Review: Plot Twist by Bethany Turner

This is a difficult review to write. One the one hand, the story kept me riveted to the pages as I wanted to find out what happened each year on February 4. One the other hand, I felt myself feeling more and more depressed as I read each chapter. This book just emotionally did me in. My heart hurt for one main character and I felt intense frustration for the other main character. I knew it would probably end well, as all romantic comedies should, yet I couldn’t get past the heartache and lost time together.

This book did have plenty of lighthearted moments and fun references, which helped cement which year events were occurring in. It was also fun to have a tie in with Hollywood through Olivia’s audacious roommate. In the end, I was happy with how things finally worked out, yet I still had that sense of overall sadness for what seemed to me wasted years.

I have enjoyed two other books by this author and thought that they were both so very good, so I do plan to read more of this author’s work. Some books and readers are just not the right match, and I think that is what happened with Plot Twist. This clean fiction story, while very similar in feeling to the movie, When Harry Met Sally, ended up not being a good fit for me.

(2 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

An aspiring screenwriter has a chance encounter with an actor who could be the man of her dreams. Over the next ten years, she’ll write the story . . . but will he end up being the star?

February 4, 2003, promises to be a typical day for Olivia Ross—a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. But after she and a handsome actor have a magical meet-cute in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they’ve found the success they’re just sure they’re going to achieve, they’ll return to the coffeehouse to partner up and make a film together. The only problem? Olivia neglected to get the stranger’s name. But she doesn’t forget his face—or the date.

For the next ten years, every February 4 is marked with coincidences and ironies for Olivia. As men come and go and return to her life, she continues to write, but still wonders about the guy from the coffee shop—the nameless actor she’s almost certain has turned out to be Hamish MacDougal, now a famous A-lister and Hollywood leading man.

But a lot can happen in ten years, and while waiting for the curtain to rise on her fate, the true story of Olivia’s life is being written—and if she’s not careful, she’ll completely miss the real-life romantic comedy playing out right before her eyes.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bethany Turner

Bethany Turner has been writing since the second grade, when she won her first writing award for explaining why, if she could have lunch with any person throughout history, she would choose John Stamos. She stands by this decision. Bethany now writes pop culture-infused rom-coms for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight. She lives in Southwest Colorado with her husband, whom she met in the nineties in a chat room called Disco Inferno. As sketchy as it sounds, it worked out pretty well in this case, and they are now the proud parents of two teenagers. Connect with Bethany at seebethanywrite.com or across social media @seebethanywrite, where she clings to the eternal dream that John Stamos will someday send her a friend request. Text her any time at (970) 387-7811.

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Review: Faith in the Mountain Valley by Misty M. Beller

If you have read the previous books in the Call of the Rockies series, you will recognize that this book is French’s story. French’s real name is Jean-Jacques and we, the reader, discover that he has been searching for his childhood love for eleven years. When he finds her, he is just as honorable and true to her as he has always been. But there is a lot he doesn’t know about Colette’s recent life.

The author did a good job of putting Colette into a situation that forced her to hide who she truly was. She had so many secrets that she was keeping and I really liked seeing her eventually open up to Jean-Jacques, who was a truly good man.

This story can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel if you have not read the other books in the series.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This epic journey is the only way to leave her secrets behind.

After eleven years spent looking for the girl who stole his heart, Jean-Jacques Baptiste—better known as French to his friends—is tempted to give up. Until the day he spotted the flaxen-haired stranger traveling the wooded path with Blackfoot Indians. He never imagined he’d find his childhood friend masquerading as a man in this Rocky Mountain wilderness, hundreds of miles from the Canadian town where he last saw her. No matter her reasons, he can’t let her go this time.

Colette Mignon’s life has become a cacophony of lies, including the fact that her Blackfoot Indian companions believe she’s a man. She’s willing to live the taxing life of a trapper in these desolate mountains as long as it keeps her secrets hidden. When her childhood friend and first love discovers her, his determination to help might put everything at risk.

As the worst of her past threatens to catch up with her, the hope for Colette’s new life shatters. But no matter what, she must protect the one good thing that came from all her mistakes. Though French is determined to stay at her side, she can’t let him become entangled in the perilous consequences of her actions. If only it wasn’t so painful to push him away. The danger pressing in may leave her only one choice—leave everything behind…again.

From a USA Today bestselling author comes another epic journey through breathless landscapes and adventure so intense, lives will never be the same. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family–both immediate and extended–is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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Review: Finding His Family by Christina Miller

Finding His Family combines the secret baby and second chance tropes. Rosemary and Abe were secretly married four years earlier. These two had major communication issues back then and even throughout this story, they did not communicate very well until the end of the book. Truths finally began to come out and conversations eventually happened between the two of them and with their family members. It made all of the difference.

I was appalled at the power and anger that Rosemary’s father wielded over her and even over many members of the community in the past. It was clear that he intimidated Rosemary especially as a teen. It bothered me that Rosemary was fairly blind to the part she had played in the break up of the marriage. It took her a long time to realize that her unwillingness to stand up to her father was what set everything in motion.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Now that he’s found them,

he can’t let them go.

The last person Abe Armstrong thought would walk through the door of his gym is Rosemary Williams, the woman he once secretly married. Even more surprising is the little girl at her side—his daughter. It’s been four years since Abe and Rosemary broke each other’s hearts…and he hopes this time will be different. But first Abe must prove he’s father and husband material.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Christina Miller has always lived in the past. Her passion for history began with her grandmother’s stories of 1920s rural southern Indiana. When Christina began to write fiction, she believed God was calling her to write what she knew: history.

Bethany College of Missions graduate, pastor’s wife, and worship leader, she lives on the family’s farm with her husband of twenty-eight years and Sugar, their talking dog.

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Review: Love’s Treasure – A Christian Romance Collection: Limited Edition

MY REVIEW

This collection is truly wonderful! It is packed with stories, both novels and novellas. I am reviewing nine books from this set and look forward to reading the others, as well.

A Thousand Words by Mandi Blake
This was such an enjoyable story of opposites who end up being just right for each other. I loved that Sissy had had a crush on her older brother’s friend for years and finally had a shot at a romance with him. This book tackles some deep issues that Sissy’s brother, Dakota, is going through, too.

Heart’s Home by Valerie M. Bodden
I loved the way Liam and Lydia met. What a way to be thrown together. Then, what a wonderful reason for Lydia to end up in Heart’s Bend! Lydia may have been a famous singer, but she had a lot of hurt in her life, and so did Liam. I felt that these two characters were so good for each other, making it possible for their hearts to heal. It was fun to see them grow to care for each other. I enjoyed this story so much!

Ruby Radiance by Valerie Comer
This was a fun story. Trinity sure had been through a lot, from her eyesight degenerating, to they rude way her father treated her for most of the book, to the fact that her fiancé abandoned her when things got tough. But she had a good attitude and it was nice to see her get a chance with Dale. He needed a second chance, too, and he was given a beautiful one with his romance with Trinity, who also was one of the people who helped draw him toward a relationship with God.

Someday Soon by Melissa Tagg
Someday Soon was a wonderful story with two very likable characters. Page and Noah had great chemistry and it was so fun to watch their romance grow from fake to real. They both had some things to work through from their pasts in order to move into a healthy future where neither of them carried burdensome guilt. This was such a fun story!

Love’s Violet Sunrise by Naomi Rawlings
This is a novella that I had read before. Hiram and Mabel were such a great couple with amazing chemistry. They have quite the battle to overcome in this novella, which made for a very interesting story. I couldn’t help but love these two characters!

The Lifeguard, The Runaway Bride, & Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado
I loved this romance! Even though it is the third and final in the series, I hadn’t read the first two and had no trouble enjoying this one. It is kind of a combo of second chance and the friends to lovers tropes. The main characters really didn’t date as teens, yet they both cared for each other and seeing them actually get a chance at a happily ever after was fun. Lots of interesting things to find out in this novel and I enjoyed reading as bits and pieces were revealed as the relationship grew.

Love’s Sacrifice by Evangeline Kelly
What an emotional novella! After a rough start, Dean and Avery ended up falling for each other very quickly. I loved seeing the way they related to each other on their date and then the excitement of a spur of the moment elopement. However, things did fall apart and it was very sweet to see how things ended up eventually working out. I would have loved to have seen an epilogue to this story!

More Than This by Marion Ueckermann
This novel touched my heart! I couldn’t help but swoon a bit as this husband and wife worked to grow closer together after years of accidentally growing apart. They never stopped loving each other, but found themselves needing to start over in regards to showing each other how much they cared. I really enjoyed this sweet story.

Love Renewed by Lorana Hoopes
This was a wonderful second chance at love story! I loved the way Dillon and Kaitlyn reconnected and how their hearts seemed to know that they had never stopped caring for each other. It was fun that it was set at Christmas time. I liked seeing the way Dillon related to both Kaitlyn and Jack. I loved these two main characters!

(5 stars)

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

At the time of this blog posting, this collection is currently available to purchase on Kindle for 99 cents! Please double check the pricing before purchasing as it won’t be this price for long.

Love may be the greatest gift—but only God’s love can transform these couples’ lives…

Fourteen of your favorite Christian romance authors offer an inspiring collection of contemporary and historical stories celebrating the greatest treasure of all—love.

From new starts to second chances, broken dreams to renewed hope, treasure hunts to runaway brides, this collection of stories will touch your heart and stir your spirit, reminding you of God’s power to transform hearts and lives.

Don’t miss this limited-edition collection of heartwarming stories from USA Today and bestselling Christian romance authors.

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Review: The Captain’s Quest by Lorri Dudley

This was a captivating novel! I loved the various settings for the story and watching both Pricilla’s growth as a character, as well as Tobias’s. They both had things to overcome and once they began working together, it was a joy to see a friendship and eventually love begin to grow between them.

The author really kept me invested in what would happen with Tobias and Pricilla, as she added multiple twists and turns in this story, along with some beautiful and intriguing situations. I truly enjoyed this novel from start to finish and even wished there was an epilogue so I could have some more time with these characters. I wasn’t ready to let them go!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Innocent mistakes can have dire consequences.

Pricilla Middleton only attended the Lemoore house party to keep her friend out of trouble. Now, her only chance to keep from becoming a gossip column headline is to sneak aboard her brother’s ship and pretend she’d been visiting him instead of taking part in the debacle. Before she can speak to her brother, the ship sets sail, and the man in charge is not at all who she expects.

Captain Tobias Prescott, son of an infamous war hero, has been assigned on a critical mission to deploy warships in St. Kitts for battle in New Orleans. Unfortunately, his orders require him to assume command of a friend’s ship, and he must weigh anchor the instant the former captain is escorted down the gangplank. When they reach open waters, the last thing he expects is to find a woman hiding in the captain’s cabin, yet his mission is too urgent to return her to England.

The Middleton name has always brought Tobias trouble, and Pricilla is no exception. As the waters clear and the temperature warms, the danger escalates too. Yet Tobias discovers the intuitive and strong woman who struggles to hide her anxiety is nothing like her disloyal brother. He may lose the opportunity to help his country, but perhaps he can still save the woman who’s rescued his heart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household.

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Review: Born a Billionaire by Krista Noorman

Born a Billionaire was a great ending to the A Billionaire for Every Season series! But don’t worry if you haven’t read the other books. This one can be enjoyed even as a stand alone novel. I loved getting this peek into Adelia’s life. She has been a side character in the other stories, but seeing the highs and lows of what she deals with as a movie star was a lot of fun.

I liked the subtle suspense built into the story, with the potential stalker setting up the need for Adelia’s introduction to Officer Oliver Wood. I loved the way the chemistry built between these two, yet I wondered how things were possibly going to work out for them.

It was great to catch up with the other characters from the previous books and especially fun to see how things were progressing in each of their lives. The epilogue was just perfect!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

She didn’t want a bodyguard. Now he’s all she wants.

In the wake of scandalous tabloid headlines about her movie star mother, Adelia Allen needs a hasty escape from California, and who better to help her hide out from the paparazzi than her second family, the Schultzes. But when she becomes the target of a blackmailer, it’s time to call for backup.

Officer Oliver Wood has never worked as a bodyguard before, but when the head of the famous Schultz family requests his help for their high-profile guest, he can’t say no. Especially when the woman he’s protecting is none other than Hollywood’s favorite daughter.

Forced together amidst all the drama, Adelia and Oliver’s attraction grows, as does the list of differences between them. Can a normal guy and a celebrity find love? Or are the obstacles keeping them apart too great to overcome?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Krista Noorman

Most of Krista’s life has been spent scribbling away in journals, while documenting her every day life, but it wasn’t until she took part in National Novel Writing Month that she found her true calling and turned her pen to fiction.

Krista studied music education at Cornerstone University. After college, she turned to her love of photography and spent nearly a decade running her own wedding photography business, which was the inspiration for her novel, Goodbye, Magnolia. She is constantly inspired by books and movies, enjoys beautiful Instagram feeds, and loves a great cup of coffee. Krista makes her home in a small town in western Michigan with her husband and their two children.

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Review: Anchor My Heart by Sara Beth Williams

MY REVIEW

Anchor My Heart was a story that tugged on my emotions. The overwhelming grief that Matt was dealing with triggered anxiety issues that made living a normal life impossible. He struggled so much and was resistant to letting anyone know the extent of his problems. I really felt for him.

I also felt for Tara. She was such a sweet and caring friend and it was clear that she was falling for Matt, even while he hadn’t been able to move on from the loss of his girlfriend. Tara was truly beautiful on the inside and out and tried to look toward what would be best for Matt, even when it hurt her.

All of the characters in this novel felt like real people, dealing with real issues. All of them were very blessed to have such a close and supportive friend circle. They tried to help Matt and Tara in various ways. It took awhile for things to straighten out for these two, but it was definitely worth it in the end.

(4.5 stars)

I read this book through Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the aftermath of tragic loss, worship leader Matt Lawson is grappling debilitating anxiety. The blessings he’d taken for granted—a dream job, a woman he couldn’t wait to spend the rest of his life with, and his God-given musical talent—have crumbled at his feet, leaving him reeling in despair, unable to face the wreckage of the life he’d envisioned for himself.
 
Tara Pierce is ready to put past hurts behind her as she prepares to graduate college and take a leap of faith in her career. When Matt’s grief causes him to isolate himself from everyone he knows, she refuses to stand idly by and do nothing. She has traversed similar terrain before. No one deserves to travel that road alone.
 
Unexpected attraction flares as Tara reaches into the sea of Matt’s grief and helps ground him in reality. But Matt’s not ready to give himself away again. Can Tara risk her heart and their friendship d let God step in to heal where she can’t?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Beth Williams is a wife, mother of two daughters, and temporary caretaker of a lovable old lady pit and a spunky Pomeranian-Shih Tzu mix. She lives in Northern California. When she’s not held hostage by the keyboard, she enjoys music, teaching, reading and spending time with her family. She is all about connecting with readers! Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Bookbub and MeWe

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Review: Pint of No Return by Dana Mentink

What a fun mystery this was! The community of Upper Sprocket was all at once enjoyable and questionable at the same time. Trinidad connected with a few people who could be good friends with her, such as Quinn, Doug, and Juliette. It was also a quaint and cute town. However, it soon became clear that there was a murderer loose and Trinidad’s new friend, Juliette, was immediately accused and arrested.

The author did a great job of keeping me guessing about who was behind the murder and mayhem. There were just so many people who could have had means and motive! This mystery kept my attention and I felt like I got to know the community very well through this story. I’m looking forward to reading more books in this series.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The first in new dessert cozy mystery series! A murder in town is bound to shake things up…

After her divorce from her thrice-married embezzler husband, Trinidad Jones is finally ready for a fresh start. So when she’s left one of ex’s businesses in Upper Sprocket, Oregon, she decides to pack up her dog, cash in her settlement, and open her dream business: the Shimmy and Shake Shop, introducing the world to her monster milkshakes. And even with a couple sticky situations underway, namely that the other two ex-wives also call Sprocket home, Trinidad’s life seems to be churning along smoothly.

That is, until she discovers her neighbor, the Popcorn King, head down in his giant popcorn kettle. When one of Trinidad’s fellow ex-wives is accused of the murder and Upper Sprocket descends into mayhem, it’s going to take a supersized scoop of courage to flush out the killer.

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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: Power Play by Rachel Dylan

Power Play is an exciting conclusion to the Capital Intrigue series. And these books truly are packed with intrigue! Power Play can easily be enjoyed as a stand alone novel, too, in case you haven’t read the other books in the series.

The way the team was divided up to try and work on different aspects of the case felt very realistic to me. There were two ambassadors dead and so many possibilities of who was behind the acts.

I liked the way the relationship grew and changed throughout the story between Jacob and Viv. I enjoyed watching the way they worked together. There was also a fun potential relationship that looked to be developing between two side characters, as well. This book definitely kept me guessing!

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When State Department attorney Vivian Steele witnesses two ambassadors collapse as if poisoned at a diplomatic dinner in Washington, DC, she is recruited to be a member of a joint FBI task force assigned to investigate. But she soon finds her by-the-book ways clashing with a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, Jacob Cruz. A former Navy SEAL and in charge of the event’s security, Jacob takes the attack personally and is driven to act quickly, even ahead of the rules and regulations.

As Viv starts to work her diplomatic sources, her past as a State Department lawyer comes back to haunt her, and secrets held tightly by the government thrust her into a web of danger. Afraid, Viv turns to the one man bent on protecting others. But can she accept Jacob’s reckless ways as exactly what she needs to stay alive and to discover the truth behind the attacks?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

rachel dylan

Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. Rachel writes the Atlanta Justice Series which features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the Atlanta Justice series, is a CBA bestseller, an FHL Reader’s Choice Award winner, a Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a Holt Medallion Finalist. Lone Witness is the winner of a Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and is a Selah Finalist. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats.

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Cover Reveal – In Search of a Prince by Toni Shiloh

ABOUT THE BOOK

Brielle Adebayo is fully content teaching at a New York City public school and taking annual summer vacations with her mother to Martha’s Vineyard. But everything changes when her mom drops the mother of all bombshells—Brielle is a princess in the kingdom of Oloro Ilé, Africa, and she must immediately assume her royal position, since the health of her grandfather, King Tiwa Jimoh Adebayo, is failing.

Distraught by her mother’s betrayal, Brielle is further left spinning when the Oloro Ilé Royal Council brings up an old edict that states she must marry before assuming the throne or the crown will be passed to another. Uncertain who to choose from the council’s list of bachelors, she struggles with the decision along with the weight of her new role in a new country. With her world totally shaken, she must take a chance on love and brave the perils a wrong decision may bring.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novels, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist, Risking Love a 2020 Selah Award finalist, and The Truth About Fame a 2021 Holt Medallion finalist.

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to encourage authors in the writing industry. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at http://tonishiloh.com.

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