Review of “The Wedding Veil” by Kristy Woodson Harvey

I have read only one of her books before this one and it had several curse words but no explicit sexual material that I could remember. However, I do not remember which curse words it included. Even though I usually read Christian fiction or clean fiction, I decided to give this author one more try because this book had my favorite North Carolina attraction in it which is Biltmore Estate. This novel is a split time novel which is set during the time of the Vanderbilts and also present day. I was disappointed but not surprised that this book also had curse words in it. Because I could not remember if there was any sexual material in her previous book I read and any sexual innuendos, I was not sure what to expect of that in this one. I was hoping that there would not be any but there was some which though were more than I would have liked they at least were short. This book was from the point of view of three women and some a little disjointed at times even though two of the women were related. I personally do not want to read anymore books by this author due to the curse words and slight sexual material. I would have enjoyed it much better and passed it on to someone else if those things had not been included. I also do not think the story would have suffered without them; in fact, I feel the story would have been much better if they had been left out.

Review of “The True Love Bookshop” by Annie Rains

This is a new author for me. I originally picked up this book for three reasons. One I love the cover. Two was the fact that the main female character owned a bookshop. And the last reason was that it is set in North Carolina. I had my reservations because it is not Christian fiction and I was unsure if it would be a clean read or not. However, this book was definitely a clean read and it was also a really good story. It is a good story about how important it is to let things that you cannot change go so they do not hold you back in life. It also shows the power of second chances. I would definitely recommend this book.

Review of “Summer on Blackberry Beach” by Belle Calhoune

This is in a series of books that take place in Mistletoe, Maine. I would definitely say this is a good beach read and not just because it has beach in the title. This author does such a good job with describing the people as well as what is going on that you will have no problem picturing everything. I can picture myself visiting the local coffeehouse, Coffee Bean, and then heading to the bookstore, Bookworm. Based on the description of Stella, I could see us being friends and sitting with a cup of coffee watching the ocean view at her little beach cottage. And though Luke is a fictional character, my heart goes out to him. His character is definitely very realistic. I just want to jump into the story and help him through his turmoil. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.

Review of “The Clause in Christmas” by Rachael Bloome

I was drawn to this book because of the cover and the fact that it is a Christmas book. However, once I started reading it and realized the main female character, Cassie Hayward, loves coffee as much or more than I do, I really started liking this book. I cannot relate to the fact that she does not love Christmas and also had a hard childhood though. The author of this book does a great job of describing the town and secondary characters to the point where I feel like I am there. The town of Poppy Creek definitely sounds like a town I would love to either live in or at least visit especially during the Christmas season. As for the secondary characters, they range from a grumpy old man you could call Scrooge to a really sweet older lady who knits in a rocking chair in Luke Davis’s, the main male character, law office lobby. And on top of it all, you get to see Cassie begin to fall in love with not only Luke but Christmas itself. For anyone who absolutely loves Christmas books, this is the book for you.

Review of “Heart of Stone” by David James Warren

This is the last book in “The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone” series. I would say this book is like a mix between a cold case show and a time travel movie. It is a book that you will not be able to put down. It is an edge of your seat suspense novel with some romance mixed in. It teaches you that you should appreciate what you have. It also helps you learn that you cannot do everything by yourself and your choices all have consequences whether good or bad. This book should definitely be on your must read list.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in order to give an honest review.