Saturday, February 21, 2009

Veterans Way

Veterans Way
By: Robin Lee Hatcher

It was great to read a book about an older couple. A lot of us feel the same way that Stephanie and Jimmy's children feel about older people getting married. We only talk about love among teenagers and people in their twenties. It was refreshing to experience an older, more mature love in a book.

I also love small town charm. I have such a vivid picture in my mind of the diner that they eat at and the beautiful old homes they live in. Robin did such a great job of putting you right in the midst of their lives. I recommend this book and look forward to reading the other books in the series.

Inside Cover of the Book:
Jimmy Scott just moved back to his hometown of Hart's Crossing. And it's just as he remembered. Then he bumps into an old friend-Stephanie Watson, a childhood sweetheart he had once planned on marrying. As forgotten memories flood back, James wonders what might have happened if he hadn't left for the war in Korea. Was it possible that he could still have feeling for this woman?

Stephanie Watson loves this sleepy little town on the plains of Southern Idaho. Between the Thimbleberry Quilting Club, trips to the hair parlor, and her grandchildren, she's kept pretty busy. While surprised by Jimmy's return, she enjoys reminiscing about the good times they had. But could this friendship be turning into something more? And could Stephanie possibly be so lucky as to fall in love with the same man twice?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Blind Dates

Blind Dates
By:Kristen Billerbeck, Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter, and Bev Huston

I just want to start by saying - I love grandma's!! They always mean well, but we don't always appreciate their methods. In this book a grandma cares about her 4 granddaughters very much and wants to see them happily married, as she was. So, she does what she can to set them up with a perfect blind date. However, most people including Melissa, Chelsea, Callie and Mattie, don't like to go on blind dates. All 4 resist, but eventually grandma gets what she wants and the adventures begin.

Get something hot to drink and enjoy!! I hadn't read any books of this sort until a couple of months ago and now I love them! When there are 4 shorter stories to read it somehow makes time pass so much faster. Before you know it you're done. They were all easy to read and enjoyable. I love the common thread and how each story takes a different route with twists and turns that we can all relate to. I highly recommend this book!

Back of the Book:
Mattie Stevens has forgotten about Jeff Weatherly. After all, its' been years since the two were an item. . . but Grandma certainly remembers. What can Mattie do when Jeff returns to town and Grandma pushes her back toward "the one who got away"?

As a successful interior designer, Callie's tired of men who pursue her for her money. . .so she's said good-bye to love. But Grandma insists she go on just one date with a particular architect-after all, he doesn't like "hard-headed" businesswomen! Will love unexpectedly enter their plans?

When Grandma's latest "eligible young man" skips the blind date Chelsea agreed to, Chelsea send a poisonous e-mail before learning what actually happened. Later, when his company renovates her apartment, she meets the man and finds attraction building. How can seh win his heart. . . without divulging her secret of the ugly e-mail?

Melissa puts on a wild woman act to drive off the latest blind date Grandma's arranged. But wait-who's that guy waiting for her in the living room? Will in-line skates help her get on track with the right man?

Don't miss these charming stories of reluctant romance, spurred by a grandma who knows God has a perfect love for each of her four granddaughters.

Saturday, February 7, 2009


by: Donna Dawson

FBI agent James Kirk Benedict (yes, that is his name, Star Trek fans) goes on what he believes will be a relaxing vacation. He ends up in the middle of a case fearing for his own life, as well as all those on board the cruise ship. Dr. Julie Holding, James' girlfriend, is back on land trying to help a little girl James saved in his last case while trying not to worry about him. The agency is working very hard to help James figure out who is behind the mysterious murders and bring him back safely. This book will certainly keep you guessing!

is a great mix of mystery and romance. It will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens next while giving you the satisfaction of a well-written romance. The book was definitely well-researched. Her characters come alive as you experience life right along side of them. There is a good amount of history from the Vietnam War that puts what you learned in school on a much more personal level.

The underlying message of the book is definitely that vengeance is not ours for the taking. Donna does a great job of including this message without overpowering her readers.

Romans 12:19&21 "Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord. . .Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. "

Back of the Book:
FBI agent James Benedict thought he was going on vacation. He thought he would have two weeks of relaxation and rest aboard the cruise ship bound for Hawaii. But he was wrong. Within hours of setting sail, a passenger dies, covered in horrendous boils that have eaten deep into flesh and bone. When another dies of the same strange condition, it is feared that a virus has been let loose. James is the only one who can find out if there is a connection between the select few chosen to die--if he doesn't die himself.

Dr. Julie Holding struggles to focus on her own FBI-appointed tasks while the man she loves is stuck in the Pacific aboard a floating time bomb. Little does she know that she, too, will become embroiled in the conspiracy and intrigue that has taken hold of the ship and its passengers.

Vengeance will keep you on the edge of your seat as you discover the atrocities hidden in the pages of history and the struggle to keep faith and focus in a crazy world.

Visit the author's website: Donna Dawson

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