Friday, October 31, 2014

Dystopian 2014 Giveaway Hop**Closed**


 
Welcome to the Dystopian Giveaway Hop and Mary's Cup of Tea!
 
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and My Shelf Confessions
 
I tried to find some of my dystopian books that would appeal to everyone and to the ones that I really enjoyed reading. I thought these 3 books are very good and will keep you guessing as to what is going on and you can pass along to someone else.
 
Each line item is also a link back to the review if you need to get some background info on what my review was.
 
Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone! Don't forget to follow the Linky List below to enter to win some more great books!
 
1.)  Remake
 
 
2.) SunKissed
 
 
3.)  There Comes A Prophet
 

Her Ghost Wears Kilts Book Review


 
Title: Her Ghost Wears Kilts
Author: Kathleen Shaputis
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Pages: 240
Genre: Romantic Comedy Paranormal
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Synopsis:
“He’s… he’s trying to warn you… ” Baillie pulled her hands from the psychic wiping out the meat-locker cold. 
Baillie thought life content, successful in the Pacific Northwest until her bookshop became haunted. Murder, mayhem and maleficent merriment create a perfect tempest for Baillie between her bookstore in Olympia and the highlands of Scotland. Drag queens, divas and ghosts, conjure up a delicious adventure until jealousy and abandonment throw Baillie into the fight of her life.  
My Review:
 
It took me awhile to get into this story, I believe close to the end of the first chapter, but once I did, I really enjoyed the story. I loved reading how Baillie kept denying the existence of a ghost and kept thinking she had a draft in the place until the medium told her that she did indeed have a ghost and it wasn't her Aunt Fran like she thought, it was a man from Scotland and he is very handsome!
 
She still really doesn't believe it really until one day a letter arrives saying she has inherited a castle! But, little does she know the history of that castle and it's occupants. That is what the ghost was trying to warn her against. Something is wrong there. Very wrong.
 
If you love a good mystery, loads of laughs and some romance mixed in, then you will fall in love with this book.
 
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
 
Kathleen Shaputis, author/ghostwriter, lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Bob, and a variety of four-footed loves. Curling up with an icy Diet Coke, writing romantic comedies is her ultimate paradise when not at her day job or invaded by grandchildren.
 
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Secrets of Sloane House Review


 
I have a really exceptional book I wanted to share with you all called Secrets of Sloane House written by Shelley Gray that I believe you will enjoy reading!
 
Synopsis:
One woman’s search for the truth of her sister’s disappearance leads her to deceit and danger in 1893 Chicago. 
Rosalind Perry has left her family’s rural farm in Wisconsin to work as a housemaid at Sloane House, one of the most elegant mansions in Gilded Age Chicago. However, Rosalind is not there just to earn a living and support her family—she’s at Sloane House determined to discover the truth about her sister’s mysterious disappearance. 
Reid Armstrong is the handsome heir to a silver fortune. However, his family is on the periphery of Chicago’s elite because their wealth comes from “new money” obtained from successful mining. Marriage to Veronica Sloane would secure his family’s position in society—the lifelong dream of his ailing father. 
When Reid begins to realize that Rosalind’s life may be in danger, he stops thinking of marriage prospects and concentrates on helping Rosalind. Dark things are afoot in Chicago and, he fears, in Sloane House. If he’s not vigilant, Rosalind could pay the price. 
Set against the backdrop of Chicago’s Gilded Age and the 1893 World’s Fair, Secrets of Sloane House takes us on a whirlwind journey of romance and mystery.
My Review:

This book is filled with action from the moment you start reading! I don't know how Rosalind could even work in a place called Sloane's House, but she was bound and determined to find out what had happened to her missing sister, Miranda. Both sisters are from Wisconsin and being in Chicago is definitely way over either one of their heads.

She does make some friends but none of them work with her as she knows right away that the Sloane House is not a place that you can trust anyone.

She does meet a nice man named Reid and between the two of them they begin to gather information that will lead Rosalind to answers about her sister. While they are doing all this, Rosalind knows she has feelings for Reid but doesn't say anything. She needs to watch her step because another woman has her eyes on Reid also and she is just as mean and dangerous as the man who owns the house.

Happy Reading!
 
About the Author: 
 
Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio.
 
 
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 25 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

The Daughter of Highland Hall Book Review



I have a really good book to share with you today called The Daughter of Highland Hall written by Carrie Turansky.
 
Synopsis:
What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor . . . what if it isn't enough? 
Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain's elite. 
When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London's East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows.  
But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love---and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served. 
My Review:

If you are a lover of old fashioned time pieces when it comes to romance, then you will definitely love this book! The romance books on modern times are just not really my cup of tea, I enjoy an old fashioned love story where there is a lot of innocence and some chivalry involved, so this book was a true delight to read.

I also love when there is trouble involved and Katherine sure does have her hands full with her aunt and all of the wealthy society when it's time for her to make her debut. What is expected of her becomes a battle within her own heart as much as it is a battle with society and what they expect her to do.

You will definitely get quite a lot of excitement out of this story and hopefully a renewal of what it really means when you truly love and respect the person you decided to marry.

Happy Reading!
 
About the Author:
 
I am married to Scott and we have five great kids, two lovely daughters-in-law, a wonderful son-in-law, and four adorable grandchildren. My roles of wife, mother, and grandma are very rewarding and fulfilling for me. Scott and I partner in ministry at Calvary Chapel Living Hope, a church we helped plant along with a team of hardworking, Jesus-following friends. Our ministry at Calvary has been very gratifying and exciting for us. We feel blessed to have the privilege of serving the Lord with these dear friends.
 
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 

Fail Book Review


Fail by Rick Skwiot
on Tour at Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours  
Oct 13 - Nov 14, 2014


Book Details:

Genre: Mystery
Published by: Blank Slate Press
Publication Date: October 27, 2014
Number of Pages: 220
ISBN: 978-0985808686  
 


Synopsis:
Disgraced African American St. Louis Police Lieutenant Carlo Gabriel wants fiercely to return to the headquarters hierarchy from which he has been exiled to the city’s tough North Side. All he needs do is track down the missing husband of the mayor’s vivacious press secretary.  
Instead he unwittingly and unwillingly unearths a morass of corruption, educational malpractice and greed that consigns thousands of at-risk youths to the mean streets of America’s erstwhile murder capital. Worse, it’s the kind of information that could get a cop killed. 
Fighting for life and his honor, Gabriel makes chilling discoveries that ultimately lead to a life-threatening and life-changing decision—a choice that could affect not only his own future but also that of the city and its top leaders.
My Review:

This was a really good mystery/thriller book that also inspires because it shows even the lowest point in your life can turn around if you try hard enough. Of course, I wouldn't want to have to exactly do what Gabriel had to do in order to get there!

A simple missing person's search turns up all kinds of information that the wife didn't know would come out and it also involves another man and he is the one who is really dangerous and shouldn't be toyed with.

Everyone all around was shocked at the turn of events and poor Gabriel had to try and do his best to make sure things got done right and hopefully nobody would get hurt, but that is almost impossible to do when you are dealing with dangerous people who will do anything to keep you quiet!

Happy Reading!

PRAISE FOR FAIL

“Rick Skwiot proves himself a master weaver who deftly knits the threads of this suspense tale into a compelling—and surprising—conclusion. In short, Fail succeeds, and does so with compassion.”
--Michael A. Kahn, award-winning author of Face Value and The Flinch Factor.

“Chicago has Scott Turow, Boston Dennis Lehane, LA James Elroy. Finally St. Louis has its laureate of fiction, Rick Skwiot. His new novel, Fail, is a sheer success. Skwiot hits for the fences and stylishly touches all the bases — money, municipal politics, police corruption, infidelity, suicide, homicide, all rendered in crackling prose.”
--Michael Mewshaw, author of Sympathy for the Devil: Four Decades of Friendship with Gore Vidal

“Fail is a riveting spellbinding tale with intricate characters that are depicted through carefully crafted imagery of iconic St. Louis landmarks bolstered by lucid vernacular accuracy reflecting the rich cultural diversity of the city.”
--John Baugh, author of Beyond Ebonics: Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice and former director African and African American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

"In Fail Rick Skwiot has written a story that will endure…[T]he flawlessly pitched voices, the intricate plot—tying academia and Mark Twain to the gritty streets of St. Louis—and the vividly realized characters are all as good as it gets in detective stories. Skwiot has squeezed himself into a spot between [Dashiell] Hammett and [John D.] MacDonald, and I suspect they would be happy to have him there."
--Michael Pearson, author of Reading Life—On Books, Memory, and Travel (2015)

“Skwiot's finest. Set on the mean streets and back alleys of St. Louis, Fail is a big, two-hearted yarn of political corruption and moral decay. The unforgettable police detective, Carlo Gabriel, who handles the investigation, must first grapple with his own transgressions before he can unravel the wooly skein of betrayal and depravity surrounding him. A tale that could well have been ripped from the front page of any city in the country.”
--John Leslie, author of Border Crossing

“The twisting plot and fascinating characters will keep readers turning the pages, but the underlying problem exposed by this vital novel is dead serious. In snappy, vivid, hard-boiled language, Skwiot lays bare the root cause of most of our societal woes: our failed education system. It is no mere coincidence the story takes place in St. Louis, the heartland city that has come to represent our greater national tragedy. Fail is a wake-up call.”
--Kelly Daniels, author of Cloudbreak, California

“Art imitates life in this prescient novel. Both crime fiction and a clarion call to rescue America's underserved schools, Fail is also proof positive that the Ferguson, Missouri, uprising was inevitable.”
--Terry Baker Mulligan, author of Afterlife in Harlem

“Not all the snow that blankets St. Louis city in Fail can begin to whitewash its political corruption and educational malpractice, but through all the darkness hope for change emerges. A cynical detective ventures far outside his comfort zone, risking everything to keep an idealistic teacher alive long enough to expose ugly truths. A microcosm for what ails society, Fail is an intelligent read that refuses to pass the buck, earning a classy A.”
--Scott L. Miller, author of Counterfeit and Interrogation

“The rapid pace, seamless unfolding and well-crafted plot of this mystery … [are] balanced with the incisive depiction of two contrasting main characters—a crusading English teacher and [a] worldly-wise, battered cop. This tale is a trenchant reminder that the urban cocktail of poverty in the face of wealth, St. Louis’s famous segregated sprawl … and corruption in high places nationwide, is an explosive mix.”
--Peter H. Green, author of Crimes of Design

Excerpt:

In a way, Alonzo Watkins got shot thanks to Christmas. The university library, where he had been cocooning most evenings for the past four months, closed early that Friday for Christmas break. So he took the 9:35 bus home instead of the 11:35. Bad timing.
The number 4 Natural Bridge in which he was riding slid to a stop. Alonzo looked up from the chess game on his iPad and saw the driver staring at him in the rearview mirror.
“You said ‘Salisbury Street,’ right?”
He glanced out into the dark, recognized where they were, and rose, shoving the computer into his backpack as he moved toward the front door. It opened with a hiss.
“Thank you, ma’am.”
“You take care, son. And merry Christmas.”
He stepped down into fresh snow, which came to the top of his beige chukkas. The bus, its yellow-lit interior now empty of passengers, lumbered ahead, turning south on Parnell Street to head downtown. Alonzo slipped the backpack over his shoulder, pulled his stocking cap down on his head, and marched east on Salisbury.
He had the northwest wind at this back, but snow swirled between the redbrick tenements, down the redbrick alleys, and across brick-strewn vacant lots, biting his face. His legs, protected from the Arctic chill by only his jeans, stung from the cold. Four blocks until he reached home on Hyde Park. He hoped his sister’s kids would be asleep but feared they’d still be watching TV.
The coming snow flew past yellow streetlights. A few homes were lit. In one first-story window a Christmas tree with multi-colored lights sat behind iron bars. Others, with windows boarded, loomed cold, dark, lifeless, and ghostly. On the next corner he saw the broad windows of the confectionary—usually dimmed by the time he passed—still aglow behind their crisscrossed steel grill. Alonzo dug his bare hands deep into the pockets of his wool jacket and kept trudging ahead.
When he noticed three hooded figures emerge from the store he crossed to the sidewalk on the far side of the street, keeping his eyes on the white ground in front of him. Like always, Alonzo tried to disappear, strove to become invisible. But on the periphery he saw the trio cross the deserted street and fall in behind him. He quickened his pace.
“The fuck you think you’re going, college boy?”
Alonzo kept walking, heart speeding.
“A yo. I’m talking to you, pussy!”
“What’s in the bag, homeboy?” came a second voice.
He felt a tug on his backpack and whirled.
Despite their hoodies and the snow blowing in his eyes he recognized the middle one, Marlon. They’d been freshmen together at Beaumont High four years earlier. But then Marlon had stop coming.
“I got nothing for you.” Alonzo’s voice cracked as he said it.
“See about that,” said the fat one on the left, grabbing the backpack.
Alonzo yanked on it, ears burning hot, adrenaline fueling him. Fatso jerked it toward him; Alonzo pulled against him. The zipper split open, notebooks, grammar book, chess clock, and iPad tumbling out into the snow.
Marlon stooped to snatch the computer. Alonzo dove forward to wrench it from his grasp. Someone booted him in the head. Sprawled on the snowy sidewalk, he took another kick, this one in the ribs. Had he the time and the wherewithal to think about it dispassionately, Alonzo likely would have taken his beating, relinquished his iPad, and slunk off. Instead, however, the instincts of a cornered animal rose within him.
Somehow he got to his knees and began flailing with his fists. A wild right caught Marlon, who dropped the iPad and brought his hands to his nose, from which blood began to spurt. He straightened, jammed his right hand into his pocket, and withdrew a small caliber automatic.
Panting, Alonzo froze and fixed on the gun’s barrel gleaming golden in the streetlight, vibrating. Marlon, wide-eyed, speechless, stood over him, shaking.
“Do the motherfucker, Marlon! Nigga busted your damn nose! Do him!”
Alonzo scrambled to his feet, turned and ran across the street toward Hyde Park, his breath coming in short bursts, chest heaving. Then he felt a bee sting in his back and heard the dull explosion of the gun, muffled by the snow.
He wheezed, trying to catch his breath. His legs buckled beneath him, dropping him once again to his knees. The sting in his back grew hot and spread, radiating throughout his chest. He fell forward, the snow cooling his face. Now the cold felt good, and he sensed himself slipping off somewhere strange and soothing…

Carlo Gabriel sat with his topcoat in his lap studying the mayor’s portrait on the wall across the room. Despite the high ceilings and the cold outside, the inside air hung warm. Memories hung in the air as well, which he kept brushing back.
Without apparent cue the bow-tied man behind the desk said: “Ms. Cantrell will see you now.”
Gabriel lifted himself and sauntered toward the tall door ahead, which now swung open. A statuesque brunette in a business suit appeared and shook his hand.
“Sorry to keep you waiting, detective. Call from channel five on the snow removal—or lack thereof.”
He thought to correct her on the detective title—“That’s Lieutenant Gabriel, ma’am”—but then thought better of it. Now that he was reduced to doing detective work that’s what he seemed to most people.
He stepped onto a Persian carpet. She closed the door behind him and walked ahead to an oversized walnut desk and high-backed leather chair. He couldn’t help noticing, through tall windows, the cityscape behind her—the Civil Courts Building, the Old Courthouse, the Gateway Arch. Impressive. Her hair was held in place by a bone barrette in back; her suit—black pinstriped—featured a tight skirt that did quite not reach the backs of her knees. Gabriel pursed his lips. Of course he had seen her on television when she worked as an anchorwoman. But he had never seen her legs.
She indicated a wooden armchair across from her. He sat and laid his topcoat on the chair next to him. When he faced her she took in and let out a breath.
“My husband disappeared three days ago.”
He leaned forward. “Three days… Saturday then.”
She nodded. He reached for his coat, black cashmere, and removed a notepad from its pocket. “When did you last see Mr. Cantrell?”
“Stone. Jonathan Stone… He left our apartment Saturday morning. I was still in bed.”
Despite the feeble winter sun her skin looked tanned. High cheekbones. Her perfume floated to him. “Where do you live?”
“The ABCs on Kingshighway. We own a condo there.”
He knew the building—a very correct address for urban white folks.
“Why did you wait three days before filing a report?”
She lifted a finger to her lips, full and pouting. “Is that what we’re doing, filing a report?”
“Just a manner of speaking, Ms. Cantrell. I understand that the mayor wants it handled right.”
“I want it handled right. No need making anything official until we have to. I pray we won’t have to. He could show up anytime.”
She meant alive, surely.
“So he’s been gone overnight previously? Without your knowing about it beforehand, I mean.”
“No, never.”
“Was he depressed?”
She blinked. “Jonathan wouldn’t kill himself, if that’s what you’re thinking.”
“Any drug or alcohol issues? Sorry, I have to ask these questions. No disrespect intended.”
“No.”
“You’ve been married how long?”
“Twelve years. We met at Mizzou.”
“Children?”
She shook her head.
“He hasn’t shown up at work?”
She shook it again. “They’re on semester break. He’s a college professor.”
“In what field?”
“English.”
“I presume money’s not an issue—gambling losses?”
She sniffed. “Jonathan wouldn’t be caught dead in a casino.”
“Any personal problems?”
A hesitation then: “You mean does he have a mistress?”
Gabriel shrugged a shoulder. It happens. Even when your wife is fine, and Ellen Cantrell was fine. “Whatever problems.”
“Jonathan’s a very private person. Keeps things inside.”
“Health issues?”
“Even being around students he never gets sick.”
“How old is he?”
“Thirty-four.”
Gabriel nodded remembering what it was like at thirty-four. A pivotal age for many men, fueled by a mix of ambition, testosterone, and hope. But for him that was two decades past and he wondered how much he had left.
“What about family members: parents, siblings…?”
“I emailed his mother—they live in Florida now. I was indirect but she obviously knows nothing. He was an only child.”
“The last time you saw him was Saturday morning…?”
“I didn’t actually see him. As I said I was still in bed.”
“You share the same bed?”
Cantrell lowered her chin and studied Gabriel’s silk scarf, purple, draped down the lapels of his black blazer. It was the sort of question asked of a connected white woman that, in earlier times, could have earned a black cop trouble.
She lifted her eyes to meet his. He stared back, waiting for an answer, but all he got was:
“I heard the front door closing.”
“What time was this?”
“Around ten.”
Gabriel made a note. “Were you up late Friday night?”
“At the mayor’s Christmas party. In the ballroom at the Mayfair. It was one o’clock when we left.” Gabriel sat still, waiting for more. Eventually she went on: “I was working, not partying. There were media people and others we have special relationships with. I try to make sure there’s no miscommunication.”
He raised an eyebrow. His Honor, he knew from their days together, liked his gin. Which at times made him shoot from the hip, figuratively speaking.
“And what was your husband doing during this time?”
“Mingling, I guess. People watching.”
“Did he get drunk?”
“Not so I noticed.”
“Did he drive home?”
“We took a cab. Jonathan had come downtown on the train.”
“What did you talk about in the cab?”
“I was talked out. Jonathan was his usual quiet self. When we got to Forest Park it had started snowing. He commented on how pretty it was.”
“Do you own a car?”
“Yes, a Jeep. I also have a city vehicle. Jonathan rides the MetroLink to campus.”
“And the Jeep is gone?”
“It wasn’t in the garage when I went down Saturday afternoon.”
“When did you first begin to worry?”
“Saturday evening. Not worry so much as wonder. I called his cell phone from a party fundraiser and got no answer. When I got home around midnight I tried again and heard it ring in the den.”
“Does he usually carry it?”
“Not always. He’s a reader not a talker.”
“Did he leave a note or mention a trip?”
“Not that I recall.”
“Any friends or colleagues we might check with?”
“Jonathan’s always been a loner. There may be colleagues at work but none that I know.”
“Any withdrawals?”
“No.”
Gabriel scribbled on his notepad: “Wife checked bank accounts—why?” As he did he saw her looking at her watch.
“One last question, Ms. Cantrell: Why did you wait three days to involve the police?”
She stood and glared down at him, jaw moving laterally as if grinding teeth. He often got interesting reactions when he asked the same question twice.
“I didn’t. Others have been on this since Sunday morning. Checking the accidents, incidents, hospitals.”
Who, he wondered? He visualized the chain of command: The mayor, Chief of Police Donnewald, Bureau Commander Coleman, Deputy Commander Masters, Fourth District Captain Stolle… But the usual chain of command didn’t apply here; otherwise he wouldn’t be having this conversation.
Gabriel flipped closed his notepad, pushed himself up from the armchair with a sigh, and handed her his card.
“I’d appreciate it if you could email me a recent photo of your husband. I’ll keep you posted on any developments.”
She studied the card and slipped it into her pocket. “You understand, lieutenant, that everything comes through me first,” she said, walking around the desk. “Clear?”
Her long legs were nothing like those of his ex-wife, Janet, but her mouth was.
“Yes, ma’am, I understand. The mayor underscored that.”
Outside her office he let out a breath. He moved back down City Hall’s grand staircase to the ground floor and crossed the lobby, heels clicking on the white marble.
“Brother Gabriel!”
He stopped and turned. An old black man in a baggy gray suit, carrying a Bible, approached. They slapped hands.
“Preacher Cairns! Thought you’d be in heaven by now. How’s biz?”
“Slow, slow. No one thinks to get married when it snows. Funny… You back downtown, Gabe?”
“Not yet. Still in exile. Just checking my traps.”
The old man laughed then sobered. “It ain’t the same these days.”
“Nope,” Gabriel said. “Not even close.”

Author Bio:



Former journalist Rick Skwiot is the author of three previous novels—the Hemingway First Novel Award winner Death in Mexico, the Willa Cather Fiction Prize finalist Sleeping With Pancho Villa, and Key West Story—as well as two memoirs: the critically-acclaimed Christmas at Long Lake:

A Childhood Memory and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Memoir of a Sensual Quest for Spiritual Healing. He also works as a feature writer, book doctor and editor. From St. Louis, he currently resides in Key West.


Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.

Petbrosia & The Pet Obesity Prevention Program


 
Did you know that a 15 pound cat is equivalent to a 254 pound 5’9” man? 
 
Many pet owners are unaware of the severity of their pet’s weight gain or even what weight is appropriate for their individual pet.  With the Annual Pet Obesity Awareness Survey, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention has found that the problem of overweight and obese pets stems from the lack of knowledge instilled in pet parents.  (Please follow the link I provided in this paragraph to read more about how to help your pet and see what other owners have done).
 
Pet Obesity Awareness Day, October 8th, is just one of the many efforts that have been launched in order to fight the pet obesity epidemic through education and action.  The hopes are that pet parents will gain a greater understanding of the seriousness of proper nutrition, exercise, and body condition in order to keep their pets in optimal shape.
 
To help you get started on getting your pet in shape, Petbrosia will be offering my readers 50% of any bag of 5, 10 or 20 pound boxes of food just by using FALLFUN.
 
Disclaimer:  I did not receive any monetary compensation for my post. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.  

Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop**Closed**


Disclaimer:  Products for the grand prize were provided for review.  No payment was received to write the review.  All opinions are honest.  The sponsor is responsible for shipping the Grand Prize, not the bloggers involved in the giveaway event.

 Anything Goes Fall Giveaway Hop

 
Welcome to the Anything Goes Fall Giveaway hop Event! 
Hosted By: The Simply Me Blog

The Event goes from October 30 - November 11th
 
Several bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing giveaways!  The complete list of bloggers can be found below.  
Each prize is valued at $25 or more! Have fun and good luck :) 

The grand prize is being sponsored by Winning Moves Games and ECBC!
 
The grand prize can be found here Grand Prize
 
I am self hosting my giveaway so I have a Mystery Cosmetic Bag filled with lots of goodies. I have a few that were too big to fit inside the bag, so you will see them sitting alongside the bag. The total value of the products is $100.00.
 
 
Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone. Don't forget to follow the Linky List at the bottom to enter more giveaways by my blogging friends.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Married One Night Book Review


 
Title: Married One Night
Author: Amber Leigh Williams
Publisher: Harlequin Superromance
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback/Kindle

Synopsis:
What happened in Vegas…followed her home! 
Olivia Lewis is not the marrying type. So when a wild weekend in Vegas leaves her with a surprise husband, she’s happy to sign anything to erase her mistake—even if that mistake is handsome, charming and comes with an English accent. Fortunately, her groom has other plans. 
Bestselling author Gerald Leighton knows he can make his new bride fall in love with him—he just needs time. In exchange for a quickie divorce, Olivia grudgingly gives him a few weeks to attempt to woo her. And whether Olivia likes it or not, Gerald plans on using every second to win her heart! 
My Review: 
 
I have always said that love will find you in the most strangest places and at the strangest times. I can attest to that because after my divorce I swore off men and wasn't even looking for anyone when my present husband entered the picture. I basically ignored him for awhile while out on dates and I really don't know why he kept coming back, but he did and in the end it all worked out.
 
Pretty much like this story does but in a different kind of way. I tell people all the time, quit looking for someone and that is when you will find the right person to be with. Of course, Olivia, is going to need a whole lot more convincing it looks like than I did, but Gerald is up for the task and knows what he wants.
 
If you love romance books and stories, then you will love this one! It's a great story about how two people who might not have ordinarily meet but on a whim they did and got more than they bargained for in the end!
 
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
 
Amber Leigh Williams lives on the Gulf Coast. A southern girl at heart, she loves beach days, the smell of real books, relaxing at her family’s lakehouse, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and their sweet, blue-eyed boy. When she’s not running after her young son and three, large dogs, she can usually be found reading a good romance or cooking up a new dish in her kitchen. She is represented by Joyce Holland of the D4EO Literary Agency.
  
I thought this was a really great romantic story and thought one of you might want to read it also so I will be giving my paperback copy to one winner. Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Promise Book Review


 
I have a really good book to share with you today called The Promise written by Beth Wiseman. This story is based on some actual events and Beth has been working on this book for quite awhile.
 
Synopsis:
Mallory’s search for happiness leads her to a faraway place. There she finds heartache, betrayal—and danger. 
Mallory Hammond is determined that no one will stand in the way of her goal—to save a life. She had that chance years ago, and she failed to take it, leaving her adrift and in search of the real meaning of her life. Finally, she meets a man online from a volatile corner of the world who offers her the chance to find that purpose. But she will have to leave everyone she loves behind in order to take it. 
Tate Webber has loved Mallory for many years. He understands that Mallory will never be happy with him until her deepest heart’s desire is satisfied. When Mallory decides to travel across the world to fulfill her dreams, Tate begs her not to go but tries to give her the space she needs. Mallory embarks on her dangerous journey only to discover how swiftly and easily promises can be broken. And Mallory can only pray that she will make it out alive. 
Inspired by actual events, The Promise is a riveting love story that asks the question: how far will we go for love?
My Review:

If you are a true romantic at heart, then you will love this book and cherish the nature in which it was written. It has a lot of feelings and emotions that will cause you great joy and pain in this book.

I know several woman who would probably fit the description of this young girl who only wants to help others but she is scammed into a sob story that is far from the truth. And the one person who really truly loves her, Tate, will go to every lengths that he can possibly do in order to get her back home safe and sound again.

If you have ever been in fear of your life or in a strange country and feel like you are in over your head, then this book will probably remind you of that feeling.

This is a really honest to goodness book filled with great examples of love and sacrifice but also of the evil that man does that seem to make no sense only to themselves.

Happy Reading!

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Remake Book Review



I have a really amazing YA Fantasy/Science Fiction book to share with you today called Remake written by Ilima Todd.

Synopsis:
Male or Female?

Nine is the ninth female born in her batch of ten females and ten males. By design, her life in Freedom Province is without complications or consequences. However, such freedom comes with a price. The Prime Maker is determined to keep that price a secret from the new batches of citizens that are born, nurtured, and raised androgynously.

But Nine isn’t like every other batcher. She harbors indecision and worries about her upcoming Remake Day—her seventeenth birthday, the age when batchers fly to the Remake facility and have the freedom to choose who and what they’ll be.

When Nine discovers the truth about life outside of Freedom Province, including the secret plan of the Prime Maker, she is pulled between two worlds and two lives. Her decisions will test her courage, her heart, and her beliefs. Who can she trust? Who does she love? And most importantly, who will she decide to be? 
My Review:
 
Wow, I have to say I never saw this one coming! Can you imagine that at age 18 you get to decide what you want to be? Up until then, you are all the same and then you can decide if you want to be a male or female and what you want your job to be!
 
It's really a mind blowing book but it has it's tender moments and Nine is so attached to Theron, she decides to do whatever pleases him because she doesn't want to be separated from him.
 
But, as we all know, things don't quite go the way the plan is suppose to work. For some odd reason, Nine is made different than all the other kids. She has a lot of freckles and that makes her an oddity. She learns she is an experiment but she doesn't even know the half of it.
 
When her shuttle crash lands into a new place, her eyes will be opened up big time and she will get all kinds of shocks she never imagined could happen. Go with her on her journey because it's well worth the read to see what's in store for Nine as she continues her journey.
 
Happy Reading!
 
About the Author: 
 
Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and currently resides in the Rocky Mountains. She never wanted to be a writer even though she loves books and reading. She earned a degree in physics instead. But the characters in her head refused to be ignored, and now she spends her time writing science fiction for teens. When she is not writing, Ilima loves to spend time with her husband and four children.
 
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 

Twinkle Book Review


 
Publisher: SJ Parkinson (July 14, 2014)
Category: Science Fiction, Thriller
Tour Date: October, 2014
Available in: Print & ebook, 600 Pages
 
Synopsis:
In the newest book from award winning author, SJ Parkinson, The richest man in the world wants to celebrate the July 4th holiday as never before. In a bid to get into the record books, a global fireworks show is staged from orbit. Satellites drop pyrotechnics into the atmosphere, thrilling everyone from the Arctic to the Antarctic with their rich colors and massive explosions in every time zone. 
The next day, people around the globe begin to lose their sight. Governments crumble, society degenerates, and infrastructure falls into chaos. Humanity finds itself stumbling in the dark and losing all hope. 
A few fortunate individuals retain their vision. Attempting to deal with the growing despair around them, they come together to discover the true purpose and origin of the affliction. They race to find a cure before the world is subjugated under an invading power. 
My Review:

If you love fast moving thrillers, then this is going to be the book for you to read! I don't know where these authors come up with their imaginative stories to shock us, but they do and this is one of the better ones that I have read!

I hope that it never actually happens, but I guess anything is possible in this new day when computers and technology are getting more and more advanced. This one is focused on a billionaire wanting to show off his new software thru fireworks going off around the world and it starts in China.

Unfortunately, China has other ideas, and when everyone watching the fireworks suddenly go blind, it's a huge disaster all over the world. Of course, there are some people here and there that didn't see the fireworks and can see, so it's up to them to rescue the rest of the world.

Great story and fast paced! You will love reading this thriller all the way to the end!

Happy Reading!
 
About the Author: 
 
Mr. Parkinson was an Air Force avionics technician, a decorated veteran of the Persian Gulf War, and several United Nations peacekeeping missions. He has lived overseas in numerous countries and travels extensively. His novels have been praised for their realism and sold in fourteen countries, winning multiple international awards.
 
Awards: Three “Outstanding in Genre” Gold Seal awards from Red Adept Publishing and Kindle Book of the Month award Oct 2013 by the People’s Choice Book Awards.|
 
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#SpelledTour Book Review


 
Title: Spelled
Author: Kate St.Clair
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
 
Synopsis:
Misfortune seems to follow the Sayers family. Georgia has tried to reestablish normality since her mother died, and she’s no closer to escaping her strange past when a mysterious fire destroys the only other high school in her tiny Texas town.  
Georgia is thrown into the company of Luke, a cryptic senior who brings her face to face with the truth about her heritage. Her loving, perfect mother created her family for the singular purpose of birthing five of the most powerful witches in the world, capable of terrifying magic.  
Now that she knows the truth, can Georgia keep her siblings safe? Who is behind the dark cult that’s after her family? And does Luke know more about her powers than even Georgia does?
My Review:
 
All I can say about this book is WOW! It has everything in it that you could possibly ask for in a Fantasy, Horror, Romance and Mystery all thrown into the mix! I don't know exactly what you would call that kind of book but this one can fit any of these descriptions depending on what chapter or even what paragraph you are reading.
 
Georgia is the oldest child and when they start a new school (something they have to do ALOT since things happen and people get suspicious) she meets a boy named Luke with whom she has feelings for, both good and bad. If she is having a good day, she likes him and if she is having an awful day, well, let's just say it's best he stay away, especially since she is starting to uncover her hidden talents that her mother passed down to her.
 
All five children have certain gifts that they don't know about and because Luke knows about them, he decides to help them practice and learn how to handle them without getting themselves hurt.
 
If you love YA Fantasy books, then this should be at the top of your list!
 
Happy Reading!
 
 
About the Author:
 
Kate was born in a tiny town outside of Austin, TX. At fourteen, she was accepted to a creative writing program at Oxford University in England. She attended boarding schools in Texas and California. When not writing, she’s contending with her activity ADD, which entails horseback riding, aerial silks, and playing with her menagerie or rescued animals.
 
If you love YA Fantasy/Horror books, then you won't want to miss this one. So, I have decided to give my print copy to one winner. Open in the Continental U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Strong Darkness Book Review


Strong Darkness

by Jon Land

on Tour at Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours October 1-31, 2014




Book Details:

Genre: Thriller
Published by: Forge
Publication Date: Sept 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 368
ISBN: 978-0765335111
 


Synopsis:

1883: Texas Ranger William Ray Strong teams up with Judge Roy Bean to track down the Old West’s first serial killer who’s stitching a trail of death along the railroad lines slicing their way through Texas. 
The Present: Fifth Generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong finds herself pursuing an-other serial killer whose methods are eerily similar to the one pursued by her great-grandfather almost a century-and-a-half before. But that’s just the beginning of the problems confronting Caitlin in her biggest and most dangerous adventure yet, starting off when the son of her reformed outlaw boyfriend Cort Wesley Masters is nearly beaten to death while at college. 
The trail of that attack at Brown University leads all the way back to Texas and a Chinese high-tech company recently awarded the contract to build the nation’s Fifth Generation wireless network. Li Zhen, a rare self-made man in China and the company’s founder, counts that as the greatest achievement of his career. But it’s an achievement that hides the true motivations behind a rise fueled by events dating back to the time of Caitlin’s great-grandfather. Because the same era that spawned a serial killer who has impossibly resurfaced today also hides the secrets behind Li’s thirst for nothing less than China’s total domination of the United States. 
His fiendishly clever plan is backed by all-powerful elements of the Chinese underworld that will stop at nothing to insure its success. Up against an army at Li’s disposal, Caitlin and Cort Wesley blaze a violent trail across country and continent in search of secrets hidden in the past, but it’s a secret from the present that holds the means to stop their adversary’s plot in its tracks, even as a climactic battle dawns with nothing less than the fate of the U.S. at stake. Because there’s a darkness coming, and only Caitlin Strong can find the light before it’s too late.
My Review:

I have read other stories in this line of Caitlin Strong and her boyfriend so I was used to her ways but someone new reading this book for the first time might think she comes off too brash or like she has some kind of authority problem, but in reality she is just a mother cub protecting those she loves.

Cort Wesley, her boyfriend, has some boys from a previous relationship and they seem to be the ones who get into trouble, while not always their fault, but trouble seems to find them regardless and this time is no different.

Both Cort and Caitlin also have parent's who had colorful pasts and that comes back to bite them a few times but they are proud of their relatives and don't take no crap from anyone and will be the first to tell you to go you know where!

These are great stories for just about everyone. They have enough romance in them to satisfy a woman reader and a lot of shooting and catching bad guys to make this a good man's book if your man likes to read. Jon Land definitely knows how to rope in and tie up a good story for all of us!

Happy Reading!

Author Bio:

Hailed as “the greatest thriller writer alive today” by Bookviews and called “a creative genius” by Romantic Times, Jon Land is the author of 36 books, twenty-one of which have been national bestsellers, Jon is published in over fifty countries and six different languages, including German and Japanese.

There are currently almost 7 million copies of his books in print. RT Book Reviews honored him with a special achievement award for being a Pioneer in Genre Fiction.

Jon’s latest series features female Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong who debuted in STRONG ENOUGH TO DIE (May ’09, Forge Books). The Associated Press wrote “The book is a page-turner, the pace blistering, the characters well-drawn and the action hot.

Caitlin Strong is a female version of John McClane from Die Hard.” That was followed by STRONG JUSTICE (June ’10, Forge) which Publisher’s Weekly lauded with a starred review calling it, “Intense and skillfully plotted.” The San Jose Mercury News added that, “I’ve always wondered why there isn’t an estrogen driven, sometimes skirt wearing female competitor to James Bond, Jack Reacher, Mike Hammer, Spenser …

Well ladies and gentlemen, now there is and her name is Caitlin Strong.” STRONG JUSTICE was named a Top Thriller of the Year by Library Journal and was named runner-up for Best Novel of the Year by the New England Book Festival. The third Caitlin Strong novel, STRONG AT THE BREAK (June ’11, Forge) was called “the best book I’ve read this year” by the San Jose Mercury News. “A terrific plot, vivid characters, suspense, a fast pace, all the ingredients of a great thriller,” adds Strand Magazine which included the book on their Best Books of the Year list as did Library Journal which named it, again, as a Top Thriller of Year.

The next book in the series, STRONG VENGEANCE (July ’12, Forge) garnered the highest praise in series so far, including from the Huffington Post which proclaimed it, “a rare combination of meticulous research and good old-fashioned shoot-em-up action.” STRONG RAIN FALLING (August ’13, Forge) Caitlin’s latest adventure, won the 2013 USA Best Books Award and 2014 International Book Award in the Mystery/Suspense category. STRONG DARKNESS, the next in the series, was published in September of 2014.

Meanwhile, BETRAYAL (January ’12, Forge), Jon’s first nonfiction effort that reached as high as #5 on the Boston Globe bestseller list, was optioned by Fox as a vehicle for Denis Leery, and named Best True Crime Book of the Year by Suspense Magazine as well as winning the 2013 International Book Award for Best True Crime. Most recently, Jon has resurrected his longtime series hero Blaine McCracken in THE TENTH CIRCLE (December ’13, Open Road Media) and PANDORA’S TEMPLE (November ’12, Open Road Media) which was nominated for a 2013 Thriller Award in the Best E-Book Original category and won the 2013 International Book Award for Best Adventure Thriller.

No stranger to the world of the film, Jon’s first film, a teen caper-comedy called DIRTY DEEDS, was released theatrically in the summer of 2005 and in DVD in January of 2006. Among numerous others, his current film projects include CHALK (Handpicked Films and Millennium) and STRANDED (Milk & Media Productions).

Jon graduated Brown University in 1979 Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude. He continues his association with Brown as alumni advisor to the Greek System, and vice-president of the Brown Football Association. He bases his novels and scripts on extensive travel and research, as well as a twenty-year career in the martial arts. He is an associate member of the United States Special Forces, has volunteered frequently in schools to help young people learn to enjoy the process of writing and chairs the Marketing Committee of International Thriller Writers.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.

The Brickmaker's Bride Book Review


 
I have a really lovely book to share with you called The Brickmaker's Bride written by Judith Miller that I think you will love to read if you enjoy reading period pieces, especially romantic ones!
 
Synopsis:
Bestselling Author Judith Miller Debuts Historical Series Set in West Virginia. 
Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it’s Ewan who gets the business up and running again.  
Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner’s daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she’s being courted by another man–a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he’ll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the business and be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland. 
But when Hugh signs a bad business deal, all Ewan’s hard work may come to naught. As his plans begin to crumble, Laura reveals something surprising. She and her mother may have a way to save the brickworks, and in turn Ewan may have another shot at winning Laura’s heart.
My Review:

I love it when a plan comes together, don't you? Thru all of this commotion going on around Ewan's aunt and uncle and another relative, there was little chance for Laura & Ewan to get together. Another thing standing in the way was the man that Laura was seeing at the time who wanted to be a politician someday. Unfortunately, he was not a good man and didn't care how it happened, just as long as it did!

When circumstances happened and things looked dire for one of the family members, Laura & Ewan are drawn into the drama but find much greater gifts than either ever expected. This story is both heartwarming and filled with love that you will enjoy even after you have read the book.

Happy Reading!

Where Treetops Glisten Book Review



I have a wonderful set of Christmas stories to share with you written by three different authors called Where Treetops Glisten. The authors are Tricia Goyer, Sarah Sundin and Cara Putman.

Synopsis:
The crunch of newly fallen snow, the weight of wartime
Siblings forging new paths and finding love in three stories, filled with the wonder of Christmas. 
Turn back the clock to a different time, listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow, as the realities of America’s involvement in the Second World War change the lives of the Turner family in Lafayette, Indiana. 
In Cara Putman’s White Christmas, Abigail Turner is holding down the Home Front as a college student and a part-time employee at a one-of-a-kind candy shop. Loss of a beau to the war has Abigail skittish about romantic entanglements—until a hard-working young man with a serious problem needs her help. 
Abigail’s brother Pete is a fighter pilot hero returned from the European Theater in Sarah Sundin’s I’ll Be Home for Christmas, trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. But when he encounters a precocious little girl in need of Pete’s friendship, can he convince her widowed mother that he’s no longer the bully she once knew? 
In Tricia Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner, “Merry” to those who know her best, is using her skills as a combat nurse on the frontline in the Netherlands. Halfway around the world from home, Merry never expects to face her deepest betrayal head on, but that’s precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.
The Turner family believes in God’s providence during such a tumultuous time. Can they absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for a future?
All three stories are wonderfully told and each one has their own message to get across, especially during the holiday season. I know myself that we are more emotional during the this time and sometimes our emotions get the best of us. whereas at other times we would have been more logical and understanding.

No matter what happens with your heart, I have found that if you just work it out one day at a time, and believe that is will, then that is half of the battle.

I actually love the holiday season and it's that one time during the year that I think we have good intentions, even though sometimes it doesn't come across as such.  Broken hearts are especially hard during the holidays, so don't close yourself off from family and friends. Let them help you slowly get back to your old "self".

Happy Reading!

Curl up in front of the fire with the perfect Christmas read

Trio of award-winning authors unite for holiday-themed World War II-era love stories

Seattle: Three of the most beloved Christian authors of World War II-era fiction have come together to gift their readers with the new Christmas release,Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook Press/September 16, 2014/ISBN: 978-1601426482/$14.99), a collection of three Christmas novellas.
Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman and Sarah Sundin invite readers to turn back the clock to days gone by as they listen to Bing Crosby sing of sleigh bells in the snow and get to know the Turner family.

Each of the three siblings is forging their own paths in their own love story filled with the wonder of Christmas. Hailing from the heart of America in Lafayette, Indiana, these characters will never be the same as the reality of America’s involvement in World War II hits incredibly close to home.
The collaboration was unique and enjoyable for the writing trio. “We started in the brainstorming phase, throwing out character and family ideas and making them mesh,”explains Sundin. “The collaboration was challenging since our stories are more tightly connected than in most novella collections, but it was a lot of fun.”

In Putman’s White Christmas, college student Abigail Turner loses a beau to the war and is skittish about romance, until a young man with a serious problem needs her help. Pete Turner, a former fighter pilot in Sundin’s Ill Be Home for Christmas, is trying to recapture the hope and peace his time at war has eroded. In Goyer’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Meredith Turner (or“Merry”to those who know her best) is using her skills as a combat nurse in the Netherlands. She’ll have to face the deepest kind of betrayal a world away from her family, but that could be precisely what God has in mind to redeem her broken heart.

The unsettled World War II era may not at first glance seem like a backdrop for love to flourish. “Our purpose is to remind readers of the importance of family, of home, and of togetherness,”Goyer reveals.“Even in a time of war we can remain strong because of the love of God and the love of those we serve.”

Will the Turner family be able to absorb the miracle of Christ’s birth and His plan for their futures even in such a tumultuous time?“There’s a freshness and sense of wonder to Christmas,” Putman says. “The idea that God would send His Son to earth as a newborn is an incredibly humbling thought. Combine that with great music, tradition and the love of family, and it becomes a magical time where almost anything seems possible.”
Readers will be able to feel the crunch of newly fallen snow under their feet as they get caught up in these stories of love and loss set against one of the most pivotal times in world history.

All three authors are available for interviews to promote the release of Where Treetops Glisten. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com

The Sea House Book Review


 
I have a really great book to share with you today called The Sea House that was written by Elisabeth Gifford.

Synopsis:
Scotland, 1860.  
Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably change the course of his life, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery.  
The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child’s fragile legs are fused together – a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? Ruth needs to solve the mystery of her new home – but the answers to her questions may lie in her own past. 
Based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid, The Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.
My Review:

This was actually a very good book to read because the material and the story were so heartbreaking and cruel at the time that this all happened. Yes, there is some bad language used in the book that might offend some people, but because the things that happened in this story, I decided to forgive the language this time because it pretty much sums up what some might feel about the tragedy of what happens to the babies.

But, it's not all bad and gloomy. Thru the bad and gloomy parts come love and understanding and a renewed sense that maybe all has been forgiven and it's time to look forward to new life while cherishing the good parts of what was shared in the past.

It just goes to show you what the human mind and heart can bear if only they will let it in.

Happy Reading!