7.18.2014

Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee | Book Review


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Author, Catherine Bybee
Kindle edition, 223 pages
Published, October 4th 2011
Publisher, Montlake Romance
Series, The Weekday Brides #1

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:
Blake Harrison:
Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear.

Samantha Elliot:
Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. And there’s nothing indecent about this proposal. The money will really help with her family’s medical bills. All Samantha will need to do is keep her attraction to her new husband to herself and avoid his bed.

But Blake’s toe-curling kisses and sexy charm prove too difficult for Sam to resist. It was a marriage contract that planned for everything…except falling in love.

MY THOUGHTS:
I really liked this book.  It was an easy and fast read. I am not a big series reader, but I heard good reviews for these and I was in the mood for something light. It was very predictable but also enjoyable.
So far - the only problem I have with this series is that the books aren't in order by day of the week.  I know that may sound strange, but Wife by Wednesday is the first book in the series and Married by Monday is the second.  You just have to pay attention when shopping for the next in the series.
I will be starting on book #2 soon. 

6.27.2014

The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs | A Book Review

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Author, Susan Wiggs
Published, April 30th, 2013
Publisher, Harlequin MIRA
ebook, 432 pages
Series:  Bella Vista Chronicles (Book 1)

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:
"SOMETIMES YOU STUMBLE ACROSS A TREASURE WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY."


#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs brings readers to the lush abundance of Sonoma county in a novel of sisters, friendship and how memories are woven like a spell around us.

Tess Delaney makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners. People like Annelise Winther, who refuses to sell her long-gone mother's beloved necklace—despite Tess's advice. To Annelise, the jewel's value is in its memories.
But Tess's own history is filled with gaps: a father she never met, a mother who spent more time traveling than with her daughter. So Tess is shocked when she discovers the grandfather she never knew is in a coma. And that she has been named in his will to inherit half of Bella Vista, a hundred-acre apple orchard in the magical Sonoma town called Archangel.
The rest is willed to Isabel Johansen. A half sister she's never heard of. Against the rich landscape of Bella Vista, Tess begins to discover a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family, of the warm earth beneath her bare feet. A world where family comes first and the roots of history run deep.
And in a season filled with new experiences, Tess begins to see the truth in something Annelise once told her: if you don't believe memories are worth more than money, then perhaps you've not made the right kind of memories.

From one of America's most beloved writers, The Apple Orchard is a story of family ties—both old and new—and of the moments that connect our hearts.

MY THOUGHTS:
This happened to be on of those perfect books for me.  I love present day, mixed with historical fiction, romance, and mystery. I wasn't expecting all the history and the fact that I would learn a little about Denmark during WWII and their role of saving Jews from the Nazi's.
In fact - it wasn't at all what I expected but in a good way.  There are so many family secrets and lies and mysteries.  It doesn't help that the one person that could explain most of it is in a coma. 
I loved watching Tess form relationships with those around her. The story ties thinks up pretty well but still leaves room for another book. It even has recipes.  I will most certainly read the next book in the series. 

6.20.2014

An April Bride by Lenora Worth | Book Review

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Author, Lenora WorthPublished, March 25, 2014
Publisher, Zondervan
ebook, 140 pages
Series:  A Year of Weddings

DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS:
War changes everything . . . even their love.

Bride-to-be Stella Carson can’t wait to marry her longtime sweetheart Marshall Henderson. But Marshall has been away serving his country and after suffering a head wound and being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome, he has distanced himself from Stella by asking her not to visit him in a Washington, D.C. hospital.
Marshall returns to Louisiana just four weeks before the wedding, but as the big day draws near, Stella wonders if the man she’s loved for most of her life still wants to marry her.
MY THOUGHTS:
This is the 5th novella in this series that I have read.   Out of those 5, this has been my least favorite.  The storyline is great.  A young fiance, Stella, is at home planning a wedding to her lifetime love, Marshall.  Marshall is in the US Army and is at war.  He is injured and coming back home. 
The twist is that he doesn't want to see Stella while in the hospital and she doesn't know that huge reason until she meets him at the airport.  Besides the big problem that Marshall has, he has also been diagnosed with PTSD. 
Stella is determined to help him and he is determined to marry her even if things aren't "fixed" by the wedding date.
I liked the story.  I thought that it was very honorable of Marshall to want to still marry Stella.  But I thought that the storyline became a tad bit cheesy and predictable. 

It is important to note that I received this novella from Zondervan via NetGalley in return for an honest review.  All opinions and thoughts are my own.