Books Read and Reviewed in the Month of December 2022!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? We now have only two months left of this year! I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of December of 2022. Here are the 6 books I read and reviewed for December. I might have read even more if I didn’t have a few WIP. But I always seemed to have a WIP! That fact never stops me! 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.

If you are an avid reader, as I am, please review the books you love on Amazon or wherever you purchased them in order for others to enjoy your reviews. Reviews are one way for readers to know about an exceptional book. We indie authors love to receive reviews and appreciate the efforts of readers to do them. Once again, I thank you for your kind support of me and my books and for supporting my fellow authors too.

When I wrote these reviews I rated them on Amazon, Goodreads and sometimes Barnes & Noble. I did not include the ratings here though. It is best to share my thoughts with you about how I felt about the book without the rating. Ratings can be deceiving at times.

We all feel differently about books. Sometimes we love them, sometimes we like them and still other times we may dislike a book. Some are so memorable they take our breaths away! While others are sweet, sensitive and enjoyable reads that we soon will forget. But all of these books I have reviewed were enjoyable reads as you can see from my reviews. I hope you enjoy my reviews and that they help you decide if you would like to read these books.

A story of three women who are from different walks of life with nothing in common but being married to the same man. The characters in this story begin at odds with one another but soon find common ground.

The author has created a tale of a polygamist who uses women, steals their savings and goes onto the next victim. Those women who were not affluent he uses them as a way to procreate. He wants a son to carry on with him his devious ways.

The three women, Kate, Jamie and Amanda feel differently about their husband. Kate, the oldest wife and most affluent, wanted to divorce him for a long time once she realized all he wanted from her was her money. Jamie had a daughter with him and never realized he was cheating on her with other women, while Amanda was pregnant and thought he loved her. She was angry that he had other wives and was convinced they were lying and most likely divorced from him.

The story is humorous and sweet as the characters realize how important friendships are and that sometimes friends are more like family than not. There are some love interests and other minor characters that add pleasantly to the story.

An enjoyable and endearing story.

A lovely collection of poetry and short stories that lifted my spirits and whisked me away from my troubles. This author created a beautiful book that was a pleasure to read and which I will read again.

The poetry is elegant and varied in its collection while the stories share so many facets of life and love to the reader. I enjoyed all of them but do love The Green Hill and The Home Help. The first shares the love of an elderly couple and their dog that goes beyond life while the second story deals with forgiveness and kindness between a caregiver and her charge.

Sally Cronin is an extraordinary writer who can feel, see and tell everything in a sentence making the reader aware of what she is sharing in her prose.

A beautiful book that all will enjoy many times over. I highly recommend!

This story was a passionate tale of two creative artists who travel together across country and find not only that they can work together being complete opposites but also that they can get along and grow together in friendship and love.

Nora Roberts creates stories with such passion in each chapter that it takes one’s breath away. She doesn’t need to write illicit details in her love scenes to make them more passionate than they really are. They are sweet, endearing and sensitive taking the reader deep into the minds and souls of her characters.

The characters are richly detailed in their feelings and emotions with real-life problems and faults. The reader travels along with them on their journey to find themselves and each other as they grow in friendship and soon love.

It had been a long time since I had read any of Nora Roberts’ books. After I read this one I felt a feeling of coming home to her style of prose and will pick up another one soon to enjoy.

Jack Reacher is at it again in this mystery. He is hired to find who is trying to assassinate the Vice President of the the United States.

Lee Child has created an unstoppable force in his main character, Jack Reacher. The man will take on anything fearlessly without a thought for his own safety.

There are plenty of red herons, twists and surprises as the story winds down. An enjoyable story that will keep you in suspense.

Tell Me book 2 of the Inland Empire Series is a gripping story. If you haven’t read book 1 you must before reading this next book. It had been a little while since I had read the first book but there was enough background in this story to refresh my memory.

The main protagonist, Reni Fisher, is a criminal profiler but also the daughter of a serial killer. She hides out in the desert even though many deaths were committed there by her father. She and her dog, Edward, find solace somehow there along with her pottery and paintings.

Reni is called upon to assist her friend, Daniel Walker, a detective in solving a new death. Daniel has his own demons to deal with. His mother abruptly left him when he was just a child and was never seen again. Together Reni and Daniel make a good team, each having feelings for the other without sharing them.

This book had some twists at the end which made for a surprising finish. A very creative and quick read that was quite enjoyable. I was sad to see that this is the end of the series. I especially enjoyed the characters for their realism and faults making them likable and believable.

Everything We Keep is more of a love story gone wrong than a mystery. The mystery begins later in the story. It begins slowly and works up to a mystery with a shocking ending.

The two main protagonists are Aimee Tierney, a sous chef, and her fiancé, James Donato.They are childhood sweethearts who have loved one another for as long as they can remember. When they are old enough to marry the unmentionable happens, James dies in a strange boating accident that cannot be explained. Aimee tries to go on but keeps all of James things including his painting supplies and some of his paintings in the garage. When a large amount of his paintings suddenly disappear, Aimee begins to suspect something is wrong and that maybe James is still alive.

Things get even stranger after Aimee receives a note about James being alive and living in Mexico from a woman who claims to be a clairvoyant profiler. Aimee leaves her new restaurant in search of her fiancé to the place the profiler claims James lives. Another man, Ian, who is in love with Aimee and one of her employees insists he go along with her to keep her safe but also to make sure he doesn’t lose her completely to this mystery man.

I found this intriguing though slow at times but it does ratchet up a little at the middle and added a shocking ending to grip the reader to grab book 2 in this 3-book series.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will review books that you enjoy so that others will know which books that interest them. Reviews are one way to spread word about an exceptional book.

When I peruse books online I always glance at the reviews to see what others thought about the books before I choose to purchase them. Do you do that too? Will you purchase a book without reviews? I sometimes do if others have mentioned it to me. See how important reviews are? Please review when you can. It makes a world of difference to authors’ work. Thank you for your kind support!


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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