Review: Finding Love by Toni Shiloh

The aroma of maple goodies is not the only thing in the air in Delaney Jones’ family restaurant. In this second book in Shiloh’s Maple Run series, romance is in the air, too!

However, Delaney and Luke Robinson are unaware and unprepared for it when it hits them. In fact, neither of them wants it—for different reasons tied to a single event. Their journey as they push and pull toward each other tries their faith in themselves, each other, and the Father both depend on.

Romance is not in my top five preferred genres, but I was drawn by some of Shiloh’s posts to try her fiction. I’m glad I did. Finding Love is about so much more than boy meets girl and falls in love. It tackles events and emotions confronting so many young adults today, perhaps older adults as well.

Finding Love is well written, and Shiloh does an excellent job of moving the story forward with stops and starts that challenge Delaney and Luke. I’m going to have read another romance in spite of myself. Buying Love, the first book in Shiloh’s Maple Run series, is already on my Kindle!

Review: Hidden Assets by Leeann Betts

Hidden Assets is the sixth book of Leeann Betts’ By the Numbers series. It is the first book of this series that I’ve read, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. In fact, I finished it in two sittings, an unusual feat for me.

Initially, I did a doubletake when I saw the title. One of my short stories has the same title! However, the two stories could not be more different in topic or outcome.

Carly Turnquist is a forensic accountant who seems to have a knack for finding dead bodies and for stressing her husband Mike with her escapades. In Hidden Assets, her original purpose is to assist her longtime friend Anne Torbin in uncovering Anne’s soon-to-be ex-husband’s thefts. Carly soon finds herself calling upon more than her accounting skills to uncover more than missing money.

I love the way Carly’s mind works. She catches details and makes connections others miss both on and off the ledger pages. I also love the way Leeann developed the story. I didn’t suspect the right person until close to the end of the book. I’ve added the rest of this series to my TBR list.