Along Came Trouble by Erin Kern Review

I got this book as a Goodreads First Reads winner.  While I had trouble sticking to this book, I enjoyed the story line.  I constantly found myself skipping the parts between character conversation.  I found it a little dull and long causing me to skip it altogether in areas.  That being said, I did find the characters interesting and towards the end I found myself actually smiling.

When photographer Elisa is hired to take pictures of food for a local restaurant, she finds herself falling for the man who hired her.  Brody is a man scared by divorce, sees himself as damaged goods.  However, when he sees the woman who is taking photos for his restaurant, he finds himself not only physically attracted to her but falling for her too.

Brody’s choice to let his past prevent him from having a future could cost him the only woman he’s ever truly loved.  Elisa can’t get Brody to admit his feelings for her so she follows her dreams and takes a photography gig in South Africa.

Is the love these two share strong enough to convince Brody to take a chance?  Was it just a fling or will Brody finally tell Elisa how he really feels about her?

 

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The Disease by George Hamilton Review

I won this book as a Goodreads First Reads winner.  An amazing read that I thoroughly enjoyed, reading it cover to cover in one sitting! If you like mystery/ Suspense type books, I think you will love this book.  The Disease is well written, with characters that make you feel like you are reading a true story.  I really liked that Mr. Hamilton touched on how a mother and daughter can have their differences and the mother still love her daughter enough to risk her own life to protect her daughter.  I highly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from this Author.

Dr. Ludwilla Toropov is a doctor who treats patients during a world wide outbreak of the deadly Philippine Haemorrhagic Fever.  Her Government has found a vaccine that, due to low production and a fire, is rationed out and doctors must follow a list of who gets the vaccine and when.  The death toll rises by staggering numbers while waiting for more vaccine, so Ludwilla’s daughter Olga, and her group of rebels want to get a vial of the vaccine and smuggle it out of the country in search of a country that will make a synthetic version and mass produce it to save more lives.

Fearing for her daughter’s safety, Ludwilla herself smuggles a vial to her American friend to see if they can mass produce it.  In doing so, she has placed herself and everyone she knows in danger.  Nothing is as it seems and someone close to them is betraying their trust.  Twists and turns abound in this book and will leave you guessing to the shocking end.

Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore Review

Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore

I’ve always loved this story, it’s one just about every adult knows from their childhood.  I really enjoyed the illustrations that are by Elena Almazova & Vitaly Shvarov.  I thought they were very cute!  I would recommend this book to every parent, grandparent, and person who enjoys Christmas stories.  I also think this is the perfect book to make your Christmas Eve traditional read before the children go to  bed.

Next Christmas Will Be Different by Pauline Barclay Review

Next Christmas Will Be Different by Pauline Barclay

 

This is a sweet, short story that warms the heart!  It’s about a mother, who’s seven grown children and their children continue a family tradition even though they keep saying it will be different next year.  The kids keep saying one of them will host the festivities next year instead of the usual tradition.  While this book is not overly religious, there is mention of prayer a few times.

I enjoyed this short story and I would recommend this short story to anyone who loves their family traditions at the holidays, as well as short Christmas stories.  I thought this book was well written and an over all good read.

We have a tradition in our home that was started when I was little, we each get to open one gift Christmas Eve night after dinner.  It was fun to get a little taste of what was to come the next morning!  What are some of your families traditions from when you were a child that you now do with your own family?