Book Review: Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

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By Sarah Sundin
Rating: 4 of 5
Book 2 of Waves of Freedom series
Revell – Fiction | Historical Romance

Lillian Avery is excited to start her first job as a pharmacist in Boston. As a young woman, she would have never been able to get the job unless World War II had created a shortage of young men pharmacists. When rather large prescriptions for sedatives keep coming in, Lillian begins to question why the patients and doctors are allowing this, so she begins an investigation of her own.

Ensign Archer Vandenberg is Lillian’s brother’s best friend who’s been reassigned to a destroyer to defend the Eastern border from German U-boats while based out of Boston. Archer suffers from PTSD but is trying his hardest to fight off the paralyzing fear. When he realizes that some of his crewmates are constantly suffering from drowsiness, he begins to suspect some of his men to be self-medicating. When he enlists Lillian’s expertise and help, she reveals her own suspicions surrounding the sedatives. Can they figure out what is happening? Can they find a way to work together without getting caught or killed?

Since this story was the second in a series, I was a little concerned I wouldn’t be able to catch up, but the story read as a standalone novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the setting of World War II. As someone studying in the medical field, it was interesting to see the incorporation of the different drugs that were used during that time period. I really enjoyed getting to know Lillian and Archer and all of their individual struggles. As someone who also loves history, I really enjoyed learning more about military life on a destroyer and also the state of medicine. I will have to hunt down the first book in the series to read!

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good historical romance.

I received this book for free from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Look what arrived! Must Read!

So although I’m supposed to be studying for my finals this week, I had to share what just happened to arrive in the mail.

Sins of the Past book

Nothing like the smell and feel of a brand new book!!!

Confession: I already read the ebook version but the author, Dani Pettrey, decided to send me a real copy! THANKS DANI PETTREY!!!

I feel so blessed! If you’re a fan of Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage Series, you will absolutely flip for her story, Shadowed, which is a prequel that I absolutely couldn’t put down. I loved the story and was so happy to get a chance to go back and spend time with the McKenna family.

From Goodreads:

Three Novellas from Bestselling Authors

In Dee Henderson’s “Missing,” a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.

Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with “Shadowed,” introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector.

Lynette Eason’s “Blackout” delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found–but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?

**BOOK REVIEW TO COME!**

Who wouldn’t want to read these stories? Haha. ENJOY! You can purchase HERE using my Amazon link.

Until next time!

Kim

COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES!

Enter the COLD SHOT Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

 

In COLD SHOT, the first book of author Dani Pettrey’s brand new Chesapeake Valor series, park ranger Griffin McCray and forensic anthropologist Finley Scott uncover buried remains near the Civil War battleground of Little Round Top. There’s only one problem: the bones aren’t Civil War-era.

3dbookGriffin just wants the case to go away, but when Finley discovers evidence pointing to the work of an expert sniper, the case connects them with FBI agent Declan Grey, and crime scene investigator Parker Mitchell, friends from a past Griffin’s tried to leave behind.

Soon the reunited friends realize they’ll need to confront the darkest days in their shared history if they–and those they care about–are going to escape a downward spiral of crime, danger, and
murder.

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new series, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the COLD SHOT SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.


Timeframe & Notifications:
This giveaway starts February 16, 2016 and ends March 7, 2016 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and announced at DaniPettrey.com.

About the Prizes

GRAND PRIZE:
Cold Shot Sweepstakes Grand Prize

ROAD TRIP REUNION GETAWAY

In COLD SHOT, Griffin reunites with friends after they’ve drifted apart over the years. Do you have a friend you want to reconnect with? Here’s your chance to hit the road with them for a friend getaway!

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: A $250 gift certificate to BedandBreakfast.com, good for reservations at lodges across the Continental US, plus a $50 Darden restaurants gift card, and a Chesapeake Bay tote bag, to pack your road trip essentials.

SECOND PRIZE:

FINLEY’S FAVORITES PACK

Cold Shot Sweepstakes Second PrizeFinley has a lifelong love of travel and exploration, something captured in her cozy home decor, right down to her steamer trunk coffee table. This prize gives you a chance to have a steamer trunk just like Finley’s, and a coffee table book from the Chesapeake Bay to go with it.

Our Second Prize winner will receive: A $150 value cedar wood steamer trunk and vivid Maryland coffee table photo book.



Cold Shot Sweepstakes Third PrizeTHIRD PRIZE:

TASTE OF MARYLAND KIT
COLD SHOT is sure to leave you with a craving for the mouth-watering snacks Griffin, Finley, and the rest of the crew enjoy in the story. If you wish you could sample Chesapeake’s one-of-a-kind local fare too, this prize is for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: The beautifully lithographed, $50 value Taste of Maryland Tin, including the Chesapeake Bay Cookbook and famed local treats such as Old Bay Seasoning, Maple Syrup, Maryland crab soup mix, specialty dip, and Goetze’s Caramel Creams.

How to Enter:

Go to: http://www.danipettrey.com/cold-shot-sweepstakes/ and complete the entry box, anytime between February 16 – March 7, 2016.

I absolutely LOVED the book! Read my book review for COLD SHOT here.

Please pray!

I don’t usually do this but I am asking for prayer. I have been pursuing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences since August and I am praying for admission into medical school.

After my first semester, I received a conditional acceptance to the medical school but I have to score a 501 on the MCAT. I retook the MCAT in January and I get my score 2/23. Please pray that I get what I need. I truly believe this is God’s timing for me and I’m excited for this adventure He has me on. I am trusting that He will take care of everything!

Thank you to everyone who prays and supports me! It means so much and I’m so grateful. I couldn’t do life without you! XOXO

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Book Review: Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

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Cold Shot
by Dani Pettrey
Rating: 5/5
Book 1 of the Chesapeake Valor Series
Bethany House – Fiction | Romantic Suspense

Griffin McCray is a park ranger with a very specific skill set from his days as a SWAT-team sniper who has tried to get away from the stress and guilt by taking a job far away from the action in Gettysburg. One night when he comes across some relic hunters digging up skeletal remains, he requires the help and expertise of Finley Scott, a forensic anthropologist, to identify the remains. Finley is able to identify the body and determine that the victim was shot by an expert sniper. When his estranged college friend and FBI agent, Declan Gray, takes over the case, Griffin must start confronting the tragedy of the past. Will Finley and Griffin with the help of some friends be able to discover the killer and bring them to justice? Can Finley and Griffin find a place in their lives for each other?

I’m so excited that Dani Pettrey has another hit on her hands! I loved this story and was impressed with the world building and how she introduced new characters (to set up this series) without taking away from the story. I am such a huge fan of her Alaskan Courage series and couldn’t wait to dive into her new Chesapeake Valor series. The author has a way of creating relatable characters who don’t just find love but peace. This story is so captivating I couldn’t put the book down. I basically read it in one sitting because it’s that good. If you are thinking about reading this book, just do it. You won’t regret it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure, mystery, and romance.

I received this book for free from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Get your copy of COLD SHOT by Author Dani Pettrey!

About the Author

dpettrey3smDani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the brand new romantic suspense Chesapeake Valor series, as well as the well-loved Alaskan Courage series which includes her bestselling novels SubmergedShatteredStrandedSilenced, and Sabotaged. She feels blessed to write inspirational romantic suspense because it incorporates so many things she loves–the thrill of adventure, nail biting suspense, the deepening of her characters’ faith, and plenty of romance. She and her husband reside in Maryland, where they enjoy time with their daughters, son-in-law, and super-adorable grandson.

Book Review: Fire & Ice by Mary Connealy

Fire & Ice
by Mary Connealy
Rating: 4/5
Book 3 of the Wild at Heart Series
Bethany House – Fiction | Christian | Historical Romance

Bailey Wilde is the last of the Wilde sisters to stick around in the West. She is also one of the best (and smartest) ranchers in the area. Ever since she served in the Civil War, she’s disguised herself as a young man and worked hard to be the son her father wanted and loved. Her only real competition is Gage Coulter, who is trying to gain back access to his canyon of 5,000 acres of grass for his cattle. Ever since he found out that Mr. Bailey Wilde had set up a homestead at the entrance to his canyon, he’s been trying to find a way to buy the land or barter a deal to trespass through her land to give his cattle access. He’s determined and will get his way, despite any warning gunshots that Wilde shoots his way.

When Gage finally figures out the truth about Miss Bailey Wilde, he continues to try to barter a deal with her, but she refuses. When Gage shows her his plans to force another opening to the canyon, Bailey gives up. She will have to find another place for her herd to graze. She is disappointed but still determined to make this work.

After a long and lonely winter, Bailey is overjoyed to see Gage, despite the circumstances. She is shocked when he proposes marriage, in order to fool his mother, who is coming to visit him. In her loneliness, she decides to marry Gage in exchange for the rights to the canyon and her homestead. Can Bailey and Gage find a way to make this marriage work? Can they learn to trust and respect each other’s skills? Can they learn to let go of their pasts and see the promising future that’s before them?

Ending this novel was bittersweet. I didn’t want the series to end. I’ve enjoyed all three books in the Wild at Heart series and I can’t wait to see what else Mary Connealy comes up with next. She is incredibly talented at creating characters that are flawed and lovable and frustrating and endearing! I love all of the humor and faith she infuses into her stories. She pulls me right into the historical setting and I’m not content until I find out what exactly happens to the main characters.

Although you could read this book by itself, I would recommend reading the other two books first just to be more familiar with some of the other characters. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great historical romance with comedy!

I received this book for free from the publisher and NetGalley but was not required to give a positive review.

Book Review: In Good Company by Jen Turano

In Good Company
by Jen Turano
Rating: 4.5/5
A Class of Their Own Book 2
Bethany House – Fiction | Historical Fiction

Meet Millie Longfellow, a nanny who grew up in an orphanage in New York. Although she works well with kids, Millie always seems to find trouble and mischief and again finds herself looking for another job. After returning to the employment agency, she bumps into Everett Mulberry, who is searching for yet another nanny for the three children that he recently became a guardian to. She must not lose this job and Everett cannot lose another nanny for the summer. Although the children have scared away all the other nannies, Millie is confident in her abilities to handle the children as the family moves to a house in Newport for the summer season.

When Millie learns from the children about their parents’ suspicious deaths, she requests that Everett look into the matter more carefully. As Millie gets closer to the children, she also gets Everett to take a more invested role in their lives; she starts to see that behind all the snobbery and elitism, Everett is someone who cares for others. Can Everett get over the societal barriers that keep him from following his heart? Can Millie let go of her preconceived notions of 1882’s high society?

Even though I was reading a few other books, I picked this one up and finished reading it in a few hours. That should say all I need to about the book. I have not read the first book in the series, After A Fashion, but I just purchased it on my Kindle after reading this book. The writing was so well done and really entertaining. I was immediately pulled right into the world of 1882’s high society. Millie’s character was so endearing and quirky. The plot had some interesting twists that I didn’t see coming but the story was not dark at all.

I only gave it a rating of 4.5 because I felt it didn’t really address the faith aspect as well as I thought it could have. Other than a note that the cover art didn’t seem period appropriate (felt too modern), I felt the story and characters were well written and thoroughly enjoyable. I recommend this book to anyone interested in a historical romance with spunk and fun.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber

Siren’s Fury
by Mary Weber
Rating: 3/5
Book Two of the Storm Siren Trilogy
Thomas Nelson – Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic | General

After saving Faelen from Draewulf, Nym finds herself without her special Elemental powers and finds her love, Eogan, has been possessed by Draewulf. As the new king of Bron, Draewulf (as Eogan) has more influence than Nym is willing to allow. She finds a way to travel with a group of delegates from Faelen to monitor and try to stop Draewulf as he returns to Bron.

When Nym forms an alliance with Lord Myles who promises a way to unlock more power and free Eogan from Draewulf’s power, she opens a door that may require more from her than she could even imagine. Can Nym discover a power that will give her the strength to save the man she loves and prevent Draewulf from gaining more power?

I really enjoyed the first book, Storm Siren, and was excited to read the second in the trilogy since the first book ended on a cliffhanger. Nym is such an interesting character and I really enjoyed the glimpses into her inner thoughts and her journey to finding her powers. As much as I enjoyed the continuing saga, I didn’t feel this book was as gripping as the first. It was good but it wasn’t like I couldn’t put it down.

I still recommend the book to anyone who enjoyed the first in the series and enjoys a good young adult story with fantasy and magic.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

In Firefly Valley
by Amanda Cabot
Rating: 4/5
Book 2 in the Texas Crossroads series
Revell – Fiction | Contemporary Fiction

After losing her job, Marisa St. George returns to her hometown of Dupree, Texas, where she has accepted a business manager position at the newly renovated Rainbow’s End resort. The resort is about to have its grand opening, but they already have one mysterious guest, Blake Kendall, a friend of the owner’s.

Blake is in need of some rest and relaxation, since he’s tried everything to get over his writer’s block. His trip to Dupree could be just what he needs to feel inspired again. As a successful author, he’s kept his identity a secret by using a pseudonym. He believes his stories are just entertaining and nothing more; however, Marisa unknowingly hates his books and how his main character glorifies smoking and especially drinking. The attraction between Marisa and Blake is practically electric, but will Blake’s secret drive them apart? Can Marisa learn to forgive and forget the past?

Amanda Cabot really knows how to create characters that I want to root for and get to know. In this second installment in the Texas Crossroads series, I got to reconnect with the characters from the previous book, At Bluebonnet Lake, and find out what’s been happening. I was immediately thrown into this small Texas town with its quirky but lovable characters and nuances. The characters have to deal with real life situations that make them so relatable. She expertly weaves faith throughout the story in a way that makes me want to read more!

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light, fun, contemporary romances.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.