Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Grave Danger

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LEE, KATY
GRAVE DANGER

Bones of contention

When skeletal remains are found on a small Maine island, forensic anthropologist Lydia Muir is sent to investigate. It's Lydia's job to determine whether the homicide happened long ago—or more recently. Island sheriff Wesley Grant seems sure the murder didn't happen on his watch. But when Lydia uncovers the victim's identity, someone goes to great lengths to get Lydia off the island. Wes vows to protect her, but is the handsome lawman holding something back? To help catch a killer, she'll have to trust him—or become the next victim.

My Review:

Woot -- Bones is in the Love Inspired Suspense bullpen! Lydia is a great heroine -- endearingly awkward and nerdy and desperate to prove herself. Wes doesn't want to like her. He's guarding his heart with as much intensity as he guards his island. Talk about amping up the romantic tension! Not to mention the suspense -- you'll be looking over your shoulder while reading this one. There's danger lurking around every corner with enough suspicious characters to keep armchair sleuths on their toes. Awesome read!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Grave Danger please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you email me, please be sure to put the title in the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 27  2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Love's Promises

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LEESMITH, SANDRA
LOVE'S PROMISES

For Monica Scott, building her late father’s house at Lake Tahoe isn’t an option—it’s a necessary distraction from confusing memories and an uncertain future. But a handsome planner working for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is keeping Monica from moving forward with the project. Never mind that he’s young and charming with a great sense of humor. No one is going to stop Monica from making her father’s dream—and her own—a reality.

All Greg Linsey wants is for his work to mean something. His job at TRPA gives him the opportunity to fight for the environment he loves and make a difference in his small corner of the world. But with the sophisticated Monica Scott’s arrival, his dedication is tested as never before, especially when Monica turns to his unscrupulous nemesis for assistance.

As Greg and Monica’s animosity turns into something far sweeter, can they learn to accept each other’s promises and avoid the growing danger to their lives and hearts?

My Review:

A gripping read that will leave you with lots to ponder. I think Monica's journey affected me the most. She had such a need to be in control and that closed her off from so much, including environmentalist hero, Greg. They're on shaky ground from day one, but Greg wins her over be degrees through the course of the book.

It's Monica's growth arc that made the book for me. She is so tight and contained and...wary when we first meet her. Harbouring a multitude of misconceptions that dictate a lot of her thoughts and actions. She thinks the only way to protect herself  is to maintain control at any cost. Learning to trust people, being able to admit she needs help from time to time was such a painful process for her. But so rewarding in the end.

I loved the environmental aspects in this book, as it's a topic I'm quite passionate about as well. Leesmith does a wonderful job of conveying reverence for God's creation. Rich descriptive text and the solid background research enhanced my read.

Combine all that with a dastardly villain and a twisty plot and you've got an amazing story you won't want to miss.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:
If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Love's Promises please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you email me, please be sure to put the title in the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 27  2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Bodyguard Reunion

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DALEY, MARGARET
BODYGUARD REUNION

Reunions can be deadly...

Teaming up with an old flame is not what bodyguard Chloe Howard would call a smart move. Nine years ago Chloe and T. J. Davenport worked on a case together, fell in love, then went their separate ways. Now she's reunited with the fearless bodyguard to protect a controversial couple on a book tour through Texas. And the reunion reminds Chloe of dreams best forgotten. She knows she has to keep her emotions in check so their clients' protection remains their top priority. Protection that is the only thing keeping them from falling prey to a stalker's deadly schemes.

My Review:

From the attention grabbing hook to the soul-satisfying conclusion, Bodyguard Reunion is a thrill of a read. There are plenty of twists and turns in both the suspense and the romance that kept me on tenterhooks as I devoured page after page.

I love a good reunion story and this is an excellent one. T.J. and Chloe's history keeps coming to the surface as they work together and neither of them can stop playing the 'what if' game. Loved the tension this creates as they grapple with the nine years of living that happened in between. Their determination to remain detached and get the job done slowly erodes as they get to know each other all over again. Loved the way this romance flowed.

And the suspense kept this reader on her toes. I had it partially figured out by the end and was pretty proud of my armchair sleuthing but Daley still managed to surprise me. This is an edge-of-your-seat read that is sure to satisfy romantic suspense lovers' thirst for the next great story.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Bodyguard Reunion please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you email me, please be sure to put the title in the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 27  2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

April Giveaway - Week Three






As always, I will contact the winners by email however thanks to the nefarious ways of the internet my email might land in your spam folder so keep your eyes peeled! :-) If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening please email me your snail mail address at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. From time to time winners and I don't seem to connect, so I have a month frame. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited and I will add an extra win to a future draw to even things up.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:


Thursday, April 17, 2014

For Such a Time as This

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BRESLIN, KATE
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

Powerful Retelling of the Story of Esther

In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric's secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric's compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp's prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

My Review:

Wow -- I'm nearly speechless over this one. The romance has an ethereal, fairy tale quality that carries it far away from the gruesome reality of a World War II concentration camp. That stark contrast makes the entire story all the more magical.

But Breslin doesn't flinch in conveying the conditions the Jews have to deal with -- though her readers might. Heart-breaking stuff laced with the strength and determination of an unconquerable people. There were many goosebump moments for me as I read this epic novel. Many tears shed too. I loved the way she paralleled the Book of Esther with the events in For Such a Time as This. Honestly, a stunning celebration of life and the grace of God in the midst of impossible affliction. This is one incredible read you don't want to miss.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of For Such a Time as This please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you email me, please be sure to put the title in the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 20  2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hearts Rekindled

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HALL, PATTY SMITH
HEARTS REKINDLED

"I'm Here to See My Daughter."

She never thought she'd see John Davenport again. Merrilee Daniels Davenport's former husband has returned to their small Georgia town after fighting in the Pacific. And now the soldier is bearing a letter from the little girl he didn't know he had. Merrilee wishes that she and her daughter could lean on John's able shoulders, but her new assignment as a homeland informant won't allow it.

Twelve years have only made Merrilee more beautiful in John's eyes. Back then, he was the proud fool who walked away. Now all he wants is to prove he can be the husband she deserves, and the daddy his daughter needs.

My Review:

This story tugged on my heartstrings so hard it nearly strangled me!!!! There's so much to engage a reader's emotions --  a lost love rekindled,  a young girl's hopeful heart and rampant narrow-minded prejudice. If I wasn't sighing over a tender scene, I was spitting nails over an infuriating one. Hall kept me on an emotional roller coaster ride right until the very end and I enjoyed every second.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Hearts Rekindled please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you email me, please be sure to put the title in the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 20  2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Pelican Bride

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WHITE, BETH
THE PELICAN BRIDE

She's come to the New World to escape a perilous past. But has it followed her to these far shores?

It is 1704 when Frenchwoman Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board the frigate Pelican bound for the distant Louisiana colony. Both have promised to marry one of the rough men toiling in this strange new world in order to escape suffering in the old. Genevieve knows life won't be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and a family, without fear of persecution for her outlawed religious beliefs.

When she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer-turned-farmer whose checkered past is shrouded in mystery. Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. Trouble is brewing outside the fort between French colonists and the native people surrounding them. And an even more sinister enemy may lurk within. Could the secret Genevieve harbors mean the undoing of the colony itself?

My Review:

Utterly fascinating! The rich historical backdrop brings this complex tale a new depth in the historical genre. The details of the time and setting are totally engrossing -- and gut-wrenchingly realistic. It leaves me amazed anew at the courage and tenacity of the women who settled North America.

The complex plot is a definite page-turner. Peril lurks everywhere -- from rampant illness, Indian threats, conniving men, political intrigue not to mention the risks inherent with falling in love. All make for a killer read. You won't want to come up for air until the very last page and then you'll be bereft because it's over.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Pelican Bride please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you email me, please be sure to put the title in the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 20  2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".