Reviews by LaVerne St. George

C+
The Librarian of Boone's Hollow

The publisher of The Librarian of Boone's Hollow classifies this book as a romance, but I don't agree with this choice. Although love does develop between two of the characters, the dominant story follows the struggles, dreams, and choices of three people living during the Great Depression, as well ...

B-
Forever

I had not read Vanessa Miller's work before, and just happened to pick up Forever, her fiftieth book and a significant milestone for any author. Forever also serves as the first installment of her new Let's Stay Together series. I was pleased to find a smooth read with a story full of a traditional ...

B+
The London Restoration

It's been a long time since I've read a novel with layers of rich historical detail, espionage, and a poignant love story so deftly intertwined. The London Restoration brings post-World War II London to life in a book that deserves a long, slow read so the reader can soak up every nuance. Theirs ...

B+
Line by Line

Every time I pick up a new book by Jennifer Delamere, I find that her storytelling has gotten better. Her newest book, Line by Line, is no different. The novel is the first in a new series, Love Along the Wires, about three friends in 1880s London trying to succeed in business and in love. After a s ...

C
The Crushing Depths

Given that this book includes some of my favorite story topics — the U.S. Coast Guard, my home state of North Carolina, a mysterious death, and romance — I was eager to dive right in. In fact, The Crushing Depths, the second book in the Coastal Guardians series, interweaves suspenseful action wi ...

B-
Carolina Breeze

Lately, I’ve been in a Carolina mood and picked up Carolina Breeze, a novel set in the fictional town of Bluebell surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. Carolina Breeze is the second book of the author’s Bluebell Inn Romance trilogy and offers a gentle romance while following ...

A
Witness Protection Unraveled

In the Love Inspired Suspense line, balancing the romance, suspense and spiritual elements in a relatively short book must be tough for an author. In Witness Protection Unraveled, Maggie K. Black shows us how that balance can be achieved. This novel is the third in the author’s Protected Identitie ...

C+
Beach Haven

Think cozy mystery, then swap out the mystery for a love story, and you’ll have a feel for the rhythm of Beach Haven. The seaside town of Sunset Cove, its cast of characters, and how the main couple interacts within the community are the strong underpinnings on which the love story unfolds. Beach ...

B+
An Amish Easter Wish

I’ve always enjoyed Jo Ann Brown’s Love Inspired titles for their smooth writing, light touch, and realistic settings and complications. An Amish Easter Wish has all that. It’s the second book in the Green Mountain Blessings series, which follows the lives and loves of people connected with th ...

B+
The Chisholm Trail Bride

This is the first novel I’ve read by Kathleen Y’Barbo, and I can see why she’s a bestselling author – she’s a good storyteller. Each of her characters is drawn with descriptive detail, and she has a deft way of weaving romance and adventure together. The Chisholm Trail Bride is one of seve ...