Vintage (by Susan Gloss) … wonderful exploration into the lives of several women

I enjoyed listening to the audiobook edition of this book. What a wonderful exploration into the lives of several women at different stages in their life…young, middle age, and older adult. And all of the issues they each face will touch your heart. Violet, April, and Amithi are each amazing and strong women who are struggling to find themselves and their purpose in life.

And then when you add in a delightful octogenarian and the drag queens and you will be entertained.

A sweet women’s novel that will have you delving deep into the pages as you travel with the characters and anticipate what adventure they each will face next.

Fly Girls (by Keith O’Brien) … interesting history but not attention holding story

While I am inspired by the amazing women, both in this book and those not mentioned, who persevered and faced the challenge of aviation, the book itself was not very entertaining. There were lots of details shared, but I also felt like the author did not do a great job at presenting the stories of the “fly girls” as they should be shared.

Basically the writing style is what turned me off with this book. There were some interesting facts presented, but it just couldn’t hold my attention.

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

Lessons from Lucy (by Dave Barry) … a delightful story with humor and wisdom

I absolutely LOVED this book! I found myself chuckling frequently and turning the pages as fast as possible.

Dave Barry has presented a story about his dog, Lucy, that is full of love, laughter, tenderness, warmth, humor, deep insight, wisdom, and delightful memories. There are several lessons presented and each one is something we could all hope to achieve.

Even if you are not a dog lover, this is a book you must buy for your bookshelf! With a delightful sense of humor, you will find yourself immersed in the story and wanting to live life as Lucy does!

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

A Crafter Hooks a Killer (by Holly Quinn) … a double mystery that has you holding your breath

This was a good cozy mystery…one of my favorite genres at this point in time. And there is so much to love about this series…lots of wonderful characters, a small town, friends who support each other, a mystery, and a strong heroine. The one thing that turned me off a little bit was the fact that the main character, Samantha (Sammy) was a little too impulsive and stuck her nose in where it did not belong and could have led to the police, and her potential boyfriend, from being able to solve the crime. She was just too intense and wouldn’t listen to reason.

This book had a bonus in that there was a double mystery. There were two murders, but you weren’t sure if there was a connection between the two of them…especially since they occurred years apart. But if you love a mystery, you will love delving into this story.

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

Secrets of the Chocolate House (by Paula Brackston) … not appealing to me!

I am sorry, this story was just not appealing to me. And there are soooo many good books out there, that it was really difficult for me to hang in there and finish reading the book.

Maybe it’s the genre … like the Game of Thrones series that so many people love … but does not interest me. Time travel could be interesting, but I think it has to be presented in a way that I would enjoy.

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

The Long Call (by Ann Cleeves) … a delightful mystery

This was an interesting book and I enjoyed the mystery presented. The main character, Matthew Venn, who is a police detective, is insecure in his abilities to solve a crime. However, his tenacity and determination to determine who is responsible for the murder are encouraging.

While the story is rather slow moving, it does keep giving you peaks into the lives of the various characters and has you guessing how their lives are enmeshed and what you don’t know about them. The way the author deals with the characters who have been diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome was handled delicately. You were cheering on these ladies and ached for the trials they experienced.

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

The Pink Bonnet (by Liz Tolsma) … not appealing writing style

This book, as well as a following book in the series, The Yellow Lantern, left me bored. I just could not get invested in the story and the first few chapters were difficult to figure out what was happening and who the characters were. There were many abrupt and confusing aspects to the story. While the horrors that Georgia Tann inflicted on the children placed in her care were real, this book just did not appeal to me.

I guess the writing style is just not one I particularly enjoy.

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

What Rose Forgot (by Nevada Barr) … whimsical mystery

This was a funny, edge-of-your-seat mystery. What a unique combination. I fell in love with Rose Dennis and her quirky sense of humor and her strong personality. And when you add her granddaughter, Mel, into the formula, you have a delightful read. There are some credibility issues with the plot, but it doesn’t matter! The author does a great job of holding your attention and keeping you invested in the story and the characters.

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

The Yellow Lantern (by Angie Dicken) … not a very entertaining read

This book, as well as a previous book in the series, The Pink Bonnet, left me bored. I just could not get invested in the story and the first few chapters were difficult to figure out what was happening and who the characters were. There were many abrupt and confusing aspects to the story.

I guess the writing style is just not one I particularly enjoy.

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

Strands of Truth (by Colleen Coble) … a theme of trust and forgiveness

I enjoy this author’s books and am glad I was given the opportunity to discover her writing through my church book club book. If not for that first book, I’m not sure I would have discovered Colleen Coble.

This book has a wonderful thread of suspense from the very beginning. The many relationships and the dynamics of those was intriguing. And then you factor in the DNA and how that leads to murder, kidnappings, and opens the door for romance and you have a delightful story on your hands.

You will travel back in time to learn about the early murders and part of the history of the main character. I enjoyed learning about marine biology and sea silk. Any book that can increase my knowledge on various aspects of the world is a good read!

The ability to learn how to trust and forgive others was a wonderful focus and is a goal we should all have for our lives.

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