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text 2017-10-20 16:20
Friday Reads 10.20.2017
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes: A Mystery (The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes Mysteries) - Leonard Goldberg
And Then There Were Nuns: League of Literary Ladies - Kylie Logan
The Fourth Horseman - Sarah Woodbury
A Hope Divided (The Loyal League) - Alyssa Cole
By Sharon Kay Penman The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard III (1st) - Sharon Kay Penman
Murder in the Mystery Suite - Ellery Adams

Happy Friday!


Here are the books I am nursing over the next week.  I'm enjoying all of them - shout out of cover love for A Hope Divided - and listening to Murder in the Mystery Suite on audio via Scribd.


On the schedule is baseball and hiking this weekend.


Enjoy your weekend and happy reading! 

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review 2017-10-20 14:40
mixed feelings
Amish Widow's Hope (Expectant Amish Widows) (Volume 1) - Samantha Price

Anita was the only Amish woman on the greyhound bus. But it wasn’t her first trip. Anita’s husband Joshua had died and Anita was a widow and pregnant due for her baby in four months. Joshua and Anita had tried to get pregnant for eight years then it finally happened but tragically the day after Anita and Joshua had found out they were going to be parents he was dead.  Anita had lived alone on her and Joshua’s home for three months Then Anita’s younger  brother Amos insisted she move back and live with him and his family.  Amos and his wife Hannah had two sons  Ben was three and Sam was two. Anita’s brother expected her to help Hannah with the boys but also wanted to marry her off as quick as possible. But Hannah wants to taker her time to grieve and recover in her own way and time.  Fran was the Bishop’s wife ands also wanted to see ANita married quickly. Anita came in to dinner with Amos and Hannah and Hannah’s brother Simon was there.  Simon was six years younger then Anita and she was clearly pregnant that Anita was the one for him. Although the community feels Simon should marry one of the pretty younger women of their faith as there were a lot of these young women who would gladly marry Simon.

I had mixed feelings about this book but I did like this book. It was a quick easy read. I would have liked more information on the Amish way of life.  I didn't really like Amos he almost seemed uncaring about what the women in his life wanted and needed. Like why didn’t he leave Anita in Ohio if he only brought him to PA to help Hannah then to hurry her into marrying again even before their child was born instead of being a loving brother and understand all she was going through  and give her time she is in the later part of her pregnancy but he wants Anita to help Hannah with two young boys. I just didn’t like him Amish were suppose to kind and loving to family members. I would have liked more Anita/ Simon time also. This was also a bit predictable. I did really Anita and I liked Anita and Simon together. I also liked Hannah.  Amos just kinda took away from this story as far as I am concerned. So there was some things I liked about this book and some things  not so much.

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review 2017-10-19 04:57
Entertaining, steamy read
Passion, Vows & Babies: Unbearable: An Unacceptables MC Standalone Romance (Kindle Worlds Novella) - Kristen Hope Mazzola

I am loving this series! Unbearable, like the rest of the series, is a quick read, but the author packs a lot of emotion into its pages. While Bear and Scarlett's story isn't quite instalove, it is pretty darn quick love, but this pair is so good together that it feels like they've been a couple forever. Bear is a big, tough guy, but shows his softer side with Scarlett, who proves to be absolutely perfect for our MC President. Thrown together by extreme circumstances, Bear and Scarlett's romance isn't exactly a second chance love story, but it is a second chance at love for Scarlett and it's packed full of love, loyalty, botherhood, and fan yourself steam. 

While Unbearable is part of the Unacceptables MC series, it can be read as a standalone. However, I highly recommend reading the whole series, because you won't want to miss a word of it. 

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review 2017-10-18 02:42
Good Story and Characters
Hope at Christmas: A Novel - Nancy Naigle

After a bad divorce, Sydney Ragsdale and her daughter move to the house her grandmother left her. While she struggles to be out from under her ex’s control, she’s also dealing with her daughter’s attitude towards the situation. Kevin MacAlea is a single dad who is a history teacher at the local high school. He also secretly plays Santa Claus every year.

This is one of those stories that really pulls at the heartstrings. The characters are very well drawn. Their stories really pull you in and having you rooting for them to find their happy ending. This story very much reminded me of the stories I binge watch during the holiday season. I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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review 2017-10-12 22:25
Hope At Christmas
Hope at Christmas: A Novel - Nancy Naigle

Title:  Hope at Christmas

Author:  Nancy Naigle

Publisher:  St. Martin's Press 

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five



"Hope at Christmas" by Nancy Naigle


My Thoughts....


This was quite a good holiday story that involved two divorced parents and their children.  I liked how this author brings Sydney Ragsdale and Kevin [Mac] Alea together in this wonderful Christmas magical read that is fulled with 'love and hopefulness.'


We find from the story that after an very unexpected divorce Sydney moves from Atlanta to Hopewell, North Carolina with her daughter where her grandparents had left her  their farm house to get away from it all ... a controlling ex and some ex friends. Hopefully Sydney plan to start a new live there in Hopewell.


As you read through this well written story one will find the characters so very relatable as well as realistic giving you a good senseable read. Will these two people [Sydney & Mac] be able to get  just what they needed as they find there way around  Hopewell N.C?  This author brings out a interesting point of what can happen when there is a divorce ex  and who is left hurt and abandon  when a marriage is dissolved...the child.  In this case the children were  Ray Anne & Seth.  Be ready for a lots of action, surprises, drama, trust issues, fun, hope, love, sadness and even laughter, and Christmas cheer  as the story continues to the end.  What will happen when Sydney starts working for Bea over the holidays?What was so special about this book store?  Who will she met?  What was it about Mac. divorced, who was teacher at the local HS, baseball coach and during the holidays would dress up as Santa in that interested Sydney?  Will their be sparks between Sydney and Mac as they go some some series of non-dates?  Will these two lost souls who had been wounded be able to find healing?  Will Sydney be able to trust again after that ordeal with her ex?  To get all of these questions answered you will have to pick up "Hope at Christmas" and see how this author will bring it all out for you.


By the end the reader will get a good heart-warming holiday story of ' love, hope and second chances' and YES, a ending with a wonderful HEA.



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