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Dangerous Illusions

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death–and puts Trish under police scrutiny–her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn’t certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge–and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn’t just dangerous . . . it’s deadly. Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps–and figure out what they missed!

Dangerous Illusions

Intriguing from beginning to the end. Definitely a page turner. Great job, Irene Hannon!

The twists, the turns, the plot, and the characters kept me turning the pages as fast as I could read them. This book is actually the first book in Hannon’s new series Code of Honor.  Hannon weaved a tale that her readers would end up feeling like they were apart of the story. For me, when I was reading this book it was like I was seeing the whole story on a movie screen. Each character had their own image.

As in every book, there were things I did not like about it. Let me give you one example. The main two characters would not fall in love that quickly. Especially since she was being looked into by the police and she lost someone close to her. So, that part was slightly exaggerated.

This book was really intriguing and I highly recommend it.

 

Title: Dangerous Illusions

Author and her website: Irene Hannon

Reading Resolution 60: Read a book that you think would become a great movie.

I recieved this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

One more thing. Book 2 in this series is going to be released in October of 2018. The name of that book is Hidden Peril.

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


 

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All She Left Behind

Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn’t approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman using skills she’s developed on her own. When her patient dies, Jennie discovers that her heart has become entangled with the woman’s widowed husband, a man many years her senior. Their unlikely romance may lead her to her ultimate goal–but the road will be winding and the way forward will not always be clear. Will Jennie find shelter in life’s storms? Will she discover where healing truly lives? Through her award-winning, layered storytelling, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick invites readers to leave behind their preconceived notions about love and life as they, along with Jennie, discover that dreams may be deferred–but they never really die. Based on a true story.

All she left behind

This was the most depressing book I have read all year long. From the beginning of the book to the epilogue. Oh, that does not even count the author’s note. I went through the book thinking it was all fiction but when I saw that it was based on a true story, I was just depressed that the characters were really real. I do not like feeling depressed and that is why I did not enjoy this book.

I personally do not recommend this book. It is not that the author is a bad author or that her writing skill is terrible. No, nothing like that, Jane Kirkpatrick  had me reading her book from start to finish. I had to know what happened but after reading the ending, I just felt sad.

 

Title: All She Left Behind

Author and her website: Jane Kirkpatrick

Reading Resolution 4: Read a historical fiction.

I received this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

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

 

Under a Summer Sky

High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn’t long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who’s determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole’s close childhood friends–who also happen to be brothers–vying for her attention.
With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!
Under a Summer Sky
What a book! This book was really good and I liked it very much. Nicole was a great main character. There was only a few times I was angry at her but those were minor scenes. I liked one brother over the other. I don’t want to give any thing away but I was extremely happy when Nicole ended up with the brother I liked.
There were a few down falls in this book but nothing major. For example, Nicole sometimes just left her work place during work hours to help customers look at other art galleries or go to their houses to pick out paintings that would go with the house. That part had me cringing because I would never just get up and leave while I was on the job, getting paid. That was unrealistic to me. Other than those details, I liked the story.
I would absolutely recommend this book, especially for a summer time read.
Title: Under a Summer Sky
Author: Melody Carlson
Author’s Website: http://www.melodycarlson.com/

I received this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

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

Trusting Grace

All of her life, Grace Bidwell has longed for a loving husband and children, but now the chances of her dreams coming true are looking slim. Widowed and caring for her elderly father, she struggles to maintain her late husband’s ranch, until she places an ad for a hired hand. Robert Frasier arrives in town with three pitiful, bedraggled children who have nothing but the tattered clothes on their backs and a load of hurt, pride, and anger. Believing this is divine intervention in her life, Grace welcomes them with open arms. As feelings grow between her and Robert, Grace will have to convince him that she is a woman who can be trusted with his heart. Readers will be swept away into 1860s Montana’s lush Gallatin Valley, nestled among towering mountains and proud pines, in this emotional conclusion to the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series.

Trusting Grace

This book, for me, had high potential, but the further I read into the book the more I was disappointed. Do not get me wrong. The book had a good story plot but the whole book was lacking…and, to put it bluntly, boring.

The one part in the book that made me mad was when Robert would not tell the reason he was seen with a different woman. He told Grace to trust him but he was the one being unreasonable. Grace had already lost her first husband, so she had the right to be a little sensitive. He should have just told her the truth when she asked the first time.

Ultimately, I did not enjoy this book very much. It may be just me who does not like this type of writing style. I am not saying anything negative about Maggie Brendan and may even read another book of hers because I do not believe in first impressions. I think every author deserves a second chance! (Yes, I am thinking of Pride and Prejudice as I write this!)

 

Title:  Trusting Grace

Author: Maggie Brendan

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

I received this book from the Revell Division of the Baker Publishing Group for this review.

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