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Book 2 in the Daughters of Jacob Kane series, by Sharlene MacLaren, is sure to bring pleasure to the reader of historical fiction.
Centered in the teeming streets of early 1900’s New York City, MacLaren takes us on a journey rampant with action as Maggie Rose Kane and reporter Luke Madison struggle against their growing attratcion for each other and their overwhelming desires to bring hope and homes to the waifs at Sheltering Arms Refuge.

This book was a fine read, and well researched. It made me want to follow the path of Maggie and Luke farther than the end, always a plus for the author.

An easy four stars!

The Deliverer – Kathi Macias

Freedom Press and Kathi Macias are willing to shock the reader into awareness!’ The Deliverer’  reaches deep  into the horrors of Human Trafficing and the fear and uncertainty faced by those who have been trapped in this nasty web. Insights into the workings of those who are out to rescue these tormented souls keeps you on the edge all the way!

It is a fact that it still goes on, slavery is still practiced!

This book will wake you up to things we do not hear about in main stream media, but it does exist in all its awfulness.

Macias kept me up at night once again in a book that kept me guessing, and praying for characters, to the end.

It is THAT GOOD! Five Stars!

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer has taken an old plot and given it a new personality. Published by Tyndale, Brandmeyer’s new book, “Mind of her Own”, almost makes amnesia sound like it could be fun.

Louisa Copeland is a ‘perfect’ wife for lawyer Collin, despite three young children, their home is spotless, the car pool is run, dinner is ready when/if he arrives home. Something is missing, maybe her life is too perfect and too bland, she certainly feels lost. What is the secret she is hiding?

When an accident sends her to the hospital, unconcious, it is not Louisa who wakes up, but the vivacious Jazz Sweet, best selling romance author. Nothing like Louisa, nothing at all!

Jazz enters the Copeland home as a guest, convinced that at least she can do research for a new book, but as days pass and she looks for herself, she must accept the fact that “Jazz Sweet’ doesn’t really exist and Louisa Copeland is hiding somewhere inside.

Collin finds a stash of Louisa’s journals hidden in a closet and as he begins to read, hoping to help Louisa regain her memory, discovers some hurtful truths about his marriage and family life and who Jazz Sweet really is.

Now both of them are on a quest to bring Louisa back, but keep some of Jazz in the picture.

All this leads up to an ending that brings the memories back, leading to surprising results for Collin, Louisa/Jazz and their entire family.

I give this book 5 stars. Mind of Her Own

A Christmas Journey Home written by Kathi Macias,  was her 2011 Christmas novel.

Pregnant Isabella and her husband Francisco are encouraged to leave Mexico in the aftermath of gangland type murders in Ensenada, Mexico. Isabella’s family are senselessly gunned down. Crossing illegally, the two are abused, homeless and afraid as Christmas approaches. Then a gang of thieves raid their camp, leaving Isabella completely alone.

North of the border, Miriam Nelson, mourns the death of her border patrol guard husband. She hates illegals, and refuses to allow her gridf and hurt to heal. She locks herself in a world of work, shutting out her mother and six year old son. Her excuse it to keep their small ranch, her real reason, to keep all feelings at bay.

The paths of these women cross in a story that gives insight into both the illegals and thier reasons for crossing the border and those who live near it.

Macias brings out many concepts I would never have thought of as she brings these characters to life in their journey ‘home’.

I wrote the author a ‘fan’ letter after reading this book to let her know how it affected me.

Five stars, only because I am not allowed to give more.

I managed to finish Carla Stewart’s “Stardust” this week. That was quite a feat with all the company and celebrations going on. I found myself sneaking in a page or two as often as possible. I wanted to know ‘what happens next’ so much!

I will say that Carla Stewart is joining the ranks of ‘my favorite authors’. I really enjoyed her book “Chasing Lilacs” and this one is even better!

When Georgia Peyton’s husband leaves her and their two small children for another woman and is found dead a few weeks later… Georgia’s life takes a lot of twists during a hot Texas summer in the 1950’s.

She has questions about her own family, there is a polio epidemic,  a bequest of the Stardust Inn and a number of strangers entering her life, one of whom is the dead husband’s pregnant mistress, complexities and mystery arise in every direction as she tries to make a new life as a widow raising two young daughters.

I loved it! Five stars and already ready to re-read this book!


In ‘Southern Mystical Moments’, Patricia Graham uses several short tales to familialize us with the unusual inhabitants of the deep south.
The ‘boojum’,something akin to sasquatch, an owl that brings tidings of an unpleasant end to a loveLy day, and an encounter with a river monster can send a tingle down your spine.
These short stories do a fine job of retelling the lore of the areas, as I compared them with tales shared by story tellers in the Ozarks where I was raised.
I enjoyed the ‘regional language’ used by speakers, rather than the homogenous English we are expected to use today, it presents a flavor of the strong independent mountain people in these tales.
The book ends with a novella, “Magic Under the Willow Tree” written by Verna C. Humphrey weaves a tale of the inherent magic of the willow tree, accepted from time immemorial and a touch of Voodoo to bring about a reincarnated love.
I plan to share this book with my grandkids and great-grandkids so they will not lose the rich legacy of things unseen that abounds among the mountain people, both here and in the Great Smoky Mountains.
I want to thank the authors for bringing them to life.

I am, as many of you know, a fan of Amish Fiction. I received Leslie Gould’s new book Courting Cate this week.
As I read through Cate’s efforts to accept major changes in her life and how she lives it, I was struck by what she discovered. Not only about herself, but others and the preceptions we form about people, This one truly ‘spoke’ to my heart, pointing out some things that have been lacking in my life.
I would highly recommend this book, not just to Amish fans, but to anyone who enjoys a book that lasts after the last page.
Thank you Leslie Gould and Bethany House Publishers.
No one has asked me to say this. The opinion is my own.

What makes a good book? Interesting plot, strong characters, a lesson you can understand?  All of these of course!

What makes a great book? Days after you finish it you are still thinking about the book!

With Every Letter, by Susan Sudlin, published by Revell fills all of those requirements!  I would like to give this book more than 5 stars, but that seems to be the limit.

The setting is World War II Africa as Allied forces begin the task of defeating Rommel and the entrenched Axis armies.

The characters, Tom MacGilliver, engineer, trying to prove to himself that he will never kill as his father did, and Philomela “Mellie” Blake, a shy Filipina-American nurse in the Army Air Corps.

Commanders of Tom and Mellie’s units have the idea of promoting good will and morale through a series of anonymous letters. As letters are exchanged, both Tom and Mellie open up to each other, encouraging each other to overcome challenges and reach out by accepting friendship.

When Mellie is transferred to an Air Evacuation unit in North Africa, sh accidentally discovers that ‘Ernest’ the soldier she has been writing is Tom. He has already fallen for ‘Annie’, Mellie’s alter-ego in the letter writing campaign and is afraid to act on his attraction to the nurse.

Can they find a happy ending as battles rage around them?

Sudlin has done a great job, bringing her characters to life, describing situations and places I have never seen until they wer as real as if I were there!

I don’t want to give away the story, so how about this… Susan Sudlin sent me more than one copy, If you would like to enter for a chance to win it, leave a comment on this post along with your email so I can contact the winner. In your comment, tell me these two things: your favorite reading genre and recommend a favorite book.

Winner will be randomly chosen on September 25th.

Kathy Fuller is an author and a friend. Today is her birthday and I have had the recent pleasure of reading one of her books.

No one asked me to read this to review and the opinons stated are my own.

Faithful to Laura  is book two in the Middlefield Family series.

Young, Amish and angry, Laura Stutzman has been disfigured by flying glass! The man she loved, Mark King,  betrayed her and started a fire, hoping to kill Laura in the blaze. She leaves her home in Tennessee for Middlefield, Ohio to try to regain her life and find work to pay off the debt left when her love stole her parent’s life savings.

She finds a job at a furniture store as an office worker and begins her battle, to overcome her feelings of worthlessness and fear.

There she meets Sawyer Thompson, adopted into an Amish family, but has not joined the Amish. He too fights a battle, he was abandoned as a child after the death of his parents, mistreated and abused in foster care.

Both have much to overcome and forgive. Complications arise in a budding attraction and Sawyer’s discovery of a grandmother he did not know existed. She wants to take him back to New York and teach him the family business.

The book is filled with interesting scenes, probable possibilities and twists that keep the readier in suspense.

Can Laura and Sawyer find a way to solve their problems? Will Sawyer stay outside the Amish faith, and can Laura reconcile with her need to forgive?

Yes, I sat up to read this and will happily award it 5 stars!


No, I’m not planning on heading back to school! I finished up 5 books since September 1 and thought I might let you all know what I thought about them.

First one up is a cookbook. Yes I ‘read’ cookbooks, almost like I would read a novel.

The Cozy Chicks Kitchen is a book compiling recipes from several authors of ‘cozy’ books.  Featured are favorite recipes of authors Ellery Adams, Deb Baker, Lorraine Bartlett., Kate Collins, Maggie Sefton, Leann Sweeney and Heather Webber as well as recipes from some of their books.

I enjoy reading their books and was awarded the book recently. It’s available as an ebook and in hardcopy.

Personaly I have tried some of the recipes and recommend Kate Collins’ Baked Crispy Potatoes, and her Meatloaf,  where cinnamon takes a spot as a surprise ingredient in a very tasty take on a standard comfort food. Lorraine Bartlett provides a great recipe for Apple fritters in a 2-3 serving size, just right for those who have become ’empty nesters’ with the arrival of school this year. And GOOD! They are sure to cheer you up if you have the blues!

Several I have not yet tried but will soon are going on the menu list for testing.

I think the recipes are every bit as good as the books the Cozy Chicks have published!

Let’s give this cookbook a 5 fork rating!