Monday, March 24, 2014

"Death By The Book," by Julianna Deerin

"Death By The Book," by Julianna Deering

Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.

Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem--except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.

Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?

Another book in the Drew Farthering Mystery series and once again a real "whodunit."  If you read this book you MUST tell me if you figure out who the murderer is as I for one was totally puzzled by it all.  The book has so many twists and turns in with surprises around every corner. You think it is one person and then something happens and you think someone else did it.
It's a very "British" book in the way it is written and the way everything is described.  It does transform you back to the 1930's.  When you finally find out who is behind the murders you will be completely surprised; and even more surprised as to why the murders happened.

Stars out of 5 : 4  A good book but I find the whole upper and lower class thing in Britain a tad annoying and I'm British born!!!  Well worth the read though just to see if you can figure it all out.........I bet you can't!!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Love Comes Calling," by Siri Mitchell

"Love Comes Calling," by Siri Mitchell
A girl with the best of intentions.
A heart set on Hollywood.
An empty pocketbook.
That's all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She's tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can't deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she's not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. It's simple: avoid Griff's attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call...with her very own Griff as the target.

This book has been described as quirky and fun by some.  I describe it as exhausting.  It wasn't until I read the authors note at the end that I discovered that she had written the part of Ellis as having ADHD.  When I read that things made more sense, as the dialogue between characters could be so confusing not just for them but for the reader.  There is one exchange of dialogue between Ellis and Jack that not only had Jack puzzled but even me.

The authors way of incorporating this into the story is very well done and she conveys the characteristics of someone with ADHD is so very well.  The story is very fast paced but you do have to keep your wits about you are the way Ellis thinks is not the way your average person thinks and despite starting off in one direction with things she can quickly get distracted.

You want Ellis and Griffin to be the perfect couple right from the start.  The story also highlights prohibition and political corruption.  

Star out of 5 : 4 Just make sure you are paying attention as this story is so fast paced you'll be scared of being left behind!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

"Heart's Rebellion," by Ruth Axtell

"Heart's Rebellion," by Ruth Axtell
In a world governed by unspoken rules, one young woman is about to break them all . . .
Dutiful Jessamine Barry is tired of waiting patiently for a man to decide her future. So even though Lancelot Marfleet, second son of an aristocrat, is taking an interest in her during the London season, she refuses to consider him as a suitor. Instead, she's ready to take fashionable society by storm--and finds a rakish young man all too willing to help her do it.

Can Jessamine trust her heart to lead her to a love that proves true through thick and thin? Or will her rash actions close the door on the life she really desires?

I enjoy reading about the Regency period of time in Britain. It highlights how differently people from different walks of life are treated.  This book was a very light read that doesn't require a lot of thought on your part.

Jessamine is a typical young lady who needs to grow up and while doing so experiences the realities of life; some good, some bad.  Lancelot sees something in Jessamine that he can't forget and despite all the ups and downs that they go through he believes in her through and through.

This book is very fast paced and the story keeps you interested.  One thing it did do was make me want to go to Kew Gardens.  That sounded so interesting the way they were described in the book.

Stars out of 5 : 4 An enjoyable read that won't tax the brain.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

"The Tinderbox," by Beverly Lewis

"The Tinderbox," by Beverly Lewis With her parents' twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller find...