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Monday, January 29, 2007

Susan May Warren's Reclaiming Nick


Nick Noble hadn’t planned on being the prodigal son.
But when his father dies and leaves half of Silver Buckle—the Noble family ranch—to Nick’s former best friend, he must return home to face those he left behind. And to make sure that the Silver Buckle stays in the Noble family. Award-winning journalist Piper Sullivan believes Nick framed her brother for murder, and she’s determined to find justice. But following Nick to the Silver Buckle and posing as a ranch cook proves more challenging than she first anticipated. So does resisting his charming smile. As Nick seeks to overturn his father’s will—and Piper digs for answers—family secrets surface that send Nick’s life into a tailspin. But there’s someone who wants to see the Silver Buckle leave Noble hands, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen, even if it means taking a life.

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I have been a Susan May Warren fan from way back when…you know, when no one knew who she was. She burst on to the scene with her first book Happily Ever After…which okay to be honest the only reason I bought this book from an unknown author was because there was a endorsement on the cover from Dee Henderson. I have followed her career ever since.

Susan’s books never disappoint me. She has a voice that is so uniquely her own.
Her characters are awesome… especially in her new book “Reclaiming Nick”. Now let me tell you… I would LOVE to claim Nick! Have you seen the cover of this book??? Swoon. I’ve even asked Susie if I could have Nick, unfortunately she doesn’t know if the real Nick is single. Sigh.

Reclaiming Nick I think is my new favorite from Susie by far. Reclaiming Nick has everything you’ve come to expect from a Susan May Warren book. Page turning suspense and romance. But she went deep with this book than any of the others. I love how she wove in Psalm 103. Particularly the part about how far the Lord has taken our sins from us… Farther than the distance from east to west! That’s just too cool to me.

This book is well worth the read!


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Susan May Warren is the award-winning author of seventeen novels and novellas with Tyndale, Steeple Hill and Barbour Publishing. Her first book, Happily Ever After won the American Fiction Christian Writers Book of the Year in 2003, and was a 2003 Christy Award finalist. In Sheep’s Clothing, a thriller set in Russia , was a 2006 Christy Award finalist and won the 2006 Inspirational Reader’s Choice award. A former missionary to Russia , Susan May Warren now writes Suspense/Romance and Chick Lit full time from her home in northern Minnesota.

Friday, January 05, 2007

AUTUMN DREAMS by Gayle Roper

Autumn Dreams
Multnomah Publishers
ISBN: 1-59052-127-7



AUTUMN DREAMS is Book Three in Gayle's Seaside Seasons. While I haven't read the first two, the setting of this book alone would make me want to read the others. At times, this story seemed to drag, or the characters' dialogue rambled a tad, but the actual story was so good it hardly bothered me. I really, really, really, really liked this hero. I love how he treated the heroine, and came alongside her to help with family matters. I like how he dealt with the teens, and complimented the heroine unabashed. Gayle did a great job of helping me understand what made the heroine tick. The villain in this book was nice and creepy too. The parts where we glimpsed him offset the emotion with suspense just when you thought things were going well...here he pops up again with an evil agenda. I like how this book was executed. The plot, although a little predictable, was intricate and the characters real and distinct. Warm read. Oh, and did I tell you the book has a B & B in it? You can never go wrong with a B & B book! If you've ever had anyone in your family suffer with dementia or altzheimers, you will surely identify with Cass (heroine) of this book, as her mother suffers from it. I absolutely loved the opening scene too, and how Gayle portrayed a dementia patient and how that affects a family.

Squirrel

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Lanterns and Lace


by Diann Mills

Suspense and Romance tangle in Texas
Moments before she dies giving birth, a tormented resident of the Kahlerville brothel persuades the doctor to adopt her infant daughter.

Two years later, Jessica Martin's younger sister, Jenny, arrives in Kahlerville determined to gain custody of her neice. But as soon as Jenny steps off the train, her best-laid plans begin to go awry. From her encounter with the mysterious Aubrey Turner to her humiliation in front of the seemingly dedicated physician Dr. Grant Andrews, unforseen events cause Jenny to falter in her purpose.

Should she leave Kahlerville before she ruins more lives than her own? The secretive Mr. Turner will stop at nothing to get what he's after--including Jenny's affections--while Dr. Andrews fears for Jenny and his daughter's safety.

What twisted plots and unexpected evils await the residents of Kahlerville, Texas? How many lives will be lost in the chaos?

Pammer here: I really liked this book. If possible it's even better than the first one in the series. I adore the characters (warning: prepare to fall in love with the most adorable two-year old you can imagine) and the place. The setting comes alive under the skillful touch of Ms. Mills. I wanted to shake Jenny, but at the same time I wanted to take her in and love her. And the Dr.? Well, he's an awesome hero, although there were times I wanted to shake some of his logic lose. :)
If you read the first one, you need to read this one. If you haven't read the first one, that's okay, you will still love this one. Then you'll want to go get the first one.

I look forward to the next installment of the characters of Kahlerville--and boy are some of them characters, too.