Book Reviews 1 – 2.5 of the Morna’s Legacy by Bethany Claire

This is the review of the first three books in the Morna’s Legacy series by Bethany Claire.

Love Beyond Time (Morna's Legacy #1)Love Beyond Time by Bethany Claire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent time travel

This book was great. The story filled with heart and excitement. I really enjoyed the history and the romance aspects of the book. Eoin Conell lived in the fourteenth century and had died in his castle under mysterious circumstances. In 2013 one room of Eoin’s Castle that had not been destroyed room was located during an archaeological dig.

Briell Montgomery’s mother was an archaeologist and had been given a grant to work the dig. She took Bri with her and while there in that small underground room Briell was transported to the fourteenth century.

The story builds as the characters learn to understand each other and come to terms with the exchange that took place. Blair, Eoin’s bride to be was sent to the twenty first century. Bri knows enough of the history to know that doom was lurking in the very near future. She had to help Eoin and his family if she could. Even if that meant losing her heart.
It is just the most detailed story. I reread it because it was such a good story. I am ready to read the second book now.

Love Beyond Reason (Morna's Legacy, #2)Love Beyond Reason by Bethany Claire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Arran Conall was the brother of Eoin, the Laird of Castle Conall. Arran was losing himself to the grief he felt after sending his love Blaire MacChristy forward into the twentieth century. In the first book of the series (love Beyond Time) Arron and Blaire were separated as the story of Eoin and Briell Montgomery was told.

Now he grieves for her and doesn’t know how to get her back. He makes some hasty decisions that he may live to regret.

Blaire is not accustomed to the modern concepts and appliances of the new time she finds herself in and is slow to adjust. When she is facing a chance to go back and follow her heart she decides to go back. Once there, nothing is as perfect as she had imagined. There were some huge announcements that would attempt to break her. could she be strong and live with the decision she had made. So many pitfalls and twists and turns befell these two that it almost seemed deliberate.

IT is another wonderful read. It made me anxious and happy and sad for them all. So much happens in this story that it is impossible to become bored. I am anxious to read more about these couples and their families in the following books. This book was every bit as good as the first.

A Conall Christmas (Morna's Legacy, #2.5)A Conall Christmas by Bethany Claire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Adelle has been living with Bri and Eoin Conall ever since she came back to the fourteenth century. It is Christmas time and everyone is settled into the castle for the winter. Adelle has some ideas for the first Christmas there with the family and sets about the changing of minds about the holidays.

Hew Moray has been living alone in his cabin for decades. He only comes out to make his pilgrimage to his wife’s grave. The trip usually takes a few days and he becomes stranded due to the heavy snow fall and seeks refuge at his sister’s place of employment. He tries to keep his distance as he is a solitary man but the family welcomes him against his wishes.

There are many special moments in this short book that make it worth the read. Not only do you get to see All the Conall’s again, but there have been some changes.

It is a lovely story of people that have lived a life and still have more to live. I enjoyed this book a lot and want to continue on in the series. Another great job, Bethany Claire. Loved the story!

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Book Reviews: Snatched and Hunted by Alison Golden

Snatched (A Diana Hunter Mystery Book 2)Snatched by Alison Golden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed getting to see Diana Hunter in action. She is so intelligent, a true genius,and she sees things so clearly. I liked how she and Detective Peter Hotkinson verbally sparred. It was entertaining. The crime was interesting and the methods that the police force used to figure it out was brilliant.

I am looking forward to reading more about Peter and Diana. They have a great chemistry and he does have that sexy stubble.

Alison Golden brings the characters to life and you can feel the frustration that Peter has when he keeps catching Diana where she is not supposed to be. Diana’s not oblivious to his charms either and finds herself making it look worse for herself due to that attraction. There is plenty of action and adventure packed into this book. In all it is a fun, exciting mystery.

The prequel about Diana Hunter

Hunted (A Diana Hunter Mystery Book 1)Hunted by Alison Golden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was great learning about Diana Hunter as a young girl and young woman. Leaving her mother and father to go to college at sixteen was hard on her parents, especially on her father who was a detective and knew how much crime there was in the city. Even with Diana’s genius IQ, and defensive training her parents still worried about her.

At nineteen Lydia Hunter is found dead with a suicide note next to her. John and Diana Hunter try to come to grips with the fact that Lydia had killed herself.

There are many twists and turns in this book that make it a fascinating read. Seeing how a genius like Diana handles her mother’s death is very emotional for everyone including her best friend Teddy.

This is a great prequel to her next book, Snatched.

This is my fourth book by Alison Golden and I really enjoyed them all so far. I will be looking for more from her. Here is another review of one of her books Death At The Cafe

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Book Review of The Violet Chain Series

Violet Chain (Violet Chain #1)Violet Chain by J. Kahele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was amazing. There is so much to love about it. First of all I fell in love with Chain. He has made himself into a very prominent developer and has a plan for his life. He has had a past that could have left him broken and sad, but he deals with that in his own way. He is a kind man that once he realizes his feelings wants them to be returned.

Violet was hurt by her cheating fiancee and struggles to get on with life after being hurt by Harrison’s actions. She is not wanting to commit to anyone or anything and is struggling to even get out of bed. Her brother’s are wonderful guys also. They are pained to see her in such a state.

When she meets Chain she is attracted to him as he is a very handsome man. Even after she Googles him she is still attracted. He has a bit of a playboy reputation, but all she wants is to have one night with him. No matter how much she wants it to only be one night together, Chain seems to want more from her. She seems to want him more than once as it seems, she just is so afraid to open herself up to more hurt.

The friends in the book are such a cute couple with their eccentric ways, they liven up the story just by being there. Callie and David are very important to the story.

All the characters are complex and you really get to know them all. J. Kahele has done an amazing job of bringing these characters to life. This book has laughs and tears and a nervous tension that adds to the story. It is a really great read! I am now going to read the second book and get to know them even more. The story does continue in the second book.

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This is the review of Book 2 in the series.

Hidden Truths (Violet Chain #2)Hidden Truths by J. Kahele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading the first book of the series, I wasn’t sure where else the story could go. I was mistaken. There was so much depth to this book. I knew that Chain had secrets in his life, he had stopped speaking to his father years before. These secrets threaten to tear him and Violet apart. These secrets eat away at him and keep him from being open with her about his past and his estrangement from his father.

Violet has dealt with the betrayal by Harrison and had completely moved on. The dangers in her life are on her mind and affect her building relationship. Chain wants to support and comfort her through the process.

There are twists and turns in this book that I never saw coming. My heart was breaking at many parts of the book. So many emotions were generated by the trials and tribulation of Violet and Chain.

Vince and Victor as well as David and Callie are back in this second book and are as personable and lovable as always. This was another very enjoyable book by J. Kahele. Great writing and a great story.

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Book Review: Mr. Crotchety by Rich Amooi

Mr. CrotchetyMr. Crotchety by Rich Amooi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book has the best bunch of characters that I have ever met.
Roger Hudson is considered Mr.Crotchety in the community and does what he can to promote that name. He has reasons to close himself off.

Sally always had a smile and a welcoming personality that set Roger’s nerves on edge. They ate at the same restaurant during lunch and he avoided her and her happiness with all he had. She has reasons to be so cheery. He just didn’t know them.

When he is basically forced to move for his own well being, he has the opportunity to work with Sally. This has every possibility to go wrong. It is hilarious when they hold their first open house.

His nephew Jeffrey who helps him at the store he owns is a fun young man with great insight. Portia is Sally’s best friend and co-worker and she helps to steer Sally in the right direction.

This book made me laugh out loud so many times. There are some of the funniest scenes I have ever read in this book. This is my first Rich Amooi book but it will not be my last. I really enjoyed it from start to finish. The entire story was fabulous. I had to give it 5 stars. It deserved every one of them.

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Book Review: The Marquess of Cake by Heather Hiestand

The Marquess of CakesThe Marquess of Cakes by Heather Hiestand
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is such a wonderful mix of romance, the family and one very talented cake baker. I started it and planned on reading until bedtime and stayed up almost all night finishing it. It is that good. The entire quasi courtship of Michael and Alys was an excellent adventure. I loved how they came together during unexpected occasions.
Their friendship led me to believe that they could grow to have more. But there was drama in their lives that caused trouble for the couple. The family was not accustomed to so many things that were happening to them and it made things pretty hard on Alys. Michael’s mother did not really approve and that was just one little problem.

This was a great read. I want to read the rest of the series if it means keeping up with Alys and Michael.
Heather Hiestand is a new writer for me, but I plan on reading more from her.

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Book Review: Death at the Cafe by Alison Golden

Death at the Café (A Reverend Annabelle Dixon Cozy Mystery Book 1)Death at the Café by Alison Golden
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This prequel was a great way to get to know the Reverend Annabelle Dixon. She is just a wonderful character. She is a warm and Godly woman that has a very fun way about her. She is very bright and a joy to read about since she is rather quirky. Sister Mary is also a fun character. She is called the accidental nun by her friends. Sister Mary is caught in a terrible situation and so is not quite at her best. She keeps ending up at the wrong end of a police investigation. I was glad to be able to read this even after reading Murder at the Mansion.

Annabelle Dixon is able to see through all the confusing clues and find the things that are only obvious to her to draw the correct conclusion.
Another great read by Alison Golden.

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