, you will see something different growing between Isleen and Simon.  Before you know it, they are both encouraged to take part in a holiday challenge.  The final prize will be a kiss under the mistletoe!


Will Isleen, a true Irish lass, take hold of this challenge and who will be the young man to claim her kiss at the Christmas eve ball?

I received a copy of this book from Covenant Communications in exchange for my honest review.



April 21, 2023

Sir Andrew and the Authoress

 











Sir Andrew and the Authoress, by Sally Britton, is a tale set in London, England in the year 1819.  Following the death of his father, Sir Andrew has been “adopted” by the Montfort family.  The Duke of Montfort considers Andrew a son; however, his oldest daughter, Josephine seems to be constantly annoyed by him!


When Andrew escorts the Duke’s children to the country for their protection from the possible Luddite uprisings,  he is surprised when he gets a peak into Josie’s  life.  She has been secretly trying to have a book published.  Unfortunately, Josie has had no success, as yet!


It is interesting to discover what type of relationship develops between Josie and Andrew.  Will it be merely a friendship or something much greater?


I received a copy of this book from Covenant Communications in exchange for my honest review.