Blog Tour: Dawn and the Letters by Eliza Noel || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway!

About the Book-

Dawn Chandler is newly settled in Lone Pine, and she can’t wait for the family wedding. When she and her friend Moriah discover an old letter written during the Vietnam War, they hatch a plan for a grand wedding surprise. Forming the “Smokey’s Sleuths” group with their siblings, they intend to track down the letter’s author.

As plans move forward with festivities, Dawn tries to ignore Rochelle, the one girl determined to make her life miserable and ruin her friendships. But Smokey’s Sleuths soon discover that Rochelle is the one person who holds the clue they desperately need.

Will Smokey’s Sleuths be able to track down the letter’s author in time to pull off a wedding surprise, or will Dawn’s struggle to love her enemy keep them from their goal?

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My Review-

This was such a sweet middle grade story! Dawn and the Letters is the second book in Eliza Noel’s Dawn Chandler series, and it was so fun to read more about Dawn’s life! While it was helpful to have had read book 1, Dawn Chandler, it was definitely not necessary, and the story was fun either way.

Similar Reviews: Dawn Chandler (Dawn Chandler #1)

Like the previous book, this book was directed at kids between 8-12 years old, and the writing style and story line reflected such. The story was really sweet and I feel like I would have really enjoyed it when I was younger.

The message of this book was also really good: the primary theme was forgiveness, and it appeared frequently throughout the book. I also really enjoyed the mystery aspect of this book, which gave it a fun twist. It reminded me of books like the Three Cousins Detective Club or the Cul-de-Sac Kids that I read when I was younger.

The characters were really fun to read: the sibling banter was very amusing and I enjoyed it a lot! I also love books set in a small town, so that was perfect in that regard too.

Overall, it was a very cute and fun read that I would definitely recommend to young readers!

My Rating-

5/5 for young readers, 4/5 for me personally

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author-

AuthorEliza Noel is a home school graduate with passion for Jesus, people, and literature. Growing up, her favorite books were always Nancy Drew, Anne of Green Gables, and Pride and Prejudice. Around age twelve she wanted to read something with positive values in a modern setting, but couldn’t find what she was looking for. So she wrote it.

When not doing something book-related (reading, writing, blogging, bookstagramming), Eliza works at her day jobs, spends time with her many younger siblings, longboards, has coffee with friends, eats chocolate, and listens to music. California is home, but she would like to travel more and feels she could learn to be content anywhere.

You can follow her writing journey and see snippets of her everyday life on elizanoelauthor.blogspot.com or by following @elizanoelauthor on social media.

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Giveaway-

To celebrate the release of Dawn and the Letters, Eliza is giving away a signed copy of the book!

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Blog Tour: To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano (The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency #1) || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

About the Book

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Book: To Steal A Heart
Author: Jen Turano
Genre: Comedic Historical Romance
Release Date: November, 2020

After spending her childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. Using her old skills to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella unexpectedly encounters Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend–until he abandoned her.

After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agrees to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.

As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.

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My Review-

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This was a really fun book! I’ve read a ton of Jen Turano’s work previously and I have enjoyed them all a lot. Turano’s characters are always so witty and fun, and it is just always a good time all around. I was really excited to see that there was another series from her coming and to meet the cast of new characters. As usual, it was humorous and bantery and all the characters were a lot of fun: I particularly enjoyed Gabriella’s friendship with the other girls who lived at the boardinghouse: they were all so unique! Like usual, it took me a little bit to get into the story, but once I started figuring out who was who, it all made sense.

This book was very similar to Roseanna M. White’s Shadows Over England series, in that the characters were from a street thief background. As per typical Jen Turano style, the book was set in New York society in the late 1800s, with The Four Hundred featured, but with a twist of wacky events that just seem to happen that require a tiny bit of suspension of disbelief, such as things that could have happened, but just seemed to work out *just so*, or little character traits that probably couldn’t happen in real life but just did in the book (like a dog that only listens if one speaks in pirate).

I wasn’t a huge fan of either of the main characters, and there didn’t seem to be a ton of chemistry between them, but I enjoyed them plenty. The fact that they were childhood friends called back to the “Shadows Over England” series (is it a call back if it’s a reference to another series by another author?), and I do like that trope. I did enjoy one of the side characters, Daphne, though! (and little birdies tell me that the next book is about her which I’m super excited about!). The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency was SO MUCH FUN (think: women in the late 1800s forming a tiny little detective group) and I’m super excited to read more in the series because of it.

It felt like the storyline moved a little bit slowly in the beginning, but it definitely picked up as the book moved along. The wrapping up of the storyline was really interesting: I think it really added to the “suspension of disbelief” aspect of it, since it didn’t really feel like things should/could have happened the way they are.

Overall, I enjoyed the book a lot and I’m really excited to see where the rest of this series goes!

My Rating-

7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author

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Named one of the funniest voices in inspirational romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today bestselling author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publishers Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. She and her family live outside of Denver, Colorado.

Giveaway-

To Steal a Heart Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away the grand prize package of copy of To Steal a Heart, plus all three books in the American Heiresses series and a 30 second mystery kit!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Book Review: The Escape by Lisa Harris (US Marshals #1)

About the Book-

US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are thrust into a high-profile case when they are called on to transport two prisoners across the country on a private plane. But when the plane experiences engine trouble en route from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado, the pilots crash-land the aircraft deep in the heart of the sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest.

When Madison and Jonas regain consciousness, they find both pilots and one prisoner dead–and one fugitive on the run. They’ll have to negotiate the rugged and remote backcountry through Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado while tracking a murderer who is desperate to disappear–and will do anything to stop them.

This high-octane game of cat-and-mouse from bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris will have your heart pumping as you try to catch a fugitive with nothing to lose.

My Review-

Similar Review: The Traitor’s Pawn by Lisa Harris

This was a super exciting book! I’m not 100% convinced on the reality of the story, but it was a fun read nonetheless.

The two main characters, Madison and Jonas, are transporting two dangerous prisoners across the country when their plane crashes. The two pilots and one of the prisoners dies upon impact (which isn’t described in super high detail, but a little jarring to read first thing in the book). The other prisoner escapes, and the rest of the book follows Madison and  Jonas’ journey to recapture him.

The book was super packed with action: several chase scenes, burglaries, and interviews. The interactions that Madison and Jonas had with “civilians” were really nice and seemed believable, which was nice, since in a lot of suspense books, civilians seem to be just a plot point. There was a character who had autism, and I feel like it was handled appropriately, though I do not have personal experience with autism so I can’t say for sure (he kind of freezes/becomes overwhelmed, and Madison takes him outside and calms him down).

I enjoyed reading the backstory/character development of both the protagonists: they both have pretty rough backstories, and seeing them process their grief is really good and thought provoking. I also really liked the secondary suspense line??? I assume that will be the storyline that carries through the rest of the series (along with the romance, of course) but I definitely didn’t expect it and will be looking forwards to seeing where that leads.

Like the other Lisa Harris book I’ve read, the suspense was definitely not as believable as it could be. There were some technology items that don’t seem like they would actually be used, and there were several aspects that gave me pause. With a little bit of suspension of disbelief, it was an enjoyable read.

My Rating-

7/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Book Spotlight: Tales of the East by Faith Blum || plus exclusive Author Interview!

Hey everyone! Today I’m here with a super exciting blog post: I’m part of the release team for Faith Blum’s retelling collection, Tales of the East! I’ve reviewed a couple books of hers in the past on the blog, and this collection of novellas sounds super interesting! I’m excited to share the details of it with you all! Not only that, but Faith is doing an exclusive interview here, which I’m super excited about!

About the Book:

Five fairy tale retellings…

Go back in time to Old Testament times for imaginative retellings of Hansel and Gretl, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, The 12 Dancing Princesses, and Cinderella. Love Lifted Me is also a retelling of the Song of Solomon.

Three kings…

Trust and Obey is set during the end of King Saul’s life, Lo, How a Rose, Rock of Ages, and The Haven of Rest are set during King David’s reign, and Love Lifted Me is set as Solomon starts to take over for King David.

One volume

All five books are now in one volume for a limited time! Don’t miss out!

This is a limited time volume that will go out of stock at midnight, December 31, 202. Purchase now on Amazon*

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My Reviews-

While I haven’t read all of the books in the series, I was able to read and review two of the books in the series, Trust and Obey, which is book 1, and Rock of Ages, which is book 3. I enjoyed both of them and look forward to reading the rest from the collection!

Exclusive Author Interview-

What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process?

My favorite part of the writing process is writing the first draft. I love working out what is going to happen in the story.

What are ways that you have learned to adapt to writing with a baby?

Write whenever there is a free moment. Usually this means after David goes to bed.

What is your ideal writing situation?

Right now after 7pm has been the best time of day to write. I like to make sure I have my water available and have some classical music or soundtracks going.

Do you prefer reading or writing and why?

That’s a tough one. Reading is obviously easier because the book is already written, but writing means creating new stories. I think it’s a tie.

I noticed that a lot of your books share titles with classic hymns. What was your inspiration for that?

When I was coming up with the title for my first book, I noticed that the hymn A Mighty Fortress was predominant in the novel, so I decided to go with that for the title. After which, I decided to make that as part of my brand

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Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She has independently published over 25 books in over five years. Most of her books are Christian Historical Fiction with an emphasis on Westerns. During an eBook sale, she was #2 overall in Kindle eBooks on Amazon. Faith resides in Central Wisconsin with her husband, son, and their cat, Smokey. When not writing, you can find her cooking, doing dishes, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband and son. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website: https://faithblum.com.


What is your ideal writing environment? Do you prefer reading or writing? Leave a comment and let me know; I’d love to hear from you!

Book Review: Point of Danger by Irene Hannon (Triple Threat #1)

About the Book-

Radio talk show host Eve Reilly is used to backlash from her pot-stirring on-air commentary and interviews, but now it seems a disgruntled listener is resorting to more than angry words to express their displeasure. When a suspicious package arrives on her doorstep, Eve turns to law enforcement for help.

Police detective Brent Lange can’t find any evidence to link the string of unsettling incidents that follows, but he’s convinced they’re connected. As the harassment grows more menacing, it becomes clear someone wants Eve’s voice silenced–permanently.

But unless he can track down her foe, fast, the gutsy woman who is willing to take risks for what she believes–and who is swiftly winning his heart–may not survive.

Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon is back with a heart-stopping new series that will have you turning pages well into the night.

My Review-

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This was . . . interesting. I’ve been trying out a lot of suspense authors lately, and Irene Hannon is a new one that I hadn’t read yet up until this point. I enjoyed the book: the writing style was clear and it kept me reading all the way until the end, and the suspense was well built and the perpetrator wasn’t obvious until the end, which was good.

The book is narrated from several points of view, some of which aren’t quite understood until the very end, which made it a little confusing to read when I was first starting off. There were also a lot of characters described: maybe 15 or so characters and 6 or 7 points of view, which made it a little tricky to keep track of. Eventually, I figured out what was going on, but not until a fair way into the book.

In addition, when I first started the book, I was a little wary of what was to come, because of the hefty descriptions of the two main characters. Eve, the protagonist, is described by the love interest as a “slender thirtysomething . . . every toned muscle of her five-foot-sixish frame . . . a pair of notable legs, and a moss-green tank top outlined generous curves . . . the typical girl next door, with a hint of exotic glamor,” and the love interest was described by Eve as dressed in “a snug T-shirt that showed off his broad chest and impressive biceps, plus a pair of of broken in jeans that hugged his lean hips and muscular legs,” so needless to say, there is a lot of physical attraction going on. Other than that, there were a lot of mentions of their chemistry, and the two of them started to pursue a romantic relationship fairly early on in the story.

Eve is a political show host known for her conservative views, some of which are shared in the book. Politically, I don’t agree with some of her views, so while that’s a matter of preference, there is that. In addition, there is an alternative perspective that is shown that I agree with more, but then the holders of that worldview were very clearly portrayed negatively, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. I’m particularly concerned about the extent where the moderately left leaning views having a negative impact on the conservative readership of these book. I understand most of the people who read these books/my reviews of them are conservative, so this wouldn’t be an issue for them, but that was my experience, and my concerns make it such that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I could have.

With all that being said, there were several parts of the book that I did enjoy. I really liked the actual suspense part of the book. The story was engaging and kept me reading, and the ending was very well done. There were also several discussions about marriage, being faithful to one’s spouse, and marital abuse/domestic violence, in the secondary storylines, which I don’t see often in Christian fiction, as generally, the discussion lies more heavily on the getting married part, but much less about what happens once the wedding occurs. Although they didn’t really add to the overall story arc (and were possibly even a little distracting), I really appreciated the discussion of them, especially the one about marital abuse.

Overall, I enjoyed this book! I don’t think I would read it again, or honestly recommend it to many people, but I did like some of the discussions that it contained and the overall suspense plot!

My Rating-

5/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Blog Tour: The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway

About the Book-

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Author: Carolyn Miller
Genre: Historical, Regency Fiction
Release Date: February 28, 2017

Pride, Presumption, and forgiveness…

Hampton Hall’s new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter—all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend’s daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother—his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia’s world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother’s, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn’t supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison’s fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic singing voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible—he begins to care. But Lavinia’s aloof manner, society’s opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along.

Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what happens when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she’s ever known?

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My Review-

This was a fun book! I’d seen a lot of hype surrounding it in the past, but never got a chance to read it until recently. It has been a good long while since I actually read a regency novel, so I really enjoyed getting a peek into that world again. If I had to give a mashup for it, I would say that it reads like a mixture of Carrie Turansky and Roseanna M. White. The banter between the characters and love-to-hate aspect of the book were really fun to read.

The character in the book were so much fun to read: they each had distinct personalities and the banter between them was IMMACULATE. Lavina Ellison was so so much fun: she was a great musician, but could also hold her own in tasks that “normal women” didn’t do, at least at the time. I also really liked her devotion to the poor, especially where she didn’t go out with her friends, because she had already previously made arrangements to help out an impoverished friend.

The story itself I wasn’t a huge fan of: it’s very Regency/historical romance-y, which gets old pretty quickly. The storyline wasn’t anything very special: it was a hate-to-love, but you /know/ that love will happen, and the way it happened was pretty predictable, so it wasn’t that interesting in terms of the storyline. There was /a lot/ of attraction that happened between the two main characters, and they were pretty much pining for each other after the first quarter, and it never got resolved until the final couple chapters of the book.

To be honest, I liked the first quarter or so of the book much more than the rest of it: the first bit was really fun to read, and then the story just wound around and around in circles. A good chunk of the book was when Lavinia was sick at the earl’s mansion, and then an apparently large plot point was people insinuating that Lavinia and the earl hadn’t been proper happened several times, which was odd because it was established early on that there was a maid in the room all the time, so I am not quite certain why it was brought up so many times? Similar things happened all throughout the book, where plot points get simply beaten to death and the story just goes in circles.

The writing style also got a bit dense as the book wound on: there were a lot of details, and it definitely got wordy at times. The time that the book was set in was also suspiciously vague: it could have been set anywhere between the 1700s and the 1910s and I wouldn’t have really known. I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing, especially as the story line slogged on.

Overall, this was an enjoyable book to read, if you are a Christian fiction fan. I enjoyed it because of the heroine, the banter, and the beginning and end of the story, but overall, it is a dense book. I would not recommend it if you are looking for a light read, and I will not be reading the later books in the series.

My Rating-

2/5 for me personally, 4/5 for fans of Christian fiction

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

About the Author

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Carolyn Miller lyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc. Her contemporary novels include Restoring Fairhaven and Regaining Mercy, as part of the Independence Islands series.

Giveaway

The Elusive Miss Elison Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Carolyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon prize and a paperback copy of the book!! Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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Book Review: The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor

About the Book-

In this contemporary romcom retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma by USA TODAY bestselling author Jillian Cantor, there’s nothing more complex—or unpredictable—than love.

When math genius Emma and her coding club co-president, George, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born.

George disapproves of Emma’s idea of creating a matchmaking app, accusing her of meddling in people’s lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.

Emma’s code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other, and Emma’s own feelings defy any algorithm?

My Review-

You may like this book if you liked:

This was a cute contemporary! Nothing super notable about it: I’ve read several books similar to it, where the main character is a young woman in STEM. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE women in STEM and am a huge advocate for it (and am one myself!), but the trope can be, and already has become, overused. Not to say there’s anything necessarily wrong with having more, except when the only character trait of the main character is ‘is a nerd’ and she is otherwise unremarkable, it just . . . is kinda boring.

With that aside though, here are my thoughts about this book specifically. Overall, it was sweet, if a little bit cliche-y. Some of them (maybe some spoilers ahead, read at your own risk): high school seniors, awkward woman in STEM that has no social cues, dead/super uninvolved parents, the hot guy somehow falling in love, the fact that everyone in high school seems to know everyone else and even if you’re not /friends/ with everyone, everyone is civil and knows you and is willing to talk to you, having parents that are just cool with you having friends over whenever you want, never having to go to work but somehow having the budget to have a cute and quirky go-to takeout order, just vibin with a 4.0 AND extracurriculars AND getting ready to go to an ivy no biggie, oh no there’s a medical emergency somewhere in the middle and the love interest is there and all of a sudden how good of a person they are is suddenly revealed, completely unfeasible science/techy thing that magically just ~happens~ because, let’s all say it together, the main character is a ✨nerd✨, and the list goes on.

The story is a Jane Austen Emma retelling, and while I haven’t read Emma, the characters have the same names as the ones in Emma: Emma Woodhouse and George Knightly, which I thought was kind of cute. The story revolves around their coding club, where they compete with other schools to design the best app, which I really liked. It really reminded me of my Science Olympiad years, which was very nostalgic for me and made me miss it. I understand that most people wouldn’t necessarily have enjoyed it, but I would personally have liked to have seen more of the competition and design aspects, rather than just name dropping coding terms.

In addition, there was just . . . a lot of high school drama. I don’t detail it, as it was almost entirely trivial and of no importance, but there was just a lot of drama. In addition, Emma often reacted very strongly to some things that really did not need that kind of reaction? There was a lot of being angry at someone for reasons that were honestly unknown and that didn’t need that level of drama for. She also got mad at a bunch of people who were trying the best. Overall, it was just a very thoughts and emotions driven story, while still being told and not shown.

Neither Emma nor George have particularly notable characteristics, nor, for that matter, any of the side characters, other than one who had red hair. The whole premise of the story is that they design an app that would create the optimal pairing for people looking for a partner/date based on algorithms (which, not a computer scientist, but I’m almost certain that what they call an algorithm isn’t . . . an algorithm?), which would have been fine, except for the fact that the pairs . . . didn’t seem to work? I understand that that was the premise of the story–love isn’t a measurable thing–but with how poorly the app seems to work (which is not mentioned in the book, but rather from my interpretation of the people who were paired), I just don’t understand how the people at the school appeared to be be so supportive of it. At the end of it, even Emma and George (who were not paired by the app, whod’ve thunk) didn’t seem that great of a pair either, which was the whole point of the book anyways.

I did like the relationship between Emma and Jane: their friendship was super cute and honestly I think they had the most chemistry out of every relationship in the book. The interactions of the coding club in general was pretty fun and overall had good energy. Emma’s dad was also pretty fun, and I liked his character. I also LOVED Mrs. Bates, an elderly woman who lived at the nursing home with her husband with dementia: she was probably my favorite character from the book! Lastly, and while it makes me feel 80 years old saying this, I honestly related with Izzy (Emma’s older sister) and her boyfriend, who is George’s older brother, who are away at college, the most from this book: they are just . . . older and wiser and aren’t as caught up in high school dramatics.

Honestly overall? This book was fine. It was a cute story and I enjoyed reading it, but my time for high school YA might be ending, which honestly I’m not too sad about. The characters were really flat, and while the story was good, it was pretty average and I doubt I’ll remember it for long.

My Rating-

4/10

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

Blog Tour: Brought to Book by Barbara Cornthwaite || Book Spotlight, Review, and Giveaway || Celebrate Lit Blog Tour

About the Book-

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Title: Brought to Book
Author: Barbara Cornthwaite
Genre: Christian cozy mystery
Release Date: June 24, 2020

There’s nothing in Emily Post about dealing with murder.

Katrina just wanted to spend time among the books at Frank’s Bookstore. Yes, that’s an unimaginative name for a store, but Frank’s an unimaginative guy–or he was.

Now he and his murder are the reason Katrina is spending her spare time with Wilkester detective, Todd Mason. Or, that’s what she tells herself.

Why would anyone want to kill Frank Delaney? Who would do it? And is Katrina herself even safe?

Mixing faith, literary humor, sweet romance, and a cozy mystery that will keep you guessing, Barbara Cornthwaite’s first Wilkester Mystery has everything you want for a cozy read.

Begin your investigation of Brought to Book today.

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My Review-

This was a really fun read! I like to read cozy mysteries to relax (is that paradoxical?) and this one was a good one that I really enjoyed!

Unlike a lot of bookshop focused cozy reads, the main character of this book is in her forties, and has been a professor for a while now. This kind of threw me off, because I’m not used to reading from that point of view, but I quickly got into it.The main characters are pretty standard for a mystery novel: the single but attractive book-focused woman, and the muscular, attractive detective assigned to her case. The story was also pretty standard but was still a really enjoyable read.

There were some things in the story that I particularly enjoyed: first off, the main character (Katrina) was best friends with a family that was involved in foster care. I really liked the look into the foster care system and the situations that arise as a result of fostering children: I thought it was a neat little spotlight! I also liked the different Christian components that are sprinkled throughout the book: Katrina is involved in the church, has friends in the mission field, and overall does more than the “average” Christian character who goes to church maybe once in the whole book. There is overall a lot of discussion about doing God’s will and being used by him, which I don’t see a ton of in books and really liked as well.

The murder story itself was pretty standard, and I actually feel like it was the weakest part of the storyline. I enjoyed the other bigger, “life” conversations (like marrying widowers, foster care, mission work, etc) more than the actual story plot. However, I do always enjoy a good murder mystery, and this was a fun one to read.

My Rating-

3/5

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion; I was not required to write a positive review.

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Barbara Cornthwaite lives in the middle of Ireland with her husband and children. She taught college English before “retiring” to do something she loves far more; her days are now filled with homeschooling her six children, trying to keep the house tidy (a losing battle), and trying to stay warm in the damp Irish climate (also a losing battle). She is surrounded by medieval castles, picturesque flocks of sheep, and ancient stone monuments. These things are unappreciated by her children, who are more impressed by traffic jams, skyscrapers, and hot weather.


Giveaway

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Barbara is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback of the book!! Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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