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Friday, May 31, 2013

Doctor Who: Last of the Gadarene...Review by the Doctor

About the book:
'My name is Bliss,' said the newcomer, 'and I bring great news for you all!'

The new owners of a Second World War aerodrome promise a golden dawn of prosperity for the East Anglian village of Culverton. The population rejoices - with one or two exceptions. Former Spitfire pilot Alec Whistler knows the aerodrome of old, having found a strange, jade-coloured crystal there years before...

When black-shirted troops appear on the streets, Whistler takes his suspicions to his old friend Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. The Doctor and Jo are sent to investigate and soon discover that all is not well in the seemingly idyllic village.

What are the black coffin-like objects being unloaded at the aerodrome? What horror lies behind Legion International's impeccable facade? And what is the monstrous creature growing and mutating in the marsh?

As Culverton gears up for its summer fete, the Doctor finds himself involved in a race against time to prevent a massive colonisation of Earth. For the last of the Gaderene are on their way...

I can honestly say that the third Doctor, amazingly portrayed by John Pertwee, really was my first Doctor. I have vague recollections of watching the last story in which the third Doctor, receiving a fatal dose of radiation, regenerates into the fourth Doctor. I remember being terrified at the spiders, and haunted watching the third Doctor struggle and fight for life.

So imagine my joy when I got to review a book about my very first Doctor, written by Mark Gatiss. If you are unfamiliar with who Mark Gatiss is, go and watch Sherlock, and also watch some of the Doctor Who episodes that were written by him.

I honestly felt like a little kid who had not only managed to find a candy jar, but empty it, put it back on the shelf and have no one notice.

Over the years, the storytelling in Doctor Who has changed, and yet each of the episodes has a familiar flow and timing. The Last of the Gaderene is so well-written and so perfectly balanced that it could easily have been plucked from the early 1970s. The characterizations are fantastic, both in the Doctor, his companion Jo, and the supporting cast of Unit members. Even the non-repeating characters are well-written, with a personality that just flows off the page. I will not spoil your enjoyment by giving away too much of the story, but this is one of those times where, as a child, you would watch the screen, and all of a sudden some creature or some person would be revealed, and your first thought would be ‘damn it – it’s……. again’.

I am grateful to Mark Gatiss for writing such a fantastic story, and for giving me a trip back to my childhood. They say you can never go home again, but in reading this I was back to being a 12-year-old boy sitting in my bedroom with the new Doctor Who book, oblivious to the world, and enthralled as once again the Doctor took me places and expanded my mind in ways that nobody else can, or ever will.

Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. Because it's the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC is reissuing eleven classic Doctor Who novels.  One for each Doctor. You can learn more about Mark Gatiss here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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Monday, May 13th  A Bookish Way of Life – Beautiful Chaos, Book 10
Wednesday, May 15th - A Library of My Own – Festival of Death, Book 4
Monday, May 20th – Tiffany’s Bookshelf – Dreams of Empire, Book 2
Monday, May 20th – Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot  - Who-ology: Doctor Who: The Official Miscellany 
Tuesday, May 21st – No More Grumpy Bookseller – Only HumanBook 9
Wednesday, May 22nd – The Best Books Ever – EarthworldBook 8
Wednesday, May 22nd - Col Reads – Ten Little AliensBook 1
Thursday, May 23rd – Reading Reality – Festival of DeathBook 4 
Friday, May 24th –  The Z Axis – Fear of the DarkBook 5
Friday, May 24th – 2 Kids and Tired – Dreams of EmpireBook 2
Monday, May 27th - More Than Just Magic – PlayersBook 6
Tuesday, May 28th – The Best Books Ever – The Silent Stars Go ByBook 11
Tuesday, May 28th – Bookish Ruth – Remembrance of the DaleksBook 7 
Wed, May 29th – A Library of My Own – Only HumanBook 9 
Thursday, May 30th – Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot – Last of the GadereneBook 3 
Friday, May 31st – Bookish Whimsy – Beautiful ChaosBook 10
Friday, May 31st - 2 Kids and Tired – Last of the GadereneBook 3
Monday, June 3rd – Book Addict Katie – Beautiful ChaosBook 10 
Monday, June 3rd – No More Grumpy Bookseller – The Silent Stars Go ByBook 11 
Tuesday, June 4th - Bookfoolery – Ten Little AliensBook 1
Tuesday, June 4th – In Bed with Books – Only HumanBook 9
Wednesday, June 5th - Tiffany’s Bookshelf – Last of the GadereneBook 3
Thursday, June 6th – Booktalk & More – EarthworldBook 8 
Friday, June 7th –  Speaking of Books – PlayersBook 6
Monday, June 10th  - The Z Axis – The Silent Stars Go ByBook 11 
Tuesday, June 11th- No More Grumpy Bookseller – Remembrance of the DaleksBook 7
Wednesday, June 12th – A Bookish Way of Life – Last of the GadereneBook 3
Thursday, June 13th - Speaking of Books – Fear of the DarkBook 5 
Friday, June 14th – Bookish Whimsy – Festival of DeathBook 4 
Monday, June 17th – 50 Books Project – Beautiful ChaosBook 10
Monday, June 17th – Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot – The Silent Stars Go ByBook 11
Tuesday, June 18th – Bookfoolery – Festival of DeathBook 4 
Wednesday, June 19th – Tiffany’s Bookshelf – Fear of the DarkBook 5 
Thursday, June 20th – In Bed With Books – Remembrance of the DaleksBook 7 
Friday, June 21st – Speaking of Books – Only HumanBook 9 
Monday, June 24th – Bookish Whimsy – PlayersBook 6
Tuesday, June 25th – Book Addict Katie – Festival of DeathBook 4 
Wednesday, June 26th – No More Grumpy Bookseller – EarthworldBook 8
Thursday, June 27th – Reading Reality – Ten Little Aliens, Book 1
Friday, June 28th:  Guiltless Reading – Beautiful ChaosBook 10  
Monday, July 1st – 50 Books Project – Dreams of EmpireBook 2
Date TBD– Diary of a Stay at Home Mom – The Silent Stars Go ByBook 11

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hillbilly Heart...Review

About the book:
Billy Ray Cyrus is an award-winning country music legend whose “Achy Breaky Heart” propelled his debut album, Some Gave All, to the top of the charts for a record-breaking seventeen weeks. He’s also father of Miley Cyrus, one of Hollywood’s most successful young stars, who grew up on stage and on screen, most famously as the lead on the Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana,” where Billy Ray Cyrus played her father. But sometimes the truth is even better than fiction. Now, for the first time, fans can read about Cyrus’s tenacious and inspiring struggle to find his own way to faith, family, and the power of music.

Hillbilly Heart opens during Cyrus’s turbulent childhood in Kentucky, where he sought refuge in music and sports after his parents’ divorce. He was a troublemaker in training, known more for pulling pranks than for following in his preacher grandfather’s much-vaunted footsteps. But when he heard a voice telling him to get a left-handed guitar and start a band, this rebel found his cause. Ten years later, after tirelessly working the club circuit and knocking on the closed doors of music executives from Nashville to Los Angeles, Cyrus finally made a stratospheric breakthrough, becoming a multi-platinum selling artist and taking his rock-and-roll twist on country music to the world’s stage.

Cyrus fans have always been able to piece together the details of his life through his lyrics—the ups and downs, adventures and disappointments—but Hillbilly Heart gives them a front row seat for his most candid performance ever.

In his memoir, Billy Ray Cyrus talks about his life and his story, mostly in chronological order. He name drops, but only because a particular celebrity was a part of whatever experience or event he is talking about, not because he wanted to fill his book with celebrity names.  He shares his belief that he was guided by the voices of God and others who had died before and who told him where to go and what to do. He is open about his faith, his flaws and his failures and he is also honest about how he got to where is today and why he made the decisions he did.  Billy Ray is proud of his children as any father should be and because he and Miley acted together on Hannah Montana, there is quite a bit about Miley in the book, although I think it was published before she started making some interesting life choices herself.

This isn't flowery or even very well written, but it's honest and straight-forward and interesting.

Thanks to Amazon Vine for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Billy Ray Cyrus here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Problems of a Book Nerd


Truth. I always have a book with me.

Follow the Heart...Review

About the book:
Kate Dearing’s life is turned upside down when her father loses everything in a railroad land speculation and she and her brother are shipped off to their mother’s brother, Sir Anthony, in England with one edict: marry money.

Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate finds matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, her attentions stray to the one of the least eligible people at her uncle’s home—the garden designer.

Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy—man aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a friend of Sir Anthony’s, a wealthy viscount, shows favorable interest in her. But will marrying for the financial security of her family be the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?

Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?

I loved the Ransome series and so when I saw a new book by Kaye Dacus, I was anxious to read it. Unfortunately, I didn't like it nearly as much as I did the Ransome series.

The book took awhile for me to get into and I finally had to force myself to finish it as I was frustrated more than enthralled with the story and its characters.  I would like to read what happens in future stories because I hope to see Cousin Edith redeem herself, although I'm not sure it's possible and I don't think either of the next two books is about her.  Kate and Christopher ultimately must decide what is more important, marrying for love or marrying for money because of familial obligation.  I was surprised at how little The Great Exhibition actually figured into the story.  I really liked the 4 main leads: Kate and Christopher and Andrew and Nora.  I would have liked more detail about Christopher and Nora though.  Perhaps all of them will make appearances in the future stories.

Overall, pleasant, but not one I would reread.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Whitaker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Kaye Dacus here.  You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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3/5 Stars

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mailbox Monday 5/27

It's time for another Mailbox Monday which was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, and this month is hosted by Abi of 4 the Love of Books.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week... Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish list

This is what showed up at my house last week.



Gone South  by Meg Moseley (for review, from Waterbrook Multnomah)
Slow Moon Rising by Eva Marie Everson (for review, from Baker Publishing)
Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard (for review, from Baker Publishing)
The Quarryman's Bride by Tracie Peterson (for review, from Litfuse Publicity)

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What new books did you receive?  For more Mailbox Monday posts, check out 4 the Love of Books.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Doctor Who: Dreams of Empire...Review by the Doctor

About the book:
Landing on a barren asteroid, the Doctor and his friends discover the final pages of a drama that has torn apart an empire are being played out.

Who is the man in the mask, and how are his chess games affecting life and death in his prison? What is the secret of the knights in armor that line the bleak walls of the settlement. And what is the nature of the alien ship approaching -- and what will it want when it arrives?

Soon the TARDIS crew find themselves under siege with a deadly robotic race and human traitors to defeat -- and the future of an entire stellar empire hangs in the balance: if the Doctor cannot triumph it will become a force not for good, but for evil.

Warning. As a lifelong Doctor Who fan, I have to tell you that this review is somewhat biased. I have nothing against the "new fans" who came in after 2005, but as someone who can honestly say that I remember watching episodes of Doctor Who in the mid-70s, hiding terrified behind my grandmother's chair, I have to confess that I have a soft spot for what is now referred to as "classic" Doctor Who.

Yes it is classic. Even more so, because it did not have the benefits of great special effects and worldwide media exposure. It relied on great stories, great characters, and amazing actors who brought the Doctor and his companions to life with their own personal flair and flavor.

As the second incarnation of the Doctor, Patrick Troughton is one of the hardest doctors to find. Many episodes of his stories are incomplete, or completely missing. Yet those few classic episodes of his that remain allow us a wonderful glimpse of the "cosmic hobo" that was the hallmark of the second Doctor. Always seeming half a step behind, and yet with the calm assurance that he really was the smartest person in the room, by a long, long way.

For me, reading Dreams of Empires was a wonderfully nostalgic trip back into childhood. The hallmark of a great author is in the way that he frames the characters; in their mannerisms, their dialogue, and capturing those indecipherable aspects that make someone who they are.

As I turned the pages, I could honestly hear all of the voices of the characters in my head. I could see the second Doctor standing there with a sandwich, his bow tie and his coat. I could see Jamie in his kilt with all of his Scottish pride. Suddenly I was a young child again, full of wonder and magic.

What makes this book even more special to me is that this is a classic Doctor Who story with its plot twists, strong characters and with the Doctor's amazing way of snatching victory from the jaws of defeat time and time again. This is one of those scripts that takes to make it to the screen, and who knows. Maybe in a few years our computer-generated animation will have reached a point where they can re-create the characters, re-create the landscapes and bring to life a whole new story that can take its place in the library of great Doctor Who stories.

I love this book. It is well written, thoughtfully crafted and took me back to a time of wonder, joy and imagination. I am grateful to have had the chance to read it, and I highly recommend it.

Thanks to Lisa at TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to review this book. Because it's the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC is reissuing eleven classic Doctor Who novels.  One for each Doctor. You can learn more about Justin Richards here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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Monday, May 13th  A Bookish Way of Life – Beautiful Chaos, Book 10
Wednesday, May 15th - A Library of My Own – Festival of Death, Book 4
Monday, May 20th – Tiffany’s Bookshelf – Dreams of Empire, Book 2
Monday, May 20th – Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot  - Who-ology: Doctor Who: The Official Miscellany 
Tuesday, May 21st – No More Grumpy Bookseller – Only Human, Book 9
Wednesday, May 22nd – The Best Books Ever – Earthworld, Book 8
Wednesday, May 22nd - Col Reads – Ten Little Aliens, Book 1
Thursday, May 23rd – Reading Reality – Festival of Death, Book 4 
Friday, May 24th –  The Z Axis – Fear of the DarkBook 5
Friday, May 24th – 2 Kids and Tired – Dreams of Empire, Book 2
Monday, May 27th - More Than Just Magic – Players, Book 6
Tuesday, May 28th – The Best Books Ever – The Silent Stars Go By, Book 11
Tuesday, May 28th – Bookish Ruth – Remembrance of the Daleks, Book 7 
Wed, May 29th – A Library of My Own – Only Human, Book 9 
Thursday, May 30th – Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot – Last of the Gaderene, Book 3 
Friday, May 31st – Bookish Whimsy – Beautiful Chaos, Book 10
Friday, May 31st - 2 Kids and Tired – Last of the Gaderene, Book 3
Monday, June 3rd – Book Addict Katie – Beautiful Chaos, Book 10 
Monday, June 3rd – No More Grumpy Bookseller – The Silent Stars Go ByBook 11 
Tuesday, June 4th - Bookfoolery – Ten Little Aliens, Book 1
Tuesday, June 4th – In Bed with Books – Only Human, Book 9
Wednesday, June 5th - Tiffany’s Bookshelf – Last of the Gaderene, Book 3
Thursday, June 6th – Booktalk & More – Earthworld, Book 8 
Friday, June 7th –  Speaking of Books – Players, Book 6
Monday, June 10th  - The Z Axis – The Silent Stars Go By, Book 11 
Tuesday, June 11th- No More Grumpy Bookseller – Remembrance of the Daleks, Book 7
Wednesday, June 12th – A Bookish Way of Life – Last of the Gaderene, Book 3
Thursday, June 13th - Speaking of Books – Fear of the Dark, Book 5 
Friday, June 14th – Bookish Whimsy – Festival of Death, Book 4 
Monday, June 17th – 50 Books Project – Beautiful Chaos, Book 10
Monday, June 17th – Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot – The Silent Stars Go By, Book 11
Tuesday, June 18th – Bookfoolery – Festival of Death, Book 4 
Wednesday, June 19th – Tiffany’s Bookshelf – Fear of the Dark, Book 5 
Thursday, June 20th – In Bed With Books – Remembrance of the Daleks, Book 7 
Friday, June 21st – Speaking of Books – Only Human, Book 9 
Monday, June 24th – Bookish Whimsy – Players, Book 6
Tuesday, June 25th – Book Addict Katie – Festival of Death, Book 4 
Wednesday, June 26th – No More Grumpy Bookseller – Earthworld, Book 8
Thursday, June 27th – Reading Reality – Ten Little Aliens, Book 1
Friday, June 28th:  Guiltless Reading – Beautiful Chaos, Book 10  
Monday, July 1st – 50 Books Project – Dreams of Empire, Book 2
Date TBD– Diary of a Stay at Home Mom – The Silent Stars Go By, Book 11

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Biking Across America: My Coast-to-Coast Adventure and the People I Met Along the Way...Review

About the book: 
After Paul Stutzman finished hiking the Appalachian Trail, he found himself longing for another challenge, another adventure. Trading his hiking boots for a bicycle, Paul set off to discover more of America. Starting at Neah Bay, Washington, and ending at Key West, Florida, Paul traversed the 5,000-mile distance between the two farthest points in the contiguous United States. Along the way he encountered nearly every kind of terrain and weather the country had to offer--as well as hundreds of fascinating people whose stories readers will love. Through cold and heat, loneliness and exhaustion, abundance and kindness, Paul pedaled on. His reward--and the readers'--is a glimpse of a noble yet humble America that still exists and inspires. Anyone who longs for adventure, who loves travel and stories of travel, and who loves this place called America will enjoy this book. 

After reading Hiking Through, I was anxious for more of Paul Stutzman's adventures.  This time, he biked nearly 5,000 miles across America, from the top of Washington to the bottom of Florida.  He chronicles his journey and the people he met along the way. I enjoyed his descriptions of the landscape and countryside.  Being most familiar with the San Francisco Bay Area, I really enjoyed that portion of his ride.  I'd also love to see the Continental Divide after reading his description.

Shorter and not quite as detailed or in depth as Hiking Through, I really wished for a map that chronicled his path.  I'm very familiar with the geography of America, but it would have been nice to see a graphic representation of the path he took.

Paul's journey is very much his ministry and as he meets people, he is quick to share his belief in God. His message conveyed throughout this book is that God is in control and that walking with Christ is the answer to finding happiness and contentment in life and there are no coincidences. Like I did with Hiking Through, I found insightful passages that I wanted to remember and I once again had the realization that this country is full of truly good people.

Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Paul Stutzman here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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5/5 Stars

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Undeniably Yours...Review

About the book:
When Meg Cole's father dies unexpectedly, she's forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of his empire. The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father's Thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo knows he ought to resent the woman who's determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them and earn her love. Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their relationship--and their belief that God can work through every circumstance--survive?

Meg has never been interested in oil and has never desired to lead her father's company.  But, after his sudden death, she's forced to do just that.  Her father's holdings are vast and having no interest in horses, she decides to sell off his thoroughbred horse farm.  Bo Porter, the farm's manager, refuses to accept his severance offer and manages to convince Meg to give him 6 months to come up with the money to make the ranch self-supportive.  Meg soon takes an interest the ranch, and as their friendship deepens, Bo and Meg resist the depth of their feelings.  When Meg's past comes back to haunt her, however, their relationship is forever threatened.

It's not very often you come across such a well written male lead.  Bo Porter is the strong heroic cowboy with a solid faith in God and family.  His family is terrific.  I enjoyed the subplots with Amber and Meg's desire to do something to help others, rather than just run her father's company.  As she finally discovers what her heart truly wants to do, she discovers her true joy.  I did find Stephen frustrating and that Meg could so quickly distrust Bo, but I loved his faith that things would work out and his strength in protecting her.

This is a real, heartwarming story and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.  As it's the first in a series, I am anxious for more and I hope that Amber's story is next and that Jake figures strongly in it!

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Becky Wade here.  You can see other reviews and tour stops here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

Monday, May 20, 2013

Mailbox Monday 5/20

It's time for another Mailbox Monday which was created by Marcia at The Printed Page, and this month is hosted by Abi of 4 the Love of Books.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week... Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish list

This is what showed up at my house last week.




Follow the Heart by Kaye Dacus (for review, from First Wildcard)
Pennsylvania Patchwork by Kate Lloyd (for review, from Litfuse Publicity)
Doctor Who: Dreams of Empire by Justin Richards (for review, from TLC Book Tours)
Doctor Who: Last of the Gaderene by Mark Gatiss (for review, from TLC Book Tours)

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What new books did you receive?  For more Mailbox Monday posts, check out 4 the Love of Books.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Once Upon a Prince...Review

About the book:
Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn't going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon's Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family's tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna's aid under the fabled Lover's Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He's a royal prince. She's a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel's coronation. It's the ultimate choice. His kingdom or her heart? God's will or their own?

Simply a fun novel.  What girl hasn't ever dreamed of being a princess?  Susanna Truitt never really did and when she meets a handsome stranger on the beach, she never dreams that he is a real live prince, soon to be king.  To her, he's not Prince Nathaniel, he's just Nate and to Prince Nathaniel, Susanna is the girl of his dreams.  But, his country forbids royalty to marry foreigners and it appears that they will never be together.

When Nathaniel returns to his country after the death of his father, the king, Susanna figures she'll never see him again.  But, an invitation to his coronation is too good to pass up and Susanna and Nathaniel discover that to find the path to happiness, they must trust in God's timing.

I loved this story.  It was just fun and full of terrific, quirky characters.  Nathaniel and Susanna were fantastic.   The premise, while not completely believable wasn't completely over the top either.  I think the author found a perfect blend of fantasy and reality.

This is the first in a series and I look forward to more.

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Rachel Hauck here. You can see other reviews and tour stops here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

When Love Calls...Review

About the book:
Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list doesn’t include following rules. So when she is forced to apply for a job as a telephone switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won’t be easy. “Hello Girls” must conduct themselves according to strict-and often bewildering-rules. No talking to the other girls. No chatting with callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Meanwhile, young lawyer Lincoln Cole finds himself in the unfortunate position of having to enforce the bank’s eviction of the three Gregory girls from their parents’ home. He tries to soften the blow by supporting them in small ways as they settle into another home. But fiery Hannah refuses his overtures and insists on paying back every cent of his charity. When one of Hannah’s friends finds himself on the wrong side of a jail cell, Hannah is forced to look to Lincoln for help. Will it be her chance to return to her dreams of studying law? And could she be falling in love?

After the death of her parents, Hannah Gregory accepts responsibility for the sisters she adores and leaves law school to work and support them.  Outspoken and spunky, Hannah knows that she is perfect for the job of switchboard operator and she is determined to follow the rules and graduate her training. When Lincoln Cole arrives at their farm and must enforce the bank's decision to evict, he never expects to fall in love with the oldest sister and Hannah is determined to ignore his attempts to help her. But when when one of her friends is arrested for arson, she knows she must turn to Lincoln for assistance.

I loved the Gregory sisters.  Loved them.  Hannah is wonderful.  Bright, strong and spunky. Lincoln is charming and kind and wants to do the right thing.

Hannah's journey to switchboard operator was fascinating.  I had no idea the type of education and training that would have been required of young women going into that profession.

I really enjoyed Lorna's Lake Manawa series and so I was thrilled to see her new series and it doesn't disappoint.  I read this book in almost one sitting and I didn't want it to end.

Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna at Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Lorna Seilstad here. You can purchase your own copy here.

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5/5 Stars