Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Cozy Candlelit Christmas

As a big fan of not every book I read has to educate, I am a big fan of the author, Tilly Tennant.  Her main characters are delightful, her locations are unique, and her plots are fun to read.  In A Cozy Candlelit Christmas (perfect title, right?) Isla gets a letter from a solicitor that the grandmother she never met has left her an inheritance. The problem is she has to meet the father who abandoned her 20 years ago and build a relationship in order for everyone to qualify. 

A few days before Christmas Isla gets on a plane to meet her father, stepmother, and half sister and brother in the Swiss Alps. She plans to meet him, qualify for her inheritance, and get back on the plane in time to spend Christmas with her mom. The snow has different plans.

A Cozy Candlelight Christmas is a great winter book.  When the weather is cold and the holidays are just around the corner, this is a perfect book to cozy up and read.

I received a free copy of this book. This review is freely given and my opinion.  Enjoy!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Wedding Gift

The Wedding Gift is the latest addition to the Colorado Billionaires by Regina Duke and it is a winner.  I liked the characters and how they grew as they got to know each other. 

When Kenzie's boyfriend gets them kicked out of the home she thought they were buying (thought being the operative word), she takes his restored Ford Mustang and pushes it off into a gully, on her way to her parents' farm.  When she arrives she figures out that they need help and money (which they think she has from the sale of her house). 

The next morning on the way to her new job she meets Clayton, while he is "hiding" from his father who wants Clayton to grow up before his trust fund kicks in (why does everyone have a trust fund but me, hmmm). Kenzie and Clayton bond. 

The Colorado Billionaires series is a great HEA series. Regina Duke has once again given the reader a reason to come back over and over again.  Her plots are good and not repeated, the characters are kind, or ditzy, or mean, or angry, or scared, etc., in other words, well defined, just what a reader wants.  I have enjoyed each of this authors books and recommend them to anyone who likes a well written love story with a bit of strife before the characters figure "it" out. 

I received an ARC of The Wedding Gift.  This review is mine and offered freely.

A Southern Comfort Christmas

A Southern Comfort Christmas by Barbara Lohr is a follow-up to Finding Southern Comfort, which I read a year or so ago and enjoyed. In this installment Harper is trying to get her decorating business off the ground by helping persnickety Southern women with decorating themes for the holidays. Of course, they don't like her ideas and she is desperately seeking ways to please. Then Cameron comes home with a fractured ankle, there is nothing but trouble with the wedding plans, and Bella (Cameron's daughter) is falling back into her not eating issues again while she tries to fit in at her new school. So how was your day.

A Southern Comfort Christmas was great, especially if you are someone like me who likes to check back with characters after their story ends. It's also a good book as a standalone, but much better if you read Finding Southern Comfort. It's also a perfect Christmas (holiday) story. I do think it works better if you read the first book in the series, even though it has all the elements of a good book.

I received an ARC of this book. This review is freely given.

Be My Midnight Kiss by Jean Brashear

Be My Midnight Kiss by Jean Brashear is the latest addition to the Sweetgrass Springs, Texas, books. It is the story of Stephanie Hargrove and Gavin O'Neill. Stephanie, who was introduced in an earlier book, is still reeling from the past and Gavin, who is a friend of Stephanie's friends. Sparks fly, but Stephanie is not a fan of commitment, so she resists.

All of Jean Brashear's books are great to read. Her characters are, for the most part, wounded until they meet “the one” and the way the author brings them together is always fun for the reader. All of the books are standalone books, but the characters from Sweetgrass Springs always pop up in the new books.

If you enjoy a story with likable characters, good plots, a small town filled with gorgeous down home Texas cowboys (most of whom are not really cowboys), and loyal friendships, Sweetgrass Springs is the place to go.

I was given an ARC of Be My Midnight Kiss, I chose to leave this review. All impressions are my own.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Black Sheep Knitting Shop is where people go to learn new skills, enhance old skills, make friends, meet friends, and just visit and knit (or crochet).  It's really like every Local Yarn Store, except these friends have a habit of falling over dead bodies and solving the crimes.   Lucy is getting married and her friends decide they need to take her on bachelorette weekend at a friend's B&B in the resort community of Osprey Shores. 

Their first morning at the resort a body is found (I know, cliché but it's a mystery so there must be a dead person) and the women put their sleuthing skills to work on solving the murder.  There are a plethora of suspects and twists and turns, which makes the mystery more fun to read.   I thoroughly enjoyed trying to figure of the murderer before it becomes obvious.  I will admit to being sure I knew who it was several times.

Knit to Kill by Anne Canadeo is a really good cozy.  The characters are well defined and likeable.  This is part of a series of books by this author that take place at Black Sheep Knitting Shop, but it is not necessary to read them all to enjoy one.  The author takes the first chapter to set up the premise and introduce the characters, so the reader is never left to try to figure out who's who. 

I love cozy mysteries and Anne Canadeo is one of the authors I follow.  Not only does she write good books, she also throws in a knitting pattern and a recipe.

I requested and received an ARC of this book from NetGalley.  This review is my opinion.