Pinnacle Event by Richard A. Clarke

Pinnacle EventPinnacle Event by Richard A. Clarke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received an ARC through LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. I admit I was excited to be able to read this book. It should have been thrilling and full of excitement. Instead, it took me ages to slog through it. The fact side of things clearly has been researched and is well understood by Clarke. I felt he had a complete grasp of how things work and what each position is responsible for. The writing is ok; it’s free of grammatical issues and is easy enough to read and understand. The plot, while containing a couple bits that were a touch over the top, was intriguing and should have been exciting to read. Where this book falls apart is the execution of the characters. For me they felt more like cardboard cutouts and lacked any true fleshing out. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to connect with the characters or to care anything about them. When there is no connection there is very little enjoyment in the read. This in my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own.

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Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

Luther and KatharinaLuther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Setting aside the inaccuracies surrounding Martin Luther and the relationship he had with Katharina… this is a well written engaging book. If you are Lutheran or familiar with Martin Luther and his life you’ll have to either avoid this read or set aside what you know and just enjoy this version. There are some historical aspects that are well researched and come across well so it’s not a complete loss. Taken as just a historical romance with the fight against the tyrannical Roman Catholic Church of the time, this is accurate and very well presented. The read is entertaining and flows nicely. I’m quite happy to finally have a book written with Martin Luther and his struggles. I received an ARC through Penguin Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

The Mistress of Tall AcreThe Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Frantz brings a wonderful blend of historical aspects with a twist of suspense and mystery all tied into a thread of romance. The writing is rather enjoyable and captivating with wonderfully fleshed out characters. It was easy to become attached to the characters and feeling empathy for everything they are going through. The read was quick but I think that was because I was trying to read quickly to find out what was going to become of these beloved characters. Everything about the book works together to make one of those novels you just can’t put down. Overall this is an entertaining and refreshing read well worth investing your time into. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick

The Memory WeaverThe Memory Weaver by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Somehow this particular book missed the mark for me. I wasn’t fond of the writing style from the beginning but gave it a fair chance anyway. I found it difficult to get into the story or connect with the characters, especially Eliza. The overall feel of the read was grey, almost depressing but not quite to the point of causing sadness. The flow was fine but it just felt flat. I struggled with picturing the landscapes and people as well. I feel there is a story here that could be brought to life, it just didn’t happen for me. It’s not that this is a terrible book, it’s just not going to work for everyone. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not mirror your own, and that’s ok because we are all unique.

Last Chance Hero by Cathleen Armstrong

Last Chance Hero (A Place to Call Home, #4)Last Chance Hero by Cathleen Armstrong
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the final book in the A Place to Call Home series. The romance aspect was very light. I like the small town feel; it feels accurate in that aspect. The writing is done well, as with Armstrong’s other books. The characters feel authentic and I like the interactions between them. That said, the plot feels a bit rushed while the pace feels a bit sluggish. I get the feeling that everything had to be wrapped up in a nice neat bow within a set number of pages and as a result the story suffered a bit. I don’t feel that all of the threads came through and were tied off, leaving a few things unresolved. This isn’t a bad thing in itself but they were noticeable to me. Overall this is an easy and entertaining read that fits well in its genre. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Living A Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette by David M Weitzman

Living A Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de LafayetteLiving A Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette by David M Weitzman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is highly entertaining if you enjoy reading about historical figures as I do. The writing is imaginative and is also intelligently written. While I cannot attest to the accuracy of everything contained within this book I can say much of it resonates as truth. It’s amazing how much our country depended upon people from other countries, especially the French. Without them we likely would have lost. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and found it a wonderful escape during stressful days and I found nothing to gripe about inside. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

The Cherry Harvest by Lucy Sanna

The Cherry HarvestThe Cherry Harvest by Lucy Sanna
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While the writing is nicely done and Sanna is certainly skilled in painting scenery and vivid images I just could not connect with any of the characters. They seem generally well fleshed out but I just did not like them. When you don’t like the characters you’re reading about it makes it very difficult to like the rest of the book. I’m not so certain about any of the historical accuracy so I’ll leave that part silent. The writing is good and I do like the idea for the main plot thread but it just didn’t do anything for me. Overall it reads more like a rough draft with a few high points and a lot of low points. I received an ARC through The Reading Room in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may differ from yours.

Langston’s Daughters by Juliette Harper

Langston's Daughters (The Lockwood Legacy, #1)Langston’s Daughters by Juliette Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a quick easy and enjoyable read. The content is both light and meaningful while not being heavy or overloaded. I like the various characters as they feel unique and well fleshed out and maintain their personalities throughout the book. It’s an interesting story with a little bit of twist although I don’t feel it lands squarely in a particular genre. It’s a touch sluggish getting started but don’t let that deter you. Overall it’s a good book and great for when you don’t have all day to read. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Isthmus: Widow Walk Saga Book 2 by Gerard Lasalle

Isthmus: A Novel (Widow Walk Saga Book 2)Isthmus: A Widow Walk Novel by Gerard Lasalle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Before you read this you might want to pick up the first book in the series, Widow Walk, although it’s not entirely necessary. Isthmus is the second in the series and shows the growth of LaSalle’s writing style. The read is smooth and intriguing with plenty of historical research bringing the time period to life. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out and easy to connect with and read about. The story is elegant in form and a very solid example of a well constructed historical fiction novel. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Widow Walk by Gerard Lasalle

Widow WalkWidow Walk by Gerard Lasalle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Widow Walk is a wonderfully told historical fiction/romance story. It weaves through the various characters while describing the countryside during the time-period it is set in rich well researched detail. While not an adventure story with excitement at every turn, Widow Walk is engaging and interesting to read. I like the various characters and their viewpoints. A few times I paused to wonder why the author included something but never long enough to be pulled out of the story. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.