If I run by Terri Blackstock

My review:

Oh my goodness! This book was so good! I finished it in about one day. Once I got started, I hardly wanted to put it down! It was full of suspense from the very beginning. And it ended with a lot of unanswered questions. I can hardly wait for the next book! Highly recommended for fans of mystery of suspense! 5+ stars!

Book description (from Amazon):

Casey knows the truth. But it won’t set her free.
Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.
But what is That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.
Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?
Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

Disclaimer: I received an e-book copy of this book from Netgalley and Zondervan in exchange for my honest  review which has been given.

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Playing the part (A Class of Their Own #3) by Jen Turano

My review:

I have really come to enjoy Jen Turano’s books. They are different and are a welcome relief from some of the more serious stuff I read. They can be a little corny at times but quite entertaining.

This one was no different. I laughed out loud multiple times during this book. It was really quite enjoyable. If you are looking for a funny novel with some romance and slight mystery thrown in, then give this book a try! I would also suggest reading the other two books in this series as well. 4 stars.

Book description (from Amazon):

Lucetta Plum is an actress on the rise in New York City, but must abandon her starring role when a fan’s interest turns threatening. Lucetta’s widowed friend, Abigail Hart, seizes the opportunity to meddle in Lucetta’s life and promptly whisks her away to safety at her eligible grandson’s estate. 

At first glance, Bram Haverstein appears to be a gentleman of means–albeit an eccentric one–but a mysterious career and a secret fascination with a certain actress mean there’s much more to him than society knows. 

While Lucetta has no interest in Abigail’s matchmaking machinations, she can’t ignore the strange things going on in Bram’s house and the secrets he hides. As the hijinks and hilarity that Bram, Lucetta, and their friends are swept into take a more dangerous turn, can they accept who they are behind the parts they play in time to save the day?

Disclaimer: I received an e-book copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review which has been given.

Refuge for Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

My review: This was my first book by this author but it will most definitely not be my last. While this was the third book in this series, it stands alone fairly well. I look forward to reading the two previous books to get the back story of what I encountered in this novel. If you love downton abbey and the time setting of World War I, then I would highly recommend this novel! And the two separate love stories in this novel made it even better! 4 stars!

Book description (from Amazon):

The Great War shakes the world of a spirited young woman and the brave British pilot she loves, taking her from London to her family’s magnificent country estate, and sending him into the war-torn skies over France. 
 
 
Penny Ramsey has always considered Highland Hall her home, but when Britain becomes involved in World War One she travels to London to assist her sister Kate with the eight orphan children she and her husband Jon have taken into their home. Doing her part for the war effort takes priority over Penny’s dreams of romance until she meets Alex Goodwin, a Royal Naval Air Service pilot in training.
 
Alex is determined to prove his worth and do his part to defend his country. Knowing he is heading off for the dangerous assignment of  chasing Zeppelins across the front line in France, he feels it’s unwise to form any romantic attachments. But he can’t help admiring the pretty, warmhearted Penny and wondering what it would be like to find her waiting when he returns home from the war. 
 
As Penny writes to Alex, their friendship blossoms, and she becomes his tie to home and normalcy as he faces the hardships war. But being an RNAS pilot means confronting the enemy, and the fallout form those experiences push Alex beyond Penny’s reach. Can God mend the brokenness left by the losses of war? Will faith and forgiveness bring them together again?

Disclaimer: I received an ebook copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review which has been given.

Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

My review:
This my second book by this author and after reading this, I cannot wait to go and read more from her. This book was so very good! My favorite combo of suspense and romance! I could hardly put it down. I highly recommend this book if you have read her other books or if you love Christian romantic suspense. I can hardly wait for the next one in this series! 5 stars from me!

Book description (from Amazon):
Four Best Friends. 
And Then One Went Missing . . . 

In college, Griffin McCray and his three best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore Police Department, Declan Grey would head to the FBI, and Parker Mitchell would study to become a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world–and friendships–crumbled. 

Now years later, Griffin has left the police and his friendships behind. Still trying to forget a case that went bad when he was a SWAT team sniper, he’s living a quiet life as a park ranger at Gettysburg. Quiet until skeletal remains are uncovered near Little Round Top–and they aren’t Civil War-era. 

Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Grey steps in to take over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he’ll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he–and those he cares about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and murder.

Disclaimer: I received an e-book copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review which has been given.

Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

My review:

I have only read one other Elizabeth Camden novel and I absolutely loved it. This one was no different. It was so very good and I was drawn into the story from the very beginning. I must admit that I did not like Quentin at all in the beginning. But as the story progressed and we learned more about him, his past, and as his feelings towards Sophie grew, he grew on me. I very much enjoyed this novel and I would highly recommend it especially for those who are a fan of historical fiction. You can get a copy for yourself anywhere books are sold.

Book description (from Amazon):

Fascinated by Dierenpark, an abandoned mansion high atop a windswept cliff in the Hudson River Valley, Sophie van Riijn sees no harm in setting up a rooftop weather station for her work with the newly established Weather Bureau. While the villagers are suspicious of the mysterious estate and its tragic history, Sophie has come to see it as her own enchanted piece of paradise. 

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 Sophie trespassing on his land.

Instantly at odds, Quentin and Sophie yet 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 can no longer be kept in the past, will tragedy triumph or can their tenuous hope prevail.

Disclaimer: I received an e-book copy of this book from Netgalley and Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review which has been given.

Among the Fair magnolias book review

My review:

Among the Fair Magnolias is a collection of four southern love stories by Dorothy Love, Tamera Alexander, Elizabeth Musser, and Shelley Gray. This is the first I have read anything by these authors and each novella only made me want to read more by them. I thoroughly enjoyed each story in this collection. And I absolutely loved the setting of these novellas. Each one took place in the South in the mid to late 1800’s. I thought each author did a fabulous job of developing the characters and the storyline of each story. Sometimes that can be hard to do with a novella. I highly recommend this book especially for fans of historical fiction. 4 stars!

Book description (from Amazon):

In the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history, four Southern women–destinies forged by birth, hearts steeled by war–face near impossible choices on their journeys in life . . . and in love.  

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
Savannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family home. So when new owner, Aidan Bedford, a Boston attorney and former Union soldier, seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But the clock is ticking. Can she find the box her father supposedly hid there during the war before her assignment is completed? And before she sees yet another battle lost on the home front. This time, one of the heart.

An Outlaw’s Heart by Shelley Gray
When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he’s determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother’s homestead, he discovers she’s very ill, and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
Emily has a secret: She’s in love with one of the freedmen on her family’s plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.

Each novella includes a scrumptious Southern recipe that’s inherent to each author’s story and that will suit your book club meeting to a T!

A big thanks to BookLook bloggers for an e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review which has been given.

A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

My review:

A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason was the second book in the Courage to dream series. I have not read the first one (yet) and thought this one stood alone fairly well. It did take some time into my reading to familiarize myself with the characters and i did get a little confused about who was who at times so I would suggest reading book one first. Other than that, I was hooked from page one. I was drawn in from the beginning and was able to feel all the emotions each of these characters went through. I would definitely recommend this novel. 5 stars for me!

Book description (from Amazon):

Maggie Montgomery’s long-held wish to see America is finally coming true. She’ll visit her beloved brother Rylan and his wife, Colleen, and at the same time, escape Neill Fitzgerald’s unwanted attention. In addition, Maggie has a secret! She plans to remain in America to seek her fortune and to hopefully find love. While visiting Irish Meadows, she meets an intriguing man whom she thinks is a stable hand. Only when Rylan demands she stay away from Adam O’Leary does she realize he’s Colleen’s brother, recently released from prison. Nonetheless, Maggie can’t seem to make her heart conform to her brother’s request.

Adam O’Leary has never felt worthy of his place in the family. Spending time in jail only reinforces his belief. Now that he’s free, Adam hopes to make amends and earn back his family’s trust. Falling in love with Maggie Montgomery, however, was never in his plans. 

Despite everyone’s effort to keep them apart, the two develop a bond nothing can break–but has Adam truly changed, or will the sins of his past prove too much for Maggie to overcome?

I received an e-book copy of this book from the Bethany house blogger review program in exchange for my honest review which has been given.