Book Review: Such A Tease (Meddlin’ Madeline) by Chautona Havig

Such a Tease by Chautona Havig

This book is the 2nd book in the Meddlin’ Madeline Series. For a review of the first book, “Sweet On You,” click here.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

Category: Fiction (Historical Mystery)

Such a Tease,” is an amazing sequel to Havig’s first Meddlin’ Madeline book, “Sweet on You.” Though Madeline is determined not to make the same mistakes, she still has a lot to learn. When she tries to be more considerate of the people in her life that care for her, she still can’t seem to kick her meddlin’ habit of investigating crime, and I’m glad.

One of the many things I loved about this book was the way Madeline has learned to show others grace and mercy, for the most part. While in the last book she was right about most people’s attitudes and actions, she came off as judgmental. In this book, she tries to give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

Vernon Smythe is back as Rockland’s local villain, or is he? Even Madeline isn’t sure. And if you’re hoping to get some more Russell and Madeline time in, you won’t be disappointed. Or will you?

I know I’m taking this book’s title a little too literally, but hey, it’s fun to tease.

If you love a good mystery, this book’s playful style and impressive wit are sure to win your admiration. I can’t wait for the next installment of Meddlin’ Madeline. This is yet another winner in a long line of amazing books by author Chautona Havig.

As always, happy reading!

-Kristin

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Book Review: Carol and the Belles by Chautona Havig

This post was originally part of my old book review website “Christian Book Lady,” which I will be shutting down next week.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

Category: Fiction :: Contemporary

Themes include: Giving Abroad, Christian Dating, Orphanages, Family, Christian Friendships

I am delighted to review Chautona Havig’s most recent edition to her collection of wonderful holiday books“Carol and the Belles.” As usual Chautona’s natural “tell it like it is” style flows through each page, and while this book does deal with some serious issues, I didn’t find it to be too serious or heavy. If you add this to your stack of easy and enjoyable winter reading, you won’t be sorry. The story almost reminded me of Jane Austen’s “Emma” meets “The Shop Around The Corner.” I don’t want to give too much away, because that would just be a shame. It will no doubt be a Christmas favorite for years to come.

Are you curious? Good. Here is a brief synopsis that Chautona wrote that won’t give anything away.

Their childhood letters formed the friendship of a lifetime.

As part of an international school pen pal program, Carol and Michal began writing monthly letters twenty-five ago.  So, when Carol’s artisan guild decides to send an emissary to the United States to investigate a new gift store and potentially negotiate contracts for importing Romanian handcrafts to several major American cities, Carol applies.  Finally, the chance to meet Michal after all these years!

But Carol’s arrival in Rockland is fraught with surprises, misunderstandings, and a string of both awkward and delightful dates.  Michal and the “belles” do everything possible to make the visit memorable and special, but when Carol decides to apply for a work visa, things get really interesting.

As a self-professed “world’s most non-spontaneous person,” Michal discovers that following your heart and the Lord’s leading just might also lead you into unexpected places and spontaneous decisions.

Since I met my husband through the fine art of letter writing, aka Facebook messaging, this book holds a special place in my heart.

Book Review: Jack by Chautona Havig

This post was originally part of my old book review website “Christian Book Lady,” which I will be shutting down next week.

 

I give this book 5/5 stars.

Category: Fiction :: Western

Jack (Ballads from the Hearth Book 1)

Chautona Havig always brings a fresh perspective to whatever genre she tackles, and this western set on the prairie is no different.

“Jack,” which is based on a song that the author’s father used to sing during her childhood about life on the prairie, is a wonderful book with themes of romance, pursuing your dreams (while respectfully rejecting the expectations of others), and overcoming bitterness. The author also included inspiration from Much Ado About Nothing, which will be extremely obvious if you have ever read the Shakespearean piece of literature. I loved the character development along with the authenticity of a story set in this time and place. You will have a hard time putting this one down. It is an easy and enjoyable read which is appropriate for any age.

Here is the book description as provided by the author:

A lot of hullabaloo on the prairie. 

Jack Clausen has led a hard, lonely life, but he’s content with a good job as a cowboy, a faithful horse, and the Lord. But when a near tragedy flings him into the path of a lovely young lady, Jack’s resolve to stay single and alone wavers. 

Hazel Meissner has everything a young man could hope for–kindness, gentleness, and just enough playfulness to keep things interesting, but when accusations tear at their relationship, Hazel’s true strength emerges. 

Without forgiveness, many lives will be irrevocably changed. 

Jack is the first book in the Ballads from the Hearth series. This book was inspired by the old ballad, “Cowboy Jack” and Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing.

I hope you enjoy this fun, but pensive read, as much as I did.

Book Review: Sweet On You (Meddlin’ Madeline) by Chautona Havig

This post was originally part of my old book review website “Christian Book Lady,” which I will be shutting down next week.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

Category: Fiction (Historical Mystery)

Madeline is one of those characters that you route for from the beginning. “Sweet On You,” by Chautona Havig is an introduction to a new sleuthing series about a young girl who has just started to realize that she wants more from life. Being the mayor’s daughter definitely isn’t dull, but Madeline wonders what her life would be like if she didn’t have to constantly struggle against the idea that young ladies are only good at raising children and overseeing the servants. At the same time she doesn’t understand the suffrage movement, and fails to understand why women want to vote. As the mayor’s daughter, she has had enough politics in her life. Her natural ability to notice details that most miss, gives her purpose but also gets her into a few tricky situations.

I am so excited about this series. I feel like we get to watch Madeline grow up, and this book was a great beginning. This book is everything you would expect from a mystery set in America’s past. I loved the style and rich vocabulary. The characters are so endearing. This will be a fun read that stretches your thinking muscles.

Book Review: Ante Up by Chautona Havig

This post was originally part of my old book review website “Christian Book Lady,” which I will be shutting down next week.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

Category: Contemporary Fiction :: Target Audience: Christians

Ante Up,” the final installment in the Aggie’s Inheritance Series is frustratingly real.

I have been an Aggie fan since I read the first book several years ago, and I was ecstatic when I read that author Chautona Havig was going to write a fourth book for the series.

If I’m being completely honest, I would say that this book is not at all what I expected. I wanted to see Aggie and Luke together, overcoming problems, and living in victory over their past difficulties. I know real life isn’t always like that, and I think that was what the author was trying to portray in this book. Although I found this story heavy and depressing, I don’t think that means you shouldn’t read it. It is well written and deals with difficulties that every family faces at one time or another. Aggie’s struggles broke my heart for her and the rest of the family. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her. But that is how life can be.

We all have seasons of joy, and sometimes we indulge ourselves in dangerous seasons of pity and bitterness. God is always there waiting. I will say that I hope we get another book where we get a version of Aggie that is more familiar, but has also grown through her struggles. There are important story lines for the other characters in the family, especially Vannie, Tavish, Kenzie, and Laird. Plus we get a hint as to what is going on with Tina and William, which I found exciting. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that lives in the real world, where God is constantly making us into vessels for His honor.