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Thursday, May 21, 2015

No Place To Hide by Lynette Eason

book review of No Place To Hide by Lynette Eason (Revell) by papertapepins



She'll defend her friend until the bitter end--but is she in over her head?
It's not every day you see your childhood friend and onetime crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. Unfortunately, she's not the only one looking for him. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to prove his innocence and prevent a catastrophe. 

Lynette Eason delivers nonstop action as Jackie and Ian travel a dangerous road--one that may lead straight to destruction.

Lynette Eason never fails to deliver plenty of action and scattered clues that keep you guessing what's really going on until the very end. This plot could be taken right from the script of a blockbuster movie. The government tries to cover up the disappearance of live smallpox virus from a high security lab by saying there's been a small outbreak somewhere and people should get the vaccine just in case. That's all part of a larger conspirace that could kill thousands. The opening scene is Jackie breaking into Ian's house to find out what happened to him, and it doesn't slow down from there. I enjoyed the character of Jackie, she's smart and spunky. 

I was hoping the people from Operation Refuge would have a slightly bigger role in this story, but that's really not a big deal. I wasn't terribly fond of Ian, partly because his back story of going from a scrawny, bookish teen to a ripped martial artist in the 10 years they didn't see each other made me roll my eyes a bit, but overall it's a fun read and I would definitely recommend it, as well as the two previous books in this series. They can be read in any order without difficulty or confusion.

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.

THE AUTHOR

  1. Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason

    Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to TrustNowhere to Turn, and No Place to Hide in the Hidden Identity series. She is a member of American Christian...
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Monday, May 18, 2015

A Crocheted Basket



DIY a Crocheted basket from a free tutorial. Link in post.

This is the first basket I've crocheted but it won't be the last. I used the free tutorial from Crochet In Color. I had first tried one that used single crochet for the entire basket, but I like the half double crochet for the base much better. 

The yarn I used is a Marble Chunky which turned out to be more textured than thick so I started off using 3 strands. I got as far as the base and the first two side rows but they were quite floppy so I frogged it and started over using 4 strands. It's nice and sturdy now. I used 2 large skeins and I had hoped to add handles but I ran out of yarn and rather than buy another large skein I stopped. I'm very happy with the sturdiness of the basket.


DIY a Crocheted basket from a free tutorial. Link in post.


I expected to use an 8 mm hook but after experimenting I used a 6 mm. It was easier to make than I expected, but tiring on the hands so I couldn't do much at one time.

I did the whole basket in spiral instead of joining my rounds. I would do that again for the sides but not the base of the basket.  A seam underneath wouldn't be visible and I don't like the jog on the side of the base.




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Deception On Sable Hill by Shelley Gray

book review of Deception On Sable Hill by Shelley Gray (Zondervan) by papertapepins



The World's Fair is nearing its end, but the danger in Chicago lingers.

It's mid-September of 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago's wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball.

Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society's restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe-even if he can never earn her affections. .

Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World's Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa's and Sean's romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?


This is a light romantic suspense that was a joy to read. I loved this book from beginning to end, the characters and setting really keeping my focus and attention. This is historical fiction with enough detail to put you in the time and place but it doesn't bog down the suspense and action. This is one case where the mysterious circumstances were carried over from the first book - who is slashing, and in some cases murdering, rich young heiresses? The romance is clean, I'm happy to report, and the writer did a fair job of dealing with the fact that they are of different classes That is something that would not have been overlooked at the time and place. 

I don't want to give too much away so I'll end here but this is a well written, completely enjoyable historical romance with suspense and romance thrown in the mix. I highly recommend this one for your summer reading list!

I received this book from BookLook and Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Zondervan!


About the Author

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her at Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray

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