The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry – Review

The Fifth PetalThe Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry was published on January 24th, 2017 by Crown. The New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader returns to Salem with this spellbinding new thriller, a complex brew of suspense, seduction and murder. When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem’s chief of police, John Rafferty wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed “The Goddess Murders,” in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.  Continue reading

Hurt Road: The Music, the Memories, and the Miles Between by Mark Lee, Mac Powell – Review

Hurt Road: The Music, the Memories, and the Miles BetweenHurt Road: The Music, the Memories, and the Miles Between by Mark Lee and Mac Powell was published on September 5th, 2017 by Fleming H. Revell Company. Third Day guitarist Mark Lee is no stranger to heartache and hopes deferred; the road to success is never traveled without missteps along the way. Life is messy and uncertain and full of surprises. And one of the best things he’s ever done is let go of his expectations about how life should be in order to embrace life as it is a moment-by-moment walk with God. Continue reading

Breaking the Rules of Revenge by Samantha Bohrman – Review

Breaking the Rules of RevengeBreaking the Rules of Revenge by Samantha Bohrman was published on September 11th, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush) and is a young adult novel. Mallory Jones is tired of being the girl who stays home and practices French horn while her identical twin, Blake, is crowned homecoming queen. So when she has the opportunity to pretend to be Blake, she takes it. At Camp Pine Ridge, she will spread her wings and emerge a butterfly. Or at least someone who finally gets kissed by a cute guy. That is, until bad boy Ben Iron Cloud shows up, ready to get revenge on Blake—aka Mallory. Continue reading

Boomerang Boyfriend: Boyfriend Chronicles Book #3 by Chris Cannon – Review

Boomerang BoyfriendBoomerang Boyfriend: Boyfriend Chronicles Book #3 by Chris Cannon was published on September 11th, 2017 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Crush) and is a young adult novel. Working with her best friend’s brother at Betty’s Burgers, free-spirited Delia starts to see Jack in a new light. Not only has Jack-the-Jerk turned into a hottie, he’s even acting like a nice guy, who rescues dogs and knows how she likes her coffee. But if Jack is into her, then why is he keeping her a secret? Of course, if her best friend doesn’t approve, Delia could lose the only family she’s ever known. Seeing Delia in her retro waitress uniform throws Jack’s world out of whack. She’s always been just another pain in the butt little sister…not a datable female. But she’s rockin’ the Pie Princess tiara, and even her hot-pink striped hair is sexy. What’s that about? He needs to get his head on straight, because artsy, funky Delia and her nonconformist ways don’t fit in his safe and ordered world. Continue reading

Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas: Happy, Texas Book #2 by Carolyn Brown – Review

Long, Tall Cowboy Christmas (Happy, Texas #2)LONG, TALL COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Carolyn Brown has an expected publication date of September 26th, 2017 by Forever and is a contemporary romance novel. A heartwarming holiday read from USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Brown. Nash Lamont is a man about as solitary as they come. That’s exactly why ranch life in middle-of-nowhere Happy, Texas suits him. So what the heck is he doing letting a beautiful widow and her three rambunctious children temporarily move in? Continue reading

Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander – Review

Christmas at Carnton (Carnton, #0.5)Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander has an expected publication date of October 3rd, 2017 by Thomas Nelson and is a historical fiction novel. A novella to launch a brand new three-book series. In the midst of war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas, the cost of love . . . and of loving again. Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together for herself and her six-year old son. About to be evicted, she sees an advertisement for the Ladies Aid 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 she trust him? Continue reading

David Bowie: A Life By Dylan Jones – Review

David Bowie: A LifeDavid Bowie: A Life By Dylan Jones was published on September 12th, 2017 by Crown Archetype. Dylan Jones’s engrossing, magisterial biography of David Bowie is unlike any Bowie story ever written. Drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, this oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds the story of a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path. Tracing Bowie’s life from the English suburbs to London to New York to Los Angeles, Berlin, and beyond, its collective voices describe a man profoundly shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry; an intuitive artist who Continue reading

On the Chase: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit Book #2 by Katie Ruggle – Review

On the Chase (Rocky Mountain K9 Unit, #2)On the Chase: Rocky Mountain K9 Unit Book #2 by Katie Ruggle was published on September 5th, 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca and is romance suspense novel. After witnessing a horrifying crime, Kaylee is forced to flee to a small Colorado mountain town and take on a new identity. There she becomes Grace, a dog kennel worker trying to avoid the dangerously attractive K-9 Officer Hugh Murdoch.When an accident leaves Hugh and his K-9 partner, Lexi, on desk duty, both are anxious for Hugh to heal. Until then, the highlight of his day is teasing the beautiful but mysterious new kennel employee. Their simmering attraction fuels a passionate kiss—interrupted by a sniper’s bullet. With targets on both of their backs, Grace and Hugh will do whatever it takes to stay alive…not realizing the most dangerous threat of all is hiding right in front of their noses. Continue reading

The Atwelle Confession by Joel Gordonson – Book Review

The Atwelle ConfessionThe Atwelle Confession by Joel Gordonson has an expected publication date of September 19th, 2017 by Select Books (NY). After discovering rare gargoyles mysteriously positioned inside an ancient church being restored in the small English town of Atwelle, the architect Don Whitby and a young research historian Margeaux Wood realize that the gargoyles are predicting the bizarre murders that are occurring in the town. Five hundred years earlier when the church is being built, two powerful families in Atwelle are contesting control of the region in the delicate backdrop of King Henry VIII’s dispute with the Pope over the King’s divorce. In the middle of these conflicts, the same bizarre murders are being committed in the town. Two stories of identical macabre murders five hundred years apart ─ One surprising solution in the mystery of the gargoyles and the Atwelle Confession. Continue reading