Love Unfeigned

Love Unfeigned
~A Novella~

Reader's Favorite Five Stars★★★★★
“The wordplay and language are expressive and rich…a beautiful love story that slowly evolves and matures into an intense romance.” ~Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews
“Keels’s work would fit right in with the classic masters of the genre.” ~Rabid Readers Reviews
“A beautiful story that will bring you to tears. It really leaves you with a feeling of hope…” ~NerdGirl Official Review
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“Fantastic…a must read!” ~InD’tale Magazine
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Love Unfeigned New (5 Stars)Love to the chords of a classic jazz band…

Lorraine: plucky and competitive.
Isaiah: impish, with a smile that gleams in more ways than one.
From the time the two first square off for a fierce wall ball battle as children, Lorraine and Isaiah can’t help knowing each other, but neither can they avoid passions and misfortunes lining their path to young adulthood. When the breakup of Isaiah’s family disrupts the haven he’s shared with Lorraine, their natural relationship is eventually threatened by jealousy, abandonment, and a life-altering trauma too grave to…forget. As one year follows another, and another, what might it take to reunite this divided man and woman in love: love undeniably real and unbounded by time?

“Everything didn’t have to turn out perfect. I just wanted you there.”

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Love Unfeigned is available in print at the following eStore and your Amazon store (in print and for Kindle), at Barnes & Noble (in print and for Nook), Apple, Kobo, Inktera, and Smashwords.

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The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Blogging for Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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The Wood's EdgeThe Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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“You separated yourself from His mercy, out of mistrust, anger, grief–I don’t know… You have crucified yourself, but that work will never be finished… It cannot be. You are not Christ.”

So many things gone wrong after Major Reginald Aubrey steals an Oneida woman’s baby on the day Fort William Henry falls in The Wood’s Edge, a novel so meticulously titled by author Lori Benton. All the momentous happenings that are leading up to the American Revolution are rumbling in the background like distant thunder while a more immediate storm is brewing in the hearts and lives of everyone affected by a newborn’s kidnapping: people of two different races, and a mixture of both.

As I did with The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, I appreciated Benton’s handling of racial assumptions and prejudices in The Wood’s Edge. The times and places of the story are easy to get into, and even the letters written, with random Words capitalized like Proper Nouns, are so reminiscent of the Eighteenth Century that you can almost see their elaborate script, drawn with the tip of a quill. The earnest and flawed characters caught up in this tale have the power to break a reader’s heart, in bad and good ways alike, and the novel’s climax, along with the bits of time preceding and following it, bears nothing short of utter power.

The only real difficulty I had with the novel was that much of it seemed to be…waiting. While sometimes the unexpected would come out of the blue, other times it seemed like something major was about to pop off, then I’d turn the page to find that a year or some years had passed, without that big “something” popping off after all. It felt kind of like a string of anticlimaxes that led to more waiting, so after the novel’s gripping opening events (all the more gripping for me, since I hadn’t read the book blurb, just dove right into the book), I wasn’t truly gripped by the story again until the last quarter of it. Still, the last quarter wouldn’t have had the same effect on me if I hadn’t felt any of the waiting beforehand.

Grief and rage can give way to faith, hope, and love in trying ways, and while I wasn’t sure for a while if I would continue on with The Pathfinders series, now after this novel’s full and expectant ending, I’ll be looking for the sequel in 2016.

A Heads-Up: Stake-Out by Lily Luchesi

Heads-Up

Greetings, all!

Those who’ve frequented my blog since it became more “book-centric” have likely realized that, as a lifetime ChristFic enthusiast, most of the books I post here are ChristFic titles. Still, I know that readers of all different genres visit here, and if you’re a fan of paranormal books, heads-up!

One of my favorite book reviewers is releasing her first book today under her nom de plume, Lily Luchesi. The book is entitled Stake-Out, first in the Paranormal Detectives series. Click here to go check it out.

Congratulations on your release, Lily!

Lily Luchesi

★★★★★: “Fast paced, action packed, entertaining and emotional.”

★★★★: “Lily Luchesi gives readers her own twist on a classic genre.”

~Goodreads Reviewers

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Detained by Don Brown

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
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DetainedDetained by Don Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Intrigued by the commanding cleanness of the book cover, I picked up Detained by Don Brown, a military and political thriller in which Hasan and Najib Makari, a father and son from Lebanon, are wrongly accused of terrorism against the United States.

I appreciated the believable humanness in characters like Matt Davis, a Navy JAG officer, and Emily Gardner, a TSA lawyer: flawed individuals still with striking qualities I rooted for. The racist ignorance of some of the agency officers got under my skin, making me all the more anxious to see what would become of the Makaris. And a little ways after I passed the unputdownable point that propelled me through the rest of the novel, the haunting, painfully fitting prayer of a Lieutenant Commander Garcia echoed right into my core–“Lord, if it is possible, take this cup from me.”

Now, I did have to get over a number of the exclamation points. It’s just a style preference, but in modern adult novels, especially in ones handling serious subject matter, it gives the drama an over-the-top feel when a third-person narrator essentially shouts (!) at the reader, rather than reserving exclamations for the characters’ dialogue. Also, there’s a lot of phrase repetition that doesn’t appear intentional; some of the comments characters make aloud, particularly a few from Secretary Strayhorn, don’t really come off as natural, seeming mostly to the purpose of spelling issues out for the reader; and the narrator steps away from storytelling for a few paragraphs early on to explain Navy jets and aircraft carriers in present tense, which consequently pulled me out of the story as well, for a moment.

Still, overall, the author effectively makes a case for truth, justice, and faith in this engaging novel, and I’ve every intention of picking up the next book in The Navy JAG Series whenever it releases–hopefully sooner than later.

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Note for my blog readers: not out of keeping with this novel’s themes, it does include some scenes of violence on the gritty side.

“What’s Your Favorite Song?”: The Life, Family and Music of George and Emma Kelly by G. Ross Kelly

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Online Book Club provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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What's Your Favorite Song

“What’s Your Favorite Song?”: The Life, Family and Music of George and Emma Kelly by G. Ross Kelly

Biography/Memoir

A heartwarming piece of Americana: a true life account about family (lots of it), moral principles, and, of course, music. Whether or not you’ve heard of the nationally acclaimed musician and entertainer Emma Kelly before, this book by one of her sons is well worth a read.

Officially reviewed at OnlineBookClub.org with 3 out of 4 stars. Do have a look!