Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Tari Faris

What a great story! There are two couples in this book who make their way through the difficulties that stand in their paths toward happily-ever-after and their journeys are worth the read.

The primary characters, Jon and Leah, have a complicated history of miscommunications all through high school. It was eye opening to read as they recounted events that occurred and Jon had clearly meant one thing and Leah interpreted it as another. Leah had huge trust issues. Honestly some of the biggest trust issues that I have ever read about in a book. But her journey with Jon was compelling and my heart ached for him at various times in the novel.

The secondary story, Madison and Colby, was so sweet. I loved the heart that Colby had for Madison and her unborn child. The working friendship that developed between them soon began to move toward attraction and love, but Madison carried a lot of hurt from her past. Colby was just the man for her, but they had some hurdles to overcome first.

Since You’ve Been Gone is book three in the Restoring Heritage series. I think this book can be enjoyed if you haven’t read the other stories, but you will appreciate the appearances by many other characters from earlier books and the setting even more if you have read the earlier stories. I have read the full length novels from this series but have not yet read the novellas connected to it.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a success. But blank slates are hard to come by, and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah’s past difficult, he also seems determined to complicate her present as well.

Jon is trying to prove to the Heritage Fruits board that he, not his manipulative uncle, should be running the business. The board insists Jon find a new owner for the building that will house Leah’s business. To avoid forcing a buyout of Leah’s part of the building, Jon strikes a compromise with Leah, and the two go into business together. With her vision and his know-how, it might work. And Leah might realize he’s loved her since high school. If only he didn’t keep on shooting himself in the foot by boxing her out of important decisions.

Sparks fly in this romantic story of two people who must learn to trust both each other and the one who called them to this journey.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I have been writing fiction for more than twelve years. It has been an exciting journey for this math-loving-dyslexic girl. I had read less than a handful of novels by the time I graduated from college and I thought I would end up in the field of science or math. But God had other plans and I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything. As someone told me once, God’s plans may not be easy, and they may not always make sense but they are never boring.

Represented by Wendy Lawton at Books & Such Literary Management, I am a member of ACFW and My Book Therapy. I am a 2017 Genesis winner, 2016 Genesis finalist and double semi-finalist, 2014 Genesis finalist, 2012 Genesis semi-finalist, and a 2012 Frasier bronze medalist.

​In addition to my writing, I also work for My Book Therapy as a special project project manager and blog coordinator for LearnHowToWriteAnNovel.com and you can find me blogging over there on occasion.

​When I am not writing or working, I spend time with my amazing husband. We have been married for fifteen wonderful years and have three sweet children. In my free time, I love coffee, rock hounding with my husband and kids, and distracting myself from housework.

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Review: Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough

by Josi S. Kilpack, Anneka R. Walker, & Sarah L. McConkie

This was a sweet and fun collection of clean Regency novellas! I had not read any of the authors in this collection before and am happy to have found all three of them. Each novella contained a story where it seemed unlikely that the hero and heroine would be able to work things out and actually end up together for a variety of reasons. I appreciated that all of the stories contained scenes at Christmas, including a kissing bough, yet they were all very different plots.

I could feel the pain of loss and the uncertainty of new love that Deborah battled in Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough. Julia and Esmond were so perfect for each other in Healing Hearts for the Holidays, yet the anger and hurt that Julia’s father carried was hard to overcome. And in A Christmas Correspondence, Lady Caroline was not at all a likable character for much of book, however, her awakening and journey to being a better person and finding love ended up being a very sweet tale.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

A CHRISTMAS ROMANCE COLLECTION

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happily ever after! This special holiday historical romance anthology featuring three heartwarming novellas proves that no matter the obstacles, ’tis the season for love.

Meet Me under the Kissing Bough
by Josi S. Kilpack
Deborah Winfrey hasn’t had the heart to host a holiday party since her husband’s death. But this Christmas, it’s time to move forward. The festivities bring renewed life to her home, and the attentions of two very different men promise a chance at new love.

Healing Hearts for the Holidays
by Anneka R. Walker
Julia Hunt is strictly forbidden from associating with the family in the nearby manor—including the handsome younger son, Esmond, who quickly steals her heart. With Christmas around the corner, an old bundle of hidden love letters may be the key to her own happily ever after.

A Christmas Correspondence
by Sarah L. McConkie
In this novella inspired by the timeless tale A Christmas Carol, John Charleston finds himself on an unexpected journey in the company of the insufferable Lady Caroline Morleigh. But the magic of the season has a way of softening even the hardest of hearts.

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Review & Giveaway: Hangin’ by a Moment by Andrea Christenson

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Hangin’ by a Moment by Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Hangin’ by a Moment

Series: Deep Haven Collection #5

Author: Andrea Christenson presented by Susan May Warren

Publisher: Sunrise Publishing

Release Date: September 14, 2021

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

He just wants to erase his past. She can’t seem to escape hers. But facing it might put their future in jeopardy.

The day Jack Stewart walked out of jail, he vowed to keep his conviction a secret. The whole thing was just a terrible mistake, and he did his time. Now he wants a new life in a sleepy town where no one knows his name. Deep Haven is the perfect place to start over as a chef. The last thing the former pararescue jumper wants is to get involved. But when Boone Buckam—the guy he owes for getting him out of the slammer—asks for help, how can he refuse?

Colleen Decker has already escaped evil once—as a teenager, she was kidnapped by a murderer. But she’s put all that behind her as a trauma nurse in Minneapolis. Or maybe not, because a freak mistake in the ER sends her past crashing down on her. She needs a timeout in her hometown of Deep Haven. She doesn’t plan to stay—even when she’s roped into the job of flight nurse for the town’s Crisis Response Team chopper. Colleen’s not sure why she’s drawn to danger, but she’ll be safe enough—after all, she’ll need training, and her teacher is a handsome former pararescue jumper. What could go wrong?

When Jack said he didn’t want to get involved, he especially meant his heart—but being with Colleen feels like a fresh start. He’ll even climb aboard a chopper again, despite his vows.  They’re headed for a happy ending…

But secrets never stay buried in a small town. And when disaster strikes one snowy night, they’ll both have to decide if the past will destroy them…or if it just might lead them home.

Cozy up to this perfect Deep Haven drama about discovering a season of second chances.

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MY REVIEW

Wow! This author captured the essence of Deep Haven in Hangin’ by a Moment! I was captivated from page one and taken on a powerful emotional journey with these characters.

I liked that from the very first moment Jack entered the story, the reader knew that he had served time in prison. It was clear that he was a good man and that there was a story behind why he was there. I was anxious to know what that story was. When it was eventually revealed, what had happened made a lot of sense to me.

This story had the great Deep Haven vibes that come from wonderful interactions with the community of Deep Haven, along with a beautifully developed love story. My heart soared with Colleen and Jack as they fell in love amid the turbulent situations they found themselves in. And it plummeted at one point and I felt the pain in my own heart as hurtful words were said in anger. Wow! This story is definitely one of may favorites of this new Deep Haven Collection.

(5 stars)

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Susan May Warren is the USA Today best-selling novelist of 80 books. With more than 1.5 million books in print, she is beloved by reviewers and readers around the world. Visit Susan at www.susanmaywarren.com.

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Andrea Christenson lives in a Minneapolis, MN suburb with her husband and two daughters. When she is not busy homeschooling her girls, she loves to read anything she can get her hands on. She believes that a great loaf of artistic bread can turn a meal into a masterpiece. Andrea’s prayer is to write stories revealing God’s love.

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Merging the creative energies of best-selling authors Susan May Warren and Lindsay Harrel, Sunrise Publishing is the matchmaker for established authors who want to build on their current success for future growth and aspiring authors looking to break out, build an audience, and hone their writing skills.

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Review: Beyond the Tides by Liz Johnson

I really enjoyed this enemies to more story. It was surprising to me, at first, that Meg was so determined to fight for the family business when she never had any desire to run it previously. I knew that she didn’t want Oliver to have it, however, the trouble required to take over the business herself seemed like way more than she would truly be willing to do. Yet, she was determined and I loved seeing the interactions between Oliver and Meg move from frustration to friendship to more.

Meg had a lot to deal with emotionally throughout the entire novel. Surprisingly, Oliver was the one who helped her learn to walk through the grief she was experiencing with her mother’s illness. He also helped her realize how to make the most of her time with her mom.

Oliver was a wonderfully written hero. He had a messy and painful childhood and he carried guilt regarding some other events in the past. But his heart really was one of the biggest around. The care and understanding he showed toward Meg was beautiful. They made a great couple! I am looking to read more of this series in the future.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Meg Whitaker’s father decides to sell the family’s lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Though she’s never had any interest in running the small fleet–or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness–she can’t stand to see Oliver Ross take over. Not when he ruined her dreams for a science scholarship and an Ivy League education ten years ago.

Oliver isn’t proud of what he did back then. Angry and broken by his father walking out on his family, he lashed out at Meg–an innocent bystander. But owning a respected fishing fleet on Prince Edward Island is the opportunity of a lifetime, and he’s not about to walk away just because Meg wants him to.

Meg’s father has the perfect solution: Oliver and Meg must work the business together, and at the end of the season, he’ll decide who gets it. Along the way, they may discover that their stories are more similar than they thought . . . and their dreams aren’t what they expected.

Bestselling author Liz Johnson invites you back to Prince Edward Island for a brand-new series about family, forgiveness, and the kind of love that heals all wounds.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short stories. She’s a Christy Award finalist for The Red Door Inn and a three-time ACFW Carol Award finalist.

Liz is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she earned a degree in public relations.

Now a resident of Phoenix, she enjoys theater, live music, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

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Review & Giveaway: Aspen Crossroads by Janine Rosche

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Aspen Crossroads

Series: A Whisper Canyon Romance #1

Author: Janine Rosche

Publisher: Berkley Books

Release Date: August 24, 2021

Genre: Western Romance

To protect those most vulnerable, Haven Haviland must trust her heart–and her regrets–to a mysterious newcomer in this moving contemporary romance.

Few in the community of Whisper Canyon have actually met Jace Daring, a handsome recluse who lives at Aspen Crossroads, the farm at the edge of town. But that doesn’t stop the rumors about the multiple women who live with him. He must protect the truth–that his farm-to-table restaurant will provide new livelihoods for women rescued from human trafficking–or he risks the safety and futures of those relying on him. But he can’t do it alone.

Haven Haviland has always been everyone’s safe place to fall until one mistake closes her counseling practice and leaves her open to the town’s gossip. Trusting men has gotten her in trouble before. However, accepting Jace’s job offer to mentor the rescued women seems like the perfect way to right her wrongs.

When the mayor’s campaign to clean up Whisper Canyon targets Aspen Crossroads, the restaurant comes under fire, dangers from the women’s pasts are awakened, and Haven’s sins are exposed for all to see. Jace would sacrifice himself to save Haven and the women under his care, but his efforts might not be enough. And in the end, it might not be the women most in need of saving after all.

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MY REVIEW

What a stunning story! This novel was, at times, equal parts uplifting and heartbreaking, yet hope was woven through each chapter. Jace and Haven were scarred individuals working to help other scarred individuals, hoping to offer them a second chance at life.

The town was controlled by a very twisted man and for a while, it seemed to me that there would be no way to pull that control away from his grasp. It made me feel helpless as I read of the various threats and ways he worked to sully Haven’s name and also tried put a stop to the restaurant’s opening.

Jace and Haven’s developing connection and the romance that grew between them was the perfect amount of chemistry and angst. They had some things they needed to work through and there were some trying moments, for sure, but it was clear that they belonged together.

This novel dealt with the upsetting reality of the human trafficking market, with some of the characters having been forced into that world as children. The author handled the descriptions of the lives that these characters suffered through with grace, however, I was pleased that the author included a warning at the beginning of the story as a heads up for the reader.

(4.5 stars)

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Janine Rosche

Prone to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her Madison River Romance and Whisper Canyon series. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students, takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades. Learn more online at janinerosche.com, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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(1) winner will receive a Society 6 Mountain Morning Tote, Live By Faith Journal, & “Stay Home or Go Roam” Hoodie from the soon-to-be-released Love Wander Read apparel collection!

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Review & Giveaway: Dogwood Winter by Candace West

Dogwood Winter

About the Book

Book:  Dogwood Winter

Author: Candace West

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: August 24, 2021

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A Lukewarm Correspondence. A Tattered Reputation. Two Hearts at Odds.

He is walking away while she is fighting to walk.

After a springtime swim, Ella Steen is stricken with a dire illness, leaving her without the use of her legs. Meanwhile, Dr. George Curtis, the man she secretly loves, faces ruin. For over a year, the crusty New York City bachelor and vivacious spinster have exchanged dozens of letters and formed a wary friendship.

Neither are willing to open their hearts completely. Until they face each other. The past looms between them, however. Does George still love another or is his heart completely free?

A trip to Valley Creek holds the answers. Instead, when George and Ella arrive, they encounter obstacles that force other truths to the surface. Is George brave enough to confront what he fled in New York? Can Ella confess why she hates dogwood winters? Will their hearts survive?

If only their pasts would keep out of the present.

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My Review

This was such a moving story! It is book three in the Valley Creek Redemption series, something that I didn’t realize as I began reading the story. However, this book can definitely be enjoyed without have read the first two books in the series. I just had to acquaint myself with some characters to make sure that I understood how they were all connected and related to each other. The author did a good job of giving enough information about the events of the two previous stories without weighing down Dogwood Winter.

What trials these characters had to endure! Yet, the author always pointed to God throughout the story. Even as one of the main characters doubted and was angry with God, I, as the reader, could see how God was moving in his life.

The romance between George and Ella was just wonderful. They had their moments of angst and hurt, yet I really liked the way they talked things through and worked things out with each other. I really admired the determination that both Ella and George showed in doing her exercises, even as George made sure that Ella knew he cared for her whether her legs worked or not. I truly felt immersed in the time period and location of this story.

(5 stars)

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

About the Author

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Candace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. At twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” In 2018, she published her debut novel Lane Steen, book one of the Valley Creek Redemption Series. By weaving entertaining, hope-filled stories, Candace shares the Gospel and encourages her readers. She currently lives in Arkansas with her husband and their son along with two dogs and three bossy cats.

More from Candace

Biscuits and gravy has been a staple for generations in my family. It’s perfect for any occasion or breakfast, dinner, and supper. Yes, in our neck of the woods, dinner is lunch, and supper is—well, supper.

And then, we have biscuits and gravy with a twist. We’ll shove the traditional aside for a bowl of chocolate gravy. That’s right, chocolate.

Now, don’t get grossed out. Some people believe chocolate gravy is this weird, mysterious concoction made with meat grease. It’s the gravy part that boggles their mind, but it’s actually straightforward and easy—not true gravy at all. Trust me, if you like chocolate, you’ll want to try this. When you butter a biscuit and drizzle the chocolate over it, you’ll get a little taste of heaven on earth.

And you’ll get a little taste of the Appalachians and Ozarks.

My grandparents, both raised deep in the Arkansas Ozarks, were raised on “chocolate an’ biscuits” and passed the recipe down to us. Throughout the mountains and in pockets throughout the country, you’ll find this lesser-known treat on kitchen tables and family gatherings.

Every recipe is a little different. Every family has their own special way of making it. My family likes their chocolate gravy a little thinner while my husband’s family wants theirs to be the consistency of pudding.

In Dogwood Winter, my characters would’ve eaten chocolate an’ biscuits. Their corner of the Ozarks is famous for it. I can see Ella and George, along with the Steen family, gathering around a table, saying the blessing, and passing the fare to each other. The only skeptical one in the bunch would be George, a New Yorker who wasn’t raised on it. One bite would make him a believer.

Have you ever eaten biscuits and chocolate gravy? If not, would you try it?

This is our family recipe.

Chocolate Gravy

1 ½ cups sugar

1 tbs Hershey Cocoa powder

2 ½ tbs flour

Mix dry ingredients in a saucepan

Add 1 ½ to 2 cups of milk (depends on the thickness you want)

Bring to a boil and cook until thickened (3 or 4 minutes) Note: Bring to a slow boil and continually stir. Remove from heat then add 2 tbs butter and 1 tsp of Vanilla extract. Pour over buttered biscuits and enjoy!

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deb’s Book Review, August 26

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Connect in Fiction, August 27

Inklings and notions, August 28

For Him and My Family, August 29

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 30

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Connie’s History Classroom, August 31

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 1

Texas Book-aholic, September 2

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 3

Daysong Reflections, September 4

Britt Reads Fiction, September 4

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 5

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, September 6

Life, Love, Writing, September 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, September 8

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To celebrate her tour, Candace is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

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Review: A Warrior’s Heart by Misty M. Beller

A Warrior’s Heart was a unique and intriguing tale. It was so interesting to see how this community lived, set apart and hidden for so long. I appreciated the way Brielle and Evan got to know each other as he was held prisoner. Their interactions made a lot of sense. Both of these characters were upstanding people. Brielle was extremely protective of her village and was also a caregiver to her family and friends, working to provide them with food and comfort when they were going through difficult situations.

We learn about Evan’s background and his mission throughout the story. The fact that keeping his mission secret from Brielle and the village weighed on his heart spoke volumes about the kind of man he was. Evan’s faith grew from this trial and he realized that he had to hand everything over to God in one part of the story and rely on prayer and trust in God alone and that he had not been doing that before.

Evan and Brielle made a wonderful romantic pair by the end of the book and I am hopeful that we will see more of them in the future.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Brielle Durand is a key defender and hunter for her people’s peace-loving French settlement in the Canadian mountains. When a foreigner wanders too near to their secret homes, she has no choice but to disarm and capture him. She won’t allow another massacre like the one that killed her mother a dozen years before. But now, what to do with this man who looks at her in a strange way?

Evan MacManus was on assignment to find among the caves the mineral pitchblende that might help America win the War of 1812. Despite being taken prisoner, Evan is determined to complete his mission. But when that assignment becomes at odds with his growing appreciation of the villagers and Brielle, does he follow through on the promise he’s made to his government or take a risk on the path his heart tells him is right? Either choice will spell death for someone.

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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 & Giveaway: The Texas SEAL’s Surprise by Cari Lynn Webb

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The Texas SEAL’s Surprise
(Three Springs, Texas #1)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 216 Pages
August 24, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

New town…

New set of problems

Suddenly single—and pregnant—Abby James hopes Three Springs, Texas, will give her the fresh start she craves. But five minutes in and she’s already clashed with a former Navy SEAL on horseback. Wes Tanner might be devastatingly handsome, but Abby has no time for romance. Especially with a man intent on leaving town. Abby wants to plant some roots…and falling for the tempting Texan could upend all her plans!

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Trusting the Rancher with Christmas
(Three Springs, Texas #2)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
October 26, 2021 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A visit for the holidays

Brings love for a lifetime

Cattle rancher Evan Bishop is desperate for Paige Palmer’s help. The veterinarian is in Three Springs for the holidays, but the single dad hopes she has time to save his ailing livestock. Paige is up for the challenge, though not quite up to resisting the cowboy’s rugged charm and his darling devotion to his little girl. Can Paige learn to trust the rancher before the countdown to Christmas ends?

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My Review

This is a sweet story that introduces a new small town and cast of characters for a new series. Wes and Abby are fun characters to read about. They both carry baggage. Wes has trust and abandonment issues related to his upbringing and also a recent event that impacted him emotionally and financially. Abby also has some trust issues from having given her heart to the wrong man. Now she finds herself expecting a baby and all alone. She also has concerns that she may not be able to provide for her child even though she is determined to do all she can.

Wes and Abby have good chemistry together and it is obvious that they are developing feelings for each other. Yet it is hard for them to let go of their insecurities and move on to a better future together.

I enjoyed meeting the characters who lived in this town and I look forward to future books in this series featuring these people. It looks like there is the potential for some really fun happily-ever-after stories in this series.

(4 stars)

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

About the Author

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

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Review: What a Heart’s Desire is Made of by Debra Clopton

What a sweet and heart stirring addition to the Star Gazer Inn of Corpus Christi Bay series! This is book four of the five book series and I would definitely suggest reading the stories in order. While each individual love story between the main couple in each book can stand alone, there are some over arching themes and love stories that build within the series.

The love that begins to build between Tucker and Maggie is especially heartwarming as they have both experienced the pain of losing their loves. Maggie is a widow and Tucker lost his fiancee’ tragically years earlier. They have both experienced love and loss and have to make the decision to let new love grow.

Zane and Lisa’s story progresses to a new level in this story, as well, however, this brings problems of its own. They have a lot of pain to work through and I look forward to reading more about their story in the next book.

It was uplifting to see how life is progressing for the other sons and their significant others. Lots of exciting things going on in their lives. And Alice and Seth make such happy newlyweds! These characters make me wish that this was a real family that I could get to know.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Life is beginning a new on Star Gazer Island and you are invited to attend as Alice McIntyre is about to take that step as her family and friends attend her wedding to Seth.

Meanwhile, Alice’s son Tucker has poured himself into the ranch after losing the love of his life several years ago. He’s watched his mother start over after losing his dad, and he’s watched his brothers find love and happiness. But can he? And then she walks in and sets his world spinning.

Lisa has found satisfaction being the chef at Star Gazer Inn and is so happy for her friend Alice’s newfound love. After her own horrible divorce, she was determined not to ever even date again, but she is having a hard time denying her attraction to her assistant chef, Zane.

Once again, relax on the Texas coast and enjoy your stay as Alice, her sons, and her friends continue to find love on the South Texas coast with its sparkling topaz water.

You’ll want to dip your toes in and stay awhile.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debra Clopton

International Bestselling author Debra Clopton has sold over 3 million books. She writes wholesome, sweet contemporary and western romances set in Texas and on the beaches of Florida. Her series are clean and wholesome reads and she has also written many inspirational romances. Her many awards include The Book Sellers Best, Romantic Times Magazine’s Book of the Year the Readers Choice Award, and many more. She’s also a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist and a triple finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award.

A sixth-generation Texan, Debra lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband Chuck. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She has written for Harlequin and Harper Collins Christian and now with DCP Publishing LLC. Since opening DCP Publishing LLC her books are selling worldwide and are regulars on the Top 100 list and Bestseller list in USA and around the world.

She loves helping people smile with her wholesome stories.

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Review: The Gold in These Hills by Joanne Bischof

For fans of dual timeline stories, here is another one to add to your reading list. I so enjoyed that the setting was the same in the past as in the present, a house built by a wealthy man in a town that had become a ghost town. In the present, the main character was restoring and living in that same house.

I was very moved by the reality that the main characters, Juniper from the past and Johnny from the future, were living lives that were filled with a sense of both helplessness for their situations and grief for what they had lost. Yet, as the story progressed, the author did a good job of helping them to realize that they needed to lean on God. And all the while, both characters just kept moving forward and doing the best that they could do as they pushed through circumstances that were out of their control and definitely not what they envisioned their lives would look like.

I really enjoyed watching the historical details unfold, both while reading the firsthand story of the past and then seeing the contemporary characters piece together bits of the past from letters, diaries, and photographs.

The author wrapped things up nicely, and although it was a difficult and often painful journey to read about, I felt hope as I turned the last page.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Two second-chance love stories, hope across the centuries, and the legacy that binds them together.

Upon arriving at Kenworthy, California, mail-order-bride Juniper Cohen was met by the pounding of the gold mine, the rowdiness of its prospectors, and her greatest surprise of all: the love of the kind man who awaited her. But when the mine proves empty of profit, and when Juniper’s husband vanishes, doubt and discouragement are as prevalent as the pioneers fleeing this dwindling boomtown.

As winter blows in, Juniper pens a series of letters to her husband but fears she is waiting on a ghost—or worse, an outlaw. Carving out survival for her and her young daughter in a ghost town requires trusting in the kindness of a few remaining souls, including the one who can unlock the mystery of her husband’s disappearance.

A century later, trying to escape the heartache of his failed marriage, Johnny Sutherland throws himself into raising his child and restoring a hundred-year-old abandoned farmhouse in California’s San Jacinto Mountains. While exploring its secrets he uncovers the letters Juniper wrote to her Dearest John and is moved by the handwritten accounts that bear his name. Having learned that truth and courage go hand in hand, Johnny dares to love again, and armed with lessons from the past, a modern-day romance unfolds in the very same mountains that once held a love story that touched history.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


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Joanne Bischof is an ACFW Carol Award and ECPA Christy Award-winning author. She writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the heartstrings. She was honored to receive the San Diego Christian Writers Guild Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon conference. Joanne’s 2016 novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from RT Book Reviews, among other critical acclaim. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children.

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