Review: Sisters Ever After by Erin Stevenson

I really enjoyed this story! After getting off to a very rocky start, Gianna and Brock end up working closely together and interacting with each other a lot because their two daughters have become best friends.

I loved the relationships that these parents had with their daughters. It was clear that both Brock and Gianna were loving and caring parents who had been through trying times and were working to provide the best environments possible for their girls.

I was surprised to learn more about the marriage situation that Gianna had been in with her late husband. What a strange life she led with him. It was a little hard for me to understand Gianna’s love for a man who kept himself so separate from her daughter. Very strange. Yet, it definitely helped Gianna recognize that Brock was an amazing father.

The mystery flowing through the story regarding Gianna’s husband’s death was fascinating and I enjoyed learning why there were so many mysteries surrounding him.

Brock and Gianna had great chemistry together and I liked the way their close friendship developed. The epilogue was so sweet and definitely tied everything up beautifully.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Gianna Harper is living on borrowed time. Newly widowed, she’s struggling to hold things together at home and keep her business afloat while dealing with her late husband’s effects. But something’s not right, and now Gianna is convinced that he was involved in something a lot more sinister than shady business dealings.

Brock Hennessey fled California to make a fresh start in northwestern Montana. He hopes he’s put enough miles between him and danger, banking on a promised job to give his family a new start in a safe place.

Circumstances pit Gianna and Brock against one another, and neither one is willing to give an inch. As their professional dealings grow more acrimonious, their daughters become best friends and suddenly, the four of them are thrown into situations that have them acting, looking, and sounding like a real family.

Set against the stunning backdrop of northwestern Montana, Sisters Ever After is the first book in the Canadian Meadows series.

Purchase your own copy here.

Also available in Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Writing is like breathing to Erin. Stories are running through her mind during most of her waking hours, and by the time she sits down at the computer, the words flow and time ceases to exist.

Erin was raised in Illinois and has lived in many places in the U.S., including on both coasts, but is a Midwest girl at heart. She spent many years as an educator from pre-school through college levels, and currently works in training and internal communications for a major global corporation.

When she’s not writing, Erin loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, and playing in the garden (which equates to mostly pulling weeds) at her central Iowa home. Her secret indulgence is plain M&Ms.

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Review: The Widow’s Secret by Naomi Rawlings

The Widow’s Secret was so good! What a predicament Brigitte finds herself in when her unscrupulous father-in-law forces her to spy on Jean Paul, the hero in this book and the villain from book one.

This story was unique in that it had two characters who were not exactly who they appeared to be. Jean Paul had an extremely ugly and traumatic past. He had done horrible things. Yes, he had turned his life around and was helping many people, but he carried much guilt. Brigitte was a victim, yet she was being underhanded and knew her actions would cause Jean Paul harm. She was being manipulated for her children’s safety.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought the ending was wonderful! I’m looking forward to the next novel in the series.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

*Previously published as The Soldier’s Secrets

She needs a new beginning, but what if starting again costs more than she can bear?

With five children to care for, Brigitte Dubois struggles to find a way to support herself in order to keep her children out of the dangerous criminal underworld of her late husband’s family. When her father-in-law forces her hand, she’s sent to a farm on the outskirts of Abbeville, France, where she needs to gather information on a former soldier who may have played a role in her husband’s death.

Jean Paul Belanger knows firsthand the suffering that hunger and starvation can bring. That’s why he’s back on his family farm, working to feed the town’s hungry—and avoiding thinking about his past. He knows God has forgiven him for past wrongs, but forgiving himself has proven harder than he thought. When a beautiful, auburn-haired woman appears asking for a job, she and her children prove just the distraction he needs.

Digging up Jean Paul’s secrets isn’t easy. He offers food to all who need it, insists on helping her and the children, disarms her with his kind heart and caring ways—and won’t say a word about his past. But her father-in-law is growing impatient, and if she doesn’t find a way to appease him, the price might be greater than she and Jean Paul can afford to pay.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Naomi Rawlings

Naomi Rawlings is the author of eleven historical Christian novels, including the reader-favorite Eagle Harbor Series. Her novels have been short-listed for three different publishing awards, and she enjoys writing uplifting books set in simpler times, but with real characters who work through the trials of their faith to find strength and love—both with each other, and in the arms of a kind God.

Naomi lives with her husband and three children in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, where they get an average of twenty-one feet of snow every winter. Even with the snow, she enjoys residing in the wilderness and raising her kids in an environment that lets them walk to the river to fish, explore the woods, and ride their bikes to Lake Superior. She also loves living an area where people still grow their own vegetables and cut down their own firewood—just like in the historical novels she writes.

You can connect with Naomi on her website and Facebook.

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Review and Giveaway: To Save a King by Rachel Hauck

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About the Book

Book:  To Save A King

Author: Rachel Hauck

Genre: Christian Royal Romance

Release date: May 8, 2021

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A modern-day fairytale of rescue and hope from NYT bestselling author Rachel Hauck

Growing up in small town Hearts Bend, Tennessee, Gemma Stone had big dreams. So she headed to Hollywood to make her mark in the world.

But dreams have a way of becoming nightmares. When she returns home twelve years later, she’s limping through life and harboring a dark secret.

Running a rescue ranch and raising her friends’ orphaned daughter is her sole mission now. All the while she’s well aware these defenseless ones are also rescuing her.

HRH Crown Prince John has learned a royal title cannot shield him from heartbreak. He had the perfect life as heir to the revered House of Blue, the royal dynasty of Lauchtenland, and married the love of his life. Then tragedy changed everything. Is there any way to be saved from a life of grief?

When he finds himself in Hearts Bend on a mission for his mother, Queen Catherine, he catches up with a good friend–country music great Buck Mathews. He has no intention of joining the 4th of July fun until he’s cajoled into a three-legged race with the beautiful Gemma Stone.

The disastrous race leads to a quick friendship. They are easy and comfortable around one another because love is absolutely not an option.

John desperately wants to hold onto the memories of his wife while Gemma refuses to trust her heart to any man. Even a prince.

When trouble in Lauchtenland calls the prince home, he realizes how much Gemma has rescued him. Saved him and restored his hope for his role as future king.

For Gemma, falling in love with the prince must be quenched. If it weren’t for her past, she’d give him her heart in a second. How could she risk bringing her shame to the House of Blue and the world stage?

However, she’s not the only one who can rescue and heal the wound. If she saved Prince John, why can’t he save her? And when he tries, will she have the courage to say yes to the best role of her life?

“Another compelling royal story by the master of princely tales!”  Susan May Warren, USA Today bestselling, RITA award-winning novelist

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My Review

Wow! I loved this story so much. I loved book one, To Love a Prince, yet I think I love To Save a King even more. There was just so much emotion packed into this novel!

When the story began, Prince John was hurting so much from the loss of his wife nearly a year earlier. However, he agreed to head to America on an important errand for his mother and he met Gemma Stone.

These two were such a great match and connected almost instantly. I liked that John could be himself with Gemma. And even though he fought the attraction that was pulling him toward her and away from the sadness of his loss, they began a beautiful friendship that grew to so much more.

I loved that the author had characters from books in other series as friends of both Gemma and John, yet reading those earlier stories is not necessary in order to understand and enjoy this one. But it was so much fun for me to see these characters make appearances!

Just as with many of her other books, the author wove in a beautiful salvation story, full of grace, and left me with the feeling that I had “peeked beyond the veil” a bit and experienced something more.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book, however, I plan to buy my own print copy for my keeper shelf. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Rachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner. Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie. Three more of her titles are under film contract.

Rachel was awarded the prestigious Career Achievement Award for her body of original work by Romantic Times Book Reviews.

A retired member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Executive Board, she teaches workshops and leads worship at the annual conference. She is a past Mentor of The Year.

In the real world, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at the gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Ryan Day.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

More from Rachel

One of the biggest challenges in a series is keeping the reader interested. Even more of a challenge is writing in a trope like royals.

I never set out to write a second royal series. With five stories in the Royal Wedding Series, I thought I’d explored the topic to my satisfactions.

Yet when readers asked for more, and when I found myself in a season to produce my own stories, another royal series seemed like the perfect fit.

But can I be honest? Really honest? Come close. I’ll tell you a secret. Closer…

Royals can be a bit boring. At least to write. You laugh but I’m serious.

What do we really know of their day to day lives? They attend national functions, patron charities, represent the nation on walkabouts around the world. They are ambassadors with no real political agenda. They champion causes.

But what exactly do they do with their days? What are the inner workings of palace life? What are the real expectations? Do they call the queen “her majesty” when talking among themselves? When talking to her? Are they as formal as it seems on television?

Yet royals are the most documented people in history. So there is a lot to glean from when I make up my worlds.

But at the end of it all, they key for me in writing royal characters is to make them real, everyday people. The prince is the kind of chap you want to chat with over tea. The heroine is the sort of girl you’d love to see become a princess. Maybe even see a bit of yourself in her.

In To Save A King, Crown Prince John is trying to emerge for a year of grief. Gemma Stone is desperate to escape her past.

Gemma’s story has some what of an edge to it. In her attempt to achieve her goals, she walked a path she never thought she’d walk when she was a girl growing up in Hearts Bend, Tennessee. And it proved her undoing.

While we may have never faced a past like Gemma’s, we can all relate to personal betrayal of our values from gossip to immorality. I hope Gemma’s story reminds us the nearness of love and forgiveness.

On a lighter side, I recently learned British society has moved away from chap and bloke, replacing it with the American term “guy.” Isn’t that funny. Louise Lee, my narrator, said it was funny to read those words in To Love A Prince since there were more her parents’ generation. Ah, the signs of a more global society.

Well, I didn’t care if they have gone out of style for young people. I used them anyway. I like them. Maybe we should adopt “chap” and “bloke” over here. What do you say, guys?

I hope you enjoy To Save A King, book two in the True Blue Royal series and find your heart cheering on broken, wounded characters to a happily ever after worthy of a prince and princess.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away the grand prize of a Kindle Fire!!
*May be different than one pictured.

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Review & Giveaway: Suddenly Forever by Teresa Tysinger

Suddenly Forever

About the Book

Book:  Suddenly Forever

Author: Teresa Tysinger

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: October 6, 2020

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On the outskirts of Laurel Cove, North Carolina sits a quiet lake tucked into gentle mountains carpeted with the brilliant colors of autumn. Grief binds the lake’s only residents into an unlikely family, where old and new love build a bridge between loss and hope.

For years, best-selling author Cora Bradford has worked tirelessly to tread the unrelenting waves of grief in solitude. That is until a new neighbor moves in down the road and threatens to disrupt what she’s carefully preserved of the life she once knew. Will God ever answer her prayer for peace and calmer waters?

Following a scandal, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Luke Bassett escapes to the one place in the world he’s ever experienced peace—his mother’s cabin on the lake where he spent childhood summers. But the memory of her and the mistakes he made are hardly peaceful. To make matters worse, he gets off to a rocky start with his bitter, but breathtakingly beautiful, neighbor. Was running away from the life he’s always known the biggest mistake of all, or the beginning of something he never knew he wanted?

Spunky, opinionated, and recently widowed Ina McLean is alone for the first time in over ninety years. When Cora and Luke come together to care for their only other neighbor, Ina’s belief in God’s goodness through life’s ups and downs works to restore their hope in learning to live—and love—again.

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My Review

Suddenly Forever is one of the best books that I have read this year. The author captured Cora and all the grief she was dealing with perfectly. Another thing that she captured perfectly was Cora beginning to “wake up” from the grief she had been mired in for the past few years.

This story deals with some deep issues, yet the author has created such realistic characters, who experience happy times in the midst of their more solemn reflections. There are also so many humorous moments when Cora and Luke are becoming friends, and then more, that hit all the right “feels”.

I loved how caring Luke was toward Cora. He didn’t expect her to suddenly be over loving and losing her husband. He just hoped she could make room for him. Also, Cora and Luke reacted very realistically in some situations that were uncomfortable and it led to hurt feelings and the need to start over. I also liked the friendship that developed between Cora, Luke, and Ina.

This book and these characters will stay with me for a long time. Suddenly Forever is book two in the Laurel Cove series, but can absolutely be read as a stand alone novel.

(5 stars)

I read a copy of this book on Kindle Unlimited. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Teresa Tysinger is an author of Southern Contemporary Romance inspired by grace. She writes on the fringes of being a wife, mom, and full-time communications and public relations professional. Teresa is a member of ACFW, the Association for Women in Communications, and the Religion Communicators Council. She loves coffee, traveling, and prides herself in knowing and loving almost every genre of music. Born in Hawaii, raised in Florida, and educated in North Carolina, she now resides in Texas with her husband, daughter, and dog.

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Hi Readers!

As an author, I love each of my stories. There’s no denying, though, that Suddenly Forever holds a special place in my heart. I think it always will. The second in my Laurel Cove Romance Series, Cora and Luke’s story came together differently than any other I’ve written.

Most often, a new story of mine begins with a simple notion or seed of an idea. I brainstorm and fit pieces together until a more complete idea begins to take shape. The process usually takes weeks and sometimes months. Suddenly Forever was completely different! One night I could not fall asleep. I tossed and turned for what seemed like hours. Characters’ faces sprang to mind like snapshots. Their personalities, fears, and desires sort of just clicked into place. Scenes played out from start to finish. The “noise” of this waking dream was so vivid that I eventually reached for my phone on my nightstand and punch out the ideas in my Notes app.

By the time I finally fell asleep that night, the entire story was clear in my mind. The next day, I sat down and began drafting Cora and Luke’s story. It was the fastest first draft I’ve ever written! The story just poured out of me. By the time I finished just over a month later, I felt as though I’d ran a sprint, getting the scenes down as fast as they’d come to me so I could get to the next. It was exhilarating and exhausting and super rewarding.

More than once, I wondered why this story had come to me so quickly and clearly compared to others. After some reflection and prayer, I believe it’s because this story isn’t mine at all. It’s God’s. I’ve always approached my writing with a prayerful heart that God would meet me on the pages and fill it in with His truths so readers might see Him. But this felt different. This felt as though God simply needed someone with fingers to type.

And so, my prayer as you read Suddenly Forever is that God’s messages come through loud and clear. To the reader who, like Cora, grieves a lost loved one, may you see God’s healing hand and feel His peace. To the reader who may one day encounter someone grieving, may you see the lessons of patience and compassion cultivated in Luke. May you all be reminded of God’s ever-present love for you!

I hope you’ll join me this summer as I invite you again to visit Laurel Cove. The third book in the Laurel Cove Romance Series, Someone Found, releases in May! Blessings and happy reading!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her, Teresa is giving away the grand prize package of a Zippered Book Sleeve (8×10), a “Library” Candle (4 oz), a Suddenly Forever Book Quote Card (4×6), and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!

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Audio Book Review: Wedding in the Pines by Cassidy Carter

This is definitely a feel-good romance. I liked the relaxed atmosphere at the Cabins in the Pines and although it was clear that there was another book that took place before this one, I had no trouble following along.

I listened to the audio book version and liked that there were two narrators, male and female. They switched off based on whose perspective was the prominent one in each chapter. I wasn’t a huge fan of the male narrator’s version of the women’s voice, however, I got used to it after awhile.

This was a sweet second-chance romance, and truly a second-chance at a life of love and happiness for Hope, rather than the stressful life she had been living the past few years. I was so frustrated with Hope’s father for most of the book, however, I was happy with the way things resolved between the two of them.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Once, they were in love with music—and each other.

Life took them in very different directions…

But a wedding in the pines brings them together.

Slater’s job has never been busier at Cabins in the Pines, the recently expanded resort. On top of everything else, he’s the best man for his boss’s upcoming wedding, and he’s trying to make sure everything goes perfectly. But there was one detail he didn’t plan on: the arrival of his ex-girlfriend, Hope.

Years ago, when Hope dated Slater, she dreamed of a musical career. Now, she’s working at her father’s financial firm, and he expects her to take over someday. Hope’s determined to make their conference at Cabins in the Pines a success…while ignoring her misgivings about her own future.

When Slater and Hope meet again, all their memories come rushing back—including the pain of their breakup. Could this unexpected interlude lead to a new beginning?

This charming second chance romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe.

Purchase your own copy of the book here.

Purchase the audio book here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

With strong, relatable heroines and heroes too lovable not to fall for, Cassidy Carter crafts sweet, fun, family-centered romances that will win readers’ hearts. When she’s not writing, Cassidy can be found digging in the garden or lost in a good book. Originally from the South, she now resides in the desert Southwest with her husband, two daughters, and a cattle dog that has never seen a lick of ranch work.

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Review: Rodeo and Juliet by Linda Ford

This was a fun novella! An ornery horse who was definitely smarter than average brought together two people who really needed each other. Both Rodeo and Juliet had things that held them down from the past and I liked watching as their eyes were opened to what they really wanted in life.

Rodeo and Juliet got off to a rough start, but the attraction that began to grow between them was a lot of fun to watch. The other characters in the story rounded everything out nicely. I look forward to reading Juliet’s twin sister, Josie’s, story.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

From an award-winning author with more than one million books sold. Enjoy this heartwarming historical romance. Note: this book can be read as a stand-alone.

Rodeo has never been closer to achieving his dream of buying his own ranch. But when his trick horse—his partner in every performance—falls for the lovely Juliet and refuses to leave her side, Rodeo’s plans go up in smoke. How can Rodeo persuade his stubborn horse to change his mind? Especially when Rodeo finds himself drawn to Jules, too…

Juliet is the careful twin, content to play it safe. She’s not interested in Rodeo—or his horse. But the more time she spends with the stubborn cowboy, the more she realizes there are hidden depths he doesn’t show anyone else. But feeling compassion for the man doesn’t mean she’s falling for him… does it?

Rodeo needs Jules’s help to convince his matchmaking horse to perform. Can these two put aside their pasts and embrace a future that fulfills dreams they won’t admit to?

Sunny Ridge, Montana series: Twin sisters came west searching for home and found something more.

Books in this series:
Rodeo and Juliet
Much Ado About Josie

Purchase your own copy here.

Also available in Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Linda Ford grew up devouring books and making up stories in her head, often late at night when she couldn’t sleep. But she hadn’t planned to write. Instead, she dreamed of running an orphanage. In a way, that dream came true. She married, had 4 homemade children, adopted 10 and lived her dream. She lives on a small ranch in western Alberta, where she can see the mountains every day. She and her husband continue to enjoy their children and grandchildren. Linda still finds a great deal of enjoyment and satisfaction in creating imaginary worlds only now she does it on paper or rather, at the computer.

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Review: Uncertain Spring by Lyn Cote

This was a good story, set in the community where the other Northern Shore Intrigue novels are set. I do believe this book could also be enjoyed as a stand alone novel.

I often see readers asking for stories with main characters who are a bit older than those in their twenties and thirties. Uncertain Spring has a man and a woman who are both widowers and realize that they might have a chance at love once again. Lois has two grown daughters and some grandchildren, as well.

Those who have read the earlier books in the series will recognize Lois’ daughters as Audra and Megan, who were main characters in other novels. The girls had a rocky relationship with their mother after their father died suddenly. It was nice to read a story from Lois’ perspective.

There is a hint of mystery and danger throughout the book surrounding a young woman suffering with amnesia. Lois did a great job of providing a safe place for this woman, while also working to reconnect with her daughters. The romance that grew between Lois and Jacob felt very natural and I was happy that they found each other.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Near midnight, a panicked dog barks frantically—not to frighten but to beckon.
Lois has just driven up to her summer home in a March snowstorm, coming north early to be near her adult daughters. Without hesitation she follows as the dog leads her through the thick pine forest.

Finally she glimpses a young woman lying in the snow, unconscious. Lois taps in 911.

In the morning, the girl has wakened in what the doctor identifies as a state of dis-associative fugue, a form of amnesia. Lois takes in the girl as the local sheriff tries to find clues to her identity.

The nearby vet, a mountain of a man, okays Lois to foster the dog. He’s increasingly attracted to this compassionate but oh so refined woman while Lois finds herself drawn to him. Can they take a second chance on love? And why isn’t anyone searching for the girl? Or is someone?

Another suspenseful romance set on the shore of Lake Superior by a USA Today bestselling author Lyn Cote.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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USA Today bestselling author, Lyn Cote has written nearly 50 books. A Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and an American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, Lyn writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and historical novels. No matter which kind of story, her brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories” comes through.

Her most recent achievement is being added to Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She lives in a lakeside cottage the northwoods of Wisconsin with her comfy husband and her twenty-year old cat.

Lyn’s brand is Strong Women, Brave Stories because her heroines are women who don’t just take what life hands them but fight for a better way with God’s help. Also most of her stories feature a multi-cultural cast of characters and authentic detail whether it is a contemporary or historical story.

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Review: The Amish Cowboy’s Homecoming by Ophelia London

This was a very enjoyable story, with a refreshing cast of characters. I really liked Grace and Isaac and the way they started off a bit at odds with each other since they were both wanting the lead role in training a difficult horse.

The growing friendship and romance between Isaac and Grace was very natural. It was built on respect that grew between them as they worked together. It was great to see how they were naturally drawn to each other as time passed. There were eventually some things that began to threaten their potential future together, which they had to work through in order to find love together, but those things would also strengthen their relationship.

The Amish Cowboy’s Homecoming is book two in the Honey Brook series but can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

What happens when a traditional horse whisperer clashes with an unconventional trainer within the charming Amish community of Honey Brook?

Grace Zook has always held a talent with horses, ever since she was a child growing up in her quaint Amish village of Honey Brook. Now, as an adult, she’s become a master trainer—but still struggles to prove to her father that she is worthy of taking over the family’s horse farm. With a fiery new stallion coming soon, Grace knows this challenge is her chance to prove she can finally take the reins.

When widower and horse whisperer Isaac King is offered the lead training job on a new farm out of town, he’s thrilled to finally make a name for himself and provide some permanent roots for his young daughter. But not only is the stallion seemingly unbreakable, so, too, is the owner’s headstrong daughter Grace, who has drastically different ideas about how to handle the impossible horse. Yet somehow, he can’t seem to get the confident, beautiful woman out of his mind…even though as his boss’s daughter, she is completely off-limits.

There’s too much at stake for Isaac to gamble his future on Grace…even though suddenly, he can’t imagine one without her.

Each book in the Honey Brook series is STANDALONE:
* Never an Amish Bride
* The Amish Cowboy’s Homecoming 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ophelia London

USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas, and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. She enjoys cupcakes, treadmills, reruns of Dawson’s Creek and obsessing over her Italian Greyhound, Peanut. Ophelia is the author of NEVER AN AMISH BRIDE, her very first Amish romance! As wells as the Sugar City series, the Perfect Kisses series, the Abby Road series, and other adult, NA and YA sweet romances.

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Review: The Lady’s Refuge by Naomi Rawlings

What an interesting novel! I have not read any other stories set in France during the time period of the French Revolution. I thought the author did a very good job of showing the emotional impact on characters who were on two different sides of the revolution. It truly was the Terror.

I liked these two main characters and enjoyed watching as they began to fall for each other. Things really seemed hopeless to me, I will admit, and I wondered how Isabelle would ever keep from being discovered. I also wondered how the author would be able to happily wrap things up in a satisfying manner, yet she did! I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

*Previously published as Sanctuary for a Lady

Can two people in need of hope find it in the darkest of times?

Isabelle La Rouchecauld wants nothing more than to be safe. A revolution has torn her country apart, costing her not just her home, but also her family. Giving up on the hope she can ever be safe in her beloved France, she resolves to travel to England, but her aristocratic upbringing makes the journey dangerous. When soldiers discover her in the woods near the English Channel, she has little chance of survival.

Michel Belanger has every reason to hate aristocrats. They flaunted money and threw extravagant balls while people across France suffered and starved. But when he discovers an aristocratic woman left for dead in the woods, he finds himself torn. With the French Revolution raging, harboring someone from the aristocracy means danger for both himself and his ailing mother. But his conscience won’t let him leave the woman behind.

As Isabelle heals from her attack, she and Michel discover that though they come from clashing worlds, their differences are no match for the feelings growing between them. But the violence of the revolution lurks even in the scenic countryside, and soon Isabelle and Michel will need to decide how much they mean to each other, and how much they are willing to sacrifice for a future together…

An unforgettable story of redemption, faith, and the powerful strength of God’s love.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Naomi Rawlings

Naomi Rawlings is the author of eleven historical Christian novels, including the reader-favorite Eagle Harbor Series. Her novels have been short-listed for three different publishing awards, and she enjoys writing uplifting books set in simpler times, but with real characters who work through the trials of their faith to find strength and love—both with each other, and in the arms of a kind God.

Naomi lives with her husband and three children in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, where they get an average of twenty-one feet of snow every winter. Even with the snow, she enjoys residing in the wilderness and raising her kids in an environment that lets them walk to the river to fish, explore the woods, and ride their bikes to Lake Superior. She also loves living an area where people still grow their own vegetables and cut down their own firewood—just like in the historical novels she writes.

You can connect with Naomi on her website and Facebook.

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Audio Book Review: A Waterfront Wedding by Leigh Duncan

I listened to the audio book version of A Waterfront Wedding and was very impressed! First of all, the narrator, Karissa Vacker, did a fabulous job of doing both the female and the male voices. I had to double check to make sure that this wasn’t a male/female team doing the narration. Very nice!

The story was sweet and such a joy to listen to. Even though this is book three in the Heart’s Landing series, I had no trouble jumping in and getting to know the town that was so full of romantic history and the people who were eager to present each bride with her perfect wedding day.

I loved listening as Evelyn and Ryan got their chance at love while working to make the bride and groom’s dreams come true. Childhood friends who drifted apart, Evelyn and Ryan were very likable characters. It was interesting to watch them work together while they also both hoped that their venue would be chosen as the wedding location for the contest. They had good romantic chemistry.

This story left me with a happy and uplifted feeling and I felt as if I had truly journeyed to this special small town on the coast.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

It’s the wedding of the year…

But who will get to host it?

In Heart’s Landing, Evelyn wants to prove she’s a good manager of the Captain’s Cottage by the bay—a favorite place for weddings. Meanwhile, Ryan has invested his life savings to remodel the town’s old boatworks into a brand-new wedding venue.

When a Marine and his bride win the Wedding in a Week contest, they have seven days to put together a romantic, all-expenses-paid event. It’ll be written up in Weddings Today magazine. But will they choose Evelyn’s cottage or Ryan’s boatworks?

The rival business owners cozy up to the bride and groom, helping them plan their military wedding. And even though Evelyn and Ryan both grew up in Heart’s Landing, they learn they never truly knew each other until now. But can they trust each other when only one of them can win?

This sweet, heartwarming romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe.

Purchase your own copy here.

Purchase the audio book here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author Leigh Duncan. (Photo by Chris Kridler)

Leigh Duncan is an Amazon best-selling author and a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, the author of more than two dozen novels, novellas and short stories. However, the biggest thrill of her career–so far!–came when she saw her book, Journey Back to Christmas, featured on the Home and Family Show after Hallmark Publishing chose Journey to introduce its new line of romance novels.

Leigh lives on Central Florida’s East Coast where she loves to stay in touch with readers through social media.

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