Counterfeit by Lee Carver

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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Counterfeit by Lee Carver

Romantic Suspense

He suspects that she’s a covert copyist of masterpieces, but she may have what it takes to expose a dangerous fraud ring. This novel brings together a fitting blend of art, travel, romance, danger, and faith, with a smooth style and appealing intrigue.

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

Jazzy Girl by C.L. Wells

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. I received a free copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
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Jazzy Girl by C.L. Wells

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Or was there something real between them? How could she not trust him on one side, but want to trust him with everything on the other?

Sherice has become more or less content with her life in hiding, trusting no one except Jazz, her Labrador. But a nosy (and rather good-looking) man next door, Canden, begins to poke holes in the walls of privacy around Sherice’s life—and her heart. She must soon decide whether letting Canden in would be worth endangering them both in Jazzy Girl by author C.L. Wells.

The first novelette I read by this author was a romantic comedy, That’s How She Rolls, so I was curious about this romantic suspense read. I like how, even with its faith theme, the story doesn’t provide easy, pat answers for all the tough issues in Sherice’s life, nor does the story simply remain silent in those areas, as if issues and questions like that don’t exist.

Even for a short and sweet read, I found some parts of this one to be a little slow. But I gained appreciation for Sherice’s character the more her story unfolded, and I’ll admit the very end of the book sent a rush of tears to my eyes. I’d recommend this novelette to fellow fans of romantic suspense.

Old Fashioned (2014)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films 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.
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Old Fashioned (2014) from Skoche Films
Rated PG-13. Drama, Romance, Faith Film

1/2

Description (from the film case): Former frat boy, Clay Walsh (Rik Swartzwelder), has given up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern town. There, he has become notorious for his theories on love and romance as well as his devout beliefs. When Amber Hewson (Elizabeth Ann Roberts), a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas. Together, they attempt the impossible: and old fashioned courtship in contemporary America.

My thoughts: I don’t think this film’s description does it justice, as I’ve found the story to be so much more than two people trying to attempt an old fashioned courtship. The style of their courtship isn’t the point, so much.

Since I read Old Fashioned as a novel before the movie released, I was already aware that the story isn’t about giving folks pointers or rules on chaste dating. That would’ve made for a noble but likely pretty simplistic, flat tale—and if you watch the movie and only see “chaste dating rules” in it, then you’ve missed the movie.

This story is about a guy and girl who must each decide if they’re going to finally get to the nitty-gritty of their individual fears and deal with them head-on, or if they’re going to continue to use their chosen methods of running and hiding. Neither one of them is completely right. Neither one of them is completely wrong. Neither the characters who’re Christians nor the characters who aren’t Christians are either right or wrong about everything. There’s tension and layers to this story.

Sure, I had to get past the obvious fact that the leading man here is rather, um, mature for the young man he plays. Some parts of the movie are too slow, the bar dancing is corny, and though none of the acting is bad, not all of it is my favorite.

But the writing here is excellent. It ties so many thoughts, points, and images together and doesn’t waste them, no matter how small. And although the leading man may not have been my first choice for that role, the fact that he also wrote, produced, and directed the film himself is nothing to sneeze at.

Old Fashioned is one of my all-time favorite novels, and although I didn’t cry, oh, quite as hard at the end of the movie (I literally wept after reading the novel’s last page), the movie didn’t disappoint me and even exceeded my expectations.

My corresponding reading: Old Fashioned by Rene Gutteridge.

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No Time For Love by Tina Radcliffe

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.
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No Time For Love by Tina Radcliffe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Besides, she didn’t read romance novels. They were unrealistic…
The only endings she believed in came from signing on the dotted line and depositing a commission check in her bank account.

Nicki’s career (and her life, she asserts) depends on landing a piece of property for a coffee shop parking lot. But a handsome and annoying man–Steven, is it?–who knows his way around his kitchen is bent on standing in Nikki’s way in No Time For Love by author Tina Radcliffe.

This story opens with an engaging sense of mystery. Not the darker kind of mystery, like a suspense novel or something, but the kind of setup that makes you pleasantly curious to figure out what exactly is going on. Both Steve’s and Nicki’s points of view kept me entertained, especially Nicki’s dry outlook at her humorous mishaps.

I eventually felt like I’d missed something rather big, though. As the story glides from a certain point to another, it seems as though a connecting chunk of development is left out of the romance. Hence, it’s like the finale that shows up belongs to a different story. It doesn’t feel altogether “earned” here.

Nevertheless, this quick and sweet stop was a nice break to take, and other readers of ChristFic romance should enjoy it.