Ashley, Diane T. and McCarver Aaron. Jasmine. Uhrichsville, OH: Barbour Publishing, Inc. 2013.

JasmineJasmine must face the return of her childhood friend, David Foster, whose return is complicated by past and present misunderstandings. Adding to the emerging chaos is the appearance of a mysterious actor who opens doors for Jasmine to enter the world of theater. Much to Jasmine’s sisters’ deep concern, the stage is not always what it appears to be. Jasmine’s relationships must face the ultimate tests as she stumbles into a theater that contains sinister secrets.

The novel’s premise promises New Orleans adventure. The beginning opens with a fast start by garnering reader interest as new characters and major dilemmas are introduced. However, once nearing the middle section of the novel, the action slows. The reader is left with the desire for something to propel the story forward. For readers that have an interest in the theater, the novel will not disappoint. The pages are filled with descriptions of sets, costumes, rehearsals and an occasional Shakespearean quote.

3.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a free copy of Jasmine from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc in exchange for my honest review*


The Miner’s Lady

Peterson, Tracie. The Miner’s Lady. Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House. 2013.

minorThe Penetta family and the Calarco family have carried the feud between the two families from Italy to the miner town in Ely, Minnesota. The families have feuded for generations without desire to end the turmoil. Yet, the Penetta daughters and the Calarco sons may change the balance when Isabella Penetta and Orlando Calarco plan to elope. Things become even more complicated after a mining accident and the eloping couple recruits the help of their siblings.

“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?” Tracie Peterson has taken the classic story of Romeo and Juliet and transported it to the 1890s in a small mining town. However, Peterson does break away from the Romeo and Juliet storyline to create a fresh and unique perspective. Yet, depending on the reader’s knowledge of Shakespeare, the reader will find themselves making many connections to the famous playwright. Readers who enjoy Tracie Peterson’s novels, as do I, will definitely want to read this novel; the style is slightly different from her other works providing yet another twist to her writing repertoire.

4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Minor’s Lady from Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for my honest review*