Friday, February 21, 2014

Scraps of Evidence: Quilts of Love #14 by Barbara Cameron

About the Book: (from back cover)

Could a quilt really hold the secrets of a serial killer?

Tess struggles to balance her career as a police detective and caring for her Aunt Susan.  her partner, Logan, wants to help but finds it hard to believe the brisk professional officer he works with during the day has a softer side -- and a love of quilts.  It's a love Tess shares with Aunt Susan, who cherishes a particular quilt she made when she was younger.

When some of Susan's cryptic comments about the quilt and its origins spark Tess's curiosity, the detective in her leads Tess to unravel the story behind this heirloom.  As she discovers the origins of the quilt, Tess unexpectedly uncovers clues that may lead her to a serial killer... a killer who is willing to kill again to keep his secrets hidden.





About the Author: 


CBD, CBA, and ECPA bestselling author of 35 books (including new series upcoming for Abingdon Press in 2011/2012) including fiction and non-fiction books for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Harlequin, and other publishers.
I sold three films to HBO/Cinemax and am the first winner of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award.
My two novellas won the 2nd and 3rd place in the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest from the Faith, Love, and Hope chapter of RWA. Both were finalists for the novella category of the Carol Award of the American Christian Writers Award (ACFW).


My Thoughts:
The first thing that drew me to this book was the Quilt theme.  I love quilts, quilting, and just perusing quilt shops/fairs/etc.  So, I requested this book (and another one) to review on the basis of the quilt on the front of it (and being part of the Quilts of Love series).  Much to my HAPPY surprise, it is a suspense/mystery novel!!  
Scraps of Evidence is a good read.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone that likes suspense/mystery and wants something that is clean and wholesome.  It was a little predictable... I *thought* I knew "whodunnit" from the beginning, but wasn't 100% and the journey to the knowing was worth sticking to it.  
The only thing I didn't like about the book was:  The description on the back cover.  Normally, I don't read the back cover of the book after I have it in my house... I just read the book. For some reason, I decided to read the back of the book.  BIG mistake.  Big.  I do not believe the description on the back matches the story very well and, as you can see above in the "About the Book" description, they say Tess is too busy taking care of Aunt Susan... but in the actual book it is Aunt Kathy-->what?!  Anyhow.  Small manner, but it bugged me the rest of the day.  After re-reading the description, I don't think the book reflects much struggle for Tess in keeping a balance between her job and caring for her aunt.  Just my two cents.
Another GOOD thing about this book, is that it is Christian Suspense, but it's not cram-it-down-your-throat Christian.  It has the subtle innuendos and occasional direct mentions of God and a relationship with Him, but not in your face... perfect for you to share with a friend who loves to read, but don'ts have a relationship with Christ.  
So, for a good read, check out Scraps of Evidence and then pass it on to your friends!! 
and check out Barbara's other books: http://barbaracameron.com
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Home at Last by Anita Higman






About the Book:

Olivia Lamington's never had a home or family. When her late employer leaves Bromfeld Manor to her, Olivia feels secure for the first time in her life. Then Bromfeld's prodigal son returns, challenging her claim to the estate—and everything Olivia understands about family…and love.






About the Author:

Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.

Visit her here: http://www.anitahigman.com/media.html
            or here: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnitaHigman
And find more of her books here: http://www.anitahigman.com/books.html



My Review:

Home at Last was a sweet, short read... that ended up not as sweet as I expected.  When I have purchased the Heartsong Presents books before, they are normally what I like to call eye-candy:  easy on the mind, sweet little one-nighters.  Home at Last was not completely like that.  Yes, it was sweet and romantic, BUT  there was enough suspense and humanity to make it interesting and not just some sappy love story that leaves you with warm fuzzies or a toothache. 

Home at Last deals with many different relationships-- father/son; foster parent/child; boyfriend/girlfriend.  It also touches on abuse, mental illness, forgiveness, anger and love.  It reminds us that only through the grace of God can we forgive and grow in our own lives.

For more information, please see the links above!!

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