Unforgettable

Unforgettable BannerHere’s Deseret Book’s latest release. I’d call it a mystery-suspense, with a hint of romance. There is a giveaway at the end, so make sure to enter that for a chance to win cash and a paperback copy of this book. Here’s the Unforgettable blurb:

Haley has always admired her strong-willed great-grandmother Grisa. The woman survived the disappearance of her husband and thrived after her immigration to America at the beginning of World War II. But when a shocking telephone call from a detective in Germany turns Haley’s life upside down in an instant, she finds herself questioning everything she thought she knew about her heritage. The body of Ulrich Krauss has been found, and the renowned toymaker and artist has a shocking connection to Haley: he is her great-grandfather—not missing, but murdered. Now, at the request of her ailing great-grandmother, Haley travels to Germany to seek answers. What she finds instead are more questions and a growing sense of danger dogging her every step. Protection appears in the form of Joshua, an attractive man from Haley’s past who is in Germany on business. Together the pair embarks on an emotional quest for the truth, only to discover that a generations-old plot is very much alive, and there are those as determined as ever to keep the facts surrounding Ulrich’s death hidden—even if it means silencing his great-granddaughter for good.

My Review

This book had an intriguing plot and cool setting in contemporary Germany. Haley’s great-grandmother Isle lost her husband before WWII and never knew what happened to him. When a police investigator calls to let the family know Ulrich’s remains have been found inside a basement wall over 60 years later, Haley’s great-grandma begs her to go to Germany for her to see what she can find out and to do a memorial service for her dear husband, who was killed. But as Haley and Josh, a friend she bumps into in Germany, start doing some investigating in Germany, it seems that the killer from decades ago might still be alive. Mysterious, eerie things start happening to thwart their efforts to find out the truth.

4yummyThis was a well done book. The suspense was good. The villain was intriguing, and the author did a good job of helping the reader feel empathetic toward him (a little). The romance felt a little stilted and slow to me, but it was there. That’s why I said above…a hint of romance to take place in the future. The mystery element in this book was super fascinating. I loved the idea of a German helping Jews hide their priceless art before the Nazis took over and confiscated it all. But a new organization arose, the one responsible for offing Ulrich, and they’re still working their underhanded ways all these years later.

My favorite characters were Haley and Ilse. They had a touching, sweet relationship. I loved how Haley learned slowly along the way that her family might not be as cold and unloving as she’s always believed. This book seemed to promote the theme that not everyone is as cut and dry, white or black as we tend to believe or judge on first impressions (or even after knowing for years).

Giveaway

Enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of this mystery-suspense. There’s also Amazon cash given away as well. Yeehaw! Good luck, and happy reading.

Char

Schedule:

5/14: https://brightlystreet.com/http://mybookaday.com/

5/15: http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/http://empowermoms.net/https://www.rockinbookreviews.com/

5/16: http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/http://www.blogginboutbooks.com/

5/17: https://www.singinglibrarianbooks.com/https://ldsandlovinit.blogspot.com/

5/18: http://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot.com/http://www.wishfulendings.com/http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/http://booksaresanity.blogspot.com/

 

The Highlander’s Hidden Heart

A Highlander's Hidden Heart bannerHere’s another fun read by Julie Coulter Bellon. I’ve read many of her romantic suspense novels and a few contemporary ones lately, but this is her first historical romance between a Scottish lord and an English lady. I thought she did a good job! Read on to learn more, and enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win. Continue reading

Tripwire

Tripwire BannerThe bomb is ticking…so read fast! Ha ha. Just kidding. I finished this exciting romantic thriller by Traci Hunter Abramson, and it had bombs though, as well as terrorists, movie stars, special forces teams, beaches, barbecues, and romance. Sounds perfect, right? Read on to learn more and enter the giveaway to win a copy of this awesome book. Continue reading

My Dearest Enemy

Here’s the latest by Jennifer Moore. I love her historical romances, and this one was set in a unique period of time. Canada. Early 1800’s when England fought against the States (again). I love learning about small pieces of history through fictional stories, and this nibble of history I hadn’t run into before, so I wanted to share. Here’s the synopsis (And don’t you LOVE that cover?):

Blurb

coverStruggling alone on the family farm, Abigail Tidwell knows exactly who to blame for her hardships: the Americans. If it weren’t for their part in the war, her father and brothers would be home rather than fighting abroad. But no amount of antipathy could have prepared her for the shocking sight of a wounded American soldier on her property, a man in dire need of her help. Grudgingly, Abigail tends to the soldier’s injuries and anticipates the satisfaction of turning him over to the authorities once he is healed. But fate has other plans. Captain Emmett Prescott remembers little of the ambush on his men by a group of Shawnee Indians and even less about how he arrived in the unfamiliar barn. Continue reading

The Brothers Maledetti – Mama Mia!

hookLast month Nichole Van was featured on one of the giveaways I hosted with other authors. Her books intrigued me. So I’ve been checking a couple of her books out on Kindle Unlimited, and I’m HOOKED! Like a big fat tuna caught out at sea, baby! Seriously. I might have found a new favorite author.

Her books have everything I adore: 

  1. Great characters that I connect with (even though they’re nothing like me)
  2. Incredible plots with lots of twists and tangled turns to keep me guessing
  3. A gorgeous setting–Tuscany Italy (that’s hard to beat)
  4. Romantic tension that tugs at my heart strings
  5. Humor

Gladly Beyond

1This story was Beyond Riveting. I couldn’t put it down once I started. The premise is a family curse that has afflicted the D’Angelo family for centuries. A great-great-and-so-on Grandfather asked a gypsy for the gift of sight to turn around his family’s fortunes, and the gift became his and generations of first-born sons curse that drove them mad at the end, driving them to suicide.

Skip to modern day Italy. The curse fractures when not one son, but triplets are born. Each son has part of this gift. This is Dante’s story, but nothing will stop me from reading the other brother’s stories now too. Dante and Claire meet when a crazy old rich guy has them and Claire’s ex-fiance, Pierce, all meet to contend for the job of working for him and cataloging his art collection. Claire and Dante don’t like each other at first, but she intrigues him because he can’t see any shadows around her Continue reading

Young Adult Romances

Here are some fun YA books I’ve read. Kelly Oram writes great YA that always make me laugh out loud. She has a sharp, cutting wit about her, and it reveals itself in her character dialogue. These two books feature romance in a science squad of all places. Hee hee. Read on, and leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway at the end.

The Avery Shaw Experiment

averyAvery Shaw is a science geek who is secretly in love with her best friend, Aiden. But when Aiden wants to put some distance between them and gets a girlfriend, she is crushed. Grayson, Aiden’s older brother, and the most popular senior at Spanish Fork High (hey! This is right close to me!), rushes to the rescue to keep Avery from falling apart. They strike up an Experiment to do for the science fair that Aiden’s left her high and dry without a partner for now, to see if her broken heart can be cured by going through the seven stages of grief. Grayson will act as the unbiased observer.

This cute, witty, heart-tugging romance made me laugh constantly. Avery is a cool, smart character. Grayson is the fantastic, handsome jock. He’s hilarious, but caring. Seeing Avery grow and develop confidence to stand on her own is thrilling. Continue reading