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Book Review: Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins

Filled with characters that annoyed and a story that was only so-so made this reader glad to close Behind the Red Door. Continue reading “Book Review: Behind the Red Door by Megan Collins”

Book Review: He Started It by Samantha Downing

Let me put this out there first thing … I HATED the ending. Hated! Continue reading “Book Review: He Started It by Samantha Downing”

Book Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center

What I wish for is that each Katherine Center novel would never end! Continue reading “Book Review: What You Wish For by Katherine Center”

Book Review: Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

Don’t open this book thinking what you’re about to read is a mystery/suspense/thriller. While it has small elements of that genre, that is not what this book read like to me. If there’s a takeaway from Little Disasters, it is that mental health is important. Please talk to someone! Continue reading “Book Review: Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan”

Book Review: The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton

I am the crazy cat lady that loves dog books. A book with a cat or dog on the cover immediately grabs my attention. That is how I found myself reading the first book in this new series. Continue reading “Book Review: The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton”

Book Review: The Dilemma by B. A. Paris

The Dilemma is full of so many secrets and so much heartache that this reader couldn’t help but completely immerse herself in this book to see how it would all unfold. Continue reading “Book Review: The Dilemma by B. A. Paris”

Book Review: Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon

Historical fiction is usually not the genre I seek out. But this is Amy Harmon, whose book Making Faces is one of my all-time favorites, so I had to give it a try. Continue reading “Book Review: Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon”

Book Review: The New Husband by D.J. Palmer

The New Husband, the second novel I’ve read by Palmer, has him becoming an author I’ll need to stalk! I mean, search Amazon and Goodreads accordingly, for the next new book 🙂

Nina Garrity’s husband Glen is presumed dead. A year and a half after the accident, Nina considers herself a widow, even though the police never found a body. Following a chance encounter with Simon Fitch, a teacher from her daughter Maggie’s middle school, Nina finds love again and has hopes of putting her shattered life back together. But it’s never that easy is it? This is a thriller after all!

The New Husband is intense throughout despite certain mysteries being solved for the readers fairly early on. However, I kept turning the pages because while the reader has the answers, the characters in the story do not. I needed to know how it would all be revealed and how the cast of characters would react.

I really did enjoy this book, but thought that things came together a little too quickly in the end. There was one question I would have liked a solution to. It’s not a major plot line, but one I would have liked resolved because I simply don’t like not knowing for certain.

The New Husband has left me eagerly looking forward to Palmer’s next book. If thrillers are your thing, then add this book to your list immediately!

My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

Rating: 4 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The New Husband

Author: D.J. Palmer

Release Date: April 14, 2020

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Book Review: The Time of Jacob’s Trouble by Donna VanLiere

The Time of Jacob’s Trouble is not what I expected, nor was the writing the Donna VanLiere that I’m used to.

A typical day at work turns into a nightmare for Emma Grady when her favorite patient and several colleagues vanish in front of her. What could make so many people vanish in a moment? And not just in New York, but all over the globe?

Do you remember the Left Behind series from the early 2000s? As a believer those books packed a punch. To me they were an easier way to see what the Bible describes in the book of Revelation. The Time of Jacob’s Trouble seems to be VanLieres way of doing the same thing. But this book did not work for me or pack the same punch the Left Behind series did. The characters lacked depth and their stories and how they are written felt jumbled and without flow. Then suddenly, the book just stops! I was not expecting a cliffhanger! What I didn’t know when I started this book was that it is the first book in a series.

Why did my Kindle say there was nearly two hours left in the book when I reached the end of the story? Because the rest of the book is segments titled Where in the Word? The best way I can describe these segments are as Bible study material. VanLiere dives into the scripture surrounding the events in the fictional chapters she has written. I did not read these segments because I was not prepared for them. Their inclusion was such a shock to me. I wasn’t prepared to study the end times as told in Revelation in depth. My head was completely in the fictional characters and what was happening to them.

While this did not live up to my VanLiere expectations, it was still an okay read. I’m not sure how this book is classified, but it seems better suited for a Bible study group to experience together. I’m not sure that I’ll read the next book, but I’ll probably read the fictional portion only and skip the study material if I do decide to continue the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

 

Rating: 3 stars

Reviewer: Jennifer

Title: The Time of Jacob’s Trouble

Author: Donna VanLiere

Release Date: March 17, 2020

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