Thursday, October 8, 2015

A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

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About A Fine Summer's Day

• Paperback: 384 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 29, 2015)

On a fine summer's day in June 1914, Ian Rutledge is planning to propose to a woman he deeply loves, despite hints from his family and friends that she may not be the most suitable choice for a policeman's wife. To the north, another man in love—a Scottish Highlander named Hamish MacLeod—asks his own sweetheart to marry him.
Back in England, a son grieves for his mother, dredging up a dark injustice that will trigger a series of murders that Rutledge must solve. The victims are all upstanding and well-liked. The local police have their suspicions about the culprits and are less than cooperative with the London detective.
As clouds of war gather on the horizon, Rutledge digs deeper, finding similarities and patterns between the murders. With every moment at stake, he sets out to right a terrible wrong—an odyssey that will eventually force him to choose between the Yard and his country, between love and duty, and between honor and truth.
My Thoughts:
I am a huge fan of Charles Todd's World War I mystery series starring English nurse Bess Crawford, but I had never dipped into the authors' Inspector Ian Rutledge series. 
However, now the time is right!  With their latest release (#17!) "A Fine Summer's Day" takes readers back to the very beginning of Inspector Rutledge's story and is a fine introduction indeed.
As usual, the mother/son author/duo pulls the reader deep into a fascinating and well-told story of one man's experience during the pre-World War I days and how that terrible conflict affected everyone and everything, changing the world so completely that it would never be the same again for anyone.  I love the cast of characters who make up Inspector Rutledge's world, and the fast-pace of the tale keeps the action moving along quickly.  This was a complete reading joy and I'm so glad that the authors dared to reach way back in time to bring this intriguing story to their fans!
If you haven't experienced one of the many wonderful books by Charles Todd, "A Fine Summer's Day" is the perfect place to begin!
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About Charles Todd

Charles Todd is the author of the Inspector Ian Rutledge mysteries, the Bess Crawford mysteries, and two stand-alone novels. A mother and son writing team, they live in Delaware and North Carolina.

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My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and to William Morrow Books for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It's Tuesday, but let's pretend it's Monday ... What Are You Reading?

Well, Monday zipped by almost before I knew it, and here it is, late Tuesday!  But I still wanted to share what I am reading this week - so here it is, day late, but still some good reading to be had!

Here's what I have planned ...

What I'm Reading Now:

What I Plan To Read:

Inspirational Book for the Week:

Special Events:

Thursday - Book Blog Tour Stop for A Fine Summer's Day

Hope that you have something great lined up this week too!  And, as always,

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pass It On by Jim Burns and Jeremy Lee - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

 About the book: Pass It On
(David C. Cook, September 2015)

Parents often experience a "freak out" moment when they realize their children's view of God will primarily come from what they learn at home.
Most parents spend more time helping their kids succeed at academics or athletics than infusing shared spiritual experiences into the rhythm of everyday family life.

While the idea of strategically passing down our faith can seem intimidating, the annual Rites of Passage Experiences contained in Pass It On make it easy for your family to celebrate milestones from kindergarten through high school graduation. Forever change the direction of your family's spiritual legacy . . . starting now!

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My Thoughts:

"Pass It On" is a book that should be on every new parent (and grandparent)'s check list for when they have a baby!  Training up children to respect and worship God is so important, especially in this day and time of turmoil and danger.  The authors, Burns and Lee, have come up with a sensible and inspirational guide to making faith and worship important once again for families.

Written in an easy-to-follow language, Burns and Lee give examples of "celebrations" that parents can follow or use for their own inspiration to introduce and bring their kids into family traditions and spiritual traditions. Ideas are included for kindergarten through high school age children and are appropriate for the entire family to participate in.

"Pass It On" is a smartly developed and brilliantly presented plan that I highly encourage all parents to check out!  I can not stress enough how important it is to introduce religion and faith to your children, no matter how old they are!  And this is just the book to help that process along.  I highly recommend it!

About the Authors:

Jim Burns is president of HomeWord and executive director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. He has more than 1.5 million resources in print and a radio broadcast heard on 800 stations a day. Jim resides in Southern California with his wife Cathy and their three daughters.

Connect with Jim online: website, Twitter, Facebook

Jeremy Lee is the founder of ParentMinistry.Net, a subscription-based service for children and youth ministry workers. He was on the writing team for the Simple Truth Bible from Group Publishing and the Ignite Study Bible from Thomas Nelson Publishers. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and children.

Connect with Jeremy online:
website, Twitter, Facebook

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this tour and for providing the review copy of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Here Comes The Dreamer by Carole Giangrande - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review

About The Book:

• Paperback
• Publisher: Inanna Publications

Alastair Luce is a dreamer, one of three who tell this tale.

A Canadian expat in the 1950s, he lives in a New York City suburb with his wife, Nora, a passionate American who misses the excitement of wartime life and finds an outlet — and a lover — during the Red scare. Alastair's an artist, a quiet man who paints houses for a living, fears atomic holocaust, drinks too much and worries about his suffering child Grace. Just before the accident that kills his daughter's best friend Todd, he offers a ride to their teenage neighbour, Claire Bernard.

She continues the story as a witness to tragedy, a wry observer of suburban mores and a compassionate friend of Alastair, whose talent and politics she'd long admired. Yet in the era of Vietnam, she's not prepared for his love or his anguish as she marries and leaves for Canada.

In Toronto, it's Alastair's exiled daughter Grace who speaks, giving voice to her fury, an artist who works to “burn” the city down with brilliant colour, who resents Claire for hurting her dad, and still grieves the loss of young Todd. Yet Grace, Claire and Alastair are bound together by their history, and a crisis draws their painful stories to a climax. It's then that Grace ventures homeward for the first time, into a startling vision of the unknown.

Praise for "Here Comes The Dreamer"

Here Comes the Dreamer is a moving account of how a tragic accident changes, and haunts, the intertwined lives of a painter, his gifted and troubled daughter, and the young woman who befriends them. It astutely probes the moods and mores of suburban America in the ’50s and ’60s, and later, of Toronto. Combining rich lyrical language, inspired narration, and sensitive psychological insight, this is fiction of the most darkly illuminating, deeply touching kind. —Allan Briesmaster, author of Against the Flight of Spring and Confluences

Giangrande’s writing is warm and intelligent, honest and kind. Here Comes the Dreamer is filled with the richness of character and intersecting lives. —Irene Guilford, author of The Embrace

My Thoughts:

Fans of intense family-based drama will enjoy "Here Comes The Dreamer." Author Carole Giangrande has crafted a story that intertwines the life of three heart-broken people and follows their journey to acceptance and forgiveness.

The characters in this novella are very complicated, but very intriguing as well. Giangrande skillfully brings all the necessary elements of a well-written story together with detailed backgrounds and often heart-wrenching elements that will linger with the reader long after the tale is finished. A very thought-provoking novella.  I look forward to reading more of Giangrande's work in the future.

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About Carole Giangrande:

Carole Giangrande

Born and raised in the New York City area, Carole Giangrande is a Toronto-based novelist and author of eight books, including the award-winning novella, A Gardener On The Moon, the novels An Ordinary Star and A Forest Burning, a short story collection, Missing Persons and the novella, Midsummer. Her new novella, Here Comes The Dreamer, will be published in September.

A former broadcast-journalist, she worked for CBC Radio (Canada's public broadcaster) as co-host of the popular Radio Noon program. She's read her fiction at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, at the Banff Centre for the Arts (as an Artist-in-Residence), the University of Toronto, on radio and at numerous public venues. Her fiction, articles and reviews have appeared in Canada’s major journals and newspapers and her 50-part literary podcast Words to Go has been downloaded over 20,000 times in 30 countries. She is currently at work on a novel.

Visit Carole's website at, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

My thanks to TLC Book Tours for including me on this tour and for providing the review copies of the book.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Say Yes To The Death: A Debutante Dropout Mystery by Susan McBride - Review

Happy Publication Day to my friend, the brilliant author Susan McBride. The latest in her "Debutante Dropout" mystery series, "Say Yes To The Death," is out today and it's fantastic!

About The Book:

Someone old, someone cruel ...

Debutante dropout Andrea Kendricks is beyond done with big hair, big gowns, and big egos—so being dragged to a high-society Texas wedding by her socialite mama, Cissy, gives her a bad case of déjà vu. As does running into her old prep-school bully, Olivia La Belle, the wedding planner, who's graduated to berating people for a living on her reality TV show. But for all the times Andy wished her dead, nobody deserves Olivia's fate: lying in a pool of blood, a cake knife in her throat—but did the angry baker do it?

Millicent Draper, the grandmotherly owner of Millie's Cakes, swears she's innocent, and Andy believes her. Unfortunately, the cops don't. Though Andy's fiancé, lawyer Brian Malone, is handling Millie's case, she's determined to spring Millie herself. But where to start? "La Belle from Hell" had enemies galore. Good thing Andy has a BFF who's a reporter— and a blue-blood mother who likes to pull strings.

My Thoughts:

It is such a pleasure to read absolutely anything by Susan McBride and "Say Yes To The Death" is no exception!

Susan has such a way with her writing that is so fun to read - she adds in the right amount of humor along with just the right dash of mystery to keep readers on the edge of their seats, all while laughing along the way to a very satisfying ending!

"Say Yes ..." is the sixth book in the "Debutante Dropout" series, but first time readers can catch on quickly to the life and antics of sassy Texas gals Andy and her mother Cissy!  These characters are an absolute hoot - full of that special kind of Texas spunk and charm that make them memorable and admirable.  And the backdrop setting of upscale Dallas, Texas is just perfect for this fascinating story - I knew each and every landmark Susan includes in the story and I felt like I was riding shotgun with Andy and Cissy as they try to clear their dear friend of the murder charges against her.

I so highly recommend Susan McBride's latest book.  Readers who love a rollicking good time in their mysteries will just love this book!  And I predict that readers will want to run out and get the other books in this series!

About The Author:


Susan McBride is the USA Today bestselling author of Blue Blood, the first of the Debutante Dropout Mysteries. The award-winning series includes The Good Girl's Guide to Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night of the Living Deb, and Too Pretty to Die. She's also the author of The Truth About Love and Lightning, Little Black Dress, and The Cougar Club, all Target Recommended Reads. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband and daughter, the amazing Emily!

Check out Susan's website at for more info on her books and upcoming projects!

My thanks to Harper Collins Publishers for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Wow, here we are at the end of September already!  Summer flew by, but now my favorite time of year is here - Fall!  Love those crisp nights, the scent of pumpkin and apple pies, you just gotta love it!

This week I've got a bevy of my favorite authors with new releases that I can't wait to cozy up with!  Here's what I've got lined up -

What I'm Reading Now:

What I Plan To Read:

Inspirational Book I'm Reading:

Special Events:

Wednesday - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review for Here Comes The Dreamer

Friday - Book Blog Tour Stop and Review for Pass It On

That's it - quite a lineup!  Hope you have something wonderful to read this week as well. And, as always ...

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at BookJourney (  This week Sheila is promoting Banned Books Week, always an interesting time of learning of books that have been banned from schools, etc.   Check it out - you'll be glad you did!

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