Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Broken Trails"

A lonely cowboy … a woman searching for hope. Can love bring enough healing to carry them through? 

Nathan Rourke lost almost everything he holds dear. What he still has, he’ll do anything to keep. His Montana ranch is not just a place, it’s his home and what’s left of his family. He’s holding his own, making it work. 
But then high-school sweetheart Emma reappears … and suddenly this cowboy’s life is as rough as a ride on an untamed bronc. 
Emma Benson left high school without a word to Nate, rather than admit she was too ill to go on. Now she’s desperate to prove that she’s more than the disease that keeps her dependent on her family and friends. And she craves just one more chance at love. 
Nate embodies the promise of a life free from the confines of her small world. But will loving her mean he must give up his own freedom? 

No matter which path they choose, this young couple will be battling the odds 

Saddle up for a ride along Montana trails you’ll never forget—lasso your copy of Broken Trails today! 


My Thoughts...

This was a  sweet, clean, western romance. I wasn't sure if I would like this story but imagine my surprise when I totally found it quite entertaining.

Bonnie R. Paulson is my kind of writer, one who holds my interest, writes an entertaining story, (not filled with a bunch of  filler) just a lighthearted fun plot. It was a fun quick read. 
I enjoyed it enough to award it 4****stars. This book is a part of my Nook Library. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"The Chaperone"

 The Chaperone is  a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922 and the summer that would change them both.

Only a few years before becoming a famous silent-film star and an icon of her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita, Kansas, to study with the prestigious Denishawn School of Dancing in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone, who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle, a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip, has no idea what she’s in for. Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous black bob with blunt bangs, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention. Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will transform their lives forever.

For Cora, the city holds the promise of discovery that might answer the question at the core of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in this strange and bustling place she embarks on a mission of her own. And while what she finds isn’t what she anticipated, she is liberated in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of Cora’s relationship with Louise, her eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive.

Drawing on the rich history of the 1920s,’30s, and beyond—from the orphan trains to Prohibition, flappers,  and the onset of the Great Depression to the burgeoning movement for equal rights and new opportunities for women—Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone illustrates how rapidly everything, from fashion and hemlines to values and attitudes, was changing at this time and what a vast difference it all made for Louise Brooks, Cora Carlisle, and others like them.
 


My Thoughts...

This book kept me interested until the end. Actually, I didn't realize until the end that the book was some fact and some fiction. The Louise Brooks part of the story was mostly fact, according to what I read about her on Wikipedia, with a few details the author added to enhance the story. Of course the part of the story about "The Chaperone" was all fiction. It was an interesting story covering Cora from age 6 to into her 90s.

It touched on the orphan trains, which I must admit I knew very little about. I found that a history lesson in itself for me. Makes me want to read more about that period of time in history, although it sounds like a very sad time period. Anyway I must say I really did enjoy most of the book, it was a bit long in the jaw, but other then that it moved along pretty swiftly. I actually enjoyed the story enough to award it 5*****stars. 

I own this book and it is part of my personal library. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"Pekoe Most Poison"

In the latest Tea Shop Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs, Theodosia Browning attends a “Rat Tea,” where the mice will play...at murder.
 
When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning is invited by Doreen Briggs, one of Charleston’s most prominent hostesses, to a “Rat Tea,” she is understandably intrigued.  As servers dressed in rodent costumes and wearing white gloves offer elegant finger sandwiches and fine teas, Theo learns these parties date back to early twentieth-century Charleston, where the cream of society would sponsor so-called rat teas to promote city rodent control and better public health.
 
But this party goes from odd to chaotic when a fire starts at one of the tables and Doreen’s entrepreneur husband suddenly goes into convulsions and drops dead. Has his favorite orange pekoe tea been poisoned? Theo smells a rat.
 
The distraught Doreen soon engages Theo to pursue a discreet inquiry into who might have murdered her husband. As Theo and her tea sommelier review the guest list for suspects, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse... 

INCLUDES RECIPES AND TEA TIME TIPS


My Thoughts....


As always I can depend on Laura Childs to satisfy me when I'm in a cozy frame of mind. The story flowed along nicely making the time fly by as I quickly turned the pages to see how Theo would solve yet another drastically murder mystery.


Laura's books are always a delight to read...there is humor and plenty of Southern charm to go around. Anyone for a cup of tea? This cozy mystery makes for a leisurely and enjoyable read.

Thank you Laura Childs for gifting me this book to read and review. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

"Question of Devotion" Book Tour

Mrs. B has a quiet life, and she likes it that way. Morning pinochle games at St. Mary's Senior Center. Afternoon lunches with Myrtle, Anne and Rose. Peaceful evenings with a cup of coffee and the classic movie channel.

But one day she wakes to a phone call, which leads to consequences she could never have foreseen. Secrets snowball and threaten to change the neighborhood of Burchfield forever. Someone has to make things right. It's up to Mrs. B.


Then she saw it – a sheet of paper in the mailbox, underneath the mail. It was white with large black letters and said LEAVE IT ALONE. 


"A Question of Devotion is a comforting snapshot of an aging population, where the way of life is still bound by churches, neighborhoods and countries of origin. It's heroine, Mrs. B, is not just an old woman living out her twilight years at the senior center, but an able detective engaged in solving a mystery as cozy as cocoa and afghans on a cold Western Pennsylvania day."--Kathryn Miller Haines, author of the Rosie Winter Mysteries and the Iris Anderson Mysteries


A thank you to the author, Anita Kulina, for gifting me this book to read for this book tour... It was a quiet cozy mystery a bit different than most cozy mysteries I've read, but entertaining as well. "If you can picture Columbo when he's retired, and spending more time in church and the kitchen, and Polish, and wearing a babushka, you have a sense of the down-home detective that Anita Kulina has created."--Brian O'Neill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist.


I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.




Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"Sweet Lake Book Tour"


Linnie Wayfair knows just how many people are counting on her. But knowing doesn’t make doing any easier.

Everyone in Sweet Lake, Ohio, wants her to muster all her business sense and return the Wayfair Inn to its former glory. Her parents hope she’ll forgive her scoundrel of a brother and reconcile the family. The eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens want her to open the inn—and her heart—to new possibilities. And her hilarious lifelong friends Jada and Cat are dropping none-too-subtle hints for her to ignite a romance with Daniel Kettering, the sexy attorney who’s been pining for her for years…

Now a shocking turn of events will open old wounds and upend the world Linnie has carefully built. She has to make changes quickly—and the results, though not entirely what she expected, might be what she’s been yearning for all along.


My Thoughts...

I always know I can depend on Christine Nolfi to satisfy me when I want some "Comfort Food Reading." And she didn't disappoint me this time either.

The story is about family, friendship, with a few whimsical characters thrown in the mix. Some characters are likable, with a few unlikable, as well. But to keep the story interesting we need the unlikable ones, they keep the story lively.

It was a delightful treat to be able to set down these last few days and read such an entertaining story. I especially liked this book because even though it was a feel-good story with some romance in the story. (PG) I found it refreshing to read a good storyline that didn't rely on bedroom roll-arounds to sell the story. Give me a good clean storyline, and I will continue to read your novels.

A Thank You to Christine Nolfi for providing this ARC copy of "Sweet Lake." I enjoyed it enough to award it 5 Sweet Stars*****

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.


A Note About Christine Nolfi...
Some writers are gifted with an unusual life and I’m certainly one of those. I’ve lived in Ohio, Virginia, California, Utah and now South Carolina. In college I was featured on the front page of the Houston Post for a lark that erased all my debt. I met my four adopted children for the first time in the sweltering heat of the tropics. I helped build several companies and was lucky enough to earn a living doing what I love best–writing–in a PR firm I owned.

In 2004 I made the wisest and most irrational decision of my life–I began writing fiction full-time. All those years of hard work pay off daily in sweet notes and comments by readers. Please continue the mail, tweets and comments on FaceBook, GoodReads and other sites. I cherish your support and love chatting with readers.

Paperback304 pages
Expected publication: February 28th 2017 by Lake Union Publishing
ISBN
1503942511 (ISBN13: 9781503942516)
Series