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Practically Married

Practically MarriedPractically Married by Karin Beery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! It’s a modern marriage of convenience story that works because the characters are engaging, practical, and have their personal issues to deal with. Loved the setting of Northern Michigan – of course! – but part of the story was set in Florida as well. Another thing I loved was that the author brought in multiple minor characters of all ages. Kids go a long way toward making a story real and relatable. I lost sleep for a couple of nights. It was very hard to put down.

 

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We Hope for Better Things

We Hope for Better ThingsWe Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is actually the tale of three different women from three different times. Mary lives during the Civil War and deals with the fallout of an absentee husband, a farm to run, and helping escaped slaves. Nora lives during the turbulent times of the 1960s when race riots were reshaping inner cities. Elizabeth is a journalist struggling to land the big story that will cement her career in the modern world.

All three women are related, and all three go through some serious trials. There are a lot of characters in the book and that can be hard to follow at times. Time-slipping back and forth isn’t my favorite, but the author does a credible job with it.

This isn’t a happy read, it’s disturbing and thought-provoking, it’ll stay with you after you close the book. If you’re looking for something challenging rather than relaxing, this may be the book for you.

 

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I Heard the Bells

I Heard the BellsI Heard the Bells by Angela K. Couch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good Christmas story with a heartfelt message. Perfect to pick up and read this holiday season. The novella is a quick read that will stick with you after you’re done. Angela Couch is a wonderful author who brings her characters to life for the reader.

 

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Everything She Didn’t Say

Everything She Didn't SayEverything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Classic Jane Kirkpatrick! A well-written tale of a strong woman and the extraordinary life she lived. This one is unique in that it includes actual journal entries of Carrie Adell Strahorn. The story is a roller coaster ride of human emotions, the mountain tops and the valleys, the joys and some very candid disappointments as Carrie and her husband join the pioneers who settled the west. Well worth reading.

 

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Generous Lies

Generous Lies (Hidden Truth Book 3)Generous Lies by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book three in Robin Patchen’s “Hidden Truth” series. They are all good! One of the things I love about this one is that it tackles the very timely – and scary for parents – issue of teenage drug addiction. Opioid addiction is on the news every night. People are dealing with this all across the country and all across the economic spectrum. Patchen does a very credible job of exploring how it can affect a family.

Aside from that important issue, the story is engaging from the start, picking up from the previous book. Any of these can be stand alone stories, but I recommend reading them in order. Garrison and Sam are introduced in the previous books, but in “Generous Lies” it’s their story. We liked them before, but now we really get to know them. And they don’t disappoint! No spoilers here but I highly recommend reading the whole series.

 

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Twisted Lies

Twisted Lies (Hidden Truth Series #2)Twisted Lies by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here’s “the rest of the story” on Nate Boyle from book #1, Convenient Lies. (Which is good, because I really, really liked him in that book.) In true Patchen fashion, the story peels back its layers amid intrigue, sometimes gut-wrenching emotion, and danger. A great combination! Marisa Vega – the heroine – will grab your heart as she works to help others while burying herself. (You’ll have to read the book to understand.) I recommend reading Convenient Lies first for more insight into the character of Nate Boyle. Because you’ll want to know what this guy has already been through!

 

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Convenient Lies

Convenient Lies (Hidden truths Book 1)Convenient Lies by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you like international intrigue with a strong romantic element, this is the book for you. It’s got danger, a handsome hero, a perplexing villain, a body count, and a heroine you’ll be cheering on throughout the book.

Reagan McAdams returns to her old home, and her old name. Fleeing Paris with her infant son, she arrives at her grandmother’s house only to learn that the dear woman passed away days ago. Her husband has lied to her, her grandmother has left her, and her high school boyfriend is trying to get too close to her. She knows the danger she’s in, she just doesn’t know how she’s going to get out of it, or if she will.

 

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