Saturday, August 13, 2016

REVIEW: Forever Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon

About the Book

With the witch of Doon on the throne, Jamie believed dead, and Duncan and Mackenna trapped in Alloway, Veronica has no choice but to put her grief aside and prepare her remaining followers for the impending battle against the false queen and her forces. But while on a covert mission to steal a powerful elixir from the castle, Veronica discovers her true love may actually be alive, and fighting a battle of his own.

With the Brig o’ Doon destroyed and the portal fragmented, Doon’s forces are not only divided, but also isolated in different dimensions. With the help of a storyteller as ancient as the witch herself, Kenna and Duncan learn they must rebuild the bridge to have any chance of crossing back into Doon with their ragtag army. But when Mackenna insists on fighting as well, Duncan soon realizes the only way he can ensure her safety is to turn her into a cold-hearted killer.

For Vee, Jamie, Kenna, and Duncan, saving their kingdom while keeping their lives intact will take a miracle.

My Review

Forever Doon is the fourth and final book in the Doon series which made it hard to read because I don't want this adventure to be over. Our journey to Doon with Veronica, MacKenna, Jamie, and Duncan has been a wild ride and will read the series again and again for years to come. The writing is romantic and witty. There was much growth in all of the characters in this book alone. While Forever Doon was a little more depressing than the previous three installments, it was still enjoyable. In fact, I contribute a lot of it to it being the last of the series. This was a story I very much enjoyed and a must read for all fans of this series!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

REVIEW: Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer

About the Book

I reminded myself that once you start to defend someone, it's difficult to find a place to stop. But I went ahead and took that first step anyway. . .

For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to "let the dirt fly," and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats.

It's in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, James Holt takes that first step to protect a defenseless girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners, all leaving behind ghosts of their interwoven desires, sins, and ambitions, ghosts that create the web of deceit and intrigue of a new generation of revolutionary politics. It will also bring him together with a woman who will change his course or bring an end to it.

A love story set within a historical mystery, Saffire brings to vibrant life the most impressive--and embattled--engineering achievement of the twentieth-century.

My Review

Saffire by Sigmund Brouwer is one of the best books I have read in 2016. Saffire is set in 1909 during Teddy Roosevelt and tells the story of James Holt who sets out to protect a young girl named Saffire as she goes out in search for her mother. In her search, James and Saffire are pulled into a world of pirates, gold runners, plantations, deceit, intrigue, romance and revolutionary politics. Saffire has everything you could want in a novel. 

Saffire is fast paced, interesting, and filled with so much history. Saffire is a book you will pick up and not want to put down until you finish the very last page. Perfect for fans of Historical fiction. Saffire is also the perfect read for Autumn. I don't know why but it had an Autumn feel to it. I do plan on re-reading it once we're in October.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

REVIEW: A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

About the Book

What does it take to reveal the true beauty of a hidden gem?
Phoebe Von Bergen, the daughter of a German count, is excited to visit America for the first time while her father purchases sapphires in Helena, Montana. Little does she know, however, that her father’s intentions—both for her and the gemstones—are not what she thinks.
Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the dignified young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie–a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.
Meeting Ian has changed everything for Phoebe, and she begins to consider staying in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger that results when her family’s deception begins to unravel.

My Review

A Beauty Refined is a story about a young woman who discovers that her past isn't what she thought it was. Pheobe a German immigrant and the daughter of a German count is visiting America for the first time when her father buys sapphires in Montana. But her father's intentions in coming to America are different than what she thinks. Soon she meets Ian, a jeweler, who after getting to know Pheobe realizes her entire family history is a complete lie- a lie she doesn't know about. Soon enough the family "secret" and all the deception begins to unravel.

A Beauty Refined is an impressive novel as well as easy to read and easy to follow. This story will surely be devoured by fans of Historical fiction and hints of romance and mystery.

Monday, August 8, 2016

COVER REVEAL: Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert

About the Book

~Releasing NOVEMBER 2016~

Viking warrior. Dauntless leader. Protective mother.

Determined to rise above her rank as the illegitimate "forest child" of Eirik the Red, Freydis launches a second voyage to Vinland to solidify her power and to demand the respect she deserves. She will return home with enough plunder to force her brother, Leif, to sell her the family farm in Greenland.

But nothing can prepare her for the horrors she must confront in Vinland...and nothing can stand in her way when her family is threatened.

In her race to outrun the truths that might destroy her, Freydis ultimately collides with the only enemy she cannot silence—her own heart.

Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. This immersive tale is Book Two in the bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.

About the Author

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up. Heather is represented by Rebeca Seitz and Jonathan Clements of SON Studios in FL.

Heather's Viking historical novel, God's Daughter, is an Amazon Norse Bestseller. She is also the author of the bestselling A Murder in the Mountains mystery series. Her mystery, Trial by Twelve, won the 2015 Grace Award for Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense. Heather also authored the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.


Thursday, August 4, 2016


So life has been pretty crazy lately, therefore I've only been posting when I have a review due. But things are winding down a bit so I'm slowly returning to my regular schedule. Starting this week I'll be starting a new series called, #ThrowbackThursday which I'm sure you all are familiar with. I'll be using this theme to harken back to things such as music, books, tv, and films I enjoyed way back when and even may still enjoy today. Let's get started...


Come with me back to 1949 for this classic tune. I absolutely adore this song and the film it is from. Judy Garland absolutely kills any song she sings. And this song is basically my theme song.

2. TV

Now we're off to the Wild West. I loved this show and still do to this day. In fact I'm rewatching the series from beginning to end.


I don't know about you but I've been obsessed with anything Ancient Egypt since I was a little girl. So it's no surprise that I am a huge fan of The Mummy & The Mummy Returns. I've actually been watching these a lot lately. If you like Egypt, history, adventure, and romance then these films are for you. And who doesn't love Brendan Fraser?


While not the first Austen novel I read, it however is my favourite. Read this one. It's worth it just for Wentworth's letter.