Friday, March 22, 2019

We Hope for Better Things

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BARTELS, ERIN
WE HOPE FOR BETTER THINGS

The past is never as past as we'd like to think

When journalist Elizabeth Balsam is asked to deliver a box of old photos to a relative she didn't know she had, the strange request seems like it isn't worth her time. But as she explores her great-aunt's farmhouse with its locked doors and hidden graves, she soon discovers just how dramatically some of the most newsworthy events of the previous two centuries shaped her own family. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilence, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding.

My Review:

What a stunning debut novel! Fascinating topic with a unique approach. Not just two, but three timelines featuring three Caucasian heroines who navigate various forms of racism in very personal ways. Their view as 'outsiders' looking in provide an intriguing vantage point to the tumultuous times they live in.

 It's not always pretty and everything doesn't get wrapped up in a neat little bow by the end. Bartels exposes the secrets and prejudices that shape a family over a century. Heart-breaking and rage-inducing and, ultimately, thought-provoking. I devoured We Hope for Better Things in one sitting -- I just couldn't put it down!

Book provided by Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of We Hope for Better Things, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Satruday March 23 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mistaken Twin

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BAILEY, JODIE
MISTAKEN TWIN

Drawn out of hiding...
and marked for death

When someone attacks her at her shop, Jenna Clark knows her secret identity has been compromised. The killer she's been hiding from has found her...or has he? Police Officer Wyatt Stephens vows to protect her, but he doesn't trust that she's telling him the whole truth. Is the killer after Jenna, or has he mistaken her for her dead twin?

My Review:

Wow, there aren't just twists in this plot -- there are hairpin turns guaranteed to give you whiplash! And the author stymied me twice! Had me so sure of my sleuthing skills that I was gobsmacked when I discovered how wrong I was. Sigh, that was kinda fun but it was kinda embarrassing too. Guess I won't change in my armchair sleuth PI license for a real one any time soon. :-)

This is one intense story and that includes the romance! Jenna and Wyatt are adversarial from the start, both so guarded and not willing to trust the other until everything comes crumbling down and they pretty much have to in order to survive. But even then there's so many gut-wrenching reasons why a relationship can't work that it really messed with my sensitive readerly emotions. I was in a constant state of yearning for the point when they could finally clear away all the obstacles and just be together. Sob!

An incredible rush of a read!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Mistaken Twin by Jodie Bailey, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announded on Saturday March 22 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Teacher's Bride

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FULLER, KATHLEEN
THE TEACHER'S BRIDE

If there is one thing Christian Ropp will not allow in his classroom -- or his life -- it is chaos. So why is he drawn to Ruby Glick, a woman who brings mayhem wherever he goes?

Christian Ropp moves to Birch Creek to accept a teaching position in the rapidly growing Amish community. He's determined to put the rambunctious school in order as well as check another task off his list: find a wife. Of course, that would be easier if women were like textbooks, straightforward and logical.

When an accident puts Christian out of commission, a new community member named Ruby Glick takes over his classroom. But Ruby's exuberant teaching style clashes with Christian's careful methods, and he worries his students will never be the same.

With a track record of catastrophe, Ruby always feels too clumsy, too distracted, too...much. Desperate for a chance to prove that she can do more than make mistakes in her life, she throws herself into her new teaching position. But when Christian can't seem to stay out of her way, she finds herself slipping into old, chaotic tendencies.

What she doesn't anticipate is that Christian's heart is slowly catching up with his mind -- and she, too, must decide whether to follow logic or love.

My Review:

A funny and tender and awkward romance guaranteed to make you squirm and blush and giggle. Christian's linear thinking tendencies lend to some hearty guffaw moments as he bumbles his way through various social situations. But then he's kindhearted and can be unexpectedly empathetic at times. Ruby is all wild impulses and outgoing enthusiasm that often leaves her in hot water. He's pragmatic. She's idealistic. And yet they become unlikely allies and then friends and then....well, it's complicated!

Fuller brings her readers back to Birch Creek, Ohio in this brand new series -- Amish Brides of Birch Creek. I've enjoyed books from the previous series -- Amish Letters of Birch Creek and Amish of Birch Creek -- so it's going to be fun spotting familiar characters as well as getting to know new ones in these books.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Teacher's Bride, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday March 23 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Curse of Misty Wayfair

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WRIGHT, JAIME JO
THE CURSE OF MISTY WAYFAIR

 Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to turn-of-the-century Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin. When the clues she finds lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a postmortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother -- who is battling dementia -- compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman haunting the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns -- and with it, Heidi's fears for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, they must overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined.

My Review:

Haunting and mysterious and nail-biting and riveting...I'm still staggering around, gobsmacked! Absolutely loved the eerie ambiance! The faint of heart might want to reserve their reading to daylight hours but if you love a good shivery thrill, read on into the darkest night.

I read The Curse of Misty Wayfair with a howling wind rattling my windows which created the perfect shivery mood. And at one point -- for no apparent reason (Misty Wayfair?!) -- the curtain rod in my study dropped off the brackets and crashed to the floor. Cue the creepy music and throw the covers over your head (but  grab a flashlight so you can read from the safety of your cocoon.) Warning: this book may induce the urge to comfort-eat chocolate. :-)

Both timelines are equally compelling. Both heroines are fascinating and I love the way Wright built up the mystery around them and the way she tantalizes readers with a slow reveal of their backstories. It makes for a deeply emotional read.

And the heroes are just as captivating...though I might have developed a slightly deeper crush for present-day Rhett, the "cranky super hero knock off" (p 83) who goes everywhere with a one-eyed dog and a mangy cat. That right there is my idea of the best kind of book boyfriend!

A rich inspirational thread binds these two timelines together in so many amazing ways! As different as Thea and Heidi are, they both struggle with the same sense of loss and abandonment. So many profound concepts that I had to just sit with a bit before I could continue reading. Like this:

"That while the past -- the consequences of the past -- might have a dire effect on me, it still doesn't change who I am. We were created to discover our Creator. In doing so, our identity is defined." (p 306)

A truly stunning not-to-be-missed novel!

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publication and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  The Curse of Misty Wayfair, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday March 23 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Secrets at Cedar Cabin

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COBLE, COLLEEN
SECRETS AT CEDAR CABIN

Her mother lied about her identity and her husband wasn't who she thought he was -- can Bailey even trust herself anymore?

Running for her life in the wake of her mother's murder, Bailey Fleming escapes to the only place she can think of -- remote, dilapidated cabin in Lavender Tides. Intending to finally get to the truth behind the lies of her past, Bailey only finds more questions when bodies are discovered near her cabin hideout along with traces of a dangerous human trafficking ring. In an unlikely partnership with FBI agent Lance Phoenix, Bailey races to understand the mystery surrounding her life and circumstances before the murderer tracks her down.

Meanwhile, Lance is determined to rescue his sister, Ava, who was abducted after running away from home as a teenager. An unexpected lead brings him to the remote cabin, and he wonders if Bailey -- with her suspicious past and strange connections to his sister's case -- is really who she claims to be  and if she can somehow lead him to Ava.

My Review:

Whoa -- my head is still spinning after listening to this one! (I borrowed the audible version from my library.) You have to stay alert for this heart-stopping romantic suspense. The plot is so twisty-turny and there are so many nuances to the suspense. I about jumped out of my skin a time or two. And screamed myself hoarse -- in terror, with warnings, or just in plain frustration. Friendly listener tip -- if you scream too loudly while listening to an audio book you tend to miss some important bits. :-)

Secrets of Cedar Cabin might just be my favourite book by Colleen Coble. And I love the nod to Rock Harbor! This is the third book in the Lavender Tides series. You can totally read it as a standalone BUT if you have been following the series you will be over-the-moon-crazy-silly-in-ecstasy over how the author has included characters from the other books in this one. Excellent series wrap-up.

While this is Bailey's story, Shauna and Ellie play an integral part in the plot. That means three heroines with grit and determination and a kick-butt attitude. Plus a few more secondary female characters add to the overall adrenaline rush -- especially in one particular cheer-yourself-hoarse scene. Girl power all the way!

Amazing read from start to finish!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of  Secrets at Cedar Cabin, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday March 23 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

March Giveaway -- Week Three


Whoopsies!! I kinda crashed and burned the last couple of days! 
Sorry to leave y'all hanging!
I selected two winners for each book as a way of apology
and The Cures of Misty Mayfair will be in
this week's line-up.

WON BY MELANIE BACKUS
AND
MELISSA ANDRES

WON BY LINDA MOFFITT
AND
PAM WESTFALL

WON BY LIZ R
AND
TERRILL

WON BY SUSAN P
AND
JASMINE A.


You know the drill: winners will be contacted if they left their email address. Otherwise it's up to the winner to contact me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca with your mailing address. From time to time a winner and I do not connect so I have a one month time frame on giveaway wins. If I haven't been able to reach you within 30 days of your win, it will be forfeited. This has happened a few times now so, please, DON'T BE SHY -- CONTACT ME IF YOU DIDN'T LEAVE YOUR EMAIL OR IF I HAVEN'T BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REACHING YOU. Books will be ordered within a week of receiving your mailing address and I'll email you to confirm your win is on its way. Give it a full month before inquiring about the status of an order to allow for processing and shipping time. Thank you!

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Fatal Threat

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HANSEN, VALERIE
FATAL THREAT

Someone wants to see her silenced. 
An Emergency Responders story

Back home after a mission trip, nurse and EMT Sara Southerland learns that her cousin's death might not have been an accident -- and now someone wants her dead. The only person she can trust is longtime crush and fire captain Adam Kane. With a stalker on their tail, Adam will do whatever it takes to protect the womean he's realizing he can't live without.

My Review:

"Adam was all man, with the honor of a brave marine, the attraction of his job as a firefighter and the ruggedness of a working cowboy." (p 78) And that right there, fellow readers, is why you need to read this book! (insert delicious shivery sigh of book hero worship!)

Phew -- gobsmackingly good -- from the explosive opening scene to the whirlwind of mayhem that follows. Page-turning, jaw-dropping romantic suspense bliss. It was hard for me (as well as Sara and Adam!) to untangle the threats and run down clues in this twisty-turny plot. Love it when an author keeps me on my toes like that!

Speaking of which, toe-curling is not optional during the course of this read. Because, well, Adam! He's infuriatingly stubborn and noble and moody and I was still swooning! Definitely a take-charge kind of guy which doesn't always sit well with Sara. In fact, she was infuriating in her own special ways -- like her impulsive urge to act without thinking things through! All. The. Time. Hence the moody Adam. :-) Loved their dynamics -- a friends to lovers romance that takes us on a bumpy ride right to the very end.

And -- woot! -- this is the first book in a new series about Emergency Responders! And you know what that means, right? More thrilling reads ahead! Bring 'em on!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Fatal Threat, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday March 16 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!