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Kade

Nine months ago, Kade Ryland was investigating a fertility clinic for the FBI. Now a baby sharing his DNA has shown up and he discovers that the other agent who had worked the case disappeared. It’s a race to find his previous partner and figure out how and what happened in Delores Fossen’s novel, Kade. Answers aren’t easy to come by or easy to accept, and what Kade and Bree find out will change their lives forever.

Kade is a different kind of romance novel. The main characters don’t have sex and never have. They focus mainly on the case and marginally on their child. The fast paced story line drives to the finish but the ending twist seems rather pat and more typical of a romance novel. I have to call out the marketing team on the book’s cover: someone dropped the proverbial ball.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

The River Witch

 

A haunting tale of loss and healing, Kimberly Brock’s debut novel, The River Witch, is ripe with talent, showing both depth of plot and characters. Roslyn is broken. A car crash ended her ballet career. A miscarriage ended the chance at a family she wasn’t certain she wanted, leaving her feeling alone and confused. Set on an island in Georgia, where Roslyn has gone to seclude herself from the world, Brock has managed to portray a diversity of Southern culture to a group of readers with no personal experience of it. The book is bold and rash while bringing mixed tears of joy and sadness. If this novel is an example, Brock’s career is very promising.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

 

Bane: Book Two of The Coven Series

Having previously fled from her over-controlling father and the other witches of the dark coven, Jax Pherson is on the run again. Leaving those she cares about behind in an attempt to protect them, she and another rebelling witch, Egan, are on the search for a way to stop their families and covens. Gaining allies along they way, Jax and Egan realize that they can’t beat the evil alone.

Bane is the second book in Trish Milburn’s The Coven Series. While there were definitely aspects of the book that kept the story line of the series going with necessary scenes, the overall quality of the second book wasn’t to par with the first, White Witch. The plot meandered about and character development seemed stalled at the beginning before picking up towards the latter half of the novel. The book is short and still enjoyable to read but leaves readers hoping Milburn comes back stronger in the next installment.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Cold Light

Mothers will do anything when it comes to saving their children, including setting out on a suicide mission. Emma’s daughter has been stolen by raiders and no one is going after them. Emma makes the choice to set out before an in coming storm. She faces raiders, animals, and the ever pressing mist that threatens everything it touches. She is joined on her journey by a diverse cast of characters devoutly loyal to her, and in the end, there will be a choice.

Cold Light, by Traci L. Slatton is a dystopian novel with a constant flux of action. Though well written, I found the premise of the mists to be unbelievable and the ending to be too pat. A decent read, the book didn’t have me clamoring for another book in the series.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

The King’s Damsel

Forced into servitude at court by the man who bought her guardianship, Tamsin Lodge must serve the young Princess Mary Tudor. Her guardian’s plot to secure a a position with the king and better his financial status is not the only plot afoot, and even the young princess is not safe from the dealings throughout the kingdom. Her loyalty for her mistress, along with her life, will be tested as she enters the games being played by a cast which includes King Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn. In order to save those around her and hold onto her beliefs, she must sacrifice herself.

Kate Emerson’s historical romance, The King’s Damsel, proves provoking among the romance genre. With history weaved in, the book is a fast-paced story with more drama than romance and more political manipulations than errant love scenes. While a romance novel in essence, this will appeal more to fans of historical fiction. An enjoyable read with an ending which finishes a bit abruptly, The King’s Damsel shares a view of 1500 England aristocracy.

Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

A Ride on Mother’s Back

For families who are living differently from mainstream America, it can often be difficult to find children’s books which reflect our own values. Emery Bernhard has a lovely book entitled A Ride on Mother’s Back: A Day of Baby Carrying Around the World which appeals to attachment parenting families everywhere. The book takes a look at how different families in different cultures around the world go about their days with securely attached babies and children. While the title of the book specifically mentions mothers, the book shows many relatives sharing in the babywearing, including siblings, fathers, and grandparents. The brief glance into other cultures, along with a slightly expanded bit of information at the back of the book, is appealing to older children. Babies and toddlers love reading books about others their age. This book gives a nice opportunity for those families who practice attachment parenting to share with thei rchildren about other babywearing families. My children have all loved the book when they were little and continue to do so as they grow older.