April Reviews 2018

Rescuing Sadie by Susan Stoker

Rescuing Sadie by Susan Stoker is a novella that mixes the Delta Team Group and the MacKay Taggart Group.  Two groups of men who work hard to make the world a safer place. Sadie witnessed too much helping her friend out. She discovered a group of pediphiles who were stockpiling weapons. While most of the group had been taken out, Sadie is still in danger from the leader’s son.  Chase Jackson knew as soon as he saw her that she was the one. He would do anything to save her. Hopefully she feels the same way.

 

Rescuing Sadie is a novella with lots of action.  It is a book that can be read as a stand alone, but might read better as part of the series.  Susan Stoker’s writes in great characters and quick action stories. Rescuing Sadie is a good read.

 

The Amazing Spencer Gray by Deb FitzpatrickCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

The Amazing Spencer Gray by Deb Fitzpatrick is an interesting story.  The book is written to capture the imagination of a late elementary to middle school students who like suspense.  The story takes place in less populated section of Australia. Spencer is a regular 12 year old boy who loves to skateboard and work with his friends on their legos.  Spencer is excited because he is now old enough to go up in his dad’s glider with him. Spencer and his dad love going up with the silence and the beauty of the sky and land.  Until one day a rogue storm came in and flipped the glider. Now Spencer is alone on the side of the mountain with his father badly injured. He needs to make a plan and try to save his dad.

 

The story spent more time than needed building up the beginning of the story. Once the plot line started to ramp up the story became very interesting. I liked Spencer’s thoughtful approach to the danger.  I liked the building of suspense and the characters in the story.

 

The Amazing Spencer Gray by Deb Fitzpatrick is a good read for late elementary and early middle school students who like adventure.

 

Lone Rider by Lindsay McKennaCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs up

Lone Rider is the newest in the Wind River Valley series by Lindsay McKenna.  We are back on the Bar C Ranch designed to help veterans who are struggling with PTSD.  Shay was glad to see her friend from high school and wanted Tara to join the ranch. Tara has left the Arms Services.  Her tours left her with nightmares, anxiety and constant hyperawareness. Working outdoors as a wrangler and extra hand would be a godsend.  

 

Harper is fighting PTSD as well.  For him finding the ranch and being able to work with the horses helps him get through each day.  His marriage disintegrated and his life fell apart until he found the Bar C. Now he is working toward a future.

 

Together Harper and Tara spark.  They are both so damaged and afraid, but they are feeling things they hoped for but never expected.  I enjoyed the couple, but found the book dragged in the middle. I felt that the characters continued to repeat themselves and spent too much time in their head rehashing what happened and is happening.  I think the book could have included all the relevant plot line with more streamlined middle. However, the wordiness did not take away from the quality of the story with the mystery and adventure of Harper and Tara.  

 

I am looking forward to the next book in series when it comes out in the fall.  Lone Rider by Lindsay McKenna is a good read.

 

The Sixth Day by Catherine Coulter and JT EllisonCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

 

Catherine Coulter’s newest book in the series A Brit in the FBI is called The Sixth Day.  Once again, Nicholas and Mike are thrust into a mystery that seems unsolvable. It all starts while they are in England visiting Nicholas’s family on vacation.

 

It seems that politicians are dropping dead.  A backdoor has been exploited in the security software that all major governments are using, allowing criminals to demand payment AND allowing all communications to be shared.  Add to the maelstrom and you have a missing manuscript that pieces have been found, secret twin's languages, and Dracula. Nicholas and Mike have to figure out all this while avoiding a droid army and spying hawks.  

 

I liked the short chapters, the mystery around the brothers and manuscript.  I was not as impressed with the dirty politician, but I have little patience with that.  The story was enjoyable with the complex storyline. I like the main characters of Nicholas and Mike, but didn’t feel that the other characters were as interesting or likable.  

 

A complex plot line and twists and turns make The Sixth Day by Catherine Coulter a good read.

 

Jamison by Chris KenistonCoolCoolHeartHeartThumbs upThumbs up

Jamison is the next book in the Farraday series by Chris Keniston.  The series focuses on a family who all live near each other in Texas and always seem to have luck finding love after finding a stray dog.  I love how the family sticks together, helping each other out!

 

Jamison Farraday is finally able to open the Irish pub he has been dreaming about and planning for.  He has found the property, made the necessary business partners and decisions, only to have it all fall apart at the last minute.  Luckily, despite Jamison not wanting his family’s help, they help him recover his dream without any other partners. A few issues show up.   He has managed to buy the building - that is full of stuff. He has managed to make friends with the local cafe owner, Abbie and her cook - only to be present when he was badly hurt.  So Jamison offers to help cook for Abbie while his pub is being built. This is just the prelude to Jamison’s world changing and leaving him flipping burgers and planning a cook off and rallying hometown support.

 

Jamison and Abbie - oh yea…. Sigh.   And yes - there is the ghost dogs that still are key elements. There is the family farm and Aunt Eileen who manages everything with a deft hand.  What a nice romance and a heartwarming story of a town helping their own and standing up for what is right. Jamison is the tenth book in the series called Farraday Country. Chris Keniston writes a interesting story full of families and love.  Jamison and Abbie are great together. Jamison by Chris Keniston is a good read.

 

Latest comments

26.03 | 16:01

At first I thought it said spa season. Either way it is a sign of rejuvenation! On a Kristin Hannah kick, loved Winter Garden. Happy reading!

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19.03 | 14:10

Cities are fun but exhausting. Like you the quiet is needed.

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30.08 | 21:25

Have loved reading every one of Lisa Scottoline's books. Can't wait for the next one to arrive on bookshelves. Thanks for sharing your remarkable talent!

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28.08 | 06:12

August snow days! What a fantastic idea! I've been reading Martin Walker's Bruno series set in rural France full or recipes. Yum

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