Reviews

Make Haste Slowly (Short Creek Mysteries Book 1) by Amy K. Rognlie

Make Haste Slowly

Life in Short Creek, Texas is just what Callie Erickson expected it to be: calm and predictable…until the morning a gift bag—along with a dead body—appear on the doorstep of her shop. A terrible tragedy? Or something more sinister?

After moving halfway across the country for a new crack at life, Callie isn’t eager to become entangled in any more trouble than necessary. But a cryptic message, a needy neighbor, and her own heart won’t allow her give up so quickly. With the help of her indomitable Aunt Dot, and friends both old and new, Callie sets out to discover the truth. What she finds might change her life forever.

I enjoyed this Christian cozy mystery, and author Amy Rognlie didn’t shy away from issues that we deal with in real life. A lot of scripture and encouragement to trust God made this book even more enjoyable.

Full of so many emotions, I went from laughing out loud to wondering who’s next. The characters in Short Creek, Texas are so well developed and genuine that they seem real as they struggle with fear, heart break, and love. I highly recommend reading Make Haste Slowly.

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

Love’s Christmas Cheer by Alexa Verde

Love's Christmas Cheer

For feuding chefs at a new restaurant, a ruined wedding reception and a failed business are not on the menu. But love and family just might be…

Chefs Petr Sergeyev and Lacy-Jane Macalister can’t agree on anything except for that they can’t agree on anything.

Lacy-Jane Macalister returns to her hometown, eager to prove she’s not the culinary failure her ex claimed her to be. After a career in the military, Petr Sergeyev settles down in Sweet Grove to help his brother with his nephew and new business. Grandpa Alexey’s is the only place in town that needs chefs.

He’s for hearty meals. She promotes healthy food. He likes order. She prefers creativity. He left his girlfriend. She was betrayed by her fiancé. Their arguments are more heated than the stove in the restaurant’s kitchen. But when Lacy-Jane’s sister and Petr’s brother decide to have their wedding three days after Christmas, Petr and Lacy-Jane put their differences aside to give their siblings a great reception.

Will Petr and Lacy-Jane surrender their wills to God and receive Christmas gifts of love, faith, and hope?

I have come to love the town of Sweet Grove. So well described by author Alexa Verde, it feels like a real place. And the characters in the story have become like old friends. It’s so enjoyable to see what they are up to next. And they seem so real as they battle emotions and the trials of life.

A truly delightful story, you’ll love the banter between Petr and Lacy-Jane. Returning to Sweet Grove was a treat, and learning so much about Russian culture was an added bonus. Love’s Christmas Cheer is a great read any time of the year!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

The House on Foster Hill

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

This book by debut author Jaime Jo Wright is incredible! While mystery and suspense are not my typical genre this book captivated me. The skill with which it was written is incredible. A dual timeline, everything flows and fits wonderfully.

Rich in detail, I was drawn into the story immediately. The characters are well developed, compelling, and believable. If you enjoy suspense and mystery this is definitely a book for you. Spine tingling and chilling, you’ll be looking over your shoulder. I tried to put the pieces together as I was reading, however unlike some mysteries this one was so artfully crafted that I couldn’t do it. And the ending. Oh boy.Yet along with it comes hope, healing from grief, and spiritual restoration. I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.

 

 

 

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