Friday, September 1, 2017

THE TWO OF US by Victoria Bylin

Inspirational Romance
Victoria Bylin
4 stars

Written in the third person, this fast-paced novel overcomes many emotional, physical and spiritual obstacles. Readers see the characters’ spiritual struggles and how they prevail over their doubts and fears. This great inspirational romance follows two couples in very different situations. Job well done!

Nurse practitioner Mia Robinson gets a call one day from her young sister Lucy with some life-changing news. Not only is Lucy planning to marry her boyfriend Sam in Las Vegas, but she is also pregnant! Determined to stop the wedding, Mia has no idea that the man she meets hours before the ceremony has strong ties to Sam. Police officer Jake Tanner has vowed to support Sam in any way he can after Sam’s mom died in the line of fire, including being his best man and helping the couple convince Mia to take a chance on love, like they did. Sam, who is still in school, worries about being away from his new wife for extended periods of time. Lucy agrees to live with Sam in the guest room of Jake's home and care for Jake's mother, who has dementia, during the day, giving each the companionship they need. Jake wants nothing more than to create a camp for boys like Sam, to honor his partner and teach other individuals simple things like how to change a tire. Will Jake see his dreams realized or will the town stop him, letting past events, and Jake's mothers mental decline, influence their judgement? Will Mia be able to step out of her comfort zone in order to find her own happiness or will she let her fears overwhelm her and ruin everyone else's happiness? (BETHANY HOUSE, Aug., 352 pp., $13.99)

Jenny Flacone
August 8, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Historical, Mystery
Scarlett Dunn
4 stars

Dunn writes this enthralling, mostly fast-paced suspense in the third person omniscient point of view, giving the reader a clear knowledge of the characters’ thoughts and actions. There are many unexpected twists and turns throughout. This book leads the reader to strong emotions and opinions. We feel happy, sad, scared, annoyed and irritated, just to name a few, some at the same time. There are points where we sympathize with one character and not the other, and then reconsider when we get more information. We wonder, along with the female main character, which information is accurate. Recommended to all who love a good romantic mystery.

In this first book of the Langtry Sisters series, we meet Rose Langtry, who has been sent away, along with her two sisters, to receive schooling and is now returning after five years. She returns to two brothers who don't know what to think of her now, and don't much care if she lives or dies, even at the hands of one of them. On her journey home, Rose stumbles upon Morgan, her very tall, imposing, intimidating neighbor, trying to hang her brother for stealing animals from his spread. Due to the shortage of staff at the Sheriff's office, Morgan and some other men have been deputized into service. She remembers Morgan as having a grudge against her brother, and pleads with him to let her brother go, thinking that Morgan is out of line and telling lies. Against Morgan's better judgement, he releases Rose's brother, which leads to many negative ramifications. Rose vows to find out the truth of her brother, and Morgan, whether she likes it or not, while Morgan takes it upon himself to try to protect Rose. (ZEBRA, Jul., 352 pp., $7.19)

Jenny Falcone

July 25, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

THE LIES WE TELL by Theresa Schwegel

Crime Mystery
Theresa Schwegel
4 stars MILD

Schwegel writes this enthralling, mostly fast-paced suspense in the first person limited point of view.
There are many unexpected twists and turns throughout but Schwegel makes the reader feel what the main character is thinking, feeling and experiencing. Many well-rounded characters add to the story and Schwegel writes it in such a way to not confuse the reader. Recommended for readers who like a good crime mystery. 

SUMMARY: Gina Simonetti is a Detective in Chicago and is keeping a major secret from her department. When running down a perp, she gets into an altercation and ends up in the hospital. Will her secret be revealed when she catches up to the perp and has to testify? While doing research, she discovers a much bigger issue that can get her killed to stop the public from finding out. Doctors and police seem to be involved and she doesnt know who she can trust. When it comes right down to it, she decides to trust the last person she wants to in order to protect her secret and her 2-year-old niece she cares for. Will this person be what she needs or will he betray her also? 

(MINOTAUR BOOKS, July 2017, 368 pgs, $25.99)

Reviewed by: JENNY FALCONE

  • ISBN-13: 978-1250001788

Thursday, July 20, 2017

OVER MAYA DEAD BODY by Sandra Orchard

Inspirational Romantic Mystery
Sandra Orchard
4 stars MILD

Orchard writes this thrilling mystery in the first person limited point of view, which gives the reader a focused perspective of what the main character is thinking, feeling and experiencing. Mostly moderately paced, with some fast, blood-pumping scenes, there are many twists and turns throughout. Recommended for readers who like a good mystery. This is the culmination of the Serena Jones Mystery series, it can either be read as book 3 or as a standalone, Orchard does a great job of informing readers of past book occurrences. 

SUMMARY: FBI Special Agent Serena Jones arrives on Martha's Vineyard with her family for a much needed vacation. Little does she know that she is arriving to find her uncle dead, her cousin missing and a distraught ex-fiance. She throws herself into helping which puts her in the path of the person or persons who have something to hide. Will she be able to figure out how her uncle died before someone gets to her first? When her father ends up in the hospital, her caring landlord shows up to help her. When she stops answering her phone, her FEB partner flies in as well to check on her. Emotions brew between the trio while they investigate. May the best man win over Serena's heart.

(REVELL, Jul, 352 pgs, $14.99)

Series: Book 3 of the Serena Jones Mysteries
  • 978-0800726706
  • July 4, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017


Historical Christian Romance
Jennifer Delamere
4 stars MILD

England 1879

Delamere writes this heartfelt novel in the third person head hopping point of view, which gives the reader a clear
overview. Mostly moderate paced with some blood-pumping, high-action, fast paced scenes. Delamere does a great job of pulling the reader into the characters emotions' and circumstances. Recommended for readers of historical romance novels.

SUMMARY: Rosalyn Bernay and her sisters lost their parents at a young age and were brought up in an orphanage. Once she ages out, she must venture out find herself. Many unfortunate situations leave her with only the clothes on her back. Nate Moran had tried to help Rosalyn but she took it the wrong way and ended up in a worse mess. When she meets up with him again, will she be leery or more willing to accept his help?

(BETHANY HOUSE, June 2017, 352 pgs, $14.99)

Series: London Beginnings

Reviewed by: JENNY FALCONE

ISBN:  978-0764219207