2/20/15

Heart of Gold by Beverly Jenkins


Returning to Henry Adams, KS will always pull at your heartstrings, especially when the children are at the center of the story.  In this installment, 10 year-old Zoey Garland is the major heroine as she makes efforts to befriend a hermit at the same time as she is concerned with the state of her parents' marriage.  The spirit of this your girl is struggling with her desire to help others as well as holding her family together. 

The gentleness of the stories from Henry Adams are truly a "Blessing" because the reader sees how goodness triumphs.

 ★★★★

GENRE: Fiction
CHARACTERS: Zoey Garland, Roni Garland, Reg Garland, Bernadine Brown, Diane Willis
Series/ Progress: Blessings/5
DATE READ: February 19- February 20
NO. OF PAGES: 320
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, AlphaKit
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile

2/19/15

Dead Letters by Sheila Connolly



For a short story, this tale really carried a punch.
Nell Pratt, the museum president is contacted by a wealthy local and offered a deal she can't turn down - check the museum's archives for anything related to the Logan family and in return get the family papers from the Civil War forward.  What she doesn't expect is what she finds.

 ★★★
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
CHARACTERS: Nell Pratt, Arthur Biddle Logan, Thomas Reilly, Jeremiah Logan 
Series/ Progress: Museum mysteries/2.1  (Short Story)
DATE READ: February 18- February 18
NO. OF PAGES: 40
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, 
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile

2/17/15

Innvitation To Murder by Sara Robbins



This light cozy mystery series continues with the start of Enchanted Events and the first wedding at the new venue.    Lacey and her sister Charlotte are startled by a body found in the bride's room and have to scramble to get everything ready on time.

Knowing how much the sisters have invested in this new venture, Wyatt , Lacey's boyfriend and local law enforcement, works overtime to find the murderer with a little help from his girl.

★★★★

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
CHARACTERS: Lacey Washburn, Charlotte Washburn, Wyatt Graves, 
Series/ Progress: Aspen Valley Inn/3
DATE READ: February 16 - February 16
NO. OF PAGES: 203
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, AlphaKit
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile

2/16/15

Inn To The Darkness by Sara Robbins



This light cozy series carries on the tender romance of Lacey and Wyatt while expanding the characters and their background.  In this installment, the Inn is booked with the Ward family - Tom and Jess celebrating their 30th anniversary - and their grown children.  At the same time, Lacey and Charlotte want to expand their facilities by renovating the old barn into an event center.  However, during prep of the property an old skeleton is found and the family along with Lacey are determined to figure out who it was and how they ended up there.

This was so interesting of how the family took this adventure to heart and researched the past to arrive at a tender conclusion.  I couldn't wait for the next one.

 ★★★★

GENRE: Cozy Mystery
CHARACTERS: Lacey Washburn, Charlotte Washburn, Wyatt Graves, Laura Townsend, Jeremiah, Brownwood
Series/ Progress: Aspen Valley Inn/2
DATE READ: February 15 - February 15
NO. OF PAGES: 100
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, AlphaKit
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile

2/15/15

Scarecrow of Oz by L. Frank Baum


Once again a few well-loved characters becomes involved with newer characters as their travel previously unknown areas of Oz.  It was nice to see Glinda working her magic as well as an unusual featherless flock of birds that came to the rescue of our friends several times.

★★★

GENRE: Classics
CHARACTERS: Cap'n Bill, Trot, Orks, Button Bright, Glinda, Princess Gloria
Series/ Progress: OZ/ 9
DATE READ: February 14 - February 14
NO. OF PAGES: 94
Challenges: 75, Category, TIOLI, AlphaKit
SOURCE: Nook Stockpile