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9 03, 2017

Review: Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Westerns|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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left at the altar book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

Left at the Altar, written by Margaret Brownley, isn’t your typical romance novel. Not only does it have a unique setting – a town with two time zones – but it also has a very ‘innocent’ type of romance.

In a town with two warring families, two time zones, and everyone forced to take sides, a single marriage can’t make a difference…can it?

Meg Lockwood has been friends with her fiancé Tommy Farrell since she was a child, and their union is supposed to unite the town under one time zone, finally ending the feud between their two families. However, when Tommy shows up late to his own wedding, telling Meg he no longer wants to be her husband, the whole town wonders what she did to push him away.

1 12, 2016

Review: Snowbound at Christmas

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Anthologies, Genre Fiction, Holidays, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Westerns, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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snowbound at christmas book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Usually, I really love Christmas novellas, but I didn’t find much Christmas spirit in any of this batch. Although, as the title states, there is a LOT of snow! However, I should  clarify that I don’t often read contemporary romance novels, or at least not those billed as ‘steamy’. The couple in each story had a history – or at least knew each other — before meeting up again years later. I suppose if I have to choose a favorite it would be Snowed in at Copper Ridge by Maisey Yates. The other stories are Close to Perfect by Jennifer Ryan, and Hot Winters Night by Lia Riley.

Snowed in at Copper Ridge: A Copper Ridge Novella by Maisey Yates

Sometimes a childish crush can develop into something much stronger–if it’s given any encouragement. Had it not been for Faith Grayson, Mia Landry would never even have met Faith’s brother Devlin.

14 11, 2016

Review: Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper by Sara Dahmen

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Westerns|Tags: , |1 Comment

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doctor kinney's housekeeper book coverReviewed by Leigh Adamkiewicz

Sara Dahmen’s brand can kick your brand’s ass.

It wasn’t enough that the Renaissance woman, metal smith, and mother of three wrote a book. She wrote an award winning one. And then she designed a line of crockery, copper pots, and cast iron skillets based on her award winning book. Her brand is so succinctly synced up that if you read her phenomenal book, and wish to have Jane’s frontier kitchen, you can order it. You might have to take out a loan, but if you liked the book as much as I did, that might be a price you’re willing to pay.

Oh. Right. The book. I should have lead with that, shouldn’t I?

6 06, 2016

Review: The Perfect Letter by Chris Harrison

By | June 6th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Westerns|Tags: , |2 Comments

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the perfect letter book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

On the cover of The Perfect Letter by Chris Harrison – the host of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette – New York Magazine is quoted as saying that this novel is on the same level as the works of Nicholas Sparks. That gave me high expectations for this book…and it delivered!

Leigh has been living her dream in New York. She is a successful editor at a highly esteemed publishing company, has a boyfriend who adores her, and was just invited to participate in a writer’s conference. The only problem? It’s located in Austin, Texas—minutes from her hometown. Knowing that not attending the conference would be a mistake, she decides to make the best of it and spend a few days catching up with her friends, meeting hopeful authors, and getting back to her roots.

27 06, 2015

Review: Dry Bones by Craig Johnson

By | June 27th, 2015|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns|Tags: , |3 Comments

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dry bones book coverReviewed by Caleb Shadis

Dry Bones is the 11th book in the Longmire mystery series. This is the first I’ve read and there is even a TV series (which I hadn’t heard of but would like to watch!). The good news is that even though there are 10 preceding books, they don’t need to be read to enjoy this one. However, I hope to find the time and start at the beginning now!

In this book, dry bones refer to a recently discovered dinosaur. More specifically, one of the largest and most intact Tyrannosaurus Rex found to date. The problem, of course, is that everyone seems to think they have a claim on the beast which causes a lot of trouble. On top of that, the owner of the ranch where the T-Rex was found is himself found floating facedown in in a reservoir.

At

29 09, 2013

Review: The Outcasts by Kathleen Kent

By | September 29th, 2013|Categories: Genre Fiction, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Westerns|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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outcastsReviewed by Alisha Churbe

I’m rating The Outcasts a four because it is nicely written, interesting enough to follow until the end, the characters are well defined and the story winds itself into a tight, little bow at the end. There are no egregious fictional flaws and it’s far from boring, but with all that said, I also didn’t find it overly exciting.

The Outcasts is set in 1870s on the Gulf Coast. Based on the cover, title and time period, you might be inclined to think western and it is, but not poorly done or overly stereotypical. The story follows a Lucinda Carter, plagued by epileptic fits, through her exit from a whore house (with the madam’s savings), a love affair (with a serial killer), the search for buried treasure (real or fake?) and up to her final moments facing the consequences of

25 07, 2011

Review: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

By | July 25th, 2011|Categories: Comic, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Westerns|Tags: , , , , , , , , |6 Comments

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Reviewed by Krista Castner

Reading The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt is the literary equivalent of watching a film by the Coen brothers. It is filled with dark humor and unexpected plot twists. It’s a western, a buddy story, and a noir-comedy that makes you stop and think about what living in the American West during the 1850’s might really have been like. Charlie and Eli Sisters are the notorious Sisters Brothers. They are hired guns working for the Commodore out of Oregon City, Oregon. When he sends them off to kill Hermann Kermit Warm in San Francisco, all sort of mayhem ensues.

Older brother Charlie is much more of a sociopath than Eli. Eli is pulled along by circumstances and his familial loyalty to his brother. He kills when he has to but his heart really isn’t in it. He dreams