Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Deadly Christmas Pretense

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MENTINK, DANA
DEADLY CHRISTMAS PRETENSE

A cowboy to her rescue...but she's not who he thinks she is.

Posing as her sister for Christmas is the only way to save her, but Maggie Lofton needs help -- even if it means working with her twin's cowboy ex-boyfriend, Liam Pike. But between the bull's eye on her back and the dangerous connection she's forming with Liam, Maggie's mission is harder than expected. Will their tenuous partnership be enough to shield her when the killer closes in?

Roughwater Ranch Cowboys

My Review:

Forget the humans in this story -- I'm all agog over Jingles, the mutt who is "like a bad cold. You just can't shake him!" (p 158) Escape artist extraordinaire and velcro-dog to his hooman, Liam (who barely tolerates the poor little guy,) Jingles is the definition of dogged determination. He gets his man in the end (and is even willing to share him with Maggie.) I just love an unstoppable four-legged hero! Happy sigh.

Even though Liam is all gruff and irritated when it comes to this happy-go-lucky canine sidekick, the inevitability of the two becoming a bonded pair is a done deal. So much fun watching him succumb to all that doggy charm! And Jingles has some superhero tricks that make him that much more lovable. Okay -- I'll stop talking about the dog now. :-)

Deadly Christmas Pretense begins with a white-knuckle car chase and the tension doesn't let up! Lots of twists and turns and an intriguing, multi-layered mystery that needs solving. Maggie's in danger -- drawn into the chaos by her impulsive sister. Liam is a prime example of why I love cowboy heroes. His tough, take-charge attitude curled my toes as much as his tender side did. Maggie wasn't as impressed with the taking charge part though. :-) Sizzles and fireworks and heart-wrenching back stories bring a special zest to their romance. 

Another exceptional romantic suspense (with a dog!!!) from Dana Mentink.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Protecting Tanner Hollow

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EASON, LYNETTE
PROTECTING TANNER HOLLOW

Four nail-biting novellas in one!

Lethal Homecoming: Nolan Tanner never got over Kellie Ainsworth's sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.

Lethal Conspirancy: When professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father's campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in...

Lethal Secrets: Someone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help -- but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.

Lethal Agenda:  When Detective Derek St. John resuces a woman he's only met once before -- and has never been able to forget -- he finds himself falling for her. But he'll have to keep Claire Montgomery alive if they're to have a future together.

My Review:

Lynette Eason is one of my go-to romantic suspense authors so when she publishes novellas only in ebook format I have an epic meltdown. Serious, two-year-old tantrum time! Why? Because I don't read ebooks and it kills me to be left out! So imagine my biblio-euphoric delight when her Tanner Hollow novellas appeared in this paperback edition! Along with Derek St. John's (Blue Justice series) long awaited chance to shine in his very own story! I am all kinds of fan-girling over this collection!

I think what struck me most about these novellas is how different they are from each other despite the fact they share the same author. It shows just how versatile and talented Lynette Eason is.

 Lethal Homecoming is the classic kind of white-knuckled, nail-biting intensity that leaves a reader breathless. Lethal Conspiracy is a political thriller where no one believes the heroine witnessed a murder...except the murderer who wants to silence her. Lethal Secrets was the biggest surprise for me -- a heroine with five children! Haven't seen that in a romantic suspense -- ever! There's as much page time devoted to developing relationships as to the edge-of-your-seat suspense plot.

But the piece-de-resistance is definitely Lethal Agenda -- where readers are reunited with the St. John clan in so many wonderful ways. This is Derek's story but his family has his back and the sibling interactions are divine! I was all weepy happy by the end of this one. :-)

A truly stunning collection of compelling romantic suspense novellas -- and a definite must read for Blue Justice fans!.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

A Mrs. Miracle Christmas

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MACOMBER, DEBBIE
A MRS. MIRACLE CHRISTMAS

Mrs. Miracle shows an ordinary family that they are blessed beyond belief in this uplifting holiday tale from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

As the holiday season begins, Laurel McCullough could use some good news. She and her husband, Zach, have been praying for a baby that seems more and more like an impossible dream, and they've had to move in with her beloved grandmother, Helen, who's having trouble taking care of herself. But when Laurel contacts a local home-care organization for help, there are no caregivers available.

Then Mrs. Miracle appears at her door. No stranger to lending a helping hand to a family in need, Mrs. Miracle, reveals herself to be nothing short of godsend. Helen's even convinced she's an angel! Still, Laurel has to admit that Helen has become noticeably happier and more engaged, decorating the family Christmas tree and setting up the nativity with Mrs. Miracle's companionship. In the meantime, Laurel and Zach begin to encounter curious signs, all pointing toward the arrival of a special baby.

With Christmas approaching, there appears to be even more to Mrs. Miracle than meets the eye. In a classic turn of Debbie Macomber's signature seasonal magic, Laurel, Zach and Helen experience a holiday of heavenly proportions.

My Review:

I goosebumped my way through this book! It was so touching and funny and sad and hopeful --the perfect ingredients for an inspirational holiday read.

Mrs. Miracle is back and living up to her name in this Classic Macomber Christmas story. And the McCulloughs are definitely deserving of some serious angelic intervention!  Honestly, I cried at the end. Great heaving, hiccupping sobs. It was so cathartic. :-) This is my absolutely, positively all-time-favourite Christmas novel by Debbie Macomber. The kind I'll want to read (or listen to) year after year.

I enjoyed the audible version and delighted in Cassandra Campbell's portrayal of these wonderful characters. Destined to become a Christmas classic (and hopefully another Mrs. Miracle movie!)

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Christmas Cow Bells

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BRYAN, MOLLIE COX
CHRISTMAS COW BELLS

The first novel in Mollie Cox Bryan's brand new mystery series, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, will keep you guessing until the cows come home...

Christmas is time for new beginnings, so after her big breakup, Brynn MacAlister takes the gouda with the bad. With her three Red Devon cows, she settles in bucolic Shenandoah Springs, eager for a new life as an organic micro-dairy farmer and cheese-maker. Then her dear cow Petunia's bellows set the whole town on edge. But it isn't until Brynn's neighbor, Nancy, dies in a mysterious fire that her feelings about small town life begins to curdle...

It seems some folks were not happy with Nancy's plan to renovate the Old Glebe Church. But is a fear of change a motivation for murder? As a newcomer, Brynn can't ignore the strange events happening just on the other side of her frosty pasture -- and soon on her very own farm. Suddenly Christmas doesn't feel so festive as everyone demands she muzzle sweet Petunia, and Brynn is wondering if someone wants to silence her -- for good...

My Review:

Sometimes, when you're faced with a vast array of newly released Christmas fiction you just have to go with the book that has the decked out cows on the cover. That it's a cozy mystery is a bonus. And I get extra points because this is a new-to-me author as well. So many cozies, so little time!

What a moo-vellous start to a fun series! (Was that too cheesy?) Okay, I'll stop with the corny puns but it's hard to resist with those big brown eyes alight with holiday merriment watching me as I write this review. I love a cozy with critters and this one has a lot of them -- including a grief-stricken cow named Petunia. :-)

Brynn is living my dream -- organic farming on a small scale in a sweet little town...well, maybe sweet isn't quite the right word. There are a number of townsfolk who aren't keen on change and newcomer Brynn doesn't always feel welcome.

But when tragedy strikes, she discovers some close allies and even more suspects. Brynn wants answers when her friend is murdered but the sheriff isn't forthcoming and the fire investigator is just as annoying (though I sense perhaps a love interest in future books? Hope so!) In true cozy mystery fashion Brynn sets out on her own investigation and soon becomes entangled in intrigue and danger.

Bryan does a great job of mixing humour and holiday spirit into the mayhem -- including a live nativity, a crotchety minister and an ever increasing menagerie. Love how central characters are established and the community fleshed out. And the Christmas cheer brings a festive flare to the first book in Mollie Cox Bryan's new Buttermilk Creek Mystery series.

Sidenote: While not a Christam Fiction selection, this is a clean read.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

November Giveaway -- Week Three




WON BY TERRILL R.

WON BY CHERYL BARKER

WON BY DIANA FLOWERS

WON BY MARIA DB
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LAURA WALTZ
(Sqwooooeeep!!!!
couldn't resist doing two draws)


WON BY LIZ R.

WON BY MELISSA ANDRES

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!

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Friday, November 15, 2019

Falling For Grace

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RANDOM RETRO READ DAY!
FERGUSON, JANET
FALLING FOR GRACE

Grace Logan has taken a lot of tumbles in life, but she works hard to bounce right back. Dreams shattered and hope for reconciliation gone, Grace needs a place where she can pick herself up now that her ex is marrying her former best friend. Her boss's beach house in Santa Rosa seems like the perfect getaway, but stumbling into the attractive-but-damaged handyman next door isn't part of the plan.

After losing his infant son -- and his marriage -- Seth Gibbs is left with smothering grief and guilt. Bad memories make it difficult to find a new normal, so he escapes to his family's vacation home. Three years later, he's still in Santa Rose with no plans to leave.

That is...until Grace falls into his life.

My Review:

published in 2018

 I can't believe I'm just 'discovering' Janet Ferguson now! And what an introduction! This novella packs all the heart of a full length novel. My emotions were engaged from the very first page and I do so love to be emotionally pummeled by my fiction! Talk about gut-wrenching and hope-soaring!

Grace and Seth are both recovering from painful losses. Their chance encounter on the beach pulls them into each other's arms (literally) and sets in motion a breath-taking second chance love story. Raw and real and achingly sweet. And sometimes funny. All the elements that I enjoy in a romance.

I'm amazed at the way Ferguson packed so much into this shorter word count. Exquisite word choice and impeccable pacing propel the story along and turned Falling for Grace into an unputdownable read for me. Devoured it in one sitting and now I'm on the hunt for more.

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Kiss

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RANDOM RETRO READ DAY!
DEKKER, TED
HEALY, ERIN
KISS

Let me tell you all I know for sure. My name. Shauna.

I woke up in a hospital bed missing six months of my memory. In the room was my loving boyfriend -- how could I have forgotten him? -- and my uncle and my abusive stepmother. Everyone blames me for the tragic car accident that left me near death and my dear brother brain damaged. But what they say can't be true -- can it?

I believe the medicine is doing strange things to my memory. I'm unsure who I can trust and who I should run from. And I'm starting to remember things I've never known. Things not about me. I think I'm going crazy.

And even worse, I think they want to kill me.

But who? And for what? Is dying for the truth really better than living with a lie?

My Review:

published in 2009
Thanks to my public library for providing me with an audio edition of this book

Once again I'm wrestling for ways to define Ted Dekker's work. This time he is paired up with Erin Healy (Kiss is her debut!) Both authors are known for their edgy thriller style suspense with hints of supernatural elements -- which is what makes this book so indescribable. Absolutely riveting though.

Shauna's story is edge-of-your-seat compelling. So many twists and turns and puzzle pieces to try to put together! I binged listen to Pam Turlow's narration, my heart racing as each new scene unfolded. Loved the deep characterization, the subtle inspirational threads nimbly woven throughout the chaos.and the way these authors kept me guessing about most everything right to the end.

I'm the reader book blurbs are written for. I cannot start reading until I've studied that description. I might even read it a couple of times to absorb it (yes, I know that's weird) before starting in on the story. And sometimes I flip back and study that book blurb again during my read. I don't know what that says about me -- but I really can't read a book without knowing something about it.

That's why tackling a Ted Dekker novel is so bookishly brave of me. :-) Because no matter which book description I read it will never fully prepare me for the adventure I'm about to embark upon. It's like reading blind. Just letting go and allowing the story to take me places I've never dreamed of. And I always come away soul-searching some aspect of my faith. That's what happened when I read Kiss. I've been challenged and encouraged and highly entertained. A breath-snatching thrill of a read!

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