Friday, March 29, 2013

Ann Shorey's When the Heart Heals

Set in post Civil War Missouri, When the Heart Heals concludes where Where Wildflowers Bloom left off. We get to read about Curt's sister, Rosemary Saxon. Independent and resourceful,  Rosemary served as a nurse during the war even though female nurses were frowned upon. She needs work and takes a job with the town's new doctor. She insist on giving advice about herbal remedies to Dr. Elijah Stewart's patients even after he forbids her to.

Rosemary is receiving threatening notes from someone in the community. And her home is vandalized. Rosemary has a big heart and helps those in need, even when it causes gossip. This romance is hard to put down and covers interesting history with suspense and action. Forgiveness is a strong medicine and Ann Shorey has given us another excellent story to read.

Book Description:
Courageous and unconventional, Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, a service that has caused most women in town to regard her as unfeminine and downright vulgar. Although she would like to put her experiences as a nurse behind her, she must support herself. She takes a position with Dr. Elijah Stewart and a mutual attraction begins to develop. But when a sophisticated woman arrives in town claiming to be Elijah's fiancée, a heartbroken Rosemary decides to leave Noble Springs and start fresh. Can Elijah convince her of the mystery woman's deception before he loses her forever?

With tenderness and grace, Ann Shorey invites readers back to the town of Noble Springs, Missouri, for an engrossing story of love's tentative first steps and fragile future in the face of opposition. Readers will find in Rosemary a sympathetic but strong woman determined to thrive in a world that doesn't always understand.

A Home for Lydia is the second book in The Pebble Creek Amish series. Gabe, Miriam, and Grace from book one appear in this story, and help Aaron and Lydia with their cabin rentals and more importantly their friendship. If you like to keep up with characters from previous books you'll enjoy this one.

Aaron and Lydia start off on the 'wrong foot' and it seems hard to see them together at first. The author adds humor to the story as well as showing how these two can help one another. Sometimes I forget that the Amish face the same trials and temptations as we do.  Vanetta shows us just how true this is and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion. I will be looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Book description:

A Home for Lydia, the second book in a new romantic series from popular author Vannetta Chapman, centers again on the Plain community of Pebble Creek and the kind, caring people there. As they face challenges to their community from the English world, they come together to reach out to their non-Amish neighbors while still preserving their cherished Plain ways.
Aaron Troyer simply wants to farm like his father and grandfather before him. But instead he finds himself overseeing the family's small group of guest cabins nestled along the banks of Pebble Creek. That also means he must work with the cabins' housekeeper, Lydia Fisher.
Lydia is the most outspoken Amish woman Aaron has ever met, and she has strong opinions about how the guest cabins are to be run. She also desperately needs this job. Though sparks fly between boss and employee at first, when the cabins are robbed, nothing is more important to Aaron than making sure Lydia is safe.

Together they work to make the vacation property profitable, but can they find out the identity of the culprit before more damage is done? And is Lydia's dream of a home of her own more than just a wish and a prayer?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Shattered by Dani Pettrey




Shattered is an action packed novel that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. It's a hard book to put down. A sweet romance is weaved in between the pages of mystery and suspense. The setting and characters come to life, pulling us into the action. By the time I reached the end I was satisfied with the outcome but wanting more. I hope Ms. Pettrey is working on the next book. 


Book Description:

With All the Evidence Against Him, Only a Sister's Trust Can Save Him Now

When her prodigal brother Reef’s return to Yancey, Alaska, is shattered by his arrest for murder, Piper McKenna is determined to protect him. 

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. And he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth puts Landon's career in jeopardy.

When Piper launches her own investigation, Landon realizes he must protect her from herself--and whatever complications await as the two follow clues deep into Canada's rugged backcountry. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step