Literary Insights

Literary Insights: A Book Lovers Review

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Firewall: FBI Houston by Di Ann Mills

           After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

           Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband, but his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?
           I recommend you add to your summer reading list if you enjoy a little romance with your mystery, just when you thought you knew the guilty party and what was going on, another curveball was thrown in for good measure.

I received digital copy of eBook from publisher for my review.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope): A Novella by Jody Hedlund

            This novella introduces us to the Beacons of Hope series. I was drawn into the story from the very first page, with the interesting start after a devastating storm, and it kept my attention until the last page. I loved the unique setting in Michigan, close by the lighthouse and water, as well as the unique story where Isabelle and her father save Henry from the storm which nearly killed him.

            From the opening paragraph to the closing chapter, Jody Hedlund captured the harsh reality of living on the shores of the Great Lakes in Michigan. The dangers, both natural and human, are woven into the story allowing the reader to gain a glimpse into the life of an 1850's lighthouse keeper. It was interesting to see how this historical romance novella plays out. A sweet and unique story.  I enjoyed the novella's setting, characters, and plot. I look forward to reading more about the life and times of the Great Lakes' lighthouse keepers and their families.

            Overall, I  enjoyed this novella. It had a number of surprising revelations and there was a tension that coursed through it pushing the story forward. Would Henry grow up, give up his playboy ways and settle down with a handicapped wife? Will Isabella leave the only life she’s ever known and settle down in a mansion? You’ll have to read Out Of The Storm to find out.
Like most novellas, it was a quick read.

I received a copy of eBook from the publisher for my review 

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Born of Persuasion

            In the year 1838, Julia Elliston finds herself orphaned under tragic circumstances and suddenly placed under the whims of an aloof guardian who plans to send her off to Scotland as a widow's companion. With immense pressure to live as a servant, Julia feels she has no choice but to catch a husband. When her first love Edward is unable to marry her, the reader is left wondering if the impetuous Julia will instead turn to the dark, yet mysterious Mr. Macy.

            Romantic and entertaining to its core with excellent mysteries thrown in for good measure. Solid characters, alluring romances, and a vivid picture of Victorian England that transports you back in time, all make for a compelling read.
           Written in first person, a reader gets caught up in the mannerisms, apparel, lifestyles, decorum and societal rules of the mid eighteen hundreds as Julia is tormented, used and shunned due to marital laws, legalities and lack of women's rights.

            If you love a good, old-fashioned Jane Austen like historical romance or an entertaining, Gothic and Bronte `esque' suspense filled mystery, you will enjoy this book.
             I received a copy of this book Tyndale House Publishers for my review.

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