Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Shadow Bay) by Colleen Coble

Book Description:  Claire’s visit to a luxury hotel in Maine awakens repressed memories, threatening all she holds dear.
In 1989, Claire Dellamare disappeared from her own fourth birthday party at the Hotel Tourmaline on the island of Folly Shoals, Maine. She showed up a year later at the same hotel, with a note pinned to her dress but no explanation. Nobody knows where Claire spent that year—and until now, Claire didn’t even know she had ever been missing.
But when Claire returns to the Hotel Tourmaline for a business meeting with her CEO father, disturbing memories begin to surface . . . despite her parents’ best efforts to keep them forgotten.
Luke Rocco lost his mother under equally mysterious circumstances—at the same time Claire disappeared. After a chance encounter reveals the unlikely link between them, Claire and Luke set out together to uncover the truth about what happened that fateful year.
With flashbacks swimming just beneath her consciousness and a murderer threatening her safety, Claire’s very life depends on unscrambling her past . . . even if her family refuses to acknowledge it. Someone—maybe everyone—is hiding something from Claire Dellamare, and it will cost her everything to drag the truth out into the light.

My Thoughts:  I was drawn to the cover of this book.  I love the landscape and the picture goes so well with the title.  I can just "see" a mystery lurking at the doorstep of this read!  
And, lo and behold, there is a mystery! Quite a suspenseful mystery, too!
This is an interesting story that leaves the reader on pins and needles. 
It seems that when Claire goes to the luxury motel, Hotel Tourmaline , she has repressed memories.  And these memories keep the local sheriff wondering what in.the.world.is.going.on!
Claire also witnesses an employee of the hotel being murdered. But when she awakens there is no body! Absolutely nothing!
And 25 years ago Luke's mother went missing.  It seems that Claire and Luke's mother are somehow "bound" together in this haunting mystery.
Secrets, Secrets abound everywhere!  But with Luke's help maybe Claire will be able to unravel this quite disturbing "memory."
Colleen Coble has outdone herself in this fantastic read! 
If you enjoy romantic suspense then this is the book for you!
This is also the first book in the Shadow Bay series.  

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Series: Shadow Bay (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401690262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401690267

Monday, August 21, 2017

COTT {Clash of the Titles}

Congratulations to T.K. Chapin
and his novel

One Thursday Morning

for taking home this month's Clash crown!

About the book:
Running not only for her own life, but that of her unborn baby, Serenah moves across the country to a little town outside of Spokane Washington called Newport. It's here she'll begin to build a new life and go by a different name in the hopes of staying hidden from her abusive husband John. Can Serenah find happiness in her new life? Or will the past eventually catch up to her?

From the best-selling Inspirational Christian Romance Author T.K. Chapin comes a story of love, faith and passion that will keep your fingers turning the page to see what happens next. 

One Thursday Morning is book one in the Diamond Lake Series by T.K. Chapin.

What Voters had to Say:

Thank you T.K. Chapin for providing real life in your books.
I really like books by T.K.Chapin, Because he writes with a theme of religion and hope. I especially like One Thursday Morning.
Excellent story. I have also read Friday Morning. Good story line Makes me feel like I am at the Lake with them.
T.K. Chapin, I was enticed by the beautiful cover and description of the novel,  One Thursday Morning.  Can't wait to read it. 
I love your stories. Very enjoyable, heartwarming and inspiring. Keep them coming,
I enjoy finding new authors and found T.K. Chapin's writing adding to my authors' list.
I think "One Thursday Morning" by T. K. Chaplin will be one popular book.  I love the plot and can't wait to read it.
I love to read and discover new authors. T.K. Chapin is quickly becoming a favorite! He tackles tough topics, and tells the story in such a way as to keep you interested. Ups and downs, twists and turns, T.K. knows how to keep the plot line tight and the story believable and uplifting.
Sounds like a good book. I hope you have a great career!
Keep writing.  It helps me escape my everyday life.
TK - love your writing and your interest in your reader's lives.
 I love TK CHAPIN books!

Have a blessed week, everyone!
From your friends at Clash of the Titles!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home: A Novel

Book Description:  Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a blackberry thicket in 1943, ten-year old Hazel momentarily turns her back on her three-year old sister Maggie and the young girl disappears.

Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter Diane, who can’t understand her mother’s overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother’s inexplicable eccentricities, her daughter Meghan—a cold case agent—cherishes her grandmother’s lavish attention and affection.

When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave-of-absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel’s painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that’s been lost?

My Thoughts:  Bringing Maggie Home is one of those bittersweet yet heartwarming reads.
A seventy year old secret comes to age when  the three DeFord women have to come together because of an accident.
Hazel, Diane and Meghan all have hurts but Hazel carries a secret that no one suspects.  Hazel has become quite an overprotective parent to her daughter, Diane.  Diane has never understood why her mother would not relinquish some control.
When Meghan has an auto accident and all three women come together under one roof the women begin to discover things about themselves.
Since Meghan is a cold case agent she decides to use her investigative tools and try and find out what happened in the past.
Such an interesting mystery with family ties that bind the heart and help each family member face some tragedy from the past.  Thought provoking.
A lovely read!  This book would also make a wonderful gift for that reader on your list.

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (September 5, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735290032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735290037

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

This Pineapple Cooler is delicious on a hot summer day!

Pineapple Cooler
  • 2 cups chunked pineapple
  • 2-½ cups ice
  • ½ cup half & half
  • ¼ cup confectioners sugar
  • Additional pineapple chunks for garnish (opt)
  1. Place all ingredients in blender & blend on high speed for at least 90-120 seconds or until all ice is crushed and mixture is like a slushie. 
  2. Garnish with additional pineapple chunk if desired
  3. Enjoy immediately.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Crisis Shot (The Line of Duty) by Janice Cantore

Book Description:  Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.
Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

My Thoughts:  Janice Cantore writes a spellbinding story in Crisis Shot, book one of The Line of Duty.
Tess O'Rouke is one of those characters that is believable and that I can identify with.
Tess makes a calculated deduction and ends up killing an unarmed teen.  We all can identify with her in making a bad decision when we think we are doing something right.
Well, after the incident she is hounded so badly by the public and the press she simply up and moves to Oregon to escape it all.
She is the police chief in a small backwater town.  And trying to win the residents trust seems all but impossible.  
And then her closest friend, the pastor's wife, goes missing after the woman's cousin is shot.
And then she finds an ally in deputy Steve Logan.  But he also begins to more than a friend as she and Logan try to find Rogue Hollow's first murderer.
A great novel with a lot of mystery/suspense and good clean romance.

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

  • Series: The Line of Duty (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 5, 2017)
  • Language: English

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cousins of the Dove by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould

France, 1685. Catherine Gillet knows her brother, Jules, wants to protect her from the sinister threats of the French crown. But Jules is involved in a potentially deadly enterprise, one connected with an encoded document. When his actions put the whole family at risk, will Catherine find a way to save them?

Virginia, present day. Renee Talbot, a direct descendant of Catherine's, is fascinated by the document that's been part of her family legacy for more than three centuries. Certain its pages hold hidden secrets, she takes a closer look—and makes a shocking discovery. But when memories of a childhood trauma are rekindled, she's forced to seek answers of a different kind. Inspired by the faith and bravery of Catherine, can Renee find the truth and face her deepest fears at last?

 Virginia, 1704

Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman—until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behind, she sets sail for America, only to realize that her younger sister Berta has been kidnapped and forced on board the very same ship. Whom can Celeste trust? The dashing soldier? Or the vigilant carpenter who remains by their side in the perilous New World?

Virginia, present day

Madeline "Maddee" Talbot has her hands full when she agrees to take in her younger sister, Nicole, following a serious car accident. The young women grew apart when Nicole fell into drug addiction, and Maddee prays this will be the start of a better life for her sister. But as they investigate a trauma from their childhood, Maddee must keep a diligent eye on Nicole—and the shadowy figure watching them from afar.

Virginia, 1864

Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?

Virginia, present day
Nicole Talbot's life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she's finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family's legacy, she must risk all that she's gained—her fresh start, her family's trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.

My Thoughts:  It's so exciting to receive a whole set/a trilogy in the mail.  I love to read the first book and then to have the next two that come after is so nice.  No waiting to see what happens!
Cousins of the Dove is an exciting trilogy that begins in France.
Each of the books goes back and forth from the "old" day to the present day.  this gives the reader a glimpse at what has happened and what takes place in the present day.
From the Huguenots, the Colonists, and the American Civil War AND then a suspenseful present day fiction that goes right along with what happened in the past.  
Such an ingenious stories.  
Two great authors bring out the best in a reader: fear, anger for misguided people, helping the lesser, confusion and love.  
Such a trilogy should not be missed. . . you'll learn more and be fascinated by what is happening in fictional people's lives.  Oh, I'm sorry did I say fictional people?  I meant fascinating people.  The characters in the books seem so real and could/might have been one's neighbors. 
What a grand trilogy!

*These  books were provided for review by Harvest House*

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

Wondering what to do with all those wonderful vegetables in our garden...
I found this delicious recipe on Pinterest (of course!)

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 medium yellow onion 
  • 1 tsp minced garlic 
  • 1 medium zucchini 
  • 1 medium yellow squash 
  • 1 medium potato 
  • 1 medium tomato 
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • to taste salt & pepper 
  • 1 cup shredded Italian cheese 
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Finely dice the onion and mince the garlic. Saute both in a skillet with olive oil until softened (about five minutes).
  2. While the onion and garlic are sauteing, thinly slice the rest of the vegetables.
  3. Spray the inside of an 8×8 square or round baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread the softened onion and garlic in the bottom of the dish. Place the thinly sliced vegetables in the baking dish vertically, in an alternating pattern. Sprinkle generously with salt, pepper, and thyme.
  4. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, top with cheese and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

{The Fiction Guild} The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Book Description:  Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.
A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.
Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

My Thoughts:  Two lovely brave hearted women, one desk.  The writing desk brings these two women together at different times in history.

Birdie Shehorn was dealing with some of the same issues during the Gilded Age that Tenley Roth was dealing with in the tweet-first century.

A story of two women with stories to write and people to deal with.  People who don't understand their need to write or their love of the written word.  And strong willed mothers who think they know the best for their daughters.  But in reality seem to just want to control people's lives.

A great story with sweet romance and the way to love those around you and still pursue your dreams, your calling.

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 11, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310341590
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341598

Fatal Trust by Todd M. Johnson

Book Description:  Ian Wells is a young criminal defense attorney struggling to build a Minneapolis law practice he inherited from his father while caring for a mother with Alzheimer's. Nearly at the breaking point, everything changes for Ian when a new client offers a simple case: determine whether three men qualify for over nine million dollars of trust funds. To qualify, none can have been involved in criminal activity for the past twenty years. Ian's fee for a week's work: the unbelievable sum of two hundred thousand dollars. 
Ian warily accepts the job--but is quickly dragged deep into a mystery linking the trust with a decades-old criminal enterprise and the greatest unsolved art theft in Minnesota history. As stolen money from the art theft surfaces, Ian finds himself the target of a criminal investigation by Brook Daniels, a prosecutor who is also his closest law school friend. He realizes too late that this simple investigation has spun out of control and now threatens his career, his future, and his life.

My Thoughts:  I have quite a few favorite authors but I also like to read books by new.to.me authors.  Todd Jonson is a brand new author to me.
This is a legal suspense novel.  One of my favorite kinds of reads.
Ian is a likable guy but he is quite weary.  So when a client offers him a great sum of money to do a simple job he grabs it.  
Funny though how a simple job sometimes becomes a deep entailing job.
As Ian goes about trying to make sure that the three men on his list have never been in criminal activities he drawn into quite an entangling mystery.  Then to top it off Ian finds himself on the wrong side of the law.  Somehow Ian was trapped into a not so simple job.  
O! MY!  This is an excellent read!
If you love suspense with a legal twist then this is the book for you.

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*

Monday, August 7, 2017

With You Always

With You Always
by Jody Hedlund

A Riveting Look at the Orphan Train from Historical Novelist Jody Hedlund

When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance. 

The son of one of New York City's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother's shadow and is determined to win his father's challenge. He doesn't plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

{The Fiction Guild} Beneath Copper Falls (Rock Harbor Series) by Colleen Coble

Book Description:  As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancĂ© to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.
But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.

My Thoughts:  I was excited to receive Colleen Coble's newest novel.  It's like Christmas when a brand new book by a favorite author comes in the mail.
The setting for this story takes place in Rock Harbor.  Such a beautiful and, yet, mysterious place.  
It seems that where ever Dana Newell goes there is sure to be action and adventure.  Of course, poor Dana doesn't go looking for trouble it just follows her.
After her fiancĂ©e gives her a punishment of dunking her head in the  kitchen sink she tells herself he was just upset and didn't mean to hurt her. But her fiancee has been abusive more than once.  Finally, Dana gets smart and heads home to Rock Harbor.  This is where the action begins.
This is such a story with twists and turns that have the reader wondering just where and what the villain is thinking up next.
This is one great read for those who enjoy suspense and a touch of romance.  

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*

  • Series: Rock Harbor Series
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 11, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401690327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401690328

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

{Fiction Guild} Abiding Mercy (An Amish Mercies Novel) by Ruth Reid

Book Description:  Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents’ restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community—and the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon.
When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married.
But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into question.
Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she even trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?

My Thoughts:  Ruth Reid has long been a favorite author of mine.  
It seems that a child named, Adriana, was kidnapped 15 years ago. And sixteen year old Faith begins to wonder . . . is this me?  Have I been lied to all these years? 
When Faith's parents are in a buggy accident Faith and her family have to take on more responsibilities.   And Fatih has more questions about her life.
As the questions begin to take a toll on Faith, for she is determined to find the truth, it seems that Faith also gets a lesson in growing up and understanding that sometimes all things are not as they seem.  But this doesn't mean that people are mean or evil.
The mysterious events of Faith's existence make Faith wonder if she can trust these people she has called family.  How can she ever have a home again?
This was quite an interesting read and quite different than the usual Amish fiction.
I loved this read and think it's probably the best story, yet, by Ruth Reid.

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild*

  • Series: An Amish Mercies Novel
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 4, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718082443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718082444

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday|

I love using my crockpot in hot weather and here's a great recipe I found on Pinterest by Taste of Home:

Lemon Chicken with Gravy

 Lemon Chicken with Gravy

4 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 3 hours


  • 1 pound chicken tenderloins
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cold water
  • Hot cooked rice, optional


  • In a 1-1/2-qt. slow cooker, combine the first eight ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low for 2-1/2 hours. Add parsley and thyme; cover
  • and cook 30 minutes longer or until chicken is no longer pink.
  • Remove chicken to a serving plate and keep warm. Transfer juices to a
  • small saucepan. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; add to
  • juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until
  • thickened. Serve with chicken and rice if desired. Yield: 4
  • servings.