Friday, September 13, 2019

Dear Abby - 15 Dachshund Memes

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a good week in your corner of the world.  It is hot, hot, HOT in my corner of the world!  It has been up into the mid- to upper- 90's this week, and I don't like it a bit.  It certainly shortens outside walk times.  I have been enjoying air conditioning and time indoors.  I also have been going through some of my dachshund memes, and wanted to share with you.  Some of these have been posted in Doxieposse Pals, the Facebook page where I help.  (And yes, you should certainly join us there!)

This dachshund is waiting for an unplanned treat:


And this one is thirsty:


Yes, this is true:


Fritos!  I have heard this before.


 Little happy pills:
 

This is a nice message:


 The Bounty hunter!  I like that!


 Who could resist:


 As it should be:


 This is a fun one!


 This would be a good motto!


 I am suddenly craving donuts -- not sure why!


 I don't do this but I have heard that it is done.


 I hope this dachshund gets to go to PetSmart after all:


 This is by far my favorite of all.  (My Momma loves it too!)



I hope you enjoyed these!  Wishing you a good weekend and hoping you are already having some cool almost-fall weather.

Love,

Abby xoxoxo

Book Review - State of Lies by Siri Mitchell

Book Synopsis
The secrets of those closest to us can be the most dangerous of all.
 
Months after her husband, Sean, is killed by a hit-and-run driver, physicist Georgie Brennan discovers he lied to her about where he had been going that day. A cryptic notebook, a missing computer, and strange noises under her house soon have her questioning everything she thought she knew.
With her job hanging by a thread, her son struggling to cope with his father’s death, and her four-star general father up for confirmation as the next Secretary of Defense, Georgie quickly finds herself tangled in a political intrigue that has no clear agenda and dozens of likely villains. Only one thing is clear: someone wants her dead too.

The more she digs for the truth, the fewer people she can trust.

Not her friends.

Not her parents.

Maybe not even herself.



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My Review
Georgie Brennan is a physicist living in the D.C. area with her husband Sean and young son Sam.  When Sean dies in a tragic accident, her life is turned upside down.  Her father is being considered for Secretary of Defense, but she finds herself in danger that she doesn't understand.  She works to solve the mystery before it is too late.

State of Lies is a fast paced thriller.  The jeopardy that Georgie faces is intense and changeable.  I found it an exciting read and stayed up late two nights in a row reading because I couldn't put the book down!

Georgie is an interesting character.  She is a brilliant physicist and uses her deductive skills to solve the mystery she faces.  I know very little about physics, but the analogies and descriptions with physics terms are beautifully worded, and I think readers with a science background will especially appreciate them.  I loved reading passages like:

"I was missing a piece of the puzzle. ... It was like the gap between quantum physics and general relativity.  The first described the smallest particles in the universe while the second explained its vastness.  The problem was, neither could describe the other.  When you tried to join them together, the theories fell apart.  We all kept hoping that someone, somewhere could figure out a way to bridge the two and reconcile both branches of physics.  There had to be a solution.  We just didn't know what it was" (p. 293).

I found the story of Georgie and Sean, as it unfolds after his accident, particularly interesting.  Without giving spoilers, she realized that she didn't know some basic things about the man she married.  For instance,

"So that was the challenge.  How could I unknow the Sean I'd married?  How could I re-see the man I'd once known?  I needed to look, not for clues, but for something obvious.  Something, perhaps, that had been there the whole time" (p. 42). 

There is a political aspect to the mystery in this book, and the political pieces of the puzzle were intriguing;  they brought another level to the story and added extra twists and turns.

I highly recommend State of Lies for fans of well written mysteries and thrillers.  Just set aside some extra time -- this is a book that will keep you up late reading!
Author Bio
Siri Mitchell is the author of 14 novels. She has also written 2 novels under the pseudonym of Iris Anthony. She graduated from the University of Washington with a business degree and has worked in various levels of government. As a military spouse, she lived all over the world, including Paris and Tokyo. Siri is a big fan of the semi-colon but thinks the Oxford comma is irritatingly redundant.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Book Review - The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White

Book Synopsis
From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

May 2013
Her finances are in dire straits and bestselling author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Desperate, she breaks the one promise she made to her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother and opens an old chest that belonged to her great-grandfather, who died when the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. Sarah embarks on an ambitious journey to England to enlist the help of John Langford, a recently disgraced Member of Parliament whose family archives might contain the only key to the long-ago catastrophe. . . .

 
April 1915
Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis. Her formerly attentive industrialist husband, Gilbert, has become remote, pre-occupied with business . . . and something else that she can’t quite put a finger on. She’s hoping a trip to London in Lusitania’s lavish first-class accommodations will help them reconnect—but she can’t ignore the spark she feels for her old friend, Robert Langford, who turns out to be on the same voyage. Feeling restless and longing for a different existence, Caroline is determined to stop being a bystander, and take charge of her own life. . . .

 
Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. Or at least, that’s her story. Tessa has never left the United States and her English accent is a hasty fake. She’s really Tennessee Schaff, the daughter of a roving con man, and she can steal and forge just about anything. But she’s had enough. Her partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they’ll finally leave the game behind. Tess desperately wants to believe that, but Tess has the uneasy feeling there’s something about this job that isn’t as it seems. . . .
 
As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.


 

Purchase Links


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My Review
The Glass Ocean is a historical novel about the RMS Lusitania.  It tells three stories: Sarah Blake is a writer who makes a Lusitania related find in her family's belongings.  This find sets her off on a search.  Caroline Telfair Hochstetter is a southern belle from Savannah who has married into New York society in the 1910's. She plans to travel on the Lusitania with her husband, only to find her old beau will also be on board.  Tess Fairweather has been talked into a forgery job on the Lusitania by her sister.

I was interested in this book from first mention. I have long been fascinated by stories of ocean travel, but knew only the basics about the Lusitania.

The historical details in this book are rich and detailed.  They encouraged me to read more about the RMS Lusitania and look up photos of the ship online.  The descriptions of the ship in The Glass Ocean were absolutely perfect.

I am amazed at how well the authors pulled off a complex three (!) storyline novel.  The stories intertwine seamlessly.  I noticed several chapters would end on a phrase or theme and then the next chapter would pick up the same phrase or theme.  I thought this was a very clever way to help the interrelated storylines flow together.

The storylines were all very interesting.  Since I originally hail from Savannah, I had a special interest in Caroline's story.  I also loved the mystery in Sarah's story, as she worked with a descendent of a Lusitania survivor, John Langford, to crack a code found on the ship -- a code that may have had something to do with the ship's fate.

I was intrigued by life on board the Lusitania, especially knowing that the ship was in its last days.  I also found Sarah's life in current day England very interesting.  I loved the description of the Langford family folly, an old astronomical observatory converted to a tiny house.

Robert Langford, a passenger on the Lusitania with ties to both Caroline and Tess, has a telling passage:

"People like simple stories.  Good and evil, hero and villain.  We try to mold people into familiar roles, roles we can understand.  The devoted mother, the heartless adulteress, the wastrel, the toady, the patriot - the traitor.  But it's never that simple, is it?" (p. 182)  This passage presents a theme which is played out over the pages of this book in both 1915 and current day storylines.

The Glass Ocean was a fascinating read. I am a long-time fan of Beatriz Williams, but plan to also look for books by Lauren Willig and Karen White in the future.  I highly recommend this book for fans of historical fiction.  It is a book you will stay up late reading, and think about for days after you close the last page.

Author Bios

About Beatriz Williams
A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons, before her career as a writer took off. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore.
 
Find out more about Beatriz at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Lauren Willig
Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of several novels. She lives in New York City with her family.
 
Find out more about Lauren at her website, and connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

About Karen White
Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and currently writes Southern women’s fiction. She lives in Georgia with her husband and two Havanese dogs.
Find out more about Karen at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Thanks to HarperCollins and TLC Book Tours for the opportunity to read this book.



Friday, September 6, 2019

Dear Abby - Now I Am 10!

Dear Friends,

It has been about six weeks since I've talked with you.  I've missed being in touch with my pals here!  It was nice having a little extra time to rest and relax though.

The big news is this:  since the last time we talked, I turned 10!  I don't feel any older, but birthdays are fun, with treats and gifts and lots of extra attention.

In this picture I'm wearing my birthday hat.  It's shaped like a cake, but my Momma reminded me several times that it is NOT a chew toy.  (Thanks to my friend Shari who sent this cute hat!  I like it.)

 Sometimes it's nice to take a break, even from celebrating.


 Of course, there is always time to look for a treat later!


During my time off from blogging I did help my Momma with bookstore work.  And I kept cool!  I love to sit in front of the fan.


 I also make sure to have time with my toys.


 And naps!  Naps are an important part of summer relaxation.


I hope YOU had a good summer, with plenty of time to rest and relax!  I look forward to visiting with you more often during fall.  I am still deciding about future posts and themes (or no theme - I am not sure!).

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.  Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Love,

Abby xoxoxo

Book Review and Giveaway - Silent Night, Deadly Night (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery) by Vicki Delany

Book Synopsis
Residents of Rudolph keep the spirit of Christmas alive year-round—but their joy is threatened when a group of grinches visits the town, in the charming fourth installment of the Year-Round Christmas series. 

It’s the week before Thanksgiving, and Merry Wilkinson, owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, is preparing for a weekend reunion of her mother’s college friends. But when the group of women comes into Merry’s shop, Merry is met with frosty attitudes and cold hearts. 

The women argue amongst themselves constantly, and the bickering only intensifies after one of the friends is poisoned. With her father’s role as Santa in danger due to his proximity to the crime, Merry will need to use all of her investigative gifts to wrap this mystery up and save Santa and her favorite holiday.

My Review
Silent Night, Deadly Night is a cozy mystery set in the town of Rudolph, where Christmas is celebrated year-round.  Merry Wilkinson owns a Christmas shop, and she grew up in the town.  When her mother has a college reunion with five contentious old friends, one of the women ends up dead.  Merry decides to solve the mystery.

I wanted to read this book because I enjoy cozy mysteries, love holiday theme reads, and have often thought it would be fun to own a small Christmas shop. 

This is my first read in the Year Round Christmas Mystery series.  Despite the fact that there is a large cast of characters in the book, I had no problem jumping right in and enjoying this book as a standalone read.  The author did an especially good job at delineating the characters from the casual college reunion.  They each had very distinct personalities.

I really liked Merry as a protagonist -- as a shop owner, daughter, and amateur detective!  She is smart and plays the detective in a savvy way that does not put herself into unnecessary danger.  She even has a lovable dog (a Saint Bernard), which is a plus in any cozy mystery for me!

I have already marked the other books in this series as "want to read" at Goodreads, and hope to catch up with the other books in the future.  Silent Night, Deadly Night was an enjoyable holiday mystery, and will certainly please other cozy mystery fans.

Author Bio
Vicki Delany is one of Canada’s most prolific and varied crime writers and a national bestseller in the U.S. She has written more than thirty books:  clever cozies to Gothic thrillers to gritty police procedurals, to historical fiction and novellas for adult literacy. She is currently writing four cozy mystery series: the Tea By The Sea mysteries, the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop series, the Year Round Christmas mysteries and, as Eva Gates, the Lighthouse Library series.  


Author Links
Website –  www.vickidelany.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/evagatesauthor;
Twitter:  @vickidelany and@evagatesauthor
Instagram: vickidelany


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Book Review - The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels

Book Synopsis
Robin Windsor has spent much of her life under an assumed name to avoid association with her infamous parents. She thought she'd finally found sanctuary running her used bookstore in quiet River City, Michigan. But when she receives an eerily familiar book in the mail on the morning of her father's scheduled execution, Robin is thrown back to the summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. Why would Peter be making contact now? And why does she have a sinking feeling that she's about to be exposed all over again?

With evocative prose that recalls the classic novels we love, Erin Bartels pens a story that shows that words--the ones we say, the ones we read, and the ones we write--have more power than we imagine.


My Review
Robin Dickinson lives owns a small independent bookstore in a little town in Michigan.  She is private and reclusive and lives a quiet life.  Then one day, she starts receiving books in the mail.  The books have poems written inside the cover and they take her back to another time -- another name, and what seems like another life. 

I wanted to read The Words Between Us from the description.  I have a small online bookstore and have worked in local bookstores and love fiction set in the book world.  The Words Between Us is a delight for readers.  The protagonist, Robin, really loves books;  they literally change her life.  There is much discussion of classic books in this novel, and it is a delight to read.

The book flashes back between then (Robin's teen years, when she lived in a small trailer with her grandmother) and now (as a bookstore owner).  There are two overriding themes between the two time periods.  Robin's parents are in jail and her father is on death row.  The reasons are revealed over the course of the book, and there is a mystery - and element of danger - because of the mystery.  As a teenager Robin meets a boy named Peter who loves books;  this forges their connection.  He is still important to her life, although he is not around in the present day.  To say more would be to give spoilers, and I don't want to do that -- the slow unraveling of the mysteries in this book is a delight to read.

This is my first read by Erin Bartels and I am stunned by the beauty of her writing.  For instance:

"When I step out of Sarah's car onto the cracked blacktop parking lot, nostalgia and fear grumble in my stomach like the river in springtime.  The asphalt seems solid enough, but that's probably what the guy with the blue pickup had thought about the ice.  It's a warm morning.  Perhaps the present is only a thin crust that might break apart beneath my feet at any moment, allowing the river beneath to sweep me inescapably into the past.  If I walked to the football field right now, those boys might be there in dirty red practice jerseys, Peter among them.  He would look up and notice me as he did then, and we would start over and I would be fourteen again" (Kindle location 2361).

The Words Between Us is a beautiful and moving book.  It is sure to be on my list of favorite reads for 2019, and I cannot recommend it highly enough for other readers.

Author Bio
Erin Bartels is the author of We Hope for Better Things and The Words between Us. A publishing professional for seventeen years, she is a member of Capital City Writers and the Women's Fiction Writers Association. Her short story "This Elegant Ruin" was a finalist in The Saturday Evening Post 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. She grew up in the Bay City, Michigan, area and has spent much of her life waiting on drawbridges. She now lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband, Zachary, and their son. Find her online at www.erinbartels.com.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Dear Abby -Summer Break!

Dear Friends,

I'm sorry I haven't been posting regularly lately.  I have been busy being lazy with summer.  My Momma and I are going to take a blogging break until after Labor Day.  I will be back then, and will get back on a regular schedule of posting here.  In the meantime, I plan to stay busy with some frosty treats and leisurely afternoons in air conditioning with a big fan right by my dog bed!

Have a great rest-of-the-summer!   Talk to you in September!

Love,
Abby xoxoxo
 

Book Review and Giveaway - The Work of Art by Mimi Matthews

Book Synopsis
An Uncommon Beauty…

Hidden away in rural Devonshire, Phyllida Satterthwaite has always been considered more odd than beautiful. But in London, her oddity has made her a sensation. Far worse, it’s caught the eye of the sinister Duke of Moreland—a notorious art collector obsessed with acquiring one-of-a-kind treasures. To escape the Duke’s clutches, she’s going to need a little help.

An Unlikely Hero…

Captain Arthur Heywood’s days of heroism are long past. Grievously injured in the Peninsular War, he can no longer walk unaided, let alone shoot a pistol. What use can he possibly be to a damsel in distress? He has nothing left to offer except his good name.

Can a marriage of convenience save Philly from the vengeful duke? Or will life with Arthur put her—and her heart—in more danger than ever?



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My Review
The Work of Art is the story of "Philly" Phyllida Satterthwaite.  After Philly's grandfather, who raised her, dies, she is sent to live with relatives in London.  She has Heterochromia, two different color eyes - one blue, one amber.  Her unusual and striking looks catch the attention of the Duke of Moreland, who is known as "The Collector" because he wants to collect anything unusual.  Philly wants to escape an arranged marriage with the Duke, so she enters into a marriage of convenience with Arthur Heywood.  Arthur was wounded in the war.  He has emotional wounds too, but his life changes when he meets Philly.

This is my second read by Mimi Matthews.  I absolutely love her books!  The stories are so engrossing and so full of the most exquisite historical details.  Unlike most of her other books, The Work of Art is a Regency novel set in London during Spring, 1814.

Philly is such a likeable and unique character.  She loves animals and has a little family of four dogs that she loves and protects.  The smallest dog, Fox, has a wounded leg.   She is so lacking in pretensions;  I felt badly for her when the Duke makes her the object of attention by calling her The Work of Art in society.

The Duke is a malevolent figure, controlling and overbearing.  I can certainly see why Arthur, who is straightforward, kind, and intelligent, would be so appealing to Philly.  I loved the romance between Philly and Arthur;  it starts as a casual friendship, but grows quickly as she longs to escape the Duke's plans.

There is also a strong mystery storyline in this novel. As they settle in at Heywood House, mysterious things begin happening that lead Arthur to think that someone is stalking Philly and wishing her harm.

The descriptions in this book are vivid and appealing.  For instance, Arthur's home is described:

"Heywood House appeared in a swathe of moonlight as they crested the final hill in their path.  The classical Palladian structure was built of granite, which had weathered over the years, and under the full moon, made the house look as if it were composed of silvery shadows rather than gray stone.  It was a building of perfect proportions, set back amid untamed parkland ..." (location 2137, Kindle).

One thing that makes Mimi Matthews' books unique is her large vocabulary of historical and sometimes archaic words.  I found myself learning new words here and there in the book through the Kindle dictionary feature. I really like that about her books!

I absolutely loved The Work of Art and cannot recommend it highly enough for fans of historical fiction and historical romance.  The author reveals in the afterward that this book was originally meant to be a two book series with The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter.  I have decided that will be my next read, since I enjoyed this book so much! 


Author Bio
USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews (A Victorian Lady’s Guide to Fashion and Beauty, The Matrimonial Advertisement) writes both historical non-fiction and traditional historical romances set in Victorian England. Her articles on nineteenth century history have been published on various academic and history sites, including the Victorian Web and the Journal of Victorian Culture, and are also syndicated weekly at BUST Magazine. In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes an Andalusian dressage horse, two Shelties, and two Siamese cats.

For more information, please visit Mimi Matthews’ website and blog. You can also connect with her on FacebookTwitterBookBubPinterestGoogle+, and Goodreads.

Giveaway
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Friday, July 19, 2019

Book Review and Giveaway - Summer Snoops Unleashed: 14 Furr-ocious Mysteries and Cozy Crimes by Judith Lucci, Anna Celeste Burke, Colleen Mooney, Fiona Quinn, Maria Grazia Swan, Kelly Hashway, Kim Hunt Harris, Susan Boles, Lisa B. Thomas, Emily Selby, Ava Mallory, Chelsea Thomas, Sam Cheever, and Joanna Campbell Slan

Book Synopsis
  
Summertime Murders are RUFF -- ALL BRAND NEW STORIES! 

Looking for cool cozies for hot summer days? Then you’ll love this purr-fectly paw-some cozy mystery boxed set from fourteen USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon best-selling authors.We’ve pulled out all the stops with Summer Snoops Unleashed! Enjoy hours of fun sniffing out clues on sandy beaches, shimmering waterways, and at small-town celebrations in these brand-new stories full of wily sleuths, cagey plots, and un-fur-gettable tails!Fetch your copy now to get these furr-ocious new cozy mysteries and woof it up with us!

They’re howlingly good reads!

 

My Review 

Summer Snoops Unleashed is a cozy mystery anthology.  There are 14 short animal theme cozy mysteries included, by authors Judith Lucci,  Anna Celeste Burke,  Colleen Mooney, Fiona Quinn, Maria Grazia Swan,  Kelly Hashway, Kim Hunt Harris, Susan Boles, Lisa B. Thomas, Emily Selby, Ava Mallory, Chelsea Thomas, Sam Cheever, and Joanna Campbell Slan.  The mysteries are short -- novella to short novel length.

 

I am reviewing the first mystery in the collection, The Most Glittery Crime of The Year - The Jewel Heist.  It is An Artzy Chicks Mystery (Book 1) by Judith Lucci.  This mystery takes place in the Shenandoah Valley.  Lily works at the Artisans Gallery in a restored 1700's log cabin.  The Gallery is also home to a possum, a yellow lab, and a calico cat.  The ladies who work at the gallery are all pet people, and Lily also has four little Shih Tzu dogs at home.

 

When an ornery customer from the gallery turns up dead, Lily becomes involved in trying to solve the mystery.  There is another murder and word of an old, unsolved crime -- a jewel heist from the 1930's.

 

The mystery is a fast paced read, with charming place descriptions (I would love to visit the gallery!) and some witty dialogue.  For example, Lily describes one of her friends who works at the gallery:  "Nobody should ever want to mess with the Diva.  There's nothing worse than a Yankee woman who wants to be a Southern belle" (Kindle location 1859).

 

The mystery was suspenseful.  I guessed the killer, but enjoyed reading the denouement.  I loved that one of the gallery pets even helped as the mystery unraveled.

 

This is a fun collection and I think other animal lovers will enjoy it as well!   Nice for a summer read with lots of mystery stories included!


Purchase Links
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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Book Review - Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham

Book Synopsis
For three years, Penny Ercanbeck has been opening other people's mail.

Dead ends are a reality for clerks at the dead letter office, and she dreams of something more--a bit of intrigue, perhaps a taste of romance. When she comes across a letter from a brokenhearted man to his one true love, it becomes her mission to place this lost letter into the hands of its intended recipient.

But when Penny's undertaking leads her to the intriguing man who touched her soul with his words, everything grows more complicated. She wants to find the rightful owner of the letter, and yet . . . she finds herself caring--perhaps too much--for the one who wrote it.


My Review
Penny Ercanbeck's story begins in 1883 in Washington, D.C.  She is working as a clerk at the dead letter office. Her job is to read letters that have not reached their recipient and send them on to their rightful owner if possible.  She finds a letter from a man named Thomas Connor.  He writes to a woman named Clara whom he loved and lost.  There are more letters from Thomas to Clara that follow.  Since Clara's address is nearby Alexandria, Virginia, Penny makes a day trip to try to return the letters.  When that proves impossible, she decides to travel to Azure Springs, the small town where Thomas has relocated.  She realizes her interest has grown beyond the letters to the man who wrote them.

I wanted to read Yours Truly, Thomas from the description.  I have always loved letters and love epistolary novels.  I find the idea of a dead letter office with someone long ago sorting and redirecting mail fascinating.

Penny is a very likeable character.  She's kind and genuinely cares about others (perhaps to the extent of taking her job a bit TOO seriously!).  She has had a difficult time since her father's death, and has tried to turn her life around with her work and friends.  She even has a lovable dog named Honey (short for Honeysuckle).

Thomas is also a very sympathetic character.  He has endured a tragic loss and moved to rebuild his life.  The connection between Penny and Thomas is immediate, and I enjoyed their interactions. That said, I did get a bit frustrated with Penny with her lack of directness.  I wish she would have been more forthcoming with Thomas about her reason for being in Azure Springs.

Which brings me to Azure Springs -- what a delightful little town!  I enjoyed reading about it - the boarding house, the town dance, the caring, small town atmosphere.

Yours Truly, Thomas is inspirational fiction, and fans of Christian historical fiction will enjoy this novel with a unique setting and premise. 

Author Bio
Rachel Fordham is the author of The Hope of Azure Springs. She started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She'd pull a book from the shelf, but they'd insist she make one up. Finally, she paired her love of good stories with her love of writing and hasn't stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.