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Follow Mr. Rally and his trusty sidekick as they dig all day in this read-along adventure! As he gets ready to dig, Mr. Rally counts his five different jobs for the day, and little ones can count with him while he makes his way across town.

Dig! is a cute construction story. I really like how the story rhymes but not obnoxiously so. There are certain phrases that are repeated throughout the story which makes it more familiar for the really young child being read to. In addition to being able to count the jobs Mr. Rally does, his dog gets a bone in each scene that will easily allow interaction of the child in finding where Lightning is getting the bones and counting them along with the counting of the jobs.

The art work is cute with several things going on on each page but not enough that it overwhelms the child and they can’t focus on specific items on the page.

Dig! is currently my son’s favorite book (he is eight months old), I have read it so many times that I can recite the entire thing by memory but he loves it. If I am reading him another book and Dig! is where he can see it, he will sit there and stare at Dig!, ignoring the book I am currently reading to him,until I pick it up and read it to him, he loves it that much.

digRating: Star 5copy

Title: Dig!

Author: Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha

Artist: Marc Rosenthal

Format: Board Book, Hardcover

Page Nos.: 30

ISBN: 978-0544173880

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

rural floridaPaige Morrison has had a rough few months, first she lost her job, then her boyfriend, and now she has been forced by her circumstances to move in with her retired parents who have moved to rural Florida. In Undone by Shannon Richards, Paige finds herself struggling to fit into the small town life of Mirabelle besides the difficulty of finding a job, but then she meets sexy mechanic Brendan and seems start to look up. But will she be able to overcome the secrets that lie between the two of them to finally accept the love she is looking for?

Brendan has always lived in Mirabelle and while he loves it he understands how the gossip and small town mentality can be difficult for someone like Paige, from a big city to adjust to. Brendan finds himself drawn to the artsy Paige with her sexy shoes and mouthy personality. But as the two of them drawn closer together will they be able to move beyond the secrets between them or will their love be undone?

Undone is the debut novel by Shannon Richard. I enjoyed it for the most part, the dialogue between Brendan and Paige was entertaining and the secondary characters in Mirabelle are entertaining if a bit sporadic in their behavior (her co-workers especially felt a little sporadic) but the set up of the small town and the cast of characters was well done. Genre wise I would put Shannon Richard in the same genre as Jill Shalvis or Mariah Stewart. I felt like the relationship between Paige and Brendan drug on a little long in the middle with a bit of unnecessary coverage of their dating (especially with a book that is 416 pages long). That being said, it was a fairly good novel and I plan on reading the next book in the series to see how Grace and Jaxson’s relationship works itself out. Undone does have its funny moments, like when Paige tells her nosy neighbor that she is regularly having orgies in the back shed (when really it is an art study where she paints). I feel like Undone should have a 3.5 star rating, not quite a four but better than a three but since I (and most review sites like Goodreads and Amazon) don’t have half-stars I am rounding it up to four.

You can read an excerpt here.

Country Roads Reading Order

Undone

Undeniable

Unstoppable

Unforgettable (release date TBA)

Rating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: Undone

Author: Shannon Richard

Format: Paperback, eBook

Page Nos.: 416

AISN: B00B73T1YA

Publisher: Forever (Grand Central)

Release Date: February 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

cemetaryElizabeth Jennings and her fifteen-year-old daughter Claire have relocated from the big city to a tiny town in Virginia so Claire can bring the local newspaper into the digital age. In The Ghost Next Door by Ginny Baird, both Claire and Elizabeth are concerned when it turns out the house they are renting sight unseen is next door to a cemetery.  When creepy things start to happen in the empty house next door, Elizabeth is grateful the sexy single sheriff is there to help her out. But Elizabeth trust her heart to someone who fits in so well in such a small town?

Nathan Thorpe likes taking care of the people in his town and he is content to take care of everyone equally until Elizabeth moves to town, now he finds himself wanting to take of her and Claire and becoming a family. But Nathan knows that he is in Blayton Virginia for a reason, but as that reason becomes clearer will he be able have the family he wants?

Okay, I have to admit that the ending of The Ghost Next Door totally threw me. Baird does a great job of foreshadowing the ending but she does it in such a way that I expected a different ending than what really happened. The romance between Elizabeth and Nathan was sweet and I loved the secondary relationship between Claire and Perry. I found The Ghost Next Door to be an entertaining quick read and I loved the scene where the teenage girls broke into the empty house to scare Claire and managed to freak themselves out instead. The mystery elements are a nice combination with the sweet romance stories in The Ghost Next Door but I have to admit that I am disappointed that we don’t get the romance story of Dan and Belle.

ghost-next-door-e-reader-copy (1)Rating: Star 4copy

Content: favicon2 NB

Title: Ghost Next Door

Author: Ginny Baird

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 190

AISN: B00EISACN0

Publisher: Winter Wedding Press

Release Date: August 2013

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

 

**I received a copy of this book from the author but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

US senateNate Dean will do anything to save his brothers, even if it means seeking the help of the one woman he loved and lost. In Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti, Nate and his brothers are genetically engineered soldiers, born out of test tubes they have still managed to create their own family but now their very lives are at risk. Nate must discover a way to stop the explosive chips that have been embedded near their brains before time runs out and the chips explode.

Audrey Madison was once married to Nate Dean but when his life was threatened she gave him up instead of allowing him to be killed. Never did she think Nate would enter her life again or that only she would be able to help him discover a way to save his family. But will helping Nate destroy everything she has worked so hard to attain? Even worse, will it destroy what is left of her heart?

Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series keeps getting better and better and Blind Faith is a fabulous addition to the series. Audrey is the strong but yet believably vulnerable woman. However, it is the Sin men who really steal the show for me, Nate had my heart once I read about what he went through to provide Christmas for his brothers when they were younger, I just wanted to hug all of the brothers at that age! Truly believing that he won’t survive, Nate hasn’t thought about a future in far too long but Audrey makes him want to have a future leaving Nate torn between his duty to his brothers (and their new wives) and the possibility of a future with Audrey. My biggest complaint is that we were spoiled with the previous three novels being released so close together and now we have to wait almost a whole year to read Total Surrender, the final book in the Sin Brothers series.

Be aware there is some language in Blind Faith including use of the “f” word.

You can read an excerpt here.

Sin Brothers Reading Order:

Forgotten Sins

Sweet Revenge

Blind Faith 

Total Surrender (March 2015)

Zanetti_BlindFaith_ebookRating:  Star 4copy

Content: favicon5 NB

Title: Blind Faith

Author: Rebecca Zanetti

Format: Paperback,  eBook

Page Nos.: 384

AISN: B00EXTVSHI

Publisher: Forever

Release Date: May 6, 2014

Available for purchase: Amazon

Reviewer: Jessica

**I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.

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