Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: The Book of Summer by Michelle Gable

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1339 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250070627
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (May 9 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English

Book Description

 Physician Bess Codman has returned to her family's Nantucket compound, Cliff House, for the first time in four years. Her great-grandparents built Cliff House almost a century before, but due to erosion, the once-grand home will soon fall into the sea. Though she s purposefully avoided the island, Bess must now pack up the house and deal with her mother, a notorious town rabble-rouser, who refuses to leave.

The Book of Summer unravels the power and secrets of Cliff House as told through the voices of Ruby Packard, a bright-eyed and idealistic newlywed on the eve of WWII, the home's definitive guestbook, and Bess herself. Bess's grandmother always said it was a house of women, and by the very last day of the very last summer at Cliff House, Bess will understand the truth of her grandmother s words in ways she never contemplated.

About The Author

 Michelle Gable is the NY Times bestselling author of A PARIS APARTMENT, I'LL SEE YOU IN PARIS and the forthcoming THE BOOK OF SUMMER. A College of William & Mary graduate, Gable currently resides in Cardiff by the Sea, California with her husband, two daughters, one lazy cat, and a very feisty rabbit. 

Praise for Michelle Gable

"A sure bet for women's-fiction fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Nantucket novels."Booklist, on The Book of Summer

"Gable cleverly illuminates the past, revealing how it mirrors the present. This is a splendid multigenerational novel about the strength of the women of Cliff House." ―Publishers Weekly, on The Book of Summer

"Gable develops fully rounded characters that readers feel as if they could reach out and touch. We want to know more about them and Gable gives us plenty." Richmond Times-Dispatch, on The Book of Summer

"This time of year is meant for books to devour. Vacations, the beach, lazy afternoons all call for a good book that allows you to escape. Michelle Gable knows how to deliver." ―Newport News Daily Press, on The Book of Summer

"It's Gable's ability to weave a family's tale through the musings of summer visitors, war, relationship drama and a smattering of sexual tension that makes it a must for any summer reading list." Fort Worth Star- Telegram, on The Book of Summer

“Plot-master Gable’s (I'll See You In Paris) affection for hidden treasures emerges again in her second absorbing novel. Readers are kept guessing ’til the end in this sweet story of love, mystery, art, literature, and Paris. As complex and moving as Naomi Wood’s Mrs. Hemingway and Liz Trenow’s The Forgotten Seamstress.”Booklist
"Gable (A Paris Apartment) writes an engaging story, and both worlds―Annie's in 2001 and Pru's in 1973―are easy to slide into. Readers will root for both women as they uncover family secrets and discover hidden aspects of themselves. Readers of Kate Morton and those who enjoy family-centered mysteries will approve highly of this book." ―Library Journal

"Gable (I'll See You In Paris) has crafted another page-turner of a good read, filled with history, mystery and a dash of romance. This is the sort of fun, escapist read that is beloved by books clubs. There are characters to love, characters to hate, enticing settings and a requisite amount of plot twists." ―Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Michelle Gable (I'll See You In Paris)...elegantly navigates the narratives of the generations, making each set of characters complex and likable.” ―Richmond Times Dispatch

“Gable’s (I'll See You In Paris)novel provides a wonderful, highly literate mystery...stories within stories, an almost Wuthering Heights narrative complexity.” The Roanoke Times

"Gable (A Paris Apartment) tells an engaging story of a fascinating, largely forgotten historical figure against the backdrop of two fledgling romances." ―Kirkus Reviews

My Review

 The Book of Summer is the first book by author Michelle Gable that I have read. The cover is gorgeous. It caught my attention right away.

Set in Nantucket, The Book of Summer is a great summer read and I think fans of Elin Hilderbrand will love it.

This is the story of a family and of friendships. It is the story of a family of women and the strength of women. It is filled with the ups and downs of the family that inhabits a lovely summer home on Nantucket.

Dr. Bess Codman returns to Nantucket to try to convince her mother to leave their family's summer home that is in danger of collapsing into the sea. It is also the story of Ruby, Bess's grandmother and the events in her life around World War II that shaped her life and her family's life forever.

I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend The Book of Summer.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Silent Rain (Macy Greeley Mystery #4) by Karin Salvalaggio

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (May 9 2017)
  • Sold by: Macmillan CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M656YZP

Book Description

 Grace Adams has spent three years trying to move on--mentally, physically, emotionally--from the traumatizing events of her past. But it's not easy when the world is morbidly curious about the crimes that shaped her childhood, when despite her changed name, people still track her down for the sensational details. Now in college in Bolton, Montana, the one person Grace has trusted with the truth about her past has betrayed her. The bestselling novelist Peter Granger wants to use Grace's story in his next book, regardless of how desperate Grace is to keep the details to herself. And then, on Halloween night, Peter Granger's house burns to the ground and his and his wife's bodies are found inside.

Montana state detective Macy Greeley is sent to Bolton to handle the investigation into the fire and deaths...which soon appear to be arson and murder. It doesn't take Macy long to realize that Grace isn't the only one whom Peter Granger has betrayed, and there are no shortage of others in town who took issue with him and his wife. What at first looked like a straightforward investigation is poised to expose some of Bolton's darkest secrets, and the fallout may put more than one life in danger.

About the Author

 Karin Salvalaggio was born in West Virginia in the 1960s. Her father was career military and her mother was a homemaker. Karin has fond memories of her nomadic childhood. She’s lived in places as climatically diverse as Alaska and Florida and as culturally distinct as California and Iran. Early on, she found companionship in books. Karin attended the University of California Santa Cruz, graduating in 1989, but aside from two years in Italy, she has lived in London, England since 1994. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. Her short story “Walleye Junction” was published in the Mechanics Institute Review 8 in 2011. Her debut novel, a thriller entitled Bone Dust White, has received critical praise. Burnt River, the follow up in the Macy Greeley Mystery Series, was published on May 12th 2015 and Walleye Junction came out in May 2016. Silent Rain, the fourth novel in the series, will be published in May 2017.

My Review

 Silent Rain is the fourth Macy Greeley Mystery by Karin Salvalaggio. I have been really enjoying this series set in Montana.

Macy Greeley is a Montana state detective who is sent all over the state to assist with crimes. This time out she is sent to Bolton, a town that has detectives but needs extra assistance with a case involving a house fire and murders involving a famous author.

Macy comes across Grace Adams from an earlier book. It seems the famous author, Peter Granger whose body is found in his burnt out house, was planning on writing a book about Grace's past without her permission. This of course sets up Grace to be the main suspect.

The author Salvalaggio keeps the reader in suspense until the end with the novel Silent Rain's plot twists. Enjoyable read. Definitely recommend this series.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan #2) by Kelley Armstrong

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  • Print Length: 397 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250092175
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (Feb. 7 2017)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English

Book Description

The follow-up to #1 NYT bestseller Kelley Armstrong’s acclaimed City of the Lost, Rockton town detective Casey Duncan makes a terrible—and dangerous—discovery in the woods outside of town.

When experienced homicide detective Casey Duncan first moved to the secret town of Rockton, she expected a safe haven for people like her, people running from their past misdeeds and past lives. She knew living in Rockton meant living off-the-grid completely: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council’s approval. What she didn’t expect is that Rockton comes with its own set of secrets and dangers.

Now, in A Darkness Absolute, Casey and her fellow Rockton sheriff’s deputy Will chase a cabin-fevered resident into the woods, where they are stranded in a blizzard. Taking shelter in a cave, they discover a former resident who’s been held captive for over a year. When the bodies of two other women turn up, Casey and her colleagues must find out if it’s an outsider behind the killings or if the answer is more complicated than that...before another victim goes missing.

Casey Duncan returns in another heart-racing thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

My Review

 A Darkness Absolute is the second book in the Casey Duncan by Kelley Armstrong. I love this series. I read City of the Lost then immediately followed with A Darkness Absolute which takes place about four months later.

Casey is still in the isolated and secret village of Rockton in Canada's Yukon Territory. She is the town's detective and is in love with the town's sheriff. Despite being small in size, Rockton is filled with danger and misdeeds. Everyone there is only there for two to five years and many take on a much different persona than what they were in their previous lives. And the secretive and bizarre council that governs Rockton is quite menacing to me. 

I would definitely suggest reading City of the Lost first then follow with A Darkness Absolute which is a great follow up. Please keep them coming Kelley Armstrong! Great book and great series.

Highly recommend!

Review: City of the Lost (Casey Duncan #1) by Kelley Armstrong

  • File Size: 3281 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada (January 12, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2016
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015VA8OAG

Book Description

Casey Duncan is a homicide detective with a secret: when she was in college, she killed a man. She was never caught, but he was the grandson of a mobster and she knows that someday this crime will catch up to her. Casey's best friend, Diana, is on the run from a violent, abusive ex-husband. When Diana's husband finds her, and Casey herself is attacked shortly after, Casey knows it's time for the two of them to disappear again.

Diana has heard of a town made for people like her, a town that takes in people on the run who want to shed their old lives. You must apply to live in Rockton and if you're accepted, it means walking away entirely from your old life, and living off the grid in the wilds of Canada: no cell phones, no Internet, no mail, no computers, very little electricity, and no way of getting in or out without the town council's approval. As a murderer, Casey isn't a good candidate, but she has something they want: She's a homicide detective, and Rockton has just had its first real murder. She and Diana are in. However, soon after arriving, Casey realizes that the identity of a murderer isn't the only secret Rockton is hiding—in fact, she starts to wonder if she and Diana might be in even more danger in Rockton than they were in their old lives.


"One of the best new series debuts this year! With its compelling characters and completely original set up, "Omens "delivers a powerful combination of suspenseful thrills and supernatural chills. I can't wait to read more!"-Lisa Gardner

"Through a series of surprises and sleights of hand, [this book] had me conspiring for ways to get back to the gripping story, the colorfully bizarre cast of characters, and the clever, strong, smart heroine at its center."-Lisa Unger on "Omens"

"Fast-paced and mysterious."-"USA Today" on "Visions"

"[A] locked room mystery on steroids; readers should prepare for an all-nighter to finish it." "Booklist"

"Excellent first in a new thriller series... A highly unusual set-up sets the stage for a distinctive cast of characters and a page-turning plot." "Publishers Weekly "(starred review)

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

My Review

City of the Lost is the first book in the Casey Duncan series by Kelley Armstrong. This is the first book that I have read of Armstrong's.

 City of the Lost is the first mystery thriller by author Kelley Armstrong. She has had great success with urban fantasy novels. I think City of the Lost is a fabulous mystery thriller. I was fascinated by the story and the writing style is easy to follow. There were plenty of twists in the tale. The characters are all interesting and complex. The setting of the middle of the bush in the Yukon is mesmerizing. I live in BC near the bush and the bush is full of wonders and terrors!

I loved City of the Lost and cannot wait to read the second book in the series, A Darkness Absolute. Highly recommend.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: Until Tomorrow (Boot Creek #3) by Nancy Naigle

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  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477848606
  • Publisher: Montlake Romance (May 2 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N8UF99G

Book Description

After yet another heartbreak, Flynn Crane is pretty much done with dating. She’s not even sure she can keep her grandparents’ struggling bed-and-breakfast afloat. But just as she’s about to give up on both her business and her dream of settling down in Boot Creek, Ford Morton walks back into her life.
Even from thousands of miles away, Ford never forgot the spark that ignited when he first met Flynn. Now a monthlong artists’ residency near Boot Creek gives him the perfect opportunity to find out just how intense the fire between them can get.

Neither of them expected just how that little spark would turn into heated passion. With Ford’s return to Alaska looming near, Flynn is torn between her life in Boot Creek and a chance to move to the wilderness for love. Can Ford and Flynn find a way to share tomorrow together—before they both lose their hearts in Boot Creek?

About the Author

 USA TODAY Bestselling author, Nancy Naigle, writes love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.

With a career spent on the cutting edge of technology in the banking industry, she never let go of her dream to write. Now she works full-time writing stories that are a calming blend of community, family, and the simple things in life. She writes the kind of stories she hopes will provide an escape from the hectic day-to-day in the make believe worlds she creates.

Look for Nancy's titles in the Adams Grove series.
Sweet Tea and Secrets
Out of Focus
Wedding Cake and Big Mistakes
Pecan Pie and Deadly Lies
Mint Juleps and Justice
Barbecue and Bad News
~coming in 2016 Porch Swings and Promises

Nancy also has co-written books with:
Phyllis C. Johnson ~ inkBLOT
Kelsey Browning ~ The Granny Series
Book 1- In For A Penny
Book 2 - Fit To Be Tied
Book 3 - In High Cotton
Book 4 - Under The Gun

Coming August 30th, don't miss the second book set in Boot Creek, EVERY YESTERDAY. (The followup book to Life After Perfect.)

Also, this October, look for Christmas Joy. A heartwarming Christmas novel.

Aside from writing she enjoys hunting for treasures in junk and antique shoppes, and getting crafty no matter what the medium from painting and digitizing embroidery designs, to weaving pine needle baskets.

A Virginia native, and spending most of her life in the Tidewater area, she now calls North Carolina home.

My Review

 Until Tomorrow is the third book in the Boot Creek series by author Nancy Naigle. I read the first two books in the series and enjoyed both of them.

Until Tomorrow is set in Boot Creek, North Carolina but also in a small town in Alaska...think Skagway or Juneau. Flynn lives in Boot Creek and owns the local B&B. Ford is a glassblower who lives in Alaska. They had met at their friend's wedding the year before. Now Ford is in town for a month to teach at a glassblowing workshop. Both have deep roots in the community they live in so the biggest hurdle to their relationship is geography.

As always Nancy Naigle writes a well written and clean romance. Her novels are always a pleasure to read. I particularly enjoyed the Alaska scenes in the book.

Highly recommend Until Tomorrow.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Review: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3096 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bond Street Books (Aug. 25 2015)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00R04IQDW

Book Description

Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen...

Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds that Amy's funeral has just ended. Luckily, the townspeople are happy to look after their bewildered tourist—even if they don't understand her peculiar need for books. Marooned in a farm town that's almost beyond repair, Sara starts a bookstore in honor of her friend's memory.

All she wants is to share the books she loves with the citizens of Broken Wheel and to convince them that reading is one of the great joys of life. But she makes some unconventional choices that could force a lot of secrets into the open and change things for everyone in town. Reminiscent of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, this is a warm, witty book about friendship, stories, and love.

"Charmingly original. . . . [A] sweet, quirky book." —The Washington Post

"A lovely novel. . . . Heartwarming and full of summer charm, it will keep you dreaming about the magic of reading." —The Huffington Post

"A hotbed of romance and progressive ideas. . . . Between the book references and the idyllic setting, readers won't want to leave Broken Wheel." —Kirkus Reviews

"More than anything, this is a story about community, about being needed and about belonging. . . . A warm, cosy, compassionate read." ―The Independent (UK) 

About the Author

 Katarina Bivald grew up working part-time in a bookshop. Today she lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden, with her sister and as many bookshelves she can get by her. She's currently trying to persuade her sister that having a shelf for winter jackets and shoes is completely unnecessary. There should be enough space for a book shelf or two instead. Limited success so far. Apparently, her sister is also stubbornly refusing to even discuss using the bath room to store books.

Katarina Bivald sometimes claims that she still hasn't decided whether she prefer books or people but, as we all know, people are a non-starter. Even if you do like them, they're better in books. Only possible problem: reading a great book and having noone to recommend it to.

Läsarna i Broken Wheel rekommenderar/The Readers in Broken Wheel Recommend is her first novel.

My Review

 The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald is a lovely, charming book. It is a story about reading and about the joys that books can bring to readers. It is the story of a small town. And a story about friendships and about love.

As someone who loves to read, I wholeheartedly endorse this wonderful tale. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend was hard to put down. I needed to know what was going to happen next. 

Sara has come from Sweden to visit Amy her penpal who she had never met before. When she arrives she discovers that Amy has just passed away. Sara is quickly caught up in the people and events of Broken Wheel, Iowa. As I was reading I just wanted Sara to stay there forever.

Find out if she this amazing book. Highly recommend.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review: The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation By Dorothy Patterson, Rhonda Kelley Published by Thomas Nelson

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 32646 KB
  • Print Length: 2112 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Rev Ind edition (March 28 2017)
  • Sold by: Zondervan CA (CA SOR)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01H62LGS4

Bible Description

The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood grows from a woman’s identity as a Christ-follower and a child of the Kingdom.

Now with a beautiful full-color redesign, The Woman’s Study Bible reflects the contributions of over 80 women from a wide variety of ethnic, denominational, educational, and occupational backgrounds. Since the publication of the first edition of The Woman’s Study Bible under the editorial guidance of Dorothy Kelley Patterson and Rhonda Harrington Kelley, this landmark study Bible has sold over 1.5 million copies.

Features Include:

  • Beautiful full-color design throughout

  • Detailed biographical portraits of over 100 biblical women

  • Thousands of extensive verse-by-verse study notes

  • Over 300 in-text topical articles on relevant issues

  • Insightful essays by women who are recognized experts in the fields of theology, biblical studies, archaeology, and philosophy

  • Book introductions and outlines

  • Hundreds of full-color in-text maps, charts, timelines, and family trees

  • Quotes from godly women throughout history

  • Set of full-page maps of the biblical world

  • Topical index

  • Concordance

My Review

 This review is for the ebook version of the The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation.  I checked several of the hyperlinks and they all worked perfectly.

The The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation is a gorgeous new bible for specifically for women. It is filled with color and articles, maps and tables that help so much with bible study.

 The more I look through it the more I love it. It is filled with wonderful features that deal with life issues. For example, there is an article on Plotting A Course that I found very interesting. On page 1103 there is an article of Defending the Innocent. These articles enhance the The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation and make it so much more helpful than a regular bible. In one article there is a table outlining the Temples of the Bible. Fascinating. And in another, there is a table of Herbs of the Bible. I could go on and on about all the interesting features.

Each book of the Bible begins with a summary including the author, the date it was written, the background, themes and an outline. This is a very helpful feature for bible study. 
Highly recommend the The Woman's Study Bible, NKJV Receiving God's Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation.