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May 27, 2017

THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP

THEIR PRETEND AMISH COURTSHIP
The Amish Bachelor
by
Patricia Davids

 Their Pretend Amish Courtship 
Number: B01N3NTVRQ 
Release: June 1, 2017 
Author: Patricia Davids 
Availability: E-Book 
Genre: Romance 
Tags: * Rom: Inspirational, Amish 
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired
 
 
"Tender and gentle, with two delightful characters who truly belong together. A lovely read."  —RaeAnne Thayne Make-Believe Beau  Fannie Erb isn't looking for a husband—especially if she has to leave her beloved horses to go find one. What she needs is a way to assure her parents she's not hopeless when it comes to love. Family friend Noah Bowman might just be her solution. A fake relationship will free them both from unwanted matchmaking plans. How could Fannie predict that pretending to date the handsome, teasing boy next door would awaken genuine emotions? By summer's end they'll be free to part, but Fannie's growing feelings are transforming her neighbor into the only man who might ever rein in her adventurous heart.  (from Night Owl Reviews)

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THE AUTHOR
 USA Today best-selling author Patricia Davids was born and raised in Kansas. After forty years as an NICU nurse, Pat switched careers to become an inspirational writer. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and grandchildren, traveling and playing with her dogs, who think fetch should be a twenty-four hour a day game. When not on the road or throwing a ball, Pat is happily dreaming up new stories.
 
MY THOUGHTS
Amish books are clean and have a lesson behind them. This book is sweet and lovely with two main characters that you just know from the start that they are meant for each other.  It wasn't so serious, just a fun read that will let you get away from the everyday stress and unwind.  You may even find yourself smiling.   The two main characters are Fannie and Noah who in all fun through little bits and pieces back and forth between themselves.  They're like two little kids back in school cutting up with each other and it hasn't ended as they've gotten older.    They both have some baggage and they both have reasons for pretending they are courting each other. Fannie wants to prove to her parents she isn't lost to a love life and family but she doesn't want to give up her love, that is her horses.  Noah wants to play ball and he's under the same stress to find a love.  So together they pretend a courtship to satisfy their families.  They don't know it, but God has another plan for them.   What might that be?
They both have very different goals and their courtship, of sorts, will bring about a huge surprise in the end. Something they would never have expected.   The author wrote a fun, smile provoking, steady flowing read.   The reader is given characters that you can't help but love and true, there are little lies, if there is such a thing as little lies, but it is a beginning to the end and the end is so very promising and special.  The author has you wanting throughout the read for the two characters to have a "real romance".  Will they?  Will the pretend courtship become a real courtship?   A sweet read that is lots of fun laced with lots of humor.  Emotions will come to the surface, not only for the characters but for the reader. 


I received a copy of this book from Night Owl Reviews and the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5 STARS. 
















































































May 24, 2017

FORBIDDEN BEGINNINGS by William Rubin

FORBIDDEN BEGINNINGS:
Jacqueline's Tragedy 
A Chris Ravello Medical Thriller
Book One
by
William Rubin

Forbidden Beginnings: Jacqueline's Tragedy: A Chris Ravello Medical Thriller by [Rubin, William]

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OVERVIEW OF BOOK:
 A senseless assault. An agonizing, life-threatening decision. In the moment of truth, with countless lives at stake, how can justice hope to prevail?

New York City trauma surgeon, Dr. Christopher Ravello, has it all. A breathtaking, vivacious wife. Lovely children. Life-saving work, and a beautiful home in one of the City's most coveted neighborhoods.

But in an instant, Chris' world is shattered.

The brutal and senseless assault of his mother, Jacqueline, leaves her barely alive. Consumed with anguish and fear, battling time and circumstances, Chris' search for a life-saving treatment leads to an agonizing decision and takes him down a path of no return.

In the wake of his mother’s assault, Chris and life-long friend, Detective Kevin Kennedy, risk their lives and livelihoods tracking down Jacqueline’s attacker.

When Ravello, driven by an all-consuming rage, at last comes face-to-face with his mother's assailant, every fiber of his being calls out for vengeance. In the moment of truth, with so much at stake for he and his family, what will Chris choose?
THE AUTHOR
William Rubin is a practicing physician who enjoys weaving tales of medical/scientific intrigue. Writing for him is equal parts catharsis, creativity, and escape from the rigors of a busy medical practice and the joys and challenges of raising a family. The works of James Patterson, Robin Cook, Michael Palmer, and Patricia Cornwell inspired Dr. Rubin to create the Christopher Ravello Series. Challenges and tragedies in Dr. Rubin’s life, particularly the untimely death of his mother, provided some of the underlying drama, conflict, and turmoil for the series’ lead character.

When he isn't busy practicing medicine or crafting his next medical thriller, Dr. Rubin enjoys time with his family and friends, running, playing piano, and travel. Please share your thoughts, insights, and feelings on Forbidden Beginnings: Jacqueline's Tragedy or Forbidden Birth by posting a review of the book on your favorite sites.  


I'd love to hear from you via email at werubin67@gmail.com or via Facebook; william.erubin. Thank you and happy reading!

Regards,  William

 
This is Book #2 (the first book out)
  Forbidden Birth: A Chris Ravello Medical Thriller
 
MY THOUGHTS:
 If you love thrillers, medical thrillers, suspense and edge of your seat reading, then don't miss out on this one.I might suggest reading Forbidden Birth also since the two intertwine. The books are published #2, #1 with #3 Forbidden Cure, due out 2018, to bring everything together. I reviewed Forbidden Birth for Mr. Rubin.  He has a knack for writing medical thrillers. They don't disappoint. But this book is much more than that.  It's a love story. The love a man has for medicine, his practice, his wife, his children and his parents.  His family loves him in return. As you turn the pages, you get a little closer to the edge of your chair. We get the character Chris Ravello, a promising doctor who lives a really nice life.  He got a promotion,  they lived in a nice house and he had a family he was proud of. After working hard, his wife and him traveled to Australia.  This is a celebration of 10 years of marriage. What more could a man want.  He had it all. Then, as usual, life stepped in.   While in Australia, Chris gets terrible news about his mom.   She was attacked in a parking lot and was in a coma, after surgery.  Celebration halted, back to America to be by his mother's side.  I liked the different approach the author gave to what should have been a thorough investigation of the attackers.  The author gave us investigators that didn't seem in a hurry to find these people, even though they knew who had done it. Usually the police go at something like this full force.  Why are they dragging their feet?   So Chris decides to find these men with or without the help of the justice system.  The author must have thought out this story for a while because it flowed well.  Not repeated scenes, no jumbled conversation.  Just characters you could visualize.  The main characters try to live a good life, try to do right by others and this is bright point in the book.  I also think the love that Chris shows for his mom is an important point in the book.   I feel the author had some underlying points in the book, such as trying your best for yourself and others and loving your parents, to be there no matter what. It may mean Chris giving up his nice little life to bring justice to a head.  Just me, I suppose, but I thought that there were some important points to gain, not just a good medical thriller.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 5  STARS.

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May 23, 2017

SARY'S GOLD










Sary's Gold
SARY'S GOLD
by
Sharon Shipley

  • Number: B00SDWMNVQ
  • Release: February 18, 2015
  • Author: Sharon Shipley
  • Availability: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, Western, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.

While battling a brutal town and one obsessed man, Sary must change into a ruthless, determined gold miner/outlaw in 1890s California. Upon the untimely death of her husband, Sary is forced into her brother’s charge. Neither is pleased with this arrangement. He's an impotent, sadistic dreamer with ideas of striking gold, using his sister as his mule. Sary finds herself in a surreal nightmare living under a tarp, panning for gold, and looked on lustfully by the debauched in the closest town. A brutal attack by Delacorte’s son, her brother’s accidental death, the discovery of a gold vein as big as Texas, and surviving winter all come together to make Sary a thing of legend and witchery. She is now hunted as fair game, barely escaping with her life. Ultimately, Sary returns exacting revenge in an ultimate showdown with a little help from the man she loves.  (from Night Owl Reviews)

MY THOUGHTS
 Situations in life can change a person completely. That is what happened to Sary.  So much happened to this beautiful and rather naive person.   She was so very young when she married but soon became a young widow.  Her husband had been shot and she was then forced to be under her brother, Seb's household.   Back in the 1880's women had no say so on hardly anything.  The man was in charge of his woman, his family and his word was taken without any question.  When Sary went into her brother's care, both of them weren't happy about the situation.  She soon found out how being under his orders was going to be a real threat to her.  She is forced to go along with her brother's dreams, rather unrealistic dreams, but the gold rush was on and so was Seb's wild dream of striking it rich.  She lives in bad conditions.  The roof over her head was a tarp. She panned for gold in the Big Bear California gold mining town. The men gave her "those looks"?  She soon found herself raped.  Not only that but her brother died in a mine shaft. She now was on her own. Survival was the name of the game. The winters were hard and vicious, the mining town, or outpost as they were called, didn't hold anything good for her.  The beautiful, young naive woman was a thing of the past. She now was a gold miner, seeking revenge against the wrongs dealt her.  The town and its' gold miners were soon to know a new Sary. A Sary who became an outlaw.  What happened to Sary's gold mining?  Did she perhaps hit that once in a lifetime strike?  Was there anyone, just one person, who would help Sary and just possibly become an attraction for romance?  She does love a man, but will that man stand up alongside her and exact the revenge that is due? 

The author gives us a young woman, who had promise, even back when women were to be seen and not heard.  But life stepped in as it always does and situations changed her.   You feel such emotion for Sary at first.   You want her flesh and blood brother to take good care of her but he had ideas of his own.  You want just someone to take her under their wing and help her.  But the author gave us a woman, when under hard, cruel circumstances, stood up, took control and wasn't going for the "woman is seen and not heard".  Perhaps the author was giving us a look into the future, where women were heard along with being seen.  I loved that the author included many pictures to go along with the story.  It gave a real look into the time and what Sary was facing.  You are taken back to the time and place where the gold rush was on and people were wild with the fever of striking it rich.   You could picture Sary alongside a river panning for gold.  You hope she strikes it rich so she can get herself out of the horrible place.  The author keeps you in suspense at times wondering what will happen to Sary next.  The author makes you wonder why Sary stayed with her mean brother.  But as you read you realize that it's similar to today.  Abuse has a way of enslaving you.  But when Sary finally had had enough, she went out in a fury.   The story went along at a steady pace but not so fast that you couldn't take it all in.   The development of Sary was amazing.  I loved that she didn't stay the quiet, reserved woman she started out as.   She stood up, tall and filled with revenge.   So if you like reads that are western filled, suspenseful at times, has a heroine who deserves praise for what she stood for, then this book will give you that.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

May 21, 2017

RETURN TO HUCKLEBERRY HILL


 Return to Huckleberry Hill (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill) by [Beckstrand, Jennifer]














 RETURN TO HUCKLEBERRY HILL
The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill
Book 7

by
Jennifer Beckstrand


  • Number: B01LJKQGDO
  • Release: May 30, 2017
  • Author: Jennifer Beckstrand
  • Availability: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary, * Rom: Inspirational, Amish
  • Publisher: Zebra Books
When it comes to matchmaking, Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin’s unstoppable octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never seem to run out of opportunities—or grandchildren... Reuben Helmuth is plenty bitter. John King, his best friend—or so he thought—is engaged to the girl Reuben loved. Humiliated, Reuben flees from Ohio to his grandparents’ home on Huckleberry Hill, where he knows he’ll find comfort. He’s enjoying wallowing in his misery—until John’s sister, Fern, shows up. She won’t stop pestering Reuben about forgiveness—or trying to help him find love again. Yet Fern's efforts only reawaken Reuben’s long-buried feelings—for her… With her brother too ashamed to face Reuben, it’s fallen to Fern to help mend fences. But as she and the Helmuths do all they can—even organizing a knitting club event filled with eligible girls—it may take one more challenge to inspire Reuben to forget his heartache, recognize his own blunders, and embrace the true love that’s right in front of him… (from Night Owl Reviews)

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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I grew up with a steady diet of William Shakespeare and Jane Austen. After all that literary immersion, I naturally decided to get a degree in mathematics, which came in handy when one of my six children needed help with homework. After my fourth daughter was born, I started writing. By juggling diaper changes, soccer games, music lessons, laundry, and two more children, I finished my first manuscript—a Western—in just under fourteen years.

I have always been fascinated by the Amish way of life and now write Inspirational Amish Romance. I am drawn to the strong faith of the Plain people and admire the importance they put on enduring family ties. I have visited and studied Amish communities in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin where I met with a bishop and a minister as well as several Amish mamms, dats, and children. It has always impressed me at what salt-of-the-earth people they are. My interactions with these kind people have been some of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have a dear Amish friend with whom I correspond in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She helps me keep my facts straight and gives me inspiration for my stories.

My goal is to write uplifting, inspiring stories with happy endings and hopeful messages. If my books make readers want to give themselves a big hug or jump up and down for joy, I’ve done my job. I am a member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers and am represented by Mary Sue Seymour of The Seymour Agency.

There are three Amish romances in the Forever After in Apple Lake Series (Summerside/Guideposts). Kate’s Song, Rebecca’s Rose, and Miriam’s Quilt are all now available.

I have six Amish Romances in the works with Kensington Books. The first and second books, Huckleberry Hill and Huckleberry Summer, are now available in stores and online. The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill is set in northern Wisconsin Amish country.

The series, The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill, is about an elderly Amish couple who try to find suitable mates for their grandchildren. What could be more fun than throwing two young people together to see if sparks ignite? No one would ever suspect two octogenarian Amish folks of mischief.

Romantic Times gave Huckleberry Hill 4 1/2 stars and chose Huckleberry Summer as a TOP PICK.

I have four daughters, two sons, three sons-in-law, and two adorable grandsons. I live in the foothills of the Wasatch Front with my husband and one son still left at home.



 MY THOUGHTS
 Grandchildren and more to be were on the list of Anna and Felty Helmuth's matchmaking list.

John King has become engaged to a lovely girl.  But the problem is someone else loves her too. Reuben Helmuth and Reuben is mad.  So upset he goes back to his grandparents in Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin.   He is relishing the attention he is getting at Huckleberry Hill.   But Fern shows up.  Fern is John's  sister and she is trying to get Reuben to forgive and move on.    To look for a new love.    This works, but not quite Fern was hoping.  Reubin has had feelings for Fern.  Fern does everything along with Reuben's grandparents to find Reubin someone to love and make a life with.     Nothing is working.   Reuben is so caught up in his own upsets that he can't see what is in front of him.   Love is there,  he just  needs to reach out and embrace.   The author gives characters, that even though they are Amish, they have the same feelings, thoughts, disappointments, mistakes, everything like other people.     The author shows that you may lose someone you think you love or do love, but there are others out there.   Sometimes they have been right there, having feelings for you but backing away because you love someone else.   Sometimes we have to take off our blinders and think, look around and we may find what was there all along.  The author shows the characters to be real and people you can relate to, feel for and want the best for.   The story moved steadily with great descriptions.  The story was sweet, clean and at time rather humorous.   It made for a good relaxation read to take away the stress of the day.  This is the seventh book in an eight book series about the Huckleberry Hill.   They can be read alone or in order.   You won't want to miss the fun, the humor, the characters and the romance in Huckleberry Hill, Wisconson.   If you like Amish reads or not, you'll find this book a good read. Try it.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Night Owl Reviews and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4.5 STARS.


 

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Title: TELL ON YOU
Author: Freda Hansburg
Publisher: Micro Publishing Media
Pages: 248
Genre: Thriller
Tell on You is a psychological suspense novel that best fits within the Gone Girl-inspired niche genre of “grip lit.”   Jeremy Barrett’s obsessive love equals that of Jay Gatsby for Daisy Buchanan, as life imitates art in his private school English class. But his angst-driven infatuation brings dire consequences as he is drawn into the machinations of his disturbed 16-year-old student Nikki Jordan, whose bad intentions rival those of her teacher.  A fast-paced, drama-filled tale, Tell on You reminds readers about the wildness and trauma of adolescence—and the self-defeating behaviors to which adults resort in times of stress. From gaslighting to vicious bullying, poisonous family privilege to the loss of a parent—Freda Hansburg draws on her experience as a clinical psychologist to explore the depths of each dark situation in Tell on You.

THE AUTHOR  
Freda Hansburg is a psychologist and co-author of the self help books PEOPLE SMART and WORKING PEOPLE SMART, TELL ON YOU is her debut novel. Freda and her husband lives in the South Carolina Lowcountry, where she is working on her next novel and her Pickleball game. 

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"...he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself, perhaps...if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was."
      -F. Scott Fitzgerald, THE GREAT GATSBY 

MY THOUGHTS
When does the downfall begin?   When you cross that line that is forbidden.    That is exactly what Jeremy Barrett did.   He was in need of something new, something different, something exciting.  He had baggage, a baby on the way, family that drove him crazy and he had no future, as he saw it.   A 33 year old teacher and on the prowl.   He has a student, Nikki Jordan who he feels is beautiful. He feels good when around her.  Is this the place where the forbidden line is crossed? She encourages him to follow his dreams, take chances and to write poetry. She's a 16 year old disaster waiting to happen, to him!  She is going to be far more than the mundane life he feels he's been living.  Soon he will welcome that old life, but right now he's in for the nightmare he can't wake up from.  This is one of those "fatal attractions".
The suspense will have you on a roller coaster ride as you turn the pages.  The author introduces you, or re-introduces you to the dark crevices of a person's mind.  We all have them, you know. Sometimes we can't control ourselves.  We think the grass is greener on the other side of that forbidden line.  Is it ever?  Some just keep them in the dark, others step over that line and the crevices become holes.
You may find you feel for the characters, especially Jeremy and then you have to take into consideration, he's the adult, she's the child.  Who should have control?   But life sometimes intervenes in ways we don't want, understand or need, but it happens.  As the author takes us into the deep, darkness of the mind, where will the reader end up?  Will Jeremy come to his senses?  Will danger raise it's ugly head?  What happens between this unlikely couple, the teacher and the student?  Boundaries have been crossed and there must be consequences.  What will they be?

I was given a copy of this book from the author and PUYB and voluntarily decided to review it.

 I would give this book  4 STARS.


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May 17, 2017

THE FARMERS' MARKET MISHAP

WANDA E. BRUNSTETTER
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THE FARMERS' MARKET MISHAP
a sequel to THE LOPSIDED CHRISTMAS CAKE
Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister, Thelma, recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma's time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love. 
Though a mishap at the farmers' market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill- 50 miles away! The store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp.
Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart? 
THE AUTHORS
New York Times bestselling author, Wanda E. Brunstetter and her husband live in Washington State but take every opportunity to visit friends in Amish settlements throughout the States.
Jean Brunstetter enjoys writing about her Amish friends' simple way of life, and takes every opportunity to visit Amish communities. 
MY THOUGHTS
This is a lighthearted romance that is set in Indiana's Amish Country.  Two twin sisters are being pulled apart by life.   That happens.  As they struggle to stay close, many things begin to happen that are slowly putting some distance between them.  As Thelma moves on with her life with a husband and a baby on the way, Elma is alone.  Sure she dates some but no one seems to be right for her until...   She is at the Farmer's Market when a little mishap is the start of a possible romance.   A basket of fruit being toppled over started it all.
Thelma lives right across the street with her husband and she is expecting a baby soon.   She had always lived with her twin, Elma after their parents moved away. They run a General Store and Elma is overwhelmed with everything there is to do.   The house needs many repairs, she has animals and gardening to attend to.  Then she has t he store and right now Thelma can't help much with her pregnancy being far along.   Thelma wants the happiness she has for her sister, but it doesn't seem to be working out that way.   That is, until, the mishap at the Farmers' Market.   Then Ben Wagler starts to become a part of Elma's life.   There is an attraction between the two but there is a problem. They live 50 miles apart.
I began to think I knew Elma and Thelma very well.   Elma tugged at my heart strings.  You wanted Elma to find true happiness with a man who would love and cherish her.  You not only get to be a part of Elma's life but a part of Ben's too.   He is torn. one minute he feels that Elma is in love with him as much as he is with her. Then the next, she is avoiding him. Why?    It is such a clean, sweet read with characters you can grow to love as you turn the pages. 
I did feel that Thelma and Ben's mother were interested in how they would feel if Elma and Ben were to marry and perhaps move away from them.   They cared about themselves a little more than Elma.  
I always find when I read an Amish book, my stresses and worries of the day seem to lighten.   You get to escape to a different world when you enter the Amish life.  The authors give the readers, friendships, romance, courting, family and how true love prevails.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I would give this book 5 STARS. 
 

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Pages: 190
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On the untimely demise of her parents, Miss Cassandra Whitney endures abject poverty raising her siblings. She faces further torment as her landlord, the odious Baron Scudder, threatens her with eviction if she refuses to assent to his offer of marriage to her younger sister Belle.  As Cassandra fights to save her family, she inherits a title, an estate and a ruin of a castle.
News of Cassandra’s inheritance travels fast, reaching the highest circles in the ton. The Dowager Duchess of Taunton immediately sees her as a worthy match for her son Maximillian the 6th Duke of Taunton a renowned rake hell. The dowager also plans to take control over the castle which would be a prestigious venue for her many balls and hunting weekends. However, neither Cassandra nor Maximillian have any desire to wed. The Duke is more than inclined to enjoy his various mistresses without the entanglement of matrimony, besides his time is mainly caught up with horses, gaming and his club. What with her siblings, the estate and a ruin of a castle to renovate Cassandra could not possibly entertain the idea of courtship.
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On seeing Cassandra, Max is suitably impressed with her wit and ironic humour. Already tiring of one of his mistresses, she would be a welcome replacement. Although charmed with his handsome looks and seductive overtures, Cassandra puts him firmly in his place.
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 This is written for those over the age of 18. It has some hot, steamy sex scenes.  It was originally titled, THE COUNTESS REFUSES.   This book THE DUKE NEEDS A WIFE is the basic same plot and characters but has new scenes, edited and rewritten.  When Cassandra's parents dies, she is in charge of raising her sibs with very little money.  She faces eviction if she doesn't consent to let her younger sister, Belle marry the landlord.   Cassandra fights with everything she has and then she becomes the owner of an estate and a castle that is in ruins..  Once the word got around that Cassandra had inherited these properties, matchmaking starts to take place.  The Dowager Duchess has the castle in her vision so she is pushing her son Maximillian the 6th, Duke of Taunton on Cassandra.   It is well known  for his antics.  But the Duchess' plans aren't working out too well.   Maximillian and Cassandra have no plan to be wed.  The Duke has other things on his mind.  He has several mistresses, likes to spend time with his gambling, horses and his club.  Cassandra has too much on her plate already with the castle in need of repair, her sibs to raise and the estate. She doesn't have time for matrimony.   But the conniving dowager has other plans.   The Duke begins to take interest in Cassandra and Cassandra starts to notice his seductive handsome appearance.   But can Cassandra stay away from the Duke and can she keep the dowager at lengths?I found myself getting rather bored.  It seemed like the characters had very little substance. I felt they needed more development.  The plot seemed way too fast.   Things were moving from one thing to another and I couldn't get my grip on any one thing before the story was off and running in another direction. I wanted to reach out and slap the dowager.  She was mean, self centered and greedy.   There's no way I could like her.   Cassandra appeared to be rather unsure of herself. True she had a lot on her plate, but why would she even take note of the Duke?  He was a rake.  How could he possibly be a true companion, lover or more to Cassandra.   It seemed to me she needed a strong, man with good intentions. The story was there but the characters lacked so much development.  I wanted to hear what they had to say not just the telling of what happened.  I plan to read the book again later, thinking maybe I'm missing a lot here. I couldn't get a good picture of the characters in my mind and when I read a book, I need to visualize the characters. 

I received a copy of this book from the author and PUMP UP YOUR BOOK and voluntarily decided to review it. I would give this book 3 STARS.

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May 16, 2017

LAST CHANCE COWBOYS

Last Chance Cowboys: The OutlawDO TO BE RELEASED JULY 4, 2017

LAST CHANCE COWBOYS
THE OUTLAW
Where The Trail Ends
Book Three
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Anna Schmidt

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  • Number: B01N1IALEM
  • Release: July 4, 2017
  • Author: Anna Schmidt
  • Availability: E-Book
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Rom: Historical, Western
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

"'Someone like me?' Is that how you see me, Amanda? As someone people should fear?" "I don't know what to think," she said. "One minute you seem so dangerous, and the next you're sweet and caring and..." He took a step closer, his eyes sweeping her face. "And which do you want me to be?" His voice was low; it sent shivers down her spine. "Both," she whispered, and lifted her face for a kiss. Amanda Porterfield longs to experience real adventure. So when she's offered a position in bustling Tucson, she leaps at the chance despite unknown dangers—dangers like the mysterious Seth Grover. As an undercover detective working to stop a gang of outlaws, Seth can't afford the distractions a woman like Amanda inspires. Yet when the fiercely intelligent beauty is thrust into the middle of a heist gone wrong, Seth will fight for a future that may never be theirs...even if it means risking everything he holds dear. (from Night Owl Reviews)

 THE AUTHOR
 Anna Schmidt is the award-winning author of over twenty works of historical and contemporary fiction. A reviewer from Romantic Times notes that “Schmidt is not timid about presenting her characters with their faults laid bare for the reader to see.”
Anna's series set in WWII Germany with an American Quaker protagonist has been praised by Publisher's Weekly! Her trilogy of contemporary novels about Mennonites living in the community of Pinecraft just outside Anna’s winter home of Sarasota, Florida is now available in single title and as a three-book volume. She is currently working on a four-book Western romance series.
Anna is a three-time finalist for the coveted RITA award from Romance Writers of America and has finals and won the Reader's Choice award from Romantic Times magazine. Critics have called Anna "a wonderful storyteller"!



MY THOUGHTS
COWBOYS: Don't they make your heart skip a beat.?   And the danger of an outlaw?  The mix is exciting.  The author gives you characters that you feel you could know and you grow to like them as you turn the pages.  Sure they have their baggage, but doesn't everyone?   

Amanda feels it's time to explore, go after what she wants in life, do and experience different things.  So she is moving to Tuscon to be a governess .  She is being called and pulled toward adventure with a vengeance.  They we are given one of the boarders, intriguing and she is drawn to him, but there's a little problem, he may be on the wrong side of the law.  Now Seth and Amanda have quite a bit in common, they are both strong willed, stubborn but you can't help but love them.   They care about others and try to do the right thing.  They were just like real people.  They lived with a passion, when they were together, they sometimes irritated each other but I felt they fit together well.   Seth is trying to prevent a bank robbery by hunting down the outlaws.  He is in with them, pretending to be one of them.   Why is all of this connected to his family and the family Amanda is working for?  Then, of course, we have a little romance, just a little steamy to grab hold of your senses and emotions and keeps you hanging on till the end.  When the end comes, you want more and to me that is the sign of a good book.   The pace is steady with characters you want to get to know.   The descriptions put the characters and the scenes right in your mind.   There's nothing like cowboys, they make your heart go flitter, flutter.



I received a copy of the book from Night Owl Reviews and the author, Anna Schmidt and voluntarily decided to review it.

I would give this book 4 STARS.