Posted in Holiday Book Review, net galley, Uncategorized

A Promise for Christmas (Spinster Mail-Order Brides Book 29)

After a decade serving as a governess for a wealthy Chicago family, lively Fiona Carthage is ousted from her job and their house. She turns to the Matrimonial News and responds to an ad from a Colorado storeowner. Anson Lorentz, a man who prizes routine and a quiet life, sees the happiness a mail-order bride brought his friend and takes a chance on bringing a bride to Gunnison City. Fiona works to make his house into a real home. Her arrival sets his household upside down, which causes friction for this new couple.
Will Anson stand by his promise to provide Fiona a secure home, or will his newly discovered family ties sway his allegiance?

Net galley Book:

This is a sweet clean romance that holds your attention. It is beautifully written and is the perfect book to curl up with on a cold winter evening. I enjoyed reading Fiona and Anson’s story. And look forward to reading more from this series. Also on Kindle Unlimited book. Lisa

Posted in Holiday Book Review, net galley

Christmas Chances

Christmas is in the air at Mia Loughry’s Yellow Butterfly Café, the heartbeat of Azalea Valley serving up Mia’s legendary matchmaking and renowned home-cooking. For years, local track coach Buck Chance has flirted but failed to leave the starting gate in pursuit of Mia. Could love have passed her by?

Temperatures rise when a mouth-watering stranger, Chance Stengle, enters the café and steals her attention from Buck. A singer/songwriter and owner of a construction company, Chance believes Mia is exactly what he’s been looking for. Faced with fresh competition, Buck is not ready to yield the field to the new guy and lose Mia for good.

With two handsome men vying for her attention, Mia is determined to give each a chance to win her heart for life. Her destiny becomes uncertain when a confrontation reaches a boiling point after a fateful trip. Will Buck make it to the finish line or will Chance reconstruct her future?

Torn between two loves, indecision could cost her both Christmas Chances.

Net galley book:

This is a wonderful story with wonderful people, a community that cares, unexpected surprises, and the journey they each take to decide what is right for themselves and their town.A great book about Chances made in life…. I highly recommend this series and its part of kindle unlimited if you are new to series… Lisa

Posted in Holiday Book Review

Holding Out for Christmas:

She’s all he wants for Christmas.  Maybe even forever…
 
Conner Branch hasn’t stopping thinking about the sultry singer he spotted on stage during last year’s Cowboy Christmas ball. So imagine his surprise when he discovers the demure kindergarten teacher who comes home for the holidays to Branding Iron, Texas, is the very same woman. And once he’s up close and personal with the mesmerizing Megan, he’s downright determined to keep her by his side for good…
 
If only Conner Branch were simply the star struck cowboy she once believed him to be, Megan wouldn’t have to worry about losing everything to the rugged—and wildly romantic—rancher. With Christmas in the air, it’s a little too easy to imagine spending the holidays, not to mention her whole life, wrapped in Conner’s loving arms.  But this songstress has hopes for a big career back in Nashville. And no little holiday romance will ever get in the way of that. So what’s a woman to do when she finds herself facing down a love as big and bold as Texas itself?

Net Galley book:

This story is how these two characters meet and fall in love. Both have a secret. The book is written in the dual POV format. I adore this. It is my absolute favorite format. I get to see the characters’ thoughts so I can fully identify with and understand the characters better.

This is a sweet, clean romance that I would highly recommend to anyone of any age. 

Posted in Holiday Book Review

The Christmas Table: A Novel (Christmas Hope)

From Donna VanLiere, the New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Hope series comes another heartwarming, inspirational story for the holidays, The Christmas Table.

In June 1972, John Creighton determines to build his wife Joan a kitchen table. His largest project to date had been picture frames but he promises to have the table ready for Thanksgiving dinner. Inspired to put something delicious on the table, Joan turns to her mother’s recipes she had given to Joan when she and John married.

In June 2012, Lauren Mabrey discovers she’s pregnant. Gloria, Miriam, and the rest of her friends at Glory’s Place begin to pitch in, helping Lauren prepare their home for the baby. On a visit to the local furniture builder, Lauren finds a table that he bought at a garage sale but has recently refinished. Once home, a drawer is discovered under the table which contains a stack of recipe cards. Growing up in one foster home after another, Lauren never learned to cook and is fascinated as she reads through the cards. Personal notes have been written on each one from the mother to her daughter and time and again Lauren wonders where they lived, when they lived, and in a strange way, she feels connected to this mother and her daughter and wants to make the mother proud.

The story continues to from 1972 to 2012 as Joan battles breast cancer and Lauren learns to cook, preparing for the baby’s arrival. As Christmas nears, can Lauren unlock the mystery of the table, and find the peace she’s always longed for?

Net galley book:

The Christmas Table is a warm-hearted, feel-good story for the Christmas holidays. It’s an emotional book about love and healing through time as a table and it’s stories unfold. . This book should be part of your holiday reading list. Lisa

Posted in Holiday Book Review, net galley

The Amish Christmas Gift

Past relationships and close quarters stir up old emotions, making Christmas the perfect time for a magical connection in this heartwarming second chance Amish romance.
Elsie Miller has witnessed — and experienced — Levi Wyse’s forgetfulness too many times to count. But even after they broke things off, Elsie never forgot the handsome Amish toymaker or her love for him. So when Levi’s sister asks her to help keep him organized for the busy Christmas season, Elsie agrees. But she didn’t expect working alongside Levi to reignite those old feelings.

Secretly, Levi’s heart will always belong to Elsie. But she deserves a better man, one who isn’t so absentminded . . . or responsible for a terrible tragedy. Now, she’s at his workshop every day and as Christmas draws near, his reasons for staying away become harder and harder to remember. Will the spirit of Christmas heal past hurts and give Elsie and Levi the greatest gift of all: a future together?

Net Galley Review:

The Amish Christmas Gift is a sweet and amusing Amish Christmas story with proliferation of peppermint, a toy train time limit, an absentminded Amishman, icky ice cream, a familial matchmaker, and an executive elf. The perfect romance for this holiday season… Lisa

Posted in cozy mystery, Holiday Book Review

Mistletoe, Moussaka, and Murder

Not even her impending nuptials can keep Lucy Berberian, manager of her family-owned Kebab Kitchen, from the Jersey Shore’s annual Polar Bear Plunge. But her dive into the icy ocean is especially chilling when she finds a fellow swimmer doing the dead man’s float—for real . . .
 
Who would kill a man in cold blood during Ocean Crest, New Jersey’s most popular winter event? When Lucy learns the victim is Deacon Spooner, the reception hall owner who turned up his nose—and his price—at her wedding plans, she can’t help wondering who wouldn’t kill the pompous caterer . . .
 
Perhaps the culprit is the wedding cake baker whose career Deacon nearly destroyed? Or the angry bride whose reception he ruined? With her maid of honor, Katie, busily planning Lucy’s wedding without her, Lucy will have to get to the bottom of this cold-hearted business in time for Kebab Kitchen’s mouthwatering Christmas celebration—and before her hometown’s holiday spirit washes out to sea . . .
 
Recipes included!

Net Galley Book Review:

Mistletoe, Moussaka, and Murder is a delightful addition to the series. This author is very talented in her descriptive writing, and through most of the book, I felt like I was right there, watching all the action taking place, whether it was plunging into the ocean or checking out wedding venues. The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read.. I recommend this book and series to anyone that loves cozy mysteries…. Lisa

Posted in cozy mystery, Holiday Book Review

Candy Slain Murder:

Christmas cheer has sent the griddle into overdrive at Robbie Jordan’s popular country store and café. And this year, there’s a new seasonal special to feast on: murder!

As December sweeps through South Lick, Indiana, Robbie’s life seems merry and bright like the string lights glistening around town. But strange happenings signal a bumpy ride into the holidays. First a man raises eyebrows at Pans ‘N Pancakes when he claiming to be the long-lost half-brother of Robbie’s assistant. Then a fire destroys the home of a controversial anesthesiologist, exposing skeletal remains in his attic. Helplessly intrigued, all Robbie wants for Christmas is to stop her winter wonderland from becoming a real nightmare. With a decades-old mystery taking shape, can she run as fast as she can in pursuit of a killer who’s harder to crack than a stale gingerbread man?

Includes Recipes for You to Try!

Net Galley Book Review:

Robbie is a fun, lovable character who makes readers want to visit her wonderful pancake cafe and spend the Christmas season with her friends, family, and customers. In the newest addition to the “A Country Store Mystery” series . Candy Slain Murder is a quick, easy read that gives readers a chance to spend some quality time with the characters they have come to love. This latest addition to the series is the book everyone wants to read and savor this merry Christmas season. Lisa

Posted in At the Library, Holiday Book Review

At the Library : Christmas Movies

It’s Thursday and that means I am working at the Library -so let’s Check In and see what’s going on:

Current Loans : 263 For Month : 13208

Library top Loan:

The Publishers Weekly and USA TODAY Best Seller!
The official Hallmark Channel Christmas keepsake takes you behind-the-scenes of your favorite feel-good holiday films with the casts’ memories, photos, recipes and more.

This stunning book invites readers to an exclusive inside look at the making of everyone’s favorite holiday classics with secrets from the stars, screenwriters, set designers, costume designers, and directors who create the movie magic. Featuring the network’s top leading ladies and gentlemen–Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Kristin Chenoweth, Debbie Matenopoulos, Cameron Mathison, Chris McNally, Danica McKellar, Christina Milian, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jodie Sweetin, Holly Robinson Peete, Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, and many others–this ultimate deck-the-halls guide shares their personal holiday recipes, favorite ideas for Christmas decorating and gift giving, as well as ways to savor and share the true meaning of the holidays.

Book Chat :

Today’s Book Chat is all about Holiday movies ? Do you watch them? When do you start watching before Thanksgiving or after? Favorite movie? Favorite movie to Book?

Love You Like Christmas: Based on a Hallmark Channel original movie 

Sometimes getting lost leads you back to what matters most…

Maddie, a marketing executive in New York, is on her way to attend the December wedding of one of her best clients. She’s afraid of flying, and taking her late aunt’s classic Mustang on a road trip seems like fun—until the car breaks down and leaves her stranded in the small town of Christmas Valley.

Book thoughts

. I loved the movie and the book. The movie didn’t stray too far away from the book. I absolutely loved both.Needing a sweet holiday read pick this up at the Library…. Lisa

Posted in Book Tour, Holiday Book Review

A Christmas Carol Murder

The latest novel from Heather Redmond’s acclaimed mystery series finds young Charles Dickens suspecting a miser of pushing his partner out a window, but his fiancée Kate Hogarth takes a more charitable view of the old man’s innocence . . .
 
London, December 1835: Charles and Kate are out with friends and family for a chilly night of caroling and good cheer. But their blood truly runs cold when their singing is interrupted by a body plummeting from an upper window of a house. They soon learn the dead man at their feet, his neck strangely wrapped in chains, is Jacob Harley, the business partner of the resident of the house, an unpleasant codger who owns a counting house, one Emmanuel Screws.
 
Ever the journalist, Charles dedicates himself to discovering who’s behind the diabolical defenestration. But before he can investigate further, Harley’s corpse is stolen. Following that, Charles is visited in his quarters by what appears to be Harley’s ghost—or is it merely Charles’s overwrought imagination? He continues to suspect Emmanuel, the same penurious penny pincher who denied his father a loan years ago, but Kate insists the old man is too weak to heave a body out a window. Their mutual affection and admiration can accommodate a difference of opinion, but matters are complicated by the unexpected arrival of an infant orphan. Charles must find the child a home while solving a murder, to ensure that the next one in chains is the guilty party . . .

Net Galley Book Review :

My first read by this author and the third in this series. With an interesting mystery with lots of subplots and red herrings. People were not who they purported themselves to be, and the characters were brilliant and very real. They mystery was a good one, perfect for the setting, and Dickens was able to showcase his brilliance and that talent for which he would become well known in the future.. If you are a fan of this series dont miss this one -if new like me…. Enjoy Lisa

Posted in cozy mystery, Holiday Book Review

Fall Girl: A Garden Girls Cozy Mystery (Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 9

Fall Girl is Book 9 in the Garden Girls Cozy Mysteries Series

BONUS – RECIPES INCLUDED!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the townsfolk of Belhaven are busy preparing for the upcoming feast with friends and family.

When a body is discovered in the vacant farmhouse across the street from Gloria Rutherford’s place, Gloria is horrified to think that someone…a killer, is on the loose.

Things go from bad to worse when she discovers that the body found in the house is none other than her best friend, Lucy Carlson’s ex-boyfriend.

The police uncover evidence that points to Lucy as the murderer and possibly Gloria as an accomplice. Police are hot on Lucy’s trail and the lead investigator is gunning for her arrest.

Can Gloria track down the real killer before it’s too late? Or will Lucy take the fall and spend Thanksgiving in the slammer?

The Garden Girls Cozy Mystery Series contains no foul language, sex, or gore…Just clean, cozy mysteries!”

Kindle Unlimited Book :

A clean cozy mystery that’s perfect for the upcoming season. Each story is fun to read. This one is no exception. This one also has guns, hunting, murder, faith, and my favorite….food. Combined together this made for an excellent and engaging read Lisa