Thursday, November 23, 2023

Whispers of Change


Debbie deserves all the happiness in the world.  She is finally going to marry Fritz.  Her dress is made. The food is being prepared.  But is she ready?  

This is Book 39 of the Bonnet Sisters.  I have really enjoyed getting to know each sister and their personal path.  They each have a story to tell. 

Will Debbie find what she is looking for?  Will Wilma find it too quiet after Debbie leaves?  I can't wait for Favor's baby to come. I need to learn more about Gabe.  What place does he have in future books?  

There is so much to look forward to in future books. I'm ready for more adventures with the sisters.  There is a WHISPER OF CHANGE for everyone.


About the author

Samantha Price is a USA Today bestselling author of Amish romance books and cozy mysteries. She was raised Brethren and has a deep affinity for the Amish way of life, which she has explored extensively with over a decade of research.

She is mother to two pampered rescue cats, and a very spoiled staffy with separation issues.

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Friday, November 10, 2023

Trouble at Fishers Wharf

War is a terrible thing.  Ruth's two brothers were far away serving their country.  She didn't know what to do. She couldn't leave her father.  She volunteers at the Fishermen's Mission.

Ruth thought she was there to serve others.  But she learns much more about herself.  

You can't help liking Ruth.  A lot of her decisions are made by her heart.  And this has caused some heartbreak.

I think I know who I want her to land up with.  I won't tell but I can forsee a future book telling that story.  

I received this from the publisher to review this book.




Trouble at Fishers Wharf

The winds of war bring uncertainty but also opportunity…

With the outbreak of War, the fishing fleet is confined to port, bringing hardship to the families and businesses of Fishers Wharf.

Ruth Evans awaits the safe return of her father’s last trawler carrying her wayward brother Henry, the future of the family business. But unbeknown to their father, Henry sees war as a chance to break free from the constraints of his privileged background and follow his heart.

Much is expected of Ruth. Her marriage to Arthur Marshall will help realise her father’s dream uniting two of the largest trawler companies in Grimsby. But will Ruth choose the path of duty or destiny?

Ruth’s friendship with hardworking Letty Hardy sustains her. Separated by class, they are united through their work for the Fishermen’s Mission as Letty battles to keep her business and family afloat while husband Alec serves on the minesweepers.

Can they navigate the treacherous waters ahead – or will they be caught by hidden dangers?

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Tracy Baines is the bestselling saga writer of The Variety Girls series, originally published by Ebury, which Boldwood will continue with. She was born and brought up in Cleethorpes and spent her early years in the theatre world which inspired her writing. The first title of her new saga series for Boldwood – set amongst the fisherfolk of Grimsby – will be published in October 2022.

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Monday, November 6, 2023

The Warsaw Sisters

I made a big mistake.  I read this before bed.  I couldn't get it out of my mind.  I did finish this in a couple of nights.  I had to find out how it ended. 

My husband is Polish.  I know nothing about Polish history.  This book gave me much more than I bargained for.  The story is about two sisters (Antonia and Helena) and what they must do to survive during the German invasion during WW2.  

The two sisters had interesting individual stories to be told as well as their shared experiences.   I often found myself with tears as I turned the page one after another. It was sickening to read what happened to ordinary citizens especially the Jewish people during this time.  So much suffering.

The book was excellent even though hard to read at times.  

I received this from Revell to review.

Friday, November 3, 2023

Home for an Amish Christmas


Two lonely people coming home for Christmas.  

I can remember coming home for Christmas when I lived in another State.   So many memories.  The memory of being greeted at the door by Mom.   The hugs I received from the family and the delicious dinner just waiting to be served.  

 Ellen and Captain Mark Beller felt the same.  Sue was returning to her little boy after working away from home.  Pete returning to his family after serving in the military for 7 years. 

They both knew disappointment. They both were hoping for a better future. 

I enjoyed this short novella.  It had everything I love in a book: Amish, Christmas and Romance.

I received this story to review.

Thursday, November 2, 2023

The Christmas Love Letters


Ruthie had a romance that they write books about.  Unfortunately, it wasn't happily ever after.  But could she finally find the happiness she deserves?

A very sweet love story that continues with Ruthie's niece, Maddy and Raff.  Maddy was just trying to survive after her husband disappeared 7 years ago.  With her Great Aunt's help, she made a home for her daughter.

I enjoyed the twist and turns of the story.  I rejoiced at the ending as Christmas is the time for love.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Her Secret Hope


Lilly left home to Pinecraft, Florida.  Her friends were there.  She hoped for a new beginning and a chance to live the life she always dreamed of.

Lilly's discovery was that everything doesn't go as you expect it to.  She was with her friends but it still left her longing for what they had.  

A chance meeting with November changed her life completely.  Can Lilly find the happiness she longs for?  

Lilly learns that happiness is within her grasp.  But is it worth the risk?

I enjoyed getting to know Lilly.  November is an older Amish grandmother that plays matchmaker between Lilly and her grandson, Eddie.  It's cute how she goes about putting them together.

I received this ebook from Revell to review.


Garden of the Midnights

Wonderful characters that become real after a few chapters.  Isabelle was sheltered and grew up with no siblings.  Her closest friend was her maid, Bridget.

William grew up in a household of lies. He never experienced kindness except from the staff.

 Everything changed when William went to seek the truth.   

A very emotional read.  I loved the book and was moved by William and Isabelle's  story.  

Hannah Linder is a very talented author.  I have read two books by her and both were excellent.

I received this to review from Celebrate Lit.

About the Book

Book: Garden of the Midnights

Author: Hannah Linder

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance

Release Date: October, 2023

Danger Lurks at Rosenleigh Manor

Enjoy another Gothic Style Regency from Hannah Linder.

The accidents are not a matter of chance. They are deliberate. As English gentleman William Kensley becomes aware of the danger at Rosenleigh, he pleads for truth from the only man he can trust—until that man is murdered.

As the secrets unfold into scandal, William’s world is tipped into destitution—leaving him penniless and alone. His only comfort is in the constant love of Isabella Gresham, but even that has been threatened. When a hidden foe arises from their acquaintances and imperils Isabella’s life, will William be the only one willing to rescue her? And even if he saves Isabella from her captors, will he still have to forsake her heart?


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About the Author

Hannah Linder resides in the beautiful mountains of central West Virginia. Represented by Books & Such, she writes Regency romantic suspense novels. She is a double 2021 Selah Award winner, a 2022 Selah Award finalist, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Hannah is a Graphic Design Associates Degree graduate who specializes in professional book cover design. She designs for both traditional publishing houses and individual authors, including New York Times, USA Today, and International bestsellers. She is also a local photographer and a self-portrait photographer. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys playing her instruments—piano, guitar, and ukulele—songwriting, painting still life, walking in the rain, and sitting on the front porch of her 1800s farmhouse. To follow her journey, visit

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Sometimes, the things we say we’ll never do are exactly the things we find ourselves doing.

Back when I was still wearing two braids and walking around barefoot everywhere, I told myself I would never make a speech. Never. But by the time high school graduation came along, despite a thousand firm declarations that I wouldn’t, my mother shook her head. “I think you should do it,” she said—and because mothers are usually right, I did.

Granted, I read the speech off a folded sheet of copy paper because I was too nervous to face the crowd. And my knees were jelly. And I stood off-centered on the stage instead of behind the pulpit like anyone else.

But I did it.

For the rest of my life, I’ll look back and remember what it felt like. Standing on the stage, reading my heart, hearing the sniffles and glancing up to see tears glistening in the eyes of endless people I love.

That was special. Mother was right.

Want to know another thing I said I would never do? Re-write a novel. I’ve heard the stories all my life. The author second guesses their own ability and burns their manuscript. Then, years later, they rewrite the story that echoes through the ages as a classic. Or the novelist loses their entire document to a computer crash, so with a blank page and a blinking cursor, they start anew.

I never thought that was something I could do.

I never wanted to.

If I ever lost a novel or was prompted to start over, I would abandon ship and try for a different vessel. Anyway, that’s what I told myself.

Garden of the Midnights was the story I wrote many years ago when I was younger, when I knew less about manors and England and history. I made mistakes. I broke writing rules. I did too little research and too much overwriting…but it had my soul. Somehow, it was alive. The characters breathed. The tears in their pillow, the aches in their throat, became a part of who I was and what I felt.

This was the one. The story I loved most.

But the edits and the mistakes and the problems overwhelmed me. Like the fearful girl in braids who refused to make a speech, I wanted to throw in the towel and say with even more defiance, “I will never re-write a novel. Never.”

But Mother knew what was needed. She knew the story was too much a part of me to tuck away in some drawer, forgotten and dusty, unread by anyone. So she nodded her head and said, “I think you should do it.”

I didn’t want to.

I was afraid because it wasn’t easy.

But because mothers are usually right, I did. Now, Garden of the Midnights is ready. My heart is still tangled in all the words, all the twists, all the secrets—but this time more, because the book has yet another part of me. The part that was fearful. The part that was too close to quitting. The part that finished anyway.

For the rest of my life, I’ll look back and be thankful. When someone writes me a note that they enjoyed the book, or gets a whimsical tone to their voice when they talk about a scene, or looks up from the pages with tears shimmering in their eyes.

That will be special. Mother was right.


To celebrate her tour, Hannah is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a print copy of the book!!


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Saturday, October 28, 2023

Marshaling Her Heart

Becky had the best friends.  But they were now married.  Which left her often feeling alone.  She needed them now more than ever.

Becky was successful in her ranch.  She worked hard to be independent.  But this created a dangerous situation and put her at risk.

Nate, her cow hand,  was at the right place at the right time.  He kept a constant watch as he knew the danger Becky was in.  But he didn't realize he was in danger of losing his heart.

This is Book 3 of the Wyoming Sunrise Series.  I enjoyed every one.  I can't get enough of cowboy/cowgirl romance.  Mary Connealy is one of the best in this genre.

I received this to review from Celebrate Lit.

About the Book

Book: Marshaling Her Heart

Author: Mary Connealy

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: October 17, 2023

Will their lives and romance survive the trouble coming their way?

Becky Pruitt has always prided herself on knowing everything that’s happening on her successful ranch, so an unexpected admission from her foreman, Nate Paxton, comes as quite a surprise. With the notorious Deadeye Gang on the loose, Nate–a former U.S. Marshal–believes Becky’s ranch is the best spot for a group of Marshals to use as a base to hunt them down.

The timing couldn’t be more crucial for the town of Pine Valley, and Becky feels obligated to help. But after escaping the grasp of her harsh father, she’s never liked giving up control, of her life or her ranch. If there’s anyone she can trust with her ranch, and her heart, it might be Nate. But the outlaws won’t go away quietly, and as danger draws ever nearer, Becky and Nate are faced with impossible choices that will test their growing bond.

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About the Author

Mary Connealy ( writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has sold more than 1.5 million books and is the author of the popular series Wyoming Sunrise, The Lumber Baron’s Daughters, Brothers in Arms, Brides of Hope Mountain, High Sierra Sweethearts, The Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

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Becky Pruitt has a problem. Her ranch is being invaded by good guys.

Becky wants the Deadeye Gang caught and thrown in jail as much as anyone, but the lawmen asking her to hire them on at her ranch aim to do their investigating while working undercover as cowhands. She runs a good ranch, however, and doesn’t like the idea of a bunch of low-skilled men making her look like she’s hired them foolishly.

Yet she goes along with it, suspicious and annoyed, because her foreman, Nate Paxton, a man she trusts, convinces her that these men are honorable. Then the three lawmen she hires, all of them U.S. Marshals, urge her to send every single one of her regular cowhands—except Nate, a former Marshal himself—off on a cattle drive.

Now she’s got Marshals cropping up everywhere. Her ranch isn’t being run in a way that suits her. She’s got trouble with her father, and an important speaker is coming to town to talk about women’s suffrage. So much is distracting her when all she really wants to do is make sure her herd is being tended properly.

Before long, Nate starts to question the behavior of the U.S. Marshals Service. They’re secretive to the point that they put him in jeopardy a few times before he decides to quit. Here he’d found a decent job on a top ranch, and he even shared a few special moments with his pretty, feisty boss that gave him ideas of how he’d like to change things around a little just so he could be with her. And then his brother, who’s still a U.S. Marshal, invades the ranch with a few fellow lawmen. Quite a few.

Meanwhile, the Deadeye Gang is more dangerous than ever. The woman coming to Pine Valley to speak is now at risk, which makes Becky frantic to protect her. The cattle aren’t being looked after like they ought to be. And yet Nate finds himself being drawn closer to Becky with each passing day. He’s determined to stand firmly between her and danger, but he’s got to keep up with her to do that. He soon discovers that nothing is easy when it comes to the hard-charging Becky Pruitt.

Wyoming Sunrise is a series I wrote in which I cast women as having nontraditional jobs: Forged in Love has a woman blacksmith, Laws of Attraction a woman justice of the peace, and Marshaling Her Heart a woman rancher. Those are all nontraditional for sure, but not really in my case personally. I must force myself not to make all my heroines feisty lady ranchers. It’s almost a reflex at this point. I fought that reflex as hard as I could, but I decided it would be okay to sneak one lady rancher into this series, and that’s Becky Pruitt. I slipped her into the western vernacular, the tough attitude, the riding skirts and boots and Stetsons—and I loved it.

Marshaling Her Heart is my first true lady rancher, and so I let loose and had fun with Becky. The foreman Nate recognizes intelligence and competence in his boss, and he’s smart enough to take orders from her because he knows those orders are the right way to run the ranch.

Add in the backdrops of the other books in the series, the vicious, stagecoach-robbing Deadeye Gang, the coming of the lady suffragist speaker to town, and you’ve got a story full of trouble, action, adventure, romance, and fun.

Pause for Tales, November 7

Life on Chickadee Lane, November 7

Tell Tale Book Reviews, November 8

Cover Lover Book Review, November 8

Labor Not in Vain, November 9

Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, November 9


To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away the grand prize of a $15 Amazon Gift Card and a paperback copy of the entire Wyoming Sunrise series!!

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Saturday, October 21, 2023

Sisters by the Sea

I have loved every book written by Wanda Brunstetter.  As time has gone by, her family members have started to write with her.  This book is written by Wanda, her daughter, her daughter-in-law and granddaughter. They each  wrote a story about the four Lambright Sisters. 

The stories are based in Florida at the beach.  I love Florida so I can understand why they did, too. 

Each story demonstrated that GOD has a plan for us.  The sisters each had a secret or a hidden fear that needed to be dealt with to fulfill GOD'S promise.  Not one sister would have ever imagined how taking a trip to Florida changed their lives forever.  



Wanda E. Brunstetter

Jean Brunstetter

Richelle Brunstetter

Lorine Brunstetter Van Corbach

Friday, October 13, 2023

Shadows at Dusk


Alaska. My dream trip.  I want to go there to see the wildlife and the beautiful scenery.  This would be a dream come true.  Detective Trevor West had a different reason for going there.  He needed answers.  Where was his sister?  What was she doing in Alaska?  

Trevor hired Bush pilot Carrie James for transportation.  He hated to fly even though Carrie was attractive and quite appealing.  Little did he know that Carrie herself was in danger.

A fast paced story that never had a dull moment.  I loved the story line and enjoyed the spark between Trevor and Carrie.

I received this early copy from Revell to review.


Elizabeth Goddard
Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of more than 60 novels, including Cold Light of Day and Shadows at Dusk, as well as the Rocky Mountain Courage and Uncommon Justice series. Her books have sold nearly 1.5 million copies. She is a Carol Award and Reader's Choice Award winner and a Daphne du Maurier Award and HOLT Medallion finalist. When she's not writing, she loves spending time with her family, traveling to find inspiration for her next book, and serving with her husband in ministry. Learn more at

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Karen Witemeyer- My True Love Gave to Me


Right now it is Homecoming at my grandson's school.  I've seen some very clever ways the kids are asking their boyfriends/girlfriends to the dance.  I thought of this when reading this story.  

Anna and Simeon were true loves.  But her father has other ideas.  Someone must do something to change her father's mind before it is too late.

What Simeon does is very original.  His family helped him in planning the perfect gifts for Anna.  Would her father be impressed?  

A very cute novella that I enjoyed reading.  It is not Christmas as yet but it didn't matter.  You could read this anytime.

I received this advanced copy novella from the author to review.

Official Bio:

For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Voted #1 Readers' Favorite Christian Historical Author in 2023 by Family Fiction Magazine, Karen is a multiple award-winning author and a firm believer in the power of happy endings. She is an avid cross-stitcher, tea drinker, and gospel hymn singer who makes her home in Abilene, TX with her heroic husband who vanquishes laundry dragons and dirty dish villains whenever she's on deadline.

Whispers of Change

  Debbie deserves all the happiness in the world.  She is finally going to marry Fritz.  Her dress is made. The food is being prepared.  But...