Tag Archive | Colorado

“A Touch of Frost” by Jo Goodman

Jo Goodman is one of my favorite western novelists.  “A Touch of Frost” is the sixth book that I’ve read.  I love her novels because not only are the plot and the subplot involved and appealing, the dialogue among the characters is humorous and catchy.  I enjoy the repartee she writes between certain characters in this novel.  I think this is what brings me back to her writings each time.  I know I will be entertained and interested throughout reading the whole book.

This particular novel is about Phoebe Apple and Remington Frost.  Phoebe’s sister, Fiona, is married to Remington’s father, Thaddeus.  Fiona and Phoebe really do not get along and Fiona is at times difficult to take.  She is conniving and self-absorbed.  Thaddeus is sure that Fiona is going to leave him.  He brings Phoebe from New York to see her sister and along the way the train on which she is travelling is robbed and she is taken hostage.  But Thaddeus has provided an unseen escort for Phoebe in his son, Remington.  Remington follows Phoebe and her captors and rescues her.  However that is not the end of the drama.  Someone is out to get Phoebe and her life is still in danger.  The plot is rather complicated which adds to the attraction of the novel.  I highly recommend Ms. Goodman’s books.

I received a print copy of this book from NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“The Devil You Know” by Jo Goodman

I have read quite a few books by Jo Goodman and have enjoyed each and every one.  “The Devil You Know” is no different.  I love the way Ms. Goodman develops the characters in her novels.  The dialogue is refreshing and humorous and is what makes the book so easy to read.  I feel that I truly know each character by the end of the book, what makes them tick, and what they are looking for.  The drama that unfolds keeps a reader’s interest throughout and the pace is never-ending.

I enjoyed reading about Israel McKenna and Wilhelmina Pancake and it definitely piqued my interest in the previous McKenna novel, “This Gun for Hire”.  I was thrown by the name “Pancake” and wished that it was not used for this novel.  For some reason it gave the book a silly inference.

I received a complimentary print copy of this book by NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“Killing Trail” by Margaret Mizushima

Margaret Mizushima has written a great action novel, “Killing Trail”.  This is her debut novel and I hope the first in a long line of novels about Mattie Cobb and Robo.  I liked the fact that Mattie is her own person and can stand up to the men she has to work with.  She has a fantastic relationship with her canine partner and they move as one when working.  This novel is so intriguing because the reader just “knows” that the killer is this one person…not so fast…Mattie and Robo have other ideas.  I promise you that you will love the suspense in this book and will wish for more to come in later novels.  The only comment I have is that I would like to know more about Mattie; who she is, where she has been, and more.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it as a very good mystery.  I was sent a print copy of this book by NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.

“One Mile Under” by Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross has written a real thriller, “One Mile Under”.  Ty Hauck is a former detective who is recuperating from being shot while on a case.  His god-daughter Dani Whalen is a white-water guide in Colorado.  While taking a tour down river, she happens upon the body of a friend.  The death is deemed to be an accident.  Dani, however, is skeptical.   When information comes to her from another source that he had seen something on the river and that her friend was not alone, she decides to see what the old guy knows.  Before she can talk to him, he is killed in a hot air balloon accident, or was it?   When Dani’s godfather Ty comes to help her out, they discover a sinister conspiracy is occurring and they don’t know who to trust.  You will not be able to put this book away until you read the whole thing.  I was on the edge of my seat.

I was sent a free print copy of the book by NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest opinion of the book.

“A Moment in Time” by Tracie Peterson

“A Moment in Time” by Tracie Peterson is book two in the Lone Star Brides Series published by Bethany House.  I enjoyed this book because it was well written and the story line was intriguing.

Alice Chesterfield was injured in the same attack that killed her father.  Since that attack she has been harassed by a man believing that she has something that her father left.  She has lost everything because of the attack and because of the depression that has affected most of the country in 1893.  Alice is hired by Marty and Jacob Wythe as Marty’s maid.  When the Wythe’s fortunes were reversed, they kept Alice on in return for room and board.

Jacob Wythe lost his job and traveled to Texas to find a ranching job, which was more to his liking.  Marty was not in favor of returning to Texas where her first husband was killed and where she miscarried her babies.  Eventually, Marty and Alice follow Jake to Texas to Marty’s sister’s ranch because there is no future in Denver Colorado for them and Marty misses Jake.

Because Alice has been disfigured in the attack she assumes that no man will ever want to marry her.  She finds that is wrong.  She also finds that, contrary to what her father told her, her mother and brother are still alive and living in Chicago.  This presents a problem because Alice doesn’t know whom to believe.

I truly enjoyed this novel; however, I think the references to the bible and prayer were a little overdone.  I do not mind reading a Christian book, but the references were a little over the top in this book.  I would still recommend this book highly.

I was sent a free kindle copy of this book by NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.  I was also sent a free print copy of this book by Bethany House in return for my honest review.

“A Bride for All Seasons” – Collection by Various Authors

“A Bride for All Seasons” is a collection of stories about mail order brides by various authors, published by Thomas Nelson.  The connecting theme and connection is the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue, whose editor is Melvin Hitchcock.  He takes it as his personal responsibility to see that the ads in his publication are answered and marriages made.  However, he tries to help the poor souls along by changing any wording in their ads or answers that he feels would be detrimental to the success of the contact.  These corrections cause some problems between the characters in each story.  Some are really hilarious and fun to read.  The outcomes are successful, but the route to their success is different for each story.

“And Then Came Spring” by Margaret Brownley is the first story in the collection.  Mary Jo Parker travels to Colton, Kansas to meet and marry Daniel Garrett, a lawyer in the town.  What she doesn’t plan on is what transpires when she steps off the train.

Debra Clopton wrote “An Ever After Summer”, the next story in the series.  Mathew McConnell is a widower with a small child who is looking for a mother for her.  Ellie Smith answers the ad and arrives in Honey Springs, Texas clutching her Bible to her chest.  Then the fun begins.

“Autumn’s Angel” is a story by Robin Lee Hatcher.  Luvena Abbott and her charges, nieces Elsie and Esmerelda, and nephew Ethan travel to Grand Coeur, Nebraska to meet Clay Birch.  Of course Melvin has been at it again, so the course of true love isn’t quite straight and narrow for Clay and Vena either.

“Winter Wedding Bells” is the last story in the collection and was written by Mary Connealy.  Megan McBride answers an ad from David Laramie who lives in Wyoming.  He is a widower with two little boys.  He has been told that he is dying and he wants to marry someone so that she can be a mother to his sons after he has passed.  Leave it to Melvin.  He has changed a few sentences around in their correspondence which provides some humorous episodes as they try to come to an understanding.

I have always liked reading collections from various authors.  These four stories are especially fun to read because of the common theme of the manipulations of the editor of the Bride Catalogue.

I received a free Kindle copy of this book in return for my honest review from Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley.com 

I received a free Kindle copy of this book in return for my honest review from Thomas Nelson Publishers and NetGalley.com and for BookSneeze.com.

“Miracle Road” by Emily March

“Miracle Road” is the seventh novel in the Eternity Springs series written by Emily March.  It is the story of two people, Lucca Romano and Hope Montgomery.  Both have experienced great tragedy in their lives and are looking for a quiet place to mend.  Hope is a Kindergarten teacher and a coach for the high school of Eternity Springs.  Her child has been abducted five years earlier.  She and her husband divorced because he blamed her for Holly’s disappearance.   Lucca has come to the town to be with his widowed mother after tragedy struck while he was coaching a college team.  The team bus had a wreck and two players were killed and one paralyzed.  He feels that it is his fault and cannot overcome the guilt he feels.  Even though they each respond to their past in a different way, inevitably face their guilt and find their way back to living their lives together.

I thought that this was a really good book.  It had all the charm a small town and its inhabitants can bring to life.  I enjoyed the journeys of both Lucca and Hope as they help each other deal with the sorrow and despair of their past.  The other characters in the small town of Eternity Springs bring a warmth and humor that make this book so appealing.

I received a free advanced reader print copy of this book from Ballantine Publishers through NightOwlReviews.com in return for my honest review.   The opinions expressed here are my own.