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REVIEW: The Hideaway by Lauren Denton

Granddaughter Sara Jenkins returns to the homestead in Sweet Bay, Alabama following the death of her grandmother, Mags.  Sara was raised from about age 10 by Mags after the accidental death of Sara’s parents.  Sara couldn’t wait to escape her eccentric grandmother and found herself as a small business owner in New Orleans as a 20- and 30-something.  Mags, though, left the Hideaway homestead to Sara to be restored and either sold or loved.
During the restoration, Sara finds details of her grandmother’s life and open a whole new perspective for her on the real story behind the eccentric Mags.
I thought the story was interesting.  I was fine with how the chapters jumped around from Mags’ story to Sara’s story.

hideaway

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me an ARC for a  review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Fetching Sweetness by Dana Mentink

Stephanie is working hard to become a respected literary agent. The story opens as she is trying to convince a reclusive author to turn over a new manuscript to her agency.  Unfortunately, the author’s dog, Sweetness, runs off during the meeting.  The author charges Stephanie with finding and returning the dog to her before they can complete the meeting.  The author lives quite a ways away and leaves the meeting location without her dog.  Stephanie, who has seen just a glimpse of the dog, is stunned by her assignment to recover Sweetness.  Into the picture comes media mogul Rhett Hastings.  He’s at a crossroads in his life as he considers his broken relationship with his sister and how to readjust his life’s work.  Rhett reluctantly offers to help Stephanie, a stranger to him, find the dog and then deliver the dog to the author.

Stephanie and Rhett are both chasing dreams that may not be their own.  This is a great story about a couple 30-something people who are reevaluating where they are and what God is calling them to do.

Fetching Sweetness - eBook  -     By: Dana Mentink

Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

 

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REVIEW: The Room with the Second-Best View

Al and Millie Richardson find themselves thrown into the fire when their first bed and breakfast guest arrives over two weeks early. And, she’s a hard-to-please guest, at that. As they are preparing for their guest and finishing up some house projects, Millie suffers a mishap and ends up bruised and hobbling around.  Al comes to the rescue and again shows his devotion to his beloved wife.

Another of the storylines of this novel is the town’s plan to apply for historic status in order to preserve the old buildings of the downtown area.  The committee, though, disagrees greatly on who should be named as project manager.

The town vet reappears as she readies for her wedding to the local handyman.

Fun story about the inhabitants of Goose Creek.  I enjoyed this more than the original book.  Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

The Room with the Second-Best View (Tales from the Goose Creek B&B, #3)

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REVIEW: Fading Starlight by Kathryn Cushman

Clothing designer Lauren Summers need to take some time off following a mishap with one of her designs.  Her break involves moving into an exclusive neighborhood to house sit while she works for a pittance designing costumes for a high school drama production. Lauren is trying to make the best of her circumstances but she is continually thwarted by her reclusive neighbor.  And, to make matters worse, Lauren is unsure of reporter Kendall Joiner’s motives.  Working to find her way back to the design world, Lauren plugs on and relies on God for guidance.  Sometimes God puts us in particular places for awesome reasons.

I enjoyed this new novel by Kathryn Cushman.  I’ve read several of her other books and I found this one to move right along.  I would say it’s possibly my favorite from her so far! Thanks to Bethany House for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

Fading Starlight

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REVIEW: Sit, Stay, Love by Dana Mentink

Gina, out of work as a school teacher, agrees to take over her cousin’s dog sitting business for a while.  Gina’s first assignment is for baseball superstar Cal Crawford.  Cal inherited the elderly dog, Tippy, after his mom passed away.  Cal is not a dog person, but he feels responsible for this piece of his mom that’s left for him.  Gina is a natural at the dog sitting business and also natural at making people feel at ease.  Cal, as a superstar, is cautious and private.  Tippy is described as friendly, ugly, and engaging.  As private as Cal is, the dog is the opposite.  His fame shoots higher when Tippy is around and Tippy makes Cal more approachable.  Tippy becomes key to Cal’s future of mending fences and coping with his stardom.

Sit, Stay, Love

Thanks to Harvest House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

Allie Marshall is just out of prison after serving 10 years for the murder of the local high school football coach.  She hopes to reunite with her now 16 year old daughter and to get her life back together.  She returns to her hometown and the stares and whispers and outright rejection that accompany a released felon.  Thank goodness for her sister who has cared for the daughter (Caroline) for the past ten years.  Allie is looking forward to the support she’ll receive.  Except, her sister doesn’t want to let Caroline go. And, her sister has some deep dark secrets begging to come out.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing me an ARC to review in my own words.

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REVIEW: The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

Anna and Luke, perhaps star-crossed lovers, reside at Rosalind House as each has early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Anna’s brother chose the location since the assisted living facility had another young person, Luke, with the same affliction.  The story gives insight into the possible thoughts and loves of an Alzheimer’s victim.  Readers also meet chef Eve Bennett and her daughter.  They are both trying to survive the betrayal of Eve’s husband through a Ponzi scheme and then his suicide.  Eve and her daughter need to mend and the slow pace of Rosalind House provides refuge for them, too.

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