Free LPC Books March 24, 2020

LPC Books has some great FREE suggestions for us today.

With Each New Dawn (Women of the Heartland Book 2) is the first one.

With each new dawn

Amazon quote:

London – Summer 1943. To honor her husband’s sacrifice—and in hopes of learning more about her father, a World War I vet—widow Kate Isaacs joins the Special Operations Executive and parachutes into Nazi-occupied France to work with the Resistance. Domingo, a Resistance saboteur, meets her drop, tends to her sprained ankle, and carries Kate to her first assignment.

During a clandestine mission Kate finds herself attracted to Domingo, but as Allied forces push across France and the Waffen SS closes in, the pair must put aside their feelings for the good of the Underground Resistance.

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Also Free, I recall this one coming around last fall.

The Baker’s Daughter – Braving Evil In WW II Berlin

the baker's daughter

Amazon quote:

While chaos reigns over WW II Berlin, seventeen-year-old Liddy returns to her family’s bakery only to be confronted by a new customer—Keppler, a Nazi officer. Marek, a young man with a secretive past, labors just a few paces away in the kitchen, but where do his loyalties lie? With the Nazis? With Liddy?

Liddy’s father, Klaus, secures a night job as a prison guard where anti-Nazi dissident, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is being held. Klaus smuggles out the pastor’s letters, but tensions rise as Keppler establishes a tenuous relationship with Liddy’s young brother, Willy. Does the Nazi officer wish to recruit Willy, or is Keppler there to spy on Liddy’s family?

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This FREE book also appeared a year ago. It was one of my favorite books.

A Season to Dance

A Season to Dance

Amazon quote:

Everyone has a dream. A passion. You work hard, you get there. Right? But what if you don’t get there? Despair? It happens… Then what? Give up? Try harder? What if all this time, you’ve been going after the wrong dreams? What if the best part of life hasn’t even started?

Ana Brassfield tries everything to be happy. An important career. A dream of dancing. A famous boyfriend. A move overseas. But all she experiences is a series of almost successes with a side of heartbreak. Then when she hits rock bottom, a stranger opens an unexpected door. Could she change her whole life? Should she? Or would this be another mistake in a life defined by rushed decisions and wrong turns?

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FREE. More from a year ago. This was intense with surprising twists and turns.

Abide With Me (The Barn Church Series Book 3)

Abide With Me

LPCbooks quote:

After ten years of marriage to the only man she’s ever loved, why is Angelina so unhappy? As a wealthy yet lonely wife, Angelina Rousseau pours all her emotions into her paintings. She’s so desperate for affection and attention, she finds herself willing to do almost anything to feel loved. Her husband Nick is determined to provide everything Angie could possibly want, including finally giving her what she’s asked for most—time with him. When what seems to be the perfect investment turns sour, he’s arrested for real estate fraud, and then learns that being accused of multiple felonies is the least of his worries.

Could “having it all” cost Nick and Angie more than they ever imagined?

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I’m currently reading and enjoying…

The Silver Suitcase It is an excellent read and is still a bargain at $0.99

The Silver Suitcase

Amazon quote:

It’s 1939, and Canada is on the cusp of entering World War II. Seventeen-year-old farm girl Cornelia has been heartbroken since the day her mother died five years ago. As a new tragedy provides Cornelia still more reason to reject her parent’s faith, a mysterious visitor appears in her hour of desperation. Alone and carrying a heavy secret, she makes a desperate choice that will haunt her for years to come. Never telling a soul, Cornelia pours out the painful events of the war in her diary.

Many decades later, Cornelia’s granddaughter, Benita, is in the midst of her own crisis, experiencing several losses in the same week, including the grandmother she adored. The resulting emotional and financial stress takes its toll on her and her husband, Ken, who is unemployed. On the brink of divorce, she discovers Cornelia’s diary. Now the secrets of her grandmother’s past will lead Benita on an unexpected journey of healing, reunion, and faith.

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Happy Reading on this fruitful book day

Bargain books February 22, 2020

BookBub has a bargain suggestion for us today at $0.99. This book showed up for us last summer and I can remember really liking it.

The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams Book #1)

The Red Door Inn

Amazon quote:

Marie Carrington is running from a host of bad memories. Broke and desperate, she’s hoping to find safety and sanctuary on Prince Edward Island, where she reluctantly agrees to help decorate a renovated bed-and-breakfast before it opens for prime tourist season.

Seth Sloane didn’t move three thousand miles to work on his uncle’s B&B so he could babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her. He came to help restore the old Victorian–and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart.
The only thing Marie and Seth agree on is that getting the Red Door Inn ready to open in just two months will take everything they’ve got. Can these two wounded souls find hope, healing, and perhaps a bit of romance on this beautiful island?

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The Vacant House (Sophie O’Brion Mysteries Book 1) is still a bargain at $0.99. I liked this one a lot too.

The Vacant House

Amazon quote:

She knows she didn’t do it, but everybody thinks she did.

It all begins when best-selling author Sophie O’Brion is the last person to see a murder victim alive. She looks even more guilty when a woman from her church is beaten, and Sophie was seen with her just hours before. Suddenly, people she has known her entire life begin pointing accusing fingers at her.

Marine Master Sergeant Burke Maguire, an old flame who dumped Sophie years ago, has recently been hired as a police officer in Forman Falls, Texas, and is assigned her case. She doesn’t want his help.

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I’m excited to see Angela Hunt has a bargain book out right now. She has been one of my favorite authors for decades. $0.99 is a really good deal for one of her books. There are other similar books in this series and I can’t recall if I’ve read any of them. I don’t think so – though I’ve read similar books. I’m looking forward to this.

Egypt’s Sister (The Silent Years Book #1): A Novel of Cleopatra

Egypt's Sister

Amazon quote:

Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria’s royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what–but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery.

Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God’s will for her life.

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I found another bargain book, by an author unknown to me. I’ve read similar books to this one, but they were definitely not the same. I can’t make a recommendation at this point but I do plan to read it to see if I like it as well as I liked the others. This would fall in the Metaphysical Fiction category.

Adam’s Reign (The Hidden Kingdom Book 1) $0.99

Adam's Reign

Amazon quote:

Take a leap of faith into a world unlike any you have ever known, one where mankind still remembers its foundations and all the earth is clothed in perpetual springtime. Here, angels and demons wage war for the souls of mankind, and man lives for hundreds of years, forever growing either in righteousness or in evil. In these days, there are few who acknowledge where they have come from, few who keep hold of the one true God who wrought the world. For those who do, the blinders are ripped off and they see the truth: a world at war. Tucked just behind the veil of sense experience, battles rage and captives are taken as kingdoms collide and man is caught in the middle, a part of the struggle but unaware of his role.

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The last two books will not be quick reads. I think it will be a deep and thought provoking experience, for both of them.

It’s always a good day when we find reads that break away from the usual. Today is a good day.

Happy Reading!

Read and enjoyed Feb 7, 2020

This is a slow day for book suggestions but we have a few more read-and-enjoyed to share.

Legacy Restored is my 5***** favorite today. It is book 2 in The Legacy series. Book 3 Legacy Reclaimed is scheduled to be released February 11, 2020.  Legacy Rejected is book 1.

Legacy RejectedLegacy RestoredLegacy Reclaimed

Romantic Suspense –  Book 2 is currently $0.99 while the other two are $2.99 each. I’ve only read book two and would love to read the others.

Book one:

All she wants is a home, but there is no safe haven when mobsters are after you.

Book two:

She’s a reformed thief working to take down a murderer. He’s a grieving man who refuses to let another woman die needlessly. When their desires clash, will it lead to hostility… or fireworks?

Book three:

She’ll risk anything to save the company her parents built. He’ll risk anything to save her. Someone will stop at nothing to make sure they both fail. 

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This next book – Deliverance: Lydia’s Story – is a fictional story about a broken family dealing with drug abuse, loss, hope and restoration.

Deliverance

Amazon quote:

Lydia Blankenship and her husband, Jim, lost their own little girl years ago to a medical mishap. It took Lydia nearly thirty years to stop hating the nurse who administered the wrong medicine. Now, she and Jim are once again in parental bliss as the legal guardians for Lydia’s charming five-year-old grandniece, Gracie. The girl’s mother, however—recently released from prison for drug-related theft—plots to kidnap the little girl and run.

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Heart’s Design was a pleasant surprise too. It can be read free with Kindle Unlimited

Heart's Design

Life as a big city lawyer is not her heart’s desire. It is the plan of her heavy handed barrister father. He expects all three of his offspring to become part of the family business.

On a summer hiking trip with her city-girl friends, they cross paths with a small town mineralogist and college professor. Spending time with him she finds he hears and understands. It’s a new experience, to be heard, and she’s beginning to see life in a different light. Maybe she could stand up to her father and follow her heart.

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Blackbird (Amish Mountain Secrets book 2) free to read on Kindle Unlimited

Blackbird

Women are dying again, found in conspicuous places with a dead blackbird placed beside the body. The man committing the murders ten years ago perished with a fall in a fast flowing river. These new murders look just like his but how could that be.

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Maybe tomorrow will be a better day for new book offerings. In the meantime…

Happy Reading.

Today is a read and enjoyed day

Today is a lite day for interesting books. It’s a great time to catch up on  read-and-enjoyed stories. The list is probably heavier with Romance than Mystery but there will be a variety, I hope.

A Model Bride is the latest book read and it suited my mood of the day. It is set in England with a side trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. The real story, though, is about the insecurities the characters have to work their way through. It was the perfect balance between lite and heavy, for me anyway.

Model Bride

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A Marriage of Convenience this is the fun story of a much appreciated care-giver and a beloved absentee grandson, jointly inheriting a successful ranching enterprise. To keep the inheritance they have to agree to be married in six months time. She is actively involved in running the ranch and is good at it. He’s from New York and a city boy through and through. And… they’ve never met. She needs her share to provide for her son. He doesn’t need it but decides he wants it.

A Marriage of Convenience

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Garden of Dreams I can’t describe this story as well as Amazon, so here is their quote:

Raised by a mother who was haunted by worry and fear, Jill vowed to live a different kind of life. As a young woman, she planned out what she wanted—a husband, a large home full of children, the opportunity to paint and grow a beautiful garden, a community of believers, and a best friend—then watched as it all came true in the art-filled town of Ashland, Oregon.

But Jill has a secret that she has kept from those she loves most, including her husband and her best friend, Caye…

This is one of my favorite book on this list.

Garden of Dreams

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Cold Terror This is another of my favorites on this list. A forensic artist, she’s vacationing on a secluded island where the local sheriff (who hears the local gossip and knows she can) asks her to do a facial reconstruction on a young murder victim they haven’t been able to identify. In the midst of this task a ferocious someone enters her cottage, and with threats, attempts to kill her. She manages to escape and get help but no one knows who the intruder is or why he keeps trying to kill her.

Cold Terror

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The Turn of a Wheel a blending of romance, intrigue, and danger. A very good story

The Turn of a Wheel

And… a bunch more, all enjoyable.

Hidden ProspectsWillow Falls

FlamesThe Healing Touch

There are a number of partially read collections still in the queue but we’ll wait a bit to mention them.

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Currently I’m reading In The Field of Grace, the story of Naomi and Ruth. A daughter-in- law honoring her husband’s mother even though they are both widowed and are from different cultures and countries. When Naomi decides to return to the land of her birth Ruth vows to follow her and look after her. There have been many retellings of this popular Bible story but this one stands out with it’s different perspective. I’m really liking it so far (I’m still near the beginning) and expect to keep liking it.

In the Field of Grace


I hope you are feeling inspired and ready for the next batch of free and bargain books. Tomorrow could be a good day.

Happy Reading

 

 

 

 

Free book December 1, 2019

Author Chautona Havig made another suggestion, today.  Ghost of a Girl  is FREE It’s Young Adult (YA) and a Novelette. The beginning story in a new series The Good Shadows. Carol Alwood is a new author to me so I can’t make any comments on what this will be like. It looks like it’s worth a shot to me though.

Part of the synopsis on Amazon says…

He may be a mortician’s son, but that doesn’t mean he’s seen a ghost. Until one night…

Sixteen-year-old Owen Parker stays busy with his family’s business, playing basketball and keeping up his grades. But he’s never too busy for his friend and secret crush, Violet Blackstone. Lately, Violet is acting strange spending time with new friends, talking about going to parties, and blowing off plans to hang out. Owen forgives Violet for testing their friendship, but it still hurts.

Ghost of a Girl

I’m looking forward to checking out this book.

That’s it for free books today. It’s been a slow day for new material. Catch up time!

Currently I’m reading The Soldiers of Purple Heart Ranch book two.

Book one was The Corporal and the Choir Girl. Brandon is spending time at Purple Heart Ranch with his fellow Special Unit members, healing from a mission gone wrong. One of their four members disappeared in the unexpected blast. He is considered dead even though they can find no trace of his remains.

The three reach the ranch with a mission that’s two fold. Healing is one part but the painful part will be telling Reegan (gardener at the ranch) that her twin brother (the only remaining member of her family) is considered to be dead.

Afternoon church service surrounded by friends seems like the kindest place for her to hear the traumatic news. Brandon is captivated and filled with inner peace at the sound of the voice of an angel in the choir. Reegan’s voice silences the inner turmoil of guilt and flashbacks for the first time since the blast took his friend. He feels peace even though they have still have the telling ahead of them.

Reegan can’t accept their decree Reece is dead. She’s always had a sense of her brother’s presence and she can feel he’s still alive. Something’s wrong but he’s alive. She won’t accept the guilt Brandon feels either. Instead there’s this strong pull of inspiration to comfort him.

This collection is still a bargain today at $0.99. Grab a copy if you haven’t already.

The soldiers of the purple heart ranch

I’ll need to post about read & enjoyed books again soon

In the meantime Happy Reading.

Free, and not so free November 2, 2019

I have a few books for you today. Just like yesterday, there are several free and three not so free. I like the authors and wanted them. And I have to share. That’s why we have the not-so-free again today.

The first one is a BookBub suggestion and it’s $0.99 Threads of Suspicion a Dee Henderson book (she appeared on yesterday’s list.)

Threads of Suspicion

The next one came up for me on Amazon for $1.29 Heart of Stone by Lyn Cote. (we had one of her books yesterday, as well.)

Heart of Stone

Amazon again for all of the rest.

One Thursday Morning is $1.35 by T.K.Chapin. I don’t know him as well as the other two authors but have read a few of his books. I wanted to take a chance on this one too.

One Thursday Morning

The next two are FREE. They are among  my previously read books from 2014 and 2016 but I don’t remember a lot about them. I suspect I liked them though, if my vague recollections are what I think they are.

A Mystery, Gone The Next  Ben Rehder

Gone The Next

A Fantasy, Dreamlander K.M Weiland

Dreamlander

I hope you find some of these enticing.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

Free books October 14, 2019

Two FREE books caught my interest this morning.

The first one is courtesy of the BookRunes daily email.

Celtic Cross was in my downloads for 2015. If I remember right, I did like it and would have shared it if I was blogging back then. It should be a good read. Historical Fiction.

Celtic Cross

The second one is courtesy of the BookBub daily email.

Her Last First Kiss is new to me. Liz Isaacson does show up in my read list but not as often as some authors do. I can’t remember if I liked her style or not. Some write deeper than others and I prefer deeper, personally. I think Liz’s style may be in a lighter vein. We will have to read this and check it out to be sure.

Her Last First Kiss

I have been reading some of the novellas from yesterday and it’s served as a reminder as to why I prefer full length novels.

Summer of Dreams

Summer of Dreams is the first one to be checked out and I loved it. Every now and then a book comes along that lights-up-the-room and this book did that for me, in the beginning at least.

A successful novella will set an even pace from beginning to end. Difficult to do it seems. The common fault is time spent developing the story with a sprint to the end, before running out of pages. The sudden and hurried conclusion spoils whatever the book had going on for itself in the beginning.

That’s what happened here. The beginning of the book was awesome.

Novella format is great when the storyline doesn’t have much going for it and it would be a stretch to make it fit the Novel length. In my opinion, it’s a shame to waste a good idea on a Novella when a longer format could do it justice – leaving a satisfied reader.

The sneak peak at the sequel was disappointing too. It followed one of the other characters, ten years in the future. There was no resolving of the unfinished business in the first book.

Aside from the disappointing ending, it was well worth the read. The characters were great. I loved the way they think, and the resulting interactions between the three of them. Dry humor with audacious characters is the best.

Historical fiction.

One brilliant young woman with a military father disapproving of her engineering dreams.

A brilliant young man seeking an engineering education in the only avenue open to him, Officer Academy training.

The two are thrown together because the accumulation of his misconduct demerits has him facing expulsion and possible imprisonment. He must work to reduce that number to graduate in a few weeks. His reduction assignment is to build a working pump for a fountain in a ‘birdcage.’ That’s what her father called it when he requested military engineering help for his daughter.

Her colorful and resourceful cousin is part of the awesome threesome and between them, life is full of trouble.

Check out Summer of Dreams to see what you think.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

 

Becoming Me

If I had to pick a favorite book for 2019, Becoming Me would be high on the list of nominees.

Becoming Me  The Imagination Series – Becoming Me book 1 – Staci Stallings…  Paige has a crush on Nelson, her sister Taylor’s best friend. Taylor and Nelson are both part of the band Rev 4 and they practice in her family’s basement. Which means Paige gets to see a whole lot of Nelson. It’s obvious he doesn’t even know she’s alive. Which is a good thing because she could never let anyone know she cared for him. Her sister is protective of the relationships in her world and would be enraged if she knew  Paige was attracted to him. There is a problem with secrets though… it’s stressful to keep them pushed down and buried. With no one to talk to, her journal notebook is her only outlet. Everyday she pours out her misery in deeply honest and haunting  poetry. She’d die if anyone ever discovered it.

I love Staci Stallings, for her ability to look deep inside a character and recognize what they are thinking or feeling in any given situation. It flows out of her fingers onto the paper in a way that the reader is able to see what she sees.

Many of us feel like we are never truly seen. Maybe seeing is a lost art, or maybe it’s an undiscovered art. It’s unusual to have someone look below the surface enough to notice our struggles in life, or to notice the things we care about. Several of the characters in this story share this experience. Those living closest to them, who should notice… don’t.

Staci not only notices but she weaves the story in such a way that emotions can be named and explanations given. I think, if we were of a mind, there is much about relationships to be learned through her books.

Since reading the first book in the series I’ve discovered there are five more. I’ve downloaded most of them. It will be awhile before I get to them though so I’m going to go ahead and list them here for your reading enjoyment.

The Tase of Tears  The Taste of Tears book 2

Little Drops of Sunshine Little Drops of Sunshine book 3

Broken Heart Strings  Broken Heart Strings book 4

Only Together  Only Together book 5

Hopelessly Devoted to YouHopelessly Devoted to You book 6


 

Happy Reading!

 

Lost in Hardyland

Lost in Hardyland is a cool book with an irreverent approach to family life.

Lost in Hardyland  Lost in Hardyland – Shannon Heuston

Brad Hardy, manager at Walmart, has commitment issues. With good looks and a magnetic personality women love, he has no shortage of willing partners. He is upfront about his casual intentions but they are all convinced they will be the one able to change his mind. Needless to say, he leaves a long string of broken hearts in his wake.

One did trick him into a wedding early on and soon left him a single father of two. He loves his kids but won’t be settling down again anytime soon.

He’s pretty sure there are no other offspring out there belonging to him, well, except for a daughter. One of his brief encounters resulted in an unintended pregnancy. She sidestepped the abortion he demanded and was willing to pay for. His life was crazy at that point and he was convinced he couldn’t take on the responsibility of another child. It turned out he was glad she refused. The minute he caught a glimpse of Zoey he was in love.

Zoey’s life has been turned upside down. Her mother died after a too brief bout with  cancer. Now she’s been sent to live with the father she barely knows. No one in her life has ever had anything good to say about him. On top of that, he’s cancelled her private tutor and mentor, the one bright spot in her life. Zoey is not your average teenager. She’s brilliant and her IQ adds an interesting dimension, and challenge, to family life.

It appears her dad is brighter than he wants anyone to believe. It seems he is trying to fly under the radar with his casual, not-that-bright persona, but she is not fooled. In fact she’s glad to have noticed… life is looking up.

I loved this book. Nothing is as it at first seems. This happens in real life more often than we realize, I think. On the surface the family lives a loose and carefree lifestyle with little ambition and few goals. Beneath the surface lives intent, commitment to family, and deliberate self control in areas that matter. There is also awareness and thoughtful consideration.

Sometimes an irreverent look at life is a good thing. It can help us identify what is really important after all.


 

And then there’s the list of other great books enjoyed.

 

Following Rain  Following Rain – Darrel Nelson

 

The Twelfth Hour Patriot Georgia Patriots Romance series – The Twelfth Hour Patriot – Jennifer Youngblood

 

Blind Justice  Blind Justice – James Scott Bell

 

The Caretaker's son  Secrets in Savannah – The Caretaker’s Son – Yvonne Lehman

 

The Cowboys  Smitten Historical Romance Collection – The Cowboys – Jennifer Uhlarik, Linda W. Yezak, Sandra Merville Hart, Cindy Ervin Huff


I hope you will join me in some Happy Reading!!

 

Boy in the Darkness

Historical fiction is fascinating,  giving us a peak into life from another era. Usually it’s a picture of life beyond our imagining, especially for those of us born in the last few decades.

There are a multitude of settler stories describing life on the wagon trail, before trains and roads. Stories showing the hardships of life from the perspective of many different nationalities. Boy in the Darkness is one of them. It takes a look at life on the trail from a new perspective. It is a heartbreaking tale I could see happening in real life.

Struggling artists have been discovered many years after they lived, achieving fame and recognition many centuries later. The same holds true for brave souls. Unnoticed acts of courage, hidden away for decades, maybe even centuries, somehow  uncovered and finally honored. The lives of those discovering these stories can’t help but be changed by the experience.

Boy in the Darkness  Boy in the Darkness – Anne Schroeder … A young indentured Chinese boy was injured and left behind by his wagon train. He failed to show up when it was time to move on and was considered expendable.

Running to find shelter from his abuser, he’d fallen into a deep hole with no way of getting out. His cries were eventually heard but… he had the eerie sound of a wounded  animal and his language was unknown to them. Viewed with superstition he was  believed to be an evil spirit, someone to be honored and feared but not rescued. Not everyone was afraid it seemed.  Food and water were thrown down to him occasionally, keeping his hope alive.

It took one hundred and fifty years for someone to discover and preserve the truth of his courage.

It’s difficult to read a story like this and walk away unaffected. It left an impact on my life., that’s for sure.

Cape Ann  Cape Ann – John Theo Jr. … Danger lurks above and below the water.

Return to Walhalla  Return to Walhalla – Laura Hodges Poole …

Down to Earth  Down to Earth – Patricia PacJac Carroll … A sweet feel good romance

What Happened to Lori Genesis – What Happened to Lori book 1 – JA Konrath … a thriller.  Is she dead? Or is it much worse? (Mind-Blowing Twist Thriller Duology)

Fields of the Fatherless  Fields of the Fatherless – Elaine Marie Cooper … a historical novel based on a true story


Happy summer reading!