Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin
Hidden Masterpiece #1
By: Kristy Cambron
329 pages
Genre: Historical/Romantic/Christian Fiction
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, July 2014
Source: Received complimentary copy from publisher via BookLook Bloggers 

Present day: Art gallery owner Sera James is looking for a painting she seen as a child that haunted her. To her it links her to her Father. When she meets William Vanover- who has loaned her the painting they decide to work together to try to find it. William has a stake in finding it as well- his family's fortune.

1942: Adele Von Bron, a renowned concert violinist. Her story will take her from a privileged upbringing to a concentration camp- sent there for helping Jews. Her only hope is to become a member of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz. There the thought of playing for God in the face of evil sustains her.

As William and Sera try to unravel the mystery of the painting they find that even in the midst of unspeakable horror that God's love never falters.

The book smoothly transitions for WWII era Austria to present day Manhattan.Both Adele's, Sera's, and WIlliam's story come together for a very interesting and uplifting read set during a terrible time in history. The author made the setting and characters come alive for the reader. So, it's getting:


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Review of Lost Legacy

A Lost Legacy
( A Zoe Chambers Mystery #2)
By: Annette Dashofy
Publisher: Henery Press, September 2014
296 pages
Genre: Mystery
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

On a hot summer afternoon  paramedic/farm manager/ deputy coroner Zoe Chambers and her partner Earl answer a call at a farm. There they find James Engle hanging from the rafters of his barn. At first it looks like a simple suicide but Zoe soon finds out Engle was involved in the death of her great-uncles 45 yrs. before.

As Zoe and Chief Pete Adams get closer to the truth two more mysterious deaths occur. Will she find out the truth behind her uncles' and father's death or will Zoe lose out while researching the past?

A fun mystery with well realized characters, a touch of romance, and a interesting mystery that kept me guessing. Don't lose out by not reading Lost Legacy.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Review of: A Silent Prayer by Samreen Ahsan

A Silent Prayer
Book One of A Prayer Series
By: Samreen Ahsan
Genre: Romance
330 pages
iUniverse, 2014

Set in Toronto it follows Adam Gibson a successful businessman who is an atheist.He's never had a meaningful relationship. But when he meets Raina his life changes. She's beautiful, exotic,  mysterious, and devoted to God. He's never been more drawn to anyone like her before. He meets her in a place that no one else knows exists. As he falls in love with Raina he reconsiders his beliefs. But Raina has a dark past and evil forces conspire to keep them apart. Can Raina trust Adam enough so he can help her fight her demons and have the love she's longing for?

This is a deep thought provoking supernatural love story. But a different kind of supernatural. No vampires, werewolves, or ghosts. I found it to be an  enlightening read . However, the language seem stilted at times and for me the book was hard to get through at times. It is a very interesting concept, though. If you like unconventional romance novels I think you'll enjoy this one.



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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Because He Was My Grandfather

A home, love, and support. Responsibility. He taught and gave us many things. Because he was my Grandfather.
Except he wasn’t.
He married my Grandmother when my mother was nine. Then when we came along he helped take care of us–with food, with stability. I don’t know what we would have done without him and my grandmother at times. Some of the best traits I have I learned from him. So when the time came when he needed help we gave it. Family doesn’t necessarily have to be biological. He was more family to me than some of my blood relatives.
I loved him and he loved me; even though we never said it.
Because he was my Grandfather.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sleeping Beauty and the Beast by Melissa Lemon

Sleeping Beauty and the Beast
By: Melissa Lemon
Genre: Fantasy/Romance
300 pages
 Published by: CreateSpace, June 2014

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Princess Eglantine has been asleep for years, cursed by a witch. The only experiences she has are the ones in her dreams. There she meets Prince Henry of Fallund, a neighboring country. Meanwhile Henry's brother Prince Duncan became intrigued by a beastly woman in prison for murder. He looks to free her from both the prisons she's in- the cage she's in and the one surrounding her heart.

A fun fantasy novel. I like the mashup when they're well written- and this one was. I did find the story of the Beast more compelling than Beauty's but still enjoyed the chapters concerning her. The book kept my attention and the author did a good job blending the stories together.So it's getting...



Melissa Lemon is the author of two other fairy tale retellings: Cinder and Ella and Snow Whyte and the Queen of Mayhem. She is also the author of a sweet romance called Blue Sky. Writing is just one of her passions. She also loves music, reading, baking and exercising. She is wife to a patient man, mother to three spunky girls, and warden to a tolerant cat named Matilda.


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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Birth of An Assassin by Rik Stone

This review is part of a  tour hosted by Sage's Blog Tours






Birth of An Assassin
By Rik Stone
Silver Publishing, 2013
430 pages
Genre: Thriller

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

Young Jez Kornfeld lives in Post WWII Soviet Russia. He's always longed to be a soldier in the Red Army. He finally gets his chance rising though the ranks as the years go by. When he's given the order to disperse and arrest Jewish protestors in Red Square- he never imagined he'd find his sisters there. He then plans to get them out of the country safely never knowing he's being watched and set off events that threaten his life.

I found the novel to be a little tedious and slow at first. But once the action is ramped up and Jez turns into an avenger it was an action packed thrill ride. The author obviously did his research and Jez is a sympathetic character. If you like history and politics in your thrillers then  I recommend this book. It's the first in a series and I think it's gonna be a good one.










Rik Stone grew up poor in 1950s North East England. He left school at 15 to work in the local ship yards and later earned a Bsc degree in mathematics and computing. He retired at 50 and then began writing. Birth of An Assassin is his first novel.


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A Review of Deadly Assets by Wendy Tyson

Deadly Assets
(Allison Campbell #2)
Genre: Mystery
296 pages
Publisher: Henery Press 
Publication Date: July 22, 2014

* I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Allison has two new clients- one an eccentric Italian heiress and the other a up and coming pop singer. They both disappear around the same time and the last person to see them is Allison's co-worker Vaughn. At first both cases don't seem connected but then Allison uncovers facts that the disappearances may be linked after all. As she gets closer to the truth she uncovers long buried secrets that put her life in danger.

This is the first Allison Campbell story I have read. The mystery kept me guessing, the characters are well developed and likable. I really liked Vaughn's brother Jamie. It kept my interest so I've decided to read more of Allison's adventures. So don't chicken out- get the book.



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