by Karen Baney
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Nickels 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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GrammyGoGo More than 1 year ago
Once again Karen Baney allows you to see yourself as best friends with Niki, the main character.  So as BFF’s you feel all the emotions with her, the highs and the lows.  Of course I always have it in my mind how I want the story line to evolve, but Karen is able to add twists and turns that I never expected and they seem to all have a ‘tint’ of God in them.  I love the way the Nickels is   written and I give it 5 stars out of 5.
JorjaD More than 1 year ago
Niki’s roommate, Marcy is determined to find the perfect man for her friend. With her twenty-sixth birthday coming, Niki feels no urgency to find love. Her blind date Chad would be perfect for Marcy.  She does regret that her entire life could be minimized into one word: coding. Between assignments, she waited for Brian, the CEO of Elite Software to transfer her to a new client. Brian assigns her to her dream job at Helitronics, the largest DoD contractor for helicopter aviation electronics.  Then Kyle Jacobs reenters her life and turns everything upside down. Niki has to learn to work with him since he also is assigned to the new project because of his military record and flight experience. Niki has a hard time letting go of the image she has carried of Kyle since high school. The letter she received just before her brother was killed by an IED carries a passion about getting to know Jesus. Somehow Niki has to go beyond the past, and move beyond her painful memories, then when her heart is open, she finds the One who can hold her heart and even make Todd, who seems to be sabotaging the project, insignificant. Karen Baney has penned a story and characters that linger past the last page. The reader is invited into the world of a computer programmer, a software engineer, or coders, or developers or whatever one wishes to call them. The characters are  a “snarky, funny, unique breed.”  Baney’s faith allows her characters to change.  Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for my unbiased review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite Niki Turner is a software engineer and gets her dream of landing the big account with Helitronics. Still dealing with the tragedy of losing her family, Niki puts her entire life into her job. Little did she know that she would be working with Kyle Jacobs, who lived his high school days intimidating Niki any way he could and she hated him for it. After his injury in service Kyle Jacobs ends up at Helitronics to work because his work as a pilot is over. How surprised he is to find out that he is assigned to work with Niki Turner! He had plans to meet her again, but not at the office, and surely not working on a job with her. Things could get a bit touchy. Loving books about second chances, I was excited about reading “Nickels.” It is a heartwarming story about Niki and Kyle who are given a second chance at love. Kyle is willing but can Niki let go and forgive Kyle for the way he treated her in high school? Karen Baney weaves a wonderful and enjoyable romance with realistic and believable characters you will grow to love as family. “Nickels” is an intriguing story that will capture you in the very first pages and keep you engrossed until the end. I was amazed at the details of computer engineering the author writes into the story. Her knowledge and research is very recognizable in this book, making the story even more real. It is like hearing the details of the job from a real person. This author is really good at telling her story. I encourage you to grab a copy of this contemporary novel to read and enjoy for yourself. You will not be disappointed! Oh, and why the name Nickels? Well, you need to read the book to find out!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Niki Turner thought she had life all figured out. When God took her parents and her brother Jack, she felt that if she just didn't keep anyone close, she wouldn't lose anyone else or have to deal with the grief that has bound her personal life for the last 8 years. She has vowed to just remain friends with her room mate Marcy and focus the remainder of her time at her job, Hamilton Production Solutions, as a software engineer. But Marcy had a goal this year, and that was to make sure that love found it's way into Niki's life. After all , all work and no play, makes for a very dull and boring life. She vowed to make it her New Year's resolution to find Niki a man who would love her, fall in love and live the proverbial "happily ever after" life! However when a dream job at Heliotronics is offered to Niki, she sees this as a confirmation that she's been on the right track her whole life. However when Kyle Jacobs is assigned to work with her, she begins to question God's sense of humor after all. Kyle Jacobs, Marcy's older brother, has been the person she dreaded her entire four years of high school. He made it his mission to torture her no matter what opportunity presented itself and now here she was, stuck at her dream job with her worst enemy. But Kyle is a changed man, one both physically and spiritually, and now he has to find a way to prove to Niki that the past is really in the past. In the newest novel from Karen Baney, Nickels, is her first contemporary fiction about second chances and seeing what God's plan is for us in life instead of what we perceive it's all about. I received this wonderful eBook compliments of Karen Baney and was more than delighted with this wonderfully, well-written story of dealing with the loss of loved ones and finally finding a way to move forward. The journey isn't an easy one but teaches us the value of God's unconditional love for us and the meaning of having friends along the way. I rate this book a full 5 out of 5 stars and am so excited to be able to share this review with my readers. This is one you won't want to miss out on. Well done again Karen!
DBSnow More than 1 year ago
Nickels Karen Baney What a great personification of a lost soul searching for God, but after all she¿s lost, Niki¿s floundering is totally understandable. That¿s what makes this such a wonderful story ¿ she¿s so real ¿ but so broken. Ms. Baney does a great job of bringing her characters to life ¿ making them multi dimensional. Niki certainly has earned her way in a market dominated by men. She knows her own strengths ¿ and weaknesses - and knows the meaning of teamwork, too. What she doesn¿t know is how to have a healthy relationship, how to let go of her fear of losing the ones she loves so that she can live a fulfilling life. Her past losses will dominate every moment of her existence unless she opens her heart and learns to live again. Kyle wants to help her get beyond the past, wants to show her how much he has changed. What a journey this author leads us through as we watch Niki learn some hard lessons about life and love. Marvelous story! Well done!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Niki has never quite recovered from the many losses in her past. Friend Marcy tries too hard to marry her off, while Niki seeks only success and approbation for her undoubted computing skills. Meanwhile Kyle, suffering his own losses, prays for second chances without realizing what he might find. This story starts slowly, setting up characters and situations, but finds its speed when estranged friends finally fall into step with each other. Author Karen Baney creates an interesting mix of close friends keeping distant secrets in her Christian romance, Nickels, and it¿s enjoyable to find a female protagonist familiar with computers. The background is shaped by 9/11 and the foreground by software programming, but wars of the mind replace those of gun and a quiet undercurrent of faith grows strong, offering anguish or relief. The race to complete computer code on time feels familiar to me as a former software engineer. The longer race to heal wounds is carefully steered through interesting questions of God¿s care and why he allows those wounds to happen. The whole is a sweet romance with all the right hurdles to cross, wise lessons in faith, great scenery, Arizona sunshine, computer programmers, and even a game of Taboo. In this pleasing romance, wounds can be healed, love can grow, and holes in lives are gracefully filled by their creator. Disclosure: I received a free eARC of this novel from the WoMen¿s Literary Café in exchange for an honest review.