Sunday, December 22, 2013

All in Good Time

In “All in Good Time” by Maureen Lang we meet Dessa Caldwell. Dessa is following in her friends footsteps and wants to open a house of refuge for former prostitutes in Denver. Dessa has many donors helping her but she needs more money to see her dream come to fruition. When she goes to Hawkins National Bank she meets the owner Henry Hawkins. Henry does not want to loan her the money but his uncle sees something in Dessa and ignores Henry’s wishes. Henry has a heart of steal and his uncle hopes that Dessa’s sweetness will bring the wall around his heart down. Dessa and Henry are drawn to each other but they are also wary of each other. They both also have deep dark secrets they don’t want the other to find out. Slowly a relationship develops but they are still cautious. They both know if their secrets are found out their relationship could be over before it is even started. Will they put their trust in God to see them through?

“All in Good Time” is a very well written book about life in Denver, Colorado in the late 1800’s. The author paints a great picture of the times and makes you feel like you are there. This book shows us that no matter what has happened in our past we only need to ask God for forgiveness and He will see us to a better future. This book shows us that sometimes our plans are not what He has in mind and we must always listen to Him. I received a complimentary copy of this book for this review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Captive Maiden

“The Captive Maiden” by Melanie Dickerson takes us to early 1400s Hagenheim. When Gisela was seven years old she met the duke’s fourteen year old son, Valten. Then one year later Gisela’s father dies and she is left in the care of her evil stepmother and two stepsisters. Over the next ten years to help her get through the monotonous days she daydreams about Valten. Then one day she runs into him at the market place. Valten is immediately drawn to her and soon decides he wants her for his own. Gisela does everything in her power to attend the tournament and ball that the duke is throwing and hopes to capture his heart. When Gisela’s stepmother tries to keep them apart, Valten has to rescue the damsel in distress. Gisela and Valten both rely on God to see them through and bring them back together safe and sound.

This book is a new take on the fairytale “Cinderella”. The author brings the “Cinderella” plot a new life as she incorporates God and faith into the story and also makes it into a story that adults will want to read and can relate to. This book is labeled as young adult but I think all adults will enjoy this book as it will take them on a new adventure with a beloved fairytale from childhood. This book shows us that when we have God in our lives and trust in him then all things are possible. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Emma of Aurora

“Emma of Aurora” by Jane Kirkpatrick is the complete Change and Cherish Trilogy and tells the story of pioneer woman Emma Wagner Giesy. “A Clearing in the Wild” opens up in 1850s Bethel, Missouri. Emma has her heart set on marrying Christian Giesy but the leader of their colony forbids it. Emma is very outspoken and longs for independence from the colony. Christian is a recruiter of the colony and their leader depends on him and does not think Emma is the right woman for him. When they are allowed to finally marry Christian is gone all the time scouting for new recruits. When Emma learns that the leader is sending him to Oregon to find a new location for the colony she does everything in her power to make sure she is on the trip. What Emma did not count on was all the hardships she would face along the way.

“A Tendering in the Storm” picks up the story in Washington Territory. Emma and Christian have settled in and made a home for themselves away from the new colony. They have two children and things seem to be going better for them. But then tragedy strikes and Emma finds herself a widow with a third child on the way. When her husband’s family tries to take her sons away from her she marries Jack Giesy a distant cousin of Christian’s. She thought that they could have a good marriage but the true Jack starts showing through. Emma soon realizes that she needs the protection of the colony and leaves her husband.

“A Mending at the Edge” takes place in the new territory of Aurora. Emma lives there with her four children and is estranged from her husband. She knows she made a mistake and is trying to make up for her bad decisions. Even though the colony has accepted her and her family she still is searching for a purpose in the colony. She faces many tough days but she is a strong willed woman who keeps pushing through.

Emma Wagner Giesy was true pioneer woman. She left her home and started out on a new journey with the man she loved. The two of them kept their eyes on God and trusted to see them through the dark times they encountered. If you are a fan of true pioneer stories then you will enjoy this trilogy. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Click here to read Chapter 1 of "A Clearing in the Wild".

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Carolina Gold

In “Carolina Gold” by Dorothy Love we meet Charlotte Fraser. The year is 1868 and Charlotte has returned to the South Carolina Lowcountry with hopes of restoring her father’s rice plantation, Fairhaven. The war has turned the south upside down and the planters have to adapt to a new way of life. Charlotte is determined that Fairhaven will once again be the great plantation it was before the war. Soon after returning home Charlotte meets her new neighbor Nicholas Betancourt. Nicholas is the heir to Willowood Plantation and he is on a mission to prove ownership of the plantation. Nicholas has two young daughters and he asks Charlotte to tutor them; she needs the money so she reluctantly agrees. What she did not plan on was developing feelings for their father. When Nicholas leaves for New Orleans on a quest for ownership papers to his plantation his daughters are given over to Charlotte. She and the girls do not hear from him and soon fear the worst. Charlotte journeys to New Orleans in hopes of finding Nicholas. While there she remembers something her father told her that could be disaster for any relationship she has with Nicholas.

This was another great book by Dorothy Love. This is a story of a young woman who does not want to be a burden to anyone and is determined to stand on her own two feet even when everything is against her. This story also shows us that when we are faced with hard decisions and we turn to God and rely on Him, He will see us through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Critical Reaction

In “Critical Reaction” by Todd M. Johnson, we meet father and daughter Ryan and Emily Hart. Both Ryan and Emily are attorneys and they have been estranged for several years following the death of Emily’s mother. When Emily gets a phone call from an old friend, Kieran, to take over his case against a powerful company Emily knows she can’t do it alone so she calls her father. Kieran was working at the Hanford Nuclear Facility when an explosion happened one night. That explosion set off a chain of events no one expected. Hanford produced plutonium during the Cold War and with the explosion that happened Kieran is worried that he has been exposed to radiation. Hanford has covered up what really happened that night and all Kieran wants is the truth. As Emily and Ryan dig into the case they learn that there is more going on at the facility. They learn that Covington Nuclear, the private company working at Hanford, is developing a chemical trigger for a nuclear weapon without the government’s approval and they will do anything to keep from being found out. Will Emily and Ryan uncover the truth before it’s too late?

“Critical Reaction” is another fast paced, page turning novel. The story is very well written and will make you wonder if something like that could really happen. I really enjoyed the father/daughter relationship between Ryan and Emily. They have to learn to trust and lean on one another and to put the past behind them. I highly recommend this book if you like mysteries or legal stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Beloved

In “Beloved” by Robin Lee Hatcher we meet Diana Brennan and Tyson Applegate. Diana came west on an orphan train and was separated from her two siblings. When Diana was seventeen she met the dashing and wealthy Tyson Applegate. Tyson charmed Diana and they quickly married. When Diana learns that Tyson only married her in order to gain his inheritance she is heartbroken. Tyson leaves in order to get away from his father’s control. Several years later they are told that Tyson was killed in Cuba. Diana, believing to be a widow, moves on and meets someone else. On the eve of their engagement Tyson reappears and wants to make things right with his wife. He makes a bargain with Diana that she will move back in with him and be a supportive wife while he runs for political office. At the end of the six months if Diana’s feelings for him have not changed, she can leave. Tyson spends the next several months determined to show Diana that he truly does love her, but Diana is equally determined to not lose her heart to him again.

This is the third book in the Where the Heart Lives series and it will keep you turning the pages. This book shows us that when we truly and deeply love someone we can forgive them with God’s help. You will want to read “Belonging” and “Betrayal” first in order to find out what happened to Diana’s siblings and to have the full story. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sweet Olive

In “Sweet Olive” by Judy Christie we meet Camille Gardner. Camille works for a major oil and gas company in Texas. The boss, her uncle, has sent her to Samford, Louisiana to negotiate new land deals from a group of artists in Sweet Olive. As Camille sets out to do her job she quickly realizes that this is not an ordinary group of people. Most of the people do not care about the money; they care about the land that has been in their families for many generations. Camille meets her match when she goes up against the attorney representing Sweet Olive, Marshall Cameron. As Camille and Marshall go head to head over the land deals they also fight an attraction between them. Camille finds herself drawn to the small community of artists and must make a choice between listening to her uncle or doing what is best for the community. Will Camille finally find herself and her home?

This is the first Trumpet and Vine novel and you will not be let down. Judy Christie paints a very good picture of life in Louisiana and you will be drawn in from the beginning. This is a very good book of good versus evil and how greed can tear people apart. In this book we see how Camille has to turn to God to direct her path professionally and personally in order for her to do what is right. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Gunpowder Tea

In “Gunpowder Tea” by Margaret Brownley we meet Miranda Hunt. Miranda is a Pinkerton detective and she has been sent to the Last Chance Ranch to find the Phantom. The Phantom is a mysterious robber and they think he is hiding on the ranch. The owner of the ranch, Miss Walker, is looking for an heiress and Miranda answers her ad for her cover. While on the train to the ranch she is robbed by members of the Phantom’s gang. Several days later one of the robbers, Branch, is hired on at the ranch. We find out that Branch is really a Wells Fargo detective and that he has also been sent to find the Phantom. Miranda and Branch are constantly watching and suspecting each other. After they find out that they are both detectives they start working together to find the mysterious robber. What neither counted on was the sparks to fly between them. The closer they get to finding the truth the more dangerous it gets. And just when you think there may be a future for Miranda and Branch she finds out something that she may not be able to forgive him for.

This is the third book in The Brides of Last Chance Ranch trilogy and it was another fun book to read. You will laugh as Miranda and Branch investigate the case and as they fall in love. You will also see how Miranda turns to God to help her with not only finding the Phantom but in also forgiving Branch in order to have a future with him. You can read each book as a standalone but I recommend reading “Dawn Comes Early” and “Waiting for Morning” first. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Booksneeze.com.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Forever Friday

In “Forever Friday” by Timothy Lewis, Adam Colby’s job of sorting through Gabe and Pearl Alexander’s belongings after an estate sale uncovers a love story like no other. What he finds are albums full of postcards sent from Gabe to Pearl every Friday with a love poem written on it. After uncovering the postcards Adam wants to know the rest of their life story. Adam has gone through a rough divorce and no longer hopes that he can love again. He sets out to find what the Alexander’s secret was. Yvette, a young lady who knew the Alexander’s, helps him by telling Adam the stories that Pearl told her. We are taken back to 1926 when Gabe and Pearl first met. It was love at first sight but Pearl was engaged to another man. She soon finds out that Gabe is her soul mate. After they marry, Gabe promises that every Friday he will send a love poem to her so that their love for each other will never fade. In hearing their story and reading the love poems Adam slowly starts to hope that he too will find his soul mate.

This was a sweet love story that will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you think about what is truly important in your life. In this book we see the ups and downs the Alexander’s have from the beginning but through it all we see how deeply devoted they are to one another until the end. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Click here to read the first chapter.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

An Untamed Heart

In “An Untamed Heart” by Lauraine Snelling we are taken back to 1878 Norway before Ingeborg Bjorklund immigrated to America. The story opens up with twenty year old Ingeborg Strand wondering what her future holds and wondering if she will ever marry. When she and her siblings and cousins to go stay in the mountains for the summer they find an injured hiker, Nils, and nurse him back to health. As the summer goes on Ingeborg and Nils grow closer. She knows that she has fallen in love with but she also knows that since he comes from a wealthy family nothing can ever come of it. As they depart at the end of summer he tells her he loves her and will come visit. When a tragic accident takes his life Ingeborg knows that she will never love again. Then she meets Roald Bjorklund. Roald has recently lost his wife and needs a new wife to help take care of his four year old son in America and he has chosen Ingeborg. She must find it in her heart and trust in God that marrying Roald is the right thing to do.

This was an amazing prequel to the Red River of the North series. I have loved the Blessing, North Dakota books that have followed the Bjorklund family and have wondered what life was life in Norway before they came to America. You will be swept away to Norway as you read this book and feel like you are there with Ingeborg. If you are a fan of the Blessing books you will not be disappointed in this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Burning Sky

In “Burning Sky” by Lori Benton we meet Willa Obenchain. When Willa was fourteen she was abducted from her New York homestead by a band of Mohawk Indians. She was adopted into their tribe and given the name Burning Sky. Now twelve years later she has returned to her father’s homestead. When she gets there she finds a Scotsman named Neil MacGregor. Neil has been hurt and Willa takes him to and nurses him back to health. Willa is disappointed to find her parents are missing and she soon learns that unless she can prove her father’s loyalty to America during the War for Independence she will lose her land. Neil soon starts to develop feelings for Willa but she has hardened her heart to everyone because of all that she has been through and lost. When her Mohawk brother brings two orphaned half-breed children to her she is determined not to love them. Little by little she comes to care for them and for Neil but she will not listen to God and keeps pushing them away. Will Willa be able to love again?

This is a very well written book and you will feel like you are there with Willa as she returns to civilization. This is a heartbreaking but sweet story of a young woman who has lost everything but still has the courage and determination not to let it break her. In this book we see how she must trust in God to see her through. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to read Chapter 1.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fatal Tide

Fatal Tide” by Lis Wiehl and Pete Nelson is the enthralling conclusion to the East Salem Trilogy. In the first book a young high school girl is killed and Dani and Tommy soon learn that something sinister and supernatural is happening in East Salem. With the help of others they begin to piece together the clues that were left behind. They learn that the officials at St. Adrian’s Academy are turning young boys into violent men to do their bidding to bring down the world. In this book they get a new accomplice, Reese. Reese went to St. Adrian’s and he knows how high the stakes really are. With the clock ticking and everything coming to an end, a battle between good and evil ensues. Dani and Tommy know that they cannot fight the evil beings by themselves and they turn to God to help them. Will Dani and Tommy save East Salem and the world from the demonic beings?

This book is another fast paced thriller full of suspense that will keep you wondering what will happen next. This book shows us how Satan works in our world today and how he wants to destroy everything good that God has made. Like Dani and Tommy we are constantly faced with evil in our daily lives but we must rely on God to see us through. You will want to read “Waking Hours” and “Darkness Rising” first so that you can follow the story from the beginning. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Born of Persuasion

In “Born of Persuasion” by Jessica Dotta we meet Julia Elliston. Julia has lost both of her parents and is now at the mercy of an unknown guardian. Her guardian plans to send her to Scotland as a servant. In order to prevent that from happening, Julia starts to devise her own plan. She visits her best friend Elizabeth and her mother. Through a series of events Julia is sponsored by a titled dowager, Lady Foxmore. Lady Foxmore is charged with finding Julia a husband and soon. When Lady Foxmore is invited to visit the reclusive Mr. Macy she decides to take Julia along. When Julia arrives at the estate she knows that everyone is hiding something from her. Mr. Macy tells her that her life is in danger and that he is her only protection. He sets out to court her with the hopes that marriage will keep her safe. Julia starts falling for him and just when everything is going smoothly her former fiancé Edward shows up. Julia receives shock after shock and does not know who to trust. Who will she turn to?

This is the first book in the Price of Privilege trilogy and it will keep you turning the pages. The story is full of intrigue and deception and will keep you wondering what will happen next. In this book Julia was raised an atheist but she longs for the love of Edward the vicar. She knows she can never be an atheist and a vicar’s wife. Edward wants to save her and show her the truth. In this book we see Julia start to waver in her beliefs. This book will leave you hanging and ready for the next book as the story continues. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Miner's Lady

In “The Miner’s Lady” by Tracie Peterson we meet Chantel Panetta. Chantel has just returned home to Minnesota after spending a year in Italy with her grandparents. She learns that while she was gone her younger sister, Isabella, has fallen in love with a Calarco. The Panetta’s and the Calarco’s have been enemies for many years. Isabella asks for Chantel’s help so that she can spend time with her Orlando. In doing this Chantel often runs into Orlando’s very attractive brother Dante. Chantel is determined that see that Orlando and Isabella are together and Dante is equally determined to see them apart, and they are both determined not to fall in love with each other. But after seeing each other again and spending time together, they both know they are fighting a losing battle. Will the decades old feud ruin any chance of the two couples living happily ever after?

This is the third book in the Land of Shining Water series and it is another page turner. You will be swept away to a small mining Minnesota town in 1890 and feel like you are there with Chantel and Dante. In this book we see how bitterness and hatred ruins relationships with those we love but that God’s forgiveness will heal all wounds. This book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading “The Icecutter’s Daughter” and “The Quarryman’s Bride” as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Stranded

In “Stranded” by Dani Pettrey, we are once again taken to the last frontier of Alaska on a new adventure with the McKenna siblings. Darcy St. James is a journalist and has returned to Alaska at the request of a friend and fellow journalist. Her friend has been investigating a big story aboard a cruise ship and finds herself in trouble. Darcy joins the cruise in hopes of helping but soon finds her friend is missing and believes that the crew is covering it up. Gage McKenna also joins the cruise in hopes of expanding his family’s business venture to the tourists on the ship. When Darcy and Gage see each other again they both realize they still have feelings for each other. Gage is soon drawn into the mystery that Darcy is trying to uncover because he knows it is the only way to protect her. The problem is that he knows the more time he spends with her the harder it will be to walk away from her. When Darcy's life becomes endangered he realizes he can no longer fight the feelings. Will he be able to turn his life over to God and move past his grief to have a life with Darcy? Will they uncover the sinister plot aboard the ship?

This is the third book in the Alaskan Courage series and it will keep you turning the pages. It is full of drama, love, and hope. We see how no matter how bad the situation is Darcy always turns to God to guide her. We also see how God’s love can help us move past our grief and move forward with our lives. I highly recommend reading “Submerged” and “Shattered” first so that you will have the complete story of the McKenna siblings and especially the story of Gage and Darcy. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

My Hope is Found

“My Hope is Found” by Joanne Bischof continues the dramatic story of Lonnie and Gideon. Lonnie is trying to put Gideon out of her and move on with her life. She meets a young preacher, Toby, and though she likes him he is not her Gideon. Lonnie has the constant reminder of her marriage with Gideon each time she looks at their son. She and Toby do become close over time and she has started opening her heart to him, but her world is going to be turned upside down again. Gideon’s wife Cassie has given him her blessing to return to his family. She knows that he does not love her the way he loves Lonnie and she does not want to keep them apart any longer. As Gideon makes his way back to Lonnie he second guesses himself along the way. When he finally returns to their home he sees another man in his place. He soon finds out that he has to earn Lonnie’s trust once again. Before they can have a future he must put his past behind him once and for all. Will God bring Lonnie and Gideon back together as husband and wife?

This is the third book in The Cadence of Grace series and it is full of emotion. You will see not only Gideon and Lonnie’s pain but Toby’s as well. They all must turn to God and trust in Him to see them through their difficult time. I highly recommend reading “Be Still My Soul” and “Though My Heart Is Torn” first in order to fully appreciate Lonnie and Gideon’s struggle. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to visit the author's website.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Governess of Highland Hall

In “The Governess of Highland Hall” by Carrie Turansky, we meet Julia Foster. Julia and her parents have been missionaries in India, but when Julia’s father becomes ill they decided to move back to England. Julia must find a job to help support her family. She secures a job as governess at Highland Hall taking care of Sir William Ramsey’s two children. She also must teach his two cousins the social graces in order for them to be presented at court. She soon finds the job difficult but vows to persevere. William has the daunting task of saving Highland Hall from financial ruin. He and Julia form a friendship and he comes to rely on her more than he should. That friendship becomes tested because William does not trust anyone because of a painful past. Julia soon finds herself falling in love with the master of Highland Hall but knows that it will never work out. She makes the painful decision to leave in order for William to save the hall. Will William choose love or money?

This is a well written book that will transport you to 1911 England. You can just imagine what life was like at a place like Highland Hall. This book shows us that if we listen to God and follow his plan then things will work out for the best. We just have to keep our eyes on Him and He will see us through. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to visit the author's website.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

The Prayer Box

In “The Prayer Box” by Lisa Wingate we meet single mom Tandi Reese. Tandi left Texas in a hurry with her two children and returned to Hatteras Island. Tandi had a rough childhood but she had fond memories of Hatteras Island where she stayed with her grandparents. Tandi moves back in hopes of getting her life back on track. When her landlady Iola Anne Poole dies Tandi worries that she and her children may be living on the streets. Then an unexpected offer comes her way. She gets the job of cleaning Iola’s house. As she cleans the house she discovers many prayer boxes. She starts to read them and as she learns more about Iola she also learns many life lessons that she can apply to herself. Tandi starts to make friends with the locals but then her past comes sweeping in. Her sister comes to visit and it seems that she is going to turn Tandi’s life upside down once again. Will Tandi get her life back on track and give her worries over to God?

This is another great book by Lisa Wingate. She paints a very detailed description of Hatteras Island and makes you think you are there with Tandi. You will be moved by not only Tandi’s story but also Iola’s. Even in the darkest times, Iola’s faith in God never wavered. We all could learn something from Ms. Iola Anne Poole. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Into the Whirlwind

In “Into the Whirlwind” by Elizabeth Camden we meet Mollie Knox. Mollie is the owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company in Chicago. She learned the trade of watch making from her father before he died and she is proud of the company and reputation her family has built. When attorney Zack Kazmarek offers Mollie a deal of a lifetime she wonders if it is too good to be true. Mollie quickly finds out that she is being deceived by Zack and his client but then a terrible tragedy befalls Chicago. Mollie and Zack get caught up in the Great Chicago Fire and in the aftermath they both have one thing in common and that is to survive. In the midst of the fire Zack catches Mollie off guard and tells her that he loves her. That love soon becomes tested because Mollie knows that Zack’s client is misleading her. When another man enters Mollie’s life Zack realizes he may have lost his chance with the woman of his dreams. Will Zack and Mollie find their way back to each other?

This was a very good book set during a horrible time in Chicago. It paints a very accurate picture of the Great Chicago Fire and the months after. You will see how a determined and Godly woman overcomes everything to put her life back together and move forward with God’s guidance. This book shows us how we can endure many bad things if we trust in God. This book also shows that love and forgiveness can overcome all things. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Blood and Bone

In “Blood and Bone” by Don Hoesel, we are once again swept away on an adventure with Jack Hawthorne. When we first met Jack in “Elisha’s Bones” he was hired to find the prophets bones that have a magical healing power. As Jack and Espy raced around the world to find the bones, they attracted the attention of the secret organization that keeps the bones hidden. They managed to stay alive and find the bones and then they hid them in the Australian desert. Now many years have passed and someone wants the bones again. This time they have kidnapped Jack and Espy’s sons in hopes of making a trade. Jack and Espy travel to Australia to uncover the bones but find that someone else has gotten there first. They soon find their lives in grave danger not only from the kidnappers but also the secret organization that wants them stopped. Will Jack find the bones before it is too late?

“Blood and Bone” is another fast paced thriller that will keep you turning the pages. This is the third book about archeologist Jack Hawthorne. You will want to read “Elisha’s Bones” and “Serpent of Moses” first in order to appreciate the relationship between Jack and Espy and the relationship they have with God. All three books are full of history and intrigue and the gentle reminder that God is in control no matter how bad the situation may be. We only have to trust in Him to see us through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Rosemary Cottage

In “Rosemary Cottage” by Colleen Coble, we meet Amy Lange. Amy and her brother Ben visit Hope Beach every summer,but when Ben is killed in a tragic accident on Hope Beach Amy believes that he has been murdered. She moves to Hope Beach in order to find out the truth. Curtis Ireland is a Coast Guard officer and he has lost his sister Gina in a tragic accident and has been left to raise his year old niece, Raine. And Curtis is keeping a secret from Amy; Raine is Ben’s daughter. Amy convinces Curtis that Ben and Gina’s accidents were not accidental after all. The two start to investigate to find out who would want them dead. As the two spend time together their feelings for each other deepen and they start to uncover many things that some powerful people want to keep hidden. When Raine is kidnapped they find out that everything is not what it seems. Will Curtis and Amy find Raine before it is too late?

“Rosemary Cottage” is the second Hope Beach novel and it will draw you in from the beginning. You will want to read “Tidewater Inn” first to have the background story of the small island town and characters. This book reminds us once again that God is always in control and we see how Amy and Curtis turn to Him in order to find out the truth. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Prairie Song

In “Prairie Song” by Mona Hodgson we meet Anna Goben. Anna lives in St. Charles, Missouri with her mother and grandfather. After her brother was killed in the Civil War, Anna’s mother started drinking to numb the pain. Anna has had to bear the responsibility of her family and she has decided that they need a fresh start in California. Just days before they are set to leave on the wagon train she meets trail hand Caleb Reger. Caleb has many secrets that he is keeping from everyone. One of which is that his former fiancé broke his heart and now he does not believe he can trust another woman. Caleb and Anna have several run-ins before and during the journey but they are both intrigued by each other. As the weeks go by they develop a friendship and it soon turns to something more. When tragedy strikes, it threatens their new relationship. Will Anna and Caleb be able to make a new start?

This is the first book in the Hearts Seeking Home series and it will pull you right into the untamed land with Anna and Caleb. There are also several minor characters and story lines that will keep you turning the pages. This is a story of how love and forgiveness are important in order for us to survive the hardships of life and that we must trust God to see us through. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to visit the author's website.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Quarryman's Bride

In “The Quarryman’s Bride” by Tracie Peterson we meet Emmalyne Knox. Emmalyne grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota and fell in love with Tavin MacLachlan. Just weeks before their wedding, a storm comes through and kills Emmalyne’s two younger sisters. Her father ends her engagement because of a tradition that the youngest daughter must never marry and take care of her parents. Emmalyne and Tavin were devastated. Now eleven years have passed and Emmalyne’s family has moved back to St. Cloud. Her father and brother are now working for the MacLachlan’s. Tavin also returns to St. Cloud in order to help his father with the family business. When Emmalyne and Tavin run into each other they realize the love is still there, but Tavin knows that nothing can ever come of it. He tries to push Emmalyne away but circumstances keep bringing them together. The more time they spend together the deeper the feelings grown. Emmalyne knows that the only way for them to be together is to convince her father he was wrong. Will she be able to bring her father back to the Lord and bring the families together again?

This is a story of hope and love that shows us that good things truly do come to those who wait. This story also shows us that nothing can stand in the way of true love as long as we put our faith in God and trust that He will see us through. “The Quarryman’s Bride” is the second book in the Land of Shining Water trilogy but it can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading “The Icecutter’s Daughter” as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Grace's Pictures

In “Grace’s Pictures” by Cindy Thomson, we meet Grace McCaffery. Grace grew up in Ireland and was torn from her mother at a young age. Now the year is 1900 and at the age of eighteen, Grace is setting out for a new life in America. When she arrives to America she has a hard time trusting not only people but also God because of all the bad things that happened to her in Ireland. She soon makes new friends but she does not want anything to do with Owen McNulty, a New York police officer. Owen came from a life of privilege but became an officer to help those less fortunate like Grace. His mission of late is to clean up the streets and rid New York of gang members. In Grace’s spare time she takes up the hobby of photography. Photography is a fairly new invention and many people are leery about it. When a notorious gang leader believes that Grace took his picture her life suddenly becomes in danger. She soon learns that Owen is one of the good guys and learns to trust him. Will Owen be able to save Grace from the gang? Will she finally learn to trust in God?

“Grace’s Pictures” is the first book in the Ellis Island series and it is a very well written story. The story tells of the hardships many immigrants faced when they came to America in the early 1900’s. Not only did they have to work long hours at hard jobs just to provide for their families, but they also had to deal with the criminals on the streets and the wealthy who wanted nothing to do with them. Like Grace, many immigrants had to put their faith in God to see them through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers. Click here to read the author Q & A. Click here to read the first chapter. Click here to visit Cindy Thomson's blog.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Undeniably Yours

In “Undeniably Yours” by Becky Wade we meet oil heiress Meg Cole. Meg’s father died unexpectedly and now she finds herself with the controlling shares of Cole Oil. He also left her the Whispering Creek Ranch. When she tries to shut down the thoroughbred horse farm she has a run in with the manager, Bo Porter. Bo helped her father start the farm from the ground up and he wants a chance to prove to Meg that it can be successful. All Meg wants is to cut ties and get back to her life. She gives Bo six months to shut it down and he decides that he has six months to change her mind. What neither counted on was the instant attraction between them. Bo sees vulnerability in Meg and wants to be her friend and protect her. Meg soon realizes that Bo is able to keep her calm and makes her feel safe. When Meg’s past comes walking back into her life, it sends her into a tailspin and she draws closer to Bo. They overcome many obstacles and begin a relationship and begin to love each other. But there is someone who means to tear them apart and cause harm to Meg.

This is a very well written book and it will grab you from the start and you will not want to put it down. You will feel for Meg and Bo as their relationship changes and deepens. This is a sweet story that shows us that nothing is impossible when God is in control and we trust fully in Him. This story also shows that God is always in control even though we may sometimes have other plans for our lives. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

The Wishing Tree

In “The Wishing Tree” by Marybeth Whalen we meet Ivy Marshall. In one day, Ivy learns that she no longer has a job, her husband, Elliott, is cheating on her, and her sister is about to be proposed to on national television on Valentine’s Day. Ivy’s mother wants her to return home to help with the wedding plans and she jumps at the chance in order to avoid her husband. When she returns to Sunset Beach she comes face to face with her former fiancé, Michael. She begins to think she made a mistake when she left Michael for Elliott and decides to try to win Michael back. Elliott in the meantime is trying to prove himself to Ivy and win her back. He starts posting his apology to her on Twitter in hopes that she will see it and forgive him. Ivy also has to deal with a strained relationship with her sister. Her whole family was devastated when she left and she has only recently begun to talk to them again. Ivy hopes that by returning home she will be able to mend the fences she broke. What she soon finds out is that Michael has moved on and does not want to be her consolation prize. Will she figure out who her future is before it is too late?

This book is a sweet and sad story of love and forgiveness. This book shows us that no matter what someone has done to us that if we truly love them then we can forgive them with God’s help. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze.com

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Though My Heart is Torn

"Though My Heart is Torn” by Joanne Bischof continues the heart wrenching story of Lonnie and Gideon O’Riley. When we first met Lonnie and Gideon in “Be still My Soul”, they were forced to marry because of a misunderstanding. Lonnie looked to Gideon as someone who was saving her from a life of misery and Gideon thought of Lonnie as nothing but a burden. Though they had many hard times they did eventually fall in love. Now that love is threatened. They are called back home thinking that Lonnie’s mother is very ill. When they arrive back in Rocky Knob they soon learn that Gideon has another wife. Gideon and Cassie Allan married in secret and soon realized marriage was not for them. Gideon thought the marriage was annulled but Cassie never sent the papers off to dissolve the marriage. Gideon is forced to give up Lonnie and their young son, Jacob. Lonnie leaves and goes back to their home but her heart is torn because of her love for Gideon. Gideon and Cassie stay in Rocky Knob and she soon realizes that she will never have his heart. In the meantime, Lonnie tries to move on with her life but finds that it is hard to do. Will Lonnie and Gideon find their way back to each other?

This is the second book in The Cadence of Grace series and it is a wonderfully written book. Your heart will ache for Lonnie and Gideon as their story unfolds. You will want to read the first book in the series first to appreciate the relationship they have with each other and with God. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to read the first chapter.

Once Upon a Prince

In “Once Upon a Prince” by Rachel Hauck, we meet small town Georgia girl Susanna Truitt. Susanna has loved a man for twelve years and has patiently waited for the day they would be married. When her boyfriend returns to the states instead of proposing to Susanna he breaks up with her. She is devastated because she fills she has wasted her life waiting for him. She is also relieved because she soon realizes that she was not in love with him but she starts to wonder what to do with her life. She soon meets Nate Kenneth. He seems to be her knight in shining armor rescuing her in her time of need. They become friends but Nate is hiding something from her. He’s a prince who will soon be king. Just when Susanna starts to have feelings for him she finds out the truth and is hurt because she knows nothing can come of it. When Nate learns that his father has died he returns to his kingdom leaving Susanna for good, or so they think. Although Nate has found the woman he wants to be his queen, can he convince his family that she is the one?

This is the first book in the Royal Wedding series and is another great book by Rachel Hauck. This is a sweet love story that shows us that God is in control and that no matter how bleak the situation may look at the time we must keep our eyes on Him to see us through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Booksneeze.com.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Place to Belong

In “A Place to Belong” by Lauraine Snelling, we are once again taken to the Engstrom ranch in South Dakota. Cassie Lockwood has found her father’s dream valley and has learned that she is half owner of a ranch. Mavis and Gretchen Engstrom welcomed her with open arms and Lucas is determined to marry Cassie, but Ransom still keeps his distance and does not fully trust her. Cassie feels pushed into making a decision to marry Lucas and finally decides that she will and hopes that love will come. But as they plan the wedding and a new life together she still has her doubts. Then Lucas suddenly disappears. He has realized that he is in love with another and cannot marry Cassie. Though hurt and angry, Cassie is also relieved. But other problems worry her. She knows the ranch needs money and feels like she should contribute. So she starts entering shooting matches in hopes of winning money needed for the ranch. She was once a sharpshooter and knows that she could sign on with another Wild West show in order to have a steady income again. The other problem she faces is Ransom. She has fallen in love with him but is sure that he hates her. She starts to wonder if it would be best if she left for good. Will Cassie trust that God has brought her to a place to belong? Will Cassie and Ransom live happily ever after?

This is the third book in the Wild West Wind trilogy and it brings the story all together for a lovely ending. This book is not a standalone and you will want to read "Valley of Dreams" and "Whispers in the Wind" first. This book is a wonderful example of how we should trust that God will bring us through the problems that we face. You will feel like you are there with Cassie as she goes through the ups and downs in her life. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Take a Chance on Me

In “Take a Chance on Me” by Susan May Warren, we are once again transported to the small town of Deep Haven. Ivy Madison has just arrived to Deep Haven where she will be starting a new job as assistant county attorney. Her first day there she is talked into attending a bachelor auction. She feels sorry when nobody bids on Darek Christiansen so she does. She did not bargain for the cold, dark man that he is. Darek grew up on Evergreen Lake outside of Deep Haven and his family roots run deep there. Darek seemed to have it all until three years ago when his wife was killed in a tragic vehicle accident leaving him a widower with a young son. The man that was driving the car that night was Darek’s former best friend, Jensen. Since the accident Darek has harbored ill feelings towards Jenson. Darek does the best he can to raise his son but there is something missing from their lives. After spending time with Ivy, Darek realizes that she has filled a void in his life and his heart, but Ivy is keeping something from him. She is the reason Jensen is a free man and still in Deep Haven. Will Darek be able to forgive Jensen? Will he and Ivy’s relationship survive?

“Take a Chance on Me” is another great Deep Haven novel. This book brings back familiar faces from Ms. Warren’s previous books and introduces new ones. This is a great story of how hatred can break a person and make them into something they do not want to be. This is also a wonderful story of finding God and how He heals people and allows them to forgive. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers. Click here to read the author Q & A. Click here to read the first chapter.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gone South

In “Gone South” by Meg Moseley, we meet Tish McComb. When Tish helps her mother move from Michigan to Florida she decides to take a detour to Noble, Alabama. That is where her ancestors are from. She thought she would see the house they built and be on her way back to Michigan. What she did not count on was falling in love with the house and the town. On an impulse she buys the McComb house and moves to Noble. She soon realizes that not all southerners are friendly and some seem downright hostile toward her. She does make a few friends though, George who owns the antique store in town and Mel a homeless girl that nobody trusts. George enlightens Tish on why the people of Noble do not want to have anything to do with her. It seems that Tish’s ancestors were not the nicest people and the townspeople now hold their actions against her. Tish also has another problem in Mel. Mel ran away from home and has now decided to come back but her family will not let her return. She has been accused of stealing. Mel claims she was framed but Tish catches her in several lies and does not know what to believe. Will Tish and Mel find their places in Noble?

This book was a very well written book and you will feel like you are there with Tish and Mel as they struggle to find acceptance. This book shows us that no matter what is in our past we can always start over. It also shows us that sometimes we should not judge others when we do not know the whole story or know their struggles. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to read more about the book.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Icecutter's Daughter

In “The Icecutter’s Daughter” by Tracie Peterson we meet Merrill Krause. Merrill lives with her father and brothers in Minnesota. Before her mother died, Merrill promised to look after the men of the family. She has the responsibility of taking care of the household and she also works alongside them to harvest the ice in the winter. Merrill does not have time for most things others girls her age enjoy, but she does wonder if she will ever fall in love. Rurik Jorgenson comes to Minnesota to help his uncle in his furniture shop. His uncle’s health is failing and he wants Rurik to take over the business. When Rurik left Kansas his fiancé ended their engagement. Rurik did not believe she was the one God intended for him and believes that the time apart will be good for them. When he meets Merrill he immediately falls for her. Merrill begins to have feelings for Rurik as well but then she is led to believe that he is engaged to another. When Rurik’s best friend and former fiancé arrive in town it makes matters worse. They try to pressure him to marry even though he knows he loves Merrill. Will Merrill and Rurik be able to trust that everything will turn out the way God has planned?

This book is the first in the Land of Shining Water trilogy and what a wonderful story it is. Ms. Peterson has hit another homerun with this book. She makes you feel like you are there in the bitter Minnesota cold along with Merrill and Rurik. You will smile as Merrill and Rurik discover a new and wonderful love. This book is a sweet story of how good things come to those who wait and who also trust in God. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stress Test

In “Stress Test” by Richard L. Mabry, M.D., we meet Dr. Matt Newman. Matt has a wonderful life. He will soon be starting a new job teaching medicine and has a girlfriend who may be the one. Everything changes for Matt one morning when he leaves the hospital ER. Matt is attacked, kidnapped and almost murdered. He manages to escape the kidnappers but is seriously hurt and ends up in the ICU. When he wakes up he learns that he is a prime suspect in a murder investigation. Matt does not know who is after him but he knows he did not kill anyone. His lawyer, Sandra Murray, believes his story. The two start piecing together what happened and try to investigate, but somebody wants Matt dead. They keep coming after him and framing him for other crimes. Matt turns to God to see him through in his time of need. His girlfriend breaks up with him because she does not want anybody to connect the two. Matt goes through some really tough lows but he knows that God is there with him, and so is Sandra. Who is framing Matt and why? Will he and Sandra have a future relationship other than lawyer/client?

“Stress Test” is a fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing. This is a wonderful book showing us how we need to rely on God when we are at our lowest. No matter how bad life may be or who may walk out of our lives, He will always be there for us. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Matter of Trust

"A Matter of Trust” by Lis Wiehl opens with Mia Quinn overhearing her colleague and friend, Colleen, being murdered. Mia and Colleen worked together as prosecutors in the King County District Attorney’s office and now Mia is in charge of finding who murdered Colleen. It seems there may be link to another prosecutor that was murdered and everyone is wondering if they may be next. The murder is not the only case she is working on. She is also trying to find justice for a young boy who committed suicide after being bullied. Mia is also a recently widowed mother of two. She must juggle motherhood and her career and sometimes has a hard time of keeping the two separate. Her teenage son has become rebellious and does not like new responsibilities he has to face. Will Mia be able to bring the killer to justice before they harm her? Will she be able to save her son from heading down a troubled path?

This is the first book in the Mia Quinn series and it will not let you down. The book is very fast paced and full of suspense. You may think you have figured out who the killer but it will keep you guessing until the end. Lis Wiehl has done another great job with this mystery. If you are a fan of her Triple Threat books then you will definitely want to read this one as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Firefly Island

In “Firefly Island” by Lisa Wingate we meet Mallory Hale. Mallory lives in Washington D.C. and works on Capitol Hill. When she meets Daniel Everson her life gets turned upside down. She and Daniel have a whirlwind romance and fall hopelessly in love with each other. When Daniel is offered a job in Texas doing what he has always wanted Mallory has a tough choice to make. Within a month’s time she finds herself married to Daniel, a mother to his son and uprooting her life to move Moses Lake, Texas. Life in Texas is not what this city girl thought it would be. Daniel works long days so Mallory must find a way to occupy her time. She soon starts meeting the locals and making friends, but many warn her about Daniel’s new boss, Jack West. Jack’s life is surrounded by mystery ever since his second wife and stepson disappeared. Everybody believes Jack is behind the disappearance. When Jack gets in a terrible accident, Mallory decides to find out who has it out for Jack. What Mallory finds on Firefly Island uncovers a political scandal and she must use her experience on Capitol Hill to stop the culprit.

This is another great book by Lisa Wingate. This is a story of a whirlwind romance that will make you smile and you will experience the highs and lows as two people join their lives. This is the third book set on Moses Lake. You can be read this book as a standalone but I recommend reading "Larkspur Cove" and "Blue Moon Bay" first to get the background story on some of the other characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Clouds

In “Clouds” by Robin Jones Gunn, we meet Shelly Graham. Shelly is a flight attendant and due to cuts with the airline she has moved back home to the Seattle area. When Shelly returns to her childhood home she starts remembering Jonathan Renfield. She and Jonathan were best friends since they were babies. They were inseparable. Eventually that friendship led to romance. Jonathan’s dream was for them to get married. Shelly on the other hand wanted to see the world. Five years have passed since the night they ended their relationship and now Shelly regrets the decisions she made in the past. When her sister asks her to travel to Germany with her, Shelly jumps at the chance when she finds out that Jonathan will be close by. Shelly hopes Jonathan will forgive her and they can start fresh. What she did not count on was him to announce his engagement to another woman. Once Shelly returns home and she throws herself into her new job and tries to forget about Jonathan. Several months pass and she and her sister once again strike out on a trip. This time they are travelling to Glenbrooke. Once there Shelly’s sisters finds out that Jonathan has ended his relationship and is living in Glenbrooke and decides to play matchmaker. Will Shelly and Jonathan have another chance at love?

This book is a sweet story of unforgotten love and how two people can make their way back to each other as God has planned. This is the fifth books in the Glenbrooke series but it can be read as a standalone. Some characters from the first books do make an appearance; however, so I would recommend reading them in order if you can. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to visit the author's website.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Captain's Bride

In “The Captain’s Bride” by Lisa Tawn Bergren we meet several Norwegian’s as they move to America. Elsa has finally married the man of her dreams, Peder. Peder comes from a wealthy shipping family and has decided to open a new shipping business in America. Elsa has loved Peder all of her life and is ready for their new life in America. Their journey is not smooth sailing however. They soon find that Elsa’s younger sister, Tora, is a stowaway. Selfish Tora would do anything to leave Norway but she did not count on having to pay for the mistakes she made to get there. Also on the ship is Elsa’s longtime friend, Kaatje. Kaatje hopes that she and her husband can make a new start in America and that he will be faithful to her if he is away from temptation. While on the ship, however, Tora and Kaatje’s husband have an affair that results in Tora making more bad choices and hurting those that care for her. Soon friendships and loves are tested as they try to make better lives in a land of so much promise. Will these three women find better lives in America?

This is the first book in The Northern Lights Series. You will cheer from Elsa, ache for Kaatje and want to slap some sense into Tora. This book draws you into these women’s lives as they set out for a better future and rely on God to see them through. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to visit the author's website.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Wishing on Willows


In “Wishing on Willows” by Katie Ganshert, we are once again taken to the town of Peaks, Iowa. Robin is a young, widowed mother trying to keep her café running. The Willow Tree Café was the dream of her and her husband’s. When her husband was suddenly taken from her, her dream and son were the only things that kept her going. Now there is somebody trying to take that dream away. With a big business coming near Peaks the town has decided it needs something to draw people to the small town. Ian McKay plans to build condos in the town. The only problem is the spot he wants to build is Robin’s café. The two are stubborn and both refuse to give up. There also seems to be spark between the two. Robin refuses to love any man after losing her husband because she does not want to go through the heartbreak again. Ian’s marriage ended badly and he is still dealing with the grief. What will happen in the small town of Peaks? Will God give Robin and Ian a second chance at love together?

When we first met Robin in “Wildflowers from Winter” she was faced with losing her husband and learning that she was pregnant. This book continues her story and also brings back the familiar faces from the first book. You will cheer for Robin and grieve with her and Ian and their stories unfold. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to read the first chapter.

All for a Song


In “All for a Song” by Allison Pittman, we meet Dorothy Lynn Dunbar. Dorothy Lynn grew up in a small town where her father was the preacher. When her father becomes ill a new preacher arrives in town, her mother thinks he is the perfect man for Dorothy Lynn. After her father dies and several months of courting, Reverend Brent Logan asks for her hand in marriage. Dorothy Lynn starts to get anxious because she has always longed for more. When she takes a trip to St. Louis to visit her sister she meets Roland. He is a part of Aimee Semple McPherson’s crusade team. Roland finds out that Dorothy Lynn writes songs and has her come to the meeting one night to sing. Everyone loves Dorothy Lynn. Roland talks her into continuing with them all the way to California. Brent is not happy that Dorothy Lynn wants to do this but decides it is better for her to get the wanderlust out of her system before they marry. Dorothy Lynn soon gets caught up in the world that was the Roaring Twenties. Will Dorothy Lynn leave Brent for a life with Roland?

I could not put this book down. When the book opens it is on the eve of Dorothy Lynn’s 107th birthday. I love that the author keeps coming back to that day throughout the book. I am sure there were many young ladies that wanted to put on the flapper dresses and embrace the Roaring Twenties but it is nice to see that while Dorothy Lynn was able to do this she was also able to follow her heart and keep God in her sight. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

To Honor and Trust


In “To Honor and Trust” by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller, we are once again taken to the Bridal Veil Island resort off the coast of Georgia. The year is 1913 and the wealthy are back on the island to pass the winter. Callie Deboyer works as a governess for the Bridgeport family. She spends most of her days teaching the three children and the evenings dining with the adults. She has more privileges than most workers and enjoys her time with the Bridgeport’s. What Callie did not expect was to meet a nice, handsome gentleman while on the island. Wesley comes from one of the wealthy families but he does not enjoy the social activities available to the guests. He decides to become the island’s golf instructor when they find themselves without one. When Callie and her young charge Thomas are signed up for golf lessons this gives Callie and Wesley time to get to know each other. Wesley also goes with Callie and the children on their afternoon excursions and teaches them about the plant life on the island. Callie soon finds herself falling for Wesley but she guards her heart because she does not want her heart broken again, and Wesley is keeping things from her. When she finds out she does not think she can ever trust him and wishes to never see him again. What does God have in store for their future?

The theme in this book of course is trust. Callie has a hard time trusting men because of what happened in her past. Wesley has a hard time trusting in himself to be the doctor he always wanted to be. He also has a hard time trusting that Callie will accept him and love him for who he is. Both soon learn they have to trust in God for He knows what is best. This is the third book in the Bridal Veil Island trilogy. All of the books can be read as standalones but I recommend reading the first two books, “To Have and To Hold” and “To Love and Cherish”, also if you are a fan of stories set on the Georgia coast. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Moon Over Edisto


In “Moon Over Edisto” by Beth Webb Hart, we meet Julia Bennett. Julia is a well known artist living in New York. She has a great job, a wonderful fiancé and prestige in the art world, but Julia is running from the past and it is about to catch up to her. When her former best friend turned step-mother, Marney, shows up in New York it puts Julia in a tailspin. Marney has cancer and needs Julia to return to Edisto Island, South Carolina to take care of her three young half siblings. Julia wants nothing to do with them. She is still bitter and mad at Marney for ruining her parents’ marriage. Julia soon realizes that she has no choice but to go to Edisto Island. What she didn’t count on was caring about her half siblings. She also didn’t count on an old teenage crush, Jed, returning to her life. Jed has had a crush on Julia since the first time he saw her and the spark is still there. We also meet Julia’s sister Meg. Meg changed after her parents’ divorce and not only does she blame Marney but she also blames Julia. When the week is over, Julia returns to her life and is planning her dream wedding. Then more bad news, Marney is going to die and wants Julia to raise the children. Julia finally does forgive Marney and her father but will she give up her dreams and move to Edisto Island? Which man will she end up with? Will Meg finally be able to forgive and find peace in her life?

This is another wonderful book by Ms. Hart. She paints a great picture of life in the lowcountry while teaching the reader about forgiveness. We all have to forgive at some time in our lives and this book teaches us why it is so important to forgive instead of harboring bitter feelings and letting it run our lives. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Echoes


In “Echoes” by Robin Jones Gunn, we meet Lauren Phillips. Lauren is devastated when her finance breaks off their engagement to move to New York, but her brother introduces her to the internet. She becomes pen pals with a man she only knows as K.C. Lauren soon finds herself looking forward to his emails and pouring out her heart to him. When they decide to meet face to face, Lauren gets scared after seeing him and bolts. She decides to pay her best friend, Teri, a visit. When Lauren arrives in Glenbrooke she is welcomed by Kyle and Jessica. Kyle and Teri have decided that Lauren needs to meet Kyle’s brother, Kenton. But Lauren is not ready for that and neither is Kenton. When Kenton backs out of going on a trip to Hawaii with his brother and friends, they decided to ask Lauren to go. Kenton later decides to make the trip after all and when Lauren sees him she is in for the shock of her life as he is her beloved K.C. only he doesn’t know it. Will Kenton forgive Lauren for deserting him? Will Lauren listen to her heart?

“Echoes” is the third book in the Glenbrooke series but it can be read as a standalone. This was the first book I have read by this author and will be looking for more. The story is funny, sweet and teaches us that everything happens in God’s time. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to find more books by this author.