Book Review – The Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard

The Keepers by Joy Lynn Goddard

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beth has a lot on her hands, running a vineyard and winery with her grandfather. Not only is she trying to keep the family business afloat, but her teenage son seems to find himself in trouble more often than not. And when a nearby business owner suddenly offers to buy her farm, Beth is more determined to make the business work. She’s not going anywhere. Besides, she’s rented out the guest house to a famous author for six months, and they could use the extra income. What Beth didn’t expect was to fall in love. But will a murder on the property ruin her chance for happiness?

This is the second book by Joy Lynn Goddard that I have read and it did not disappoint. The story has a nice flow and it is well written. There are a number of characters in this novel, each with a distinct personality and the author does a great job describing each one. There are also a few surprising twists which make the story even more interesting.

I am quickly becoming a Joy Lynn Goddard fan and recommend this novel.

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Book Review – Miracles Not Included by C.A. King

Miracles Not Included by C.A. King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars

Miracles are everywhere; we just need to look around to find them. A chance encounter brings the main characters Chris and Jason together. Their love for each other is strong, but when tragedy strikes, will Chris be able to make it on her own?

Miracles Not Included is a sweet story about love, loss, and finding the strength to go on. This love story is a fast-paced, page turner with wonderful characters. I do wish this book was a bit longer as I found it a difficult to get emotionally invested in the characters despite the touching nature of the story.

This is the first book I’ve read by C.A. King, and I look forward to reading more of her works.

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Book Review – Death on Tyneside by Eileen Thornton

Death on Tyneside by Eileen Thornton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Agnes Lockwood returns to the Millenium Hotel in Tyneside, her childhood home, after visiting her sons in Australia. While she was supposed to stay in Australia a few weeks longer she cuts her trip short. Tyneside has a hold on her and besides, she misses Alan. It was only a few short months ago, that she helped Alan, the detective chief inspector, solve a murder, a string of robberies, and was almost killed in the process. But on her first day back in town, Agnes makes a gruesome discovery while visiting the city park. She’s stumbled across a body, and it looks like Agnes once again finds herself in the middle of a crime scene.

I quite enjoyed this 2nd book of the Agnes Lockwood Mysteries by Eileen Thornton. The mystery was interesting and the twist near the end definitely caught me by surprise. I found both Agnes and Alan endearing. The author did a great job showing the chemistry between them as well as the duplicitous nature of the villains.

If you like straightforward mysteries with unsuspecting twists, you’ll enjoy Death on Tyneside

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Book Review – When the Rain Stops by John Callas

When The Rain Stops by John Callas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Growing up in the ghetto is tough. And when John’s mother sends him off to military school, he is left feeling like he isn’t wanted anymore and so begins his journey into depression.

When the Rain Stops by John Callas is thought provoking, emotional, compelling and despite its serious nature, has a smattering of humour. The author interjects some insight as he tells his real-life story about his early years, the bullying he suffered, the injustices he witnessed, and his attempted suicide.

I noticed while reading this story that there were people who reached out to John, and showed him they cared in every step of his journey. I felt like they were true guardian angels for him, and while John couldn’t see it at first, there was always someone on his side, wanting to help. Thankfully, he came to this realization. He met people who showed him a different way of thinking, and he took that positive energy and turned his life around for the better.

This truly is an uplifting story and I believe this perspective may help someone who is struggling.

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Book Review – Running Behind Time by Jan Turk Petrie

Running Behind Time by Jan Turk Petrie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Running Behind Time

When Tom hops on a train for London in July 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, he never thought in his wildest dreams that the train would transport him to 1982. Believing the only way back to the 21st century is to travel on the same train for home, he catches the train hours later for the return trip. On board, he encounters Beth. A young woman on her way to visit her aunt. But when the train goes dark and she touches his arm, Beth inadvertently travels with Tom back to 2020. And getting her to believe the world is a different place than the one she left behind, is going to take some time.

This time-slip story by Jan Turk Petrie is a fun read. I found it well written and the storyline held my interest. There are some surprises along the way that I didn’t see coming. But one of the biggest surprises was the abrupt ending. It felt like there should be more, and it would be a lie to say I wasn’t a bit disappointed. I’m hoping there’s a second book in the works. If there is, perhaps the author should consider adding book 1 so readers understand the story continues.

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Book Review – The Belgravia Sanction by Gordon Bickerstaff

The Belgravia Sanction by Gordon Bickerstaff

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Retired operative, Zoe Tamblin, is back on the case when she learns her protégé has gone missing. Back with the Lambeth Group, Zoe and her team discover there’s a lot more to the story they’ve been told.

This is the first book I’ve read from Gordon Bickerstaff, but it won’t be the last. The Belgravia Sanction is the 8th book of the Lambeth Group Thrillers but is easily read as a standalone.

I was hooked on this story from the first line of this action-packed book. There was a lot to like about this novel from the great writing to the kick-ass team of powerful women. These ladies don’t take crap from anyone. Great world building made this story come to life, and it was easy to imagine.

If you like spy thrillers, action, and espionage, check-out The Belgravia Sanction. It will not disappoint.

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Book Review – The Zoolinguist by S. A. Adams

The Zoolinguist by S.A. Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Zoolinguist is the first book I’ve read by author S. A. Adams, and I’m quite sure it won’t be the last. By the way this book ended, it looks like there will be another starring the protagonist, Mario Manzetti. I could be wrong, but I hope not.

Mario is an interesting character with a talent for speaking to animals. Growing up poor, he makes a promise to his mother (who abandons him in a refuge for boys) to get an education and never be poor. Unfortunately, Mario ends up in a state penitentiary and he must escape before certain agents find him.

I liked Mario, and I liked the way this story is told. It starts out with Mario in the state penitentiary and after friending another inmate, he recounts his life story all while planning his escape.

This is an entertaining read with some quirky and laugh out loud parts. It has a unique plot with well-developed characters. There are even some interesting animal characters, which makes this story fun. It is well-written, with some small typos here and there, but they won’t take a reader out of the story. The quit wit and pacing make this a page-turner for sure.

If you are looking for something different, The Zoolinguist fits the bill from beginning to end.

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The Phantom of Faerie Mountain by E. M. McIntyre

The Phantom of Faerie Mountain by E.M. McIntyre

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Abby, her older sister, and their father have moved to Scotland from the US. And while Abby is not pleased with their relocation, she will soon embark on an amazing adventure. Transported back in time by a strange, glowing dog, Abby is tasked to unravel the mystery behind an old prophecy. Can she figure it out in time and will she ever return home?

This first book of The Red King trilogy by author E. M. McIntyre is a perfect blend of mystery, fantasy and time travel all in one wonderful tale. The story is engaging with interesting characters. It is well-written and has great imagery. The Phantom of Faerie Mountain will captivate both young and older readers who enjoy a fast-paced YA story with amazing world building.

I look forward to reading the second book of the trilogy.

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Book Review – River Bones by Mary Deal

River Bones by Mary Deal

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Despite a psychopathic serial killer roaming around, Sara Mason has returned to her hometown. She’s purchased Talbot House, an old Victorian mansion, which she plans to restore. With more money in the bank than she ever had growing up, Sara wants to reconnect with the people she once knew and help out her community. But living in Talbot House is more than she bargained for.

River Bones is the first book of the Sara Mason Mysteries by Mary Deal. I was intrigued by the story from the outset and it kept me turning the pages. With a multitude of interesting characters, I wasn’t quite sure who the guilty person was. While I had my suspicions, it wasn’t clear until it was finally revealed. Though this book is primarily a mystery/thriller, there’s also a nice little romance that had me rooting for the couple. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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Book Review – When the Time Feels Right by Sarah Lithgow

When the Time Feels Right by Sarah Lithgow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Twenty-four-year-old Katie has loved Jack, her brother Matt’s best friend, since she was fourteen. But Matt’s strict rules that his sister is off limits and Katie’s awkwardness around Jack, has ensured her feelings are never revealed to either of them. Besides, Jack has plenty of girlfriends to keep him occupied. It’s time for Katie to finally move on, find herself a boyfriend, and forget all about Jack. But can she?

When the Time Feels Right is Author Sarah Lithgow’s debut novel, and I have to say, it’s a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It’s sweet, and funny, and even has a couple of not-so-nice characters who seem to want to mess things up. The story is well-written with few grammatical errors or typos. It’s well-paced with believable dialogue. I would have liked a little bit more at the end because I adored the main characters in this story and wanted it to continue.

I recommend this heart-warming and amusing book.

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