November 13, 2015

Bite-Sized Reviews :: Edition Fifteen

Here I am again! More reviews for your reading pleasure. As I stated before, this is the Christian Fiction (plus one Jane Austen sequel) edition of my review-catch-up-pile. :) And now, on with the reviews!

Greetings From the Flipside by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay
So I admit that I was a bit confused about what was going on in the first couple chapters, but once I settled into the flow it didn't take long to get swept up into the story. I really liked Hope! Watching as she stumbled her way into figuring out where she wanted her future to go was at times cringe-worthy, but always cheer-worthy. I wanted the best for her and really enjoyed getting to travel her journey with her. So glad this book is on my shelf so I can reread at my leisure. :)

A Bouquet of Love by Janice Thompson
As always, I love getting more peeks into Bella Neeley's awesome family! And adding in a neighboring Greek family whose pride is just as big (and formidable) as the Rossi's made for loads of fun. Can I just say that Ms. Thompson writes great characters? I can always feel the chemistry crackle between her main couple, and Cassia and Alex are no exception. I laughed and swooned my way through this story and closed the final chapter with a happy sigh. SO much fun! :)

A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter
I stood in the store unable to put this book down, that's when I knew it had to come home with me. Miranda and Marcus' chemistry and banter are delightful! I laughed the whole way through this story, but that's not to say there isn't an intriguing mystery to add some depth and tension to it. The characters are where Ms. Hunter excels though. I think I'd like to meet the Hawthorne's if they truly existed. They are a wonderful family!

A Lady of Esteem by Kristi Ann Hunter
Technically this novella comes before A Noble Masquerade, but it doesn't really have to be read in that order (I read it second). Either way you read it, I'm sure you'll enjoy the fun of watching a man determined not to be swayed by love only to fall for someone unexpected. Amelia and Anthony are too adorable for words. Now I'm looking forward to what Ms. Hunter has in store for her readers next!

Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter
Ms. Hunter has been on my list of favorite authors for several years and this story just helps cement her there. I absolutely loved the gentle way Beau took care of Eden, even when not certain what her motives were for arriving as she did. Ms. Hunter is so good at writing a swoony hero! Seeing both of them fall in love, almost against their will, is so very sweetly done. And some of the obstacles in their way are handled maturely and nicely, which I appreciated. A perfect story for a cozy evening in front of the fire! :)

Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist
While I wasn't a fan of Ms. Gist's earlier work, her stories that take place around the Chicago World's Fair have very quickly risen to the top of my favorites list! Her thoroughly researched history is fascinating and her characters are amazing. Flossie, for all her faults, quickly made me love her and her interactions with Reeve never failed to make me smile. I skimmed it at the store, brought it home, and proceeded to devour it all in one sitting. It was just that good!! If you enjoy historical novels, I urge you to read this one. It is very evident that Ms. Gist put a great deal of time into making sure her history would be as correct as possible. Excellent read!!!

The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert
A fabulous beginning to this amazing series. Ms. Ganshert kept me on the edge of my seat the entire way through and I loved it. :D But I was definitely glad I waited to read this until all three books were out because HELLO cliffhanger!

The Awakening by K.E. Ganshert
The tension only rises here in book two. I continued to be impressed with this world that Tess lives in. For the record, I loved Tess, even if she tends to be quite frustrating at times. But Luka? *swoon* And that ending?! Not nice, Ms. Ganshert. Not nice at all.

The Gathering by K.E. Ganshert
An epic conclusion! Tess begins this book in a pretty bad place, so I could forgive her for making some hard choices. But there were definite moments, as the story went on, where I just wanted to shake her. Yet she's had to grow up quickly and has this huge responsibility lying on her shoulders. Which I felt like the adults in her life could have helped her handle better, quite frankly! But frustrations aside, I loved every minute of this story. SO glad I was able to read all three books one after another, as each kept me hooked in until the final page. This series truly is fantastic!

Henry and Fanny: an Alternate Ending to Mansfield Park by Sherwood Smith
This is precisely what the title says. If you've ever wondered "what if Fanny ended up with Henry instead of Edmund", then you just might enjoy this. I did! Ms. Smith strove to make it feel very much like Austen's writing and did a fair job of it in my opinion. And whether you agree with this new ending or no, it is an enjoyable read and a nice addition to Ms. Austen's famous work. :)


  1. Henry and Fanny?!!!!!!! NO. PLEASE. :-D I can't believe that book actually exists. :-P

    1. I can understand why you probably feel that way, Naomi. Especially after I read your review of MP. :) I will say that Ms. Smith goes into great detail in a preface to the story, explaining why she decided to write it. She actually made some excellent points I though, but then again I haven't read MP, so... :)

      I was glad to see that you loved MP though!

  2. I'm so glad to see you liked The Gifting! I just downloaded it onto my Kindle for free from Amazon the other day. Sounds like I might want to have the other two on hand when I start reading it, though...

    1. That series is wonderful, Serena! Most definitely recommend that you read them. But yes, the cliffhangers are doozies! Especially in book two, The Awakening. So just be warned. :) If you ever get all three books read, I would love to hear your thoughts!

  3. So fun!!! I'm so glad you liked "Falling Like Snowflakes" as much as I did! It was so sweet. And a perfect Christmas-y setting to read this time of year.

    I haven't read any of the others, but I'm glad to know you enjoyed them - I must add to my TBR! I've liked some of Deeanne's stories, but I've not read anything new from her in a while. And I keep hearing wonderful things about Kristi Ann Hunter!

    1. Courtney: Yes! Falling Like Snowflakes just made me grin with happiness all the way through. Definitely a story to help get you in the Christmas mood! :)

      I'm not sure why I could never get into any of Deeanne's book until her more recent ones. There was just something about them that didn't connect with me. But Tiffany Girl...oh my heart! I LOVED it! I've reread and reread all my favorite parts so many times. I love when books make me do that. :)

      As for Kristi's, I will admit that there were parts of the story that felt a little slow or something. Not sure I can really describe what wasn't working for me. But overall the cute bantering between the leads is what kept me reading and I was quite delighted with both of them. So I'd recommend you try them! Start with the novella first and that'll tell you whether you'd like to read a full novel.

  4. Wow! You have been reading a lot! And you liked then all! That never happens to me. Sigh! I have got to check out this Fanny and Henry book.

    1. Jenny: I know! I really bombarded y'all with reviews last week, didn't I? I should note that some of those books were read several months ago. And a lot of them were quick and easy reads which entertained me while reading. Which is all I really look for in a story some days, I admit. :)

      If you read the Fanny and Henry book, do let me know what you think.


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