Saturday, April 30, 2011

Book Review: Double Cross by James Jordan




Product Description


Double Cross continues the story of Taylor Pasbury, a heroic young woman introduced in James David Jordan’s novel, Forsaken (“highly readable . . . Taylor is a character worth another visit” —BookPage).
Raised by a father who was a former Special Forces officer, Taylor is beautiful and brilliant and knows how to take care of herself. But she is haunted by her past and the sacrifice her father made to save her from a brutal rape when she was seventeen. After a controversial stint in the Secret Service, she has become the most prominent private security specialist in America. When she discovers the body of a former client’s top assistant, all the evidence points to embezzlement and suicide. But Taylor has no way of knowing that her mother, who ran out when Taylor was nine, is about to reappear and lead her down a twisting path of danger and deceit. It’s a road that won’t end until they reach the spot where Taylor’s father died—where Taylor learns some sacrifices can never be earned.

MY REVIEW

I enjoyed reading this high-paced and suspenseful novel. The plot kept me flying through the pages, and the characters were intriguing. I have to admit some surprise that James Jordan could write so convincingly from the point of view of a female. I appreciated that the characters were not presented as being perfect, but as flawed human beings who make mistakes. This is actually the first book I've read from this author, but I found it easy to get into the story despite not reading the first book in the series. Definitely an author I will keep an eye out for.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Book Review: Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark




Product Description


From the bestselling author of Shadows of Lancaster County comes an exciting new romantic mystery set in Amish country.
Sienna Collins, owner of the Harmony Grove Bed & Breakfast in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, learns that she is under investigation by the federal government for crimes she knows nothing about. A few hours later she finds her ex-boyfriend, Troy, dead, and her life and livelihood begin to spin wildly out of control. She begins to doubt everyone around her, even the handsome detective assigned to the case.
As Sienna tries to clear her name, she is forced to depend on her faith, the wisdom of the Amish, and the insight of the man she has recently begun dating. She’ll need all the help she can get, because the secrets she uncovers in Harmony Grove end up threatening not just her bed-and-breakfast, but also her credibility, her beliefs, and ultimately her life.

MY REVIEW

I must admit that as a guy, reading the words "romantic mystery" on the back cover of a novel do cause me to feel some fear and trembling. While I usually try to finish a novel, books in this genre have caused me to walk away numerous times from a book that has come highly recommended. In the case of Secrets of Harmony Grove, I was not even tempted once to walk away, because the story grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I enjoyed the suspense and the twists and turns, along with the sobering historical glimpses from the Holocaust that were provided. Clark provided an enjoyable read that was not only entertaining but was thought-provoking as well.