Book Review: The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis

Book Review: The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis


I selected this book to read, partially because of the book cover but also because the premise of the book sounded interesting. However, I fear, this is a time where the inside pages don’t live up to the expectations set forth by the exterior.

The Last Heiress is about a young woman who travels from England to North Carolina, to find out if there is any way to get the shipments of cotton restored to her families mills. The war between the states have stopped the flow of shipments, and if nothing comes in soon, their workers will be out of work.

So to North Carolina Amanda Dunn sets, with her lady’s maid in tow. Her twin sister lives in Wilmington, and she stays with her and her husband in their lavish home. She dislikes the fact that they have slaves while her sister’s husband points out that they have slaves in England. Yes, they might be paid, but they make very little. Needless to say, there is little to be said where they will agree. Amanda makes friends with a local shopkeeper, and finds that his views are similar to her own.

The plot of the story appeared to be a good one to follow, otherwise I wouldn’t have selected it. However, I could not get into the story. None of the characters did I get to know nor fall in love with. It just seemed to be a tedious read. At 33% on my kindle, I thought for sure I was close to the end. I wasn’t. That’s about when I started reading ahead hoping to find something worth reading. That said, I have yet to finish the book.

Would I recommend this book? Sadly, no.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Jaded by Varina Denman

Book Review: Jaded by Varina Denman


I’ve never read a book by Varina Denman, however she is an author that I will look for in the future. Published by David Cook, the company did a great job in designing a cover that appealed to me. In a way, it reminded me of the painting “Christina” by Andrew Wyeth.

The story is about a young woman in her 20’s, who has faced life with her mom, shunned by the local church. Ruthie, has grown up knowing that something happened to expell them from the congregation, but she has no idea what it was being as she was only seven at the time. Her mother, refuses to talk about and becomes extremely angry when faced with challenges in life. But things change with the arrival of a new, young pastor in town. Plus, he’s single.

Eventually things happen and eventually Ruthie does find out what went down so many years before. The question now, is forgiveness a possibility.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It was a different perspective on the normal books I read. It kept me pulled into the story, so much, that I didn’t want to put it down when it came time to return to work. That in my mind, is an indication of a good book. I enjoyed the way you saw things thru Ruthie’s mind when she came upon obstacles in life and how they were eventually resolved.

I received this book as an eBook from Netgalley in exchange for a honest interview.

Book review: The Heart’s Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher

Book review: The Heart’s Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher


This is a book I borrowed from my mom, that she originally received in the mail from Bethany House. I’ve always been a fan of Robin Lee Hatcher, but never realized she wrote outside of the modern aspect. So for me, this was a joyful departure from her other writings.

The cover art is most excellent and hat’s off the cover designer. The synopsis of the book sounded good. The book is about a jilted bride who feels obligated to go after the money that her runaway groom had stolen from her family. Facing bankruptcy, she pleads with the banker to give her family time to pay off the upcoming mortgage. Granted a brief reprieve, she finds a bounty hunter who agree’s to find her groom. But he has a hidden agenda, finding the murderer who killed his family.

As dark and deep as the story sounds, it really isn’t. It was a very easy read, with not too many dips and turns. I was able to finish the book within a day, which is excellent. But all in all, I did enjoy the book.

Book Review: Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

Book Review: Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman


I chose to read Dauntless based partially on the cover art, and the synopsis on the back cover. At the time, I wasn’t aware that this particular series was geared towards the young adult audience. Despite that, I still enjoyed the book as an adult.

The book is about a young woman, Merry Ellison who once upon a time was a baroness daughter. But through fate of a father who joined a rebellion, her family along with those of the village,¬†were¬†slaughtered. Merry, while hidden away with the children, survived. Needing the survive from then on, they soon became known as “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest”. With a rather bad choice of stealing gold from the king’s men, the “ghosts” were soon a wanted target.

All in all, the book was good. It captured my interest at the very beginning, the first chapter pulling me in. Being as I was reading on my lunch break, I realized that by the second chapter I had to stop. And that’s only because I was being pulled so far into the forest adventure I knew that going back into work would be bleak indeed. As it was, I found myself starting it up again that evening, and spending the rest of the night finishing the book.

The book I enjoyed, and now knowing that it is a book geared towards young adults, I give it two thumbs up. A review I read on Goodreads, someone mentioned how Allan was always mentioned as a child, therefore the introduction as a love interest was hard to fathom. I completely agree. He was a part of the children, and I always saw Merry as being so much older than the children. So when there was the introduction of the potential of love between her and one of the boys, I had difficulty wrapping my brain around it.

But other than that, the book was good. I would definitely recommend reading it.

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

Book Review: The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

Book Review: The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton


I’ve never read a book by Lori Benton, but when I was reading the synopsis of the book it intrigued me. Babies are born in the heart of a battle between the soldiers and indians in the 1700’s. A baby dies, but it’s place is taken by a twin baby boy of an Indian mother. Years later, the twin of the Indian mother finds out about his other twin and goes out seeking him, and instead finds a friendship with his sister.

The plot of the book made me eager to find out how the story worked out, but to be honest, I was very disappointed in the book. I wanted to like it. I wanted to love it. But within the first two chapters I was so confused and found myself having to go back several pages to figure out what I missed and where. Perhaps that’s my fault for reading too fast, but even so it shouldn’t not have been so easy for me to get lost.

Oh, and the kicker, the story has no ending. It has an ending of sorts, but not an ending that you’d expect. Let’s just say, you can tell the author is expecting to do a sequel to finish the story. Unfortunately, I won’t be along for the ride.

I received this book from Blogginforbooks in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

Book Review: Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey


I selected this book based upon a previous book I read by Dani Pettrey and really enjoyed reading. This book did not disappoint me. It is thinner than previous books, but that in no way took away from the quantity and quality of the story within its covers.

In this story, Kirra Jacobs is matched up with Reef McKenna in a search as to why her uncle has disappeared from an Iditarod race. In the midst of their search they come across danger and surprisingly mutual admiration for one another.

Again, this book was a very enjoyable read. I’m just glad I was sitting near a fireplace because I could feel the cold temperatures reach thru and grip me. The book was that good.

This book was given to me from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.