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Wednesday, October 30, 2019




Novella Review: Narrow Escape by Virginia Vaughan 


Narrow Escape by Virginia Vaughan is an amazing novella. I have to admit that I do not read many novellas. For some reason, full length novels appeal more to me. I think it is because novellas tend to have characters that are not as well developed. Well, Virginia Vaughan has become a new favorite author of mine so I had to make an exception. I am so glad that I did! This novella does not read like a novella--- it immediately sucks you into the story with well developed characters and crazy levels of suspense. I read a lot of suspense and have a high tolerance for this genre. I think that this novella, with its descriptions of torture, could be triggering for some people. If you are comfortable with suspense and read it often, it would probably be fine for you. I loved this story and found the plot to be really interesting with twists that I did not expect. I highly recommend this novella to readers of intense suspense. I received a digital copy of this novella from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Monday, October 28, 2019


Book Review: Fatal Strike by Diann Mills


Fatal Strike by Diann Mills is an exhilarating read. When high profile people start dying around Galveston in uniquely gruesome ways, it is up to the FBI to find the culprit before it is too late. Could it be gang involvement? Diann Mills' latest book is an exciting read from start to finish.  The characters are well developed and there are many components to the resolution of this story. I love the variety of characters in this book-- from FBI agents, to a priest, to judges, to dentists, to gang members-- it was such a varied cast of characters and I really found this interesting. I recommend this novel for anyone who enjoys law enforcement suspense. I received a digital copy of this book from the author with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

Sunday, October 20, 2019




Book Review: The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron

About the Book



Book: The Painted Castle

Author: Kristy Cambron

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: October 15, 2019



Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England.



It was supposed to be a one-week job: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mysteries surrounding the old English manor and the enigmatic art thief who’s employed her stir more questions than answers. Then, Kiera finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin-a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria.



Set in three time periods-the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day-The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith, family, and stories that are generations in the making.





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About the Author



KRISTY CAMBRON is an award-winning author of historical fiction, including her bestselling debut The Butterfly and the Violin, and an author of Bible studies, including the Verse Mapping series. She’s a Women’s Ministry Leader at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, and a passionate storyteller who travels to speak at events across the country, encouraging women to experience a deeper life in the Word through verse mapping. Her work has been named to Publishers Weekly Religion & Spirituality TOP 10Library Journal Reviews’ Best BooksRT Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and received 2015 & 2017 INSPY Award nominations. Kristy holds a degree in Art History/Research Writing, and has 15 years of experience in education and leadership development for a Fortune-100 Corporation, working with such companies as the Disney Institute, IBM/Kenexa, and Gallup. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three sons, and can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good read.


My Thoughts

The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron is so much more than just historical fiction. It is the brilliant weaving together of three separate stories into one. I am a huge fan of this author’s historical fiction because she researches thoroughly but historical facts never get in the way of the telling of a good story. This novel is amazing from beginning to end. Each story in the novel is full of deep emotion and relatable problems. The characters are each so interesting and feel so real. I absolutely adored this novel and I think it is the best in the series. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

More from Kristy

About The Painted Castle

A war-torn estate holding its secrets close. A lost library bricked off from the world. And a portrait-maker’s unknown masterpiece of a Queen named Victoria… What stories do they long to tell?

It was supposed to be a one-week snatch-and-grab: survey an art find, collect a hefty fee, and use that to settle historian Kiera Foley’s life back into balance. But from the moment she sets foot in the East Suffolk countryside, the mystery of an old English manor, a crumbling beekeeper’s cottage, and a library that had long ago been sealed off brick by brick, all stir more questions than answers. What begins as a novice assignment instead peels back layers, lulling Keira into the depths of the estate’s long-forgotten history.

Despite questions swirling around the enigmatic, rumored art thief who’s employed her, Keira finds the existence of a portrait captivating enough to upend all of her expectations. This one could be a twin—a painting so close in composition to a known masterpiece, it may be rendered priceless if it truly captured the likeness of a young Queen named Victoria…

1842— In order to salvage what’s left of her family’s shaky circumstances, artist Elizabeth Meade knows her duty must be to marry well. But she hopes looks can be deceiving enough to hide her true motives behind a congenial smile and gain entry into the ballrooms of England’s noble elite. Instead of husband-hunting, Elizabeth searches for the one thing that’s seared to her memory—the eyes of her father’s killer, whom she unwittingly sketched one snowy night in Piccadilly ten years before. She never expects to find answers tucked away in the countryside at Parham Hill, in the form of a portrait-maker who could help her artist dreams come true, if only she could forget the highwayman she’s hunted for the last decade—the estate-owner who unwittingly selects her as his betrothed…

1942—When the 390th Bomb Group arrives at Amelia Woods’ Parham Hill Estate, the American flyboys bring playing cards, B-17 “flying fortresses”, and enough bravado to believe they can triumph over Hitler just by staring him down. Amelia isn’t certain, and she’s unwilling to compromise the safety and security in a carefully-crafted world she’s built for the dozens of London-evacuated children left in her charge. But with Anderson shelters buried in the gardens and an Allied airfield a stone’s throw away, Amelia may have no choice but to wait out the war under blackouts and bombs, and accept help from the captain who offers it—even if it means risking all she has left of her late husband’s memory…

From the streets of Piccadilly and the lavish halls of Buckingham Palace to the countryside surrounding Framlingham Castle, a warn-torn estate, a hidden library, and the lost portrait of a queen come together to write the final chapter in the Lost Castle series. Set in three time periods—the rapid change of Victorian England, the tumultuous skies over England’s eastern shores in WWII, and modern day—The Painted Castle unfolds a legacy of faith and the family we fight for, of risk and reward, and the artful crafting of a story that can be generations in the making… yet still change everything about a single life.






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