It’s A Christmas Thing

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I want to thank NetGalley and Goodreads for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

It’s A Christmas Thing is very good book. It has a little bit of everything; cute kid, cowboys, ex-wife, new girlfriend, dogs, kittens and it was at Christmas. It was even easy and fast to read. There is no deep thinking with this one.

The only thing that bothered me was the four year old daughter seemed to be closer to ten. However, it did not bother me enough to put it down.

I am going to give the book 5 stars.





Spring House

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I want to thank NetGalley, Mary Ellen Taylor and Montlake for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

This book has it all, romance, mystery, family history and lots of secrets. It was written in current time and the past. At first I thought it would be hard to read but it was a very easy and enjoyable book. The fact that it was the second book in a series wasn’t a problem either. If anything it convinced me to read the first book, Winter Cottage.

While Megan is renovating a house she finds letters written by Diane during the early 1900’s. Diane’s mother died when she very young. Her father sent her to live with a Mrs. LeBlanc, a shady woman who took Diane to France. The letters reveal the story of her life.

At the same time she was reading the letters Megan was dealing with problems and changes in her own life. There is a dead man, a live man, a teenager, a best friend, a baby and a busybody almost mother in law.

This is a really good book. I highly recommend it.





A Matter of Will

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I want to thank NetGalley and Little Bird Publicity for an advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest review/opinion.

A Matter of Will is not the type of book that I usually read. In fact, I thought I would not like it. The beginning gives you the idea that the book will be all about the stock market and a broker. While Will is a broker the book is a mystery and somewhat thriller.

The book is the story of a naïve and struggling broker on Wall Street, his attorney girlfriend, seedy Sam and a she-devil named Evelyn. The story takes several turns and is full of adventure, subterfuge, romance, collusion, murder, profiteering and a little bit of stupidly. To be honest, there was a lot of stupidly. Put all that together and you have a good book.

I am going to stop at that. Anymore from me, you will not need to buy the book. That would be a shame because it is a good book.





All Eyes on Me (A Miranda and Parker Mystery Book 1)

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I would like to thank the publishers for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

While I enjoyed the book and it was a good story there were parts that did not seem to be believable. There was too much that would never happen in the real world. The police would never hire PI’s to investigate a murder, especially a high profile case or allow the PI’s to conduct a press briefing on their behalf. There were some places that I was thinking they should just get on with it. The scene in the casino was a complete waste of time and no way believable. If the author had stuck to the murder and who did it the story would have been better. The idea was great.

The end was good. I never saw that coming and it was a surprise. However, it could have been a little shorter. The walk around the neighborhood could have been cut in half.

At the end, I was glad I read the book.





Absolution

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I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publishers for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.

When I started this book I was not aware it was the second book in a series. After a few chapters I was ready to put the book down. That is something I never do. It was obvious that there was another book before this one and the first book, Twist of Faith, had to be read if you wanted to understand the second one. A short look in my Kindle and that problem was solved. I didn’t even remember buying the first one.

The second trip to Absolution was much easier to read. However, you still have to stay on your toes. There are lots of twists and turns, names, and characters along with several murders. This is not an easy read. The author also chose to give most of the main people a name that is similar and starts with an “A” and the two main women in Russell’s life are Juliette and Joanne. 

Most of the characters had some serious mental problems or was just straight out evil. Russell seemed to be into porn and poor Joanne was just a good friend and busy body who got caught up in the mayhem. 

The book is good and I am glad I read it. I will also buy the next one. I couldn’t give it a 5 star simply because it was hard to read at times. 





At Home in Mitford

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Oh my gosh, this book… will restore your faith in humanity. I like to read it once in a while just to clear my mind of all the bad stuff of this world and get lost in a little innocent hamlet with the village parson and the quirky townsfolk. The thing is though, Jan Karon can WRITE. She’s a really amazing writer and never resorts to cheesiness. It is actually very funny, clever and uplifting. Get it, you will love it!

This is a tightly woven tapestry of village life in a not so fictional town in the western hills of North Carolina. Some live in quiet desperation, some are living large and out loud, and some are just trying to live.

This is an exploration of cultural cross pollination as seen through the eyes of Father Tim, an Episcopal Priest. There are secrets, hidden agendas, nefarious characters, bad actors, and all are in the need of reconciliation with God. In some cases they achieve the elusive redemption by “looking in the mirror”.

This is a great read for non-believers as well as mature Christians with a committed faith journey.

Have great joy in the journey.

This is really a review of the entire Mitford series which I have re-read too many times to count.

If you’re looking for gentle wit, a bit a sarcasm, likable characters, lovable dogs (a few cats), great story lines including some nice love stories, as well as great spiritual messages without it becoming preachy, you will love reading about Mitford and Father Tim.

Although Ms. Karon handles some pretty serious issues such as alcoholism, depression, and child abuse, it’s done without rubbing the reader’s nose in it. There’s no bad language, the strongest exclamation being “blast!”. Her books are G rated when it comes to sex. It’s clear when the characters are physically attracted to each other but you don’t follow them into the bedroom.

As the characters are developed over the course of the series, the books get better and better. In fact, when I first read the last two in the series, I immediately went back to the beginning and read them again because they were so good! 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever done that before.