Month: February 2016

Book Review: “For Dead Men Only” by Paula Paul

Book Review: “For Dead Men Only” by Paula Paul

Thanks to Random House – Alibi and NetGalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited when I was offered this book because I love this series. Dr. Alexandra Gladstone and her assistant Nancy are just delightful. In this installment, members of the Freemasons are dying but there are no wounds on their bodies. Constable Snow, the local law enforcement, thinks the deaths are suicides but Dr. Gladstone thinks a murderer is on the loose. Unfortunately, because this is the late 1800’s and Alexandra is female she is legally prohibited from performing autopsies, though she is as qualified as any other doctor. After the first man is found dead, Constable Snow suddenly disappears. Then a second man dies and a third. Dr. Gladstone takes a chance and examines one of the bodies without permission but this just stirs up a mob of villagers who want to kill her. As if that’s not enough, Dr. Gladstone and Nancy are each attacked on the road and Alexandra breaks a leg after falling into a ravine. Will Alexandra survive the night? Will they be able to track down the murderer? Will Constable Snow ever reappear?

This is definitely a compelling read with lots of mystery and thrills thrown in. Paula Paul had created a wonderful group of characters. I especially enjoyed the increased role that Artie and Rob, Dr. Gladstone’s orphaned stable hands, had in this story. They are precocious but fiercely loyal to the women. The storyline is attention getting and well crafted. The author is obviously well acquainted with the time period about which she is writing. I can’t wait for more from this series.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: TWO THUMBS-UP for another great read. Mystery lovers should really enjoy this one.

Happy Reading!

This book is scheduled for release on April 12, 2016. To pre-order click here: For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery

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Book Review: “An Angel Healed” by Annalisa Russo

Book Review: “An Angel Healed” by Annalisa Russo

Raphael Cavelli has been running away from heartbreak for 7 years. When he finally returns home to his family in Chicago, he’s in the throes of malaria. With the help of his sisters, he’s finally on the road to recovery when the girl who broke his heart suddenly reappears. He knows her immediately and all the intensity of his love for her returns. But she doesn’t remember every having met him before. Hope was left homeless and without family at the age of 16. She spent six months living in a shelter that is supported by the Cavelli family, than she just left. Rafe had been doing odd jobs at the place during the time she was there but never introduced himself. Now he is determined to win her over and make her his wife. But first, he will have to clear her of a murder charge. Can Rafe and Hope overcome the obstacles and finally make a family together?

This book is the second in a series but also stands on its own. The characters of Rafe and Hope were so likable right from the beginning and just kept growing on me as I read. The Cavelli family is a wonderful support system for these two as their relationship progresses. The story is engaging from the start and you can’t help but root for these two.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP for a great love story with a little mystery thrown in. A worthy read!

Happy Reading!

To purchase click here: http://astore.amazon.com/alinefromab00-20/detail/1628304936

Book Review: “The Girl from Home” by Adam Mitzner

Book Review: “The Girl from Home” by Adam Mitzner

Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery Books for providing an advanced review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Jonathan’s world is falling apart. He’s being investigated by the SEC, he’s lost his job, his home, his wife and all his money has been seized. Having nowhere else to go he retreats to his childhood home where he attends his 20th high school reunion. At the reunion he passes the time with Jackie, the homecoming queen. During high school he admired her from afar but didn’t even know he existed. Now she’s in an abusive marriage and finds Jonathan irresistible. In the following days, they meet up secretly as Jonathan deals with his father’s death and Jackie desperately searches for a way out of her situation. When Jackie’s husband is killed by a hit-and-run driver outside his workplace, will Jackie and Jonathan finally be able to be together? For the answer, I highly recommend you read the book. This story is full of angles and delves into the limits of love, loyalty and devotion.

“The Girl from Home” is a great story. I couldn’t read it fast enough, because I was dying to know how it was all going to work out. This one definitely had me on the edge of my seat.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP for a great story with strong, captivating characters. Definitely worth reading.

Happy Reading!

This book is scheduled for release on April 5, 2016. You can pre-order here: http://astore.amazon.com/alinefromab00-20/detail/147676428X

Book Review: “Don’t You Cry” by Mary Kubica

Book Review: “Don’t You Cry” by Mary Kubica

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Relationships are complicated on the best of days. Quinn is not having the best of days, and her relationships have just gotten very complicated. Everything she thought was true about her roommate is suddenly called into question when she disappears into the night without warning. Alex’s life is stuck in a rut until he goes to work and Pearl walks into his life. He is instantly captivated by the beautiful girl and takes to following her around town. But Pearl is full of secrets and they’re dangerous secrets.

This story alternates between Quinn’s story and Alex’s. Quinn is desperate to know what has happened to Esther and will stop at nothing to find out. Alex irresistibly draw to Pearl but worries she will be gone as mysteriously as she appeared. And what does all this have to do with a 5-year old who died before Alex was even born? You can sense there is some kind of a connection between Alex and Quinn’s stories but you will have to read to the very end before the answers become clear. This mystery/thriller will keep you guessing and wondering from beginning to end.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP for great characterization, lots of twists and secrets to keep the reader guessing, and an approachable writing style. The author gives you what you need to enjoy the story without weighing you down.

Age recommendation: The main characters are in their 20’s so this story may be appealing to teenagers but also good for mystery lovers of all ages.

Happy Reading!

To purchase click here: http://astore.amazon.com/alinefromab00-20/detail/0778319059 This book is scheduled to release on May 17, 2016 but can be pre-ordered now.

Book Review: “Marriage: Convenient or Covenant” by Stephen Matthews

Book Review: “Marriage: Convenient or Covenant” by Stephen Matthews

We all go into our marriages with the idea that it will last till death do us part but statistics show over and over again that this is not always the case. Even in Christian marriages the chance of avoiding divorce is only about 50%. In this book Stephen Matthews lays out the foundational truths about marriage from a biblical perspective. He uses scripture liberally to enforce his points. He also goes into detail about the shift in thinking that must occur when two people come together to form a lifetime union. I found this book to be full of good insights into what it takes to make a biblical marriage work. This book would definitely be useful for couples who are considering marriage but also for people who have been married for a while. It’s easy to forget, after many years of marriage, why you came together in the first place. Reading this book can serve as a good “refresher” course for any married couple.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP and appropriate for teens and adults.

Happy Reading!

To purchase click here: Marriage: Convenient or Covenant

Book Review: “No One Knows” by J. T. Ellison

Book Review: “No One Knows” by J. T. Ellison

Thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Books for the Advanced Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

A real twister of a story! Aubrey is still grieving her husband, Josh, who disappeared five years ago. They had been best friends since elementary school, in spite of the fact that Daisy, her mother-in-law, had always hated her. Daisy has petitioned the courts to have her son declared dead so she can launch a case to claim his life insurance money. On the fifth anniversary of his disappearance Aubrey receives the notice of the court ruling him dead. Later that day she meets Chase, who unexplainably reminds her of Josh. The story of what really happened unfolds through flashbacks and conversations. And be prepared for lots of twists and turns.

This story reels you in right away and keeps you hooked till the last page. I instantly felt for Aubrey and the sadness of her situation. J. T. Ellison has crafted a thoroughly engaging mystery in this story. I loved it.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP for a great mystery that keeps you guessing. This book is appropriate for older teens and adults. It does touch lightly on issues of child abuse and has some mild sexual content.

Expected publication date: March 22, 2016

Happy Reading!

To purchase click here: http://astore.amazon.com/alinefromab00-20/detail/1501118471

Book Quote 2/13/2016

“How do you like my hat?” from Go, Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman

So you may be asking why this quote? If your not, then you can stop reading right now. Here’s the story. I’m surfing around on my computer and thinking that I need to go out this afternoon and see a friend. Well, it’s darn cold today where I am so I’m thinking I need to put on my “darn cold” hat. You know, the one with all the colors and the earflaps and the tassel sticking out the top. So then, my mind pictures greeting my friend and saying “How do you like my hat?”. Whereupon, I realize that there’s a book attached to that quote. After a little mental searching I remember Go, Dog, Go and the boy and girl dogs who periodically throughout the book ask each other that question. What’s the significance of this little mental rabbit trail? Nothing really, except this was one of my favorite books as a child and I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the books that taught me to love reading.

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: “Better Value Investing” by Andrew Hunt

Book Review: “Better Value Investing” by Andrew Hunt

This is a great book for a value investor who is looking to refine their strategy. Mr. Hunt has done a great job of taking the investing process and breaking it down into easy to read explanations. This book does assume that the reader is acquainted with basic investing terminology and how the stock market works. The book begins by explaining what value investing is and the mindset of value investors. He then goes on to talk about how to analyze a stock as a potential investment and concludes with how to implement a value investing strategy with your own portfolio. I found this book to be easy-to-read and full of good information for improving your investment skills. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in investing.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: THUMBS-UP!

Happy Reading!

To purchase click here: http://astore.amazon.com/alinefromab00-20/detail/0857194747

Book Review: “The Madness of Mercury” by Connie di Marco

Book Review: “The Madness of Mercury” by Connie di Marco

Thanks to NetGalley and Midnight Ink for sending me an ARC of this book. This book is available June 8, 2016 but can be preordered now.

The stars are perfectly aligned for this cozy mystery! “The Madness of Mercury” is the first in a new series by Connie di Marco. Julia Bonatti is an astrologer in San Francisco just going about her business, when suddenly she is the object of hatred for a local cult group.

Dorothy is one of Julia’s clients and her elderly aunt Evandra has requested a consultation. Dorothy cares for both her elderly aunts, Evandra and Eunice, in their historic home, the Gamble house. Evandra informs Julia the she thinks Dorothy is trying to kill her. Meanwhile, their nurse, Gudrun, is a leader of the cult group and is working to recruit Eunice to the group and get her to sign over all of her estate to them. In another part of town, the cult group is staging a protest in the street in front of Julia’s home and the store, Mystic Eye, where Julia sometimes sees clients. Julia blames a Mercury transit for all these strange occurrences. But when Eunice is kidnapped by the cult, Julia is on a one man mission to rescue her.

When I started this book I had no idea how astrology could be woven into a mystery in an engaging way. That just goes to show how little I know about astrology, but my interest has been piqued now. This book was exciting and engaging from the opening paragraph to the action filled end. Bottom line: I loved this story and can’t wait to see more in this series.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation: TWO THUMBS-UP! This is a great new entry in the cozy mystery arena. Content is appropriate for adults and teens.

Happy Reading!

To purchase click here: http://astore.amazon.com/alinefromab00-20/detail/0738749125

Book Review: “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond

Book Review: “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond

A powerful statement on an American tragedy! The difficulties that low-income renters face because of the ease of evictions is heartbreaking. In this book, Matthew Desmond uses the real life stories of low-income renters in the city of Milwaukee to shine a spotlight on the problems caused by eviction. Mr. Desmond actually lived as a low-income renter so that he could study the issue of evictions up close. I had always assumed that evictions were reserved for criminals and drug addicts, but my eyes were opened while reading this book. This book is full of stories and facts, and the author has done a fabulous job of weaving the facts into the stories so the book reads more like a novel than a work of non-fiction. This is a social issue that needs to part of our national conversation.

Alinefromabook’s recommendation is TWO THUMBS-UP. This book is appropriate for teens and up.

Happy Reading!

To purchase click here: http://astore.amazon.com/alinefromab00-20/detail/0553447432