The One You’re With (by Lauren Denton) … how a life changing secret revelation is handled

This story deals with decisions we make and how they can affect our lives even years later. The trust we place in the people who are special to us is sometimes tenuous. While Edie got on my nerves with her immaturity … even after she was an adult … she did redeem herself by the end. This was a story of love, marriage, trust, and family. Wait to see how Mac and Edie deal with the life changing secret that is revealed.

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

The Germany Nurse (by M. J. Hollows) … emotional read about WWII

I love reading historical fiction books which occur during WWII. Based on the island of Guernsey, this story is really about relationships. Living on the island during the war, the inhabitants endure the typical difficulties that were pervasive … shortages, acts of rebellion, etc. This is an emotional read as you experience the decisions that Jack has to make to help protect his loved ones and keep them safe.

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

In Times of Rain and War (by Camron Wright) … writing style was not engaging

Historical fiction books based during WWII is my favorite genre. This one focused on helping children escape London after the blitz. The information about the Women’s Volunteer Services and the effort the British government made to help move thousands of children to safe locations was interesting. However, considering all that, this book didn’t appeal to me. The writing style was not engaging and did not keep me invested in the story.

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

The Kitchen Front (by Jennifer Ryan) … you will experience how the war impacts each character

I am a huge fan of WWII historical fiction books. This was a unique view through the cooking contest held by the Kitchen Front, an actual BBC radio program that was broadcast during WWII. The story revolves around four women who are very different and come from unique situations. I enjoyed how the competition between the ladies turns into a friendship. There are delightful and well-developed female characters. And as you travel through the pages, you experience how the war impacts each of them.

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

The First Christmas: A Story of New Beginnings (by Stephen Mitchell) … it had unfulfilled potential

The premise of this book caught my attention and had me looking forward to reading it. The birth of Christ is told through the characters present that holy night … including the ox and donkey. There were some moments of humor and, unfortunately, I imagine many Christians will be offended by the way the story is portrayed. The chapters did not flow well and seemed to jump between character views and author’s philosophical/religious opinion. It had so much potential and I am sad at the presentation that resulted.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Essentials for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

In Hot Water ~ Misty Bay Tearoom #1 (by Kate Kingsbury) … clues were unbelievable

I was excited to explore a new cozy mystery series by Kate Kingsbury. She has written several other series so I thought this would appeal to me. However, this just fell short. The characters were not that well developed. The mystery aspect of the book was good and the way it ended was handled well. The clues were presented in a way that was unbelievable. I am sad that this book did not grab my attention or have me invested in the story.

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

Well-Offed in Vermont ~ Pret’ Near Perfect #1 (by Amy Patricia Meade) … I will not explore this town again

I was looking forward to reading a new cozy mystery series. However, I was left with an unsatisfactory experience. The conversations did not flow smoothly and the Vermonters are characterized as poor white trash. If I was from Vermont, I would be offended. The mystery was okay and you could solve it easily enough. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll be exploring any more of the town or people in this series.

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

The Burning ~ Clay Edison #4 (by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman) … amazing ending

Father-son writing duo have done it again with the next installment in the Clay Edison series. The characters are well developed and the series is set up to continue for years to come. I really appreciate the main character, Clay Edison. His characteristics are appealing and I appreciate the way he pushes the envelope to do his job. The ending was amazing. You will be sucked into the storyline and it will be a satisfying ride as you race through the pages.

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

Maiden Voyages (by Siân Evans) … too many descriptive details

I enjoy reading books in the historical fiction genre. This was a different focus for me. The historical information provided about ships was interesting. And while I questioned why so much of the book covered this aspect, I finally realized it was providing background. As more women began traveling aboard ships, it became obvious there was a need for women crew members. There were a little too many descriptive details provided so that the story became difficult to keep my attention.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.