Audio Book Review: Be My Reason by Brooklyn Taylor

I requested this audio book for review on NetGalley. It was listed as a Christian fiction title. It did have a light faith element woven throughout the story and had a slow moving storyline with two characters who had some trust issues.

However, there are two main reasons that I do not feel that I can recommend this story. When reading a clean book or a Christian book, I expect it to be free from bad language and cursing. The main characters let curse words slip out frequently when they were upset. This would have surprised me in a clean novel, but I expect there to be no bad language in a Christian book.

There were no graphic sex scenes in this story, however, the main characters do have a shower scene together while they were still dating. Suddenly they are getting undressed and about to shower together. This would be very surprising to find in clean fiction and not something that I care to find in a Christian fiction story.

I listened to the audio version of the story and I thought that the narrators did a fairly good job. I liked that there was both a woman and a man narrator. That was enjoyable to listen to.

Overall, I personally think this title should be listed as a general market fiction book where some language and premarital sex in a story is not surprising.

(2 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this audio book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Wyatt Galloway has a lot of things going for him in his life, but a woman is not one of them. He is focused on his career as a sheriff, setting his goals high for promotion. He has zero intention of falling in love with a woman, that is until he meets Breigh. Sweetness and beauty are not something he normally falls for, but she has him weak in the knees despite his resistance.

Having had her heart broken, Breigh‘s sworn off men and wants to concentrate on being happy. Career driven and busy, she doesn’t bother with a social life and has given up finding the fairy tale that she’d hoped for.
Until she is in the right place at the wrong time.

Wyatt and Breigh: two people wanting love but insistent on not looking for it until they meet each other.

Will either of them let it in?

Is it worth fighting for when someone tries to take it away?

Can a person you fall for truly be the REASON or just a season?

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Review: Autumn Skies by Denise Hunter

Autumn Skies was an amazing story! I have enjoyed the entire Bluebell Inn series, but Autumn Skies has sailed into the spot of favorite in the series for me.

The dynamic between Wyatt and Grace was perfect. They had this chemistry that was noticeable from the very moment they met, and it was completely believable.

I loved the way it seemed, at first, as if Wyatt and Grace were opposites and how Wyatt continually reminded himself of this fact as he got to know Grace. But all the reminding in the world couldn’t keep that attraction from growing into something more. These two characters were so sweet together and they are definitely a favorite literary couple of mine now.

It was great to catch up with Molly and Adam and Levi and Mia in this novel. The author did an excellent job of wrapping everything up beautifully, leaving me with a wonderful and happy feeling as I turned the last page. This is a book I will be reading again many times.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book, however, I also purchased my own kindle edition, as well. All opinions are my own.

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Facing the past is easier if you don’t have to face it alone.

The Bluebell Inn is turning a profit, and it’s time for the Bennett siblings to sell it and move on. Only Grace has plans to stay in the small lake town of Bluebell, North Carolina, where she hopes her growing outfitters business will save her from the loneliness of her siblings’ departure and the persistent sense of unworthiness in her life.

A gunshot wound resurrects the past for Secret Service agent Wyatt Jennings, and a mandatory leave of absence lands him in Bluebell. There he must come to grips with the tragedy that altered his life fourteen years ago.

When Wyatt books a room at the Bluebell Inn, sparks fly between him and Grace. She volunteers to be his mountain guide, and he soon opens up to her, drawn to her strength and sense of humor. But both are reticent to talk about the survivor’s guilt they each carry, and when their pasts finally collide, their budding romance might not survive the truth.

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom and A December Bride (now beloved Hallmark Original movies) comes the third and final novel in the Bluebell Inn series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 35 books, three of which have been adapted into Hallmark movies. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, playing drums, and reading as much as humanly possible. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have raised three boys and are currently enjoying an empty nest.

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Giveaway: Roping Christmas by Shanna Hatfield #RCBlitz


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Roping Christmas
(Rodeo Romance #8)
By Shanna Hatfield
Contemporary Romance, Western, Holiday, Clean and Wholesome
ebook, 335 Pages
October 22, 2020 by Wholesome Hearts Publishing

A focused cowboy, a distracted executive, and a hilarious quest make for an unforgettable holiday . . .

Wyatt Nash is a professional tie-down roper, a good ranch hand, and not too shabby when it comes to attracting women. But according to his five-year-old niece, he needs to work on both his roping skills and his dating game. His sister thinks he needs to settle down. And don’t get him started on the advice he gets from well-meaning friends. When his rodeo sponsor, billionaire Jon Sinclair, asks for his assistance in tutoring a clueless city girl about Sinclair Industries, Wyatt doesn’t feel like he can say no. Then he discovers he’ll be teaching none other than the one woman on the planet who wants nothing to do with him.

Ashley Jarrett would do almost anything to turn her small publicity firm into a huge success. When Jon Sinclair expresses interest in working with her, she readily agrees to his crazy idea to have her learn about his company through hands-on projects. Not only is she forced far outside her comfort zone, but the man documenting every bumbling misstep she takes is an infuriating cowboy she’s determined to ignore.

Packed with small-town charm and the wonder of falling in love, Roping Christmas is a sweet holiday romance sure to bring laughter and infuse hearts Christmas cheer.

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Excerpt

Chase settled his arm around her shoulders and pulled her against his side in a brotherly hug. “You know we love to have you anytime you can visit.”

“I do know that and am grateful for the standing welcome.” Ashley smiled up at her cousin while a tiny tornado swept into the kitchen.

Corkscrew curls the color of straw bounced in every direction as the little girl launched herself at Wyatt. He swung her into his arms and kissed her rosy cheek. The little one looked like a miniature replica of Sarah.

“Hi!” the child greeted with a broad smile that showed off a missing space in her front teeth.

“Hi, Livy.” Jessie smiled at the little girl. “Are you keeping your Uncle Wyatt busy while he’s here?”

“Yep! We watched a movie last night about the bear ’cessities. It was awesome! But Uncle Wyatt said he’s missing some of the ’cessities. I told him he needs a wife and babies.” Livy wiggled against Wyatt, so he set her on her feet.

She rushed over to Ashley and took her hand in hers. “Hi! I’m Livy. Wyatt’s my uncle, and that’s my mama, Sarah. My daddy is washing up, then we can eat. I’m starving to death! You’re pretty and smell nice, too.”

The little imp turned toward Wyatt. “Did you smell her, Uncle Wyatt? She smells good. Maybe she’d be your wife, and you could have babies, Uncle Wyatt.”

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About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up unforgettable characters, twisting plots, or covertly seeking dark, decadent chocolate, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

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Review: Flee the Darkness by Carol J. Post

Flee the Darkness drops the reader right into a very scary situation, as the heroine is trying to escape someone who is actively stalking her! The author accurately captured the fear and terror that Melissa was feeling in those opening pages.

I liked that this was a second chance at love story and I really liked the hero, Chris. I struggled with liking Melissa because of her quick judgments and unforgiving attitude toward Chris. However, she grew a lot emotionally throughout this novel and I did end up liking her and hoping for the best for her and Chris.

Flee the Darkness introduces the town of Harmony Grove and begins a new series. The suspense was definitely intense and built throughout the entire book.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Where do you run when there’s nowhere to hide?

Melissa Langston flees Georgia to escape a relentless stalker, but soon anonymous notes and a menacing figure lurking in the shadows shatter the fragile sense of security she has found in her small Florida hometown. The only one who takes the danger seriously is the cop who broke her heart years ago. She doesn’t want his protection. He let her down at the time when she needed him most, and she doesn’t do second chances.

When Memphis Police Officer Chris Jamison returns to Florida to deal with his father’s sudden death, the last thing he wants is to reconnect with his first love. No way is he ready to jump back into the vicious cycle of trying and failing to meet her expectations. But how can he turn his back on a woman who needs his protection, especially one who still holds such a grip on his heart?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol’s resume reads as if she doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love for writing. She currently pens fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for a RITA® award and an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award.

Carol lives in sunshiny Central Florida with her husband, who is her own real-life hero, and writes her stories under the shade of the huge oaks in her yard. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano. She enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.

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Review: Cold Case Pursuit by Dana Mentink

This book was so good! It is book seven out of eight in a continuity series, which means that each book is written by a different author, but the series has connected characters and settings throughout. Even though I had not read any other books in this series, I had no trouble diving right into this one and loving it!

The action started right away in Cold Case Pursuit and I was immediately drawn to the heroine of the novel. Penny had endured a lot, having witnessed her parents’ murders when she was four. This book found her being pursued by the same man who killed her parents and he was a scary, creepy villain.

I really liked getting to know Penny and her brother, Bradley. They had a great sibling relationship. Tyler was the romantic hero of this novel. He was such a likable main character. He was a single father who adored his daughter, yet felt like his chance at love had passed him by. I really liked watching the relationship develop between Penny and Tyler and seeing how Tyler began to notice Penny as more than just an assignment.

This was a great romantic suspense novel. I am planning on reading book eight in the series, too, because that book has Penny’s brother, Bradley, as the main character.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A cold case solved by the K-9 unit…

but the past is not so easily escaped.

Decades after her parents’ murders, Penelope McGregor’s grateful the killer’s finally been identified—until he comes after her. Now Detective Tyler Walker and his K-9 partner, Dusty, must protect Penelope and catch the culprit…while making sure his little girl stays out of the crosshairs. But can the single father outplay a killer whose endgame will leave no one safe?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dana Mentink lives in California where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Her family includes two little girls (affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo.) Papa Bear works for the fire department and he met Dana doing a dinner theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Ironically, their parts were husband and wife.

Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

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Review – Something Borrowed: Christmas Weddings Collection

by Jaycee Weaver, Toni Shiloh, Mikal Dawn, Teresa Tysinger, and Andrea Boyd

This was a really fun collection to read! I loved getting to experience the relationships and weddings of each of these five friends. Each story was connected by the “something borrowed” item, a tiara that each woman wore at their wedding.

Always Been Yours by Jaycee Weaver – Keenan and Hanady were so perfect for each other. Keenan treated Hanady so well and truly valued her. I loved it when they FINALLY found love together!

All the Moore by Toni Shiloh – This story was packed with emotion! I loved Leilah and Reggie. My heart really felt for both of them. Reggie was amazing and did such a good job of showing Leilah that he saw her for who she was and not for her disability.

A Holly, Bolly Christmas by Mikal Dawn – Mag and Ana were delightful! They were truly in love, but there seemed to be so many potential snags to getting married. My heart both ached and rejoiced at various times throughout this story and I wondered how everything would ever work out!

Somehow, This Christmas by Teresa Tysinger – This novella was a sweet and uplifting story with a definitely swoony hero. Cate had so many problems arise concerning her wedding, it was beginning to rob her joy. I liked that this novella worked to point out that a wedding is a single day, destined to have something go wrong, and that who we are marrying is the most important part.

A Promise So Sweet by Andrea Boyd – This was a fun second chance romance with a scenario not found in most books. I think these two main characters are going to have a lot of fun making up for lost time!

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Old friends, new loves, and a borrowed tiara.

Always Been Yours by Jaycee Weaver — Hanady’s planning her dream wedding, but her injured best friend Keenan isn’t the groom. If she can’t see she’s marrying the wrong guy soon, his leg won’t be the only thing broken.

All the Moore by Toni Shiloh — Leilah Anderson has been living behind the screen to hide her disability, then she meets Reggie Moore face-to-face. Can their relationship survive the truth and distance between them?

A Holly, Bolly Christmas by Mikal Dawn — A dream wedding venue at Christmas? Sign Chahna Kapoor up. Even if her fiancé doesn’t know it…

Somehow, This Christmas by Teresa Tysinger — When not-so-merry mishaps threaten wedding planner Cate Forsyth’s holiday wedding and reputation, will her own happily ever after with sweetheart Noah Bennett melt away?

A Promise So Sweet by Andrea Boyd — Lydia Osborn hasn’t heard from her ex in ten years, so imagine her surprise when he shows up proposing marriage. Tis the season for love?

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Review & Giveaway: Marry Me for Real, Cowboy by Valerie Comer

About the Book

Book:  Marry Me for Real, Cowboy

Author: Valerie Comer

Genre:  Christian Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 8, 2020

Adam Cavanagh’s rodeo championship tastes like dirt after a competitor’s critical injury, but going home to his family’s Montana ranch isn’t much of an improvement. If not even the coveted trophy earns his stepfather’s respect, what will it take?

Riley Dunning’s quick thinking is all that’s keeping her body, soul, and principles together, but demanding a kiss from a hunky cowboy to deter the weirdo following her might be taking things too far… especially when the cowboy comes up with a risky plan that might offer them both stability. If it doesn’t backfire completely.

Will a fake engagement give Adam and Riley the leg up they each need, or will the cost to their hearts be too high? Because neither believes the other will want to marry them… for real.

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My Review

This book was great! I really liked the premise of this novel and felt that there was a lot of depth to all of these characters, leaving so many stories to delve into in the future. The chemistry between the main characters was also fantastic!

Both Adam and Riley had to deal with their feelings, their doubts, and guilt over the lies that they were telling involving this fake relationship. I liked how the author didn’t shy away from Adam’s growing concern about how his renewed faith decision didn’t mesh with the lies he and Riley were telling. This book was great from start to finish!

I enjoyed this novel so much and am now planning to go back and read the Saddle Springs series while I wait for the next book in the Cavanaugh Cowboys series to release!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Valerie Comer is a USA Today bestselling author and a two-time Word Award winner. She writes engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith into her green clean romances.

Valerie’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary Christian romance. She only hopes her imaginary friends enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

More from Valerie

Oh, cowboys…

Four years after I began publishing farm romances, I added my first cowboy romance series to the lineup. “It’s not that different,” I told myself and anyone who would listen. “Ranches are almost the same as farms. A few more horses, a few less random other animals!”

Ah, but cowboys are deemed more attractive than farmers! Maybe it’s their uniform. You know, a Stetson. Plaid snap-front shirts under denim jackets. Well-worn jeans. Cowboy boots. That combo looks better on a book cover than the stereotypical farmer in a straw hat, overalls, and rubber boots!

Whether focusing on cowboys, farmers, or gardeners, all of my green clean romances feature engaging characters, strong communities, and deep faith. Are the characters perfect Christians? Nope. No more than you and I are. There’s always room to grow.

In Marry Me for Real, Cowboy, the first story in my new Cavanagh Cowboys Romance, Adam decides a fiancée is just what he needs to impress his stepfather. Not that Adam wants to get married any time soon, but surely it won’t come to that! But… how long do you think it will take for him to realize that he’s living a lie and not trusting God to handle his future? What will his path be to resolve his lack of faith as well as move forward both in romance and in his relationship with his stepdad? You may have to read Marry Me for Real, Cowboy and find out!

— Valerie Comer

Blog Stops

Lighthouse academy, October 6

Fiction Full of Faith, October 6

Texas Book-aholic, October 7

deb’s Book Review, October 7

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 8

Genesis 5020, October 8

For Him and My Family, October 9

The Book Chic Blog, October 9

Inklings and notions, October 10

Joanne Markey, October 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 11

Simple Harvest Reads, October 11 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 12

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 13

Mypreciousbits, October 13

Artistic Nobody, October 14 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Vicky Sluiter, October 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 15

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 16

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, October 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 17

Blossoms and Blessings, October 17

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 18

Britt Reads Fiction, October 18

Splashes of Joy, October 19

Book Love, October 19 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Valerie is giving away the grand prize package of a complete paperback set of all six books in the Saddle Springs Romance series!!

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

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Audio Book Review: Seeking Patience by Josie Riviera

Seeking Patience was an enjoyable and interesting story to listen to. It is the first book that I have read by this author and I really enjoyed it.

The narration was pleasant to listen to and the narrator did a good job with reading the book. I thought that the story was a clever tale, unlike any I had read before. I have not read many stories involving gypsies and it was nice to listen to a novel with a half-Romany main character.

I liked these two main characters. Their attraction to each other was rather sudden, yet perhaps it was this way because of the situation they found themselves in. They had a lot to overcome throughout the story and they struggled with how they could ever be together due to their different lifestyles, as well as past hurts and betrayals that impacted their trust in others.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this audio book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Do people prove their worth by strength, or by character? Half-Romany, half-English lord, he lives a perilous Gypsy life … until a sweet English rose saves his life, and perhaps his soul. Widowed by a cruel husband, she’s given up all hope of love. Brought together in peril, they dare to reach for a brighter future together.

Luca Boldor, Romany leader, lives a nomad’s life in Regency England with his Gypsy caravan. Believing his noble father abandoned him at birth, he refuses to acknowledge his English blood, or live a settled life.
But when a vicious attack by a rival leaves him bleeding on an English lady’s doorstep, he has no choice but to accept her help. Her gentle faith stirs his heart in a way he has long denied. Lady

Patience Blakwell, widowed countess, lives in near poverty. Her husband’s heir uses threats to keep her from demanding her rightful inheritance. With a few faithful servants, she exists quietly in the country, only her faith keeping her strong … until the day a bold, handsome Gypsy collapses in her hall.
He’s unlike any man she’s ever known, and she’ll confront any subterfuge to keep him safe. But when a secret from Lady Patience’s past emerges, Luca must face his own past, or lose her and all hope of love. Will this strong man humble himself to open his heart for his lady?

Travel back to Regency England for this sweet, inspirational romance—get your copy of Seeking Patience today! Please note: This book is a second edition. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

USA TODAY bestselling author Josie Riviera writes contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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Review: When I’m With You by Jennifer Rodewald

What a moving story! When I’m With You is book three in the Big Prairie Romance series. It can be enjoyed as a stand alone, however, I think readers will connect with these characters on a deeper level if they have also read book two in the series, When I Lost My Way.

It was hard to like Lane at the beginning of the story. He was just so full of bitterness and anger toward his brother and carried a sense of entitlement. But the author did an absolutely amazing job with his transformation in this story. Lane was a fabulous character once he learned some important truths about his brother and himself and was able to begin to let go of the anger. I loved that he began to focus on what it would mean to be a godly man.

Daisy was a great character, too, however she had a big problem with trust and also a fear of being hurt again. I understood why she felt this way, but it was hard to see her let those things control and overwhelm her. The chemistry between Lane and Daisy was great, which lead to a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

He wants what he deserves, and this time he won’t walk away without it.
Meeting Daisy Hopewell shouldn’t change a thing.

Lane Carson is sick of living like a wandering homeless man. When he receives a text message from a woman claiming to be his brother’s fiancée, nothing short of meeting her will convince him his reclusive older brother has worked up the courage to talk to a woman, let alone propose. And since he’s returning to Big Prairie, he’s determined to claim the inheritance that should have been his. As long as no one expects him to live up to his brother’s impossible standards.

Daisy Hopewell has found refuge in Big Prairie working as a hired hand at the Carson Ranch—an opportunity to prove that her worth goes much deeper than being a rich man’s daughter. Her haven is shaken, however, when the boss’s brother shows up. Lane Carson is nothing like his reserved, serious brother. And Daisy knows from experience that when you add massive flirt to good-looking, the result is heartbreak.

Meeting Daisy sidetracks Lane’s plans, especially when she turns out to be irritatingly immune to his charm. But after being caught with her in a devastating flood, Lane suddenly finds himself reevaluating his approach to everything. Daisy’s stubborn determination and unflappable kindness feed his burgeoning desire to be more than a reckless, selfish man, but the last thing Lane needs is to be deemed unworthy by yet another person in his world.

Daisy is discovering a depth to Lane she hadn’t expected, and with Daisy, Lane finds himself believing he could be a better man. But by the time he figures that out, it might be too late, because she’s determined never to play the fool again.

Can Lane and Daisy release the resentment they cling to from the disappointments of their pasts and step toward the possibility of being different—better—together?

Small town Christian stories of romance and redemption, begin the Big Prairie Romance series today!

Purchase your own copy here.

Also available in Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald is a Christian author of fiction who is passionate about the Word of God and the power of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.

Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence, and she incorporates that pursuit as a Christian writer.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.

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Review – The Kissing Tree: Four Novellas Rooted in Timeless Love

by Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Amanda Dykes, and Nicole Deese

The Kissing Tree collection of novellas is a beautiful collection of stories that take place through the years. The common theme is an enormous oak tree in the town of Oak Springs, Texas. Each author did a wonderful job of creating a story that touched my heart and had me completely invested in the outcome.

Broken Limbs, Mended Fences – Adam has returned to not only attempt to earn money using his threshing machine, but to win the heart of Bella. Adam and Bella were such fun characters! I loved watching as they worked through their various struggles and grew to care for each other.

The Kissing Tree Inn – In this fun tale, it was humorous to see what Phoebe considered romantic and to watch as Barnabas reacted to the paint and wallpaper that she had chosen. I loved hearing the funny names for the inn that would pop into Barnabas’ head, such as the Inn of Smooching Shrubbery! I liked the way these two began working together to make the inn a success, each recognizing that the other had important contributions to make.

From Roots to Sky – What a sweet story of two people who met through letters during the war. I loved the way Luke continued to stay in town, working with Hannah on her special project. The close bond that Luke and Hannah began to feel toward each other grew naturally as they spent time together and I wondered what path Luke would choose for his future.

Heartwood – I really felt for Griffin and Abby. It was clear that they loved each other, both in the past and in the present, however, there was loss and hurtful words between them. I thought that the theme of second chances was beautiful in this story.

Throughout every one of these novellas, the Kissing Tree was a central theme, woven beautifully and naturally into each tale. I really enjoyed this collection of stories!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Bestselling novelist Karen Witemeyer joins award-winning authors Regina Jennings, Amanda Dykes, and Nicole Deese for this Texas-sized romance novella collection. Each of the authors’ unique voices is on display in stories where courting couples leave a permanent mark of their love by carving their initials into the same oak’s bark.

In Regina Jennings’ Broken Limbs, Mended Fences, a small-town teacher has her credentials questioned by a traveling salesman.

Karen Witemeyer’s The Kissing Tree Inn tells the tale of an unlikely woman building a very unexpected lover’s retreat.

From Roots to Sky by Amanda Dykes follows a young WWII naval airman who heads to Texas to meet the sister of a lost compatriot.

Heartwood by Nicole Deese is a modern-day romance where the aftermath of a giant storm brings changes for the owner of a historic inn.

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