Saturday, November 1, 2014

At Bluebonnet Lake

In “At Bluebonnet Lake” by Amanda Cabot we meet Kate Sherwood and Greg Vange. Kate is spending a month at the Rainbow’s End Resort in Texas at the request of her ailing grandmother, Sally. Sally stayed at the resort many years before and has always dreamed of going back. Now seems to be the perfect time because she believes Kate is at a crossroad in her life and she feels that time away from New York will help her choose the right path. Kate feels otherwise. She does not want to be spending a month away from her job as she is trying to become partner at her advertising firm. And then Kate meets Greg. Greg is also at a crossroad in his life and has been led to Rainbow’s End. He feels led to purchase the rundown resort and restore it to its former glory. Kate and Greg spend a lot of time together and grow fond of each other in the short time they are together. However, Kate does not believe her future is in Texas and Greg is scared of going out on a limb and purchasing the resort. They must trust in each other and in God in order to chase the rainbow together.

This is a well written story that we can all relate to. We all fear something in our lives and most of us fear being a failure and are too scared to step out of our comfort zone. This book shows us that when we turn to God and follow his path for us He will give us the courage to succeed in whatever we are facing. This is the first book in the Texas Crossroads series and I can’t wait for the next one! I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Matter of Heart

“A Matter of Heart” by Tracie Peterson takes us back to Texas for Jessica’s story. Jessica Atherton is the spoiled daughter of a wealthy rancher. She was heartbroken when the man she thought she would marry fell in love with someone else. When she overhears several people talking about her she decides it is time to change from her selfish ways. She sets out to make amends with those she hurt and hopes to find true love. She meets two men and they quickly catch her attention. Harrison Gable is a successful smooth talking lawyer. He decides that Jessica is the woman he will marry and he will not let anything stand in his way. The other man is Texas Ranger Austin Todd. Austin is a cattle inspector and spends a lot of time with Jessica’s family. Austin has lost all of his family and feels like it is his fault. He does not believe that he is worthy of Jessica’s love but the more time he is with her the more he falls for her. Jessica turns to God to help her become a better person and to guide her to the right man He has in mind for her.

This is another wonderful book by Tracie Peterson. She has a way with writing a story that will draw the reader in and make them feel like they are a part of the story. When we first met Jessica in “A Moment in Time” I did not like her but in this book we see how she grows from the selfish spoiled girl she was to a godly Christian woman. We also see how Austin changes from a bitter man to one filled with hope after he turns to God to help him forgive himself. This is the third book in the Lone Star Brides trilogy and I highly recommend reading “A Sensible Arrangement” and “A Moment in Time” first in order to know what is going on throughout this book. I also recommend reading the Land of the Lone Star trilogy since that’s where most of the characters in this trilogy were first introduced. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Deceived

In “Deceived” by Irene Hannon we meet Kate Marshall. As the story opens Kate faces the hardest thing in her life; losing her husband and four year old son. In the three years since losing them she has moved from New York to St. Louis in hope of a fresh start. On a trip to the mall she spots a young boy who looks like she would imagine her son to look at seven years old and he says something she only heard her son say. When she calls his name she is convinced the boy is her lost son, Kevin. She hires a private investigator, Connor Sullivan, to track the boy down. It seems to him that it may be a wild goose chase but he takes the case. The further he digs he starts to wonder if maybe Kate is right. What Kate thought was a horrible accident has turned into a murder and kidnapping. The more Connor uncovers the more convinced he is that Kate’s life may be in jeopardy. Will Connor be able to rescue Kate and Kevin before it’s too late?

This book will pull you in from the start and keep you turning the pages until the end. This is a very well written book with enough mystery and romance to keep you wanting to know what will happen next. In this book we see how Kate and Connor rely on God to show them the right course to take not only in the investigation but in their personal relationship as well. This is the third book in the Private Justice series but it can be read as a standalone. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Into the Canyon

“Into the Canyon” by Michael Neale takes us back to Colorado to the life of river guide Gabriel Clarke. We first met Gabriel in “The River”. We learned that when he was five years old he witnessed his father lose his life while rescuing two young men. That event changed Gabriel for many years. When his friend invited him on a river rafting trip in Colorado he goes but it not sure what to expect. He comes face to face with the man, Jacob, his father rescued and deals with many emotions. He also meets the man’s daughter, Tabitha. She helps Gabriel through his anger and convinces him to really experience the river. “Into the Canyon” picks up where the first book left off. We continue on the journey with Gabriel as he is still coming to terms losing his father. Gabriel knows he needs to forgive and put the anger away and live his life to the fullest. With the help and love of Jacob and Tabitha we see how Gabriel is finally able to move on from the past.

This book will keep you turning the pages and tug at your heart as you go on the journey with Gabriel. This book is full of life lessons we can all use at some point in our lives. This book shows us that God will give us courage and faith to forgive those who have done us wrong and love and hope to move forward in our lives. I highly recommend reading “The River” first to have Gabriel’s entire story. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from BookLook.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Story Keeper

“The Story Keeper” by Lisa Wingate takes us from the fast paced streets of New York to the slower paced life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jen Gibbs was raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains but she always dreamed of something bigger. She went to college and then moved to New York and was for the most part cut off from her family. Some understood while others ridiculed her. She is starting a new job at Vida House Publishing and before she can even settle in a twenty years old manuscript shows up on her desk. She does not know who put it there and she does not know who the author is. What she does not is that it draws her in and leaves her longing for more. The story is of a young Melungeon girl named Sarra and her protector Rand. And the story is set not far from where Jen grew up. When she thinks she figures out who the author is her boss sends her down to the mountains in order to secure the book deal. The author, Evan, is a well known but reclusive man who wants nothing to do with Jen. Jen also must face her family while she’s there and she is left with a sense of hopelessness. Will Jen be able to mend fences and score the deal of a lifetime?

This is an amazing book that will draw you in to not only one story but two. We have the story of Jen and Evan in modern times then we have the story of Sarra and Rand from the late 1800s. We see how Jen and Evan must overcome fears in order to move on from the past and be happy with their lives. Sarra and Rand must overcome their fears of the unknown and learn how to trust and love even when the world seems to be against them. This book will keep you turning the pages until the end and leave you wishing for more. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Death Takes a Ride

“Death Takes a Ride” by Lorena McCourtney takes us to Eugene, Oregon to the life of private investigator Cate Kincaid. As the story opens Cate arrives at H&B Classic Auto Restorations on an errand for her aunt. What Cate did not count on was walking into a robbery and attempted murder scene. It seems like a cut and dry case but things do not add up. One of the owners of H&B hires Cate to investigate the attempt on his partner’s life. Cate’s investigations lead her to many more questions but unfortunately not many answers. The investigation also makes her wonder just who the good guys and the bad guys truly are. Cate also has help on the case from her boyfriend Mitch. Cate and Mitch’s relationship seems to be going great but then Cate learns he may be taking a job out of state. Cate is not happy as she wants a future with Mitch but she puts her faith in God to help her solve the case and prays for a future with Mitch.

This book will keep you reading and guessing until the end. It is a mystery with a little comedy and quirky characters you will love. This book also reminds us that God is always in control and that when we trust in Him things will turn out for the best even if we do not think it is the best at the time. This is the third book in the Cate Kincaid Files series and I highly recommend reading “Dying to Read” and “Dolled Up to Die” to have all of Cate and Mitch’s story. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Captured by Love

“Captured by Love” by Jody Hedlund takes us to 1814 on the Michilimackinac Island in the Michigan Territory during the War of 1812. The British Army is in control of the island and the loyalties of many Americans are divided. Angelique MacKenzie lives a grueling life as she awaits her fiancé’s return. What she never counted on was for her true love and her fiancé’s brother to return to the island. Her love for Pierre Durant has not wavered but he only sees her as his childhood friend. After many months of spending time with her he finally faces his feelings for Angelique when he sees firsthand the cruel treatment she faces daily from her stepfather. All hope seems to be lost for the both of them when Pierre is caught as a spy. Which path will Angelique choose when it comes down to her love for Pierre and honoring her promise to Jean?

This is an amazing book full of details of life on what is now Mackinac Island during the War of 1812. You will feel like you have stepped back in a time of war and poverty as the islanders do everything they can to survive. This is a book of hope and faith as we see how Angelique and Pierre are torn between love and honor but how they turn to God during their time of need. This is the third book in the Michigan Brides collection but it is a standalone story. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

When I Fall in Love

“When I Fall in Love” by Susan May Warren takes us back to Deep Haven with the Christiansen family. Grace Christiansen loves to cook and has dreamed of going to culinary school but has never been accepted. Her family surprises her with a trip to Hawaii for a cooking retreat. Grace does not like to be out of her comfort zone and does not look forward to the trip at all especially when is seems her sister has set her up with a travelling partner, Maxwell Sharpe. Max is a professional hockey player but he loves to cook and every summer he goes to Hawaii to the cooking school for three weeks. When he is asked to look after Grace he is not happy but he finds himself drawn to her. Once in Hawaii, Grace does not think she will be able to leave her hotel room. She is far removed from her comfort zone and wants to go home, but Max makes her experience Hawaii and dares her to do things she would not normally do. The two start to fall for each other but then Max pulls away and leaves Grace wondering why. Max has a secret and is afraid to tell Grace the truth and he knows there can be no future with her. Will Grace and Max have their happily ever after?

This is another amazing book that will keep you turning the pages until the end. This book will make you laugh, make you cry, and leave you with a smile. In this book we see how Grace turns to God to make her complete when Max walks away. We see how Max relies on God to see him through an uncertain future and gives him the courage to finally take a chance on love. This is the third book in the Christiansen Family series and I highly recommend reading “Take a Chance on Me” and “It had to Be You” first. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Seagrass Pier

“Seagrass Pier” by Colleen Coble takes us once again to Hope Island. In this book we meet Elin Summerall and Marc Everton. Elin is a single mother and she also has the responsibility of taking care of her mother who has dementia. Elin’s life has taken a crazy turn lately. She was the recipient of a heart transplant and it seems that she is having flashbacks of the donor’s life. Most importantly the night the donor was murdered. No one believes that can be happening but Elin fears for her life because the murderer wants her silenced. Marc is an FBI agent and was assigned to the donor’s murder case but things changed when his partner was killed as a result of the investigation. Marc sets out for justice for his partner and did not count on his feelings deepening for Elin. However, they have a history together that is soon uncovered and will change them both forever. Will Marc be able to put aside his hurt feelings in order to solve the mystery before it’s too late? Will Elin keep her faith in God to see her through?

This is another amazing book of faith, hope, and love that will keep you turning the pages and wondering what will happen next? There are many plot twists to keep you guessing who is after Elin. This is the third book in the Hope Beach series and while it can be read as a standalone I recommend reading “Tidewater Inn” and “Rosemary Cottage” for more background on some of the minor characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from BookLook Bloggers.

Through the Deep Waters

“Through the Deep Waters” by Kim Vogel Sawyer takes us to 1883 Florence, Kansas. Dinah Hubley’s mother was a prostitute in Chicago and Dinah was raised in a brothel. Dinah’s childhood was filled with sadness as she never knew her father and never knew a mother’s love. Dinah longs to flee Chicago for a better life and become a Harvey Girl but she has no money and her mother is dying. In order to survive and take care of her mother Dinah does the one thing she thought she would never do. Dinah leaves Chicago after securing a job as a chambermaid at the Clifton Hotel in Florence. She keeps to herself and longs to put the past behind her but there are two people who want to be her friend. Her roommate Ruthie is a preacher’s daughter and has been raised to see the best in people and in life but Dinah has built a wall around herself. Amos Ackerman is a local chicken farmer and he shows interest in Dinah and tries to get to know her better. Amos has a physical disability and has had to deal with people making fun of him for years. All he longs for is a wife and children and a way to make a living. He believes God has chosen Dinah for him but she is afraid he will not want her when he finds out her past.

This is a wonderful book that tugs at the heart. You will feel for Dinah and Amos as they both struggle with trust and love and most importantly feeling like they belong. This book shows us that no matter how bad we think our pasts all we have to do is call on God to forgive us and our sins are no more in His eyes. We also see that when God shows us the path to take we should always listen to Him and never doubt that He knows what is best for us. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Click here to read chapter 1.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Place in His Heart

In “A Place in His Heart” by Rebecca DeMarino we travel from England to the new Colonies in the 1630’s. Mary Langton was left at the altar and now her father is pressuring her to marry. He picks out the son of a milliner in London but Mary does not love him and she does not want to marry someone she does not love. When she runs into Barnabas Horton there is an immediate attraction. Mary remembers him from when she was a child and soon that attraction blooms into love on her part. Barnabas is a widower with two small boys and is looking for a mother for them. He knows that he will never be able to love another woman like he did his first wife but he can provide a nice home and wonderful life for Mary. Mary’s father is against the match from the start manly because Barnabas is a Puritan but he does give in to Mary and allow them to marry. There are many rocky times in their marriage especially when they move to the colonies. Barnabas feels that God is leading them to this new country in hopes of setting up a new church. Mary is torn between staying in England with her father and sister and going on this new adventure with her husband and children but she knows that she can rely on Barnabas and God to see them through but will she ever win her husband’s love?

This was an amazing and well written book and that will draw you into life in newly settled America. This book will also tug at your heart as you travel the journey with Mary and Barnabas. You will sympathize with Mary as she makes a home with her new family and tries to win their hearts. You will also feel for Barnabas has he holds on to his first love and fears loving again. In this book we see how even though both Mary and Barnabas are strong in their faith they forget to turn to God when times are bad and that once they do He does surely see them through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell. Click here to enter for a giveaway from Rebecca DeMarino.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

A Moment in Time

“A Moment in Time” by Tracie Peterson once again takes us to 1893 Colorado. In “A Sensible Arrangement” Marty Olson travelled to Colorado to be a mail order bride for Jake Wythe. Jake ran the bank there and had a good job but needed a wife. The two fell in love despite the both of them fighting their feelings for each other. Now it seems that their time in Colorado has come to an end and they must move back to Texas. Jake leaves Marty and her former maid, Alice, in Denver while he secures a job in Texas. Marty has no desire to return to Texas but she longs for her husband. Alice is still fighting demons from an attack that left her scarred and is eager for a new life elsewhere. She believes that she is all alone in this world and will never find a man to love her. Eventually the two women make their way to Texas and return to Marty’s family and to Jake. Upon arriving at the Barnett ranch Alice meets Marty’s nephew Robert and it is love at first sight for the both of them. But others have different plans for Robert and he must convince Alice she is the woman for him. Will they all put their trust in God to see them through?

This is a sweet romance that you will not want to put down. Tracie Peterson writes amazing historical stories that draw her readers in and make them long for more. We see the main characters struggle with their fears and problems and we see how they each turn to God for His guidance. You will want to read “A Sensible Arrangement” first for more of Marty and Alice’s story. I also highly recommend reading the Land of the Lone Star trilogy, “Chasing the Sun”, “Touching the Sky”, and “Taming the Wind”, as those characters are in this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Deadly Business

“A Deadly Business” by Lis Wiehl continues the story of prosecutor Mia Quinn. In “A Matter of Trust” Mia was coping with the death of her husband and trying to manage her career and raising a fourteen-year-old son and a four-year-old daughter. Mia thought she had a good life but she knew something had changed with her husband. In this book we learn that maybe her husband’s accident was not an accident at all. Mia works with homicide detective and friend Charlie Carlson to uncover just what was going on in her husband’s life. But as the two get closer to uncovering the truth Mia’s life becomes endangered. Not only is she trying to solve that mystery but she also has a job as prosecutor to do. She has been given the task of prosecuting three teenage boys in an attempted murder case. But not everything is as it seems and that is something Mia begins to understand more and more as she investigates these two cases. Will she be able to solve the mystery surrounding her husband’s death before it is too late?

This book opens with a bang and grabs your attention until the end. This is a very well written book that is full of mystery and will make you keep turning the pages then leave you wanting more. I highly recommend this series and the Triple Threat series by Lis Wiehl to anyone who loves a fast paced mystery. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from BookLook Bloggers.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Silenced

“Silenced” by Dani Pettrey takes us on another adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. Kayden McKenna and her siblings are adventure seekers and lately they have been involved in several mysteries and murders. When Kayden comes face to face with another murder victim it turns her life upside down. The sheriff asks for Jake Cavanagh’s help in the case now that Jake’s true identity has been revealed. Kayden has always been leery of Jake mainly because she knows she has deep feelings for him. Now as the two spend time together she comes to know Jake better and has an even harder time falling for him. Jake already knows that his heart belongs to Kayden and sets out to win her heart completely. When the case is solved the two think life will go back to normal. What the two did not count on was for Jake’s past to come back into his life and put them both in critical danger. It seems someone does not want Jake to be happy and now he must figure out the clues before he loses another woman he loves but will he be too late?

This is another amazing and fast paced suspense that will keep you turning the pages. This book is full of suspense and romance that will leave you wanting more. In this book we see how the two main characters rely on God to see them through the case and in their feelings for each other. This book mainly focuses on Kayden and Jake but it does have all of the McKenna family as well. I highly recommend reading the first three books, “Submerged”, “Shattered”, and “Stranded” first so that you will have more background on the relationship between Kayden and Jake. I highly recommend this whole series and can’t wait for Reef’s story! I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

One Perfect Spring

In “One Perfect Spring” by Irene Hannon we meet Claire Summers and Keith Watson. Claire is a single mother that has vowed to be independent and has sworn off men. Since Claire’s marriage fell apart she has a hard time trusting men and is afraid of having her heart broken again. Keith Watson is a workaholic and does not take time to have a personal life other than taking care of his mother. When Claire’s daughter writes a letter to Keith’s boss for help in finding her neighbor’s son their lives are soon to be intertwined. Keith’s boss David wants Keith to take on the project in hopes of showing Keith that there is more to life than work. Claire’s neighbor Maureen agrees to the project when she sees the attraction between Claire and Keith. Little did Maureen and David count on was the feelings they themselves have for each other. Maureen never dreamed that she would find love at her age and David did not believe he could have a second chance at love. Will these four people find love this spring?

This was a sweet romance that will keep you pulled in until the end. There are also a couple of twists to the story that will keep you turning the pages. This story shows us that we are all capable and deserving of love no matter our pasts and that when we seek God He will show us the one meant for us. This book will tug at your heart and make you smile at the end. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Pelican Bride

“The Pelican Bride” by Beth White takes us to the Gulf Coast in 1704. Genevieve Gaillian and her sister must leave France and head to the Louisiana colony. Genevieve and her sister promised to marry one of the men in the new colony as an escape from the King and his strict religious laws. The first person Genevieve meets in the new colony is Tristan Lanier. Tristan is a Canadian cartographer who came down to the Gulf Coast with Bienville to map the new land. After losing his first wife in a horrific way he has vowed to never marry again. But after meeting the beautiful Genevieve he can’t get her out of his mind. Many of the men in the colony chase Genevieve but she is waiting for true love and she believes she has found that in Tristan. Once the two marry it seems that their secret pasts may drive them apart. Will they be able to survive in this harsh land?

In this book we see how different people react to tragedies in their lives. Genevieve drew closer to God and trusted Him to see her through while Tristan distanced himself from God. We also see how two people’s secrets can damage a relationship but that if they put their faith in God He will show them the truth. This is the first book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles and it will draw you in from the beginning as it paints a very detailed picture of what life was like during that time. This is a book full of romance, history, and intrigue that will keep you turning the pages. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mark of Distinction

“Mark of Distinction” by Jessica Dotta takes us back to Victorian London to the intriguing story of Julia Elliston. In “Born of Persuasion” Julia was left in the care of a guardian and was to be sent as a servant to Scotland. She had longed to marry her childhood sweetheart, Edward, but was denied. She thought she found sanctuary in Mr. Macy but shortly after the wedding found out he was not who he seemed. Now she is living with her father in hopes that he will protect her from those who are after her. She’s uncovered many secrets but she is still left in the dark about many things. She learns that her father is a very wealthy man and that she will inherit all of his wealth even if she is his illegitimate daughter. Her father plans to thrust her into London society and marry her off since her first marriage was not legal. The man he has picked for her, Lord Dalry, vows to help her every step of the way. Along the way he falls in love with Julia but her heart still belongs to Edward. Can Lord Dalry win Julia’s heart?

This book will keep you turning the pages and make you wonder what will happen next. This book is filled with intrigue and vividly describes the Victorian times in London. This book continues Julia’s spiritual awakening as well. In the first book we learn that the man she thought was her father was an atheist. Edward pushed her to discover the truth about God and in this book we see how she finally accepts God and turns to Him to see her through. I highly recommend reading “Born of Persuasion” first to get Julia’s entire story. “Mark of Distinction” will leave you hanging for the conclusion of the Price of Privilege trilogy. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Love Comes Calling

“Love Comes Calling” by Siri Mitchell takes us to 1924 Boston. Ellis Eton is from a very wealthy and influential family on Beacon Hill. She attends Radcliffe College but she dreams of Hollywood. She always seems to be getting into trouble and sometimes bringing others with her. When a friend asks Ellis a favor she finds herself once again promising not to let someone down. Everyone knows Ellis is not the most reliable and steady person. Ellis pretends to be someone else and goes to work as a telephone operator. She must abide by the rules for two weeks and not get her friend fired. On the first day she overhears a plot to cause harm to her childhood friend turned love interest, Griffin. She sets out to uncover the bad guys but the problem is that the bad guys know who she is and that she knows. Another problem she faces is that she knows Griffin wants a serious relationship with her but she does not think she would be good enough for him. Will Ellis figure out what her heart really desires before it’s too late?

This is another wonderful book by Siri Mitchell. It will pull you into the roaring twenties and paint a picture of what life was like during prohibition. She gives very detailed descriptions of the speakeasies that popped up during that time along with corruption going on in Boston. This book will make you chuckle at some of the situations Ellis finds herself in and you will feel for her as she always feels like a letdown to her family. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Critical Condition

In “Critical Condition” by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. we meet Dr. Shannon Frasier. The book opens to a dinner party at her house with friends. Everything seems to be going fine until they hear gunshots. When a stranger dies on her front lawn it brings back old memories Shannon wished to keep locked inside. Ten years prior she lost her boyfriend to a drive by shooting. The most recent murder also brings new problems to her life especially when her sister shows up and seems to have a connection to the man who was murdered. The police seem to focus on Shannon and her sister as there two primary suspects when other details unravel. Shannon also has to deal with the feelings she has for her current boyfriend. He is ready for a commitment but she is too scared to offer that. The two draw closer and Shannon starts to have a relationship with God again but will it be too late?

This was an amazing book that you will not be able to put down. It is a fast paced thriller that will keep you pulled in and turning the pages and wondering what will happen next. In this book we see how we all must turn everything over to God and realize that we are not God. He is the one in power but if we turn to Him and trust in Him He will give us the strength to do what we did not think we could do and to move forward in our lives. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from BookLook.

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Sensible Arrangement

“A Sensible Arrangement” by Tracie Peterson takes us to 1893 Denver, Colorado. When Marty Olson lost her first husband she never wanted to find love again. She answers an ad for a marriage of convenience and leaves Texas to head to Colorado. Jake Wythe had his heart broken by his first wife and does not want to marry again but the board of directors of the bank he manages is pressuring him to find a wife. He thinks Marty will be the perfect companion. But the two have secrets that could damage their relationship. Jake wants to head back to Texas and buy a ranch; Marty never wants to see Texas again and wants to sell her ranch. Marty does everything she can to fit in with Denver society so that Jake will not want to leave. Jake does everything he can to convince Marty that Texas is where their future lies. They also have to face a collapsing economy and a mystery surrounding the bank. In the midst of all of this the two start to fall in love but they are both scared of rejection from the other so they keep their feelings a secret. Will all these secrets destroy their sensible arrangement?

This is another amazing book by Tracie Peterson that sweeps you away. The characters in this book face many challenges and feelings that we do in today’s world. Marty was so overcome by grief from losing her first husband that she turned away from God. She thinks that God is not a very loving God to take away those that love and worship Him. Marty and Jake both fear falling in love and facing rejection from someone they care deeply about. We can all put ourselves in their shoes and learn something from this book and remember to turn towards God in our times of need. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tide and Tempest

“Tide and Tempest” by Elizabeth Ludwig takes us to New York to a world of intrigue and murder. Tillie McGrath left Ireland with her fiancé two years earlier. On the voyage to America her fiancé died. She moved into a boardinghouse in New York to start a life of her own. Her world gets thrown upside down when Captain Keondric Morgan reappears. He has always thought about the beautiful woman he left at the boardinghouse but when he finds out that her fiancé was murdered on his boat he knows that Tillie’s life may very well be in danger as well. He sets out with the help of his brother to uncover the evil plot to find out why someone would want Tillie dead. As the two spend time together their feelings deepen but both are scared to admit it to the other. Keondric thinks that Tillie has fallen for his brother and Tillie thinks that Keondric feelings are just friendly concern. Will the two be able to solve this mystery and live happily ever after?

This is a story that tests the faith of Tillie and Keondric. Tillie feels that she is unworthy of forgiveness from God so she has never been able to fully forgive herself for her past sins. We see how once she is able to forgive herself God leads her to the great love she has been hoping for. This is the third book in the Edge of Freedom series and it is a very well written book that will sweep you into this devious plot. I highly recommend reading “No Safe Harbor” and “Dark Road Home” to get the complete story from the beginning. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Summer of Joy

In “Summer of Joy” by Ann H. Gabhart we are once again taken to Hollyhill, Kentucky. The year is 1964 and Jocie Brooke’s summer was an exciting time and her life kept on changing as the year kept on going. Her father, David, is a divorced preacher and editor of the town newspaper. Over the summer he fell in love with Leigh who happens to be much younger than he is. The summer of 1964 also brought Jocie’s sister Tabitha home. She left with their mother years earlier and wasn’t heard from too much since that time. This book opens up at Christmas of 1964 and Jocie’s father is trying to work up his nerve to propose to Leigh. He thinks he is too old for her and that she may regret marrying him. He especially doubts himself when another man shows interest in her. Tabitha is now raising her son who happens to be bi-racial. It seems there is always gossip going on regarding the Brooke family but the town still loves them and accepts them with all of their faults. It seems to be mostly smooth sailing as the year turns to 1965 and the family is planning a June wedding. However, Jocie’s mother is about to make a reappearance back into their lives. And then there is the trouble of someone stalking Leigh and trying to come between her and David. This man will go to extremes to get Leigh and once again Jocie’s life is in danger. Will the Brooke family find their happily ever after?

This is an amazing conclusion to the Hollyhill series. This book is wonderfully written and keeps you turning the pages wondering what will happen next. This series touches on several deep topics that in 1964 nobody wanted to talk about and it will make you wonder how you would have reacted in those situations. In this book we see how unconditional love and acceptance from God and our families help us when we don’t know which way to turn. I highly recommend reading “Scent of Lilacs” and “Orchard of Hope” first so that you get the full story of the Brooke family and the town of Hollyhill. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell through NetGalley.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Caught in the Middle

In “Caught in the Middle” by Regina Jennings we are taken to 1883 Texas. Nicholas Lovelace works for a railroad man and is on a business trip when he runs into Anne Tillerton. Anne is a buffalo hunter and is trying to hide from her past. When she saves Nick’s life their two lives start to intertwine. Anne becomes guardian to a young child, Sammy, and goes to Nick for help. After securing a place to live and a job with Nick, Anne slowly begins to fit it with the town life but she is still wary of men, especially Nick. The two form a friendship and after a time Nick realizes he wants more. Anne is confused by Nick and by other people she has befriended as she hears them talk about God. She wants nothing to do with God because she feels and He wants nothing to do with her. When she faces losing Sammy she is caught between doing the right thing or taking the easy choice and fleeing. She soon learns she can’t flee from God. Nick is also faced with hard choices as pressure of being county commissioner builds. Will he and Annie both listen to their hearts and do the right thing?

This was a well written book that will make you empathize with the characters and make you wonder about what you would do if you were in Anne and Nick’s shoes. In this book we see how two people face their challenges and the difference in someone who trusts that God guide him and someone who makes her own choices. While this book can be read as a standalone I recommend reading “Sixty Acres and a Bride” and “Love in the Balance” as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley.

A Heart's Rebellion

In “A Heart’s Rebellion” by Ruth Axtell we are whisked away to 1815 London. Jessamine Barry along with her best friend Megan is in London for her first season and she has not been impressed by the aristocrats. She escaped to London in hopes of recovering from a broken heart. When she meets Lancelot Marfleet she finds him intriguing but does not consider him as a suitor. Lancelot however is immediately taken with the lovely and standoffish Jessamine. Lancelot and Jessamine have a lot in common he being a vicar and she being a vicar’s daughter. The more he tries to get to know her the more she pulls away. She is not ready to trust her heart again. Jessamine decides to do more to fit in with London society and finds herself drawn to a dashing and somewhat disreputable young man. When an unfortunate even happens Jessamine leaves London for the safety of her home. Lancelot still feels that she is the woman God intends for him and prays for guidance. Will the two find their way back to one another?

This is a sweet love story that will sweep you away to London during the Regency period. There is a certain romance about that time and Ruth Axtell gives a very good picture and makes you feel like you are there with Jessamine and Lancelot. In this book we see how faithful Lancelot is to God and that he trusts Him even when things are bleak. We also see how Jessamine reacts to having her heart broken and veers off the path God has chosen for her because she is scared to love again, but we also see that she comes back to Him in her time of need. This is a great story of hope, trust, and love. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Broken Kind of Beautiful

In “A Broken Kind of Beautiful” by Katie Ganshert we meet Ivy Clark. Ivy is a model with an uncertain future. She has reached the age where the industry no longer wants her. She gets a chance at an editorial but there is a catch. She must go to Greenbrier, South Carolina to model wedding dresses for her stepmother, Marilyn. Ivy was the result of an affair and has never felt wanted by her mother or her father. Marilyn was devastated by her husband’s affair especially because she was barren, but God let her know that she would be Ivy’s true mother even when Ivy pushed her away. Ivy has gone through life thinking that the only reason people want her is because she is beautiful but she knows she is broken on the inside. When Davis Knight walks back into Ivy’s life her world gets turned upside down. He’s the one man who resists her charms and challenges her to find her true self. Davis has issues of his own as well and Ivy pushes him just as much as he pushes her. Will the two of them finally accept God’s forgiveness and open themselves up to true love?

This is an amazing novel that will keep you turning the pages. This is a heartbreaking story that reminds us that no matter what we have done all we have to do is ask for God’s forgiveness and we will be redeemed. We must always remember that when it seems that the world is against us His love for us is unconditional. Have a tissue handy when you read this one! I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Click here to read the first chapter.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Queen's Handmaid

“The Queen’s Handmaid” by Tracy L. Higley takes us back to 39 BC in Alexandria, Egypt and then to Judea. Lydia is a servant in Cleopatra’s palace and takes care of the royal child. The arrival of the Galilean governor Herod is eagerly anticipated by Cleopatra but things are about to take a turn for the worse. During Herod’s visit Lydia is visited by her mentor and the news he has for her will soon change her future. He gives her a set of sealed scrolls and tells her she must take them to Jerusalem. Lydia sees her chance to fulfill this task and to get away from the cruel Cleopatra when Herod leaves Egypt. Lydia is to serve as the handmaid to Herod’s wife Mariamme and she is thrown into a royal house of turmoil and deception but soon befriends Mariamme. She also makes other friends within the household most importantly is Simon. Lydia keeps her promise to her mentor and every year during the Day of Atonement she goes to the Temple to hand the scrolls over to the appointed one, but he never shows. When things become too heated for Lydia to stay in Jerusalem she turns to Simon to help her with the scrolls and discovers just who he really is.

This is a very well written book that will take you back in time when the people of Jerusalem where suffering under Herod’s control. This book is full of history and will keep you turning the pages. This is an amazing retelling of Herod’s cruel reign and the hopes of the prophets as they anxiously await the arrival of the Messiah. I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of Biblical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.

Visible Threat

“Visible Threat” by Janice Cantore takes us to Long Beach, California. Brinna Caruso is an officer in Long Beach and her mission is to save all the abducted children she can. In the first book in this series, “Critical Pursuit”, we learned that Brinna was abducted when she was six years old. After that experience she knew she wanted to be able to help other children. When Brinna gets a call from homicide detective and her former partner Jack, she gets pulled into a very tangled case. They discover a body of a young woman in the river. Several days later they find another woman in the river but this time she is alive. As Jack and Brinna dig deeper into the case they discover there is a human trafficking ring in Long Beach. While the two work the case they also find themselves attracted to each other. Brinna helped Jack to pull out of his grief after his wife died but she is leery about having a deeper personal relationship with him. Brinna also has to deal with her doubtful beliefs about God. She makes progress in this book to have a relationship with God but she still wonders why He allows bad things to happen to good people and her fragile trust is about to be put to the test.

This is a very well written book that will draw you in immediately. In this book we see that Brinna has made progress towards believing and trusting in God but we still see she has bitterness and doubt. We all go through time that test our faith but we need to remember that will times are the toughest God is there with us and we only need to call on Him. I highly recommend reading “Critical Pursuit” first so that you can appreciate the relationship between Brinna and Jack and the relationships they both have with God. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

In the Shadow of Jezebel

“In the Shadow of Jezebel” by Mesu Andrews takes us to Israel in 843 BC. Princess Jehosheba is the daughter of Jehoram, King of Judah and has been raised as the daughter of Queen Athaliah who is the daughter of Jezebel. Jehosheba has been trained to be a priestess in the temple of Baal but when a letter from the dead prophet Elijah brings bad news to King Jehoram her future is changed forever. Jehosheba is forced to marry Yahweh’s high priest so that Athaliah and Jezebel can one day rule the nation and turn everyone away from Yahweh and to the temple of Baal. Jehosheba does not trust anyone and fears her new husband, Jehoiada. Jehoiada trusts that Yahweh will help him to show Jehosheba that he is a loving husband and that Yahweh is the one true God. With time and compassion Jehosheba becomes a follower of Yahweh and learns what true love really is.

This is not a story I remembered from the Bible and I loved the fact that the author included the Bible verses at the beginning of each chapter. This story shows us that when we do not keep God’s commandments He will punish us. He punished King Jehoram and all of Jezebel’s family because of their worship of false gods. We must always remember that even though God is a loving and forgiving God He is also a jealous God. This was an amazing book and Mesu Andrews brings the Old Testament to life and paints a picture of what life was like during that time. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn

In “The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn” by Lori Benton we are taken to 1787 North Carolina. Tamsen’s stepfather is a harsh man who arranges a marriage for her to wealthy Virginia planter, Ambrose Kincaid. When Tamsen sees the bad side of Ambrose she is determined to not be in a marriage like her mother’s. She runs into frontiersman Jesse Bird and he helps her escape her stepfather after her mother’s death. The two head west to the State of Franklin to hide and Jesse is convinced that Tamsen is the woman God has planned to be his wife. He vows to protect her and take care of her and he hopes that one day she will return his love. Tamsen struggles with life in the mountains but she knows that she can never return to her stepfather or Ambrose and she trusts that God will see her through. As time goes by her feelings for Jesse deepen but before she can tell him she is kidnapped. Jesse must rely on God to help him find Tamsen before it is too late.

This is a wonderfully written book that will draw you in and keep you guessing until the end. There is so much going on in this book but it all intertwines perfectly. This book also has a lot of history about the State of North Carolina and the Lost State of Franklin. In this book we see how Tamsen and Jesse keep their faith and trust God to protect them and see them through. We also see how love and trust can bring two people together in the darkest of times. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Click here to read Chapter 1.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Where Courage Calls

“Where Courage Calls” by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan takes us to the rugged Canadian frontier. Beth Thatcher has been raised in an easy life and has not known the harsh realities of those less fortunate. Beth feels that God wants her to take a teaching position in the frontier town of Coal Valley. She has been inspired by her aunt Elizabeth who set out to teach in the frontier many years before. However, Beth is not prepared for what awaits her in Coal Valley. A mining incident killed many of the men and left widows struggling to raise their children. Beth takes the children under her wing and begins to teach. Beth makes friends while she is in Coal Valley and soon begins to really care about the people. When Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Jarrick Thornton walks into her life she feels an attraction she has never felt with anyone else. Jarrick is drawn to Beth but holds back especially with her lifelong friend and fellow officer Edward makes an appearance. Will Beth be able to make a difference in the people of Coal Valley? And who will she choose, Jarrick or Edward?

This is a very well written book that details the life of on the Canadian frontier during the 1920’s. The details of the landscape, the people and there day to day lives makes you feel like you are there with them. This is a book about family, faith, trust, and love. In this book we see how Beth is faced with many decisions and hardships but she always relies on God to see her through. I highly recommend reading Janette Oke’s Canadian West series as well as this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Rachel

In “Rachel” by Jill Eileen Smith we are taken to Harran 1879 BC. Rachel and Leah are sisters and they do not get along very well. They both want to get married and leave their father’s house. When Jacob comes to their home he immediately wants Rachel for his wife. Her father makes him work for him for seven years before he will allow Rachel to wed. When the time is up and everything looks like it will work out for Rachel and Jacob a switch happens and Leah is the one Jacob marries. Rachel and Jacob are both devastated and he will do anything to have her even working seven more years for her father. The animosity between the sisters grows when Jacob makes it known that he does not have feelings for Leah and that Rachel is his one true love. Things only get worse as Leah has son after son and it looks like Rachel may be barren. Will they all be able to put their anger and jealousy aside for the man they love?

This book brings to life the struggles Rachel, Leah, and Jacob had for many years. This is a very well written book that will make you feel like you are there with the women as they try to get along. You will understand the anger and jealousy that Rachel and Leah had towards one another and you will see that with time and compassion they are able to accept the situation they were thrown into. This is a very moving book that shows us that God is always with us in our struggles and that things will always happen in His time and not ours. I highly recommend reading “Sarai” and “Rebekah” as well to have the full story of Jacob’s family. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Quilted Heart Omnibus

“The Quilted Heart Omnibus” by Mona Hodgson is three novellas in one book that are set in St. Charles, Missouri in 1865. In “Dandelions on the Wind” we meet Maren Jenson. Maren came to America in hopes to be a mail order bride. However, her intended left her and joined the war. She moved in with Mrs. Brantenberg to help her with the farm. The war is now over and Mrs. Brantenberg’s widowed son-in-law, Rutherford, has returned. Will Maren and Rutherford be able to let go of their painful pasts and have a future together?

In “Bending Toward the Sun” Emilie Heinrich is a loving and dedicated daughter who helps run her father’s store and takes care of him. Her father wants a better life for Emilie and convinces her to get a higher education. When Emilie reunites with her childhood friend Quaid she finds herself falling for him, but her father forbids Quaid to see Emilie. Will Emilie listen to her father or follow her heart for a future with Quaid?

In “Ripples Along the Shore” Caroline Milburn has returned to St. Charles and finds many of her friends preparing to head west on a wagon train. Caroline lost her husband in the war and begins to think maybe a better future awaits her in the west as well. When the leader of the wagon train, Garrett Cowlishaw, tells her she cannot go with them Caroline thinks her hopes for a brighter future are gone. Will she turn to God to see her through?

These were three very well written novellas that will make you feel like you are in St. Charles with all of the women of the quilting circle. There are many more characters that you will enjoy as well. In this book we see how different tragedies affected the women and how they overcame them with God’s help. I recommend also reading the first book in the Hearts Seeking Home series “Prairie Song” as the story of these women continues as they head west to a new home. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review. Click here to read chapter 1.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Avenged

In “Avenged” by Janice Cantore we are once again taken to Las Playas, California. Carly Edwards is a street cop for Las Playas PD and when she and her partner find three gangbangers shot execution style the whole department fears there will be another gang war. Carly’s husband, Nick, is a sergeant and is head of the gang unit. Carly fears for her husband’s safety but knows that he is ultimately in God’s hands. As the two dig deeper they realize that someone is purposefully trying to start a war between the two gangs in Las Playas but things are not adding up. When a reporter starts making false accusations about Carly they soon discover that someone is out to get her and will do anything to bring her down.

This is the third book in the Pacific Coast Justice series and it is another page turner. This book is full of mystery and intrigue. In this book we see how Carly and Nick have to rely on God and trust that He will see them through no matter what the future may bring. We see how even strong Christians sometimes have difficulty putting our troubles in God’s hands and keeping our faith when things are really bad, but like Carly and Nick we must always turn to God during those hard times. I highly recommend reading “Accused” and “Abducted” first in order to appreciate the relationship Carly and Nick have with each other and with God. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Princess Ever After

In “Princess Ever After” by Rachel Hauck we meet small town girl Regina Beswick. Regina left her job as a CPA to follow her dream of restoring antique cars. She loves her life in Tallahassee but her world is soon to be turned upside down. Tanner Burkhardt is the Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg and he has been sent to America to tell Regina that she is a real princess. Regina learns that her great-grandmother was the heir of Hessenberg but her uncle surrendered the country in 1914. The entail to Brighton is coming to a close after a hundred years but Hessenberg will not be its own country again unless Regina takes the Oath of the Throne and rules the country. Regina is overwhelmed by the decision and she relies on Tanner every step of the way. As the two spend time together love starts to blossom. Regina must turn to God to see her through and trust in Him to show her what she is meant to do for the future of Hessenberg and her future with Tanner.

This is another well written book by Rachel Hauck that will draw you into a lovely fairytale and make you wonder what you would do if you were in Regina’s place. This book shows us that God is in everything and we only have to trust in Him and He will show us the right path. This is the second book in the Royal Wedding Series and it can be read as a standalone but I recommend also reading “Once Upon a Prince” as the two main characters from that book make an appearance in “Princess Ever After”. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Dancing Master

“The Dancing Master” by Julie Klassen takes us to 1816 Devonshire, England. Alec Valcourt is a dancing master in London and has carried on the family legacy of teaching the young ladies and gents the art of the dance. When a scandal destroys his family he moves with his mother and sister to Beaworthy, Devonshire. He hopes to open a new dancing and fencing academy there but soon finds out that dancing has been banned in Beaworthy by the village matriarch. Alec befriends the matriarch’s daughter Julia but is wary of her intentions, for he knows the games the young, privileged daughters of England can play. Julia has grown up in Beaworthy and has always wondered about the reason her mother has forbidden dancing. She learns that her uncle was killed in a duel by the former dancing master, a duel that was fought over her aunt’s honor. The more Julia digs into the past the more secrets she uncovers and one secret could change her life forever. As Alec and Julia set out to bring dancing back to the village and to find out the mysteries and secrets that happened twenty years before the deeper the attraction grows between them. Will they find love in the process?

“The Dancing Master” is another wonderfully written book by Julie Klassen. She paints a picture of what life was like in Regency England and you will feel like you are really there. In this book we see how hatred can tear people apart and how forgiveness does heal all wounds. We also see how incomplete our lives can be when we do not have God in our lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves stories set in Regency England. I also recommend reading Ms. Klassen’s other books as well. You will not be disappointed. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

With Autumn's Return

In “With Autumn’s Return” by Amanda Cabot we are once again taken to 1880’s Wyoming. Elizabeth Harding is the third Harding sister and she has moved to Wyoming to open her medical practice. She has big dreams and plans and is sure that she will have many patients. When she has a run-in with her neighbor, Jason, she learns that he disapproves of her profession. And unfortunately for her many of the people feel the same way and do not want to see a woman doctor. Jason also has troubles with his law practice when he and the town find out that he defended a guilty man whom they all thought was innocent. As the two spend more time together, Jason soon changes his mind about Elizabeth and the two become friends. What neither Jason nor Elizabeth counted on was for that friendship to develop into something more. When one of the wealthiest men in Cheyenne is murdered the two must work together in order to see the guilty person caught.

This is the third book in the Westward Winds trilogy and it is another well written story that will transport you to 1887 Cheyenne. In this book we see how God is in control of our lives when we put our trust in Him and that He knows best even when we have our own plans. This book can be read as a standalone but I highly recommend reading “Summer of Promise” and “Waiting for Spring” for Abigail and Charlotte’s stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Sinners' Garden

In “The Sinners’ Garden” by William Sirls we meet teenager Andy Kemp, his mother Judi, his Uncle Rip, and his mother’s best friend Heather. When Andy was a small child a horrible accident left him with a scar on his face. His mother has never been able to forgive herself for not protecting him from the danger. Andy has been led to believe that his mother is the reason for his scar. The two have a very tumultuous relationship because of it. Rip dedicated his life to the Lord after several years in prison and he does everything he can to help Andy believe there is a God and that God loves him. Rip also has a hard time forgiving himself for the past even though he knows it is behind him and he is a new man. Heather is a small town cop and is investigating a series of break-ins in the area, but instead of stealing the person is leaving generous gifts behind. After her run-in with the “Summer Santa” she starts to question her faith and what she really wants in life. These four people really start to question God when a huge and mysterious flower garden appears out of nowhere. They all feel God’s presence there and begin to wonder what God is trying to tell them.

This was a very thought provoking novel. It will make you wonder about the miracles God still performs but that we don’t hear about. This novel is ultimately about forgiveness and shows us how horrible our daily lives can be if we let anger towards others rule our lives. We must always let God have control of our lives and trust that He does ultimately know what is best for us even when we think otherwise. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from www.booksneeze.com.