Monday, February 10, 2014

Book Review: Love's Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorey

Cassie Haddon was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but after her father and fiance both meet untimely deaths, that spoon is yanked away for good. Finding herself and her mother with no means of supporting themselves, and no skills to even try, Cassie is at a loss.
After exhausting the patience and goodwill of family and friends, Cassie finds work at a local restaurant. Since she has never worked a day in her life, Cassie must go above and beyond to convince her boss, Jacob that she is what he and his business have been missing.

This is the third book in the sister's at heart series. I think it would stand well by itself, but it does contain characters from previous books which makes the story richer once you know that. I had actually forgotten that I had read the second book and was pleasantly surprised to meet up with old "friends" again. I read this one super fast - although the story is set in a small town, there is a lot of suspense and drama and I found myself turning page after page. It really is a sweet story!

Thank you so much to Revell Publishers for a free book to review.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Book Review: The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

Left with the responsibility of being provider for his family, Alec Valcourt journeys with his mother
 and sister to a small town where his uncle resides. He is anxious to continue his work as a dancing master, following after his father and grandfather before him.
But when they arrive, they discover this new town has some strange rules and customs that could dash Alec's dreams forever. How can he possibly support his family in a town where dancing is forbidden?!?
Alec finds a friend and ally in the beautiful and rich Julia Midwinter, but when he realizes it was her mother who forbid dancing, he knows that nothing but trouble can come from any further encounters with her.

I can't tell you how excited that I am every time I see a new book from Julie Klassen! I love her writing and this did not disappoint! Lots of secrets and mystery as well as romance (of course) and a look into history and the lives of dancing masters. I love that she always picks an interesting profession that you don't read much about as the main characters for her books. I feel like I've learned something as well as read a great story! Loved it!

Thank you so much to Bethany House publishers for a free copy of this book to review.