Lynette Eason: Fast Favourites (with giveaway) The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz Book recommendations ~ how to spend your Christmas book money! Jaime Jo Wright: The Writer & her Book (with giveaway)

Possibilities by Debra White Smith

3 stars

Debra White Smith continues her series of contemporary retellings of Jane Austen novels with a fresh look at Persuasion. Possibilities tells the story of wealthy Allie who regrets her decision of a decade past to reject the proposal of the family’s yardman Frederick Wently on the basis of social prejudice.
Frederick reenters Allie’s life after sacrificial service in the war in Afghanistan as a pilot. Allie’s family fortunes have waned due to the indulgent lifestyle sought by her father and sisters and Frederick harbours bitterness stemming from Allie’s rejection of him in the past. Both Frederick and

Castles in the Sand by Sally John

5 stars

Sally John has penned another novel with a poignant and challenging message. Kenzie’s father, Drake Starr, is the pastor of an expanding church, her mother, Susan, the epitome of a submissive wife. Kenzie’s announcement of her pregnancy to Adrian Carlucci, despite their unwed state, shatters the Starrs’ world with Drake shunning Kenzie and demanding Susan do likewise.
With the encouragement of some precious friends, Susan embarks on a journey of self discovery risking all she has held dear in an effort to find her true self and reconnect with her unforgiving husband and defiant daughter.
This book …

The Guy I’m Not Dating by Trish Perry

4 stars

Trish Perry has written a delightful, contemporary story about life, love and trying to do it right!
Kara has sworn off dating after her last relationship went south when her boyfriend’s true colours were revealed. Gabe is making a fresh start with a new city and business venture. Their humourous first encounter is filled with embarrassment and attraction and you can’t wait to see where it will lead. Gabe is intrigued by Kara and her dating philosophy. Kara is regretting her philosophy as soon as she claps eyes on Gabe!
A road trip with three wayward teenagers, …

A Seahorse in the Thames by Susan Meissner

5 stars

Susan Meissner has written an intriguing and inspiring story that was impossible to put down. Alexa Poole has spent a good part of her life finding meaning in supporting her older sister, Rebecca who has an aquired brain injury, resulting from a car accident.
The Poole family has been torn apart following the accident, emotionally and physically, dividing the family. When Rebecca goes missing from her residential centre, Alexa’s search for her uncovers more than she ever imagined of past hurts, personal frailty and rediscovered hope. As the mystery of Rebecca’s disappearance unfolds so does Alexa’s budding

Ten Thousand Charms by Allison Pittman

4 stars

Allison Pittman’s debut novel TEN THOUSAND CHARMS tells an old tale but she infuses it with joy, hope and the power of God’s forgiveness.
Penniless and awaiting the birth of her first child, Gloria seeks refuge with an old friend, Jewell, the proprietor of a fancy house in Wyoming Territory. Jewell takes pity on Gloria and allows her to stay in a small cottage, where she brings a son into the world, and befriends Jewell’s girls and hears their own stories of heartache.
Nearby, John William McGregan mourns the loss of his devout wife and despairs about

Seventy Times Se7en by Brandt Dodson

4 stars

Not many authors can strike the balance between a gritty tale of suspense with sensitive and interesting character development. Brandt Dodson has succeeded in both!
Colton Parker has become a private investigator after losing his job with the FBI in controversial circumstances. Recently widowed and attempting, with little success, to reconnect with his troubled teenage daughter, he struggles with his own sense of loss and guilt.
This sequel to Original Sin delves more deeply into the struggles of this flawed and thoroughly likeable man. As he deals with his personal issues, Colton must also solve the mystery