Showing posts from March, 2014

Book Review: Death by the Book by Julianna Deering (2014)

Death by the Book by Julianna Deering
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is 1932 and only a few months have passed since the events that turned Drew Farthering's peaceful existence on its head. All he wants now is to convince Madeline, the love of his life, to marry him. Unfortunately for Drew, life throws another wrench in his plans, both by dropping off Madeline's aged, incredibly stubborn aunt on his doorstep as well as a new string of murders that connect to people Drew either knows personally, or knows of through a friend. Drew struggles with Aunt Ruth's disdain and mistrust of his intentions towards her niece, just as he is also dragged back into solving mysteries with the local constabulary. The last thing he anticipated was that the murders, people left slaughtered with a hat pin stuck into their chest bearing a note in Shakespearean script, would slowly creep ever closer to his home. Just as life was returning to normal, mayhem erupts again and Drew must find a solution b…

Charity Bishop's "I, Claudia" in Kindle format is free this week on Amazon!

Hello to my faithful readers! This week I've got great news for you!

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett recently released the incredibly moving film Son of God in theaters everywhere. Seriously, it's probably in a theater near you, and if it is, you need to go see it. Mark and Roma have pledged a multi-million dollar fundraiser for Compassion International whose tagline is, "Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name." It doesn't get much better than that.

My own little plug aside, Charity Bishop, a long-time friend of mine and self-published author, is offering her book,I, Claudia, absolutely free in KINDLE format on Amazon. This is a special promotion that ends on March 15th so you have limited time to take her up on the offer!

For those of you unfamiliar with Claudia, she is the wife of Pontius Pilate, the man who ultimately washed his hands of Jesus' fate, thereby condemning him to death. This is Claudia's story as you have never read it before, and wi…

Book Review: Ripples Along the Shore by Mona Hodgson (2013)

Ripples Along the Shore by Mona Hodgson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Caroline is slowly resigning herself to being a widow after receiving news that her husband, Phillip, died during the war between the states. Her options are limited, and she must live with her sister and family until she gets her feet under her again. Which had better be sooner rather than later since Jack, her sister's husband, makes certain she knows that she's not a welcome presence. Perhaps her only option of any value is to go west with the wagon train that will be heading out from St. Charles in a few months time. Add to her uncertain life situation, Caroline finds the tingling attraction to southerner Garrett Cowlishaw most disconcerting. Her husband and Garrett fought on opposite sides of the war and while a part of her fights against hatred, another part of her knows the hatred is unfounded and she feels something deeper for the man.

I'm not entirely certain what happened with this third installment …

Book Review: Bending Toward the Sun by Mona Hodgson (2013)

Bending Toward the Sun by Mona Hodgson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Quaid McFarland returns safely from the war between the states, Emilie Heinrich's heart skips an unusual beat. He's grown from a boy into a man, not quite what she expected, and he in turn finds her to be a handsome lass quite different from the girl in pigtails that he once knew. Emilie's loyalty is torn between her feelings for the handsome Irishman and the needs of her father who has no one else to care for him and help him run their general store. Can Quaid and Emilie convince Mr. Heinrich to bend his over-protectiveness towards his daughter and bless their union?

As I've said before, novellas are not really my thing. There's not enough time for character development and that's what I really value in fiction. At least in Bending Toward the Sun, I enjoyed the male lead better than in the 1st in the series. I happen to like Irish characters in fiction so Quaid endeared himself to me quickly. …