Most of the books I review are given to me by the author or their publishing company and sometimes the library! I’m not required to post a good review.
However, my momma raised me to to say nice things, and if I can’t then I shouldn’t say anything. I’ve adopted that policy for my reviews. If I don’t like the book doesn’t mean it isn’t someone else’s favorite.
I am required by some strange law to let you know that I didn’t buy the book.
In J.T. Tucker’s world he know without a doubt that women who like fashion are the worst kind of evil, the kind that don’t make good wives and mothers.
Hanna Richards is a seamstress determined to earn her way by making fashionable useful clothing for the women in Coventry.
Hannah and J.T. clash from the moment they meet and yet there is a fire between them that doesn’t want to be smothered.
A Tailor-Made Bride is full of surprises and a few moments of danger. It’s set in the old west when streets were dirt and men were in charge.
I enjoyed this read and the time travel trip. I liked Hannah, she’s clueless and smart at the same time, a bit clumsy and yet she never looses her dignity. She handles life with joy.
Here’s the back cover copy. When a dressmaker who value beauty tangles with a liveryman who condemns vanity, the sparks begin to fly. Jericho “J.T.” Tucker wants nothing to do witht he new dressmaker in Coventry, Texas. He’s all too familiar with her kind–shallow women more devoted to fashion than true beauty.Yet, except for her well-tailored clothes, this seamstress is not at all what he expected.
Hannah Richards is confounded by the man who runs the livery. The unsmiling fellow riles her with his arrogant assumptions and gruff manner, while at the same time stirring her heart with unexpected acts of kindness. Which side of Jericho Tucker relects the real man?
When Hanna decides to help Jericho’s sister catch a beau—leading to consequences neither could have foreseen–will Jericho and Hanna find a way to bridge the gap between them?
I loved this book. It was fun, filled with crazy cousins who cause so much trouble for their cousin, Luke Davis by advertising for a bride for him. Three women all desperate to escape their lives show up to marry him. They have to stay at Rachel’s boarding house.
Luke isn’t planning on marring anyone. His gave his heart away to Rachel along time ago and she broke it.
The mayor insists Luke must marry one of the brides and since Luke isn’t interested, the mayor doesn’t give him the option to refuse. To make it fun the town holds a contest for the brides to prove who would make the best wife for Luke.
Things get very interesting and I wish I could tell you more, but that would ruin the story for you.
Pick this book up, you’ll really like it. This is book one in the Texas Boardinghouse Brides, I can’t wait for book 2.
A title with the word hurricane in it should be a HUGE clue about what is going to happen in this book. There is a a real hurricane, but the true storm comes when four women from an unlikely friendship.
This is a a great example of women’s fiction done well. Hildreth has yet to disappoint me with one of her stories. She lays down a complex web of layers for all of her characters and yet the book is easy to read. By the end of the book I wanted to gather my own friends together for an evening out to embrace the special thing called, ‘friendship of women’ there is nothing like it. All women need special friends to get them through the good and the bad times.
What I like about Hildreth’s books is she doens’t pull her punches. If something bad is going to happen, should happen to her characters she lets it occur making her writing real.
Tyndale provided this copy to me for review, but as I’ve said before if I don’t like it I don’t review it. As mama said, “Don’t say something unless you can say something nice.”
here’s the blurb from the back of the book:
From the moment Riley Sinclair stepped into Paradise island, Bahamas, and into her new job as director of guest relations at a posh resort, she felt the final pieces of her once-broken life finally coming together. But the waters become choppy when Riley discovers that some who come to the Atlantis Hotel show up with more than just suitcase and suntan lotion in tow–they’re accompanied by their lurking demons, paralyzing secretes, and overwhelming fears. Riley and three women guests are in desperate but unknowing need of each other, eventually forging unlikely yet powerful friendships. With a hurricane headed straight for the island, together they embark on a journey of laughter and lunacy, heartache and healing.
I’m back, sort of…I still am without internet so for the next week I’ll be posting scheduled reviews. I’m hoping by next Friday I’ll be back on line. Here is my first review.
It Had to Be You by Janice Thompson
This is book Three in the Weddings by Bella series. This time Bella is trying to to plan the wedding for her Aunt Rosa and Uncle Laz. They want to 1940’s style band and Laz wants to include a friend from the past: Sal who was just released from prison, and is rumored to be part of the mob.
All the characters you’ve enjoyed in the previous books are back in It Had to Be You–except for Bella’s best friend Jenna who appears to be missing and no one knows where she is.
It Had to Be You is a nice ending to this series.
Book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, that doesn’t mean they get a free pass, if the book isn’t good I don’t review it.
Christy Williams parent’s died in a car accident. Not long after that she ran away from her aunt’s home cutting all contact with her aunt and her younger sister, May. The only contact she has from back home is with a lawyer, an old friend of her father’s who has promised not to tell anyone where she is at.
Christy’s life is ugly. She’s lied, stolen, smokes and become an alocholic. She’d like to go home, but she can’t not in this shape.
Then circumstances propel her toward home, running for her life.
I loved that Christy is so broken and has fallen so far from hope. Will she find redemption? So many in real life have that same fear. It’s a long road fraught with danger and I found myself wondering if there would be any hope for this character. Could she be saved?
Well-written with setting details that pull you into the story and hang on to you until the end.
Here’s the blurb for Thicker than Blood:
Christy Williams never imagined athat a stolen Hemingway first edition would lead her back tothe sister she left fifteen years ago. But when things begin to unravel, she finds herself on May’s doorstep, fearing for her life.
After a bittersweet reunion will the two discover that some hearts can’t be healed, or is there a tie that’s thicker than blood?
There is something fun about reading a book in a city that you know well. This one is set in St. Louis/Chesterfield area. i know the area well, yet I can’t quite figure out where the house Nick Bradley might be located. Despite that one frustration the book is the third and final book in the heroes of Quantico series. That makes me sad. I’ve enjoyed them all.
IN HARMS WAY is the story of FBI Special Agent Nick Bradley. He hasn’t found a woman he can trust with his past until he meets Rachel Sutton. At the first meeting he is attracted to her until he finds out she’s at his office because of a feeling she gets when touching an ratty old Raggedy Ann doll.
For some reason he isn’t able to brush Rachel off or get her out of his thoughts and life.
I think this is the best of the three books, again all of Hannon’s books stand alone as a good read. You might find yourself hunting down the previous books to read though, so you’ve been warned. Her books are engaging and have quite a bit of action in them.
Available April 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group Book provided free for review.
April seems to be the month for me to review books and sometimes there is a bonus for you wonderful blog readers. Earlier this week I posted a review of Forget Me Not by Vicki Hinz and there was a give-a-way. Jane, I’ll be emailing you for your address you won! Today Angela Breindenbach is offering a free copy of her book to one reader who posts and leaves a comment either here or on my facebook note. PLEASE note just clicking the like button doesn’t get you entered you have to post a comment with your email address so you can be contacted.
Okay, now onto the fun stuff. Creative Cooking for Colitis has 25 tips to help you eat without fear. Breindenbach also includes a ‘difficult foods’ list to help you avoid a flare-up.
The recipes look delicious and look simple enough for the most fatigued person to make. I didn’t get to make a real recipe yet, but I discovered an amazing way to make potatoes easier to peel. My household will be much happier to have real potatoes again instead of the box kind. I did make the Hydration Shake, super easy and hey who doesn’t want to drink a shake and with a name like Hydration Shake it screams, “good for you!”
I must eat gluten free meals and most of these recipes are easy to adapt or already gluten free.
Did you know you can eat Nachos and Mexican Lasagna? You can if you have this cookbook. Briendbach shows you how! Suffering from colitis herself she understands the desire to eat good food. Her hope is that this cookbook will help bring others dinner time enjoyment.
Angela is a kind person who cares about many, she’s even donating a $1.00 from the sale of every book to the Jadyn Fred Foundation—Children 0-18 receive funds insurance won’t provide for real needs associated with cancer, severe illness, and on-going medical care.
Don’t forget to leave a comment to win this book! Drawing ends April 19, 2010 at 12:00 a.m. The winner was KarenK!
Angela Breidenbach is Mrs. Montana International 2009, author of Creative Cooking for Colitis, works with Hope’s Promise Orphan Ministries, the American Heart Association, and the Jadyn Fred Foundation. Angela also teaches online classes and coaches one-on-one in courageous confidence, personal growth, and powerful living. She’s certified in mentor/peer counseling as a Stephen Minister and Assisting Minister. She serves as the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Publicity Officer and is a multi-award winning inspirational speaker and author. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom’s brain, but she is also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital. She is married, has a combined family of six grown children, one grandson.
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I love it when I find a suspense writer that makes me hold my breath. Hinze did just that in her book, Forget Me Not. The plot is fast moving and has twist after twist which will have your muscles knotted before you reach the end. Her main character –let’s call her Susan for now…. Is that who she is? Who knows? And why does everyone think she’s a woman who was murdered? It takes awhile to find out and that’s what makes this book a page turner.
And great news for one of you! I get to give away a copy of this great read. YOU MUST LEAVE A COMMENT WITH YOU EMAIL IN THE COMMENT. I’ll be drawing a name on April 15 at 12:00 a.m. Nowhere’s more information about this book:
A mother who cannot face her future. THEIR ELUSIVE ENEMIES TOOK EVERYTHING. NOW THEY WANT MORE.
Crossroads Crisis Center owner Benjamin Brandt was a content man—in his faith, his work, and his family. Then in a flash, everything he loved was snatched away. His wife and son were murdered, and grief-stricken Ben lost faith. Determination to find their killers keeps him going, but after three years of dead ends and torment, his hope is dying too. Why had he survived? He’d failed to protect his family.
Now, a mysterious woman appears at Crossroads seeking answers and help—a victim who eerily resembles Ben’s deceased wife, Susan. A woman robbed of her identity, her life, of everything except her faith—and Susan’s necklace.
The connections between the two women mount, exceeding coincidence, and to keep the truth hidden, someone is willing to kill. Finding out who and why turns Ben and the mystery woman’s situation from dangerous to deadly. Their only hope for survival is to work together, trust each other, and face whatever they discover head on, no matter how painful. But will that be enough to save their lives and heal their tattered hearts?
I didn’t get this posted during the blog tour as life intervened. I’m posting the summary of the book so you can read what it is about. It was well written, but for me there was too much internal dialogue. Sometimes I like that and it could have been my life circumstances at the time I was reading this. I found my attention drifting off while reading it. The photos are a fun connection to the story. I enjoyed them
Inspired by the engaging stories told through her grandmother’s photographs taken at the turn of the century, award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick provides a portrait of the tension between darkness and light in the soul of a young woman pursuing her professional dreams.
Despite growing in confidence as a photographer, eighteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele’s personal life is still at a crossroads. Hoping she’s put an unfortunate romantic longing behind her as “water under the bridge,” she exiles herself to Milwaukee to operate photographic studios for those ill with mercury poisoning.
Jessie gains footing on her dream to one day own her own studio and soon finds herself in other Midwest towns, pursuing her profession. But even a job she loves can’t keep those painful memories from seeping into her heart, and the shadows of a forbidden love threaten to darken the portrait of her life.
Jane Kirkpatrick is an award-winning author of sixteen historical novels, including A Flickering Light, the first part of Jessie Gaebale’s story, and three nonfiction titles. Known for her unique insights into the exploration of community, family and faith of actual historical women, the Wisconsin native and her husband have called their ranch in Oregon home for the past 25 years.
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
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This is book 2 in the Home in Beldon Grove Series. Don’t let that stop you from grabbing it off the shelf. You don’t need to read the first one to enjoy The Promise of Morning. it is as neat package all on its own.
It’s 1840 something in Beldon Grove and Ellie Craig has already buried three of her children. Even though she has a loving spouse, Matthew, and other children she feels alone. She’s an orphan and an only child. Then she discovers a hidden truth about her family, she might not be alone and she is determined to find out if there are others.
Matthew Craig has a few battles of his own to fight, someone wants to take over his church and he makes some decisions without Ellie’s approval. He takes off to be an itinerant pastor leaving Ellie and her children to take care of the farm, increasing Ellie’s feelings of aloneness.
The Promise of Morning will capture your attention from the start with its heartbreaking opening and have you turning pages as tragedy is overcome and Ellie learns to trust her heart to love again.
Available March 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
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