Book Review: Mountain Rose by Cheryl St. John


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Mountain Rose

Author: Cheryl St. John

Publisher: Harlequin

Pub Date: January 15, 2018

Genre: Love Inspired Historical

Length: 122 pages

Source: I bought this ebook

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Teacher Olivia Rose knows what it’s like to grow up alone and unwanted. But convincing reserved rancher Jules Parrish he can give his orphaned niece a real home won’t be easy—unless Olivia seizes the chance of love and motherhood she never expected….

Originally published in 2010


Four Stars

As you can see by the length of the title, only 122 pages, the reader is in for a short, sweet love story.

Readers who trudge through long, heavy titles should seek out books like these. They are a perfect reading ‘snack’ in between those exhausting books.

Emily and Olivia have traveled across country to find Emily’s Uncle Jules. Olivia knows she needs to make sure the little girl is safe and settled… and then leave. It’s the leaving that is the tough part.

Jules is single. He has no plans to marry, his house hasn’t even been started yet. He can’t take care of a little girl. He certainly shouldn’t think about a wife!

Oh, so sweet and lovely. I really appreciated the fun ranch hand characters and the episodes of eager men who came courting. I will check out more titles by Cheryl St. John. She has many!! There is even a nonfiction book on writing.


~ Jenna


Book Review: Lost Dogs Part 1 – Last Fight of the Old Hound

Lost Dogs Part I

Lost Dogs Part I – Last Fight of the Old Hound

by Nils Ӧdlund

Length: 156 pages


Source: I was given a review copy of this ebook

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Roy van Waldenberger faces the most difficult decision of his life: truth or loyalty?

On the one hand are the values he believes in, the moral code he built his life upon, and the promise he made to the woman he loves. On the other hand is the future of his best friend, and that of her children and her grandson.

Known to fans and admirers as The Wolf of the North, Roy has fought at the highest level of werewolf bloodsports for over a decade. He’s won more matches and titles than anyone alive, and he’s never thrown a fight. With the last match of his career just around the corner, a polite request is made for Roy to let the other fighter win, or else…

It’s not the decision that’s difficult – it’s accepting the consequences.


I discovered this author and book while cruising around WordPress. I believe I was searching the tag ‘writing.’

I saw the blog post and found the description so intriguing, I decided to download the sample to my Kindle. So good, the intro alone made want to jump right into the entire story.

Some authors have the gift of setting a scene, giving you mood, scents and a vivid feel for surroundings – Nils Ӧdlund does just that. Something as simple as a street or book shop is brought to life through his choice of words. So. Well. Done.

We follow Roy, The Wolf of the North, as he prepares for an upcoming blood sport event. He is the headliner, the defending champ. Winning against the young opponent should be easy, but there’s a catch…

I’ll admit, I love MMA. OK Mr. Ӧdlund, I am now really intrigued.

The character descriptions and personalities are really good. I loved the interaction between Roy and his coach, Jenny. Silly and fun, it showed how much they care for each other.

I wish there had been more backstory about Roy’s lost love, Toini. I also would have liked more scenes of training and the actual fight. (Did I mention I like romance and MMA?)

This is a quick read. It also just Part I of a series… Part I – so you will need, want to buy the next title Lost Dogs Part II: Undeserved Second Chance. I see a third book already loaded to Amazon. Yay!

A wonderful discovery. I highly recommend this author.

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~ Jenna

About Nils Odlund

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Nils Odlund is a writing and fantasy enthusiast. He’s currently chipping away at a series of novellas about the adventures of two shape shifters and a paladin, while at the same time trying to crack open the secrets of storytelling.

Odlund is originally from Sweden but lives these days in Cork, Ireland. When not writing, he enjoys exploring the countryside on foot, and when the weather gets too bad he’ll stay home and play games on the computer (or write some more). You can follow Odlund on his blog where he mostly posts pictures of coffee, beer, and the Irish countryside, as well as the occasional update on his writing progress.

Also, it’s really Ödlund, but that’s a bit of a hassle to type on most non-Swedish keyboards.