Christmastime 1940: A Love Story by Agnes Irene

A Christmas story for all seasons . . .

Lillian Hapsey is trying to make a new life for herself and her two boys in Manhattan. As a widow, she struggles to fill the role of both mother and provider to her children, spending as much time with them as she can, while working as a telephone operator at a publishing house.

Though it is Christmastime, the mood of the city is anything but light with news of the war in Europe and rumors of America joining the fight overshadowing the joy of the season and leaving everyone on edge.

But the biggest humbug of all is Charles Drooms- the antisocial and downright unfriendly man who lives down the hall from Lillian. Brief meetings on the street and in the halls are curt and unpleasant, but somehow Lillian is able to look past his frosty exterior and sees a kindred spirit haunted by a deep sorrow, and is determined to help him. But just when he begins to open up to her, tragedy strikes, forcing him to relive the most painful part of his past, and he pulls away. Was she mistaken about him all along, or can a Christmas miracle mend a broken heart and bring the two together? Continue reading “Christmastime 1940: A Love Story by Agnes Irene”

Heirloom (Seed Savers, #3) by S. Smith

In a grim future where food comes in packets and gardening is illegal . . .

Brother and sister, Clare and Dante, have escaped to Canada and are sent to live with the Woods, a wonderful couple who run an apple orchard. There they attend classes taught by the Garden Guardians, learning how to plant and cultivate real food.

They are also taught the history behind the laws that led to the modern type of “food”- unappetizing packets with names like “carbos” and “protein”. They learn about Nipungyo, a multi-national ag-biotech corporation which gained power through the development of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). As the corporation grew in strength, it began prosecuting farmers and infiltrating the government, becoming inextricably linked with GRIM -the government agency that enforces anti-gardening laws. Continue reading “Heirloom (Seed Savers, #3) by S. Smith”

Esther’s Song by B. G. Brainard

Experience the story of Esther like never before . . .

After deposing his queen, King Xerxes sends his men to scour the entire Persian empire for the most beautiful young girls in hopes that he might find a new queen. To her father, Mordecai, it is no surprise that young Hadassah, well known throughout Babylon for her beauty, is among those chosen to join the King’s harem.

At only 12 years old, she enters a world unlike anything she has ever known, full of unimaginable riches, lavish gowns and beautification treatments, but Hadassah is not always happy. A veritable prisoner, she misses her father immensely, and struggles to obey his warning to hide her Jewish ancestry at all costs. There is a growing tension between her and some of the other concubines as the King’s mother requests more and more time with Hadassah. Continue reading “Esther’s Song by B. G. Brainard”

Eastward in Eden by Terence Faherty

Owen Keane wants to disappear. After witnessing a suicide for which he feels responsible, he can’t seem to shake the feeling of despair. But when he is told that an old acquaintance of his, Father Swickard, is in trouble, and Keane is the priest’s only hope, he travels to Nairobi to help. After all, what better place is there to disappear?

But Keane soon discovers that what he was told was “a matter of life and death” doesn’t seem to fit the bill- and all he finds in Kenya is the same prickly priest he knew back home, and a mysterious sword that seems to have disappeared into thin air. Continue reading “Eastward in Eden by Terence Faherty”

Deadly Catch: A Mac McClellan Mystery by E. Michael Helms

“The first cast of the day turned my dream vacation into a nightmare.”

Mac McClellan is looking forward to a relaxing vacation. A recently retired US Marine, he heads to the Florida panhandle where he plans to do some fishing.

What he doesn’t anticipate is hooking a dead body on the end of his line. Or having a stash of marijuana planted on his boat. Clearly, someone is trying to frame him, and the only way to clear his name is to unravel the mystery surrounding the crimes.  Continue reading “Deadly Catch: A Mac McClellan Mystery by E. Michael Helms”

Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn

North Korea – 9 shipping containers dispatched from a missile factory have gone missing, and need to be found- fast!

Mark Royce, former intelligence official with U.S. state department, has been sent to Geneva, tracking a money-laundering trail to one of Switzerland’s premier art galleries. But when the gallery is blown up, and it’s art stolen, he suspects the gallery was only a financial conduit of a darker scheme. Continue reading “Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn”

Fighting Fear by Peter Pollock

In this second book of the Fantastic Fieldtrips Series, the children are still excited from their first trip in the the MITAS, a time-travel machine invented by their own Professor Alexander, and they can’t wait to find out when their next field trip will be.

But when little Kallista is teased for being afraid, the professor decides it’s time to teach the children a lesson. He takes the children on a field trip into the past to witness how David, who killed the giant Goliath, became so brave. Through their adventure, the children learn that courage is something that has to be practiced in order to get better at it. Continue reading “Fighting Fear by Peter Pollock”