Wednesday, November 19, 2014

"The Female Factory"

In 1804, two sisters in England are separated after the death of their parents by a wicked aunt. The oldest sister, Ivy, is placed in servitude while the younger sister, Bridget, is arrested for stealing bread during her attempt to find her sister. She is shipped off to a British colony, New South Wales where she is placed in a Female Factory. The Rum Rebellion was brewing. The British colony was facing a change of leadership and one woman's jealousy nearly destroys any chance the sisters will find one another. This is a story of love, devotion and determination by two young women and the story of all those they touched.

This was a very interesting historical fiction novel which I very much enjoyed. This is the debut novel by this author, Pamala J. Johnson. It was an enjoyable read and I enjoyed it enough to award it 5 "historical" stars, and would recommend it to my friends to read and enjoy also.

This book is part of my Nook library.

Pamala J. Johnson

I'm a wife, mother, realtor, writer and minister. I have always had a vivid imagination and now I am putting it down for all to see.
I was born and  raised in the southern part of the United States, mostly in Texas. I graduated from Hitchcock High School in Hitchcock, Texas in  1972. I was married shortly afterwards to my loving husband of 42 years this July 2014 and shortly, thereafter moved to Iowa where we raised our children. We have three children we raised and a beautiful granddaughter, Kioku.

During our 41 years in Iowa, I worked in the medical field, in different sales positions including real estate and two small newspapers.

I have sold real estate since 1994 in Iowa and Texas with a passion, but my first true love is writing. I hope as you read the publications I have made available, you will find them interesting and in the end you say,  "Ahh, that was a good story!" And then.....recommend it to a friend!

Friday, October 24, 2014

"Scorched Eggs"

In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club CafĂ©—are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug…

As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime civil service worker—and friend to the Cackleberry Club—Hannah Venable.

Soon enough, it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose—was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.

Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club’s menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives…

My Thoughts...

So far this has been my favorite "Cackleberry Club" #6 mystery. What a fun time this time around with the three ladies, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni. There is never a dull moment when they are around. This time....

A deadly fire in downtown Kindred sparks Suzanne and the ladies of the Cackleberry Club to launch an investigation. But there are suspects galore, weddings gone awry, lost baby owl, killer clowns, and a dinner theater production of "Blithe Spirit" at their restaurant. Still, Suzanne has to figure out if it was arson or cold-blooded murder. It was like an enjoyable and exciting visit with a few old friends you haven't seen for a year or so.

I actually enjoyed it enough to award it 4 "Scorched Eggs" stars. 

A big THANK YOU goes out to the author, Laura Childs, for the surprise gift of this book to read and give an honest review. Thank you Laura for a few fun filled days of reading your new novel. 

I think it will be published December 2, 2014. So all you 'cozy mystery' readers be on the lookout for this book in your favorite bookstores. 

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.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

"A Place Called Harmony" Book Tour

Jodi Thomas has captivated America with her novels set in the small town of Harmony, Texas. 

Now she tells the story of the three hard-luck men who first settled the town, a place where last chances and long-awaited dreams collide...

Desperate to escape his overbearing father, Patrick McAllen disappears with his bride, heading north to build a new town— discovering strength, honor and true love along the way.

After drinking away the grief from his family’s death, Clint Truman avoids jail by taking a job in North Texas and settling down with a woman he vows to protect but never love—until her quiet compassion slowly breaks his hardened heart wide open...

All Gillian Matheson has ever known is Army life, leaving his true love to be a part-time spouse. But when a wounded Gillian returns home to find her desperately fighting to save their marriage, he’s determined to become the husband she deserves.

Amidst storms, outlaws, and unwelcome relatives, the three couples band together to build a town—and form a bond that breathes life into the place that will forever be called Harmony.

“I’ve never met a Jodi Thomas book that wasn’t absolutely dog eared from being read many times.”— Fresh Fiction

Release date: October 7, 2014 
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-0-425-25078-5 

Retail price: USA $7.99

Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 40 novels and 12 short story collections.

A four-time RITA winner, Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. JodiThomasAuthor 

My Thoughts...

I haven't read a Jodi Thomas book I haven't enjoyed.  I must say, I think I enjoyed this Harmony series book the best. But then I say that about all of them. 

This story was different in the sense it was about the three men who settled the town of Harmony. Actually, if you haven't read any of the other books in the Harmony series, I would recommend you read this one first, and then read the other books in the series.

I would like to say a big THANK YOU to the author, Jodi Thomas who provided this book to me to read and give an honest review. I enjoyed it enough to award it 5 "Harmony" 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.

Friday, September 19, 2014

"Every Time I Think of You"

Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son, Elliott. But when Daisy’s grandmother is killed in a seemingly random act of violence, Daisy must take steps to protect herself and her child.

Despite a thriving career in San Francisco, thirty-six-year-old Brooks McClain has returned home to spend what little time his mother has left before she succumbs to the deadly disease that is ravaging her. The seasoned investigative reporter has taken a position with the local newspaper and been on the job less than twenty-four hours when he’s summoned to cover the death of Pauline Thorpe.

Brooks is all business, but the more time he spends with Daisy DiStefano, the more invested he becomes; there’s something about a single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime that has stirred Brooks’s protective instincts like nothing ever has before
And when the unthinkable happens, Brooks will do whatever it takes to clear the name of the woman he’s fallen for and the child he’ll protect at any cost.

Romantic and suspenseful, "Every Time I Think of You" shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love, and the life they’ve always imagined.

My Thoughts...

I've read to other books by this author Tracey Garvis Graves and enjoyed them both. This story was an okay story, but not nearly the page turner the other two books were. It is a part of my Nook library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 stars every time I think of it.

Friday, September 12, 2014

"Bayou Born"

Branna Lind's self-esteem rests at the bottom of the Mississippi River. She canceled her "wedding of the decade," though she isn't saying why. She wants life on her own terms, no ready-made job in the family business, no safety net of close-knit kin, and no more betrayal. 

College professor James Newbern prizes his bachelorhood. Experience has taught him beautiful women are high-maintenance trouble and Branna fits that type. He is happy to avoid her until the college vice president assigns him to mentor the newest hire--Branna. 

Branna is on her way to a new life, but will the scars of the past send her running from love? If she doesn’t, will she convince James that she truly is his "type"

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Linda Joyce. I'm kind of on the fence about what I feel about it and the characters. 

James is what I thought was suppose to be a nice southern gentleman, and a professor....however, on a non-date with Branna he took her to a honky-tonk hole-in-the wall kind of joint. Branna got a little tipsy on an over-sized drink. However...what followed, (and this is only my opinion) took away the "southern gentleman" title from what I thought of the 'nice' James. Well that is as much as I can say about that situation, without giving away to much of the story.

It was a normal boy meets girl story, with a few hurdles to jump before we reach the happily-ever-after ending. I was surprised at the "Hey was that the ending?" until I realized this was the first book in a 3 book series. It was a stand-alone book however, so no cliff hanger ending. 

This book is a part of my Kindle library and I enjoyed it enough to award it 3 Bayou falling stars.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Lost & Found"

Lydia was supposed to have an adventurous and exciting summer. Instead she's done nothing more than read and eat takeout. Now it's time to go home, and what does she have to show for it? A big fat nothing. Unless, of course, her trip to the airport somehow turns into something more than just a flight home. 

Blake feels like he's been sent on a wild goose chase. While work is piling up back in Denver, he's on the other side of the country, hunting for some mysterious box that his grandfather left him. Well, no more. Nothing inside that box could possibly be more important than the opportunity to make it as the youngest partner at his firm. So he's going home, and that's that. But that's before he discovers his flight has been cancelled. 

When these two strangers meet at the airport, they make a split-second decision to search for the box together. Maybe with both of them on the hunt, Lydia can have her adventure and Blake can find the box. And maybe, if they’re lucky, they’ll even find some romance.

My Thoughts...

This book was a light romantic fun and "G" rated delightful novella. The kind of story I like to call "Mind Candy" reading. It was a fun afternoon of reading.There are times when I just like to read a short novel (119 pgs) because I don't want to spend two or three days devoted to a longer novel.

It was a fun plot, and the second book I've read by this author, Karey White. I think I've just found another favorite author.

This book is part of my Nook library, and I enjoyed this story enough to award it 4 "found" stars.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"My Own Mr. Darcy"

After being dragged to the 2005 movie Pride and Prejudice by her mother, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth’s life changes when Matthew Macfadyen’s Mr. Darcy appears on the screen. Lizzie falls hard and makes a promise to herself that she will settle for nothing less than her own Mr. Darcy. This ill-advised pledge threatens to ruin any chance of finding true love. During the six intervening years, she has refused to give any interested suitors a chance. They weren’t Mr. Darcy enough. 

Coerced by her roommate, Elizabeth agrees to give the next interested guy ten dates before she dumps him. That guy is Chad, a kind and thoughtful science teacher and swim coach. While she’s dating Chad, her dream comes true in the form of a wealthy bookstore owner named Matt Dawson, who looks and acts like her Mr. Darcy. Of course she has to follow her dream. But as Elizabeth simultaneously dates a regular guy and the dazzling Mr. Dawson, she’s forced to re-evaluate what it was she loved about Mr. Darcy in the first place.

My Thoughts...

This is the first book I've read by this author, Karey White, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Will I read anymore books by her? Yes, I will, and if the next one is an enjoyable read I will continue reading her novels. I especially liked this book because even though it was a romantic story, it was a very clean read "G"rated, which is my favorite kind of reading. If you are looking for 'hot n steamy' reading this isn't for you.  Anyway....

It was so refreshing to read a good storyline that didn't rely on bedroom roll-arounds to sell the story. Give me a good clean storyline anytime, and I will continue to read your novels, Ms. White, and any other author who might happen by and read this review. 

I enjoyed this novel so much I have decided to award it 5  "very enjoyable stars," which, if you follow my reviews I don't award 5 stars very often. This book is part of my Nook library.