Between Yesterday and Tomorrow ~ Charmaine Pauls

Between Yesterday and TomorrowBetween Yesterday and Tomorrow by Charmaine Pauls

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not a big fan of romance novels – I’m more of a crime & mystery girl when it comes to cozy contemporary reads – but lucky for me Charmaine Pauls’ book had a few bites of mystery to it to keep me turning the pages. I love that this book is about a South African but is set in France. Funny enough my minds eye took to the French scenes far more easily than it did to the few chapters set in South Africa. I thought that was kind of funny. Like I should “get” the South Africa part, but the French part was just lovelier and more beautiful to think about :)

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Jezebel’s Wish ~ AJ Nuest

TItle: Jezebel’s Wish

Author: AJ Nuest

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Where I got it: Author requested review

Rating: 3

Goodreads Blurb: Haunted by nightmares, tormented by guilt, Jezebel came to Redemption Ranch to escape the past—except now she’s stuck in the middle of nowhere with no redemption in sight. When her mother pushes her into riding lessons with local veterinarian Matthias Saunders, Jezebel balks. Sure, the doctor is gorgeous, but he’s completely obnoxious and knows how to push every one of her buttons.
Only her deep connection with The Reverend, a gentle stallion who guards her darkest secrets, has her agreeing to spend any more time with Dr. Saunders. Caring for the stallion is the first bright spot in her life in months, and if being around the horse means she has to deal with Matthias Saunders, then so be it. Surely a city girl like her can handle one country vet—even one with disturbing blue eyes. Can’t she?

My Thoughts: I think what I am starting to like most about being asked to review books is that I get to experience more of what I wouldn’t usually pick for myself. I particularly enjoyed this book for the simple reason that it was a sweet and uncomplicated romantic read. I haven’t read a book like this since high school! And it was actually just a nice heartwarming experience. I think I especially liked this one because the Matty reminded me so much of my own fiance. I’m such a lucky girl!!!

Find Jezebel’s Wish  here on Amazon, or here for the Kindle edition.

Water for Elephants ~ Sara Gruen

Title: Water For Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen

Publisher: Two Roads

Pages: 414

Where I got it from: I bought it for myself for my birthday this year. From Bargain Books.

Rating: 4

Water for Elephants is stunning. I don’t know what it is about circus stories but I do tend to always find them particularly charming. Despite the massive differences in writing styles (from John Irving to William Kowalkski to Katherine Dunn and Sara Gruen) circus stories always seem to have an amazing energy that I find rather addictive.

Blurb from Amazon: As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

Water for Elephants is about a boy and a girl of course. Because all the best stories are! I honestly bought it because I knew that it was a successful “NanoWriMo” novel and I was curious about it. I’m glad I did. And i’m very keen to watch the movie now…