Monday, February 29, 2016

A Sweet Misfortune Review

Rachel Matthews isn't one to rely on others to take care of her. Homeless and alone, she still wants to make her own way and her own money to buy back the family ranch--even if she's forced into the life of a dance hall girl. Horrified by her circumstances, Rachel's brother, who is away mining for gold, sends a friend to rescue her.

Cattle baron John McIntyre is focused on acquiring as much land as possible in Montana and has little time to deal with a dance hall gal. Rachel isn't sure she can take one more day in John's home--especially once she discovers that he's the one who holds ransom the key to her family's future.

A Sweet Misfortune is another wonderful book by Maggie Brendan and the second book in thVirtues and Vices of the Old West series. I have to say I enjoyed it more than the first book in the series, The Trouble with Patience. I think the timing was better and the story kept my attention.  The characters were really easy to connect with and it was fun to watch them interact with each other. A wonderfully written old west romance that you are sure to love.

5 out of 5. A sweet Afternoon Snack.

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

Always Watching Review

Intensity. Skill. Tenacity. The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

When it becomes clear that popular psychiatrist and radio personality Wade Savage has a stalker, his father secretly hires Elite Guardians to protect his son. But when Wade's bodyguard is attacked and nearly killed, agency owner Olivia Edwards must step in and fill the gap. 
Olivia's skills are about to be tested to the limit as Wade's stalker moves from leaving innocent gifts at his door to threatening those closest to him--including Olivia. But in her mind, even more dangerous than the threats to her life is the hold her handsome client has on her heart.

Always Watching is the first book in the Elite Guardians series by Lynette Eason was an amazing read. I loved every second of it. The plot was constantly twisting and kept me on the  edge of my seat wanting to see how the story ended.  The characters were all enjoyable and I enjoyed every suspenseful minute I spent in this story.  Lynette Eason is a great author and I can't wait for the next book in this series. 

5 out of 5. An Afternoon Snack that is so worth it.

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Beyond the Silence Review

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know--and Mrs. Goodman, Woody's long-time housekeeper, is decisively on Woody's side--but many in town stay far away from Lillian because of her association with the Colton family.

Lillian's six-year-old charge, Jimmy, was there when his mother died, and he hasn't spoken a word since. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to tell her the truth about what happened. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?

Beyond the Silence by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse was a beautifully written story. I really enjoyed the suspense that was weaved into this historical romance. Lillian and Woody were both great characters that are easy to feel for. Woody and his son Jimmy have seen some difficult times and the way Lillian comes in and helps really pulls on your heart strings. Beyond the Silence is a perfect blend of Tracie Peterson's historical romance and Kimberley Woodhouse's mystery/suspense and I hope to see more of their collaborations in the future. 

5 out 5. An Afternoon Snack that was beyond great.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hannah's Choice Review

Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of the Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful--yet problems lurk beneath the placid fa├žade. Hannah's father worries about the spread of liberal ideas from their Mennonite and Brethren neighbors. And Hannah blames herself for a tragedy that struck their home nine years ago. She strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her mother's ongoing depression and her sister's rejection of their family. But her world is threatening to unravel.

When two young men seek her hand in marriage--one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God's call west--Hannah must make a choice. Faithfully perform her duties to her family? Or defy her father and abandon her community?

Hannah's Choice by Jan Drexler was a really engaging read! I have to say I normally hate love triangles because in most of the books I've read that have them there's always a clear couple and the other person who's just there to make thing complicated. In Hannah Choice I honestly couldn't tell who would be the couple in the end. I mean, I had my favorite choice but I had no idea which one the authors choice was. Hannah's Choice is definitely a book you should pick up. Great characters that pull you in and a story line that's not as predictable as you might think. 

5 out of 5. A lovely Afternoon Snack. 

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.