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review 2019-07-16 18:28
Book Review: Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Anna's Crossing - Suzanne Woods Fisher

This is mostly about how it was dealing with how the Amish came to America. It really tells the story of what happens on a ocean crossing. To extent that it gives what it like when Amish and other were traveling to the New World for their freedom.

You do not go into it expecting what is to happen. It seem more historical then Amish. Though is mostly about Amish and how they come to America. Susanne tell a story about Anna and though she is with while crossing the ocean. She seem interested in the carpenter on the Charming Nancy? Who could that be?

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review 2019-02-27 02:32
Book Review: The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher
The Quieting: A Novel (The Bishop's Family) - Suzanne Woods Fisher

This book seem like it got some genealogical research involved in it. This is what starts out with being to solve one client genealogical brick wall. We are meet with Abigail who is set on going to stony ridge to help her father. 

Those someone else as other plans. There seems to be a match maker that want to marry off young granddaughters and her son. Will it work? That is up in the air. Bishop seem to be doing moving slow but wants to make sure he doing it by god. 

There seems to be a church secret that seem like no one knows about. It seem to involve Dane Glick and his relatives. Does it involve David Stolzfus and the church. Is Abigail one connection during her genealogical research being able to solve one problem but cause another? There seem to be a Quieting inside the Stone Ridge church and the bishop? Will Abigail find love or will she leave stone ridge all together?

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review 2017-10-17 16:33
A beautiful cover for an amazing story...
The High King's Golden Tongue - Megan Derr

'The High King's Golden Tongue' started out as a story back in 2012 in the M/M Romance Groups 'Love is Always Write' event on GoodReads and I read the story way back when and then at some point for whatever reason I know not, nor do I really care, why the author made the decision to expand the story into a book. Initially I have to admit I was a little apprehensive because I was concerned that it would feel too repetitive and I'd get bored and end up not liking the story as much as I had but when I saw that it had gone from 41 pages to well over 200, 277 to be exact. I was confident this could not possibly be the case and thankfully I was not disappointed.

 

I love fantasy, it's one of my favorite genres but I am also really fussy about who I read in this genre. I've read a few fantasy novels over the past while and they've been good and I really enjoyed them but this book for me went way beyond 'it's been good and I really enjoyed it'. From the very first page...no wait from the cover because have you looked at that cover? It's gorgeous and such a perfect visual to this story and damn, did it ever do it's job. One look at that cover and I was drawn in and with each word I just wanted to go further and further into this story.

 

But I'm going to just take a minute here to chat about book covers because we all know book covers are important, oh we can say they don't matter. Hell, I've said it numerous times and maybe to some they don't but truth of the matter is that cover is the authors initial shot at grabbing the readers attention, of making not only a first impression but a lasting one and in that department this cover nailed it and then I started reading the book...

 

I loved the richness of the descriptions and the way the story just flowed. I am admittedly one of those people that can become easily bored with overly descriptive books...didn't happen. I was anything but bored my mind was busy painting pictures and creating visual images and rolling into production of the mental movie that a well crafted story can effortlessly bring to mind.

 

For me this story had it all. I found myself so enchanted with Prince Allen. Aside from the fact that he was obviously one smart dude. I mean seriously 14 languages? I always feel impressed with myself if I can keep a grasp on one...English, the one I'm suppose to know...now, back to Prince Allen and why I liked him.  I never felt that he was conceited or arrogant about his ridiculously impressive linguistic skills or his station in life as a prince. For me his viewpoint was simply realistic he spent years being taught these things and so to him it only made sense that he would know them and he was incredibly brave and determined, I loved how he treated everyone with courtesy and respect but at the same time he didn't come off as being a pushover or perfect. He had flaws and insecurities just like any normal person. 

 

High King Sarrica was simply a larger than life character and I liked him. I liked that he had Lesto to keep him in check along with Rene. These two were the brothers of his deceased husband Nyal as well as Sarrica's friends and they were the type of friends who told him what he needed to hear which wasn't necessarily what he wanted to hear. Many of the humorous moments in the story came from conversations between Sarrica and Lesto and/or Rene. 

 

The relationship that developed between Allen and Sarrica was to say the least extremely slow in happening but given the events of the story it would have seemed incredibly contrived for things to have moved any faster than they did in the romance department and if you're a fan of the sexy times...well you might be a little disappointed here because there's not much happening in that department until later in the book but all I can say is when it did finally happen my e-reader was smokin'.

 

Now, if you're a fan of stories that grab you, hold on to you and take you to places you've never been or could never imagine going to...you will not be disappointed with this story and if you've already read the short story trust me it's like the teaser for this book there is so much more to find out and if you still need more, as I apparently do well than you can scoot off to an e-book store in just a few days and get yourself even more when book #2 The Pirates of Fathoms Deep is released for sale in just 6 more sleeps ;)

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review 2017-01-17 14:32
Kiss and Tell
Kiss & Tell - Luke Murphy

See this and all of my reviews at Mystereity Reviews

Tense, gritty, and thrilling!

With the death of her father…

Officer Charlene Taylor has received her dream promotion—working Homicide with the LAPD. Her first case is the high-profile murder of Ken Anderson, a playboy UCLA professor with a haunted past. A mafia kingpin, billionaire tycoon, cheated wife and jaded lover are only a few on a long list of suspects, all with motive and opportunity.

…all hope of reconciliation is lost.

Not only does she feel the pressure from media and her boss to solve her first case, but Charlene must also deal with her father’s murderer, the “Celebrity Slayer,” a serial killer who enjoys baiting her with his knowledge of her life and routines.

Can a rookie detective work two high-profile cases and still keep her sanity?
-via Goodreads

I really enjoyed the taut atmosphere of the book. The fast paced plot with all the twists and turns cranked up the tension with each page, and didn't let up for a second, whipping through twists and turns that kept me just a litle unsure, a little on edge. Well done!

The multi-faceted plot wound together several crimes. From the murder of a well-connected UCLA professor from a powerful family to The Celebrity Slayer, a vicious serial killer working his way through Hollywood's B list actresses that may tie in to the murder of Charlene's father, a retired LAPD detective turned PI who was pursuing his own Celebrity Stalker case. With so much going on in the book, is was deftly plotted in a clear, organized way, very easy to follow and definitely a white-knuckle thrill ride. I have to say, the UCLA professor case was the most interesting to me, almost a locked room mystery because the suspects were apparent, but difficult to prove and with its own plot twist. And that alone would've made for a great book, but the Celebrity Slayer plot led up to an excellent surprise ending that kept me on the edge of my seat! Definitely one of those conclusions that I couldn't read fast enough.

Newly promoted to Homicide Detective, Charlene is a little thorny, a little vulnerable and very stubborn, but you just have to root for her. Although a tough, tenacious and diligent detective, she battles her own demons; her inability to work through her issues with her recently murdered father, a drinking problem and commitment issues with her boyfriend.

Overall, Kiss & Tell is an exceptional thriller and police procedural and I don't hesitate to recommend it to crime fiction fans.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review

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review 2017-01-17 14:30
Purr M for Murder
Purr M for Murder: A Cat Rescue Mystery - T.C. Lotempio

See this and all of my reviews at Mystereity Reviews

Sydney and her sister Kat run Friendly Paws, an animal shelter in Deer Park, North Carolina. The shelter has run into financial difficulties, so Sydney and Kat team up with a local coffee shop to host a Cat Cafe, all to benefit the shelter and to get some of the cats adopted. The only problem is that one of the townspeople, an influential property owner named Trowbridge Littleton, is determined to shut the Cat Cafe and the animal shelter down. Determined to change his mind, Sydney and Kat show up at his shop and discover him dead on the floor. Under suspicion and intent on saving the animal shelter from being closed, the sisters team up to find a killer.

Purr M for Murder is a cute and entertaining debut in a new series, there was a lot to like about it. The twisty and engaging plot kept me turning pages, and Toby the cat made for one adorable sleuthing sidekick. Likable characters, a quick pace, and a fantastic ending, complete with a big plot twist and an action-packed conclusion, all combined to make a thoroughly delightful and enjoyable story.

And I loved the cat cafe idea (this should be done everywhere, along with a doggy diner!)

Overall, Purr M for Murder is a fantastic start to a new series and will appeal to cat fanatics and cozy mystery fans looking to curl up with a purr-fectly charming tale.

Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and Netgalley for providing an advance copy of this book in return for my honest review.

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