Monthly Archives: January 2016

Bone by Bone by Carol O’Connell

Bone by Bone

bone by bone

Carol O’Connell

If you lost your brother would you stop looking for him? Oren did not think he should either. Yet, his father believed that Oren was putting himself in more danger to find his brother and he could not risk losing another son. To help his son, Oren’s father sends him away to a boarding school. Oren is so mad and hurt by this act that he does not come back to his small town home for almost 20 years.

Oren Hobbs has lived his life to help others solve the crimes of injustice throughout the world. Instead of coming home after finishing high school, Oren joins the military and ultimately becomes a CID, Criminal Investigation Unit. After almost 20 years, he has now retired and due to letters from his family’s longtime housekeeper, Oren is coming home. On his first day in town, Oren finds a human jaw bone on the family’s house front steps, is kicked in the shine by his longtime crush, and realizes that though publicly the case of his brother is put on the shelf in reality the sheriff has always been looking into it. Now Oren must decide to find out the truth, or allow the craziness of his world to continue.

Coventry is a wonderfully small town that holds more secretes then it has people. Between the sheriff’s crazy ideas about Oren’s brother Josh’s case, Isabelle Winston’s old hatred, Hannah’s craziness, his father’s sleep walking,  and the rest of towns oddities, Coventry is a place of mystery and wonder mixed with a killer who feels life has been just what was thought to be.

Josh, Oren’s brother, loved to take pictures. Josh did not just take pictures of everything though. Josh liked to tell a story with his photos. Josh was also very good at taking and developing his pictures. He was so good most did not know that pictures were being taken until after the deed was done and if the photos were sold. Josh did not see a problem with this since he did not feel he was hurting anyone. Ultimately though, the wonder has to come into everyone’s mind once bones start to show up that maybe Josh caught a secret or two to many.

Could the bully who tried to crack Josh’s scull open be the killer? The sheriff who seems to know too much but nothing at all; maybe the step-father of the girl who Oren has a crush on for so long but blow his chance with; or even worse, his father who seems to be losing his mind.  Oren is afraid of the outcome in many respects, but he also knows that for his piece of mind along with his family’s sanity, an answer must be found.

Bone by Bone, will have you guessing at suspects and wanting more throughout the book. This book can be found on Amazon for the Kindle as well as in regular book form, which is the way I read it. On the Kindle, it is $9.99 so you might want to try and find it at the library if you want to check it out before buying it. I hope you give this a read and let me know what you think.




The Ugly Duckling by Iris Johansen

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling

Iris Johansen

How would you act if all your life you were told by your mother that the only way to be loved was to be perfect because you were anything but pretty; you are the Ugly Duckling that will never turn into a the beautiful swan? Nell Calder took her mother’s words to heart. Nell became the perfect wife, confidant, business entertainer for her husband, and mother to her four year old daughter. Nell believed she was happy. Nell believed that though she was not pretty, she was still loved enough by her husband. Yet in the span of a single night, her world turns upside down and she has to start being more than she ever thought she could be.

Nickolas Tanek is your everyday man of mystery. He has more money than he can ever spend and a wish for revenge that will only be limited by Nell’s own need. Tanek, as he is commonly referred to, has always been a strong alpha male type. He believes in the right and the wrong, and very little grey in-between. Though he wants his revenge, he always believes in keeping the innocent safe. When he first meets Nell, he is not sure if she is an innocent or just a very good actress. Yet, one thing is sure, she perplexes him.

Due to an attack on the island of Medas, that Nell’s husband is giving, Nell must now learn to recreate herself while at the same time overcoming a life time of doubt and worry. Neel wants her family and life back but soon realizes to have anything again, she must first learn, if not to trust Tanek, to allow him the leeway to give orders and follow them the best she can. Tanek, for his part, has to overcome his unknown feelings for a woman who is nothing like he is used too.

Nell and Tanek, along with some friends, have to bring down an organization as well as learn to give each other the space needed to exact their own revenge against the same organization, but also work together to allow the plans in motion to work. In the end, both revenge and love win out, or both will die. Nell and Tanek are okay with either outcome.

Though this is an older book, from 1996, it is still a great read. There are highs and lows, tears and laughter, and a healthy amount of hate to be given to the bad guys. Though I read it in paperback, I did find it in the Kindle Store for $7.99. I hope you will give this book a chance and tell me what you think.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


I admit I am a little late on the Merry Christmas, but I still hope everyone had a great Christmas or which ever holiday you choose to celebrate. Obviously Christmas and the birth of Jesus is our choice in my house hold. I hope whatever you believe in and celebrate brings you just as much joy!

As for the New Years. I am only one day off on that one. But I do hope that everyone has a great New Years all Year Long!!! In my house hold we do not do resolution We have come to understand that they just do not seem tolate for us. Instead we simply say HOPE we can keep this up. Whatever this maybe, that is always different. Honestly, it does seem to be working out better for us. But if you do resolutions I wish you the best of luck in following them.

One of my Hopes for the New Years is being more up-to-date on my blogging. I do truely enjoy it and it does help keep my family happy since I am not always telling them about the books I have read and the books I want to read.

What are one of your Hopes or Resolutions?

Whatever they are I am sure you will do well with them one way or another.

Have a great New Years all!!!