This was a pleasant surprise and as such, is easily recommended for all readers. The Christian Fiction elements are light with no preaching; the character makes mention of God’s plans or her writing being between her and God and says a few prayers. The romance elements are also light; no instant-love, fade-to-black, or heavy petting. I absolutely loved the mystery and historical fiction elements and feel this made the read unique and fresh. The characters all feel unique and well fleshed out, complete with their little flaws. It’s not easy to write a book in first person but Joanna did a fine job with this one. The reader sees and feels everything the character does through a well-crafted and presented story. I was drawn in from the first chapter, loved the little plot threads weaved throughout the story, and feel you will enjoy it as well. I received an ARC through Revell in exchange for an honest review. This in no way has influenced my opinion or recommendation.
The Ladies’ Man by Susan Mallery& Some Kind of Wonderful by Sarah Morgan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Review by Sarah “I enjoyed The Ladies’ Man enough to finish it but it is a story that is easy to forget once you are done reading it. Parts of the story happened too quickly without there seeming to be any reason for the rush. The rest of it seemed mashed together in order to complete the story in time for publishing. Still, it was good enough to keep reading since I wanted to know how it all ended. Some Kind of Wonderful was much better to read and seemed like there was more thought put into the people and the story. I would rather read another story by Sarah Morgan over Susan Mallery if I had to choose.” We received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I really enjoy books that pull you into the plot from the start and fill in the other bits of the story as you read. The characters were unique and interesting to learn about. I like the various threads that were woven into the book along with the primary plot thread. The suspicion and other-worldly elements added to the feel of the read. There seems to be a bit too much effort into keeping the guessers from predicting anything which makes for a bit of a winding type of read. A few less switches and twisting turns and the book would easily earn another star. There is rarely a moment where there isn’t something going on. Overall this is a good read and certainly something many readers will enjoy. I received an ARC through library thing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.