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Review for Knights in Shining Apron

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Starli Cameron gave up her career plans to be a concert pianist to marry the man of her dreams. He turned out to be a nightmare. When he dies in a car accident, Starli takes the insurance money and builds a successful and upscale restaurant: Apple Blossoms in rural West Virginia. Threats from someone determined to ruin her life and the suspicious romantic advances from her new chef force Starli to search her heart and finally turn to God for real healing. Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, top-notch chef from England, is roped by his uncle, into filling in as head Chef at Apple Blossoms. Joel, with his sanguine-personality, has always laughed and flirted his way through life. But now, confronted with and attracted to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, Joel has to prove his sincerity and depth of character to his icy-cold employer. Can his love for God and for this woman reach out far enough to rescue her from her own mistrust and bitterness? Will he learn that life is not all play? And can they both work together to find the source of threats that seem to be coming from Starli’s past?

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Knights in Shining Apron combines domestic violence, cooking, music, ice-skating, and British royalty into one unbelievable book.  Starli brings a depth to the story through her brokeness from domestic violence and her determination to ensure her restaurant succeeds.  She managed to make me love her from the very beginning.  I wanted to see her open her heart to love and find true happiness.

Sir Joel Peterman-Blair enters in a dramatic fashion when he is accidentally mistaken for a new dishwasher for Starli’s restaurant.  He demonstrates compassion, determination, and cooking skills throughout the pages of the book.

Starli’s friends help bring the story to life.  They provide encouragement, support, love, and even tough-love when necessary.  This story continues tales of other characters previously introduced.  Truly, this is a book worth reading.

Bio:

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Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

 

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Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Carole-Brown/e/B00EZV4RFY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427898838&sr=8-1

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Review of Hugo

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ABOUT THE BOOK

In September 21, 1989, Hurricane Hugo came in the dead of night, slamming Category 4 power into Charleston, South Carolina at the worst possible time—high tide. Painter Place is scoured by the writing Atlantic storm surge, forcing Caroline Painter Gregory to say goodbye to a life she loves and face a future that may hold the worst that might happen. On the devastated South Carolina coastline of 1989 and then in Arles, France during the centennial of Van Gogh’s life there, Hugo continues the saga of Painter Place.

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Having read Painter Place, the first book in this series, I was looking forward to reading this second book.  While someone could possibly read this book without reading the first, I would definitely recommend reading them in order.

I have to say one reason why I definitely wanted to read this book was that I was living in Eastern North Carolina at the time Hurricane Hugo roared into the Carolinas.  Because of the track the storm took, we missed being impacted by the storm personally.  On the other hand, my parents had friends living in the direct path of the storm.  Also, living in Eastern North Carolina and then Texas, we have experienced quite a few hurricanes personally.  So I was interested to see how Pamela Poole would handle the details of a hurricane.

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The amazing way Pamela Poole ties together art, separate characters,  separate locations, and Christianity captured my attention when I first started reading. The artistic aspects of this book filled my mind with pictures of what I was reading.  I appreciated how this story picked up the story ended in Painter Place.  However, I also have to say, I can not wait to read the next book in this series.  So if you love fiction that includes art, storms, family, and Christianity, check out this book for yourself.

Author bio:

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Pamela Poole’s love for the South inspires all her books and paintings. She has written three novels and two short stories that take place on the fictional island in the Painter Place Saga, and she will launch the fourth book. Landmark, in 2019. Pamela lives life loving Jesus and her family as a wife, mother, and Gigi, and she is blessed with true friends. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and various author and artist organizations. She and her husband Mark live in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20,21

Social Media links:

You can find Pamela Poole on Social Media at the following links:
Pamela Poole, Artist and Author, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PamelaPooleArt

Pamela Poole, Artist and Author, Twitter:
https://twitter.com/PamelaPooleArt

Pamela P. Poole, Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/pamelapooleart

Author blog on Southern Sky Publishing:
https://www.southernskypublishing.com/blog

Twitter page for Southern Sky Publishing:
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Review of Riptide Rumors

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About the Book

If the Tide Doesn’t Change, Who Will Pay the Price?

As autumn of 1916 descends upon the once-peaceful town of Sunset Cove, Anna McDowell has great hopes that the excitement of the summer will be over, now that a few of the key players in the rum-running ring have been arrested. But with a daring jailbreak getting the town in a dither again, she knows that the danger hasn’t passed for anyone in her coastal hometown.

With a mayoral election keeping tensions high and the authorities busy searching for those behind the jailbreak, Anna has plenty to keep the newspaper busy. But when her sixteen-year-old daughter begins making noises about leaving high school and abandoning dreams of college, Anna realizes that prohibition isn’t the only thing she needs to be worrying about.

How deep does the root of corruption run in their town? As she digs deeper, Anna is forced to put the concerns of her own heart on hold in an effort to save some of the people dearest to her.

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Having read the first book in this series, I was looking forward to reading this second book set in 1916.  Anna, her daughter, Daniel, and all the other characters in this story bring the book to life. Prohibition, a jailbreak, a dress shop opening and more add to the storyline.  The characters are believable and the dialogue makes this book interesting to read.

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With running a newspaper, Anna sets out to expose the truth about what is going on in her community.  Melody Carlson truly brings life to the story.  She combines family, dreams,   danger, and intrigue in a way that makes it impossible to put the book down.  A few new characters join the cast of characters in this story.  Some I liked, others I did not like.

I loved watching Anna’s daughter Katy find her way and explore the possibilities of graduating early from high school and opening a dress shop with her grandmother, her best friend, and her best friend’s mother.  While some questions are answered in this book, I still feel there is a long way to go and hope to read more books in this series in the future.

I definitely recommend this book.  I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

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Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books (with sales around 6.5 million) for teens, women, and children. That’s a lot of books, but mostly she considers herself a “storyteller.” Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, True Colors etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She’s won a number of awards (including RT’s Career Achievement Award, the Rita, and the Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog.

 

Social Media:

You can find Melody Carlson on Social Media at the following places:

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Melody-Carlson/e/B000APR3DC/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_4?qid=1549482870&sr=8-4

 

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Website: http://www.melodycarlson.com/

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