Thursday, December 18, 2014

Silent Night



“Silent Night, Holy Night.”  So goes the opening to the favorite Christmas carol Silent
Night begins.   We are discussing today the short story by Colleen Coble Silent Night.            


Synopsis:

Bree and Kade are getting ready to celebrate Christmas with their family.  Lauri Kade’s sister comes home early from college.  Her excuse is illness but could there be more to her story?  After this initial confrontation; Bree is called out to search with her search dog Samson for a sky diver who did not make his landing.  Will she be able to find him in time?

My Thoughts:

Silent Night comes from one of Colleen’s  Rock Harbor series, and is classified as a novella.   I am not familiar with this series but this story had my interest from the beginning.  I wondered what would happen to these characters and how would it affect the characters?  I also wondered if another case mentioned in the story was part of one of the last novels in the series.  I did some research but could not find the any connection.

The story is great and has an awesome mystery!  Since this is a short story the mystery is quick and followed by a great Christmas celebration.  Readers will be entertained and enjoy both the mystery and celebration of Christmas.

Rating:

4.5/50

Please visit Colleen Coble on her Facebook page, twitter, and her website.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Is It Your Turn to Walk Down the Aisle?



The December Bride by Denise Hunter is the first in the series of novellas by Zondervan.  There is a bride for every month.  Today we will discuss Denise’s novel.

Synopsis:

Layla has to find a date to her cousins wedding to her fiancée.  Well he is not her fiancée  anymore.  So why would she go to his wedding?  Anyone would understand her not attending this wedding.  Yes, but he is marrying her cousin Jessica.  Seth who has been a friend and would like nothing more than to be there for Layla.  So when Layla’s date cancels and she agrees to go with Seth what could possibly happen?  Is the wedding the opportunity for Seth to make his move?

My Thoughts:

I very much enjoyed this story.  It seemed almost scripted and seamless as I turned each page.  This is my first time reading a novella by Denise Hunter.  I think she may have found a new fan.  One note is this novel is connected to the Chapel Springs series.  The first novel in this series is Barefoot Summer.   I am interested in learning more  about  these characters in this series. 

Don’t miss the rest of the novellas  in this great Bridal series!

Rating:

4.75/5
Please visit Denise on her Facebook page, Twitter and her website.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Weekend Wrap Up and Giveaway Winner





Weekend Wrap-up is where I share what I read this past week, am currently reading, and hope to read this coming week, and (when applicable) the current giveaways/giveaway winners. Occasionally I'll post some other stuff as well. Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Pinterest boards for  Book Deals, Giveaway, posts on Writer's Corner.  

 Feel free to join along and post your own Weekend Wrap-up on your blog/site (if you do, please leave the link in a comment so I can stop by) or, in a comment, share what you've accomplished (reading-wise) this past week. :)

 What I've read this week:



What I'm currently reading:
 
 
 

  What I'll be reading next:
 
 



Current Giveaways:



Giveaway Winners:


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Congratulations!  You have won a copy of A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas. Please email me within 48 hours to get your prize. 



 


Friday, December 12, 2014

How to Heal and Receive Forgiveness



Today I am sharing a Read for Pink novel The Time Between by Karen White.  Karen writes historical fiction.  Her stories are full of relationship and conflict.  Did I truly enjoy the novel or was it a dud?

Synopsis:

Eleanor is taking care of her sister as a means of guilt searching for her forgiveness.  She is haunted by the death of her father.  Eleanor was seventeen years old, when Eve had her accident and was taken to the hospital.  As a result of the accident Eve is confined to a wheelchair. The accident would be a defining moment in both their lives.  Her life is complicated by working two jobs to make ends meet.  She works at a law firm during the day, a Piano Player in a bar at night. While working there, she encounters her boss Finn Beaufin, and offers her a position to take care of his aunt, Helena Szarka. She finds herself drawn to Helen through their mutual experiences in life.  Plus, the choices she’s made, like how she’s not married.  Can they forgive the people who mean the most in their lives? Can they help each other heal?

My Thoughts:

This novel was fantastic! I loved the mixture of fiction and history blended in together.  Ms. White did a fantastic job describing each character. Eleanor is a great protagonist. At the same time, I wanted her not to feel so much guilt for herself. I guess it was due to the many circumstances such as the accident and the death of her father.  Ms. White draws you towards the character of Eleanor and offer comfort. The relationship that she has with Helena throughout makes for great conflict throughout the novel.   

The writing was flawless, and the tone wad dramatic. If you are into contemporary fiction, then I suggest you check this book out. by Josephine Mattia

Rating: 5/5

Please visit Karen on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Will Big Stone Gap Ever Be the Same?



Home to Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani is the final novel in the Big Stone Gap Series.  For me this was an introduction to some great characters.  I certainly hope that you will enjoy them too!

Synopsis: 

Ave Maria has recently returned from Italy and her daughter’s wedding.  How will life continue now that the nest is empty?  Memories resurface about her son Joe who died of Leukemia.  All of sudden she receives a call from her husband’s work stating he has had a heart attack.  Ave Maria rushes to the hospital and finds this list or a bucket list her husband has written.  Can she let him know that she has found it?  Ave Maria suddenly finds herself with obligations to the town theater and as well as her friends.  What surprises are in store for both Ave Maria and Jack?

My Thoughts: 

This is my second Adriana Trigiani novel. I very much enjoyed it.  I listened to this novel.  I thought the narration was excellent.  It left me with feeling quite contented.  I feel that this is what truly makes a novel great!

The only major negative for me is that this novel is the last in the series.  I knew more of the story then I would have liked to because the previous novels were mentioned.  I still very much enjoyed the story. 

The characters were well developed.  Ave Maria has grown over the previous novels to include her current doubts and fears.  The author in the plot uses a major incident with Jack to change her.  Jack is the calming force behind the gusto of Ave Maria.  Then there is the rest of the town that adds great color to the story.

Rating:  

4.5/5

Please visit Adriana Trigiani on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Special Giveaway Treat from Jane Green


Merry Christmas and seasons greetings from Writer's Corner.  I am sharing a great giveaway for Tempting Fate by Jane Green—a New York Times bestseller in hardcover this past year. It was released in paperback last month.

Here is a  taste of Tempting Fate:  


Gabby has the perfect family she absolutely loves her husband Elliot and her two daughters Olivia and Alaina.  One night while her family is out Gabby decides to go out with her married friends.  They think what harm could happen when going to a bar and flirting with some guys there.  They would never take it any further or would they?  Or more specifically would Gabby?  She meets Matt that night and they start a friendship.  Gabby tells herself that it won’t go any further than friendship.  Will she change her mind?  What consequences occur from that one choice?  Will they be able to forgive? 


The winner will receive:  one copy of the novel, and two sets of custom Tempting Fate wine charms.  The charms are a four piece set of a purse, a shoe, sunglasses, and a goblet. 

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