Reviews by Jennifer Schendel

B
The Caleb Trees

It says "romance" on the spine of this novel, but that’s really a misnomer. A romance is the story of a courtship: boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, there's some strife and then they live happily ever after. The Caleb Trees is about what happens after the fairytale ends and life begins. I ...

D+
Much Ado About Love

As early as 1769 there have been those that argue that an actor from Stratford-upon-Avon, with no University education, could not possibly have written the wondrous plays attributed to William Shakespeare. People have offered such alternatives as: Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, ...

B+
A Kiss of Shadows

Warning: This book is not a romance novel. Do not read it expecting a loving relationship between a man and woman. Do not read this book if you cannot stand polygamous relationships. Do not read this book if you don't like a lot of sex. And, finally, do not read this book if you have a weak stomach ...

D
Emerald

I don't know what's worse - a book that starts out badly and stays bad or book that starts out terrific and goes down hill. Emerald falls under the latter category; this book starts out wonderfully, right in the heart of the action with a chase scene. It even manages to keep the momentum going for t ...

C+
Forgetting Herself

The premise of this book sounds a little silly: the main conflict between the hero and heroine is that he's a sheep farmer and she's a cattle rancher's daughter. Yet, it brought back memories of 4th grade state history class when we learned about range wars between cattlemen and sheep farmers in Wyo ...

B
Mustang Annie

When I was a little girl I went through the whole horse phase. I gobbled up books by Walter Farley and Marguerite Henry. I could still tell you all about the Black Stallion and the Goldophin Arabian and list off Man'o'War's record at the track. So when I heard the name Mustang Annie my mind immediat ...

F
A Still Small Voice

A Still Small Voice is literary fiction, and I have been known to enjoy the occasional literary novel. It's kind of like adding a little broccoli to the diet, but reading this novel is more like eating boiled cabbage. When I open any book, I expect two things: a good story and characters that make m ...

A-
Spotlight

I know a book is good when I skip my usual nap during the morning commute to read it, especially after staying up half the night because I had to see where the story went next. This book is an about an Irish rock star who preaches peace and love and giving to charities around the world (is it just m ...

B
Night of No Return

Night of No Return is the third book in Silhouette's twelve-book A Year of Loving Dangerously mini-series, but it is not necessary to have read the first two books in the series to thoroughly appreciate this installment. All you need to know is that there's a secret government agency named SPEAR hea ...

C-
Jake's Angel

It doesn't bode well for a book when I can start it on Monday and put it down without a second thought until Saturday. I'm not saying Jake's Angel was a bad book, but it was lacked that certain spark that makes a body want to pick it up and read it. The story opens with Texas Ra ...