From The Start by Melissa Tagg

from the start

Even though I don’t like to leave negative reviews I must say I didn’t care for this book. The story sounded interesting and piqued my interest. However, I think the story was too drawn out. I think with 50-75 less pages this book would have earned three stars from me. There was too much “filler” that added nothing to the story but word count.

I didn’t really feel a connection or interest in the characters. I think they could have been better developed and had more dimension. At times they came across as shallow, especially Colton. I soon realized I really didn’t care if they got together or not.

This author was new to me and I don’t think I will be reading anymore books by her. Especially the rest of this series.

I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions.

Lovestruck in London

lovestruck in london

Whenever I’m looking for a light, romantic read I know I can pick up a book by Rachel Schurig and find just that. Lovestruck in London met all the criteria I was looking for. It is a light read with characters I felt an instant connection to. It is a sweetly romantic read. I love the fact that Rachel creates characters who are attracted to each other without all the “can’t stand the other person” conflict a lot of romances have. Her characters are attracted to each other upon meeting and build a relationship that seems real.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt like I instantly knew the characters and her descriptions of London made me feel as if I were there. The book was easy to get into and stay interested in. This book was a quick read and was a sweet romance. I must say I was sad to come to the end but happy when I found there are more books in the series so I can “meet up” with the characters again and find out what happens next.

I highly recommend Rachel Schurig to anyone looking for a light, sweet romance and a quick to read book.

The Decision by Wanda E. Brunstetter

the decision

This book isn’t your typical fairy tale romance Amish fiction. This book deals with serious real life issues and the fact that sometimes we just aren’t given the happy ending we were looking for. Things may not work out as we planned but everything happens for a reason.

Wanda did a fantastic job writing about someone who has diabetes and dementia. The way she handled these two things was respectful and classy. Having never dealt with someone who has dementia I felt after finishing the book that I had a better understanding of what it must be like to be a caregiver for someone battling this horrible disease.

Wanda has a true talent for creating characters that make you care and stories that tug at your heart. This book proves it. Even though this book covers some tough topics it is not a depressing read. It is an easy to read book that is a definite must read. I can’t wait until the release of the next book in the series.

My Heart Stood Still by Lori Copeland

my heart stood still

I read this book under the new title “My Heart Stood Still” (it was previously released as “Promise Me Tomorrow”). I finished the book early this morning and am still unsure of my thoughts. I enjoyed the first part as I thought the main character had a lot of spunk and was witty and independent. However, I feel that during the book she became a little weak and not as enjoyable to read about. The last part of the book seemed rushed and not well planned. It almost seemed as if the word count or page count was met and it was time to wrap up the book.

I’m unsure why this book is being released with a new name. I don’t know if there is new content or maybe a different ending. I do know this book was by far not the best book I’ve read this year.

I did (thankfully) receive this book free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinions which I have given.

The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis

the last heiress

This was the first book by Mary Ellis I’ve read and I wasn’t disappointed. This book, set in Wilmington, North Carolina, during the Civil War is different than any other Civil War-era books I’ve read. The difference being the main character isn’t from the North or the South…she is from England. She has come to the United States as an emissary for her father who runs a cotton mill. She stays with her twin sister who left England with her American husband with whom she eloped.

I loved this unique aspect of the book. Most Civil War books are about two people, usually one from each side, who are torn because of their feelings about slavery and the war. I liked that the two main characters in this book weren’t both from the US but they still had different views on the war and there were subtle comparisons between owning slaves and having servants. I liked the other characters in the book too. Well, except for one but then he wasn’t that bad by the end.

This book was easy to get into and hard to put down. The story had a great flow to it that kept me reading well past time for bed each night. I enjoyed the detail of the places and events in this book. They added to the story and didn’t seem overdone at all.

The Amish Clockmaker

the amish clockmaker

This book was fantastic!!! The story is great and I love the way it was told. The book starts out telling the story of Matthew Zook trying to expand his tack shop and running into problems. Those problems soon have him searching for Clayton Raber.  Through searching for Clayton he learns the story of Clayton and his wife Miriam and the tragedy that struck their marriage.  I love how the book starts out in the present day and then we are taken back in time to learn Clayton’s story as it happened. Then we are again in the present day to finish up the book and wrap up the story. The book has a great flow to it and keeps you interested from beginning to end.

A great job was done creating and writing about the characters. I will admit at first I wasn’t sure about Clayton. Did he do what he was accused of? But then as the story begins to focus on him and Miriam I had a whole different opinion of him. I went from being unsure of him to feeling sorry for him. Not only for his disability from an accident that happened in his youth but also because of his love of Miriam. The characters were easy to get to know and relate to that soon I forgot they were fictional.

I really enjoyed this book and was sad when I reached the last page. Not sad over the way it ended but just the fact it ended. I had become so engrossed in the story I wasn’t ready for it to be over.

Mindy Starns Clark is a new to me author and I can definitely say this won’t be the only book of hers I read. Not only did I get to read a great book but I found another great writer of Amish fiction.

This book is a must read for fans of Amish fiction.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.