Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

Book review of A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz (Revell) by papertapepins



Her wilderness survival skills are without rival. 
But her greatest talent is keeping other people's secrets.

After fleeing Virginia, Temperance Tucker and her family established an inn along the Shawnee River. It's a welcome way station for settlers and frontiersmen traveling through the wild Cumberland region of Kentucke--men like Sion Morgan, a Virginia surveyor who arrives at the inn with his crew, looking for an experienced guide. 

Though he balks when Tempe is appointed to lead his team through the wilderness, it isn't long before Sion must admit that her abilities may outmatch his own. But can the tenuous tie they are forming survive the dangers waiting just around the bend?

With her signature sweeping style and ability to bring the distant past to vivid life, Laura Frantz beckons you to join her in a land of Indian ambushes, conflicting loyalties, and a tentative love that meanders like a cool mountain stream.

I loved reading about this place and time, the mostly untamed wilderness of 1777 Kentucke. I loved the characters that Mz Frantz wrote about; Tempe Tucker, Sion Morgan, Nate, Aylee, Paige, Russell, all come to life beautifully. The part I like best truly, though, is the descriptions of the setting. The flora and fauna, the sights and smells, all bring this story vibrantly to life.

There are several historical people, such as Daniel Boone, and places mentioned in this historical fiction and that combined with the rich descriptions of setting really bring to life a time and place that I am not very familiar with. I love learning as I read a story! The one thing that bothered me somewhat was the high number of words that I am totally unfamiliar with and made me stop and look them up. Too many. A glossary would have helped, or just a little bit more help with what is that? while the story is told.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

THE AUTHOR

  1. Laura Frantz

    Laura Frantz

    Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and the author of several books, including The Frontiersman's DaughterCourting Morrow LittleThe Colonel's LadyThe Mistress of Tall Acre, and The Ballantyne Legacy series. She lives and...
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

In The Shadow Of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse




Their Future Depends on Unlocking the Secrets the Mountain Holds From the Past

Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel near the foot of Mount McKinley--Denali as it's still called by the natives. John is the wilderness and exploration guide for the wealthy tourists while Cassidy works in the kitchen as Cook's assistant. The entire staff buzzes with excitement during the busy days preparing for the President's imminent visit. His historic trip to dedicate the new national park on his way to driving in the golden spike to officially complete the Alaska Railroad will be the beginning of a new era for all of them and place The Curry at the heart of Alaska. 

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice to the seasoned Alaska mountain guide, with hopes of discovering the truth about his father's death on the mountain years earlier. His father's business partner blames the guide for Henry Brennan's untimely death, but Allan cannot be at peace until he knows for sure. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.

I find I am drawn to stories about the wild and beautiful Alaska but sadly I found this book was less than exceptional. It was a solid OK but nothing beyond that. I liked the character of Cassidy, but I didn't find most of the other characters to be very developed. The story and its characters felt quite flat, like they went there and did this and then they said that and then ... to me it didn't have a real flow to it. It was also very much lacking in excitement. The prologue and the write up on the back are the best parts. 

Allan Brennan's character could have been great but really isn't developed into anything of substance, and in fact sometimes I felt that what he was feeling wasn't really the correct emotion for the scene, ie. feeling angry when it probably should have said frustrated. This happened more than once, where I did a double take and thought to myself that's not the right emotion. 

I like the cover, I like the write up, I love the plot idea, but unfortunately what's in the pages here didn't excite me at all. On the plus side, it's completely clean and nice. And it's set in Alaska! I wanted to like this one!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


THE AUTHORS

  1. Tracie Peterson
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    Tracie Peterson

    Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn...
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  2. Kimberley Woodhouse
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    Kimberley Woodhouse

    Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she's shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

For The Record by Regina Jennings

Book review of For The Record by Regina Jennings (Bethany House) by papertapepins




Rather Than Wait for a Hero, She Decided to Create One
  
Betsy Huckabee has big-city dreams, but nobody outside of tiny Pine Gap, Missouri, seems interested in the articles she writes for her uncle's newspaper. Her hopes for independence may be crushed, until the best idea she's ever had comes riding into town. 

Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to Pine Gap his only shot at keeping a badge. Worse, this small town has big problems, and masked marauders have become too comfortable taking justice into their own hands. He needs to make clear that he's the law in this town--and that job is made more difficult with a nosy reporter who seems to follow him everywhere he goes. 

The hero Betsy creates to be the star in a serial for the ladies' pages is based on the dashing deputy, but he's definitely fictional. And since the pieces run only in newspapers far away, no one will ever know. But the more time she spends with Deputy Puckett, the more she appreciates the real hero--and the more she realizes what her ambition could cost him.

Betsy Huckabee is an inquisitive free spirit who went at 10 years old to live with her uncle and help him raise his three boys after her aunt died. She is still living there and working with her uncle on the newspaper he runs but now he's married, his boys are mostly grown and with a new family on the way for new aunt and uncle she feels underfoot. She needs a way to support herself so she can get her own place. She's met and ruled out all the single men in and around town. She's not willing to settle down with any of them just to be in her own home. She'd rather work and keep her independence even if that's not the usual way of things. 

She knows the forests and mountains around her town and she often takes off, more often than not after a story that may be brewing. It's on one of these jaunts that she finds the new deputy sheriff. Until now she's tried to make her way reporting news, but she's in need of a good story and what if he can't deliver? Why not branch into fiction? She changes a few details here and there but the new deputy and the goings on around town and the surrounding area are her inspiration. She's told the newspaper that's buying the stories that they are fiction and assumes they are being printed as a ladies' serial . . .

This is a fun adventure that you don't want to miss. Colourful characters, humour and non stop action.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


THE AUTHOR

  1. Regina Jennings
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    Regina Jennings

    Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient MarriageSixty Acres and a Bride, and Caught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to...
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