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Review: Unbridled Murder

Title: Unbridled Murder Series: A Carson Stables Mystery #3 Author: Leigh Hearon Release Date: December 26th, 2017 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: After horse trainer and rancher Annie Carson visits a feedlot in eastern Washington, she is determined to save as many horses from slaughter as possible before hightailing it back home--until she discovers the sleazy owner seemingly trampled in his corral. With the fate of the feedlot herd in her hands, Annie must navigate unfamiliar territory while trying to track down a killer and solve an increasingly tangled mystery. But unfortunately for Annie, returning to the Olympic Peninsula alive will be trickier than she ever imagined. My Re

Review: Otherworld

Title: Otherworld Series: Otherworld #1 Author: Jason Segel and Kristen Miller Release Date: October 31st, 2017 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: The company says Otherworld is amazing—like nothing you’ve ever seen before. They say it’s addictive—that you’ll want to stay forever. They promise Otherworld will make all your dreams come true. Simon thought Otherworld was a game. Turns out he knew nothing. Otherworld is the next phase of reality. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted. And it’s about to change humanity forever. Welcome to the Otherworld. No one could have seen it coming. My Review: I have some mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand there are some superb elemen

Review: A Deadly Eclair

Title: A Deadly Éclair Series: A French Bistro Mystery #1 Author: Daryl Wood Gerber Release Date: November 7th, 2017 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: It's always been Mimi Rousseau's dream to open her own bistro, but it seems beyond her grasp since she's been chased back home to Nouvelle Vie in Napa Valley by her late husband's tremendous debt. Until her best friend Jorianne James introduces her to entrepreneur Bryan Baker who invests in promising prospects. Now, working the bistro and inn until she's able to pay it off and call it her own, Mimi is throwing the inn's first wedding ever. The wedding will be the talk of the town, as famous talk show host Angelica Edmonton, daugh

Review: Bitter Past

Title: Bitter Past Series: Ellie Matthews #1 Author: Caroline Fardig Release Date: September 5th, 2017 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Three years ago, criminalist Ellie Matthews was blindsided when a grisly homicide case suddenly became personal. She abandoned the danger and stress of crime scene investigation for a professorship at a posh private college and never looked back. Now, Ellie’s pleasant world is shattered when she finds the dead body of a female student. The campus is in chaos, reporters are circling like vultures, and Ellie is trying her best to distance herself from the situation. Not an easy task when her closest colleague becomes the prime suspect. After th

Army Wife

Title: Army Wife Author: Vicki Cody Release Date: August 16, 2016 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: From the last days of the Vietnam War to the present-day war on terrorism, this story is a moving and poignant tribute to love, marriage, family, and the men and women who serve this nation. In describing her thirty-three-year journey as an Army wife, Cody gives an in-depth look at what it takes to keep a marriage strong, raise a family--oftentimes as a single parent--create a home, and face separations and loneliness amid the uncertainty and stresses that are so much a part of Army life. Over the years, Cody learns to embrace the uniqueness of her circumstances, and she finds joy, s

Review: The House on Foster Hill

Title: The House on Foster Hill Author: Jaime Jo Wright Release Date: December 5, 2017 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide. A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds

Review: First Grave on the Right

Title: First Grave on the Right Author: Darynda Jones Release Date: February 1st, 2011 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it's her job to convince them to "go into the light." But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he

Review: After Midnight

Title: After Midnight Series: The Midnight Series Author: Diane Shute Release Date: September 16th 2014 Rating: 4/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: As far as Alix is concerned, she has no past only today, and her plans for the future: creating a dynamic stable of Thoroughbreds that will take the 1830s British racing world by storm. When forced into assuming the role of Lord Griffon's wife in London, her plans are threatened by disturbing images of a castle from her past that fight to resurface. Alix is determined to find a way to take control of her life and fulfill her dreams. This women's historical fiction novel is the first in the Midnight Series." My Review: I really enjoyed this book.

Review: Long Black Veil

Title: Long Black Veil Author: Jennifer Finney Boylan Release Date: April 11, 2017 Rating: 3/5 Stars Synopsis from Goodreads: Long Black Veil is the story of Judith Carrigan, whose past is dredged up when the body of her college friend Wailer is discovered 20 years after her disappearance in Philadelphia’s notorious and abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary. Judith is the only witness who can testify to the innocence of her friend Casey, who had married Wailer only days before her death. The only problem is that on that fateful night at the prison, Judith was a very different person from the woman she is today. In order to defend her old friend and uncover the truth of Wailer’s death, Jud

Review: The Balance Project

Title: The Balance Project Author: Susie Orman Schnall Release Date: April 28, 2015 Rating: 3.5/5 Stars My Review: Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a light quick read that was both funny and insightful. I found myself getting frustrated with the main character quite a few times though. A few times I even put the book down and walked away for a little while until I was ready to face it. The truth is that the main character has a lot of growing to do and in the end it was gratifying how much she had changed and grown. The book mainly tells the story of two women at different stages in their lives both trying to balance everything in their lives and finding just how difficult that r

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