Saturday, January 24, 2015

Booke Review: Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris

Michael Hunt only needs one more week. One more week and then he will be able to take down the organization he has been working undercover with for eight months. Finally he will be able to go see his family and friends who thought he died.
He is so close, but now it appears his cover has been blown and there is no way out. There is a hit out on his life and there is corruption within the police department so he doesn't know who to trust. The only person he can turn to is Olivia Hamilton, but that seems strange seeing as how she is the daughter of the man trying to kill him.

This is the third book in the Southern Crimes Series by Harris and it ties up the series nicely. At the end of book two we were left with just a quick glimpse at the fact that Michael was not dead and so I was really looking forward to finding out what really happened. The tough part about family series' to me is that it seems that an awful lot happens within the same family in such short periods of time which seems a bit unrealistic to me, and also that each person has some sort of romantic entanglement during that same short time is also a bit of a stretch to me. Besides that, I enjoyed the story - there was lots of action and surprises along the way and I tore through it pretty quickly :-)

Thank you to Revell Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Pembrooke Park Extras

I just wanted to share these two videos relating to the last book review I posted.
The first is the trailer for the book (which to be honest always makes me want them to turn the book into a movie ;-) and the second is a look around the manor that was inspiration for the manor in the book - so cool!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Book Review: The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

Another awesome story by Julie Klassen has just been published and you will want to get your hands on it as soon as possible!
Abigail Foster is the practical daughter in the Foster household. Sensible and organized, she is looking forward to spending her well planned life with the man she thought loved her. But it is not to be, as he seems to have noticed  Abigail's younger and prettier sister.
When their family falls in to hard financial difficulty and she has to give up her home, her dowry and it seems the future she had been looking forward to, practical Abigail does not sit around moping but puts herself to work settling her family into their new situation.
A distant relative has reached out just in time to the Foster family and has kindly agreed to let them live in the large house at Pembrooke Park provided they can make it habitable after being suddenly abandoned 18 years ago.
As Abigail sets to work putting the house to rights, she comes across secrets and mystery at every turn. Could there be a secret room filled with treasure? Did something horrendous happen there so many years ago? And will they be entirely safe staying there?
As Abigail forms friendships with her neighbors and maybe even more with the park's handsome curate, she will rely on their help and knowledge of the past as she confronts the dark secrets of Pembrooke Park.

Once again, I tore through this longest novel yet of Julie Klassen. The only bad part was that I just moved into a 100 year old house, so reading about creepy noises and footsteps was a bit scary ;-)! This book didn't seem to have as much of a historical niche as some of her past stories (like focusing on governess roles, dancing master etc...) but it was an excellent story none-the-less. I would highly recommend any Klassen story, including this one to any Jane Austen fan - you are sure to love them!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Book Review: A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson

Martie Olson is running away. Her past is filled with pain and memories of a dead husband that she loved so much but was taken too early. To escape the memories, she leaves her ranch and heads to Denver in answer to ad for a "Lone Star Bride."
Marriage to a banker seems safe and as far away from the dangers of ranching life that Marty can imagine, and since Jake Wythe is looking only for a "sensible arrangement" and not a match of love, Marty will not have to worry about replacing her first husband in her heart or facing the pain that so much love can bring.
But even banking can be filled with uncertainties of it's own. With missing money, strangers lurking and an economic collapse on the horizon, Marty and Jake's life of ease seems to be precarious. As their friendship grows and their hopes and dreams become known, Marty and Jake will have to decide just how sensible they want their arrangement to be.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story - so much that I read it twice. I really love reading about this time and I love when authors weave real events and history into the story line - it just adds so much depth to the tale. The characters were awesome and I love how Marty is introduced into Denver society and all that comes with it. It didn't even end how I thought it would which is new for me and a great bonus! Usually historical fiction is a bit predictable so I loved having a ending I was not expecting.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for a free a copy of this book to review.

Book Review: A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears

Eliza Cantrell, mail order bride, has decided to come to meet her groom-to-be a week earlier than planned. She hopes that she will be able to be a help to him in running his store and find a friend and companion in this man with whom she has been writing. But her plans go all wrong when her train is held up and all her dowry is stolen.
Arriving in town hurt and dirt poor, Eliza seeks out her fiancee only to find that he is not even in town! His partner at the store, Will, allows her to stay and help around the store until Axel, her intended returns. Will soon discovers that Eliza has a remarkable head for business and soon does amazing things with the store. Working together, Eliza and Will form a friendship with sparks of something a little more underneath. What will happen when Axel returns and choices must be made?

I thought this was a really sweet book and I read it super quickly! I love when stories are not a straightforward boy meets girl, blah blah blah :-) This has enough twists to keep you wondering what is going to happen! I've just now notices that Melissa Jagears has another book previously published and I will definitely be looking it up. If it's anything like this one, it will be a good read.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.