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

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Review: Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

chasing secretsIt’s so sad when a really good series ends, isn’t it? You get to know the characters, you look forward to catching up with them in each new story, you become invested in their lives, and then suddenly you have to say goodbye. Lynette Eason’s Elite Guardians series is one of those.

Chasing Secrets is the fourth and final installment in this series about a team of female bodyguards in South Carolina. Ireland-born bodyguard Haley Callaghan’s mysterious past has been alluded to since the series began, and now we finally get the full picture when her past comes back to haunt her.

How does a photograph of an Irish school bus filled with kindergarteners from 20+ years ago put Haley in danger in South Carolina today? She doesn’t know, but she has no choice except to find out.  Continue reading

Review: Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

deadly proofI wish I’d liked this book more; I really do. Bethany House, you know I adore your books, but Deadly Proof didn’t do it for me. Legal suspense just isn’t my thing, my dear readers.

This book features litigator Kate Sullivan and PI Landon James, both enmeshed in a lawsuit against big pharma. When the company at fault goes after Kate, it’s up to Landon to protect her. And as often happens in such situations, emotions run high and lead to romance.

Deadly Proof was okay, but all the legalese was a bit dry as the book progressed. (So many acronyms in the first few chapters!) The characters do manage the language well, and this is a fast read. Kate and Landon’s romance isn’t as integral to the story as I would’ve liked, though. It’s basically a legal thriller with faith and a dash of romance that suddenly culminates in a proposal.

I was with the story until I started watching the % progress at the bottom of my e-reader screen. I was getting closer and closer to the end of the book and some kind of resolution, but Kate was still mired in trial prep and discovery. Then wham! Everything’s resolved and tra-la-la, happy ending. The ending wasn’t as satisfactory as I’d hoped, sadly.

My rating: 3.7-ish stars

Recommended for: fans of Rachel Dylan and inspirational legal suspense; readers of legal fiction

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

Review: The Writing Desk

Another lovely sp51-33nuw15L__SX326_BO1,204,203,200_lit-time novel from Rachel Hauck! The Writing Desk features the dual stories of authoresses Birdie and Tenley. Books about writers make me happy. 🙂

Birdie is a Gilded Age debutante, and Tenley a present-day New Yorker. Birdie fights her mother’s domineering attitude and plans to force her to marry for advantage; Tenley deals with severe writer’s block and an identity crisis. Each woman experiences a personal journey that leads her to love and self-discovery.

Like The Wedding Dress and The Wedding Shop (both of which I loved), this book includes something that plays a pivotal role in both stories and connects the characters. In this case, that something is Birdie’s writing desk. It later ends up in Florida at Tenley’s mother’s home, where Tenley makes a discovery that sends her on a journey to learn Birdie’s story and to find her own identity apart from her family legacy. The ways these two women connect across time — simply enthralling! (#No Spoilers)

Gilded Age history. Writerly characters. Swoon-worthy romance. An heirloom that leads to historical discoveries in a quest that feels a bit like a treasure hunt. Excellent story craft. What’s not to like? 🙂

My rating: 4/5 stars

Recommended for: fans of Rachel Hauck, Denise Hunter, Melissa Tagg, Susan May Warren; those who enjoy split-time fiction; readers of both contemporary and historical inspy fiction; those who favor inspy romance and women’s fiction

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

Review: A Matter of Trust

51MM3iR1esLThe third installment in Susan May Warren’s Montana Rescue series is A Matter of Trust, featuring senator Ella Blair and snowboarding legend Gage Watson. Ella’s out to save her reckless younger brother from trying to top Gage’s snowy exploits, and Gage just wants to be left alone in his new life as a member of the Montana Rescue team.

But Gage has never been able to refuse Ella when she needs him. So it’s not long before he finds himself atop a mountain with Ella, searching for her kid brother and trying to outrun Continue reading