Any Day Now

Any day nowAuthor: Robyn Carr

Series: Sullivan’s Crossing #2

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: April 18, 2017

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Relationships just seem to happen at Sullivan’s Crossing!

Sierra Jones is on the run and Sullivan’s Crossing looks like a good place for a stop over. Her brother Cal and his new wife Maggie are expecting their first child and she could use the time to talk with him.  She has some money, but she is going to need a place to work and a place to stay.  Maggie’s dad, Sully, quickly offers her one of the cabins and some work to do during March, which is the prep month for the cabins and campgrounds.  Sierra has no intentions of love until she meets the local paramedic, Connie.  He is handsome and built like a rock.  But she has a past that she wants to keep closed.  Can she be safe in Sullivan’s Crossing?  Or will she have to keep running?

Another love story set in Colorado is never a bad thing. And this one had quite a bit of suspense and mystery to it.  The layers keep pulling back on Cal’s family, especially his siblings.  It makes me wonder if the future installments will be based on the other two siblings.  It’s been fun to meet his family and learn more about them.  This book was not as difficult to follow on the viewpoint transitions as the first book.  However, there was still some sex scenes and language.  I still recommend this book for mature readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

What We Find

What WE FindAuthor: Robyn Carr

Series: Sullivan’s Crossing #1

Publisher: Mira

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

When one door closes, another one opens.

Maggie Sullivan needs a break. Her practice had to close after her two partners were indicted for medical malpractice.  She’s been picking up shifts at the ER in the Denver Hospital but the stress and hours are driving her crazy.  A family that lost their teenage son a car accident is now suing her personally.  She just had a miscarriage with her longtime boyfriend, who has now decided that he just can’t be who she needs him to be.  Needless to say, she needs a break.  She loads up her bags and heads across the mountains to the small town of Sullivan’s Crossing where her dad owns the only general store in town.  It’s March, so it is nasty weather, but she needs the break.  Shortly after her arrival, her dad has a heart attack and she decides to stay and take care of him.  Can Maggie find what she is looking for?

This was a fast and exciting read. The story follows Maggie through her troubles and her emotions with trusting men.  Although, she initial doesn’t trust Cal, she succumbs pretty quickly to his charms.  It’s almost a type of coming of age story for Maggie on finding what she wants instead of what others want her to be.  Of course, a book set in the mountains of Colorado is always a fun place to be.

Overall, the story flowed pretty well, but the character transitions didn’t happen smoothly. There wasn’t a method to denote when you suddenly jumped viewpoints until you were halfway into a segment and realized it wasn’t Maggie anymore.  Also, there is a lot of sex in this book and some pretty harsh language as well.  I would recommend this book to mature readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

Forward to Glory: Tempering

Forward to GloryAuthor: Brian Paul Bach

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Release Date: March 21, 2017

Rating: 2 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Dealing with television, movies and a screenplay all in one should make it an interesting concept, but I just could not get into this one at all.

With a name like Butterbugs you would think life would be interesting. But it’s not, not even a little.  His only dream is to act, so he drops everything and heads to Hollywood.  He is living in his car and running out of resources.  Even with his high hopes, he eventually becomes isolated from much of the LA scene.  He then begins to meet several other outcasts, but not all of them are bad.  When he gets his first screen test, things seem to be spiraling out of control.  With many other characters, it could be an interesting tale with many different directions.

Ok, I wanted to give this one a chance, and I did. I get what the author was trying to do, but it just wasn’t happening.  The story is really disjointed and even though it is set up more like a screen play, it just wasn’t easy to follow.  Too much of the first part of it goes on and on without getting to the reason for the story.  I have no doubt that some readers may find this more to their liking but I wasn’t one of them.  I’ll give anything a try once is my motto, but this one just didn’t work out for me.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

A Harvest of Thorns

a-harvest-of-thornsAuthor: Corban Addison

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: January 24, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

This should be a required read for business ethics courses!

Dhaka, Bangladesh is home to several garment factories that make products sold in stores all across the world. Some are better suited for working conditions than others.  One night, an electrical short in a generator causes a fire at the Millennium factory while workers are trying to complete a last minute order.  As the fire roars up the stairs, which is also the upper floors only exit, several workers try to remove the bars from the windows.  Finally, they get them free only to jump five levels above the ground, many to their death.  A photo of a young girl on the ground, bloody and battered, is shown throughout the news media.  On her face is a mask made of pants sold by one of the world’s largest retailers, Presto.

The next morning in Washington, D.C. Cameron Alexander, Presto’s general counsel, is called into the CEO’s office to watch the scene unfold. The factory was on the company’s red list, meaning they should not have any products being manufactured there.  Cameron’s main job is damage control as well as company reputation and he must figure out why this happened and how to spin it in a positive light.  As he digs into the investigation, he is shocked to find out the code of conduct is not only misused, but many times completely ignored.  He starts cracking down on the factory that the order was with and other items begin to come to light, not just in Bangladesh, but in Malaysia and Jordan as well.  Can the poison be stopped, or will it just keep spreading?

A year later, Joshua Griswold meets a confidential informant from Presto urging him to investigate the matter. Josh has won two Pulitzers, but was disgraced after one of the articles was used to uncover an unfortunate scandal.  Now with his marriage in shambles, he hopes he can rebuild his career with the Presto case and maybe even his family.

This book was an incredible read. From the start of the book, I was hooked and couldn’t put it down until I figured out what was going on.  Then once I did, I was along for the ride to see how everything played out.  As a consumer, this book can really open your eyes if you let it.  Most of us have heard about sweatshops and working conditions, but living in a first world country, you don’t really want to go there, either in person or your mind.  So reading this book can definitely give you an education.  It really makes you think about where the products you purchase come from.  It may have a sticker that says Made in Taiwan, but what do the people who make it go through?  How much do they get paid?  And then the whole set up with labor trafficking and supervisor rape.  It’s sickening to even imagine, but it does happen.

I think this would be a powerful book for business majors to read. Just to get them in a mindset about decisions they will be making and how they can affect other people’s lives.  If we are going to change the system, it will have to be from the top down and everyone will have to work to make a difference.  Thank you Corban Addison for bringing this issue to light and giving these workers a voice to be heard.

Aside from some of the content that will undoubtedly make some people uncomfortable, there is also some harsh language throughout. I would recommend this book to college age and above.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.