Book Review Tuesday: This Last Chance, Songs of Heartstrings, Fiona Finch and the Pink Valentine @dlfinnauthor @mhurdle112 @teagangeneviene

Warm and cozy window seat with cushions and a opened book, light through vintage shutters, rustic style home decor. Small cat on window seat, along with coffee cup by pillow, Words Book Review Tuesday superimposed over imageHi, friends. If you live in the U.S., I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday. We had relatives on hubby’s side visit from out of state. I’m still freaky about the social distancing thing, but I am venturing out more these days—visiting family, and going to stores. We even went to a restaurant for the first time. Not sure I’ll do that again, but we wanted to get together with a friend who is leaving for the summer. I have to say the restaurant did a good job with social distancing and sanitizing.

And now for the latest round of book reviews . . .

Book cover for This Last Chance by D. L. Finn has glowing red eyes looming above angel wingsThis Last Chance
by D. L. Finn

I really enjoyed the combination of mystery and supernatural elements in this book. On the mortal realm, the story revolves around Amber who is determined to discover who murdered her sister. In the spiritual realm, angels and evildwels battle for control of human souls. At the center of that conflict is Nester, an evidwel who suddenly finds himself questioning his beliefs. Toss in a remote location, plus a group of potential suspects trapped under one roof by a snowstorm, and you’ve got a tense and intriguing plot.

I loved the claustrophobic atmosphere created by the snowstorm, and the characters (both human and supernatural) present a varied and interesting group. Nester is a standout, as is Ed, an angel. The quips between them are priceless. This Last Chance fuses mystery, spiritual warfare, even a hint of potential romance. When the climatic scenes—on both planes—happen, there are more than a few surprises in store. An engaging read!


Amazon Link
Genre: Supernatural Thriller > Paranormal Suspense

Book cover for Songs of Heartstrings, a collection of poetry by Miriam HurdleSongs of Heartstrings
by Miriam Hurdle

The author of this collection of poetry and short snippets takes us on a journey through life—her life—as seen through the music of words and photographs. She shares experiences through marriage, parenthood, the loss of loved ones, even cancer treatments. Heartfelt and often spiritual, the book resonates with strength, love, and faith.

There are multiple poems and snippets that touched me, but a few that really stood out are Cocoon-Butterfly, A Tribute to My Dad, and Gratitude for Being. Each reader will no doubt find poems that speak to their heart. Although this collection is a reflection of the author’s life, the beauty and spirit of the work brings something for everyone.


Amazon Link
Genre: Religious and Inspirational Poetry > Personal Growth and Christianity

Book cover with cute illustration of woman in steampunk dress with pink umbrella and a duck by her skirtFiona Finch and the Pink Valentine
by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

This is a cute, whimsical novella that is sure to leave you with a smile. The characters are fun, the story highly imaginative, and the descriptions dazzle like a kaleidoscope of vibrant color. Fiona Finch is a young woman with a fondness for pink.

Her brother, Steele, is an inventor whose mentor carries a heart full of unrequited love for the woman he let get away thirty-five years ago. Toss in a scene-stealing duck, a masquerade party, and a pink valentine, and you have all the elements for a light-hearted romp with threads of romance. If that isn’t enough, the ending with Quellie the duck will have you grinning ear to ear. Simply delightful!


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Genre: Steampunk > Holiday Fiction > Fantasy

That’s it from me for today, but I hope you are enjoying plenty of summer reading!

94 thoughts on “Book Review Tuesday: This Last Chance, Songs of Heartstrings, Fiona Finch and the Pink Valentine @dlfinnauthor @mhurdle112 @teagangeneviene

  1. Three excellent reviews. Mae. I also got the opportunity to read Miriam’s book. We sure don’t take the simple things in life (like eating out) for granted these days. My wife finally got her hair done last week, and that was important to her. My way of dealing with it was to shave my head, but I’ve decided to let it grow back.

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  2. I’m still shielding, so I’m a regular hermit these days, especially now that Cornwall has opened to the thousands of tourists that would otherwise have gone abroad. Many of our towns are so tiny that they’ve had to try and implement one-way pedestrian systems to try and manage and keep it safe(ish).

    Great book reviews! I’ll have to check out the books. Thanks for sharing, Mae 🙂

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    • That’s scary about all the tourists, Harmony. I live in a tourist town, but it is a small one, I also generally avoid most of the places tourists go during “in season” (which is now), but even so, all those extra people in town make a difference. You stay safe over there.

      Glad you enjoyed the reviews!

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  3. Wonderful reviews, Mae. Thank you. I’ve read Denise’s book and loved it, and I look forward to reading Teagan and Miriam’s books. ♥

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  4. These are all excellent reviews of diverse books, Mae. I totally agree with your review of Denise’s new book. I think it’s her best yet! I’ve read Miriam’s book and it is filled with inspirational and uplifting poems. Teagan’s book is on my radar! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Thank you. Mae for the wonderful review:) it certainly has me smiling here in Nevada City. I’m in fantastic company with two books I really enjoyed too! Xo

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  6. Dear Mae, I feel like such a heel that I didn’t find this post. There’s no pun intended when I say that I’m tickled pink that you enjoyed this story. Your review is positively lovely. When you said “the descriptions dazzle like a kaleidoscope of vibrant color,” it took my breath away.
    Hugs on the wing!

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    • Hi, Teagan! Oh my—no worries, my friend! I have been so far behind on everything, including blog visits, I FULLY understand.
      I am, however, thrilled that you liked my review. And I meant that about your descriptions. The whole book was wonderfully vivid and whimsical from start to finish. Such a fun treat!

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  8. I came over to read what you said about Teagan’s book. I am so very pleased. I would love to read this book, but for what I believe are good reasons, I have been boycotting Amazon for over 2 years,
    Anyway, I have read 1 of Teagan’s books, and follow her blog. I’m having a gay old time on the Delta Pearl!
    Thank you for these lovely reviews!

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    • Hi, Resa! Many thanks for visiting to check out my review of Teagan’s book. She always tells an imaginative story. I have followed several on her blog.

      I’m not sure if Teagan has her book on B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, or Apple, but you may be able to pick it up through one of those vendors. It was such a fun tale!

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