I finished it before bed. The Eagle Harbor setting in this novel plays a large role in shaping the characters.
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Eagle Harbor is a real place and you can read more about it and its history here. In this small fishing village and mining town, everyone knows everyone else and usually has an opinion about their neighbors. There is a wide gulf between the lives of the rich people who have power and those who earn their living as fishermen, miners, and small business owners. The characters were well-developed. It was easy to care about Mac, Tressa, Elijah, and their many friends. It was also easy to mentally boo Bryon Sinclair and Reed Herod, the heartless villains. Had this been a drama, they would both have been trying to tie Tressa to the railroad tracks as the train approached.
Mac would have gotten there just before the train to untie her. The grocer, Mr. Foley, also had a heart. You see the good in these men as they interact with Tressa and other characters. The plot was intricate, with many subplots neatly woven into it. The author left just enough hints scattered through the book to allow readers to anticipate how these would build. Eagle Harbor 5 Book Series. As I read the book, I knew I had met some of the characters before. I hope to read the rest of this series soon.
I highly recommend getting the entire series at once, because if you like Christian historical romance you will want to read them all. I like mixed genre fiction.
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Humor can relieve the tension in a mystery or thriller. I have been mixing it up this month. Here are brief reviews of some of them. Some of them may still be free for your Kindle. Kait is sixteen and a nerd. As one of the unpopular people in her school, she eats by herself. She loves to read, and her secret hobby is crashing funerals. Ethan is the most popular boy in the school.
Her friends and family were shocked since she did not run with druggies and seemed to be an upbeat person — not someone who would do drugs. She tries to avoid talking to anyone who might ask her how she knows the deceased. So she asks how he knows Liz, and he explains Liz is his half-sister. He asks again how she knows Liz, and she flees. Ethan asks why she likes funerals and she explains.
It comes out that Liz is one of several girls who recently died of an overdose, and they were all girls no one expected to be using heroin. Ethan finally tells Kait he thinks Liz was murdered. There was a twist at the end that caught me off-guard, but I was still satisfied with the ending. I enjoyed the interaction between the teens and the hints of budding romances. I will have to read the next books in the series to see how the romances progress and what new mysteries the friends will solve.
The series has good reviews from those who have read all of the first three books. The one I have reviewed is still free for Kindle as I write this. To order, just click on the buy button at the end of this post. Well-known mystery writer Brad Forrester inherits a house in what he assumes is a quiet neighborhood on Aylesford Place in December.
Before he can even unpack he hears carolers outside his door. When they have finished singing, they invite him to come with them as they gather all the other neighbors on the dead-end street. The three singers are Amy, his pretty next door neighbor, and Cora and Frank, an elderly couple. Cora explains to Brad that Amy will lead the neighborhood tour as they collect the other carolers. She explains who lives in each house and a bit about them. The church most of them go to is at the dead-end of the block. The fun in this book is in the interaction between the characters, most of whom are Christians.
He is a tightwad, and they call him on it frequently. Cora is like the adopted mother of the single young adults who live on the block. They confide in her and she gives them advice. Cora tries to tell her that she may be scaring off those men who might like to do the chasing themselves. Amy is a professional photographer. They also add humor to the book as they tease each other. The most infamous resident on the block is someone no one ever sees. The neighbors call her Witch Peabody, but her real name is Minerva. Her fortress-like house with an iron gate is next to the park. She frightened a couple of Mormon missionaries so badly that they ran away and no Mormon ever came back to the neighborhood.
It soon becomes evident to the readers that the neighborhood is like a big family. They tease each other, but they care for each other. Within this neighborhood, there are four budding romances before the book ends, and one of the couples is not young. Cora seems to be the ring leader of the group — the one who organizes things and keeps everyone — including Harry — in line.
She is the one who organizes the church fundraiser where the pink flamingo comes into play. The person with the flamingo must place it in plain sight in the yard of another neighbor — without being seen. You have to pay for the rest of the books in the series. There are many humorous subplots, most involving Harry. There are also some mysteries to be solved.
Who is the mysterious Moses on the church email list? I think seniors will most appreciate the humor and may catch more of it than younger people might. The characters are not as well developed as they could be, but their interactions show you a lot about them. What they do reveals their personalities, as well as their affection for one another. The links below are to books in a series. Just click through to see the individual books. The first volume in each series may still be free. It is as I write this, but that could change at any time.
This is especially true when I have to spend a lot of time waiting. I had numerous computer problems this week. So during my trouble shooting waiting times, I sometimes read romances. They are novels that include romance and we remember those romantic scenes, even though they may be only part of the plot. They are classics because they are about much more than romance. In other words, there should be a happy ending.
The digital romances I read this week on my Kindle varied in quality. All were free, since they were daily promotions. Some were worth exactly what I paid for them. I normally enjoy mail order bride romances. I read quite a few of them. It got some good reviews so I gave this 13 short story set a try. The stories did not inspire me. As an ex-English teacher the spelling and grammatical errors bothered me a lot. I think what bothered me most among the mistakes was the use of the wrong pronoun.
Too many times the author is talking about a woman, and then referring to her later in the sentence or in the next one as he. Or a man will later be referred to as a she. This leaves me going back to reread to see if I misunderstood. This happened many times over the course of these stories. The settings in the novel are not just places where things happen.
Georgia is where Lily Rose thrives. Detroit, and Manny who took her there, together kill her spirit. Lily Rose was born in a small town in Georgia in She is a country girl in every way. Her mother fell into depression when Lily Rose was born and never recovered. That helped her believe in herself. Her early years were idyllic. Annie Ruth continued to take care of her and her mother. Her father had provided for their support in his estate. Annie Ruth explained to Lily Rose what she needed to know just when she needed to know it.
She did the real mothering. One theme of this book is the importance of support from family and friends when one faces life changes. Lily Rose faced many of them. She got a part-time job in a flower store and wrote for the local paper. She felt very much alone. The visit with Maggie lifted her spirits, but it also led to some of the worse years of her life. At the end of the meal, he asked for her phone number. When she got home, he did call. She learned that he was a lawyer in Detroit — not a waiter in New York. They had a whirlwind courtship. It seemed almost enchanted.
The only thing that put a damper on it was was a visit home to Annie Ruth so she could meet him. Once they were alone, Annie Ruth warned Lily Rose that he was trouble. He returns from the war a changed man.
Guilt stains his soul, and anger is growing in his heart. Anika Coltrane needs a miracle of her own. After burying her husband and newborn daughter on the same day, she is in a desperate situation. How will she care for her six year old daughter? An answered prayer brings two families together. Anika agrees to become a wet-nurse for the family. Delaney needs a safe place to grow up, away from sorrow and fear.
Will they find shelter with the Ward family? Two broken-hearted families must find a way to move past the pain and choose forgiveness. Will they feed the shadows growing in their hearts or allow God to heal their wounds.
A book your professor doesn't want you to read. Because a liberal institution, Orama University, makes the mistake of letting Leonard Whittle, a conservative capitalist, into a series of courses on globalism. The courses literally envelop the globe, from socialism and to environmentalism, the United Nations and to the European Union, the business-government cabal to Saul Alinsky and Herbert Marcuse, the New left of the s to the New Left of today, the marginalization of America to the China-Russia anti-West vision of globalism Poor Leonard is pitted against faculty and students alike as he tramples on the progressive views of ivory-tower professors and ignites debates on many modern collegiate issues, like micro- aggressions, identity politics, multiple sex categories, George Soros' control of just about everything and much more.
The comparison of socialism here and in Venezuela is stark as is the collision course between preserving the environment and socialist goals. If the reader doesn't agree with Leonard's view Justin Miller is one of the producers and host of the reality dating show Who Wants To Marry a Cowboy, but he's tired of helping others find love.
He's tired of love in general. Why can't it just be a little business arrangement, like everything else in his life? His business partner sends him on a little vacation to clear his head, and cheer him up. It was just supposed to be a week at a cottage on the beach. Until he meets Ava. Romance writer Ava McDermott believes in love even though she has yet to find the one for her.
However, after struggling with her current book, she decides to take a few days off and recharge at a cottage by the sea. She expected some time alone, but when a strange man shows up, she finds herself in a romance of her own. Justin and Ava must decide if it's time to create their own fairy tale ending, even if it's not real.
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Attempting to protect herself, she allowed hatred of men to control her, and used mind control to manipulate others. Suffering with acute anorexia nervosa, she was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital at age twenty-three. She woke up in hell, a place of eternal damnation, horror, torment, and fire. Rescued by the Savior whose soft, gentle voice she had rejected, Michele was given a new chance at life and turned wholeheartedly to the Lord. When her body was completely paralyzed from an anaphylactic allergy attack as a young mother, she found life leaving her body once again.
This personal love story, as well as a story about death and eternal life, is both a warning and a promise, and ultimately an unforgettable account of the love of God that would not let a young woman go. Yet she longs to be the beloved wife of one man, not a lovely piece of human art passed from one noble to another.
And the winds of change are sweeping Europe. Christiane flees France with her renegade father. In the Canadian wilderness, she survives the shock of leaving a life of wealth and privilege. To escape frontier violence, she moves southward only to become involved in the burgeoning American Revolution. Daughter of a French courtesan to frontier wife to companion of Lady Washington, Christiane moves into the heart of the American rebel elite.
But one man in her life can never be forgotten. Once he was her friend. Now he has become her enemy. Will he become her destiny? Only God knows.
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Yet years later, far from her home in 18th century England, that very promise is carried across time and the Atlantic to rest upon her descendant Melissa Benjamin discovers her eleventh great grandmother's journal while researching her senior history project. Sent down a path she never imagined venturing, Katharina's intriguing story leads Melissa on a quest to find the parents she's never known even as she unravels a secret spanning generations. During her search, history buff and schoolgirl crush, Tom Berington, offers to help… but will his aid come at a price too high to pay?
And what secrets of his own is Tom hiding? The Songbird and the Secret is a blend of historical and contemporary Christian fiction sweeping from 18th century England to pre-Revolutionary America, onward to life today. As the reader discovers Katharina's thrilling story along with Melissa, a mysterious tale weaves together the lives of these two women separated by hundreds of years but joined through an ancient family secret. When each is faced with heartrending disappointment, will she cling to the one who loves her unconditionally?
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And she's certainly not looking forward to a holiday season full of family get-togethers when she has to do everything alone after her painful break-up months ago. When her granny mentions the holidays would be more fun with a boyfriend, Georgia seizes onto the idea and puts out an ad for someone to come fix the barn at the ranch. But what they really need to fix is her heart, and there's no one more suited for her than carpenter and cowboy Logan Locke. Logan's the quiet type, and he hasn't had a serious relationship in a long time.
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But he desperately needs the money, and if Georgia needs her barn finished or a date to a party, he doesn't care as long as he gets paid. Georgia and Logan pose as the perfect couple, showing her ex that she's moved on when she hasn't and his family that he can be serious about something when he never has been before.
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