Sunday, April 24, 2022

To Tame a Cowboy

Savannah felt trapped in her circumstances.  Brody was trapped in his memories.  Was their a way to escape?

I enjoyed this story about Savannah and Brody.  There was an attraction between them but until they could escape from their entrapments they had no future.

Have you ever felt trapped physically or mentally?  Or both? What did you do?  It's not so easy to escape.  What steps did you have to take?  

It was the journey that they both had to take before they could move forward. GOD was there to guide them.  He was always there to listen.  

I received this book to review from the author, Jody Hedlund.

JODY HEDLUND is a bestselling and award-winning author who loves fairy tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI, with her husband and five children. When she's not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.


 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Welcome to Seabreeze Farme

 



How many of us have been a relationship like Ellie's?  Her relationship with Rupert was not healthy or even loving.  She felt stuck and so alone. She was emotionally abused.

Ellie was given an opportunity to make a major change in her life. With her mother's support, Ellie moved to Seabreeze Farm.  She had no idea what she was doing and how she was going to do it.  But this was her one chance to discover who she really was and what she want from life.

I loved the story and seeing Ellie bloom in her new life.  She didn't allow the past to mess up her future.  Well, she tried not to.

I received this book from Boldwood Books to review.

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AUTHOR 

Jo Bartlett is the bestselling author of over nineteen women’s fiction titles. She fits her writing in between her two day jobs as an educational consultant and university lecturer and lives with her family and three dogs on the Kent coast. Her first title for Boldwood is The Cornish Midwife – part of a twelve-book deal.


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

A Season for Second Chances

 

I was at a disadvantage as this was my first Amish Bonnet Sister book I have read. And this was book # 28!!  But I soon caught on and was able to figure out who was who.  


Cherish was longing for a new life.  She has put everything on hold to protect her mother.  It appears that this might just backfire on her.  She sure takes verbal abuse by some of the family members.  I kept waiting for her to go off on them but she shows restraint.  Her faith has kept her strong (so far).  

Krystal has had a rough go of it.  She is trying so hard to fit in and be appreciated.  Her future decisions need to be made carefully.  

The family dynamics and the problems they each have were interesting and at times, heart breaking.

I do plan to read the next 2 books in the series to see how everything turns out.  Can Cherish find happiness?  Will Krystal ever feel like she belongs?

I received this ebook from the author to review.  




Samantha Price

USA Today Bestselling Author and multiple Amazon All Stars Author, Samantha Price, is the author of over 160 books in a dozen series including Ettie Smith Amish Mysteries,The Amish Bonnet Sisters, and Amish Love Blooms. Her love of all things that sparkle plays out in her latest Romantic Suspense series, Gretel Koch Jewel Thief.

When not writing, she fusses over her orchids, and has fun with her seven grandchildren, her dog, and two rescue cats.

Samantha loves to hear from her readers. Connect at:

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Peace in the Mountain Haven

I have always enjoyed books, movies and tv shows about the West.  Western stories are my absolute favorites.  This explains why I can never resist reading one of Misty M. Beller's books.  Her books bring me great joy.  I really feel that I am on a journey with her characters.  

Watkuese has so much to give to that special someone.  She was not ready to marry just anyone.  She even fled from her own home so that she had a choice in the matter.  

On her journey, she met Hugh and his brother, Louis.  Watkuese and Hugh were careful in showing their real feelings.  They didn't want to hurt others but were also afraid to be hurt.  They were both caregivers.  But were hesitant in receiving comfort from others. 

Should Watkuese play it safe and stay with her people?  Or should she take a chance? 

Hugh had this belief of what type of person he was.  His brother saw him differently.  What should he believe?  Could Hugh trust his heart?


I received this ebook from Celebrate Lit to review.  

About the Book

Book: Peace in the Mountain Haven

Author: Misty M. Beller

Genre: Christian historical romance

Release date: March 15, 2022

Peace in the Mountain Haven CoverThis epic journey is her best chance to find the family she and her daughter long for.

Watkuese is desperate to return across the Rocky Mountains before winter sets in. Time is running out for her to get her adopted daughter back to the familiar surroundings of the Shoshone village before the grief of her parents’ death causes irreparable damage.

Hugh Charpentier has spent his life watching over his siblings, which meant also ensuring his brother’s widow and babe are settled well into their new life. Now he’s asked to help shepherd a woman and child he barely knows across the mountains. As hard as it is to keep up with a six-year-old in the treacherous Rockies, it’s not nearly as dangerous as risking his heart to a woman and child who may not ever be his.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same.

About the Author

MistyMisty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.

 

More from Misty

What do you love most about this genre?

I tend to be a bit of a sentimentalist, so Historical Romance is perfect for me! My favorite period is between 1800 – 1880, when the west was still an extreme frontier. I love the simpler life, where there’s no rat race. Just hard work, plenty of alone time (can you tell I’m an introvert?), and a strong family unit.

Are readers always promised a “happily ever after” in your novels? Why or why not?

Absolutely! I read as an escape, so that happily ever after is important to me. I know my characters will face challenges after the story ends, but I want to finish the book knowing they’ve grown through the story and will be able to meet future struggles with God’s strength and the support of each other—as well as family and friends!

 

How can readers connect with you?

I love to connect with readers! One of my favorite ways is through my newsletter, and readers can get a free copy of my book, A Pony Express Romance, when they sign up for the newsletter. Here’s the link for that: https://mistymbeller.com/freebook

Blog Stops

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, April 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 8

Miriam Jacob, April 8

Texas Book-aholic, April 9

Inklings and notions, April 10

Mary Hake, April 10

For Him and My Family, April 11

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, April 12

deb’s Book Review, April 12

Betti Mace, April 13

Bizwings Blog, April 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 14

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 15

Connie’s History Classroom, April 16

For the Love of Literature, April 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 17

Splashes of Joy, April 18

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 18

Blossoms and Blessings, April 19

Pause for Tales, April 20

Jeanette’s Thoughts, April 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Misty is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Friday, April 15, 2022

What Remains True



I know that GOD has a plan for each one of us. Merry Anna and Adam might have thought differently at first.   They realized that no matter how hard they tried to be indifferent to each other; something or someone drew them closer together. 

My husband and I didn't have any reason to cross paths 16 years ago. I was divorced like Merry Anna.  I had no desire to marry again.  It was not a risk I wanted any part of.  I met my husband and everything changed.  I feel so blessed that I took the chance as we are happy and so very much in love.  GOD is in control.

Merry Anna was special. She brought much joy to everyone she met.  She had a positive attitude that everything will turn out ok.   She knew GOD was there for her.

I loved the story.  I hope that there will be another book about this town and the people who live there.


I received this ebook from the author, Nancy Naigle, to review.


AUTHOR BIO

Nancy Naigle is a USA Today bestselling author whose many contemporary romance novels include The Shell Collector and the Adams Grove, Boot Creek, and Christmas in Evergreen series. Several of her novels have been adapted to the television screen, airing on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, including the popular Christmas Joy and The Secret Ingredient. Nancy makes her home in Virginia.


Saturday, April 9, 2022

The Master Craftsman




 I read this title of the book and thought of how GOD knows exactly what he is doing.  We are individually made by GOD.

10 For we are God’s handiwork,(A) created(B) in Christ Jesus to do good works,(C) which God prepared in advance for us to do.


This story was quite interesting.  Based in Russia, the book tells the story of the Faberge Family and what happens to them when the world they know crumbles around them.  It seems so relevant as to what is happening in Ukraine.  

The book was written in two different timelines.  The second timeline was of Ava.  She was given the opportunity to search for the greatest gift of all.

The Faberge Family and staff were experts in their crafts.  They produced exquisite eggs and other items that only the wealthy could afford.

Can Ava discover the missing egg?  Is it too late for her to discover what is really missing from her life?

I received this book from Revell Books to review.



Kelli Stuart is the author of the Carol Award-winning Like a River from Its Course, as well as A Silver Willow by the Shore and Life Creative: Inspiration for Today's Renaissance Mom (with Wendy Speake). Stuart has written for The Huffington Post, 5 Minutes for Mom, Tonic.com, Disney, American Girl, The MOB Society, Extraordinary Mommy, God Size Dreams, Short Fiction Break, and (in)courage. Kelli is a storyteller at heart, fluent in the Russian language, and has spent the last two decades studying the Russian and Ukrainian culture. Kelli lives in Tampa, Florida, with her husband and five children.


Thursday, April 7, 2022

A Year of Mr. Maybes

 Judy Leigh wrote this delightful story of growth and second chances.  Val was devastated when her marriage failed.  She didn't know what to do with herself.  So she packed up and bought her own place.  


With this move, she got to know who she was and what she wanted out of life.  It made me think of myself after a divorce.  You question everything.  What did I do wrong?  You grieve not for what it was but you wished it was.  You take tiny steps at the beginning as it is new territory.  But with time, you almost don't recognize the women that you were.  


I loved the story. Life can be so unexpected.  You make the most of it.  And you never know when Mr. Maybe might just turn up.

I received this ebook from Boldwood Books to review.  #BOLDWOODBOOKS. #BOOKANDTONIC

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JUDY LEIGH

Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Amish Mishaps and Murder

 


Two sisters, who are so adorable, grace the pages of this cute book by Samantha Price.  I just loved Ettie and Elsa-May.  They are Amish sisters who solve mysteries and crimes in their small community.  

This is Book # 25.  I am new to this series.  This can be a stand alone book but it would have been handy if I had read an earlier book.  

I was surprised how involved they got in the investigation.  Detective Kelly was so patient and kind to them.  He constantly warned them to stay out of the investigation.  Be safe.  But he also seemed to encourage them as they did supply him with numerous clues.

I enjoyed the book and the characters.  The sisters were adorable.  Their love for each other shone through.  How lucky that they had each other!  Snowy the dog and the sweet kitten were lucky, too!

I received this ARC copy of this  book to review from the author, Samantha Price.




ABOUT SAMANTHA PRICE

USA Today Bestselling author of Christian & Amish fiction, Samantha Price wrote stories from a young age, but it wasn’t until later in life that she took up writing full time. Formally an artist, she exchanged her paintbrush for the computer and, many best-selling book series later, has never looked back.
Samantha is happiest on her computer lost in the world of her characters.

Samantha is best known for the Ettie Smith Amish Mysteries series and the Expectant Amish Widows series.

Monday, March 28, 2022

His Amish Sweetheart




I just finished this delightful book by Jennifer Beckstrand.  I knew I was in for a treat.  And I was!!!!   Cinnamon Rolls, Gingerbread cookies and BM cookies!  Bm cookies, you say.  What is that?  Open this book and have a taste of what Ms. Beckstrand has to offer.

I have read all the books in this series.  The twins, Benji and Alfi , are devious but so very cute.  

A cute story that entertains you to the last page.  I was sorry to end the book but I stayed up to 2 am to finish it.  With all that is going on in the world, this was a great escape.  

I don't want to give away much but Austin and Hannah have been friends forever.  Can anything or anyone change that?


Jennifer Beckstrand is the USA Today Bestselling author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, The Honeybee Sisters series, The Petersheim Brothers series, and The Amish Quiltmaker series for Kensington Books. Two of Jennifer’s books were nominated for the RWA RITA® Award, and she is a #1 Amazon bestselling author. Jennifer has written twenty-eight Amish romances and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She has also written two Western historical and two contemporary romances as Jen Spencer. She and her husband have been married for thirty-seven years, and she has six children and eight adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

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The Catch


 An exciting story!   Madison needs to find her husband's killer.  She can't move on unless he is caught.  Jonas will do what it takes to protect Madison.  

This is an action packed book that kept me guessing.  I loved the interaction between all the characters.  Jonas works with some fantastic co-workers.  They are there for each other.

I am a retired probation officer.  I love books that involve courtrooms, lawyers police and the chase for the "bad guys".  This one delivered. 

This is Book Three of a the US Marshall series.  I highly recommend them all.

I received this ebook from Revell to review.

About the author:

Lisa Harris and her husband, Scott, along with their three children, live in Mozambique as missionaries. Lisa is a multi-published, award-winning author who has been writing both fiction and nonfiction for the Christian market since 2000.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Love's Fortress

I was first interested about this book due to the cover and the location.  I love St. Augustine and have visited the fort before.   So it made it easier to be part of the story as I could visually see the location.

The author wrote the book in two timelines.  I appreciated how she introduced the chapter so you knew when you were in the past or current time.  I was more of a fan of the 1800 storyline.  The story of Sally Jo and Broken Bow.

Dani Sago was ashamed of her past and was disappointed by her father.  Sally Jo was also very disappointed by her father's actions.  Could they get over their disappointment and move on?  

I was surprised at the ending.  Author Jennifer Uhlarik did a great job tying the  timelines together.

I received this ebook for free to review from Celebrate Lit.

About the Book

Book: Love’s Fortress

Author: Jennifer Uhlarik

Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical fiction / Romance

Release date: March, 2022

9781636091815 (2)Upon receiving word that her long-estranged father has passed away, Dani Sango inherits the former art forger’s entire estate. Among his many pieces of artwork are a series of obviously Native American drawings and paintings, which lead her to research St. Augustine of 1875. White Elk is transported to Florida to join other Cheyenne braves already being held in Fort Marion. Sally Jo Harris is at the fort teaching the Indians. When a friendship develops between them and false accusations fly, it could cost them their lives. Can Dani discover how their story ends and how it shaped her own father’s life?

 

About the Author

JenniferUhlarikJennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a preteen, when she swiped the only “horse” book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a BA in writing, she has won five writing competitions and was a finalist in two others. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and is a lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, teenage son, and four fur children.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 26

Remembrancy, March 26

The Christian Fiction Girl, March 27

Texas Book-aholic, March 27

Inklings and notions, March 28

Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 28

Bigreadersite, March 29

For Him and My Family, March 29

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, March 30

Betti Mace, March 30

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 31

Tell Tale Book Reviews, March 31

deb’s Book Review, April 1

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 1

Older & Smarter?, April 2

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 2

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 3

Life of Literature, April 3

Genesis 5020, April 4

For the Love of Literature, April 4

Connie’s History Classroom, April 5

Blossoms and Blessings, April 5

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 6 (Spotlight)

Splashes of Joy, April 6

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 7

Through the Fire Blogs, April 7

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 8

Pause for Tales, April 9

Labor Not in Vain, April 9

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Amish Neighbors

I have enjoyed reading this series about Wilma and her large Amish  family.  Wilma is adjusting to being a widow.  Her best friend, Ada, kee...