Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas from McClellanville South Carolina!

This year we get to celebrate Christmas with Mary Alice Monroe. She shares the first Christmas of Taylor and Harper’s with their baby girl Marietta. Mary Alice takes us back to the low country in A Low Country Christmas. She shares the story of Taylor and his first Christmas after coming back from war in Afghanistan. This is book number five in the Summer Girls series.

Synopsis:

All Miller wants for Christmas is a dog. He knows exactly which one he wants. At home his mom is getting everything together to help prep for Christmas. The only source of stress for the family is the fact that both Miller and Taylor’s father had to park his shrimp boat. What kind of Christmas will it be? The family with great excitement welcomes Taylor home. She expresses this to her son Miller that this is the best Christmas present. When Taylor comes home everything is different. It also causes conflict between the two brothers. He spends most of his time in his room. Until one day a call comes to the house saying that Taylor will get his service dog that he applied for. Will everyone be happy about this dog being in the house? Will the brothers make up before Christmas?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed the story of Taylor and his service dog Thor. The theme of this story is the importance of service dogs, and what they do to help vets recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Why are they important in helping vets who suffer from PTSD? I love how Mary Alice incorporates a true cause with a great story. She writes believable characters that will enthrall readers and bring them back for more.
MaryAlice’s next novel is blank. You can preorder it here.

Merry Christmas from Writer’s Corner!

Rating:


4/5


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Are You Ready for Your Holiday Getaway?

It is time for another Nora Robert’s adventure in Come Sundown.  This time readers visit the Bodine Ranch and Resort in Montana.  We meet the Longbow family  who work  both ranch and resort.  Bodine runs the resort while her father runs the ranch.  There is a dark secret that could impact her family, and bring back a missing relative.

Synopsis:

Alice Bodine wants to go home until she meets her worst nightmare.  He goes by the name Sir.  Alice thought she was getting a ride to come home and instead ended up in a prison where her capture Sir abuses and forces her to have his children.

 Meanwhile on the ranch in the present Bodine is busy running the ranch resort and meeting new hires.  Business is good especially when Callen comes back to town to work for the family. He is an old family friend who fits in easily and is very helpful at the ranch and the resort.  Callen also has a very special horse.   When women start disappearing will Bodine be next on their list?  What happens when Alice reappears?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this novel. Nora Roberts does a great job with world building in creating a setting, for her stories.  She creates memorable strong characters such as Bodine Longbow.   Her romance with Callen is great but not the major part of the story.  I loved Callen’s horse!  I was totally creeped out by Sir and felt for Alice’s circumstances.

Come Sundown came with high recommendations!   I did not love the length of the novel, and felt that in the future that I would have enjoyed the novel more as an audiobook.  I always love visiting Nora’s world and look forward to her next novel.    

Rating:


4/5

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