Monday, August 5, 2019

Unique! ' Light from Distant Stars' - by Shawn Smucker

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About the book:

When Cohen Marah steps over his father's body in the basement embalming room of the family's funeral home, he has no idea that he is stepping into a labyrinth of memory.

Over the next week, Cohen's childhood comes back in living color. The dramatic events that led to his parents' separation. The accident Cohen witnessed and the traumatic images he couldn't unsee. And the two children in the forest who became his friends--and enlisted him in a dark and dangerous undertaking. As the lines blur between what was real and what was imaginary, Cohen is faced with the question he's been avoiding:

Is he responsible for his father's death?

Master story weaver Shawn Smucker relays a tale both eerie and enchanting, one that will have you questioning reality and reaching out for what is true, good, and genuine.

My review:

This was definitely a unique story as I wasn't quite sure if it was spiritual warfare or a dream/nightmare or an allegory for much of it.  I liked how the story moved from past to present and back so there were two stories happening at once.  Cohen struggled with his faith as he felt he needed to keep confessing his guilt, yet won't confess all.  He wondered where God was in all of the mess.  He's angry at his parents for their divorce when he was a kid and the events surrounding it and how his life fell apart afterwards.  It really drove home how much selfishness affects other people and especially can hurt the children.  There were some creepy and suspenseful moments in the book and led to a somewhat shocking event I figured was coming and then another I didn't see coming!  This story dealt with faith and coming to terms with our parents' humanness and remembering the good times and the bad.  It's about the importance of dealing with things before it's too late and loving people while you have them.  If you like stories a little twisty and unique, you might want to check it out!

I received this book from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

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    Shawn Smucker

    Shawn Smucker is the author of the young adult novels The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There, as well as the memoir Once We Were Strangers. He lives with his wife and six children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him...
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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Action-Packed Thrill Ride! 'The String' - by Caleb Breakey

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About the book:

Welcome to the string. Let's go over the ground rules.

Rule #1: Participation is mandatory.
Rule #2: If any one person refuses to play, the threats to all players will come to pass.

Since this is my game, allow me to introduce myself. I am the conductor. Just as musicians in a symphony must follow the conductor's direction, the selected students and staff of Trenton University must submit to my commands . . . or risk massive chaos and deadly consequences. Even that pesky university cop, Markus Haas, who thinks he'll find a way out of the impossible dilemma in which I've trapped him. Oh, the surprises I have for him.

Ready to play?

My review:

Talk about a wild ride!  This book was hard to put down!  It just doesn't let up; it's suspenseful and action-packed from start to finish!  There were some crazy mind games as Markus tries to figure out who the conductor was and what his end game was.  It definitely got spooky a few times as it seemed he was everywhere and always one step ahead of Markus.  There was a hint of romance and a little bit of talk about faith as Markus cries out to God when he's terrified for his girlfriend, Stephanie, and her kids.  She has a strong faith and I liked her a lot.  I also liked Janet, an I.T. genius.  Both were strong female characters.  There were so many twists and turns; I was never sure who to trust!  It also sounds like there could be a sequel!  I highly recommend this story if you like suspense!

I received this book from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Caleb Breakey

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    Caleb Breakey is the CEO of Speak It To Book, the premier ghostwriting agency for influencers, thought leaders, and industry celebrities. He is an ECPA Award finalist and a winner of the prestigious Genesis Contest for fiction writers, and he loves exploring...
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

Romance With Some Meat to It! 'Love and Other Mistakes' - by Jessica Kate



Welcome to the Blog Tour for Love and Other Mistakes by Jessica Kate, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Love and Other Mistakes
Author:
Jessica Kate
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date:
July 30, 2019
Genre: Romantic Comedy

About the book:

There’s a fine line between love and hate . . . And for the last seven years, Natalie Groves has hated Jeremy Walters.
Natalie Groves was meant for great things. But soon after her fianc├ę left, Natalie’s father was diagnosed with cancer. Suddenly her grand plans evaporated . . . and God felt very far away.
Fast-forward seven years, and an internship presents Natalie a chance at her destiny—but she needs a job to work around it. And the only offer available is worse than a life sentence. Her ex Jeremy, now back in town, is desperate for help with his infant son and troubled teenage niece, Lili. And Natalie may be just the one to help Jeremy . . . provided they don’t kill each other in the process.
When Jeremy and Natalie join forces, sparks fly. But will either of them get burned along the way?

My review:

This was a fun romance but it also had a lot more going on as Natalie was dealing with so much.  I loved the humor in it but I actually wished there had been more of that and not quite so much of everything going wrong.  Natalie's trying to juggle so much and I found myself getting a little overwhelmed imagining it!  I liked her but I couldn't picture wanting to be a leader in a ministry so I couldn't really relate to that.  I could relate to thinking for years you were going to do one thing and having a hard time letting that go.  I liked Jeremy, too, and his baby stole the show!  I could just picture how adorable he was.  I really felt for Jeremy and the tough relationship he had with his dad.  He never felt like he could measure up and that influenced how he viewed God.  Lili also struggled with trying to be perfect as a pastor's kid and believed her parents' and God's love depended on that.  My heart broke for Lili and what she was going through with her parents.  It would be awful to be put in the middle like she was.  I was glad that the truth came out in multiple situations and people finally got clarity on the past so they can move forward.  Natalie and Jeremy both had a strong faith now and struggled with forgiveness.  There were some good romantic moments.  I also loved that a couple characters were Australian, like the author.  It was fun to listen to their accents in my head as I read the book!  I would recommend this story if you like romance mixed with heavier life issues!

I received this book from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.


About the author:


Australian Jessica Kate is a sassy romance author and addict.
Her novels feature wit, snark and grit, and her StoryNerds podcast gives her a chance to nerd out with others about these ingredients in books, movies and TV.
She has a passion for garlic bread, theme parks and Batman.
Sign up to her newsletter at jessicakatewriting.com to hear first about her books, including her upcoming novels Love and Other Mistakes and A Girl’s Guide to the Outback.
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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Wonderful! 'Underestimating Miss Cecelia' - Regency Brides Daughters of Aynsley 2 - by Carolyn Miller

About the book:

Will a shrinking violet and a prodigal son come together to better their world?

Cecilia Hatherleigh has many secrets in her shy, sweet heart⁠—but none bigger than her unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl's son next door. Her love has persevered over many years, even when he grows to be a bit of a rake. Yet despite his fondness for females, he never seems to see her as anything more than the quiet younger sister, and nothing Cecy does has changed that. Rather than pining after his perhaps unworthy love, she decides to turn her focus toward living out her newly found faith. Now she's determined to follow God's leading to make a better world for the poor and dispossessed around her.

A London riot awakens Edward to the responsibilities due his family name. It's time to turn his life around to please his noble father⁠—and that means restoring his abandoned legal career and making a marriage of convenience. Neither will be easy, given his past and the prejudices of the upper echelons of society to which he belongs.

When misadventure strikes at a house party, these two are thrown together even as their lives are upended. If Cecy can't trust God, overcome her shyness, and find her inner strength, the good work they've both done may be for naught--and neither will ever find true love . . .

My review:

This was another wonderful book by Carolyn Miller! Her characters seem so real and I could feel Cecelia's pain as she has loved Edward for years but comes to realize he will never feel that way about her.  I liked how the story dealt with how sometimes women, and men, can put love or another person first in their lives instead of God.  While I loved the first book in this series about Cecelia's sister, I definitely have more of a similar personality to Cecelia and felt we could have been great friends.  I really liked the focus on helping the poor and disenfranchised that both Cecelia and Edward take on and it was interesting to learn more about the state of the poor working class at the time.  The Peterloo Massacre was mentioned and I had to google that to find out more.  I was also surprised to learn how much the gypsy was reviled with the possibility of being hung just for talking to one!  This story also really highlighted how boring a life a society woman could lead, having to attend events a lot and make polite conversation all of the time, never talking about anything very important and always trying to make the best match possible.  Her younger sister Verity definitely bucks that mold and I've been excited since the first book to read her story, which will be next.  I admired Edward a lot, too, but he really struggled with forgiving himself and accepting God's grace for his past mistakes, so it got a little frustrating to see him punish himself.  Both Cecelia and Edward had a strong faith while many of the other characters didn't, so it was interesting to see the different viewpoints.  There were also some wonderful romantic moments.  I would highly recommend this book if you like regency romance.

I received this book from Kregel Publications.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Enjoyable! 'Clear Confusion' - by Kathy M. Howard

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About the book:

What am I going to do, God? Who am I?

Charlotte Hallaway needs to come to terms with her father's death. He had been her only family, and she wasn't handling her grief well. It was just supposed to be a few weeks of peace and quiet to process it all, but then she saw them-a drug deal and a murder within seconds of each other.
And they saw her.
Now running for her life, Charlotte boards a bus to escape her pursuers and wakes up the next morning in the woods of Jennings, Georgia, without a memory of how she got there or of who she is. All she knows is an underlying fear she can't seem to shake.
When two hunters find her battered and scared, can she put aside the clear confusion she's experiencing to trust them? She wants to trust them, especially Nicholas, but fear is holding her back. Trust is incredibly hard when one is so clearly confused. Could it be he and his friend are not who they claim to be?




Who are they really . . . and who is she?

My review:

This was a suspenseful story that really grabs your attention from the beginning!  I couldn't imagine how terrifying it would be to wake up in the woods not knowing who you were or how you got there.  I actually didn't remember what this story was about so I didn't find out for a while what she was doing there or how she got there, which made it even more suspenseful!  I admired her strength as she grapples with this and then when she does find out, how she deals with it as the trauma isn't over.  Her faith was such a strong part of that and the one thing she knew about herself, that she knew the Lord and loved Him.  Both her and Nicholas had a strong faith and I loved how that was a foundation for them.  I was glad to see a clear gospel message given and many references to prayer and depending on the Lord.  I also admired her grace and forgiveness in dealing with one of the bad guys.  Nicholas was such a great guy and had a wonderful attitude about life.  There was also a little bit of romance and action.  After such a suspenseful start the story did get a little too slow in the middle but I liked it overall.  I would recommend this story if you like romantic suspense!

I received this book from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Enjoyable! 'A Perfect Weakness' - by Jennifer A. Davids

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About the book:

The Civil War left its mark on Dr. John Turner. He turns his back on medicine and sees his unexpected inheritance in England as an opportunity to start over. But he never imagines how God intends to use his new role as lord of Ashford Hall or the beautiful woman he finds there to ease his troubled soul.

A tragic loss led Penelope Howard to bury her heart and dreams in her work for the Hall and the village of Woodley. But the arrival of the new heir stirs not only her discarded longings but her compassion as well. What burden does he carry that he can't accept that grace covers the darkest of sins?

A deadly epidemic sweeps through Woodley revealing secrets which threaten everything. The doctor faces a choice: leave or dare to believe what the Lord whispers through the woman John has come to love.

No one is beyond redemption.


My review:

I enjoyed this story about redemption, grace and second chances!  I really liked that Penelope and John were shown as flawed people, both having made mistakes.  However, there was quite a difference between Penelope accepting God's forgiveness and John, who can't seem to believe he could ever be forgiven.  I couldn't help but wonder if he had ever read the Bible or really heard a sermon talking about grace and forgiveness.  People repeatedly tried to tell him but he just couldn't seem to listen so his stubbornness did frustrate me.  Other than that, I liked him pretty well and Penelope was incredibly caring and compassionate.  I admired her selfless attitude and strong faith as she hadn't had an easy life with what she had gone through and then how her father treated her afterwards.  There were some good romantic moments and some suspense as an epidemic breaks out that they're trying to stop.  It was interesting to see how doctors worked in the last half of the 1800's and how some could be stubborn in trying new methods or questioning years' old practices or possible causes.  I admired Arthur, John's stable boy, who was learning about medicine, as he did what had to be done twice at great risk to his potential career.  Overall, this book had a wonderful message and if you like historical romance, you should check it out!

I received this book from JustRead Tours,  I was not compensated for my review.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Enjoyable! 'Cameo Courtships: 4 Stories of Women Whose Lives Are Touched by a Legendary Gift' - by Susanne Dietze, Debra E. Marvin, Jennifer Uhlarik and Kathleen Y'Barbo

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About the book:

A Family Heirloom Inspires Romance
In 1851, a special cameo is gifted by Queen Victoria to Letitia Newton, who though considered an old maid, meets the perfect gentleman minutes after donning. Told by the Queen the cameo is to be shared, Letitia gifts the "Victoria Cameo" to a woman in her family, hoping adventure and romance will follow each of its subsequent wearers.

PINNED ABOVE HER HEART by Susanne Dietze
1851 – Pittsburgh, PA
After receiving the Victoria Cameo, aspiring journalist Clara Newton works to expose a smuggler, but reporter Byron Breaux must break the story first or lose his job. Working together is out of the question until they learn secrets that threaten Clara’s father. . .and her heart.

TAMING PETRA by Jennifer Uhlarik
1875 – Colorado Territory
Trouser-wearing frontierswoman Petra Jayne Hollingsworth has no intention of donning the heirloom cameo, but when a crooked brothel owner steals the treasure, securing its return becomes Petra’s highest priority. Assisting her, Reverend Dustin Owens is appalled to learn the price of its ransom is that Petra must work in the brothel. He may save the woman’s virtue, but can he help Petra regain her cameo and rediscover her faith?

MEET ME AT THE FAIR by Kathleen Y’Barbo
Spring 1885 – New Orleans during the 1884 World’s Fair and Cotton Exposition
It takes a Pinkerton to find a Pinkerton, and Ethan Butler has been charged with finding Elizabeth Newton. Just when he locates her, the cameo he is to deliver is stolen. It appears his previous case has discovered his presence in New Orleans, but he can’t return to that case until the cameo is found. With Miss Newton as a reluctant partner in crime fighting, can Ethan Butler locate the cameo and its thieves without losing his heart?

LENDING MY HEART by Debra E. Marvin
1895 – Pittsburgh, PA
The arrival of a handsome Scottish administrator ruins Miss Bertie Hart’s dream to oversee the new Carnegie Library children’s department. Yet bristly Mr. Russell Smart’s working-class determination and his love of books make him the perfect partner to better the lives of Pittsburgh’s poor. As for a partner in life? Not even her Victoria Cameo can narrow the social chasm he and her father keep between them.

My review:

I enjoyed these stories a lot as they were all interesting, with something always going on!  There was a lot of action, some romance, all with elements of faith as they forgive and open their hearts to love, both God's and human's.  I mostly liked the characters; the women were strong and stubborn and the men tried to keep up with them, which was amusing.  One character made me shake my head over some of her choices and sometimes there was a little bit of confusion for me with the plots but mostly I looked forward to seeing what would happen next and enjoyed watching the characters fall in love.  I liked how the stories were connected by the cameo and the characters were related to each other and there was a fun epilogue tying them all together.  I also liked a section Y'Barbo put in with interesting facts she found out as she researched her story.  Only one author was familiar to me but I'll definitely be reading more by all of them.  I recommend this book if you like historical romances.

I received this book from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Wonderful! 'Live Without You" - Live Without You 1 - by Sarah Grace Grzy

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About the book:

Piper Redding is a loner, but lonely. Everyone she loves has abandoned her and opening her heart to others is just asking for more pain. She can't help but blame herself for her brother's tragic death six years ago, and in her guilt, she shuts herself off from the world. No one could love her-not even the God who promised to be there for her but wasn't. For paramedic Ezra Bryant, failure is not an option. He's had enough of it, and only by God's grace is he able to put it behind him. But when a traumatic event brings Piper's greatest fear and Ezra's failures to light, can they use that event to allow God to mend their broken pieces? Can love triumph over fear, and grace over guilt?

My review:

This was a wonderful story about learning to trust and love again!  I really felt for Piper and my heart broke as she listened to the lies over and over again that everyone leaves her and that her brother's death was her fault.  She's so afraid to love again because she doesn't want to get hurt.  I thought the story portrayed really well how debilitating it can be when we listen to our own negative thoughts and dwell on that instead of focusing on the truth of Scripture to replace it.  Ezra had a bit of that issue, too, as he kept thinking about how he failed his mom.  I really liked how we see Piper's faith journey, from someone who feels God abandoned her to learning to trust that He's always there.  The spiritual message was my favorite thing about the story as I was reassured again through Piper's story how much God loves me and every one of us and it's not because we're worthy; it's because He's love.  We also need to decide to put Him first as that's the only way to be truly happy but that's not always easy!  There were a couple unanswered questions that were left open and I would have liked closure on those.  There was a little bit of romance, some fun banter, a twist and I was holding my breath to see how it would end.  I'd recommend this story if you like books with a great spiritual message!

I received this ebook from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for my review.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Very Informative! 'Core 52: A Fifteen-Minute Daily Guide to Build Your Bible IQ in a Year' - by Mark E. Moore

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About the book:

In just fifteen minutes a day, you can master the 52 most important verses in the Bible in a year.

While there are lots of one-year Bible reading plans, few help you understand the words that you're reading. What if we could introduce you to a Bible reading plan that would dramatically increase your mastery of the Bible in one year? Mark Moore coaches you through 52 of the Bible's most important verses. These are the "core" of the Bible. Each verse clears the path to master and manage dozens of other verses that run along the same principle path. At the end of this journey, you will move from curiosity about the Bible to competence in the Bible. It is the quickest onramp to understanding the whole of God's Word for your life.


My review:

At first I thought this was going to be a book for people who didn't know anything about the Bible but there was a lot of great information in here that even someone who's been taught and read the Bible their whole life like me can discover.  For instance, I liked how he explained what a verse would have meant to Jews in their culture because most of us don't really understand all of the nuances if we're not from that culture.  He also gives examples from history or Jewish literature.  Each chapter focuses on one verse and a question such as "how does a person become holy."  There's a checklist for 5 days so you read the chapter first, the next day memorize the verse, then read a passage, think about a few other passages and do an action.  He lists a few key points at the end of the chapter which brings you back to the focus and there's even suggested books if you want to go deeper in the topic.  This felt like a Bible study and a devotional rolled into one!  I found this fascinating and I highly recommend it for everyone, from seekers to Christians who have been so for decades.  You won't be disappointed!

I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Beautiful! 'Cross My Heart' - Legacy of Faith 2 - by Robin Lee Hatcher

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About the book:

Two broken paths lead toward God’s redemption in the next installment of Robin Lee Hatcher’s Legacy of Faith series.

Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning have so much in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Boise valley. Ashley runs a horse rescue operation, while Ben has started an equine therapy barn on his great-great grandfather’s farm—and both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them.

But they share something else that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with ten years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley’s brother, Dylan, is an opioid addict, currently residing in court-ordered rehab. Ashley has promised herself she would never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction—because in her mind, addicts can never be fully cured. But with God, all things are possible. Will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance, or will her brother’s mistakes jeopardize her future with Ben?


My review:

This book was wonderful!  I loved seeing how Ben put into practice what he felt God wanted him to do, by opening an equine therapy barn and also working with rescue horses.  He was such a wonderful character, so generous and loving, even to people who didn't deserve it.  I also loved how patient he was with Ashley, wanting what was best for her even if that didn't end up being him.  His relationship with his grandfather was wonderful to see, also, and I loved how wise his grandfather was.  Ashley had a lot of issues to work through because of her brother and it was interesting to see her faith grow throughout the story.  I feel like I was encouraged in my faith as I read this book and prayed right along with Ashley about some things I'd been dealing with.  It was interesting learning about equine therapy and horse rescue; it's not a topic I see often in fiction.  I also liked that this book dealt with addiction, both from a character who was in the midst of it and one who had come out the other side stronger.  I also loved the split time element as the story of Ben's great-great grandpa was continued from the first book, this time set during World War II, as Ben's great-grandpa goes off to war and his family is left at home to grow food for others and pray for his safe return.  The Godly wisdom shared was wonderful as the men in both time periods had such strong faith and really read their Bibles, prayed and spent time with God.   This book works as a stand-alone but I recommend you read the first book as that was wonderful as well.  I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next!

I received this book from the author.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Fascinating! 'No Ocean Too Wide' - McAlister Family 1 - by Carrie Turansky

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About the book:

Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth?

After the tragic loss of their father, the McAlister family is living at the edge of the poorhouse in London in 1908, leaving their mother to scrape by for her three younger children, while oldest daughter, Laura, works on a large estate more than an hour away. When Edna McAlister falls gravely ill and is hospitalized, twins Katie and Garth and eight-year-old Grace are forced into an orphans’ home before Laura is notified about her family’s unfortunate turn of events in London. With hundreds of British children sent on ships to Canada, whether truly orphans or not, Laura knows she must act quickly. But finding her siblings and taking care of her family may cost her everything.

Andrew Fraser, a wealthy young British lawyer and heir to the estate where Laura is in service, discovers that this common practice of finding new homes for penniless children might not be all that it seems. Together Laura and Andrew form an unlikely partnership. Will they arrive in time? Will their friendship blossom into something more?

Inspired by true events, this moving novel follows Laura as she seeks to reunite her family and her siblings who, in their darkest hours, must cling to the words from Isaiah: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God”.


My review:

It was fascinating to learn about this huge emigration of children that I had never knew about.  It was also heartbreaking to see what some of these children went through and I found myself getting very angry at some of the people running this operation.  To deny family members access and try to keep them apart, all in the name of what seemed to be money or possibly some misguided sense of helpfulness, was just horrible.  I really admired Laura and her determination to find her siblings, no matter how many closed doors she came up against.  I was also horrified at how women and children could be treated and didn't seem to have any recourse.  I was a little surprised by how naive and condescending Andrew could be at times but I suppose that was due to his background; I liked that he was quick to apologize when he realized he was wrong.  The main characters all had a strong faith and I liked seeing how they depended on God to get through their trials.  There was a little bit of romance.  I would recommend this story if you like historical fiction and I can't wait to find out what happens in the next book!

I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Wonderful! 'Tate' - Montana Marshalls 2 - Susan May Warren

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About the book:

Bodyguard Tate Marshall, has always been the family troublemaker

Maybe it’s his propensity to get entangled in other people’s problems. Now, he’s in over his head because he’s desperately in love with the woman he’s tasked to protect, the beautiful Gloria, “Glo” Jackson, daughter of US Senator and presidential hopeful Reba Jackson. A member of the country band, the Yankee Belles, Glo was targeted in a recent terrorist attack designed to deter her mother from running, and Tate will do anything to keep her safe. Even if it means letting her go.

Country music artist Glo Jackson isn’t afraid of trouble…

Stubborn and brave, Glo isn’t about to hide from threats, at least the kind that won’t cost her heart. She’s already paid a terrible price for the war on terror, and she refuses to fall for a man who might die, especially because of her. Better to keep him away, even if it means sacrificing her heart.

But when danger threatens them both, what will they sacrifice to keep each other safe?

As the presidential campaign heats up and the threats deepen, so does the attraction between Tate and Glo. But what will it cost Tate to keep her alive? And what will Glo do to keep from losing another man she loves?

The gripping second installment of the Montana Marshalls series. 


My review:

Well, Susan May Warren has done it again! This book was hard to put down! I loved the Marshall men and it was great getting to know not just Tate better but also getting started on Ford's story. It was like reading two romance stories in one! There were some amazing romantic moments. Susan definitely knows how to write a kiss! There was also some great action as Tate is trying to protect Glo from multiple threats as her bodyguard. Tate was amazing and while does have some baggage, he was incredibly brave and loved Glo for who she was. I got a little frustrated with Glo as she was so scared of losing someone again that she made some dumb choices. I was also annoyed with how she handled Sloan, another guy interested in her, and her mother, though I understood that a little more with the background to their relationship. There was some talk about God as a Marshall brother and Glo's friend tried to explain how God loves us and we don't have to do anything to earn it. Neither of the main characters are Christians and I liked the uniqueness for a Christian novel as usually the main characters are. I can't wait for the next book! I highly recommend it!

I received a copy of this ebook from Just Read Tours. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over sixty-five novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Amazing! ' The Number of Love - The Codebreakers 1 - by Roseanna M. White

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author's previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Number of Love Series: Codebreakers #1 Author: Roseanna M. White Publisher: Bethany House Release Date: June 4, 2019 Genre: Historical
Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough. Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart? Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.

My review:

This book was just incredible!  I could not put it down!  I found it fascinating to see the inner workings of a woman so gifted and also a little different from the rest of the world.  I admired her a lot, from her intelligence to her wit to her determination.  She could be very amusing when she wanted to be and yet could also be incredibly impulsive if she was angry enough.  I loved Drake and his patience and understanding with Margot and his support for her dreams.  Knowing that loving Margot would be incredibly challenging, he still pursued her and it was touching to watch how sweet he was with her.  He was incredibly brave and I liked seeing his strong faith.  He was a man of prayer!  I liked the uniqueness of Margot's faith, where she saw equations that made sense and she took that as God telling her to do something or equations that didn't, meant she shouldn't.  After a tragedy, she started to question God and struggled more with trusting Him and I liked seeing her faith journey.  Their banter was such fun!  There were also a few sweet romantic moments. I liked the action and excitement of World War I as I haven't read many books set during this time period but I definitely plan on reading some of her others I've missed.  This worked well as a stand-alone but there were actually characters here from her previous series, Shadows Over England, and it was fun to see them pop in.  I highly recommend this book if you like historical fiction!

I received this book from Just Read Tours.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.


Title: A Song Unheard Series: Shadows Over England #2 Author: Roseanna M. White Publisher: Bethany House Release Date: January 2, 2018 Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales. Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe. But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books...to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY
Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus "Mi Alma" necklace (Necklace is 24" chain with a 1" pendant that says "Mi Alma" Spanish for "My Soul". A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)
(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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Monday, June 10, 2019

A Delight! 'It's a Love Story' - by Lincee Ray


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About the book:

We all love to be loved. And we love to fall in love. As children, we pour our love into our pets and our friends. As teenagers, we fall in love with musicians and actors and the boy whose locker is next to ours. As we mature, we long for romantic love that will last a lifetime. Sacrificial love, unexplainable love, familial love, desperate love. Love songs and love stories. Clearly, we were created with the longing for love ingrained in our souls.

With lots of wit and a bit of wisdom drawn from a lifetime of falling in love, Lincee Ray invites you to an unabashed celebration of that loving feeling. As she reveals the loves of her life and encourages you to recall your own, you'll discover alongside her that there is only One who can ever truly fulfill the deepest longings of our hearts. And He made us to be part of a divine love story.

My review:

This book was so fun!  I loved going along with her as she traveled down memory lane, remembering crushes and favorite songs and incredibly embarrassing moments!  Her chapter on some of her favorite romantic comedies was wonderful and I totally agree that Hollywood needs to step it up and make some good romantic comedies again!  I'm also obsessed with Hallmark Christmas movies and really Hallmark movies in general so her ideas for possible Christmas movies were hilarious but I think also doable.  I loved the breakup stories; there are truly some awful, rude, weird people out there.  Her stories about serving in Africa and Cuba were inspiring and I could relate to her visit to the Holy Land as I visited there a couple years ago and it was truly incredible!  Most of all, I liked her reminder that we were made for love, specifically God's love, and we'll only be fulfilled in Him.  I highly recommend this book if you like hilarity and books about some of your favorite things!

I received this book from Revell.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Lincee Ray
    Lacey Taylor

    Lincee Ray

    Lincee Ray is the author of Why I Hate Green Beans and an accidental blogging superstar who now writes for Entertainment Weekly online and the Associated Press. An active speaker and pop culture podcaster, she can be found at her popular website...
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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Fascinating! 'Confronting Old Testament Controversies' - by Tremper Longman III

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About the book:

The Old Testament is rife with controversial passages and events that raise questions about its continued significance for today. Often our solutions have tended toward the extremes--ignore problem passages and pretend they don't matter or obsess over them and treat them as though they are the only thing that matters. Now Old Testament scholar Tremper Longman confronts pressing questions of concern to modern audiences, particularly young people in the church:

· the creation/evolution debate
· human sexuality
· the historicity of people, places, and events
· God-ordained violence

Pastors, leaders in the church, and thoughtful and troubled Christians in the pews will find here a well-reasoned and faithful approach to dealing with the Old Testament passages so many find challenging or disconcerting.

My review:

This book was incredibly fascinating!  There were some stances he took that I completely agreed with and some I wasn't sure what I thought.  He explained the different viewpoints of scholars from books they had written and what points he agreed and disagreed with.  I liked the respect he showed for the other scholars while he was pointing out flaws in their arguments.  He said he was friends with many of them and he agreed with them on most things, just not on everything.  He also pointed out that while these were interesting things to think about, salvation was the most important thing.  He also had a deep respect for the Bible as God's Word and treating it as such.

I found the history and divine violence sections the most interesting as I love history and archaeology and found it fascinating that scholars recently have been questioning whether the exodus and conquest even happened.  He also made some great arguments about God's purpose for violence in the Old Testament and pointed out Paul Copan's comment that warfare was about sin, not about ethnicity.  He also admitted that he doesn't have it all worked out himself and still struggles with some parts of the violence aspect.  He looked at the implications for us today on what we believe about the different topics.  There were also some great indexes in the back of the book where you can look up topics by author, subject and Scripture.  I highly recommend this book if you've ever struggled with questions on these topics as this book will make you think and hopefully come to some conclusions!

I received this book from Baker Books.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Before coming to Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for eighteen years. He has authored or coauthored more than thirty books, including An Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read Proverbs, The Lost World of the Flood, and commentaries on Genesis, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah and Lamentations, and Daniel.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Character Spotlight 'A Song Unheard' - Shadows Over England 2 - by Roseanna M. White







Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White with JustRead Publicity Tours! Follow along with the tour for a special inside peek at how The Number of Love is connected to the author's previous book from another series, A Song Unheard.  My review of The Number of Love will be posted next week!  Read below for a spotlight on A Song Unheard.

ABOUT THE BOOK


Title: The Number of Love
Series: Codebreakers #1
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

 Three years into the Great War, England’s greatest asset is their intelligence network—field agents risking their lives to gather information, and codebreakers able to crack every German telegram. Margot De Wilde thrives in the environment of the secretive Room 40, where she spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But when her world is turned upside down by an unexpected loss, for the first time in her life numbers aren’t enough. Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by an enemy that just won’t give up. He’s smitten quickly by the too-intelligent Margot, but how to convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart? Amidst biological warfare, encrypted letters, and a German spy who wants to destroy not just them, but others they love, Margot and Drake will have to work together to save them all from the very secrets that brought them together.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

     
Title: A Song Unheard
Series: Shadows Over England #2 
Author: Roseanna M. White
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Intrigue

Willa Forsythe is both a violin prodigy and top-notch thief, which make her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I—to steal a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales. Lukas De Wilde has enjoyed the life of fame he's won—until now, when being recognized nearly gets him killed. Everyone wants the key to his father's work as a cryptologist. And Lukas fears that his mother and sister, who have vanished in the wake of the German invasion of Belgium, will pay the price. The only light he finds is in meeting the intriguing Willa Forsythe. But danger presses in from every side, and Willa knows what Lukas doesn't—that she must betray him and find that cypher, or her own family will pay the price as surely as his has.


Character Spotlight

I just loved Willa!  She's an incredibly strong woman who's learned how to survive on the streets of London with the family she's created for herself.  This group of young adults and children take care of each other and are fiercely loyal to each other, sometimes at a cost to themselves.  She's also very discerning and can see beneath the surface to what a person's thinking or what they might be hiding.  She's always watching and noticing things.  She's had to in order to make it this far in life.  She knows not to trust easily and can be a little too cynical, though I'm sure she would disagree with that assessment!  She's not taken in by handsome looks or charming ways and I had to laugh as she decided to take Mr. De Wilde down a peg.  I knew we'd be in for a fun ride!  She has a vulnerable side, too, as she worries she'll be found out that she's moving in social circles above her own and that she's not who she pretends to be.  She's a quick thinker and life with her would never be boring!

I received this book from Just Read Tours.  I was not compensated for this spotlight.  All opinions are my own.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she's homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books...to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary.

  CONNECT WITH ROSEANNA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram




TOUR GIVEAWAY
Grand Prize: Shadows Over England series, The Number of Love, and the Decrypto board game, plus "Mi Alma" necklace (Necklace is 24" chain with a 1" pendant that says "Mi Alma" Spanish for "My Soul". A term of endearment used throughout the book. Handmade by Bookworm Mama)
(3) additional winners of The Number of Love.
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight June 3, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm June 17, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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Monday, May 27, 2019

Wonderful Classic Romance! 'The Princess' 20th Anniversary Edition - by Lori Wick

The Princess Special Edition

About the book:

Return to the Romance of Pendaran

In the Land of Pendaran, Shelby Parker lives a humble but good life. Her special qualities are eventually noticed by the king and queen of the House of Markham, who seek a new wife for their widowed son, Prince Nikolai.
To uphold the tradition of their country, Shelby and Nikolai agree to an arranged marriage. But while Nikolai is a perfect gentleman in public, he remains distant at home, leaving Shelby to wonder what is in his heart. Will the prince ever love her as he did his first wife? Can the faith they share overcome the barriers between them?
Twenty years after its initial release comes this exquisite deluxe edition of Lori Wick's bestselling classic, The Princess (over 275,000 copies sold worldwide).
Relive the magic of Shelby and Nikolai's love story with this beautifully bound and foil-adorned keepsake version of one of the most beloved Christian romance novels of all time.

My review:

This was a wonderful story that I can't believe it took me so many years to finally read!  I love Lori Wick; she's my all-time favorite author and there are still a few books of hers I never read.  Knowing that she hasn't written anything new in about a decade, it's been hard for me to read the rest knowing there won't be anything new.  I was excited to see the new anniversary edition and decided it was time.  This was such a sweet romance but also a slightly difficult one as Nikolai is still grieving the loss of his wife.  It was wonderful to see how they turned to God to help them, especially Nikolai as he started out avoiding Shelby and realized he needed to have a different attitude and that he needed to work on making his marriage succeed.  They're both wonderful characters, as was their parents and other people surrounding them.  Lori has a wonderful way of creating a sense of community, where you want to live in this place with these wonderful people.  I really admired Shelby, too, taking on the role of princess while being completely unfamiliar with it and marrying a man she doesn't know but doing all of this because she feels it's what God wants her to do.  She was incredibly strong and a woman to admire.  This anniversary edition is a gorgeous hardcover with a ribbon marker and would make a great gift or addition to your collection.  This was a beautiful story I highly recommend.

I received this book from Harvest House Publishers.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.


Lori Wick


Lori Wick is a multifaceted author of Christian fiction. As comfortable writing period stories as she is penning contemporary works, Lori’ s books (more than 6 million in print) vary widely in location and time period. Lori’ s faithful fans consistently put her series and standalone works on the bestseller lists. Lori and her husband, Bob, live with their swiftly growing family in the Midwest.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Glorious Weakness: Discovering God in All We Lack - by Alia Joy

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About the book:

As a girl, Alia Joy came face-to-face with weakness, poverty, and loss in ways that made her doubt God was good. There were times when she felt as if God had abandoned her. What she didn't realize then was that God was always there, calling her to abandon herself.

In this deeply personal exploration of what it means to be "poor in spirit," Joy challenges us to embrace true vulnerability and authenticity with God and with one another, showing how weakness does not disqualify us from inclusion in the kingdom of God--instead, it is our very invitation to enter in.

My review:

This book really made an impact on me.  Alia Joy made some great points about how we view our weaknesses and the weaknesses of others.  We need to see others the way God sees them and love them, even if it's uncomfortable.  I resonated with her struggle over her calling, feeling like she should do more or have a different life than the one she has.  I could relate to some of her struggles as I am dealing with some health issues, too, but she has so much more to contend with between her health issues and her bipolar disorder, not to mention what she's gone through already in her life.  I really felt for her as I read her story.  Her belief that God is good even amidst all of her struggles, was inspiring, and something I struggle with, as I'm sure many people do.  We need to cling to hope and remember that God is good, no matter what.  She had a way of writing that was very poetic and lyrical but also hard-hitting.  More than once tears came to my eyes as I thought, "me, too.  I have felt that way, too."  I would recommend this book if you're struggling with weakness, poverty or suffering or want to better understand and be there for people who are dealing with these things.

I received this book from Baker Books.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

           The Author

  1. Alia Joy

    Alia Joy

    Alia Joy is a speaker, writer, and ragamuffin who weaves beauty through even the most broken stories. Her raw vulnerability and unique perspective make her a trusted voice writing about mental and physical illness, abuse, race, body image, poverty, and hope....
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Weddings, Willows and Revised Expectations - by V. Joy Palmer























About the book:

Seventeen years after being orphaned, Apryl Burns and her twin sister Courtney have their own expectations for life. While Courtney continues to shine at everything, Apryl holds fast to the mantra that as long as her potato chip stash remains intact, then she’ll be fine.

But when their beloved grandmother ends up injured and unable to manage her struggling antique store, Courtney makes it their mission to revamp the business and save what’s left of their family’s legacy. Despite rampant doubts in her abilities, Apryl finds herself trapped under the weight of family loyalty as they transition to a wedding venue decorating service. Soon she’s forced to ask (translation: blackmail) their grandmother’s renter/handyman, Chance McFarland, for help, an arrangement that is made even worse by the fact that Chance is her former (ahem, and current) crush.

Chance knows a few dozen things about family loyalty, which is why he begrudgingly agrees to Apryl’s insane plan. While Apryl claims they’re archenemies, the girl Chance only glimpsed in their teens starts to emerge, stealing what remains of his heart.

But expectations are a powerful thing. Amidst the glamorous weddings and swaying willows, can those old expectations be revised into something new?


My review:

I really enjoyed this story about unrequited love, low self-esteem and unconditional love!  Apryl was hilarious!  She had such a funny sense of humor and I wanted to be her best friend.  I loved Chance, too, and how he was trying to be a better man and depend on God to make the right choices.  Their banter was very amusing and the romance was sweet.  I liked how honest the book was about Apryl's doubts that God was good and her struggles to believe she wasn't a failure.  This story really showed how much of a profound impact how our parents treat us has on how we view ourselves and on the choices we make.  I was reminded again how much God loves us and pursues us as I read this story.  I liked the supernatural element.  It was interesting to see how Apryl and Courtney, with Chance's help, started a business decorating for weddings with their grandmother's antiques.  I would highly recommend this book if you like humorous love stories.

I received this book from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this.  All opinions are my own.
Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by [Palmer, V. Joy]

When He Found Me - Road to Refuge 1 - by Victoria Bylin

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About the book:

Once a strong Christian, third baseman Shane Riley lost his faith the night he injured his knee in a freak car accident. Determined to return to professional baseball and to find the sister he treated badly, Shane retreats to Refuge, Wyoming. There he meets Melissa June “MJ” Townsend, a single mom battling the virus that causes cervical cancer.


MJ wants nothing to do with the handsome athlete—no doubt a womanizer considering the stories in the news. But when a mistake results in Shane renting her garage apartment, they become friends. That friendship blossoms into something deep and pure, leaving MJ with a painful secret to tell. Even more complicated, she discovers an unexpected tie to Shane’s missing sister—a wounded woman who wants nothing to do with the perfect brother who scorned her.


My review:

Whew!  What a roller coaster ride this book was!  The characters were wonderful, though I did find MJ's mom and Shane's sister, Daisy, a little frustrating.  I really liked MJ and how strong and wise she was, to be dealing with her health issue while being a single mom and how she tried to be smart about Shane.  This book really showed some consequences of premarital sex and that it's not all fun and games.  I liked Shane a lot, too.  He was really an upstanding guy who had made some bad choices and was struggling with his faith.  He wasn't perfect but I admired how he treated MJ with respect.  There was some sweet romance and some suspense.  I liked the different spiritual discussions they had as Shane had turned his back on his faith, MJ was a baby Christian and Daisy doesn't know if she believes in God.  They all had a lot of baggage to deal with and it wasn't sugarcoated that grace covers everything but there are still consequences to sin.  A cool aspect to the story was that MJ found old letters in the attic and learned about a possible ancestor and some bad decisions she made and how her life turned out.  If you enjoy stories about real issues with some romance thrown in, you should check it out!

I received a Kindle copy of this book from JustRead Tours.  I was not compensated for this review; all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Sewing Sisters' Society - A Second Chance Romance Collection 1 - by Ruth Logan Hern

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About the book:

Hattie McGillicuddy might not look like your typical matchmaker, but Hattie makes things happen in the little town of Second Chance, South Dakota. With the arrival of the railroad and official statehood, Hattie’s determined to bring brides west, and not just any brides. Brides who need the wide open prairie as much as the prairie- and the prairie men- need them! Three pioneer stories of unlikely love are woven around a little town full of homespun characters that take us back to another place and another time but with the same faith, hope and love we cherish today.

Macy can’t sew a lick, and she’s come to town with a sacrifice and a secret, but when Hattie’s first apprentice is attracted to the pastor of the only church in town—the man raising her illegitimate son— will the truth set her free? Or make her leave the town and her son behind?

Unjustly accused, Nellie comes west to escape the law. She has a way with tucks and gathers, and every Western town could use more tucks and gathers. She’s determined to improve the drab look of the prairie and manages to brighten hearts as well. But will her quick speech and firm ideas of women’s suffrage draw Levi Eichas closer or send the somber carriage maker running?

Grief has robbed Ann Hazel, but when her aunt pushes her to go west and help an ailing Hattie McGillicuddy turn hems, Ann’s shamed into it. She’s managed to avoid life for awhile, but when Sol Eichas’s nanny comes down sick, Ann reluctantly agrees to help. As she winds her way around Sol’s heart and home, can the two troubled souls leave the past behind to embrace a future together?


My review:

I enjoyed this series about strong women who strive to follow God and also aim to make their own way in the world. I liked how each story was about a woman in the small town of Second Chance who knew each other so you saw characters from previous stories show up in the next story. I loved Hattie and how wise and strong she was. There was sweet romance and a lot of good Biblical wisdom as the characters struggle with forgiveness, letting go of the past, overcoming fear, being truthful and many more life lessons. There were some interesting predicaments. I'd recommend these stories if you like western romance.

I received this book from Just Read Tours. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

Very Enjoyable! A Most Inconvenient Love - Prairie Brides 1 - by Ruth Logan Herne

A Most Inconvenient Love by Ruth Logan Herne



About the book:

Sober businessman Seb Ward may have come from a wealthy lumber-baron family in Minnesota, but he knows that appearances can be deceiving, and that his illustrious family is pretty dysfunctional. Being in another state has provided the buffer he sought from his father’s misdeeds, but when a little boy shows up on a train… a little boy who looks enough like Seb to be his own child… Seb’s faced with a dilemma. Raise the boy as his own, or let his mother suffer the embarrassment of “a brother by another mother.” And when the boy takes a shine to the Rachel Eichas, the newly contracted school teacher, Seb can’t help but do the same. But Rachel was raised by an unloving, business-first father and there’s no way she’s looking for those same qualities in a husband. Can she see through Seb’s focus and drive to find the loving man within? 

My review:          

I loved the characters of Seb and Rachel in this book! Rachel was so practical yet was drawn to Seb and had a hard time denying her feelings amid possible scandal. Seb was so honorable, even at the expense of himself. The story dealt with the importance of telling the truth, protecting your family, forgiveness and being cautious in love. There was a lot of Biblical wisdom in this book and a lot of sweet romance. I liked the conversation about how women's roles were changing and they were gaining more independence. I'd recommend this story if you like historical romance.

I received this book from Just Read Tours. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 12, 2019

The Unexpected Champion - High Sierra Sweethearts 3 - by Mary Connealy


The Unexpected Champion (High Sierra Sweethearts, #3)


About the book:

City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868 on a wild-goose chase to find the Chiltons' supposedly lost grandson. But now that he's out here, things have gotten even more complicated, mostly due to wildcat Penny Scott. She's not like any woman he's ever met--comfortable in the woods, with a horse, and with a gun.

When Penny and John are taken against their will by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don't have, both realize they've stumbled into something dangerous and complicated. With their friends and family desperately searching for them, Penny and John must make a daring escape.

When they emerge back into the real world, they are confronted with a kidnapper who just won't stop. They must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, even as this city man and country woman fight a very inconvenient attraction to each other.


My review:

This was an exciting and amusing story set in the Wild West!  I liked the seeming opposite personalities of John and Penny and found them and their banter amusing as they tried to survive a kidnapping and bring the bad guys to justice.  It was interesting to see how John, a Pinkerton agent, went about investigating and trying to figure out who was behind their kidnapping, from breaking into buildings to disguising themselves and learning information.  I also liked how Penny thought deeply about the right and wrong of things and tried to discern whether John was doing the right thing or not by being underhanded and deceitful sometimes in trying to discover who the bad guys were and arrest them.  They were both Christians but Penny seemed to struggle more with his vocation.  There was plenty of excitement, from shootouts to fights to murders.  There was some romance.  It worked pretty well as a stand-alone but other characters from previous books were featured prominently.  I would recommend this is you like Westerns or historical fiction.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 5, 2019

A Delight! 'A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh' - Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley 1 - by Carolyn Miller


About the book:

Can a very proper noble lady find a future with a fossil-hunting man of faith?

As the daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Caroline Hatherleigh knows every rule of society—and she’s always followed them precisely. It’s simply the way things are done in her world. When she visits south Devonshire and encounters a fossil-hunting scientist and his sister, her assumptions about what is right are shaken. She is suddenly confronted by questions she has never considered about the importance of friendship and faith—and her comfortable understanding about how the world works is thrown off balance.

Gideon Kirby loves science, and hunting down proof of past lives is a joy he won’t willingly give up. But his scientific leanings are being challenged by both his personal beliefs and by local smugglers in the Devonshire countryside. And every day his sister’s illness is becoming more desperate and her care grows more demanding. Adding a proper Viscount’s daughter to the mix is a complication Gideon never expected—especially since he has a secret that demands he stays far away from this young woman he’s falling for in order to protect his beloved sister.

When a mysterious stranger visits the village, that secret is set to be exposed, no matter how Gideon fights. Then tragedy strikes in a smugglers cave. And the threat of scandal may lead to broken hearts and passionless propriety. Will the shaky bond these two have managed to build be strong enough to overcome their differences—or will the trust they’ve withheld from each other end up tearing three lives apart?

My review:

This was another wonderful story by Carolyn Miller!  I loved seeing Caroline Hatherleigh grow and change throughout the story as she starts to care more about other people than herself, especially as she sees the faith of the Kirby's and starts to really examine the Bible and her own beliefs.  There's a good explanation of the gospel.  I also enjoyed the talk about fossils; it was a unique aspect you don't see often in Christian fiction.  The romance is sweet as secrets keep Gideon from sharing his feelings and Caroline believes he is below her station, yet they are drawn to each other.  I ended up really liking Caroline and Gideon was wonderful, if a bit slow to communicate his feelings.  He cared so much for his sister and was willing to give up his own future to make sure she was protected.  Both he and his sister had a strong faith even as they dealt with her poor health and their terrible circumstances.  Gideon's friend was very amusing and I really enjoyed the banter between him and Gideon and Caroline.  There was some suspense and action, also.  I highly recommend this start of a new series and can't wait to read the rest!

I received this book from Kregel Publications.  I was not compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own.