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Luck of the Draw by BJ Daniels

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Luck of the Draw by BJ Daniels was the second book in the series Sterling’s of Montana. In this installment of the series (which can be read as a stand alone) the main characters is Garrett.  After checking out the construction at the Sterling Guest Ranch, Garrett is out riding when he sees a crime. Since the distance is too far to get to the victim in time, he shoots off his gun and startles the situation. Suprisingly, after calling the sheriff and investigating, Garrett realizes he has saved a women from his past. A woman who ran out on him without a word. How did Joslyn get to this place?


She is running and hiding. Someone is trying to kill her.  The problem is she doesn’t know who, but she suspects why - the money she is set to inherit in a few days.  Hiding under an assumed name has been going on for years, but now things are getting more intense. And now she has to reveal all to Garrett, a man she loved and left to keep him safe.  


A fun story with lots of twists, Luck of the Draw by BJ Daniels is sure to catch and keep the reader’s attention.  

Stroke of Luck by B.J. Daniels

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Stroke of Luck by BJ Daniels was a great read.  I loved the cowboy/western genre with the romantic suspense genre.  The book read quickly and well. Quite frankly, I have just found BJ Daniels and this book will not be the last.  

Poppy Carmichael had a thing for Will Sterling when they were growing up.  She crushed on him hard and as a 15 year old, he was not prepared for it, nor handled it well.  But as we all know history does come back to bite up. Will Sterling in his first season of running the Sterling Family Ranch. His major cook has a broken leg and is out of commision.  The only person he feels he can call is an old friend, Poppy, who has moved back to told to start her own catering company.

Poppy agrees to help out for the first group of the season, while in the back of her mind she is planning revenge - Will falling for her through her cooking - and then she walks away.  From here the story takes twists and turns. The guests show up - mostly disgruntled. A guest is killed and a major winter storm blows down on them, trapping them for a few days. That is when things get even more twisted and Poppy and Will need to band together to keep the guests alive and well and figure out who is the killer.

This book is due out early next year and I would suggest it be put on people’s reading lists!  I loved the characters of Will and Poppy. I thought the guest ranch with the suspense and romance was a great mixture of elements.  I found myself trying to solve the murder based on the knowledge I had and later enjoyed finding out I was wrong, but the ending didn’t disappoint me. Stroke of Luck by BJ Daniels was a great read.  

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

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The Governess Game by Tessa Dare is about an unlikely governess.  Alexandra Mountbatten accidentally ends up as a governess to two wild and canny girls.  The girls have scared off every governess, and half the rest of the staff. They have been passed from one family member to another until they ended up with Chase Reynaud, the heir to a Duke and their next guardian.  He has decided that they need enough education to be sent away to school and Alexandra Mountbatten is the person to do it.  

Alexandra really just wants to find a comet.  She is an amateur astonomer and not a governess. Somehow, she ends up staying and manages to get the girls to move forward.  The problem is she is falling for Chase as well. Everyone needs someone to love, even a man who has a rule about no attachments.

The Governess Game by Tessa Dare is the second book in the series Girl Meets Duke. While to governess to Duchess is not different plot, the twist with Alexandra makes the novel new.   The Governess Game by Tessa Dare is a good read.

The Wish by Patricia Davids

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The Wish by Patricia Davids is a lovely love story about someone who believes they are unlovable and a community that helps him realize where he needs to be.  The Amish Community in Kansas has some different rules than other communities. In this one the Amish are allowed to use tractors and propane to heat and run their appliances.  

Into the community of Cedar Grove comes Joshua King and his young son Caleb.  A son he is bringing to his dead wife’s relatives to raise. A son he did not know about and believed his son would be safer and rained better by someone other than him.  

Laura Beth heard the crash and pulled Joshua and his son from the wreck before the car washed down the river.  She and her sister Sarah lived on a small farm and worked hard everyday to make ends meet. Laura Beth falls in love with Caleb and then with Joshua.  But Joshua believes that his fate is not to stay and to give up his son.

The Wish is a lovely love story that reminds us second chances and unknown circumstances can change everything so quickly.  Patricia David’s book, The Wish, is the first book in a series called “The Amish of Cedar Cove. It is a fast, wonderful read.  


Don't Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson

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Don’t Ever Tell is seriously creepy!  I mean creepy! I read the book and felt like I was watching a train wreck creeping ever closer.  The story has a number of twists and turns - some expected and some not, but each one just makes the story even wilder.


Charlotte is married to Tris and has two children.  She is an author and lately has felt that her husband and her marriage is creeping away from her.  And then one day she finds out something upsetting (not that we are told what she found out.) From there the story starts to twist, making you wonder what exactly you have missed.  As the story continues to unfold, you become suspicious and begin to feel the creep factor, which gets even weirder as the next set of events occur. The level of deception is beyond what I have ever conceived.  I have to tell you. I had some suspicions that were not correct - exactly, but made things even weirder. This book has more twists and turns than a slinky and now even after I have finished the book and had time to consider it - I am still turning the information around and around in my head.  I am not sure I have found all the answers. Be prepared, your feelings about the characters change and make you question your opinions on them.


Don’t Ever Tell  by Lucy Dawson is a creepy “what the heck happened” thriller. FYI -The description given in the blurb is not the best description of the novel and doesn’t show the psychological thriller aspect.  “Oh, what a tangled web we weave...when first we practice to deceive.” ( Walter Scott, Marmion) Seriously tangled and deceptive...

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky

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Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky was an interesting read.  Barbara Delinsky has written a story that tugs the heartstrings when it is not making you MAD.   It has made me think more and more about the media coverage of events. It has made me more careful to pay attention to the reasons for people’s anger.  It made me understand that scapegoats do exist, but that is just what they are a person who is chosen to forced to endure anger for other people who were truly guilty.

Maggie Reid lives in Vermont in a very quiet life.  She has a small home, works in an elegant spa as a makeup artist, and seems to find many things very difficult.  Slowly as the story moves forward, it also moves backward and we find out why Maggie lives the way she does. We meet Maggie’s ex husband and her probation officer. We realize why she has both and how her life as been destroyed and then rebuilt.

Barbara Delinsky is one of my favorite go to writers.  Before and Again is not my favorite of all her books. I found the story line a little too dramatic in places. However, I never even paused in my reading. I was determined that the story would end correctly. I enjoyed the book and enjoyed the storyline - even a bit of the drama.  Gossip in a small town, like the one I live in, is a fact of life. Perhaps that needs to change.

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky was a good read.  


Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso

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Tragedy Girl by Christine Hurley Deriso is a new young adult novel offered by Flux. It is a compelling young adult novel.  The themes of love, friendship, loss and grief are interwoven within the story seamlessly.  

Anne has lost both of her parents in a tragic accident.  She has been taken in by her aunt and uncle, but is having trouble getting used to her new life.  On top of that she is going to a new school where friendships are already formed. Anne feels adrift until she meets Blake.

Blake is struggling with loss as well.  His girlfriend disappeared one night swimming during the summer and he is grieving as well.  Blake gives Anne someone who understands what is happening with her.

There seems to be more though.  More questions and  suspicions just add up to more confusion for Anne.  She has always thought of herself as being practical and focused on schooling.  Now she is unsure about what happened that summer night with Blake and why no one seems to want to leave her alone with Blake.

Tragedy Girl is a good read by Christine Hurley Deriso.  The book is well written and interesting.  The characters are well drawn.  The plot line moves right along and brings you on the the ups and downs of a new relationship and starting over.  This is a book I would recommend to students.  

The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

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The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon was a new book and new author to me.  I found it at the library under under the RITA winners. RITA winners are named by  the Romance Writers of America for books that are outstanding in romance fiction. The book looked well read, so how could I not check it out!


Wren is a secretive man who seems to fix things.  Things that are solved quietly in ways that other people could not solve.  Emery Finn is looking for Wren. She believes he knows what happened to her cousin, that disappeared years ago. Emery shouldn’t have been able to find Wren, but she did.  Wren didn’t want to be found and tried to scare Emery off, but it didn’t work and soon they are both in the midst of solving the mystery.


I enjoyed the book and the writing.  I found the story interesting and the characters were fun.I love how Wren needed people who understood him to translate him to the world and how he was willing to put himself out there to help her.  I also liked how it was solved. I understand why the book won a RITA. The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon was a great read.


The Woman Who Couldn't Scream by Christina Dodd

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The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd was excellent.  Once again we are in Virtue Falls with Kateri Kwinault, who is the newly elected sheriff of Virtue Falls.  She is currently recovering from a gunshot wound and busy chasing down the criminal who did that.  The newest character is Merida Falcon, an old friend of the sheriff.  

Merida had a mixed up life, once a foster child, later a college graduate, a trophy wife and now finally someone she chooses to be.  She has tried to disappear from her old life and reinvent herself only to have an old boyfriend (who tried to kill her) and an old bodyguard (from her trophy wife time) show up and mix up everything. Plus someone is killing women in Virtue Falls and the clues are minimal.  Kateri has her hands full with her old friend and the new crimes and her new boyfriend.

I really enjoy Christina Dodd’s books.  She is a great writer who really manages to weave real and unreal and great characters together into a book I cannot put down once I start reading!

The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream by Christina Dodd is a great read!


Because I'm Watching by Christina Dodd

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Because I’m Watching by Christina Dodd was awesome!  So awesome, I totally lost track of time and didn’t finish anything else but the book! The premise and the characters caught me almost immediately.  The situation that sets up the book, certainly starts things off with a bang.  I don’t normally like creepy, but I locked all the doors and kept on reading.  I have to admit - I might have yelled at the character once or twice.

Jacob Denisov came back from war, changed forever.  He was slowly killing himself, while wallowing in grief and guilt, until Madeline Hewitson drives her car right into his living room.  The shock of it caused Jacob to break out a little and allow Mad Maddie into his world and visa-versa.  I was mesmerized by the interplay between the two and their stories. Jacob has no front wall and still he sits in his living room watching what happens in the neighborhood. Unusual and unfortunate incidents keep happening and Maddie is beginning to look more and more crazy, but is she?

Because I’m Watching by Christina Dodd is a fabulous book.  I hope others enjoy it as much as I did.  I now have to go back and read the first two.  WOW


Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd

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Dead GIrl Running by Christina Dodd comes out next month.  I enjoy this author, so I was very happy that Harlequin changed their mind and allowed me to preview the book.  I found the story interesting and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I look forward to reading more books in this series.

Kellen Adams works for a hotel on the Pacific Coast in a place called Yearning Sands.  She was the assistant manager left in charge while the owners went on vacation. As a main character, she is a complicated person.  Kellen survived an abusive husband, a missing year, living on the streets, a stint in the army and eventually a new place to live and be at home.  Meanwhile, not all is easy going at the hotel, smuggling, a murder, and a murder mystery weekend, flashing lights and missing people. So many twists and turns made the story intense.  Information is slowly leaked out as the story moves between the past and the present.

Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd is the first book in a new series called Cape Charade. I liked many of the characters. The book takes place near Virtue Falls, another series by the same author.  There was a small overlap of a character, but certainly not enough take away from the story if you haven’t read any other of her novels. Dead Girl Running by Christina Dodd is a good read!


Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

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Sometimes the books I read are good and sometimes they are great, but it is rare that I read one and realize that the book goes beyond great.  Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes is beyond great! The book follows a family from WWII to present day, but with the love and insight of someone who knows sorrow and knows love. The novel reminds us of the strength of love and life, and love of life, and belief in something greater than ourselves.  


Annie Bliss has returned to Ansel-by-the-sea for her great uncle Bob.  She only had one glorious summer to spend with him when she was ten, but the bonds were those of a lifetime.  Bob is in a coma in the hospital and Annie, while waiting for him to heal and come back to them, is trying to find the story of their family. Bob is a lobsterman, a man of the water and few words with calloused hands and strong heart. He has been part of something larger than himself if Annie can just figure it out.  


The book is told in the present by Annie and in the past by Bob.  Each portion moves chronologically forward in time as their stories unwind.  Whose Waves These Are is in part, a memorial to the numbers of men and women who have given their lives for the country in times of war and have not returned.   It is the story of a great love and heart. I am afraid my mere mortal words cannot do the book, the justice it deserves. Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes is a testament to life.

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10.06 | 12:03

The news Jacquelyn Winespear is on my summer reading list.
Looking forward to another Maise Dobbs

24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

01.10 | 16:20

Happy Birthday! I remember when book club started when you turned 50. OMG! 100% agree with political status. So disappointing. Happy Foliage!

27.05 | 23:23

Outraged, too! It is just getting coverage. This government is shameful under this leadership.

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