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Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Review of Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley


Review of Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

From goodreads.com
Justice Buried (Memphis Cold Case #2)
 
by Patricia Bradley (Goodreads Author)
 

 

In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she's ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she's out of her league--and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he's the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.

Crackling with romantic tension and laced with intrigue, this suspenseful story from award-winning author Patricia Bradley will keep readers guessing--and looking over their shoulders.
 
 
Leona's Review:
 
This book had me from the beginning. There is a mystery of why artifacts have disappeared from the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis. The museum is expecting an Egyptian death mask and Kelsey Allen has been hired by Rutherford Security to find the security leak. The curator is on maternity leave and Kelsey fills her spot.
 
A  murder occurs so there is more to the story than the missing pieces from the museum. Also a box of bones are delivered to the museum.
 
She finds she is working with Brad Hollister of the Memphis Police Department; they know each other. Brad is in the cold case division at this time.
 
Another mystery is the disappearance of Kelsey's father at the same time some artifacts disappeared.
 
Kelsey uses her talent as an expert rock climber as part of her investigations. This really added to the story and excitement.
 
There is plenty of mystery and characters so the reader has to try to figure out who is doing what.
 
It is a clean Christian romance. Dedicated to "To our heroes in blue who put their lives on the line 24/7 to keep us safe and to their families."
 
Acknowledgements to "As always, to God, who gives me the words"  She also acknowledges her friends and family, her editors, her agent, the art, editorial, marketing and sales teams, Sgt. Joe Stark of the MPD, and the wonderful women at the Pink Palace Museum and to her awesome readers. "  Patricia Bradley did put names of people in the acknowledgements but I did not add them.
 
I received a complimentary copy from LibraryThing and the author, Patricia Bradley. The copy is an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) and was not the final text. I could not find any typos and felt this was great as it is written. I give it a 5 star rating and look forward to other books by Patricia Bradley.
 
Patricia Bradley may be found at www.pbradley.com
 
Leona Olson

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Book review of Egypt's Sister by Angela Hunt


 
 Book review of Egypt's Sister by Angela Hunt. 
 
From goodreads.com:
 
Egypt's Sister (The Silent Years #1)
 
by
 
Five decades before the birth of Christ, Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava vows to be a faithful friend no matter what--but after she and Cleopatra have an argument, she finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery.

Torn from her family, her community, and her elevated place in Alexandrian society, Chava finds herself cast off and alone in Rome. Forced to learn difficult lessons, she struggles to trust a promise HaShem has given her. After experiencing the best and worst of Roman society, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life.
 
Paperback, 379 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Bethany House
ISBN
0764219324 (ISBN13: 9780764219320)
Series
 
From the back of the book:
 
Raised together in the Alexandrian palace, Chava, the Hebrew daughter of the royal tutor, and Urbi, an Egyptian princess, become as close as sisters- and rivals with their dreams of greatness. When Urbi unexpectedly ascends the throne as Queen Cleopatra, Chava believes their bond is strong enough to survive, But absolute power has a way of changing everything.
The ultimate betrayal rips Chava from everything she's ever known and sends her to the lowest rung of Roman society where she must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life, if she hopes to rise again.
 
Leona's Review:
 
This book will take the reader into the historical time of Queen Cleopatra, the Romans and Egypt. 
This is the first book I have read by Angela Hunt and was very impressed. The book is in the first person spoken by Chava.
 
The book begins with a close friendship of Chava and Urbi, the future Queen Cleopatra. Their bond is so close that Urbi cuts the palm of Chava and herself and says "Forever friends" and also says "you are blood of my blood, and heart of my heart" which is repeated by Chava.
 
Chava has been told by HaShem, God, she will be with the queen when she is happiest and at the end.
The friendship does not last after Chava angers the queen and she and her father are put into prison. They are separated and Chava is sold as a slave.
 
Chava begins a new life as a slave and the reader follows her and how she matures. Chava says at one point in her life "Now, older and wiser, I understood how life could change in a moment."
 
This book is full of historical names and places even though it is historical fiction. It is one of the few I have read that has written of the twins and other son Cleopatra had besides Caesarion.
 
The reader will find some historical names that include Cleopatra, Antony, Caesar, Achillas, King Auletes, Octavian, Octavia and Herod.
 
Historical places such as Egypt, Alexandria, the Library of Alexandria, Cyprus, Rome and Africa. I wish there had been a map of the areas. I know most readers are familiar but in historical books like this one, I personally like a map.
 
Languages Chava spoke are Aramaic, Hebrew, Latin and Greek.
 
Some portions describe the harsh lives of slaves but the author does not dwell on it. No bad language.
 
There are discussions at the end of the story. One question is " How much did you know about Cleopatra before reading this story? Did anything surprise you?"
 
I received a complimentary copy of Egypt's Sister by Angela Hunt from the author and Bethany House Publishers. The opinions are my own.
 
Egypt's Sister will get a 5 star rating from me and I look forward to the future books of the series.
 
Angela Hunt may be found at angelahuntbooks.com
 
Leona Olson

Friday, July 21, 2017

   
 
 
 

Flying Conquistadors

by
 
It's hard work, but it's better than working at the hardware store--and maybe it's his ticket to a life of adventure.
 
When Pan Am's owner recruits Charles Lindbergh, it seems like a dream come true for Oliver. He finds himself working alongside one of his idols, the kind of man he always dreamed of being. But Oliver soon learns Lindbergh is uncomfortable with fame, and struggling with the adoration that greets him wherever he goes.
 
A promotional trip takes the Pan Am team to Mexico over Mayan ruins. At the fabled site of Chichen Itza, Oliver encounters Carnegie Institution archaeologists working to restore the ancient city, and meets an artist who begins to steal his heart. But what starts out as a mission to bring attention to the fledgling aviation company soon turns perilous, threatening the safety of Oliver and his companions.
 
Leona's Review:
 
I received a complimentary copy of Flying Conquistadors from the author, Michael Scott Bertrand.
 
In the beginning of the book: "To the reader: This is a work of fiction. Several characters in this work of fiction are based on real people. I have put words into the mouths of these characters that the real people did not say."  The reader should remember this as they read the book.
 
Michael Scott Bertrand takes the reader on quite an adventure.
 
The adventure takes us on Pam Am Airlines and to the ruins of Mexico. It starts with the beginning of Pan Am as a mail plane and then accepts passengers. Oliver Wheelock begins as an all around helper. The owner, Mr. Priester is Dutch. The author made him a special character and I really like him and how he spoke. Charles Lindbergh is the hero of Oliver and later the reader will find Ernest Hemingway as part of the book.  I also like Oliver's mother. I think she said what most mother say when worried about their child. She was from South Carolina so you will see the "Bless Your Heart" saying.
 
I have studied the Maya and their culture and this book takes the reader to the ruins. The author has certainly been to the ruins. He also has a lot of knowledge about airplanes.
 
The Carnegie Foundation is involved in archaeology at the ruins. They had a facility in Key West, Florida.
 
The character of Charles Lindbergh drinks a lot of Coca-cola, I could not find that information anywhere on the Internet but I will take the word of the writer. He is a quiet man who does not care for all the attention.
 
Most of the ruins I knew but the author lost me about page 350 when I thought they were at the ruins at El Tajin in Veracruz. When I re-read the book, I will probably figure out which ruins.
 
I found the description on the planes were interesting. Main rule was safety, safety, safety. Plane references were leather jacket, goggles, retractable wheels, fuel amount left, clipper and Pan American Airway Systems.
 
Many references to the ruins of Mexico and Central America are cenote (sinkhole), Chichen Itza, Tikal, Merida, sacbe (sacred road), stelae, thatched roofs, Mayan, Moctecuhzoma, ball court, pyramid, Solstice, hard to climb steps because so steep, Yucatan, paintings on walls, Tulum and more.
 
Frederick Catherwood is mentioned in the book. Catherwood and John Lloyd Stephen were in the Yucatan of Mexico together. Catherwood was an artist and his drawings  are in the book. Read the book, Incidents of Travel in the Yucatan for more information. I have it and found it very interesting.
 
The reader will find the name of Montezuma spelled Motecuhzoma which is Nahuatl, language of the Aztec. The author also spells it Moctezuma.
 
 I will still give it a 5 star rating.
 
Find Michael Scott Bertrand at www.michaelscottbertrand.com.
 
Leona Olson
 
 
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Book review of The Lightkeeper's Daughters by Jean. E. Pendziwol
 
From the back of the book:
 
Though her mind is still sharp, Elizabeth's eyes have failed. No longer able to linger over her beloved books or gaze at the paintings that move her spirit, she fills the void with music and memories of her family—a past that suddenly becomes all too present when her late father's journals are found amid the ruins of an old shipwreck.

With the help of Morgan, a delinquent teenager performing community service, Elizabeth goes through the diaries, a journey through time that brings the two women closer together. Entry by entry, these unlikely friends are drawn deep into a world far removed from their own—to Porphyry Island on Lake Superior, where Elizabeth’s father manned the lighthouse seventy years before.

As the words on these musty pages come alive, Elizabeth and Morgan begin to realize that their fates are connected to the isolated island in ways they never dreamed. While the discovery of Morgan's connection sheds light onto her own family mysteries, the faded pages of the journals hold more questions than answers for Elizabeth, and threaten the very core of who she is.
 
Expected publication: July 4th 2017 by Harper Collins.
 
ISBN
0062572032 (ISBN13: 9780062572035)
 
Leona's Review:
 
This is my first read by Jean E. Pendziwol. I received a complimentary copy to read and review from the author.
 
Morgan was caught spraying graffiti and was to sent to a senior citizen home for community service. Her first project was to paint a fence.
Morgan met Elizabeth and they became connected by Morgan reading the journals of Elizabeth's father since Elizabeth is blind.
Elizabeth begins to tell Morgan the story about the life and her family at the Porphry Point Lighthouse. There are chapters that take the reader into Canada on Lake Superior. This is a book of fiction but has many historical places. Some are Trowbrige Island, Port Arthur, Sleeping Giant Island and Pie Island in Ontario. 
What a read this is about a mystery of a family. When Elizabeth was telling her family history, I had a hard time putting down the book.
Elizabeth and Emily are twins. Emily does not talk but has a special talent of drawing and connecting with nature. Elizabeth takes care of her sister and understands her.
I have to say I absolutely did not like the language used by Morgan. I have problems reading books with the f word and the a** word.
World War ll is part of the history of the book. The brothers of Elizabeth, Peter and Charlie, are in the war.
Some of my notes that I took are the garden, collecting gull eggs on Hardscrabble Island, World War ll, shipwrecks, maintaining the lighthouse, a found wooden cross, Fibber McGee and Molly, winter, storms, collecting plants, dragonflies, Canada Dominion Day, Great Depression and foster homes for Morgan.
The assistant lightkeeper, David Fletcher, brought gifts for Elizabeth and Emily. Books for Elizabeth and paints for Emily.
The Lightkeeper's Daughters left me interested until the end and I was very surprised at the many turns in the book.
I am giving it a 5 star read even though I did not like some of the language. It is a good read.
The opinions are my own.
 
Jean E. Pendziwol may be found at www.jeanpendziwol.com, @JeanPendziwol and facebook.com/JeanE.Pendziwol.
 
Leona Olson
http:www.mnleona.blogspot.com
 
 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

  
The Mezcal Rush: Explorations in Agave Country
From goodreads.com:
In pursuit of the story behind a beguiling drink, Granville Greene embarks on a journey through remote Mexican highlands to learn about the history, cultures, and traditions surrounding mezcal. In recent years the smoky flavored agave distillate has become a craft cocktail darling, rivaling even its better-known cousin tequila, and it can sell for over $100 a bottle in the U.S.

But unlike most high-end spirits, mezcals are typically produced by and for subsistence farming communities, where distillers have been swept up in a hot new trend in which they have very little voice. Greene visits indigenous villages in Oaxaca and Guerrero states, meeting maestros mezcaleros who create their signature smallbatch drinks using local plants and artisanal production methods honed through generations of mezcal-making families.

As Greene details the sights, smells, and intoxicating flavors of Mexico, he turns his eye to the broader context of impoverished villages in a changing economic and political landscape. He explores the gold-rush style surge of micro-distilled mezcals as luxury exports, and the consequent overharvesting that threatens the diversity of wild agaves, as he finds the oldest distilled spirit in the Americas at a crossroads.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Counterpoint  
ISBN
1619028441 (ISBN13: 9781619028449)
Leona's Review:
This was a very interesting book that covers the people, the plants, the making of mezcal, procedures, and some political points.
I learned there are so many types of mezcal and they come from the personalities of the growers and the areas they live. Not all of them are smoky as many people think. There are different types of mezcal.  There are many different flavors and aromas and water plays an important part in the production of the mezcal.
Mezcal is used as a ceremonial drink for marriages, baptisms and first communions. It is used for medicinal purposes such as rubbing on sick children, intestinal problems, bone pains and by women after childbirth.
Men interviewed for the book says mezcal is not for getting drunk.
The Ford Motor Company partnered with Jose Cuervo to use leftover agave plant fibers for bioplastic car parts in 2016.
I took many notes from the book:
Maple syrup, rice, honey, water, comals, food, families, water streams, warm orange soda, old cars, no gas pumps so they got gas in a plastic jug, smelled butter, boiled rabbit, huipils, agave Goddess Nayahuel, Day of the Dead, Columbusing (find something not new), brand names, George Clooney, embroidered cloths, the sculptor Francisco Toledo, Chef Alejandro Ruiz Olmedo, social networking, saints on dashboards, history of mezcal, one book said all tasted the same but Granville Greene disagrees, daddy long legs, individual techniques, Lighting Nectar from the gods and burros.
I have studied the Maya so many places were familiar to me. I added the daddy long legs as I have seen many in my home state of Texas.
There is a glossary at the end of the book as well as Cited Books.
I won a complimentary copy of The Mezcal Rush from Goodreads.com. The opinions are my own.
I give it a five star rating and I think all bars who serve mezcal should read it. No recipes but it pulls the reader into the people and the making of the mezcal.
"Has a bit of spirit from one who makes it" page 179
Leona Olson

Saturday, June 10, 2017

 
 
Trouble Purse Sued (St. Polycarp Mystery Book 4)
 
From goodreads.com: 
 
After an unfortunate turn of events at St. Polycarp, Mrs. Johnson has been appointed as the interim principal of the school. At first the thought of being the principal was exciting, but the reality of dealing with a budget that didn't begin to cover the school's expenses, demanding parents, a clique of disrespectful teachers and recalcitrant students had wrung every bit of patience and good humor from her psyche.

The prospect that her role might become permanent deeped her anxiety but then she learned that she might end up with no job at all. Apparently the archdiocese was deciding whether to close St. Polycarp for good. It seemed that fund-raising was going to be critical—thousands of dollars—and she didn't think that the children's sales of chocolate bars was going to keep St. Polycarp's doors open.

That's why when Mrs. Hopwood, her best friend and sleuthing partner in solving a series of unfortunate—murderous events—offers to donate some vintage clothing and accessories she recently inherited from her aunt Eunice to raise money for the school, Mrs. Johnson agrees.

The catch—a fashion show with students as the models—flyers, catalogues, online bids—another grand scheme hatched by Mrs. Hopwood that only gives Mrs. Johnson a bigger migraine and in true St. Polycarp fashion spurs a series of unfortunate events.
 
Leona's Review:
 
This is my first read by Marianna Heusler. I received a complimentary copy from the author to read and review.
 
It took me awhile  to get into the book with so many characters and problems. This is a dark cozy mystery.
The main characters are two who work at St. Polycarp Catholic School, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Hopwood. There is Tracy, a lady who fell on bad times after her husband is murdered. We have the student, Melissa Ortiz, whose father is about to be released from prison for a murder he said he did not commit. Other characters make a long line-up.
The school is falling on hard times and will close unless they can raise some money. Mrs. Hopwood's aunt died and as Mrs. Hopwood was cleaning out the attic, she found some vintage clothes. They decided to hold a sale and fashion show to raise the money.
There are a number of murders and lots of mystery; I will say that the end surprised me.
Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Hopwood got irritated with each other quite a bit and I finally told myself to think of them as sisters who argue but still are the best of friends. Also the title was not very clear to me, so when I repeated it three times, it made sense to me.
I want to give it a 3.75 star. Not quite a 4 star but certainly not a 3 star. The opinions are my own.
I will read the other books in the series even though this was a stand alone read.
 
Find Marianna Heusler at:
Her fashion blog is mariannaheusler.typepad.com
She is a goodreads.com author.
Marianna has also written for Woman's World Magazine.
 
Leona Olson
 
 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Book Review of Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

 
Book Review of Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
 
 
From goodreads.com:
 
Curious Minds (Knight and Moon #1)
by
 

Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.
 
 
Leona's Review:
 
This is my first read by Janet Evanovich and a book I enjoyed. I have some of her books on my bookshelf I have purchased but not yet read.
 
We have two characters that are meant to be together. Emerson Knight is one the reader needs to roll their eyes and shake their head at him. Good thing there is Riley Moon who has some common sense but not as creative. I do not want to forget Emerson's Aunt Myra who I think should be in all the following series and more active.
 
The author sounds like she has been in the vault of the Federal Reserve with her descriptions. The book is a fast read and easy to follow. There is a place known as Area 51 and also Groom Lake in the book which are real places.
 
If you want some adventure with only a couple of "bad" words, this is a great read. I though of it as a James Bond, because some things were not real, Nancy Dew ( I am dating myself) because of the way the snuck into places and a Hallmark Mystery Movie. The secret door was also a Nancy Drew as far as I was concerned.  I loved Riley being from Texas, which is my home state. Her father is a retired police office so it would also be great to see him in a future book.

Some of my favorite sentences in the book are: "You really are self-destructive, you know that?" Riley said to Emerson's back as he headed down a corridor.  "Not at all," Emerson said. "I'm inquisitive  and I'm being proactive. You should be pleased that I'm assuming a leadership role. I'm very suited for it. My  analytic abilities and sensory instincts are superior."  (Riley responds ) "You are so annoying."

I won a complimentary copy from LibraryThing. The opinions are my own. I give this a 4 star +.

Leona Olson
http://www.mnleona.blogspot.com
 
 
Janet Evanovich may be found at evanovich.com, Facebook.com/Janet Evanovich, Twitter @Janet Evanovich.
Phoef Sutton may be found at phoefsutton.com, Facebook.com/PhoefSuttonWriter, Twitter @phoefSutton


Friday, March 31, 2017


   
 

Review of The Art of Beatrix Potter: Sketches, Paintings, and Illustrations by Emily Zach

From goodreads.com:

The Art of Beatrix Potter: Sketches, Paintings, and Illustrations by Emily Zach

Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth, this magnificent collection celebrates the artist behind The Tale of Peter Rabbit and numerous other beloved children's books. Brimming with famous images and rarely seen gems—ranging from character sketches and notebook pages to watercolor landscapes and natural history illustrations—this monograph explores Potter's artistic process and reveals the places that inspired her timeless work. Organized geographically and featuring more than 200 images from the artist's oeuvre, The Art of Beatrix Potter includes illuminating essays by Potter scholar Linda Lear, illustration historian Steven Heller, and children's book illustrator Eleanor Taylor. It is the definitive volume on one of the world's most influential authors, a woman whose artistry, until now, has not been fully celebrated.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 22nd 2016 by Chronicle Books
ISBN145215127X (ISBN13: 9781452151274)


Leona's review:

This is a beautiful, hardcover, coffee table book. The drawings takes one to English gardens, and I loved the drawings of the animals and small creatures. Page 194 has "Studies of Kep, the collie". c1907, done in pencil and watercolor. The mouse, page 79 is really cute. There are landscapes as well as indoor and outdoor scenes. There are drawings of plants as well as archaeological tools and bones. (page 127)


I did not know Beatrix Potter was an artist as well as an author. Her books have  been read and cherished for many years.  I personally think of Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor when I think of Beatrix Potter. A wonderful book about a woman, her life and her talents.

From page 154. The next page is the art of the gardens done in pencil, pen-and-ink, sepia ink and watercolor. The colors are soft with some red flowers that stand out. There is a garden gate and a pathway with the cat sleeping.

"The Garden at Fawe Park, with visiting cat, unused background for The of Benjamin Bunny, 1903.
In August, the Potter family spent another summer on Derwentwater at Fawe Park, a less formal estate neighboring Lingholm, but still an easy trip to the shores of the lake. The large house was beautiful and comfortable, and Potter was taken by its gardens. With formal flowerbeds and landscaping bordering three sides of the house, the estate also contained orchards and productive kitchen gardens down the hillside toward the lake. Potter gathered her watercolors  and sketches in the Derwentwater sketchbook she had begun, preparing the setting for her next "rabbit book".
Using the Fawe Park gardens for Mr. McGregor's garden in this sequel to The Tale of Peter Rabbit, she portrays Peter and his cousin Benjamin Bunny setting out, while Mr. and Mrs. McGregor went away, to rescue Peter's clothes from the scarecrow that now wears his blue jacket and slippers. That task complete, the two decide to take a present of onions back to old Mrs. Rabbit, but they are soon trapped under a basket by an unknowing cat. The rescuers become the rescued as old Mr. Benjamin Bunny comes upon them and chases the cat away. The naughty bunnies are given a whipping but old Mrs. Rabbit forgives Peter when she sees he has brought back his shoes and coat, as well as the gift of  the onions, which she strings up with her herbs and "rabbit-tobacco".(lavender)"
Contents:
Foreword: Beatrix Potter's Artistic Spell by Steven Heller    page 6
Introduction: Observation and Imagination by Linda Lear  page 8
A Sense of Place: The Art and geography of Beatrix Potter page 11
Part One: Becoming Beatrix Potter page 17
Part Two: London and the South  Coast page 57
Part Three: Scotland page 93
part Four: The Lake District page 137
part Five: Wales and Beyond page 221
Afterword: An Illustrator's World by Elizabeth Taylor page 240
                 Acknowledgments page 242
                 Bibliography page 243
                 Image Credits  page 245
                 Index page 250
I won a complimentary copy of The Art of Beatrix Potter from LibraryThing and Chronicle Books. The opinions are my own.
I give it a 5 star plus. It really is a beautiful book.
Easter is coming and this would make an excellent book, along with the Peter Rabbit books for the Easter basket for a child or an adult. A gift like this can be read and re-read for many years.
It can also a gift for yourself or someone in your life on any occasion.
Leona Olson
http://www.mnleona.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review of Bayou Wolf by Debbie Herbert

  

Bayou Wolf by Debbie Herbert

From the back of the book.
The taming of the shrew… 
Tallulah Silver is tough. She has to be—because she's the Choctaw tribe's only female shadow hunter, and because she doesn't know how else to survive the loss that almost destroyed her. Payton Rodgers has devoted his life to protecting his pack. But when mauled bodies start to pile up in the bayou, Payton begins to wonder if Tallulah might be right about werewolves deserving the blame. As darkness gathers around them, Tallulah will have to decide if she can risk opening herself up to love again. And Payton will have to determine where his true loyalties lie.

Leona's Review:
First, I will say I am not usually into these types of books but this was a winner.  It was a stand alone book even though are previous books in this series. I will have to read the other books. They are Bayou Shadow Hunter and Bayou Shadow Protector.
Tallulah Silver was a very feisty woman (sorry, Debbie. I used this word and then re-read your opening statement to the readers. I still will use it).  I liked her as a main character and also Payton Rodgers.  Payton and his crew are lumberjacks and were hired to clear trees at Bayou La Siryna, Alabama; Tallulah is trying to protect the trees. She becomes a problem to Payton right away.
Tallulah is a shadow hunter and Payton is the leader of the pack of werewolves.
This is a supernatural book with werewolves, deaths, some customs and legends of the Choctaw and romance.
I received a complimentary copy from the author, Debbie Herbert. The opinions are my own.
I will give Bayou Wolf a 5 star rating and its definitely a re-read for me.
Debbie Herbert is a goodreads.com author.
Leona Olson
http:www.mnleona.blogspot.com




Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review of Silent Night Man by Diana Palmer

  
 
 
 
Book review of Silent Night Man by Diana Palmer.
 
From goodreads.com:

Silent Night Man by Diana Palmer

This Christmas, New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer revisits a tale of danger and true love under the mistletoe…What does Millie Evans want in her stocking for Christmas? Just one thing…to feel safe. Even though her stalker is dead, he arranged for a hit man to kill her. Now the special government agent Millie has loved from afar for years has vowed to protect her. The man of her dreams seems finally within her grasp… In order to keep Millie safe, Tony Danzetta moves the prim librarian into his home. He insists on keeping her in sight 24/7, but their proximity causes Tony to question what he really wants for the holidays. Can the agent resign himself to keeping Millie at arm's length—or can their secret connection blossom into a real happily-ever-after?
 
Leona's Review:
This is a re-read of Silent Night Man for me. It is a fast read, only 120 pages, and so things move quickly. I wanted to re-read so I could do a review.
Tony has Millie move into his place so he can protect her. His friend, John, had been a stalker of Millie, unknown to Tony. He had originally blamed her for the suicide death of John. Now, he knew there was a death contract out for Millie and she needed protection.
Millie had worked with the foster mother of Tony and knew a lot of Tony, but not the whole story of his youth. She had been in love with him for years and he had no interest.
There is some sexual content but very little. No bad language.
I loved the ending of the book. 
I am giving this a 4 star rating as I liked the book.
 
Diana Palmer may be found at  http://www.dianapalmer.com/
 
Leona Olson
 
 
 
 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Life into Mist by Haidji

Life into Mist by Haidji
 
From the back of the book:
 
Life into Mist is a story about life, love, pain and wishes.
...that creates images in a reader's mind, as would each word
be a brushstroke inside the paintings of your imagination.
 
Leona's Review:
 
This was a poetic book that made me feel the ocean and her paint brushstrokes. Characters are added all the time and fit into the story.
My feelings is that I thought it was the end of one's life but another review thought it was the beginning.
I am sure when I re-read Life into Mist, I will  see something different.
It was somewhat strange to me but easy flowing.
I will give it star rating because it was different.
I received a complimentary from the author, Haidji, and LibraryThing.
Haidji is a writer, artist, painter, designer, photographer, performer.
She calls herself  "just Haidji".
 
Leona Olson