Garden Girls Cozy Mysteries: Box Set

Garden Girls Cozy Mysteries Series: Box Set I (Books 1-3) is billed as a Christian cozy mystery, but the faith element is very mild and the characters do some things in their detecting that don't comport with Christian belief. The stories were entertaining enough that I finished reading them, but not intriguing enough that I…

Big Love in a Small Town

Big Love in a Small Town is a sweet romance if you define sweet as not explicit. However, if you don't expect the couple to jump into bed on the second date and spend most of their romance in bed rather than in public, it's not sweet. The purported reason for them not dating in…

Storm

I really liked the hero and heroine of Storm: Western Hearts Series, a sweet contemporary Western romance--and the hero's two young daughters. The relationship developed naturally through their shared experiences and both grew in the process.

Road to Bethlehem

I had read and loved the four books in The Seeds of Christianity Series, so I was delighted to see this prelude available. Road to Bethlehem: A Prelude to the Seeds of Christianity Series is the story of Mary and Joseph. I really enjoyed it and appreciate the author's meticulous historical research. I am certainly…

God is Divorced

God is Divorced: A Former Pastor's Wife Speaks . . . is an article, not a book, but it packs a lot in a few pages. Many of us know the Scripture that God hates divorce, but we don't know the Biblical reasons when divorce is appropriate. The author talks about the various issues (adultery,…

April of Enchantment

April of Enchantment (Sweetly Contemporary Collection Book 1)was originally published in 1981, and it was a fun reminder of how the romance genre has evolved through the years. The hero was engaged to someone else when the heroine was hired to restore his Southern mansion to the way it was when it was constructed. The…

Under the Boardwalk

I liked the characters, although it seemed odd that a 30-year-old divorcee would be rooming in a college dorm and close friends with a 19-year-old woman. The setting--a seaside amusement park--was interesting and made for an unusual mystery. There was enough romance and mystery in Under the Boardwalk (A Pajaro Bay Mystery Book 2) and…

Think Smart Not Hard

I was drawn to this book by the title--Think Smart Not Hard . My late husband often said, "Work smarter, not harder," so the advice was familiar. During my seven-plus decades of life, I have read many self-help books, but at my age I am not nearly as interested in setting goals and striving for…

Poems for the Grieving Heart

I like poems to be simple and clear. Often poetry is esoteric, and I'm left wondering what I read. The poems in Poems for the Grieving Heart are not like that. The words are simple, but they capture the powerful emotions associated with the grieving process. There are poems for the loss of a young…

Bridge to Fruition

Although Bridge to Fruition (Pawleys Island Paradise) (Volume 4) is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. I had read only one of the three earlier books, and I don't feel that I missed anything in this one by not having read all the ones before. I appreciate that the characters…