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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills

Book review of Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale) by papertapepins



Instead of a peaceful ride around the perimeter of the airport, volunteer airport ranger Stacy Broussard finds a murdered man, an injured dog and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747.  Alex LeBlanc is an FBI special agent who is suspicious of everyone including Stacy until he begins to believe she is a target. The two must work together when a health emergency endangers the community.

I am a fan of DiAnn Mills, but this book was not a favorite of mine. However, I'm sure this is simply a matter of taste as she has proven herself to be a wonderful writer and some people will like the level of introspection and detail in this story. I had never heard of the airport rangers and so I loved that she had a premise that was new to me.

Stacy Broussard is a veterinarian and her home and clinic are in a seedier part of town. Her next door neighbor is a twelve year old boy with alcoholic and drug abusing parents who are at the very least neglectful. She is fighting for custody of Whitt. Alex LeBlanc is the FBI agent who comes to investigate the murder scene she inadvertently stumbled on during her Saturday morning ride as an airport ranger. He does not approve of that program, thinks it's foolhardy and dangerous to have community volunteers patrolling the airport grounds so they start off on a shaky footing, add to that the fact that he figures she may very well be involved in whatever is going on. As time goes by he wonders if all the seemingly unconnected attacks on her mean she's in deep with criminals or if she's innocent but somehow still at the core of whatever is going on. 

Whitt is a funny boy way too old for his years with a penchant for big words. He is fiercely loyal to Stacy and tries to help solve the mystery of what is happening in their neighborhood. Stacy is a tough lady with a big heart who loves Whitt and wants to help her community. Alex eventually sees all this and realizes they are all on the same side. It's a complicated story, a little over detailed, but an ok read overall.

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. 

Author Bio
DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader's Choice, and Carol Award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian fiction category for Firewall.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

Book review of From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House) by papertapepins


Stella West's artistic talent made her the toast of London, but when her beloved sister dies under mysterious circumstances she abandons everything and heads for Boston. With single-minded determination she fights to pierce the ring of secrecy surrounding her sister's death. Upon meeting Romulus White, a publisher with connections into every important power circle in the city, she quickly realizes he could be a valuable ally in navigating Boston society.

Romulus has been pursuing Stella for years to create art for his magazine. Her luminous illustrations are the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry, and he will stop at nothing to get her on board.

Sparks fly the instant they join forces, but Romulus is unsettled by the unwelcome attraction he feels toward Stella, fearing she might be the one woman who could disrupt his hard-won independence. He may have finally met his match in Stella, but is helping her solve the mystery of her sister's death worth the risk to his publishing empire?

From This Moment is a historical romantic suspense novel with a jazzy twist. There's a lot going on under the hood. That can be both good and maybe somewhat detrimental at the same time. Romulus, one of the two major characters in this story is portrayed as being somewhat ADHD,  and I feel the whole book has that same vibe. There's Romulus and Stella, and Evelyn and Clyde and their tumultuous relationship, Romulus and Evelyn's magazine they run, and the difficulties there, as well as the mystery surrounding Stella's trying to solve, her worries about her parents, oh and a lot of talk about the first ever subway in America being built in Boston right then too. But wait, there's more...

It's all interesting, but the story changes direction so often I sort of lose interest because I can't really keep up. It feels like it drags even while there's a lot going on because it takes too much time to update you on all these different facets of the story.

Not a bad read, some people will love the tangled storyline, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I have to say though, isn't that a gorgeous cover?

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



THE AUTHOR


  1. Elizabeth Camden
    Photo courtesy of Ginger Murray Photography

    Elizabeth Camden

    Elizabeth Camden is the author of eight historical novels and has been honored with a RITA Award, Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on...
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

Book review of No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House) by papertapepins.


A Ladies of Harper Station Novel
She Trusts Him for the Job, 
But Can She Trust Him With Her Heart?

Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she established Harper's Station, a women's colony that offers a fresh start to females in need. But when a dangerous and shadowy assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one man she trusts enough to ask.

Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he's always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's telegram arrives, he rushes back to Texas to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve.

As the danger intensifies, Emma, Mal, and the ladies of Harper's Station must choose safety or whether to risk everything to fight for their future.

Emma Chandler has been raised since early childhood by a pair of spinster Suffragette aunts with big hearts, although Aunt 'Henry' does her best to hide it behind a tough exterior. They taught her to be independent, follow her heart, and look out for the underdog. They took in Malachi when he showed up unexpectedly when Emma was eight, and now they are standing by her and helping her start a colony in the west for women only - abused and downtrodden women (and children) with no place else to go. Everyone has a job and a home and so far things have been going well. Of course, it wouldn't be a story without a problem and whoever is trying to drive them out of the town is a big one. Emma sends for backup - Malachi. A man with a gun and the only man she trusts.

I enjoyed the very different premise of this book, and the different quirky characters. I will definitely read the next book in the series, especially since I'm guessing it will be Tori's story next. I enjoyed the side story in this book with her and her young son. This book has it all, the wild west, romance, explosions, suspense - two thumbs up!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


THE AUTHOR

  1. Karen Witemeyer
    Photo courtesy of Amanda Carpenter

    Karen Witemeyer

    Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three...
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