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“Where She Belongs” by Johnnie Alexander

“Where She Belongs” by Johnnie Alexander was not a book I counted on liking very much.  First of all, I’m not partial to contemporary romances, and secondly, I wasn’t sure the premise of the story would be one I liked.  I was wrong.  This novel, although it took me a chapter or two to get into it, was very enjoyable.  There was also a hint of historical mystery following the thread of the story which gave the novel the kick it needed.  The obvious theme of Ms. Alexander’s novel is one of family history and the home place.  Some count on that tie that binds them to their ancestors and some could care less about the family story.

Shelby Kincaid is trying to recapture the memories she had as a child for her girls.  AJ Sullivan has no desire to remember his childhood.  They were vastly different although lived in the same area.  Finding the ties brings them together and makes each of their histories a part of who they are.

I received a complimentary copy from Revell and was under no obligation to review the book.

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“Belle” by Sarah Price

I enjoyed reading “Belle” by Sarah Price.  It is written in the theme of the old story “Beauty and the Beast”, but as an Amish fable.  I thought that the theme might be contrived or senseless, but I thought Ms. Price did a good job of incorporating the beauty and beast story.  I thought that her characters were not stereotyped from the original, but really quite refreshing.  I needed a lighthearted novel to lighten my mood and this was it.

I am looking forward to the next in the series, “Ella: An Amish Retelling of Cinderella”.  Ella was one of the characters in this book and I am anticipating a good read.

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from NetGalley.com for reading and review.

“Wives of War” Soraya M. Lane

In “Wives of War” Soraya M. Lane brings us the story of three young women…Scarlet, Ellie, and Lucy.  London, 1944…and the story begins with Scarlet and Ellie embarking on their first deployment as nurses.  Their intentions are a little different.  Scarlet is desperate to find her fiancé whom she has not heard from in months.  She knows he is probably in France and she is determined to find him.  Ellie would like to meet her soulmate and since most of the marriageable men are in the service and serving overseas, she decides to do her part as her brothers have done and enlist her services as a nurse.  Lucy has been in France since the invasion and feels herself immune to the horrors, blood, guts and deprivations of war.  This story follows these three women as they train, form bonds of friendship, and suffer the indignities and sufferings of war.  Ms. Lane provides extremely poignant moments for the reader as she follows these women into war.

I really enjoy novels based during WWII and this one was no exception.  I felt the dirt, sand, blood, stink and fear as these three women strived to provide their best to those soldiers who depended on them.  Loved the book.

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from NetGalley.com for reading and review.

“The Christmas Blessing” by Melody Carlson

Melody Carlson has written a Christmas novel set during WWII.  “The Christmas Blessing” is truly that.  This novel is a very sweet and endearing story set to touch the heart of everyone who reads it.

Amelia Richards receives news that her fiancé has been shot down in the Pacific theatre.  He doesn’t know about the baby and now never will.  Amelia is down to her last penny and decides that she needs to see James’ parents, tell them about their engagement and the birth of their grandson.  She wants to live near them so that Jimmy will have family near.  She doesn’t count on becoming deathly ill, or Jimmy being ill.  She decides to leave Jimmy with James’ parents until she can get well and come get him.  She doesn’t count on the parents’ wanting to adopt the baby and pay her off.  The story just gets sadder and sadder, but then, just when the reader least expects it, the ending pops up and we feel good again.  This is one of those feel-good stories that may bring your holidays a little boost.

I received a complimentary print copy from Revell for reading and review.

“All By Myself, Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark

“All By Myself, Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark, an international best-selling author, is another mystery in the “Queen of Suspense” list of novels.

Celia Kilbride has been hired to lecture on precious gems on the maiden voyage of the Queen Charlotte ocean liner.  She is really running away from the fallout from her fiancé’s arrest for hedge fund abuses.  She even convinced some of her friends to invest their money with him.  Now, she is a person of interest in being a partner in his crimes.  Of course, she knew nothing about that, she also lost money.  However, she was engaged to be married to him and no one believes her.

This maiden voyage of Queen Charlotte is very important to the shipping line and all efforts to make this an outstanding voyage for the elite and non-so-elite who are travelling on it are the number one concerns of the line.  Of course many passengers are wearing their most expensive jewelry which would tend to draw unscrupulous gem thieves to travel along.  We have a jewel thief on board, but who is it?  There is an inspector from Scotland Yard aboard, also the assistant to a very wealthy woman, Lady Em, her maid, and various other suspects.  After this poor woman is murdered, it becomes most important for Celia to establish that she is not a thief, nor a hedge fund accomplice, but a true gemologist, renowned in her field.

I received a complimentary print copy from NightOwlReviews.com for reading and review.

“Murder on the Moor” by Julianna Deering

“Murder on the Moor” by Julianna Deering is a novel about friendship, clandestine activities, village eccentrics, and murder.  The dialogue reeks of Britain.  I found this very enjoyable.  This novel takes place in the Yorkshire moors in the village of Bunting’s Nest.  Drew and Madeline Fathering have earned a reputation for sleuthing and solving mysteries.  When Drew’s old college classmate Beaky’s calls Drew for help, he and Madeline can hardly refuse.  Beaky’s Bloodworth Park Lodge has become the scene of small crimes and unexplained worrisome incidents that are scaring the life out of his wife.  After the murder of the old vicar of the church someone needs to investigate.  Beaky welcomes Drew and Madeline to his home, not so much Beaky’s wife, Sabrina.  After the murder of an elderly woman follows on the heels of the vicar’s demise, everyone is suspect.  As the comment goes…the plot thickens.  I did not have an inkling of the ending.  It was a complete surprise and worth every word read to get there.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries and anything British.

I received a complimentary print copy from NightOwlReviews.com for reading and review.

“Bringing Maggie Home” by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Kim Vogel Sawyer writes very sweet and hopeful stories, such as, “Bringing Maggie Home”.  This book covers a seventy year span.  Hazel DeFord, as a child, was walking with her little sister, Maggie, when she took a moment to look at something and she turned around, three-year-old Maggie was gone.  Maggie was the apple of her parents’ eye and Hazel was blamed for not being attentive enough.  What a burden to put on a child.  Seventy years later we are introduced to Hazel again.  She still carries the weight of her sister’s disappearance with her, and none of her family knows about the incident.  Her daughter, Diane, has reaped the results of that past because Hazel was always so over-protective and Diane resented it.   This caused a huge rift between the two and they were never able to get along.  Diane’s daughter Meghan is a cold case detective who has been injured and decides to recuperate at Hazel’s.  Meghan finds out about her grandmother’s secret and vows to find what happened to Maggie.  After seventy years, it is a long shot, but stranger things have happened.

I always like Ms. Sawyer’s books because there is a thread of hope no matter the circumstances surrounding the plot.  I also like the way Ms. Sawyer entwines the lives of the main characters and shows us that longtime perceptions may be just that.  For anyone needing a novel of hope amidst angst, this novel would serve you well.

I received a complimentary print copy from LitFuse Publicity as a member of the Blog Tour Team.