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review 2017-03-23 02:28
Sins of the Father (Family Tree Mysteries, No. 2) - Patricia Sprinkle

SINS OF THE FATHERS

Patricia Sprinkle

Paperback, 354 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Avon Books (first published September 25th 2007)

ISBN: 0060819766 (ISBN13: 9780060819767) 

 

This was a read that I really enjoyed. Part genealogy, part mystery, Dr. Flo finds what she thinks is her great grandfather's grave. She soon gets to know the family that owns the land, and a few other characters. Patricia Sprinkle's writing of her characters as well as her description of the small town keeps the flow going well with a few surprises for the characters interwoven into the story. I found myself becoming fond of several of the characters. Those I did not like were characters that were not meant to be liked. Sprinkle's description of the land surrounding the grave made me appreciate the importance of what land meant to people in the 18oos and early 1900s. Her writing gave personality to the area

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text 2017-03-21 18:49
8 New Releases in Series - Wednesday through Friday (March 22-24)
An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor Series ... An Act of Courage (Acts of Honor Series Book 4) - K.C. Lynn
Eagles in the Storm - Ben Kane
Scorched by Magic (The Baine Chronicles ... Scorched by Magic (The Baine Chronicles Book 7) - Jasmine Walt,Judah Dobin,Mary Burnett
The Darkness Within (Inspector Faro and ... The Darkness Within (Inspector Faro and Rose McQuinn) - Alanna Knight
The Never Paradox (Chronicles Of Jonatha... The Never Paradox (Chronicles Of Jonathan Tibbs Book 2) - T. Ellery Hodges
Bryant & May: Wild Chamber: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery - Christopher Fowler
Dr. Bones and the Lost Love Letter (Magi... Dr. Bones and the Lost Love Letter (Magic of Cornwall Book 2) - Emma Jameson
Trouble in a Tight Dress (Southern Alpha... Trouble in a Tight Dress (Southern Alphas Book 5) - Lori Sjoberg

Wednesday, March 22:

 

An Act of Courage - K.C. Lynn, #4 Acts of Honor

 

Thursday, March 23:

 

Eagles in the Storm - Ben Kane, 3 in Eagles of Rome

Scorched by Magic - Jasmine Walt,  #7 in Baine Chronicles

The Darkness Within - Alanna Knight , #1 in Inspector Faro and Rose Mcquinn

The Never Paradox - T. Ellery Hodges, #2 in Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs

Wild Chamber - Christopher Fowler, #14 in Bryant and May

 

Friday, March 24:

 

Dr. Bones and the Lost Love Letter - Emma Jameson, #2.6 in Dr. Benjamin Bones Mystery

Trouble in a Tight Dress - Lori Sjoberg, #5 in Southern Alphas

Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2017-03-09 16:49
A Ghostly Mortality (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #6) by Tonya Kappes
A Ghostly Mortality: A Ghostly Southern Mystery (Ghostly Southern Mysteries) - Tonya Kappes

This is the 6th book in the Ghostly Southern Mystery series. I have sadly had not heard of this series before I saw it on a Book Tour site. I read the blurb and knew I had to read it. I am very glad I did, and I cannot wait to obtain the first 5 books in the series and hopefully this series will continue.

All in all it was a great story even if some of the part are little out there. Ghost stories are my favorite.
I love books with ghosts and this book filled the bill.

Emma Lee Raines is the proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home in Kentucky. This was a family business. Her sister Charlotte and her were partners until Charlotte left for greener pastures and larger funeral business in Lexington. Emma is trying to get Charlotte to sign her half of the funeral home to her, but Charlotte keeps putting her off.

Emma also has the sight. She sees dead people, after being hit over the head by a plastic Santa in a previous book. She is helping the "Betweeners" solve their murders so they can cross over. One day Charlotte's ghost appears to Emma. Now it is up to Emma to solve her murder so she can rest in peace.

The ending of this book was a bit far fetched, but it is a book. Anything can be normal just lie on TV.

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review 2017-01-31 20:31
Time Is A River by Mary Alice Monroe
Time Is a River - Mary Alice Monroe

Recovering from breast cancer and reeling from her husband's infidelity, Mia Landan flees her Charleston home to heal in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. She seeks refuge in a neglected fishing cabin belonging to her fly-fishing instructor, Belle Carson. Belle recently inherited the cabin, which once belonged to a grandmother she never knew -- the legendary fly fisher and journalist of the 1920s, Kate Watkins, whose life fell into ruins after she was accused of murdering her lover. Her fortune lost in the stock market crash and her reputation destroyed, Kate slipped into seclusion in the remote cabin. After her death the fishing cabin remained locked and abandoned for decades. Little does Belle know that by opening the cabin doors to Mia for a summer's sanctuary, she will open again the scandal that plagued Belle's family for generations. From her first step inside the dusty cabin, Mia is fascinated by the traces of Kate's mysterious story left behind in the eccentric furnishings of the cabin. And though Belle, ashamed of the tabloid scandal that tortured her mother, warns Mia not to stir the mud, Mia is compelled to find out more about Kate...especially when she discovers Kate's journal. The inspiring words of the remarkable woman echo across the years. Mia has been learning to fly-fish, and Kate's wise words comparing life to a river resonate deeply. She begins a quest to uncover the truth behind the lies. As she searches newspaper archives and listens to the colorful memories of the local small-town residents, the story of a proud, fiercely independent woman emerges. Mia feels a strange kinship with the woman who, like her, suffered fears, betrayal, the death of loved ones, and a fall from grace -- yet found strength, compassion and, ultimately, forgiveness in her isolation. A story timeless in its appeal emerges, with a power that reopens old wounds, but also brings a transforming healing for Mia, for Kate's descendants, and for all those in Mia's new community.

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Mia Landan, recovering from breast cancer treatments and an unfaithful husband, decides to retreat to the mountains of WNC, specifically Asheville area. There she takes up residence in a cabin owned by her fly-fishing instructor and friend, Belle. Belle lets her live there rent free for the summer under the one condition that she doesn't go digging into the family story behind the cabin (a scandal involving Belle's grandmother). But we need a novel length story here so of course Belle goes digging. She uncovers the tale of Belle's grandmother, Kate Watkins, a 1920s journalist and fly-fishing enthusiast herself who got involved with a married man and was then implicated in his mysterious disappearance.

 

I've lived in & around the Asheville area since 2002 and actually found a copy of this book in a local thrift shop. Always curious of books that involve my city, I immediately took this one home, figuring that the historical fiction element would also greatly appeal to me. Unfortunately this one didn't quite gel with me as I'd hoped.

 

As far as the environment itself, I thoroughly enjoyed that bit. Monroe definitely does justice to the area, offering rich descriptions of the nature around here... though at times I think she painted it a little more rustic than it actually is these days. Some passages had it sounding like Belle was leaving Mia in the wilds of Alaska or something when much of Asheville now is hardly THAT remote lol. I did like Mia in the early parts of the book but some of her decisions later on in the story chipped away at that, so by the end I was just left more with "She's alright, I guess..."

 

What really fell short was the plot. I was hoping for a truly immersive mystery around the story of Kate Watkins, especially for the time period she was living in.... who doesn't want to imagine their town back in the Roarin' Twenties?! But there wasn't too much in the way of that. The "mystery" was pretty straight forward and, to me, unfolded at a slow, bland pace.

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text 2017-01-26 01:54
Reading Update: 15%
Know Me Well: A Small Town Southern Romance (Wishful Romance Book 3) - The Forge Book Finishers,Kait Nolan

"Remember, I’m the librarian. I know your reading preferences. He pretty much fits your hero type to a T.” She gave Riley a knowing smirk.

Riley pointed a finger at her. “You know perfectly well that’s confidential. You’re supposed to be like a priest.”

 

Librarians, keepers of the secrets. 

 

Also, this adorable quote:

 

“Thanks Mom.” Liam slid his arms around her, thinking that for all she was half his size, she still gave the best bear hugs.

 

:)

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