Authors Showcase: Love and Action
January 15, 2013
The Book: Journey of the Heart
The Author: Stephanie Burkhart
The Story: James returns to his home in California after World War II only to find out he’s lost his farm. His way of life gone, James becomes a journeyman, selling Bibles, looking for a sense of purpose.
Rachel Santori’s winery is in trouble. She’s looking for someone to trust. When Rachel meets James, she can’t deny how he penetrates her soul with his long, lonely looks.
Can James find a sense of belonging at Rachel’s winery? Can love mend both their weary hearts?
Review by Rising Star Reviews: Journey of the Heart by Stephanie Burkhart is a vintage sweet romance set in Sonoma, California, 1946. James DeMera returns home from the war in Europe, and finds himself without the home he thought he owned. Wandering about the country selling Bibles door-to-door, he encounters lovely young Rachel Santori, owner of a local winery. From the beginning, they at once admire and appreciate each other.
So, pour a glass of Chardonnay, put up your feet, and enjoy this short story. You will learn how they help each other with a problem, and in doing so, become attracted to each other.
Review by Joy Cagil: The setting of Journey of the Heart is in California, Sonoma County, right after World War II. In the story, Rachel Santori, the heir to a California winery at the brink of its ruin, hires James DeMera, a door-to-door Bible salesman who had fought in the war. James aids Rachel in saving her winery, and they fall in love as James finds a home and a calling.
The story is fluid, pleasant, and the characters are very well drawn. Most of the misfortunes have happened to the main characters in the past. Whatever conflict is left is minor and happens outside of their love, which makes the reading of this book entertaining and worry-free. There are no negatives here, no jealousies, hate, or revenge, and the only strong emotion is romantic love.
The story is short enough to be enjoyed in one sitting whether you are at the beach or on your easy chair enjoying a glass of wine, making believe it is the Santori Chardonnay. In short, this is another happy, heart-warming tale of love from the experienced pen of Stephanie Burkhart.
The Book: Fireworks on the 4th
The Author: CR Hiatt
LET THE FIREWORKS BEGIN.
Just weeks after shutting down The Devil’s Door, McSwain & Beck find themselves trapped in their most perilous adventure yet. Racing against the clock, their unique skills are put to the test against a sinister group bent on destruction. An explosive thrill ride where sparks fly and the lives of thousands are in their hands.
“Save the hockey star, save the city…
Review by John Ford: Young people were involved, action packed and it kept you from putting it down. This was a very easy book to read during your spare time, but was thrilling enough not to want to put down.
Review by Dana Griffin: This novel is evidence writers get better with each book. I enjoyed Gone At Zero Hundred, but loved this, the second book in the series, Fireworks On The 4th.
The story picks right up where the first book left off. Sydney, the narrator of this story, is faced with issues raised in the first book, and has to confront them. But as in life, things are so simple. Her personality, the investigation she and her investigative partner Cody are pulled into, who is also a potential love interest, prevent her from devoting the time needed to do so. Troubling Sydney’s ability to deal with this is the lack of someone to talk to about her situation. I ached for Sydney when she visited her recently murdered mother’s grave to discuss what she was feeling.
Ms. Haitt does a wonderful job of putting us in Sydney’s head where we feel her turmoil. Throughout the book this reader wished Sydney could be less tom-boy and have a girlfriend to talk to. I also hoped, she could let go of some of her hate and talk to her father who’s come into her life after not being a part of her eighteen years. But Ms. Hiatt does an excellent job keeping Sydney’s character constant through this book so these issues couldn’t be resolved easily.
All the while, Sydney and Cody have to find their friend Jaden who’s being held in Mexico. This investigation doesn’t go off easily with several twists and turns thrown in to thwart their efforts.
A situation that developed three quarters of the way through the book, gave me hope, Sydney issues would be resolved.
My only compliant with this book is I wish the climatic ending could’ve been drawn out a little longer. I would’ve liked to be held on the edge of my seat longer.