Where It All Begins

Every book has its beginning.

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” (The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien)

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much” (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling)

Every book has its ending but those I will not write down for I might spoil a book for you.

This is where my blog begins…

           For it is universally acknowledged that a girl who lives in a comfortable nook is in want of a good book…thank you very much.                                                 (It Starts with a Book)

A Name Unknown

Edwardian Romance and History Gains a Twist of Suspense
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?
Peter Holstein, given his family’s German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.
But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors’ scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he’s more than his name?

A name unknown

“Just now, Rosemary Gresham, librarian, was going to enjoy the life she’d borrowed.” Why not start off this review with my favorite quote. First thing I thought after reading this quote in the story was that this should have been on the back of the book. Anyway back to what I thought about the book. Roseanna M. White’s books are more seriously written. Not that they are boring, but because they are filled will detail and not as much humor than other authors had into their story. White’s writing style is slower that most authors I have read, so I always take longer to read them. This book is a good, clean story, with a intriguing plot.

Rosemary, the main character’s back story was interesting and intriguing. I enjoyed reading her story. White did a very good job with this novel.

So, do I recommend this book? Yes, I do.

 

Title: A Name Unknown

Author: Roseanna M. White

Author’s Website: http://www.roseannamwhite.com/

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

Reading Resolution 2: Read a book where the main character has the same eye color as you.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

National Book Lover’s Day

Hello Book Lovers Everywhere,

If a book is well written, I always find it too short.” Jane Austen.

Happy National Book Lover’s Day! Wow, A day to celebrate people who like to read–that is super cool. What am I reading? Well, I currently have four books on my nightstand, which are: A Name Unknown by Roseanna White, The Viscount’s Proposal by Melanie Dickerson, The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling, and a book all about painting portraits. I also should be receiving the newest Kristi Ann Hunter book, An Inconvenient Beauty, very soon. I am very excited about that book! Those reviews are all coming very soon.

A name unknownThe Promise of DawnColored Pencil PotraitsA Viscount's ProposalAn Inconvenient Beauty

You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”  C.S. Lewis.

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What are you reading?

 

The Captain’s Daughter

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage. A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.

the captain's daughter

Where to start? To be honest, writing book reviews is very hard to do when you are not a fan of the book. Authors put so much time and effort into their books it is hard to write a negative review.

So, if you have not guessed, I am not a huge fan of this book. First and foremost, I could not get into it. While I was reading it, I never wanted to read more. Even when I got to the end of the book I was still not interested. The main characters did not pull me into their story.

I don’t want to tell to not read this book, if you have read other books by this author. I just was not super impressed with this book in particular. I hope that her other books will be better.

 

Title: Captain’s Daughter

Author: Jennifer Delamere

Author’s Website: http://www.jenniferdelamere.com/

Reading Resolution 7: Read a book with a red cover.

 

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Heart on the Line

Grace Mallory is tired of running, of hiding. But when an old friend sends an after-hours telegraph transmission warning Grace that the man who has hunted her for nearly a year has discovered her location, she fears she has no choice. She can’t let the villain she believes responsible for her father’s death release his wrath in Harper’s Station, the town that has sheltered her and blessed her with the dearest friends she’s ever known.
Amos Bledsoe prefers bicycles to horses and private conversations over the telegraph wire to social gatherings with young ladies who see him as nothing more than an oddity. His telegraph companion, the mysterious Miss G, listens eagerly to his ramblings every night and delights him with tales all her own. For months, their friendship–dare he believe, courtship?–has fed his hope that he has finally found the woman God intended for him. Yet when he takes the next step to meet her in person, he discovers her life is in peril, and Amos must decide if he can shed the cocoon of his quiet nature to become the hero Grace requires.

Heart on the Line

This is the first book I have read from this author and I really enjoyed it. I have been wanting to read some of Karen Witemeyer’s books for a while and when this book came, I was very happy. I was not disappointed.

Heart on the Line is a good book filled with adventure and romance set in the time of Pinkerton agents, sheriffs, and telegraph operators. Grace and Amos were great main characters. This book was set in the west but it was actually fun to have main male character not being a cowboy. He was a telegraph operator who would rather ride a bicycle than a horse. I would say it shows that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. The whole plot was exciting and intriguing.

The one downfall of this book, for me, was I had hoped for more about the character Helen. I liked her character. In my opinion her story would make an interesting book, especially if Lee was in the book.

I recommend this book and cannot wait to read more of Karen Witemeyer’s books.

Have you read any of Karen Witemeyer’s books and if so what one would you recommend?

 

Title: Heart on the Line

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Author’s Website: http://www.karenwitemeyer.com/index.html

I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

From USA Today and internationally bestselling author Leonard Goldberg comes The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, a new thrilling tale of the great detective’s daughter and her companion Dr. John Watson, Jr. as they investigate a murder at the highest levels of British society. 1914. Joanna Blalock’s keen mind and incredible insight lead her to become a highly-skilled nurse, one of the few professions that allow her to use her finely-tuned brain. But when she and her ten-year-old son witness a man fall to his death, apparently by suicide, they are visited by the elderly Dr. John Watson and his charming, handsome son, Dr. John Watson Jr. Impressed by her forensic skills, they invite her to become the third member of their investigative team. Caught up in a Holmesian mystery that spans from hidden treasure to the Second Afghan War of 1878-1880, Joanna and her companions must devise an ingenious plan to catch a murderer in the act while dodging familiar culprits, Scotland Yard, and members of the British aristocracy. Unbeknownst to her, Joanna harbors a mystery of her own. The product of a one-time assignation between the now dead Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler, the only woman to ever outwit the famous detective, Joanna has unwittingly inherited her parents’ deductive genius.

The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

So, I usually don’t read books in the mystery genre but this book caught my eye. I read this book within a few days because I was intrigued with the plot and wanted to know the ending of the book. To be honest, if you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes (TV shows or the books) then you might find this story predictable. I have read a few Sherlock Holmes stories so I had an idea where the story was leading, and I was correct. Dr. Watson was one of the only character from the original stories who played a part in this book and was alive. His son, Dr. John Watson Jr., who was created by Leonard Goldberg, was the main character for this book.

Goldberg did an excellent job of putting the brain of Sherlock Holmes into a woman. Joanna was just like Sherlock Holmes, down to “My dear Watson.” Her heritage was very simple to figure out and if you have read any of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, you would know that there is only one woman who ever out-smarted Holmes, and she is known in the stories as “the woman.” So I knew exactly who Goldberg would have as Joanna’s biological mother.

Even thought the plot was predictable, I enjoyed reading the book. This was a fun but very different version of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries that had me reading till the very end. So, if you are in need of a mystery, look no more. The Game is Afoot.

 

Title: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes

Author: Leonard Goldberg

Author’s Website: http://www.leonardgoldberg.com/

Read Resolution 11: Read a mystery

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Just Look Up

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home―a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work―something her eclectic family doesn’t understand. Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal. Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along―if only she’d just look up.

Just Look Up

I have seen Courtney Walsh books and have been intrigued by them but I have just not have the chance to read them, until now. Just Look Up is a well written story about forgiveness. Lane Kelley’s story was actually very sad. I got annoyed with her character a few times, then I kept reading and I understood why. Walsh did a excellent job with writing the emotions of the main characters and making them seem real. Ryan’s story, in my opinion, was lacking. I wish there was more about him and his life. It said he went into the Army but nothing about why he did. That is the only part in the story that I would say was lacking.

The whole setting of the story was fun. I have never been to Chicago but I do know about Michigan and small towns. So I liked that it was set in Michigan, even though it was a made up small tourist town that Walsh created.

The whole story plot is longer and took me a few days to read. So if you plan on reading this book, be prepared to take some time on this book.

I recommend this book as a good clean, contemporary story. I am hoping to see a book come out on Nate or Chloe, since I was intrigued with those two characters, but I guess we will have to wait and see what Courtney Walsh comes up with next!

 

Title: Just Look Up

Author: Courtney Walsh

I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers/Tyndale Blog Network for this review.

This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

Also, I have on my “to read” list Paper Hearts by Courtney Walsh.

Happy 4th of July

Happy Independence

Two hundred and forty one years ago, the USA declared her independence from England. Today, I am celebrating my country’s birthday. There will be an American flag proudly flying at my house today because I am proud to be an American. Happy Independence Day, America!

This weekend I went to see the Air Force’s Thunderbirds perform. Going to an air IMG_5017show has been a tradition for my siblings and I for a few years now. Next year we will be watching the Navy’s Blue Angels. My dad was in the Navy so I am a little bias when it comes to the Blue Angels vs. the Thunderbirds. But the Thunderbirds did some cool stunts this year, so I am happy.

So, back to the 4th of July.

Have a Happy Independence Day! God Bless you and God Bless America!

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