Monday, June 20, 2022

To Capture His Heart Review


About the Book

 Seaside, England, 1886

Eva Caldwell is an accomplished and well-known photographer who often works with the local constabulary to assist in documenting crime scenes, which means she also often works alongside the handsome and charming detective, Nathan Winston. She appreciates his intellect and how he treats her like an equal, but Eva’s heart is still healing from a past relationship, so, for now, she decides to keep her feelings for Nathan a secret.

One evening, Nathan arrives on her doorstep asking for a personal favor. Would Eva be available to photograph his mother’s legendary, week-long dinner party and matchmaking event? The catch is that Eva would also have to pretend they are courting in order for Nathan to avoid the many single women seeking his attention.

Though wary of the charade, Eva agrees. Spending a week with the two things she loves most—her detective and her camera—sounds simple enough. And if she wants to imagine that Nathan’s pretend courtship of her is real, well, what’s the harm in that?

But when a criminal from Nathan’s past threatens revenge on the detective, Nathan must be extra vigilant to keep his mother and the rest of the partygoers safe. He confides in Eva, and as the two work together to solve the mystery and apprehend the criminal, they find that they might capture more than they expected—each other’s heart. (Goodreads)

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My Thoughts

This is such a fun book! I haven't read many books by this author so I was excited to pick this one up. I did not read the first book and I wish I had! I really enjoyed Eva's character as she lives a life that society looks upon with uncertainty. As a photographer, she experiences many things that a "lady" just shouldn't experience. I love it! Nathan Winston took me a while to warm up to but I so enjoyed him also. There is a bit of a mystery that threads throughout the pages and Nathan and Eva work together to figure out what is going on. Of course there is a week long dinner party, a meddling mother, romance, and someone up to no good. What could go wrong?! The witty banter made this book enjoyable and while there is a mystery element this was a pretty light and fun read. 

I highly recommend! 

Five stars!

 

"I received this book from Shadow Mountain Publishing for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."




Sunday, June 19, 2022

Lily of the Valley Review with Celebrate Lit Tours


 

About the Book

Book: Lily of the Valley

Author: Sarah M. Eden

Genre: Georgian Romance

Release date: April 11, 2022

 

Amateur inventor Kester Barrington prefers the peace and quiet of his estate to the bustle of Society. But when his tightknit group of friends, the Gents, descends on Livingsley Hall for their annual gathering, he stoically joins in their activities. It all seems exhausting—until an unexpected addition to the party catches his eye: his new neighbor, the lovely Violet.

Violet Ridley longs to make friends in this new corner of the country, but her family’s fortune was made through investments rather than inheritance, and Society can be fickle. So when tragedy forces her family to shelter at neighboring Livingsley Hall, Violet is delighted to receive a warm welcome from the Gents. In particular, Violet finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kester. The pair is a study in contrasts: Violet, with her sunny disposition, and Kester, with his prickly facade. Their connection is impossible to deny, but both Kester and Violet harbor heavy constraints. As their association becomes increasingly tangled and confused, their only hope of pursuing a life together is to trust one another with the very truths that could tear them apart.

 

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About the Author

 

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today best-selling author of witty and charming historical romances, including 2020’s Foreword Reviews INDIE Awards Gold Winner for Romance, Forget Me Not, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist, Healing Hearts. She is a two-time “Best of State” Gold Medal winner for fiction and a three-time Whitney Award winner. Combining her obsession with history and her affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting deep characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library.

 

More from Sarah

Research is one of my favorite aspects of writing. Lily of the Valley offered ample opportunities for researching incredibly interesting topics. One main character is an amateur inventor, which tossed me deep into the realm of innovations of the 1780s and 1790s. The other main character has an interest in engineering and mechanics, allowing me to delve into what was known and understood in these fields at the end of the 18th Century. Amongst the supporting cast are a variety of interests, strengths, and passions, all of which saw me pouring over everything I could find from this era on those topics.

 

A particularly fun area of research I tossed myself into was parlor games played in late 18th Century England. Among my favorites I learned about:

  • The Three Kingdoms, a game very much like modern-day “Twenty Questions.” The guesser has up to six questions to gain clues about what the others in the group have decided among themselves is the thing the guesser is trying to discover. One twist: the first question is always “To which Kingdom does the item thought of belong? (meaning animal, vegetable, or mineral)

  • Short Answers, a game of wits and creativity. The group sits in a circle and one at a time, ask the person to their right a question which that person has to answer in only one word. However, the word cannot be repeated during that round. Once someone has answered a question “Yes” no one else can answer with that word until the round is over. A round ends when someone cannot think of a one-word answer to the question they have been asked and is, subsequently, eliminated.

  • A centuries-old version of musical chairs

  • A game that involved determining which fabricated crime the various players would pretend to have committed.

  • Plenty of games involving forfeits of kisses or handkerchiefs or other shows of affection that the very staid rules of Society would have otherwise looked down on.

 

Discovering more about the historical context of this book was intriguing and delightful. I hope readers will enjoy learning more of this bit of the past, lose themselves in romance, enjoy the delightful friendship between the characters, and perhaps even find a few new games to try.

-Sarah Eden

Blog Stops

Inside the Wong Mind, June 6

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 6

Inklings and notions, June 7

Reading with Emily, June 7

For Him and My Family, June 8

Melissa’s Bookshelf, June 8

Texas Book-aholic, June 9

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, June 10

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 10

deb’s Book Review, June 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 12

The Book Club Network, June 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 13

Pause for Tales, June 13

Connie’s History Classroom, June 14

Sylvan Musings, June 14

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 15

Rachael’s Inkwell, June 16

Wishful Endings, June 16

Through the Fire Blogs, June 17

Britt Reads Fiction, June 18

Labor Not in Vain, June 18

To Everything There Is A Season, June 19

Miriam Jacob, June 19

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon Gift Card, print copy of book, and Exclusive Sarah Eden vinyl stickers!!

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

 

GIVEAWAY

 

My Thoughts

I simply can't read enough of the world that Sarah M. Eden has created. I LOVED this first book in this series Forget Me Not and this second book I really couldn't put down. I love the Gents and what I love all the more is reading the back story of all the characters I came to love in her Jonquil series. She ties so many things together throughout many of her books. While this book could be read as a stand alone, I don't recommend doing that. Start with book one and then you will fully understand the many side stories happening. Kester's character is so unique and fun and more relatable to me than many of the other Gents. While there is romance and some predictable aspect to this story, the Gents and their antics make this one stand out. I love the games they play and how different each character is that I can't choose a favorite! I truly can't recommend Eden's books enough and if you haven't read any you simply need to! 


Five Stars. 


"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Among the Innocent Review

 


 

About the Book 

 When Leah Miller's entire Amish family was murdered ten years ago, the person believed responsible took his own life. Since then, Leah left the Amish and joined the police force. Now, after another Amish woman is found murdered with the same MO, it becomes clear that the wrong man may have been blamed for her family's deaths.

As Leah and the new police chief, Dalton Cooper, work long hours struggling to fit the pieces together in order to catch the killer, they can't help but grow closer. When secrets from both of their pasts begin to surface, an unexpected connection between them is revealed. But this is only the beginning. Could it be that the former police chief framed an innocent man to keep the biggest secret of all buried? And what will it mean for Leah--and Dalton--when the full truth comes to light?

USA Today bestselling author Mary Alford keeps you guessing as two determined souls plumb the dark depths of the past in order to forge a brighter future--together. (Goodreads)

 

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My Thoughts

This is the first book I have read by Mary Alford and it won't be the last! It was a fast paced read with strong characters and a terrific setting. I couldn't put the book down with the suspense and a serial killer on the loose. I really enjoyed the characters and I thought the plot was well done. Since this is a book about a serial killer be prepared for the creepy vibes. There are some gruesome scenes also but to be expected and they were not overly descriptive. The only thing is that the romance was really thrown in and I almost wish there wasn't that thread of story in this book. I enjoy romance but it seemed too pushy and too fast. It just didn't seem to flow with the story line as well. All that to say, I did love to read how the characters grew and faced their challenges in each chapter. This is a great read and I look forward to more from Alford. 


Five Stars.

"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."





Friday, June 10, 2022

Souls Astray Review with Celebrate Lit Tours

 Souls Astray

 

About the Book

Book: Souls Astray

Author: Kellyn Roth

Genre: Historical Women’s Fiction

Release date: April 5, 2022

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Adele Collier has sought a carefree lifestyle ever since her tragic childhood. Determined to never allow anyone or anything to control her life or emotions again, she consistently seeks distraction in gaiety. But shaking her ghosts isn’t as easy as she’d like.

Troy Kee has been alone in the world since the Great War took his parents and left him in charge of his younger sister. When she marries, he’s left to seek after his goal of a healthy, complete family. But how can he focus on his dream when trouble plagues his family vineyard?

When Adele and Troy meet, a whirlwind romance begins—but can two lost souls have a healthy relationship?

 

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About the Author

Kellyn Roth is a historical romance & women’s fiction author who writes about the empty places where hope has the most room to grow. Her novels include the inspirational Victorian family saga, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and the Kees & Colliers series, which follows a broken family in the tumultuous years of the first half of the 20th century.

Kellyn is a student of the Author Conservatory and a writing coach. When not building her author career, she is likely getting lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with her friends, watching period dramas and facetious comedies, or spending time with her husband.

 

More from Kellyn

Hello everyone!

First, I wanted to thank you all for checking out this blog tour! In this fast-paced world, the fact that you took a moment out of your day to read this is actually a pretty big honor. I appreciate you checking out my little book and taking the time to read my introduction.

Souls Astray was the book I wrote when my granddad died. We were very close, and at the time he died, I was a lonely teenager, recently graduated from high school and unsure of my next step. I was heartbroken by his death – it felt like the nail in the coffin of my family, and it felt a little like he was the last person who believed in me.

This wasn’t true, but my, did it feel my dramatic self with lots of thoughts! I poured those into the book, writing it all in about three weeks, and then I spent the next few years revising it.

This book (and the other novels in its series) are of a different tone than my usual books. Even though I delve into difficult topics in all my stories – such as grief and loss, miscarriage, assault, serious mental health issues – this story somehow ended up with a tone I don’t think I could replicate if I tried.

This was the story I wrote out of my own grief and desperation, my own feeling that my world was falling apart. It’s like sharing a piece of my own heart to share it. Though Adele and Troy had very different journeys than mine, which is pretty peachy compared to their lives, I still relate to them.

This was also the first book I didn’t dedicate to a real person – the dedication ended up being inspired by a song, actually, which was comforting to me during this time: God Only Knows by For King & Country. “For the lonely, for the ashamed, the misunderstood, and the ones to blame. What if we could start over?”

Thank you again for your time!

Kellyn Roth

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, June 1

Miriam Jacob, June 1

lakesidelivingsite, June 2

Texas Book-aholic, June 3

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 4

Rebecca Tews, June 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 5

For Him and My Family, June 6

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, June 7

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 8

deb’s Book Review, June 9

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 10

To Everything There Is A Season, June 10

Connie’s History Classroom, June 11

Splashes of Joy, June 12

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, June 13

Pause for Tales, June 14

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Kellyn is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a 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.

 GIVEAWAY

 

 

 My Thoughts

 

I had never read anything by this author until picking up this book. I really enjoy historical fiction so I was excited to read this story. The first half of the book is really pretty good. I was engaged and interested in the characters. The story line moves VERY fast and at times I felt like I was reading more of a novella. The second half of the book really confused me and took a complete turn that I wasn't expecting. Other people who have read it comment on how it is similar to some of the older classics. I suppose that is true in a way but I really didn't love this book. It ends on a bit of a cliffhanger and I have no idea where book two might take the story. This book ended up being not at all what I expected and while I don't expect a fairy tale romance, this story just ended with twisted confusion. 

Two and a half stars.

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Wise Women Managing Money Review



About the Book

 A book by women, for women, about money management.

More women than ever have control of capital and are making financial decisions. Yet not every woman has command of the lingo, the underlying principles, or the big-picture perspective of money management. If that describes you, Wise Women Managing Money is here to help.

Written by a mother-daughter team, this book is uniquely positioned to come alongside you and provide the financial overview you need. Miriam, the mother in the duo, has enough real-world experience to give her a vintage outlook on life. As a long-time counselor, she understands human needs. And as a widow, she knows what it means to be thrust unexpectedly into money matters. Valerie, the daughter, is an attorney, certified financial planner, and an expert in Christian philanthropy. Together, Miriam and Valerie combine their skill sets to answer your pressing questions about things like:


Credit cards
Managing debt
Insurance
Loans and contracts
Budget busters
Avoiding fraud
Picking a financial advisor
IRA’s, annuities, & Roths
Kingdom giving
And much more!
Whether you’re newly involved in money management due to a career or life transition, or you just want to be more knowledgeable about this important part of life, Wise Women Managing Money will teach you the ropes in language anyone can understand. Don’t let all the business jargon or technical terms intimidate you. Take control of your financial future and start managing your money in ways that honor God and allow you to do good with the resources He provides. (Goodreads)

 

 

My Thoughts

I am often interested in financial books because I work in that industry. I find it interesting to learn more on the different ways to handle my own money.

This book actually surprised me in a good way! It is laid out in a very easy to read and understand format. It wasn’t super complicated and the two authors break down the information so it isn’t so overwhelming.

It is very clear that this is a financial book that includes the perspective of all that we have is God’s. Plain and simple. Also, that since it is all His, we need to be responsible for what He has given us. So I really appreciated that aspect. There are a couple things I didn’t fully agree with but for the most part I found the authors to be very wise. Some of the verses put in the book I felt like were a bit of a stretch to relate to the topic being discussed.  I am sure not all readers will agree but from my perspective, I thought many of their points were spot on, specifically the topics on credit cards, credit, and fraud.

The only thing I thought could have been added to a bit more is the giving aspect of the budget. This SHOULD be something as Christians we really consider. Not as a line item on our budget but that we want to help support our brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

This is a great overview book from everything from credit to investments. I recommend if this is something you want to dig into a bit more!

 

Five Stars.

“ I received this book from Moody Publishers for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.”

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Sunburst Review

 

 


 

About the Book

 When former Navy SEAL and lifelong bachelor Ranger Kingston is called upon to take part in a rescue mission to save his brother Colt, who has been kidnapped by terrorists in Nigeria, he is shocked to find among the hostages a woman he knows and could never forget.

Noemi Sutton was attempting to return a young girl to her family in Boko Haram territory when she and the girl found themselves taken hostage, along with several others.

And while Ranger Kingston may be able to get the hostages away from their captors, he'll need Noemi's help if he ever hopes to get out of Nigeria alive.

Her solution? Pose as husband and wife. But when her uncle discovers the union, he insists on a traditional Nigerian wedding--binding Noemi to a man destined to break her heart. Worse, she's discovered the real reason she was kidnapped, and anyone around her is bound to be caught in the cross fire. Including her so-called new husband.

She'll need to figure out a way to leave the man she loves if she wants to save his life.

USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren throws you into the thick of the action in this high-stakes, globe-trotting romance. (Goodreads)

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My Thoughts

 

I am LOVING this new series by Susan May Warren. I really enjoy most all of her books but this series has been one of my favorites. This book takes us to Nigeria which I loved because I haven't read many books in that setting. I love the fact that Warren's daughter in law helped her with the details on this story since she is from Nigeria. There is non stop action in this story and there are a lot of tie in details to other books that Warren has written which makes it all the better! I love the characters, Noemi is not your typical cookie cutter perfect type gal which I enjoyed. Ranger and his entire family are just a complete delight to read. There is a lot of growth with both Ranger and Noemi as they are both stubborn and carry a lot of past pain and guilt. There is romance, humor, family, and suspense all wrapped up into these pages. While this is book two you could read it as a stand alone but it really would be better to read them in order. 

Susan May Warren writes fantastic fiction and I highly recommend this book! 


Five Stars. 


"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."







Monday, May 30, 2022

All That Fills Us Review

 

  


About the Book

Mel Ellis knows that her eating disorder is ruining her life. Everyone tells her rehab is her best option, but she can't bring herself to go. Broken and empty in more ways than one, Mel makes one last-ditch effort to make hers a story worth telling. She will walk her own road to recovery along the lesser-known trails of the North American wilderness.

Though she is physically and mentally unprepared to face the difficulties that lay ahead, she sets off on foot from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and heads toward Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. During the long journey, she meets strangers with their own stories, as well as ghosts from her past who can no longer be ignored. But though the land she travels threatens her success at every turn, it's her own dark thoughts she'll have to overcome in order to find peace in the life and the body she has been given.

With pitch-perfect timing and delightfully witty self-awareness, debut author Autumn Lytle masterfully leads readers on a journey down the hard path toward healing. (Goodreads)

 

My Thoughts

I had mixed emotions when deciding to read this book. I am always excited for debut authors but I knew this book could be heavy. Emotionally I knew it would bring back a lot of memories and painful reminders of my past with my own struggles. This partly is what made me all the more curious on how Lytle would handle a story about a woman who struggles with an eating disorder. 

This story is not at all what I expected but it is so much better than I could have imagined. Mel Ellis is a unique character that is very real and I think that Lytle did a fantastic job writing her journey. Mel decides to walk from Michigan to Washington State. I love how this book didn't take us on a popular trail. The healing and journey that Mel goes on is realistic as her mindset and thoughts don't change over night. Even by the end of the book the reader understands that while healing can happen, the struggles and mental battles don't just disappear and I appreciate that. One of my very favorite parts of this book is all of the people that Mel meets along her walk. The author does a great job of creating real characters and showing how people live differently. I love that all of these people aren't cookie cutter perfect or even what you would expect. The ending of this book is so well done and I wasn't sure I would like it. I think Autumn Lytle has done a fantastic job and I am eager to read her next novel. 


Five Stars. 


"I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pursuit of God by Tozer

 


 

About the Book

Sometimes the voices that speak most clearly in the present are those that echo from the past. So it is in this Christian classic by the late pastor and evangelist A. W. Tozer.

Tozer brings the mystics to bear on modern spirituality, grieving the hustle and bustle and calling for a slow, steady gaze upon God. With prophetic vigor and flowing prose, he urges us to replace low thoughts of God with lofty ones, to quiet our lives so we can know God’s presence. He reminds us that life apart from God is really no life at all. 

Tozer writes from his knees, a posture fit for presenting the character of God in all its demanding grandeur. "Arise, O sleeper!" is his word to us, and yet if we heed the call, we will see that to arise is not to stand, but to kneel before the God of heaven in humble contemplation. To pursue God is to know Him, and in our knowing be drawn in. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

 

This is a challenging book to read. Anything by Tozer I have to read in small snippets. This isn't my favorite book by him but still very thought provoking. There was a section that I had to highlight that was my favorite part of this book. It says "promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice." (pg 51) Also, this chapter is talking about sins of the human spirit. "They are not something we do, they are something we are, and therein lies both their subtlety and their power. To be specific, the self-sins are self-righteousness, self-pity, self-confidence, self-sufficiency, self-admiration, self-love, and a host of others like them. They dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our natures to come to our attention till the light of God is focused upon them. (pg 51)
I did like this book it just is a lot to digest and read.

Four Stars.

"I received this book from Moody Publishers for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

 

 




Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Death Valley Hideout Review and GIVEAWAY with Celebrate Lit Tours

 Death Valley Hideout

 

About the Book

Book: Death Valley Hideout

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Christian fiction

Release date: April 26, 2022

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Running from a murderer

with only the desert as refuge…

Placed in WITSEC while his brother testifies against a terrifying criminal, Tony Ortega must guard his young niece and nephew from the hit man hunting for them. Death Valley local Willow Duke’s hideout might just be the difference between the little family’s life or death. When bullets start flying, can they thwart a killer long enough to survive and become a family for real?

 

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About the Author

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Dana Mentink is a USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author as well as a two-time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, and the recipient of a Holt Medallion. She’s written over fifty titles in the suspense, lighthearted romance and mystery genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming, and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

 

More from Dana

Wooty woo! We’re back in Death Valley again! So excited about this fourth book in the series because Papa Bear and I have actually returned to this amazing place. (Our previous return trip was stalled for a while due to the virus that shall not be named!) People have asked me, “Why do you love Death Valley so much?” I can only respond that you just have to go there to understand. Is it the vastness of the place? The enormous topographical variety? Maybe it’s the profound quietness that permeates the national park and environs. Then again, it might be the panorama of nighttime stars. (Death Valley National Park is a certified International Dark Sky Park due to its limited light pollution.) Could it be the tenacity of people who live there and survive the one hundred twenty plus degree temperatures in the summer? And how about those animals? The Death Valley pupfish is a teeny little endangered fish that lives in precisely one spot on the globe (Death Valley) and only two places within that range, Salt Creek and Cottonball Marsh. Imagine that! So why set a six book series in Death Valley? Because there’s no more hostile and incredible place I can think of. I hope you will enjoy taking a fictional trip with me there too. Enjoy the adventure, reader friends!

Blog Stops

Remembrancy, April 21

Texas Book-aholic, April 21

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, April 22

Bigreadersite, April 22

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 23

Life, Love, Writing, April 24

For Him and My Family, April 24

Betti Mace, April 25

Inklings and notions, April 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 26

EmpowerMoms, April 26

deb’s Book Review, April 27

Blogging With Carol, April 27

For the Love of Literature, April 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 28

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, April 29

Simple Harvest Reads, April 29 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 30

Vicarious Living, April 30

Bizwings Blog, May 1

Blossoms and Blessings, May 1

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 2

Paula’s Persuasion, May 2

Labor Not in Vain, May 3

Through the Fire Blogs, May 3

Pause for Tales, May 4

A Good Book and Cup of Tea, May 4

To Everything There Is A Season, May 4

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize package of the first four books in the series-Framed in Death Valley, Missing in the Desert, Death Valley Doublecross and Death Valley Hideout (Paperback for U.S. Only) and 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.

 

GIVEAWAY

 

 

My Thoughts

This is another fast paced Dana Mentink novel. The story leaps off the first page and has you invested right away. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book and the characters are pretty well written. I really liked Tony's character and I enjoyed how Willow didn't realize what she had gotten into at first. There is a lot that is packed into this little book and as always I think Mentink does a great job! Of course I wish her books were a bit longer but for a Love Inspired Suspense this is a good one. 

I highly recommend all of Dana Mentink's books!

 

Four Stars.
 

"I received this book from the author for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Written on the Wind Review

 


 
About the Book

Natalia Blackstone is a rarity in Gilded Age America. As a trusted analyst for her father's bank, she is helping finance the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. From her office in New York City, Natalia relies on a charming Russian aristocrat to oversee the construction of the railroad on the other side of the world.

But while overseeing the work, Count Dimitri Sokolov witnesses the deadly result of the Russian Monarchy's will to see the railway built. To silence him, the state has stripped Dimitri of his title, his lands, and his freedom . . . but Dimitri has a key asset the czar knows nothing about: his deep and abiding friendship with Natalia Blackstone.

From the steppes of Russia to the corridors of power in Washington, Natalia and Dimitri will fight against all odds to save the railroad and share the truth of what happened, but how can their newfound love survive the ordeal? (Goodreads)


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My Thoughts

Elizabeth Camden has written some of my all-time favorite novels. This is book two in a series and while it can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading book one first. This story takes you on an adventure across the globe from New York City to Russia. I love Natalia’s character and Dimitri is a hero that you can’t help but love. The Blackstone family is so fun to read because they are a interwoven mix of personalities. While this story was not entirely what I was expecting, I still really enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down. The witty conversation between characters is splendid and they each have a uniqueness that Camden is so good at creating. With twists and turns and strong willed women I really wasn’t sure how this book would end and was a bit surprised how everything played out. The history aspect is interesting and I felt like I was transported right into New York City.

I loved reading this book and I highly recommend to fans of historical fiction.

Five Stars!

"I received this book for free from Bethany House. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."




Tuesday, April 26, 2022

To Tame a Cowboy Review

 

 


 About the Book

 Brody McQuaid is a broken man, and he knows it. While his body survived the war, his soul did not. Besides loving his little niece, his only other sense of purpose comes from saving the wild horses that roam South Park. Ranchers in the area have taken to killing the horses, which are competing with their cattle to feed on the open grass.

Savannah Marshall is a veterinarian on her family's Colorado ranch. She longs to keep her father happy following the tragic death of her older brother, including marrying a man of his choosing. But days before her wedding, she gets cold feet and disappears to South Park. As she learns more about the destruction of the horses, she joins Brody in an attempt to save the wild creatures. But when Savannah's family and the resentments of the area cattlemen catch up with them both, Brody and Savannah will have to tame their fears if they've any hope to let love run free. (Goodreads)

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Releases May 3rd! 

 

My Thoughts

 

This sure was a fun book to read. With this being book three, it might be my favorite of the series so far but that is debatable. Jody Hedlund is a must read author for me. When I found out she was writing a series set in my hometown area I was excited. I really loved the characters in this book with Brody, Savannah, and even Ivy, Brody's sister. It has been fun to see Ivy grow up in this series. 

I like the McQuaid family that Hedlund has created with these books and it is so fun to see it grow and change. The setting of course is wonderful being in South Park Colorado. There are some fun scenes that made me laugh and while all predictable this was a book I couldn't put down. While this is a mostly lighthearted romance there are some great truths about forgiveness and moving forward. 

You can read this book as a stand alone novel but I really recommend starting with the first A Cowboy for Keeps.

I highly recommend if you enjoy historical romance! 

 

Five Stars. 

 

"I received this book from Bethany House for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."