*Love Her Madly*by M. Elizabeth Lee


Love Her Madly is an engaging and captivating, psychological thriller.

Although Cyn and Glo had polar opposite personalities, they were the best of friends. Cyn was a risk taker with a ferocious appetite for excitement, and Glo was the responsible friend; the one who tried to talk sense into Cyn, and keep her safe.

Cyn and Glo’s friendship was close and straight forward until they fell in love with the same guy, Raj. Glo was livid, when Cyn announced in front of Raj, that they should share him. Glo felt that she had no choice but to go along with it. Anger, hurt, and jealousy were the common denominators in the girl’s lives during this period. Little did they know, though, that things were about to get much worse.

Cyn and Glo’s world took a devastating turn when they accepted an invitation, to a moonlit party in Costa Rica, on a secluded Island. Glo, unfortunately, was the only person in their group who returned from that Island. Cyn was presumed dead, along with their two newly acquainted, male companions.

Flo and Raj mourned Cyn’s death for years. But when the two of them started to spot Cyn in NYC, they thought that their imaginations had gone wild. Raj missed Cyn, and Glo suffered from survivor’s guilt, but was that enough to conjure up visions of Cyn? Could she really be alive after all this time? And if that was the case, what would happen to Glo’s relationship with Raj?

The book is well-written and captivating. I did find some of the character’s behavior confusing, though, and had to re-read some sections, to make sense of it. Without wanting to give anything away, I’ll just say; that people aren’t always who they appear to be and that friendship’s safety net, isn’t always without holes. All in all, though, I loved the book and would recommend giving this highly entertaining book a read.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Old Wounds*by Giacomo Giammatteo*5-Stars


Old Wounds is an engaging and well-written crime thriller.

The Houston Police Department was scrambling for answers. Women were being brutally murdered, hacked up and tossed into dumpsters. On the verge of panic, the Houston Police Chief, paired up her two best detectives, hoping to make an unbeatable team. Star detectives, Gino Cataldi and Tip Denton, became partners for the first time.

Although the murderer’s hideous killing style, was not identical in each of the women’s deaths, they were similar. And even though these savage acts were carried out hundreds of miles apart from the other, the star Detectives were convinced that they were related. When evidence began to pile up, and point, accusing fingers, at three highly respected and influential people, tempers, threats, and repercussions started to fly.

Detective Gino Cataldi knew that he wasn’t at the top of his game. He was having trouble staying focused. Guilt over killing three men, in cold blood, and his son, becoming addicted to drugs, was weighing him down. Detective Tip Denton demonstrated his loyal, and caring side, to his partner, when he turned a blind eye, to Gino’s glaring secrets, and helped him with his son.

The author brings the reader behind the scenes and into the minds of two top-notch detectives, as they worked, to unscramble the clues. This case was a political time-bomb ready to explode. It had the potential to strip elite individuals from their lofty positions, as well as the Detectives from their badges.

I enjoyed reading Giacomo Giammatteo’s latest crime thriller and anxiously await his next book.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Class of ’59 by John A. Heldt


Class of ’59 is a delightful time-travel tale.

College senior, Mark Ryan, sat on the floor in the old mansion, shell-shocked, after opening an antique desk drawer. The drawer contained information regarding time-travel, specifically between the years of 1959 and 2017. The most exciting part of Mark’s discovery was that not only was it 1959 but that the time-travel tunnel, was in the mansion’s basement.

Not wanting to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime, Mark entered the tunnel without delay and found himself in the year of 2017. Stunned and excited, he couldn’t wait to share his discovery with Ben, his younger brother. When he tried to re-enter the time-tunnel, however, there was a beautiful, inquisitive guest of the mansion, blocking his way. Not knowing what to say, Mark ended up telling Mary Beth the truth. They both agree to let their younger siblings in on the secret. Mark, Mary Beth, Ben, and Piper became a close-knit group. Mary Beth and Piper had always been fascinated with the 1950s, so Mark and Ben decided to take them back to that time-period. The group had only planned on staying, in that year, for a short while, but one week ended up turning into three. Nobody wanted to say goodbye. However, the young explorer’s adventurous experience, came to an abrupt halt, when Mary Beth and Mark, found themselves, being chased by a gang of mobsters.

The author describes the 1950s, with enough vivid details that I couldn’t help but feel part of the story. I found Class of ’59 to be a light, entertaining and fun story.

I received this book, from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Three Amazing Things About You* by Jill Mansell*5-Stars


Three Amazing Things About You is an emotional story that touches the soul. It’s poignant, pensive, humorous, and unforgettable.

The book begins with Hallie, a kind woman who gives advice on her website called ThreeThingsAboutYou.com. She hopes that she’ll be able to continue posting after her surgery. Within hours, Hallie will be trading in, her set of lungs, severely damaged from Cystic Fibrosis, for a pair of healthy ones. She’s petrified, though, but also thrilled. Hallie is finally going to get her chance to live a normal life. She has secretly desired and loved a man, even though she knew that her longing could never be satisfied. But, what if she was healthy? Could her dream become more than just a fantasy?

Little did Tasha know that the most embarrassing day of her life would also be the most significant. Tasha was mortified. She was up to her shoulder, in gooey public trash, digging for her lost credit card; while teenage boys taunted her, and restaurant patrons looked on. Rory, an innocent bystander, stepped up to Tasha’s rescue, changing his and her life forever.

Lena was livid. How could her grandmother, name, a health care worker, Flo, in her will, as the guardian of Jeremy? To add insult to injury, Flo would get to live, rent free, in her grandmother’s upscale apartment, until Jeremy’s death. Jeremy was a cat for goodness sake! And, Lena needed that apartment for herself. Zander, Lena’s brother, wanted his irritating, demanding sister out of his apartment, but wasn’t about to make trouble for Flo. He liked Flo and was hoping, with any luck, that he might get to know her better.

There are several secondary characters in this book. And, although, it may seem like a lot to keep track of, each character plays a vital role in adding depth and spice to this tale.

This is a story depicting how one charitable act of kindness can affect many lives. And although, the underlying theme is rather sad, this book is anything but. In fact, some parts of it, are downright hysterical. I love how Jill Mansell was able to take two serious subjects, organ transplants, and death, and create a beautiful, touching, and humorous tale. Three Amazing Things About You will bring tears of laughter and sadness to your eyes. The story will also linger in your mind long after you’ve turned the last page. Jill Mansell is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Truly, don’t pass on this one.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

* Hero In The Highlands*by Suzanne Enoch*5-Stars


Hero In The Highlands is a well-crafted, emotionally charged, historical fiction romance. I became involved with the characters and cared about them, right from the start. The author’s ability to describe the Highlands and capture the essence of the Scottish people, their culture, and dialect, made this book come alive for me.

Fearless war hero, Major Gabriel Forrester, was known as the Beast of Bussaco. He was also recognized for his loyalty and was honored by his soldiers. Gabriel thought that serving in the Crown’s Army was the only thing that he wanted to do in life. But, that was before, he met Fiona, a beautiful, fiery, Scottish lass, near Lattimer Castle. At first, Gabriel wanted nothing to do with his newly acquired title, Duke of Lattimer. He had no use for polite society and their extravagant lifestyle. Gabriel thrived instead, on the life-pumping, adrenaline rush that fighting in a bloody war battle gave him. But, the inherited title of Duke, was now his, whether he wanted it or not. So, Gabriel established a new plan. He was going to set his acquired estates in order, starting with Lattimer, and then return to the life he was accustomed to, in the Army.

The condition of Lattimer Castle was deplorable and seemed to be more trouble than it was worth; yet, Gabriel couldn’t bring himself to leave it, or Fiona, Lattimer’s sassy steward. Although Fiona’s sharp tongue, was usually aimed at Gabriel, he still found the bold and flippant woman, irresistible.

Fiona knew that she was in trouble when she started to think of the Duke as a hero, instead of an English devil, who needed to be booted back, to wherever he had come from. Gabriel was the only man, though, who ever listened and valued her opinion. Fiona knew that she should be hating and conspiring against the Sassenach, but, she couldn’t stop herself from falling in love with him.

Hero In The Highlands is a delightful read, full of romance, witty banter, and well-developed characters. I loved Fiona’s kindness toward her tenants, and Gabriel’s willingness to do whatever was necessary to care for them. The book tugged at my heart and made me laugh. I loved every page of this humorous, well-written, and touching story. I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction romance. I look forward to reading more books written by this talented author.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*The Reluctant Midwife* by Patricia Harman*5-Stars


The Reluctant Midwife is an engaging and utterly fascinating historical fiction novel that takes place in West Virginia, during the Great Depression.

Nurse Becky Myers had worked with Dr. Isaac Blum for seven years before she ended up becoming his caregiver. Instead of continuing with his life’s work, Dr. Blum withdrew into a catatonic state, when his wife suffered a tragic death. Becky’s anger and frustration with the catatonic doctor mushroomed after she ran out of money and became homeless. Thankfully an old friend, Patience Hester, the Midwife for Hope River and her husband Daniel, a Veterinarian, took Becky, and Isaac under their wing.

I first met Becky Myers and Dr. Isaac Blum in The Midwife of Hope River, Patricia Harman’s first book in this series. They were secondary characters in that book, and not very nice ones at that. Isaac Blum was an arrogant doctor and Becky was a prideful nurse. In this second book of the series, The Reluctant Midwife, Becky shows her courage by putting on a brave front and helping Patience with her Midwifery practice. She also begins to develop genuine empathy for women in labor. Both Dr. Blum and Becky are humbled, during this dark time in their life; and as a result, they develop a deep compassion for others. I didn’t think that the two would ever win me over, but they did.

I found The Reluctant Midwife to be a compelling and engaging read. The book is crafted, with so many vivid and authentic details, that I couldn’t help but feel part of the story.

I loved this book and highly recommend giving it a read.

~5 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover

*Love Walks In* by Samantha Chase


Love Walks In is a captivating and thoughtful contemporary romance novel.

Hugh blamed himself and his impulsive behavior, for the death of his mother. Aubrey blamed herself for having had cancer, and for being a disappointment to her parents.

Hugh hated surprises. Everything in his life was governed by rules and rigid schedules. In his teen years, Hugh was irresponsible and rebellious, and that’s when his mother died. Hugh’s zest for life and spontaneity left him that day.

Aubrey craved her parent’s approval and love. So when her father encouraged her to marry someone whom she didn’t love, she almost went ahead and did it. But, at the eleventh hour, Aubrey bailed. She was elated and relieved that she had the courage to act on her own behalf. If she hadn’t, Aubrey would never have met Hugh.

Because of Hugh and Aubrey’s troubled histories, they would have several obstacles and fears to overcome before they could find true happiness. The author does an extraordinary job writing the first part of the book where Hugh and Aubrey first meet and start working together. I found it so captivating and hysterical that I couldn’t put the book down. The dialog between the two of them was natural and witty, and the story flowed easily. The middle part of the book, though, slowed the pace a bit, because of repetitions. But all in all, Love Walks In is a very enjoyable and entertaining read. I’m looking forward to book three, where I am sure I’ll find the answers to some dangling questions.

I received this ARC from the publisher, via Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.

~4 out of 5 stars~Review by Peg Glover