Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher

Filled with very realistic characters and a true-to-life plot, Love Without End was a very enjoyable and entertaining read. I loved how Kimberly and Chet’s tale was intertwined with the history of Anna’s story. It was an unexpected treat to learn a lot of the history in a way that didn’t bog down the story. While this is the second book in the series, it does stand alone. I haven’t read the first book and didn’t feel Continue reading

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Reading Challenge- February Update

Last month, I did a great job of following my reading plan and meeting my goals.  February, however, has seen me sidetracked many times.  I’ve still been reading as much, just not following my challenge.  Oops.  I’ll have to try harder in March.  Here’s what I was supposed to be reading this month:

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Targeted by Becky Avella

Full of suspense from beginning to end, Targeted held me captivated throughout.  I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who’s a fan of inspirational romantic suspense.

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When K-9 officers Rick Powell and Axel are part of  the team serving an arrest warrant for a serial killer, he’s shocked to find the evidence leading to the next victim who’s an acquaintance through a mutual friend.  The next target is teacher Stephanie O’Brien, and Rick and Axel track her down just in time to save her.  Unfortunately, the killer escapes, but clearly hasn’t given up.  It’s up to Rick to keep Stephanie safe, but that proves difficult, as the killer is a technology expert who’s always able to track them down.

I could hardly believe this was Becky Avella’s debut novel.  It was so well written.  The story was well-paced and I liked how the relationship developed between Rick and Stephanie.  They’d already known each other, so it wasn’t love at first sight.  The heroic dog, Axel, was an added bonus!

I just loved this book and look forward to reading more from this author in the future!  Targeted will release on April 7th.  Thanks to the author, Becky Avella, for the free copy I won from the http://teamloveontherun.com/ blog.  It was a special treat to read this book!

The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

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It’s appropriate that this book is the first of the Hidden Masterpiece Series because this book is just that. Superbly written, it’s an emotionally moving story that transports the reader to the horrible time and place of World War II and the Auschwitz camps. This story touched me deeply, as my own grandparents lived in Europe during this time period.

In the present day, art gallery owner Sera James has been searching for a particular painting, one of a girl with haunting blue eyes that was discovered at the Auschwitz camp. The trail leads her to William Hanover, who has his own reasons to track down the original painting. As they’re searching, we are transported back to WWII, where we meet Adele Von Bron, the subject in the painting. Adele is an Austrian violinist who, along with fellow orchestra member Vladimir Nicolai, helps to hide and sneak Jews out of Austria. One night, things go terribly wrong and she’s sent to Auschwitz. While there, Adele manages to become part of the orchestra performing for the Nazis, but still struggles just to survive.

The modern day story mostly takes place in New York at Sera’s Manhattan Art Gallery and California at the Hanover estate. Adele and Vladimir’s tale starts in Austria, then Adele is sent to the Auschwitz camp in Poland. The camp is described well, giving the story a very authentic feel.

While Sera and William are two of the main characters, Adele and Vladimir stole this book away from them. I found myself just hoping that Adele would survive the horrors of the camp and somehow be reunited with her Vladimir. I loved how the story jumped from the present to the past, giving the reader breaks from the heavier parts of the story. It was a very emotional journey, with many surprises along the way. The ending was not at all what I’d expected, but I thought it fit the story perfectly.

You really should read this book! Whether you’re a fan of contemporary or historical fiction, this was an interesting and moving story that you won’t forget easily. There was so much I never knew about the art and music that was in the camps. While it was heartbreaking to read about what people had to go through, the spirit that emerged in the art and music is inspiring. As one character said, “The artist can’t be killed. The men and women whose hearts have cried in this place- they couldn’t stay away. The artists came here in droves. At risk of death…. But their legacy lives on.” I’m glad the author decided to honor those men and women in this book. I look forward to reading more from Kristy Cambron.

Rating: 5/5 stars