Echoes of Mercy by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Can the truth be found in chocolate? Dinsmore’s World Famous Chocolate Factory is not only the home to great chocolate but also to a possible murderer. When a labor investigator is killed suspiciously in the chocolate factory, fellow investigator Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to discover the truth. Was his death truly an accident? What had he uncovered about the factory’s youngest workers, the children?
Caroline is not the only one working undercover making chocolates. Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore Chocolate dynasty has been tasked by his father to work under an alias, janitor Ollie Moore, in order to better learn what improvements could be made for factory workers.
Suspicious of each other yet drawn together by circumstances and attraction, Ollie and Caroline fear their relationship is doomed from the start. Can the two mend their differences by helping three orphaned children? Can a friendship that started under aliases and lies blossom into a romance?
Snapshot by Lis Wiehl(affiliate links are used)
(from the BookLook site)
Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.
Federal prosecutor Lisa Waldren’s estranged father wants her to investigate a cold case from his FBI days. Lisa nearly refuses, even though a wrongly convicted man faces execution for murder. Then her father reveals a photograph: a little white girl playing alongside a little black girl at a rally in 1965 where the shooting of a civil rights leader took place. She recognizes herself in the photo.
She was there.
Lisa agrees to help, resolved to boldly seek answers she’s skirted for decades. What she discovers are layers of deception, both personal and professional, reaching as high as the head of the FBI. Possibly even the president.
And though Lisa and the other girl may have escaped the 1965 shooting physically unharmed, her little friend, now grown, bears the scars of it. All because of the color of her skin. As Lisa and her father get closer to the truth, the real killer turns the hunt around.
Hidden Falls by Olivia NewportAffiliate links are used.
There’s a new genre of e-book emerging – the episode novel. With this new way of reading, an author releases a book a little bit at a time. Usually each episode is short and inexpensive to purchase. With each new episode released once a week, if written well, the author leaves you anxious for Friday to arrive so you can read the next installment. This type of story is reminiscent of stories such as the Sherlock Holmes tales which would be released a little at a time in a weekly newspaper. History is repeating itself, except with a new technology twist. Now instead of waiting for that newspaper to arrive in your box, you wait for the next installment to show up on Amazon so you can zap it right away to your Kindle to begin reading.
Author Olivia Newport, utilizes this episodic novel approach in her new book Hidden Falls. Released in 13 installments Hidden Falls gives a whole new spin on the idea of a novel or “season,” as the 13 episodes together are called.
It Had to be You by Susan May Warren
Eden Christensen’s life is not turning out how she imagined it would be. Instead of a career as a world class reporter, she is mindlessly writing obituaries all day long. Instead of owning a beautiful home, she lives in a cheap apartment full of hand-me-down furniture. Instead of helping her younger brother and rising NHL star mature, her hovering seems to be keeping him from independence. Where did her life go so much off track?
In the midst of bailing her brother out of yet another bad choice, Eden meets Owen’s team captain, self-absorbed Jace Jacobson. Eden can’t stand the bad boy, womanizer man she has seen out on the ice. But is the media persona who Jace truly is?
When Owen faces a career ending injury, Eden is forced to reevaluate her life on the sidelines. Can she see the potential she has inside? Thrown together with Jace to research the story of a lifetime, Eden must learn how to work with him as a team. Will she see the real Jace inside, or is the cocky, media hungry, hockey player all there is to him?
Julia Foster has spent the last 12 years of her life in India running a clinic and school with her missionary parents. Now her family has returned to England due to her father’s failing health and Julia must take a job as a governess to help meet the financial needs of her family.
William Ramsey is the newly appointed Lord of Highland Hall, an elegant home in the English countryside boasting many servants, 2 children, 2 nieces and a brooding widower.
Can governess Julia help Lord Ramsey get his family back in order? Or will his brusqueness push them all away?
This was a rather unique book. It was part memoir, part cookbook, part commentary on the value of community. Niequist essentially wanted to take the reader inside her life as it relates to food. As an avid amatuer cook, Shauna relates experiences in her life with the food she ate or the food she cooked during that time. Warm, cozy mornings spent with her husband and son bring back memories of scrambled eggs with goat cheese and large, soft breakfast cookies baked with her son. A chapter on the true essence of Communion is accompanied by a recipe for Sullivan Street bread perfect for breaking with friends.
The Deep Haven series by Susan May WarrenAffiliate links are used. If you enjoy my reviews, please consider clicking through my links to purchase the books on Amazon.
I’m a big fan of Susan May Warren. I have reviewed individual books of hers in the past (Take a Chance on Me, Heiress, Baroness and Duchess). In 2013, I read several of the books in her Deep Haven series (Take a Chance on Me is also in that series). The series follows the people that live in the small town of Deep Haven, Minnesota.
In Shadow of Your Smile, Deep Haven deputy Eli Hueston and his wife, Noelle, have been torn apart by their daughter’s tragic death. Ready to part ways with her husband, Noelle, heads out to a nearby city to make a decision that will change her life. On her way, she is caught up in a robbery at a local gas station. She slips on the ice and is knocked unconscious. Though mostly uninjured, Noelle awakes with severe amnesia, forgetting both her husband and her three children. Is her memory loss a blessing in disguise for her future?
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More and Restore your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine
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Do you have too many things on your plate? Do you feel like you have to stay stressed out to survive? In this book, Crystal Paine teaches the stressed out and the tired how to live on purpose. She tells how to set goals and by doing so, to say no to the unimportant. In chapters on how to streamline your finances and your home, Crystal shows how living on purpose in those areas can set you free.
The War on Christmas by Bodie Hodge
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(from the back cover)
Christmas – with its holiday lights, bright packages, and nativity displays – has become a controversial frontline in the increasingly intolerant culture wars. Whether or not to say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” how to refer to the tree, and just how “biblical” Christmas may actually be is debated online, during city council meetings, and in courthouses each year.
Filled with family get-togethers, office parties, breaks from school and festivities, Christmas should be a time of peace and love – not arguments over who can celebrate what and where or when. So why has so much controversy clouded this sacred holiday? Nativity scenes are nixed and even the word “Christmas” is considered offensive by some. Get the facts behind the history, relevance and biblical connections of this beloved holiday.
Burning Sky by Lori Benton
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(from the back cover)
Abducted by Mohawk Indians at age fourteen and renamed Burning Sky, Willa Obenchain is driven to return to her family’s New York frontier homestead after many years building a life with the People. At the boundary of her father’s property, Willa discovers a wounded Scotsman and feels obliged to nurse his injuries. The two quickly find much has changed during her twelve-year absence – her childhood home is in disrepair, her missing parents are rumored to be Tories, and the young Richard Waring she once admired is now grown into a man twisted by the horrors of war and claiming ownership of the Obenchain land.