Saturday, August 26, 2017

A Vintage Wedding

A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde is a lovely book by an author who makes you cheer on the characters. She makes you want them to get their happily ever after, even if she leaves you to draw your own conclusions.

In A Vintage Wedding, we meet three women who join forces to plan and carryout weddings in their small town. Beth has just moved to town and attends an raffle at the town hall. When her number is drawn, she finds that the same number was given to another attendee, Rachel. Rachel is also new to town and Beth and Rachel bond along with Lindy, a single mother who has always lived in town. Beth is in the process of planning her sister's wedding and Rachel and Lindy join her. In the process of getting the wedding together, they decide to set up shop as full service wedding planners.

In between the planning, all three women meet and date a variety of men, which is nice and adds to the story. But for me the story is three women of divergent backgrounds and talents bonding over a new business.

I was given a copy of A Vintage Wedding by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere

A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere by Kris Radish is one of those hard to put down books. So hard to put down that I am writing this review after only getting four hours of sleep. A definite five stars, recommend to everyone book.
Kris Radish is a storyteller and I love all her books, so I guess it is not surprising that I liked A Dangerous Woman from Nowhere. What is surprising is the theme. Unless I've missed one or two of Kris' books, this is a departure from her usual books. In a way the book reminded me of several of Sandra Dallas' books, another can't miss author.

Brair is a damaged woman. On her own, at a very young age, after escaping a very abusive environment, she's found half starved, in a cave, by Joseph and Nora. They take Brair in and teach her how to survive and what it is to be loved. Joseph sends Brair to take care of Logan's ranch in his absence and when he returns they fall in love and run the ranch together.

One day while Brair is in town, the owners of a gold mine kidnap Logan and Brair vows to get Logan back. The book follows the Brair's journey to the mountains and into the mines and the people she meets who help her and those who are against her.

I cannot recommend this book more.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Finding our Forever by Brenda Novak

A good start to a new series by Brenda Novak.

The search for her birth mother leads Cora to Silver Springs and the New Horizons Boys School where on the first day she meets Elijah, her birth mother's adopted son.  Although there are definite sparks, Eli tells Cora that there can be nothing between them except a physical relationship.  Before long, Eli is having trouble keeping his distance and Cora is conflicted about whether or not to tell her secret.

This is not one of my favorite books by Brenda Novak, but that could be because so many of my favorite books come from her Whiskey Creek series and I'm not ready to leave them behind.

Sunny Side Up by Sonia Parin

A great start to a cozy mystery series. There is Eve, who on a surprise visit to her aunt arrives to find the house surround by police tape and her ex-husband dead on the kitchen floor. Then there is the neighbor who reluctantly helps Eve find up guilty party. And lastly Jack the good looking, single detective.

Sunny Side Up is a great way to spend a couple of evenings. I look forward to reading the second book in the series, because the author has a way with her characters that makes me want to see how they progress.

No One But You

Dawson returns to the family farm after a year in jail awaiting trial for the gruesome murders of his parents.  Now that he has been acquitted, his only goal is to get the farm in shape so he can get his sister out of the state's care and home.  Because the house was trashed by vandals, Dawson advertises for a caretaker/housekeeper.

Sadie Harris accepts the job because she is desperate to make enough money to support her son and get away from her abusive, soon-to-be ex-husband, who also happens to be a power hungry cop.  The town still thinks Dawson is guilty, but after just one day, Sadie trusts him and thinks he was falsely accused.

I didn't think I could like a series as much as I like the Whiskey Creek, but I was wrong.  From the first page I was routing for Dawson and Sadie, as roadblock after roadblock is put in their way.