Review: My Two Wives and Three Husbands

My Two Wives and Three Husbands
My Two Wives and Three Husbands by S. Stanley Gordon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“My Two Wives and Three Husbands” by S. Stanley Gordon is a very sweet and endearing read that I will remember for a long time because of the way this author cared so much about finding love, who he found it with and his obstacles along the way. Mr. Gordon and the trials and tribulations in which he dealt reminds me so much of those also faced by the late E. Lynn Harris which he writes about in his memoir,”What Becomes of the Brokenhearted: A Memoir.”
The author begans his story very appropriately, describing to his reader his background and family. He, then, brings the reader into his feelings toward his likeness more of men than women and tells about how, even though he was married twice to women and even had a son, those marriages still didn’t fulfill the need he had for a man in his life which he found three times…isn’t that great! I mean, most of us are blessed to find true love once in our lifetime!
“My Two Wives and Three Husbands” was just a really good love story…there’s no other way to put it. Though, there were times I felt Mr. Gordon deviated his writing from his main subject, such as when he was producing plays on Broadway, but he always found his way back to what made his story so appealing. I would definitely recommend this book to romance lovers especially fans of E. Lynn Harris.
I give it four stars.

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Review: A Bella Notte Christmas Story

A Bella Notte Christmas Story
A Bella Notte Christmas Story by Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“A Bella Notte Christmas Story” by Jesse Kimmel-Freeman was good…I liked the plot and characters of this short story. It was a great setting for the romance between Dominic and Emma. Ms. Freeman did a good job of bringing out the innocence of love and its beginnings. It was a good story to read for the holidays.
I’m looking forward to reading other stories about both Dominic and Emma. I would love read how their lives unfold.

I give it 3 stars.

“A Bella Notte Christmas Story” was provided free-of-charge from Smashwords.

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Review: Spring for Susannah

Spring for SusannahSpring for Susannah by Catherine Richmond

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Spring for Susannah” by Catherine Richmond was a refreshing read, and, for this author’s debut read, awesome! Susannah has lost her parents, and has no more home…as a result, she decides to accept a marriage proposal from her pastor’s brother who lives hundreds of miles away from her home. Upon arrival, she’s not sure what to expect, but she soon finds out…her husband, Jesse Mason, is handsome, hard-working and loves God…and, to Susannah’s surprise, head-over-heels for her, and this scares her to pieces because she thinks she’s all wrong, and the way Jesse want her to be – how he wants to be able to talk to her, share opinions want her, and find out what she needs and wants is so against what she was brought up to believe.

Nevertheless, after a while, Jesse is able to break her exterior and get Susannah to lighten up, and, when she does, she finds that not able does she want Jesse Mason, but she needs him…he’s shown her a way of life that she did not believe was possible before, and, through introducing her to God, helped her find herself…a self that she can like and love, and doesn’t believe is so bad.

I thought this book was really good and has so much potential; however, I became confused during the part of the book when Jesse left to find work…I know that this probably had to happen for her to get to her “real” self, but was still a little off from the rest of the story.

Despite this, overall, “Spring for Susannah” was awesome, and I would definitely recommend it to other fans of Christian Romance. I also look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

I give it 4 stars.

P.S.  “Spring for Susannah” was received courtesy from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Small-Town Moms: A Dry Creek Family/A Mother for Mule Hollow

Small-Town Moms: A Dry Creek Family/A Mother for Mule Hollow (Love Inspired)Small-Town Moms: A Dry Creek Family/A Mother for Mule Hollow by Janet Tronstad
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Small-Town Moms: A Dry Creek Family/A Mother for Mule Hollow” by Janet Tronstad & Debra Clopton was great…their collaboration on this project was priceless, and right-on-time. The two stories consists of sisters that were placed in the foster-care system after their parents were tragically killed, and the two sisters that are the main characters of the stories, Maegan and Olivia are on a journey to connect with the children of their younger sister that has died.

Clint and Gabe, the men of these stories, are dealing with issues of their own, but through it all, their main focus, for both of them, are their children. And, when they meet the sisters, Maegan and Olivia, they both realized what they have been missing in their lives, and realize with God’s guidance, old wounds can be healed, and they are able to move on toward the future.

Christian Romance is my favorite genre, and I absolutely enjoyed reading this book…it was a pleasure to have a front-seat into the windows of these characters lives and to watch God work miracles…I would definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy reading Christian Romance as well.

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Small-Town Moms:  A Dry Creek Family/A Mother for Mule Hollow” by Janet Tronstad & Debra Clopton was provided as a courtesy from one of the authors, Janet Tronstad.

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Review: Dead Until Dark

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Dead Until Dark” by Charlaine Harris was good, and I’m glad I accepted the reading challenge to read one of her books. I never had before, but I do like to stay open to different genres. This book, with it’s inclusion of vampires and a shapeshifter, was a little different for me. I’m not accustomed to reading books about the paranormal, but it was actually okay. In this story, the vampires and a shapeshifter and, even Sookie’s “gift,” is treated as normal and accepted as a way of life in this town which was a little eerie for me, but I got over it quick.

I enjoyed the story plot, and wanted the read the book whenever I could. I believe it was mostly due to the fact that it was so different from what I normally read. I was fascinated by that. Also, the mystery woven into the plot with it’s series of murders had me wondering “whodunit,” and it was surprising at the end to find out who did.

I give it 3 stars.

P.S.  “Dead Until Dark” was provided on-loan from my local library.

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Review: Small Treasures

Small Treasures (Homespun)Small Treasures by Kathleen Kane
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Small Treasures” by Kathleen Kane was an excellent read, and, most likely, probably one of the best books I’ve read. It begins with one of the main characters, Samuel, a big and tall man who has moved away from the big city and desperately trying to make a home for himself in the mountains of Colorado. At the same time, Abby, the other main character of this story, arrives at the same cabin believing that it is rightfully hers, and she wants Samuel out.

Samuel and Abby, through strain and compromise, decide to come together and try to possess the same living space because neither one will leave. Soon, though, they find themselves not only trying to share, but wanting to, and it’s not only the cabin that Samuel and Abby end up sharing.

Promise you, not only will “Small Treasures” dish out a dose of romance, but your share of laughs will present themselves as well. I could read this book over and over again…

I give it 5 stars.

P.S.  “Small Treasures” was obtained from my personal library.

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Review: Ride the Fire

Ride the Fire (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, #3)Ride the Fire by Pamela Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Ride the Fire" by Pamela Clare was one of the best romances I had read in a while, and it had all my favorite characteristics of a good romance novel – damsel in distress, strong man looking to rescue her, and it had the most amazing passion. It’s about Nicholas Kenleigh, a rich and powerful young man who has seen his fair share of injustice; as a result, he’s looking for an escape. And, that’s when he tumbles upon Elspeth Stewart, a pregnant widow all alone on the frontier…she doesn’t know how to fend for herself, and she has more than one problem of her own.

As the story goes on, a great romance develops between Nicholas and Elspeth that really endures the test of time – fighting, war and attempted murder. This book is a definite must-read for all romance lovers.

It was recommended to me by one of my aunts who loves to read Pamela Clare…I’ve now found out that it’s part of a series. I usually don’t like to read books outside of their order(this was #3) so I’ll have to go back and read #1 and #2. However, this was one time where I’m glad my rule was broken.

I give it 5 stars.

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