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Review: Christmas at Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman

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Christmas at Pebble Creek by Vannetta Chapman 3/5

15281997_1353031404748273_791359958_nThis short story e-romance is an exclusive bonus from The Pebble Creek Amish Series by Vannetta Chapman. Fans of the series will enjoy this chance to briefly revisit Pebble Creek, and new readers will be introduced to an Amish community that is more deeply explored in the three full novels, A Promise for Miriam, A Home for Lydia, and A Wedding for Julia.
As a bonus, this eBook also includes Amish homestyle recipes for chicken and dumplings, green beans, and fresh bread. Heavy snow blankets the southwestern Wisconsin Amish community as nineteen-year-old Grace Miller closes the schoolhouse for Christmas break. She’s looking forward to having extra time to help the family prepare for the holiday, and she is hoping to get a few more drawings in of the beautiful, snowy Pebble Creek landscape. Her courtship with Adam Lapp is going on six months, and Grace can’t wait to give him his present: a blue-and-brown buggy blanket she crocheted for him. Yes, this Christmas is going to be especially joyful. Yet, amid the cheer of snowshoe outings, church potlucks, and holiday festivities, Grace is given a bittersweet reminder of the Christmas story. Grief is present with celebration, and though the future is rarely certain, she is given a heartwarming glimpse that God knows our needs before we do and will provide.

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon Kindle.

Review:

I have not read the Pebble Creek series, so I went into this ebook with fresh eyes. This is a very short read, and as I am unfamiliar with the Amish lifestyle, I did enjoy reading the certain language differences and cultural differences, even if some of those cultural differences are not what I agree with.  A little more backstory would help readers who are new to Grace’s story.

It was a pleasant read. There was nothing that overly stood out for me, and nothing that I particularly disliked about it. It is well written and edited, but it is simply not to my reading interest.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

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Indie Book Advent

Indie Book Advent #3

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Day three of my Indie Book Advent features Brianna West’s Promiscus Guardians series.

Blurb for book one:

Izzy is on the fast track to nowhere. Being ordinary really blew sometimes. That’s until she meets Lucas–a man that’s unlike anyone she’s ever met. Mostly because he isn’t actually a man. He is a supernatural creature that proclaims to police the Light and Dark in order to protect humans.

And Izzy–well–she isn’t the human she thought she was. She is actually a supernatural being as well. And now Lucas is going to do everything in his power to find out what she is and protect her from the Dark lurking around the corner.

Awakening follows Izzy as she navigates this new world of demons, vampires, angels, and many other supernatural creatures. Recruited by the Promiscus Guardians and partnering with the most brooding and devilishly handsome man she’s every met, Lucas, Izzy is suddenly knee-deep up crap creek. Discover the secret behind her power and why it’s such a commodity in her Awakening.

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Indie Book Advent #2

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Day two of my Indie Book Advent features A. Morgan’s The Siblings.

29869450The sky has fallen. The world has been left in ruins, with only a few spots still prospering. Jest and Fer, brother and sister, wait out for the world to come to an undignified end. But in the commotion, havoc wreaks. The two are separated, taken on different journeys by divided factions.
Fer, pregnant, taken under the custody of the nefarious Operation, the political leaders of the new world, must fight for release in an attempt to reach her brother.
Jest, beaten and left for dead, is brought to safety by a surreptitious military group that know more of the new world than they are letting on.
The Siblings must persevere and fight through unimaginable obstacles to be reunited before it is too late.

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November Reads Round Up

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A brief summary of my November reads with links to the full reviews.

When Darkness Breaks (The Underground Guardians #1) by Brianna West

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I gave this book 5/5. A fantastic new aspect of the Promiscus Guardians world. Demon guardians protecting Earth from the Underworld, and an Angel and Demon romance at its hottest. Convincing characters, and a highly anticipated love interest who doesn’t disappoint.

Earth’s Knot by Katie Deann

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I gave this book 2.5/5. This novella felt more like a prequel/ first chapters to a larger story without a beginning, middle, or end. Great concept that fell short due to the length of the book. The entire series would benefit from a reworking into a full length novel.

A Christmas Gift by Stella Wilkinson

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I gave this book 4.5/5. A very quick read, but a sweet Christmas romance of unrequited love, childhood sweethearts, and all the usual YA romance tropes that I like to indulge in. Christmas novellas have to have a happy ending in my opinion, and this one was too cute.

The Christmas Bake-Off by Abby Clements

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I gave this book 3.5/5. A fun, Christmas tale of a village bake-off with sabotage the fore front of the narrative. A ‘who dunnit’ of the baking variety. A quick read, that warms the cockles of your heart, but doesn’t have very much romance or character development.

 

Naughty or Nice Anthology by Various Authors

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I gave this book 3/5. A brilliant concept. All the authors use the same writing prompt to create a Christmas tale about Charlotte and Daniel. Enjoyable, quick read shorts, but sometimes it felt a little monotonous. I had to pace myself between stories as one Charlotte was blending into another.

 

Eleonore by Faith Rivens (ARC)

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I gave this book 5/5. What can I say? This novella is right up my reading street. Kick ass heroine and mother, a romance with history, believable story telling in the urban fantasy genre, and on point dialogue. A brilliant debut from this author.

 

 


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Review: Eleonore by Faith Rivens

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Eleonore (An Inionaofa Novella) by Faith Rivens 5/5

15281174_1346723905379023_1254892873_n(1).jpgEléonore Dormant’s life is a precarious balancing act: librarian by day, demon hunter by night and single mother around the clock. Each day brings its challenges and she brings her A-game. It helps that coffee and a bottle of painkillers are always in supply.
For six years, she’s protected the streets of Montreal from all manner of demons and the consequent evil that they would wreak on her city. But even a resumé like hers isn’t enough to prepare her for the unforeseen night when she becomes the hunted.
A sorcerer, an enigmatic Elder, has placed a hefty bounty on her head and the demons are eager to claim the reward for her capture. They bear down on her, disrupting her mode de vie and endangering her son’s life all in one fell swoop. But Eléonore is ready to fight whatever Hell deigns to send her way to save him. The path she pursues will lead her to new places and old faces.
One thing is certain, Eléonore’s about to get into a whole hellhole of trouble.

Thanks go to the author for giving me an ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest opinion.

Review:

Eleonore is a demon hunter; a legacy passed down by her late father. She is a heroine by night, and then goes back to her most important job by day- mother to her six year old son. When she becomes the hunted, and her son’s life is put in jeopardy, Eleonore must discover the truth behind the bounty on her head, and put an end to the evil that threatens her life.

This is Faith Rivens’ debut work, and she has burst onto the scene with a bang. From the first page, I knew I would be suckered into the great writing, the AMAZING dialogue, (seriously, that dialogue feels effortless), and the well constructed narrative. Demon hunting, urban fantasy always sits well with me, and I have read many such books, but what sticks out with this one?:

1. Eleonore is a kick-ass heroine, but also a mother protecting her child.

2. The romantic aspect has history.

3. The writing style is on point.

This is not just another urban fantasy with the usual tropes and cliches. This is a well thought out, well edited book with well developed characters and sub characters. I highly recommend this novella. As a thirty year old mother who grew up with an addiction to Buffy, this novella has satisfied my needs to read a narrative that includes a strong huntress who has a semi-normal existence and family life that I can relate to in some way. If Eleonore can do it, I can, right? Okay, maybe not, but it’s nice to follow her adventures.


The opinions expressed here are those of K.J.Chapman and no other parties

All books reviewed on this blog have been read by K.J.Chapman

K.J.Chapman has not been paid for this review

Indie Book Advent

Indie Book Advent

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I’m excited to be sharing this post idea with you all. Starting on the 1st of Dec and ending on the 24th, I shall be posting an indie book advent. This means that each day will feature a different indie author’s book/books.

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by an Indie Book Advent? I hope you join me through the festive period to discover some new reads.

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Review: Naughty or Nice? Anthology by Various Authors

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Naughty or Nice? Anthology by Various Authors 3/5

15129978_1338980429486704_1630797314_nInspired by roaring campfires and the cold nights of the Pacific Northwest, a group of HarperImpulse authors came together to write their own round robin style romances.

In this special festive Written Fireside, the authors ran a competition to give a reader the chance to start each story in the anthology with their own opening paragraph. Georgia Beyers was the winner and now you can find out how each author followed that paragraph with their incredible storytelling.

So settle down, grab a mince pie and join us for a Christmas by the fire…

I downloaded this book for free from Amazon.

Review:

I was intrigued by the interesting concept of the writing prompt. The authors held a competiton for the prompt, and the winning prompt was used and adapted by every author in this anthology. As a reader, you get taken on many varying tales from that one prompt.

I had to pace myself when reading these stories because a lot of the Charlotte characters started blending in to one. A couple of the authors handled the prompt imaginatively and worked out a narrative to include protagonists with names other than Charlotte or Daniel.

Okay, so there were a lot of cliches for Christmas romance shorts, but that’s what we dive in for. It’s a ‘curl up with a mince pie or box of chocolates read’ that you can pick up and stop as and when you like. There were a few stories that were a little too predictable, and one where Daniel’s name suddenly changed to Ben??? How was that not picked up in the edit? But otherwise, a fun read to get me in the Christmas spirit.


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