Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

Book review of The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz (Revell) by papertapepins

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

It is the eve of a new age of freedom in the colonies. 
But can a proper English lady dare hope for her own independence?

Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson has nearly everything a lady of her position could want. Daughter of the British lieutenant governor of the Virginia Colony and a darling of fine society in a rugged land, she is anticipating an advantageous marriage. That her betrothed is a rake and love is lacking is of little consequence--or so she tells herself.

Though her own life seems in order, colonial Williamsburg is a powder keg on the verge of exploding, and her fiancé's cousin Noble Rynallt carries the flame of revolution in his heart. Those with connections to the British nobility are suspected as spies, and Liberty soon finds herself left with a terrible choice. Will she stay true to her English roots? Or side with Noble and the radical revolutionaries?

Lady Elisabeth's transformation from pampered darling of society to Liberty, simple lacemaker and then to the wife of a Patriot revolutionary is dramatic but this tale is so well and beautifully told it's believable. Elisabeth's mother has been a Patriot for some time which really infuriates her British Lieutenant Governor father who frequently sends her away to various places for her 'fragile health' (which I never figured out if she had health problems or not) and threatens to have her thrown in a mental hospital. That doesn't stop the mother, who pens patriotic poems for the revolution. She's a smaller character in the story but we can see where Liberty gets her gumption. Noble, although not perfect, is true to his name the whole story through. 

The story is well written and the history in it is engrossing, even if the story is somewhat slow and there are one or two slightly uncomfortable over-shares. Because of the overall content I would recommend this to an older teen and up. I loved that I learned a lot about a period of American history that I didn't know much about.

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

Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the ECPA bestselling author of several books, including The Frontiersman's DaughterCourting Morrow LittleThe Colonel's LadyThe Mistress of Tall AcreA Moonbow Night, and the Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Learn more at www.laurafrantz.net.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason (Revell) by papertapepins

A murdered partner. A missing brother. Will Isabelle's silence protect those she loves . . . or delay justice?
Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. She knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Izzy is determined to discover exactly what happened, and her investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's brother Ryan, a handsome homicide detective, shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

I love that this book has plenty of action right from the get go. That's the way to start a book. We are also introduced to Isabelle's law enforcement family pretty quickly and I like it when the main characters are close with their family. I wondered when Ryan is mentioned as a handsome homicide detective in the book description if this was going to be heavy on the romance but thankfully it's sprinkled in there with a fairly light hand. Actually at least one kiss I found to be downright awkward but thankfully not because it was overly graphic or any such thing. Mostly the timing. Really? Anyway, the characters are likeable, the storyline is interesting. I enjoy law enforcement stories ... for me though it still felt like something was missing. I couldn't really nail down what it was but I some trouble fully immersing in this story. I am looking forward the next book in the series because I did enjoy this one for the most part and Lynette Eason is one of my favourite authors.

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

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well as the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of two ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

Book review of Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren (Revell) by papertapepins

Billionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants--except a happy ending. Or at least that's what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra's relationship.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I am happy to read Sierra and Ian's story because they have been an integral part of this series so far but have been kept apart in the romance department because of circumstances, or most often, things they either said and shouldn't have, or haven't said and should have. And that really sums up their story, to the point of being frustrating to read. For heaven's sake, have a proper conversation, clear the air and get on with it! There is too much angst over unspoken feelings in this entire series, but then the overall storylines and awesome locations make up for a lot of that, and the whole PEAK team thing is awesome too. 

I really want to love this series but one more aspect gives me pause - and that is that I feel that the author perhaps pushes the boundary of good taste in the romance department. I would not feel comfortable passing this book on to my teenage daughter or to the church library because of this. That's just my opinion and I may be a prude but I'd like to lend the book to any friend and not feel I somewhat embarrassed by my reading choices. 

Funny enough, after I wrote this I went to look at my review of the first book of the series, Wild Montana Skies, and it was pretty much the same. Love the whole idea of the series, I just can't handle all the angst and the level of romance.

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


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    Susan May Warren

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