Friday, February 19, 2021

Review: Return to Virgin River by: Robyn Carr

Title: Return to Virgin River
Author: Robyn Carr
Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Virgin River #19
Format: Hardcover ( 320p.)
Source: Personal Purchase


#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr returns to the beloved town of Virgin River with a brand-new story about fresh starts, new friends and the magic of Christmas.

Kaylee Sloan’s home in Southern California is full of wonderful memories of the woman who raised her. But the memories are prolonging her grief over her mother’s recent death. A successful author, Kaylee hoped she could pour herself into her work. Instead she has terrible writer’s block and a looming deadline.

Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. She knows the isolation will help her writing, and as she drives north through the mountains and the majestic redwoods, she immediately feels inspired. Until she arrives at a building that has just gone up in flames. Devastated, she heads to Jack’s Bar to plan her next steps. The local watering hole is the heart of the town, and once she crosses the threshold, she’s surprised to be embraced by people who are more than willing to help a friend—or a stranger—in need.

Kaylee’s world is expanding in ways she never dreamed possible. And when she rescues a kitten followed by a dog with a litter of puppies, she finds her heart opening up to the animals who need her. And then there’s the dog trainer who knows exactly how to help her. As the holidays approach, Kaylee’s dread turns to wonder. Because there’s no better place to spend Christmas than Virgin River.

My Review:

 This book follows Kaylee whose driving to Virgin River for some peace and to write her last book in a series.  Upon arriving in Virgin River the house she rented is going up in flames. Unsure of what to do she heads to Jack's bar where everyone goes for some guidance and substance,  

Jack decides to help the lost girl find a place to stay for a short while until she can find somewhere to rent.  After checking out a few places with a realtor she takes up Landry on his offer of a cabin he built on his father's property.  The only complication is the dog training and Kaylee's bad history with dogs.

These two have sad memories on the holiday's Kaylee it's her mom and Landry it's his dad.  Both are trying to find there way in the world and make it past their failed relationships and find comfort in the relationship they are building.

I love this series and how it brings a depth not all books bring to love stories. Ms. Carr has a way of getting to the depth of a story and bringing the raw emotion out.  I love how we get to see what everyone is up to and how they have continued their love stories and how Kaylee and Landry get brought into the town!

Review: A Field Guide To Homicide by: Lynn Cahoon

Title: A Field Guide to Homicide
Author: Lynn Cahoon
Publisher: Kensington
Series: Cat Latimer Mystery #6
Format: Paperback (288 p.)
Source: Publisher


Cat Latimer and her writer’s retreat group go on a hiking trip—but a murderer has been lurking off the beaten path . . .

Cat’s sweetheart, Seth, is going all out on an outing into the local mountains—for the benefit of the writing group Cat’s hosting at her Colorado B&B. But when they try to identify some plant and animal life, they find death instead. The body belongs to a man with a gold claim a few miles away. Instead of striking it rich, he’s been struck down.

To his surprise, Seth recognizes the victim from his military days—and up to now believed he’d already died during his last tour of duty. Now Cat has to solve this mystery before the killer takes a hike . . .

My Thoughts: 

Cat Latimer has her hands full with her latest writing group which consists of couples and a college guy.  Seth her boyfriend has his hands full with a reunion with his military group.  When they find a dead military guy that Seth knew the question becomes who killed him and why and does it connect with the military tour in Germany?

This book had so much going on you see the stress of Cat writing a new series about a boot camp not sure if anyone will pick it up/  The different type of group this is because they are mostly couples minus the one college student whose afraid to show his story to his professor.  

Then there is Seth and his military friends some of them make no bones about the fact Cat broke Seth's heart, which I don't think helps but Cat can't help but wonder who committed murder and why?  At times you wonder if this will be the thing that comes between the two of them.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Review: The Iron Raven by: Julie Kagawa


By Julie Kagawa 

On Sale: February 9, 2021


Teen & Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy; Folklore and Fairytale; Paranormal romance

978-1335091765; 1335091769

$19.99 USD

336 pages

About the Book

Wicked faeries and fantastic danger... Welcome to book one of the new trilogy in New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey fantasy series, as infamous prankster Puck finally has a chance to tell his story and stand with allies new and old to save Faery and the world. 


Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Prankster, joker, raven, fool... King Oberon's right-hand jester from A Midsummer Night's Dream. The legends are many, but the truth will now be known as never before, as Puck finally tells his own story and faces a threat to the lands of Faery and the human world unlike any before.

With the Iron Queen Meghan Chase and her prince consort, Puck's longtime rival Ash, and allies old and new by his side, Puck begins a fantastical and dangerous adventure not to be missed or forgotten. Filled with myths and faery lore, romance and unfathomable dangers, The Iron Raven is book one of a new epic fantasy trilogy set in the world of The Iron Fey.

My Review:

This book continues the story of the Iron Fey with Ash, Meghan and Puck.  This story is told from Puck's perspective and here we learn alot about him how he came to be in the Summer Court.  The awful tricks he's played on various people.

In this book Keirran and Nyx and Puck fight an evil monster who won't die but seems to be turning into what he has tried so hard to change from.  Keirran sends Puck and Nyx to the Iron Court to inform his parents what is going on. 

Along the way he's learned alot about Nyx and how she came to be and helping her get into the Iron Court, all the while something is going on with Puck that he can't seem to totally control.  

I loved this book it had everything we have come to love with the Iron Fey series and adds some new blood so to speak so we see new friends working with old ones and friendships strengthened through it all!

About the Author

JULIE KAGAWA is the New York Times, USA TODAY and internationally bestselling author of The Iron Fey, Blood of Eden, The Talon Saga and the Shadow of the Fox series. Born in Sacramento, she has been a bookseller and an animal trainer and enjoys reading, painting, playing in her garden and training in martial arts. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and a plethora of pets. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Review: The Girl From The Channel Islands by: Jenny Lecoat


Author: Jenny Lecoat

ISBN: 9781525806414

Publication Date: February 2, 2021

Publisher: Graydon House Books

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Author Bio: 

Jenny Lecoat was born in Jersey, Channel Islands, where her parents were raised under German Occupation and were involved in resistance activity. Lecoat moved to England at 18, where, after earning a drama degree, she spent a decade on the alternative comedy circuit as a feminist stand-up. She also wrote for newspapers and women's magazines (Cosmopolitan, Observer), worked as a TV and radio presenter, before focusing on screenwriting from sitcom to sketch shows. A love of history and factual stories and a return to her island roots brought about her feature film Another Mother's Son (2017). She is married to television writer Gary Lawson and now lives in East Sussex. The Girl from the Channel Islands is her first novel.

Book Summary:

An extraordinary story of human triumph against impossible odds

The year is 1940, and the world is torn apart by war. In June of that year, Hitler's army captures the Channel Islands--the only part of Great Britain to be occupied by German forces. Abandoned by Mr. Churchill, forgotten by the Allies, and cut off from all help, the Islands' situation is increasingly desperate.

Hedy Bercu is a young Jewish girl who fled Vienna for the island of Jersey two years earlier during the Anschluss, only to find herself trapped by the Nazis once more--this time with no escape. Her only hope is to make herself invaluable to the Germans by working as a translator, hiding in plain sight wIth the help of her friends and community--and a sympathetic German officer. But as the war intensifies, rations dwindle, neighbors turn on neighbors, and Hedy's life is in greater danger every day. It will take a definitive, daring act to save her from certain deportation to the concentration camps.

A sweeping tale of bravery and love under impossible circumstances, Hedy's remarkable story reminds us that it's often up to ordinary people to be quiet heroes in the face of injustice.

Book Review: 

This book follows Hedy who is a young jewish girl living in Channel Islands after fleeing Vienna two years earlier.  We see the impact the war has and the Nazi's who show up.  There is no escape on this island.  The best Hedy can do is hide in plain sight.

This book was intriguing to the say the least as we read about Hedy and her friends and neighbors and how they helped her out when they could.  This book brings you through so much while the war is raging on.  

Definitely a fabulous book for all WWII fans.  I could see reading this one again!