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Ruined by Kade

Lennon Mayfield is back in Breathless, Georgia working on her thesis for a degree in Anthropology/Archeology. She has obtained permission from the city council to dig on land owned by the city. It is back-breaking tedious work but she loves it. She is hoping to find roots of North American human history in Breathless as there is evidence that ancient culture migrated through there. Things are going along smoothly until she encounters Gabriel Zemp who insisted she is digging on his land.

Ruined
Breathless: 2
Griffyn Ink
By Savannah Kade
May 2019

Lennon has a history with the Zemp family as she dated Brodie Zemp when they were in high school. Lennon has a secret involving Brodie and his father Robert. Brodie was killed in an automobile accident and Gabe blames Lennon for his death. He has hated her for such a long time it will do anything to prevent her from accomplishing her goals.

Lennon continues her daily dig findings several artifacts to substantiate her belief. Gabe starts coming around to watch her work and soon they become sort of friends.

Will Lennon be able to dig up Breathless and not reveal her secret? Will she and Gabe become more than friends?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Convergence by Yttrup

Denilyn has a stalker.

Convergence
by Ginny L. Yttrup
Shiloh Run Press
March 2019

Dr. Denilyn Rossi is Department Chair at Pacific Covenant University and also an author. Her friend Dr. Ryan Alister is a Professor at the college. Today is the first day of the spring semester. She can’t find her special pen – it is always in her desk drawer. When she tries to power up her presentation for class it has been deleted . Not a good way to start the day.

The first time she sees him is at a book signing in Menlo Park. She feels someone watching her. He is standing outside holding a book. He looks familiar, but she can’t quite place him. The next time she recognized him. He is outside her church. He is the man she sent to prison. The man who tried to kill her. But it can’t be him. He is still in prison or is he?

Things continue to escalate. She tries to tell Keith how she feels. She is afraid and needs his support. He can’t handle it and leaves. He later divorces her. As everything started at Three Rivers Village, she decided to return to sort things out. As she nears the Village, her past, present, and future, like the forks of the Kawesch, converge. She had worked at Ride the Kawesch as a guide after college. She gets her old job back and settles in, waiting for her stalker to make an appearance

Things were not adding up. Being run off the road, sky diving parachute failing to open, this couldn’t be Bradley, her stalker.
She finally comes to realize who is trying to kill her. How did she not see the signs. Wallace tried to tell her.

This is a story of suspense, betrayal and friendship. I enjoyed the book.

Highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Midnight At The Tuscany Hotel by Markert

Renowned sculptor Robert Gandy and his wife Magdalena own and operate the Tuscany Hotel in Southern California. Their elite guests are artists, actors, scientists and engineers who left their worries behind and came to create masterpieces.

Midnight At The Tuscany Hotel
James Markert
Thomas Nelson
April 2019

Magdalena’s life was not always so peaceful. She was left as a baby on the foundling wheel at the Ospedale degli Innocenti in Florence, Italy one stormy night. Magdalena had a problem. She couldn’t retain any present memory, but could remember thing that happened years, even centuries ago, as if she really lived them. She was adopted by a sculptor at the age of ten years. He believed she was his muse and would bring him fame. He was very cruel and did unspeakable things to her.

One day when he was traveling she ventured into town and saw Robert. Each day she would return and eventually began a conversation with him. When Robert learned what had been happening to her, he devised a way to help her leave. They left Italy for the United States and settled in California were they built the Tuscany Hotel. Their son Vittorio was born, Robert continued to create beautiful sculptors, and the hotel was the place to visit. Magdalena dies and circumstances forces Robert and his family to move, abandoning the hotel.

Vittorio grew up, married and had a son. Returning home from the war, he is haunted by memories, and his former life is unrecognizable. His wife is afraid of him and his young son doesn’t remember him. His father has Alzheimer’s and doesn’t recognize anyone. One night he went missing and they found him at the abandoned hotel. Robert started drinking the well water which seemed to restore his memory and he could again create beautiful sculptors.

They reopened the hotel. Their guests were people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s. They came to drink the water to regain their memory. Although the water was helping, it was slowly killing them.

When the guests learn the truth, will they continue to come for the water and have a life until the end or will they let the dreaded disease take over once again?

Midnight At The Tuscany explores the mystery of the mind, the truth behind the lore, and the miracle of inspiration.

A very good read. Highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Unconditional Freedom by Cole

Daniel Cumberland was born free in Massachusetts, but his dreams died the night he was kidnapped and sold into slavery. It is during the Civil War war and people of color are being sold into slavery even if they are free. Daniel is rescued, but he is a changed man. He has lost all hope and is sort of drifting. When he is asked to join the Loyal League, the covert organization of the Black spies, he seizes the opportunity for revenge.

An Unconditional Freedom
The Loyal League 3
Alyssa Cole
Kensington
February 2019

When he is paired with Janeta, a double agent, he is aggravated by her being headstrong and too observant. In the beginning he was not aware that she was a double agent, but soon learned she was working for the the Confederacy and funneling information back that was harming the Union Army. As they embark on the mission to intercept Jefferson Davis and thwart Europe’s meddling into the war, she has misgivings about betraying Daniel as she has developed feelings for him. Daniel wants revenge and plans to kill Davis. She wants to prevent this at all cost.

Will Daniel succeed in his mission or will he find another way to help the Union Army? Will Janeta come to realize her misguided loyalty to the Confederacy?

The book is a well-written story of the hardship that the people of the South endured during the Civil War, especially the people of color.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Perfect by Kade

‘When Are You Going To Marry Me?’ came from over Bailey Ann’s shoulder. She knew that voice. What was Finn doing here. No one came to Breathless, Georgia.

Perfect
Breathless: 1
by Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
April 2019

Bailey Ann Mayfield and Finn Mallory were High School sweethearts. Neither mothers approved of their relationship. Especially Bailey Ann’s mother who thought he wasn’t good enough for her daughter as he was an immigrant. The Mayfields were sort of royalty in Breathless and Bailey Ana was their princess and needed to be protected.

Even though Flynn had asked her to marry him a number of times she just wasn’t ready to do so. She left for college and they each went their separate ways. It had been five years said she had seen Finn and here he was back in town.

Bailey Anne had returned to Breathless to care for her ailing father. Now she was waiting for her two sisters, Harper Rose and Emma Kate to arrive so they could plan his funeral. The funeral is over, her sisters have gone, and she is left to handle disposing of the house and everything involving her father’s estate. Finn is in town to also dispose of his parent’s house. They were killed in a car accident a couple years ago. Bailey Ann and Finn agreed to work together getting the houses ready for the market. Working together resurrected old feelings for Bailey, but she knew she should not act on them.

Will Bailey Ann and Finn finally find happiness ever after?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Ladd

Cordelia Greythorne, a widow, is Governess to five young children at Eastern Park. Their mother had recently passed away and now their father is fighting for his life due to a riding accident. Upon his death, she is informed by the attorney that their uncle is now the children’s guardian and she and the boy’s tutor are to take them to Penwythe Hall on the Cornish Coast. They are to live at the hall and continue their duties.

The Governess of Penwythe Hall
Sarah E. Ladd
Thomas Nelson
April 2019

Penwythe Hall is close to Cornwall where she lived with her late husband before his death. She had been evicted from her home by her mother-in-law and told never to return or there would be dire consequences. Now she is returning and hopes her in-laws will not learn she in the area.

Their arrival at the hall was not a pleasant one. Their uncle had not receive notice they were coming and that his brother was dead. After a rocky start they are soon settled into a routine that is comfortable for the children. Cordelia is beginning to feel comfortable about being so near Cornwell until the night of the Frost Ball where she is confronted by her brother-in-law. She has something they want and they are not giving up until they get it.

Her sister is dying and her brother comes to take her to the vicarage in Whitecross. After being gone for several weeks, Liam, the oldest son, has came to fetch her home. His Uncle Jac soon arrives at the vicarage looking for him. Liam is kidnapped by the Greythornes. Cordelia is to come to the beach and tell them what she knows or they will kill him. Well she and Jac be able to save Liam? Well the authorities catch the Greythornes in their smuggling activities? Will Jac finally declare his feelings for Cordelia?

This is the first book in the Cornwell Novels series introducing the Twetheway family. It is rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the allure of new love.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Camelot Gambit by Scudiere

Donovan and Eleri are on an undercover assignment in Curie, Nebraska. A small town founded by Marshall Bennett, a billionaire businessman. He bought the land, vetted and tested the residence. Only people with an IQ off the charts were allowed to live there. Even the children have high IQs.

The Camelot Gambit
The Nightshade Forensic File : 7
By A.J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
April 2019

A prominent high demand scientist had been murdered and they were on their way to the Morgue in Lincoln to perform an autopsy. It is definitely murder, but no clear reason as to why or how it was done. He had been working on a project having to do with robotics, but was it worth someone to murder him.

Bodies began to pile up. First the scientist’s wife is murdered in the same way. A third and fourth murder followed one after the other. How is the killer murdering these people, for what reason and not leaving a single clue?

After searching several of the homes, Donovan and Eleri find journals written by two of the victims. After breaking the code, they’re realize that four of the children that were friends with the first victim are possibly the killer’s next targets. It was decided Donovan would take them to a safe house to keep them out of harm’s way.

Unbeknownst to them he had left Eleri on her own with the killer. Will she be the next victim or will Donovan return in time to save her?

As usual, AJ has written a thriller. It is a mystery that will keep you turning the pages and the identity of the killer will be a complete surprise.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers. If you have not read any of AJ’s previous books in this series, I seriously suggest you do so. You will immediately become one of her fans.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Glory Road by Denton

Jessie McBride lives and works on Glory Road in Perry, Alabama. She owns a garden shop called Twig. She has a teenage daughter Evan. During high school she pretended to be someone entirely different that what she really was.

Glory Road
by Lauren K. Denton
Thomas Nelson
March 2019

Ben Bradley also lives on Glory Road with his son Nick. Ben and Jessica went to school together. Ben played football and Jessica was his cheerleader. They spent a lot of time together after school and during the summer. Jessica was so much different with Ben then she was at school. She could be herself with him. After the senior party, just before they both were scheduled to leave for college, Ben told Jessica he loved her. She didn’t know how to handle this and simply walked away.They both leave Glory Road and go their separate ways. Jessica meet Chris, gets married and has Evan. Jessica is living the life she always dreamed of having. But her world fell apart when she learned that her husband had been cheating on her. She and Evan return to Glory Road.

Ben and Nick also returned to Glory Road. Evan meets Nick and soon they become friends. Jessica is surprised to learn that Ben is back and living in his parents’ home. She is torn between the past and the present. She hasn’t gotten over her feelings for Ben. Summer Tate, a wealthy business man, stops in the shop one day and ask Jessica to do the flowers for his daughter’s wedding. She agrees and soon they become friends. He is looking for more than friendship, but she isn’t ready to commit to anything but being his friend.

Will Jessica get over her feeling of betrayal and give love a second chance? Will she choose Ben or Summer? What new adventure is waiting for her just around the curve on old Glory Road?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Read

Madeline Cullen is a young attorney on her way to making partner in a prestige law firm. She lives in a high-rise condo furnished with pricey antiques.

The Printed Letter Bookshop
by Katherine Read
Thomas Nelson
May 2019

Madeline’s Aunt Maddie owns a quaint and cozy bookshop in Eagle Valley. Some of Madeline’s happiest memories are working in the bookshop. When Maddie passes away she leaves everything to Madeline, including a mountain of debt.

Today is the day for the big announcement. Who will be named the new partner? Madeline is ready to celebrate. She is positive she has been chosen. But she wasn’t – her ex-boyfriend had been made partner. In a fit of temper and pride, she quits. With nothing else to do, she goes to check out the bookshop. She plans to sell it as quickly as possible, but the two employees have others ideas. They want to save Maddie’s legacy. Janet is reeling from a recent divorce and Claire is drawn to the daily routine – here she feels needed.

By working together the three women turn the shop into a place Aunt Maddie would have appreciated. In separate rooms Madeline practices law, Claire runs an art studio and Janet runs the shop and creates beautiful window displays. Love, friendship and family finds a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It’s a story of three women who come together to save a friend/aunt’s legacy and find their own new beginning.

Highly recommended to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Who I Am With You by Hatcher

Jessica Mason lost her husband and daughter in a car accident just before Christmas. The day before the accident her husband had asked for a divorce. Then she discovered she is pregnant. Could things get any worst? How is she going to cope with her grief?

Who I Am With You
A Legacy of Faith Novel
by Robin Lee Hatcher
Thomas Nelson
December 2018

Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho avoiding a political scandal that has tarnished his good name. He is staying at his parent’s vacation home which is next door to Jessica. Both are trying to live a low-key life under the radar. Jessica because of her grief and Ridley because of the scandal. A stray dog actually leads him to form a relationship with his neighbor.

As Jessica’s friendship with Ridley continues to grow, she begins to start living again and see some of her friends. Ridley is beginning to have feelings for Jessica but isn’t sure if she is ready or has feelings for him. Will they be able to forgive the people that have betrayed them, let the past define them or will they find love?

The book is well written, her characters believable and a page-turner.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and highly recommended to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.