Book Review: Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson

Book Review: Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson


This story blew me away. Having stumbled upon a book prior that was a bit dry, I feared that maybe it wasn’t the book that was the problem, but me. I was wrong. This story restored my faith in reading. This was a phenomenal book, well written that interweaved between the two time periods. Both stories were necessary as they weaved together to the end.

Catching the Wind is about a quest to find Brigitte Berthold. At the age of thirteen, Daniel Knight (Dietmar) rescued his best friend in fleeing for their lives in Nazi Germany. Sadly, they were separated as they came into England, and for years afterward Daniel had been searching for his Brigette.

Daniel had initiated numerous searches over the years, but no one returned with any type of information that was useful. Most of all, information about his beloved best friend. So he turns to Quenby Vaugh, who is an American journalist, to use her tenacity in finding out the story. With the help of Lucas, Daniel Knight’s lawyer, they both go through the clues to find out what happened to Brigette, in turn, Quenby learns what happened to her mom so many years ago.

Again, this story is remarkably wonderful. I loved every minute of it, wanting to dash forward through the pages, but knowing I couldn’t, because I might miss a detail of importance. Would I recommend this book? Most definitely! Two thumbs up and a round of applause for the author (and her editors). This will be a book I will keep for many years to come, and will share with all to read.

I received this book complimentary from the publisher via Netgalley.

Book Review: A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears

Book Review: A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears



This was an interesting story, about Lydia King and her desire to help the prostitutes of the town and their children. She lives at the orphanage, with her parents and while she truly wants to help the children, she realizes that her parents may not be able to help her out at the orphanage much longer. She turns to Nicholas Lowe, who is the owner of the jar canning company, and asks for money. But what she doesn’t realize, is that he’s in town only long enough to sell the company. There was some sort of disagreement between he and his father, so he’d rather not ruffle his feathers. Especially when it comes to spending money.

From reading the synopsis once more about what the story is about, after I started the book I realized that it didn’t fall in line with what I initially read. I made it through several chapters before putting it aside to read at a much later date. There were other books on my kindle I wanted to start.

For instance, in the first chapters we understand that there is so pressing reason why Lydia must work at the orphanage and that she has no desire to ever marry. Why? I don’t know. She has her parents there, although she acknowledges that they would probably prefer to be elsewhere, but why are they there? There was nothing that hinted or gave me reason to hang on to the book to find out.

I suppose my biggest reason, I didn’t like Lydia. There was nothing in the story that prompted me to continue reading.

That said, I believe that plot and premise of the story was an interesting read and could possibly be enjoyable should I choose to read this in the future. I will be passing the book to my mom to read and find out her opinion. Often times she will love a book which will force me to reread a book and see what my new opinion will b.e

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

Book Review: My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains by Susan Page Davis

Book Review: My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains by Susan Page Davis


So after reading the first book in the My Heart Belongs series, I should have made an accurate assumption that I probably shouldn’t read any more. But, I had hope that the only reason I didn’t like the first book (Fort Bliss, Texas) was the setting, in a military outpost. I was wrong. I didn’t like this book either and my reasoning follows.

Carmela has been under the beck and call of her uncle, since her parents died so many years ago. Her uncle, seeing that he has a potential money maker on his hands, forces Carmela to follow a script complete with Indian tattoos about how she was an Indian captive. But sadly, none of it was true. The money made from Carmela telling the story over the years has helped line her uncle’s pockets.

At one point in time, she cries and a young boy comes upon her and promises to get help. Sadly, the help doesn’t arrive and it’s years later before she returns with her uncle to the same town. While riding on stagecoach to the next destination, they come upon outlaws who leave Carmela and the sheriff with his prisoner behind. But, inadvertently take Carmela’s uncle.

I truly had hope for this story, and I read with with great anticipation. But then I got tired of it. I didn’t like Carmela. She seemed like such a fickle thing and the sheriff with whom she was with, the intertwining of their stories just didn’t jive with me. Sadly, I didn’t even finish the book, although in hindsight I should, just so I know what happened to Carmela’s uncle!

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

Book Review: The Book of Greens by Jenn Louis

Book Review: The Book of Greens by Jenn Louis


Synopsis: This is for those of us who are aware of the wealth of green veggies out in the market today, but have no idea how to cook or use them, outside of the typical same greens you eat day after day. This cookbook is for us. It tells us the good things about the green vegetables and in addition, provides some recipes that we can follow along and taste the greens for ourselves.

I did try one of the recipes, and it was for a minestrone soup. The one thing (outside of the greens) that took my soup from medicore to outstanding, was the heel of cheese that was recommended. In addition, in my soup I used rice versus the traditional pasta. For me, the recipe was a 10+ which means I can rate this book super high. Because the recipes are wonderful. At least with the one I tried. BUT, it means that I don’t have any trepidation in trying any others, because my experience says that they work.

In addition to the recipes, I found the details about each green very informative and helpful. It has made me want to go out and find greens, outside of my typical kale, spinach and romaine, and explore the world of greens.

I did get this book complimentary from the publisher, however the review is based upon my own opinion.

Book Review: The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Book Review: The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck


This is a book that once I really got started, I couldn’t stop. And that includes, finding breaks during work to finish it. Lunch time rolled around and I forfeited lunch, just to finish the book.

I have enjoyed previous books by Rachel Hauck, so I had grand expectations. But the start of the story just threw me off. I was off-kilter and confused and not at all understanding what was going on. From the beginning, I was thrust into an event for the main character, Tenley, and her honor in the publishing world. And then, I’m thrust back in time to Birdie, and young woman, an heiress who is destined to marry for money and not love. Then you had Jonas and Elijah and so many other characters.

And yet, despite the awkward start of this book, I loved it. I’m not really sure what prompted me to pick up the book and then to finish it, but I am so glad I did. It inspired me.

The book is about Tenley Roth, and now that she has a bestseller on her hands, her next book is due in three months. The problem, she has writers block. Intertwined with Tenley’s story, is Birdie Sheshorn, the daughter of old money. Her path is decided for her, included who she is to marry. But all she wants to do is write and somehow make the world a better place. The two women live in separate time periods, and yet they are bound together.


Would I recommend this book? Most definitely.

I received this complimentary copy from the publisher via Netgalley.

Book Review: Guardian by Terri Reed

Book Review: Guardian by Terri Reed


I grew up reading Love Inspired books, many of the books I’ve kept over the years had more depth and interest, than current Love Inspired books. There have been too many books that I’ve read half-way thru to lose interest, or toss aside due to it’s overt goody-two shoes main character.

This book, however, has given me faith again in the Love Inspired book series. It’s a suspense, and it kept me intrigued and reading. I finished the book and the only thing I had to complain about, is that it was a continuation of the main story. Suppose I understand the purpose, but I am going to have to read at least five more stories before I get to the conclusion of the main plot.

That said, this story is about an FBI agent, Leo Gallagher. The main plot that will be going on in the next five stories is that a fellow FBI agent has been kidnapped. And Leo feels responsible. Then, there has been a murder in Wyoming, one witnessed by a young woman. There is a tie into his case, so he goes out to Wyoming, promising to protect this young woman and mother. There is someone who is determined to kill her, and Leo must do everything in his power to not allow that to happen.

Again, I really did enjoy this book. It could be a stand alone book, had it not been for the main story in the background. Considering this is the first book in the K-9 series, only time will tell as to if each story could be read out of order, or if you will need to read each book in order (in order to stay caught up with who is marrying who).

I received this from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Book Review: You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher


I’ve always enjoyed Robin Lee Hatcher’s books over the years, so when I stumbled upon this one I knew I had to read it!

Synopsis: Her mother abandoned her, her father disowned her, and her husband left her. Can Brooklyn be convinced that it is possible to forgive the greatest of betrayals?

Brooklyn Myers escaped her broken home and her embittered, unloving father by eloping to Reno at the age of 17. But when she was pregnant with their first child, her husband abandoned her as well. Not welcome back home in Thunder Creek, Brooklyn stayed in Reno and raised her daughter Alycia on her own, doing her best to make sure Alycia never knew the heartache and rejection Brooklyn herself had known.

When her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies, he leaves the family home in Thunder Creek to his daughter. Believing it is the best way to give her daughter a stable home, Brooklyn does what she thought she would never do. She goes home to the orchard and wine country of Southwest Idaho. There, she encounters Chad’s best friend, Derek Johnson, a part time sheriff’s deputy who also owns an organic produce farm next door. Derek was never a fan of former bad girl Brooklyn Myers, but he made a promise to his dying friend that he would be the father to Alycia that Chad had never been.

Although Derek and Brooklyn get off to a bumpy start, he and Alycia quickly form a bond. And soon, Derek realizes that he wants Brooklyn to trust him too . . .  even knowing that her trust won’t come easily. And then he realizes he wants even more than her trust. He wants to win her love.

While Brooklyn may be tempted to give her heart to Derek, risking her daughter’s happiness is another story. Will Brooklyn hold onto her self-reliance for dear life, or will she come to understand that the greatest gift she can give her daughter is showing her how to love and trust others?

I found myself really enjoying this book. Although, it did move just a tad too slow for me, because I found myself flying thru the chapters just to find out how it would end. I admit, I may have been just a little impatient that day. But truly, I found myself enjoying Robin’s writing and the story about Brooklyn and Derek. I just found it a shame that there was no closure between her and her dad in the book. Nor did I really understand what happened to her mom, so many years before. Did she just leave or die?

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.