Arkansas

B+
The Lost Order

The Lost Order is an engrossing, gripping contemporary mystery about the confederate Knights of the Golden Cross from the time of the U.S. Civil War and about the vast horde of gold and silver they amassed and hid. It is also about the intriguing past and devious machinations of the Smithsonian Ins ...

B
Never Been Kissed

Sometimes I buy a book to read for pleasure, but I end up enjoying it enough that I just can't put it aside without reviewing it. Never Been Kissed was one of those. It's not perfect, but I did enjoy it quite a bit. Things get off to a rather action-packed start in this novel. Bodyguard Brody Bax ...

A-
The Lovesick Cure

Can an unpretentious story with simple characters set against the backdrop of the Arkansas Ozark Mountains be a Desert Island Keeper? It can when it is written by Pamela Morsi and includes her trademark humor and gift of storytelling. With a fixed fake smile on her face and a litany of “I am ju ...

B-
Not the Marrying Kind

I’ve always found Hailey North’s books to be satisfying reads and her latest is a perfectly pleasant, if somewhat innocuous one. The author returns to the small town of Doolittle, Arkansas (yes, it’s a series, but not an overwhelmingly stifling one, if you know what I mean) to tell the ...

A
Simple Jess

Too much of the world figures those with special needs and challenges are of no earthly good to humanity. If we simply ignore them, they will go away. That's how it was with Jess Best; everybody in town had written him off as simple. My best friend's parents have adopted two Down's Syndrome child ...

A
Marrying Stone

I came to read Marrying Stone the backwards way. I liked Simple Jess, the sequel, very much, and I thought that I'd get a chance to read a little bit more about Jesse Best if I read Marrying Stone. I didn't realize that I would like this one even more than the sequel. What a pleasant surprise! J. ...