Saturday, February 23, 2013

Review: Wind Chime Point (Ocean Breeze #2) by Sherryl Woods

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (April 30 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778314421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778314424

Book Description

When life gets complicated, New York Times bestselling author Sherryl Woods proves family-and love-can make all the difference 

Facing a personal crisis, ambitious and driven Gabriella Castle retreats to the welcoming arms of her family. Everything she's worked for has been yanked out from under her, and she seeks the serenity of her grandmother's home on the North Carolina coast. With difficult decisions to make about her future, the last thing she wants is an unexpected love.

Wade Johnson fell for Gabi the first time he saw her. It's not the only time he's found himself in the role of knight in shining armor, but Gabi isn't looking for a rescuer. To get her to stay, Wade will need a whole lot of patience and gentle persuasion...and maybe the soothing sound of wind chimes on a summer breeze.

 About the Author

 With her roots firmly planted in the South, Sherryl Woods has written many of her more than 100 books in that distinctive setting, whether in her home state of Virginia, her adopted state, Florida, or her much-adored South Carolina. Sherryl is best known for her ability to creating endearing small town communities and families. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 75 romances for Silhouette Desire and Special Edition. 

My Review

Wind Chime Point is the second in the Ocean Breeze trilogy by Sherryl Woods.  This novel revolves around overachiever sister Gabriella Castle.  Gabi finds herself jobless, boy-friendless and pregnant within weeks.  She escapes to the safe haven of her grandmother's home on the North Carolina coast.  Wade Johnson has been mooning over her during her previous visits and with her grandmother's pushing is soon front and center in Gabi's life.

Lovely light read in a wonderful setting.  If you enjoy romances then Sherryl Wood's latest Wind Chime Point is for you.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Review: Brush with Death (Gray Whale Inn Mystery #5) by Karen MacInerney

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (May 8 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738734594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738734590

Book Description

 Midnight Ink's top selling, Agatha Award-nominated series continues

With an upcoming gallery show and a popular artist visiting Cranberry Island, art is on everyone's minds--especially innkeeper Natalie Barnes. When Gwen, Natalie's niece, is invited to present her paintings at the art show, Natalie is torn between worrying about stressed out Gwen, the arrival of her future mother-in-law, and the threat of foreclosure on the Gray Whale Inn. But then Natalie finds Gwen's mentor dead. Will she uncover the truth behind this murder masterpiece?

About The Author

 Karen MacInerney is the author of the Tales of an Urban Werewolf series (Random House) and the Kitzi Camden Mysteries (Berkley). She founded the Austin Mystery Writers group and belongs to Sisters in Crime and the Writers' League of Texas. Visit her online at

My Review

The Gray Whale Inn Mysteries books are a great cozy mystery series.  Have you discovered it yet?  Now is the time!

I love the setting of a small Maine island near Bar Harbor.  I've only been to Bar Harbor once but it earned a spot in my heart, what a gorgeous spot!  I was there on a hot summer day so it is interesting to read about it in the midst of a cold winter. 

Great story revolving around the artists on Cranberry Island, financial worries for our innkeeper Natalie and the arrival of the soon to be mother-in-law!  Natalie's artist niece Gwen's mentor Fernand is found it suicide or murder?  Next, the victim's lover and his estranged sister have checked in to the inn..the tensions abound.  When Gwen is attacked and the autopsy shows Fernand was unconscious before his wrists were slashed, the hunt is on for the murderer.

Great story with plenty of action and suspense.  Delightful recipes included at the end of the story.  Be sure to pick this book up at the beginning of May.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Blog Contest: Mennonite Girls Can Cook: Celebrations Book Giveaway

I'm looking forward to this new book:

Mennonite Girls Can Cook: Celebrations Book Giveaway: Hello Friends! We are very excited to announce that our new book Celebrations due to be published May 2 is now available for preor...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Review: Last Chance Book Club by Hope Ramsay

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Forever (Mar 26 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455522295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455522293

Book Description

 After a painful divorce, Savannah White wants nothing more than to find her happy place. So when she gets the chance to pack up her life -and her son - and move to the idyllic town where she spent childhood summers, she jumps at the opportunity. Last Chance is just as charming as she remembered. She's even invited to join the local book club, where talk soon turns to Savannah's plan to bring the ramshackle downtown movie theater back to life. A new challenge is just what Savannah needs to move forward.. . .
Dash Randall wants to put his fortune to good use, but he remembers Savannah as the bratty "princess" who descended upon him each June, causing no end of trouble. But the teenager he remembered has grown into a gorgeous and generous woman, and it isn't long before Dash finds himself wanting to make brand new memories with Savannah. But first, Dash and Savannah will need to make peace with their pasts to find a new chance for love.

About The Author

 Hope Ramsay grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you'll find in Last Chance, South Carolina. She's a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart and is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her heroes. She lives in Fairfax, Virginia, where you can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar.

Learn more about Hope and Last Chance at: ,
Twitter, @HopeRamsay

My Review

 I have been enjoying this heartwarming series by Hope Ramsay.  The small town of Last Chance, South Carolina is a warm, friendly loving town where people can come back to heal their spirits and their lives.  Former summer visitor Savannah White is back for her uncle's funeral but really back to stay to try to build a life there away from the disappointments she left behind in Baltimore.  Dash Randall has come home to rebuild his broken life that left him adrift in addiction and bad choices.  The sparks between the two are immediate but there are several things to overcome along the way to happiness.  Because everyone ends up happy in Last Chance!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: Final Settlement (Darby Farr Mystery #4) by Vicki Doudera

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: MIDNIGHT INK (April 8 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738734284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738734286

Book Description

 Hush money isn't the only way to ensure silence

Back in Maine for the much-anticipated wedding of her associate Tina Ames, Darby Farr arrives on the snow-swept island of Hurricane Harbor just after the Chief of Police's office assistant appears to have tragically drowned. Working double duty as Chief Dupont's realtor and PI, Darby uncovers evidence that the woman was supplementing her income with blackmail. Suddenly many local characters are vested in the "accidental" death, and it's up to Darby to reveal a desperate murderer.

About the Author

 Vicki Doudera is a million-dollar broker with her own coastal firm handling luxury real estate. She is on the board of Sisters in Crime (New England) and is a member of Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Visit her online at

My Review

I've really been enjoying the Darby Farr series by Vicki Doudera.  The setting of Final Settlement has moved back to Darby's hometown of Hurricane Harbor, Maine.  This latest outing has an excellent story and Vicki Doudera's writing style is very readable.  I recommend this series and I definitely recommend Final Settlement.