Reviews by Lynn Spencer

C
Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

The latest in Colleen Coble's Sunset Cove series, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens suffers from some of the same flaws as one of the earlier installments I read. There's just too much going on in this book and it's not tied together very well.  Overall, that's a shame because there really are some int ...

C
The Lottery Winner

In The Lottery Winner, Emilie Rose takes a familiar fantasy - winning the lottery - and spins a novel out of it. Even though most of us dream of striking it big, there are plenty of nightmare stories out there of lottery winners who have been exploited or who have run through their winnings and foun ...

B
Made for Sin

There's something about Vegas that makes it a great setting for urban fantasy. Perhaps it's the feeling of dark secrets simmering beneath the glittery facade that the city puts up for tourists.  Whatever it is, Stacia Kane takes that mood and runs with it in Made for Sin. Our hero, E.L. Speare, re ...

B
At Fairfield Orchard

I'll admit it.  I picked this book up almost entirely because of its setting.  I grew up in the rolling hills outside Charlottesville, Virginia, and it's still one of my favorite places. Thankfully, it's obvious in this book that the author did her research and she does get a lot of the details of ...

B-
Royalist on the Run

I have to say, if I fell in love with a man and he abruptly ended our betrothal and dumped me in favor of another woman, I wouldn't be too happy.  And if he showed up on my doorstep years later and asked me to help him with his child from said other woman, I can think of things I would say, but non ...

B
A Moment of Bliss

I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I just love this area, so when I saw A Moment of Bliss featured an inn nestled in the Blue Ridge, I had to give it a whirl. While I'm more familiar with Virginia, this novel is centered on a fall wedding in western North Carolina.  Although the story isn't ...

C+
Secrets of Nanreath Hall

For the longest time, Susanna Kearsley, Lauren Willig and Susan Meissner were the only authors I regularly encountered who wrote dual timeline  novels. However, they seem to be everywhere all of a sudden. I love this device, so I'm certainly not complaining. In fact, I was quite eager to read Secre ...

B-
Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun

Remember the heyday of chick lit (still wishing they could find a better term for it) 10-15 years ago?  The combination of comedy, often with a dash of romance, and deeper emotion could be hard to pull off, but when it worked, it was such fun. Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun is a romantic comedy writ ...

A-
The Burning Sky

Most readers probably recognize  Sherry Thomas as an author of superb historicals.  The Burning Sky, set in an alternate world that intersects somewhat with 1880s England, marks her first foray into YA. I enjoyed the characters and the world created for them, and this book would definitely go on m ...

B-
Under the Harrow

With the success of books like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, psychological thrillers are enjoying a rebirth of popularity. Flynn Berry's debut novel, Under the Harrow fits nicely into this category.  Though a bit rougher around the edges than some I've read from more accomplished authors, th ...