Category Archives: 3 Stars

A Bride in Store by Melissa Jagears

Mail order bride, Eliza Cantrell, heads out to meet her groom.  He owns a general store, and Eliza is chomping at the bit to help him with his work.  But when she arrives, Axel is nowhere to be found and his business partner, William, dislikes the business and would rather be a doctor.  When Eliza arrives in town, penniless and alone, William tries to take care of her – in honor of his absent partner.  Eliza soon becomes indispensable around the store… which leads to some tension.   And even though she’s promised to another, Eliza finds herself spending more and more time with William.

Overall, I thought this book lacked a strong plot line and good characters.  It was a light read, that just failed to bring me in.  I’ll give it 3 out of 5 stars.


Duel with the Devil by Paul Collins

There is nothing new under the sun, including political rivalries.  And in 1799, the brand-new United States of America was home to one of the fiercest political rivalries ever.  Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were two of the greatest lawyers ever, and, as the new election approaches, tension is growing.

Until a young Quaker woman is found murdered.  Accusations begin to fly, most landing on the young woman’s suitor, Levi Weeks.  As days pass, Levi begins to fear that he will never even make it to a fair trial.  He needs the best legal team the world can provide.

So the unlikeliest of allies join together to take on the courtrooms of New York.

My Thoughts

This book is wonderfully written and draws you in.  However, there are some “adult topics” hinted at, in regards to the young lady.  So be careful what ages you recommend this book too.  Prereading would probably be a good idea.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Echoes of Mercy by Kim Voger Sawyer

An undercover agent.  An son disguised as a worker.  And underage children working in the factory.   Wow, this book was full of people hiding, in disguise, being someone they aren’t, or hiding in the dark!

Caroline Lang goes undercover to the Dinsmore’s World-Famous Chocolates Factory to  follow up  on a tip that underage children are being hired.   Ollie Moore is heir to the candy factory, but is undercover himself.  He’s trying to learn all he can about the family business.  She cares about Child Labor, he doesn’t.  However, a common enemy unites anyone, and someone is damaging the factory.   Along the way, Ollie finds that God never left him, but has been waiting for him to run back home.

I liked this book, but I thought the villain was overdone.  He was always stalking the women, and it got to be creepy.  It was also a slightly predictable plot line, that was hard to get into.

I’ll give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

What Once Was Lost by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I thought this book had an interesting story, but overall, it was a slow read.  The characters were rather flat, and the plot line didn’t move very quickly.  Personally, I found it hard to “get into” .

Christina Willems takes care of the poor and lost people of her small town.   Her little Kansas farm has become a home of love and strength for the weaker ones.  But the fire one night leaves havoc in it’s path.  And many homeless family members.  Christina begins to place her charges in homes around town.

One of the hardest to place is Tommy, a young boy who is blind.  Due to his blindness he is a liability and needs a lot of care and babysitting.  Or so Christina thinks.  She convinces Levi Johnson, the mill owner no one ever sees, to take in Tommy.

Many challenges come out of this, not the least of which is, Levi will not give Tommy special care.  He knows what the blind boy is capable of and refuses to “baby” him.  Christina is furious… but, is Tommy doing better now?

It was a good book, nothing inappropriate, but very slow.  I’ll give it 3 out 5 stars.

Rating: 3 out 5