February Book Reviews Part One! @startrailsIV @ninsthewriter @Sandra_Cox #writingcommunity #whattoread #mustreads #bookreviews

Flower Gardens And More

by Sandra Cox

“Flower Gardens And More” is a great book for those who love working in the garden or enjoying nature. There was an impressive array of topics that included planting zones, types of flowers, composting, poisonous flowers, themed garden, carnivorous plants, edible flowers, aromatherapy, and so much more! I enjoyed a quiz, which led me to my Florascope. I turned out to be an iris. There were charts which my old kindle didn’t do justice, but they were full of useful information. I loved this informative, well-presented, and fun read so much I ordered the print copy so I can refer to it as often as I like. Reading this made me eager to get into my garden and start designing and planting. A gardening guide I can highly recommend!


The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley

by Nina Romano

“The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley” is a captivating historical fiction set in the 1870s, New Mexico. Darby is a girl becoming a woman who cares for her father and brothers after her mother passes. She dreams of going to school to become a teacher, and Cayo is a slightly older farmhand with whom she has feelings. Their emotions finally come to the surface, but she has plans to go live with her aunts in St. Louis to get her education. This sets up a series of events that tests this new love. Cayo’s past is revealed slowly through flashbacks, showing what happened to his family and how he ended up part of the Jicarilla Apache tribe. He lives with heavy guilt while Darby wants to keep her promise to her mother. The detail given to history and daily life in New Mexico and St. Louis really made the setting and time come to life. Many parts were poetically described, which I fully appreciated. I loved Darby’s strength, honesty, and how she explored life. This is a wonderfully written story I couldn’t put down but didn’t want it to end either. I highly recommend this story and hope to read more about Darby and Cayo!


Return to Dead Horse Canyon: Grandfather Spirits (Dead Horse Canyon Saga Book 2)

by Marcha Fox, and Pete Risingsun

“Return to Dead Horse Canyon: Grandfather Spirits” picks up where the first book left off. I loved “The Curse of Dead Horse Canyon: Cheyenne Spirits” and eagerly dove into this story. Sara is back, still trying to carry on her husband’s last request to bring those corrupt in the government, and outside of it, to justice. She releases some information uncovered in the first book and puts her life in even more danger. Her father spends some time and money trying to protect and help her. While Charlie is working for a big corporation that violates the earth or everything his family believes in. I felt uncomfortable about his situation, but even though he made wrong decisions, they were all a part of his journey. It drew me deep into the story when it focused on Charlie, especially after his accident. Although, I was equally invested when a character from the first book went after Sara. I missed the interaction between Charlie and Sara in “Grandfather Spirits,” but I liked the individual journeys they went on. Charlie going home was my favorite part. All the small details and history held my attention, and the second half of the book was impossible to put down. I can’t wait to read the third story in the series and see what happens next.


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!

Life is short! Embrace your inner child by reading a good book. D. L. Finn

36 thoughts on “February Book Reviews Part One! @startrailsIV @ninsthewriter @Sandra_Cox #writingcommunity #whattoread #mustreads #bookreviews”

  1. Wonderful reviews, Denise! I have “The Curse of Dead Horse Canyon” coming up soon on my TBR list. And how cool to know Sandra wrote a book on plants and flowers. And, “The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley” sounds like a story I would thoroughly enjoy! Thanks for sharing these, and congrats to the authors!

    1. Thanks, Jan 🙂 You have a good read coming up. Yes very cool Sandra has a gardening book. I have her crystal book coming up soon. I have a feeling you’d enjoy The Girl Who Loves Cayo.

  2. Oooh, all new to me Denise, and they all sound enjoyable. I love gardening so Sandra’s book definitely appeals to me. Thanks for some great reviews!

    1. Glad to share some new books with you, Eden 🙂 Sandra’s book is a good accessory to gardening. Hugs xo

  3. All three of these sound wonderful, Denise. Sandra’s work is always great, I’ve only heard fantastic things about the Deadhorse Canyon books, and the middle one really draws me. TBR candidates! (As if I didn’t have enough, LOL).

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. I know what you mean about adding more to the TBR list, but any of these would be good additions, Mae 🙂

  4. These sound great. I love the focus on the American Indian spirituality (though I may be reading into your blurbs). That pull me in. And Sandra’s book–I had no idea she was such an accomplished gardener!

    1. They are all great reads, Jacqui 🙂 Can’t go wrong with any of them. If you like gardening, like I do, this not only had lots of good information but lots of personality too!

  5. I haven’t read any of these, Denise, and they all sound good (I’m a gardener too). The other two westerns sound like they grabbed your attention. Thanks for sharing your reviews and recommendations. 🙂

    1. They were all good reads 🙂 It was particularly fun to read a gardening book with so much personality and information. Glad to share!

  6. What a lovely surprise, Denise. Thanks for the inclusion.
    Nina did a wonderful job of bringing Western history to life in The Girl Who Loved Cayo Bradley and Return to Dead Horse Canyon sounds very intriguing.
    Great reviews, as always.
    scoxoxox

    1. It’s nice to have your gardening book grace my shelves next to my amazing rocks and crystals 🙂 Yes, a wonderful western and both great reads. Xo

    1. Thanks, Balroop 🙂 I know, I’m trying to make it through her large catalog of great books. Cayo was a good one.

    1. She sure is. I don’t usually read gardening books but this one not only had good information but was fun. I love having it in paperback now. xo

  7. I like all of these, and your reviews were excellent, Denise. I’m taking a course in horticulture soon career change, and so Sandra’s book certainly had my attention. Have a great day! 🙂

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