Monday, February 27, 2017

"My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille" by Erica Vetsch

About this book:

  “A Custody Battle Brings Two Stubborn Individuals Together at a Remote Texas Fort.
  Fashion artist Priscilla Hutchens has a grudge against the army that has ruined her family and taken the people she holds most dear. When her twin niece and nephew are left orphaned at Fort Bliss, Texas, she swoops down on Fort Bliss to gain custody of them immediately.
  There is just one thing standing in the way—Post surgeon Major Elliot Ryder, who is also the twins uncle, also claims the children and thinks he knows what is best for them.
  Priscilla and Elliot will cross swords, but each will have to lay down arms if they are to find a lasting peace on which to form the family both are longing for.
  Journey now to Fort Bliss in West Texas in 1874, where a battle is about to be waged between hearts.”

Series: Part of the “My Heart Belongs” series.

Spiritual Content- A Scripture is quoted & lightly talked about; Prayers; Talks about God, faiths & His will; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Mentions of God & forgiveness; Mentions of prayers & blessings over food; Mentions of churches, services, sermons & a preacher preaching; Mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of “what the Bible says”; A couple mentions of sins; A mention of Heaven;
*Note: A few mention of incantations & chants in healing; A couple mentions of an Indian item believed to have part of someone’s spirit; A mention of the devil himself chasing someone.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘dumb’s and four ‘stupid’s; Many mentions of pain, blood, injuries/wounds, dying & deaths (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of prejudice, hatred & those for killing others they hate; Mentions of deaths, fevers/illnesses; Mentions of the War, fighting/fights, slaves, killing & deaths; Mentions of the possibility of being killed; Mentions of scalpings, kidnappings & slaves; Mentions of an Indian raid (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of being shot, guns aimed & gunfire; Mentions of poisons; Mentions of drinking, a drunk & whiskey; Mentions of smoking, tobacco & pipes; Mentions of stealing & thieves; Mentions of gossip; A few mentions of eye rolling; A few mentions of lies & lying; A few mentions of vomiting; A few mentions of hunting; A couple mentions of nightmares.

Sexual Content- a hand kiss, a forehead kiss, an almost kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, and two detailed kisses; Touches, Dancing, Heat/Warmth & Flutters (up to semi-detailed); Wanting to embrace & kiss; Noticing, Smelling & Nearness (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of Indian men having/wanting to have two wives; Mentions of a child conceived out of wedlock & labor (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of couples kissing (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of touches; Mentions of men staring at Priscilla; Mentions of blushes; A few mentions of a young girl who was accosted and the possibility of men hauling her off & violating her; A few mentions of whistles; A few mentions of jealousy; A couple mentions of a couple’s honeymoon; Love, falling in love & the emotions.
           *Note: A few mentions of bare chested men; A mention of a friendly swat on a little girl’s backside from her uncle.

-Priscilla Hutchens
-Elliot Ryder, age 30
                                     P.O.V. switches between them
                                            Set in 1874
                                                 254 pages

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My personal Rating-
Even though this would technically be a shorter-than-normal historical book because of its length at 254 pages, it felt like a normal 300+ paged book to me. Maybe that’s because I wasn’t all that interested in the story—I originally liked the plot idea, but as it continued it just had too much lovey-dovey and doctor/illnesses stuff that I wasn’t a fan of.

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Barbour) for this honest review.

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Mandie and The Dangerous Imposters" by Lois Gladys Leppard

About this book:

  “With only a few days left of her summer vacation, Mandie goes for a short visit with Uncle Ned and his granddaughter, Sallie. But before leaving, Mandie receives a message that Tsa'ni, a Cherokee boy who is always stirring up trouble and playing tricks on others, wants to see her. Sallie says it's really important.
  When Mandie arrives, Tsa'ni is nowhere to be found, and she discovers that her Uncle Wirt has disappeared as well. Dimar, another Cherokee friend of Mandie's, tells her of strange diggings going on in the mountains nearby. Could the two mysteries be connected?
  What will Mandie do if someone else disappears? Mandie's hooked on another mystery. But is it dangerous?”

Series: Book #23 in “Mandie” series. (To read the reviews of the previous books in this series, click the number to be taken to that review:
#1! #2! #3! #4! #5! #6! #7! #8! #9! #10! #11! #12! #13! #14! #15! #16! #17! #18! #19! #20! #21! #22! ) {There also is the “Young Mandie Mystery” series, (Book #1 review Here and Book #2 review Here!) but they do not connect together well}

Spiritual Content- Psalm 56:3 at the beginning; Prayers; A few Scriptures are prayed, quoted & talked about; Talks about God & trusting Him; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, thanking God & blessings over food; Mentions of a missionary; A couple mentions of Heaven;
*Note: A mention of ancestor’s spirits; A mention of angry spirits; Mentions of sacred ground & burial.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘dumb’, two ‘stupid’ and four ‘shuck’s; Mentions of a death & fevers (not-detailed); Mentions of possibly fighting, killing & bloodshed (not-detailed); Mentions of Tsa’ni not liking white people, his bad attitude & tricks (he also says that one day he’ll kill Mandie’s white cat); Mentions of arrows being shot at people (no one is hurt); Mentions of lying & lies; A few mentions of shooting a panther (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of hunting; A mention of the chance of someone being killed.

Sexual Content- A few mentions of Joe wanting to Marry Mandie when they grow up; A few mentions of crushes &/or liking someone; A couple mentions of noticing a handsome/good-looking boy; A couple mentions of a man’s girlfriend.  

-Amanda “Mandie” Shaw, age 13
                                   P.O.V. of Mandie
                                              Set in 1901
                         174 pages (also available in a collection with two other Mandie books.)

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My personal Rating-
Just another good Mandie mystery! ;)

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.