Sunrise Over Indian Lake: Book Three in the Lost in the Adirondacks Series by Heidi Sprouse

Sunrise Over Indian Lake: Book Three in the Lost in the Adirondacks Series by Heidi Sprouse

Can a life gone wrong be made right? Woodsman Kane Johnson is haunted by this question. Forced to live the life of a recluse by a father who was scarred by the Viet Nam war and took his family into hiding in the wilderness, the woodsman was driven by despair and desperation to steal a woman when he was faced with the loss of his family. Kane had everything taken away from him when conservation officer Graham Scott rescued his future wife, Sarah, and took Johnson in.
Now a fugitive, Kane has attempted to pick up the pieces of his shattered life and make something good come out of the bad. When Scott’s daughter turns up missing during a camping trip on Blue Mountain Lake, the woodsman will become entangled with the conservation officer yet again. It will feel like a Catch-22 as Kane takes two steps forward only to be forced to take three steps back while tragedy after tragedy befalls him. Will he be able to begin a new chapter in his life or will the bridge to the future be burned as the past refuses to be buried?  (Summary via Goodreads)

 

If you have read the first 2 books in the Lost in the Adirondacks series already, you are already hooked and definitely going to read Sunrise Over Indian Lake.  But in case you haven’t started this amazing series, let me tell you about it….

Graham and Kane are so different yet they are so alike.  Graham wants nothing to do with Kane however they are always pulled together.  It is a force that neither can ignore.

In Adirondack Sundown you are introduced to Graham and Sarah and a love that is unbreakable.  Kane abducts Sarah challenging Grahams devotion.  Then in The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain Graham is severly hurt and it is Kane that saves him and gets him to safety.  Now in Sunrise Over Indian Lake Graham reaches out to Kane to help when Lila goes missing on a camping trip.

In Sunrise Over Indian Lake you will learn more about the man that Kane is and you are witness to his love story starting up with Jill.  Unfortunately Kane has always lived in the woods and is very uncomfortable being around people.  Jill’s love and devotion to Kane is tested a lot throughout the book.

You will also witness a very unlikely friendship between two men where an understanding and bond develop.  Kane and Graham have to rely on each other when there is noone else that they can turn to.  You will see a friendship go full circle between the two men that centers around their families.  These two men will stop at nothing to protect their families and each other.

Heidi Sprouse takes you on an amazing journey through love, friendship, commitment, loss and life…… And she does it so effortlessly.  Take a journey through the Adirondacks with Kane and Graham…..it might even make you a better friend to someone down the road.

 

Review by Missi S.

 

 

 

 

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The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain: Book Two in the Lost in the Adirondacks Series by Heidi Sprouse

The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain: Book Two in the Lost in the Adirondacks Series by Heidi Sprouse

The search for Sarah is finally over. Conservation officer Graham Scott is trying to pick up the pieces of his life with his bride-to-be after she vanished for over 6 months. It’s time to move forward. There’s only one problem: Kane Johnson. Sarah’s abductor is a fugitive, on the loose in the vast wilderness of the Adirondacks. Graham and Sarah will soon discover how far Johnson’s reach extends into their lives and their nightmares. Will they make it to forgiveness or fall over the edge?  (Summary via Goodreads)

 

The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain is the second book in Heidi Sprouse’s Lost in the Adirondacks series.  If you read Adirondack Sundown, Book one in the series, you were completely blown away and totally in love with Graham and Sarah.   Well hold on to your seat because you are not ready for what is in store for you in Book two.

Adirondack Sundown left you in awe of Graham and Sarah and the love that they shared.  To see what Graham did to save Sarah, the extent that he went to, and the pull that Sarah had over him left the reader in a better place…..

However in The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain the reader is shown the strength of their love in an entirely different way.  Sarah is home safe with Graham and Lila and they are moving forward as a family.  But no matter what they do, they cannot shake the feeling that Kane Johnson will disrupt their lives again.  Which he will do but he will again enter their lives in a way you could never imagine !!  ( I will confess that I was completely shocked when I read it….. I won’t ruin it for you but I will warn you….Be prepared.)

Not only are you witness to an amazing love story but you also see the friendship between Graham and Jim.  These are two best friends that will stop at nothing to help each other out, including their families.  They will drop everything to help the other out.

Family is a strong component in this story as well.  We witnessed the family strength in Adirondack Sundown between Graham and Sarah’s parents when she was missing.  As well as the tight relationship between Graham and Lila.  In The Edge of Forgiveness on Blue Mountain those relationships continue to blossom and strenghten.

You also learn more about Kane Johnson and what makes him the way he is.  You may start to understand him a little more as well.  It may take you a while to start liking him but I believe by the end of the book, you will like him… a little bit.

Sprouse AMAZES me with her writing.  She captures your attention and has you holding your breath through parts of the story.  There are times I found myself on the edge of my seat reading as fast as I could.  You get so engrossed in her story telling that you will find yourself lost on Blue Mountain……but no fears …. Graham will save you.

 

Review by Missi S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Last Adirondack Summer by Heidi Sprouse

One Last Adirondack Summer by Heidi Sprouse

What do you do when your brother asks for one last Adirondack summer?

John Taylor and Tommy Jackman have been best friends since age eight, the day they made a blood brother pact to stick together through thick and thin. Every year since, they’ve spent their summers at John’s Pleasant Lake Camp in the Adirondack Mountains, and whatever time they can during the rest of the year.

Their pact will be put to the ultimate test when Tommy asks John to take him back to the lake to die. Without hesitation, John packs up Tommy and his beloved dog, Jasper, and drives his blood brother from Colorado to the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

It is the hardest thing John has ever done.

But the friends give each other a precious gift, the chance to share their lives one last time before Tommy no longer has a future. They remember all the firsts they shared: the first drink, the first smoke, the first night with a girl.

As Tommy’s life winds down, John holds on, blood brother scar against blood brother scar, until he realizes it’s not their last Adirondack summer. In this place, where they crossed the bridge from childhood to adulthood together, Thomas Michael Jackman will always be with him.

Take the journey with John and Tommy as they learn the grim lesson of how letting go can sometimes be the best way to hold on.  (Summary via Amazon)

All you need is that ONE friend…the one that you can call anytime of the day or night, any day of the week, for good news, bad news and everything else in between.  It doesn’t matter that you haven’t spoken in a while, you pick up as if you spoke the day before.  And you are there for that ONE friend no matter what….

But what do you do if they call and tell you that they are dying ?  And you are the only person on the entire earth that they want to spend the remaining time they have here with you…..

You JUMP into action.  You go wherever they want to go and you help them cherish their remaining time doing whatever they want.  You think about them and only them and you try to breath…..

In One Last Adirondack Summer by Heidi Sprouse you witness such a friendship.  Tommy and John met when they were 8 years old on the lake and became instant best friends.  They even became “blood brothers” and had the scars to show for it.  So when Tommy called John and said he was dying with cancer and needed him, John hopped a plane and went to Tommy’s.

The one and only place that Tommy wanted to spend his last days was at John’s summer house on Adirondack Lake.  That is the place that their friendship started, where they had so many good times and lots of memories and stories, and where their friendship would see them through to the end.

So John loaded Tommy  and his dog Jasper into Mary Anne, Tommy’s truck and drove them to the lake.  Tommy only wanted John there – no doctors, no hospice, no one.  John did everything he could for his friend.

The strength of their friendship will carry them to the end and will leave you longing for more.  Unfortunately there is no more……or is there ?  The impact that this book will leave on the reader will stay with them for a long time to come.  It will leave the reader raw with emotion and desire.  One Last Adirondack Summer will stay with the reader for a long, long time ……

 

Review by Missi S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Highwayman of Cordovia (The Rebel Series Book 2) by Linda Weaver Clarke

The Highwayman of Cordovia (The Rebel Series Book 2) by Linda Weaver Clarke

Centuries ago, valiant men and courageous women engaged in daring adventures as they helped their fellow man. In the country of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty, but all is not well. A group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.

With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?  (Summary via Amazon)

In The Rebels of Cordovia, the first book in The Rebels Series by Linda Weaver Clarke, we met Robin and Daniel.  If you fell in love with them, wait until you read the second book The Highwayman of Cordovia.  Here you meet Christine and Austin !!

Christine is Robin’s friend who works at the bakery and was once one on Robin’s Rebels.  Austin Knight fell in love with Christine when they were teenagers and he stole a kiss from her !!  Unfortunately he moved away.  However he re-enters Christine’s life and falls head over heels for her all over again….but he has to watch his steps, she’s the pastor’s daughter.

Christine is very vocal in her opinion regarding the government and gets the attention of Amalick.  Amalick is scheming to cause a war and take control of Cordovia from the High Leader.  Christine is causing trouble for Amalick and he puts out a reward for her capture.

Austin is pulled into different directions…..protecting the one he loves while hiding secrets from her.  Will Christine, the pastor’s daughter, understand his secrets ?  Will he lose her forever when she finds out the truth ?  Will the pastor give his blessing ?

I LOVE this series.  It is sure a treat to read.  Going back in time when life was less complicated and things were easier.  Even when faced with a crisis, it is handled so much easier than it would be in today’s world.

Fall in love with Christine and Austin as well as everyone else in Cordovia.  I guarantee you won’t want to leave.

 

Review by Missi S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gulity Child (The Dusky Anne Wild Series Book 2) by D. R. Thorne

The Gulity Child (The Dusky Anne Wild Series Book 2) by D. R. Thorne

There is a fine line between psychic and psycho. How far can you push the lines until they break?

As a child, Trevor Chapel could talk to the dead. Nobody understood what he was going through, and he turned to drugs and alcohol to make voices stop. At the age of fourteen, he was convicted of the brutal murders of his parents and locked away in a mental institution in London, England. Fifteen years later, the night of his parents’ death still haunts him.

Trevor suddenly has visions of a woman and her daughter, and they are in grave danger. Once Trevor identifies the people in the visions, he needs to break out of the mental institution.

The New Scotland Yard’s Captain, Billy Bosom, knows Trevor is innocent. He enlists the help of true crime author Dusky Anne Wild for help.
Dusky traveled from America to England to help on a case. She is willing to help Billy, but she is not fully convinced Trevor is innocent. The possibility he had help killing his parents plagues her mind. However, there is more deception within Trevor’s case than meets the eye. With the help of Detective James Aarons, Dusky will uncover the secrets of this case.

Once Trevor’s case is re-opened, all hell breaks loose.  (Summary via Amazon)

Trevor Chapel did NOT kill his parents.  Trevor Chapel is NOT crazy.  So if both of those statements are true WHY is he locked away in a mental institution ? And WHY has he been locked up for 15 years ?

Captain Bosom knows that Trevor did not kill his parents, unfortunately he doesn’t know who did.  While true crime author Dusky Wild is still in London Bosom re-opens Trevor’s case.  Bosom is hoping with Dusky’s help they can prove Trevor’s innocence and bring the real killers to justice.

As they begin working on the case, strange things begin to happen and people are being murdered.  Someone does not want this case solved and is doing everything in their power to prevent them from finding out the truth.

The Guilty Child is the second book written by D.R. Thorne.  We first met Dusky and company in The Initial Stage of Murder when a case sends her to London.  Now in The Guilty Child Dusky remains in London on Trevor’s case.  Thorne makes you fall in love with all the characters and as you read you get lost in London and may even find yourself making a cup of tea…….  But don’t be surprised if your tea gets cold…this is one book you don’t want to put down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rebels Of Cordovia (The Rebel Series Book 1) by Linda Weaver Clarke

The Rebels Of Cordovia (The Rebel Series Book 1) by Linda Weaver Clarke

There was a time when swashbuckling men and brave women engaged in daring and romantic adventures, those who fought with bravery and valor. These courageous men and women were looked up to because they defended the people from oppression.

A group of men and women who called themselves Robin’s Rebels realize they must help the people survive this oppression. In this battle for freedom, a love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?  (Summary via Amazon)

There is nothing like a nice, simple love story to put a smile on your face.  And that is one of the things that Linda Weaver Clarke does in her Rebels of Cordovia book.  She will also have you laughing out loud, make your heart race and speed up your reading !!!  Now, yes, this is a love story but it is a simple, young, innocent love story.  It’s a story about a man that is very smitten with a young lady during a time where men were complete gentlmen and the ladies were very proper, however, the lady Robin is not 100% lady and Daniel is trying to be a complete gentleman.

In The Rebels of Cordovia Robin is every bit of a woman but also possesses the skills needed to fend for herself and others.  As the title hints by using the word Rebels, the residents of Cordovia and surrounding areas begin to come together to de-throne the current King.  This is how Robin and Daniel meet and begin their love story…..

Once you start reading this book, the story will take you away.  You will be so engrossed with the story that your imagination will take you there !  Once you stop reading, you will be shocked that you aren’t actually right next to Robin in their quest.

The Rebels of Cordovia is like a fresh breath of air……it’s so refreshing you will want to take another breath…..  I look forward to what the next book unravels.  YES this is a series so when your ready The Highways of Cordovia will be waiting…..

 

Reviewed by Missi S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stony Kill by Marie White Small

Stony Kill by Marie White Small

After the sudden death of her mother, Joss Ryckman finds herself running away from everything―the life she did not choose of managing the family bakery in Brooklyn, the troubled relationship with her sometimes violent father, and her conflicts with Wyatt, a lover who always wants more. But when she flees to the country farm of her childhood in upstate New York, will she finally find the truth of dark events in her family’s past? Or will all that she has held at bay for twenty years come crashing down? As Joss comes to terms with her loss, she is forced to confront memories of a childhood steeped in both joy and sorrow. As the past seeps in through the rich farmland and the landscape of the treacherous, churning Stony Kill, Piecing together the broken past and her family’s dysfunction, the dark secrets of a family submerged in a history of violence and regret begin to take shape, and the reality of two brutal killings can no longer be denied. Joss must make her own choices and, ultimately, let go.Rich with beautiful language and immersed in powerful descriptions of Joss’s feelings, Stony Kill tells a powerful story of the heartbreak and suffering from violent acts of a dysfunctional family, and ultimately her hope and choice of a better life.  (Summary via Goodreads)

 

If you are looking for a book about family and the ups and downs they experience, than this is the book for you.  Stony Kill takes you from the present to the past trying to find the way to the future of one troubled woman.

Growing up Joss spent most of her time with her father while her older sister, Naomi, was with their mother.  Joss never fully understood the split but she was young so she went along with it.  Once Naomi was off on her own, their mother moved from the city where she ran the family bakery to her old family farmhouse taking Joss with her.  For a while Joss wasn’t the tomboy her father liked and was the girl she wanted to be with her mother.

Then Naomi moves to the farmhouse with her son, Haley.  They move into the cottage on the land and Joss’s mother moves in with them leaving the big farmhouse to Joss and her dad.  Luckily Miss Euphrates is there to oversee and nurture Joss.

In the present time, Joss’s mother has passed away suddenly leaving the bakery and the farm to Joss.  Joss travels from farmhouse to city running the bakery and trying to come to terms with life and what it all means.  Why is she always running like her mother ? Why is she pushing the man who loves her away ? Why does her father still scare her ?

Throughout the book, Joss will escape to the past for fun memories as well as try to come to terms with life and death.  There is a lot going on in Joss’s mind that she needs to come to terms with so she can stop running and start living with the people who love her.  Unfortunately some of the answers hidden in her past will come to light.  Can she be strong enough to work through them or will she keep running ???

Marie White Small has a knack for keeping you reading….even when there are monsters lurking in the dark.  There is a lot in this book that you will be able to relate too.  And really isn’t that what reading a book is ALL about ?  Connecting to the story……..

Review by Missi S.