Books Read and Reviewed in February 2023!

Here it is already the end of another month. Where does the time go? We have already completed two months of this year! I have been busy as usual reading some wonderful books for the month of February of 2023. Here are the 5 books I read and reviewed for February. 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 others 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 lovely 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 lovely story filled with secrets, mystery, getting back to one’s roots and rediscovering what was lost.
Rosie Merchant is the main protagonist who returns to her childhood home after the death of her mother. What she finds there is not what she remembered growing up.

Heaven’s Cove is a small town where everyone knows about the other person’s secrets. Gossip travels far and wide here. Rosie finds her childhood home is in jeopardy of being torn down to make way for a hotel by the richest man in town. She feels compelled to fight to save the last thing that belonged to her mother. In the process she rediscovers what is important to her and how much she missed her childhood home and her friends, especially one in particular a handsome farmer named, Liam.

There is more to this story, but I don’t want to give anything away. It is a story of coming home to what is missing in one’s life and what matters.

An enjoyable read that I highly recommend!

As only Ken Follett can do – create an epic story of struggle, heartbreak, and search for a better way of life for all those who worked in the mines of Scotland. He created this story around two man characters, a miner, Mack McAsh, and a highborn lady, Lizzie Hallim. They are both looking for a place that they could live in peace, harmony and safety from those to want to control their lives.

These two characters are from two different walks of life who strive to find freedom from their lives of slavery and tyranny. Mack has always been a slave to the mine owners while Lizzie became a slave to her husband’s high-handed ways.

Mack and Lizzie connect in several ways throughout the story. Lizzie finds that she yearns for a different way of life after she meets the likes of Mack who is strong, fearless and confident in everything he does even if he is pushed to the limit, he never gives up. Mack had never met the likes of Lizzie who is also fearless and takes on jobs that only men would do. She even begs him to take her down into the mines which turns out to be frightening and an adventure she will never forget and want to do again.

This is a long epic adventure filled with plenty of angst and heartache as you will read about the unthinkable treatment of not only the miners but also of those of the slaves in the colonies.

An unforgettable story that will stay with you for a long time. I highly recommend!

This author writes lovely stories about families, their emotions, problems, heartaches and strengths and flaws.
She draws the reader in with her creative and descriptive prose.

I enjoyed reading the tale of a woman who is formidable despite all the struggles she must face within her family. She proves that one can face anything as long as one stays strong and believes that he/she can do the impossible and survive the worst the fates send one’s way.

This was an enjoyable read but her book, Woman of Substance, is still my favorites!

This is book 2 in the psychological thriller series that will keep you reading well into the night. The main characters are two women, Leah, a kind, quiet and contemplative person who wouldn’t hurt a fly and Andrea, a wild, gregarious, conniving, selfish and over-bearing person who you wouldn’t want to be your enemy.

The story continues from book 1 with the main protagonist, Leah, who is trying to get her life back to normal after horrendous times in a mental institution. You must read book 1 to understand how her life has been before reading book 2. Leah is married to a man, Mason, who is on the run from the Mafia. This is her second marriage. Her first husband was killed along with her daughter in a horrific car accident where she loses her leg.

Book 2 carries on with Leah and her BFF, Andrea, who has come back into life and ingratiated herself to become indispensable to Leah who is trying to gain some balance in her unsettled life with a new man. Leah is also saddled with an unruly stepdaughter who is forced to live with her since her mother had run off to get away from her husband who is also Leah’s present husband. It does get complicated somewhat and hard to explain unless you have read book 1.

Since I do not want to give too much away, I will say that it was entertaining though tedious to see how much Andrea could take with all the mishaps and problems she had to deal with along with her crazy BFF and her rude and difficult to handle stepdaughter.

I probably will purchase the other two books in the series to find out what happens next.

An exciting addition to the series of mysteries with Mercy Kilpatrick. This story kept me glued until the surprising ending. There are six books in this crime/mystery series with Mercy at the helm as an FBI agent who works with her lover, Truman Daly, Police Chief. Together they solve crimes in this book involving arson, a building militia, and murders of two police officers and others.

Mercy goes back home to a rural community in Oregon where she is still shunned by her family who are survivalists. She is somewhat of a survivalist herself even though she doesn’t admit that to anyone.

When she delves into the murders and arsons she find things that she didn’t expect and soon her life is in jeopardy when she tries to save her niece’s boyfriend., Cade. There is danger every where she turns. Can help arrive in time to save her and Cade?

This was a non-stop action mystery with the character, Mercy, who is merciless, defiant, persistent and strong in character making for an enjoyable read.

I hope you enjoyed these reviews and come back again for more entertaining posts about all kinds of things and whatever pops into my already overcrowded brain.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. You are always welcome along with any reviews you post wherever you purchase my books. It’s like receiving an early Christmas gift when I see a new reviewQ 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 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 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 33 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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3 Responses to Books Read and Reviewed in February 2023!

  1. Hi Janice, thanks for these great reviews. The Ken Follett book sounds excellent. His books are always heavy reads.

  2. Jan Sikes says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these books, Janice. A couple of them really grabbed my attention!

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