book reviews

Book Review: Shadow Woman by Linda Howard

This book review was inspired by Wandering Soul Writer’s book review of Shadow in the Mirror. As I was looking for that particular book, I came acress this fabous mystery/romance.

Lizzy wakes up one morning, looks in the mirror as she’s drying her hair, after taking a hot shower, and sees a different face. As she tries to piece together the missing two years of her life prior to the three years she lived in Washington D.C. and worked for an investment firm, she is brought down by severe headakes, nausea and vomiting. The pain is so bad at times that she ends up curling up on the floor.

As she starts to remember, she discovers that she is being followed. She looks back at old pictures, tax returns, and anything that gives her a clue about her past life. The more she remembers, the more danger she finds herself in. As she goes to a nearby stor, she meets Xabier, someone she knew during the two years that were wiped from her memory after her facial reconstruction. Even though she runs from him, she sees him in her dreams. Does she finally fit the piecees of the puzzle together? If so, how does she or X, as she calls him in her dreams, rid themselves of the danger they are both in?

I liked this book, because it kept me rivetted to m seat, and longing to learn more. I also like how the stories of the three groups of primary characters wer woven together at the end. I wish one of the characters hadn’t been eliminated at the end, but sometimes as an author myself, I know the feeling of “killing my darlings”, meaning eliminating the characters you love to hate. I highly recommend that you read this book. When you do, I suggest that you hold onto your seats, because it is a very wild ride!

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Results of my research query on mystery, suspense, thriller fiction.

Hello my dear readers,
Remember the question I asked about the difference between mysteries, suspense and thrillers? Well, I made a fascinating discovery. Although these three genres are very similar, here are the differences I found. Mistry stories are more of an investigation, asking what, when, where, how, and why a crime took place, and finding clues to solve the mystery. Suspense novels are similar, but they have more of an element of danger with in the pages of the novel. Thrillers, have an element of danger at every turn. They’re like riding a roller coaster throughout the pages of the novel. What do you think about these three genres? Do you find them similar, or do you see the differences? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. To read my article on the subject, please visit the word matters blog at http://www.ernestdempsey.com Continue reading “Results of my research query on mystery, suspense, thriller fiction.”

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Seducing MR. Nightly By Maya Rodale, book review

If you love steamy historical romances with a bit of mystery thrown in, you will love Seducing Mr. Nightly by Maya Rodale. This book will have you laughing one moment, and drive you  absolutely crazy the next.

Shy dear Annabel Swift has been pining for MR. Nightly, the editor of the London Weekly, where she writes an advice column called Dear Annabel.The sad fact is that he hasn’t noticed her for almost four years , that is until she wrote a letter to her readers asking for advice on how to get his attention. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but you won’t be able to put it down.

I love this author’s writing style, and how she pulls you right into the story. You don’t  have to take my word for it, get Seducing MR. Nightly and let Ms. Rodale pull you into the jusy, scandelous, and mystifying story, and you’ll see what I mean. Happy reading, and have a blessed day.

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Book review, Before The Larkspur Blooms By Caroline Fyffe

If you read Where the Wind Blows, and couldn’t get enough of Chase and Jessie Logan, Gabe Garrison, Jake, and Little Sarah, have no fear, their story continues in this heart warming, spine tinngling western, which I have dubbed an unofficial sequel to Where the Wind Blows.
In Before The Larkspur Blooms, Ms. Fyffe introduces a new character named Tom Donavan, who grew up in Logan Meadows, which starts as a small town. However, with the railroad slated to have a stop in Logan Meadows, people start trickling into town, and settling in among the natives, including a hotshot rustler by the name of Rome Littleton, who made Tom take the wrap when he got shot in the head eight years ago.
In one way this book reminds me of the movie Eldorado, where John Wayne’s character has a bullet lodged in his back, accept Tom’s bullet is lodged at the base of his skull. Well, I don’t want to spoil this one for you, so I’ll say that things get pretty shady, and the characters will drive you crazy in this one too, but let me warn you, Before The Larkspur Blooms will bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, and it will melt your heart. However, If you haven’t read Where the Wind blows as of yet, I suggest you read that one first,because if you don’t you might get a little confused by some of the goings on in Before The Larkspur Blooms. This is why I think Caroline Fyffe wrote them as a mini series, because you can’t read one without reading the other.
Happy reading, and I hope you enjoy both of these incredible stories.

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Book review, Before The Larkspur Blooms By Caroline Fyffe

If you read Where the Wind Blows, and couldn’t get enough of Chase and Jessie Logan, Gabe Garrison, Jake, and Little Sarah, have no fear, their story continues in this heart warming, spine tinngling western, which I have dubbed an unofficial sequel to Where the Wind Blows.
In Before The Larkspur Blooms, Ms. Fyffe introduces a new character named Tom Donavan, who grew up in Logan Meadows, which starts as a small town. However, with the railroad slated to have a stop in Logan Meadows, people start trickling into town, and settling in among the natives, including a hotshot rustler by the name of Rome Littleton, who made Tom take the wrap when he got shot in the head eight years ago.
In one way this book reminds me of the movie Eldorado, where John Wayne’s character has a bullet lodged in his back, accept Tom’s bullet is lodged at the base of his skull. Well, I don’t want to spoil this one for you, so I’ll say that things get pretty shady, and the characters will drive you crazy in this one too, but let me warn you, Before The Larkspur Blooms will bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye, and it will melt your heart. However, If you haven’t read Where the Wind blows as of yet, I suggest you read that one first,because if you don’t you might get a little confused by some of the goings on in Before The Larkspur Blooms. This is why I think Caroline Fyffe wrote them as a mini series, because you can’t read one without reading the other.
Happy reading, and I hope you enjoy both of these incredible stories.

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Where the Wind Blows By Caroline Fyffe, book review

If you want to sink your teeth into a book that you can’t get out of your head after the last page has been turned, then I want to recommend a book entitled Where the Wind Blows, by Caroline Fyffe.
This book is a historical western romance, but there’s not much mention of cowboys drinking in saloons like most westerns. If you love Christian fiction as I do, this book is a good read too, because many of the characters believe in God, yet this book has just enough conflict in it to make you want to keep reading. By the way, I forgot to mention that the characters will drive you crazy sometimes, until you reach the end.
Jessie Strong is a young widow who wants to adopt one of the children she took care of when she was sent to the orphanage as a child. Chase Logan, friend of Jessie’s husband Nathan rides out to her cabin to tell her of her husban’s untimely death. However, when the owner of the orphanage brings little Sarah and a teenaged boy to Jessie’s cabin, Chase has to pretend to beJessie’s husband, so she can adopt the children. Things get a bit shady, and Chase ends up actually marrying Jessie,to give Sarah a stable home.
I don’t want to tell you all the juicy stuff, because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I can tell you that I’d rate this one 5 stars, because I was hooked from the start. I received this book from the National Library Service for the blind and physically handicapped’s talking book program, through my network library in Atlanta Georgia. I will say that the actor who performed this book as a commercial audio book was outstanding! Let me know how you like this book.

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A follow-up to my prologue

Good morning my fellow readers and bloggers,
I have a few questions for you. After reading my prologue, is there something you want to see in A Journey of faith? Any suggestions that could enhance the story? Should I show more of how Becca feels as she’s taking this journey. Should she have conversations with the people she meets along her way that bring the memory of the woman falling off the rocks to light. What encouragement does she receive from the people she meets along her path? Does she give encouragement to the wonan’s father? How?What do you think happens to make the journey more suspensful? Please comment so I can use these suggestions during the revision process.