“Winter Trees,” by Kim Stokely

Winter Trees  by Kim Stokely   http://www.faithfulreads.com/2014/11/wednesdays-christian-kindle-books-early_26.htmlI’m having a difficult time writing a review on this book. It might be because it’s midnight and I can’t sleep. I am a little tired. I have the tv on, however, I also have it muted. ha! Anyway, in the book, “Winter Trees,” Ginny is the Activities Director at Marigold Manor Assisted Living. I think she has a great job – rewarding and fun! She’s also grieving. Chester is the chef at Marigold Manor. He’s a great guy and he loves his family, but he has a past. Well, Edna and Frank, two of the residents, decide to do some matchmaking. The story was good and many of the characters were loveable and endearing. However, I thought the book was choppy and mechanical at times. I had trouble staying focused because it was mechanical in places. It’s a story about, love, loss, grief, second chances and hope – happy reading!

“Loving Lucianna,” by Joyce DiPastena

Oh my goodness! Yesterday morning, bravely venturing out into the cold wind chill, I stopped at a local coffee shop and read half of this clean romance. It was good. I finished reading it last night.

Sir Balduin de Soler has given up on love. He is a swoon-worthy knight and he didn’t believe he could support a wife financially, so he never married. Things change and at the age of fifty, he falls in love with Lucianna Fabio. She is a spitfire! Bless her heart. She has a painful secret in her past and as a result of this secret, she never married. Now, she thinks she is toooooooo old to marry! ha! I liked her. I thought she was comical at times.

Lucianna has an evil brother. He is really – not nice! He enters the story to cause trouble. Well! He should have known better! Sir Balduin is an experienced knight and he is in love!

I would like to say, it is a rare moment when I declare a male character in a book, swoon worthy! There have only been a few and Sir Balduin is definitely one of them. I think I might make a list on my blog of swoon worthy men in fiction. But, I digress. This is the first book in a series titled, “Hearts  in Autumn.” This is a medieval romance and I really enjoyed it! I gave it four stars on goodreads – only because – it seemed a little sluggish in places. However, “Loving Lucianna,” is such a good story, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Happy Reading!

Book cover for "Loving Lucianna" 2014


“Santa in a Stetson,” by Janet Dailey

Truth be told, I read this book because the title grabbed my attention. I think the title is hilarious! And, as it turns out, I liked the story!

This is the story of Lije Masters and Diana. Likable and believable characters, Diana Mills is a model and Lije is riding the rodeo and he owns a ranch in New Mexico. I liked both of them.

Santa In A Stetson by Janet Dailey


“Cowboy Under the Mistletoe,” by Linda Goodnight

Jake Hamilton, an experienced bull rider in the rodeo, left town several years ago, after an unfortunate incident with his best friend, Quinn Buchanon.  Now, he has returned to care for his feisty, ailing grandma. I loved Jake’s Grandma. She was something, as was her best friend!

Allison Buchanon has always been in love with Jake, but the rest of the Buchanon family . . . well, well . . . the Buchanon family are a royal pain! They are a close-knit family and they can really carry a grudge.

I thought this was a good story about grace and forgiveness.

Cowboy Under the Mistletoe (The Buchanons) by Linda Goodnight, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K9ZWK4U/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_NGGaub0NB2B0M



“Christmas in Cowboy Country,” by Janet Dailey

The cover of this book is a little deceiving. That’s right, as you can see, a cowboy is riding a horse in the snow, to a red ranch house in a sublime setting. Marshall Stone, although he grew up in Wyoming, he surveys land. I don’t remember him ever riding a horse in this book. He drove a shiny, black truck! In the beginning of the story I didn’t really like our muscular, good-looking, tall Marshall Stone, although he has a great name. I thought he was a little rough. He did seem to chill out during the course of the story and in the end I did like him.

Annie is a ski instructor, however, she has left the slopes because she broke her leg and she is temporarily living on her parents ranch in Colorado. I liked Annie. She loves her family and is actively involved in the community.

There you have it, a clean romance set in Velde, Colorado. Now there are a couple of steamy kisses in the story that might make you raise an eyebrow, but it is a clean romance. There is some mild profanity scattered throughout the story. I did like the book.

Winter is so well described in this story, I almost got frostbite reading it! Happy Reading!!!

3 stars for Christmas in Cowboy Country by Janet Dailey, Kensington Citadel Press  http://purejonel.blogspot.ca/2014/10/CowboyCountry.html

“A Cliche’ Christmas”

A Cliche Christmas by Nicole Deese. I loved this book!This is a sweet romance! It has laugh outloud humor and loveable characters. Weston is a great and funny guy and Georgia is a loveable lady with a grandma I want to bring home with me. I love quirky, eccentric older people in books and Georgia’s grandma definitely fits that description. If you love clean romance, read it! I really enjoyed this fun Christmas tale!

“An Unmarked Grave,” by Charles Todd

Once again, Charles Todd, gives the reader a clear look into WWI. In the beginning of this mystery, the medical people are fighting a battle on two fronts –  1.) soldiers are treated for wounds they sustained while fighting, and 2.) the Spanish flu has reached the battlefields. The doctors and nurses treating the ill and the wounded are overworked to the breaking point and some are ill with the Spanish flu themselves, many die. According to what I read, at several websites on the internet, the Spanish flu killed more people than the plague! Millions died! While Bess Crawford, my favorite battlefield nurse, is helping  treat the ill and the wounded, she learns someone has been murdered and his body has been placed with the deceased victims of the Spanish flu. So, though delayed, the search for the killer begins.

I like the Bess Crawford Mysteries. She has a strong sense of duty. She loves her family. So far, each mystery has been set in WWI and while all wars horrific, each war is unique. As far as I can tell, the research for these mysteries is great and I have learned so much about the war – the people fighting – their family and loved ones – the medical people – the shortages of food, transportation, medical supplies and the list goes on and on!

Really really good!

Book review of An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd #besscrawford