Love Blooms in Winter by Lori Copeland

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Today’s Wild Card author is:
and the book:

  • Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2012)

***Special thanks to
Karri | Marketing Assistant |Harvest House Publishers for sending me a review copy.***

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 90 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books’ Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance, and their three children and five grandchildren.

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SHORT BOOK DESCRIPTION:

This new romance from bestselling author Lori Copeland portrays God’s miraculous provision when none seems possible. An engagement, a runaway train, and a town of quirky, loveable people make for more adventure than Tom Curtis is expecting. But it is amazing what can bloom in winter with God in charge.

1892—Mae Wilkey’s sweet next-door neighbor, Pauline, is suffering from old age and dementia and desperately needs family to come help her. But Pauline can’t recall having kin remaining. Mae searches through her desk and finds a name—Tom Curtis, who may just be the answer to their prayers.

Tom can’t remember an old aunt named Pauline, but if she thinks he’s a long-lost nephew, he very well may be. After two desperate letters from Mae, he decides to pay a visit. An engagement, a runaway train, and a town of quirky, loveable people make for more of an adventure than Tom is expecting. But it is amazing what can bloom in winter when God is in charge of things.

Product Details:

    • List Price: $13.99
    • Paperback: 304 pages
    • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2012)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0736930191
    • ISBN-13: 978-0736930192

AND NOW…THE FIRST CHAPTER:

Dwadlo, North Dakota, 1892
  The winter of ’92 is gonna go down as one of the worst Dwadlo’s ever seen,” Hal Murphy grumbled as he dumped the sack of flour he got for his wife on the store counter. “Mark my words.” He turned toward Mae Wilkey, the petite postmistress, who was stuffing mail in wooden slots.
  “Spring can’t come soon enough for me.” She stepped back, straightening the row of letters and flyers. She didn’t have to record Hal’s prediction; it was the same every year. “I’d rather plant flowers than shovel snow any day of the week.”
  “Yes, ma’am.” Hal nodded to the store owner, Dale Smith, who stood five foot seven inches with a rounded belly and salt-and-pepper hair swept to a wide front bang. “Add a couple of those dill pickles, will you?” Hal watched as Dale went over to the barrel and fished around inside, coming up with two fat pickles.
  “That’ll fix me up.” Hal turned his attention back to the mail cage, his eyes fixed on the lovely sight. “Can’t understand why you’re still single, Mae. You’re as pretty as a raindrop on a lily pad.” He sniffed the air. “And you smell as good.”
  Smiling, Mae moved from the letter boxes to the cash box. Icy weather may have delayed the train this morning, but she still had to count money and record the day’s inventory. “Now, Hal, you know I’d marry you in a wink if you weren’t already taken.” Hal and Clara had been married forty-two years, but Mae’s usual comeback never failed to put a sparkle in the farmer’s eye. Truth be, she put a smile on every man’s face, but she wasn’t often aware of the flattering looks she received. Her heart belonged to Jake Mallory, Dwadlo’s up-and-coming attorney.
  Hal nodded. “I know. All the good ones are taken, aren’t they?”
  She nodded. “Every single one. Especially in Dwadlo.”
  The little prairie town was formed when the Chicago & North Western Railroad came through five years ago. Where abundant grass, wild flowers, and waterfalls had once flourished, hundreds of miles of steel rail crisscrossed the land, making way for big, black steam engines that hauled folks and supplies. Before the railroad came through, only three homesteads had dotted the rugged Dakota Territory: Mae’s family’s, Hal and Clara’s, and Pauline Wilson’s.
  But in ’87 life changed, and formerly platted sites became bustling towns. Pine Grove and Branch Springs followed, and Dwadlo suddenly thrived with immigrants, opportunists, and adventure-seeking folks staking claims out West. A new world opened when the Dakota Boom started.
  Hal’s gaze focused on Mae’s left hand. “Jake still hasn’t popped the question?”
  Mae sighed. Hal was a pleasant sort, but she really wished the townspeople would occupy their thoughts with something other than her and Jake’s pending engagement. True, they had been courting for six years and Jake still hadn’t proposed, but she was confident he would. He’d said so, and he was a man of his word—though every holiday, when a ring would have been an appropriate gift, that special token of his intentions failed to materialize. Mae had more lockets than any one woman could wear, but Jake apparently thought that she could always use another one. What she could really use was his hand in marriage. The bloom was swiftly fading from her youth, and it would be nice if her younger brother, Jeremy, had a man’s presence in his life.
  “Be patient, Hal. He’s busy trying to establish a business.”
  “Good lands. How long does it take a man to open a law office?”
  “Apparently six years and counting.” She didn’t like the uncertainty but she understood it, even if the town’s population didn’t. She had a good life, what with work, church, and the occasional social. Jake accompanied her to all public events, came over two or three times a week, and never failed to extend a hand when she needed something. It was almost as though they were already married.
  “The man’s a fool,” Hal declared. “He’d better slap a ring on that finger before someone else comes along and does it for him.”
  “Not likely in Dwadlo,” Mae mused. The town itself was made up of less than a hundred residents, but other folks lived in the surrounding areas and did their banking and shopping here. Main Street consisted of the General Store, Smith’s Grain and Feed, the livery, the mortuary, the town hall and jail (which was almost always empty), Doc Swede’s office, Rosie’s Café, and an empty building that had once housed the saloon. Mae hadn’t spotted a sign on any business yet advertising “Husbands,” but she was certain her patience would eventually win out.
  With a final smile Hal moved off to pay for his goods. Mae hummed a little as she put the money box in the safe. Looking out the window, she noticed a stiff November wind snapping the red canvas awning that sheltered the store’s porch. Across the square, a large gazebo absorbed the battering wind. The usually active gathering place was now empty under a gray sky. On summer nights music played, and the smell of popcorn and roasted peanuts filled the air. Today the structure looked as though it were bracing for another winter storm. Sighing, Mae realized she already longed for green grass, blooming flowers, and warm breezes.
  After Hal left Mae finished up the last of the chores and then reached for her warm wool cape. She usually enjoyed the short walk home from work, but today she was tired—and her feet hurt because of the new boots she’d purchased from the Montgomery Ward catalog. On the page they had looked comfortable with their high tops and polished leather, but on her feet they felt like a vise.
  Slipping the cape’s hood over her hair, she said goodbye to Dale and then paused when her hand touched the doorknob. “Oh, dear. I really do need to check on Pauline again.”
  “How’s she doing?” The store owner paused and leaned on his broom. “I noticed she hasn’t been in church recently.”
  Dale always reminded Mae of an owl perching on a tree limb, his big, dark blue eyes swiveling here and there. He might not talk a body’s leg off, but he kept up on town issues. She admired the quiet little man for what he did for the community and respected the way he preached to the congregation on Sundays.
  How was Pauline doing? Mae worried the question over in her mind. Pauline lived alone, and she shouldn’t. The elderly woman was Mae’s neighbor, and she checked on her daily, but Pauline was steadily losing ground.
  “She’s getting more and more fragile, I’m afraid. Dale, have you ever heard Pauline speak of kin?”
  The small man didn’t take even a moment to ponder the question. “Never heard her mention a single word about family of any kind.”
  “Hmm…me neither. But surely she must have some.” Someone who should be here, in Dwadlo, looking after the frail soul. Mae didn’t resent the extra work, but the post office and her brother kept her busy, and she really didn’t have the right to make important decisions regarding the elderly woman’s rapidly failing health.
  Striding back to the bread rack, she picked up a fresh loaf. Dale had private rooms at the back of the store where he made his home, and he was often up before dawn baking bread, pies, and cakes for the community. Most folks in town baked their own goods, but there were a few, widowers and such, who depended on Dale’s culinary skills. By this hour of the day the goods were usually gone, but a few remained. Placing a cherry pie in her basket as well, she called, “Add these things to my account, please, Dale. And pray for Pauline too.”
  Nodding, he continued sweeping, methodically running the stiff broomcorn bristles across the warped wood floor.
  The numbing wind hit Mae full force when she stepped off the porch. Her hood flew off her head and an icy gust of air snatched away her breath. Putting down her basket, she retied the hood before setting off for the brief walk home. Dwadlo was laid out in a rather strange pattern, a point everyone agreed on. Businesses and homes were built close together, partly as shelter from the howling prairie winds and partly because there wasn’t much forethought given to town planning. Residents’ homes sat not a hundred feet from the store. The whole community encompassed less than five acres.
  Halfway to her house, snowflakes began swirling in the air. Huddling deeper into her wrap, Mae concentrated on the path as the flakes grew bigger.
  She quickly covered the short distance to Pauline’s. The dwelling was little more than a front room, tiny kitchen, and bedroom, but she was a small woman. Pauline pinned her yellow-white hair in a tight knot at the base of her skull, and she didn’t have a tooth in her head. She chewed snuff, which she freely admitted was an awful habit, but Mae had never heard her speak of giving it up.
  Her faded blue eyes were as round as buttons, and no matter what kind of day she was having, it was always a new one to her, filled with wonders. Her mind wasn’t what it used to be. She had good and bad days, but mostly days when her moods changed as swift as summer lightning. She could be talking about tomatoes in the garden patch when suddenly she would be discussing how to spin wool.
  Mae noted a soft wisp of smoke curling up from the chimney and smiled. Pauline had remembered to feed the fire this afternoon, so this was a good day.
  Unlatching the gate, she followed the path to the front porch. In summertime the white railings hung heavy with red roses, and the scent of honeysuckle filled the air. This afternoon the wind howled across the barren flower beds Pauline carefully nurtured during warmer weather. Often she planted okra where petunias should be, but she enjoyed puttering in the soil and the earth loved her. She brought fresh tomatoes, corn, and beans to the store during spring and summer, and pumpkins and squash lined the railings in the fall.
  In earlier days Pauline’s quilts were known throughout the area. She and her quilting group had made quite a name for themselves when Dwadlo first became a town. Four women excelled in the craft. One had lived in Pine Grove, and two others came from as far away as Branch Springs once a month to break bread together and stitch quilts. But one by one the women had died off, leaving Pauline to sew alone in her narrowing world.
  Stomping her boots on the porch, Mae said under her breath, “I don’t mind winter, Lord, but could we perhaps have a little less of it?” The only answer was the wind whipping her garments. Tapping lightly on the door, she called, “Pauline?”
  Mae stepped back and waited to hear the shuffle of feet. Pauline used to answer the door in less than twenty seconds. It took longer now. Mae made a fist with her gloved hand and banged a little harder. The wind howled around the cottage eaves. She closed her eyes and prayed that Jeremy had remembered to stack sufficient firewood beside the kitchen door. The boy was generally responsible, and she thanked God every day that she had him to lean on. He had been injured by forceps during birth, which left him with special needs. He was a very happy fourteen-year-old with the reasoning power of a child of nine.
  A full minute passed. Mae frowned and tried the doorknob. Pauline couldn’t hear herself yell in a churn, but she might also be asleep. The door opened easily, and Mae peeked inside the small living quarters. She saw that a fire burned low in the woodstove, and Pauline’s rocking chair sat empty.
  Stepping inside, she closed the door and called again. “Pauline? It’s Mae!”
  The ticking of the mantle clock was the only sound that met her ears.
  “Pauline?” She lowered her hood and walked through the living room. She paused in the kitchen doorway.
  “Oh, Pauline!”
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My thoughts:

For six years Mae Wilkey has been almost engaged to marry Jake Mallory, but can one winter change that status? Or will she continue to be almost engaged? And to Jake? Or will someone else come along?I’ve read a couple of Lori’s other books and I was really looking forward to reading Love Blooms in Winter. The story sounded great and it did not disappoint!

I loved the town of
Dwadlo, North Dakota. Lil’s character was so funny (especially with the way she acted toward Fisk) and I hope in the next Dakota Diary we see more of her.

Mae’s story was wonderful to read; in fact, the whole book was enjoyable and I’m looking forward to the next book! From romance to runaway trains, Love Blooms in Winter was an adventurous and lovely read! I recommend it if you enjoy historical romances!

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via FIRST for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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H2O the Novel by Austin Boyd & Brannon Hollingsworth

H2O the Novel

AMG Publishers – Nov. 02, 2011
About the book:

H2O is a contemporary crossover women’s novel that tells the story of Kate Pepper, a successful young business woman in Seattle whose life is suddenly—and strangely—turned upside down. Unexplainable visions torment her every time she gets wet. Sinking into despair, frantic to avoid water at any cost, Kate ultimately finds romance and redemption through the advice of simple people who love her for who she is, not what she was.

Kate Pepper has it all . . . a razor-sharp intellect, perfect health, stunning beauty, a wildly successful career, and all the money she can spend. Or rather, she thinks she has it all.

Despite the perfect shell, there’s something dark inside Kate. Terrible visions send her into a deep depression and her world crumbles. All her business savvy and elite connections don’t make a difference; she has lost control.

Who will save her? Xavier, her predatory boyfriend? Or Candice, the Down syndrome waitress at her favorite coffee shop? At the bottom of her dark well, desperate to get out of the water, there’s nowhere to reach but up.

H2O—a fascinating allegorical look at success,
sanity and spiritual redemption in a young woman’s relationship with water.

My rating:
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My thoughts:

What would you do if you suddenly started having visions when you got wet? Visions so powerful you lost touch with the world for that amount of time. Would you avoid water at all costs – or learn to live with it?

That is exactly what happened to Kate Pepper. She used to love getting wet, but when she suddenly starts having visions whenever she comes in contact with water, she finds herself fearing water and trying to avoid it at all costs. But how can you live without water? Will anything good come out of all this turmoil?

H20 is the first book I’ve read by Austin Boyd or Brannon Hollinsworth. Even though I haven’t read that many fantasy books, I really like the genre and H20 was great!

From the beginning pages of H20 I found myself liking Kate and disliking Xavier (Kate’s boyfriend) – he just seemed like such an uncaring and mean person! I couldn’t understand why Kate stayed with him when he treated her the way he did.

Though some might think Kate’s visions were weird, I actually really liked them (especially the later ones). Most were of Biblical events; like Jesus’ baptism, Peter walking on the water to Jesus, the woman at the well, etc. – I really liked that. They were told really well and even brought to mind some things I never thought about.

While H20 was interesting and enjoyable from the beginning, it was when I got halfway through and Kate started talking to WRKRJC that H20 became really good and the pages went by much faster! I understood the characters more and I started wondering who WRKRJC was and what the letters meant.

Throughout H20, whether through Kate’s visions or actually spoken, there was a story of forgiveness and how Jesus can make you clean!

I think H20 is best suited for ages 16 and older because of some of the things mentioned – although none of it is bad, it might not be appropriate for younger readers.

Overall, I really enjoyed H20 and recommend it if you enjoy fantasy novels with a good message. I look forward to reading O2, the next novel in The Eternal Elements!

*Thanks to Brannon Hollingsworth for my review copies. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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Love Blooms in Winter by Lori Copeland


My rating:

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My thoughts:

For six years Mae Wilkey has been almost engaged to marry Jake Mallory, but can one winter change that status? Or will she continue to be almost engaged? And to Jake? Or will someone else come along?

I’ve read a couple of Lori’s other books and I was really looking forward to reading Love Blooms in Winter. The story sounded great and it did not disappoint!

I loved the town of  Dwadlo, North Dakota. Lil’s character was so funny (especially with the way she acted toward Fisk) and I hope in the next Dakota Diary we see more of her.

Mae’s story was wonderful to read; in fact, the whole book was enjoyable and I’m looking forward to the next book! From romance to runaway trains, Love Blooms in Winter was an adventurous and lovely read! I recommend it if you enjoy historical romances!

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via FIRST for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey

Revell – January 12, 2012

About the book:

It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci’s masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on–and the runners are playing for keeps


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My Thoughts:

Chasing Mona Lisa is the sequel to The Swiss Courier and is the first book I’ve read by both Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey.

While it took me a while to get into Chasing Mona Lisa, once I finally did, it was a really enjoyable read! I haven’t read The Swiss Courier, so I don’t know the back story to Gabi & Eric, but I found their romance/relationship really sweet.

For some reason, when I started Chasing Mona Lisa I thought it was a suspense novel, but it’s labeled Historical fiction. And while there is some suspense throughout, there is a lot more history – which was nice as well.

The one thing I didn’t like about Chasing Mona Lisa is the foreign language. There wasn’t always an English translation – so at times I found myself wondering what a word/phrase meant.

Overall Chasing Mona Lisa was an enjoyable read, had several twists, and if there is another book with these characters, I’d like to read it! 🙂

* I received a complimentary copy of “Chasing Mona Lisa” from the publisher to review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
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Corridor (A Mythworks Novel) by Robin Parrish

Corridor (A MythWorks Novel)

StoneHouse Ink – December, 2011
About the book: 

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO RUN.

On the eve of his seventeenth birthday, Troy Goggin finds himself inexplicably transported to an impossibly huge, miles-long structure called the Corridor. But what is the Corridor, and why was he brought to it?

It’s a place of mystery, wonder, and heart-stopping danger. It will test him and push him both mentally and physically. His only companion is the girl whose voice he hears inside his head, explaining the rules he must follow if he hopes to escape.

But there is much more to this extraordinary place than Troy could ever imagine. The Corridor’s true purpose — the biggest mystery of all — is revealed only to those who make it to the end.

My rating:

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My thoughts:

First let me say that Robin Parrish is one of my favorite authors! Not including Corridor, I’ve read four of his books – Vigilante (#1 on my top ten books read in 2011), Relentless, Fearless, and Merciless. His other two books, Offworld and Nightmare, are on my wish-list. 🙂

Corridor, from the beginning pages, grabbed my attention. I wasn’t even planning on reading this book yet, just thought I’d read the first few pages and then stop. But I couldn’t stop. I stayed up WAY too late reading, until I finally realized I had to get some sleep. I finished Corridor the next day! It was sooooo good!

Troy, on the eve of his 17th birthday, wakes up to find himself in a bright, white room – so bright that he can’t even keep his eyes open! How he got there and why, he doesn’t know, but that white room is just the beginning of Corridor!

As the story continued, it got better and better – there were a lot of surprises and I loved every minute of the book. While, I guess, Corridor wouldn’t be considered “Christian fiction”, I still really enjoyed it. It was clean and very suspenseful.

I think fans of The Hunger Games will enjoy Corridor because to me it was even better than The Hunger Games, and way less gruesome!

I loved Corridor! It’s now one of my favorite books and definitely one I’ll be rereading. I completely recommend it – as long as you don’t mind reading books with a little sci-fi/futuristic elements. I’m hoping there will be a sequel! 🙂

* I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Corridor is currently $2.99 on Amazon Kindle! Click here to purchase your copy! 🙂

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The Keeper (Book One of Stoney Ridge Seasons) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Revell – January 12, 2012

About the book:

Julia Lapp has planned on marrying Paul Fisher since she was a girl. Now twenty-one, she looks forward to their wedding with giddy anticipation. When Paul tells her he wants to postpone the wedding—again—she knows who is to blame. Perpetual bachelor and spreader of cold feet,

Roman Troyer, the Bee Man.

Roamin’ Roman travels through the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania with his hives full of bees, renting them out to farmers in need of pollinators. He relishes his nomadic life, which keeps him from thinking about all he has lost. He especially enjoys bringing his bees to Stoney Ridge each year. But with Julia on a mission to punish him for inspiring Paul’s cold feet, the Lapp farm is looking decidedly less pleasant.

Can Julia secure the future she’s always dreamed of? Or does God have something else in mind?

Full of the plot twists and surprises her fans love, The Keeper is the first in a new series by bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher. Through touching family relationships and trials of the heart, Fisher’s vivid characters grapple with yielding to God’s will when it doesn’t match their own.

My Rating:
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My Thoughts:
Julie Lapp always thought she knew where her life was headed – to marry Paul Fisher. But after he postpones/cancels the wedding – again – will she eventually wed Paul or are there other plans taking place?The Keeper is the first book I’ve read by Suzanne Woods Fisher, so when I started this book I was a little uncertain about if I would enjoy it, but I’m very pleased to say that I LOVED it!!! I don’t know why I haven’t read any of her books before – if they are as good as this one, I’ve been missing out!

The characters were so endearing and each of the main characters had something unique about them, that made them really interesting to read about.

M.K. (Mary Kate) was probably my favorite character – the way she acted was just so cute and I couldn’t stop myself from laughing (out loud) sometimes – she was that funny! Roman – the Bee Man – and Julie are two other characters that are favorites of mine from this book.

While there is some sadness to The Keeper, I enjoyed the whole book and I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!

I 100% recommend The Keeper – it was great!!!

* I received a complimentary copy of “The Keeper” from the publisher to review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All opinions expressed are my own. *

“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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Fire and Ash by Anne Patrick

Fire and Ash

Desert Breeze ~ July, 2010
About the book:

Fire Investigator Sadie McGregor has been called to her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri to investigate a suspicious fire which claimed the life of a local college student. By appearance the fire looks like the girl was just careless. What Sadie and Sheriff Quinn Harrington discover will not only affect those close to them, but will rock the entire community of Emerald Point and put Sadie’s life on the line.Sadie’s life isn’t the only thing at stake. Struggling with the guilt of having been responsible for the fire that killed her family, when she was only seven, Sadie doesn’t feel she’s worthy of God’s love and forgiveness. Will Quinn be able to prove otherwise before it’s too late?
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My thoughts:

I love suspense novels, so I don’t know why I haven’t read any of Anne Patrick’s books before now! Fire and Ash was so good! It didn’t start out with much suspense, but as the story progressed, the tension kept building!

Sadie gets called to investigate the cause of a fire, which kills a woman from her hometown of Emerald Point, Missouri. She soon concludes that it is arson, but finding the arsonist/murderer is going to be much tougher.

I had a hunch about who the real culprit would be, but even though I thought I knew who it was, it was still really suspenseful – especially mid-way to the end.

The characters were great and I loved the romance story between Sadie and Quinn. It was really funny the way they met (Quinn at first mistakes Sadie as a man!). The ups and downs of their relationship made the story more enjoyable to read and I would even like to read more about them (if there is ever a sequel).

The struggles Sadie dealt with made her character all the more believable. When she was a kid, her family died in a house fire – but she survived. She dealt with guilt over not being able to save her family and especially her little brother. There is also another reason – but I’m not going to say what it is because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone planning on reading this book!

The ending (involving the arsonist/murder) seemed a little rushed (in my opinion), but it was still overall a great suspense novel that I really enjoyed! 🙂

I really liked this book and recommend it if you enjoy a good suspense with romance… like I do! 🙂

*I received a complimentary PDF copy for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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