Review: The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

the curse of misty wayfairI found The Curse of Misty Wayfair to be spooky and deliciously disturbing! That may seem like a strange thing to say, yet it describes the way I felt compelled to uncover the mysteries of both storylines with each page turn, while also having to limit my reading to the daylight hours to keep from getting completely creeped out!

Knowing that this story was Christian fiction, I was aware that there must be some explanation behind the ghostly sightings, but the author kept me guessing as to what exactly was happening in both the present and past timelines.

Both storylines were fascinating to me, with the one in the past particularly so as it dealt with post-mortem photography, superstitions that seemed to be held throughout the entire town, and the local insane asylum. In both storylines, the heroines struggled with truth versus myth, acceptance, and feeling unloved. And Thea, from the storyline set in the past, struggled with her beliefs regarding superstition versus God. This was a very interesting novel!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

the curse of misty wayfairLeft at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother–who is battling dementia–compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns–and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jaime Jo Wright

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

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Review: Trapped by Margaret Daley

trappedThe action and suspense in Trapped ramped up right from the first chapter, leaving me turning the pages to find out what happened next!

I appreciated the tension that Sadie and Brock’s former relationship brought to the novel. Once engaged, Brock broke things off with Katie after he was injured in battle. The fact that Sadie needed to depend on Brock now in order to survive and also to find her twin sister created a attraction fueled dynamic.

Trapped is a great choice for those who enjoy fast paced suspense stories, stories with characters formerly in the military, wounded hero stories, or second chance love stories. It is another good addition to the Everyday Heroes collection, but can also be read as a stand alone novel.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

trappedSecond Chances. Cornered. Murder.

Sadie Williams receives a cryptic and terrifying call from her scared sister. But when Sadie arrives at her identical twin’s home, there’s no sign of Katie, only evidence of a quick flight. The puzzling situation turns potentially deadly when intruders storm the house. With help from Brock Carrington, her ex-fiancé and an ex-Marine, Sadie narrowly escapes.

Brock is an injured veteran dealing with PTSD. He’s finally piecing his life back together when his ex-fiancée needs his help. Can Brock reignite their relationship and find her missing twin before they’re both killed?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold ninety-two books to date.

Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.

On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

You can connect with Margaret on her website, her blogTwitterGoodreads, and Facebook.

 

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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Handmade Hearts by June McCrary Jacobs

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Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for

Handmade Hearts by June McCrary Jacobs,

hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Handmade Hearts Cover.jpgTitle: Handmade Hearts
Author: June McCrary Jacobs
Publisher: JMJ Story Stitcher Books
Release Date: December 18, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance

‘Handmade Hearts’ is an historical romance short story set in New Orleans during World War II and was inspired by a true story.

Toward the end of his life, the author asked her Uncle ‘Allen’ how he met his wife. He shared about how he met ‘Irene’ at a church social in their neighborhood in New Orleans in the early 1940s. He had been seriously wounded in Guadalcanal in the South Pacific as a young Marine and was using crutches to get around as best he could.

He had many inner wounds which needed time to heal, too. He had no way of knowing when they first met that Irene had suffered her own wartime tragedy. She bravely sought to keep her grief locked away deep inside because thinking about her loss caused her even more sorrow. She needed to be strong because she was the breadwinner for her small family.

Times were tough, but these two unique individuals made it through each day with inner fortitude, determination, and the sincere hope of something greater just over the horizon.

This inspirational short story follows the growth of Allen and Irene’s relationship beginning with their chance meeting and leading forward to a lifetime spent together. ‘Handmade Hearts’ was created to honor this unique couple’s love for and devotion to each other in a relationship which spanned seven decades.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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June McCrary Jacobs was the winner of Cedar Fort Publishing’s 2013 Holiday Tale Contest for her debut novella, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’. ‘Robin’s Reward’, her first full-length novel, was set in her favorite location in California—the Mendocino coastal region. This book is the first installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’.

June’s debut middle-grade novel, ‘RES-Q Tyler Stop’, an historical novel set in Sonoma County, California, in 1968, will be released in the spring of 2019. The second installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’, ‘Penny’s Promise’, will be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and on sewing industry blogs in the past decade. When she’s not writing, reading, blogging, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, visiting art and history museums, and touring historic homes and gardens.

CONNECT WITH JUNE: Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Goodreads Blog | Amazon


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Review: The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby by Jill Lynn

the rancher's unexpected babyOnce again, I found myself devoted to the characters that this author creates! The Rancher’s Unexpected baby is book two in the Colorado Grooms series, yet is definitely able to be read as a stand alone. And if you enjoy complex characters and heart-tugging scenes, I suggest you grab a copy of this book!

Every one of the main characters touched my heart in a different way. From Gage, a man who clearly had issues from his failed first marriage, to Emma, who had a beautiful and giving spirit, and finally to Hudson, the sweet baby who needed a loving home. I fell for these characters, and hard!

This story had so many sigh worthy moments. The sweetness with which baby Hudson was written felt so realistic, as did Gage’s feelings of fear and inadequacy, which kept him stuck and scared to love again. But Emma was a breath of fresh air to both of these guys, giving of herself even when her heart was breaking at times. Yes…I loved this story! It is one I know I will re-read someday…and sigh all over again…

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

the rancher's unexpected babyFrom bachelor to daddy…overnight!

After his marriage ended, Gage Frasier vowed he’d never remarry or have children – but now he’s guardian of an orphaned baby boy. Thankfully, his friend’s sweet sister, Emma Wilder, offers to nanny while Gage seeks a more suitable family for the child. But soon Gage finds himself bonding with his new son…and with Emma. Parenthood surprised Gage, but will love sneak up on him, too?

Purchase your own copy here.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jill Lynn

Jill Lynn Buteyn is a co-author of Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts, and an author of inspirational romance for Love Inspired ® (as Jill Lynn). A recipient of the ACFW Genesis award for her fiction work, she has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.

Find Jill Online: Website, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, & Twitter

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Review: Kappy King and the Pie Kaper by Amy Lillard

kappy king pieIf you are looking for fun, laugh-out-loud stories with a bit of a cozy mystery feel, then I definitely recommend this Amish Mystery series. Kappy King and the Pie Kaper is my favorite of the three books that I have read in this series.

Kappy and her friend, Edie, are back to their crime solving ways, complete with the humorous banter that flows so effortlessly between them. I love that Edie’s brother, Jimmy, is a big part in this story. He is a fun character!

The focus in these stories is on friendship and mystery solving. Hints of a possible romantic interest between Edie and Jack are there, but are subtle and lighthearted.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching as Kappy and Edie solved this mystery as only they could!

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

kappy king pieKathryn “Kappy” King’s skill at making kapps for the Amish women of Blue Sky, Pennsylvania, is unparalleled. But she’s also dangerously good at discovering dark truths beneath this peaceful valley . . .

When an “accident” puts beloved bishop’s wife Alma Miller in a coma, many in Blue Sky are quick to blame struggling widow Frannie Lehman. Both women are the best bakers around, but for years Alma’s boysenberry pies have been more award-winning—and profitable—than Frannie’s. And with Alma out of this fall’s county festival, Frannie’s pie finally wins first prize. But when Alma dies and Frannie’s children fall victim to gossip and bullying, Kappy is determined to uncover the real truth.

Soon Kappy and her outcast friend Edie have their hands full of odd clues. What do Alma’s strange last words mean? Why would someone break into her house just to steal a quilt? Who is the mysterious new piemaker in town—and why is she still in Blue Sky after losing the festival competition? When long-buried family secrets and contested legacies start getting into the mix, Kappy and Edie must work fast before another victim gets a deadly pie in the face . . .

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy Lillard

 

Amy loves nothing more than a good book. Except for her family…and maybe homemade tacos…and nail polish. But reading and writing are definitely way up on the list.

Born and bred in Mississippi, Amy is a transplanted Southern Belle who now lives in Oklahoma with her deputy husband, their genius son, and three spoiled cats. ^..^

When she’s not creating happy endings, she has a variety of hobbies, but her favorite is whatever gets her out of housework.

Amy is an award winning author with more than thirty novels and novellas in print. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. She  loves to hear from readers.

You can find her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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Review: Lonesome Wolf by Lanna Webb

lonesome wolfLonesome Wolf was a beautiful story! I felt transported back in time. The main characters dealt with many dangers on the Texas frontier and it was captivating to see how they persevered through various troubles, while finding love along the way.

Lonesome Wolf and Clara were such a great match for each other. There was definitely a sweet attraction that grew into a beautiful love, despite the differences in their upbringings. The scenes with Lonesome Wolf and the baby were so precious, too. Lonesome Wolf struggled with allowing himself to care for Clara and her baby, because of the fear of losing more people he loved.

This book examined different types of prejudice that existed against Indians, as well as the way women were treated. I appreciated that those who were strong believers in Christ were able to see past the outside of a person and focus on the fact that we are all part of God’s creation and of great value to Him. This was a very enjoyable and interesting story.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

lonesome wolfA woman on her own in Texas struggles to overcome hardships.
A man alone on the rugged frontier works to overcome prejudices.
Through frontier hospitality, faith in God, and shared trouble, they forge an untraditional and potentially dangerous friendship – and friendship is what they strive to keep it, each locking deeper feelings inside for the sake of the other.
But it seems like God has other plans, and it isn’t long before they realize they have a decision to make: to work at banding together to face their problems or to insist on remaining apart to fight their battles alone.
This story is a heartwarming tale about how God’s laws and love supersede man’s, how man’s obstacles become God’s opportunities, and how doubts in oneself become faith in Him.

Purchase your own copy here

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Lanna Webb lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with her husband of 26 years. She is the mother of two amazing children whom she adores. When she isn’t writing, Lanna teaches English to high school students. She is a Rice University graduate and holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from LeTourneau.

Along with being a reader from way back, she is an experienced educator and an avid fan of family dinners. Stories have always floated around in her head; she began writing them down out of self-defense. One day, she looked at her computer and realized she had a novel. The words haven’t left her alone since.

Lanna uses a subtle but effective technique that resonates with readers, meshing the messages of faith beautifully with the story. Her characters are easy to get to know and hard to forget. You won’t want to leave them when you reach the end of the book!

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Review: The Rancher’s Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart

the rancher's homecomingThe Rancher’s Homecoming wrapped up this series beautifully. Chance and Katie had a lot of heartbreak to overcome before they could find their happily-ever-after. I really felt for Chance and all that he and his daughter lost when his wife died. He was stuck in more ways than one.

Katie carried many burdens. She dealt with so much more than most people knew about. In previous books, her father’s bad health was hinted at. The reader knew that Katie had unoffically taken on all of her father’s responsibilities as foreman. Yet the sad truth of the situation did not become clear until this novel.

I loved watching Katie and Chance find each other. Their attraction was complicated by the fact that Chance’s late wife was Katie’s sister. Chance loved his first wife completely. Could Katie ever measure up in her own way and become as treasured to him as Maura had been?

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

the rancher's homecomingChance Blackwell’s return—

Could cost her everything! 

Ten years after he eloped with Katie Montgomery’s sister, Chance Blackwell is back in Montana to sell his family ranch. Katie could lose her job and the only home she’s known. But the loyal cowgirl is keeping a secret that could shatter trust and jeopardize her future with the widowed musician and her toddler niece. Unless Chance’s growing affection for her and all things Blackwell can earn Katie his forgiveness—and his love.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

anna j. stewart

A geek at heart, former Golden Heart finalist, USA Today and national bestselling hybrid author Anna J Stewart writes “refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance” (RT Book Reviews). Her books include the Honor Bound series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, The Butterfly Harbor stories (for Harlequin Heartwarming), and The Nemesis Files (light romantic suspense).  Her Writer’s Box articles are regularly featured on USA Today’s HEA Blog. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family. In her spare time you can find Anna hanging out at the movie theater, traveling with her best friend, or losing herself in the crazy, sublime world of fan conventions.

You connect with Anna J. Stewart on Facebook, her website, and Goodreads.

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