Tuesday, January 17, 2017


by Tonya Kappes

This light, ghostly murder mystery is filled with humor and quirky characters with large personalities.
…the mystery is rib ticklin’ fun and as sticky as a humid afternoon.
You’ll enjoy your visit to Sleepy Hollow. Whodunit might surprise you…
~Laura’s Interests 
A Ghostly Reunion: A Ghostly Southern Mystery
Series: Ghostly Southern Mysteries (Book 5)
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Witness (December 27, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-0062466952

Emma Lee Raines sees dead people
Proprietor of the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home, Emma Lee can see, hear, and talk to ghosts of murdered folks. And when her high school nemesis is found dead, Jade Lee Peel is the same old mean girl—trying to come between Emma Lee and her hot boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, all over again.
There’s only one way for Emma Lee to be free of the trash-talking ghost—solve the murder so the former prom queen can cross over.
But the last thing Jade Lee wants is to leave the town where she had her glory days. And the more Emma Lee investigates on her own, the more complicated Miss Popularity turns out to be. Now Emma Lee will have to work extra closely with her hunky lawman to get to the twisty truth.

About the Author

For years, USA Today bestselling author Tonya Kappes has been self-publishing her numerous mystery and romance titles with unprecedented success. She is famous not only for her hilarious plotlines and quirky characters, but her tremendous marketing efforts that have earned her thousands of followers and a devoted street team of fans. Be sure to check out Tonya’s website for upcoming events and news and to sign up for her newsletter! Tonyakappes.com
Also by Tonya Kappes
Kenni Lowry Mystery Series
Olivia Davis Paranormal Mystery Series
Magical Cures Mystery Series
Grandberry Falls Series
A Laurel London Mystery Series
A Divorced Diva Beading Mystery Series
Bluegrass Romance Series
Women’s Fiction
Young Adult
A Ghostly Southern Mystery Series
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I love a book that makes me laugh , has quirky dialogue and characters that are funny and over the top. This book has all the elements for a great read and funny sayings that had me laughing so hard I cried. I could visualize every character by the great description the author wrote. The personality of the characters were straight out of a small town where everyone knew each other's business.

Emma is such a great character I think I would enjoy being her friend. She is witty, smart and oh yeah she sees dead people. Can you imagine being able to see a dead person and actually talk to them ? Emma didn't ask for that gift but a freak accident by a plastic Santa gave her the ability to help the dead cross over. The author has such a great sense of humor and it shines throughout the story. Emma works at the family business , Eternal Slumber Funeral Home.  She has a nickname that will have you rolling on the floor.

The big news in town is the class reunion that Emma has been working on. Everyone is starting to show up in town and one special person has just arrived. I know we all have that one person who we just did not like in school. They were popular , beautiful and let's not forget snotty and rude. Who would have thought the girl who made it big would show up in town for the class reunion?

Jade Peel has made a grand entrance into town and my do the people fawn over her. She did make a name for herself as a star and there is no way she would miss coming to the reunion. What better opportunity than to rub her celebrity status at a quaint little reunion. Emma is not a happy person when she sees Jade. Why does Emma have a grudge against Jade? I have to say that Jade was a mean spirited person but I really liked her character. She was very well written and even though she was a mean girl in high school there was a little insecure girl somewhere inside her. Well maybe it's well hidden but she sure could stir up trouble.

The story is fast paced and Emma has her hands full when someone is found dead at her grandmother's Inn. Can you guess who the dead person is? It makes for a lot of laughs as Emma tries to help solve the murder. I loved the book so much I read it without stopping till the end. There are many suspects and I was a bit surprised at who the killer was. Get ready for another great book with all the elements of surprises and plenty of laughs to please readers  looking for a fun cozy mystery . The author has once again written a story that makes you laugh, keeps you guessing and leaves you wanting to read more books from her.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from The Great Escape Book Tour. The review is my honest review.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017


I fell in love with the story from the beginning.  I remember going to my grandfather's farm when I was younger. It was the best time of my life. There was always something to do whether is was gathering eggs or hanging the laundry out to dry in the gentle breeze. This story reminds of those times that I was able to spend time with my grandparents. The author does a great job of describing how important family is.

When Ella receives a call that her grandmother is in the hospital she goes home to take care of her. I enjoyed the tender relationship they shared and the respect that Ella had for her grandmother. Perla has a long road ahead of her as she tries to recover from her stroke. Inside she is battling with a secret that she has kept for many years. Can secrets tear a family apart? As Petra's daughter comes  back to help with her care, will Petra find a way to tell her secret She has been keeping?

I loved the theme throughout the book about how important family is. Secrets can separate families and cause hurt that sometimes is hard to repair. I did like the way the story went back and forth in time. It gives a glimpse of Petra as a young woman who makes decisions that will have long term consequences on the family. Can past hurts be healed?

The story is beautifully written as a family learns to forgive, rely on their faith and appreciate the love of a family.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Bethany House Blogger Review Program

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Someday I hope to visit Amish country . The people live a simple life, work hard, help each other and love God with all their heart. Until I get to visit Amish country I can travel there through this authors books. She writes so beautifully and her words are like silk that glisten in the sun. With her words I feel like I am there watching the story unfold. I feel part of the family as the characters are so welcoming. Each book she writes brings readers a fresh look at subjects that we may struggle with in our own lives. I love how she brings characters through tough issues and gently guides them to the answers found in the Bible. After finishing her books, I always feel a gentle breath of fresh air come over me as her story stirs emotions inside me.

Christopher or Chris to his friends doesn't seen to be able to live up to his dad's standards. They seem to disagree a lot and Christopher struggles with self confidence. I loved how the character showed his weaknesses and struggles to try to change. After a devastating accident that takes his brother's life, Christopher leaves home to go live with his aunt and uncle. He blames himself for the accident and sadly so does his dad. I can't imagine the heavy burden Christopher carried around believing he caused his brother's death. Can Christopher ever find peace? Will he and his dad be able to make amends? Will Christopher find a trade that he is good at?

Emily is someone you want  to be friends with. She has a welcoming smile and genuinely cares for everyone. When she meets Christopher she gives him a warm smile . Christopher  is not very friendly to Emily and she is bewildered by his actions. I loved Emily's never give up attitude and determination to make friends with Christopher. Can Emily help Christopher learn to trust again? There are quite a few things that Emily does to show Christopher she wants to be his friend  and I thought her character was sincere and charming.

The book has some emotional moments that you won't forget. I can tell you that I did shed a few tears while reading the book. Will Christopher open up to Emily and share with her the pain he carries around? What will happen when Emily surprises Christopher with a very special gift? I loved reading this book that showed how important forgiveness and believing in yourself is .

I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I remember watching the first movie that the book was from and thinking how powerful it was. The challenge was to prove that God was real . I loved how the author gave the character strength and wisdom to fight for what he believes. In this second installment the same premise exists  except it is now about a teacher.

Grace is a sweet and lovely young woman who teaches history at a high school. When she references Jesus in an answer , that starts a downward spiral for her job. It seems that everyone is so sensitive to words that were not really preachy , just making a statement. After a student complains Grace finds herself trying to save her career. I loved how Grace was not upset with the student and held her ground on what she believes . Could you stand up to others and claim God is not dead? Would you have others to support you?

Tom is a lawyer who takes Grace's case. It is ironic that Tom is going to defend Grace since he doesn't believe God exists. I thought that was really a great way to witness to him by having him research and listening to others about the existence of God. Will he change what he believes? What I really liked about the book was that I didn't feel like it was preachy but stated viewpoints from both sides. Isn't is nice that we live in a country where we can freely express our beliefs ? I think about those in other countries that have to hide that they are Christians.

The story is fascinating and there are other characters in the book that play a vital part in the story. As you read the book you feel the passion that people have . I kept thinking about the right we have for freedom of speech. I don't take that likely and I think we see that right being  displayed everyday. I loved the book and thought the story was well written and gave readers issues to think about.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookfun.org. The review is my own opinion.