Book Reviews: Contemporary Romances: 'The Corporal & the Choir Girl' and 'The Farmer's Wife' (Luchettis Brothers #1)
I've got a couple of contemporary romance novel reviews for you today. One is inspirational, the other is not, though the family is one who shows their faith in their daily lives. Check them out and see what you think.
Book Review: The Corporal & The Choir Girl by Shanae Johnson
The Corporal and the Choir Girl by Shanae Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My Amazon review is shorter so I'll start with what I said there, then expound...
I love reading romance novels that involve the military. This one had a couple of mistakes that kept it from a five-star rating, but overall, it's a good, fanciful romance tale. I'd recommend it to readers who can overlook the aforementioned mistakes to watch as the beautiful romance blossoms.
Now digging deeper...
The mistakes: 1. There were a couple of phrases that just weren't worded correctly. I normally wouldn't mention that but these were placed in such a way I had to stop for a moment before continuing on with the tale. It was particularly noticeable because in both cases, the mood was so serious and the wording just destroyed the mood. 2. Anytime a military member deploys, they fix up a power of attorney. Any military member/spouse knows this and so one of the huge plot issues is rendered unbelievable because of the way it's written.
But I read this story through and it really is a beautiful tale. I liked the characters and how they dealt with their problems was believable to me. The town being so loving reminded me of our little friend group in Texas and life on the air force base. I miss that camaraderie so it was nice to read about it. The Corporal and the Choir Girl is what it's marketed to be...a sweet military romance. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a clean, cozy bedtime book.
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I noticed a couple of confusing bits in my review... I said one of the major plot discrepancies made the story a bit unbelievable, then said the way the characters dealt with their problems was believable. So let me make two notes:
Book Review: The Farmer's Wife (Luchettis Brothers #1) by Lori Handeland
The Farmer's Wife by Lori Handeland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I'm keeping this simple. I didn't realize at first this was a Harlequin super-romance. I quit reading Harlequin romance novels long ago. This one was different than most, though. The plot was actually good, and the subplots, intriguing. The characters were interesting, even though the heroine was really oblivious about things. That part fit her personality well, though.
I got this book through a promotional thing for 'sweet romance' books. While it's fairly clean, there is still a sex scene, just so you know. I enjoyed the book well enough but I doubt I'll read any follow up tales besides maybe Dean's story if it exists. He's the only other character I really want to know more about at this point.
I read through some of the other reviews before reading this book. Some were bothered by the number of characters and subplots. I love reading fantasy and epic fantasy so multiple characters and subplots is something I really enjoy. It wasn't a problem for me but if that's something you hate, skip this book. There's a lot going on between the pages. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves contemporary romance and Harlequin romance, who also enjoys digging deeper into the lives of characters.
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I've been dealing with a lot of different things lately. With Christmas getting nearer every day and me making several of the gifts I'm going to give my children this year, please expect that there may be days I miss posting on the blog. Next month is Preptober (preparation for Nanowrimo) and then November is Nanowrimo. I've also started up a writing group for a couple of my local writing friends and some of the homeschoolers in our area, so I expect that to add some to my workload. I'm excited about those things but there are only so many hours in a day. Please bear with me and I hope you'll stick around to read when I am able to post.
Weebly has been difficult of late. I don't know if it's my internet connect or issues with the site but I suspect the former. As such, I refuse to let that get me down and hope that you'll understand even more if I miss posts during the next few months.
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Until next time...
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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