Dad: A Novel by Steven Manchester ~ 5⭐

Literary and Family Life Fiction ~ Releases: September 14, 2021

REVIEW: One of the many blessings in my life is reviewing for some of the best authors around. One of those is Steven Manchester. His new book releasing September 14 is Dad: A Novel. I can’t wait for you to read it! His book The Menu and Dad: A Novel are among some of my very favorite books. 

This book brought me to tears. It dealt with three generations of men from the same family. The oldest man, his son and his grandson and what it means to be a father. Each of these men were in different seasons of their lives. I liked how the grandfather spoke of life being made up of the little moments. Our days are numbered, live life to the fullest and be present.

I love how Steven deals with life, death and our faith in God. He always reminds me of how much my faith means to me and the part it plays in my life. This book also spoke to me about the important men in my life and how they’ve influenced me. I think everyone who reads this book will take something different away from it. It is a very special book and will speak to you no matter what season of life you are in. 

I wouldn’t call this book religious. It is spiritual in nature by describing a life that includes God. It is very moving. I would encourage all my friends to read this book. I would definitely give it more that five stars if I could. There is something unique and inspiring about this story. Try it for yourself and see what I mean.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

SYNOPSIS: Three generations of dads, playing traditional roles in each other’s lives, arrive simultaneously at significant crossroads. The decisions they make and the actions they take will directly – and eternally – affect each other.

After a life of hard work and raising children, Robert is enjoying his well-deserved retirement when he discovers that he has an illness he might not be able to beat. At 19, Jonah is sprinting across the threshold of adulthood when he learns, stunningly, that he’s going to become a father. And Oliver – Robert’s son and Jonah’s dad – has entered middle age and is paying its demanding price. While reconciling the time and effort it has taken him to reach an unfulfilling career and an even less satisfying marriage, he realizes that it’s imperative that he keep it all together for the two men who mean everything to him.

When different perspectives lead to misunderstandings that remain unspoken – sometimes for years – it takes great strength and even more love to travel beyond the resentment.

Dad: A Novel chronicles the sacred legacy of fatherhood.

The New Home by Chris Merritt ~ 4⭐

Genre: Phycological Suspense ~ Releases: September 7, 2021

REVIEW: Whoa! I think I may have found a new male author to follow. I usually don’t care for many male authors because let’s face it, most of them don’t know how to write a female character. I read The New Home by Chris Merritt thinking this author was probably female. Nope! This guy knows how to get into the mind of a female character and convincingly put her on paper! 

I really enjoyed this book. Freya is the main character who has a past experience with mental illness. Eight years later she and her boyfriend move to a new town and strange happenings begin. Is her psychiatric problems returning or is it more sinister than that? This book kept me guessing. I couldn’t wait to finish it and see where it was all headed. 

Chris Merritt is new to me and a stand alone Psychological Suspense novel is new to him. I have to say he did a great job pulling it off! There are not a lot of twists, just a gradual climb to the climax. Like I said before, he writes a darn good woman! If you love Suspense and Mysteries, I think you need to give this book a try. I know I’m going to be recommending this book to all my friends. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from #Netgalley/Bookouture. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. 

SYNOPSIS: You never know what’s happening behind closed doors…

Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…

Fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell will love the gripping tension and unexpected twists of The New Home. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked!

Carolina Comforts by Susan Schild ~ 5⭐

Genres: Southern & Women’s Fiction ~ Releases: September 15, 2021


Susan Schild has received the rights back to Linny’s Sweet Dream List and is re-releasing it on September 15 as Carolina Comforts. It’s the first of a three part series. Can I tell you how much I loved it? Oh my goodness if you haven’t read it yet, like me, you really need to. It’s really something special. 

Susan Schild writes some of my most favorite books. I have several authors that are tops on my list and she is one of them. I don’t even have to know what the book is about to know I want to read it and I haven’t been disappointed yet! 

Carolina Comforts has characters you will fall in love with. The main character Linny is one that many of us women will relate to. She doesn’t have enough faith in herself and doesn’t appreciate how special she is. Her sister has a great marriage but, sees problems rising and takes the bull by the horns and makes some changes. Her mom is a strong woman dealing with her marriage to the girls late father. I love how these women take control and empower themselves. I think there are lessons for us all to learn. 

I can’t wait to read the next two books! Get your name on the pre-order list so you can receive your copy as soon as it releases. I just know you’re going to love this new series. 

I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest review. Thank you! 

SYNOPSIS: Carolina Comforts is a wholesome and sunny Southern novel about charming men, missing money, adventuresome women, sweet dogs, and happily ever afters at any age.

Carolina Comforts (A Second Chance at Love Series Book 1) If you love books by Debbie Macomber, Mary Kay Andrews, or RaeAnn Thayne, you’ll love this small town romance. With older heroines, this sweet and comforting Southern novel will warm your heart.

Thirty-eight-year-old Linny Taylor should have known Buck, a golden boy driving a vintage Caddy, was not good husband material, but she married him anyway. The marriage goes south fast, and Buck steals all her money. Her dreams of a good husband and a happy life dashed, Linny is left to pick up the pieces.

Dottie, Linny’s church lady mama, offers her a rent free trailer on the family farm and though daunted by the run-down condition of the place, Linny is grateful for the reprieve. With her sister and her smart-mouthed best friend rooting for her, she rolls up her sleeves, moves into the fixer upper, and sets to work rebuilding her life from scratch.

Soon, good ole boy veterinarian, Jack Avery, comes into Linny’s life, seeming kind and genuine, but so had her thieving late husband. And then there’s his baggage—an exquisite ex-wife who seems a little too chummy with him and a young son still struggling with his parents’ divorce.

When Neal runs away from home, the entire town launches into action. Linny realizes this quirky small town is full of family and friends and the happy life she dreamed of is right in front of her.
But can Linny learn to trust love again and finally find her happily ever after?

The Grinding Wheel by Marc Rainer ~ 5⭐

Genre: Courts & Criminal Procedure ~ Released: June 8, 2021

REVIEW: The Grinding Wheel is book number seven in the Jeff Trask Crime Series by Marc Rainer. If you’ve read any of the previous six novels, you should definitely pick up this new addition to the series. You haven’t read any of them yet? Read this one anyway! It is so good! I laughed out loud and I even gasped out loud. Don’t worry about it being number seven because it does very well as a stand alone. Now, I will be on the lookout for the rest of the series. 

Marc Rainer has more than 30 years experience as a government attorney and his expertise shines through. He bases his stories on real-life crimes. The names have been changed (not to ptotect the guilty) and some of the circumstances. You would never know it. His book reads almost like a true crime novel. I don’t read true crime but this book kept me turning the pages until there wasn’t any more. I didn’t lose interest. I was involved with his characters at work and at home. They weren’t just cops and I hated to see the end! 

This book is for anyone who loves true crime, court room procedure or police procedure. Those are not always my favorite genres but, I have to tell you I was practically handcuffed to my tablet. I literally spent my Sunday reading this book. 

Are you still sitting in your chair? What are you waiting for? Go get your copy of this book. Wow, you’re gonna love it! 

SYNOPSIS: Federal prosecutor Jeff Trask is assigned to prosecute WaShaun “Gloomy” Stewart, a street gang leader who has killed five rival gang members by his eighteenth birthday. At the same time, another serial killer—known to the investigators as, “The Butcher”—has begun kidnapping local women, killing them, and leaving their body parts in and around Kansas City.

Working with the Kansas City Police Department’s Career Criminal Unit, a task force made up of both local police officers and federal agents, Trask is surprised as Stewart escapes from custody and the two investigations suddenly merge. When one of the task force’s female detectives is captured and taken by The Butcher, Trask and the CCU investigators must race against time to save her life and end The Butcher’s reign of terror.

Retired federal prosecutor Marc Rainer brings his thirty years of trial and investigative experience into another edition of the Jeff Trask Crime Drama Series, books hailed by attorneys and law enforcement personnel for their realism.