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Cherry Blossom Capers (Romancing America) Paperback – 2012
"Neverworld Wake" by Marisha Pessl
Read the absorbing new psychological suspense thriller from acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Marisha Pessl. Learn more
Encounter mystery, mayhem, and murder near Washington, DC, alongside four professional females. White House assistant chef Tara Whitley works with an old flame, FBI agent Jack Courtland, to stop a plot to sabotage a state-dinner. Attorney Ciara Turner and her nemesis Daniel Evans have trials tracking down a judge?s murderer. Archeologist intern Samantha Steele and security guard Nick Porter are on the heels of a dangerous forger. Shop owner Susan Holland and renovator Vince Martini turn upside down her late uncle?s mansion while investigating a string of mysterious accidents. Will these sleuthing couples? machinations move them into matrimony?
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However, I immediately became drawn to the characters in this book. On more than one occasion I found myself wondering about them during the day. (The way I have actually heard others get so wrapped in television characters they began to believe they were 'real') Each story is very well written & intricately weaved with the others that you could very easily believe they were all wrong by one person or that all of the authors were sisters. Neither of which is true, of course. But, it is a testament to how well they all work together.
If you enjoy a lighthearted romance/mystery, you will most certainly enjoy this book
Ciara Turner is a lawyer and she is passionate about her work. Her clients are mostly women fighting for custody of their children. Daniel Evans is a lawyer on the opposite side of the battle, wanting the fathers to have custody. Ciara and Daniel served a clerkship together under Judge Banter. This particular Monday morning they both had an appointment with judge Banter and arriving more or less at the same time they discovered him dead on the floor of his private restroom. Daniel vowed he would see his killer brought to justice. Judge Banter had given Daniel a chance when no one else would. He felt like he owed that to the judge. Ciara and Daniel were once very close, but now they are constantly fighting one another as their ideas and goals are so diverse. They still feel a strong attraction toward each other but can not reconcile their differences. As they join together in an effort to find the killer, is it possible to lay aside past differences and find love? Will faith in God help them to overcome the past?………
I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a review, but am honored to do so. All comments and opinions are my own.....
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an e-book edition of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
State Secrets by Lynette Sowell: Tara Whitley, chef at the White House, can't believe when her old boyfriend Jack Courtland shows up at the White House to work a case. Not only does he want to take her out to dinner, but he also wants her to help him on his case.
I like the FBI aspect of the story and the character of Jack. However, Tara was a pushover. Jack walked away from her, but she the one to keep trying to make it work, telling him she loves him (and he has to take time to think about it). I found that annoying, which made this my least favorite of the four novellas.
Dying for Love by Cara. C. Putnam: There was a time when Ciara Turner thought she had a future with Daniel Evans, the guy she clerked with in law school. After a few years of being on opposite sides of the courtroom, Ciara sees they have no future. When the two discover the body of a judge, they are forced to work together instead of against each other. Will they find they still have sparks?
I liked this story, but it felt like Daniel and Ciara's chemistry was a little bland until the end. Still, overall good read.
Buried Deception by Gina Conroy: Samantha Steel, archaeology intern and widow, is desperate to survive and support her children on her own. When her rambunctious son breaks an artifact in a museum on the first day of internship, Samantha has to deal with Nick Porter, the reserved and cold security guard who lost his own family. When they discover the broken artifact is a forgery and the thief begins trying to kill Samantha, they must work together to find the one responsible.
This one may have been my favorite, particularly because Samantha is such a strong character. I liked her spunk and felt she was the best developed heroine in the collection.
Coffee, Tea, and Danger by Frances Devine: Susan Holland loves owning a small coffee and dessert shop, but when she becomes the owner of a mansion, her dreams start to expand. Vince Martini is in charge of renovating the house and becomes Susan's protector as her life is in danger from someone who wants secrets hidden in the house.
I loved that the author gave us a heroine who is older. Most Christian fiction stories deal with women in their 20s or maybe 30s. We need more independent women in their 40s as lead characters.
I read this collection a plane ride, and the short, fast-paced stories made the time fly by. (Pun intended.) I liked the added mystery to the romances.
Fans of Christian fiction who are looking for a beach or plane read, this is the book for you.
I received this book in exchange for my review. My thoughts are my own.
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Cara Putman, Gina Conroy, Frances Devine, and Lynette Sowell
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