3-Minute Devotions from the Psalms: Inspiration for Women (by Vicki J. Kuyper and MariLee Parrish) … perfect devotions for women in a rush

This was a nice devotion book. I enjoyed the scripture chosen, the devotions themselves, and the little summary paragraph at the end of each devotion. This would be a nice devotional book to give to any female friends or loved ones.

I would definitely recommend this book for a variety of women who have few minutes as they rush about with their daily lives…work, errands, children’s schedules, etc. These are literally 3-minute devotions but that will touch the aspects of your busy and harried life.

Thank you to NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

3-Minute Devotions from the Proverbs: Wisdom for Women (by Rebecca Currington and MariLee Parrish) … perfect devotions for women in a rush

This was a nice devotion book. I enjoyed the scripture chosen, the devotions themselves, and the little summary paragraph at the end of each devotion. This would be a nice devotional book to give to any female friends or loved ones.

I would definitely recommend this book for a variety of women who have few minutes as they rush about with their daily lives…work, errands, children’s schedules, etc. These are literally 3-minute devotions but that will touch the aspects of your busy and harried life.

Thank you to NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife (byMaryann McFadden) … you will be drawn into the tragic story of Tillie

This was a wonderful read! I loved the way the chapters moved back and forth between the past and the present. The story of Tillie and her murder was tragic and you ache with the sad story of her life. The author did a wonderful job as she shared the history of Tillie’s life and death.

By sharing the “present day” fictional story of Rachel Miller you experience her fears, her anxiety, and her pain. As she begins exploring the background of Tillie’s story, you are drawn into the story and hanging onto each word and wondering whether Rachel will be able to complete her quest. There are lots of twists and turns as you not only follow Tillie’s story, but learn about Rachel’s past…a past that was heartbreaking.

I enjoyed this book so much that I purchased every book this author has written.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

The Paris Wife (by Paula McLain) … interesting historical read

Interesting read. I loved learning more about Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. My heart just ached for Hadley. But I was glad to learn that her life ended up positively.

Ernest and Hadley’s whirlwind courtship, marriage, and their lives living abroad was interesting. This book brought out information about their relationship with others, their adventures, and the choices they made.

Seeing Red (by Sandra Brown) … twists and turns abound

Lots of twists and turns in this book. I love the mystery and intrigue portion of Sandra Brown’s books, but this one bordered on pornography. The detailed sex didn’t really help the story line. I felt like it was there just to cause a shock.

I did like that you were left guessing up until the end. Just as you thought everything had been revealed, the author has another shocking moment that leaves you reeling.

Haven’t decided if I’ll read any more books by Sandra Brown. The sex scenes were just too over the top and graphic for my taste.

The Foyles Bookshop Girls (by Elaine Roberts) … WWII and the lives that are affected

This was an interesting book. Set during WWII, you become familiar with Alice, her family, and best friends. From all the books I’ve read about that time period, though, it seems like Alice’s family did suffer as much as others. It seemed a little too “perfect” for the setting and this time of history.

You will get to know the characters well and will have strong opinions about them all…whether positive or negative. While Alice seems to be mild mannered, you discover that there is a strength hidden below the surface that ones bubbling up when she’s provoked too much.

The relationships between family members and friends are often on shaky ground, but you also get to watch as some of the individuals grow significantly throughout the pages of the book.

While the book is set at the beginning of WWII, you really don’t learn a lot about the atrocities many people in Europe experienced. There is one lack of supplies, but it seems that the terrors of WWII haven’t go cheddar this family as much as individuals in other towns, countries, situations.

Still an enjoyable book.

Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Killer Look (by Linda Fairstein) … Alex is at it again and helping solve the crime

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Linda Fairstein novel. But it didn’t take too many pages before I remembered how much I love her books. She has such a wonderful writing style, the characters just suck you into the book, and they have you flipping the pages as fast as you can possibly read the words!

One of the many things I like about this author’s books is that you learn some fact/piece of history. She manages to weave a random bit of information into the book that just flows along with the story.

While Alex got on my nerves a little bit because she wouldn’t do as she was told and kept sticking her nose in where it shouldn’t have been, the basic story and mystery were interesting. And, of course, you’re left with a humongous cliff hanger! So now, you HAVE to buy the next book so you’ll know what happens. Don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!