Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Second Street Station Review


 About the Book

A historical mystery featuring the witty and wily Mary Handley, the first woman detective in Brooklyn, as she tries to prove herself in a man's world while solving a high profile murder.

Mary Handley is a not your typical late-nineteenth century lady. She's fiery, clever, daring—and she’s not about to conform to the gender norms of the day. Not long after being fired from her job at the hat factory for insubordinate behavior, Mary finds herself at the murder scene of Charles Goodrich, the brother of a prominent alderman and former bookkeeper of Thomas Edison. When Mary proves her acumen as a sleuth, she is hired by the Brooklyn police department—as the city’s first female policewoman—to solve the crime. The top brass of the department expect her to fail, but Mary has other plans. As she delves into the mystery, she finds herself questioning the likes of J. P. Morgan, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla. Mary soon discovers the key to solving the case goes well beyond finding a murderer and depends on her ability to unearth the machinations of the city’s most prominent and respected public figures, men who will go to great lengths to protect their secrets.

Much like Mr. Churchill’s Secretary and Maisie Dobbs, Second Street Station presents a portrait of a world plunging into modernity through the eyes of a clever female sleuth. Mary Handley is an unforgettable protagonist whose wit, humor, and charm will delight readers from the very first page. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I love a good mystery but I also like a well written storyline. This book has a unique history/mystery aspect to it but the writing style was difficult. As a reader, I felt like there was way too much information being told, each person's outfit and hairstyle etc. It would almost seem this book was written more for a movie and that is not what I like to read. I liked the setting and the little known facts about Edison and Tesla in particular. There is a rape scene and language that I wasn't expecting, though I think the rape was realistic and common. The author really liked writing about Mary and Charles lovemaking, as said in the book, and that got really irritating for me. It had nothing to do with the storyline and I didn't really care when or how they did it. 
 I can see that there will be more books to follow this one but this one disappointed me. 

Three stars.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest review."

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Wonder of You Review


About the Book
Mortified after her semester abroad is cut short, Amelia Christiansen returns to Deep Haven, certain she isn’t brave enough for the adventures she’s dreamed of. The last thing she expects is for the man who broke her heart to cross the Atlantic and beg forgiveness.

Heir to a European hotel dynasty, Roark St. John has trekked from one exotic locale to another, haunted by tragedy and the expectations that accompany his last name. Amelia is the first woman to give him a reason to stop running. He’ll do anything for a second chance—even contend with Amelia’s old flame, who is intent on sending Roark packing.

While one surprise after another leaves Amelia reeling, Roark’s continued presence only highlights the questions pursuing her. Like him, is she running from the life God has called her to? Could finding her new place mean leaving home behind? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I have loved this series from the start. This family is wonderful and I love how it takes me into their life. This book is my least favorite I am sad to say. It's still a good book and I like knowing what all the family is up to but the main storyline with Amelia just didn't draw me in. I do recommend reading this series in order because the storyline continues on in each book so it would be helpful. Amelia is young and has no idea what she wants do with her life. After leaving Europe she returns home more confused but maybe in love with a friend from high school. Then Roark shows up willing to risk it all for love. The whole love triangle was very dramatic and seemed to be long and drawn out to me. I thought the romance seemed forced and rushed and the ending just happens. I am curious to see if this storyline continues in the next book. I think what would have made it better is if there was a book written in between where Amelia and Roark are in Europe. I think it would have given me a better perspective of their relationship. Anyway, it's always great to catch up with the Christiansen  family and all of their adventures. I can't wait until the next book!
Four stars. 

"I received this book from Tyndale Publishing for free in exchange for an honest review."

Monday, June 29, 2015

Center of Gravity Review

 About the Book

What if everything you think is true and real about your life is a lie?
Ava's life in the coastal South appears nearly perfect after her recent marriage to the powerful and handsome Mitchell Carson. She loves her husband and the family they have created. Even Mitchell's young son from a previous marriage, Jack, with his superhero ambitions, can't imagine life without Ava. Outwardly, Mitchell appears to be a caring husband and doting father, but as Ava soon discovers, there is a dark side to Mitchell Carson that she never imagined.
When Graham Thomas, a lawyer with a secret past, stumbles into Ava's life, everything changes. Mitchell's jealous streak emerges after an innocent encounter between Graham and Ava, and Mitchell soon convinces himself that Ava is unfaithful. When Mitchell starts divorce proceedings and a custody war, Jack is caught in the middle, which soon makes him question Ava's pure intentions. As Ava searches for a way to save her family she begins to uncover her husband's secret past and capacity for unhinged jealousy and rage.

About the Author
Laura McNeil is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family. (Goodreads)

My Review

The first couple of chapters in and I had to re-think where I got this book. A Christian publishing company right? Though the book doesn't say "Christian Fiction" one would automatically assume this book would keep the values of Christian fiction since all of the other books by this publisher are. Well much to my surprise there is a lot of cussing and a very descriptive sex scene. Okay? I read all types of books and publishers and if a book has some cussing I still read it for it's story value BUT by a Christian publisher? I don't think so. Honestly, I'm pretty bummed about this.  
Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years.(TN)

If this is what you are advertising people will not expect cussing and sex scenes.

As for the story value it's a good thriller. Good writing but a lot of people switching back and forth point of views. The writing reminded me a bit of Jodi Picoult.
Please don't get me wrong in that the book itself was not good, it really was an intriguing story line. 
Just be aware that this is not a book one expects from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Four stars. 

"I received this book from BookLook Bloggers for free in exchange for an honest review."

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A Worthy Pursuit Review


About the Book

Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the little girl entrusted to her care after her mother’s death. Charlotte promised Lily’s mother she’d keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When the teacher he’s after produces documentation that shows she’s the little girl’s legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he’s been led to believe. Is Miss Atherton villain or victim? She acts more like a loving mother than an abductress, and the children in her care clearly adore her. Should Stone break his perfect record?

Then a new danger threatens, and Charlotte is forced to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone becomes determined to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he’s ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte’s heart. (Goodreads)

My Review

Karen Witemeyer once again captures the adventures of the past with this fun yet meaningful story. Charlotte's character is really fun to read because she says what she thinks and stands her ground. This is a very light fluffy read with a bit of romance and wild west adventure. I really liked the kids on the book as they are the point of the story. I think the talks between the kids and Stone are great and really added to this book. Some of the funny scenes got a bit cheesy for me but it depends on your mood. This wasn't my favorite book by Karen but still enjoyable.
If you want light romantic western comedy this is the book for you! And if you have read her other books and are a fan you will be sure to love this one.

Four stars.

"I received this book from Bethany House for free in exchange for an honest review."

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