Thursday, October 22, 2020

Legend of the Lost Ass By Karen Schwartz


 I think we should take it through Guatemala.A random text from a stranger inspires agoraphobic Colin to leave New York. His first stop is Brownsville, Texas, where he meets the sender, half-Mayan Luci Bolon, her ancient but feisty great-uncle Ernesto, and Miss Mango, a bright-orange Kubota tractor. Ernesto’s dream is that Miss Mango be driven to Belize and given to the family he left behind nearly seventy years ago. Colin agrees to join Luci on the long journey through Central America. In 1949, seventeen-year-old Belizean Ernesto falls painfully in love with Michaela, an American redhead nearly twice his age. Their brief but intense affair changes everything Ernesto has ever known. When she leaves, Ernesto is devastated. Determined to find her, he “borrows” a donkey from his uncle and starts off for Texas. He meets a flamboyant fellow traveler, and the three of them—two young men and the donkey they name Bee—make their way to America.The past and present unfold through two journeys that traverse beautiful landscapes. Painful histories are soothed by new friendships and payments of old debts.

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Legend-Lost-Karen-Winters-Schwartz/dp/1948051540/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Legend+of+the+lost+ass&qid=1602953564&sr=8-1


Karen Winters Schwartz wrote her first truly good story at age seven. Her second-grade teacher, publicly and falsely accused her of plagiarism. She did not write again for forty years.

Her widely praised novels include WHERE ARE THE COCOA PUFFS?: A Family's Journey Through Bipolar Disorder, 2010; REIS’S PIECES: Love , Loss, and Schizophrenia, 2012; and THE CHOCOLATE DEBACLE, 2014 (Goodman Beck Publishing). Her new novel, LEGEND OF THE LOST ASS, was released by Red Adept Publishing on July 21, 2020.

Educated at The Ohio State University, Karen and her husband moved to the Central New York Finger Lakes region where they raised two daughters and shared a career in optometry. Karen is the past president of NAMI Syracuse (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a strong advocate for mental illness awareness, and a sought-after speaker at health association events and conferences across the country. She now splits her time between Arizona, a small village in Belize, and traveling the earth in search of the many creatures with whom she has the honor of sharing this world. This is her second year as a Rising Star judge.

Author website: http://www.karenwintersschwartz.com/

My Thoughts...
 A little bit slow but once you get into the book is picks up and gets better. I did find it an interesting read. The development of the story plays out in your mind like a picture show. 
I gave this book 4 stars and I hope that you grab a copy.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

From Rome With Love by Kate Lloyd

 

"Christmas in Rome is always a good idea." - Rayanne Thayne, New York Times bestselling author Lucy Goff's new job caring for the quirky daughter of a wealthy Seattle couple comes with an unexpected perk: being whisked off to Rome the week before Christmas. Putting up with fifteen-year-old Tabatha's mood swings, not to mention Lucy's own fear of flying, is worth the opportunity to explore The Eternal City. But Lucy's dreams of a relaxing European vacation are upended almost as soon as they arrive. Tabatha's parents disappear, and Tabatha herself turns out to be more than a handful. The only person Lucy can turn to is Mario, the smooth and handsome Italian who volunteers to be their personal tour guide. Can she trust him? And what about Brad, the old boyfriend who wants to pick up where they left off? When a mysterious painting opens up painful family secrets, it seems as though Lucy's romantic holiday is over for good. Instead, she must confront not only her employers, but also her own feelings about love and loyalty. Is she ready to see that Christmas is just the beginning?

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Rome-Love-Kate-Lloyd/dp/1735241121/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1602950428&sr=8-1



Bestselling author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. She is excited to present Stage Fright, a delightful story with twists and turns as a woman ventures through England where Kate has often traveled. Next, From Rome with Love, an intriguing Christmas book that will keep you guessing. A native of Baltimore, Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest. Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels Leaving Lancaster, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish, the third book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, and also A Letter from Lancaster County and Starting from Scratch. Her Christmas Kindle An Unexpected Christmas Gift just released. Kate studied art, art history, and Italian in college. She loved living in Rome. She's worked a variety of jobs, including restaurateur and car salesman. Kate enjoys travel and walking with her camera in hand.

Website: www.katelloyd.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/katelloydbooks
Instagram:@katelloydauthor
Giveaways on her Blog: https://katelloyd.com/feed
Pinterest: @KateLloydAuthor

My Thoughts...
This is not your everyday Christmas read. Its full of twists and turns and a little bit of romance. I have really enjoyed going to Rome. And what about that cover, I love it.
I gave this book 5 stars and HIGHLY recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Undeveloped By K. Leigh

 

Lia Winegar and her aunt have always been thick as thieves, as close as a niece and aunt could be. Now, fresh out of high school, Lia plans to spend her last summer at home before going away to college. But as one chapter of her life closes, another begins. When she stumbles upon one of her Aunt Natalie’s old journals—along with a faded photograph of a man she’s never seen before—Lia realizes her aunt's life isn't the open book she always thought it was. Natalie isn’t the only one with a secret, though. Lia still hasn’t told her family just how far she plans to go; and while she unearths her aunt’s whirlwind story through a firsthand account, she discovers some truths of her own. As the forgotten story of one summer unfolds, how much of each woman's tale will remain undeveloped?

Pick up your copy here...
https://www.amazon.com/Undeveloped-Womens-Fiction-Novel-Leigh/dp/B08KH3VLNS/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1602952097&sr=8-1


K Leigh is an author, mom, & wife.
When not reading and writing, she shares inappropriate humor on social media and looks for her keys.

My Thoughts...
Do you like dual timelines?  Leigh has done it again. She just keeps getting better and better. The Characters  and the storyline are such a treat that you can't stop reading. I am always left wanting more. I can't wait for her next book.  Let me know what you all think of Natalie, She was a favorite.
I gave Undeveloped 4 stars and I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Autumn Skies By Denise Hunter

 

Facing the past is easier if you don’t have to face it alone.

The Bluebell Inn is turning a profit, and it’s time for the Bennett siblings to sell it and move on. Only Grace has plans to stay in the small lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina, where she hopes her growing outfitters business will save her from the loneliness of her siblings’ departure and the persistent sense of unworthiness in her life.

A gunshot wound resurrects the past for Secret Service agent Wyatt Jennings, and a mandatory leave of absence lands him in Bluebell. There he must come to grips with the tragedy that altered his life fourteen years ago.

When Wyatt books a room at the Bluebell Inn, sparks fly between him and Grace. She volunteers to be his mountain guide, and he soon opens up to her, drawn to her strength and sense of humor. But both are reticent to talk about the survivor’s guilt they each carry, and when their pasts finally collide, their budding romance might not survive the truth.

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and A December Bride (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the third and final novel in the Bluebell Inn series.

Pick up your copy here...

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 novels, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 Club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader's Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA
 finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories, peopled with layered characters who have real-life issues. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn't orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

You can learn more about Denise through her website www.DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/authordenisehunter

My Thoughts...
Hunter has done it again. I loved Grace and Wyatt's story. I just don't know of anyone else who can write a romance set in North Carolina that takes my breath away like Hunter.  I love that she gave this story a happy ending. 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this whole series. They can be read as stand alones but I would not do that. You are going to LOVE them all three. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

To Read or Not to Read A Literary Journal for the Book Lover

Keep track of the books you read, record thoughts on your favorite books, get inspired for your next read, and reflect on your literary spiritual journey with this beautifully designed journal for readers.

The perfect addition to any personal library, To Read or Not to Read encourages readers of all genres to immerse themselves in a classically illustrated reading journal complete with DIY book review pages and inspirational reading lists. To Read or Not to Read allows readers to step into the book critic role and determine which books to recommend, and which ones to skip based on their reflections throughout the journal. It includes a "How Bookish Are You?" quiz and spotlights on authors such as Flannery O'Connor and Frederick Douglass, whose published works have greatly influenced the combined spheres of faith and literature.

With additional fun facts and helpful conversation starters for literary discussions, this journal will become the signature accessory at book clubs, on nightstands, and on every book lover's shelf.

Pick up your copy here...

The Ink & Willow line infuses contemplation and inspiration into the regular spiritual practice of creative-minded Christians, wherever they are in their faith journey. Each thoughtfully curated gift product is based in biblical truth and sparks a reminder of how God reveals beauty in the midst of our ordinary.

Throughout literary history, willow trees have been symbols of growth, balance, learning, healing, and harmony. Since willows often grow near streams or rivers, the name Ink and Willow was inspired by the verse in Psalm 1 about the person who delights in God and therefore is deeply planted and able to thrive, bearing fruit and prospering through every season. The word ink has a dual meaning, first as a nod to the act and art of printing words on paper, and then, in the sense that ink symbolizes life. In combination, Ink & Willow becomes the perfect metaphor for what this thoughtfully curated line of products is designed to do, which is to inspire, nurture, and engage Christians.

www.inkandwillowgifts.com and @inkandwillowgifts on social.

My Thoughts...
Where has this been my whole life?  I have found the perfect Journal for this book lovers heart. The Pages are set up so  perfectly for you to keep track of your reviews and all the books that you read. You have plenty of room to write all your thoughts and there is is even lists in the back of the journal of 100 Inspiring Books and a list of Pulitzer Prize Winners  the list with the BBC: Top 100 reads is great too.
This is must have for any Book lover, it would make a fantastic gift.
I gave this Journal 5 stars and I plan to buy many of them to help me organize my reading and reviews.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Sowing Season BY Katie Powner

 

After he's forced to sell the family farm he's labored on his whole life, 63-year-old Gerrit Laninga doesn't know what to do with himself. He sacrificed everything for the land--his time, his health, his family--with nothing to show for it but bitterness, regret, and two grown children who want nothing to do with him.

Fifteen-year-old Rae Walters has growing doubts and fears about The Plan--the detailed blueprint for high school that will help her follow in her lawyer father's footsteps. She's always been committed to The Plan, but now that the pressure to succeed is building, what was supposed to unite her family in purpose, may end up tearing it apart.

When their paths cross just as they each need a friend the most, Gerrit's and Rae's lives begin to change in unexpected ways. Can they discover together what really matters in life and learn it's never too late for a second chance?

Pick up your copy here...


Katie Powner is an award-winning author who lives in Montana, where cows still outnumber people. She loves Jesus, red shoes, and candy. Katie is a mom to the third power (biological, adoptive, and foster) who believes every child deserves a loving place to call home. Visit www.katiepowner.com.

My Thoughts...
Wow, What a debut novel. This was so good. The storyline as well as the characters so easy to like and the ending was such a great ending. What at treat from a new author. this is one to watch out for. I can't wait for Powner's next book.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Absolution By Regina Buttner

 

Jeanie thinks she was to blame for the sexual assault she suffered in college―and she’d do anything to keep her old-school Catholic family from finding out about the resulting pregnancy, as well as what she did to conceal it.

Years have passed since the assault, and Jeanie’s husband, Greg, still thinks she’s the seemingly innocent girl he married in a rush to spite his controlling mother. It’s the height of the Seattle dot-com boom, and he’s too busy cashing in his stock options to pay attention to his wife. He isn’t aware of Jeanie’s lingering shame and guilt, or that she married him in the desperate hope that devoting herself to marriage and motherhood would somehow absolve her from the sins in her past.

Their hidden agendas collide when Greg discovers evidence of Jeanie’s long-ago pregnancy. As she confesses the details of that drunken night with her married professor, Greg’s pristine image of her is blown. His shock deepens into violent fury, and Jeanie realizes she needs to leave him―but Greg won’t let her go. He’s up for a big promotion, and he’s not about to let her ruin his reputation by walking out on him. He’ll resort to blackmail if necessary. Or worse.

Pick up your copy here..


Regina is a registered nurse-turned-writer who grew up in upstate New York where she enjoyed hiking with her bouncy golden retriever, Juliet, and exploring the Finger Lakes wine country. She now lives on the coast of southwest Florida and loves to go kayaking among the mangroves surrounding Pine Island, sipping mango smoothies (laced with rum if it's the weekend!) and admiring the tropical sunsets. ABSOLUTION is her first novel. Learn more about her at: www.reginabuttner.com

My Thoughts...
What a heartbreaking read. It was very well written for a debut book. The author really poured her heart out onto the pages. It was gripping and held my attention  until the very end. 
This book can be read in one sitting. It's that good.
I gave this book 4 stars and I cant wait to see what this author has in store for her next book for this avid reader.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Key to Love By Betsy St. Amant

 

The only thing Bri Duval loves more than baking petit fours is romance. So much so, she's created her own version of the famous Parisian lovelock wall at her bakery in Story, Kansas. She never expects it to go viral--or for Trek Magazine to send travel writer Gerard Fortier to feature the bakery. He's definitely handsome, but Bri has been holding out for a love story like the one her parents had, and that certainly will not include the love-scorned-and-therefore-love-scorning Gerard.

Just when it seems Bri's bakery is poised for unprecedented success, a series of events threaten not just her business but the pedestal she's kept her parents on all these years. Maybe Gerard is right about romance. Or maybe Bri's recipe just needs to be tweaked.

Novelist Betsy St. Amant invites you to experience this sweet story of how love doesn't always look the way we expect--and maybe that's a good thing.

Pick up your copy here...



Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of more than fifteen romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her newly-wed-ish hubby, two total-opposite young daughters, an impressive stash of Pickle chips, and one furry Schnauzer-baby. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored to truth. When she’s not composing her next book or trying to prove unicorns are real, Betsy can be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha. She writes frequently for www.ibelieve.com, a devotional site for women.

My Thoughts...
I was very disappointed with this book. It would have made a good novella, It was very long winded  and just over the top. I like romances that are not fake and this one was way to fluffy. maybe the next one will be better.
I sadly  gave this book 2 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Briar Coats and the Tunnel of Styx By K. J. Long

 

Briar is a wild boy. Living in a mangrove-tree city, he has been assigned the job of builder, but he is desperate to become an explorer.

At least he can swim in the lake for solace—that is, until he realizes that he can breathe underwater!

There he meets Verity, a person who looks like him, but she has a long flowing tail and a green glow. Verity helps Briar learn the truth about his father’s disappearance, and helps him change the underwater world of Naraka for the better.

Pick up your copy here...



The K.J. Long author name is a reflection of spouses Kelly Long and Jay Long.

Dr. Kelly Long has been writing fiction since 2010, alongside non-fiction research articles that appear in peer-reviewed journals. Kelly works by day as a college administrator and professor, writing fiction novels by night.

Jay Long is an attorney and professor by day, has long had a passion for writing fiction, and has non-fiction scholarly publications as well.

When they first met, the pair spent the days they couldn’t see each other co-authoring a romance novel, ironically while they lived their own romance story. Now they spend nights weaving fantasy fiction in the middle-grade genre. As an interracial LGBTQ+ couple, Kelly and Jay know what it’s like to be on the outside of the mainstream, and they have a passion for serving black and LGBTQ+ communities. They live in Michigan with their hound dog, Smuggler.

Visit www.kjlongauthor.com to learn more or connect.

My Thoughts...
This is such a fun read for the kiddos I would say 8-12 year old's would be the age group for this book or 3rd-6th graders.
Its a chapter book that will hold their attention and it is very well written.
It was a real page tuner, Grab a copy for your children to enjoy.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Mainly Power By Matt Cost

 

Was Harold Dumphy killed to cover up something at the nuclear power plant where he was the head of security?

This is what Harold's widow asks Goff Langdon, private detective, to find out. Langdon is a laid back, slacker detective, happy with his work, friends, and way of life in the town of Brunswick, Maine. To compliment his income in small town Maine's scarce private detective market, Langdon also owns and operates a mystery bookstore named after his trusted companion, Coffee Dog.


Does Langdon stand a chance against corrupt cops, crooked politicians, greedy millionaires, radical environmentalists, and a deadly assassin named Shakespeare?

With the help of Bart, the bear of a cop; Jimmy 4 by Four, the hippie lawyer; the immigrants Jewell and Richam; and his true desire and employee, Chabal-Langdon sets out to do just that. And then he is framed for not one, but two murders, and events become very complicated.

Follow Langdon and his band of friends as they attempt to untangle the web of intrigue and return Brunswick to "the way life should be."

Pick up your copy here...

Matthew Langdon Cost has wanted to be a writer since age eight. "I Am Cuba" is his first traditionally published novel. He has also self-published another work of historical fiction, "Joshua Chamberlain and the Civil War: At Every Hazard". Encircle Publications will be publishing his Mainely Mystery trilogy over the course of the next year: "Mainely Power" is due out in September, "Mainely Fear" in December, and "Mainely Blackmail" in May of 2021. Over the years, Cost has owned a video store, a mystery bookstore, and a gym. He has also taught history and coached just about every sport imaginable. He now lives in Brunswick, Maine, with his wife, Harper. There are four grown children: Brittany, Pearson, Miranda, and Ryan. A chocolate lab and a basset hound round out the mix. He now spends his days at the computer, writing. You can keep up with Matt by visiting facebook.com/matt.cost.3, www.mattcost.net, and on Twitter, @MattCost8.
My Thoughts..

I read this but I want to let you know up front it is self published and has not been through the editing process of that from a traditional publisher. So before you come back and yell a me for not telling you it was a self published book keep in mind as you read on I am commenting my opinion of the story itself. I was told by the author that I was given an uncorrected copy. I can not say if it has been edited after the fact. You might find it a story you would like to read. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Burden of Better By Heather Creekmore


 Tired of chasing better?


Why is it so easy to compare yourself to others yet so difficult to stop? In an era of carefully curated social media images, nonstop selfies, and TV shows devoted to perfection, comparison can consume you. Chasing something better quickly becomes a burden, weighing down your soul and preventing you from experiencing the freedom, contentment, and rest that God generously offers.

With wit and honesty, drawing from her own struggles, Heather will encourage you to look in the mirror and see the many ways that you compare yourself with others. But more than that, she will show you the true joy living a comparison-free life. While other books on comparison call readers to embrace their own uniqueness, The Burden of Better reveals that only a deep understanding of God's grace, and a personal reliance on that grace, can cure the epidemic of comparison flooding your mind. Heather's humor, personal stories, and empathetic approach offers a gospel-centered guide to kicking your comparison habit.

Pick up your copy here...


Speaker, blogger, author, and television failed baker, Heather Creekmore will charm you with her humor and touch you with her heart for reaching women with the breath-taking truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Heather feels the pulse of women who wrestle with their body image and comparison. She's tried the diets, exercise gizmos, and expensive weight loss pills. She's battled the brownies, felt shame over pant's size, and fought that same sense of insecurity that plagues so many women. Heather has been featured on a variety of news outlets including: Fox News, Huff Post, Church Leaders, Moms Struggling Well, and Good Morning Texas. But Heather is most recognized from her appearance on the Netflix show, "Nailed It" (S1, Ep1).

Heather and her fighter-pilot-turned pastor husband live outside of Austin, Texas with their four children. When's she's not destroying baked goods, Heather homeschools her brood of four children, shops clearance racks, and travels. Learn more about Heather and follow her blog at www.Comparedtowho.me or listen to her podcast also called Compared to Who?

My Thoughts...
Who do you compare yourself to the most? Ceekmore tells you its okay who you are. You are loved just as you are. 
There is no need to compare yourself to anyone else. You are your best YOU.
Creekmore writes a heartfelt book that speaks right to your heart.
I gave this book 4 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

I had a Secret for Seventeen Years By Tori Shaw

 

I Had A Secret for Seventeen Years is the redemptive life story of Tori Shaw, centered around her abortion as a teenager. She spent years covered by guilt and shame while enduring continual abandonment and rejection. Childhood experiences taught her to hide hardship, so she silently dealt with depression, fear, anxiety, self-loathing, and addictions. After hiding her dark secret for seventeen years, Tori shares her story with the world. A woman who once walked in fear and self-doubt is now willing to go wherever God wants her to go. Through Tori’s story, God builds a ministry that helps abortion-minded women choose life for their babies and shares God’s forgiveness and love with post-abortive women. I Had a Secret for Seventeen Years enables the reader to see a post-abortive woman come full circle and embrace the world of possibilities God makes available to those who are willing.

Pick up your copy here...


Tori married her high school sweetheart and homeschools her four beautiful children. She walks in complete freedom after her abortion because of the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. Tori desires the same for others who have had a similar journey.

My Thoughts...
Shaw's testimony is one that is sure to touch you and have you flipping pages as fast as you can read them.
I am so happy that she has written this book so it can help others and it will touch many others. 
I gave this book 4 stars.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. 

Monday, October 5, 2020

The Silent Conspiracy By L.C. Shaw

 

It’s been almost two years since investigative reporter Jack Logan and television producer Taylor Parks brought down the Institute—the secret facility responsible for indoctrinating a generation of America’s political and media power players. Their lives are just getting back to normal, and Jack and Taylor have settled into married life with their young son, Evan.

But soon a series of bizarre, seemingly random murder/suicides captures Jack’s attention as a disturbing pattern emerges. Could someone be intentionally causing people to become homicidal? At the same time, Taylor is producing a story about a class action suit against a national insurance company that has reached the Supreme Court.

As Jack and Taylor start to suspect that their stories are connected, they realize there is something far more insidious at play that could not only directly threaten them—but the very future of the country…


Pick up your copy here...



L.C. .Shaw is the pen name of internationally bestselling author Lynne Constantine who also writes with her sister as Liv Constantine. Their debut thriller, THE LAST MRS. PARRISH, was a Reese Witherspoon book club selection and their critically acclaimed books have been praised by USA Today, The Sunday Times, People Magazine, and Good Morning America, among many others. Lynne has a Master's Degree from Johns Hopkins University. Her work has been translated into 27 languages, is available in 32 countries, and has been optioned for both television and film.


My Thoughts...

Are you all ready for this new Conspiracy thriller? If you read The Network  you are going to fall right back into that same thriller, heart racing, and thrills  with this book.
Shaw is one of the best thriller authors of 2020 and I cant wait to see if there is going to be a third book in the series by her.
This is a must read 4 star book. I highly recommend it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. 

Friday, October 2, 2020

From Rome With Love By Kate Lloyd Have you pre-ordered your copy yet?

 

Lucy Goff's new job caring for the quirky daughter of a wealthy Seattle couple comes with an unexpected perk: being whisked off to Rome the week before Christmas. Putting up with fifteen-year-old Tabatha's mood swings, not to mention Lucy's own fear of flying, is worth the opportunity to explore The Eternal City.

But Lucy's dreams of a relaxing European vacation are upended almost as soon as they arrive. Tabatha's parents disappear, and Tabatha herself turns out to be more than a handful. The only person Lucy can turn to is Mario, the smooth and handsome Italian who volunteers to be their personal tour guide. Can she trust him? And what about Brad, the old boyfriend who wants to pick up where they left off?

When a mysterious painting opens up painful family secrets, it seems as though Lucy's romantic holiday is over for good. Instead, she must confront not only her employers, but also her own feelings about love and loyalty. Is she ready to see that Christmas is just the beginning?

Preorder your copy here...



Bestselling author Kate Lloyd is a passionate observer of human relationships. A native of Baltimore, Kate spends time with family and friends in Lancaster County, PA, the inspiration for her novels Leaving Lancaster, Pennsylvania Patchwork, and Forever Amish, the third book in the Legacy of Lancaster Trilogy, and also A Letter from Lancaster County and Starting from Scratch. Her Kindle novella An Unexpected Christmas Gift is available for preorder. Kate and her husband live in the Pacific Northwest, the setting for Kate's first novel, A Portrait of Marguerite. Kate studied art, art history, and Italian in college. She's worked a variety of jobs, including restaurateur and car salesman. Kate enjoys travel and walking with her camera in hand.

Website: www.katelloyd.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/katelloydbooks
Instagram:@katelloydauthor
Giveaways on her Blog: http://katelloyd.com/blog/
Pinterest: @KateLloydAuthor


Be sure to preorder your copy now. From Rome With Love will be released On October 13, 2020. You are not going to want to miss this Christmas book!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Turning Home By Janice Kay Johnson

In this tender Amish romance, an Amish man who is returning to his community and faith is drawn to a young woman who is still reeling from past wounds.

When Luke Bowman returns to the Amish faith after years of being away from home, he does so with absolute conviction. Those feelings are shaken when he meets Julia Durant, a non-Amish woman who works at his family's furniture-making business. Despite his instincts, Luke is drawn to Julia, and although Julia is still recovering from a brutal assault when she was a college student, she is drawn to Luke as well.

As Luke and Julia grow closer, and their fragile friendship grows stronger, Luke wants to be with Julia, but the reason he came home--his faith--is now the thing keeping them apart. Luke and Julia will have to decide whether their relationship can survive this divide, and whether the home Luke has made in the Amish faith is one that's fit for two.

Pick up your copy here...

Janice Kay Johnson is the author of sixty-plus books for children and adults. Her first four published romance novels were coauthored with her mother Norma Tadlock Johnson, also a writer who has since published mysteries and children's books on her own. These were "sweet" romance novels, the author hastens to add; she isn't sure they'd have felt comfortable coauthoring passionate love scenes!

Janice graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in history and then received a master's degree in library science from the University of Washington. She was a branch librarian for a public library system until she began selling her own writing.

She has written six novels for young adults and one picture book for the read-aloud crowd. ROSAMUND was the outgrowth of all those hours spent reading to her own daughters, and of her passion for growing old roses. Two more of her favorite books were historical novels WINTER OF THE RAVEN and THE ISLAND SNATCHERS which she wrote for Tor/Forge. The research was pure indulgence for someone who set out intending to be a historian!

Janice is divorced and has raised her two daughters in a small, rural town north of Seattle, Washington. She's an active volunteer and board member for Purrfect Pals, a no-kill cat shelter, and foster kittens often enliven a household that already includes a few more cats than she wants to admit to!

Janice loves writing books about both love and family -- about the way generations connect and the power our earliest experiences have on us throughout life.

In addition to her real name, she has also written under several pseudonyms through the years, including Janice Stevens, Janice Bartlett, Kay Bartlett and Kay Kirby.

Her Superromance novels are frequent finalists for Romance Writers of America RITA awards, and she won the 2008 RITA for Best Contemporary Series Romance for SNOWBOUND.

Visit her online at: www.janicekayjohnson.com.

My Thoughts...
This is a book for Amish fiction fans. it is your typical Amish read furniture making, cute slow romance blooming on the horizon.
It is surely for those who enjoy Amish romances.
I gave this book 4 stars and hope you enjoy it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.