Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Classified Christmas Mission

Classified Christmas Mission
Wrangler's Corner #4
Lynette Eason
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 Amber, a CIA agent, is on the run from a murder. She has Sam, the special needs child of her friend. The problem is that Sam knows something and his father will kill to get Sam back. Sam runs to the only place she knows she'll be safe - home. But as she's navigating a snow storm just miles from home, she's run off the road by someone who is shooting at her. And when Deputy Lance arrives at the scene of the accident, Amber convinces him to help her evade the killer until she can figure out what it is he's after. She has no idea she's going to accidentally involve her entire family.

This was a fast paced book full of suspense and drama. The addition of a special needs child was well done and I thought the author did a great job of addressing the subject of autism and the special needs and concerns that a child with this might encounter. The book had a little bit of romance, but was mostly about the murderer and Amber taking his child. This book is in a series. While it would have been nice to know the story behind a few of the other characters, I didn't feel like I needed to read them to fully enjoy this story. Overall, I really liked this book and how the author put everything together. Readers of suspense, clean romance, or Christian fiction will definitely enjoy this book.

I received this book from NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pony Express Christmas Bride

Pony Express Christmas Bride
Saddles and Spurs Series
Rhonda Gibson
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Josephine is desperate to escape a horrible marriage proposal. So when she arrives as a mail order bride in a small town out west, she's horrified to discover that her intended wasn't the one who wrote the letter and has no idea that he has a bride on the way. She is afraid that if she doesn't get married immediately her future will be a lifetime of misery. Thomas is going to murder his brother. But first he must rescue the poor young woman who landed on his door step. The only logical explanation is a marriage of convenience.

This was such a sweet story. But it also had some really humorous elements. The author did a great job of tying in the other books in the series while still having this book be great as a stand-alone. The secondary characters really added to the story. The author did a great job of high lighting faith, family, and the importance of love. I've read the first books in the series and was glad to get my hands on this one. It definitely didn't disappoint.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Playboy on Her Christmas List

Playboy on Her Christmas List
The London Primary Hospital #1
Carol Marinelli
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Holly, a nurse at Primary Hospital, has had her eye on Dr. Daniel Chandler for quite some time. So when the chance to spend the night with him arises, she jumps at the chance. But when she realizes that her feelings extend beyond one night, she rigs the Secret Santa to see if her returns her feelings. Daniel has every intention of leaving after his temporary stint at the hospital is finished. But something, or someone keeps him coming back.

I couldn't really connect with this book or the characters. I normally love the Medical Romance books, but this one didn't do anything for me. The characters both felt weak and juvenile. The story line was a little short for anything to develop. I think people who enjoy a romance with a quick "fall in love" story or who enjoy anything with medical in it, will enjoy this. It's a quick read with a lot of bedroom scenes and talking between the characters. I did like the addition of the elderly homeless man that was thrown in towards the end. That added a nice element for me.
 
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

COTT Blog Alliance

It's the end of our CLASH year, and we've lined up some awesome holiday reading (and gift ideas!) for this month's Clash of the Titles.
Vote for your Ideal curl up in front of a fire read!


Scroll through these releases and cast your vote for your perfect idea of a next read.
It's a tough choice, but it's up to you to determine our Clash Champion!


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Risking Love
Brenda S. Anderson

A play-it-safe bank employee falls for a down-on-his-luck, risk-taking widower. Can she risk loving a man whose home she may have to take away?

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An Unexpected Role
Leslea Wahl

Josie's island getaway becomes the summer of her dreams as friendships grow, romance blossoms and a series of thefts surround her with excitement. But as she sets out to solve the mystery she has become entangled in, she not only realizes the importance of relying on her faith but along the way also discovers her true self.

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Forest Child
Heather Day Gilbert

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


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Can't Help Falling
Kara Isaac

A funny, heartfelt romance about how an antique shop, a wardrobe, and a mysterious tea cup bring two C.S. Lewis fans together in a snowy and picturesque Oxford, England.


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The Cautious Maiden
Dawn Crandall

In an effort to salvage her good name, Violet is forced into an engagement with a taciturn acquaintance; Vance Everstone. With danger stalking her and a new fiance who hides both his emotion and his past, Violet must decide who to trust and who to leave behind. 


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The Thorn Healer
Pepper D. Basham

A wounded nurse battles resentment against a German prisoner as the two work together to save an Appalachian town from deception and disease in the wake of World War 1.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pee Wee The Christmas Tree

Pee Wee The Christmas Tree
George Wells



About the author:  
George Wells has been a songwriter for over fifty years with over 100 of his songs having been recorded. He has worked with artists includingCharlie Walker, Neil Bonnett and Patsy Trigg and has had a song featured in the 1969 film, From Nashville With Music, as well as numerous television and radio programs over the course of his career. Wells currently resides in Huntsville, Alabama. Pee Wee the Christmas Tree is his second book.
About Pee Wee The Christmas Tree:
Heartwarming illustrated story about a Christmas tree overlooked for his small size who refuses to give up on finding a family to spend the holidays with. For years, Pee Wee has lived in the shadow of the bigger trees on the Christmas farm. Without enough sunlight to grow tall and strong, he has been forced to watch helplessly as the other bigger and more attractive trees are picked every year, going home with a happy family. Just as Pee Wee is about to give up hope that he will ever get the chance to bring joy to a family during the holiday season, he is finally cut down to be sold! After years of waiting, Pee Wee is disappointed to find that he is still overlooked by customers wanting fuller trees to decorate. With his dream of celebrating Christmas with a family of his own fading fast, he is at last discovered by two children who tell their father that they found one that is the perfect size. Driven back to their home and adorned with lights and decorations, Pee Wee is finally able to accomplish his life’s big dream: to make children happy at Christmas! Pee Wee the Christmas Tree by George Wells is the perfect story for young kids this holiday season, encouraging them to never give up on their own dreams and proving that - large or small - there is room for us all.

My Review:
The illustrations are cartoon style and fit well with the story of the little tree. The author wrote in a lyrical style that tells the story of patience and waiting to realize your dreams. The story is accompanied by a song with the lyrics matching the book. This would make an excellent addition to your Christmas reading pile. It can also open the way for discussion on patience, realizing your dreams, and other topics.

I received a copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Best Christmas Gift Ever

The Best Christmas Gift Ever
A Veggie Tales Book
Melinda Rumbaugh
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A bright, colorful board book explains the real meaning for Christmas while showing the Veggie Tale characters as they participate in all sorts of Christmas activities. As they wrap presents, sing songs, and exchange gifts, the story points to the end where they learn who was the best gift that was ever given.

The entire page is filled with bright color and fun Christmas scenes. The young child will be able to relate to the many activities that the book talks about. The vocabulary is perfect for the intended age. Children will enjoy being able to hold the book and turn the pages themselves. The illustrations fit well with the text and will keep them engaged while being read to. The beautiful message that it leaves with the child is one that we all want to impart to our children. This would be an excellent gift for any toddler or would make a great addition to a nursery or preschool.

I received a copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Berenstain Bears

The Berenstain Bears Love One Another
Mike Berenstain
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 Brother and Sister bear learn what their memory verse means when they help Mama make muffins for a neighbor. They decide to find other ways to help other people and act out the Bible verse they learned in church. Helping others is one way that we can show our love to the people or bears around us.

This is a board book that is designed for toddlers to hold and enjoy. The illustrations fill the entire page with the words fitting around the drawings. The vocabulary fits well with the intended age, but older children who have enjoyed the Berenstain books will also enjoy this one and will be able to read it themselves. The short story does a great job of explaining the concept behind the Bible verse and offers ways to act out what the child has learned. This would make an excellent gift for a young child.

I received a copy of this book from First Look. All opinions expressed are my own.