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Hang "Em High

It's been a boring six months for elderly sleuths Ida Mae, Tansy, and Arlette. They were released from their callings in their ward for participating in espionage activities a few years previously, when they were solving one of their mysteries.  So when Ida Mae gets a letter from her estranged son Keith, who owns a dude ranch in Montana, she and her friends jump at the chance to spend a little time their, even though it's the dead of winter and Montana isn't the warmest place in the winter. They plan their trip and take off, making the trip in one day, because of a winter storm moving into Montana. Little do they know the adventure that awaits them on Keith's ranch. They are only there on night when disaster strikes. One of Keith's prize stud horses is found dead in the barn of an apparent poisoning by rat poison. The person responsible for taking care of the horse is moved to a different position, but the damage is already done. When a second horse is found poison…

Love on the Line

Deanne Gist is one of the best Christian romance authors around. Her books are always clean, fun, historically accurate and romantic and this book was no different! Georgie Gail is a telephone switchboard operator in rural Texas. She likes to bird watch and she's built a wonderful backyard garden for just such a purpose. Unfortunately, the lady's fashion at the time is to have parts of dead birds on their clothes and hats. When the local milliner has a contest to see who can bring him the most bird parts she knows she's in trouble! She's also survived a train robbery by the great Frank Comer. Now she thinks that he's a wonderful man and that his great rival of the Texas Rangers, Lucious Landrum is kind of a jerk. Little does she know that Luke Palmer, her new co-worker, is Lucious Landrum undercover and trying to catch the notorious Comer and his gang. Being that they are thrown together a lot, Luke and Georgie start to fall in love. They must overcome her love of …

Carving Angels

I read this book last night in about an hour. It's only 115 pages of bigish type. This is a story about Santa's elves, 2 in particular. Papa Adam is a very old elf who can no longer see, he hasn't carved any toys for Santa in a very long time. This has caused him to feel as though life is passing him by, and that he's no longer important. One day his youngest granddaughter, 5 year old Amy, comes to visit him. She brings him a block of wood, tells him it's very beautiful, and demands that he carve her a toy like he's carved toys for all of the other grand-kids. Papa Adam doesn't feel that he can still carve with his eyesight gone, but he decides that it really can't hurt anything to get his tools out and give it a try. So he does and he's amazed that he's able to carve a beautiful angel for Amy, including details, and he's also amazed at how much purpose one simple project brings to his life. Amy begins bringing him wood to carve on a regular…

Lost December

This is the newest book by Richard Paul Evans. I enjoy reading his books, I love that they usually have a spiritual message and this book was no exception. Luke Crisp is the son of millionaire Carl Crisp who founded Crisp's copy centers. He was completely happy managing a group of stores but his father thought that he should get his MBA from an ivy league school. So Luke, who had always had a great relationship with his father, decided to head to Wharton. There he met Candace, a beautiful girl that Luke can see himself married to. Unfortunately his relationship with his father suffers as he makes new friends and Luke decides that he needs to go on a spending spree with his trust fund money, which disappears faster than he ever thinks possible and his friends also disappear just as fast as the money when they realize that it's gone. Luke is on his own and broke, unsure of what to do next. But one thing is certain to him, he can't go home to his father. I really enjoyed this…

Hereafter

I had a bit of a hard time really getting into this book, but when I did, I was amazed at how much I really did like it. Amelia is a ghost. She has the same nightmare over and over, the nightmare of the way she died in the river under High Bridge, but she doesn't remember how she got into the river or really anything about her human life, especially why she spends her afterlife wandering around in a fancy white dress. After her nightmare she wakes up in a cemetery, she assumes it's where she's buried, but she never stays long enough to look around and find out. One night she has the nightmare, or she thinks she has the nightmare, but there's one difference. She's not drowning this time, a boy is. She wishes there was a way to help him, but being a ghost, she can't really shove him back out of the water. She's forced to watch as his heart beats louder and louder, signalling his impending death, but as soon as he dies, his heart is able to restart itself. The…

How to Save a Life

Mandy is a young unwed pregnant mother who just wants to give her baby a loving mother, something she's never had. Jill is the 17 year-old daughter of Robin, the woman who wants to adopt Mandy's baby. Her father has just died and she really can't see how Mandy's baby will replace him in their lives. She doesn't feel as though her mom has really thought this decision through. She's not very nice to Mandy. Mandy has her own secrets about who the baby's father is, when she's due and how she's taken care of herself during the pregnancy. This book is by Utah author Sara Zarr, I read another of her books, Once Was Lost, earlier this year. I expected to like this book, but I had a really hard time getting into the story. I understood why Mandy was not telling Robin the whole truth, but I didn't necessarily like her decisions to lie. I didn't like Jill, her attitude or her language. At the beginning of the book it wasn't too bad, but within 100 …

Hunted

Clair Poulson is one of my very favorite suspense authors! He also adds just a bit of romance into his books. This book is about Zach, he's a young returned missionary. He decides that he wants to go on a hunt in the mountains of Utah during Hunting Season, but he wants to go with his friends. He invites a mixture of friends from his hometown, including Bria  Phillips whose father has just died in a boating accident, and then is approached by Caden Pendleton who begs to be able to go on the hunt also. Zach agrees reluctantly and with good reason. Caden is a pain on the hunt, he's lazy and rude and he creeps all the girls out with the way that he looks at them. The last straw is when Caden loses one of Zach's family's horses that happens to have one of the hunter's prize buck on it. While everyone is out looking for the horse, Caden is shot by someone with Bria's shotgun, but no one's quite sure who did it. And Bria disappears around the same time. No one…

The Best of Me

Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole were in love when they were in high school. The only problem was that Dawson was a Cole and Amanda was a Collier. Dawson's family was the kind of family always in trouble with the law for something. And Dawson never felt as though he fit in with them. He eventually moved out and lived in the garage of Tuck, he ran an auto business and he allowed Dawson to live there and took care of him when his family came calling and took all of the money that Dawson was making from his part time job. Dawson was a pretty good kid, no matter what Amanda's parents thought of him, but he had the bad luck to kill a man in an auto accident and get sent to jail for it, when it wasn't necessarily his fault. Dawson was able to get his life together. He lives in New Orleans and works on an oil rig in the ocean. He's been in several accidents on the rig, but never any like the one that almost took his life. It was an explosion that knocked him and all the other m…

The Alias

I read this book, because I found it on a list of Whitney award nominees, and let me just say that this book deserves a Whitney award, I thought that it was amazing! Jacey Grayson is a single mother, she's living in Detroit with her son Blaze. They are living with her best friend Melissa and her daughter Jenny. She's doing what a lot of single mothers do, just making it, working at a diner as a waitress. One day she's contacted by the FBI about her husband, they seem to think that her ex-husband is a drug dealer and also a murderer and that Jacey knows something about his activities, but she's really clueless about him. When she and Melissa talk about it later, they both decide that it would be far too easy for Jacey's ex-husband John to track them down at Melissa's house, so they decide that Jacey needs to go stay with Melissa's estranged relatives on their ranch in Utah. But she's not going as Jacey, she's going as Melissa. This shouldn't be a…

Minor Adjustments

Rachael Renee Anderson is one of my very favorite authors. Her other books Divinely Designed and Luck of the Draw are hilarious just plain fun reads. I would have to include this book in that category also. Devon Pierce is a bachelor, he lives in Chicago, and he runs his own business, which is a very busy kind of life. He can't be a 4 year-old boy's father. But that's exactly what he's about to become. You see, when she was 13 years-old, Lindsay lived with Devon's family for the school year. Devon's family became kind of the ideal family for Lindsay, so fast forward 10 years, she discovers that she's dying and as her last act she leaves her 4 year-old son Ryan to Devon. Now it's up to her Solicitor Stella to convince Devon that it's in Ryan's best interest to live with him, even though it's breaking Stella's heart to have Ryan so far away from her. The first step is to get Devon to try it out for just a couple of weeks, so that he can fa…

Watched

Christy's a normal 15 year old, she just wants to fit in with her friends. So when the kids that she's on a school trip to Washington, DC with decide to sneak out of their hotel in the middle of the night, she's in. Only she isn't so sure about the creepy hotel that the rest of the kids are thinking about going in to use the bathroom. She has a really bad feeling feeling about going in, her feet don't want to move. But a couple of her friends come and get her, and feeling accepted Christy decides that if everyone else is okay, she will be too. The hotel is just as creepy on the inside as it is on the outside and as soon as Christy sees an execution style murder, she knows that they should not have gone in, and she's uncertain just how they will be able to get out without being seen by the murderers. They get away and are OK, but Christy feels as though they are now being watched. So, Christy and her friends decide that they need to let someone know about the mu…

The Royal Treatment

The Royal Treatment is the second in the Princess for Hire series. I think that it's pretty hilarious that these books are set in a small town in Idaho. That's where I grew up, although, I've never heard of Sproutville, so I'm not sure if it's a real place or not. In this book Desi has started 8th grade, things are going at least OK for her and she's getting ready to try out for her school play, which happens to be Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. And of course, she's trying to complete her BEST (Betterment of Elite Sub Training) for Facade. Her BEST is to help her be more able to handle a specific more cultured princess, it's what a Level 2 sub must do for every new princess that they are going to sub for. Desi's just waiting to finish her BEST for her first job as a Level 2, but she's having a hard time finishing her musical, and speaking requirements. Just as she finishes her magical tryout for her school play, she discovers f…

Blog Tour - Hope's Journey

Today we have a blog tour. Hope's Journey was written by Stephanie Worlton. I was given a digital copy in exchange for a unbiased review.

Meet Sydney, she's a 17 year old senior in high school. She has a group of friends that she hangs out with, mostly guys. She's always felt more comfortable with them. She's not sure that she always understands the girly girls. And then there's Alex, her very awesome boyfriend. Alex and Sydney are very much in love, in fact, they seem to be perfect for each other. They are getting ready for graduation and for the life that will come for both of them after graduation, Sydney at college in San Francisco and Alex on a mission where ever he's sent to. Unfortunately the discovery that Sydney is pregnant changes those plans for both of them. Sydney is not going to be in any condition to go to school for a little while and a mission is definitely out for Alex at this point. But will this trial bring them closer together or push them …

And The Winner Is....

I hope you're imagining some wonderful MC saying the words "And the winner is...." Anyway our winner, according to random.org is Judy who said

Thanks for the giveawayGFC follower(new =)-Judy

Judy, I will be contacting you by e-mail. Thank you to all who entered!