Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"A Treasure Concealed," by Tracie Peterson

"A Treasure Concealed," by Tracie Peterson

Emily Carver longs to have a home of her own, but instead she endures a transient existence in the gold mining camps of Montana, where her father's hopes for riches lie endlessly buried. Promises of wealth from this wild land have brought only hardship and disappointment, causing Emily to wonder if her own modest dreams will ever see the light of day.

Caeden Thibault, a young geologist working for the government, is a man trying to escape the pain of his past, and the idyllic mountains of Montana serve his purposes well. In the course of his work, he has seen more than his share of starry-eyed gold seekers. So when Emily Carver catches his attention, he is intrigued by the fact that she isn't pinning her hopes on striking it rich.

Will an unexpected discovery come between them or draw them together?

This was an okay book.  Nothing overly exciting and you could easily guess what was going to happen next.  I did enjoy the description of everyday life in Montana.  I did not know there were sapphire's in Montana?  So that was something new I learned.

This is the first book in the series and honestly I am not fussed either way whether I want to read the next two books when they come out.  I did enjoy Emily, and thought her resourcefulness and strength made her a character to love.

Stars out of 5 : 3 This is a pleasant book to read in an afternoon or two.  However it is one of those books I won't remember in the next month or two. 

"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

"The Red Door Inn," by Liz Johnson

"The Red Door Inn," by Liz Johnson

Marie Carrington is broke, desperate, and hoping to find sanctuary on Prince Edward Island while decorating a renovated bed-and-breakfast. Seth Sloane moved three thousand miles to help restore his uncle's Victorian B and B--and to forget about the fiancée who broke his heart. He wasn't expecting to have to babysit a woman with a taste for expensive antiques and a bewildering habit of jumping every time he brushes past her.

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--and they have to find a way to work together. In the process, they may find something infinitely sweeter than they ever imagined on this island of dreams.

When I started this book, I wasn't 100% sure about it, but the more I got into the book, the more I loved it.  I have never been to Prince Edward Island, but after reading this book, it's on my "to visit" list. 

Marie's character started out very wishy-washy to my mind, but the more you got into the book, the more you saw her reveal her inner strength and resilience.  I loved the character "Aretha Franklin. No relation to the singer."  She was a real fire cracker and such a good friend to everyone.  As was Caden; in fact all the characters were well thought out and made sense to the story.

This is the first book in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, and looking at the preview of the second book, that one looks good as well.

Stars out of 5 : 4.5, I felt the start of the book was a little weak, but it picked up after the first couple of chapters.  I liked strong Marie a lot better than weak Marie.  Well worth the read though.  

"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".

"Annabel Lee" by Mike Nappa

"Annabel Lee" by Mike Nappa
Fourteen miles east of Peachtree, Alabama, a secret is hidden.

The secret's name is Annabel Lee.
She doesn't know why her enigmatic uncle has stowed her deep underground in a military-style bunker. He's left her with a few German words, a barely controlled guard dog, and a single command: "Don't open that door for anybody, you got it? Not even me."

Miles away in Atlanta, private investigator Trudi Coffey is visited by a mysterious older man calling himself Dr. Smith. He's been trailing a man for a decade--a man she met through her ex-partner Samuel Hill--and the trail has led him to her office. The last thing Trudi wants to do is to contact Samuel. But it will take both of them to unravel this mystery--before it's too late.

This book has you hooked from the get go.  You have to know what is going to happen next as it is such a page turner.  All the characters suck you in.  Although there are multiple characters their exploits are so easy to follow.  The pace of this book gets faster and faster and you want to jump in with them to help them along with the next stage.

I found the premise of this story interesting as well as all the details in it.  Which made me realize why I love reading books and not writing them!

It's been a while since I have enjoyed a book as much as this one.  It is my first time reading a book by Mike Nappa, but it won't be my last.  The next in the "Coffey and Hill," series is out in September of 2016, I can't wait to read it.

Stars out of 5 : 5 I would give it 100 if I could.  It really is a great book and well worth the read.  You'll love it.

"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...