Review of DEADLY PROOF by Rachel Dylan

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Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Published: September 5, 2017 | Formats: eBook (322 pages), Paperback (320 pages), Hardcover (322 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B0713TL43H, ISBN: 978-0764219801, ISBN: 978-0764231100, and Audio ASIN: B075DHKVFX | Series: Atlanta Justice | Origin: NetGalley  

 

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Thoughts:

Inside DEADLY PROOF by Rachel Dylan, we step onto a tightrope between suspense and mystery!

Danger skulks in a case that is as big as any headliner today. Big Pharma and Big Law plan to take down a multidistrict litigation where the cost is plentiful, the clock ticks, the facts are the problem, and the peril of failure thrives within a landmark case.

Meanwhile, Kate Sullivan’s days get longer while her career is reaching new heights as lead counsel undertaking the Mason Pharmaceutical bellwether trials. Kate seeks justice for the victims of a dangerous drug, which this company unleashed, but as more victims are coming forward, a whistleblower enters the picture.

Elle Procter is anxious, scared, and seems to be fighting her own demons, but she is a researcher that holds the frightening facts about more than one drug and the problems. Now, Kate needs the discretion of a private investigator to find out more.

Landon James is still picking up the pieces from his service overseas as an Army Ranger, but he is finding his niche in private investigations. Although he had previous dealings with legal cases, where the priority is about money, he comes a bit wary meeting his newest potential client. However, it doesn’t take Landon long to realize that she lives up to the profile his research projects, and her compassion brings her version of justice from the heart.

As we are falling in love with Landon, he is gathering the facts, and he uncovers that death can be outsourced.

He worries about Kate as his protective instinct locks into gear. She knows enough to be in danger but just not enough to bring in the police, and things are shaping up to where the hunter becomes the prey. His battlefield past is coming back to haunt him as he fears a costly mistake could leave this attorney at death’s door.

Will wrongful death follow them to the courtroom or will this case die before it hits the docket?

 

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

DEADLY PROOF by Rachel Dylan places attorney Kate Sullivan into the hardest case of her career.

In the Mason Pharmaceutical case, the plaintiffs need justice for a wrongful death and a damaging drug, but this one medicine is still on the market. Its growth is on target to reach more patients, but she needs to stop a powerful company from hurting more for the sake of a bulging bottom line. The death of a whistleblower takes this case in another direction and into the company’s research and development capabilities.

While Landon James hasn’t been a PI for long, his experience as an Army Ranger makes this job the perfect fit. He’s hired by a plaintiff’s law firm and starts to dig up the buried bits of a Big Pharma player.

Do profits matter much more than patients do within Mason Pharmaceutical? If this is the case, how far will they go to ensure their piece of the pie?

For the sake of this lawyer in his life, he must avoid any appearance of impropriety, but his heart is gathering steam in the wrong direction when she becomes the target!

 

 

Review of AN AMISH CHRISTMAS LOVE: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: September 12, 2017 Formats: eBook (385 pages), Paperback (400 pages), and Large Print (Published November 1, 2017) | ASIN: B01N04ILCK, ISBN: 9780529118707, and 9781432844523 | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Thoughts:

AN AMISH CHRISTMAS LOVE: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin uncovers Amish Christmases with affections blooming within each community to make our holiday hearts even warmer as the light shines even brighter!

Falling in love with the Amish, we’ll learn more about their traditions, their history, and their healing hearts, but we will glow with the embers of love as we follow their forever-changing lives.

These four stories will bring us from marriage to death, from pain to healing and from state to state with merry themes plus heartwarming reminders. Could love be found during the most painful of times in life—while traveling on a completely different path than expected or while struggling with grief or fear of the unknown?

 

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

Within AN AMISH CHRISTMAS LOVE: Four Novellas, the high regard inside the communities show through in WINTER KISSES by Beth Wiseman, THE CHRISTMAS CAT by Amy Clipston, SNOW ANGELS by Kelly Irvin, and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Ruth Reid!

Christmas is inside each story as the celebration of the holiday is already there or it is on the way. When hope is hard to find or when the sad times of life come to stay, how will all fare?

Review of A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT (The Regency Spies of London Book 3) by Melanie Dickerson

Publisher: Waterfall Press | Published: September 12, 2017 Formats: eBook (306 pages), Paperback (304 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B06Y59J2SZ, ISBN: 9781503938656, and Audio ISBN: 9781543618204 | Series: The Regency Spies of London | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Thoughts:

In A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT (The Regency Spies of London Book 3), Melanie Dickerson transports her readers back to the Regency Era in London and douses us with mystery, intrigue, and suspense!

This time in history encompasses war and tumult, from the Civil War in America to the French Revolution, but England is just beginning to face its own dangerous unrest!

The calls sound for revolution from many sites near and far and the streets of London show poverty surrounding wealth as the Season begins. Felicity Mayson is used to being overlooked for both dances and marriage. She’s from a family with thirteen children and would have a little dowry. The young men during this time want a marriage of money, leaving her and others nearly excluded from the competition. Felicity studies another language to become a Missionary, but an invitation arrives requesting her presence at a distant relative’s estate. Apparently, she thinks, they do not have enough women to turn down. However, this is far from the case upon her arrival as the meetings with those of means are far from difficult.

In fact, one already is showing interest despite her dismal financing. Being viewed as other than flawed is a heady experience, and Felicity soon swoons from romance while a new arrival is bringing back memories of her home in London.

Philip McDowell implants himself into a group of well-financed and well-stocked revolutionaries. Although he is an undercover government agent, he arrives with a problem. One beautiful woman who is here is someone he has seen in London. In fact, she is a friend to people higher up in both military and Parliament. With fighters planning to take control of the monarchy, he needs to know if she is friend or foe to the Crown. Between his portraying to be one of the henchmen and learning all he can about the others, he may have to find a way to alert the Home Office about Miss Mayson.

Her access to these friends puts them in jeopardy, but it doesn’t take him long to understand that Felicity Mayson is the one in danger. It is easy to understand she knew nothing about these things before coming here, and she is now considered a problem if she does not go along with their marriage plans.

How can he follow leads, keep her safe, and contact Home Office when more are due to arrive? Philip’s only choice is to come clean about his identity, and this will triple her chances for being caught.

Behind these scenes, we readers are falling for Philip McDowell, but we are wondering about how these two can survive.

More than one person may nurse a broken heart.

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***

 

Preview:

A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT (The Regency Spies of London Book 3) by Melanie Dickerson brings Felicity Mayson an invitation to Doverton Hall. As it is often in the Season, Felicity receives dismissal at such events due to her family situation and little dowry. Though she is dubious of the invite, she accepts it as it comes from distant family.

After meeting wealthy gentlemen not objecting about her, she is being seen by Mr. Oliver Ratley.

His over-the-top pursuit brings her flattery that none other has before, and she is enjoying herself. His quick marriage proposal delights her until she sees someone from London. Will everyone know more about her depressing money situation? Are these men actually this wealthy?

Meanwhile, Philip McDowell arrives later than most in part due to happenstance and partly not. Philip knows these faces and these traitorous hearts as those out to overthrow the government. His career as a government agent takes him into situations, but this is dangerous indeed. He intends to take down this band of revolutionaries, but he runs into an unexpected reunion of sorts supplying even more problems.

Their soft touch has high-reaching friends, and while he has been around Felicity Mayson, he does not know her well. The implications of her presence here are magnifying all factors of which she is a danger to, to whom poses a threat to her, and for that matter to him.

The likelihood that she knows more about him than most of these people do is great, as he is undercover on this assignment. Out of options and with more to lose, he must reach out to Felicity, as it seems clear that she is in more danger than he is!

However, he will put her in an even more dire position because he is duty bound to his assignment despite needing her trust.

What is he to do?

 

 

Review of 12 DAYS AT BLEAKLY MANOR: Book 1 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | Published: August 18, 2017 | Formats: eBook (192 pages) and Paperback (192 pages) | ASIN: B071HB1FQ5 and ISBN: 9781683222583 | Series: Once Upon a Dickens Christmas Origin: NetGalley

 

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Thoughts:

Inside 12 DAYS AT BLEAKLY MANOR: Book 1 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep, we are in England near Christmas of 1851, but for Clara Chapman, these times surrounding the holiday are not at all joyous. As the woman left at the altar without means, she is not homeless only since a loving Aunt takes her in.

Clara’s losses are piling up faster than the winter’s chills upon her skin, and the ache of betrayal doesn’t cease. Her financial situation becomes dwarfed by her guilt of severing the income for her former household staff.

How did all this happen?

Meanwhile, at the prison, the stench is overwhelming and the pain never heals from untold torments. Benjamin Lane’s cell is open, and he prepares for the torture, but he does not expect it from the Warden.

As he takes the proffered invitation, he is told that death will meet him if he tries to escape. Who would invite a falsely accused prisoner to the Bleakly Manor? Moreover, why?

The wealth that is there stings more than his fresh wounds.

Places such as this met his stature at one time. In the social circles of such things, he is now not a member.

Shunned by all who know him, Ben must face whatever will be his fate along with the reminders of all that he has lost during the holiday that holds the most meaning. Just as he thinks it could never become more painful, he realizes how wrong he is as the mystery unravels. The whole story behind his story needs real justice, but freedom from his jail cell does not mean unrestraint at all.

In a tale that is in part a Dickens and a Christie, you may be asking yourself if a mishap comes from the maid, in the parlor, with the candle or from the inspector in the carriage house, with the saw!

 

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview:

12 DAYS AT BLEAKLY MANOR: Book 1 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep begins as an invitation to a mansion, a mystery, and an answer for each invited guest.

However, the merriment may be missing as the plot thickens and the mystery comes apart!

Clara Chapman is invited to a celebration, the 12 Days of Christmas, by someone she does not know, but her sickly aunt insists she goes for there is a gift that Clara needs. She will receive it if only she stays to the end. Reluctantly, she goes with a feeling of foreboding nagging at her.

In prison garb and chains, Benjamin Lane is to reenter the high society of that is familiar for only twelve days. A chance to run is all he wants as he sees the woman who told him of her love only to set him up for a crime he didn’t commit.

The mystery surrounding them leaves both vulnerable and scared, but the answer they believe to be their way to happiness might not be it at all.

 

 

 

Review of THE SECRET ADMIRER ROMANCE COLLECTION: Can Concealed Love Be Revealed in Nine Historical Novellas? by Amanda Barratt, Lorraine Beatty, Molly Noble Bull, Anita Mae Draper, CJ Dunham, Jennifer Uhlarik, Becca Whitham, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and Penny Zeller

Publisher: Barbour Books | Published: April 15, 2017 Formats: eBook and Paperback (448 pages) | ASIN: B06Y5YZPHR and ISBN: 9781683221753 | Source: Author Recommendation | Origin: NetGalley 

 

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Thoughts:

THE SECRET ADMIRER ROMANCE COLLECTION: Can Concealed Love Be Revealed in Nine Historical Novellas? by Amanda Barratt, Lorraine Beatty, Molly Noble Bull, Anita Mae Draper, CJ Dunham, Jennifer Uhlarik, Becca Whitham, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and Penny Zeller uncovers the vulnerability of romance.

Fall in love through history, in spite of the fear of rejection, to gain the promise of hope from beginning to end. Stories will take us from East Coast to the Western Frontier and from 1880’s through early 1900’s to find the desires of your heart. With a sampling inside this review, I will share about two tales where romance dwells, and with the turn of each page, you’ll ponder about each end.

THE COST OF A HEART by Amanda Barratt adds the jolt of an unhappy marriage Lily Montgomery’s life. Her marriage to a wealthy, prominent man leaves her with an empty heart from the love her husband lacks. However, she was not ready to become a widow. In 1897, mourning takes years, but when Lily emerges, she is ready for a life on her terms. The time cloistered in home brought her to closeness with her servants and that would never have been, and she’s grateful for the friendship. Though the norms of socialites would not have such things, with a lack of close family ties, she dares to cross the blurry lines of class.

What if the lines become so blended that one’s place gets lost?

Nathaniel Evans has always been fond of Lily Montgomery, but her horrid husband made it easier to keep his own place in mind. He wasn’t approving of Mr. Montgomery, as his presence was apt to cause his spouse problems. In fact, when he was not around, Nathaniel could see the real smile that would add light to Lily’s face.

With him deceased, her grief was real, but her strength and spine only multiply as does the light that comes back into her beautiful eyes.

His secret feelings for her leads to a change as he struggles to keep his emotions under control until it becomes near impossible. If he would show his care, he will lose everything. No love. No job. He’s a servant. She is not. Does he dare? They have no future, and he has no ability to love another.

Can he stay on as her servant and be no more to her than this?

LOVE FROM AFAR by Penny Zeller begins with a bashful, shy man who was at one time, a sickly, tired boy. Gabe Kleeman returns to Ellis Creek after a few years absence. The young girl he admired from his school days is now a beautiful woman he admires even more than before. However, his shy, awkward stature of years gone by is still here with him today. A younger sibling notices his stares at the woman, and his life becomes more complicated. He can not let his secret be known. She didn’t notice him years ago, and he is sure Meredith Waller would not like him better today.

As two siblings from two different families concoct a plan, the wedding dress maker is taken into their sites along with a brother who stays by himself to set their lives into a tailspin.

Meredith Waller accepts that she will be a spinster. Her talents of making perfect wedding dresses are stretching everywhere in a town where all of her friends either are now married or are getting married. Things are going about on the same course as it has been until an unsigned letter arrives for her in the mail.

Who could be her secret admirer? The scrawl and poetry do not lend a hand to identify the man, and Meredith is setting herself up to know this person for real.

 

 

 

 

***This opinion is my own.*** 

Preview:

Inside THE SECRET ADMIRER ROMANCE COLLECTION: Can Concealed Love Be Revealed in Nine Historical Novellas? by Amanda Barratt, Lorraine Beatty, Molly Noble Bull, Anita Mae Draper, CJ Dunham, Jennifer Uhlarik, Becca Whitham, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and Penny Zeller, the risk of romance can be great, but the consequences of staying safely hidden away may become greater!

Facing life’s challenges alone is not easy, but to face them alone while pining for another is heart-wrenching and more difficult with every passing hour.

These novellas bring history inside life on Christian terms but sets out on a road littered with broken people and shattered hearts.

 

Review of ON LOVE’S GENTLE SHORE: A Novel by Liz Johnson

Publisher: Revell | Published: July 4, 2017 | Format: eBook (338 pages), Paperback (336 pages), Hardcover (338 pages), and Audio CD | ASIN: B01MUANH2V, ISBN: 9780800724511, ISBN: 9780800728885, and AUDIO ISBN: 9781515968320 | Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams | Origin: NetGalley

 

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ON LOVE’S GENTLE SHORE: A Novel by Liz Johnson, we uncover the inherent problems in returning to the place you left behind only to face all of those who remember everything about you!

Natalie O’Ryan’s plan is to stay in Nashville, but her fiancé’s brother is a new resident of the island where dreams never come true, and the red rock can hold you down. We feel the pain, worry, and ache of trying not to be who you are while whom you used to be remaining an insistent bombardment to us. Prince Edward Island does not hold fond memories for Natalie.

Her younger life provided plenty of abuse, family dysfunction, and alcoholic tendencies mixed with many other family issues never sorted through. Unfortunately, she still wears the stains of her family ways and their toxic lives.

The life she creates is Nashville involves a future marriage, a music label, and a clean slate cloaked in anonymity. However, attempting to be the person you are not will lead to someone else taking the lead and putting you right where you belong whether you wanted to go there or not.

Meanwhile, Justin Kane runs the family farm but still makes time for his music.

No, it was not supposed to be this way. His music was to take him away in life, but that dream died along with his dad years ago. His rebellious youth is long gone, and he is a responsible man. Falling in love with Justin’s caring ways, you may want to join him on the island. It’s his home from birth, and although farming isn’t his life’s dream, he’s made his father’s legacy a success.

Justin believes he has moved on in life, adjusting to the changed normal until the day that he realizes he hasn’t.

It may be that he does not want to either. He has been striving not thriving and managing everyday life without thoughts of his future. He is present in the blandness of every day, but he has given up on the forever-elusive state of happiness. However, he doesn’t know any of this until the friend who took his heart away the day she left returns, and his past comes back to him with unrelenting force. Memories and pain flood him like the tide!

Did his music dream truly die? Could a childhood friendship have been so much more than this?

 

 

 

 

 

 

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview: 

Inside ON LOVE’S GENTLE SHORE: A Novel by Liz Johnson, Natalie O’Ryan’s fiancé makes their wedding plans without her input. While she understands that his new relationship with his brother is the reason, he has put her in the most difficult of situations.

She must face the past that even he does not know about, and she must face her facade crumbling in a life not lived.

With a plastic smile and the power of determination, Natalie will overcome this horrid destination and painful memories to plan a wedding and make a graceful exit from that old life. Her conjured up, get it done persona takes a major hit, once her music producer, soon to be husband, Russell Jacobs needs to return to Nashville. Music is his life. Sometimes, it can make her play second fiddle, but she has not been honest enough for him to know this about her and why.

Justin Kane lives on Prince Edward Island, manages his deceased father’s farm, and discovers successes where he can find them, and he plays his music for fun. His life is fairly settled, and he no longer dreams of leaving island life behind until Natalie comes back.

Now, Justin faces his past, present, and future with a ton of questions, many emotions, and hefty decisions weighing him down.

Life is alive with second chances providing you can let go of everything you thought you had. Starting over is never easy, but is it even doable?

What happens to friendships, broken dreams, and happiness?

Review of HIDDEN THREAT by Connie Mann

Publisher: Waterfall Press | Published: May 30, 2017 | Format: eBook (338 pages), Paperback (336 pages), and Audio CD | ASIN: B01NANIKWE, ISBN: 9781477809020, and Audio ISBN: 9781536684407 Origin: NetGalley

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Thoughts:

HIDDEN THREAT by Connie Mann steeps us in danger as we come home to Safe Harbor. Eve Jackson’s life in DC is getting complicated. A mess lingers from a government official and doesn’t seem to be ending soon. The visit home is just as knotty. Eve must face something she’s been running from as her adoptive mother battles cancer.

Mama Rosa endures but not easily, and she requests Eve’s clean-water background for a sick baby. Poison is the culprit. The child’s mother is under suspicion. In this small town, everyone does know everyone’s business, and they even know some characters can be as shady as the live Oak trees on a sunny day, with ghostly shadows moving about. However, this young mother is not guilty, and it is up to Evie to help prove it. Eve Jackson’s crusader ways were both problematic and resented as she went through her teen years. Many people and businesses have not forgiven or forgotten these things, but with blue baby syndrome hiding out here, Evie is ready to stir up the past to save a future.

Cole Sutton had to blink twice to see the woman before him, his painful memory made a comeback but other memories surfaced as well. With the financial situation here at Sutton Ranch, the last thing he needs is Evie to be here for more than a home visit. It was then that he realized how few those home visits had become.

Maybe he was not the only one in town remembering her outlandish, foolhardy environmental ways back in high school.

With one look at his deformed calves, she would call the DC sharks to shut him down. However, he wished that she’d call a team of vets to help him understand why this is happening. As we fall in love with Cole, we will discover that he is losing more than money. Cole’s heart splinters with the birth of each calf.

Her questions are causing more problems, as the rumor mill can be just as deadly to the ranch as a defaulted bank loan.

Determined to keep her focus off of his land, Cole answers her questions and goes out of his way in showing that he is doing things right. He’s not trying to cut corners, but danger starts to lurk around her, causing him to need to keep her close.

Her need for safety and his desire to keep her safe causes Eve to learn more than he wants, but Cole is beginning to realize he needs her help. A danger is close to home on Sutton ranch.

Could illness, deformed calves, and sabotage be connected? How far is someone willing to go in this game of seeking to destroy?

***This opinion is my own.***
 

Preview:

Inside HIDDEN THREAT by Connie Mann, the unexpected happens as coming home to Safe Harbor, Florida means facing old scars, painful remembrances, and people with long memories of her past as Eve Jackson’s nightmare is coming to life.

In DC, Eve is used to environmental catastrophes, water safety issues, and becoming ensnared in traps. However, Safe Harbor is supposed to be the exact opposite of that part of her life, until it isn’t.

Her adoptive mother’s cancer treatments are not going well, but Mama Rosa wants Eve to look into a child’s illness. She instructs Eve to worry not about her. With a lump in her throat, she is brought back to her past, when her birth mother issued a similar directive, but it became an end of life scenario. Torn between paths, Evie decides she is going to do both. She can help Mama Rosa despite her protestations and look into the child’s illness. After all, these patients are in the same hospital.

How could a major environmental concern lurk in her hometown?

Cole Sutton faces his own trials, as things aren’t going right. His equipment is consistently out of order, and the mysterious loan taken by his father is coming due. Cole does not need more rumors, sales talk, or environmental issues. Except an environmental problem is here at Sutton ranch, and Cole cannot find the source. It’s not just when Eve Jackson shows up. In truth, he needs the expertise with the way that she makes her living. His calves are suffering deformity. Even the vet doesn’t know why.

Is someone close to the ranch inviting dangers on his property? He is suffering losses, Cole’s animals are in jeopardy, and violence is brewing inside this little town. Whom can he trust?