Mini-Review: In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury

Announcing a new blog feature! From time to time, I’ll be posting mini-reviews. A mini-review indicates a title that I didn’t love. Maybe I loathed it, maybe I liked it; but I didn’t enjoy it enough to spend as much time as I usually do writing a review.

Now, on to a mini-review:

Karen Kingsbury’s In This Moment

34467023I love checking back in with the Baxters, y’all. In every story, they’re the same devoted Midwestern family facing challenges hand-in-hand. This time, the challenge is Luke’s religious freedom court case supporting an equally devoted high school principal. Seeing how Luke has grown and matured into his own man since his original story just reinforces why he’s always been one of my favorite Baxters.

However, this isn’t one of my favorite Baxter books. I really enjoyed the original novels about the siblings, but these last couple Baxter Family titles haven’t been as addictive of reads as the first few Baxter series were.

Thus, my rating for In This Moment is based on the quality of the writing, my opinion of the book, and probably some nostalgia.

My rating: 3.9/5 stars

Recommended for: fans of Karen Kingsbury, Denise Hunter, and similar authors

Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Well, it’s that time of year again, y’all. Time for turkey, gravy, pumpkin pie, and family. As the holidays begin, whatever your plans, I hope you take a little time to just breathe and enjoy the season. Watch a Charlie Brown special. Wander through a tree farm to pick out the perfect Douglas fir. Nap through a football game. And read a book or two, of course!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

Review: Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

34020275When Trish Bailey’s mother suddenly dies and their charitable foundation’s accountant, Matt, starts acting like a different person, she doesn’t know what to do. When the St. Louis PD rules her mother’s death suspicious, Trish finds herself in the center of an investigation led by Detective Colin Flynn. And when danger comes knocking, she finds an ally – and romance – with the dedicated detective.

Well! First, Colin. He’s Continue reading

Recommended Read: Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

34020169How to describe Dani Pettrey’s latest Chesapeake Valor novel? Blind Spot is… Fantastic. Thrilling. Suspenseful. Romantic. Surprising. Charming. Dramatic. Intense.

Y’all, I did NOT want this book to end. I turned that last page and was so disappointed that it was over. The next book in this series (Dead Drift) can’t come soon enough!

Blind Spot focuses on Declan Grey, an FBI agent in Baltimore investigating a potential terrorist attack. It intersects with a previous human trafficking case, drawing in veteran crisis counselor Tanner Shaw. And the sparks surely fly when these two partner up – fueled by both romance and gunpowder. Continue reading

Review: A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

34020181So, let’s talk Elizabeth Camden’s A Dangerous Legacy. This is Camden’s latest novel, and she delves into a decades-old family feud. Lucy Drake and her brother Nick have been fighting a long, tense court battle against distant relatives over the rights to an ancestor’s invention. A very lucrative invention, at that. Sometimes, money is just more trouble than it’s worth.

Lucy is a telegrapher for the Associated Press in 1800s New York. When she needs help with family drama – as well as a political plot she overhears on the telegraph wire – feisty Lucy turns to obstinate fellow telegrapher Colin Beckwith, a British aristocrat who works for competing news agency Reuters. Between Colin, Lucy, and Nick, dangerous intrigue and drama soon ensue. There’s also romance for Lucy and Colin, much to their mutual chagrin, and quite a bit of suspense.

Elizabeth Camden layers her books into such intricate plots and dynamic characters that you can’t help but get drawn into. Her stories contain such depth and research that you can nearly walk down the streets of a book’s setting and visualize it all – the merchants, the architecture, the carriages and early automobiles, the characters passing you by on the sidewalk…. The glimpse into the history of telegraphy and the AP versus Reuters competition is fascinating, too.

If you enjoy books full of romance and mystery and history, you’ll like this one. Go check it out, y’all.

My rating: 4/5 stars

Recommended for: fans of Elizabeth Camden, Sarah Sundin, Jennifer Delamere, etc.; readers who favor a high level of research evident in their historical fiction; those who enjoy a touch of historical skullduggery in their romance reading

Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.

Recommended Read: All This Time by Melissa Tagg

34564856I’m beyond pleased to review Melissa Tagg’s All This Time, the delightful conclusion to her Walker Family series set in Maple Valley, Iowa. Can we just talk about this cover for a second? Rolling fields, quiet moments, beautiful skies… Yep, feels like home to this Midwestern girl.

All This Time shares the story of Bear McKinley and Raegan Walker. It’s been teased throughout the series as each of Raegan’s siblings found love, and now it’s finally her turn. Complicating matters of the heart, however, are just a feeeeew problems Continue reading