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Jenna Bennett AKA Jennie Bentley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Do It Yourself home renovation mysteries from Berkley Prime Crime, as well as of the Savannah Martin Southern Real Estate mysteries. A former Realtor® and home renovator, she lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with a husband and two boys, a hyperactive dog, a killer parakeet, two goldfish and two African Dwarf frogs. A native of Norway, she's spent the past twenty years in the US, and still hasn't been able to kick her native accent. You will not, however, notice it when you're reading her books.
on Dec. 15, 2011 :
When I read a good book I get so caught up in the outside world, that I can almost feel that I'm right there - in the story, observing it, living it. A good book evokes a passion in me, a passion to read more.
As most of my readers know I simply adored the first three books in Jenna Bennett's Savannah Martin series. However, my adoration was nothing compared to how much I simply LOVED the fourth book, CLOSE TO HOME.
CLOSE TO HOME sees Rafe off deep undercover, and Savannah back in Nashville missing him more than ever. However Savannah has her hands full, with an unplanned pregnancy and her sister-in-law turning up dead. It's up to Savannah, yet again, to put aside her real estate career and try and figure out the puzzle of Sheila's death.
CLOSE TO HOME is an emotional rollercoaster. I had read a few reviews that had said how much CLOSE TO HOME is an emotional read, but I don't think I was prepared for how emotional.
I quickly got wrapped up in the story, as Savannah tries to decide what to do with her pregnancy, especially without Rafe by her side to help, and tries to help her brother come to terms with his wife's death. I read CLOSE TO HOME within a day, as I was constantly willing myself to read more, more, more to find out what would happen to Savannah and her family.
I won't give too much away as I don't want to spoil this for other readers, but I will say that this is a 5-star read that evokes so much emotion and backs up everything that I have said that this series is an outstanding series.
If you love your mystery and your romance, you need to be reading this series! Jenna Bennett will have you falling head over heels for this Southern Belle, her complicated love life, and the adventures she has!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Nov. 29, 2011 :
Something is rotten in Sweetwater, Tennessee and once more Savannah Martin finds herself in the middle of it. When the body of her sister-in-law turns up in the river, Savannah sets out to prove the accusations around her deceased relative are false.
Close to Home differs from the three previous books in that the mystery revolves around her family rather than real estate. Savannah's boyfriend, Rafael Collier comes to the rescue until events force his departure. Fortunately, Savannah's grown a lot over the course of the four books and she's more than capable of dealing with murder.
The story is fast-paced with plot lines from the other three books being brought up (The backstory is deftly handled, but I would recommend reading the other three in the series before this book). As usual, Ms Bennett brings together a wonderful, quirky cast to off set the darker themes of the mystery and tell a touching and amazing story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Nov. 27, 2011 :
Close to Home, the fourth book in the Savannah Martin Mystery Series, is my favorite in the series. It pulled at my heartstrings due to the matters that Savannah has to deal with on the home-front. I found myself getting teary-eyed a few times, which only gives testimony to the powerful and well-developed characters that I have come to love and look forward to visiting again and again. In addition to dealing with heartbreaking news and having matters of the heart tested, Savannah is determined to find out what happened to her sister-in-law and in doing so, her relationships - romantic, friendship, sibling, and parental, reach a deeper level. Close to Home is a definite five-star read.
FTC Full Disclosure: I received a free copy of this e-book from the author and chose it for review.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 14, 2011 :
This is my favorite book in the series.
Close to Home has a darker edge than the other books, but it really shows Savannah's strength of character.
As usual, we're left eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)