Thursday, January 18, 2018

Where We Belong

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AUSTIN, LYNN
WHERE WE BELONG

Join two incomparable sisters on adventures that span the decades and cross the globe.

In the city of Chicago in 1893, the rules and expectations for Victorian women are strict, their roles in life limited. But sisters Rebecca and Flora Hawes are not typical Victorian ladies. Their love of adventure and their desire to use their God-given talents have taken them out of society ballrooms and delivered them to the Sinai Desert -- and into the teeth of a sandstorm.

Accompanied by Soren Petersen, their somber young butler, and Kate Rafferty, a plucky street urchin learning to be their ladies' maid, the two women are on a quest across the desert, chasing rumors of an important biblical manuscript.

At the expedition becomes ever more dangerous and uncertain, all four travelers sift through memories and adventures of their past, recalling the events that shaped them and the journeys and providence that brought them to this very time and place.

My Review:

An epic tale about two invincible sisters who refuse to be confined by societal expectations. And while a work of fiction Where We Belong reads more like a memoir since it is a collection of memories. In fact, the largest portion of these 470 pages is spent in past decades -- and told from the point of view of four different characters whose stories all interconnect -- the sisters, Rebecca and Flora and their two charges, Kate and Soren.

The story begins with a trek across the Sinai Desert in 1890. These forty-something sisters have led rich, colourful and unorthodox lives and the holy quest they are on provides them with time to reflect on the past decades that have led them to this point. The sisters compliment each other beautifully --- Rebecca is brash and fearless while Flora is more thoughtful and cautious.  And both sisters live their faith deeply. Their love of Jesus shines in everything they do. They are true disciples, acting as the hands and feet of Christ to all those around them. A truly inspiring and fascinating story.

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publications and Graf-Martin Publications.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Where We Belong, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooCA. 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 for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 20 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shattered Lullaby

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SCOTT, LAURA
SHATTERED LULLABY

Safeguarding the baby

Overhearing the murder of her sister, Lacy Germaine grabs her baby nephew and flees for their lives. But not before she's seen by the killer -- who she's certain is her lawman brother-in-law. Now an instant mom on the run, Lacy will protect the baby at all costs, and she trusts nobody. Not even her rescuer, K-9 cop Matt Callahan. Despite the police alert issued for the missing little boy, Matt believes that Lacy is innocent of kidnapping. Keeping them safe soon becomes his top priority. But no matter how deep they hide, danger finds them...until Matt is all that stands between the beautiful woman, the vulnerable baby and a desperate killer.

Callahan Confidential: Facing danger and fighting for justice is all in a day's work for this family.

My Review:

So, clearly I've been missing out on something good since this is the fourth book in the Callahan Confidential series and I'm just discovering it now. I don't know how my romantic suspense spidey senses went so askew but, thankfully, the gorgeous cover on Shattered Lullaby screamed 'buy me' so I did! Now I'll have to check out the other stories involving Matt's siblings.

I can't resist a good K-9 story and this one is tremendous! That's Duchess on the cover and she's Matt's loyal partner who can double as a babysitter in a pinch. :-) She gave me plenty of gray hairs during this read though because she's fearless! And yes, there are some pretty cool humans in this story as well. You gotta love a dog lovin' hero dedicated to his calling in law enforcement but not afraid to trust his gut in touchy situations. Like the one Lacy finds herself in. Cue nerve wracking action and edgy suspense as Matt and Lacy dive through mayhem to solve an impossibly complicated case. Four paws up for this K-9 heroine and two-legged sidekicks!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Shattered Lullaby 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 for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 20 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Bringing Maggie Home

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SAWYER, KIM VOGEL
BRINGING MAGGIE HOME

Decades of Loss, an Unsolved Mystery, and a Rift Spanning Three Generations

Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year-old Hazel momentarily turned her back on her three-year-old sister, Maggie, and the young girl disappeared

Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved, and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter, Diane, who can't understand her mother's overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother's inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan -- a cold case agent -- cherishes her grandmother's lavish attention and affection.

When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-weak leave of absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel's painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative powers to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that's been lost?

My Review:

A timeless story that explores the ripple effect a tragedy causes across generations. It's a rich, multi-layered tapestry of emotion that really made an impact on me. Told from the multiple view points of Hazel (grandmother), Diane (daughter) and Meghan (granddaughter) with the occasional flashback, it really illustrates the power a parent's words and actions hold. And how they shape the future generations beyond the moment they are said or done. This was an eyeopening read for me.

I adored Hazel. Closing in on eighty, we get the benefit of her memories first so it's easy to see how the disappearance of her sister shaped the rest of her life. But since she's buried that secret for decades, her daughter and granddaughter don't have the same insight the reader does and that makes family dynamics complicated. Especially between Hazel and her daughter.

True confession: Diane irked me from the very start. My least favourite character, I was bordering on hostile for most of the read. But Sawyer does an exceptional job of weaving a tale of grace and forgiveness and  the patience it takes to live both truthfully so that was a huge takeaway lesson for me. :-)

Meghan is easy to love. She's has a unique relationship with her grandmother and it's that bond that catapults these three women onto a journey of discovery and healing.

One of my favourite quotes from the book is courtesy of Hazel -- a woman of faith paired with a wry sense of humour. "God, not to be irreverent, but sometimes I wonder if You listen to me at all." (p. 52) I can totally relate to that sentiment and might be guilty of saying the same thing from time to time. :-) Unfortunately, Diane has had a very different experience with religion which has left her contemptuous of anything to do with faith while Meghan is quietly questioning thanks to the gentle but direct encouragement of a friend. Loved the insights that come from the realistic mix of characters at different stages of their faith journey.

A page-turning family drama with the hint of romance and plenty of mystery.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Bringing Maggie Home, 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 . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 21 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Threads of Suspicion

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HENDERSON, DEE
THREADS OF SUSPICION

Will her latest cold case unravel before justice is served?

Evie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's Missing Persons Task force. With so much public fanfare surrounding the launch of this elite investigative team, the political stakes are high, and the team will have to produce results -- and quickly.

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. As Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood over the disappearance of a college student, David searches for a private investigator whose last case involved a high-powered client.

With a deep conviction that "justice for all" truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But the questions that lie just beneath the surface in Evie's personal life are also begging for answers.

My Review:

This is the second Evie Blackwell Cold Case mystery but reads well as a standalone. The special cold case task-force is now official and working on their first cases. Threads of Suspicion features David and Evie in a fascinating play-by-play of police procedures. And I do mean fascinating.

It's like watching a crime drama show only getting all the clue building bits they skim over to get to the action scenes. This suspense is the opposite. Low on action and danger but high on the painstaking work police officers put in before they make an arrest. It's rich in dialogue, friendship building and complicated romances (David and Evie are both in serious relationships -- but not with each other.)

Evie is an astute, tough-as-nails cop but surprisingly vulnerable in her personal life. It's an intriguing contrast -- the confident and brilliant investigator doesn't mesh with the caution she carries into her romantic relationship. Love the rich, deeply thoughtful conversations she has with Rob. His steadfastness and patience as he waits for her.

 A brilliant glimpse into the complicated world of investigative police work -- not your typical action-packed suspense but captivating all the same.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Threads of Suspicion, 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 for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 21 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

January Giveaway - WeekTwo



WON BY LINDA MOFFITT
WON BY CAITLIN M.
WON BY SUSAN P.
WON BY TAMMIE EDINGTON SHAW
WON BY PAM WESTFALL
WON BY CARYL KANE
As always, I'll contact the winners by Monday evening (but if you didn't include your email, it will be up to you to send me your snail mail address at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca,) I try to order books within a week of receiving a winner's email address but sometimes I'm a bit slowpokey -- like I haven't ordered last week's books yet. Oops. Will get right on that! From time to time a winner and I don't connect so I have a month time limit -- if I don't reach you within four weeks, your win is forfeited.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:

A great glimpse into criminal investigation
Angsty family dynamics and a mystery

Heart-in-throat action right from the first page

Epic historical
Heartbreaking and hopeful

PLUS -- SINCE I'M REVIEWING A NON-FICTION BOOK THIS WEEK,
I AM HOSTING A READER'S CHOICE GIVEAWAY OF
ANY CHRISTIAN FICTION BOOK IN PRINT
LOOK FOR DETAILS ON FRIDAY

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Murder at the Mikado

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DEERING, JULIANNA
MURDER AT THE MIKADO

When a celebrated actor is found murdered in his dressing room, all signs point to Drew's old flame. But behind the curtains nothing is what it seems and this quickly becomes his most puzzling case yet.

Just as Drew Farthering thinks his life has calmed down some, Fleur Lanids, a former girlfriends, reappears, in dire need of his help. She's married now, no longer an actress -- but the lead actor in her former troupe's production of The Mikado has been murdered, and Fleur is the police's number one suspect.

Drew would rather focus on his fiancee, Madeline Parker, and their upcoming wedding, but he can't leave Fleur and her family in the lurch -- even if she did break his heart once. As Drew, Nick, and Madeline begin investigating, they discover more going on behind the scenes of the theater troupe than could ever have been imagined. It seems nearly everyone had a motive, and alibis are few and far between.

Both the murder case and the presence of the beautiful, exotic Fleur put a heave strain on Drew and Madeline's relationship. Will their still young romance survive the pressure?

My Review:

published in 2014
My thanks to my public library for keeping me well stocked in retro reads!

If you love British period mysteries you will adore this series. I'm waiting with bated breath for the Drew Farthering Mystery series to become the next BBC runaway hit! It's bound to happen sooner or later and I'm hopping for sooner!

A beguiling mystery with so many interesting players I formulated a dozen scenarios before discovering the whodunnit. So love a mystery that challenges my armchair sleuthing skills. Clearly I need a make-up course on spotting the villain since I tend to suspect everyone in a Drew Farthering mystery. That's because of the multi-layered secondary characters with slowly emerging back stories -- it just seems everyone could be driven to murder with the right incentive!

And I think this might just be the most romantical book in the series. Drew and Madeline in a pre-wedding flurry. He cuts a dashing hero -- she knows how to keep him in line. The banter is priceless -- all the dialogue is so Dowton Abbeyish it thrills me to my toes.

Droll humour, a puzzling mystery and the thrill of romance -- what more can you want in a cozy mystery?

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Murder at the Mikado, 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 . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 14 2018. Offer opent o International Readers. Good luck.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Texan Twins

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NAVARRO, JOLENE
THE TEXAN TWINS

Big Texan Reunion

Between providing for her five-year-old twins and achieving her dream of running a wildlife sanctuary, Danica Bergmann has no room for anything -- or anyone -- else. So when the wildlife volunteers she's taken on turns out to be Reid McAllister, her secret husband, who disappeared before she got a chance to reveal she was pregnant, it flips her world upside down. Six years ago he wasn't worth chasing down, but Danica can tell Reid's a changed man -- and he's still the only man she's ever loved. It's a long road to redemption, but can Danica learn to trust Reid with their children...and their future?

Lone Star Legacy: Big Texas sides, bigger Texas hearts

My Review:

It can be tricky to make the 'secret baby' trope work for me so it takes some fancy footwork for an author to convince me that I'm going to  buy into the heroine's reasons for keeping her baby a secret from the father. I'm prepared to dislike said heroine from the very first page -- if I even end up reading the book! Yes, I'm that opinionated on the subject and I know a lot of other readers who are too. But guess what? Jolene Navarro did a brilliant job winning me over! And she's a new-to-me-author to boot! So I guess the moral of the story is never say never -- there's an exception to every rule.

I totally get why Danica hasn't told Reid about their twins. That drama plays out quietly in the beginning pages of the book as Navarro delivers a deeply emotional insight into Danica's backstory. And even when Reid shows up on the scene and it would make total sense to tell him about their girls I understood why she held back. I didn't like it. I didn't agree with it. But I felt it. All the emotions that are hitting Dani fast and furiously. The way it all starts spiraling out of control until she can't seem to catch her breath. And either could I.

This is a tentative second chance love story full of missteps and poignantly tender moments. It's about God's grace and the fact that forgiveness is an action. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to wring some necks, gag some of Danica's family members and purse whomp some holier than thou secondary characters. A totally awesome emotional roller coaster of a read!

GIVEAWAY OPPORUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Texan Twins 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 for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 14 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Writing Desk

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HAUCK, RACHEL
THE WRITING DESK

Tenley Roth's first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she's locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a friend who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighed with writer's block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart's been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she'll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn't know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

My Review:

I finally understand what everyone has been raving about! I may be a late bloomer but I'm definitely on The Writing Desk's cheer team now! Especially cheering because this is a dual timeline story. Birdie with all the pressures of belonging to the upper class during the Gilded Age and Tenley with the pressures of living up to the expectations that come from belonging to a literary family. There are interesting parallels in these two heroine's stories though a century separates them. Difficult mother/daughter relationships and both chasing dreams as they find the courage to be true to themselves.

And then there are the men in their lives. Blissful sigh. Elijah in the historical timeline and Jonas in the contemporary one. Men of integrity and faith. Elijah determined to do the honorable thing for his family's estate despite his love for Birdie. Be still my heart. This star-crossed lovers story had me on tenterhooks!

I'm still having heart palpitations over steadfast, easy-going, steeped-in-faith Jonas. And I'm guilty of feeling like Tenley didn't deserve him in the beginning. But Jonas proved me wrong and humbled me in the process. Because he looks past the baggage and insecurities and sees Tenley as the beautiful daughter of God she is. Their witty dialogue still has me smiling. So much fun in the give and take between these two. But so much heartache too. And so much hope as Tenley finally begins to grasp the concept of grace and the hope it can bring to her future.

The Writing Desk is the kind of novel you want to savor and share and read over again just because it makes you feel alive and hopeful and inspired to live out your dreams the way Birdie and Tenley do.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The Writing Desk, 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 for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 14 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Duty to Defend

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NELSON, JILL ELIZABETH
DUTY TO DEFEND

The Marshal's Mission

Working undercover at a day care, Deputy Marshal Daci Marlowe has one mission: protect a mother and her infant son from the woman's fugitive ex-boyfriend. But when someone seems more focused on killing Daci, she and her partner, child advocate attorney Jax Williams, must figure out why before it's too late. With her family's tragic past and her experience raising her siblings, Daci can't help but relate to the woman and child -- even as she's drawn to Jax. Daci knows that Jax has his own harrowing past, though, one that makes the handsome defender keep her at arm's length. But with each attempt on Daci's life, Jax comes closer to both Daci and a dangerous truth.

My Review:

Phew! Mind-blowing, heart-racing, brain-teasing good! Seriously -- the suspense is so suspensey that my brain hurt trying to keep up and figure out. I didn't do so well. Guessed something right but got it all wrong at the same time. :-) Loved Daci and her crazy siblings and even though none of the sibs are in law enforcement I can't help hoping they each have their own story too though this doesn't look like it's part of a series. But the Marlowe clan is memorable so a reading fan can hope. In any case, I'll be anxiously looking forward to Jill Elizabeth Nelson's next release because she knows how to deliver a stellar romantic suspense.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Duty to Defend, 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 for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 14 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

To Wager Her Heart

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ALEXANDER, TAMERA
TO WAGER HER HEART

With fates bound by a shared tragedy, a reformed gambler from the Colorado Territory and a Southern Belle bent on breaking free from society's expectations must work together to achieve their dream -- provided the truth doesn't tear them apart.

Silas Rutledge, new orner of the Northeast Line Railroad, invests everything he has into this new venture, partly for the sake of the challenge. But mostly to clear his father's name. One man holds the key to Sy's success -- General William Giles Harding of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation. But Harding is champagne and thoroughbreds, and Sy Rutledge is beer and bullocks.

Sy needs someone to help him maneuver through Nashville's society, and when he meets Alexandra Jamison he quickly decides he's found his tutor. But he soon discovers that the very train accident his father is blamed for causing is what killed Alexandra's fiancé and shattered her world.

Spurning an arranged marriage by her father, Alexandra instead pursues her passion for teaching at Fisk University, the first freedman's university in the United States. But family -- and Nashville society -- do not approve, and she soon finds herself cast out from both.

Through connections with the Harding family, Alexandra and Sy become unlikely allies. And despite first impressions, Alexandra gradually finds herself coming to respect and even care for this man. But how can she, when her heart is still spoken for?

Sy is willing to risk everything to win over the woman he loves. What he doesn't count on is having to wager he heart to do it.

Set against the real history of Nashville's Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubliee Singers ensemble. To Wager Her Heart is a stirring love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won.

My Review:

From time to time a book finds its way into your TBR pile that oozes special literary vibes that are hard to ignore. It looks good, it feels good -- it even smells good! And it clamors for attention until you pick it up and open the cover. And once you do -- there's nothing for it but to surrender to the beguiling story within. To Wager Her Heart is just that kind of novel. It's a story that feeds a reader's heart, mind and soul.

The romance is deliciously sublime. Sy is the kind of all-encompassing hero that causes heart flutters and spine chills. He's purposeful in every thing he does. He's kind and sees deep into another's needs
and then quietly goes about providing them. He's gallant with Alexandra even when she snubs him but relentless in his pursuit anyway. She's buried her heart with her fiance and panics when Sy starts to bring it to life again. Definitely an exquisite love story!

I love the way Alexander incorporates real people and events from history into her stories. Her research is meticulous and I always come away having learned something new. This Canadian had never heard of Fisk University or the Jubilee Singers and I am woefully uneducated when it comes to the Reconstruction Era. Some startling facts merge with fiction leaving me breathless and aching.  Harsh reality comes into sharp focus because history isn't always kind and taking a hard look at injustices from the past is difficult to do. But so necessary!

So I finished this read a little battered and bruised. But hopeful too. Because Alexandra's and Sy's story celebrates the joy that comes in the midst of sorrow when you have the courage to place your faith wholly in the Lord.  "You see, I believe that if the Lord tells me to jump through a wall, it is my part to jump -- and the Lord's to put me through it." (p 250) Facing fears, finding courage, being true to yourself and standing strong for justice -- these are just some of themes that make To Wager Her Heart such a memorable...and mesmerizing...novel. An incredible addition to Tamera Alexander's Belle Mead Plantation series.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of To Wager Her Heart, 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 . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 14 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Beneath Copper Falls

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COBLE, COLLEEN
BENEATH COPPER FALLS

She has already learned that love isn't safe...but could it be different in Rock Harbor?

As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally charged career, she's faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.

But the idyllic tide hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear her friend's desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home -- and threatens to keep her from the future she's always wanted.

My Review:

A crazy twisty, turny, heart-in-throat, tummy-flip-flopping read! I'm still catching my breath. Partly because Coble takes us back to Rock Harbor - sqqquueeaaaal -- and Bree and her hero dog, Samson play a major role in this adventure -- double sqqqquuueeeaaalll. Mildly hyperventilating here because the first ever Colleen Coble book I read was Without a Trace, book 1 in this series and the beginning of Bree's story. So reading Beneath Copper Falls is like coming full circle and it's full of favourite characters from the other books. Mind you, it could still be read as a standalone for those who aren't familiar with this awesome series.

This romantic suspense with a creepy stalker vibe kept me up at night trying to piece together clues and draw seemingly diverse threads together. There just never seemed to be a good place to put the book down! And it wasn't only the mystery that thrilled me -- the romance is divine! Dana with her resolve to take her life back. Boone dedicated to helping her do just that. He's a protector and she's running scared -- a relationship develops in the midst of tragedy which makes the tender bits all the sweeter.

A thrilling addition to one of Colleen Coble's most loved series.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Beneath Copper Falls, 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 . to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 14 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

January Giveaway - Week One


WON BY FREDA
WON BY SAMANTHA
WON BY AMANDA T.
WON BY PERRIANNE
WON BY TRIXI
WON BY BECKY SMITH
I will notify winners who have provided their email address, otherwise it's up to the winner to email me their snail mail address so I can deliver their book. If you don't hear from me within a few days, feel free to shoot me an email at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca and include your email address. If I can't connect with a winner within a month, the win will be forfeited.

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK:


Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Lightkeeper's Bride

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COBLE, COLLEEN
THE LIGHTKEEPER'S BRIDE

When Kate answers the call of duty, she awakens the call of her heart

Katie Russell loves working as a telephone operator in Mercy Falls, California. But since childhood she has been expected to marry well. Her family presses for an engagement to wealthy bachelor Bartholomew Foster and though he doesn't stir her heart, their engagement promises a secure financial future.

Working the phone lines one evening, Katie overhears a chilling exchange between her friend Eliza and a familiar male voice. Katie soon learns that Eliza has disappeared, and the crime may be linked to another investigation by handsome new lighthouse keeper, Will Jesperson. Katie and Will soon form an alliance. An alliance that slowly blossoms into something more.

Despite the danger surrounding her, Katie is powerfully drawn to Will. But she is not at liberty to marry for love. And though society forbids their growing affection, Katie can't help but notice Will's sense of peace. It's a peace that rests on his trust in God -- a trust that Katie has never had to depend on with her future so clearly mapped out before her.

But the more Katie uncovers of the mystery, the more she discovers about herself, her past, and the brilliant future that could be hers if only she has the courage to trust in God and follow where her heart so fearlessly leads.

My Review:

My thanks to my public library for providing me with a copy of this retro read.
published in 2010

Vintage Coble. History and suspense paired with sweet romance is always a lure for me. And there's pirates! And a strapping lightkeeper hero who melted my heart when he engages with an orphan baby. Katie isn't smitten though -- she's suspicious and it takes awhile for her to figure out who she can trust in this tangled web of secrets.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Montana Groom of Convenience

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FORD, LINDA
MONTANA GROOM OF CONVENIENCE

Their marriage bargain

Carly Morrison's father issued an ultimatum: get married or lose her ranch. But while she can rope and ride as well as any man, leading one to the altar is another matter -- until newcomer Sawyer Gallagher suggests a marriage of convenience. Their arrangment might be a sensible solution to her predicament, but Carly's growing feelings are a genuine complication.

Desperate to provide a home for his orphaned sister, Sawyer takes a chance on lassoing himself to headstrong cowgirl Carly. He's convinced he's too hardened by life to love anyone...until their union is threatened. Is it too late to turn this practical partnership into a real Big Sky family?

My Review:

A reclusive cowboy and a charming tomboy stubbornly match wits as they studiously ignore their growing feelings. Carly and Sawyer unite for some really good reasons, both thinking that a quick marriage can simplify their immediate problems. And it might seem that way on the surface...but it isn't long before things get deliciously complicated. He holds himself aloof from emotions so he's immune to the feisty lady rancher...isn't he? Not quite. And she just wants to keep living her life the way she always has only, of course, everything's different now. I love a good marriage of convenience story and this one is fabulous!

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Many Sparrows

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BENTON, LORI
MANY SPARROWS

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would...

In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflict as colonies push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife, Clare, and their four-year-old son, Jacob, on a remote mountain trail.

When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Claire finds herself utterly alone in labor, and wondering how she can recover her son -- especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob's life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do -- be still, wait, and let God fight this battle for them?

My Review:


"Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage." (p 65)

I love Lori Benton's books but I have to say that Many Sparrows is by far my favourite to date. And that's saying something considering how much I adore her writing. But this story just struck a cord with me. I connected with Clare right from the start. Am in awe of her courage and determination in the face of insurmountable odds. And Jeremiah, a man of solid faith, determined to do what is right. Their breathtaking story is spellbinding. So many twists and turns and the agony of waiting on the Lord plays out in gut-wrenching ways.

Benton has a heart for this time period and the Native American people. She paints pictures with her words; creates entire scenes with a simple sentence. Rich, vivid, details make me feel like I can smell the smoke of the campfires, picture exactly what the inside of a wegiwa looks like. I'm in awe of the historical details and the care with which the author does her research. It creates a living piece of history that has the power to stir emotions. And I couldn't help but see some unfortunate parallels in past and present. A moving and uplifting historical romance that has also proven to be thought-provoking.

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Deadly Exchange

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HARRIS, LISA
DEADLY EXCHANGE

No easy escape

Chased across Amsterdam by a human-trafficking ring, social advocate Kayla Brooks refuses to hel them recapture Mercy, the young girl she rescued from their clutches. Even if they've already abducted her father as a hostage...and wouldn't hesitate to kill her. There's only one man Kayla can turn to for help: her ex-fiance's brooding older brother, Levi Cummings. Though Kayla relies on the handsome former army intelligence officer's experience, fully trusting Levi seems impossible after she helped send his brother to jail. But as they struggle to save her father, protect Mercy and outmaneuver the traffickers, Kayla and Levi's bond transcends pure survival. Armed with only a few clues about her father's location, though, Kayla and Levi must bring down the crime ring...or lose all their lives.

My Review:

Lisa Harris is back with another international romantic suspense and I'm loving the exciting locales she uses as a backdrop for her stories. This time it's the Netherlands and Harris deftly weaves interesting facts and history into this nail-biting read.

And what a read it is! Fasten your seat-belts and hold onto your hats because the rapid pace action and stellar suspense is guaranteed to take you on a wild ride. Intense might be the most apt way to describe this novel. The subject matter is sobering and the stakes are high as Kayla and Levi race against time to save Kayla's father and protect vulnerable Mercy. In fact, the whole book covers the span of just a few days which might make the romance feel rushed until you've met this hero and heroine and get a bit of their back story. A fiercely good read!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Space Between Words

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PHOENIX MICHELE
THE SPACE BETWEEN WORDS

"There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned."

When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hosptial on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is a fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn't left her side, urges her to reconsider her decision. Worn down by his insistence, she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they'd planned before the tragedy.

"The pages found you," Patrick whispered. "Now you need to figure out what they're trying to stay."

During a stop at a country flea market, Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique. As new friends help her to translate the archaic French, they uncover the story of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lived centuries before -- her faith condemned, her life endangered, her community decimated by the Huguenot persecution.

"I write for our descendants, for those who will not understand the cost of our survival."

Determined to learn the Baillard family's fate, Jessica retraces their flight from France to England, spurred on by a need she doesn't understand.

Could this stranger who lived three hundred years before hold the key to Jessica's survival?

My Review:

I'm bordering on speechless as I grapple for words to explain the impact this book had on me. It's left me feeling raw and exposed, like my nerve endings are all on high alert and I can't quite settle the rapid beating of my heart. Because Jessica's journey is powerful and emotional and ultimately triumphant. It's full of unexpected twists. There was one startling moment when I gasped out loud and had to put the book down. What just happened? I read and reread until understanding seeped into my heart. And then I got goosebumps.

This is the kind of book that is impossible to describe. I can tell you it's about a 21st century woman who goes on a quest to discover what happened to a persecuted Huguenot family centuries ago. I can tell you that in the process Jessica finds the missing pieces of herself. What I can't tell you is how exceptionally moving that story is. Phoenix is such a gifted storyteller. Sometimes the beauty in her words is almost unbearable. And the takeaways are astounding.

 "God layers good over bad." (p 239)

"Though our lives have been dismantled by the cruelty of man, God in his faithfulness has scattered flecks of gold amid the debris of our loss." (p 123)

This is the kind of indefinable treasure meant to be savored not just during the read but for a long time afterwards.

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