The Things We Knew by Catherine West *PLUS Giveaway*

the-things-we-knewWhat a great book from a new-to-me author! This was an emotionally moving story, as the Carlisle family has known more than its share of tough times. I kept reading long into the night to find out what had happened in the past and how they would all overcome it. I thought the author did an excellent job with the pacing, revealing details gradually throughout the story.

From the Back Cover: When their tragic past begins to resurface, can he help her remember the things she can’t? After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father Continue reading


A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M White

a-lady-unrivaledLadies of the Manor Series, Book 3

I absolutely adored this story! This one’s a must-read. The witty banter between Ella and Cayton was humorous and charming. The chemistry between them was so well written. Plenty danger and intrigue kept me turning the pages to see what would happen. I really enjoyed seeing some of the characters that were ‘bad guys’ in previous books get their chance for redemption. Also, as someone who loves visual aids in a book, I was glad they included a list of the characters, their different titles and connections at the beginning. It’s nice to have a reference to keep track of everybody, especially if you haven’t read the previous books.

Plot:  Lady Ella Myerston is visiting her friends, Duke and Duchess of Stafford, with an ulterior motive. She’s determined to find the legendary Fire Eyes Diamond and take them far away from both her friends and her own brother and sister-in-law, the Duke and Duchess of Nottingham, in order to protect both couples from the curse that surrounds the diamonds. After passing over the woman he was expected to marry for a wealthier match, Lord James Cayton has a long way to go to prove he’s a changed man. After his wife’s death, he’s raising their daughter and hoping to make up for his past. He doesn’t believe he’s worthy of the charming Lady Ella, but when untrustworthy Lord Rushworth shows an interest in Ella and the Fire Eyes, Cayton will do whatever he can to keep her safe.

Characters:  What an excellent cast of characters! The story is told through the third person narratives of Ella, Cayton, and Kira, an injured ballerina forced to play a maid in order to find where the Fire Eyes are hidden. Lady Ella is so much fun, as she enjoys teasing the somewhat surly Cayton. I love her propensity for wandering off and getting lost. For his gruff exterior, Cayton definitely has a soft spot for his daughter, Addie, and possibly is developing one for Lady Ella as well. Readers of The Lost Heiress (book 1) will be delighted to see Brooke return in a big role.

Recommendation:   I’d strongly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys inspirational historical fiction. This is one of my favorite series ever! I’d suggest reading the books in order, though, as the is a thread about the Fire Eyes connects all three.

 Rating:  5/5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House  in exchange for an honest review.


Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg

keep-holding-onWalker Family #3

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As always, Melissa Tagg crafts a story that will make you laugh and cry, from her signature ‘meet-cute’ to the heart-warming moments. While this was a little different from her usual, since the characters have known each other since they were kids, the author still managed to throw in that slightly awkward, yet amusing, reunion scene. I absolutely love their hometown of Maple Valley and enjoyed catching up with the rest of the Walker Family. This will probably always be the one series I most often recommend.

Plot: Lawyer Beckett Walker returns to his hometown for his cousin’s wedding, knowing he’ll likely be arrested for a youthful mistake. His desire to become a JAG lawyer leads him to get things straightened out and Beckett’s sure he can negotiate his way out of trouble. Meanwhile, his childhood friend, Kit Danby has returned to her hometown, trying to save her family’s apple orchard. When Beckett is sentenced to community service, he’s stuck in town for longer than planned, giving Kit and Beckett time to renew their friendship.

Characters:  I adored Beckett! We didn’t get to see as much of him in the previous stories, so I loved finally getting to know him better. His friendship with Kit was charming. Kit’s relationship with her family is rather heart-breaking, but I admire her fighting spirit. I love seeing the Walker family return in each book. It’s always fun to catch up with some old friends.

Recommendation:   I would strongly recommend reading this book, and the entire series. It’s a great read for anyone who enjoys contemporary romance with an inspirational message. I can hardly wait to find out what happens with Raegan and Bear in the next book!

Rating:  5/5 stars

 I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

If you haven’t read any of Melissa’s books, check out my reviews:

Three Little Words       From the Start        Like Never Before

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Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson

traces-of-guiltSeries: Evie Blackwell Cold Cases # 1

Lately, Dee Henderson’s books have been a little disappointing to me. They haven’t had the suspense and action of her O’Malley and Uncommon Heroes series, but with Traces of Guilt, I felt she’s getting back on track. I was a little confused at the beginning, as the story opens without the title character appearing until several chapters into the book. I really enjoyed having the multiple points of view; I’d expected it to be primarily Evie’s story. I also liked seeing familiar faces from some of her previous books while introducing several new ones as well. I hope to see more of their stories in future books.

Due to Evie’s job of investigating cold cases, there wasn’t a lot of suspense in this story, but I enjoyed the investigative side of unraveling the mysteries. I’m guessing the romance will be drawn out throughout the series as it follows Evie’s investigations. I loved the potential between Evie and Sheriff Gabriel Thane. Continue reading