January Book Reviews! @Lizzie_Chantree @PatFurstenberg @JacqBiggar @teagangeneviene #writingcommunity #whattoread #whatyoushouldbereading #bookreviews

Dead of Winter: Journey 12, Goddesses

by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

“Goddesses” is an exciting journey. I love the introduction of the Goddesses at this point of the story. This adds in the light, or glow, in the darkness, but it’s not to say it’s all illumination either. I loved being in the moment with Emlyn on the rooftop and the landscape flowing out before her where she could see the veil’s breach. All the characters seem to be where they’re needed now, and I’m eagerly awaiting to see what comes from this impending battle. Another great installment!


A Magical Christmas: A Gambling Hearts Short Story 

by Jacquie Biggar

Madeline haunts the place where she used to be so happy. A little girl, Pippa, goes missing. This woman from the past may be the only thing to find and help this child. I haven’t read any of the Gambling Hearts series, but I will after reading this charming short story. I want to know more about this clan, especially the frantic family searching for Pippa. This was a sweet holiday mixture of the past and present that I thoroughly enjoyed reading!


Transylvania’s History A to Z: 100 Word Stories

by Patricia Furstenberg

“Transylvania’s History A to Z” was a fun way to learn the history of Transylvania, Romania. There were 100-word fictional stories to showcase a certain period, along with a more detailed follow-up and picture. This brought the past to life for me in an interesting way, and I could easily imagine life from the story in a limited word format. The Paleolithic Period, Saxons, Vlad lll, or WWl were some of the time frames covered. I don’t have a favorite because I enjoyed learning about all of it. This also includes where some Transylvanian words came from—which I appreciated. This is a quick read that captured my attention. I can easily recommend it to anyone interested in history.


The woman who felt invisible

by Lizzie Chantree

“The woman who felt invisible” was a fun read with a few surprising twists. Olivia was barely making ends meet working as a stationary supervisor and dog sitter. She is leading an uneventful life, but it isn’t as it seems. Olivia is suspected of being a criminal by a handsome police officer, while her best friend Darius wants more than friendship. Being lonely, she makes a new friend and comes out of her self-imposed shell. I like all the relationships Olivia develops, but it’s the undercurrent that’s woven into the story that makes it so interesting. The plot kept me guessing until the end when all was revealed, but it also left me with a few questions to ponder. I enjoyed getting to know Olivia. This is a fast-paced read with several secrets mixed in and I loved how the main character found her strength.


I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews. If I don’t like a book, I won’t finish it. It doesn’t feel right leaving a review in that case, but I have been known to email the author:) Life is too short not to enjoy every book you read!

Embrace your inner child in 2022 by reading a great book! D. L. Finn

37 thoughts on “January Book Reviews! @Lizzie_Chantree @PatFurstenberg @JacqBiggar @teagangeneviene #writingcommunity #whattoread #whatyoushouldbereading #bookreviews”

  1. Happy to make the introduction to new books, Karen. Definitely a talented group and great way to end the year reading.

  2. Thank you for sharing these reviews, Denise! I am slowly catching up on Teagan’s series and have Lizzie’s book waiting for me. Congratulations to these authors!

    1. That makes it all the more speical to know that, Jacquie 🙂 I have another series I’m looking forward to reading now! xo

    1. Thanks, Robbie! I didn’t get as much read as I had planned either, but glad for family time during the holidays.

  3. Denise, you treasure! I’m so sorry to be late. Honestly, I feel like I’ve been in a fog all this year. Trying to get my assorted “stuff” under control though. Heartfelt thanks for your kind words about Journey 12. I’m so glad you liked the roof scene. 😀 I wanted to remind readers of how young Emlyn is.
    I’m delighted to be in such good company. All of these books sound wonderful. Hugs on the wing!

    1. Sorry you have been dealing with that, Teagan. I hope things improve soon. I loved the innocence of sitting on the roof and did offer that youthful moment. You can’t go wrong with any of these books. Hugs right back.

  4. Thanks for sharing your reviews, Denise. I always enjoy reading your thoughts because it usually means I’ll be adding more books to my tbr list. From this list, I see some familiar names, but I must admit, I’m very intrigued by the Transylvania book.

    1. Thank you, Mar 🙂 I was intrigued when I read a review about the Transylvania Book, and glad I read it! You have dome good reading ahead if you pick from this list.

  5. Congratulations to Teagan, Jacquie, Lizzie, and Pat! I really enjoy Pat’s blog about castles, and folk tales. Thanks for sharing these great reviews, Denise. 🙂

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