Three Reviews: Dangerous Passage, The Governess of Highland Hall, & Kissing Frogs

Do you like suspense novels? Clean romance? Then Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris is the book for you. This is my first time reading anything by Ms. Harris and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to read, and enjoy. From the very beginning of the book, I was hooked, and until the suspect was revealed, I was clueless.

Kudos to Ms. Harris. I look forward to more titles from her in the future.

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When two Jane Does are killed on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, detective and behavioral specialist Avery North discovers they share something in common–a tattoo of a magnolia on their shoulders. Suspecting a serial killer, Avery joins forces with medical examiner Jackson Bryant to solve the crimes and prevent another murder. But it doesn’t take long for them to realize that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. As they venture deep into a sinister world of human trafficking, Avery and Jackson are taken to the very edge of their abilities–and their hearts. 

“Dangerous Passage “exposes a fully-realized and frightening world where every layer peeled back reveals more challenges ahead. Romantic suspense fans will be hooked from the start by Lisa Harris’s first installment of the new Southern Crimes series.

Rating: 4.5 roses


The Governess of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky is a touching love story which reminds me that love is more important than possessions or position.

Ms. Turansky wrote an excellent novel that had enough conflict to keep me reading to the very end, which was sweet. I would have preferred a little more closure, but that is a personal preference.

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Worlds lie between the marketplaces of India and the halls of a magnificent country estate like Highland Hall. Will Julia be able to find her place when a governess is neither upstairs family nor downstairs help? 

Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents’ financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess, she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn’t sure what to make of the estate’s preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey. 

Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin Randolph’s two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from the financial ruin. The last thing he needs is any distraction coming from the kindhearted-yet-determined governess who seems to be quietly transforming his household with her persuasive personality, vibrant prayer life, and strong faith. 

While both are tending past wounds and guarding fragile secrets, Julia and William are determined to do what it takes to save their families—common ground that proves fertile for unexpected feelings. But will William choose Julia’s steadfast heart and faith over the wealth and power he needs to secure Highland Hall’s future?

Rating: 4 roses
Release date 10/15/13


I found Kissing Frogs by D.A. Featherling to be highly amusing. Em’s need to be in control turns many normal events into humorous situations. If you need a laugh while reading a highly romantic story, this is the novel for you.

I have not read the first book, and didn’t feel as though I were missing anything, so it can be considered a stand-alone.

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Book 2 – Second Time Around Series Until she decides to look for a husband, Em Snider is so-o-o-o in control of her life. But her trip on the internet matchmaking highway soon shows her that she can’t control the journey. Her first encounter is a warning. There are toads out there! A Christian internet matchmaking service provides Em a chance to discover Prince Charming, if she can survive the shocks. Em is soon ready to quit, or will she find true love if she’ll get off the brakes and let God be in control?

Rating: 4.5 roses