Books Read in the Month of April 2022!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of April of 2022. Here are the 6 books I read and reviewed for April. 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 eclectic 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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This is an intriguing historical mystery dated back to the 1700’s which kept me totally engrossed in the story. The first page was gripping with a tale of the main protagonist’s mother’s disappearance. The author kept the mystery going right up until the shocking ending.

Life during those time was demonstrated by the hardships everyone had to make in order to support their family and stay healthy without too much medical help. The main protagonist, Sarah, works with her father and mother who are apothecaries, skilled in dealing with herbs and oils that are used in healing ailments. Sarah learns to become proficient by observation and helping her parents heal the other inhabitants of their town, Cape May.

The mystery that runs through this delightful and well-written tale is what happened to Sarah’s mother? Is she dead by the prowling wolves or did she get kidnapped? Sarah tries to find out the truth with the help of a pirate who she is smitten over. He feels the same towards her but doesn’t let on right away.

This was an enjoyable story that I highly recommend.

There are many books in this series of Prey. This is the only one I have read. It is interesting but overly long to get to finding the perpetrators responsible for the deaths of the Coast Guardsmen.

Though I found it interesting enough to finish I thought there was too much information about scuba diving that dragged the story on. The characters well defined especially the main protagonist, Lucas Davenport. He is a formidable fellow that takes no prisoners when it comes to getting to the truth.

I purchased this book for my husband and thought I would check it out. Though I didn’t really enjoy it all that much, I am sure there are others who will. It was a well written mystery, just not in my favorite genre.

These Tangles Vines was a lovely story filled with heartache, tragedy, joy, love and all things beautiful about Italy. If you have ever traveled to this part of Europe you will love visiting it again in this delightful story.

I was caught up in this story especially with the descriptive passages of the vineyard, food, wine and the love shared between two people in this beautiful country. It took me away to the time I was in Italy experiencing the wine, food and the lovely people there.

There were two stories told in this tale. One about a young woman who goes to Italy to find out what happened to her father, and the other told through the eyes of the mother who shares her story when she was in Italy a long time ago.

What is learned through these two stories that come together is heart-wrenching and tragic but also unforgettable in a good way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would give it 10 stars if I could. Highly recommended if you are a romantic. Italy is pure romance!

Another enjoyable read by Mike Martin with one of my favorite characters, Sgt. Winston Windflower. He is a kind, caring, exceptional person who puts others before himself and works tirelessly to solve another case for the RCMP.

The author has created a series that is warm and comforting with memorable characters who support Windflower. I feel as if I know Windflower well and am at home each time I read a new book in the series.

The place the stories are based in Grand Bank, Newfoundland is a harsh, cold and snowy area but at the same time depicted as a family-oriented place to live and bring up one’s children. It’s a place where the people are supportive and always lend a hand for those in need.

I enjoy not only the story line of each book but also the recipes that the author shares of the local fish and seafood. It all sounds wonderful to live in a place where you can get your meal fresh from the ocean.

I look forward to more books in this series and highly recommend this book and others by Mike Martin.

A story that was difficult to follow. It was told through the eyes of two protagonists – Deirdre, who is trying to solve her sister Caro’s suspicious death and the husband, Theo, of the deceased sister who is suspected of his wife’s death.

It took a while to come together since each chapter left one hanging and not giving much information to form an opinion of whether to like the story or to even continue to read it or not. At this point it only warranted three stars.

There was a side story of Theo and all his scars and how he received them. There is a hint of a horrendous attack by a tiger in a visit to the zoo with his mother.

Once the story came together at the end I was relieved and felt it deserved four stars. I am not sure if I will read another one of this author’s books though.

If you like to be kept in the dark for a long time, you might like this book.

A lovely story set in 1770’s in an inn and pub that takes the reader on a journey back in time to the customs, traditions and puritanical ways of the residents of this community.

This is the second book in this series of Cape May Mysteries. It gripped my attention right away and drew me into the tale of a strong and fearless young lady, Etta, who protects her family in every way she can even if it puts her own life in danger.

There is a murder on their property. A body is found in their barn that cannot be explained easily. When a second body is found inside their inn the sheriff is called once again to try to find the culprit. One of Etta’s brothers, Jesse, is a suspect. There are plenty of twists and turns in this story that kept me guessing who was the perpetrator.

This was an enjoyable historical read that took a great amount of research in the ways of the Quakers and other inhabitants of that period to complete the authenticity of the terms and language. I highly recommend!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you enjoyed these books and got a little taste of each one by my reviews. Reviews are one way to share your thoughts with other readers. Your words help others to make a decision or not about a book.

I always read reviews before purchasing a book. I have found many popular books with 1K reviews or more have many one or two stars.This is proof that Amazon doesn’t care if you receive poor reviews as long as you receive many, many reviews. Once a book receives over 50 or more reviews Amazon takes the book seriously and begins to promote it. That is what we authors hope will happen to all our books. Please help us to get on Amazon’s list of promotions. Thank you so much for your kind support of my books and those of my fellow authors. This is the reason why I list my reads and reviews each month to help you choose your next great read. Of course, I hope you will choose some of my own books too! Ha!

Watch for next month when I will share more entertaining reads with you. Happy Reading! 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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9 Responses to Books Read in the Month of April 2022!

  1. Hi Janice, thank you for these excellent reviews. The two books by Amy Reade look really good. I will investigate them further.

  2. amreade says:

    Janice, I can’t thank you enough for including my two Cape May historical mysteries in your round-up for April. I am humbled and honored. And I’m thrilled that you enjoyed both books!

  3. Jan Sikes says:

    Thanks for sharing, Janice!

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