Friday, May 12, 2017

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

book review of Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon.

Wishing for things that can never be is foolish . . . or is it?

Hope Harbor police chief and single mom Lexie Graham has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? 

When Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a troubled young man from heading down the wrong path, sparks begin to fly. Could it be that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine?

I have to say the write up for this book does not do it justice. It's accurate, but there's so little there and so much to the book! I've read Irene Hannon's suspense novels for years now and while they are still my favorite I'm enjoying the Hope Harbor series very nearly as much. Her characters and settings are so real and rich and flawed like any normal person instead of stiffly to-good-to-be-true. It's hard to put down.

Lexie Graham is the town police chief and a single mother who lost her husband way to early. She lives in Hope Harbor with her son and her mother, and works hard at her job. She's happy enough with her life but she's on the outs with God since her husband died suddenly a few years ago.

Adam Stone is an ex-con who had a hard start to life and since being released from prison is turning his life around. He is trying hard to put his past behind him and attone for his previous misdeeds any way he can, like volunteering for Helping Hands, a network that helps out where needed in town, such as bringing groceries to elderly neighbours. He works hard, volunteers and goes to church but otherwise keeps to himself in part because he doesn't feel part of the community but doesn't really feel he deserves to be part of it either. 

The entire cast of characters is a lot of fun. Charley and his taco truck and words of wisdom in the moment, Lexie's mom, Luis and the forever friendly bickering of the clergymen... Hope Harbor is worth the visit. :)

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.


  1. Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Buried Secrets, Thin Ice, and Tangled Webs, as well as the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. In addition to many...
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

Book review of Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy (Bethany House) by papertapepins

Someone Will Stop at Nothing to Claim the Boden Homestead!

The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they uncovered the real plot to take their 1880s New Mexico ranch? Justin Boden is a top rancher and a rugged man, and yet with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn't help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on. 

With her and the doc's timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend. Now Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the threats facing them. It's clear now that everything that's occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they pull together all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the risk of losing the ranch even greater than any of them could imagine?

The second book of the Cimarron Legacy does not disappoint! This is a western suspense with cowboys and trouble and feisty women and cows ... not in any particular order! Did I mention there is also humor? Some of that is in the form of Angie and her penchant for somewhat clumsily continuously finding trouble. The first time she met Justin she fell into his arms, literally! Now she's come to help nurse his brother Cole back to health at the ranch and Justin can't think of anyone less suited to ranch life, at least at the beginning. 

Heath and Sadie Kincaid are still central characters in this book. They were featured in the first book but they still live and work on the ranch for the time being. I was quite fond of those characters so it was nice to have them back. According to their father's will, the 3 Boden siblings must live and work on the ranch together for one year or lose it entirely. Justin was the only one living there, but Cole and Sadie come rushing home. The thing is, the will was put into effect but their father survived the accident and is alive. He is happy to see that his plan worked, no matter how it came about, and that the land will stay in Boden hands where it has been for generations ... or so they think they are in the clear after the man who attempted to murder him is found but there is more trouble brewing.

This series is definitely worth picking up if you like rootin' tootin' westerns with some clean romance and a fresh feel. This is no stale, already been there, done that story. 

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.


  1. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas,...
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Bible Explorer's Guide

Book review of The Bible Explorer's Guide (Zonderkidz) by papertapepins

The Bible Explorer’s Guide lets children get up close and personal with everyday life during Bible times. Kids can explore the Bible through photos, maps, and illustrations, highlighting interesting people, places, objects, and buildings.

What did Noah’s Ark really look like? Who was David and whom did he fight? How did 1st century citizens of Jerusalem live?

Each two-page spread is filled with images that bring history alive and drawings that help bring life to people and places that we can only read about. With fascinating, brief text and full-color captivating images, this is a reference that kids will come back to again and again. It is a great addition to any home or school library.

The Bible Explorer's Guide helps bring the Bible to life with 1,000 amazing facts and photos about the ark of the covenant, noah's ark, the 10 commandments, Nebuchadnezzar's statue with clay feet, and many, many more of the people, places, objects and buildings mentioned in the Bible. Learn more about how people lived in ancient Bible times and background on some of the people featured in the stories. What were their lives like? 

This is a great resource, and because it's picture based it is excellent for a wide range of ages and reading abilities. 

I received this book from Zonderkidz. My opinion is my own.

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