Review: Snowbound with Her Mountain Cowboy by Patricia Johns

This was a heartfelt, second chance at love story. I enjoyed learning what had gone right and what had gone wrong in this marriage. It was very telling that Ben’s first memories that began to surface included Angelina. She truly was the love of his life. However, it wasn’t as simple as that. These two characters had a lot to work through and difficult truths to face about why their marriage hadn’t lasted.

You can pick this story up and enjoy it without having read any of the other books in the series. It is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming line and is a clean story with a couple of mild swear words.

I wasn’t sure how the author was going to make things work out for this couple, but she did it! I enjoyed the “eye-opening” that both of these characters went through in regards to understanding what was important and what was worth fighting for.

(4 stars)

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


A lost memory…
Could mean a second chance!

Mountain resort owner Angelina Cunningham has her hands full with a massive winter storm. Which is exactly when her ex-husband arrives, injured and suffering temporary amnesia. Ben King has always been her weakness. Though he doesn’t remember her, he’s still as charming and sweet as ever, and Angelina is falling for him all over again. But can their rekindled love outlast the storm and the return of their past mistakes?

The Second Chance Club

Book 1: Their Mountain Reunion
Book 2: Mountain Mistletoe Christmas
Book 3: Rocky Mountain Baby
Book 4: Snowbound with Her Mountain Cowboy



Patricia Johns is the author of over 30 inspirational and sweet romance novels published through Harlequin Inc. and Kensingon Books. Her first romance through Harlequin came out in 2013, and since then she has grown to become a Publishers Weekly bestselling author with several new books coming out every year.

She writes from Alberta, Canada, where she lives with her husband and son.

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Review & Giveaway: A Lighthouse Café Christmas by Jennifer Faye

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A Lighthouse Café Christmas
(Bluestar Island #3)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 182 Pages
November 16, 2021 by Lazy Dazy Press

As Bluestar Island prepares for a very special Christmas wedding, Santa’s sleigh crashes into The Lighthouse Café, reuniting Bluestar’s beloved waitress with her former fiancé.

In this holiday novella, Darla Evans has carved out a quiet life for herself as a waitress at The Lighthouse Café. Up until this point, she’s conveniently avoided the one man who shattered her heart and her dreams. But when a wedding draws him back to the island, she knows their meetup is unavoidable.

Tech entrepreneur William “Will” Campbell has returned to his childhood home to be the best man in his father’s wedding. But first his father has a very special task for him—to restore a sleigh in time for the wedding. However, there’s not much time until Christmas. He just might need some help.

As snowflakes cover the small town of Bluestar, Will and Darla work together to make it a very special holiday wedding. With the past looming between them, will the magic of the season open their hearts and allow them to find love again?

Includes a holiday recipe for Darla’s frosted sugar cookies!

The Bell Family of Bluestar Island:
Book 1 – Love Blooms
(Hannah & Ethan)
Book 2 – Harvest Dance (Aster & Sam)
Book 3 – A Lighthouse Café Christmas (Darla & Will)
Book 4 – Rising Star (coming soon)

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My Review

This is a great novella for getting into the Christmas spirit! If you haven’t read the other Bluestar Island books, you can still enjoy this novella.

I liked that it was a second chance at love story. Darla and Will had a broken engagement in their past and Darla had a lot of hurt that had been building up for the past several years. She was still confused about why Will had broken off their engagement. She felt that one day they had been in love and the next day, Will had wanted out.

Even though this story was told in novella form, I felt that Will and Darla’s characters were fully developed. I could feel the tension, hurt, and even attraction that hovered between the two and I hoped that they could work things out as the story progressed.

The many Christmas activities and the preparations needed for Will’s father’s Christmas wedding made it truly feel like the Christmas season as I read this book.

(4 stars)

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

Other Books in the Series

About the Author

Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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Review: Their Yuletide Healing by Mindy Obenhaus

Their Yuletide Healing is a wonderful conclusion to the Bliss, Texas series. It is book four in the series, yet it can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

Rae and Cole were characters who showed their kind hearts right from the start of this book as they both worked to provide Rae’s foster children, Max and Maggie, with the best Christmas they could imagine, while also trying to help these kids heal from their tragic past.

Rae and Cole had pasts that made them reluctant to give in to the romantic feelings that were developing between them. There was a lot for them to overcome before they could find their happily ever after together, but it was definitely worth it.

It was great to return to this little community and get to catch up on all that was going on during the festive Christmas season!

(4.5 stars)

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


As her plans unravel,

can she give her children what they truly need?

Foster mom Rae Girard’s determined to make her children’s first Christmas with her the best they’ve ever had—and she’s shocked when the town scrooge, attorney Cole Heinsohn, offers to pitch in. Rae’s young charges have melted Cole’s heart, and he wants them to experience the special day he never had. But when disaster strikes, an imperfect holiday might bring them something better: a family…

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

Bliss, Texas

Book 1: A Father’s Promise
Book 2: A Brother’s Promise
Book 3: A Future to Fight For
Book 4: Their Yuletide Healing



Award-winning author Mindy Obenhaus is passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. She lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband, two sassy pups, countless cattle, deer and the occasional coyote, mountain lion or snake. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, cooking and watching the Hallmark Channel. Learn more at

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Review: Her Christmas Dilemma by Brenda Minton

Her Christmas Dilemma was packed with heart and emotion! It dealt with difficult and sometimes painful topics and I appreciated the way the author kept a strong faith focus going throughout the story, which helped the characters to not lose all hope.

I really liked the way the working relationship between Clara and Tucker moved into friendship and then into feelings of love for both of them. Clara had some very difficult decisions ahead of her and Tucker was such a supportive and caring stronghold for her.

This is the second book in the series. Her Small Town Secret is book one. However, you can easily read Her Christmas Dilemma on its own, as well. I really liked these main characters and the love and concern they showed for their families.

(5 stars)

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


Searching for a safe haven

and a new beginning…

Returning home for the holidays after an unexpected pregnancy, Clara Fisher needs a fresh start. And working as a housekeeper for Tucker Church and his teenage niece is the first step. Clara still has hard choices to make, but Tucker might be just the person to help her forget her fears. Could the path to her new future also lead to love?

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



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: To Stand in the Breach by Danielle Grandinetti

To Stand in the Breach is a lovely introduction to a new series by an author that I had not read before. It is a novella, yet the characters and situations and fully developed.

The historical setting of Wisconsin in the 1930’s, during the dairy farmer strikes, was something I had no former knowledge of. The author has set up a very interesting series in a turbulent time.

I really liked Katy and felt so sorry for the tragic and unfair past that she had escaped. And I respected Joey for his kind and patient treatment of Katy. I also appreciated that these two characters tried to work through their problems together, opening up to each other in order to overcome Katy’s fears and other troubles they faced. It was refreshing. I look forward to reading the next book in the series which will follow Joey’s twin sister, Lily.

(4 stars)

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


She came to America to escape a workhouse prison, but will the cost of freedom be too high a price to pay?

1933, Wisconsin – Large animal veterinarian Katy Wells takes her patients’ welfare personally, so it’s no surprise when she stands up to angry farmers planning a milk strike or takes in an injured draft horse to save its life.But after a visitor from the past discovers her location and reveals a threat, she must choose between her work and her freedom, and whether to trust a man to keep her safe.

To Stand in the Breach is the prequel novella to A Strike to the Heart.



Danielle Grandinetti is a book blogger at, focusing on Christian historical romance, romantic suspense, and sweet romance.

A Strike to the Heart, her historical romantic suspense (published by Iron Stream Media) releases April 2022.

Originally from the Chicagoland area, Danielle lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons. She loves quiet mornings served with the perfect cup of tea.

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Review: Hope Imperfect by Alyssa Roat and Hope Bolinger

Two main characters struggling to make it by day to day. Worry over whether the paths they are on are the right ones. Workaholic tendencies paired with shutting down when overwhelmed by insecurities. These are some of the topics touched on in this novel.

At first, Caroline and Andy frustrated me. Once I understood where they were both coming from and what fueled their personality quirks, I was able to step back and see why they had both become the people they were. And they were actually both very caring and nice people who loved God and wanted to be valued and loved by their families for who they were.

Both of these characters had situations and people from their pasts who had dramatically impacted their childhoods. And both of these characters were rather awkward when it came to the romantic attraction they began to feel for each other. They had a lot to overcome both professionally and personally. It was nice to see things eventually begin to come together and for both Caroline and Andy to gain new perspectives on their pasts, their present, and their future.

(4 stars)

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


Can a struggling career woman and a procrastinating artist save a beloved nonprofit?

Aspiring novelist Caroline Penn expected a promotion, not a picture book assignment. But when her employer, the non-profit Helping Hope, runs into financial trouble, this book might be the solution. With the company struggling to stay afloat, she and the illustrator will need to collaborate on a strict deadline—no problem for a workaholic like Caroline, right?

Andy Jackson, a “starving” artist, pays the bills by taking on graphic design gigs, but his perfectionism gets in the way. If only he could focus on a project for once, perhaps he could achieve his dream to make art for children for a living.

When the two are thrust together to create a book, Caroline can’t seem to write for children, and Andy can’t meet a deadline to save his life. As time ticks down to release day, the two must face their pasts and insecurities. If they can avoid strangling one another for long enough, they may just bring to the table what the other is missing.

If not, the fate of their careers—and a beloved nonprofit—hangs in the balance. 





Hope Bolinger is literary agent, freelance author and editor, YA novelist, and obsessed with anything to do with theater.

Books include The Quiet and the Storm (Taylor University Press), Blaze (IlluminateYA), Den (IlluminateYA), Dear Hero (INtense Publications), and Dear Henchman (INtense Publications). She’s also contributed to books that were published by Broadstreet Publishing and New Hope.

When she isn’t busy adding to her 600+ bylines, or showing up in her town square dressed as Red Riding Hood, she loves to connect with readers.

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Alyssa Roat has worked in a wide variety of roles within the publishing industry as an agent, editor, writer, and marketer. She is the publicity manager for publisher Mountain Brook Ink, as well as a former associate literary agent at Cyle Young Literary Elite, an editor with Sherpa Editing Services, and a freelance writer with 200+ bylines in local, national, and international publications. She holds a B.S. in Professional Writing from Taylor University.

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Review: Cruising on Ice by Kerry Evelyn

Cruising on Ice was a fun friends to lovers contemporary, sweet romance. I loved the history that Taylor and Kingston had together as two people who had known each other since they were kids. Yet Taylor had always had a crush on the older Kingston who was her sister’s best friend! I thought it was so sweet that Kingston had begun to realize his deeper feelings for Taylor, but was afraid to take a chance on a relationship that could end the friendship. The moment he finally took that step was just perfect! What a sweet thing to witness as their friendship became more.

I really enjoyed this story and felt that the author has provided a good setup for a hockey community with many players that we readers can become invested in. This is a clean story, but a heads up for those sensitive to such things, this story has a few swear words in it.

Taylor and Kingston were characters that I connected with easily, hoped the best for, and I am looking forward to reading more books in the series.

(4.5 stars)

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


It’s true that hockey players break hearts.
Sometimes, it’s their own.

Taylor Ranford’s three immediate goals did not include five days of pure torture. There was nothing in her plans about finding herself in the same cabin on a cruise with her longtime crush! The last thing she wants is for the only guy she’s ever had feelings for to treat her like she was his little sister when she wanted so much more from him.

Kingston Brewer’s lateral move to the Palmer City Voltage was a blow to his career—and his ego. With no immediate plans for the next season, he jumps at the opportunity to go on a last-minute cruise with the bouncy-ponytailed cheerleading coach who has always held a soft spot in his heart. After all, Taylor had been there when he needed her and he’d always be there for her. But it doesn’t take long for him to realize his feelings for Taylor go beyond friendship and professional admiration.

When the call he’s been waiting for from his agent comes through, Kingston realizes his shot with Taylor may be now or never. He has dreams, but so does Taylor. Her dream helped him when he was at one of the lowest points in his life and his career. Now, he has to make one of the most difficult choices in his personal and professional life. Does he have the right to ask her to compromise her dreams for his, or will the curse of being a hockey player come true and he is destined to break both of their hearts?




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Kerry Evelyn is the author of the Crane’s Cove series, #sweetresortromance set in Coastal Maine, a Guest Author for the Cat’s Paw Cove series, and several short stories that span multiple genres. Kerry received a Bachelor of Science in Education and Sociology from Bridgewater State University in 2000. A native of the Massachusetts SouthCoast, she changed her latitude and now calls the Orlando area home. Kerry loves God, books, cats, traveling, taking selfies, sweet drinks, and escaping into her imagination.

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Review & Giveaway: Never Too Late by Susan L. Tuttle

Never Too Late JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Never Too Late by Susan L. Tuttle, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Never Too Late

Series: Along Came Love #3

Author: Susan L. Tuttle

Publisher: Iron Stream Media

Release Date: November 2, 2021

Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance

Once, her art brought her fame. This time will it bring her love?

Widowed homemaker Rachael Stark isn’t quite sure what comes after her only child leaves for college. To fill her suddenly quiet hours and scrawny bank account, she needs a job. But painful memories prevent her from resurrecting her former art career, and motherhood isn’t much of a résumé. When her best friend needs help recovering from a gunshot wound that occurred in the line of duty, she is there. Finally, someone to take care of.

Evan Wayne won’t let his injury keep him from being a police officer. His dedication to protect the innocent stems from the guilt he carries over having failed his childhood friend. What he needs now is to recover and get back on the streets. Instead, he’s handed a myriad of light-duty tasks by his captain―one of which involves heading up the department’s entry into the town’s annual mural contest. He’s not an artist, but he definitely knows one. And he’ll take any excuse to spend more time with her.

When Rachael agrees to paint for Evan, she never expects to also be drawn into finding answers for the mother of a missing child. As the two friends work side by side on the mural and the case, their feelings move beyond friendship. But with Evan unwilling to leave his dangerous job, and Rachael unwilling to risk another loss of a loved one, their fears may paint over the promise of a beautiful future together.

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Never Too Late is only the second book that I have read by this author. The first book that I read, Then Again, Maybe, blew me away with the depth of emotion it elicited in me and the way I connected with the characters and all they were going through. Well, Never Too Late surpassed that! This story packed a powerful punch. And although the author kept the banter going between Evan and Rachael, and there were plenty of lighthearted moments, she wasn’t afraid to delve deep into the very difficult topics of grief, loss, missing children, acts of violence, fear, and guilt. These topics were handled in a beautiful way that was very honest and realistic. Hope and faith were also folded into the story very naturally.

I loved the relationship between Evan and Rachael. It was clear from the very beginning of the story that Evan loved Rachael and it quickly became obvious that Rachael’s feelings of friendship had morphed into ones of love without her even realizing it. But she really pushed back on those feelings, doing all she could to keep herself from potentially facing any more devastating losses in her life.

Rachael was not the only complicated character in this novel. Evan had his own backstory that explained so much about his personality and the reason things weighed on him so much. He had amazing patience with Rachael and an honest and true love.

I could hardly set this book down. The mural that Rachael worked on and Evan’s case were fascinating, as was the romantic tension that grew throughout the entire story. And I loved the epilogue!

(5 stars)

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



Susan L. Tuttle

ACFW Carol Award finalist Susan L. Tuttle lives in the Mitten State of Michigan where she’s a mom of three and happily married to her best friend. Between still homeschooling her youngest and leading the women’s ministry at church, she finds time to write stories filled with inspiration, hope, and encouragement. Connect with Susan at

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Review: Pieces of Forever by Valerie M. Bodden

What a beautiful and moving story this was! Ava and Joseph were two people who were very obviously still in love with each other even after eight years of being apart. Ava was badly scarred and pushed Joseph away all of those years ago. This novel was a beautiful picture of how God loves us for who we are and not what we look like, but even more so, it was about how easy it is to believe lies about ourselves rather than truth.

This story really tugged my emotions all over the place. Ava’s insecurities were so understandable. Even though Joseph did all he could to clearly show Ava that he loved her now just as he always had, she felt so unworthy. At times, Ava would allow herself to grow closer to Joseph, then she would give in to the anxiety and worry that held her captive. Yet, when she finally accepted the truth of Joseph’s love for her, it was beautiful and hard-won. I really loved this story!

(5 stars)

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


The scars on her face are nothing to the scars on her heart. But can God help her find healing―and love?

Eight years ago, Ava and Joseph had the perfect future planned—he would go to veterinary school, she would embark on a career with an exclusive modeling agency, and they’d eventually get married and have three dogs and four children. Until a terrible accident changed everything. Unwilling to believe they could still have a future, she made Joseph promise to leave and live out their dreams without her.

Joseph has never broken a promise to Ava. Until now.

Because before he made that stupid promise to leave, they’d made each other another promise—one of forever. Now that he’s done with veterinary school, he’s determined to return to River Falls and show her that his promise still stands. That he loves her just the way she is.

But first he’ll have to find a way to crack the safe she’s erected around her heart.

Fortunately, he has help: in the form of three lovable dogs, a special group of sick kids, and more than a few slices of pie. But will it be enough to convince Ava that their forever is worth fighting for? Or will he be left picking up the pieces―alone?



Valerie Bodden

Valerie Bodden has three great loves: Jesus, her family, and books. And chocolate (okay, four great loves). She is living out her happily ever after with her high-school-sweetheart-turned-husband and their four children. Her life wouldn’t make a terribly exciting book, as it has a happy beginning and middle, and someday when she goes to her heavenly home, it will have a happy end.

​She was born and raised in Wisconsin, and aside from a short stint in Minnesota while her husband trained for the pastoral ministry, has lived there her entire life, in spite of an aversion to all things cold and snowy (except Christmas—a snowy Christmas is good). She periodically tries to coax her snow-loving husband and children to pack up and move to a warmer climate with her but so far has had no luck. So she tolerates the snow for them. That’s some kind of love, if you ask her.

​Valerie writes emotion-filled Christian fiction that weaves real-life problems, real-life people, and real-life faith. Her characters may (okay, will) experience some heartache along the way, but true to her tendencies as a hopeless romantic, she will always give them a happy ending.

​In addition to writing Christian fiction, she has written more than 250 children’s nonfiction books and also helps other authors perfect their stories with her editorial services. When she’s not wielding a pen or keyboard (can you wield a keyboard?), she enjoys time with her family, managing the church library, gardening, and, of course, reading.

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Review: Texas Christmas Revenge by Connie Queen

Texas Christmas Revenge was a story packed with suspense and danger around every corner. Right from the beginning of the story, bullets fly and the heroine, Brandi, barely escapes with her life. I liked that Brandi was thrown together with her ex-fiancé, Rhett. It became very clear that these two would need to rely on each other and that Brandi would have to let down her guard and trust Rhett once again in order to survive.

This novel really kept me guessing and wondering who was behind all the attempts on Brandi’s life. There was also the question of whether Brandi’s sister was still alive, and if she was, why had she stayed away for two years. On top of that, Brandi was convinced that the investigation surrounding her late father had been handled badly. Brandi had so much baggage and hurt to deal with while also trying to care for the toddler she found.

I felt bad for both of these characters and the way their lives were ripped apart two years earlier. They went from a happy relationship to a painful breakup in the midst of scandal. It made for tense feelings at times during the story, yet I thought Rhett showed that he truly cared what happened to Brandi and that he would do all he could to help her. This is the first book I have read by this author and I enjoyed it.

(4 stars)

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


An abandoned little boy is the only clue
to a killer’s dangerous holiday plot…

Certain a desperate 911 caller is her presumed-dead sister, emergency dispatcher Brandi Callahan follows the cryptic message to a terrified toddler…and an armed assailant. Now Brandi will do anything to protect the boy—even if it means asking her ex-fiancé, Texas Ranger Rhett Kincaid, for help. But can Brandi and Rhett stop this killer before he exacts his terrible Christmas vengeance?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.



Connie Queen married her high-school sweetheart. Together they’ve raised eight children and are enjoying their grandchildren. As a child, Connie remembers her mom and sisters reading, but she preferred to be outside. It wasn’t until later, she found the joy of being whisked away into another world. Today she resides in Texas with her husband, and Nash, her Great Dane, where she’s working on her next suspense. 

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