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BLOGWORDS – Friday 28 January 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – MINI REVIEW BLITZ – WHEN BUTTERFLIES CRY by NINIE HAMMON

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-FRIDAY – MINI REVIEW BLITZ – WHEN BUTTERFLIES CRY by NINIE HAMMON

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When the dam explodes, only a little girl who was never really there at all can save them. 

Grayson Addington comes home to Saddler Hollow, West Virginia, from Vietnam a broken man, ravaged by post-traumatic stress disorder, a chaplain who left his faith in the jungle mud with his massacred unit. In his absence, his wife, Piper, turned to his brother Carter for support. Now, she must choose between them—and Carter will stop at nothing to have her.

Into this family torn apart by jealousy, greed, and clan loyalties comes a mysterious little girl. Maggie, a battered child with amnesia, shows up on the Addington’s front porch and instantly bonds to Sadie, Piper, and Grayson’s cripplingly shy toddler. When Maggie runs away and takes Sadie with her, the warring brothers must team up to search for them.

Then the real horror begins. Sadie is trapped in the rocks out of her father’s reach beneath a dam about to explode. Grayson will have to stand there and watch her drown … unless the child called Maggie is much more than she seems.

THE AUTHOR

j42dbemb6quclt8i7htatb7tn0._SX450_Ninie Hammon (rhymes with shiny, not skinny) grew up in Muleshoe, Texas, got a BA in English and theatre from Texas Tech University and snagged a job as a newspaper reporter. She didn’t know a thing about journalism, but her editor said if she could write he could teach her the rest of it and if she couldn’t write the rest of it didn’t matter. She hung in there for a 25-year career as a journalist. As soon as she figured out that making up the facts was a whole lot more fun than reporting them, she turned to fiction and never looked back.

Ninie now writes suspense–every flavor except pistachio: psychological suspense, inspirational suspense, suspense thrillers, paranormal suspense, suspense mysteries.

In every book she keeps this promise to her Loyal Reader: “I will tell you a story in a distinctive voice you’ll always recognize, about people as ordinary as you are–people who have been slammed by something they didn’t sign on for, and now they must fight for their lives. Then smack in the middle of their everyday worlds, those people encounter the unexplainable–and it’s always the game-changer.”

MY REVIEW

Intense! This story is nothing if it’s not intense. War is ugly, but the war in Viet Nam was exceptionally so. Atrocities no human should ever witness. The things Grayson Addington saw, lived, imprinted on his brain. Changed him forever.

Meanwhile, back in West Virginia, the mining communities live under a threat of a different kind. Driven by money hungry moguls with nearly as little regard for human life as the enemy Grayson was fighting.

Ms. Hammon digs deep into the soul of man, unearthing the layers we all would rather keep hidden, the things we deny, and exposes an ugliness more hideous than war.

Characters with honest emotions, authentic dialogue, real situations and struggles. And Maggie, [SPOILER.]

Intense, and gripping, riveting, I couldn’t read it fast enough. And the ending!! It gave me chills!

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Friday, #TRD, Book Review, When Butterflies Cry, Ninie Hammon

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 27 January 2022– TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-THURSDAY – MINI REVIEW BLITZ – BENEATH THE DOVER SKY by MURRAY PURA

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-THURSDAY – MINI REVIEW BLITZ – BENEATH THE DOVER SKY by MURRAY PURA

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THE BLURB

For fans of the hugely popular Downton Abbey television series and lovers of British historical sagas, award-winning author Murray Pura continues the enthralling story of the Danforths of Lancashire.

The second book in the series (following Ashton Park) transports the reader back in time to 1924 as Sir William—recently named Lord Preston—celebrates his sixtieth birthday at the Danforth summer home in Dover.

Although the ravages of World War I are in the past, new threats loom as a man named Adolph Hitler publishes a book called Mein Kampf. Is he a danger to Europe? And what of Lord Preston’s growing friendship with an up and coming political leader named Winston Churchill?

On the home front, one of the Danforth daughters, the recently widowed Catherine, sells her home in Belfast to spend more time at Dover—where she finds herself annoyed at the impertinent German theologian her father has befriended.

The entire Danforth family faces many changes as illness and tragedy strike. Young Edward finally makes his move into the political arena while Michael and Libby welcome a new family member.

Readers will be captivated by the upstairs/downstairs interplay as they once again savor this compelling saga of the well-loved Danforth family overcoming obstacles by placing their trust in the God who has always been faithful.

Book 2 in The Danforths of Lancashire series

THE AUTHOR

51ekBnmPftLI live near the Montana-Alberta border because I love the Rocky Mountains and the wild regions around and within them. I have a studio on my property that’s a combination of a library, home gym, writing space and music room. When it comes to creating stories I’m interested in almost every genre –– romance, adventure, suspense, Amish, military, historical fiction, you name it. The story is the thing, to give the reader a good story no matter what you’re writing about.

My latest releases include Gettysburg (2018); Ride the Sky, Grace Rider and Abigail’s Christmas Miracle, all in 2019. So far in 2020 my releases include: The Preacher Man, Hawk, The Bride From Virginia City and The Amish Menorah. One of the most exciting of my 2020 releases is a series entitled ISLANDS which I’m co-authoring with Patrick Craig. There are three titles in this series set in the South Pacific in WW2 and the second one is coming out in the fall of 2020.

I have more than 40 fiction titles in print. Several have won awards in the US and CAN and a number have been bestsellers. I work with Barbour, Harvest House, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Zondervan, Elk Lake, Islands Publishing and MillerWords.

I’d love to hear from you. Message me anytime you’d like. Watch this Author Page on Amazon for more info on upcoming releases and giveaways.

MY REVIEW

A sweeping family saga laced with nuggets of history. The Roaring Twenties, a time of prohibition and flappers and speakeasies. And, at least to this reader’s mind, the evils of war were put out of mind.

Mr. Pura is not only skilled at storytelling, but he knows his history. The level of detail and accuracy laid the background for his story. (And this reader learned a thing or two.) His characters are three dimensional, with distinct personalities. The author stirs up conflict between family members while maintaining strong family devotion, their lives crisscrossing, ebbing and flowing, back and forth—creating a depth of realism and authenticity.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I purchased this book, and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Thursday, #TRD, Book Review, Beneath the Dover Sky, Murray Pura, The Danforths of Lancashire Series, Ashton Park, London Dawn

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 26 January 202 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – MINI REVIEW BLITZ – CHOCOLATE BEACH by JULIE CAROBINI

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-WEDNESDAY – MINI REVIEW BLITZ– CHOCOLATE BEACH by JULIE CAROBINI

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What’s a girl with rose-colored sunglasses to do?
Bri Stone has a nosy family member, a peculiar new boss, and a blunt nemesis. She also has suspicions that her man may have grown tired of her beachy, laid-back ways.
Can Bri reinvent herself – and recapture her guy’s heart?

THE AUTHOR

2m3f46qup86g6066tb0mcoc204._SX450_JULIE CAROBINI writes inspirational beach romances and cozy mysteries … with a twist. She is the author of 20+ books across two names and is known for spunky heroines, charming heroes, quirky friends, and the secrets they keep. Her bestselling titles include Walking on Sea Glass, Runaway Tide, Windswept, The Christmas Thief, and more. Julie has received awards for writing and editing from The National League of American Pen Women and ACFW, and she is a double finalist for the ACFW Carol Award. She lives on the California coast with her husband, Dan–not too far from their grown up kids. Grab a free eBook here: http://www.juliecarobini.com/free-book

Please visit:

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJulieCarobini

http://www.twitter.com/juliecarobini

http://www.instagram.com/beachyjewel

http://www.juliecarobini.com/free-book

Help for Indie Authors: http://www.indieauthorlifeline.com

MY REVIEW

CONFESSION: This was one of the first books I purchased for my Kindle and I’ve only just read it! (so sorry, Ms. Carobini!) This was such a fun read, kitschy writing, great characters and dialogue. And a great story line.

If there’s one thing this reader knows it’s feeling like I need to change who I am to please someone else. (Thank goodness I don’t feel that way anymore.)

Bri has a bright, happy, sunny life. That is, until Ms. Carobini throws one aggravation after another her way. I loved the eclectic friends, and especially loved Gaby. But when one of their Bunko playing “friends” suggests that Bri’s husband is not only losing interest but possibly—probably—having an affair, it made me mad! And it shook Bri’s confidence to the core.

The author twisted the different pieces of Bri’s life till they were one giant knot. Leaving Bri to sort it all out.

A definite page-turner that has me eager to read more from this author.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I purchased this book and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Wednesday, #TRD, Book Review, Chocolate Beach, Julie Carobini, Chocolate Chick-lit Series, Truffles by the Sea, Mocha Sunrise

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 25 January 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – MINI REVIEW BLITZ – LOVE, LAUGHTER, AND LUMINARIAS by JAYCEE WEAVER

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – LOVE, LAUGHTER, AND LUMINARIAS by JAYCEE WEAVER

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THE BLURB

He has his books. She has her fandoms. They’ve always had their friendship. Could Christmas projects, snowball fights, and local traditions spark feelings neither knew were there?

Surprisingly successful action-suspense author Garrett Wilson is struggling to write a summer novel in December. That is, until he witnesses his best friend, Nina, chase down a shoplifter and realizes that maybe his tough, attractive heroine might not be based solely in fiction.

Geeky-chic Nina Trujillo finds herself contemplating a God she’s never believed in after her brush with danger taking down a thief. That one decision could change the whole course of her life, and quite possibly, her feelings for the one guy she’s never considered more than a friend.

When Nina dives head-first into a series of Christmas projects and ideas for new traditions, she drags Garrett along for the ride. Will her newfound courage and all the extra time together bring their feelings out into the open, or will Nina escape back into the comfort of her fandoms and lose him forever?

THE AUTHOR

74581516_2424108651207730_6979766466719514624_nJaycee Weaver lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her amazing husband, three daughters, two crazy shih-tzus, and a dwarf rabbit. When she’s not writing, she’s probably in pursuit of her 90 million other hobbies or shuttling the kids around. Jaycee loves to read multiple genres, drink too much coffee, sing, take landscape and floral photos, sew, cook, bake, and craft nearly anything. She considers herself a recovering perfectionist and occasional hot mess. She does her best to live her faith in action, being open, honest, and real; letting God be Lord over the good, the bad, and the ugly even when it’s hard.

MY REVIEW

“Nah, we’re just friends.” “No, really.”

Sometimes it’s the most unexpected moments that change everything. Risky instinct that changes the course of a life. Threat of danger that draws attention.

Nina acted on instinct—and Garrett saw her in a different light. That threat of danger? God is always working behind the scenes, and what the enemy intended for evil God totally used for good—shook her go-it-alone foundation and [SPOILER.]

Ms. Weaver mixes danger and challenges and courage, snowball fights and holiday traditions

—and luminarias—and turns friendship into romance.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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This book was given to me as a gift. I offer my review of my own free will, and the opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Mini Review Blitz, Love Laughter and Luminarias, Jaycee Weaver

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BLOGWORDS – Monday 24 January 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY MINI-REVIEW BLITZ – DARKWATER SECRETS by ROBIN CAROLL

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY-on-MONDAY – (MINI) BOOK REVIEW – DARKWATER SECRETS by ROBIN CAROLL

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A murder investigation uncovers sordid secrets and haunting mistakes

The Darkwater Inn stands tall and proud in the French Quarter, the hub of New Orleans. Bourbon Street is bustling, and general manager Adelaide Fountaine has her hands full with a hotel at capacity. But she is shocked when a body is found: a hotel guest stabbed with a kitchen knife.
Detective Beau Savoie, Adelaide’s childhood friend, is on the case. As Beau digs into the victim’s past, he unearths a shocking connection between Adelaide and the murdered guest. Beau is hurt that his friend–the woman he’s quietly loved for years–kept the truth from him. To make matters worse, the stress of the investigation has sent Adelaide right into the comforting arms of her coworker Dimitri. But Beau can’t press Adelaide too hard . . . because he’s keeping secrets of his own.
Can Adelaide and Beau afford to hide from the truth with a killer on the loose?

THE AUTHOR

119590650_10224504341055598_3699105595960881_nBest-selling author of thirty-plus novels, ROBIN CAROLL writes Southern stories of mystery and suspense, with a hint of romance to entertain readers. Her books have been recognized in several awards, including the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer’s Choice Award, and more.

When she isn’t writing, Robin spends quality time with her husband of three decades, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home in the South.

Robin serves the writing community as Executive/Conference Director for ACFW. To find out more about Robin, visit http://www.robincaroll.com

Social media links:

https://www.facebook.com/Author.RobinCaroll/

https://www.instagram.com/robin.caroll/

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/robin-caroll

http://www.goodreads.com/robincaroll

http://www.amazon.com/author/robincaroll

MY REVIEW

An inn on the bayou begs mystery and intrigue. But murder?

Ms. Caroll sure weaves her secrets neatly together, buried under fear and pride, unravelling the tangled mess one strand at a time to reveal the truth. And sparks of romance between Adelaide and [SPOILER] just stoke the mystery and confusion deeper. First one suspect, then another, and another—all with motive and opportunity. But when [SPOILER’S] prints are found on the murder weapon, will it lead Beau down a rabbit hole? Or straight to the murderer?

I read this story eagerly, sifting through the clues and red herrings (well played, Ms. Caroll!)

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I purchased this book and offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day-on-Monday, #TRD, (Mini) Book Review, Darkwater Secrets, Robin Caroll, Darkwater Inn Series, Darkwater Lies, Darkwater Truth

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BLOGWORDS – Tuesday 18 January 2022 – TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – HARMONY ON THE HORIZON by KATHLEEN DENLY

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TUESDAY REVIEWS-DAY – BOOK REVIEW – HARMONY ON THE HORIZON by KATHLEEN DENLY

 

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Her calling to change the world may be his downfall.

On the heels of the Great Rebellion, Margaret Foster, an abolitionist northerner, takes a teaching position in 1865 San Diego—a town dominated by Southern sympathizers. At thirty-seven years of age, Margaret has accepted spinsterhood and embraced her role as teacher. So, when Everett Thompson, the handsomest member of the School Board, reveals his interest in her, it’s a dream come true. Until her passionate ideals drive a wedge between them.

After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the verge of having everything he’s dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer threatens everything Everett has and dreams of.

As Everett scrambles to shore up the crumbling pieces of his life, Margaret unwittingly sets off a scandal that divides the small community and threatens her position as teacher. With the blackmailer still whispering threats, Everett must decide if he’s willing to risk everything for the woman still keeping him at arm’s length.

THE AUTHOR

A1NE2qoq2mL._SY600_Kathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

Kathleen is the award-winning author of Chaparral Hearts, a three-book series of stand-alone novels set in nineteenth century Southern California (plus a prequel novella available exclusively to her newsletter subscribers).

Kathleen would love it if you visited her website at KathleenDenly.com.

You can also connect with her on social media:

Instagram & Twitter @KathleenDenly

Facebook Author Page: KathleenDenly.author

FB Group: Armchair Adventure Krew

To see photos that inspired her novels, follow her on Pinterest.

MY REVIEW

When a Boston teacher lands a job in fledgling Southern sympathizer San Diego, sparks fly.

Ms. Denly layers conflict upon conflict, twist knotted against twist. The historical accuracy and descriptive details bring the story to life. The author’s level of research is evident, tucking bits of history in a taut and compelling tale.

Dialogue, dialects, and jargon can make the story for this reader. As with her historical details, Ms. Denly has neatly fit Katie’s speech into the story without disrupting the flow; while giving her meaning, it does not take the reader out of the story.

At first, it felt like two separate stories—Katie and Fletcher, and Margaret and Everett—and I read eagerly to find how the two meshed. As with any historical story, my heart aches for the limitations society places on women. The unfathomable hardships Katie endured, the crushing [SPOILER] Margaret bore. I eagerly awaited—hoped for—Fletcher’s accepting Christ, and Everett’s yielding his plans and will to God’s; both very real struggles.

The supporting characters are colorful and vivid, people we all know and meet in our lives, antagonists, manipulators, liars and cheats and thieves. But also kind folk who encourage us along the way, random strangers and friends who brighten our lives.

This story takes root, pulling the reader forward, page after page, to the very end.

ROBIN’S FEATHERS

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I received a complimentary copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own free will. The opinions expressed in my review are my honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

#Blogwords, Tuesday Reviews-Day, #TRD, Book Review, Harmony on the Horizon, Kathleen Denly, Chaparral Hearts, Waltz in the Wilderness, Sing in the Sunlight

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