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Map of the Heart: A Novel - Susan Wiggs

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs
Camille Adams, a photographer and I love hearing about her craft.
The film is Malcolm Finnemore's and he has a very old film strip that he wants digitized. She loves the challenge.
While doing the work the call from ER that her daughter, Julie is there and she's on her way...her doctor husband had died in the water...
Story also follows Finn, history professor in Provence, France who's a volunteer with historic cemetary-chronilogging things left on headstones.
He's looking for his father still when his sister came across the unexposed film of things his dad had taken...
Interesting what draws them together and the link they have...
Love hearing of the locations and all the photography things all the mystery things they find and investigate.
This book is so much more detailed than the authors other works I've read-like her style but this takes the cake and icing. So much research has gone into this book and story is told in such a nice way.
Conflict with weight and interesting how the grandfather is the one to console his granddaughter from his own experience.
Book goes back in time to her father's parents growing up in France during the war and what they have to do to survive.
Problem for me is going back to the past and then forward to the present and future, several times. Wish it just had started in past and brought us up to date.
Not sure which section I like the best as they are all woven together.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Lord Bentley Needs A Bride - Anne Greene

Lord Bentley Needs a Bride by Anne Greene
Book starts out with Bentley and he knows he has to find a wife very soon so he as the oldest can take over the estate and the management of it.
His younger brother has sabotaged all that with the rumors going around town.
Book also follows Camille Meriweather who has younger sisters and a father and knows she needs to get out from under her father's care.
Bentley after conversing with Sebastian his friend, take the advice of an aunt with the rules of love and rules of the fan and what is meant by different movements.
He throws a stay over party for several woman as he tries to get to know them. Problem is things go missing, the list of women are NOT the ones that should've been invited and things just get worse.
Love the things they do have in common, God foremost and horses. Then he learns of why he has to marry even sooner than expected and he's not sure she will take him as a spouse when she's courting two other dukes.
Like turmoil in this one as it throws a wrench in the fire.
Other works by the author and her bio at included at the end.
Received this review copy from the author via Bookfun.org and this is my honest opinion.

Riding Out the Wager: The Story of a Damaged Horse & His Soldier (The Father Michael Trilogy Book 1) - Hilary Walker

Riding Out The Wager by Hilary Walker
Love how this starts out with healing powers horses have. I've yet to ride one but they do fascinate me and the things they can do.
First time reading this author and enjoy the exploration into her works-want to read more already!
Starts out where a priest is spending dinner at one of his relatives and parishions house for dinner and meets the brother, Justin who is back from Iraq and very hostile.
Priest, Father Michael makes a wager he can get him to believe in God by Easter...
We learn of others confessions and how they are handled.
Love hearing of the step by step instructions on how to set up the saddle and everything associated with it, so very detailed and precise.
All different problems that are our everyday lives and solutions for troubles, priceless!
Although there are a lot of characters it's easy to keep them all straight. Amazing story! Other works by the author are highlighted at the end.
What I liked the most is that there are different age groups, each facing different troubles in their lives and there is an answer to them all. Pray.
Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Have read other works by this author and have learned so much from them, looking forward to more of the same with this book. This one starts out with Leni and she's a teen and they are moving again. Her dad keeps losing his job, drinks a lot and beats up her mother then when he comes out of his PTSD he apologizes. They end up in Alaska, a cabin from one of his Nam buddies and they are welcomed into the community. What I like the best is how others help take care of them and prepare them for the winter months. Leni is able to go to school then come home to do chores-she also is into photography. Her school buddy Matthew shows an interest in her and her in him. They are able to spend some time not at school but her dad doesn't like the way Matthew's father pays attention to his wife, Cora. He has blowups and takes things out on his wife still. Love hearing of all their struggles and how they are able to make it all work. As Leni gets older she's able to learn more and experience more in nature to help keep them alive and safe. So much to this story, locations, colors, love all the nature, very detailed descriptions of the area and issues surrounding the community, Northern Lights, school excursions. Love where this story goes and glad things went in the direction they did and how things go full circle. So much to look forward to. Love hearing the connection she has with him over the years and waits for his words to reach her-they are both so damaged. You can always go home and you don't have to be alone. Love how this story came about from real experiences. Went through so many emotions as I read this book, had a hard time putting it down to make dinner. I received this review book from St. Martin's Press via Net Galley and this is my honest review.

Wool: Unraveling an American Story of Artisans and Innovation - Peggy Hart

Wool Unraveling an American Story of Artisans and Innovation by Peggy Hart
Love learning about the history in the US about wool and why it's no longer used as much as back in the 1600's.
I am a knitter and do use patterns from 1860's for Sturbridge Village using the wool from their animals to knit the items they want. Love that this village is mentioned in the book. So fascinating to learn so much!
Sketches along the way showing what is being talked about. It's much of how I picture the early 1900's with the local mills (I live in RI so am familiar).
Loved hearing of the resources that still produce wool yarn today.
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Received this review copy from the author via Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

Come Sundown - Nora Roberts

Come sundown by Nora Roberts
The family business is running the ranch.
Bo runs it when Alice Bodine and she's returning home with all of her posssessions.
She recalls what had drawn her away...
The story moves to the present day where we find Maureen ahead of her schedule.
Other ranchers would be doing their chores. She runs the resort.
Love the idea of what all the resort offers, all inclusive for sure. Like ideas for the winter holidays to draw more to the area.
Story alternates between the ranch and resort to what Alice is going through.
Like hearing of all the relationships, in all different age groups.
The stories do combine towards the end when clues start getting solved. Love this book although it left me so scared and things were happening.
Would make a great series with so many characters in the family.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Calhoun Chronicles Books 1-4 (The Charm School, The Horsemaster's Daughter, Halfway to Heaven, Enchanted Afternoon) - Susan Wiggs

The Horsemaster's Daughter Wiggs_ Susan
Book starts out with Hunter and he raised horses. The latest is very brutal and he knows he needs some help to tame this one.
With help from a boy they get the contained horse on a small barge and take him to where they hope the horsemaster lives. He'd be the one to tame him.
He arrives and only finds a woman-his daughter. Her father is gone.
Like learning about the wild horses and how they show up to be close to her.
He watches as the next day Hunter sees the horse catching her but she wants a chance with the horse.
She had been taught by the expert, her father and she knew she had to take her time with the horse.
Love the relationship they discover on the roof.
They see into each other's soul and she sees he needs a new wife and he sees she is simple but connected to the horses-has no idea about the outside world.
Love how Alysha trains the stallion-Finn. Hunter tends to the other animals and knows his kids are in good hands with his inlaws.
Slaves wonder to the island and she knows what she needs to do-follow in her father's footsteps so they can continue their journey.
He meets a man he thought he'd never see again, she is amazed at everything she's learning about her father's life.
She finds love and wants to explore him.
Love mysteries, treasures, different locations and all the adventure of making it all work.
Alysha realizes how damaged his family is once she lives among them. She is so perspective. She finds out why his son won't talk and she is able to bring his grief forward, releasing him from his pain. After the job of training Finn her work at the estate is done.
Sexual scenes. She is able to learn more about her father and mother. Hunter also learns of his wifes last days and her private secret past.
He keeps his promise and sets her free to go to CA, her father's real dream.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

Troubles at Timber Ski Lodge - Max Elliot Anderson

Troubles at Timber Ski Lodge by Max Elliot Anderson
Book starts out with a family, three generations and they live at the ski lodge. They are on their last attempt to keep it open as previous years have not been profitable.
Besides all the lodge troubles, Eric also has brother and friend problems. Like the idea and the book was so suspenseful as you never knew what was going to happen next.
Keep me reading and wanting to learn more about the ski lodge and all the machines that run it. When the plane with gold crashes the boys want to find it and be the hero.
They start out and end up spending the night in a cabin and head out to find the plane the next morning. Lots of action and quick thinking. Love ending and how they plan to use it and all the requests to be friends and being helpful.
Love how they follow the clues. Reminds me of when I was younger and read the Hardy Boys mystery series. Love this read and hope my grandson will like it as much as I.
Free on Amazon via BookFun author.

Tracy's Choices - Max Elliot Anderson

Tracy's Choices by Max Elliot Anderson
This book is about the life of Tracy and the choices she made along the way.
She rebelled at everything and ended up having a very hard life. Good thing is that she found God.
Very advanced details of events.
Free on Amazon via BookFun author.

A Dangerous Invitation - Erica Monroe

A Dangerous Invitation by Erica Monroe
Book starts out with Kate Morgan has been followed and now she has a gun to his body...and she finds out it's Daniel. She knows of his past.
Story also follows Daniel O'Reilly who had left London because others wanted their goods back and he dind't have them or kill Tommy.
They try to solve the mystery of who had actually killed Tommy.
Being buried alive, whoa such details. Sex scenes and they figure out what really happened to not only Tommy but her father.

The Trouble with Being Wicked - Emma Locke

The Trouble with Being Wicked, Naughty Girl Book 1 by Emma Locke
1840 Celeste Gray and her friend Elizabeth are just carrying items into her new house. It's dilapadated and Liz can't wait to get out of the molding place.
Celeste had hired a footman, Tom to help. She had paid Lord Triston and he had no idea he had sold it to a woman.
The women were to live there while Elizabeth gave birth-they have no help and they are not close to the city. Story also follows Lord Triston and his two marriageable sisters.
Love the outside excusions and gardening. We learn more about all of them and their past as time goes on....
A wrench in the works in the guise of a man from the city-Roman. She hopes he keeps her identity and whereabouts a secret...erotic sexual scenes and descriptions.
Other works and excerpts are highlighted at the end.

Her Wicked Ways - Darcy Burke

Her Wicked Ways by Darcy Burke
He and he buddies are there to rob the coaches but all he is offered is a kiss. He needs money for those at the orphanage for medicine.
He finds her name Miranda, appealing. Because of her behavior she's being sent to work at the orphanage in the way of punishment.
She had hoped to help Beatrice find a husband. That kiss though, was like one she never had before.
Fox is a farmer and helps at the orphanage, his family owns and runs it. She is able to ask others for contributions and lets him know he appeals to her.
Rob tries to pursuade him to go after Miranda before others get her.
Love hearing how she wants to teach the girls new things and how she handles the boys and manners at the table.
They are able to spend a lot of time together and the orphanage and learn more about each other.
Very explcit sexual scenes. Lots of mystery that involve money, missing money.
Very boring and long drawn out for my liking. Other works and excerpts are included at the end.
Received this free review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation: Dukes of War #0.5 - Erica Ridley

The Viscount's Christmas Temptation by Erica Ridley
She has taken care of her brother and his estate and she realizes he will never choose a bride til she herself has a new job by being married.
The annual Christmas party is usually held at the Marshall estate but this year it's undergoing large renovations that will not be ready so the ball has been cancelled.
She takes it upon herself to solict his help and money and her ideas to make the Christmas ball happen. He follows her around to other locations til they realize it's really her brother's estate that can handle it all and they make it happen. Excerpts from other books are included.
Love having read this one as I've read many in the series and have enjoyed them. Love hearing of the kissing ball and know it's really mistletoe.
Received this free review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.

Should've Been You: A Man Enough Romance - Nicole Perkins McLaughlin

Should've Been You by Nicole McLaughlin
Book starts out with Jase and he's tending his herd as he reminisces as to how he got to this point in his life.
Becca is back for a day or two and her father isn't home yet. Her father had rescued Jase from the beating his father had given him one Christmas eve. Since then her family had taken care of him and the others in his family.
Twins: Becca and Hannah-both so different but he's been close to Hannah but she's now engaged to be married.
Becca hopes to be engaged to Brian soon.
Jase left for the army then realized what he wanted in life so headed back to start the cattle farm.
She was a mid school history teacher in town.
Love how the story follows them each and their separate and together moments over the years.
Steamy sex scenes. Misunderstandings and moving forward. Love the holiday celebrations and how they are carried on.
I received this review book from St. Martin's Press via Net Galley and this is my honest opinion
#Should'veBeenYou #NetGalley

Stars, Love And Pirouettes - Alicia Street, Roy Street

Stars, Love and Pirouettes by Alicia Street and Roy Street
This story follows Jenna and her brother has just gotten married. She's a dancer in the city but has recently taught classes in her hometown.
Love the discussions about stars and other galaxy items.
She's taken a leave from the ballet and she is staring in a movie. Now she has options, not only with work but with men.
Love catching up with the others in the family and town.
Great series.

Touch Me And Tango - Alicia Street, Roy Street

Touch Me and Tango by Alicia Street and Roy Street
This story starts out with Tanya-dancer who had traveled throughout Europe for the past several years.
She's part of a couple with Andre. Mark is her fiance and she finds out he needs to marry to get his inheritance.
She had always been in love with Parker-the nurseryman back home.
She's returned to take care of her mother who's now disabled... There are a lot of repairs that should be done while she's there...
Her mother wants them to locate the treasure and be rich... They need to get Parker to help but he hung up on Tanya... She also needs to make amends with Parker's sister Casey...
Her and parker have history and he even still has the ring.
Death threats and other life emergencies make them realize their time together may be short.
Lots of action, adventure, mystery, sex scenes, treasure hunts are just a bit of this book.
Love hearing of the wheelchair ballroom dancing, priceless!
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