Wow! What an emotional roller coaster. Set in the 1950's during the era of McCarthyism, James and Henry, fall in love. Both are married but live for the times they can be together. Henry is under suspicion by the government because he is an immigrant. James works for the FBI but when they decide they must interview all their employees, the stress becomes too much for James and he has a breakdown and ends up in a psych hospital. When Henry finds out, he does what he must to get James out before permanent damage is done. As James heals, things come to a head with their wives and the men are left with only each other.
This was one fantastic story. Tightly written, the tension of that time comes through as you did not know who to trust. I was on the edge of my seat caught up in the story. I loved Henry and James. They are opposites of each other but devoted to one another. Their futures were different than what they ever anticipated but they were pioneers at that time. Courageous, strong, devoted men. I wanted everything to turn out well. I would also like to see more into their futures to see how their story ends. Well done!
Kevin is hanging around his home after his suicide. He cannot pass over so his widow hires Katrina to rid the house of Kevin. She has a different way of ghost busting.
This is a short quick hot read. It is fun. Katrina gives Kevin what he want so he can pass over. I enjoyed it and plan to read more of the series.
Christian Faraday crashes his horses and curricle into Merrisa's wagon. Since it is cold out and his one horse is injured she invites him to her home. Merrisa is not one to hold her tongue and Christian, being an earl, is not used to others saying what they think. He and Merrisa are attracted to one another but not in the same class so both think the best thing would be to stay away from the other but scandal follows Christian into the country and Merrisa goes to London to save her brother where Christian must rescue her.
I liked Merrisa. She is sharp-tongued and feisty and takes on all. She may be afraid but she knows how to give a set down. I can see her in my mind going up against the roughest, toughest people. I chuckled at her as she often bests the rest. I liked Christian. He is all the negative things he thinks but Merrisa sees more in him, once she lets her prejudices slide (just a little.) Merrisa keeps Christian on his toes. I chuckled as the two of them went after each other. Elizabeth, Merrisa's sister, is a good foil for her. Their brother should be kicked where the sun don't shine.
I enjoyed the story. It moved quickly and was fun. It shows the hypocrisy of the times. Keep it discreet and you can do anything. I like how Merrisa does help Christian with a certain problem. I would read this author again.
Cordelia ends up at the poor farm when she is accused of begging. There she meets Sara, Dan, and Grace. They flee the farm after destroying people who have become monster cannibals. They travel to a town further west where Jack, a man from Sara's past, lives. He helps them to establish themselves in his town. But the monster cannibals, now called zombies, come calling causing their lives to disrupted again.
I enjoyed this story and I am not into zombies at all. But this book is more than that. It is a story of people overcoming disabilities and society's disapproval. Sara, Cordelia, Dan, Grace, and Jack are outcasts by societal standards--some because of physical/mental disabilities, other by their sexuality. I loved how they showed their strengths and became a family that protected, took care of, and loved one another. They are a unit. They worry about each other and, when circumstances cause them to be separated, they strengthen their bonds with each other. I also liked the honesty and openness they show one another.
This is well done. I was pulled into their world and story and read it in one sitting. I would read Ms. Vane again.
Lilah does not like football players because of her past. Riley is going to help her overcome her aversion to football players. She is also is art professor for the summer semester.
I liked the characters. I enjoyed the story as Lilah goes from deep dislike to love. Riley changes also with Lilah's influence. He starts to see other possibilities for his life. Proofreading could have been better.
I plan on reading the rest of the series. This is a good start for it.
Bruce and the goslings come home from the south but find their home turned into a hotel. Bruce takes it as long as he can then he has enough.
What a guest list! Bruce tries for the goslings' sake but enough is enough and we find out what a softie Bruce is. I loved the illustrations. I laughed out loud again. Just delightful!
Bruce is a bear, not a nursery rhyme kind of guy, but somehow the goslings think he's their mother. He tries to teach them to fly south but the lessons never take so he must take them south.
This is one of the funniest, laugh out loud tales I have read. I loved it! Nothing like guilt to motivate one. Delightful, whimsical, fun!
Delightful story of Captain No Beard and his crew which include his cousin and three animals. They come upon a mermaid and treasure.
Fun! Wonderful! Great illustrations! I plan on reading the rest of the series and giving them as a Christmas gift.
Harry the Mouse is asking his friends to borrow things then invites them to his home later in the week. It is scary walking in the dark to borrow the items. But it all turns out alright.
I enjoyed this story. It is good for the little ones with repetition and good manners. It is not too scary but realistic about what scares Harry.
A secretary is murdered at Master Ketchup where Christine, Amelia's best friend works.Â Christine is afraid that the murderer meant to kill her as Danielle, the secretary, was temporarily assigned to Christine's marketing department. She asks Amelia to move her cupcake truck to outside Master Ketchup so she could investigate the murder. Dan, of course, has asked Amelia to stay out of the murder investigation.
I enjoyed this story. John's wedding plans are heating up and people are getting upset over those plans. Amelia supports her children no matter what. Dan is fitting very well in Amelia's and the kids' lives. I liked that the murder was fit into the daily lives of the characters involved but that it was only a part of their lives. We get more of who they are and their relationships with each other. I figured out who the murderer was and why (unusual for me.}
I look forward to more in this series.
Foxworthy and Moxie, magician and assistant. Moxie is planning on leaving Foxworthy high and dry when a coffee shop barista shows him the error of his way.
I enjoyed the characters and story. This sets up the series and introduces the characters. I plan to read more of them.
Two short stories set in Amish communities. The first has Martha's family moving to a new community in Montana that are not as strict as the sect she came from. Martha holds on her the Old Order ways but has her eyes opened by Jacob who works with homeless people from the surrounding area. Good characters but the story needed to be proofread. I was pulled out of the story too often to try to figure out what the author was saying.
The second story had Katie returning home from her Rumspringa early to care for her injured sister, Mary. Katie is reunited with her love, Willis, who has also returned from his Rumspringa. Katie was happy to return because of the danger in the English world. Willis' Rumspringa did not give him what he expected. As they court, Mary keeps getting in the way. I liked the story and the characters but Mary exasperated me with her attitude and demands.
First book in the Jenna Dubois Mystery series. Verena Mason is murdered in Jenna's patisserie shop's kitchen. The cops think it is her but when Verena's Uncle Ray dies at her funeral they have to change their minds.
I liked Jenna and her regulars. They are fun. The story kept me intrigued and wanting more. It needed a little fleshing out to be totally believable but I want to read more of the series. I did not figure it and needed the explanation at the end.
Prequel to Confessions of a Whore series where Brittany and her boyfriend Neil are introduced. Lots of sex and thinking of sex. Not much of a plot but I did like the characters.
Tess, the black sheep of her family, has a one-night stand with Prince Antone Salvatore, the guest of honor. She has no idea who he is. He finds that refreshing. When she comes to him about being pregnant he thinks she is no different than any other woman he has met. But since the child is his heir he takes her home with him.
This sets up the Napoline Royals series and introduces the characters. I liked the characters and the storyline is a Cinderella story. The author has brought me into the story. I could feel the Tess' hurt, pain, and anger when Antone shuts her out. For her it is no different than her family's actions. She does show him though that she is ready to be at his side working for his country. He has to change his thinking. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
An interesting look at how we teach in Sunday School and how it works in the real world. I know as a Sunday School teacher I had questions about why we use certain people as examples of how we should live. Their flaws get in the way of the good they may have done. Too often they have committed most of the 7 Deadly Sins. I liked the common sense the author brought to the discussion. I also liked that he said bring Jesus into the stories as we read them. I did that as I thought about the Good Samaritan and it was interesting to see the story with Jesus as the victim left by the side of the road then as the travelers passing the victim. What would Jesus' actions be and what can I learn and use to make me live the gospel better?