Tag Archives: Category Romance

In Hope’s Shadow, by Janice Kay Johnson

11 Nov

In Hope's ShadowAmazingly, I have managed to write a review! (I’m afraid to look back, and see how long since the last one–this has not been a good blogging/reading year for me so far)

I got an ARC for this novel a while back (like, over three months ago :wince:). When I realized that it’s the second in the Two Daughters duology, I stopped reading, and one-clicked the first title, Yesterday’s Gone.

After a lot of false starts with other books, and tons of re-reading, I finally grabbed In Hope’s Shadow a couple of days ago–and read it in one sitting.

Hoping that late is still better than never, here’s my review.

A caveat: I definitely recommend reading these two stories in order. A warning: there are references to child abuse, references to animal abuse, and an off-page murder. Reader, beware.

In Hope’s Shadow, by Janice Kay Johnson

The setup for the two novels is this: six year old Hope Lawson is kidnapped, snatched off the playground at school. A few years later, her parents, who have not given up on finding her alive, adopt a little girl her missing daughter’s age. A couple of decades after that, Hope miraculously, unexpectedly, turns up–alive, and willing to reconnect with her parents. And her adoptive sister, Eve.

Here’s the blurb, from amazon:
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Yesterday’s Gone, by Janice Kay Johnson

10 Aug

YesterdaysGoneThis is Ms Bates’ fault (in the best possible way).

See, last week, she posted this lovely review of Ms Johnson’s To Love a Cop, which reminded me of how much I usually enjoy this author’s work.

So off I went to check, and found out that there’s a new book by her, coming out in October.

Since I’m still struggling to read (reading slumps suck big hairy donkey balls), I asked for, and received, an ARC for In Hope’s Shadow, but when I started to read it, I realized it was connected to a previously released title–Yesterday’s Gone. So, of course, I bought it so I could read in order.

I’m glad I did.

Yesterday’s Gone, by Janice Kay Johnson

This is the first of the Two Daughters duology by Ms Johnson. The premise is this: what happens when a girl, abducted long ago, turns up alive and well, now an adult with a different sense of self? How does someone who has survived isolation, and emotional and physical abuse, cope with familial relationships, memories, love? How does the family who lost that child, who has waited and searched, who has prayed and loved, for so many years, adapts to the reality of this new person?

Here is the blurb:

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Boots & Badges, by Rachel Lee

22 May

I am late for this month’s TBR Challenge, but the lovely SLWendy is very forgiving, so here’s my contribution, such as it is.

Boots and BadgesBoots & Badges, by Rachel Lee

I grabbed this one from my TBR shelves pretty much on the way out the door and with very little forethought–all I checked was that it fit with this month’s theme (old school: ten years or older).

It does, in spades; Boots & Badges is a one-author anthology published in 1999 by Silhouette. All four of the short stories are part of Ms Lee’s successful Conard County series.

Here’s the (melodramatic and inaccurate) blurb from my print copy:
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Mr Irresistible, by Karina Bliss

2 Mar

Mr IrresistibleI have mentioned before that I really like Ms Bliss’ writing, despite the inexplicable long time between reading Mr Imperfect and these last two in the trilogy, Mr Irresistible and Mr Unforgettable.

Slowly, but surely, I’m correcting the oversight.

Mr Irresistible, by Karina Bliss

This is the middle book in the Lost Boys trilogy, and once again we have a winner. I will never understand how Ms Bliss manages to pack to much emotional impact in a relatively short length, particularly considering all the constraints of writing a category romance.

The important thing, I suppose, is that she does. Boy, does she ever!

Here’s the blurb, from the author’s website:
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