Tuesday, January 26, 2016

His Baby Bond, book #5


There's probably a good reason this book was free for Kindle.  Not recommended unless you want a quick read and don't mind the inconsistencies.  Spoiler alert: the "baby" is 8 years old.  Amazingly it has 763 reviews with an average of 4.5 stars.  And actually the description on Amazon doesn't even describe the book at all.  Makes me wonder if this is even the book I read ... Strange indeed.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Midnight on the Mississippi, book #4





"Wait," you say. "How can this be book #4?" Well, counting the last two of this series, and then this book, so that brings us to Midnight on the Mississippi, book #4 I read for 2016.  I'd say we're on a pretty good roll!

This is our book club book for January I thoroughly enjoyed it!

New Orleans--Hunter Galen, a stock and securities broker, suspects his business partner, James Nowak, may be involved in embezzling their clients' money, but he's reluctant to jeopardize their friendship based on suspicion alone. After James turns up dead, Hunter realizes his unwillingness to confront a problem may have cost James his life. Nicki Price, a newly minted PI, intends to solve the stockbroker's murder, recover the missing millions from the client accounts, and establish herself in the career she adores. As she ferrets out fraud and deception at Galen Investments, Hunter's fiancee, Ashley Menard, rubs Nicki the wrong way. Nicki doesn't trust the ostentatious woman with an agenda longer than the Mississippi River. Ashley seems to be hiding something, but is Nicki's growing attraction to Hunter--a suspected murderer--her true reason for disliking Ashley?  As they encounter sophisticated shell games, blackmail, and murder, Nicki and Hunter's only option is to turn to God as they search for answers, elude lethal danger, and perhaps discover love along the way.  (picture and description from amazon)

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa



Thursday, January 14, 2016

New Year, New books to read!!

Well, another year has now started and it brings with us a new chance to read many more books.  Some I will love, some I will hate, some I could care less about, some will become my new favorites, some I will want to throw across the room when I am done .... BUT!  I won't know anything about them until I read them!  

Here one of the amazing things about reading ... it transports you back and forth between different worlds, different times, different places.  I remember last year reading this book while waiting at the tumbling studio with Katie.  During this particular instance I am thinking of, in the book they were on the Mayflower during the treacherous trip over the seas.  So here I am reading this book, practially seasick myself reading it, then I glance up to see what Katie is doing and BOOM!  Back in 2015.  Ok, just boring cartwheels, back to the book.  BOOM!  Back on the ship getting dizzy, wrapped up in their lives, but wait!  BOOM!  They have moved on the back handsprings!  Will she get it this time?  No, not yet.  Back to the book.  Drama ensues over who is going to be in charge once they land.  How will it be handled?  Wait!  Did I just miss her getting her handspring? No, just stretches. Ok, back to the book.  And so it goes  .....  this is just one example of how you can so easily be in two places at one time.

I did finish reading the last two books in the Mail Order Brides series and thoroughly enjoyed nearly all of them.  Sometimes when you have a series of short stories like that with 6 stories which were nearly all the same it can get boring, but actually each story had a small twist to it.  And, as I was reading all those cold books (pioneers always have cold, snowy Christmases!) and reading about all the work they had to do to make sure there was enough wood, taking caring of the animals, etc it made me glad.  I do love reading about pioneers, watching movies about pioneers, visiting pioneer sites, (I'd really love to take a covered wagon trip!) but the reality is that I'm pretty happy here in 2016 with my warm house, my Kroger close, no animals I have to take care of, my microwave, refrigerator, full pantry, etc.  

So, after I finished those books, I again had my bibliographic dilemma. One morning I was trying to get ready for work quick and had to decide on the next book to read so I could take it with me to read at lunch.  Too early to start Book Club book, want to read a physical book, not pioneers, not a long one .... I ended up with The Language of Sycamores, in the series from my mom.  I wasn't that excited about reading it, but I was going to go ahead with it to make an attempt to clear out that pile.  At first I was not enjoying it that much, as this book had more about the feelings of the characters, the past, etc and not as much about the events in the story.  (It was interesting to me, though, that I could remember bits and pieces about the first book in the series and how the second book, which I did not like at all, now makes sense.)  In the end, though I absolutely LOVED how it all came together!!  


Karen Sommerfield has been hiding from life-immersing herself in a high-powered job-until the day the company downsizes her out of a job and the doctor tells her that she may have cancer. It's a double blow that sends Karen on a search for herself in the last place she ever thought to look: Grandma Rose's old farm.  As Karen's hectic schedule falls away, she opens up to the unexpected. In the quiet of the Missouri Ozarks, she hears the soft, secret language of the sycamore trees, and discovers answers and a joy to make her life complete.  (picture and description from amazon.)

Now?  Well, its time for Book Club book, which is a modern day murder mystery.  Oh yeah, bring it on ....

O:)
Melissa

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Mail Order Christmas Brides, books #109 - #112


To round out the year, I started on these quick little novellas about mail order brides in the winter.  I was able to finish four before the end of the year, unless I read another one by tomorrow night, which I may.  

These are fun and quirky little stories that give you a pretend peek into what it might have been like if you were a mail order bride in the Montana territory in the late 1880s.  Of course, all these stories had happy endings but many, many did not.  The girls themselves had absolutely no control over what their groom was really like until after they arrived.  

The stories I have read are:

Christmas Hearts
Mistletoe Kiss in Dry Creek
Home for Christmas
Snowflakes for Dry Creek

There was not a synopsis at Amazon, as they were written to be purchased all together.

Looking forward to all the good books awaiting us in 2016!

O:)
Melissa



Saturday, December 19, 2015

All is Calm, All is Bright, books #107-#108





 This was a Book Club book.  I read it so close to the last one that when we met this past week and were discussing it (as we sometimes do ... ) I kept getting confused as to which story was which!!  I liked both of them, but All is Bright was like a visit "home" in that it tied together many of the character of the Hope Beach series.  It made me want to go back and reread all of those books, but since my list of books to read that I haven't yet read before I am dead is so long that I will never finish, I'm not sure I can justify that!


Return to two of Colleen Coble’s most beloved settings—Bluebird Ranch and Hope Beach—for holiday romance and mystery!

All Is Calm
It’s going to be an unexpectedly romantic Christmas at Bluebird Ranch.
Brendan Waddell has always considered Bluebird Ranch a little piece of heaven: an idyllic ranch that pairs abused children with abused horses, run by one of his Marine buddies. Now, it seems just the place to spend Christmas recovering from an on-the-job injury.
Lauren Everman first came to the ranch as a foster kid, but now knows it’s the perfect hideout. As the witness to a murder, Lauren needs somewhere to lie low. Her beauty immediately catches Brendan’s attention—but so does her secretive behavior. This Special Ops Intel man knows a woman on the run when he sees one. Can he trust her, or is she putting the ranch at risk? One thing is certain: he’s going to do everything he can to keep her safe so he can see what magic Christmas brings.

All Is Bright

A romantic Christmas wedding at Tidewater Inn gives Delilah’s unique gifts a chance to shine. But will her light be snuffed out before the bride and groom say “I do”?
As manager of the Tidewater Inn, Delilah Carter has been planning a spectacular Christmas wedding for her friend, Elin Summerall. But when Delilah’s car is forced off the road and into the ocean, she finally has to admit that the strange phone calls she’s been receiving lately may be more than just pranks.
Sheriff Tom Bourne has always had a soft spot for Delilah, and he’s determined to protect her. He hopes to win her heart by giving her the surprise gift of a lifetime . . . but first he has to make sure nothing happens to her before Christmas Day.
It’s the season of miracles. But will both Elin and Delilah get the ones they need this holiday season?  (picture and description from amazon)

And we actually got a picture of my dear Book Club Buddies from this week!



Keep reading, and feel free to join us one month at Book Club!

O:)
Melissa



The Cowboy's Christmas Plan, book #106


Sweet, sweet book that I thoroughly loved!!!

Sometimes the most unexpected circumstances lead to the best adventures...
Cadence Greer’s plans for a happy-ever-after are quickly derailed when her fiancĂ© runs off with his secretary a week before their wedding. Homeless, jobless, and jilted, she escapes to Grass Valley, Oregon, where she takes a job as a housekeeper and cook to seven cowboys on a sprawling ranch.
Trey Thompson is a well-respected pillar of the community, running a successful ranch with his brother. All he wanted was someone to cook meals and keep the house clean. When he hires Cadence Greer for the job, he gets more than he ever planned on, including a sassy little redheaded orphan.
Spend Christmas in Grass Valley at the Triple T Ranch, where mistletoe hangs in abundance and holiday magic floats in the air. (picture and description at amazon)


Happy Reading!
 

O:)
Melissa 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A (kinda) Country Christmas, book #105

My sweet friend Krista never disappoints!!


Celebrate the holidays with this sweet inspirational romance novella (with a splash of humor!) about a woman who is surrounded by Christmas and a man who could - eh- do without it. Sadie Jenkins lives and breathes Christmas every, single day of the year. Owner of Bethlehem's Boutique in the tourist mountain town of Gatlinburg, TN, she has no room for the bad boys of her past and devotes her whole life to the struggling boutique and her teenage daughter, Maribelle. She's perfectly happy with her country-living life until he walks into her store. Nate Myers travels the globe for his job and has the bank account to prove his success. The former "bad" boy is in town for a short visit with his sister and is determined to not get caught up in all the Christmas hype. But then he falls for the beautiful shopkeeper—quite literally. Will these two (sorta) opposites be able to find a happily-ever-after together? (picture and description from amazon)

Happy Reading!

O:)
Melissa