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review 2017-09-10 21:12
The Stolen Marriage
The Stolen Marriage - Diane Chamberlain

Title: The Stolen Marriage

Author:  Diane Chamberlain

Publisher:  Martin's Press

Reviewed By:  Arlena Dean

Rating: Five

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"The Stolen Marriage" by Diane Chamberlain

 

My Thoughts....

 

Indeed this was quite a interesting gripping historical romance story that this author gives the reader.  We find Tess DeMello from Baltimore, Maryland around 1943 was once engaged to Vincent Russo [M.D.] but breaks off that engagement and marries a complete stranger named Henry Kraft who was from Hickory, North Carolina. Now, why did she choose a loveless marriage?  Whose marriage was stolen?  I liked how this author was able to weave the polio epidemic which was first being treated around that time into this story even making it even more interesting to read and in doing so bringing Tess's former fiance back into the picture.  This was quite a compelling historical fiction that you will have to pick up and see for yourself how well this author brings it all out to the reader.  Will this medical doctor and registered nurse be able to get back together again?  The story offers 'love, loss, race, marriage, secrets,  tragedy and redemption.'  This author does a wonderful job with the main character Tess giving the reader a roller coaster ride full with her emotions and thoughts along with her husband, Henry who was a well respected businessman but very secretive. I don't want to leave out Henry's mother Ruth and his sister Lucy who both had their own agendas in this well told story.  The story even had a little paranormal [conversing with the dead] with the Reverend Sam along with some other host of characters...Hattie, Honor, Adora, Zeke and Jilly and a host of other people in the town. Be ready for some twist and turns that you may not see coming along with a epilogue of ten years later. I was still left with a few questions however it was a enjoyable read, for  it was also a long captivating read that you will have to stay on top of it because there will be so much going on. to see if there will be a HEA.

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review 2017-06-18 17:26
Mermaid Moon
Mermaid Moon (A Sunset Cove Novel) - Colleen Coble

I've never been a fan of romance novels so I would never have picked this book up if I hadn't seen a review posted during a book swap game I was participating in. I read the review for this book and decided I wanted to read it. I read the first book first and it was great. I liked it better than this one but this book kept my interest too. I like the mystery and suspense more than the lovey-dovey parts but I definitely will be finishing this series and looking into more books by this author. Now I have to make myself finish the other books I've started before reading the third book in this series.

 

Mallory is trying to support her teen-aged daughter on her own after her husband passed away by making artistic sea glass jewelry.  She just makes a big sale so she could pay her late house payment when she gets a strange call from her father.  He sounds like he is hurt and barely able to tell her something very important before he dies.  He told her to find her mother but that is impossible since her mother has been dead for years. She quickly calls for someone to go check on her dad then heads that way herself.  

 

She is wary of going back to the town where she grew up and is sure she won't be welcomed because of her past.  She was engaged to Kevin, a local game warden, but she abruptly left town without an explanation and quickly married someone else.  Now, she needs Kevin's help to help her figure out what happened to her dad.  Things quickly get scary though as she finds out her own life might also be in danger.  

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review 2017-06-09 17:32
Forgiveness and Joy, Indiana Wake
Mail Order Bride: Forgiveness and Joy: C... Mail Order Bride: Forgiveness and Joy: Clean, and Inspirational Western Historical Romance (Mail Order Bride Murder Mystery Book 10) - Indiana Wake,Belle Fiffer

I really enjoyed this clean Western Historical Romance with a little bit of mystery. I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 5* rating. I liked how this dealt with the missing brother and more. I love how these women bring peace to their men, well most of them, anyway. Sometimes it's the other way around. This did tie up some loose ends Onto the next in this set.

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review 2016-12-24 00:00
Real Mercy: Mary, Forgiveness, and Trust
Real Mercy: Mary, Forgiveness, and Trust... Real Mercy: Mary, Forgiveness, and Trust - Jacques Philippe

Fr. Philippe's books are very easy to read. I like that about him. I read this in one sitting. I also recommend his Searching For and Maintaining Peace, which is also a great book!

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review 2016-11-08 00:32
The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Official Illustrated Movie Companion - Perry Moore,Andrew Adamson,C.S. Lewis

A novel study could be conducted in a sixth grade classroom with this amazing story of a world called Narnia. With themes appearing anywhere from betrayal and forgiveness to death and rebirth, this would be a fun adventure to read. It's a story about four siblings, with the help of a lion named Aslan, must overcome their own failings to become heroes of a better world. During the novel study, students could compare and contrast characters, discover new themes, and learn new vocabulary. 

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