I accidentally stumbled on this series when I read Shadow Study. I was enchanted with the world building and most particularly Yelena. I promised myself that I would go back and read the three earlier books in the series which are referenced in these books, but, unfortunately, while that hasn’t happened yet, I feel fortunate to move forward with Valek and Yelena as they uncover a dastardly plot that threatens all they hold dear.
This is a cute contemporary small-town romance. Lindsey arrives in town to set up a heritage museum in Thistle Bend, Colorado, where her role puts her smack dab in the middle of a feud between the Crenshaws and Karlssons, who both want her to represent history in their favor. It turns out that she is also not quite unbiased, since the Karlssons are not only distant relatives but they’ve also helped her land this job. As she goes about settling down, meeting the locals and making friends, will she get the chance to find the truth or will her loyalties to the Karlssons get in the way of her growing romance with Carden Crenshaw?
I read this book some months ago. I put off writing my review because I just wasn’t sure what I thought and felt about the story at that time. I’m still conflicted to a point, mostly because, I guess, this just isn’t the story I imagined for Lou after Will. I realize it was Ms. Moyes’ story to tell, but of all the ideas I could have imagined her giving readers as a followup, this concept didn’t even enter the stratosphere for me.
Binge television series watching seems to be the thing to do these days. As I watch very little TV these days, I’ve been doing some binge reading instead. When reading a series of books, I read them all, one after the other. Sometimes this works and sometimes you notice the characters are all too similar.
In the case of Lia Riley and the Brightwater Series, it works very well.
I don’t think I ever watched a complete episode of Clarissa Explains It All, since it aired in the years when I only had access to terrestrial/non-cable TV, but I must have seen trailers for it since some of the iconic scenes referenced in this book feel very familiar. TV tie-in books for long defunct shows are nothing new for me (I have friends who wrote Dr Who novels in the decades it was off air, for a start), but it takes a remarkably skilled author to both appeal to that show’s nostalgic former audience and collect new fans – all while working in a very different medium to the original series. It may help that the author in this case is also the show’s creator.
This book was a MUST READ for me, given that I spent a lot early years in my career working in Hollywood. Certainly a behind-the-scenes look into one of the epic movies of our times, written by an author whose writing I enjoy, only added to the allure.
Stevie‘s review of A Lady’s Guide to Ruin (The Birch Hall Romance Series, Book 1) by Kathleen Kimmel
Historical Romance published by Berkley 01 Dec 15
I’m a sucker for mistaken identity capers, although they often rely on a suspension of disbelief: either early on when the reader is expected to go along with the idea that none of the main characters know the difference between the imposter and the person they’re pretending to be, or towards the end of the story when we discover there’s a secret reason why these two apparently unrelated characters look so similar. In the case of this book, I was particularly intrigued by the imposter having escaped from Bedlam, so I took my chances with a brand new author.
As much as I love reading a tortured hero, I also love a man who is too good to be true. Thus is Barney Sterling, deputy sheriff in Mystic Creek. When he commits, he commits big, and he stole my heart with every word and deed.
Ms. Ivy is my go-to author for paranormal and supernatural stories, so I was pleasantly surprised with this new series. Five men bonded together in a Taliban prison under the harshest of conditions. Back stateside while they each deal with their memories and scars in their own unique way, they definitely live the motto “one for all and all for one,” as is amply demonstrated in this book. Readers fear not, this story is not completely vanilla, since the author builds in some interesting psychic elements that assure her reputation as queen of paranormal remains intact.
Sandy M’s review of The Splendor of Ordinary Days (Watervalley, Book 3) by Jeff High
Contemporary Fiction published by NAL 6 Oct 15
I didn’t realize I’d missed visiting the folks of Watervalley, Tennessee, until I received this third book in the series to read and review. I’ve loved Dr. Luke Bradford from the beginning and have such fun living his new experiences in small-town America with him. I’ve come to love his quirky neighbors as much as he has.