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Monday, July 21, 2014

Love Letters by Debbie Macomber - my review

Love Letters by Debbie Macomber is the 3rd in the Rose Harbor series and set in Cedar Cove. I had previously read the others in this series as well as the Cedar Cove series being a huge Debbie Macomber fan. But this would be good as a stand alone book too, as the stories of each visiting guest are new with each book.

Jo Marie Rose owner of the Rose Harbor Inn, a bed and breakfast is still grieving over the lose of her husband after 2 years. But she is becoming very close and extremely curious about the handyman Mark Taylor.

Her guests include Maggie and Roy Porter who are are visiting the inn for their first vacation alone since the birth of the their two sons. They are trying to renew their marriage.

The next guest is Ellie Reynolds, a young girl who has come to meet Tom a young man she has met and fell in love with through the internet. He also has a surprise in store for her.

I love visiting with Jo Marie, Rover, and Mark at Rose Harbor Inn. A magical healing place where visitors of Cedar Cove drop in from time to time. I look forward to the next book and what will happen at the B&B.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) of this book from LibraryThing and Random House Publishing in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.
 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark - my review

 Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark is a fast paced mystery/detective novel.

The book starts out with Knight winning a case in court and going to her office with fellow D.A.'s and friends Toni and Jake for a drink.  Jake leaves first followed by Toni, with Rachel staying longer. As she leaves to walk home to the Biltmore, 6 blocks from the Criminal Courts Building,  she hears sirens. She follows to see what is happening when she sees all the police, firemen, and ambulances in front of a sleazy motel. When she sees Jake on one of the gurneys she is shocked. What is he doing there and what has happened?  The next morning gets worse as it appears to be a murder-suicide. Jake and a young boy, whose nude picture was found in Jake's pocket. Rachel didn't know Jake that well outside of work but she finds this news unbelievable!   Jake's cases are divided up and Rachel is given the rape case of Susan Densmore the 15 year-old daughter of a prominent doctor.  I quickly found myself turning pages as I followed D.A. Rachel Knight  and detective Bailey Keller trying to find the rapist of Susan, and the killer of Jake and Kit - the case that Knight was told to stay away from.  With several twists and turns that left me guessing as to who did what to whom. I have fast become a fan of the Rachel Knight series.

I highly recommend this book if you like thrillers, suspense and mystery. I received a free copy of this book from Mulholland Books and Net Gallery in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watch Your Back by Richard A. Deyo - my review

I jumped at the chance to read Watch Your Back by Richard A. Deyo. There isn't much I haven't read trying to understand more about back pain, such as degenerative disc, herniated disc, and spinal stenosis.

A very informative book for someone just diagnosed with some type of back pain to read. The author tells how over the past 20 years in the U.S. back problems have risen and how they have been treated.   Explains the different treatments that have been tried over the years, such as MRI's CT scans, TENS, surgeries, narcotics, physical therapy. And how they have or haven't help. I could understand most of what was written but at times felt that it was a bit to techy for non medical personnel to understand.

I received an ARC (advanced readers copy) of this book from Net Gallery in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.  



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Living In The Pink by Sharon Tubbs - my review

I just finished reading Living In The Pink by Sharon Tubbs. I enjoyed this book of short stories and found I could relate to many of the characters. Reading this you will find someone in the characters that you have either lived through their story or know someone that has.  There are 15 short stories, that tell of jealousy, divorce, infidelity, abuse, addictions, lack of faith, and more.  Each chapter is a story of different church members but all of the stories tie together. This book would be great for a women's group. At the end of each chapter is a section "Think About It" which gives you questions about what you have read and bible verses to read along with it. It is a great thought-provoking book, what would you do in a given situation, how would you try to help a friend or family member, or what would you do if it it was you? The author shows in these short stories how no one is perfect.  I LOVED this book! I highly recommend it, it is an awesome thought-provoking book!

I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.


Friday, July 4, 2014

Cop Town: A Novel by Karin Slaughter - my review

I received an ARC of Cop Town: A Novel by Karin Slaughter and am now hooked on an author I had not previously read!  An Awesome suspense-filled thrilling book!

Cop Town is set in Atlanta in the 70's and is full of everything that era was racism, homophobia, and sexism. The story is told through the eyes of the newest female officer Kate Murphy, her female partner Maggie Lawson, and the shooter.  Maggie's uncle - Terry, and brother - Jimmy, are also cops. Terry is abusive of both alcohol and women and is racist as are most of his cop friends.

This was a real page turner, that I got hooked on from the first page. Kept me guessing until the very end on who the shooter was. Although there is some language that some may not like it is a great suspense-filled thrilling mystery that I highly recommend.

I received an ARC of this book from Random House Publishing in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.


   

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Competition by Marcia Clark - my review

WOW! I absolutely loved The Competition by Marcia Clark!  If you like suspense, mystery, a thriller this is a book you don't want to miss.

It starts out with a school shooting which was hard for me to read at first , as the author does a great job with description. I felt as if I were there in the school as this was happening. But I did keep reading as I wanted to see who was the psycho doing this.Rachel Knight who is a LA prosecutor, and her best friend Bailey Keller who is a LAPD detective, team up to solve this case. It appears that the killers have shot each other in the school library. But it doesn't take long after Rachel and Bailey question students and teachers that the gunmen are still at large. Rachel and Bailey work great together as a team.

There are several twists in this book, where I thought I had figured out who the shooters were only to find out I was wrong. I enjoyed the suspense and found myself up late at night reading because I didn't want to stop reading.  

This is the 4th book in the Rachel Knight series, but a great stand alone book as well. I haven't read the others in the series but they are on my reading list now. I will be going back and reading them in order now as I am hooked on this series.

I highly recommend this book if you like thrillers, suspense and mystery. You will be able to get it on July 8 2014. I received an ARC of this book from Mulholland Books and Net Gallery in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Radically Red: Dare To Live The Words Of Christ by Brooke Keith - my review

I received an ARC of Radically Red: Dare To Live The Words of Christ by Brooke Keith. I have read through the book and totally enjoyed it. It is written as a daily devotional, starting with the words of Jesus in red, followed by a heartwarming devotion, with questions and answers at the end of each day, along with a daily dare. You can read the book as I did straight through or as a daily devotional. Would also make an excellent group study.

I love the red theme throughout the book it makes you reflect on Jesus and his love for all.
I will be going back and re-reading this now as a daily devotion.  I am looking forward to it.

I highly recommend this book. I received a free copy of this book from NetGallery in exchange for my honest review rather it be good or bad. Thank you.