Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Price of Innocence by Susan Sizemore

THE PRICE OF INNOCENCESherrie Hamilton has always loved adventure and travel. It has been nine years since she made a pirates bargain and she can still remember every detail clearly, and his face still haunts her nightmares and dreams. Now in London for her cousins to find rich husbands Sherrie sees the man who completely stole her heart. Jack PenMartyn is haunted by what he forced a beautiful woman to do nine years ago. He lives with regret and self loathing, but when he sees her again, all the passion he thought he had buried comes back to life. While Sherrie and Jack are finding themselves again an evil force is trying to rip them apart.

The Price of Innocence was a  wonderful read. Instead of describing what happened nine years ago in the first part of the book, you read flash backs throughout the novel. It was well written and well worth the read. I was impressed with the secrecy of who the villain was and how everything came together at the end of the novel. This is an adult romance novel so there is some graphic descriptions. It also has some fighting scenes that is somewhat depicted.

I received a complementary digital copy for review from NetGalley.

Monday, February 27, 2012

A Kiss in the Wind by Jennifer Bray-Weber

A Kiss in the Wind

Marisol Castellan has been in a desperate search for her younger brother Monte ever since they left him. When she hears a rumor of the ship he is to be on she will do anything to get the note, even if that means the man carrying it must lose his life. What she didn't expect was the infamous Captain Blade Tyburn capturing her after she steals his cameo. When they come upon the ship they find the crew and cargo is missing. Now they sail the seas looking for clues to the missing crew and silver. What they find is a shocking secret, and perhaps love.

This book takes place in the time were pirates roamed the seas. It was very captivating and an easy, enjoyable read. The misadventures that plague Marisol and Blades reaction to them had me laughing aloud many times.  This is an adult romance novel and their is some language and explicit detail through the novel. I would recommend this book to any adventure loving reader.

I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley.

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Waltz at Midnight by Crista McHugh

Susanna Parkwell was a southern belle before the war. Now though, shes a hired maid at a women's college in New York. Charlotte is one of the young ladies attending the college, but when her parents force her to write Theodore Blakely in order to insure a marriage she turns to Susanna. Now Susanna must write this man acting as Charlotte, but what no one counted on was that Theodore and Susanna would fall in love through thier letters. So when her parents decide that Theodore will start courting Charlotte, she comes up with a plan to ensure that Susanna and Teddy live happily ever after.

This story takes place after the Civil War in New York. It was written like reading letters back and forth between two lovers with occasional dialouge. Although it was a very short story it is some what like a new Cinderella story. There is deciet, lies, love, and heartache. It was well written and full of emotion and very sweet to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who would enjoy a short sweet love story.

I recieved this digital copy from NetGalley.

Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love

Carrie Daly lost both her parents at a young age, and has recently lost her husband to the Civil War. All she has left is her brother Henry and he's about to be married to Mary who has to undisciplined young sons. After one last argument with Mary, Carrie leaves home to strike out on her own. Soon she discovers that the new-comer, Griff Rutledge, makes her heart flutter more than her intended ever could. When forced to return home Carrie learns to love Marry as the two weather a lose together. But can Carrie learn to give everything to God in hopes of happiness with Griff?

This book takes place during the great depression and is a testament to how God can help you over come lose and heart ache. I was expecting a love story when I started reading this book, but that's not what this story is about. Its about surrendering everything to God and trusting Him unfailingly. I enjoyed reading this book and hope that I may read the other books in this series. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a calm well written story with a great message.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from BookSneeze.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Week to be Wicked by Tessa Dare

Minerva Highwood is the awkward shy and looked down upon middle daughter. Instead of trying to catch a rich husband she is more interested in geological pursuits, and she will do anything to make her mark. Including making a deal with the handsome rake Colin Payne, whom mercilessly teases her every chance he gets. Colin cant believe his ears when Minerva propositions him, but it may be his only way to get out of Spinster Cove before he goes insane. Now on their way to Scotland they have one misadventure after another. Can they help each other over come their demons and perhaps find love?

A Week to be Wicked is the second book in the Spindle Cove series and was very well written. I enjoyed exploring the pages of this book and was more than a little disappointed when the book was over.This book is set in old England when there was the war with Napoleon, and it does make some references to it.  It is both humorous and will have you laughing but it is also heart wrenching and will have you feeling for the characters. I have read many books by Tessa Dare and this one did not disappoint.This is an adult romance novel so I would only recommend it to older readers since their is some very explicit descriptions.

I recieved this book for review from Edelweiss.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Heart Echoes by Sally John

Teal has had a rough childhood and had hoped to forget everything associated with her birth place Cedar Pointe. Now she has her dream job as a lawyer protecting women, a wonderful daughter Maiya, and an understanding husband River, but when Teal is stuck on a turnpike during an earthquake every hard kept secret struggles to come to light. After her half sister, Lacey, contacts her Teal decides to take Maiya to Cedar Pointe but while there the secret she tried so hard to keep hidden suddenly is very obvious to every one else. How can her marriage and her relationship survive all the skeletons that she has kept hidden in her closet?

This was a well written story on self healing and self discovery. The characters each go through some form of growth and insight, that affect the others. Although during the story I wanted to shake Teal and talk some sense into her, it was very gripping, and the ending was well worth it. This book has wonderful insight on how God can work in anyone's life through any situation. I would recommend this book to any woman who's had a hard time dealing with past hurt or who is dealing with a marriage on the rocks.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck by Kathleen Y'Barbo

Charlotte Beck is a young woman who cannot wait to start her first debut in London and New York. Unfortunately trouble always seems to find Charlotte no matter were she is. When she falls into Alex Hambly's arms both of their lives are changed forever. Alex believes Charlotte is only a menace and wishes she would leave him in peace. When they are forced to marry, Charlotte comes up with a plan to annul the marriage before her feelings start to grow. Unfortunately Alex has different ideas.

At the beginning this book had my laughing out loud and shaking my head. I couldn't wait to read further and see what other catastrophe Charlotte got herself into. At the end, I got frustrated because the characters are extremely stubborn. This was a very good read and the author knows how to keep her readers captivated and turning pages. I would recommend this book to any reader who loves a humors love story.

I received this book free for review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for review.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Beyond Molasses Creek by Nicole Seitz

Ally cant stay still for long. Shes spent her life loving a man she can never be with, and flying all over the world as a stewardess. After she witnesses Vesey's wife heavy with child Ally flies to Nepal for enlightenment were her baby daughter is stolen from her. Ally returns to the States devastated and with a restlessness that nothing can cure. Now an old woman Ally must return to her child hood home were she has inherited her recently deceased fathers home. Now she must make peace with her past and her life long love who lives just across Molasses Creek.

This book is similar to reading a diary. There are many flashbacks to events that had taken place. Although the story is told mainly from Ally's point of view there are chapters told in another characters perspective. When I started reading this book I expected it to be a middle-aged woman coming home and finally being with her life long love. I was completely mistaken but not at all disappointed. This book held me captivated until the very last page. I would recommend this book to any woman who has known deep love or deep personal loss.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from BookSneeze.