Murder On The Half Shelf

Murder on the Half Shelf (A Booktown Mystery, #6)Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a well written cozy mystery by author Lorna Barrett. It is the 5th or 6th book in the “BookTown” series, but can be read alone. I haven’t read a cozy in quite some time and almost forgot how fun they could be. This particular murder mystery involved a Bed and Breakfast proprietor who is found dead on the property not long after the guests arrive. There are a host of characters that I thought I’d have a hard time keeping up with throughout the book, but surprisingly I was able to remember mostly everyone who was mentioned. I attribute this to the author’s writing style. I think one of the reasons why I didn’t care to read cozies is because there are too many characters involved and it was too difficult trying to remember all of them. Now I realize that it may not be how many characters are involved, but the way the story is written that makes the difference. I liked the fact that any number of the characters could have been responsible for the murder, so I found myself musing about who and how any one of them could have done it. I liked reading about the town where the protagonist lived because it was made up of many delightful shops, including book stores which are my favorite. So overall this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more of Lorna Barrett’s mysteries.

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The Paris Connection

The Paris ConnectionThe Paris Connection by Cerella Sechrist
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

💛💛💛💛💛Another great read from the Harlequin Heartwarming line. This book fulfilled my expectations for an enjoyable wholesome romance story, and then some. I loved the corporate environment setting in Paris, France. I appreciated how the romance between Emma and Cole flawlessly developed. It was believable. Sometimes authors don’t take the time to show the progression of a romantic relationship between characters, and the resulting connection seems contrived. This was not the case between Emma and Cole. The author convincingly brought the two together from their initial enemy-like state. This is so significant for me when I’m reading and anticipating how a relationship between two people unfolds in a romantic fiction book. It can be so disappointing when you can’t connect with the main characters because you were never convinced that they should be together. This was certainly not my experience with The Paris Connection. I loved the characters, even the ones I loved to dislike. There were comical parts, tender parts and even a little mystery and suspense. I liked the female character Emma because of her admirable qualities: loyalty, strength, devotion and endurance. And although she was a driven, hardworking woman, she also exhibited vulnerability and uncertainty at times which made her a relatable character. I thoroughly enjoyed The Paris Connection, and if you’re in the mood for a sweet, wholesome romance book with a great storyline, I know you will too.

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All Things Hidden

All Things HiddenAll Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 All Things Hidden was a Goodreads, firstreads giveaway that I received free in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Goodreads and Bethany House.

I feel this book deserves a solid 3.5 stars. I have to admit that I didn’t realize I had requested a Christian inspirational book. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. The setting is rural Alaska in the 1930’s where colonists settled to make a new life for themselves during the Depression. It was nice reading about Alaska with its mountain views, wild animals and rustic surroundings. The story flowed well; there was even some mystery and intrigue. The characters held my attention and the ending was satisfying. However, I agree with another reviewer regarding the theology in the book. All Christians do not interpret the Bible identically, so references to, and explanations of scripture can be diverting and bothersome rather than enlightening and upbuilding. This was precisely my experience. I was able to gloss over the parts I didn’t agree with, but would have appreciated the book more without it. But after all it is marketed as Christian fiction so I cannot allow my personal feelings about the beliefs presented to detract from my overall rating, and therefore I feel confident about awarding it 3.5 stars.

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