Friday, November 21, 2014

The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter

book review of The Wishing Season by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

Living side-by-side, a fledgling chef and a big-hearted contractor find a delicious attraction.
Trouble is, their chemistry could spoil their dreams.
Spirited PJ McKinley has the touch when it comes to food. Her dream of opening her own restaurant is just one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes it’s a contest she was meant to win.
Contractor Cole Evans is confident, professional, and swoon-worthy—but this former foster kid knows his life could have turned out very differently. When Cole discovers the contest, he believes his home for foster kids in transition has found its saving grace. All he has to do is convince the owner that an out-of-towner with a not-for-profit enterprise is good for the community.
But when the eccentric philanthropist sees PJ and Cole’s proposals, she makes an unexpected decision: the pair will share the house for a year to show what their ideas are made of. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life has turned into out-and-out competition—with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. Turns out in this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts.

I usually enjoy Denise Hunter's books but this one was a disappointment from the get-go. I just couldn't get into it. The whole premise of PJ and Cole having to share the house as both a restaurant and a home for troubled youth seemed outside the realm of believable, and the way it was handled all throughout the book just added to that instead of helping to instil belief. 

I didn't really end up liking PJ very much, just a personality thing I guess, so when it's the main character you're at odds with it's very hard to enjoy the book. This one just wasn't for me.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

About the Author

Bestselling novelist Denise Hunter has received the Holt Medallion Award, Reader's Choice Award, Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. She lives in Indiana with her husband and their three sons. Twitter: @deniseahunter Facebook: authordenisehunter

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To Everything A Season by Lauraine Snelling

Trygve Knutson has been promoted from well drilling to heading a construction crew for the fast growing town of Blessing, North Dakota. Though devoted to the land and his family, he sometimes dreams of other horizons. But is he willing to leave Blessing permanently?

Miriam Francini hopes to become an accredited nurse in a large city hospital. She is simply tolerating her assignment at the hospital in rural Blessing because it will give her the experience she needs to accomplish her goal. She can't wait to finish her training and head to New York to begin a nursing career. Then Miriam meets Trygve Knutson and all her plans are suddenly in a jumble. She quickly realizes she doesn't want to live without him, yet she's a smart, independent woman--she's even a suffragette. She can't let anything get in the way of her own plans, even if she's in love. Or can she?

Well... I the cover is beautiful, but the rest of the book certainly does not live up to that same standard. In a word, boring. I guess there is a whole series about this particular group of people that I should have read beforehand if I wanted to know what was going on, but I really wasn't that interested. It was slow moving with a lot of talk and a lot of characters. 

I don't mind names from other nationalities, but Trygve is difficult for an English only speaking person to read without at least a pronunciation guide. It bothered me to see it so often and have no idea how to say it. 

If you are a die hard Lauraine Snelling fan you may enjoy this one but in general I'd say it's not worth the read. Pretty cover, though.

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.

Author Bio

Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over 2 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. Learn more at

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller

Book review of The Brickmaker's Bride by Judith Miller (Bethany House) by papertapepins

In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaking business.

Ewan McKay has immigrated to West Virginia with his aunt and uncle, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial help. Uncle Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, and it's Ewan's job to get the company up and running again.

Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he quickly feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Resolving that he'll make the brickworks enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Ireland, Ewan pours all his energy into the new job.

But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan's hard work is put in jeopardy. As his hopes for the future crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. Can she help him save the brickworks, and will Ewan finally get a shot at winning her heart?
After Laura's father dies, she and her mother need to sell his business. Their lawyer, who also happens to be courting Laura, facilitates the sale of the brickworks to new immigrants from Ireland. Ewan McKay and his uncle have come to America for a better life for themselves and their relatives. At first only Ewan and his Uncle Hugh, and Hugh's wife and sister in law arrive but soon they bring over Ewan's three younger sisters and a slew of others to work in the brickworks and to start a new life away from the famine and fighting in their homeland.

Laura and her mother very much want to see the brickwork business continue to succeed and help get Ewan and Hugh up and going with the business which does not go over well with Winston, the lawyer currently courting her. He has political aspirations and will do anything to attain them. Eventually, of course, the time comes when Laura has to choose between the man her mother has chosen for her and the man her heart wants. It's a lot more complicated than that, however, as she says of her and Winston: "the thing that draws us together would be the very thing that would end a courtship for most couples." Whatever that may be, will it stand in the way of love?

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.


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