Sunday, February 19, 2017

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren (Review)

  • Series: Montana Rescue (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (January 31, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800727444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727444

  • When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job as liaison between the Mercy Falls sheriff's department and PEAK Rescue, but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding heart sister, Willow.

    Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job as youth pastor for her small-town church. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

    Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

    My Review:

    This book was great. I really enjoyed reading it. It is book two in the Montana Rescue series. I think they should be read in order as the characters repeat. The main focus in this story is Sam and Willow. The sparks fly between them after Willow kisses him in a moment of weakness. But there are multiple hurdles. Sam is the boyfriend of Willow's sister Sierra. And he thinks he does not like what makes her Willow. She is the opposite of her sister which he thinks is perfect for him. Willow has loved him for years but puts her sister first. There are multiple subplots featuring the other members of Peak rescue. Some run throughout the series. It did not distract from the book for me. The action really heats up when Sam, Willow, the youth pastor, and a group of teenagers go hiking. On the way home they are in a bad van accident. A winter weather storm furthers complicates it. Sam and Willow have to work together to get everyone out safely. The plot and characters were well developed and held my attention from the beginning to end. Recommended.

    Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Wild Montana Skies, with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers' Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and
    on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

    Review copy provided by Revell in exchange for an honest review.

    Sunday, January 8, 2017

    Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (Review)

    First Published in 1952.

    Excellent Women is one of Barbara Pym’s richest and most amusing high comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman’s daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those “excellent women,” the smart, supportive, repressed women who men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors—anthropologist Helena Napier and her handsome, dashing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar next door—the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing world of manners and repressed desires.

    My Review:

    This is my first novel by Barbara Pym. I did enjoy reading it. I love British literature. This book is set in 1950s England. The basic plot is set around the concept of excellent women. They are the women who are not married but are smart, supportive, repressed. The main character, Mildred Lathbury, is one of them. She is an only child of a clergyman. Her parents have been deceased and she is all alone except for friends. She is good friends with her vicar, Julian, and his sister Winifred. Winifred is another one of those excellent women. One day she gets new neighbors in her building, Helena and Rocky Napier. They are an unusual couple. Helena is an anthropologist. Rocky is in the military. They are opposites and fight often. Mildred gets drawn into their lives. They also help open her world. I loved the descriptions of people and surroundings in the book. The humor in it is understated. The situations Mildred finds herself in are interesting. I do not want to give away the whole plot but the ending fits the book.


    Saturday, January 7, 2017

    The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen (Review)

  • Series: Tales From Ivy Hill (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprint edition (December 6, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764218131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218132

  • First Series from Bestselling Author Julie Klassen!
    The lifeblood of the Wiltshire village of Ivy Hill is its coaching inn, The Bell. But when the innkeeper dies suddenly, his genteel wife, Jane Bell, becomes the reluctant owner. Jane has no notion of how to run a business. However, with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must find a way to bring new life to the inn.

    Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, for help. Formerly mistress of The Bell, Thora is struggling to find her place in the world. As she and Jane work together, they form a measure of trust, and Thora's wounded heart begins to heal. When she encounters two men from her past, she sees them--and her future--in a different light.

    With pressure mounting from the bank, Jane employs innovative methods to turn the inn around, and puzzles over the intentions of several men who seem to have a vested interest in the place. Will her efforts be enough to save The Bell? And will Thora embrace the possibility of a second chance at love?

    My Review:

    The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill was an okay start to a new series by Julie Klassen. It was too long and tried to cover too many things. I think it was to set the background up for the series though. I did not like the two main female characters, Jane and Thora, in the beginning. By the end of the book I was able to tolerate them. Patrick Bell, Thora's other son, also comes back to help with the inn. I didn't trust him from the beginning and there were undertones of his being not completely upfront and having ulterior motives. Although Thora and Jane both have two men in their lives who could be love interests, there was not a lot of romance in the book. There was a little mystery/suspense around the fate of the inn and the death of Jane's husband. The ending of the book left us hanging on several things. Part of it I understand why but I would have loved some more closure. There is a second book in the series coming out in December that will focus on some of the minor characters from this one. Overall I liked being in Ivy Hill and look forward to reading the next book in the series.

    Julie Klassen loves all things Jane--Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. She worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her novels have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Her book, The Silent Governess, was also a finalist in the Minnesota Book Awards, ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards, and Romance Writers of America's RITA Awards. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She and her husband have two sons and live near St. Paul, Minnesota. Visit for more information.

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    Saturday, December 31, 2016

    First Book of the Year 2017

    Sheila at Book Journey hosts the first book of the year reading challenge. This is the fourth year for it.

    So what is First Book of the year?

    The First Book is a book that maybe you have been wanting to read for a while but have not had time for, a coveted book, an old favorite re-read – whatever you want.  The point is that this is the book that will kick off the year for you.  What will it be?

    I will be kicking off the new year continuing to read The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen.

    I will also possibly be starting my first classic of the year. It is Excellent Women by Barbara Pym.

    2017 Reading Goals

    In 2017 I want to focus more on quality than quantity. My goal number will be 100. I want to read at least one book with more than 500 pages. I want to read more non fiction that will grow or inspire me to be better in some way. And I want to read more classics. I joined two classics reading challenges to help with that goal.

    2017 Reading Goals:

    1. Read more non fiction.

    2. Read more classics.

    3. Read one really long book.

    4. Write more reviews.

    2016 Wrap Up

    I read a total of 157 books in 2016. I read 203 in 2015. 2016 was a rough year for me in many areas and it showed in my reading. I read 9 non fiction books. I re read 36 books. Most of the re reads were older series/books I had on my shelves. Some were favorites and I wanted to see if they still were or if I could Konmari them. I did not end up reading a really long book or many classics. My favorite book for the year was the very first one I read actually. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo.

    Top Books for 2016:

    1. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
    2. The Inn at the Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble
    3. Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey
    4. On Lone Star Trail by Amanda Cabot
    5. Stone and Spark by Sibella Giorello
    6. Stone and Snow by Sibella Giorello
    7. Stone and Sand by Sibella Giorello
    8. Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson
    9. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgen
    10. Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

    Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren (Review)

  • Series: Montana Rescue (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 18, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800727436
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800727437

  • Search and rescue pilot Kacey Fairing is home on leave in Mercy Falls, Montana, twelve years after she joined the military to escape the mistakes of her past. With a job waiting for her as the new lead pilot of Peak Rescue in Glacier National Park, Kacey hopes to reconnect with the now-teenage daughter she sees only between deployments. What she doesn't realize is that someone else is also back in town.

    Ben King has been building his country music career since the day Kacey shut him out of her life. Now all of that's on hold when his injured father calls him home to help run Peak Rescue until he's fully recovered. It doesn't take long, though, to discover his father's ulterior motives as Kacey Fairing walks into the house and back into his heart.

    With Mercy Falls in a state of emergency due to flash floods, Kacey and Ben are forced to work together to save lives. But when floodwaters turn personal, can they put aside the past to save their future?

    My Review:

    This was a good Christian romance book. It is the first book in a new series called Montana Rescue. The series is set in Mercy Falls, Montana. There are actually two romance stories going on in this book. The main one is between Kacey and Ben. They were teen sweethearts that made a common error and ended up with a baby. Due to a misunderstanding Ben does not know he has a baby. The baby is now a teenager herself. Things are complicated by the fact Ben did go on to be a Country music star. Kacey joined the military but is on home on leave after being injured. She already has issues with her daughter from being gone so much. Ben's dad runs a rescue service and calls him home to help after he is seriously hurt. But is his dad also playing matchmaker? The plot and characters were well developed and held my attention from the beginning. The romance was believable and sparks flew between Kacey and Ben. The setting was interesting. The second romance in the background was between Sierra and her boss Ian. Apparently there was a prequel online book and they were in it. The plot line for them will continue on into the next book. This was a good start to the new series and I can't wait to read the next book. Susan May Warren is one of my favorite authors.

    Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Reader's Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at, on Facebook at SusanMayWarrenFiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.