2015/02/27

Beyond all Dreams - Book Review






Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.


Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?




Review:

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

This is a delightful story of a time when our nation was still beginning its climb to being a world power.  Our nation was still stinging from the War Between the States.   It had only been 40 years since that awful time.  Veterans of that war were still around.  And now America was facing a challenge with Cuba and Spain.

Anna is quiet and shy.  She had had a difficult childhood.  She just wanted to study and archive the maps in the Library of Congress.  Anna was very proud to be one of the few women employed in such a capacity.  She had her best friend from childhood, she had the maps, and she had her life all worked out.  Then, she met Luke Callahan.

She stumbled across a report about a ship her father had been on.  She realized there was a mistake and sought to have it corrected by the Navy.  That's when her life turned on its ear.  She had found a secret that needed to remain a secret no matter how painful.  Luke endeavored to help her but had his own demons to handle as well.  

As little as they had in common on the surface, Luke and Anna were very much alike after all.  Both had a love of books and learning, love of family, and a sense of pride in their occupations.  Leaning on each other and their faith, they were able to make it through to the other side of all their hardships.  

This is a wonderful story about learning to trust, learning to love, and continuing to have faith no matter the circumstances.  Though we have hardships and may travel a rough road our friends and loved ones will be there for us.  I enjoyed the suspense of finding out the mystery Anna had found.  I would recommend this book to anyone!




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2015/02/20

White Night - Excerpt, Book Tour, & Giveaway

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White Night BookCover croppedJoanna Anderson Campbell lived the perfect life ... loving daughter and sister, loyal friend, faithful wife, and devoted mother. She was happy and content. What more could she have asked for? Life could not have been better. At least ... that's what she believed. Until she died. Can death teach the most valuable lessons about life? Jo Campbell is about to find out.

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Chapter 9

I heard that chuckle. Just cut it out.
“Carry on … carry on.”
There is still no sign of Dad, so I settle into my beloved window seat and pick up my saga of Scrooge. When I read Mrs. Cratchit’s comments about Scrooge being a lonely, unhappy man, I can’t help but think of my own mother’s description of Doctor Roth. This is not the first time this thought has crossed my mind. Doctor Roth is, after all, a force to be reckoned with. A bachelor quite set in his ways, seemingly always irritated. Coincidence? I think not. I ponder this similarity and then go to find my mother. She is folding clothes in their bedroom, and I jump up on the bed with reckless disregard to the neatly folded piles.
Though my mother usually has the patience of ten saints, she does not find my behavior amusing. I am made to refold each item that I’d disturbed. And while I hated doing it, it gave me the chance to ask her something of my perceived comparison between Scrooge and Doctor Roth. I explain to her that I see many things in our own Doc that I see in Scrooge. And I ask my mother if we can invite Doctor Roth for Christmas dinner. From the surprised expression on her face, I might as well have asked her to grow wings and fly around the room.
As I look now at this scene, I see my mother’s shock-not at the request itself, but at the depth of compassion her oldest child was expressing. Never would she have expected such a suggestion from me. She knew I found the doctor terrifying in his gruffness. Nevertheless, here I was asking that he be invited for Christmas supper. Mom sits down next to me on the bed, and holds both of my hands in hers. I see her heart light get brighter. Mom recognizes, again, that she has done a good job, that my core values are strong and thriving.




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Kathi - White Night Author PicKathi Haacke Morehead makes her fiction debut with WHITE NIGHT. She is the author of HEART BLEED: Letting go and stanching the flow, and THE BEST FROM THE CHEAP SEATS. She has also written numerous articles for Mind Body Green, and Boomeon. She also blogs daily at A View From the Cheap Seats Today. Kathi lives in Brunswick with her husband Dave and their four finicky felines. Her motto is "love and laugh!"








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2015/02/16

Riding for Redemption - Book Review

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Desperate to find her place in the world, Sara Beth dreams of applying for the Miss Wrangler Montana competition that tours with the rodeo circuit.
Riding horses has become her anchor until a near fatal accident takes more from her than she’d ever willingly sacrifice.
Determined to prove his business training, Johnny seeks out the Rourke family to call in an old favor. When he embroils himself in Sara Beth’s life, he has to prove they’re nothing more than friends.
Seeking independence, both Sara Beth and Johnny lean on each other more and more, until love threatens their friendship. Will they seek out each other or be confused by their dreams?
Can either of them leave their past and embrace their future?


Review:

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

I absolutely loved this story.  I will have to go back and read the first one in this series.  The story of a young woman trying to find her own path will touch a chord with many.

Sara Beth is quite strong-willed to say the least.  She is a wonderful lead character.  She is especially
so after her accident.  But then rebuilding her life becomes the biggest challenge.  Would I have the strength to overcome that tragedy and be able to move forward?  Would you?


Sara Beth's relationship with her older sister is a big part of the story.  Will they ever see eye-to-eye and will Sara Beth accept the love and support her sister offers?  And then Johnny shows up.  He just throws all kind of wrenches in Sara Beth's plans.  It is fun to read the dynamic between them.

If you're looking for a fun, light-hearted romance, pick up this book.  It works as a stand alone story, but it is the second in a series.  I am excited to continue reading about Sara Beth and her family.  I believe you will not be disappointed with this book.



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BonnieBonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.













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