Books Read in the Month of March 2022!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? We are now into a new year! I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of March of 2022. Here are the 9 books I read and reviewed for March. I might have read even more if I didn’t have another WIP. But I always seemed to have a WIP! I hope you enjoy reading these reviews.

I love sharing my reads in this Jemsbooks Segment, Books Read in the Month. I hope you will get a chance to look these books over soon. Thank you for your kind support of my work and that of my fellow authors.

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Father is a story about a family during WWII and the trials, tribulations and heartaches they must endure. The author gives a little background in the prologue about the large Hill family and how they first settled in Canada.

Tanner Hill is the main protagonist. He began as a bootlegger, making his own moonshine and selling anywhere he could without getting caught. He wasn’t so lucky this one day after he confronted one of his customers and refused to give him a discount on his purchase. This disgruntled customer turns on Tanner and reports his illegal business to the authorities. In order to escape being incarcerated, Tanner enlists in the Royal Canadian Engineers as a Private. He manages to survive many close calls and looks forward to coming home but life at home will never be the same.

The author has created an enjoyable story around this family that kept me engaged. It is rich in Canadian history that made me feel as if I was there. I recommend this quick and entertaining read.
I was provided with a copy of this book which I reviewed without compensation.

A creative compilation of short stories that were engaging, mysterious, and gripping with a few twists and surprise endings. The stories were diverse and rich in characters and storylines. 

I enjoy short stories that have a punch and are unforgettable as these were. Although this was just a teaser and not a complete set of short stories I find it enjoyable and look forward to reading the complete set.

I received a copy of this book and chose to review it without compensation.

This story details interactions and correspondence between Iris Burdock, Canadian furniture designer, and her billionaire client, Luke Henderson. Luke commissions Iris to create four fireside chairs made entirely from Canadian materials. The author details the process of design, choice of materials, workmen and finally the product as each chair is assembled.

What transpires between Iris and Luke is a mixture of comedic repartee and frustration mixed with an undercoating of desire. Iris becomes irritated by Luke’s lack of explanatory dialogue as she tries everything she can to please him and what he first expressed he wanted in the furniture designs. She runs into a stone wall each time she tries to fix something that he suddenly decides he wants to change.

An intriguing mystery as it begins in the future and returns to the past in explanation. I was provided a copy of this book and chose to review it without compensation.

A gripping story of tragedy, loss, resentment, and guilt that propels the protagonist, Darcy Goodridge, to escape her demanding mother and travel to many places to forget her troubles.

Darcy has also left behind the love of her life and her nephew, son of her sister who was killed in a car accident, when he was still a baby at the time she moved away.

There are secrets that are being kept from her which could change her feelings toward her mother and maybe explain her mother’s attitude toward life in general. When her nephew, Emerson, disappears, she puts her feelings on hold and rushes back home to help find him.

This book has rich and well defined characters and an unforgettable story. I highly recommend this heartwarming story.

A powerful thriller that made me hold my breath along with the main protagonist, Maggie Novak, a Florida Homicide Detective. Maggie must face ghosts from her past when she is on a horrendous case of the murder and burning of a woman’s body.

Things from Maggie’s past are brought to light when she discovers that the body may be her best friend who was supposed to have died years before in a fire along with her family. The detective delves into the case and tries to piece things together but is soon pulled off the case when her boss discovers that she is closer to the victim than is warranted.

The author created an unforgettable story with some surprises that I didn’t see coming but that kept me engrossed. The writing was well scripted and intriguing. I have read other books by this author and was never disappointed. I highly recommend if you love a mystery.

A story full of heartache, angst, disappointment, and emotions. The author created an intriguing storyline that had many interesting characters some of which are full of compassion for the main character, Victoria. The tender friendship of Victoria’s BFF, Daksha, is heartwarming and sweet. Daksha supports Victoria during the difficult time following her grandmother’s death.

Victoria is only 18 years old but has no idea how her life will change after her grandmother, her only known relative dies. She tries to find her way alone but is even more confused when a woman shows up at her grandmother’s funeral claiming to be her dead mother.

Thereafter begins heartbreaking dialogue in the form of letters between the grandmother and daughter over Victoria when she was just a baby. Mother and daughter strive to get to know one another and find their way toward forgiveness. Will Victoria ever be able to accept Sarah Hansen as her mother? Will she be able to forgive her grandmother for lying to her?

An enjoyable read!

This is a thriller that will keep you riveted until the killer is found. There is a serial killer on the loose in a National Park and the ISB is called in to solve the murders. Former agent Ricki James is recruited to use her skills and is reinstated against her better judgment. She is still trying to deal with the loss of her former partner who was killed during a case.

There are not a lot of strong men in this thriller but a few women hold the story together. Ricki is fearless and takes on this case even though her ex-husband and son are concerned for her safety. There is an underlying hint of a future romance in the wings between Ricki and the Chief of Police which may move along to more than just a brief flirtatious relationship in the next installment of this series.

There is enough action as the story progresses with plenty of clues, not too many suspects and danger at every turn. But Ricki loves every minute of it. An enjoyable read for lovers of murder mysteries.

What happens when a marriage loses its excitement, couples don’t spend enough time together, their jobs get in the way and temptation rears its ugly and enticing head? Well, the author has created this story around all of those things.

I thought I would figure out how it would end and who the killer was but I did not see it coming right away until the very end. When a beautiful, temptress gets into the main protagonist’s head, Professor Dorian, he can’t seem to get his student, Taryn Moore, out of his thoughts. His marriage is not what it once was and he feels lost and frustrated. His wife has no time for him with her demanding job as a doctor who seems to put her patients before her husband.

The story moves along quickly making this reader at first feeling sorry for the husband but then wanting to give him a kick to get him to come to his senses. It doesn’t help that his course is about disgruntled and frustrated lovers who have been cast aside for others. Taryn is an exemplary student caught up in the subject matter and feeling unworthy and cast off by not only her father who abandoned his family but also by her recent boyfriend who jilted her.

I highly recommend this read that kept me turning pages until the explosive ending!

I read the ebook version of this.

I have loved all the books I’ve read by Michael Crichton but this one wasn’t as enjoyable. There was too much intensive medical terminology for the lay person to comprehend. Even though I have a limited background in the medical field as a medical secretary/assistant I had to refer to his cliff notes at the end of each chapter and in the Appendixes.

The subject of abortion is a sensitive subject especially today with the viability of the feces and the argument over when it is actually a person. Is it murder or is it just a medical procedure to replace contraception?

The story brings to light the problem of abortion on a young girl who is clearly troubled and vying for attention from her father. She does everything she can to get his attention, drugs, sex, abortions and an overall wild life.

When Dr. Lee, known as a abortionist, is suspected of a botched abortion and the death of this young girl, his friend and fellow physician, Dr. John Berry, comes to his aid. Dr. Berry tries to uncover who is responsible for this heinous crime and clear his friend’s name. Things come to a head when the father of the murdered young woman takes steps to ensure that Dr. Lee is put away for good by using his extensive influence as an affluent physician in the community to get support of others to confirm the suspect’s guilt. Is he covering up something? Does he know that someone else is responsible?

This book will bring about many discussions about right and wrong in the medical profession even today. Not Crichton’s best work but still enjoyable.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will review books that you enjoy wherever you purchased them. We authors will love you for your efforts! Keep reading and we will keep writing! Take Care!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!







About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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2 Responses to Books Read in the Month of March 2022!

  1. Jan Sikes says:

    Fantastic selection of books, Janice. I love your reviews! Thanks for sharing!

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