Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

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I don’t know how to take this book. It takes place in 1862 during the Civil War. Willie Lincoln has died of typhoid. The President and First Lady are mourning there son and all the men dying in the war. That is when it gets into the ghosts in the cemetery.

The reviews are mixed. It seems to be one of those books that you either love it or hate it.

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Life After

Life After

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This was a story of people from different walks of life who experienced the same event of a train bombing. It is told by Autumn, the only survivor. God’s plan was in action for all the families and the stories came out so that everyone could heal.

Bubba and the Curious Cadaver

Bubba and the Curious Cadaver

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This is the latest in C. L. Bevill’s Bubba series. I love this series. Bubba Snoddy  is just wonderful and it makes my day when I learn there is a new one coming out. If you like a laugh mixed in with your mystery you can’t go wrong with this series!

Bubba is just doing what Bubba does. On this particular day it was delivering a casserole and buying wood to built a baby bed. On the way home he is flagged down by a woman with car trouble. She turns out to be a exotic dancer at the nearby gentleman’s club which Bubba soon learns is now owned by Bam Bam.

It doesn’t take long for him to find a dead body. Bubba always finds a dead body and that is when the fun starts. Miz Demetrice is trying to unionize the dancers, Willodean tries to arrest Homeland Security officers, David is working as a female exotic dancer and Bam Bam has a identical twin brother who is dead in the men’s room.

****The author of the series often has give aways on Facebook. Things such as removable tatoos and t shirts. For this book she gave a Amazon Fire. I was the lucky winner. I love the tablet but I want to make it clear that the prize had NO influence on my review of her book. This is the 8th book in this series. I have read all of them and most of her other books. I love her work and read her books. She does not have to give me anything to say good things about them. In fact, she has no idea about this blog and who it belongs to.

Hearts of Starlight (The McDougalls Book 1)

Hearts of Starlight

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I was given an advanced copy of “Hearts of Starlight” by Audrey Adair to read and give an honest review.

I found this book very easy to read and I enjoyed the story. It was believable which is very important to me when reading. The characters were likable except the bad guys who you were not excepted to like. I would recommend this book.

Victoria Brighton runs away on the night before her wedding to the Duke of Lansingberg, a marriage arranged by her stepfather, who only wants access to her inheritance. She escapes on a boat headed to America and travels further to the western prairies.

Callum McDougall is the future chieftan of the McDougall clan. He is on a mission in the North-West Territories to find what has become of his missing cousin. Once his mission is complete, he will return to Scotland to lead his clan.

As you probably suspect, the meet on the boat crossing the ocean and are going to the same small town out west.

 

To Be Where You Are (A Mitford Novel)

To Be Where You Are (A Mitford Novel)

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This is the fourteenth book in the Mitford series by Jan Karon and I can’t wait for September 19th to get here. I received the first four books in a set of paper backs for Christmas and read them a if it was one book. I could not put them down. It seemed like years before the next one came out. Each have been purchased and read in one setting. Later on I bought those first four in hardback to match all the others. They have a special place in my home.

It is somewhat hard to explain these books. Trying to tell someone about them always comes out as boring. The life of an Episcopal should not be that interesting, but it is. Over the years he adopts a boy who needs a home, he gets married and retires.

I have loaned the first book to two friends. Both came back asking for the second book and both ended up buying the whole set. It is so easy to imagine how all the characters look and talk. They make you laugh and sometimes cry. They seem to become part of the family.

The books are categorized as women’s fiction, but trust me on this, men like them too.

I will buy this book on September 19 and I will tell you about it on September 20. It is going to be a long 17 days.

 

In the Land of Gold

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For the most part it was a good book. The story line was unbelievable in places and it seemed to drag on. It is not a book you can’t put down, but it is a good little book for between heavy reading.

Christopher Payton is perfect for Cora Colton however she doesn’t love him. So, after inheriting her father’s gold claim she heads to Dawson City, Canada as the owner of his gold claim. There is where she catches the attention of Flynn O’Neill.

Unconquerable Callie

Unconquerable Callie

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Callie Collins is known for being a very good liar. Her dream is to start a new life in South Pass City, Wyoming and open a bakery. In order to join the wagon train she tells the wagon master, Seth McCallister, she has a fiancé waiting for her.

Seth can’t figure Callie out, but that doesn’t stop him for falling in love with her. Callie loves him too but how will she tell him there is no fiancé?

 

*****What I Thought About This Book*****

Callie is the perfect woman. The problem is she is a little too perfect. This girl grew up in the city. However, she knew exactly what she would need on the wagon train, including the wagon and oxen. She  can shoot a rifle better than a man, she is not afraid of wild animals such as bears and she is a strong swimmer who can pull a man out of a river. On the other hand, she is gifted baker and can help birth babies. She is so good she can even run the wagon train.  She only thing she did wrong was tell one small lie.

The over all idea of the book was good but about half way through the book Callie started to get on my nerves. I found myself thinking there had to be one person on that wagon train that hated her. Oh no, everyone loved Callie.

I will not tell you the ending but even that was unbelievable.

There is one good thing about this book, it is FREE.