Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Quarter for a Kiss (#4) by Mindy Starns Clark

My Rating: 5 stars!!!

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My Thoughts:

Wow. To sum up how I felt after finishing ‘A Quarter for a Kiss’ in one word would be…Wow!

This was not the first time I’ve read ‘A Quarter for a Kiss’ (I read the entire ‘Million Dollar Mysteries’ series years ago), but I was still captivated by the story and read it in about one day!!! I now want to finish the series by reading ‘The Buck Stops Here’ again.

I loved ‘A Dime a Dozen’, but ‘A Quarter for a Kiss’ was even better! It’s definitely one of my favorite books!

A ‘Quarter for a Kiss’ ends with such a cliff-hanger that I can hardly wait to read ‘The Buck Stops Here’ and continue Callie and Tom’s story.

All-in-all this is definitely a book that I recommend if you enjoy a great mystery with romance and don’t mind being “on-the-edge-of-your-seat”!

*I received a complimentary copy for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion.*

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Refuge on Crescent Hill: A Novel by Melanie Dobson

Refuge on Crescent Hill: A Novel

 

My rating: 4 stars

Camden inherits the Bristow Mansion when her grandmother dies, but the house needs so many repairs and Camden is almost out of money so she doesn’t know if she can keep the house that’s been in the Bristow family for generations.

Soon though, she learns that someone is sneaking around her house – and stealing her purse! What is this person up to and what does he/she want with the house?…

I find houses that have hidden rooms or secret passageways interesting – and since ‘Refuge on Crescent Hill’ features a house that was a part of the Underground Railroad and has a secret tunnel, it’s hardly a surprise that I really enjoyed it!

To me, ‘Refuge on Crescent Hill’ was a cozy mystery (I don’t think I found anything scary, but there was a lot of mystery). It had an interesting plot and the characters themselves were intriguing.

After reading ‘Refuge on Crescent Hill’, I now look forward to reading more Melanie Dobson novels (maybe ‘The Black Cloister’?)

I recommend ‘Refuge on Crescent Hill’ if you enjoy reading mystery novels with a little romance.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion.*

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Book Review: Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper

Shadows on the Sand: A Seaside MysteryShadows on the Sand: A Seaside Mystery by Gayle G. Roper

My rating: 4 stars

I’ve read and enjoyed other books by Gayle Roper, and I’m happy to say ‘Shadows on the Sand’ was no exception! Once I actually started to read this book, I found it interesting almost from the beginning.

Some of the character’s stories in ‘Shadows on the Sand’ I found sad. Carrie Carter and her sister Lindsay ran away from home seventeen years ago because of horrible circumstances, and Greg Barnes’ wife and kids are dead because of something that was meant to kill him!

I, personally, really liked ‘Shadows on the Sand’. While I normally prefer books that have a LOT of suspense,   this book had a really great story and a nice amount of romance that, I found it very enjoyable.

There are a couple of things that may not be suitable for young readers. One of them is there is a cult called ‘The Pathway’ that practices polygamy.

Overall, 4 stars and I recommend ‘Shadows on the Sand’ if you enjoy a nice, cozy mystery with romance.

*I received a complimentary copy for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion.*

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Book Review: A Dime a Dozen (#3) by Mindy Starns Clark

My Thoughts:


My rating: 5 stars!

This is the second time I’ve read ‘A Dime a Dozen’ (I read an older edition years ago) and I’ve loved it both times! I’ve read a lot of books by Mindy Starns Clark and I’ve enjoyed most (if not all) of them!

Callie Webber investigates charities to see if they qualify for a donation from the J.O.S.H.U.A. Foundation. In ‘A Dime a Dozen’ she goes to North Carolina to award a million dollar grant to a charity that her late husband’s parents started in his honor.

While Callie’s there, she finds herself investigating a disapperance and putting herself in danger.

I loved ‘A Dime a Dozen’! There was romance, mystery, and suspense. the story was entertaining and held my attention to the end (and left me wanting to continue the story… even though I have previously read it).

I definitely recommend ‘A Dime a Dozen’ if you enjoy mystery novels that have romance and are very entertaining!

*I received a complimentary copy for my review. The opinions I’ve expressed are my own.*

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Book Review: Necessary Deception by Laurie Alice Eakes

Necessary Deception, A: A Novel (The Daughters of Bainbridge House)Necessary Deception, A: A Novel by Laurie Alice Eakes

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Set in 1812, ‘Necessary Deception’ brought me to a time when England and France were at war, spies were everywhere (or so it seemed), and the London Season was just beginning.

I loved ‘Necessary Deception’! It was written so beautifully and the story was so believable that it became addicting to read (I especially didn’t want to put it down towards the end).

The plot had so much mystery! I kept trying to figure out who the mastermind was, who was blackmailing Lydia, and whether or not there was a spy (or spies) in her midst.

Historical romance is not my favorite genre to read (suspense is); however, since there was a lot of mystery – ‘Necessary Deception’ almost felt like a suspense novel!

‘Necessary Deception’ is the first book that I’ve read by Laurie Alice Eakes, but I don’t think it will be my last – I can hardly wait for the next addition in ‘The Daughters of Bainbridge House’ series!

I most definitely recommend ‘Necessary Deception’ if you enjoy reading novels that have romance as well as mystery!

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I have done.*

“Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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Review: The 2012 Biblical Guide to Voting


My Thoughts:

My rating: 3 Stars

‘The 2012 Biblical Guide to Voting’ is a short, quick read. It deals with many important issues including: Abortion, Taxes, Education, The Second Amendment, and Illegal Immigration – to name some.

It discusses how important this coming Presidential Election is and how we all need to vote. I liked how the book divided the issues into three main sections – Economic, Social, and National.

I agreed with much of what ‘The 2012 Biblical Guide to Voting’ said and I found it quite informative.

I give this 3 stars because overall I liked it. I think it has a good message that America needs to hear and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to read ‘The 2012 Biblical Guide to Voting’.

*I received a complimentary copy for my review. The opinions I’ve expressed are my own.*

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Revell Blog Tour/Book Review: The Measure of Katie Calloway: A Novel by Serena Miller

Measure of Katie Calloway, The: A NovelThe Measure of Katie Calloway: A Novel by Serena Miller

My rating: 5 Stars!

‘The Measure of Katie Calloway’ is the first book that I’ve read by Serena Miller and I very much enjoyed it!

I found Katie’s story very sad and heartbreaking. She was married to an abusive husband who (in the first chapter) tried to kill her. Katie, upon learning this, hurriedly left Georgia and her violent husband behind, traveling North with her brother. She ends up in Michigan where she secures a job as a lumber camp cook.

Her heart seeks sanctuary in the deep woods. But will trouble find her even here?


I liked Katie’s, Robert’s, Mose’s, and Skypilot’s characters. The story was entertaining, suspenseful, romantic, and interesting. I read ‘The Measure of Katie Calloway’ relatively quick and would enjoy reading a sequel – just to see how the character’s stories develop.

The whole aspect of the lumber camp, wildfires, and shanty boys made me enjoy ‘The Measure of Katie Calloway’ all the more!

I think if you enjoy a good story with romance and a little suspense, then you would enjoy ‘The Measure of Katie Calloway’! Recommended!

*I received a complimentary copy for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, just my honest opinion.*

Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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