Book Review: “The Prairie Romance Collection” By Various Authors

June 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Nine authors team up in their new book, “The Prairie Romance Collection” published by Barbour Publishing Inc. to give us nine Historical Romances from America’s Great Plains .

Lynn A. Coleman provides the first story, “After The Harvest” where Judith and Rylan not only find each other and learn to live in Kansas but help others find there place in town also.  Mary Davis gives us “Love Notes”, I just love this title, Laurel Rivers finds escape from her pain in a piece of music she finds and then she finds the composer.  Lena Nelson Dooley provides “Mother’s Old Quilt” where two people can find new life because Maggie has to restore an old quilt for the new stationmaster.

Linda Ford gives us “The Bride’s Song” A tale where a city girl learns the joys of prairie life after she nurses a cowboy back to health.   Linda Goodnight provides “The Barefoot Bride” where Emma advertises for a husband and Matt is using it to hide from his past.  Cathy Marie Hake tells us about “The Provider” Will prejudice separate the Lena Swenson and Steven Halpern because of their nationality?  Judith Miller gives us “Freedom’s Ring” Hannah Falcrest is free from her late abusive husband but William Winslow seems to want to take his place.  Kathleen Paul weaves “Returning Amanda” where Sheriff Jake Moore discovers a lost child and get Pamela Kotchis to help him find the little girls family.  Janet Spaeth tells “Only Believe” Where Catherine is trying to bring in the harvest for her ill brother, by herself, and even though she refuses help her strength only goes but so far.

“The Prairie Romance Collection” is great fun to read.  Each story, though different, gives you the sights and sounds and feel of living on The Great Prairie.  This is a book where you wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, make yourself comfortable in your favorite chair and have warm cider to drink as you savor each story.  All the stories are so well written and the romance is perfect, tender not overboard or forced.  Take a look at the two fold out sleeves on the book to really give you the picture of what the prairie looked like.  I enjoyed this book and look forward to more collections like this.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing Inc.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “Lily” by Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver

June 30, 2012 at 5:59 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver in their new book, “Lily” Book One in the Song Of The River series published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. takes us into the life of Lily Anderson on a steamboat on the Mississippi in 1858.

From the back cover:  Natchez Belle’s Hopes and Dreams Ride on the Mississippi

Lily Anderson longs for a life of adventure, steaming down the Mississippi on a riverboat.  But her relatives, wanting her to secure a future for herself and her two younger sisters, are intent on Lily marrying well and forgoing any chance of living out her dream.  When a loveless match seems inevitable, Lily makes a last-ditch effort to avoid losing her freedom forever by purchasing the steamship Hattie Belle from the father of debonair Jean Luc Champney–unaware that her precious dowry garners only partial ownership of the vessel.

Roguish gambler Blake Matthews’ dreams are finally beginning to take shape after a night of card playing won him the title to the Hattie Belle.  But Blake’s brimming confidence in a successful venture is dampened when he meets his new partner–Lily.

As their riverboat enterprise erupts into turmoil, can Lily and Blake discover that God is the One they can count on when all else fails?  Will the siren song of the river evolve into a serenade or a somber lament?

When I get to New Orleans one of the first things I am going to do is take a steamboat cruise on the Mississippi.  The pacing is slow, there is the sound of the paddlewheel and there is the feeling of romance as you cruise by the cities and states of the South on the Big Muddy.  Diane T. Ashley and Aaron McCarver return us to a South that doesn’t exist anymore with absolutely interesting characters interacting aboard a steamboat.  Ms. Ashley and Mr. McCarver know how to tell a great story because they have filled it with tension.  Blake and Lily do not get along, each one wants something different for the ship and Jean Luc Champney wants the title he lost to the ship back no matter what it takes.  On top of all this romance is beginning between Blake and Lily and there is the danger that someone is trying to stop the business that Blake and Lily are trying to build.  Many kudos to Ms. Ashley and Mr. McCarver for a truly memorable, fun book, I was sorry to see it end.  The good news is Book Two in this series is not far away.  And I am guessing that the focus will be on Lily’s sisters.  I can hardly wait.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing, Inc.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Book Review: “Lucy Come Home” by Dave and Neta Jackson

June 29, 2012 at 10:05 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Dave and Neta Jackson in their new book “Lucy Come Home” Book One in Yada Yada Journey of Hope Series published by Castle Rock Creative, Inc. takes us into the life of Lucy Tucker.

From the back cover: Lucy Tucker has been on the streets of Chicago for 50 years. Why won’t she come home?

Fifteen-year-old Cindy worked long days beside her migrant worker family in Michigan’s sugar beet fields in the early 1940s – the “war years” – until she met a dashing young man from a traveling carnival, bringing some joy and fun into her hard-scrabble life. But a tragic twist of fate – and a dead field boss – sent the two young people on the run, leaving behind family and everything she’d ever known.

Lucy Tucker, the crotchety old bag lady from the popular Yada Yada House of Hope series, is a veteran of the Chicago streets and not about to give up her independence, even as she approaches her 80th birthday. Until, that is, a young displaced woman with her gentle ageing mother and a dog named Dandy seem to need her – unsettling the secretive Lucy, who doesn’t let anyone get too close. But just when it seems her past is catching up with her to bring her in out of the cold…Lucy disappears again.

How these two tales intersect and intertwine between past and present gradually shines light into the dark corners of Lucy’s murky past. But…why won’t Lucy come home?

What do you do when you see a homeless person?  Some cross the street to get away from them.  Others walk by them and command them to get a job or get away.  Very few, really, try to help or realize that they are real people with history.  Dave and Neta Jackson have given us a great character in Lucy.  She is given such a history and is such a real person that it is a shame that the book ends because we cannot hang out with her or the others in this book anymore.  Get ready to go to the carnival and experience the sights, the smells, the colors, all from the insiders point of view.  Honestly, I only knew about migrant workers from the old TV show, “The Fugitive” because he would do some work like that.  Here we also have the insider point of view.  “Lucy Come Home” is a wonderful, interesting story with power and depth that will keep you flipping pages.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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