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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sept Reviews

Reviews for Sept. are up.

1. There's Gotta Be Something More by Maggie Grey

2. From the Dust by Ryshia Kennie

There's Gotta Be Something More by Maggie Grey


The words kept running through her head: There’s gotta be something more. With Zach Baker, there just might be.

Divorce. Dead-end career. Disaster. Then fate steps in and changes Jesse’s life in an instant. With her dreams now close enough to touch, she moves to the mountain splendor of Montana with her young daughter. Far from city life, her plans to start her own riding school start to take shape—with the help of a certain cowboy down the road.

A girl with money and a passing interest in horses sure isn’t enough to turn Zach Baker’s head. With the ice wall around his heart firmly in place, he isn’t about to let Jesse chip away at it. It’ll take more than just the heat of attraction to melt that ice, and attraction is all he feels for Jesse, isn’t it? But then, he has been wrong before.


This is a unique story for me. Usually I can either put a story down and never pick it up again or I can’t put it down. While reading THERE’S GOTTA BE SOMETHING MORE, sometimes I couldn’t stop reading and other times I lost the connection. Part of it maybe that it goes back and forth between omniscient and single POV. While in single POV there is serious head-hopping. The book would have been better served written in complete omni POV than to go back and forth.

Another issue I had was the depth of the conflict. While I hate to make my characters suffer, it’s just plain needed to make a good story great. There was some conflict, but I felt-sorry for the pun-there could have been something more. It needed more depth to pull at my heart strings.

The best part of the story was Zach. He’s smokin’ hot! My, my, girls! And his connection with Jesse’s daughter Emma is just sweet.

There are a few editing issues, but the story read smoothly and kept a nice pace. Overall, I enjoyed this read and could see myself reading more books from this author in the future.

I give this story three and a half hearts. Reviewed by Jasmine

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From the Dust by Ryshia Kennie


Love can be so... unexpected.

In the spring of 1935, understated beauty Eva Edwards is widowed. A blessing to be sure. Having long since left England, a rare talent for music and notions of love behind, her one focus is keeping her farm and raising a child not her own—no matter the sacrifice and struggle.

Born of wealth, veterinarian Tate Prescott Brown has come to the dust of Saskatchewan’s rural Qu’Appelle District to find independence and take possession of his farm—Eva’s farm. Now, in an effort to solve a legal misunderstanding, Tate faces a sacrifice and struggle of his own: to do what he thinks is right by Eva ... or what’s right for his heart.


Sweet and emotional. From the Dust is a heartwarming story. I enjoyed the plot and found myself rooting for the hero as much as the heroine. The story moved at a smooth pace and kept me turning the pages.

There are a few issues in the book with the writing. Ms. Kennie does her fair share of head-hopping and at times I found myself confused with who was talking. I also felt that Ms. Kennie could vary her choice of words from sentence to sentence more.

Overall, Ms. Kennie shows the potential to be a great storyteller. If you’re looking for a sweet romance not laden with sex and you don’t mind head-hopping, then you’ll want to give From the Dust a try.

I give this story three and a half hearts. Reviewed by Jasmine

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