Monday, February 15, 2016

Book Review of Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy

Fire & Ice is the third book in Mary Connealy's Wild at Heart series.  In this book, it is Bailey Wilde's turn for a little romance.  When her married sisters move away, Bailey is quite lonely during the long winter months at her homestead.  When Gage Coulter makes a proposal after a long and lonely winter, Bailey agrees.

There is so much more I could say, but I don't want to give away too much from the book.  I really enjoyed the interactions between Bailey and Gage.  They are both so independent, and both have been hurt in the past.  The two of them complement each other and help each other heal from their past hurts.  It is fun to see them fool Gage's mother into thinking they have been married for a while.  I definitely recommend this book!  It has a little bit of everything-- humor, romance, mystery and more.

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*

Book review of Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl

Rising Darkness is the 3rd book in Nancy Mehl's Finding Sanctuary series. The synopsis for this book from the back cover says:
"Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. Certain she's left her past far behind her, she's now focused on her job at a newspaper and is shocked when she stumbles upon the name of someone she knew in her old life. But when she learns the man--a prisoner--claims a suspect from a decades-old unsolved crime is hiding out in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, she can't resist following the lead in hopes of furthering her career. 

Almost immediately upon her arrival, Sophie's confronted with a face from her past and fears her intention of using a false identity to investigate is doomed. But with the help of Sanctuary's charismatic young pastor, Sophie knows she's getting close. Will she be able to conceal the truth of her own past long enough to find the suspect before someone puts a stop--fatal or otherwise--to her investigation?" 

I absolutely LOVED this book!  Mehl had me guessing the entire time to figure out who the suspect was!  I always enjoy suspense novels, and this one didn't disappoint me.  I didn't read the first two in the series, but I didn't have any problems following along.  It is written in a way that it can stand alone from the other books in the series.  With that said, I probably will pick up the first two in the series because I thoroughly enjoyed reading Rising Darkness! I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense novels with a little bit of romance.

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.*

Book Review of Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

Chivalrous is Dina Sleiman's second book in her Valiant Hearts series.  The back cover of the book gives an excellent description of what to expect in this story:

"Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers, but her parents view her only as a marriage pawn. When her domineering father makes plans to see her wed to a brutish man, Gwendolyn must fight for her future. 

She's surprised, however, for that clash to include a handsome, good-hearted newcomer. Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, but he finds in Gwendolyn the most unexpected of women. 

Tournaments, intrigue, and battles--along with twists and turns aplenty--await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies."

This book is geared towards teenage girls.  With the strong female character, I think it is an good choice for a teenage girl to read.  Lady Gwendolyn proves that girls can be or do anything they want if they put their mind to it.  I think it would be appropriate for girls ages 15 and up.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishers.*