Archive for July, 2013

Review: The Sea Glass Sisters

The Sea Glass Sisters
The Sea Glass Sisters by Lisa Wingate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the Sea Glass Sisters by Lisa Wingate, Elizabeth Gallagher works a 911 call center job in Michigan. She’s married with two children and is close to her family. One night a call to 911 goes horribly wrong and Elizabeth blames herself for what happened.

Elizabeth’s Aunt Sandy lives on Hatteras Island where a hurricane is approaching. Aunt Sandy works with sea glass and makes ornaments, sun-catchers and jewelry. The picturesque charm of her shop and the seaside community came alive for me in this novella.

When the hurricane hits, Elizabeth, her Mother and her Aunt ride out the storm together. This is primarily a story about family. I loved the setting of the story and the interplay between the characters. Family ties are strong, and sometimes we need family around us to help us get through.

This novella is a prelude to the Prayer Box which is due out in the fall of 2013. I can’t wait to read more of the story.

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Review: I Dream of Johnny

I Dream of Johnny
I Dream of Johnny by Juliet Madison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In I Dream of Johnny by Juliet Madison we meet Mandy. Mandy is a single girl struggling to get her business (Mandy’s Magical Mobiles) off of the ground. Mandy has just broken up with Dan and is feeling a bit sorry for herself.

In a fit of cleaning frenzy she knocks a forgotten box off of the shelf in her closet and finds a long-forgotten gift – a magical genie’s lamp. Half-jokingly for one of her wishes, she asks for a Greek God. Unfortunately she left the “r” out of the first word. What she gets is not what she expected at all.

I wasn’t sure what I was getting with this funny novella. It turned out to be a cute little story that made me smile more than once. We’ve all been where Mandy was – down in the dumps and wishing we had a magic lamp to make everything perfect. Mandy finds out that perfect isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

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Review: The Force of Wind

fowIn The Force of Wind by Elizabeth Hunter, we return to the lives and love of Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo.  This is the third book in the four-part Elemental Mysteries series in the paranormal mystery/romance genre.

This is a grittier story than the first two books.  Beatrice continues her martial arts training as she works on improving her strength, agility and reflexes.  She and Gio travel to a remote island, home to the council of the Eight Immortals.  Her Father has taken refuge on the island, and she is reunited at last with her Dad.

Here Beatrice and Giovanni along with their allies will face an evil enemy who comes to reclaim a piece of stolen property.  Beatrice must decide what sacrifices she is willing to make to survive the coming conflict.

I enjoyed the pace and tension in this story.  Beatrice makes a major decision that Giovanni does not agree with, and there is a fallout of sorts between them.  Their love for each other is one of my favorite parts of the story.  There are some unexpected twists to the story, and there is a resolution of some points by the story’s end.  Other key issues remain unresolved and will be wrapped up in book four – A Fall of Water.

Review: This Same Earth

This Same Earth
This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this sequel to A Hidden Fire. The romance between Beatrice DeNovo and Giovanni DiVecchio grows as they continue to search for her father. I am now reading the 3rd book in the series and find these books a fast read that really hold my attention. I find myself reaching for my Kindle wondering what’s going to happen next.

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