Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas At Carnton by Tamera Alexander

Book review of Christmas At Carnton by Tamera Alexander (Thomas Nelson) by papertapepins

Amid war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas—and sacrificial love.

Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year-old son. With the bank threatening to evict them, she discovers an advertisement for the Women’s Relief Society auction and applies for a position—only to discover it’s been filled. Then a chance meeting with a wounded soldier offers another opportunity—and friendship. But can Aletta trust this man?

Captain Jake Winston, a revered Confederate sharpshooter, suffered a head wound at the Battle of Chickamauga. When doctors deliver their diagnosis, Jake fears losing not only his greatest skill but his very identity. As he heals, Jake is ordered to assist with a local Women’s Relief Society auction. He respectfully objects. Kowtowing to a bunch of “crinolines” isn’t his idea of soldiering. But orders are orders, and he soon discovers this group of ladies—one, in particular—is far more than he bargained for.

Set against the backdrop and history of the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee, Christmas at Carnton is a story of hope renewed and faith restored at Christmas.

I enjoyed this novella more than I usually do because it feels like a complete story and seems a little longer and fuller than the usual novella. This is the beginning to a new series which, judging by the taste we got with this excellent novella, is going to be one not to miss. 

Aletta Prescott is a pregnant war widow with a six year old son, and in 1863, unless you are very wealthy, this could be very big problem. Some of these women are unable to support themselves by aboveboard, wholesome means but Aletta will do everything possible to house and feed her son without sacrificing her morals. She happens apon a job at just the right moment ... sort of like a divine appointment.

Captain Jake Winston is assigned to help the Women's Relief Society prepare and put on an auction as a benefit to support the war effort. He doesn't want anything to do with it, and he doesn't approve of their methods but as he's injured and currently unable to fight he has no recourse but to do as his commander demands and hope he recovers quickly. His injury is one that is not immediately obvious upon meeting him as a missing limb would be and that sometimes could be mistaken for shirking his duty. 

Truthfully, two things annoyed me in this story. I wasn't sure why he wouldn't tell Aletta or anyone else earlier on what his injury was, and I don't want to give anything away but her secondary job at the estate while pregnant, ya right. Otherwise I loved it. 

I received this ebook from Thomas Nelson and my opinion is my own.

About The Author

Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journal's top distinction, among others. After seventeen years in Colorado, Tamera and her husband now reside in Nashville, Tennessee, where they live a short distance from Belmont Mansion and Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of Tamera’s two USA Today bestselling Southern series.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

Book review of Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon (Revell) by papertapepins

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon will capture your imagination with a mind-bending story that will have you doubling back to retrace your steps--and figure out what you missed!

Dangerous Illusions is the first of a new series by Irene Hannon and it's off to an exciting start! As always, there is plenty of action to keep you on the edge of your seat, with a side of romance thrown in for good measure. Trish Bailey lives with her mother who recently had a stroke, and between that and work and overseeing her parents' charity, she has a lot on her plate. So when she starts to have accidents caused by forgetfulness she is concerned but not overly surprised. Until one of those accidents has very serious consequences and she suddenly has cause to be very alarmed. 

Colin Flynn is somewhat of a loner without a close family, but he does have 2 friends from school that he has stayed close with and meets with every other Saturday for breakfast. None of the three have married yet, and they are like family to each other. I enjoyed the banter between the three friends and look forward to the stories connected to to the other two. 

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


  1. Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon

    Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Buried Secrets, Thin Ice, and Tangled Webs, as well as the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. In addition to many...
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Book review of Too Far Down by Mary Connealy (Bethany House) by papertapepins

With Danger Drawing Ever Closer, The Boden Clan Risk Losing Their Ranch Forever
Having returned home to the ranch, Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back east and appreciating all that New Mexico Territory offers. Sure, he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys his new job running the mine and, when he's honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.

Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone, particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who can't seem to make up his mind about staying in New Mexico. 

When a deadly explosion damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them. Melanie is determined to help Cole and the family finally put an end to the danger that's threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm's way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

Too Far Down is a solid finish to a very enjoyable series. I enjoyed finally getting to read Cole and Melanie's story. I love the tough girl persona of cowgirl Melanie, feeling like she can't show how anything affects her, having to keep up with the men she lives and works with, loving her home and work and yet starting to wish for more. Cole is also an interesting character, having grown up in the east and living in the west, yet always planning to return to the city. He can easily survive in either environment, yet does he truly belong to either one?

The one piece that started to annoy me in the last book and really put me off here is the parents story. I. Don't. Care. I would have taken those sections out and just had the characters on the ranch briefly discuss every so often how they were doing or mention a letter or something. Other than that, this is another fun western story that I highly recommend. I would, however, strongly recommend that you start at the beginning of the series because there is a lot going on that carries on from one book to another. There's always a portion that wraps up so there is some closure each time and the series doesn't feel like one giant book.

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.


  1. Mary Connealy
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    Mary Connealy

    Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas,...
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