Saturday, December 17, 2011


"When Anna LeBonte's estranged husband is found murdered, she becomes the main suspect.  Only one person is willing to help her, her mysterious neighbor, Brent Stirling.  Brent knows the only reason he's helping Anna is to ease the festering guilt inside of him.  But when the events turn personal, and he finds himself falling for Anna, Brent knows he can't walk away.  But he may be risking their lives."

When I first asked Barbara Phinney to be a guest author on my blog, I had not read any of her books.  Since then, I've read two and enjoyed them both.

Souvenirs is about two emotionally scarred people who have "souvenirs" from past hurts--hurts that they can help each other overcome.  Anna is the victim of a husband who controls by intimidation and Brent feels guilty about the death of men under his command--and has scars to remind him daily of his mistakes.

I like Anna because she is at the point in life where she is ready to stand up for herself and leave her husband...but before she can file for divorce, he is found murdered.  Whoops, not good.  When everything looks grim for her future--when the police focus in on her as the suspect and stop looking elsewhere, she has one man willing to believe her and help.

Brent, although he sports some physical scars, is an Alpha hero who makes you forget his scars as he does what an Alpha hero does best--he does whatever is necessary to save his lady.

Barbara has given the characters in her book real-to-life issues and is true to them by writing a story of how love can heal wounds and build bridges of trust. Like any well-written suspense, Barbara Phinney has included interesting twists that keep the reader guessing until the end and I was not disappointed when her husband's killer was exposed.

Souvenirs   (Amazon)  For a list of all her books... (Amazon)   Barnes & Noble

If you'd like to read more about Barbara Phinney or follow her, click on her name and check out her personal website.


  1. Thanks Sandy, I think I would like to read some Barbara Phinney books, Souvenirs, in particular. Sounds like a good one.

  2. Thanks, Maxine. Have you put a bug in Santa's ear for an e-reader? (Hint!)

  3. Sandy,
    I enjoyed this review. The book sounds really good. Thanks.

    Marilyn Baron

  4. Thank you so much Sandra. You have done a fantastic job of encapsulating my story. I appreciate it very much. And thank you all who stopped by to read it.

  5. I can't wait to read this book, Barbara. It's next on my list.

  6. Hi Marilyn,
    Thanks for dropping by. Yes, she knows how to keep ya guessing right up to the end.

  7. Lina,
    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment for Barbara. Hope you have a great holiday!

  8. Norah,
    Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind words about Barbara's book and the review.

    Hope you drop by again from time to time.