Thursday, October 25, 2012

When a Heart Stops - Lynette Eason

This super fast-moving novel by Lynette Eason takes off like a shot in the first chapter.  I greatly appreciated the rocket-fast start -- in fact, slow starts are one of my pet peeves as a reader.  This one is very edgy and will keep your heart racing the entire time.
The main character, Serena, is called in to examine a death.  As a medical examiner, that isn't alarming.  However, her suspicions rise when she recognizes the victim.  She gets pulled into the murder investigation and finds her own life in imminent danger.  Add to this the element of romance when she works with her crush from school days, and the novel is a winner.
My only criticism of the novel, and it is a light one, is that it was so realistic (if there is such a thing) that it kept me up at night thinking about the murder plot.  It was a bit more graphic than I am used to, and I reacted emotionally right from the beginning.  For readers who like a thrilling crime scene this is the novel for you.  The romance helps tone it down, but I would have appreciated a bit more of that.
Lynette Eason is an experienced writer with several novels under her belt.  This book is #2 in the Deadly Reunions series, and is a brand new release as of October 1, 2012.  Since I haven't read the first book in the series, I can vouch that you can jump right in without feeling like you've missed any backstory.  However, I am confident that by starting with the first novel in the series your experience reading "When a Heart Stops" will be that much richer.
This novel is available at your favorite bookseller as well as at Amazon.com.
This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an objective review.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Promise to Love - Serena B. Miller

It was an absolute pleasure reading this novel from Serena B. Miller.  Since I had never read one of her books before, I really didn't know what to expect.  The story was compelling, realistic, and very well-researched.  As the story developed it continued to get better and better.
The main character, Ingrid, is a Swedish immigrant that impulsively agrees to marry a widower in order that he does not lose custody of his children.  She is resourceful, industrious, and quickly brings his home into a state of organization and productivity.  However, as grateful as he is to Ingrid for all her help, he cannot bring himself to love her.  This breaks Ingrid's heart many times over, but she perseveres giving only her very best throughout the book.
When I reached the end of the novel I read the author's note.  It appears that the author's own grandmother was the inspiration for this novel.  Life was so difficult, and the real-life account of the Michigan fire added to the heartache.  As with many true stories, the reality is sobering.  However, the author has written a fictional novel, and has included encouragement, high points, and ultimately gives this story a happy ending.
I highly recommend "A Promise to Love" by Serena B. Miller, and I will personally be keeping an eye out for more of her novels.
Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
This book was a complimentary copy given to my by the publisher in exchange for an objective review.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

You Don't Know Me - Susan May Warren

Before starting "You Don't Know Me," I had already read one of Susan May Warren's novels and been blown away.  However, the novels were so different in style and setting that I wasn't sure if they were actually written by the same person.  Turns out, they were!  Each book was amazing in its own right.  The author is so creative, and she isn't limited to one particular setting or era.
"You Don't Know Me" is about a young woman who is placed into Witness Protection, and eventually marries and has several children.  After twenty years of relative peace, the threat that sent her into hiding has returned.  Only problem is, she's the only one that knows about it. Her husband, children, and mother-in-law have no knowledge of her past and the threats that could destroy their entire family.
The novel took off like a rocket and didn't slow down once.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  There was encouragement in this novel that I have been looking for over the past fifteen years.  I'll share it with you, but I still hope you'll take time to read this book.  Susan May Warren suggests in the novel that the key to contentment and forgiveness is gratefulness.  When I read this, it clicked for me.  I started applying it right away, and my life has changed because of it.  Even if this book hadn't been completely entertaining -- which it was -- I still would have been thankful to have read it due to the effect it has had on my life since then.
You can enter the contest and join the Facebook party on October 22, 2012.  In the meantime, be sure the check out the book!
This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an objective review.