Saturday, December 16, 2017

A Dangerous Legacy

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CAMDEN, ELIZABETH
A DANGEROUS LEGACY

Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code and has made herself a valuable asset to the Associated Press news agency. But the sudden arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith at rival British news agency Reuters puts her hard-earned livelihood at risk. Colin is talented, handsome, insufferably charming -- and keeping a secret that jeopardizes his reputation.

Despite their rivalry, Lucy can't deny that Colin has the connections she needs to give her family an edge in the long legal battle they've been waging over their rightful inheritance. But when she negotiates an unlikely alliance with him, the web of treachery they dive into proves to be far more dangerous than they ever could have known.

My Review:

There is something so decadent about an edge-of-you-seat suspense paired with historical romance!  And this one is riveting. Deeply intricate story threads woven into a complex pattern of loss and greed and vengeance. A villian who has "...no soul and that let him fight with the single-minded zeal of a jackal."  (p 12) and a heroine determined to stand up for what is right and just though it alters the course of her life in devastating ways. A family legacy of sorts that has ensnared both Lucy and her brother. The layered depths in the suspense is exceptionally well done. Enthralling historical details -- telegraphy, Morse code, the early days of international news reporting and homing pigeons! Diverse and captivating and all of it plays an important role in this romantic suspense.

Lucy is a grounded working girl -- independent by necessity but also by choice. She loves her job as a telegrapher and is fiercely loyal to the Associated Press. Which makes for some spectacular fireworks when rival company Reuters imports British aristocracy to manage their New York office. Enter Sir Colin Beckwith and let the toe-curling begin. As well as the laughter thanks to the wicked banter this adversarial hero and heroine engage in on a daily basis.

If you look 'pager-turner'up in the dictionary you should find A Dangerous Legacy as the definition. I inhaled this book. Actually woke up at four in the morning and rejoiced because that meant I got to spend two blissful hours reading before I had to get ready for the day! Definitely one for the long-time keeper shelf!

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Dangerous Legacy, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Instant Family

GARTSHORE, DONNA
INSTANT FAMILY

The single mom next door

Summer at a picturesque Silver Lake resort marks a new beginning for Frankie Munro and her daughter. After a painful marriage, the single mom shies away from any personal connection -- thous she admires the tender care handsome neighbor Ben Cedar shows his dad. Ben wasn't there for his mother when it counted, so he's determined to help his father cope with Alzheimer's. Yet it's Frankie's shy ten-year-old daughter, Rae, who really gets through to his dad. As their relatives bond and flourish, so do Ben and Frankie's feeling for each other. Before the season ends, can they let go of their pasts and fight for a second chance...together?

My Review:

Another debut novel -- that's 3 this week! Exciting to discover new talent in the Christian publishing industry.

A touching, sweet and hopeful story that celebrates God meeting us in all the hard places in this life. It's much more than a love story -- in fact, I'd say the romance isn't as pronounced as you usually find in a Love Inspired novel. This is more about the hesitant journey towards an unexpected friendship that has the power to develop into something much deeper.

But the timing -- even if it's God's timing -- seems completely off to Frankie and Ben. She's wary because she's newly divorced and trying to bring some stability back into her daughter's life while figuring out what their future is going to look like. And Ben is overwhelmed with the 24/7 care of a father stricken by Alzheimer's. His hopes of recreating some happy summer memories with his dad take on many unexpected twists and turns as he grapples with the increasing severity of the disease.

Gartshore draws on her own experience coping with her father's struggle with Alzheimer's and she really conveys the frustration, heartache and even humour that comes from dealing with this condition. It was an eyeopening and emotional read for that reason. Definitely a difficult backdrop for a romance but then, love doesn't always come calling at the most convenient times, does it? Which is maybe the point -- that we need to grab hold of the good things in life while we can and trust in God with the rest.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Instant Family, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The House on Foster Hill

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WRIGHT, JAIME JO
THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL

Kaine Prescottis no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious demise fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sigh unseen in her grandfather's  Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance. Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier; the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property. Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters, resurrecting painful memories and forcing a reunion with the man who broke her heart. Can Ivy unravel the mystery and find a renewed hope before any other lives -- including her own -- are lost?

My Review:

Mesmerizing. I'm just nigh on speechless at a how truly captivating this debut novel is. There is this powerful thread of hope that is intricately woven into the very fiber of both Kaine's and Ivy's stories that ministered to me in an incredible way. I am so grateful to the author for creating that kind of inspirational thread -- it transcends time and easily leaps from fiction to real life. Truly uplifting.

And now on to the whole Gothic vibe that thrilled me to my toes. Both in 1906 and 2017. I think this is the first time I've read a dual timeline Gothic romantic mystery. Spine-tingling good! This book is full of gems like this - Kaine's first glimpse of Foster Hill House: "Cavernous windows opened in a silent scream on the face of the Gothic house tilted on the crest of Foster Hill." (p 22) If that doesn't set the mood, I don't know what will. This house is steeped in mystery both past and present and Wright expertly weaves both stories to a crescendo of a climax. Simply stunning. And she ends every scene on a gasp-out-loud-you-can't-leave-it-there high.

The kind of novel that begs you to read faster and slower at the same time! Because you want to have all the answers right now but you also want to savor the exquisite journey along the way. Such a lovely reader conundrum!

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of The House on Foster Hill, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Mother for His Family

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DIETZE, SUSANNE
A MOTHER FOR HIS FAMILY

A Convenient Arrangement

Lady Helena Stanhope's reputation is in tatters...and she's lost any hope for a "respectable" ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she's determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she's sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irrrresistible spirit, caring and warmth. Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together -- and his love -- are for always.

My Review:

Five star Regency-Swoon alert! This book is absolutely delectable if you are a Regency fan -- and even if you aren't! Can't really go wrong with a marriage of convenience involving 4 rambunctious children and...drum roll please (or maybe that should be a bagpipe trill)...a formidable Scottish hero! "He said down like doon and his yous were clipped and soft." (p 10).

That jackhammering beat you hear is my heart palpitations having heart palpitations! Cue the fainting couch swoon. Because John is everything you could want in a hero. He's kind. Deeply, honestly, sweetly kind. But it's tempered with a wee bit of broody which turns out to be a delightfully swoony mix. And he's broody because he's really gone off the rails when it comes to what he feels to be responsible commitment. Gah -- what can you do with a stubborn Scot? Hand him over to Lady Helena, that's what.

I was so distraught over Helena's circumstances that I'm sure there was steam coming out of my ears the whole duration of the read (which is a cost-effective way of humidifying your home during these dry winter months, by the way.) But, honestly, she has been so spiritually misguided that I just wanted to weep for her.There are some truly reprehensible scenes that put me in a spitting fury. Luckily John was close by, ready to soothe away my savage spite. That man could charm the loch ness monster out of the loch! So it's no surprise that Helena eventually succumbs. But there's danger and intrigue to sort out before an honest-to-goodness happily ever after can be achieved for all.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of A Mother for His Family, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blind Spot

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PETTREY, DANI
BLIND SPOT

The wrath is coming, but they don't know where -- or when.

"The wrath is coming" were the final words that FBI Agent Declan Grey heard the suicide bomber say. Now Declan is in the chase of his life -- but isn't sure exactly what he's chasing after or when the threat will be unleashed on American soil. When his investigation's best clue leads him to a closed immigrant community, he turns to Tanner Shaw for assistance. She's sought justice for refugees and the displaced around the world, and if there's anyone who can help him, it's Tanner.

Tanner Shaw his joined the FBI as a crisis counselor...meaning she now has more opportunity to butt heads with Declan. As they work together to uncover the mounting threat, the tension betwen them also includes a spark she can't deny -- and she's pretty sure Declan feels the same. But before anything more can develop, they find themselves in a race against time to stop the coming "wrath" that could cost thousands their lives.

My Review:

Warning : reader whiplash is inevitable. Book future chiropractor appointments accordingly. Because this is the most amazing, twisty-turny, gasp-out-loud, swoon-on-the-run read. That whoosh you hear? That's me finally releasing my pent up breath now that I've reached the end. I'm feeling rather light-headed and discombobulated so this review might not make any sense but I'll do my best.

First off this is the third book in Pettrey's Chesapeake Valor series and while you don't have to read the first two books I think you'll enjoy it more if you have. The author has been developing relationships and setting up a far-reaching suspense plot through these first three books. And, mercy, this is edge-of-your-seat stuff. I'm not sure if my heart can handle the fourth book. Of course I'll still read it. I just might need counseling afterwards.

One of the things I love the most about Blind Spot is that there's just as much romance as suspense. And it's there right from the very beginning. A desperate unrequited yearning that both Declan and Tanner try to keep at bay. They aren't very successful much to this reader's delight. And this has been developing over the course of the series so it's especially satisfying when this hero and heroine finally let their barriers down.

Tons of action, intriguing suspense (two different cases that involve heroes and heroines from previous books) and some gobsmackingly surprising revelations about Tanner Shaw will keep you feeling like you're riding a tilt-a-whirl right to the very last page....which is somewhat of a suspense cliffhanger. Anxiously waiting for Dead Drift which doesn't release until July 2018.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Blind Spot, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Freedom's Ring

GIVEAWAY
CHIAVAROLI, HEIDI
FREEDOM'S RING

From the Boston Marathon bombing to the American Revolution and the Boston Massacre, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Boston 2015

Although two years have past since the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David continues to be haunted by the call to be Boston Strong. She knows the truth she is far from strong. She cannot seem to release two burdens left to her that tragic day -- guilt over a crippled niece, and an old ring that evokes a hazy hero's face. But when she finds a business card with the same emblem as the ring, she's finally able to discover her hero...and the story of the woman behind the ring.

Boston 1770

As a single woman in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When tensions mount in the form of the Boston Massacre, her world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Overcome with anger at all redcoats, she plans to leave her employment at the British officers' home. But upon her return she is attacked by a roguish captain when Lieutenant Alexander Smythe isn't there to rescue her. In her fury she leaves the home with all of her possessions and a ring that belonged to her dear Alexander. Suddenly her attraction him is tarnished by the uniform he wears.

The Boston Massacre sparked the American Revelution; the Boston Marathon bombing set a city on edge. Both became the proof of where true strength lies.

My Review:

A divinely scrumptious dual timeline story! I get so tickled when I come across books in this genre. Maybe it's the closet genealogist inside me busting to get out but I adore putting all the connecting pieces together. It's almost as much fun as armchair sleuthing.

There are so many fascinating parallels with the two time periods in Freedom's Ring. Yes, the ring is an obvious tangible connection between past and present but there are other subtle nuances that mesh two distinct love stories together.

These heroines have faced peril and make decisions that have long lasting effects on those close to them. Annie and Liberty are as flawed as you or I and they don't always react in expected ways. Both are survivors and feel that burden deeply. There is an authenticity to these women and the way they deal with the aftermath of tragedy. It's not always pretty, but it's real and I could relate to that.

And I love the way the author draws these two unique stories together. At first there are short scenes from each time period and there's a feeling of distance between them. Almost like you are reading two entirely different books at the same time. But as Annie and her hero start researching the history of the ring past and present fuse together into a united force of incredible power. Because the symbolism behind this ring and the impact for good it has on both women is inspiring.

And the spiritual takeaway is profound yet simple..."God took the worst and healed me." (p 279)

A stunning debut novel. I'll definitely be looking for more by this author in the future.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Freedom's Ring leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 17 2017. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December Giveaway - Week Two


WON BY TAMMI (DANDT)

WON BY JACKIE SMITH

WON BY JAN HALL

WON BY MELANIE BACKUS

WON BY CINDY W.


WON BY CARYL KANE

As always, I will notify the winners via email (if one is provided, otherwise it's up to you to contact me.) However, thanks to the nefarious ways of the Internet my email might wind up in your spam folder -- so keep your eyes peeled! If you haven't heard from me by Monday evening feel free to send your snail mail address to me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. From time to time a winner and I don't seem to connect so I have a one month time limit. If I can't reach you within four weeks your win will be forfeited. 

Just a note about delivery: I try to order the books within a week of receiving the winner's mailing address. Factoring in online order times and shipping times you should receive your book within a month of winning. However, since the Christmas season is upon us...gasp...when did that happen?!...all bets are off regarding delivery times. I've found in the past that books arrive super early or somewhat late from now through to Christmas. So please be patient....definitely give it a good month before querying me about a delivery.

And now....looking ahead to next week's giveaways as well as a sneak peek at the rest of December:



DUAL TIMELINE!!!!!!

GOBSMACKED!!!!!
REGENCY SWOON!!!!
DEBUT AUTHOR!
And the last two books are going to be a big SURPRISE (to you and me) since I'm expecting some book deliveries but they are waaaay late. So be prepared to be amazed at the end of the week.

WEEK OF DECEMBER 18 - 23 IS READER'S CHOICE WEEK 
WHERE YOU GET TO TELL ME THE BOOKS YOU ARE MOST LOOKING FORWARD
TO READING IN THE NEW YEAR -- JAN, FEB OR MARCH 2018!

CLOSED SUNDAY DECEMBER 24 AND MONDAY DECEMBER 25 

BACK TO 'NORMAL' ON TUESDAY DECEMBER 26.