The Return to Big Valley by Wanda, Jean, and Richelle Brunstetter

Pages: 448

Publisher: Barbour Publishing. Inc.

Published: June 1, 2021

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Source: NetGalley and Audiobooks through Hoopla (library app)

This was not my favorite of any of the Bruntetter books. Two of the three main characters were unlikable especially Alma. I almost did not finish her story because she was so terrible. I understand she had suffered a tragic loss but it was no reason to be the way she was.

The story premises were good and I do suggest for fans of Amish fiction/romance. Just know that the characters may not be warm and fuzzy as we usually like.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Barbour Publishing, Inc., through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in the above review are entirely my own.

Beyond a Reasonable Donut (Deputy Donut #5) by Ginger Bolton

Pages: 256

Publisher: Kensington

Published: May 25, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley

Get your donuts, come get your donuts! This is the sound we are all longing to hear after more than a year of being socially distant from one another. Food vendors peddling their yummy food, children screaming with excitement at rides and games, and laughter from all. Even if you aren’t comfortable going out just yet Beyond a Reasonable Donut will provide some of this excitement. Emily and Nina agree to sell their donuts at the local fair and are having fun until a mime and a magician cause chaos. Things are further complicated when Nina gets home and the mime is found dead on arrival. Does Nina have an evil past? Will Emily solve everything in time for the wedding of two of her closest friends?

This series is so fun. It is delicious. I am so glad that Deputy Donut is not a real donut shop near me or I would be there every day! All the combinations sound divine.

I enjoyed this book centered on Nina and we got to know her so much more. She is a wonderful asset to the series and deserves to be highlighted.

This book in no way discusses covid or the pandemic. It is a wonderful escape from these issues.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, Kensington, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed above are entirely my own.