Until the Dawn~Elizabeth Camden~

Until The Dawn

~Synopsis~

A volunteer for the newly established Weather Bureau, Sophie van Riijn needs access to the highest spot in her village to report the most accurate readings. Fascinated by Dierenpark, an abandoned mansion high atop a windswept cliff in the Hudson River Valley, Sophie knows no better option despite a lack of permission from the absent owners.

The first Vandermark to return to the area in sixty years, Quentin intends to put an end to the shadowy rumors about the property that has brought nothing but trouble upon his family. Ready to tear down the mansion, he is furious to discover a local woman has been trespassing on his land.

Instantly at odds, Quentin and Sophie find common ground when she is the only one who can reach his troubled son. There’s a light within Sophie that Quentin has never known, and a small spark of the hope that left him years ago begins to grow. But when the secrets of Dierenpark and the Vandermark family history are no longer content to stay in the past, will tragedy triumph or can their tenuous hope prevail?

~My Review~

I have no doubts now! Elizabeth Camden has to be hands down my utmost favorite author! I’m convinced that I must have all her books on pre-order because I already know that they are going to be absolutely AWESOME!!

I can truly say that this book was the author’s way of stepping out of her comfort zone because the story was so different which is always a very good thing in my opinion. I love it when an author can step outside themselves and always bring life and new excitement to their novels. This novel makes me excited to discover more about her writings that could be presented on many,many different levels.
Until the Dawn was such a good read that I don’t mind reading it again and again! It was just that good! I kept thinking about it over and over which is a good sign in itself.
I love how the author always finds new ways to incorporate in her novels about the professions of her heroines. It was so interesting to read about this heroine’s profession. I’ll try not to spoil it!
All in all, this was just a fantastically wonderful story! I loved reading this novel which I devoured in no time because it had a way transporting me to a wonderful sublime place.*Sigh* The writing flowed perfectly and the characters were superb! I highly recommend this book! (4.5 stars)

Also read about the alternate book covers for Until the Dawn here on Elizabeth Camden’s blog. It’s pretty interesting. 🙂

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*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers through Netgalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

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Murder at the Courthouse~A.H. Gabhart~

Murder at the Courthouse (The Hidden Springs Mysteries #1)

*Synopsis*

After a few years as a police officer in Chicago, Michael Keane has no trouble relaxing into the far less stressful job of deputy sheriff in his small hometown. After all, nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. Everyone in town is a little uneasy. Still, no one is terribly worried–after all the man was a stranger–until one of their own is murdered right on Main Street.

As Michael works to solve the case it seems that every nosy resident in town has a theory. When the sheriff insists Michael check out one of these harebrained theories, his surprising discovery sends him on a bewildering search for a mysterious killer that has him questioning everything he has ever believed about life in Hidden Springs.

Bringing with her a knack for creating settings you want to visit and an uncanny ability to bring characters to life, A. H. Gabhart pens a whodunit that will keep readers guessing.

*My Review*

Well, as you all may know, I’m always looking for the next big thing when it comes to reading a Christian fiction novel or perhaps any novel that I may be interested in reading. I am of the opinion that I don’t EVER want the books that I decide to read to plateau or just be the ordinary story.

When I found out that that Ann Gabhart was coming out with a new book I was immediately interested . I have read only a few books by Ann Gabhart and in my opinion they were a few hit and misses.
What I liked most about Murder at the Courthouse was that it certainly started out with a very interesting beginning. I cherish interesting and gripping beginnings because that’s the only assurance that I would more than likely enjoy the rest of the book.

I liked the main character Micheal pretty well. The mystery was pretty interesting as well because it kept me turning page after page to learn what would happen next. The story as a whole was an alright read but me personally I felt that it could have been more. That something that would make this novel stand out. I just didn’t feel a close connection with this novel that I was anticipating. I like my mysteries to make me scared to sleep at night and the murderer almost getting away with everything up until the end.

Overall, I think that this novel was a pretty alright read and it wasn’t too long which is a good thing. This novel was just missing a little bit more of that special something to make it that much more enjoyable. It was a good book in its own right but not something I would be reading again. ( 3 stars)

*I received a free copy of this book through Revell Blog Tours. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

Chivalrous~Dina L. Sleiman~

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)

Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers. However, that is not an option for her, not even in the Arthurian-inspired Eden where she dwells. Her parents view her only as a marriage pawn, and her domineering father is determined to see her wed to a brutish man who will break her spirit.

When handsome, good-hearted Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, Gwendolyn spies in him the sort of fellow she could imagine marrying. Yet fate seems determined to keep them apart. Tournaments, intrigue, and battles–along with twists and turns aplenty–await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.

~My Review~

Wow! I was truly impressed! Any book that would have a heroine in a unique role like Mulan and Joan of Arc is definitely something I want to read!
Just to let you all know that this novel was even better than her first book! That is something to be exciting about. I was never into YA fiction but if I were to recommend a YA fiction novel this would absolutely be the one!
The adventure,drama,and romance were all enchanting in this novel. She could have went on with this story. The writing flowed perfectly and all the characters were very interesting to read about. Also in this novel the readers gets a glimpse of what happened to the previous characters in the first novel.
I highly recommend this novel for anyone who loves YA fiction and also enjoys clean romance with spectacular drama.
I’m highly anticipating anything from Dina Sleiman in the future. The book cover is just amazing isn’t it? (4.5 stars)

The Wood’s Edge~Lori Benton~

The Wood's Edge (The Pathfinders, #1)

~Synopsis~

At the wood’s edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald’s wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood’s edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin’s absence, another unaware of his twin’s existence. And for Anna, who loves them both–Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?

  ~Review~

Well, there are some books that I try to give a second or even a third chance to see if I’m going to like them or not. I really,really, do love the idea of the whole plot being surrounded with Native American Indians and the new world era. Ever since reading Courting Morrow Little, I love reading anything that has to do with the new world era.
Seeing that Lori Benton is a new author, I’ve tried to give her books a chance and leap out to read different genres and things. This is the second book that I’ve read by her and I can truly say that I wasn’t at all impressed. I do admit that I can be a very busy person and so sometimes I don’t get to just sit down and relax and read a book. When I do read a book I expect it to just pull me from reality into a wonderful world of imagination. This book just didn’t do it for me.
With The Wood’s Edge, I can say that it started out pretty well and I was interested for a little while but as the book progressed  I felt like the book was going in circles and it became a bit boring. I was skipping a lot and the whole story didn’t really stand out to me as I thought it would. The characters weren’t really memorable and I felt like the story wasn’t going anywhere. It didn’t capture my attention. Her writing is very different from what I’m used to.
I can honestly say I don’t know if I’ll be reading any more of her books in the future. I’ll see. I just think every reader prefers a certain line of writing and to be honest I just don’t like her writing. Not to discourage anyone else but like I said everyone has their preferred writing style. (2 stars)
*I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

In Good Company~Jen Turano~

In Good Company (A Class of Their Own, #2)

~Synopsis~

After growing up as an orphan, Millie Longfellow is determined to become the best nanny the East Coast has ever seen. Unfortunately, her playfulness and enthusiasm aren’t always well received and she finds herself dismissed from yet another position.

Everett Mulberry has quite unexpectedly become guardian to three children that scare off every nanny he hires. About to depart for Newport, Rhode Island, for the summer, he’s desperate for competent childcare.

At wit’s end with both Millie and Everett, the employment agency gives them one last chance–with each other. As Millie falls in love with her mischievous charges, Everett focuses on achieving the coveted societal status of the upper echelons. But as he investigates the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the children’s parents, will it take the loss of those he loves to learn whose company he truly wants for the rest of his life?

~My Review~

It’s like an addiction! I can’t get enough of Jen Turano writing!
Though this novel did have more of a feel of the plot being inspired by Jane Eyre rather than Jane Austen’s novels. I’m okay with that though because I love both the Jane Eyre novel and Jane Austen’s writing. I think that Jen Turano did a really good job intertwining  those both together.

So,I had been looking forward to reading this novel ever since I read the first book in this series.
I loved reading about the different characters in this story.Also the fascination that Millie had with words was pretty cute and hilarious. This book also had some pretty good book quotes in here and I’ll probably be doing a post about that later on.

There was some skipping involved even though I thought that the novel was a pretty good read, it wasn’t as good as her previous books. I’m not discouraged though because I’m dedicated to her writing. I enjoyed reading about all the different characters because they were all interesting to read about.I can’t wait for her next novel. I really think that this novel set up a climax for her next novel. I’m super excited!

~Author~

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*I received this book through Bethany House Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

A Noble Masquerade~Kristi Ann Hunter~

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1)

~Synopsis~

Lady Miranda Hawthorne acts every inch the lady, but inside she longs to be bold and carefree. Entering her fourth Season and approaching spinsterhood in the eyes of society, she pours her innermost feelings out not in a diary but in letters to her brother’s old school friend, a duke–with no intention of ever sending these private thoughts to a man she’s heard stories about but never met. Meanwhile, she also finds herself intrigued by Marcus, her brother’s new valet, and although she may wish to break free of the strictures that bind her, falling in love with a servant is more of a rebellion than she planned.

When Marcus accidentally discovers and mails one of the letters to her unwitting confidant, Miranda is beyond mortified. And even more shocked when the duke returns her note with one of his own that initiates a courtship-by-mail. Insecurity about her lack of suitors shifts into confusion at her growing feelings for two men–one she’s never met but whose words deeply resonate with her heart, and one she has come to depend on but whose behavior is more and more suspicious. When it becomes apparent state secrets are at risk and Marcus is right in the thick of the conflict, one thing is certain: Miranda’s heart is far from all that’s at risk for the Hawthornes and those they love.

~My Review~

As always I’m very excited to have read a fantastic book from a new author. I thought the writing flowed very nicely and the characters were all wonderful! This book was AWESOME!!!
The main character,Miranda, was very easy to identify with. This novel was based around the time were it was so important for a woman to be a lady. I found it very interesting read about the different society rules and such. They were so proper back then!
I must say that this novel was original and out of the box. It was a masterpiece!!
The hero,Ryland,whoa,whoa. Swoony much! I thought that he a very good character as well.
There was also plenty of times where I laughed my head off and I think that it’s always a relief to have an author include humor along with a wonderfully written story.
The romance,drama,and adventure were well worth losing some sleep over! I have no regrets. I loved reading this nove
l and I am in high expectation to see what else this author has in store! I highly,highly recommend this book! 🙂

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*