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.