Book Review: Tattler's Branch

Posted by Katrina Roets at 2:05 PM

Thursday, September 26, 2013

"Lilly Corbett Still has grown to love her life as the small-town doctor of Skip Rock, a tiny coal community in the Kentucky mountains. Though her husband, Tern, is away for a few months at a mining job, Lilly has her hands full with her patients and her younger sister visiting for the summer.

Lilly turns to her good friend and neighbor, Armina, to help keep things in order--until a mysterious chain of events leaves Armina bedridden and an abandoned baby on her doorstep. Lilly works to uncover the truth, unaware of what a mess she's found herself in until a break-in at her clinic puts her on high alert. As she struggles between what is right and what is safe, Lilly must discover the strength of her resilient country neighbors, her God, and herself."

While this book had a slow start, it wasn't long before it pulled me in.  This is actually the 7th book in a series by Jan Watson, but luckily for me, it works just as well as a stand alone as one in a long series. The author does a beautiful job of introducing the characters and giving you a chance to really get to know them so that you understand their actions and reactions throughout the book. It's clear that she's done her research as the book truly takes you back in time to a period where baby's with Down Syndrome or women with equal rights were little more than a foreign concept. Certainly a book worth finding and reading.

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Book Review: Secretly Smitten

Posted by Katrina Roets at 5:43 PM

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!

There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?

The mystery intrigues Rose’s three granddaughters—Tess, Clare, and Zoe—and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?

Join popular romance novelists—and real-life BFFs—Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter for four delightful intertwined tales of mystery and sweet intrigue.

I don't get the chance to do a whole lot of reading these days so imagine my delight at being asked to review this anthology! It's a nice thick book, but with four different authors, it gives me a great chance to read it in chunks. That being said, I flew through this book. Each story stands alone and yet the way they tied together was wonderful. I will confess that the story of the dog tags didn't have a super "hyped up" ending, but still the stories of the women was really what drew me in. Well worth a read if you like romance, anthologies or just a story to make you smile.


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