The Last Flight (by Julie Clark) … a book you won’t be able to put down once you start reading

This is the author’s second book and, as with the first, she knocked it out of the park! The format of the story that moves back and forth between the main characters, Claire and Eva, and the past and present flowed smoothly. There were so many aspects presented from drug abuse, domestic violence, love, loss, relationships, misguided trust. Opening the book will take you on a soaring roller coaster ride of emotions. And there are several moments when you will gasp out loud. Claire and Eva are two amazing women and you will find yourself cheering them on. This is definitely a book to put at the top of your to-be-read list. Just make sure you don’t have anything else to do because you won’t be able to put it down. I can’t wait for Julie Clark’s next gift of words!

Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Dad (by Steven Manchester) … an emotional read that will stay with you long after you’ve read the last page.

I read the last sentence and closed the book with tears streaming down my face.  Such an emotional read that will stay with me for a long time.  As you travel through the lives of three men … grandfather, father, and son … you will experience the challenges they each face.  Viewing their personal challenges, triumphs, and failures will tug at your heart.  I loved Robert’s (the grandfather) quirky sense of humor.  Even as life threw him a curveball, he kept his humor.  Each of these men have a depth that emerges through the pages.  The history of Robert (the grandfather) and Oliver (the father) play into their relationship with each other as well as Oliver’s relationship with his wife, son, and daughter.

As you watch these men deal with love, loss, mistakes, dedication, and forgiveness, you will cheer them on as your heart fills to overflowing.  Put this book at the top of your to-be-read list.  It’s worth the cost of the box of tissues you’ll need to have on hand!

Thank you to Story Plant and the author for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

A Killer Christmas Wish ~ Cat Latimer #7 (by Lynn Cahoon) … good addition to this cozy mystery series

This is the first book I’ve read in the Cat Latimer series, but I will definitely go back and read the first 6 books.  A book about a writer’s meeting for a retreat intrigued me and then you factor in well-developed characters and a murder mystery and I’m hooked.  There are lots of twists and turns as you learn more about the individuals at the retreat.  As clues are revealed, you will continue to try to solve the mystery.  But in Lynn Cahoon typical fashion, you are left guessing until the bitter end.  Can’t wait for the next book in this series!

Thank you to Book Funnel and the author for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Last Daughter (by Belle Ami) … book of a traumatic time in history

I am a huge fan of books set during WWII. I was thrilled that I was given the opportunity to read this book. What an amazing story of love, innocence, fear, emotion, pain, and new beginnings. The experiences Dina and her family have during the Holocaust will break your heart. Based on the life of the author’s mother, you will be touched deeply as you travel through the pages and endure life during such a traumatic time in history.

Thank you to BookSiren and Tema Merback for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Two Wicked Desserts ~ Kitchen Witch #2 (by Lynn Cahoon) … wonderful characters with a great mystery

This was another great book in the Kitchen Witch series. I love the characters and the setting. The story is interesting and the mystery is intriguing and keeps you turning pages quickly. Mia and her gram and friends are delightful. The clues will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see if the mystery can be solved. I am really looking forward to the next installment in the series.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corporation for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

One Poison Pie ~ Kitchen Witch #1 (by Lynn Cahoon) … delightful cozy mystery

This is the first book I’ve read in the Country Store series. But this one was so enjoyable, that I’ll definitely be reading more … even going back to the first one in the series. The characters are well developed, the mystery is intriguing and keeps you interested, and the recipes will have your mouth watering. This was a wonderful book to curl up with a glass of lemonade in a rocking chair on the porch and get lost in all of the antics.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corporation for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

No Grater Crime ~ Country Store #9 (by Maddie Day) … great mystery that keeps you intrigued

This is the first book I’ve read in the Country Store series. But this one was so enjoyable, that I’ll definitely be reading more … even going back to the first one in the series. The characters are well developed, the mystery is intriguing and keeps you interested, and the recipes will have your mouth watering. This was a wonderful book to curl up with a glass of lemonade in a rocking chair on the porch and get lost in all of the antics.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corporation for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Once More Unto the Breach (by Meghan Holloway) … a different view of WWII but too much graphic violence

I was really looking forward to reading this book.  I am a huge fan of books focused on WWII.  Plius the book was touted as being for fans of The Nightingale.  But, alas, I was not that impressed.  One of the positive aspects of the book, though, is that it covered the time period after the war.  So the information provided was interesting.  However, the graphic violence was a little too much to handle.  The flashbacks were a little distracting and kept the book from flowing well.

Thank you to NetGalley and Polis Books for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Bridge of Gold ~ Doors to the Past #3 (by Kimberley Woodhouse) … wonderful dual timeline historical fiction read

I love dual timeline books and when it is from the historical fiction genre, I’m definitely a huge fan.  The author has done a wonderful job of sharing an amazing story based on things I never knew.  The building of the Golden Gate Bridge and the difficulties the diverse experienced were interesting.  The Christian theme was refreshing.  And, while romance was a part of the story, it wasn’t too syrupy sweet.  The mystery kept my attention and I loved the twists from both timelines.

I have not read the earlier books in the series, but am looking forward to getting lost in those stories.  And I will definitely be reading more books by the author.

Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Never Tell ~ Detective D. D. Warren #10 (by Lisa Gardner) … amazing roller coaster ride

Wow!  This was one amazing roller coaster ride.  There are three primary characters … all very different.  I really had no idea how the two story lines were related.  But be prepared for the puzzle pieces to fall into place.  I could not put the book down because I needed to know what would happen in the next chapter.  Definitely put this one on your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton for my advanced review copy.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.