Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Holly, Ivy and Intrigue by Bruce, Verde & Weimer

December 13, 2017 Alexa Verde, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, Denise Weimer, giveaway, Joanie Bruce, mystery/suspense, romance 16

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Christmas Murder Mix-Up by Joanie Bruce

“I have to get rid of her now.”

After four months of a blissful marriage, Paige is devastated to overhear her husband, Cooper, say those words to his best friend. Because of a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a home invasion, Paige’s love for Cooper is tested to the limit. Will their marriage survive the Christmas Murder Mix-up?

Holiday Pursuit by Alexa Verde

When Brianna Rockwell’s brother finds himself in danger and disappears three days before Christmas, she does everything to rescue him. Brianna dodges bullets, escapes fire, and even turns to her longtime crush for help. But the closer she gets to solving the mystery and finding her only sibling, the more desperate someone gets to silence her forever…

 A Holiday Intruder by Denise Weimer

Kelsey Jordan prefers upcycling junk and refinishing antiques for her store in a Georgia mountains town to being the center of attention. When a robbery and an unknown benefactor shove her in the middle of a decades-old mystery, and a real estate developer and a former baseball star compete for her attention, Kelsey isn’t sure who to trust.

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GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
PUBLISHER: Celebrate Lit
RELEASE DATE: November 13, 2017
PAGES: 173

The three stories in Holly, Ivy and Intrigue are all good – and all very different from each other, meaning there’s something here for just about every reader.

Christmas Murder Mix-Up by Joanie Bruce feels somewhat like a classic Doris Day-type movie at first, in the best possible way.  Paige might be a bit overly dramatic to jump to the conclusion she does but as a self-proclaimed anxiety girl myself (able to jump to the worst conclusion in a single bound) I get it. What follows is a story that quickly gets high-stakes even as it maintains its quirky edges.  A great read for cozy mystery fans!

Holiday Pursuit starts out intense and stays that way! Lots of breath-stealing, nail-biting action in this story from Alexa Verde. A little romance rounds out the mix, along with friendship and family. Brianna is a strong heroine, fiercely protective of her loved ones, but not so independent that she can’t ask for help when she needs it. And not so independent that she can’t fall in love. This one is the perfect choice for fans of action-packed suspense reads!

A Holiday Intruder by Denise Weimer has a lot more romance than the other two (I’m not complaining!!) but it doesn’t suffer in the suspense category either. I loved the small town feel, the vivid characters, and of course the kisses! 😀 This third story in the collection makes a great read for people like me who like a little suspense with their romance novels!

Bottom Line: You can’t go wrong with any of the stories in this collection. Each one has its own distinct personality, but they all revolve around Christmas and suspense. They also each emphasize a relationship with God  and include a varying dose of romance. Holly, Ivy and Intrigue is an engaging read and I look forward to more from each of these authors!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / great collection!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion, esp. in A Holiday Intruder!

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about the author

As an avid reader, Joanie Bruce welcomed the transition from reading to writing and considered it a wonderful new experience to please others with her words. She has three published Christian suspense novels, and enjoys writing from her home in the country. Thankful that God has given her the ability to write, draw and paint, Joanie strives to use them to encourage others and to honor Him in all her accomplishments.

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Alexa Verde penned her first literary masterpiece, a rhymed poem, at the ripe age of eight, and since has had 200 short stories, articles, and poems published in the five languages that she speaks. She has a bachelor degree in Spanish, a master’s in Russian, and enjoys writing about characters with diverse cultures. She’s worn the hats of reporter, teacher, translator, model (even one day counts!), caretaker, and secretary, but thinks that the writer’s hat suits her the best. After traveling the world and living in both hemispheres, she calls a small town in south Texas home. The latter is an inspiration for the fictional setting of her series Rios Azules Christmas and Secrets of Rios Azules.

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Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. An associate editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Denise is the author of The Restoration Trilogy, The Georgia Gold Series, romantic novella REDEEMING GRACE, and ACROSS THREE AUTUMNS: A Novella of The Backcountry Brides Collection through Barbour Publishing (May 2018). This wife and swim mom of two daughters always pauses for coffee, chocolate, old houses, and to write any story God lays on her heart.

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16 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Holly, Ivy and Intrigue by Bruce, Verde & Weimer”

  1. Lori Smanski

    wow I cant even imagine hearing my husband say this. talk about an emotional roller coaster ride

  2. Pam Lunsford

    This was a really great book. Each author did an amazing job keeping me turning those pages to see what would happen next. Also it was a guessing game for me trying to figure out whodunnit!! This one is a keeper for me.

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the review and information on Holly, Ivy and Intrigue by Bruce, Verde & Weimer. It’s definitely a book I’d love to read.

  4. Anne Rightler

    Thank you for the review and the warning about the kisses. I’ll be sure to have my fan and fainting couch nearby!

  5. Mardell

    Sounds like this is right up my alley. Intrigue at Christmas! Can’t wait to read it.

  6. emilee

    Sounds good! I would love to win the Amazon gift. I have a couple of books I’ve been wishing for! Merry Christmas ALL!!!!

  7. Winnie Thomas

    Lovely review, Carrie. These sound like wonderful stories from some mostly new to me authors.

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