Writing a novel is hard enough work for one person. Writing a novel with four authors I can imagine would be a challenge, but one that every single one of these authors pulled off with finesse.
Every single one of the novellas in this collection was a great read. With characters that cross over into every one of the other books, the authors stayed true to the characters their co-writers had also created.
"Lovers and Lawbreakers" is the tagline for the novel and its a great description of Cherry Blossom Capers. It includes great setting, good characters and talented authors that put it all together. My favorite stories though would have to be by Cara Putman and Gina Conroy (debut author). It's a quick read, one novella can be read in about a short amount of time, but the authors didn't scrimp on characterization or the importance of story.
Set in Washington, D.C., Cherry Blossom Capers tells the story of four women in four stories that are connected, but separate. The four women live in condominiums that allow them to keep friendly track of each other. Tara Whitley is an assistant chef at the White House who runs into an old friend searching for a breach in the security there. Ciara Turner is an attorney fighting for women and children in divorces when she and another attorney become prime witnesses in the murder of their old employer. Samantha Steele a budding archeologist is caught up in a forgery scheme at Mount Vernon. Susan Holland stumbles into danger when she inherits a mansion from her uncle. All four women depend on each other and God to see them through to safety, encountering love interests along the way.
Christian fiction is often bland and uninteresting. Cherry Blossom Capers has interesting characters, and interesting action to keep the reader involved. All the characters suffer trials and stumbles in their day-to-day lives as they attempt to live according to their beliefs. Possibly the four different authors lend the characters such separate personalities that they it gives the story more depth and perhaps one author might achieve. Interesting book, written with an interesting format. I really enjoyed it.
This book has four stories. Each one is worth reading. Not very deep character studies but you do get a glimpse of a certain time during the characters life. They all take place in the Washington D.C. area and all have a little romance between the main characters.
State Secrets by Lynette Sowell is about a White House chef and a plot to sabotage a State Dinner. This story is easy to follow and the characters are well developed.
Dying For Love By Cara Putman is about two lawyers who stumble on the body of a murdered judge. I liked the suspense and thought the story was well written.
Buried Deception by Gina Conroy is a story about archaeology. Don't let that scare you away! It is a great story. The romance is fun and there are even rambunctious kids to keep you entertained.
Coffee, Tea and Danger By Frances Devine is the last story in the book. This one took me a little to get into but once I got past the first chapter it was a quick read.
I enjoyed all the stories and would read it again!
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read
This book contains 4 novella's that tell the story of 4 neighbor ladies who live in a townhouse complex in the Washington D.C area.
What I liked: I enjoyed this book of 4 stories quite a lot. Even though each story was short I felt the authors did a good job developing the characters and plot in the short time frame of the story they told.
What I did not like: Not much actually. The hard part of reading short stories for me is rating them a little different then normal novels. The romances have to be fast. In the back of my mind I am thinking the characters have only known each other for a few weeks but then I remind myself it's a shorter story.
I am not going to rate each story for this book because I liked them all equally. This is a great book for a quick fun read. I thought the mystery along with the romance was great and again even though each story was short they where well told. I also liked how the characters over flowed into the other stories which make it fun. I highly recommend this book!
Cherry Blossom Capers is one of Barbour Publishing's romance novella collections, with four stories centred around four Christian women - Tara, Ciara, Samantha and Susan - who live in the Cherry Blossom Estate townhouses in Washington, D.C. The four novellas are:
State Secrets by Lynette Sowell features Tara Whitley, assistant Chef at the White House. Tara is surprised to find FBI agent Jack Courtland in the White House, investigating a potential threat. She first met Jack when they were both working in Paris, but the pressures of his job meant their relationship did not survive. Will they get their second chance?
Dying for Love by Cara C. Putman introduces attorney Ciara Turner, who is horrified to find the body of a judge in his court offices, even more so because she once was his law clerk. Daniel Evans was her fellow law clerk then, and now is her opponent in many of her cases. Can they put their differences aside to find the judge's killer - and find whether they have a future together?
Buried Deception by Gina Conroy features widowed mother-of-two Samantha Steele, who is undertaking an archaeology internship at George Washington's Mt. Vernon estate. When she finds that a broken artefact is in fact a fake, she is drawn into the hunt for the forger, along with security guard and ex-cop Nick Porter. Will they find the criminals - and love?
Coffee, Tea and Danger by Frances Devine is the story of Susan Holland, the forty-year-old proprietor of a coffee shop who inherits her uncle's mansion. She plans to renovate it with the help of contractor Vince Martini, but has a series of â€˜accidents' that make them both suspect that something more is going on. Will they find out what before Susan has one last â€˜acccident'?
This was a fun collection even though I felt some of the relationships were a little too fast-moving for real life - but that is the nature of the novella, with its short length (less than half that of a â€˜regular' novel) leaving me with the feeling that I would have liked it to go on for longer. Barbour novella collections are never going to be classic literature, but they are feel-good Christian reading, perfect for a weekend or holiday.
Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.