You Were Always Mine

You were always mine

You Were Always Mine is a touching, sad and moving story that communicates the fears, emotions, love and regrets of a newly widowed woman caught in the mystery of her husband’s last days. The utter devastation and turmoil that Jessica Chamberlain experiences lifts off the pages and sits heavily upon the reader’s heart. You move with her as she trudges on through her son, Max’s, teen angst and behavior, through her sheer determination to find truth and her disintegrating home life. A truly great read.

When We Left

When We left

Once in love, always in live is true for Evan Anderson and Cam Riley even with sixteen years gone by and a divorce and teenage daughter for her.

This is a touching story of how things can go terribly wrong when people interfere and communication is destroyed.

Cam returns to her home town of Timber Creek when she is openly humiliated by her son to be ex husband. With her fifteen year old daughter in tow, the first person she sees is the last one she wants-Evan, her high school boyfriend. There is a lot of distance between them the Evan is determined to cover. He knows in his heart that this is their chance at last.

Vendetta

vendetta

I usually love novels by Iris Johansen and this is a good one, full of suspense captured on the pages. However, I found Vendetta repetitious at times which slowed the flow of the story.

The story itself is really great: a woman caught up in a past endeavor that caused a ruthless terrorist to target her for destruction along with all of San Francisco. Rachel Venable is a strong heroine and Jude Brannon is a super Alpha male that is charged to protect her at all cost.

Cowboy Cross My Heart

cowboy cross my heart

Cowboy Cross My Heart is a different kind of rodeo story from the norm of rodeo romances. It is not about a cowboy dilemma of love or second chances rather it is one of a dangerous group of men who prey on the Rodeo Queens, threatening them and demanding sexual favors.

Naomi Pierce make her way back home to discover that all the great pageantry of the Rodeo Queens is not all it is made out to be for her best Friend, Whitney. People get murdered to storp the discovery of what is going on behind the scenes. Brice Harper and Naomi work to uncover the culprits and not get killed while on the hunt.

Summer on the River

summer on the river

I found Summer on the River to be a very slow moving read-almost too slow for me. It seemed to lack any spark of excitement or enticing to keep me involved in the story. Even the accompanying sinister plot felt nonessential to the whole.

Abandoned

 

abandoned

A journalist, Max Revere seeking the answers about what truly happened to the mother that abandoned her finds danger, more questions and mysterious answers as this complicated, riveting and intense novel plays out. Coupled with Max’s relentless search for clues to her mother’s disappearance is the story enfolding of her mother’s actions and motives and of the crimes she committed. Past and present collide in a thrilling battle for survival.

Christmas at the Chalet

christmas chalet

The debut of the winter wedding gowns for Felicity Grant Bridal is set for St. Moritz with more on the line for designer Felicity Grant than just her dresses. This is a charming story of love lost, love found , and possible reconciliation.

A huge fight with her long term boyfriend has her struggling with the reality of their relationship. It does not (or does it?) help that she is seen with a handsome local doctor and the Internet is all abuzz with speculation. Running alongside Felicity’s dilemma is one for Nell, a top model in the show. She is desperately trying to get her divorced parents to both come to her wedding. Nell is going crazy trying to keep them from spotting each other in St. Moritz. The surprise ending is the best!

Wedding Surprise

Wedding surprise

I have thoroughly enjoyed the books in the Cherry Lake series all written about the lives of four sisters in a small town. This book, the last of the series, is all about Mari and the problems she has to face-problems that started ten years prior and are still existing to plague her.

Mari left Cherry Lake not knowing she was pregnant with Ethan’s baby. She connected with his brother, Rake, on the outskirts of town and Rake took her under his wing. Neither Rake nor Mari had contact with his left behind family because of the stress and strain imposed by them. Mari had returned to Cherry Lake after Rake died and has a bundle of messy things she has to do for him, including coming clean with Ethan about his son. She can only hope for the best outcome for both her son and for herself.

The Rain Watcher

the rain watcher

Set against the backdrop of Paris during relentless rain and a flooding Seine, Linden Malegarde is struggling against memories, fear and yearning as his family meets for his father’s birthday.

I may be way off base but I found so much symbolism in this touching novel that, to me, was significant. The statue of Zouave, a colonial soldier and the indicator to the city of the level of the Seine, measures the water like the rising memories of Linden from his childhood and from his former life in Paris. As the water rises, so does the number of memories Linden experiences and has to face. The unrelenting rain contrasts a family with unrelenting regrets. The isolation of the family in a safe hotel points to the isolation of the emotions each family member holds internally. The devastation of the city from the swelling and destructive river mirrors the devastation of a mother’s betrayal, of a father’s illness, and of a sister’s inability to come to terms with a harrowing car wreck.

Threaded through this story is Linden’s need to fully define himself and his relationship to his partner, Sacha, to his father. It is something Linden has avoided his entire adult life but feels circumstances give him the opening he has feared yet longed for.

I found the novel to be breathtaking and achingly beautiful as the family struggles are brought to the surface and explored.

In the Heat of the Moment

in the heat

This is a crazy, great novel that follows the police investigation of a murder on a resort island on the Midsummer night when teens flock to over indulge and trouble brews. The hard work of the police plays against teens with their stories of the night to hide-stories of drunkenness, of love gone wrong, of humiliation and of embarrassment. The stories they harbor tell the tale of a night gone wrong, horribly wrong and of parents granting too much leeway and freedom to young teens.