Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: Trouble in Store

Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he's not about to let an obstinate woman with newfangled ideas ruin all he's worked for. In hope of turning her interest elsewhere, he determines to get Melanie married off, and luckily, there are many single men in town quite willing to take her off his hands.

The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn't want her to marry any of them. He's drawn to her more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store offer unexpectedly positive results.

But someone doesn't want the mercantile to succeed, and threatening words have escalated into destruction and danger. Will Melanie and Caleb's business--and budding romance--survive the trouble that's about to come their way?

My review: Trouble in Store was a fun read. In my opinion, romance and bits of murder mystery make for a winning combination (only in BOOKS, of course. I wouldn't want murder to interrupt a real-life romance, mine or anyone else's. ;)) 

Aaaanyways.... what to say?

Oh yes. A thing I loved about this book was the gorgeous Arizona setting. Mrs. Cox lives in Arizona and obviously knows what she's talking about, so that added a touch of real-life-place feel. The characters, also, were varied and colorful, from a strange professor interested in poisons, to a jealous rival shopkeeper, a snooty mayor's wife, a lonely, troublesome little boy, and of course Caleb and Melanie themselves. While not exceptional among other Christian romances, Trouble in Store is a fun afternoon's read for anyone who enjoys romance mixed in with a little bit of mystery.

My rating: 7 out of 10
Disclaimer: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Review: Small Town Girl

How long can two people stand on the brink of love without plunging in headfirst?
In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The town practically vibrates with apprehension, as if it is holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can't draw her interest.

Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything and Kate finds herself drawn to Jay in surprising ways. Could she truly be in love with him? And if he enlists, will she ever see him again?

 Ann Gabhart's Small Town Girl had no trouble finding its way onto my favorites list. Written with heart and incredible artistry, the sweet small-town moments of this lovely book are soothing and wonderful. The characters, too, with their stubbornesses, their struggles and their loyalties, stand head and shoulders above the average romance story people. Kate's adopted sister Lorena, a darling but spunky little girl, captured my heart at once and fans of Gabhart's Angel Sister will love seeing her again in this book. I've never read anything else my Mrs. Gabhart, but after Small Town Girl, I am very eager to!

My rating: 9 out of 10

P.S. Looking over my review, it does sound a little like an advertisement. Oh well, I really did enjoy the it (and it's set in World War II, which is always a plus in my book :D)  But I'm on holidays and don't have much access to internet, so I've got to make it quick.  Greetings from Manitoba's beautiful prairies (and soon, their gorgeous cottage country where I'll be spending the next week) and I'll get you properly updated when I come back!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.