Review: Their Alaskan Past by Belle Calhoune

Their Alaskan Past was a great second chance at love story! I really felt for both Ace and Maya. The feelings they had for each other years earlier came roaring back when they started working together again to establish a dog rescue operation in their community.

Only Maya knew the reason she had broken Ace’s heart in the past. That secret stood between them for most of the story and I thought Maya grew a lot in her understanding that perhaps she hadn’t made the correct decision years earlier. She had her reasons, but she now felt very badly about how that reasoning had hurt Ace and kept even her family in the dark for years. I was happy when she finally opened up to those people who were important to her and I liked watching these two finally find their way back to each other.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

he broke his heart years agobut now she needs his help

Veterinarian Maya Roberts has complicated feelings about her ex — Iditarod racer Ace Reynolds — returning to Owl Creek, Alaska. But he’s the perfect person to help with her dog rescue. Now they’re working together, caught by their tangled past and still-unresolved feelings for each other. But a second chance with Ace isn’t just about forgiveness. It means sharing the secret that’s kept them apart…

Mills & Boon Love Inspired — Heartfelt stories that show that faith, forgiveness and hope have the power to lift spirits and change lives.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Belle Calhoune

Publisher’s Weekly Best Selling Author Belle Calhoune was born and raised in Massachusetts, one of five children. Growing up across the street from a public library fed her hunger for books, particularly romance novels and mysteries.

A member of the RWA (Romance Writers of America) Honor Roll, Belle has written over 40 books.

Her novel, An Alaskan Christmas, has been made into a television movie by Brain Power Studios, featured on UPtv in October of 2019.

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Review: Embracing His Past by Christina Miller

What an emotional journey this story was! I really enjoyed being back in the community that the author has created in Natchez. Even if you haven’t read the earlier books, you can jump into this one. It has characters from other stories, but does stand alone fine. Having said that, I liked that I had read the book before this one titled An Orphan’s Hope, since the male main character in that story turns out to be the son of the male main character in this novel.

The emotions in Embracing His Past felt so real and so honest. The characters sometimes made me sad or frustrated or elated, but all of the time it felt real. My heart hurt for Harrison at times in the book when he would put himself out there and then feel pushed aside for one reason or another.

I liked that although some characters occasionally reacted to things based on events in the past, they ended up seeking advice from a trusted friend or family member and working through what was bothering them. I loved the relationship that grew between Jase and Harrison. It made my heart very happy, as did the sweet romance that developed throughout the story between Harrison and Anise.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

He came to find his son…
but might discover love along the way.

Stunned to learn he has an adult son, widower Harrison Mitchell’s eager to track him down and build a relationship. But when he uproots his life and moves to Natchez, Mississippi, he’s hit with another surprise: his new boss, Anise Armstrong, is his son’s adoptive mother. Now he must win her trust to prove he deserves to be a father and grandfather…and possibly a husband.

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina Miller

Editor and author Christina Miller’s idea of a perfect day involves a white-sand beach, a stack of books, and a glass of sweet tea. Ten years ago, she decided to leave her job as an RN and become a writer and editor so she could read for a living—and sometimes even work on the beach.

Christina is a Bethany Global University graduate, pastor’s wife, worship leader, and author for Love Inspired, the Christian imprint of Harlequin. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her toes in the sand, you might catch her visiting an antebellum mansion, exploring a museum, or teaching at a women’s conference. Christina lives on her family farm with her husband of thirty-three years.

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Review: You Are the Reason by Mary A. Felkins

You Are the Reason is book one in the Heart of Moreland Manor series. There is also a prequel, This I Promise You, which is set in the same town. I enjoyed the prequel, yet it does not have to be read in order to enjoy this novel.

This is a story of two people, Gabe and Everley, who have both wandered from trusting in God and have begun trusting in themselves instead. They have differing reasons for having done this and different fears that keep them from completely letting go of control for most of the book. Gabe fears failure and has taken advantage of a relationship that will also ensure monetary success for his business. Everley took a chance on love years ago and lost everything. She keeps a tight rein on her life and is unwilling to take risks.

Gabe and Everley had a very back and forth relationship. They were at odds much of the time, yet also seemed drawn to each other. I felt that there were a handful of times when Gabe should have stepped back and not given into the feelings he had carried for Everley for so long, being as he was in a relationship with another woman. Yet even these actions fit with the confusion he had in his life. In the end, I was very happy with the way things worked out for these two and the emotional and faith journeys that they both worked through.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book but ended up reading it through Kindle Unlimited. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A reluctant heiress.

A driven contractor.

An abandoned house in want of a family.

CPA Everley Scott knows exactly what she wants. Status quo. But when her inheritance of Moreland, an 1846 manor house, is at risk of being razed, she agrees to fulfill her mother’s final wishes to restore the house to its former glory and hire her contractor of choice.

Historic restoration specialist, Gabe Bellevue, is in need of a big contract to buoy his reputation as New Orleans’ go-to guy. Stunned at his hefty price, Everley is cornered into involving a high-profile production company that offers funding in return for rights to film the project.

Production’s strict schedule pressures Gabe to rush the job, but his refusal could cost him the deal of a lifetime … and his last shot at satisfying unrequited love for Everley—his high school crush.

The discovery of an impassioned plea penned in the 1800’s by a former Moreland heiress might be the key to unlock Everley’s heart and enable her to embrace the historic treasure. Especially when it comes with a highly capable—and increasingly irresistible—contractor.

Will Moreland, once again, enjoy the sound of love and laughter within its walls?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m an inspirational romance author, blogger, and contributor to writer’s blogs. 

A Lone Star girl at heart, I moved with my husband Bruce in 1997 from Houston to the splendorous foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. We have four young adult children.

My purpose in writing is to reclaim God’s intention and motivation when He created the world—to enable readers to know His heart and experience his love.

I can be lured from my writer’s desk if presented with a large, unopened bag of Peanut M&Ms®, a bouquet of gardenias, or an episode of Fixer Upper. A surprise appearance by my teen idol, Donny Osmond, would also do the trick—although I’d likely pass out.

If I like your first or last name upon introduction, expect to see it show up in one of my novels.

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Spotlight & Giveaway: Shoal Waters by Normandie Fischer

Welcome to the Blog + Review Blitz for Shoal Waters by Normandie Fischer,
hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Shoal Waters

Series: Carolina Coast Stories #6

Author: Normandie Fischer

Publisher: Sleepy Creek Press

Release Date: June 14, 2022

Genre: Inspirational/Clean Women’s Fiction

Dementia, mad gunmen, and a yearning for something more make life difficult for the Beaufort folk in this series finale.

Georgie’s mind threatens to go walkabout, and she’d better get help soon if she’s to stop her daughter from taking over. Enter granddaughter, Jeminy, a songwriter from L.A., and Eric, her lawyer.

Jeminy hates herself and is pretty sure God does, too. There’s that huge unforgiveable sin, plus the boyfriend/manager who dumped her and lost her a music deal. Her mistakes. Her fault.

When Mother plots to tuck Nana Georgie neatly into a nursing home to gain access to Nana’s money, Jeminy hightails it out of L.A. and back to Beaufort. God may still hate her in North Carolina, but at least she’ll be on hand to protect her beloved grandmother.

Enter Eric, the lawyer hired to help Georgie protect herself–and possibly Jeminy, too. But Eric just rescued his orphaned stepson from Social Services, and while he’s adept at legal briefs and courtroom dramas, classrooms and angry second graders are brand new territory.

Guitar in hand, Jeminy tries to write songs to jumpstart her flagging career, but when someone threatens her life, she has to ask why. Could it have to do with the money missing from her bank accounts (and maybe her unstable ex)? If she prays for help, will God even listen to someone with her baggage?

With the help of the Beaufort crew, a new father and a terrified musician struggle to safeguard everyone they love, but it’s going to take more than good neighbors to show each of them the true meaning of grace.

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EXCERPT

Georgina Chap 20

And, in the process of bringing it [the phone] to her ear, she lost her last
thought. It had been there, hadn’t it, because she was holding the phone in her
hand. But why? Who had she intended to call?

Closing her eyes, she shuddered.

Her mind kept tripping off like this, willy-nilly, as if it had decided to go
walkabout, leaving the rest of her behind. Feeling this, knowing it, made a spasm
roil up from low in her belly. She swiped at a tear because this could not be
happening. It couldn’t. Yet look at her, staring at the phone, no clue as to why she
held it. Was she about to call someone? Had she already made a call?

She couldn’t remember. She could not remember.

And, oh, my, when had those veins started protruding right below her
knuckles? Look at the brown spots.

What on earth was she supposed to do with the phone?

She put it down on the kitchen counter. Maybe enlightenment would come as
she fixed herself a cup of tea. The heat of it would be good for her bones, and
maybe it would unjumble her thoughts.

MORE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

Becalmed
Heavy Weather
Twilight Christmas
Sailing out of Darkness
The Sea Prayers


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Normandie Fischer

Normandie Fischer had the best of several worlds: a Southern heritage, access to schooling in the DC area (which meant lots of cultural adventures), and several years of sculpture studies in Italy. It might have been better for her if she’d used all these opportunities more wisely, but it’s possible that the imperfect and the unwise also add fodder for the artist and the writer.

Her life changed radically when she married the love of her life at an age when some would have said she was over the hill and way past her prime. (Clichés often speak the truth, don’t they?) A lifelong sailor, she was delighted to find that Michael also longed to cruise lovely waters, which is what they did from Northern CA to Mexico, spending too-few years in the incomparable Sea of Cortez. Sea Venture, their 50′ ketch, is back home in North Carolina now because Normandie’s mama needed care. Still, it’s gorgeous there, too, and she can write from home as easily as she could on the boat.

Her two grown children and two step-sons are handsome (or gorgeous, as the case may be), talented, and a delight. And now there’s a granddaughter and grandson in the mix–woohoo! She just wishes they lived a lot closer to home.

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(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and one signed book written by Normandie Fischer (winner’s choice)!

Shoal Waters JustRead Giveaway

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Review: Earning Her Trust by Brenda Minton

Earning Her Trust was a riveting novel! Emery was a character with a tragic backstory of abuse. She emerged from her painful past with the help of her foster mother, Nan. Emery now counsels and helps children and teens who are working through their own troubling situations. But things get very personal for Emery when she is pulled into helping a man who bullied and hurt her emotionally when they were in school together.

I thought that the author did a good job of showing how and why Beau changed. He truly felt horrible for the things he had said and the way he had treated Emery all of those years ago. I liked that he did not shy away from apologizing to her and expressing his regret multiple times. Emery could see the difference in him, yet she still had trouble trusting her heart to him when they began to be drawn to each other romantically.

The two girls who Beau became guardian to went through a horribly traumatic event when their parents were murdered. The author did not downplay the problems that both girls were experiencing. There was a lot of anger and fear for them to work through and they had to learn to trust that Beau loved them and wanted to be a family with them. This was an emotional story that was hard to set down.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

With a little help, she can face any challenge…

How can she move on

when the past is knocking?

Just when Emery Guthrie thinks she’s put her childhood trauma behind her with the help of her beloved service dog, Beau Wilde returns to town. She can’t believe her high school bully now has guardianship of two orphaned children. But Beau has changed. And with her help, he’s determined to prove he can be a father…but can he convince Emery to become part of their family?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

K-9 COMPANIONS STORY

Book 1: Their Unbreakable Bond by Deb Kastner
Book 2: Finding Her Way Back by Lisa Carter
Book 3: The Veteran’s Vow by Jill Lynn
Book 4: Her Easter Prayer by Lee Tobin McClain
Book 5: Earning Her Trust by Brenda Minton
Book 6: Guarding His Secret by Jill Kemerer
Book 7: An Unlikely Alliance by Toni Shiloh
Book 8: The Cowboy’s Journey Home by Linda Goodnight

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brenda Minton lives in the Ozarks with her husband, three children and a few too many pets. She’s a pastor’s wife as well as children’s ministry worker.

Her hobbies include sitting on the porch drinking coffee and going out to eat with friends.

If you enjoy her Love Inspired Cooper Creek series, you can find Brenda most days drinking coffee and hanging out on Facebook.

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Review: The Prince’s Pilot by Shelley Adina and R.E. Scott

The Prince’s Pilot is the second book in The Regent’s Devices series and I would recommend reading the books in order. This story is a unique regency tale that is focused more on scientific innovation and surviving the dangerous world of Napoleon’s France than on romance.

I was impressed with all that Celeste and Loveday were able to accomplish while under almost constant watch. It definitely added some tense situations to the story when it was clear that there were spies everywhere!

Steampunk stories are definitely out of my comfort zone as a reader and I do prefer more romance than this series contains, but the stories in both novels are well written and a good option for those looking for something beyond the typical Regency fare.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Napoleon’s invasion of England is hidden in the clouds…

It is 1819, and Cornwall is agog at the daring of the two young lady aeronauts who, earlier in the summer, flew nearly to France and back in their homemade air ship. Much more is riding on Loveday Penhale and Celeste Blanchard’s new and improved vessel—they plan to win the Tinkering Prince’s prize, offered to anyone who can help England win the war against Napoleon.

To their dismay, they must take two local gentlemen aloft to report on the ship’s capabilities. While Captain Trevelyan and Emory Thorndyke are welcome in drawing room and ballroom, their presence on the air ship proves disastrous. Wildly off course, Loveday barely manages to bring the vessel down safely—in France! Now it is up to the gentlemen to keep the newly designed ship hidden while Loveday and Celeste secure supplies for its repair from Celeste’s former home, l’Ecole des Aéronautes in far-off Paris.

But much has changed since Celeste left the capital, and enemies lurk in its very walls. With her famous aeronaut mother dead in suspicious circumstances, and the flight school closed, there is only one thing to do—make up a story about her absence and approach Napoleon himself. He promptly makes Celeste his Chief Air Minister, and commands her to plan the invasion of England by air. Can she and Loveday stay alive in this nest of vipers long enough to help their stranded friends? Before they are unmasked as spies—and before their beautiful air ship is captured and used to attack England?

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Shelley Adina

Shelley Adina is the author of 24 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, and Hachette, and a dozen more published by Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk and contemporary romance as Shelley Adina, and as Adina Senft, writes Amish women’s fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty. She won RWA’s RITA Award® in 2005, and was a finalist in 2006. When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or hanging out in the garden with her flock of rescued chickens.

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Regina Scott

R. E. Scott worked as a technical writer decades and published more than 50 works of historical fiction before combining her passions. Now, alongside acclaimed, bestselling author Shelley Adina, she pens adventurous, romantic steampunk stories that meld alternative history with humor and hijinks.

When she isn’t busy writing—and she’s always busy writing, according to her husband of more than 30 years—you might find her hiking through the forests of her beloved Pacific Northwest, visiting museums, and dreaming up new technologies and plots to delight readers.

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Review: Building a Future by Amy Clipston

I simply love this series and don’t know how I am going to wait so long for book three to come out! If you haven’t read book one, Foundation of Love, you can still enjoy this story. However, book one is such a good book and sets the stage for Korey and Tyler’s dad’s marriage.

Having read the first book, I knew how badly Korey had begun behaving towards his stepmother. That very childish and basically, bratty, behavior continued in this story. I was bewildered as to why his father allowed him to show such disrespect. I also felt that Korey was given chance after chance to make up for the many times his actions emotionally hurt his girlfriend, Michelle. I am hoping that by the time Korey gets his own book, he will have matured a lot. It could be a wonderful redemption story!

Tyler was a great character who I couldn’t help but like. Both he and Michelle did begin to care for each other, unbeknownst to each other, and they both walked a thin line while they tried to force their feelings to match who they were currently dating. I really enjoyed the way things played out in the latter half of the novel, as feelings ramped up and decisions had to be made.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

They both had different plans for their futures . . . until their hearts led them to each other.

Michelle Lantz dreams of marrying and starting a family, and now that she’s been dating Korey for over a year, she thought it was only a matter of time before he proposed. But lately, Korey has seemed distant and is far from the attentive boyfriend she once knew. They’ve spent so much time together that she feels she can’t give up on their relationship, but she begins to question her own feelings as his seem to cool.

Tyler Bontrager is focused on expanding his father’s roofing company so he can take over one day. He throws himself into his work and thinks he’s too busy to worry about finding a wife. He and his brother Korey find themselves continually arguing: Tyler doesn’t approve of how Korey treats Michelle and Korey thinks Tyler is out to take anything that’s his. When Tyler happens to be around when Michelle needs a listening ear, he is startled to realize that he has feelings for Michelle, so he denies them because his relationship with his brother is too important.

But when there’s an accident and lives are at stake, true feelings come to the surface. Is it possible for Michelle and Tyler to put aside their feelings for the sake of their relationships with Korey, or will they find a new foundation on which to build their future?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Clipston is an award-winning bestselling author and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She’s sold more than one million books, and her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan University and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and six spoiled rotten cats.

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Review & Giveaway: A Search for Redemption by Jo Ann Brown

Welcome to the Blog Tour for A Search for Redemption by Jo Ann Brown,
hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Search for Redemption

Series: Secrets of Bliss Valley #3

Author: Jo Ann Brown

Publisher: Love Inspired Trade

Release Date: August 23, 2022

Genre: Amish-inspirational romance

Bestselling author Jo Ann Brown returns to the Amish community of Bliss Valley, where finding a new beginning means facing the past…

After losing both her fiancé and the happy life she anticipated, Amish maedel Grace Coffman is still stitching the pieces of her life back together. But between working in a quilting shop with an unscrupulous Englisch boss and caring for her ill parents, her threads keep unraveling. At first, the arrival of a kind, attractive stranger feels like a coincidence. But the more Grace learns about Joel Beachy and his story, the more their meeting seems like providence…

Joel’s return to Bliss Valley—and the Plain people—is his last chance to redeem a life filled with missteps. Yet in Grace, Joel finds something he never imagined: trust, courage and even the possibility of hope. When Grace suddenly finds herself the guardian of her nephews, Joel sees an opportunity to keep two wayward boys from repeating his mistakes. But Joel’s dark past isn’t quite finished with him. And now he must pray that his new life is strong enough to withstand the pending storm of trouble…and secrets.

“Brown is a gifted writer who makes unforgettable characters that invite the reader to join them on their journey.” —Publishers Weekly bestselling author Marie E. Bast

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MORE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES

A Promise of Forgiveness


MY REVIEW

A Search for Redemption is a good addition to the Secrets of Bliss Valley series. Those who have read the first two books will enjoy seeing some characters from those stories, yet I think readers could jump into this book, as well. This story can stand on its own, yet there is an underlying storyline that does appear in each book of the series.

It was great to meet Joel Beachy in this story. He has been spoken of in the previous novels as a young man who left the Amish and then ended up in trouble with the law. It was interesting to read about what really happened to him and to see how he grew emotionally from the start of the book to the end.

Like any community, there were both kind and unkind people and this Amish community was no exception. I enjoyed the dynamics of Grace’s family. They had been through a lot, but I thought they all grew closer to each other throughout the book and were a strong unit by the end. I liked Joel and Grace and was happy with the way things worked out for them.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jo Ann Brown

Jo Ann Brown has published over 100 titles under a variety of pen names. A former military officer, she enjoys taking pictures and traveling. She has taught creative writing for more than 20 years and is always excited when one of her students sells a project. She has been married for more than 40 years and has three children and two rambunctious cats. She lives in Amish Country in southeastern Pennsylvania. She enjoys hearing from her readers.

Connect with Jo Ann by visiting joannbrownbooks.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight August 1, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on August 8, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Review: This I Promise You by Mary A. Felkins

This prequel is a nice start to a new series and is a second chance love story. It was clear that both Adalyn and Bryan felt as if the other had wronged them six months earlier when Bryan left Adalyn at the altar on their wedding day. I was very curious how Adalyn was going to explain the image that caused Bryan to break their engagement. I was also curious about Bryan’s back story and why he kept who his family was hidden from everyone. These two major events in the story had some things in common, in my opinion. They involved a wrong perception of what had happened, combined with a lie, and a lack of trust between people who were supposed to love each other.

Bryan and Adalyn were both very wounded individuals because of events in their pasts. Adalyn was very sensitive about people keeping their promises and Bryan wanted honesty and desired being part of a family.

It was nice that Bryan and Adalyn were able to finally clear the air and allow truth to be heard in order to give their love a second chance. Hopefully these two characters learned the importance of communication and being willing to listen to each other when future troubles arise.

(4 stars)

I read this book through Kindle Unlimited and also received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

What if finding your heart’s desire means entrusting it …just once more … to the one who broke it?
It should not have come as a surprise to school Teacher Adelyn Ormond when she was jilted at the altar,

Promises are meant to be broken.

When her supervisor tasks her with galvanizing support for a local food bank, she directs her energy toward the underprivileged in her community—some of whom are her own students. Problem is, the responsibility requires her to involve celebrity chef, Bryan J. Carlyle, her almost-husband whose participation assures great results.

For all his success, Bryan hasn’t come up with a recipe for how to be restored to his family. Doesn’t help that abandoning Adelyn threatens to spoil his reputation and ruin his career. But when he encounters hungry children scrounging for food behind his restaurant, he agrees to get behind Adelyn’s worthy cause. The collaboration with Adelyn might shed light on the incriminating image he’d discovered minutes before the ceremony—her lip-locked with another man after the rehearsal dinner.

Can Adelyn trust Bryan to make good on his promise—without risking her heart? Will the love that led them to the altar be the key ingredient for reconciliation? Maybe. But his absence on the big day to which he’d committed might be beyond forgiveness.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m an inspirational romance author, blogger, and contributor to writer’s blogs. 

A Lone Star girl at heart, I moved with my husband Bruce in 1997 from Houston to the splendorous foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. We have four young adult children.

My purpose in writing is to reclaim God’s intention and motivation when He created the world—to enable readers to know His heart and experience his love.

I can be lured from my writer’s desk if presented with a large, unopened bag of Peanut M&Ms®, a bouquet of gardenias, or an episode of Fixer Upper. A surprise appearance by my teen idol, Donny Osmond, would also do the trick—although I’d likely pass out.

If I like your first or last name upon introduction, expect to see it show up in one of my novels.

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Review: Her Unlikely Homecoming by Rachelle Paige Campbell

Her Unlikely Homecoming was an enjoyable second chance story. I liked the two main characters, although, admittedly, I connected more with Noah’s character than with Zoey’s. I was impressed with the way Noah had turned his life around after tragedy and his focus on others rather than himself. Zoey was very self focused and had some growing to do. She had definitely been treated unfairly in her job for years and I was happy that she was working to turn that around in this story.

It was nice to see Zoey begin to come back to life once she allowed herself to enjoy being back in her hometown. She and Noah actually worked well together to problem solve as issues with the event came up. I believe that Zoey especially needs to work on her communication skills and willingness to open herself up to Noah in the future if they are ever to have a chance together.

The characters and setting was nicely developed and I felt as if I was experiencing the town along with Zoey as she returned. The ending was very abrupt to me and I felt as if these two had just barely scraped the edge up a happily ever after possibility when the book ended and I would have enjoyed more happiness for these two.

(4 stars)

I read this book through Kindle Unlimited and was also provided a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Following a tragic accident over a decade ago, Zoey Wright vowed to never move home to Harmony, Illinois. When her career stalls, however, she’s back in town and working with her high school sweetheart, Noah Kidwell, on his company’s special collaboration. Dealing with her ex is the last thing she wants to do, but she has to take the opportunity to snag a much-needed promotion. Besides, she a professional—she can handle Noah for a few days, right?.

Determined to prove he’s not the same irresponsible guy she left behind, Noah works one on one with Zoey to launch his new clothing line. Learning her true motives, he realizes she’s not the same person anymore, either, and when he confronts her, she resorts to doing what she does best—she runs. This time, though, he’s not letting her get away. Will they be able to forgive the past and forge a new future? Or is it time to move on for good?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rachelle stumbled into the world of romance novels in college; as a way to help speed up her reading to make it through Art History textbooks. After years in the professional world writing very dry grant proposals and auction descriptions, she started writing the contemporary romance stories she wanted to read. Setting her books in some of her favorite destinations was her inspired way to require plenty of research trips every year with her family.

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