When Never Comes (by Barbara Davis)…how your life can change in a moment and what do you do in response

This book was a heart wrenching story of love, loss, redemption, family dynamics, hope, etc. a wonderful story that has you anticipating what will happen in the end. You’ll learn a lot about Christy-Lynn/Christine and her past life. As she begins to open the door to relationships with the people around her, she’ll start to reveal more of what makes her so reserved and hold back on developing deep friendships. But you’ll also begin to see what a wonderful person is hidden behind the facade she shares with the world.

Lots of family issues that will tug at your heartstrings. The characters are well developed and you will find yourself personally involved in their lives. You will either love or hate them, but no matter which emotion is most prevalent, you will feel it strongly…there’s no holding back!

I am looking forward to reading another book by this author. She does a great job of making you invested in the story and anxious to discover the outcome.

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

St. Patricks Day Murder (by Leslie Meier)…murder and mayhem Celtic style

Really enjoyed the next chapter in the Lucy Stone murder mystery series. Lucy always gets herself into a bind. But she has such a good heart and is always trying to help everyone out…being a good friend, a good neighbor, a good mother, and a good wife.

This one starts right off with a murder and you are off on a whirlwind Celtic trip of intrigue. I enjoy the relationships between the characters, the new people you meet, and the same friendly…or not so friendly…faces from previous books.

Leslie Meier does a great job of keeping you interested and wandering what will happen once you turn the page! I’m ready for another adventure!

The Wishing Tree (by Marybeth Whalen)…grace within a family and evidence of infidelity

I really enjoyed this 3rd book in the Sunset Beach series. As a frequent visitor to Sunset Beach, NC, I love reading about some of the locations. Plus it’s just a wonderful place to visit…and even live. And this book makes you want to pack your bags and move to the beach. Between the sand, waves, ocean breezes, delicious food…you will be ready to enjoy life at the beach.

In some ways, this book was a difficult read for me. As a victim of infidelity, my heart ached a little more with this story. And while my marriage did not survive my husband’s choice to cheat on me, I could totally understand the emotions experienced by some of the characters.

Family relationships and their expectations of each other was a major part of this book. It was definitely a story of the journey to forgiveness and redemption. Grace was a major point throughout the book…how we never deserve it, but how it is given to us anyway. And this is true whether it’s God’s grace or whether it’s grace shown by relationships with family, friends, etc.

I’m looking forward to the 4th book in this series. And while I initially purchased the books just because they were based at Sunset Beach, NC, I have discovered a wonderful group of characters that makes me glad I took the time to pick up the books and get lost in the wonder of this delightful place!

Cherry Pies and Deadly Lies (by Darci Hannah)…this one will have you craving another serving of mystery in Cherry Cove

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery! This one really did have you guessing until the very end. And then once you thought you had it all figured out, there’s another twist to the story. The author does a great job of keeping you interested in the characters and the mystery without giving too many secrets away.

Wonderful characters with lots of personality and a few quirks. Plenty of personality dynamics that make it fun and interesting. And the descriptions of the cherry food items…had my stomach growling and my taste buds geared up for something cherry flavored.

I’m pretty sure there needs to be a second book in this series. And, if so, I will be one of the first to buy it. I’m in love with the town of Cherry Cove and the people who live there. I’m ready to continue with more adventures and delicious items on the cherry menu.

Thank you to Midnight Ink and NetGalley for an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

A Year on Ladybug Farm (by Donna Ball)…a second chance at life, adventure, and amazing friendships

I am in love with the Ladybug Farm and the delightful ladies that have made it their home! Of course, the fact that ladybug was in the title of the book drew me in immediately. I’m such a ladybug fan. And then to read that the ladybugs were everywhere made me want to pack up my bags and move to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

The three ladies who end up on Ladybug Farm are each very different and have different gifts. Which makes them perfect friends and roommates. They each bring their varying abilities and personalities into this newly formed situation. And, of course, it is not without its struggles. New adventures are waiting around every corner and something is always happening. Such quirky people in the town but also people who make a small town friendly and welcoming. It is amazing to see how they rally around each other when someone is in need.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll gasp. You’ll get sucked into the lives of Cici, Lindsay, and Bridget. And you’ll come out richer for sharing the year on Ladybug Farms with them! Can’t wait to get my copy of the second book in this series (At Home on Ladybug Farm).

The Orphan Daughter (by Cari Nova)…a moving story of loss and family relationships

This was a difficult book to read because of the tragedies that the characters experience. But it was also filled with a sense of family and growth…both personally and in relationships. The characters were well developed and you had strong feelings about them (you loved them or you were a little irritated with their behavior). Lucy had a lot of growing up to do. And even though she had experienced a major loss in her life, she was really a spoiled brat. Luckily Jane was the perfect aunt to help her overcome those shortcomings.

The farm life and growing things naturally was appealing. It let you know that the work is hard and there are no guarantees about the crop surviving Mother Nature’s wrath. But you learn so much and see how Jane’s farm affects the lives of many people.

This was an educational ready and addressed many issues…loss, divorce, immigration, friendship, family, neighbors, etc. I would definitely recommend this book to others!

Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.