December 2, 2017

Review: Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've read all of the Nikki Boyd Files books and have to say that while I've enjoyed all of them this one has been my favorite! It was so neat to go back in time to see the story behind the series. I also really enjoyed getting to know Jordan and Garrett.

I think I knew this book was going to be five stars at the end of the prologue. I was already hooked and it wasn't even a long prologue. Vanishing Point has such a great mix of danger, suspense, and romance. I also really liked that none of the characters had perfect lives. They all actually had quite realistic lives where they worked too many hours, didn't always make perfect decisions, and had a fair amount of pain and family drama. I really appreciate that. It is nice to see people in novels that I can really relate to.

The romance in this book was not the main story. But it was weaved in perfectly so that I was able to really enjoy it but it didn't overpower the suspense.

Harris is a superb suspense writer. She keeps you on your toes the entire book. She had me hooked so fast and kept enough twists and turns throughout the book that even at the end I wasn't entirely sure who played what role in the crimes.

I don't know what Harris will come up with next - but I know I can't wait to read it!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

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Review: A Dangerous Legacy

A Dangerous Legacy A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story will keep you on your toes. There is so much happening between the family dynamics of Lucy and Nick and also with Colin and his family as well. Camden packed a lot into one novel.

I found it quite intriguing as I continued reading this book how much legacy she actually included. When I first started I assumed it would all be about Nick and Lucy's family legacy but I soon realized Colin was concerned with his family legacy as well.

I was quite surprised to learn that Reuters and AP had used the same building and telegraph line! That was a unique bit of history that I'd never heard and am amazed that it worked. Obviously they had a deeper respect for each other than most companies do these days. I was also quite interested in the concept of news stories being wired in. I've read about that before in books but this book showed the other side. I cannot imagine writing a story overseas and then having to wire it to my paper in the US. That requires a lot faith in the wires!

I loved how things wrapped up in this book but found myself a little annoyed with the constant issues both Lucy and Colin had with their own problems. I know that is how it was supposed to be but I got tired of reading about it.

Overall it was a good story and like always Camden seamlessly wove accurate historical value into her book.

I received an advanced copy from the publisher. This is my honest review.

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November 24, 2017

The House on Foster Hill review + giveaway

By, Jaime Jo Wright

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Bio

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher's Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited romantic suspense stained with the shadows of history. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy Tinkerbell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com

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Back Cover

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight 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 and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--including her own--are lost?


My Review

Wow! This book has countless mysteries, tons of suspense, some romance, history and much more!

I couldn't believe how much was packed into this book - especially a debut novel! I have to admit I was a little unsure about it since I had heard it was a little darker than I usually read (and it was...) but it was so good. I couldn't stop reading and flew through it because I just had to know the answers to the million questions that came up. And it wasn't like they were easy answers either. I was really impressed with the depth of the historical value in this book. It was clear Wright put in many hours of research to write this well thought out book.




I'd love to tell you who I loved more. Ivy or Kaine but I think that would be impossible. I loved both of their lives in this dual time story. I loved the parallels in their lives as much as I loved their uniqueness. I also loved how in both of their stories I wasn't able to figure everything out. In fact, by the end I think I only figured out one small detail out of the many others.

I have to admit I do like romance in my books or at least some love so I was glad that this book included a little love. I really liked Joel and Grant. I was amazed at the trials that Joel went through but admired him for his perseverance. And I loved Grant's willingness to be there for someone he barely knew. Both had excellent qualities.





In the end what I think I loved most about this book was how it brought to light current day problems that actually started long ago in history but most of us haven't read about. I love how a fiction book can expose terrible atrocities that occurred long ago in the United States that to this day most people don't want to believe ever happened let alone that happen now. It was also a good book for the ramifications of what social workers and counselors deal with everyday. I appreciated that the trials they witness were depicted honestly. I also liked how orphanages were depicted in a less than perfect light. So often in novels they are romanticized and shouldn't be.



I really don't even know how to classify this book! It has elements of historical, contemporary, mystery, suspense, and even a little romance. I truly think it is a novel for everyone! I loved reading a book with so many deep emotional and difficult moments from Bethany House. I love seeing Christian Fiction branch out into deeper and difficult themes. I'm pretty sure that if I read this book again right now I'd discover even more things I loved about it because it had so many layers.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Bethany House. This review is my honest opinion.
 

Interview with Jaime Jo Wright

I got to ask a few questions and here are her answers :)

Favorite Holiday?

I love Christmas. I mean, I know it’s cliché and everyone seems to love Christmas, but there’s just something warm about it. Family, peacefulness, snow . . . happy sigh.



Favorite Movie(s)?

Hmmmm this is a hard one. I’m sort of a watch a movie a few times then I’m over it, sort of person. LOL But I love all the Marvel movies, probably Ironman being my favorites. I’m a huge fan of British movies. So I love the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice or North and South.

Ebook or Paperback?
I’ll read either, but I definitely have a penchant for paperback!

Favorite author(s)?
Well, there’s my classics faves: Edgar A Poe, Charles Dickens, The Bronte Sisters . . .
Current authors I love are: Colleen Coble, Kara Isaac, Jocelyn Green, Joanna Politano Davidson, Rachel McMillan, and Erica Vetsch

Does your husband read your books?
LOL! Nope. He doesn’t. Believe it or not, he is not a fan of fiction at all. That’s okay. I’ll still keep him around.

Introvert/extrovert?
I am a extrovert, although I’m what they might term a “purposeful” extrovert. I love speaking in front of crowds, mingling and butterfly-ing around a room if there is a purpose for it. I love building relationships, but if it’s just an evening of small talk and I’ll never see the person again and it’s just random socialization I find it hard to feel invested. I need purpose. LOL

 Writing questions:
How old were you when you knew you wanted to write a book?
I was thirteen. I knew I wanted to write one, so I did. That book is not available in paperback or e-copy. LOL!

 When do you write?
Well, I do have a full-time career as a Director of Associate Relations and Development, so that saps my day time. I have two kiddos too. So the idea of a few hours with coffee in a coffee shop is like an ever elusive dream. I’ll write over my lunch break, in fifteen minutes here or there, after the kids go to bed during ads as I watch The Green Arrow with my husband . . . it’s called, “Write When You Have A Spare Second” .

 Do you plan or wing it when you write?
Both! I plan the story’s skeleton. Major plot points, villain, theme, main characters. The rest, that I call the meat and muscle, just grows organically as I write.

Do you have a daily word count you try to write?
Yep. Usually between 1-2,000 words a day, which for me, equates to approximate 1-1 ½ hours a day. I prefer the 1K a day simply because it’s  bit less chaotic, but when I only have four months to crank a book out, I hike it up to the 2K a day because, well, I have a deadline. LOL

What stage of writing is your favorite?
NOT the first draft. Oh, my. Those are agonizing. I love the content edits. Once the book is written, reworking it, fine-tuning it, sending it to my editor, then getting her comments back and reworking it some more!

 Who wants to win a copy of The House on Foster Hill?