Reviews by LaVerne St. George

C+
Midnight on the River Grey

I enjoy a good romantic suspense story, and when this title appeared with its hint of classic Gothic romance from a well-known Christian publisher, I was intrigued. Although Midnight on the River Grey is classed by online retailers as a Christian mystery, the book is a sweet romantic mystery with no ...

B-
The Noble Guardian

I had not read Michelle Griep’s work before, but her books have been well-received, so I decided to pick up her latest release, The Noble Guardian, for review.  This third book in the Bow Street Runners Trilogy is a Cinderella tale played out during an arduous journey with a different slant on th ...

B-
A Return of Devotion

I read A Defense of Honor, the first book of the Haven Manor series, liked it very much, and immediately bought the second installment. I found A Return of Devotion a very different experience, one I struggled with as a reader.  Whereas A Defense of Honor has a steady pace driven by the action plot ...

B-
The Lieutenant's Bargain

This reunion romance brings together two childhood friends who find that their memories of each other must turn upside-down before they can pledge their hearts. Although The Lieutenant’s Bargain is not described as a Christmas novel, this intriguing and smoothly written story revolves around the h ...

B+
Across the Blue

Carrie Turansky is a new-to-me author, and I was pleasantly surprised by her clear storytelling and smooth writing. In Across the Blue, she brings us a story of the ingenious and daring men and women who plumbed the mysteries of flight in the early 1900s.  Being from North Carolina - where the stor ...

C+
Troubled Waters

I generally enjoy Susan May Warren’s contemporary books but unfortunately, Troubled Waters is not one of her stronger works. It acts as a bridge episode in the popular Montana Rescue six-book series and as I had not read other books of the series, I found I had trouble connecting to the characters ...

A-
The Weaver's Daughter

Just as the cloth at the center of The Weaver’s Daughter is woven by skillful hands, the author’s skill weaves a warm and engaging tale of a way of life forced into change by new technology and of the growing love between two people on opposite sides of that change. For centuries, weavers of ...

A
Grounded Hearts

In Grounded Hearts the storyline is simple – an RAF pilot bails out of his damaged bomber, sustains injuries and seeks help from a lovely woman in enemy territory. The storytelling, however, is anything but simple. Here, I found romance, adventure, spiritual wisdom, humor, pathos, and a picture of ...

B+
A Most Noble Heir

Most romances follow a tried-and-true pattern — thrust the hero and heroine together under circumstances which place them in conflict and show how they resolve their differences to arrive at happily-ever-after. In A Most Noble Heir, the author wrenches the hero and heroine apart near the beginning ...

C
The View from Rainshadow Bay

The View from Rainshadow Bay, the first in Coleen Coble’s new Lavender Tides series, is set in the fictional bay-side community of Lavender Tides, Washington State. While Ms. Coble is a well-known, prolific writer of romantic suspense within the Christian community, I haven’t read her before, an ...