About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Butterfly Cottage by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Butterfly CottageABOUT THE BOOK

Life-changing journeys begin when three generations of women unexpectedly spend a summer at the family’s Straits of Mackinac cottage. Blurb: Three generations of women unexpectedly head out to the family’s cottage at the Straits of Mackinac for a small-town Michigan summer together. Jaycie begins an archeology internship on Mackinac Island. Her mother, Tamara, takes a break from teaching kindergarteners. And her grandmother, Dawn, struggles with a decision to sell her successful travel agency and possibly retire. Each has her own journey to pursue during this short respite time from “normal” life. One of them has a secret that will change all of their lives. Can she make this one special summer to remember or will all be devastated? Faith for family and friends will be tested, with some finally able to put the past behind them and begin anew. (Set in 2018, pre-Pandemic.)


Wonderful characters, realistic situations, and a fantastic setting....what more can you ask for when looking for a great read? How about a book with a healthy dose of hope and faith thrown in? Butterfly Cottage has all of this, and it's a lovely story that you'll remember long after you've read the last sentence. A mother, daughter, and granddaughter have many serious issues to deal with, and even though they hesitate to share them with each other, they all agree on one thing. A summer at Butterfly Cottage on Mackinac Island is exactly what they all need!

Author Carrie Fancett Pagels shares the lives of three generations of women, as they travel their individual life journeys, and she completely captures all of their emotions by showing each of their points of view in alternating chapters. This isn't a light, fluffy romance because there are heavy topics such as pancreatic cancer, cheating husbands, and alcoholism, and Pagels vividly projects all of the fear, hurt, and disappointment. She does, however, buffer them by weaving a powerful faith message throughout the story. Dawn, Tamara, and Jaycie find hope for brighter futures by learning to trust in God and the plan that He has for their lives. There may even be romance on the horizon!

Butterfly Cottage is a heartwarming, inspiring book and I recommend it to all who enjoy contemporary Christian fiction.

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance.  Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to listen to audiobooks, bake, walk with her family, and travel to beautiful places by the water– but not all at the same time!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Set in Stone (The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #4) by David James Warren

Set in Stone (The True Lies of Rembrandt Stone #4)

Rembrandt Stone is on the case of a serial killer. But when the killer finds him first, he puts the one person Rembrandt loves in his cross hairs. Now, Rembrandt must outwit time to save the people he loves.

The continuing adventures of Rembrandt Stone from the creative minds of James L. Rubart, Susan May Warren and newcomer David Curtis Warren, writing as DAVID JAMES WARREN.


This is the fourth time that I've been caught up in Rembrandt Stone's adventures, and let me tell you, I am once again befuddled, amazed, and eager for more! You see, Rem has been able to travel back and forth in time, because of a very special watch, but now, he is actually 'settled' in one time. There are still many questions, but there are also snippets of information that explain some of what has occurred in the previous three books. Rem is still solving crimes, but we also get to see more of his personal life, and get to know another side of this intriguing man. Rem is a husband and father, but then, in a powerful, heartrending scene, there are events that provoke Rem into taking one more 'trip'.

Set in Stone is a thrilling story filled with action, danger, and a gamut of emotions, and I can't wait to read the next book in this astonishing series, The Lies of Rembrandt Stone. If you're looking for non-ending suspense, grab a copy of this great book by David James Warren.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man’s body. He’s the best-selling, Christy Hall of Fame author of ten novels and loves to send readers on mind-bending journeys they’ll remember months after they finish one of his stories. He’s dad to the two most outstanding sons on the planet and lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington.

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Susan May Warren
 is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award–winning author of more than eighty novels whose compelling plots and unforgettable characters have won acclaim with readers and reviewers alike. The mother of four grown children, and married to her real-life hero for over 30 years, she loves traveling and telling stories about life, adventure, and faith.

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David Curtis Warren
 is making his literary debut in these novels, and he’s never been more excited. He looks forward to creating more riveting stories with Susie and Jim, as well as on his own. He’s grateful for his co-writers, family, and faith, buoying him during the pandemic of 2020, and this writing and publishing process.

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