Category: Book Reviews
Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 0 comments

He’s a geek – socially inept, funny when he doesn’t mean to be, and a literal guy. He’s also charming and endearing. He’s the unlikely hero in The Rosie Project.
Professor Don Tillman knows his academic subject (Asperger’s syndrome), schedules his life down to the minute (ninety-four minutes to clean the bathroom which he had to reschedule resulting in an 8-day period of compromised bathroom hygiene), and is totally clueless about women (the apricot ice cream experiment). In an inspired moment he decides to find a wife through questionnaires and interviews.
Rosie is a student who tends bar on the side. She not a wife applicant, but when Rosie visits Professor Tillman’s office, his life lessons begin. The process is hilarious, frustrating and heartwarming.
Told in first person by Professor Tillman, the story is a bit ribald in places. Written by Austrailian Graeme Simsion, the humor is droll and the characters are quirky. This romantic comedy from the man’s point of view is highly recommended. Buy it today for only £3.18.
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Guest book review: The Tell-Tale Con – It takes a con to spot one – Only 77p 0 comments

I came across The Tell-Tale Con by Aimee Gilchrist while sampling possible books for my book club/buddy read. Before I’d even finished sampling Con, I hit “one-click buy.”
The main character, Talia, was already so much fun and in enough trouble, I had to find out what happened next! The book didn’t disappoint either. It’s billed as young adult, but it’s written without the usual triple love interests and angst over school cliques.
Talia has more important things on her mind–earning enough money to keep her mother out of jail, solving a murder mystery and staying alive. Highly recommended for those looking for humorous, fun mysteries, young adult or not. Buy the book today for only 77p.
Reviewer: Maria Schneider is an avid reader, reviewer and the author of Moon Shadow Series.

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Susie’s Top 4 from 2013 – Christian/Inspirational Fiction 0 comments

2013 was a great year for Christian fiction. Here are the top stories from those I read this year.
Larkspur Cove is the first in Lisa Wingate’s series set in Moses Lake, Texas. Single mom Andrea Henderson is taking refuge in her parents’ lake house to rebuild her life. Her 14-year-old son gets in trouble on the lake. Let’s just say a Texas game warden makes for a charming hero, with a touching story about the town recluse addeded in for fun. All this for just £1.03.
 
 
 

The Shadow on the Quilt is actually the second in this quilt-themed series set in historic Nebraska. Juliana Suttons’s story captivated me as she came to terms with the loss of her husband – who died in a fire at a brothel. It’s selling for £6.29 right now.
Amanda Cabot is a profilic writer who either has great novels or rather dull ones. Summer of Promise is definitely a hit, set at Fort Laramie. I picked it up when it was free. It is now priced at £1.03 - still a great price.
Texas Boardinghouse Brides: Three great books for only £1.13! We featured this trilogy awhile back and several of you picked it up. This is a fun twist on the mail-order bride story, with several women responding to one advertisement, so a contest is held. The first two (The Anonymous Bride and Second Chance Brides) are excellent. Book Three (Finally A Bride) is all right.

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Housekeeping: 7 Little Words: App for Android Review 0 comments

App Review: 7 Little Words
This app/game is seven kinds of fun and frustration. 7 Little Words is also free.

Seven clues are given with the number of letters in each answer. The answers are given too, but the letters for the answers are divided into letter groups of 2 to 4 letters. The answers are seldom broken along syllable lines, so solving the puzzles requires some pondering.
For example, the clue was LACKING SIGHT. The answer was in three letter groups of EY, EL, and ESS.
The game app includes two groups of 50 puzzles (700 clues and words) and a free daily puzzle. Tiger and I are competitive and we each download the daily puzzle to our own Fire and race to solve the seven words. I’ve found that shuffling the letter groups is helpful in finding answers.
The game app includes a limited number of free hints which you should use sparingly. You can purchase unlimited hints, but I don’t know the cost in the UK. The US cost is $2.99.
When you become addicted to this game, you can purchase 50 more puzzles for 63p right from the app. If you scroll through all the 50-puzzle groups, you can purchase even larger puzzle bundles of 250 and 500 for great prices.
Anyone who loves word games and language will enjoy 7 Little Words. Sometimes frustrating (Support for one on the rebound? Trampoline); always educational (Anchor blade? Fluke); and always fun (Man of vision? Optician).

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Free now: Inspirational fiction from faith-based publishers, includes a young adult novel 0 comments

Free now: Inspirational fiction from faith-based publishers, includes a young adult novel
Always confirm price before purchase. Many free and reduced books are offered for a limited time only and only in some geographical regions.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our review of The Christmas Bus:
The Christmas Bus, written by Melody Carlson, centers on Edith Ryan, a pastor’s wife who has converted the family home into the Shepherd’s Inn in the town of Christmas Valley. Normally upbeat, Edith is feeling the weight of a dwindling congregation, rumors that her husband should retire, and her children and grandchildren not coming home for the holidays. Then the Partridge Family-style bus with a young couple expecting their first child rolls into town and has engine trouble. Then Myrtle, a quirky and bossy guest, arrives at the Inn.
The storyline is predictable, but charming and warm. Reading this story will remind you that people come into our lives to teach us again the meaning of Christmas. Before the holiday has come and gone, Edith realizes again that Christmas is about family, just not the way she has always thought of family.
 
Our review of A Simple Amish Christmas:
We just can’t help it — we love Christmas!
A Simple Amish Christmas by Vannetta Chapman has the romance and delight of a holiday story, with the crisp, fresh feeling of a visit to Amish country.
Annie Weaver has followed the tradition of rumschpringe and moved away from home and the Amish lifestyle as a young woman. Annie used this rebellion period to earn a nursing degree and work in a children’s hospital. As Christmas nears, however, she finds her heart longing for the simple ways of home.
When she receives word that her father has been injured in an accident, she returns home to care for him. Annie encounters Samuel, who provides basic medical care to the Amish community. Annie and Samuel immediately clash over the care for her father. But they find themselves coming together to care for the needs of their kin.
Annie becomes attracted to Samuel, but her complicated feelings for the widower make Christmas not so simple.
This full-length story presents characters that are impossible to resist. Annie was especially engaging as she tried to help her people with her medical skills, while also respecting their traditions.

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Free now: The Messenger by Siri Mitchell – Inspirational fiction from Bethany House, a faith-based publisher & Our book review 0 comments

Free now: The Messenger by Siri Mitchell – Inspirational fiction from Bethany House, a faith-based publisher.
Always confirm price before purchase. Many free and reduced books are offered for a limited time only and only in some geographical regions.
 
Our book review:
In The Messenger, Siri Mitchell explores the American Revolutionary War and brings to life an exciting element of history.
As a Quaker, Hannah Sunderland feels caught between sides. Her father insists the family remain completely neutral, even as British soldiers occupy the city and take over the family’s home. Hannah’s twin brother Robert signs up with the rebels and is taken prisoner. Though her father forbids visiting him, Hannah wants to do something to ease the starvation and deprivation the prisoner are facing.
She encounters Jeremiah Jones, the local tavern owner. Jeremiah lost an arm while serving as in the British Army. Revenge compels him to send covert messages on what he overhears from soldiers visiting his tavern. When he needs to sneak a message into the prison, he develops a plan to secure a pass for Hannah if she delivers the message.
The characters are very well-developed. Hannah was especially intriguing as she tried to come to terms with her faith, her father’s instructions, Jeremiah’s pressure and the questions in her heart. Jeremiah was an unlikely but engaging hero. His injury, and his frustration with it, figured prominently in the story. I was surprised, however, that the story did not move more quickly. For a spy novel, more suspense and danger would have been expected.
Mitchell brings extensive research and a well-written story together to create a compelling read. Click here to purchase The Messenger
 
I received this book free as part of Bethany House’s review program. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book.

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Book Review: The Cadaver Client – Highly recommended for fantasy or urban fantasy readers – £1.80 0 comments

Frank Tuttle is one of those authors I turn to when I need a book I can count on. The twists and turns of his plots always delight and The Cadaver Client was no exception. Even the title intrigued me. With a title like that, you know this is not going to be an ordinary walk down pulp fiction lane.
Even though The Cadaver Client is labeled book four, Frank Tuttle’s author page advises starting with it. I’d already read Dead Man’s Rain (£1.80 novella) and enjoyed it, so even though I was reading out of order, I happily forged ahead.
Good stuff, five star all the way. Tuttle builds atmosphere, plot and characters in layers – you don’t know what will be in the middle: a gotcha, humor or a twist. Markhat, the detective, needs work like any PI, but he tends to get his cases from Mama-Hog; a witch down the way. This isn’t always the healthiest place to pick up jobs.
The Markhat books are pulp fiction with a lot of humor, a touch of noir and a lot of adventure. The pacing is quick. The setting is somewhere between medieval and urban fantasy; it’s a world not that far from our own with magic and not a lot of modern.
The Cadaver Client starts out as a sad tale; a ghost wanting to leave his wife some money, money he never bothered to give her while alive. So why not when he was alive? Well, Markhat has a devil of a time figuring it out–he gets beaten up, chased and even ends up in a casket over this one. He has the ever-strange Mama-Hog to help get him into trouble and a woman who speaks to the dead to make matters even more complicated.
It’s a fun ride; a great afternoon read. Highly recommended for fantasy or urban fantasy readers. If you like ghost stories, spooks and odd characters, you’ll love Markhat and his friends. You can buy this fantasy today for only £1.80.
 
Review courtesy of Maria Schneider, the author of Executive Lunch (£1.91), the first book in a humorous whodunit series.

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Free now: Operation Bonnet: A Novel – From David C. Cook, a faith-based publisher 0 comments

Free now: Operation Bonnet: A Novel – From David C. Cook, a faith-based publisher
Always confirm price before purchase. Many free and reduced books are offered for a limited time only and only in some geographical regions.
 
Our book review of Operation Bonnet:
Can’t get enough Amish fiction? Or maybe you can. Either way, Operation Bonnet makes for a fun read.
Twenty-year-old Nellie Monroe is an aspiring private detective. Her boss at her summer job at a golf course hires Amos, who used to be Amish. He enlists Nellie to help him find out how his old flame is doing. She dons a bonnet and sets out in search of details. Naturally, things don’t go as planned.
Not your traditional Amish romance, the book was filled with humor and beautiful writing. Nellie was a delightful character with plenty of personality. She’s also dealing with her distant, wealthy parents; a grandmother in the early stages of dementia; and a guy friend who seems to have gotten handsome overnight. Because of her age and the sweet romance, this book could easily be classified as young adult literature, but it also makes for a light read for adults.

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Book Review: A book I didn’t finish – now a cheap read 0 comments

I occasionally just cannot finish a book. Sometimes it is poorly written; sometimes it just isn’t catching my attention; sometimes it is just too smarmy. This is one of those books, now selling for only £0.72 . I paid more when the book was sold by a publisher, but at this price . . . . no, I still wouldn’t like the book.
Written by Kate Angell, Squeeze Play is the first book in a four-book set about the Richmond Rogues, a world-champion baseball team. The players, team management, the girlfriends and/or wives and more are introduced. The book gets crowded with so many people. And the names! They are names for pets – Risk, Zen, Psycho, Chaser, and Stevie (a woman). Many of the scenes are at the coffee shop where the coffee, sexual innuendo and more flow freely. It all seemed rather sophomoric.
Ms. Angell’s writing style is fine. To me the characters and their relationships were confusing and if the men weren’t playing baseball, they were playing the women. The reviews average 4.5 stars, so some readers enjoyed this light read. In the U.S., it has 4.2 stars from 44 reviews.
The remaining three books in the series are selling for £2.49 each. Maybe with enough sales the team will be able to afford jerseys.
 

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Book Review: The Messenger – Free as of May 15 0 comments

When I posted the long list of free inspirational fiction and non-fiction earlier today, I neglected to post our review of one of the titles. Always confirm price before purchase. Many free and reduced books are offered for a limited time only and only in some geographical regions.
 
In The Messenger, Siri Mitchell explores the Revolutionary War and brings to life an exciting element of history.
As a Quaker, Hannah Sunderland feels caught between sides. Her father insists the family remain completely neutral, even as British soldiers occupy the city and take over the family’s home. Hannah’s twin brother Robert signs up with the rebels and is taken prisoner. Though her father forbids visiting him, Hannah wants to do something to ease the starvation and deprivation the prisoner are facing.
She encounters Jeremiah Jones, the local tavern owner. Jeremiah lost an arm while serving as in the British Army. Revenge compels him to send covert messages on what he overhears from soldiers visiting his tavern. When he needs to sneak a message into the prison, he develops a plan to secure a pass for Hannah if she delivers the message.
The characters are very well-developed. Hannah was especially intriguing as she tried to come to terms with her faith, her father’s instructions, Jeremiah’s pressure and the questions in her heart. Jeremiah was an unlikely but engaging hero. His injury, and his frustration with it, figured prominently in the story. I was surprised, however, that the story did not move more quickly. For a spy novel, more suspense and danger would have been expected.
Mitchell brings extensive research and a well-written story together to create a compelling read. Currently, this book is currently free in the Kindle Store.
Click here to purchase The Messenger 
I received this book free as part of Bethany House’s review program. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book,

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