‘Juliet’s Nurse’ by Lois Leveen Book Tour, My Review, & a Great Giveaway of Five Chances to Win!(U.S.A. Only)
Adult Books , Historical Fiction / October 28, 2014

Here is another amazing Book Tour, Review & Giveaway for ‘Juliet’s Nurse’ by Lois Leveen!      This tour is presented by Book Title: Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen Category: Adult fiction, 384 pages Genre: historical fiction Publisher: Emily Bestler Books (Atria Books) Published: September 2014 Available in: Print and e-book formats Content Rating: PG* Book Synopsis:In Verona, a city ravaged by plague and political rivalries, a mother mourning the death of her day-old infant enters the household of the powerful Cappelletti family to become the wet-nurse to their newborn baby. As she serves her beloved Juliet over the next fourteen years, the nurse learns the Cappellettis’ darkest secrets. Those secrets—and the nurse’s deep personal grief—erupt across five momentous days of love and loss that destroy a daughter, and a family.By turns sensual, tragic, and comic, Juliet’s Nurse gives voice to one of literature’s most memorable and distinctive characters, a woman who was both insider and outsider among Verona’s wealthy ruling class. Exploring the romance and intrigue of interwoven loyalties, rivalries, jealousies, and losses only hinted at in Shakespeare’s play, this is a never-before-heard tale of the deepest love in Verona—the love between a grieving woman and the precious child of her heart. In the…

‘For Elise’ by Sarah M. Eden Book Review Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY

  Welcome to this review tour   Presented by Covenant Communications. For Elise by Sarah M. Eden  Goodreads’ Synopsis: They were inseparable in their youth, the very best of friends, two halves of a whole. For four years, Miles Linwood, the Marquess of Grenton, has felt incomplete without her. When a carriage breakdown leaves him temporarily stranded in a tiny town, Miles makes an unexpected discovery that will alter the course of his life, and rewrite the pages of his past.  Sarah M. Eden read her first Jane Austen novel in elementary school and has been addicted to historical romance ever since. With a degree in research and a fascination with history, Eden loves delving deep into history. Eden is an award-winning author of short stories and has been a Whitney Award Finalist for her novels Seeking Persephone (Covenant Communications, 2008) and Courting Miss Lancaster (Covenant Communications, 2010). You can visit her at www.sarahmeden.com My REVIEW: This a poignant tale of girl and boy childhood best friends suddenly separated in their youth. Now, four years later, so much has changed and Miles has mostly given up his quest to find what happened to his best friend. Now he has a…

Grand Prize Giveaway Ending July 20th, 2014 for the Grand Finale of ‘A Perfect Secret’ by Donna Hatch

     A themed book tour through Prism Book Tours. Join in the THE REGENCY TOUR Grand Finale for …’A Perfect Secret’ by Donna Hatch Did you miss any of these fabulous tour stops? Here are snippets from each of them: Launch What do you hope readers take with them when they read your book? I hope they will believe that love is real and it can help us find the courage to do what we believe is right. I also hope they will question what they think they know about people and let go of prejudice, and even help them forgive those who have hurt them. Cherry Mischievous – Excerpt Six-year-old Christian Amesbury stood in the churchyard, trying not to crush the flowers he’d brought to put in front of the family crypt where they’d laid his brother to rest, the brother he loved, the brother he killed. Alone in every way, he stood, shaking, as his last taunting words to Jason echoed in his head. Christian had wanted to prove he was brave and strong. Instead, his brother, best friend, and advocate, was dead. Kelly P’s Blog – Historical Romance, the Perfect Escape In a recent survey, 80% of…

Read About this Exciting New Book & Enter Two different Giveaways! ‘Blackwood Crossing’ by MK McClintock.

    I am pleased to be a part of another wonderful Book Tour & Giveaway Presented by ~Inspired Kathy~   I Am A Reader  Book Blasts & Blog Tours This One is to Introduce an Enthralling Historical Tale, ‘Blackwood Crossing’ by MK McClintock. Blackwood Crossing If you had to make a choice, would it be loyalty or love? Torn between loyalty to her family and refusal to marry a laird she despises, Rhona Davidson accepts a dangerous proposal from a man she knows only as Blackwood. Leaving behind a life of leisure, Charles Blackwood bravely serves his country with honor and the skill of a trained British agent. When his newest case returns him to the wild Highlands of Scotland, he is faced with a choice between killing a man and saving the only woman he has ever loved. Charles and Rhona join their lives, only to discover that their choices will result in bloodshed, unless they can uncover a truth long buried, deep in the Highland soil. Praise for Blackwood Crossing: “MK McClintock has spun an enchanting tale deeply entrenched in the lands of Scotland and England that will leave you riveted to your chair until you turn the last…

Historical Fiction Lovers..! Lord Grenvillle’s Choice’ by G.G. Vandagriff is a great read! – Book Review by LAWonder10

  Lord Grenville’s love of his life was wedded to another man through an arranged marriage. Only months later, he was approached by the father of a very wealthy young woman. She wasn’t as pretty as his former love but still was quite attractive. Since he was having financial difficulties, her large dowry would solve his financial worries. Now, five years later, he had a wonderful son whom he dearly loved and admired the way his wife loved their son equally. He felt bad he could not give his heart  to his wife. She was sweet and a good wife and mother but he could not get over his lost love. Lady Felicity loved Lord Grenville from the moment she saw him. He had barely noticed her at the social events they attended, but everything about him attracted her to him…, everything except his obsession with Lady Elizabeth. Yes, it had been five years but at the beginning of “the Season” circumstances changed, disrupting several lives with no clear solution to the problems. This is a melodramatic story in the fashion of Jane Austin. It was quite predictable except for a few unexpected twists, but it was indeed very well…

‘ Fire Dance’ by Della Jacobs – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Historical Fiction / June 2, 2014

This was an interesting early historic romance. I love the times of knights and honorable kings. This was a great fictional story during the time of King Rufus who succeeded King Henry. It was a time when lands were conquered then controlled. This is a very positive situation. A young Heiress was left alone when at first her mother, then her evil father died. King Rufus called a beloved Lord knight to conquer that land and wed the young princess and would be given the title of Lord and the castle and land would become his with the Lady. He was instructed to marry her and accept her without questions. When he and his knights arrived, no battle was necessary… the Heiress was missing.  None of the people “owned up” to knowing where she was. The Lord Knight was persistent in finding her and eventually he did. The Heiress was loved by her people and had suffered greatly under her father’s rule. She felt no grief at his death whatsoever. She wanted no more killing or suffering of her people so asked they summit with no more bloodshed. What ensued further keeps the reader in suspense until the very end….

Jennie Hanen’s Action/Suspence Novel – ‘Where the River Once Flowed’ – Book Review by LAWonder10

  The setting of this historical novel is in the late 1800s, after the Mexican/American War. Unrest still existed and flare-ups by the Mexicans and by Indians occasionally occurred. There was often much resentment by the Mexicans toward the Americans, but this was not the case in a small New Mexico town where the Sebastian Hacienda was located.  Therefore, it was upsetting to some when Don Sebastian sold the land to an American – Ross Adams – with a stipulation he marry Don’s granddaughter, Lliana, and their son become heir. The bordering neighbor – Ben Purdy – was especially angry..He must have that land or be destroyed! Travis Telford was a cowboy who headed round-ups of horses to sell to the Americans. He discovered the Sebastian ranch to have some of the finest horses he often included in the round-up. He soon became friends with Mr. & Mrs Adams and soon after, he became more involved in their family than he ever dreamed possible. This tale has a lot of action and suspense. The author effectively intertwines the lives and individual situations in her usual well-written, smooth manner.  This book will not disappoint the reader! The Title has a definite…

It Is My Pleasure to Present Author – Christine Keleny – As My Special Guest This Week!

       Christine is the Author of the Remarkable New Rose Series!  If you enjoyed ‘the Hunger Games’, then it is most certainly a book you will truly enjoy! 1. When you were very young, did you enjoy reading?  What do you feel planted the desire to read within you? I liked reading mysteries but I didn’t read much as a kid. When I was forced to read other types of books in middle school, I kind of rebelled and dropped reading altogether until after college when I had some free time again. Now I read whenever I can. Funny how things can change. The key is for educators/parents to make reading fun and not a chore…easier said than done. 2.  Did you keep a journal/diary growing up? Is this something you feel is helpful to one desiring to become a writer? Why or Why not? I was a diary girl, even more so as I got older. I’m not sure if it’s needed to be a writer, but I know many writers who journal. I think it’s more about learning about yourself. That helps with a lot of things 😉 It surely aids in helping children and YA if…

‘Rosebloom (Rose Series)’ by Christine Keleny – Book Review by LAWonder10 – Meet the Author on this Site 03/28/2014!!

Feeling like a burden on her family and seeking adventure, Rose hesitantly – but determinedly – leaves home under the guise of spending the night at a friends house. Rise quickly learns how dangerous this can be. This experience changed her  whole life and she continues to see how unfair this world can be.  Raised in a country town with by a good family, Rose never realized the color of a person’s skin can make a difference in one’s life. This story’s setting is during the late 1920s and early 1930s…A time when The United States was experiencing devastation and other countries were in a terrible war the US would soon join. It is a time when old prejudices still dominated a large portion of individuals.  Interracial association was still frowned upon by both Black and White cultures. Rose’s tale is very entertaining and full if adventure. There is only one brief area it felt a little too prolonged. However, the reader’s attention was captured and enticed to eagerly await the next event. There are a few sexual situations which are not explicit but require the supervision of a parent for younger YA readers. The characters were very realistic with numerous…

‘Pelican Bay’ by Jesse Giles Christiansen – Book Review by LAWonder10

“Hang in there”…It gets better as the story progresses! I restarted this book a couple of times, trying to give it a fair review…I am very glad I did! The Prologue and the first chapter were so vague and did not do the rest of the story justice. There were a few grammatical errors and one contradiction, but it was a tale worth reading.  It is definitely unique. This novel is a combination of Mystery plus Fantasy with a slight Historical fiction element. The story pulls the reader into it more with each page.  The mystery thickens as it progresses. The characters are truly unique. They are very real in the manner they are portrayed…Although, often annoying.  The background atmosphere is depicted in an intriguing way. This would have been a great book for YA as well as for adults, except for the last portion of the book has some profanity and other crude words. For all the above conjectures, my review of this book offers a Four Stars rating. I was sent this book by the author for an honest review, of which I have given. PURCHASE THIS BOOK FROM AMAZON HERE. [raw] [/raw] My Thought: Once again an…

‘The Doctor’s Mission’ by Debbie Kaufman – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Historical Fiction / March 9, 2014

Entwine yourself within the historical Liberian jungle adventures of early missionaries, sacrificing much to bring a knowledge of God to the Native tribes within. William, still grieving over the horrible deaths of the aunt and uncle who raised him, plus , more recently, the lass of his newly married wife….all to the uncivilized jungles of Liberia, awaited his newly assigned companions. He was not allowed to return alone to the depths of the jungle to reestablish a church and school there, but must be accompanied by another for safety reasons. He had enjoyed the hospitality of a missionary couple in an established compound, but he feared what would happen to his small compound if he didn’t return shortly. His new shockingly ill-fitted companions finally arrived. Surely this was a mistake! The Mission Board would surely see the impropriety of their mistake.  Dr. Mary O’Hara and Clara Smith would not be deterred. The could not possibly endure the vastness and wiles of jungle life saying nothing about the impossible journey in getting there! Adamantly refusing at first to take them, William, reluctantly capitulated after realizing their stubborn determination to go without him…He must at least see to their safety before causing…

Presenting Gifted Author, June Caedmon! It Is Certainly a Joy to Have This Interview You, June!

You are a mystery to many of us. There is little information on you throughout the Internet. I am excited you agreed to this Interview so we – your readers – can get  to know you better. 1.  You became June Caedmon in July of 2002. Did you write other books under a different name?  If so, were they this same genre?  What inspired you to become a writer? Please elaborate some. I never really aspired to become a writer. Heart’s Desire was born out of a dream. I wanted to know how the rest of the story went – – so I wrote it. After that, the stories kept coming. So I kept writing. My inspiration comes from God. He is involved in every story I write, because He is our story, real or imagined. I find that fascinating!  Many authors writings began with their dreams. I would just as soon my crazy dreams were never written, 2.  Since 2002 you have written seven books but only four are published. Why is that? Will the others be published soon?  There is a lot that goes in to publishing a book. Right now, I can’t spend 100% of my time…

‘Heart’s Desire (Whispes of Grace series)’ by June Caedmon Book Review by LAWonder10 Visit This Site March 6, 2014 for an Interview With the Author!

Mel was headed to Savannah, Georgia for an overdo visit with an aunt.  Partway to Vicksburg, bullets whizzed past and the prize stallion borrowed from home “spooked” and bulled lose from the buggy, sending it the buggy on a collision course toward a stationary wagon near the river’s edge.  The two Elliot brothers hurried toward the accident to assess the situation. John was furious at the carelessness of the young man driving plus the dent in his wagon. Sam, however, was more concerned with the well-being of the young man who looked to be about 16 years old – too young to be driving in the rough country alone. It appeared Mel had nothing more than a few cuts and bruises. The forehead cut needed stitches. John demanded payment or restitution of the damage while Sam tried to diffuse the situation. John demanded the young man stay on the Plantation and”work off” the damages while his wagon would be repaired in the nearby tow. The boy readily agreed.  John stormed off and Sam led the boy to the main house to take care of the injuries when suddenly he fainted. Calling out to his aunt, asking her to quickly clear…

‘The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr ‘(Ladies in Waiting #2) by Sandra Byrd Book Review by Sabrina…Discover more about my Guest Reviewer on Saturday’s Interview with Sabrina!!

I thought this book held a lot of historical content, which I love, and the story was entertaining and clean. This book covers a longer period of time than I am used to reading in one book so I felt at times that I had a hard time connecting with the characters and story because many things were glazed over. That being said the story line was interesting and the character building well done. It was interesting to read the story of Kateryn Parr from the eyes of a lady in waiting. There are a couple things I didn’t love about this book. The first is that I couldn’t get really involved in what was going on all the time. When I read a book I look for a lot of character interaction and a little excitement. I felt that this was more observation with moderate character interaction so I didn’t get to involved. Also, it lacked entertainment factor. The second thing that I didn’t love was that it was almost too nice of a book. My understanding of the time during Henry III’s reign is that is was very twisted and lots of craziness. This book addresses the issues…

‘The Thing With Feathers’ by Anne Sweazy-Kulju – Book Review by LAWonder10

  If you are looking for calming, reflective novel, this is not it! It is a disturbing story of a sadistic man who was made a preacher in a small Oregon community. The people were very friendly and accepting of the new preacher and his daughter. The time period begins about 1928 and spans through to about 1945. The country went through some very trying times during those years and small farming communities were not exempt. The story primarily centers around Preacher Bowman and his daughter, the Marshalls, Rebecca, and the Tjaden family, Other characters are introduced and some fill a major role in the plot. The characters describe become very real and the landscape, plus background scenes are well portrayed. The title is taken from a poem by Emily Dickinson which discloses the story connection to the title. It is an acceptable title but not one to draw a reader’s attention. The book cover reflects the same observation. It is too dark and slightly deceptive to “catch” the reader’s eye. This is a unique tale of the roller coaster of life – the good times and the bad. It is a time where sacrifices were great and honor was…

‘Little Joe’ by Michael E. Glasscock III – Book Review by LAWonder10

Attention all “Baby Boomers”! This is the beginning of a great new classic series! For all those who enjoyed the Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, and all those other nostalgic stories, you will absolutely love this! It is so well-written and steadily accelerates, never losing the reader’s interest. When I first saw the title, I was not especially anxious to read it but I made the commitment so had to give it equal consideration with an “open mind”.  I was so mistaken with my first impression. This is a perfect book for a ‘family reading time”.  Most all ages can appreciate “Little Joe” and his story. It is a great book club book for any age group – male or female. (There are a few crude words which can easily be substituted) Little Joe’s father was a Naval fighter pilot during World War II.  His mother was a “stay-at-home” mom. His father had orders to relocate so nine-year-old Little Joe was forced to leave his beloved Texas and all his friends there.  They veered slightly out if the way to their new location so the family could visit Little Joe’s maternal Grandpa and Grandma Washington. On the way there,…

‘Liberty Belle’ by Patricia PaJac Carroll – book review by LAWonder

What a fun, clean, wholesome romance story! Feeling the need to “save face’ plus a spirit of rebellion, Libby, with her tag-along-aunt, escapes to gain independence. She begins to wonder what she was thinking as series of events take place. Nothing worked out as she planned – almost nothing. Continued action until the very end, keeping one in suspense makes this a very worth while book to read.  Occasionally there is a small lapse of adventure but the final chapters make up for it This book has a variety of characters which are very well-defined..They seem very real. The book cover is colorfully eye-catching and perfect for the story.description of the background scenes are very vivid. This book has earned my review, giving it a Five Stars rating. Buy this book from Amazon here. [raw] [/raw] My Thoughts: I love book like this that are full of adventure and emotion but very clean!

‘Santa Fe’ Mi Casa’ by Harlan Hague – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Historical Fiction / February 11, 2014

Anthony Bradford (“Brad”) and John Henry Harris were both Missourians who enlisted  as members of  The United States Army of the West group, posted at Fort Leavenworth. They were very different in personality but immediately became close friends. Their group had intended to fight the Mexicans for the Santa Fe area but arrived to a peaceful, community under United States control. While in Leavenworth, awaiting further assignments, the guys often visited the local cantinas. It was during on of these visits that Morita “caught John Henry’s eye”. From that point on, john Henry began to view his attitudes, thoughts, and goals differently. The were sexual situations, although it contained no explicit scenes, that made it undesirable for YA reading. It would be disturbing for some adults as well. The development of the characters were done well.  One cold easily feel familiar with them.  The scenic/background was described quite well.  Te title is good but the book cover would have been a better selling point if some Calvary people or scene depiction had been included. As it stands, it is a passable cover. This was an interesting tale and the “flow” of the story steadily moved along.  It was well written,…

‘1929: Jonathan’s Cross (Book One)’ by M.L. Gardner – Book Review by LAWonder10

1929 is a tremendously informative novel about the stock market crash and delves into the great depression. It centers primarily on three couples….. Jon made it very big on Wall-Street and contacted his two childhood friends to join him in the great success. Jon’s father and those who knew him well also became a part of his firm and were all very confident in him and his uncanny talent in buying and selling at just the right time. They were all living in High Society and doing well until – in a matter of minutes one day – everything crashed and many lost everything they had ever worked for, including Jon, Aryl & Caleb. How could life so completely fail so quickly? Because of the deep love they each had for their wives, they had to somehow do something. The each were very different yet their personalities and skills complimented each other in a way they fit together like a strong unit. Jon divided responsibilities according to individual strengths and set a time for them to meet together later that day. This resulted in letting go of Jon’s very devoted and beloved staff and friends, and Caleb locating apartments –…

‘Heartland’ by Warren Bull – Book Review by LAWonder10

 This is a delightfully entertaining yet, inspiring novella. Warren Bull is a talented writer/story teller. The YA adults will love this light story of a youth, Tom, trying to adjust to his parents divorce and a new step parent. His grandmother was hospitalized so gifted him with keys to a very special hidden treasure… One that will help him see life differently and discover what real treasures lies within. He shares this adventure with his best friend, Pat, who soon is caught up into the adventures they experience. The Title and Cover does not do justice to the story. They do not depict the subject matter fittingly, although both do have an element of portrayal. However, this will not detract from the rating. There was never a time the story dragged. It was fast-moving and fluctuated between events expertly. The characters were developed well and the background scenes described well. This is definitely worthy of the Five Stars rating my review gives to this book. This book was sent  to me by the author for an honest review and rating, of which I have given.   Buy this book now from Amazon. [raw] [/raw]

‘The Merchant’s Daughter’ by

What a wonderful story set in the 1300’s! This was a little predictable but was so well written with interesting events that it was worthy of five stars! The story is of a maiden whose family fell on hard times because of the death and demise of the father and his wealth.  Her two lazy sibling brothers refused to work. Her mother convinced herself she was too feeble to work.  A man Anabel felt to be despicable and old enough to be her father, sought for her hand in marriage which her elder brother granted against her wishes.  In her community, a brother didn’t have the power to force a sister to marry. However, her two siblings and her mother felt this was the perfect solution to their problems. When their tax debt came due, Annabel volunteered herself to the new, feared Landlord as an indentured servant to pay for their debts. The events began to unfold. There are a few twists and the suspense is there. Many will be encompassed in various emotions. I won this book through a Goodreads giveaway and am very grateful to them and the author and publisher for the opportunity to read this and…

‘Sweet Dreams’ by Carla Stewart – Book Review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Historical Fiction / December 29, 2013

This s a delightfully clean story of a couple of young women raise in the nineteen  fifties and sixties. Many “baby boomers” can truly relate to much of tis story. Dusty and Paisley were first cousins who felt more like sisters until tragedy hit Dusty and her family while she was still very young. After that, her aunt fled Texas with her young daughter. Through the following years, the two cousins mostly kept connected by letters and an occasional visit usually ending in conflict between their sibling parents.  Dusty’s dad “”hit it big” so finances was never an issue. Paisley’s mom was a different issue, of which Paisley preferred not to dwell on. When the two girls graduated from High School, Dusty’s dad insisted they go to finishing school before they could  pursue anything else. Dusty didn’t have much choice but Paisley fought her mother’s objections and won!  This is the only consolation Dusty could feel. She would finally get to spend time with her beloved cousin. ‘Sweet Dreams’ is the story primarily set around the two girls experiences and the emotional, plus, personal growth that resulted from that year of their lives. Many lessons are learned other than those of…

‘Born of Persuasion’ by Jessica Dotta – Book Review by LAWonder10

I generally do not post on Sunday, but this was so uplifting and amazing I decided I could not wait until midnight. ‘Born of Persuasion’ is remarkable work of art! It keeps the reader”on edge” the whole book! As I read, I kept waiting for the sleazy scenes to enfold – it is published by Tyndale, so of course it can’t be that bad! It wasn’t! In fact, it was a remarkable historical tale of a “foursome” who were close childhood friends and were now Young Adults.   This was a story of monstrous challenges they had to deal with. It was a tale of hard lessons learned, difficult decisions made, and enormous fears to overcome. there were moments of pridefulness, daring, adventure, danger, humility, spitefulness, mischief, tenderness, romance, self-discovery, deceit, and much more. What is there not to like?   The storyline brings to one’s attention, how perception is often one-sided and incorrect. It proclaims desires and attractions can be masked in cunning evil. An important point is made that, although we differ greatly in opinions, we can still maintain friendship and love. Born of Persuasion is definitely a “page turner”. It never ceases to amaze with its twits…

‘Quest for the Nail Prints’ by Don Furr – Book Review by LAWonder

  ‘Quest for the Nail Prints’ was a very-well written novel, mixing contemporary with historical Sci-Fi.   The story mainly centers around three individuals’ experiences – Elizabeth (a physician),  Dr. Van Eaton (a Professor of religious history), and Paul (a pastor).  Beginning as total strangers, their lives are “tossed together” through a miraculous turn of events.  What began as a venture to Israel, through various reasons, sends them into a Sci-Fi escapade. Somehow each knew they were bound by a secret nobody else would believe – if they even survived. Would any of them ever return to their “real” lives? What would become of the skeptical Dr. Van Eaton? ….Every story must have at least one obstacle.  This story has several. This is a fast paced tale with a few unexpected twists.  Although not totally correct as far as biblical points go, it is close enough to add to the adventure enveloping the reader into the situations.  It is at times, annoying, frustrating, tender, emotional, exciting, enraging, fearful, and sentimental.  It never loses the reader’s interest and leads into the next part of the series very cleverly. This is especially written with Christians in mind. However, I feel many non-Christians would…

‘Every Hill and Mountain’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

‘Every Hill and Mountain’ is a fast-paced drama which is partially Contemporary and partially Fantasy/Historical Fiction. It is the last of Deborah Heal’s exciting trilogy. This final book mostly is centered on Abby, John, Kate, and Ryan and their efforts in discovering Kate’s missing ancestor to complete het “Family Tree”.  It is presently very lopsided.  Will she be able to find her missing ancestor? She has two clues. If these clues do not culminate, she will have to leave that side of the tree asa mystery. They experience unique and intriguing instances. This escapade will either draw them closer together or may prove to be disastrous to their friendships. I enjoyed this novel as much as the other two.  However, I felt there could be a better title to fit the storyline. The book cover, also, could have been more creative. The character development was very well done. The description of the surrounding area “brought it to life”.  The ending was OK but felt slightly incomplete. It was clean, well-written, fast paced, and a quite fun adventure. The few things remiss were minor. This review of Deborah’s final book of the series offers a Four and a half Stars rating….

‘Finding Sheba’ by H.B. Moore – Book Review by LAWonder10

Finding Sheba is a great story which successfully combines four tales into one! Three of the tales include separate groups united by one excavation.  The                       fourth, a group who lived in ancient history. H.B. ties them together in a manner that is not confusing to the reader. She adeptly describes each scene and                    event, riveting the reader into a feeling of actually being there. This is about an group of various people in diversified careers brought together through an archaeological discovery. The adventure begins  with a brief                        reflection pertaining to how each of the key individuals became a part of this experience. It continues to include new events and characters. Once the reader               passes the first few pages, he/she is hooked! After that, it is very difficult to put the book down until the very end. The characters were created in a way one felt one knew them.  as, stated earlier, the events were vivid and the picture was created in one’s mind…

‘Unclaimed Legacy’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

Unclaimed Legacy’ is the second book of Deborah Heal’s exciting, new series. Abby & Merri continue in their adventures but now include a church member,  John, into the equation.  Of course, Michael, is still an important character in the story.  Not only does the House Beautiful program open up a whole new                  perspective of earlier history, but further assists in discovering history in other places.  The “Old Dears” are introduced, adding a fun flair into the increasing            action and intrigue of the story plot.  Who knew house-sitting could be so informative? The friendship between the group strengthens. New personal challenges develop.  Does it all relate somehow? If so, how?  Where will this new situation take them?  Will they be able to find the answers before they are further discovered? In this book of the series, there is even more action and poignant circumstances. If it is possible, this is even better than the first novel! It moves at an even faster pace than the first one. A number of new situations and people evolve. The character profiles are well-defined and one becomes emotionally “caught up” in the…

‘The Substitute Bride’ by Linda S. Glaz – Book Review by LAWonder10

  I love mail order bride stories! I am certain many of them did not turn out well, it still is somewhat of a romantic concept. People actually fell in love through the mail as some do now through the internet.  They sometimes actually fall in love with the person and not just the image.  Some of the strongest marriages I know were first built on their friendship before they fell in love.  Sometimes, as it is now, it was simply to get away from an unhappy home or situation.  I am sure many of those were not as happy. Anyway,…. ‘The Substitute Bride’ is a mail order bride story with a different twist. Before she could arrive on the train, it was derailed.  Some were killed, some injured and most all were in a state of confusion and shock . They did the best to survive until help came.    Rebecca was no exception.  She was hauled into a wagon and taken to the next town of the train stop.  Her husband to be was worried and anxious awaiting the train that never arrived. Finally a telegram was sent that the passengers would be arriving by wagon and would…

‘Time and Again’ by Deborah Heal – Book Review by LAWonder10

 Time and Again’ by Deborah Heal is an unparalleled story of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Historical fiction all into on one extraordinary tale! Abby decides to do some volunteer summer tutoring for a student during her summer break. It will give her some good experience – and perhaps a recommendation – after she completes her final year earning teaching degree at the university.  Is Abby “in over her head” with this experience? Eleven year old Merridith and her mother move away from her father and his new girlfriend, her friends and her school, after her parents divorce.  Meredith is angry  and feels defeated. She resents it all!  She will not make it easy for her mother or new tutor.  Maybe her dad will come and get her and take her back. She has more than  one problem that drives people away from her. Will she do anything about it? These are the two key people in the first book of this intriguing trilogy. Other characters are introduced but the challenge begins with these two individuals. Who is in the computer room during each night when everyone should be in bed? Deborah Heal has successfully created a unique story that YA and…

‘For Love or Loyalty’ by Jennifer Hudson Taylor – Book Review by LAWonder10

For Love or Loyalty is a good title for this touching historical romance novel.  It relates to more than one instance. The serene appearance of the cover is also a good choice.  It is very descriptive of the female main character and the background hints at the storyline. It is light enough to be eye-catching and dark enough to set the verve of the story. The characterization was solid and the reader felt a definite connection to each. I love “highland” type stories. I find Ireland, Scottland, Wales contries to be so fascinating with a sense of mystic lore. However, only part of the story is in Scotland but is very much a story of early colonization before the Revolutionary War.  It reminds us there were many, other than black people, who were cruelly treated and made slaves of under the ruse of “indentured servants”.  Many of the “indentured servants” were never freed and many died under the deprivation and cruel treatments of slavery. This is a story of a family clan severely wronged by another family clan.  The eldest son of a widow is determined to seek revenge and tries to get even in a partial way by implementing a…

‘Love’s Rescue’ by Tammy Barley – book review by LAWonder10
Adult Books , Historical Fiction / July 16, 2013

This is a great, well-written and clean novel about tragedy, adventure, relationships and romance. The time frame is during the Civil War. Jess’s beloved brother and best friend is disowned by his father for turning away from their new western home and family business to defend their home and property in Kentucky by fighting for the Confederacy. Jess maintains close contact with him until suddenly the letters stop. In desperation she goes to the city to send a telegram when trouble breaks out. This is a time of great upheaval and intolerance of others yet good people existed and accepted others whose views and lifestyles were different. Jess was fortunate to find that type of environment during great tragedy. The plot was slightly dragged out and the ending was weak but the story was great and, again, well-written. I still give this book a review with a strong Four Stars Rating. I downloaded this e-book on kindle for free and give an honest review. BUY THIS BOOK NOW FROM AMAZON. [raw] [/raw]