Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review: A Match Made in Texas by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox

 A Match Made in Texas by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox.

Bethany House Publishers, December 24, 2013

There's a secret matchmaker at work in frontier Texas!
In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she's also giving each couple a little nudge toward love? 


A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn't sure who hired him to repair Clara's roof--he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?


An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace's doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though--and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on. 


No Match for Love
Andrew can't fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?


Meeting Her Match
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker's son how much she cares for him?


I truly love a good novella and a Match Made in Texas was great! I found the four book entertaining, funny and well written. I was able to get involved with the characters and their journeys as much as possible in the constraints of a novella length.  All the stories were good but my favourite was the last one Meeting Her Match - I laughed so hard in it!

This book was pure joy to read! Well done ladies!

Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.


Jess' favourite genre is contemporary women's fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women's fiction/romance set in a small country town.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Book Review: Smitten Book Club by Denise Hunter, Colleen Coble, Diann Hunt and Kristin Billerbeck

Smitten Book Club by Denise Hunter, Colleen Coble, Diann Hunt and Kristin Billerbeck.

Thomas Nelson, January 14, 2014

"Consider that your beau is like a coveted novel whose compelling first lines you’ve just begun to read.” —A Gentlewoman's Guide to Love and Courtship

At a rummage sale, Heather, a member of the Fireside Book Club, discovers a turn-of-the-century romantic advice book written by a once-famous Smitten, Vermont, resident. When she shares the precious volume with her friends in the club, they find clues about a hidden treasure rumored to be buried in their tiny town.

As Heather, Abby, Lia, and Molly take turns reading the book, each projects onto it her own literary tastes. Heather sees it as a mystery. Abby discovers delicious dashes of Jane Austen. Lia sees in it the idealism of a bygone day. And Molly just wishes they'd made the book into a movie!

One by one, each of the women finds romantic love—often in spite of the historic book’s advice. And in searching for the legendary gold, the friends discover the best kind of treasure. The kind that brings hope and healing to each of their hearts.

This last edition of the Smitten series by author friends, Coble, Hunter, Hunt and Billerbeck brings the world of Smitten back to their readers. Really I'd love to live in such a beautiful place as Smitten if it was real. It's a charming town and I like small towns. As much as I love the fictional town, I couldn't get into this last book. No one story stood out for me and I was confused a lot between who was who as some characters from the first book appear - it's been a while since I read it and thus was confused.

This confusion combined with stories I couldn't get into led me to like it less than I wanted to. The first Smitten book was great and perhaps this has remained my benchmark and so the others don't hold as much sway with me. I don't know, but I am happy to have read the series and been introduced to the people of Smitten!

 Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.
 


Jess' favourite genre is contemporary women's fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women's fiction/romance set in a small country town.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Book Review: Dancing With Fireflies by Denise Hunter

Dancing With Fireflies by Denise Hunter
Thomas Nelson, March 11th 2014

Jade returns home to Chapel Springs after years of protecting her fragile heart. Then along comes Daniel, making her long to dance again.

Creative and complicated, Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return.

The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever.

As Jade attempts to settle in, nothing feels right. God seems far away, she’s hiding secrets from her family, and she’s strangely attracted to the man who’s always called her “squirt." Finding her way home may prove more difficult than she imagined.

Denise Hunter's latest book in the Chapel Springs series is a page turner. There is a lot that happens in this book - some good and some bad and it makes for a different read for Hunter fans. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'm not going to mention plot details, but much of the stuff dealt with in this book has a serious tone to it and it was a little hard for me to read it at times.

Jade goes through an awful lot in this book to say the least and quite honestly how she found the space in her head for romance amazed me. She's a strong girl, but like all strong girls tends to carry too much on her own for far too long. Daniel, a man who might as well be her brother has loved Jade for years - so much so that he's willing to do an awful lot just to have her in his life.

Jade and Daniel work it out - there's a lot to work out here and Denise does her trademark first kiss scene brilliantly but this book didn't win me over. It felt a bit flat and it didn't truly address the issues the characters faced - especially Jade. Others might love this book and be really moved by it and I hope that is the case!

Will I read more Denise Hunter? Most assuredly! :)


 Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.
 
 
 






Jess' favourite genre is contemporary women's fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women's fiction/romance set in a small country town.