Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The End of the Magi by Patrick Carr



The story begins in Babylon in 537 BC with Daniel at the end of his life and continues in 5 BC with the story of Myrad, the adopted son of one of the Magi that serves the King. Quickly embroiled in the politics of the day, Myrad takes what he has left of his father’s papers and coin and flees the palace. He finds other Magi that his father had known and they band together to follow the clues that Daniel left for them. The story goes to Nazareth where they find the baby Jesus where the star led them and then eventually to Jerusalem at the time of the crucifixion.

This is a delightful look at the Magi (what we call the Wise Men) and an interesting look at the politics and life of the times. This is one of those books you don’t want to put down to do the mundane tasks of your life (eat, sleep, work).

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

The Bake Shop by Amy Clipston




Christiana has a bake shop booth in the local Bird-in-Hand market. The booth next door is Jeff’s, who makes leather crafts. Both are old order Amish. Jeff has disappointments in his past that make it hard for him to move forward. Christiana is under the thumb of here overly strict father. Together they work their way through the difficulties to learn to enjoy each other’s company.

The story drags at times, repeating the same basic routine in the same places but that is very likely the essence of this type of life. I enjoyed the story nonetheless and kept reading.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

It's A Christmas Thing by Janet Dailey





This book is a fun read. Rush is a vet whose little girl was taken from him when his wife informed him that she loved someone else and that person was the biological father of the child he thought was his own. He moved to Branding Iron Texas and went into business with two of his buddies and also began running a mobile vet office. He gets a call from a female judge (Tracy) he has admired in the past. She has a stray cat she has taken in that is expecting kittens and an old dog she doesn’t want to die since he is the last living memory of her deceased husband.

It is the holiday season in Branding Iron and everyone but Tracy is getting into the Christmas spirit. When Rush gets a call from his little girl’s caretakers stating they have a family emergency and can’t care for her and that her parents are on a Cruise until after the holidays, Rush consents to keep her. The precious little girl revives Tracy’s Christmas spirit and makes Christmas extra special for Rush.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Fallen by Rebecca Zanetti



This is a fast paced story of a former computer hacker (Brigid) who is assigned to a secret special deep ops unit. Her partner, Raider, is a federal agent who has also been picked up by the unit as well. They go under cover together to try to get information on Brigid’s estranged father who was once involved with the mob and is now a farmer. There is some suspicion that he may be running drugs.


This one kept me interested to the last page. I love these types of stories and this is one of the best. This is the second in this series so now I will have to keep my eye out for number 1 and 3.


I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock


I loved this newest book by Terri Blackstock. Nate Beckett is a fireman who fights wildfires. He is injured saving a family from the flames and goes back to his hometown to recuperate when he is told to take some time off to mend. When he gets home, he has to deal with old rumors, situations from the past that were out of his control, confronting his dad who has been released from prison and meeting up with an old high school flame (Brenna), who has situations in her own life that she is dealing with.

This was one of those stories you want to read straight through with very few pitstops along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Highland Doc’s Christmas Rescue by Susan Carlisle



Cassandra is a rescue worker that had an injury in the line of duty and came to a rehab facility in Scotland, where she meets the manager of the clinic, Lyle Sinclair, who is in the rescue business too in his spare time in his little corner of the world. He loves his position at this clinic but is being pressured by his father to go back into active military duty. Cassandra is not sure what she will do when she is discharged from care at the clinic. She doesn’t know if she can do rescue work again after the loss of her dog who died saving her.

This is an interesting story. I loved the location – the highlands of Scotland. The people in the story were people you would want to get acquainted with. This is one of those stories you don’t want to put down until you finish it.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion

Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson



Krista Galloway takes a City Manager position in Winter Hill, WA and brings her daughter Emily. It is a grand new adventure until she becomes involved in some old battles at the courthouse and also discovers that there is a big Christmas celebration put on by the town every year. Christmas is her least favorite holiday and she doesn’t want to be involved.

Krista meets some great new people and gets involved with the family of her assistant and after a lot of angst she finds a home in this community. This was a fun, relaxing read.

I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion