icons

Enjoy my content?

Sunday, April 21, 2019

LSBBT BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Panic Point by Bill Briscoe (Mystery)


 PANIC POINT
Pepperman Mystery Series Book Two
by
BILL BRISCOE
  
Genre: Mystery / Crime Fiction / Stand-Alone
Publisher: self-published
Date of Publication: March 26, 2019
Number of Pages: 248

Scroll down for Giveaway!

  




Is it better to have loved and lost, then never to have loved?
When Earl's bride Morgan vanishes in the Smoky Mountains on their honeymoon, the former Navy SEAL is certain she's been abducted. The park rangers disagree, and after a storm washes away any potential evidence, they call off the official search. Then another man loses his daughter in the same area. Can one last lead help Earl find Morgan before he loses her forever?


WATCH THE BOOK TRAILER




BUY THE BOOK
AmazonBarnes and Noble ║ Kobo ║ Apple





I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

Given the synopsis, I entered into this story with a tense feeling that ultimately never seemed to loosen its grip! This was such a riveting read, especially once the mystery of why Earl's wife went missing in the first page. I'll admit that I realized early on what was coming given an early interaction between characters, but I was not disappointed in how the story played out nor in its conclusion. Short, fast-paced chapters kept the tension mounting until the very end and certainly packed a dynamic punch for such a small package!


"If it saddens you to look back, and you're afraid to look forward, just look beside you, and I'll be there."

Earl's perseverance is a testament to his strong character and truly embodies the human spirit. Facing mounting suspicion in his wife's disappearance, but also struggling with his own guilt, Earl is horribly conflicted about whether to give up, move on, or continue with a search that seems to matter very little to the law enforcement officials charged with protecting the community. His emotions are expressed with such vehemence that our own sense of empathy is called upon and we can honestly relate to his circumstances and condition. 

"The camaraderie couldn't be explained..."

As an Army veteran myself, I greatly appreciated the level of authenticity presented throughout the story. The men who comprise the mission team came alive on the page as examples of real life individuals I have known and/or worked with, especially Pharts, who brought some much needed humor for the team to maintain their sanity as they embarked on what could very well be a incredibly dauntless undertaking. The team leader, Stan Kowalski, retired Delta Force, drafted the five-paragraph operation order (OPORD), detailing the situation, intelligence gathered on the enemy, and the plan of execution to ensure that all the subordinates understood and followed the order, which is the exact protocol to follow. I was also impressed that once the team received its orders, they actually went through the process of rehearsing those steps briefed in the plan that they would use to carry out the mission. This is such an integral part of any task undertaken within the military and spoke volumes to the story's reliability, especially when using such highly specialized components of the armed forces. This also definitely spoke highly in regards to the author's level of research and the advisers he consulted to create a believable work of fiction that could be enjoyed by a laymen and that provided the representation that service members greatly appreciate seeing reflected across all media formats.

Although this was the second book in the series, it can be read as a true standalone. High expectations have been set for this series and I'm so eager for more!





Bill grew up in the oil and gas refinery town of Phillips in the Texas Panhandle. After graduating from college with a master’s degree, he spent most of his career working for a major insurance company as an agency manager and consultant.

As his retirement was on the horizon, he had an idea about a book. That story, Pepperman’s Promise, became the prequel to The Pepperman Mystery Series, and Perplexity and Panic Point, the next two books in the series, are now available.

Bill and his wife of fifty years live in West Texas. 


--------------------------------------------

GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
Grand Prize: Autographed Copies of the Full Pepperman Mystery Series
Two Winners: Autographed Copies of Panic Point
April 16-26, 2019
(U.S. Only)


a Rafflecopter giveaway  Best of luck!


Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Bill Briscoe! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:
4/16/19
Book Trailer
4/16/19
Notable Quotable
4/17/19
Excerpt
4/17/19
Excerpt
4/18/19
Review
4/19/19
Review
4/20/19
Scrapbook Page
4/20/19
Character Interview
4/21/19
Review
4/22/19
Author Interview
4/22/19
Series Spotlight
4/23/19
Review
4/24/19
Promo
4/25/19
Review
4/25/19
Review


blog tour services provided by:



Monday, April 8, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: My Husband's Wives by Faith Hogan (Contemporary Fiction)


My Husband's Wives
by
Faith Hogan

Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Aria
Date of Publication: June 2016
Number of Pages: 298





Is it better to have loved and lost, then never to have loved?
Paul Starr, Ireland's leading cardiologist, has died in a car crash with a pregnant young woman by his side. A woman who is not his wife.
Evie, Grace, and Annalise never thought they'd meet, but now they have to uncover the truth of their pasts. And suddenly they find themselves united by a man they never really knew at all.
As these women begin to form unlikely friendships, they discover that Paul's death could prove to be the catalyst they needed to become the people they always wanted to be...
A heart-warming story of love, loss, family, and friendship. A compelling debut for fans of Sheila O'Flannigan, Veronica Henry, and Jane Fallon.






I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

In this beautiful and mesmerizing story, we are introduced to Paul and the three women he has been married to...all at the same time. While they are very much aware of each other, the idea that he was committing bigamy was never a thought or concern to them until they are confronted with this revelation following his sudden death. Now, they not only find themselves having to face each other for the first time, but also discovering the truth about the mysterious pregnant woman who was in the car with Paul when it crashed. 

These four women are connected in the most difficult of circumstances, and the author's writing vividly and gracefully captures the essence of these various dynamics in an empathetic, engaging, and thought-provoking manner. This story ultimately becomes a richly drawn character study about vastly different women as they experience loss in its many forms to discover the faithful bonds of friendship that will guide them through the tangled web of lies that Paul has left behind. 

While I would have enjoyed getting a deeper glimpse into Paul's motivations and the thought process behind living this way, I can fully appreciate why the story is told from his wives' perspectives. In much the same way that they begin to fully recognize how little they knew about him, readers are left feeling that way as well and that's the point. It's even difficult to trust his wives' reflections on their individual relationships with him as they are largely colored by his charm and attentiveness. Each of their stories is seamlessly woven into the narrative in such a captivating way as to shed light on both their past and present as they say goodbye to the man they loved and thought they knew. Their mutual grief blossoms into an endearing friendship that becomes stronger than any relationship they could have imagined, giving them the strength and confidence to band together with their newfound family. 

The compelling and admirable connection the women share is a testament to the author's effortless storytelling, and I look forward to reading more! This book is a definite breath of positivity and a reminder in believing in the unexpected blessing.




Faith lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children, and two very fussy cats. She has an Hons Degree in English Literature and Psychology, has worked as a fashion model, and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.





Many thanks to Aria and especially Faith Hogan. It was a pleasure hosting and providing a review! And be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour for more opinions and author extras!


Thursday, April 4, 2019

LSBBT BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: Driftwood Bay by Irene Hannon (Contemporary Romance)



DRIFTWOOD BAY
A Hope Harbor Novel, Book 5 
by
IRENE HANNON
  
Genre: Contemporary / Christian / Romance
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: April 2, 2019
Number of Pages: 368


Scroll down for Giveaway!

  




After tragedy upends her world, Jeannette Mason retreats to the tiny Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor to create a new life. Vowing to avoid emotional attachments, she focuses on running her lavender farm and tea-room—until a new neighbor with a destructive dog and a forlorn little girl invades her turf. But she needn’t worry. Dr. Logan West is too busy coping with an unexpected family, a radical lifestyle change, and an unruly pup to have any interest in his aloof and disagreeable neighbor. Yet when both Jeanette and Logan find themselves pulled into the life of a tattered Christian family fleeing persecution in war-torn Syria, might they discover that love sometimes comes calling when it’s least expected? Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon invites readers back to the charming seaside town of Hope Harbor, where they are sure to find peace, healing, and a second chance at happiness.


CLICK TO ORDER ON:
Baker Book House  ┃  Amazon  ┃  Barnes & Noble  ┃  Christianbook.com
Books-A-Million  ┃  Kobo  ┃ Get It Local Today






I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

In this touching return to Hope Harbor, our hearts are filled with moving insights on love, loss, hope, and redemption. Featuring richly authentic characters struggling with grief and loss, their lives all unexpectedly converge to show them how to, in fact, live again. While this was my first experience reading this series, I never felt that I was missing anything nor was there any reason to feel that I had to read them in order.  Just like the people within the story, you are lovingly welcomed wherever you chose to begin.  

"This town is filled with unexpected blessings."

Despite all of the unimaginable heartbreak many of the characters have experienced or are suffering with, there was something so incredibly peaceful drifting through the air of this welcoming community. The beachy atmosphere, Jeanette's lavender farm and tea room, Charley's sage presence, and the reflective inner thoughts and prayers of characters all contributed to tamping down the tension that could otherwise begin to emotionally overwhelm the reader. 

Three families are each navigating different stages of their lives while also exploring how the changes they are suddenly faced with will affect the relationships around them. Individual backstories are seamlessly interwoven into the narrative and I was immediately drawn into the story and captivated by the characters from the very beginning.  The author's writing style expertly crafted such believable emotions into their development that brought them to life, and many times, I found myself smiling, laughing, empathizing, and crying right along with them. While each individual circumstance of loss is unique, the experience of grief is something that we can all relate to, so it was quite inspiring and such a pleasure to read about complete strangers jumping right in to help and encourage others regardless of whatever pain they themselves might be facing as well. By pulling together to ease the burdens of others when it was least expected, each begins to heal and ultimately finds the peace needed for a fresh start.

"It's easy to get discouraged in the midst of life's storms. But God has our back - and when the raft we're clinging to begins to sink, he's always ready to extend a hand. All we have to do is trust him enough to take it and let go."

This graceful story serves as a gentle reminder to seek out goodness and light no matter how much darkness and despair may surround you. The characters prayers and Christian references became an encouraging beacon of hope and added depth to their emotional understanding and needs. 

The romance aspects of the story are slow-burning, subtle, and more conversational in tone rather than being in your face, which I greatly appreciated. The interactions between Jeanette and Logan hint at their vulnerabilities, and as they gradually begin to get to know one another, they open themselves up to an uplifting and adoring relationship. I also enjoyed that the story's focus was predominantly on family, new beginnings, and working to move forward as the past is accepted.

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Hope Harbor and look forward to returning to this special community! Perhaps next time, Charley will be the center of attention, and we can discover why his second chance included fish tacos and two seagulls named Floyd and Gladys.






Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, Sea Rose Lane, Sandpiper Cove, and Pelican Point, as well as Dangerous Illusions and the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, and she is a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame. Her many other awards include National Readers’ Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers’ Choice, Booksellers’ Best, Carols, and Reviewers’ Choice from RT Book Reviews magazine, which also honored her with a Career Achievement award for her entire body of work. In addition, she is a two-time Christy Award finalist. 


--------------------------------------------

GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

Grand Prize:  
A Copy of Driftwood Bay + Oregon Coast RainGlobe
1st Runner-Up:  
A Copy of Driftwood Bay + Book Lover’s Coffee Mug
2nd Runner-Up:  
A Copy of Driftwood Bay + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
April 2-12, 2019
(U.S. Only)


a Rafflecopter giveaway  Best of luck!

Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Irene Hannon! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:
4/2/19
Series Spotlight
4/2/19
Scrapbook Page
4/3/19
Review
4/4/19
Review
4/5/19
Character Interview
4/6/19
Guest Post
4/7/19
Review
4/8/19
Author Interview
4/9/19
Top Ten List
4/10/19
Review
4/11/19
Review


blog tour services provided by:


Become Bookishly Brilliant! Subscribe Now!