Monthly Archives: October 2012

Full Disclosure

Much anticipated, Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson was a good read, but not my favorite she’s ever written. Those of you who are familiar with Ms. Henderson’s other books be warned, this one is more of a romance rather than a romantic suspense, however there is a  mystery element. It took me forever to read because it’s 472 pages long and I’ve been busy. 🙂 For those of you who have read the O’Malley series there are a few surprises in this book.

FBI agent Paul Falcon solves murders and he’s good at it. However one murderer has alluded arrest, that is, until the Midwest Homicide Investigator Ann Silver dumps a  clue on his desk that reopens the cold case. Paul is fascinated with Ann’s story telling abilities and interested in the mysterious woman who has dropped into his life. Paul approaches romancing Ann the same way he would solve a murder, and Ann is the ultra introvert, but I found both characters likable.

I would love to tell you more, but I don’t want to spoil it for you. I own or have read every book Ms. Henderson has written and eagerly awaited the release of Full Disclosure. If you are a fan of Ms. Henderson’s as I am, I suspect you’ll enjoy her latest read.

The Purpose of Twitter

I’ve noticed a few complaints on Twitter about people using the site as more of an advertising forum than a social network. Personally I appreciate finding out about free books and great blog posts on Twitter. However, I don’t enjoy it when one person makes posts only minutes apart about something they are promoting. I also like to see what people are doing and enjoy replying to the occasional question.

If you use Twitter, what is your opinion?

I’d like to use Twitter appropriately, but am a little confused about its purpose and the correct way to use it as a social tool. The biggest things that throws me is the best way to reply to a tweet. When I want to reply should I hit reply, or is there a more socially correct way to respond? I heard it should be done privately, but how?

I would love to hear opinions and suggestions on how to best use Twitter. If you’d like to follow me, you will find me @kimberlyrosejoh

His Holiday Family

Contemporary romance, His Holiday Family by Margaret Daley made me want to turn the page.

I was planning to save all my Christmas reviews for November and December, but I’m reading a super long book right now and have yet to finish, so I’ll start in on my Christmas book reviews I already had ready to go. 🙂

The story opens at the scene of an apartment fire where Nurse Kathleen Hart fears her cousin and young sons are inside. She tells Firefighter Gideon O’Brien her family is still inside and his captain sends him in to rescue them. Not long after Kathleen’s family shows up at the scene and she realizes she sent him into a raging fire for no reason. Then the unthinkable happens. Guilt ridden, Kathleen goes to the hospital to check on the fireman and discovers he’s her mother’s neighbor.

You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens, but suffice it to say it’s a great romance.

As I was reading I felt sorry for Kathleen because disaster after disaster plagued her and her sons. This type of thing often annoys me as a reader, but Margaret pulled it off. His Holiday Family, although not you’re typical feel good Christmas story, put a smile on my face. To learn more about this book and others by Margaret you may visit her web site at http://www.margaretdaley.com/all-books/

Winter is Past

I just discovered Ruth Axtell Morren the author of Winter is Past, a historical romance set in London during the early 1800’s. This is her debut novel, but I saw on Amazon that she has written many since.

Althea was raised in privilege, but renounced her wealth and social position to serve God as a Mennonite ministering to the poor of London. However, when her brother talked her into interviewing for a nurse position for his good friend her life took a turn she never expected. She moved into the home of widower Simon Aguilar to attend to his sick daughter.

Simon, a rising star in Parliament, needed competent help so he could focus on his career. He doubted Althea’s nursing skills but hired her on a probationary basis anyway. She exceeded far beyond his expectations, and he began to see her as more than just his daughter’s nurse/governess.

Winter is Past is a beautiful story that I’d love to see on the small screen. It reminds me of Downton Abbey, but from a Christian world view.

Tidewater Inn

In Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble, Historian Libby Holladay, witnesses her best friend, Nicole, being kidnapped.  Just before the kidnapping Libby finds out that she has family on Hope Island that she didn’t know existed and that she inherited the Tidewater Inn. However, when she arrives on the island to search for her friend, she discovers she’s unwelcome by her brother and sister and there are no leads in finding Nicole. Libby soon realizes she is the prime suspect in Nicole’s kidnapping. Desperate to find her friend she turns to Alec Bourne who knows what it is like to be wrongfully accused. Together along with the help of a search and rescue dog they set out to find Nicole. But they find way more than they bargained for.

Tidewater Inn is a pleasant romance with enough suspense to keep me turning the pages. I did become annoyed at times with the heroine because she is so nice, but that’s probably a character flaw on my part and not the heroine’s. 🙂