Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Title:  Irongate
Author:  Ronald Glanz
Pages:  279
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Self-published
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from
Rich Greenlaw has just got laid off and is visiting his parents in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  He decides to take a tour of a newly refurbished historical mansion.  He recognizes a house in one of the pictures in the mansion and begins to wonder if it is the same place he used to fish with his grandfather.  He takes his mother with him the next weekend to see if she remembers anything; she does and the mystery begins.  While touring the mansion, his mother also finds out from the curator that they are in need of a part-time handyman.  Rich has plenty of time and experience, so he applies for and gets the job.
Rich enjoys history and anything mechanical, so he soaks up the atmosphere in the mansion.  He also finds the curator, Patricia, very attractive.  Soon their relationship becomes more than employee and employer, but they are both afraid of making a commitment and voicing their growing feelings for one another.  Meanwhile, Rich is using his job to learn more about his grandfather, who is now deceased, and his alleged relationship some seventy years ago with the former owner of the mansion, the wealthy Rebecca Eastwick.
The negatives to this story for me were the plot moved slowly in some parts and the unnecessary swearing.  Also, there were many typos in the book.  The positives were some great laugh out loud internal comments Rich made about himself or his mother.  I loved the relationship Rich had with his parents, the teasing between his parents and between himself and his parents.  The dialogue and fun relationship with Patricia was also really entertaining and absolutely hilarious to read at times.  I also thought it was very admirable how Rich handled his relationship with his kids by not bad mouthing his ex-wife in front of them or even when he was not in front of them.  He also treated her with much more respect than the nasty lady earned.  I would be interested in reading more books from this author.
My rating is 4 stars.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Down & Dead in DIxie by Vicki Hinze

Title: Down & Dead in Dixie
Author:  Vicki Hinze
Pages:  266
Year:  2014
Publisher:   Magnolia Leaf Press
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from
An extraordinary tale written by a gifted writer!  Depending on the writer some mysteries are easier to come to the conclusion of the story before actually reading the ending.  Yet, Vicki Hinze takes a pen to spin forth a tale which includes a plethora of twists and turns, even when I finished reading I could tell she hasn’t told the readers everything.  Down & Dead in Dixie is the first book in a series, there is novella which the audience can enjoy Down & Dead in Even while waiting for her next book in the series to be published.
The characters in this story are eclectic and include FBI, the mob, broken hearted people and compassionate too.  The main two which readers will follow are Daisy and Matthew who meet after Daisy’s daring escape from the police station.  One of her friends tells her that ‘’ to live, sometimes ya gotta die” which struck Daisy as the most unusual words of wisdom she has ever heard.  Those words set Daisy on one of the wildest and craziest journeys she had ever been on, even when her mother left her and her younger brother to fend for themselves.
Matthew is an excellent businessman and a wonderful chef, the life changing event of Katrina has left more scars on his soul than even he knows.  In the heartbeat of New Orleans Matthew’s restaurant is successful and well known.  Yet for Matthew to face the broken heart would be too much so he hides in his work until the night Lily shows up.  Lily and Matthew have sparks of romance going on between them from the moment they see each other, but is it enough to confound those who are dogging their steps?
Personally I cannot wait till the next book of Vicki’s comes out; this was a magnificent novel to read.  I read it from beginning to end in one day as it was exciting, thrilling and filled with suspense.  On top of that the situations that some of the characters found themselves in were hysterical, at times scary and other times confounding.  It would be a shame if you passed on reading this novel, there is humor in it that will just make ya laugh out loud!  Go and grab yourself a copy, sit down with a cool ice tea and get lost in the pages!

My rating is 5+ stars.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson (Lone Star Brides #1)

Title:  A Sensible Arrangement (Lone Star Brides #1)
Author:  Tracie Peterson
Pages:  336
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany House
To one and all I am happy to share with you this review of Tracie Peterson’s 100th book.  Congratulations to the author!  Here is a brand new series that begins with the introduction of two characters, Marty, who is a young widow living in Texas and Jake, living in Denver, but born in Texas.  Jake’s highest dream is to return to his beloved place of birth, but he has to work in a bank to save money to purchase a ranch.  Marty is a young woman who without forethought or prayer answers an ad Jake places for a Texas wife, both parties agreeing it is in name only.
The setting is the late 1800s, and there is a mystery along with the romance and how Jake and Marty are struggling in their faith due to deep heart wounds.  To make it seem safe, both appear to put boundaries on their relationship.  Will it indeed work to protect their hearts from further devastation?  In the tale, other characters are introduced that are of a mixed fashion.  For instance, a couple of the high society people don’t care a whit about those less fortunate.  While others like Jake’s servants seem to be examples of faith and trust as they have learned to hold loosely to the things of this earth.
My favorite novels by Tracie are her Alaskan series which now share a place in my heart with this new series.  I wondered the further along I read if the conclusion was going to end up with the story being developed to a point like a well-wrapped gift.  While I won’t tell you how it ends, I can share that I thought it was a great ending!
I loved how no matter what station in life mankind has here on earth the soul questions and the deepest of heart longings know no boundaries.  The characters are like a reflection of many people we might know in any society.  The heart longs to be loved and not rejected; more so, within all hearts God wants us to know Him individually.  When life rips away the ones we love or things we hold dear, how do we react or respond?  As you are introduced to some of the interesting characters in the novel, don’t be surprised if one of them might remind you of someone.  I loved this book and can’t wait for the next novel to be released in June 2014 titled, A Moment in Time.
My rating is 5 stars.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Simple Faith

Title:  Simple Faith (Peacemakers Series #2)
Author:  Anna Schmidt
Pages:  320
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Shiloh Run Press
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from
In the continuing story of Anja, Beth and others first introduced in All God’s Children, the audience will be captivated by the way locals help downed airmen to safety.  The network of characters brought to life on the pages will remind people of other acts of bravery done to help during times of war.  The Gestapo is always on the heels of the main characters, attempting to keep them from leaving Germany.  Not only is the Gestapo presence more visual to locals, the risk of dangers grows exponentially with each attempt to return men to their homeland while keeping the locals from being caught.  Even with the main characters from the first story having to obtain new identities there are no guarantees that they will ever be safe.  Plus some dark sinister man has infiltrated the escape route used and as the safe houses begin to be torn apart by the Nazis, time becomes even more crucial to moving people before they are caught.
In book 2, the tension builds as readers might find themselves wondering who the antagonist is and who is not.  Lives are at stake as well as the future welfare of Germany once the way is over, with most people knowing that their lives and country has been forever changed.  Again, the author reveals a couple tenets of the Quaker faith as the tale climaxes and will be completed in book three to be released this summer.
While some author’s books can be read as stand alone, the Peacemakers series isn’t one of them so please read All God’s Children first so you can follow the developing tale.  The tension, love, faith, romance and description of scenes capture the imagination from the first to the last page.  Personally, I cannot wait to see how the author wraps up the series.  I have enjoyed the books very much!
My rating is 4 stars.
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