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~Book Review~ “With Autumn’s Return” by Amanda Cabot

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Goodreads Synopsis:

“Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to establish her medical practice thanks to the wooing of her two older sisters who extolled the beauty of the land. She’s certain she’ll have a line of patients eager for her expertise and gentle bedside manner. However, she soon discovers the town and its older doctor may not welcome a new physician. Even more frustrating, the handsome young attorney next door may not be ready for the idea of a woman doctor. For his part, Jason Nordling has nothing against women, but he’s promised himself that the woman he marries will be a full-time mother.

Despite their firm principles, Elizabeth and Jason find that mutual attraction–and disdain from the community–is drawing them ever closer. And when the two find themselves working to save the life and tattered reputation of a local woman, they’ll have to decide how far they’re willing to go to find justice–and true love.”

My Review:

I read the back of this book and immediately thought that it was somewhat along the lines of “Dr Quinn Medicine Woman”, which of course is one of my all time favorite television shows. Elizabeth is similar to Michaela in that they were both women doctors who had schooling but that no one took them seriously as a doctor. Everyone is against them! I loved the interaction between Elizabeth and Jason. You could tell there were sparks from the beginning. I also loved the theme of a woman trying to decide between her career and a family. This relates to so many women in the world today. I loved this book and I give it a 5 out of 5 stars!

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Revell Reads.

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~Book Review~Dare to Love Again by Julie Lessman

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Goodreads Synopsis:
She’s a sassy socialite burned by love. He’s a jaded cop burned by the upper class. When sparks fly…will love catch fire again?

Spunky Allison McClare is determined to be a fearless, independent woman. But when she takes a notion to explore the wild Barbary Coast, she quickly discovers she’s no match for the unsavory characters that haunt the dark streets.

Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach this petite socialite self-defense, but it seems he has little choice. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But is he just a fraud like all the rest of the men Allison’s cared for? Or is he the one who will let her dare to love again?

My Review:
So I LOVED this book! The wittiness and sassiness of this book just captured me! Alison McClare made me laugh from the beginning and Nick Barone, with a long e, was just breathtaking! I could have fallen in love with him too if he was always around! I am wanting to read more of this series about the McClares because they are a great family and Julie Lessman makes you feel like you are right there with the characters! I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Revell Reads.

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~Book Review~ The Big Book of Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids: A 3-In-1 Collection by Rob Elliott

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Goodreads Synopsis:

“Now everyone’s favorite joke books from Rob Elliott can be found in one economical volume! Combining his bestselling “Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids,” “Zoolarious Animal Jokes for Kids,” and “Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids,” Elliott will have kids of all ages laughing with the gut-bustingest, knee-slappingest, guffaw-inducingest, funniest collection of clean jokes you can find.
Great on car rides, at the dinner table, on the playground, and anywhere in between, this collection of hilarity will make you and those around you smile every day.”

 

My Review:

I was really excited to read this book or more likely tell the jokes in this book. These jokes, though, are REALLY corny and I mean really corny. Its supposed to be for kids so that is a good thing, but I think that these are meant for younger kids. My 11 year old sister thought that some of these were weird. One thing I didn’t like was that some of the jokes were in the previous book which is understandable being that they were 3 books put together. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Revell Reads.

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~Book Review~ “The Calling” by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Goodreads Synopsis:

“Twenty-year-old Bethany Schrock is restless. Her love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending the incredibly hot summer days wading through a lifetime’s accumulation of junk at the home of five ancient Amish sisters. About the only thing that holds her interest is the spirited and dangerously handsome Jimmy Fisher–and he seems bent on irritating her to no end.
When the sly old sisters and a guest at the Inn get Bethany involved in running the local soup kitchen and starting a community garden, she suddenly finds herself wondering, Shootfire! How did that happen? Despite her newfound purposefulness, a gnawing emptiness about a childhood mystery continues to plague her. Encouraged by Jimmy Fisher, she will seek out the answers she craves–and uncover a shocking secret that will break her heart, heal it, and point her to love.
Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers her trademark twists, turns, and tender romance in this delightful and exciting visit to the deceptively quiet community of Stoney Ridge.”

 

My Review:

I really loved this book. Suzanne Woods Fisher was able to take just a simple Amish story and make it into something with mystery and suspense. I loved the character’s Bethany and Jimmy. Their connection was noticeable and strong from the very start. Jake just made me want to punch him! The author took the character and made him so believable that I truly wanted to punch him because he was hurting people that were good. It made me not want to put the book down! I give this book a five out of five stars.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review from Revell Reads.

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“The Chance” by Karen Kingsbury

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I am so excited to write a review on this book! Let me say first that Karen Kingsbury is probably my all time favorite author! I have read almost every book that she has published. I think there are only 5 or so that I haven’t read. I first fell in love with her “Redemption” Series. They were based out of Bloomington, Indiana and that is where I was born so I knew I “had” to read these books. When I read Coming Home, I cried! The Baxter’s series was ended and it actually took me about 6 months to finish the book because I didn’t want it to end!

Here is the summary from Karen Kingbury’s website for The Chance.

“The Chance is a heartwarming story about childhood friends, broken lives, and a long ago promise that just might offer the hope of love for today. In The Chance, Karen delves deeply into a theme that resonates with us all: It’s never too late for those willing to take a chance.

Years ago, the day before Ellie moved from Georgia to California, she and her best friend Nolan sat beneath the Spanish moss of an ancient oak tree where they wrote letters to each other, and sealed them in a rusty old metal box. The plan was to return eleven years later and read them. But now, as that date arrives, much has changed. Ellie, bereft of the faith she grew up with, is a single mom living in a tired apartment trying to make ends meet. Sometimes she watches television to catch a glimpse of her old friend —Nolan, now an NBA star, whose terrible personal tragedies fueled his faith and athletic drive in equal measure. But Nolan also suffers from a transcendent loneliness that nothing has ever eased.

In their separate lives, as Ellie and Nolan move toward the possibility of a reunion at the oak tree, Kingsbury weaves a tale of heart-wrenching loss, the power of faith, and the wounds that only love can heal.”

The Chance is probably one of my most favorites that she has written and I hope that she continues a series on this book because the characters were so captivating almost like the Baxter’s were. This book really inspired me and I read it in less than 24 hours which can tell you how good it really is! I loved Ellie and Nolan and how their love story was transpired. There were ups and downs and Karen really showed how one person can be so off track, but still have someone who loves them just as much. I can’t wait for her more of her books to be published!

I received this book courtesy of Net Galley in exchange for my feedback.

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“All in Good Time” by Maureen Lang

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Dessa Caldwell longs to follow in Sophie Pierson’s footsteps and open a house for girls who want to get away from prostitution and the horrible life that comes with it. She wants to keep her secret that she has kept hidden away from everyone including the one that she could love. Henry Hawkins has a secret that could ruin his business and the relationship he has with Dessa. This story is a book about 2 people who both have a secret that they do not want shared with the world. They do not want their past to interfere with their future.

This book was so good! I was hooked in the first few pages. I love romances which really made me want to read this, but I was hoping it was not a typical romance and it definitely was not a typical romance. There were so many twists and turns that it kept me on my toes. I definitely would like to read more books by Maureen Lang because of how this book captivated me.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Tyndale House Publishers.