Friday, April 29, 2016

Parrish

About the book: Sadie Smith was absolutely certain of three things: (1) ghosts were indisputably real; (2) she and her three friends were some of the best (though not the most successful) ghost hunters in Oregon; (3) her teammate Jefferson Parrish was always the scariest thing in the room. In a face-off between supernatural beings and Jefferson's Tim Burton-esque vibe there really was no contest. 

But ghosts—unsurprisingly—can’t help pay the rent. So when Sadie and her friends are offered an undisclosed sum of money from an anonymous client to find a link between four historical haunted locations, it’s an easy sell. 

During their cross-country investigation, Sadie finds herself forgetting about Jefferson’s macabre tendencies and falling for his sweetness, even if his idea of a love letter reads more like a note from a serial killer. And she can’t stop thinking about his annoyingly irresistible deep green eyes. 

As Sadie’s feelings get more tangled up with Jefferson, their group puts together the final pieces of a 100 year old mystery—one that will change Sadie’s life forever. 

My review: I love the way that Shannen Camp writes, so I was way excited to get to read and review her re-release of Parrish. This is one that I hadn't read before and I loved every bit of it!

I loved Sadie, she's part of a ghost hunter group. She's the unlucky girl who always has to dress up and try to get the ghosts to answer to her nonsensical questions fed to her by Jefferson Parrish.  She truly is a character, she's just a bit afraid of the dark and doesn't want anything to do with her family. She's also a waitress because the ghost hunting gig just doesn't pay the bills. I love the way that she always says just what's on her mind. And how pretty much what you see is what you get.

Her friends are pretty fun characters too! There's Brighton, she has almost every phobia you can think of, but she always seems put together. Then the two Parrish boys, Jefferson, who seems like he's out of a way earlier time period and Deacon, neither of which can hold onto a job.

Things are looking bad for the group, ghost hunting just doesn't pay very well, but somehow a mysterious benefactor slips them all envelopes basically hiring them for a job that this mysterious person claims will put their monetary fears to rest. And the group is quickly off on a cross country mission hunting ghosts and learning more about themselves and each other. And just hoping that somehow they'll be able to have enough money to meet their needs along the way.

This book is really well-written! I was a bit scared myself in some of the ghost spots! There's no way I'd read this one at night, but I really loved reading the story and I'm really hoping for more!

I was sent an e-copy of this book from Future House Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Love is Come

About the book: “I have to remind myself to breathe—almost to remind my heart to beat.” —Wuthering Heights

From the Power of the Matchmaker series:

Nelle Thompson lives a life of privilege during the turn of the century New York City. When her parents are killed in a terrible accident, she’s forced to live with her aunt’s family in a small town in Connecticut, and treated as a poor relation with no financial independence. Broken hearted and riddled with insomnia, Nelle’s health begins a downward spiral. When a locked part of her heart blossoms around her cousin’s fiancĂ© Mathew Janson, Nelle doesn’t know if she can endure one more heartbreak. Miss Pearl, owner of the local apothecary shop, becomes a mother figure to Nelle, but a fateful summer day has Nelle questioning everything she's ever believed and wondering if she’ll ever love again.

My review: April's Power of the Matchmaker installment takes us back in time to turn of the century New York. I really loved the feeling of this book, it felt old time and just...classic.

I loved Nelle, she's a young woman trying to do her best to be happy and follow the rules set by both society and her parents. She isn't above a little kissing, but I loved the way she knew when it was going too far and the way that she confessed to her mother that not only had she been kissed, but that she was somewhere she knew she wasn't supposed to be.

But disaster strikes for Nelle when both of her parents are killed one night on their way home for a dinner. This not only throws Nelle into despair and grief, but it makes her leave the only home she has ever known to live with her aunt and cousin on a country estate in Connecticut.  

But that's where she meets, or rather, re-meets Matthew. He's a neighbor to her aunt and a handsome young man. The only problem is that he's been the young man that her cousin, Alice, has planned to marry all of her life. And Nelle knows that no matter how much she loves Matthew, it's far better for Alice to be the one to marry him.

I was really impressed with Nelle's ethics. Not only did she try to stand aside for her cousin in the matter of Matthew, but I loved the way she cared for his mother and the easy and frank way she forgives her aunt and eventually Alice as well.

And, of course, this book has to include Pearl! I love the way we learn a little more about Pearl through each and every book. I loved the way that she opens up a little bit to Nelle in this book about her own life and love.

This was a cute, quick, clean read. I loved everything about it! I can't wait for more of the Power of the Matchmaker books!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Blog Tour - Loving Leah Review and Giveaway


About the book: Caught in the middle of a massacre in Lawrence, Kansas, during the Civil War, Leah Donaldson, a twenty-year-old Mormon governess, must risk everything to save two children in her care—and she lives to pay dearly for the decision. Young Ethan Pace loves Leah and can hardly stay still as she is taken away by the enemy for refusing to reveal where he and his sister are hiding.

Five years later, Ethan desperately searches for her, trying to reconcile all that has happened and grappling with his feelings for her. Still idealizing Leah, he hopes she has survived and that he can help her get to Zion and her people. But after everything she's been through since they last met, will Leah overcome her regrets and allow love into her life? Will she come to see Ethan as the caring man he has become rather than the lovesick boy she once knew?

My review: I was amazed at just how quickly I was sucked into the story of this book! 

I loved the way that Ethan is, you see everything that happens in this book through his eyes and I loved it! He's a 14 year-old boy living in Lawrence, Kansas. When his dad has to go away to war, he leaves a young Mormon girl, Leah Donaldson, in charge of Ethan and his younger sister Addie. I loved the way that Ethan sees Leah, pretty much falling in love with her from the very first moment he sees her. I think that his loving her makes it so he doesn't do the typical things teenagers would, things like rebelling against anything she asked him to do. Instead Ethan goes out of his way to protect her from anything that he can and he makes her life easier with his every action.

I loved Leah's character too. I loved the way she keeps her integrity intact to be able to join the Saints in Zion someday. And I love the way that her actions have a profound effect on Ethan and his friends, Bobby and Toe Jam. An even bigger effect than any of them ever plans on. I also love the way she sacrifices herself in order to protect these young people.

I love the plot of this one. I had never heard of what happened in Lawrence during the Civil War and the story really touched me, and left me wondering just how that would have been for the people who really lived there and had those horrible things happen to them.

This is a great book, the plot will leave you not wanting to put the book down and wanting more of the story when you do finish!

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Lynne Larson is an award-winning teacher and writer with a special interest in western history, particularly as It relates to women. Several of her stories, essays, and articles have appeared in regional magazines, as well as in Latter-day Saint publications.

Her novel, In the Shadow of an Angel, grew from her great regard for the pioneers who put the statue of Moroni on the temple long ago, never realizing the changes that would come as the golden figure watched over their Zion for the next one hundred years. Nor could those early builders fully imagine the generations coming after them, for whom the statue would be a beacon and a guide, millions of people, each with a life to live and a story to tell, and all connected by the angel on the spire 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Reclusive Billionaire

About the book: Lucas Scott, a world-renowned microbiologist, is desperate to find a cure for the butterfly flu before it spreads. Hounded by the media, he escapes to his houseboat in Santa Barbara where he meets a vivacious veterinarian with a penchant for taking in strays. While he searches for the key to unlocking the butterfly flu, Becca somehow unlocks his analytical heart.
Becca Lee isn't impressed with her new neighbor. His clothes are constantly wrinkled and he's grumpier than a cat with digestive problems. However, Luke isn't easy to brush off. He's always around, has a magnificent mind, and is full of surprises. But, what she can't figure out is why her instincts tell her to trust this rouge billionaire. It doesn't take long to realize he is the only one alive who can save the world and Becca has to make a choice--open her heart or watch Luke sail off into the sunset.


My review: This is the first in a new series of Destination Billionaire Romances. I love the way that each of these books will travel to a new and exotic location. This one is set in Santa Barbara and I loved the way that the whole book had kind of a California vibe to it. And how fun is it that both Becca and Luke live in houseboats on the ocean?  Sounds like kind of an idyllic life to me!

I loved Becca in this book, she's a vet, my very favorite thing about her is the way that she takes in stray animals, gets them ready to be part of a family and then finds a family for them. That's kind of what she does for Luke in this book too.

Luke's a microbiologist, he's been studying the infamous Butterfly Flu, but when his sister died after having one of his company's new treatment for the disease he ended up having to leave to get away from all of the fingers pointing in accusation at him. And he is grumpy too, the first several times that he and Becca meet, she's kind of amazed by just how grumpy he can be. I love the way that she's able to bring out the kind hearted man that Luke really is and to see the value that is in him, even before he was kind to her. 

This is a cute romance that I didn't want to put down! I can't wait for more of the series!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

You can check out this book and all of the ones coming up on Gelato Books website.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Blog Tour - The Magnificent World of Spirits



About the book: Not everyone who visits the spirit world stays there. The Magnificent World of Spirits: Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die, gives fascinating glimpses of life beyond the veil by people who visited the spirit world during the early years of the LDS Church.
Filled with stories of insight and inspiration, The Magnificent World of Spirits is a stirring book that combines documented personal experiences with scripture, commentary, and quotes from latter-day prophets and other leaders. This book will bring you peace as you come to understand what awaits on the other side of the veil. After reading this book, you will never think of life—or death—in the same way.


My review: I really enjoyed reading this book! I always think that it's fun to be able to read about things that have actually happened to people and reading about people's trips into the Spirit World was really a fun way to spend some time. I really liked that most of the examples were from a really long time ago, I'm sure people still have visits to the Spirit World, but with the way the world is getting, people probably don't talk about it as much as they would have in say pioneer times.

I like the way this book is set up, in each chapter there is kind of a statement about what happens to people when they die or have trips to the Spirit World, one example was that all the people talk about being met by a guide, a person that stays with them, and then there are true life stories to illustrate the statement. 

This is a really well-written, interesting book that I didn't want to put down!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

About the author: Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor's degree in English. Marlene loves reading, camping, and flowers, and has a super-sized iris garden with over 75 different varieties. She also loves animals and has a pudgy Westie and an energetic Welsh Corgi who somehow manage to co-exist with her four cats.   
Marlene has written a number of non-fiction books, including:  Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, Brigham’s Boys, Heroes of Faith, Gaze Into Heaven; Near-death Experiences in Early Church History, and The Magnificent World of Spirits. Marlene also wrote the best-selling novel, Light on Fire Island, as well as three other mysteries, Motive for Murder, A Death in the Family, and Crooked House.

Check out Marlene Bateman Sullivan's website here.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Blog Tour - Motherhood Matters and Life is Too Short



 About the Life is Too Short Collection: Are you looking for a fabulous life boost today?

The Life is Too Short series is just what you need. Written by Connie Sokol—mother of seven, author, speaker, and amazing matching sock finder—these humorous self-development columns give you just the right amount of fun and functional.

Originally written for a major newspaper and magazines, you can now enjoy the entire collection in one book. 

Put your feet up and laugh as you relate to time-tested tips on being a woman, wife, and mother. You'll learn the cozy stuff of how to adjust expectations, have faith in your dreams, and lighten up in motherhood. And, you'll learn a few life skills such as easy spring cleaning, simplifying the holidays, and creating successful goals.
It's the perfect gift for any woman!

Short, funny, insightful, these quick power columns are ideal anytime, anywhere, to rejuvenate your mind and soul.

Life is Too Short Trilogy combines three individual books, updated and revised:

Life is Too Short for One Hair Color

Life is Too Short for Sensible Shoes

Life is Too Short for Linoleum

My review of Life is Too Short Collection: This is a collection of short, inspiring essays that will leave you wanting more. Each essay fits into one of three categories (Woman, Wife, or Mother) helping you to enjoy your journey through each of these 3 aspects of your life. These essays are filled with humorous true stories from Connie's own life and inspiring advice helping you to want to be a better person and also to know that you are okay just as you are. I loved reading each and every one of these stories, they left me wanting to read more of Connie Sokol's books. Can't wait to read the next one! 

About Motherhood Matters: Motherhood is a divine calling but it may not always feel that way. Now you can show the women in your life how much they matter to you, with this delightful little volume full of wit and wisdom about the divinity, reality, and rewards of motherhood. Fresher than flowers and sweeter than chocolate, it's a perfect gift for the women who give so much.

My review of Motherhood Matters: This small book is an inspirational read. In it you will read true to life stories about author Connie Sokol and her family. You will learn that motherhood is important, and that it's important to do your best. A big thing that I took from this book was that it's okay to be me and to mother in my own way, because that is the only way that I can do my best. My best is the only thing I can do and it will be good enough for my children. I loved this book! It should be a must read for every mother!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rerelease - Shadows in the Curtain

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Every stage actress wants fans, but what happens when one goes too far? 
Emmy has the perfect life— a house on the beach, a successful career headlining the local theater, more money than she cares to spend, and love. But when a brutal murder brings unimaginable grief, Emmy’s world comes crashing down. As she tries to pick up the pieces, she can’t seem to avoid Josh, the new fireman in town. 
Emmy does her best to fight the sizzle in her chest when Josh is near. But with the stalker still out there, terrorizing her and those she cares about, she can’t fall for anyone—especially Josh, a suspect in the murder investigation. 
If Emmy allows a man to get close, it’s not just her heart she puts at risk, it’s her life.

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"I love a good romantic suspense and Shadows in the Curtain was great--really creepy! I made the mistake of reading it at night while my husband was out of town and I was a little scared. I definitely didn't want to look out of the window and tripled checked the locks.
Emmy is such a sweet woman. She is very loyal to those she loves and is dedicated to her work. She is a very talented actress, but instead of focusing on fame and fortune, she seeks love and happiness. Emmy really has her priorities in line. I enjoyed the friendship she had with her neighbors, especially Kelton.
Josh is a mystery--is he the stalker/murderer or is he a friend? Sparks really fly between Emmy and the new firefighter, which makes it harder for Emmy to stay away.
I loved the suspense and mystery, because like I said before, it was really creepy. I thought it was well-done in a way to keep the reader engaged and invested in the story. The romance was sizzling, but clean, and for me (a clean romance lover), that kept me flipping the pages. The characters were well written and the mystery kept me guessing. I loved the setting--I love the ocean and would love to have a house in a place like this one (small town Oregon)!"
Katie Watkins, Reviewer, Katie's Clean Book Collection

Here's what I thought of the original Shadows in the Curtain: Wow, this is one book that I didn't want to put down! I was hooked on this story from the very beginning. I loved Emmy as a character, she is a strong and courageous woman who seems to have everything together, but when her husband gets murdered, she loses it just a little bit. But when she bounces back, she's still an amazingly strong character. I loved the setting of this book, I have fond memories of being in the Haystack Rock/Ecola area, I can just picture Emmy taking one of her ocean swims in that beautiful area. I enjoyed the love story here, I LOVED that Emmy got a second chance at love. I do have to say that I had no idea who the bad guy was and was as surprised as Emmy. This is a fun, cute, mysterious love story that you won't want to miss!

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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