Sunday, November 29, 2020

With a a holiday weekend, I jam packed it full of holiday reading!

A
 meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan
The Last to See Her by Courtney Evan Tate
Starry Night by Debbie Macomber
Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini
Romancing the Holidays by L Austen Johnson
Vacation by Jane Green

Currently Reading:
Home for the Holidays by Sara Richardson

Next on the TBR pile:
The Perfect Love Song by Patti Callahan Henry

Friday, November 27, 2020

Blind Vigil
by Matt Coyle

Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  A friend arrested for murder. A vicious killer lurking in the shadows. A world of darkness.

Blinded by a gunshot wound to the face while working as a private investigator nine months ago, Rick Cahill is now sure of only one thing: he has to start a new life and leave his old one behind.

He’s still trying to figure out what that life is when his onetime partner, Moira MacFarlane, asks for his help on a case she’s taken for Rick’s former best friend. The case is simple and Moira only needs Rick for one interview, but Rick is wary of waking sleeping demons.

Ultimately, he goes against his gut and takes the case which quickly turns deadly. Rick’s old compulsion of finding the truth no matter the cost—the same compulsion that cost him his eyesight and almost his life—battles against his desire to escape his past.

The stakes are raised when Rick’s friend is implicated in murder and needs his help. Can he help the friend he no longer trusts while questioning his own lessened capabilities? His life depends on the answer as a shadowy killer lurks in the darkness.


Kritters Thoughts:  The seventh book in a series where I have only read book six that centers around a private investigator and former police officer, Rick Cahill.  He is living in San Diego and is called in by a friend to help get to the bottom of a mystery behind what he thinks is a cheating significant other.  A murder spins this story on its side and Cahill is determined to find the truth.    

In this series each book's mystery is self contained, so although I am missing some major plot points when it comes to Rick Cahill's personal journey, I was easily able to read book six and now book seven and feel as though I wasn't missing too much as each mystery happens and is solved within each book.  

What made this book so interesting above the typical detective mystery novel was that this character in this book was injured in the previous book in this series and he ended up blind.  Following a main character who is a private investigator while also living with a debilitating injury was just interesting in and of itself, but then to have him continue to do his job and help his friend get to the bottom of a murder was fascinating to follow.  

At some point, I would like to go back to the beginning and read the other books in this series because I have grown to love Rick Cahill as a character and his stubborn pursuit for the truth is enjoyable to read.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 119 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Thursday, November 26, 2020


Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you are spending it with those you love.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Postcards at Christmas by Imogen Clark

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 121
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  After discovering her mother’s secret life, Cara doesn’t have much faith in marriage.

So when the love of her life, Simeon, proposes, she struggles to say ‘I do.’ She adores him, but why risk the perfect relationship by signing on a dotted line that could ruin everything? If her parents’ marriage taught her anything, it was that a gold ring doesn’t equal happiness, and she has no desire to follow in their dysfunctional footsteps.

But maybe there’s a bigger picture after all. When a tragic accident brings yet more truths to the surface, Cara is forced to question everything she believes—and fears—about long-term love. And the answers aren’t obvious…


Kritters Thoughts:  The second in a series and I would suggest starting at book one because you will lose a lot of character development if you skip ahead to this one.  

Cara is living a great life with Simeon and early in the book he proposes and she hesitates due to her views on marriage.  She likes the life they currently have and is nervous to make any changes.  An extreme accident happens which makes her really rethink everything, so in this book she has some big decisions to make.  

I enjoyed this book more than the first and enjoyed Cara as a character more in this one than the first book.  I appreciated Cara's journey in this book and felt as though she made big changes.  

Although this book was significantly shorter than the first, I think the author made a good decision but limiting the amount of characters in this story and instead the story was told through Cara and her friend Beth, but the story really focused on Cara and the things she was going through in this book.  

The only thing I questioned about this book after completing was the title.  It didn't affect me enjoying the book, but I wish the postcards had been more prevalent than they were, it was snuck in, but I wanted more!


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
 Ebook 2020 Challenge: 38 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Postcards From a Stranger by Imogen Clark

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 348
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  A secret lies buried at the heart of her family—but it can’t stay hidden forever.

When Cara stumbles across a stash of old postcards in the attic, their contents make her question everything she thought she knew.

The story she pieces together is confusing and unsettling, and appears to have been patched over with lies. But who can tell her the truth? With her father sinking into Alzheimer’s and her brother reluctant to help, it seems Cara will never find the answers to her questions. One thing is clear, though: someone knows more than they’re letting on.

Torn between loyalty to her family and dread of what she might find, Cara digs into the early years of her parents’ troubled marriage, hunting down long-lost relatives who might help unravel the mystery. But the picture that begins to emerge is not at all the one she’d expected—because as she soon discovers, lies have a habit of multiplying . . .


Kritters Thoughts:  Cara has lived with her father in the same home her entire life.  She now works from the home making beautiful wedding dresses and is taking care of an ailing father.  With her father battling Alzheimer's she is prompted to find things that could comfort her father and to the attic she goes.  Finding a box that she has never noticed and finds some interesting postcards really starts the story going . . . 

The thing that I loved most in this book was that both Cara and Annie had the opportunity to tell their stories.  Cara was telling her story in the present day while Annie was taking it into the past to tell her story.  It took a moment to find out where the stories overlapped and the minute I found out, I appreciated each storyline even more.  

This book had a typical trope that is used in books like these where the older figure is going through a mental episode that keeps them from explaining something that the younger generation has found with secrets from the past.  I have read so many books where this takes place and I could be burnt out at this moment from these books, but I still love the concept where a young generation finds something and has to go figure out the truth.  

I enjoyed this book, but didn't completely love it.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
 Ebook 2020 Challenge: 37 out of 100


Sunday, November 22, 2020

Glad to be back in the reading groove - thankful for a quiet weekend full of reading!  I am so excited for all the holiday books that I will be reading in the next few weeks!

A
 meme hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date. 

Finished this past week:
The Star Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman
Glimmer As You Can by Danielle Martin
Blind Vigil by Matt Coyle
Home for Christmas by Holly Chamberlin
The Conscious Cleanse Cookbook by Jo Schaalman and Julie Pelaez

Currently Reading:
One More for Christmas by Sarah Morgan 

Next on the TBR pile:
Romancing the Holidays by L Austen Johnson

Friday, November 20, 2020

The Rejected Writers' Christmas Wedding
by Suzanne Kelman 

Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 198
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Southlea Bay's favorite sweethearts, Flora and Dan, are getting married and the members of the Rejected Writers' Book Club are excited to help. Especially the group's head honcho, Doris Newberry, who, much to Flora’s frustration, wants to control every detail, attempting to strong-arm Flora into accepting ridiculous wedding vows, wayward bongo players and into wearing a huge, old-fashioned wedding dress. But when a new resident arrives in town with information about Flora's past that threatens her chance of happiness, the overwhelmed bride-to-be disappears overnight. To find her, The Rejected Writers set off on yet another zany road trip adventure, this time to a make-believe Bavarian town. Where they meet lederhosen clad, young men, are entertained by oompah bands, go on wild sleigh rides, and sing in a yodeling competition. But when they eventually find the bride and the bridegroom learns the truth about her, will he still want to marry her or will all the wedding plans be in vain. 


Kritters Thoughts:  The third book in a series with a large cast of characters and for me this was my favorite book of the series.  With the sweetest of plots as one of the characters, Flora is getting married to Dan, a man the group met in the first book on their interesting road trip and these two don't have a smooth ride to the alter, of course not!

Flora is probably my favorite character out of the whole group.  I love everything about her.  She is sweet and kind and just adds a breath of fresh air to this group.  I am not quite a fan of most of the members, so I loved this book that focused on Flora.  As almost always happens in a romance book, Flora has a few things in her past that will resurface in the most interesting of ways and it threatens her road to happily ever after.  The will they/won't they always works in romance books and keeps the reader flipping pages (quickly) to the end.  

My favorite book out of this bunch, but I am glad to see this series end here on a high note.  


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 96 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

 

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