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The Rancher’s Redemption (Return of the Blackwell Brothers #3) by Melinda Curtis

The Rancher's Redemption4.5 Stars

Published October 2nd 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

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Don’t Touch My Petunia (The Holloway Girls #2) by Tara Sheets

Don't Touch My Petunia (The Holloway Girls, #2)3.5 Stars

Published September 25th 2018 by Zebra Shout

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An Amish Homecoming by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Shelley Shepard Gray, Kathleen Fuller

An Amish Homecoming4.5 Stars

Published October 16th 2018 by Zondervan

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A Healing Justice by Kristin von Kreisler

A Healing Justice by Kristin von Kreisler4.5 Stars

Published September 25th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation

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Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

Every Breath4.5 Stars

Published October 16th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing

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The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne

The Marsh King's Daughter5 Stars

Published June 13th 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

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Dead End Fix (Justice/Mort Grant #6) by T.E. Woods

Dead End Fix (A Justice Novel, #6)3 Stars

Published June 7th 2016 by Alibi

Even though this is the sixth book in this series, I was able to read it as a standalone. There were some things that I didn’t understand or find out until partway through the book, so it would probably be best to read this series from the beginning to learn about the characters and their development.

Chief of Detectives, Mort Grant, loves his family and it is one of the most important things in his life. When he finds out that his granddaughter, Hadley has been kidnapped, he is devastated, kidnapped by his daughter makes it worse. Allie Grant is a lawless, leader of a Russian cartel and wants her family to accept her. That is not going to happen. Meanwhile, there is a gang war going on and he is trying to figure out who killed the young man that set it off, as well as get the gangs to stop the war before innocent lives are lost. Desperate to find and rescue Hadley, he turns to the vigilante called The Fixer. They have a relationship that is mutually satisfying to them both. Even though Allie has lots and lots of money plus connections with the worst of the worst, The Fixer has a razor sharp mind and will do whatever it takes to bring Hadley back to her family safely.

This is a solid written thriller. Lots of action, lots of danger, all the characters are believable. The Fixer, even though she’s wanted by the FBI, does not acknowledge any lines or limits. The only person who knows her identity is Mort Grant. Being a law officer, he knows he is also committing a crime by keeping her identity secret, but also knows that what she does is get justice for people that might otherwise not get it. There was a lot of violence in this book, so if that bothers you, you will probably want to skip this one. I enjoyed the fixer character, Lydia is a classy lady for the most part, but is pretty bad when she is in Fixer mode. I am not sure if I will read/listen to any more in this series as it was a bit violent for me, only time will tell. Continue reading “Dead End Fix (Justice/Mort Grant #6) by T.E. Woods”

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

A Spark of Light3.5 Stars

Published October 2nd 2018 by Ballantine Books

I wanted to read this book as I do love Jodi Picoult. I waited patiently until my name got to the top of the list at the library and then hurried to pick it up. Now I am not sure. I knew this book was dealing with pro-choice vs pro-life, but I am not sure how I feel after reading the book. I believe I am pro-choice, but I am also pro-life. I do not believe in using abortion for birth control, but in some situations, I can understand somewhat. Having said all that, how did I feel about the book. I did not like the way it was written. I am not a big fan of a backwards timeline and that really bothered me as I read this one. I did like the characters and how they were written and developed, this is a huge strength in Picoult’s writing. The plot was well developed if you read the book backwards, as the story was interesting and a good one. There was even a bit of a twist, although I had pretty much figured it out before it was revealed. All in all, this was a good book, but not a great one as I have come to expect from Jodi Picoult. Continue reading “A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult”

Vanished (Callahan & McLane #1) by Kendra Elliot

Vanished (Callahan & McLane #1)3.5 Stars

Published June 24th 2014 by Montlake Romance

Vanished centers around a child kidnapping that takes place just before Christmas. Henley is the step-daughter of Mason Callahan’s ex-wife. Detective Mason Callahan, has just found out that one of his confidential informants, a prostitute has been murdered and he is under suspicion of the murder. He is asked by his ex-wife to help, and becomes the family spokesperson. Thanks to the quick thinking of the family, the FBI quickly assembles a special taskforce to investigate this case. Chief among the agents is special Agent Ava McLane, who is specifically assigned to be a liaison to the family. As Agent McLane and the other members of the taskforce begin working the case, secrets surrounding the family members begin to be revealed. Working tirelessly and hand-in-hand to bring Henley home safe, Mason and Ava develop a mutual admiration for one another. Soon one thing leads to another.

This story started out as any book by about a child kidnapping, but there was a twist that I was definitely not suspecting. There was some suspense, quite a bit of drama and a bit of romance toward the end of the story. All in all a satisfying story, but not as good as the later series I have read by this author. I listened to the audio book using Kindle Unlimited and enjoyed it. This book has a dual narration by Nick Podehl and Amy McFadden, reading the chapters based on whose POV it was. I really enjoyed this, as the voices were so much more realistic than one narrator trying to do voices. I will read/listen to the next book in this series to see how the relationship between Callahan and McLane develops. Continue reading “Vanished (Callahan & McLane #1) by Kendra Elliot”

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