Tarangela Mental Health Blog

The change is now complete. Yesterday, I wrote my first post on the new blog that is focused on mental health. The new blog is titled Tarangela Mental Health. Please check it out and I hope to see many of you there.

Because of this change, I will no longer be posting on this blog. I will keep it open, at least for now, but it will be inactive. Thank you to those of you who read this blog and those who wrote comments.

The Librariosphere Blog

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that there were going to be changes coming to this blog. The first change is now up and running.

Now, everything I write about regarding books, writing, libraries, etc. will be on The Librariosphere blog. So if you want to read things regarding any of those things, you will have to go to that blog. The address for that blog is librariosphere.wordpress.com

As a result, this blog will go through a rebranding phase where it may lay dormant (no posts) for a while. I’m not sure how long this rebranding process will take, but I will try to keep posting while it happens.

Thank you to all my readers who have been here throughout the years.

Gone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley – Book Review

The past is repeating itself–and time is running out.

It’s been more than two years since homicide detective Livy Reynolds’s cousin disappeared from Logan Point. Unlike most people in her hometown, Livy has never believed that Robyn left voluntarily. When Dallas private investigator Alex Jennings contacts her concerning a senator’s missing granddaughter who was last seen in Logan Point, Livy notices eerie similarities between the two disappearances. With self-doubt plaguing her and an almost instant dislike of the self-assured PI, she’s finding this investigation an uphill battle. But with the prospect of finding her cousin on the horizon, she’ll have to find a way to work with Alex–before it’s too late.


I enjoyed the other two books in the series, although there were things that I was a little disappointed with, in both of them. This one I was more disappointed with. I would have liked a little more development in the characters. There was an issue that Alex had that I felt was never really resolved, or at least we didn’t see the development of it. By the end of the book, it was just resolved without us getting a glimpse of how. I also didn’t think the romance was that believable. It never developed out of anything; it was just there. It would have been nice to see a little more of the development.

I did, however, like that I didn’t know which character was the abductor until the end when the characters found out. It kept me guessing and drew me into the suspense. This was a decent romantic suspense novel, but it could have benefited from a lot more description and development.

Change in the Making

I am considering a change with my blogs. Right now, there is really no focus on this blog. Initially, this blog was created to promote my writing, but that has taken a back seat and I’m not sure if I’ll continue writing books or not.

The change that may be coming will be splitting my blog into two different ones. I will have one for book reviews and other things related to books and writing. The other one, will be focusing on mental health.

Mental health issues are something that is very close to my heart because of family and personal experiences.

This change may take a while to be implemented because I want to plan it out a little more and decide how I’ll do it exactly.

I’ll keep you up to date on the changes.

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer – Book Review

Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan’s Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the little girl entrusted to her care after her mother’s death. Charlotte promised Lily’s mother she’d keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When the teacher he’s after produces documentation that shows she’s the little girl’s legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he’s been led to believe. Is Miss Atherton villain or victim? She acts more like a loving mother than an abductress, and the children in her care clearly adore her.

Then a new danger threatens, and Charlotte is forced to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone becomes determined to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he’s ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte’s heart.


I got into this book right away. Karen Witemeyer’s writing style always draws me into the story and makes me care about the characters. Charlotte and Stone were relatable and I emphasized with them, even though I haven’t experienced a lot of what they experienced. For me, the setting wasn’t a huge part, and there wasn’t anything all that special about it, but I don’t read for the setting so for me that was okay. This book was a delightful blend of historical romance with a splash of suspense.

Love’s Rescue by Christine Johnson – Book Review

Can a girl enamored with the adventurous seas ever be content with the tame life of a Southern belle?

When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. Her brother resents her, the servants do not obey her, and Rourke O’Malley, the dashing man she vowed to forget, refuses to relinquish his hold on her heart. Worst of all, it becomes painfully obvious that her father is not the man he appears to be.

As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to perform her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate.

From the first emotional page, author Christine Johnson throws you into a world of impossible choices, hidden desires, and heart-melting romance in the steamy South.


One thing that really annoyed me about this book was that I couldn’t figure out how old Rourke is. It was never mentioned how old he was at any point in the book so I couldn’t figure out if he was less than or more than ten years older than Elizabeth. It was only a minor detail but one that annoyed me. I also found the ending to be a rather quick turnaround without much to imply the change in character.

Despite these annoyances, I enjoyed the novel and wondered how Rourke and Elizabeth’s story would play out. I could relate to Elizabeth’s desire to please her father, although the time period is much different than the one I live in today.

Untangled by Carey Scott – Book Review

Think you’ll never measure up? Think again.

We all want to feel valued. We crave approval and acceptance in the eyes of family, friends, and even strangers. But when we seek confirmation that we are enough using the world’s standards, it seems like we always fall short. As a result, we cannot believe we are who God says we are–accepted, loved, beautiful, and treasured.

With hope-filled writing and plenty of hard-won personal advice, Carey Scott teaches you how to untangle your self-esteem from the world and anchor it in Jesus. She lovingly shows you that God was intentional in how he made you–and that he is pleased with his work. You’ll learn practical strategies to escape the unattainable standards of our performance-based world. And you’ll find comfort in the fact that you are not alone on the journey.


I received this book as an advanced copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I gave this book only three out of five stars because I didn’t relate to almost half of the book. Several chapters were specifically for married women with children, which I am not. Despite that, I could relate to a lot of the rest of the book and enjoyed hearing the stories of how other people struggle with the same things I do.