Review: The Secret Life of Lady Evangeline by Jan Davis Warren

The Secret Life of Lady Evangeline was an intriguing story! I was caught up in the continual danger and adventure that Lady Evangeline faced throughout this book.

What a tangled mess of deceit Evangeline and Henry were caught up in! I really felt for these characters. Mistaken trust placed in the wrong person had brought much grief to both of them.

I thought that the chemistry and love that still existed between Henry and Evangeline was very well-written. Even as they still had things to work out between them, they both loved their daughter so much and would do whatever was necessary to keep her safe.

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of danger, secrets, and reclaimed love.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Everyone believes Lady Evangeline is dead, so why not let them? Her survival depends on it.

After escaping from assassins and healing from her injuries, Evangeline Stanton finds refuge in a crumbling abbey. Her physical scars are nothing to the wounds left by the death of her daughter and abandonment of her husband. She spends most days disguised as Sister Margaret Mary, but when necessary, she dons the disguise of the recently deceased bandit, the Fox, to steal from the rich and help the starving children and widows who come for aid.

Lord Henry Stanton still grieves the death of his beloved wife, Evangeline. Raising their young daughter is now the most important role in his life, even though the child serves as a daily reminder of the love he and his wife once shared. He may never shed the weight of his guilt for not protecting Evangeline from the band of outlaws who killed her, as well as the lies sown by his sister-in-law, which he allowed to separate him from his wife just before her death.

When Henry’s ailing father-in-law sends an urgent request for help to manage his lands, he has no choice but to take his daughter with him to Castle Brighton. But the nun who comes to care for the sick man catches Henry’s notice from the first moment he catches sight of her. When the life of their precious daughter is threatened, can they overcome the lies and secrets of the past and join forces to save their daughter before it is too late?

Escape to another century in this action-packed inspirational medieval romance!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

During her youth, Jan Davis Warren raised, broke, and trained horses and seriously considered becoming a veterinarian. Instead, and with no regret, she fell in love and married David, a fun testimony in itself. They searched until they found land with plenty of room to build their future family. Besides their awesome children, several horses, a couple of dogs and barn cats, over the years, they raised all kinds of poultry and livestock, including donkeys. Their children are grown now with happy homes of their own and her sweet husband, the hero of her happily-ever-after story, has since passed away. Change is hard and widowhood is not for sissies. Blessed with a good marriage and a deep abiding relationship with Jesus, Jan is able to write firsthand about sacrifice, love, romance, bravery, and perseverance. One of her favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11, For I know the plans I have you, declares the Lord; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

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Review: Until I Met You by Tari Faris

Well, this novel certainly kept me turning pages! I really liked that there were two developing romantic relationships going on in this book. There was also the turbulent relationship between the brothers, Nate and Austin, which showcased a very broken family relationship.

These two brothers…what burdens they carried!

Austin had deeply rooted bitterness in his heart. The unforgiveness toward his brother that he held onto impacted his developing relationship with Libby. It caused him to react in anger quite a bit in this story. Austin had a lot to learn about forgiveness and trust in this book.

Nate was an intriguing character from book one and I was very interested to see how things worked out for him. The burdens he carried around were all related to the mistakes he had made as a young man. Even though he knew that God had forgiven him, he was unable to totally forgive himself. And even though he loved Olivia, he kept pushing her away because of the man he had been. He had to learn to forgive himself and look to the future instead of the past.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When she hears that the small town of Heritage, Michigan, is looking for a new librarian, Libby Kingsley jumps at the opportunity. Little did she know the library is barely more than a storage closet stuffed with dusty, outdated books. What the community really needs is a new building. But the only funds available are those being channeled into the new town square, and the landscape architect in charge of the project wants nothing to do with her plans.

All Austin Williams wants to do is get the town square project finished so he can do right by the family business and then extricate himself from the town that reveres the brother who cost him so much. But the local media and the town’s new librarian seem to be conspiring against him at every turn. Will the determined bookworm find her way into his blueprints–and possibly even his heart?

Novelist Tari Faris invites you back to the small town with a big heart in this second book in the Restoring Heritage series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

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

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

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

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Just Jones by Andy Andrews

Just Jones JustRead Blog Tour Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Just Jones by Andy Andrews, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Just Jones by Andy AndrewsTitle: Just Jones

Series: Noticer #3

Author: Andy Andrews

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: September 8, 2020

Genre: Inspirational Fiction/Magical Realism

From New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews comes the return of one of our favorite fictional characters: Jones, the noticer. A mysterious elderly man with white hair and endless wisdom who always appears to show up exactly when he’s needed most.

At 3:29 a.m. on May 22, a telephone rings in Orange Beach, Alabama. Breaking the sleepy silence inside the bedroom of New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews, a hastily whispered message heralds the news that Andy has been waiting on for seven years: Jones is back in town. Apparently, however, he is also in jail.

The old man is tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding his brief incarceration. After arriving to bail him out, Andy is shocked to discover that his trusted friend has already opened an unusual business in one of the resort town’s most high-profile shopping districts. Jones’s Five & Dime seems to always have exactly what visitors are looking for, even as their fate steadily becomes entwined with Jones’s.

As the town moves from spring to summer, a practical joker is becoming bolder and more inventive with every prank that is pulled. Could Jones be behind some of it? Why? And what will happen if he is? What’s the truth about that four-hundred-pound table in his Five & Dime? What compels certain people to gather around it every morning? And why does it look as if every person Jones meets has a secret they will reveal only to him?

With rare insight, Andy and Jones take us on a journey that proves the importance of perspective, the power of connection, and the ability we all have to make the impossible come true.

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FROM THE PAGES OF THE BOOK . . .

He wore blue jeans and a white T-shirt with leather flip-flops. His longish, snow-white hair framed a deeply tanned face and the most startling eyes Keely had ever seen. In fact, they were the first thing she’d noticed after being placed in the cell. The old man’s eyes were blue, but it was a lighter—no, a brighter—shade of blue than she had ever seen.

 It was as if his eyes had been encased in crystal. There was a clarity to them Keely was unable to define. She had heard of eyes that sparkled, but always considered that specific description a way of referring to excitement reflected in a person’s face. But this old man? His eyes really did sparkle.

 He had already been in the cell when Keely was locked in during the early morning hours. When the door had shut behind her, the officer quickly departed. Keely simply stood by the door with tears streaming down her face. She had been angry, afraid, and drunk.

 Now, her head pounded ferociously, but she was beginning to recall those first moments in the cell. The old man had stood when she walked in, Keely remembered. And he had said something. What was it? Oh yes . . .he had bowed slightly and said, “Welcome. Come in and rest. I’ve been waiting and am glad you’re here.”

 Keely stared at the old man for a moment through half-open eyes. “Who are you?” she said.

 “Jones,” he smiled. Then, nudging her playfully with his shoulder, added, “Not Mr. Jones. Just Jones.”

 Required text: Taken from Just Jones by Andy Andrews. Copyright 2020 by Andy Andrews. Used with permission from http://www.thomasnelson.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Andy Andrews is a bestselling novelist, speaker, and consultant for some of the world’s most successful teams, largest corporations, and fastest-growing organizations. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Noticer, How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, and the modern classic The Traveler’s Gift. For more information, please visit AndyAndrews.com.

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(1) winner will receive a print copy of The Noticer Returns (Noticer #2) by Andy Andrews!

Just Jones JustRead Blog Tour Giveaway

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Review: Forget Me Not by Sarah M. Eden

Wow! What a fabulous story! I have only read one other book by this author and I really enjoyed it, too. Now, after having read Forget Me Not, I plan to go back and read the other Regency novels she has written. Plus, I plan to purchase a print copy of this book for my bookshelf.

This story was a great introduction to a new series. The plight of Julia and Lucas, as they were thrown together in an arranged marriage, was a perfect set up for all manner of problems.

I felt so sorry for Julia. She had such trust issues and felt that she had been abandoned over and over again by her friend, Lucas, in the past. Now, to be his wife and feel unwanted was almost too much to bear.

As for Lucas…I really liked him, even though it took him a long time to understand what Julia struggled with and how his actions were causing so much angst for her.

I love that the author introduced all of “The Gents” to readers in this book. I can now look forward to each of these men getting their own happily-ever-after stories in this series. Forget Me Not was a wonderful novel, definitely a favorite read of mine this year. I wholeheartedly recommend it to fans of clean Regency romance.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Nottinghamshire, 1785

Julia Cummings has long been acquainted with loss-her mother, her brother, her sister, her friend, all gone too soon. But the loss that pushed her grief to the limit as a young girl was that of her best friend, Lucas Jonquil, who abandoned her without looking back. Now, eight years later, Lucas has returned to Lampton Park, and Julia has steeled herself-she will never forgive the man who broke her heart.

After losing too many of his friends and family to early deaths, Lucas vowed to live life to the fullest. And after traversing the world, he has returned from his adventures to find his family and home as he left them-except for Julia. The little girl he left behind has blossomed into a captivating lady, a lady who makes it clear she despises him. With little hope of reconciliation, the former friends are blindsided when their parents make a shocking announcement. Lucas and Julia have been betrothed without their knowledge and are to marry immediately. Now Lucas must rely on the help of his closest friends to win the heart of a lady who loathes him-a lady he’s coming to love more deeply every day.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sarah M. Eden is a USA Today Bestselling author of witty and charming historical romances, including Foreword Review’s 2019 INDIES Award finalists The Heart of a Vicar and The Lady and the Highwayman, and 2020 Holt Medallion finalist Healing Hearts. Combining her obsession with history and affinity for tender love stories, Sarah loves crafting witty characters and heartfelt romances set against rich historical backdrops. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in research and happily spends hours perusing the reference shelves of her local library. Sarah lives with her husband, kids, and mischievous dog in the shadow of a snow-capped mountain she has never attempted to ski. 

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Review & Giveaway: The Bird and the Bees by Neena Gaynor

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for The Bird and the Bees by Neena Gaynor, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: The Bird and the Bees
Author: Neena Gaynor
Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing
Release Date:
April 21, 2020
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

When Larkin Maybie buries her mother in the foothills of Appalachia, she is left all alone. Her only inheritance? A crazy aunt, a mountain of debt, and a run-down, secluded cabin left by a mysterious benefactor. While Larkin thinks an escape to a cabin miles from anything familiar might be exactly what she needs, the quick answer to her problems only leaves her with more questions… Questions concerning her true identity.

As Larkin searches for her link to the Lewandowski Estate, she begins to accept the kindness of strangers on Presque Isle and the affection of professional baseball player, Ketch Devine. Charged with caring for the cabin’s honey bees and haunted by past choices, Larkin struggles to move forward in a new direction and is running out of time. With summer and baseball season coming to an end, she must decide: what is the value of true love?

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MY REVIEW

This story had a gentle pacing to it that made me feel the solitude of the cabin that Larkin inherited. It was a story of secrets and guilt and regrets, but also of hope, love, and a finding a relationship with God.

Larkin was full of regret over the bad choices that she made both recently and in the past. I liked seeing the potential for her to get a fresh start with a truly nice guy in Erie. However, the burdens she carried made it hard for her to accept that Ketch would want her if he knew the truth.

And speaking of truth, there were secrets and many questions regarding the past that arose as Larkin began to wonder why she inherited the run down cabin.

I was surprised with how quickly Ketch realized that he was in love with Larkin, however, that does happen sometimes. I had to remind myself of that. But I did really like the dynamic of these two and hoped that Larkin could start making good decisions instead of bad ones!

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

When not chasing after her two joyful little boys, Neena Gaynor enjoys beekeeping, a good cup of coffee, and writing.

She’s spent much of the last decade traveling with her husband, Wade, a former professional baseball player. Throughout the 29 changes of address and the stresses of moving a young family, Neena has learned to embrace the peace that only comes from the steady accompaniment of Christ.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a $15 Chick-fil-A gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight September 15, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on September 22, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Review: Just One Kiss by Courtney Walsh

Just One Kiss was simply wonderful! I loved this story as much as I loved that beautiful cover!

A few things stood out to me as very realistic in this story. One of them was the anger that Carly held onto. She had been hurt emotionally very deeply by Josh and had continually cultivated anger and distrust for him for sixteen years. Even though he showed her over and over again in this story that he was reliable and cared about her and Jaden, it made complete sense to me that she had trouble trusting him.

The attraction these two had for each other was also very realistic. The hurt Carly had from Josh’s abandonment was so deep because she had loved him so much.

I wondered before I began reading this book how the author would make me be sympathetic toward Josh. I didn’t know if she could make me relate to why Josh left in the first place. Well, she did! Josh had so much baggage and emotional mess from his childhood. He did what he thought he had to do and it was very emotional to read about all he went through and the beliefs he held about himself.

And, finally, the way Josh and Carly related to each other regarding Jaden’s health issues seemed very realistic to me. Both of them had a special relationship with Jaden, yet they also had to work together as some type of family in the decisions they made. It was interesting to see how they all functioned together. I loved this story!

(5 stars)

I read this story through Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

He broke her heart. Now, he’s back, and he’s determined to show her what they had isn’t over. . . and he can prove it with just one kiss.

Single mother Carly Collins likes predictability. However, when her son Jaden’s health is threatened, her neatly controlled world is tossed into a tailspin. Nothing is certain anymore, especially her feelings for Josh Dixon, Jaden’s father, her first love and the man responsible for shattering her heart sixteen years ago.

When Josh Dixon walked out of Harbor Pointe, he left behind his only shot at a real family. Now a successful tech mogul, the town rebel has found a cause—ensure his son’s recovery and prove to Carly and Jaden that he’s not the same guy he was back then.

Carly and Josh are forced to wade through messy emotions and questions that have gone unanswered for years, which would be easier if not for the pesky feelings, every bit as strong and impossible to ignore as they ever were.

Will forgiveness win, giving Carly and Josh a second chance at love . . . or will the past prove too much to overcome?

A small town romance about first love second chances and how our most beautiful life might look nothing like we planned.

Purchase your own copy here.

Also available in Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Courtney Walsh is the author of Paper Hearts, Change of Heart, and the Sweethaven series. Her debut novel, A Sweethaven Summer, was a New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller and a Carol Award finalist in the debut author category. In addition, she has written two craft books and several full-length musicals. Courtney lives with her husband and three children in Illinois, where she is also an artist, theater director, and playwright.

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Review: Molly by Sarah Monzon

This was a fun story. I really liked the way the chemistry developed between Ben and Molly. I have to admit, though, as I first started reading this book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Molly. There is a difference between being truthful and spewing information that is not age appropriate at children. I did not like that Molly did not seem to know how to balance the two, and I hoped she would learn common sense regarding her truth telling.

But she ended up really growing on me and I appreciated learning her background regarding why she had developed this truth telling compunction.

Molly’s empathy and her caring toward Ben and his daughter, Chloe, was perfect. Her sweet heart was obvious in those moments.

Ben was a great character who had loved his late wife dearly. It was great to see him awaken to love again as his feelings for Molly emerged. He felt like a very real character, just making his way through work each day and trying to be a good father to his daughter. There were plenty of lighthearted and fun moments in this romantic comedy novel, but good heart moments, as well.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

If there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I absolutely refuse to tell a lie no matter the consequences. So don’t ask me a direct question unless you’re prepared for a direct answer—that’s something my SoCal sewing girlfriends have learned the hard way.
But who would have thought my honesty policy would get me fired from my job at the preschool? Or that a desperate—and not to mention devastatingly handsome—single father of one of my (now-former) students would hire me that same day as a nanny for his daughter?
I’m an education professional. How hard can taking care of a four-year-old and her over-stressed, over-worked father be?

Purchase your own copy here.

Also available in Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A Carol award finalist and Selah award winner, Sarah Monzon is a stay-at-home mom who makes up imaginary friends to have adult conversations with (otherwise known as writing novels). As a navy chaplain’s wife, she resides wherever the military happens to station her family and enjoys exploring the beauty of the world around her.

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Audio Book Review: Two Reasons to Run by Colleen Coble

Two Reasons to Run is a great addition to the Pelican Harbor series. It is book two in the series and I highly recommend that, for this series, each book be read in order, or you will miss out on important details regarding the backgrounds of the two main characters, Jane and Reid. Each book has its own mystery that must be solved and the plot in each book is wrapped up nicely, however, Jane and Reid’s story is ongoing throughout the series.

I am simply loving the Pelican Harbor books! I read the first book, One Little Lie, and I listened to the second book, Two Reasons to Run. The audio narration for Two Reasons to Run was very nicely done. There were slight variations in voice for certain characters to help the listener know who was speaking. This audio book definitely kept me listening, as I tried to figure out who the villain was!

Will, the teenager in the story, frustrated me a bit in this plot. He just did not seem to “get” that he was in danger. I guess he had some growing up to do emotionally. He did eventually realize that the danger was real and ended up making some very good decisions. He was still a character that I really liked and I was happy with how everything resolved.

I have loved the dynamic between Reid and Jane ever since book one. They continued to have wonderfully complicated emotions toward each other in this book. I am really looking forward to book three!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The second book in a gripping new series from USA TODAY bestselling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble.

Lies have rocked Jane Hardy’s world. And now that her son is being targeted, she’s got at least two reasons to run.

Jane Hardy’s life has been utterly disrupted. Almost immediately after taking over as Chief of Police for Pelican Harbor, her department was rocked by scandal. For the first time in her adult life, Jane thought she was falling in love . . . until she discovered that Reid Bechtol had been hiding the truth about who he really was. And if that wasn’t enough, she learned that her father had been lying to her for the last fifteen years and that her son wasn’t really dead.

The silver lining is that her son, Will, is back in her life and she’s building a relationship with him for the first time.

When Reid embarks on filming a new documentary about the oil platforms in Mobile Bay, someone begins threatening Will to get Reid to stop his investigation. His informant’s body is found lashed to one of the supports under the platform, and Jane has to help Reid find out who is targeting him if she wants to make sure her son survives as well.

His deception and the current danger give Jane plenty of reasons to run from Reid. But are there more reasons to stay?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Best-selling romantic suspense author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 4 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

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Review: Fatal Winter by Lyn Cote

Although Fatal Winter is book three in the Northern Shore Intrigue series, it can be read as a stand alone. Having read the first two books in the series, I enjoyed returning to the small town community and catching up with a few characters from the earlier books.

The action started right from the beginning of the story and had me trying to determine a motive for Ginger’s murder and the continuing break ins occurring around town.

The author did a good job of showing the importance of a loving and supportive family, as well as how guilt can eat away at a person’s happiness.

( 4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In a small town where murder never happens, the unthinkable does happen. And two people with a tragic history must work together to protect their families before another life is taken~

Bookstore owner, Sylvie Patterson has a dark past with Detective Ridge Matthews. And hidden pain over the long ago tragedy that marked them both.

But he’s only aware of part of her secret feelings. Because of the past, she knows she has no future with him. Now Sylvie’s cousin Ginger returns home from Alaska from studying whales. She’s to write her PhD dissertation from her research. The evening Ginger arrives home, she ends their last conversation with these cryptic words: Sylvie, I am going to wow you with a big surprise tomorrow! Finding Ginger lying dead at the foot of the stairs is not any surprise anyone would ever want.
Ridge had come to town on a family matter. When he and Sylvie discover the body, as a state homicide detective, he’s ordered to stay and solve the murder. Murders don’t happen in small town Winfield—and he can’t get a break on the case. He’d wanted to leave town almost immediately but the case drags on. Break-ins and odd occurrences—most connected to Sylvie and her family—keep him in town, unable to get a break. More and more he’s forced into contact with Sylvie and more and more the barriers between them start to crumble.

When Detective Matthews fails to discover any motive or solid clues for her cousin’s murder, Sylvie refuses to believe that she might be next. What if she’s wrong…
Don’t miss the exciting ending to this northwoods murder mystery!

Book 1 Precarious Summer
Book 2 Bitter Autumn
Book 3 Fatal Winter
Book 4 Beneath Northern Lights

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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USA Today bestselling author, Lyn Cote has written over 45 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 two adorable cats.

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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Grand Finale Giveaway: Silver Moon by Jenny Knipfer

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops you’ll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch – Author Interview

What inspired you to write SILVER MOON?

Silver Moon is the third book in a four-part series and follows the story of the children of some of the characters in Blue Moon, about twenty years after Blue Moon leaves off. When I had finished Blue Moon, I knew I was going to write about Luis and Oshki, but I didn’t know how to start until one day I went fishing with my husband to our favorite backwater slough on a cool autumn day and inspiration struck. As I watched the cool water swirl in front of me, I wondered what it would be like to be submerged in that tempestuous liquid, fighting for my life. I set down my fishing pole and wrote the opening prologue to Silver Moon.

Bookstagram Tour

(With its own giveaway.)

Splashes of Joy – Review

“I enjoyed the way this author weaves together everything in this story, the characters, history, plot, and gives an ending that we were waiting for. I also enjoyed how faith had a vital part in this story. Patients and forgiveness is sure a big part of this story. . . . This is a very well written book. Jenny Knipfer is a new author for me, one I will definitely keep contact with. And I can’t wait for the fourth book in this series, Harvest Moon! If you enjoy historical stories, war stories or both, you are covered here. Ms. Knipfer does her research well and it shows on every page of this book.”

Rincón de Joss – Excerpt

Will they find me and the intelligence stowed away in my shoe before I die? Will I die before I can make a break for freedom? Death resembles a sort of freedom, I suppose, one I find almost welcoming. My mind tells me it would be easy to surrender to the pull of the mud and the slimy, icy water, but my body won’t let me. It struggles to survive. My lungs suck in quick gasps of air through a copper tube as I stay covered in my watery grave, but I need more. Soon, I will need to breathe, really breathe, for I am starving for oxygen. Unless I die of hypothermia first. Perhaps the mud acts as an insulating layer.

reviewingbooksplusmore – Review

Silver Moon is an excellent wartime book. There is a lot of characters in the book. My favorite characters are Rose and Mauve. Rose is a nurse in the war. Nurses can be in danger at times, like the soldiers. It takes a special person to be a nurse, especially during the war.”

Bookriot – Review

Silver Moon by is just mindblowing. A historical novel revolved around warfare is very emotional and heartbreaking. . . a compelling story and an author I would read again in future.”

Uplifting Reads – Excerpt

Rose Greenwood turned and looked at the café the outspoken, blonde woman had entered. She steadied herself and took courage from the other ladies in arms. At heart, Rose was no outspoken leader like Mrs. Taylor, but she had determination. She did her duty, calling men to fight. Rose thought of the man she loved. She wanted to make sure he had plenty of help so he would come home to her.

She had heard about the white feather campaign one day from a friend and found an article in the paper about it. She had gained more information and got up the courage to ask matron for several weeks off from the hospital to take part in the campaign and travel around the ports to encourage Canadian men to rally to the cause. Matron had been grim and stern, but she’d conceded . . .

Books and Zebras – Spotlight

Christy’s Cozy Corners – Excerpt

I lie back and think of the first life I took and the last. Well, the ones I know about. The ones who looked me in the eye before I did my job. Deep down, I wonder what it was all really for. The killing.

Revenge? Greed? World domination?

I wish I had asked myself these questions a couple of years ago when I signed up for a life of lies. Well, I never volunteered, exactly. I was recruited.

Book Lover in Florida – Excerpt

I write at night. It is when my thoughts churn themselves around so much, if they don’t have a way to escape, I fear I will explode. The silver moon hangs over my head. It feels close enough to touch.

Lenny sleeps peacefully in his foxhole. We have a scrubby fire going to try to keep away frostbite. Samuel lost a toe. He made it back from the medical unit yesterday. Thank God an infection or gangrene hadn’t set it. Burns and Tommy huddle back to back for warmth.

Older & Smarter? – Review

Silver Moon reminds us of the tragedy of war but Knipfer also shows the beauty that can occur when hope, faith, and forgiveness are present. This is the third book in the By the Light of the Moon series but my enjoyment wasn’t affected because I haven’t read the first two. If you are looking for historical Christian fiction that leaves you wanting to learn more, you will want to read Silver Moon.”

Hallie Reads – Excerpt

“Light. Shapes. I can see a nurse walking around, but I can’t tell who. Nothing is clear,” I tell Dr. Hansen.

“What about close up? Look at me.”

I feel his hands on either side of my head, turning me towards him. My eyes take a few seconds to focus.

“Better. I can see your face, but it is . . . smudged.”

“Ah.”

I can hear the disappointment in Dr. Hansen’s voice.

Remembrancy – Excerpt

Oshki took up his pencil and wrote before the sun no longer lit his trench sufficiently. He had eaten well tonight, for once. The men had picked off a couple of stray squirrels who weren’t smart enough to take cover. Along with the meat and some half-rotten potatoes, they had made a kind of stew. One fella had had some hard-tack biscuits left, which he’d passed around.

His heart had just about given out with the news of Mauve’s last letter. Before he nestled in his foxhole for the night, Oshki set his thoughts down on a wrinkled scrap of stationery.

Wishful Endings – Excerpt

“I am happy you are back with us, Lt. Von Wolff,” Hahn the man they called Rooster commented to Luis as he stood in the dugout region of German HQ, well back from the front lines.

“Ja. I am happy to be back.” Luis tried to be believable. “I took my chance when I saw it. Those British . . .” Luis seasoned his speech with a few German curses to make it sound real to Rooster.

“Ja. It is amazing how you escaped.” Rooster eyed Luis shrewdly.

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

Silver Moon is a very informative, as well as entertaining tale of several people in a Canadian community’s experiences and interactions during WWI. It is a bittersweet tale of loyalty, service, love, fear, hope, forgiveness, acceptance and many more topics. The characters are very diverse and well-portrayed. They are individuals the reader can connect with. The scenes are very easy to visualize.”

Red Headed Book Lady – Review

“I have thoroughly enjoyed this series by Jenny Knipfer this being the best book yet in the series.

I feel that she really has out done herself on this novel. I love that her research has brought us a wonderful read.

This book will make you hold your breath waiting to see what will happen to our beloved characters as Knipfer puts them through their paces. You’ll want to cry, support, and rejoice in their triumphs as they experience WW1 and it’s many dangers. . . . I highly recommend this book for historical fiction lovers or anyone who just wants to read.”

Two Points of Interest – Review

“This book is the third novel in the series. . . if you are a fan of cozy romances with a hint of espionage than this might be the perfect book for you.”

Kelly Goshorn author/Romancing History – Excerpt

Oshki tucked his last letter from home in his rucksack, threw it on his shoulder, grabbed his rifle, and followed the soldier in front of him towards another web of trenches. Part of his company, or what was left of it, were on their way north to beef up the line where an Allied attack was being planned. He and Lenny were the only ones left walking from their small squadron. The rest had been sent home, shipped to a field hospital to recover, or they had died. His mother was right when she told him he had to greet death often.

Like an unwanted guest come calling, he thought.

Bizwings Blog – Review

“This was my first read by this author. I was very impressed with her writing style and the descriptive way she related the war and times in Webaashi Bay. . . . Silver Moon, was an emotional read and one that ran the gamut of forgiveness, heartbreak, redemption, loss, and second chances. Everything wrapped up nicely and I enjoyed the story very much. Even as this was Book 3 in the series, it still worked well as a standalone.”

Beauty in the Binding – Excerpt

This is my last day at the rest camp. The weather is cold but not bitterly so. I like to spend as much time out of doors as I can. The open space frees me. There is so little in the trenches. I must enjoy it while I can.

I’ve made a friend while I’m here, not the human kind. He is a bird. A meadow pipit. He has olive-brown coloring with darker, barred wings edged in white and a creamy white breast. I saw him on top of a thistle digging for seeds. I roam the outskirts of the camp every day. One spot in the northern corner hosts a few dried, wild plants spreading from the grassy meadow beyond.

Reading Excursions – Review

“Using a fictional story set during the real war; Knipfer weaves a tale of war time atrocities, tragedy, realistic warfare and its consequences, along with the uncertainty at home. She also shows the lengths of support that the women go to so that their men come home. And, she also shows the post-war impact – not everyone returns whole whether physically or mentally. . . a novel so engaging that even the discussion questions are must read with their thought-provoking nature.”

Teatime and Books – Excerpt

“Ja. If the British concentrate on breaking through at this point,” Rooster whispered, pointing to an area on the tunnel map he’d pilfered from the general’s HQ, “that would be best. It’s the least watched and the closest to their own.”

Hahn had proven himself invaluable. Luis prayed they wouldn’t get caught. Rooster would be labeled a traitor, while he would just be caught as a spy.

Being a traitor is ten times worse, Luis determined.

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Silver Moon (By the Light of the Moon #3) By Jenny Knipfer

Christian Historical Fiction Paperback & ebook, 411 Pages

June 30, 2020

A tale of courage and hope in the darkest of times…

Silver Moon, the third book in the series: By the Light of the Moon, paints a stunning and poignant picture of life on the home front in Webaashi Bay, Ontario, and of three men who are a part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI.

Shamed into joining the war, the tide turns for Luis Wilson when he is steered into the depths of espionage. Injured and presumed missing, will he lose his heart to the very woman who presented him with a white feather?

Oshki and Jimmy offer a grim perspective on life in the trenches. They despair of ever returning home to the women who hold their hearts.

Meanwhile, Lily fights for the cause in her own way and rallies the female troops at home as prejudices run high and the local cafe owner is accused of being a spy.

Will the women of Webaashi Bay receive their men back unscathed? Can the power of love win out over insurmountable odds? All this drama and more plays out under the light of a silver moon.

Fans of WWI historical fiction, Christian historical fiction, and literary fiction will find Silver Moon a moving, powerful read!

Praise for the Book

Taking an original angle on a tumultuous time in history, Silver Moon by Jenny Knipfer is a sparkling slice of historical fiction. Ambitiously detailing a diverse collection of characters, this World War I story bounces across space and time, delicately filled with vivid descriptions, nuanced moral dilemmas, and authentic relationships…” —Self-publishing Review

Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writing.” —Readers’ Favorite

“I am stunned by the amount of detail the author gave in this single story. On one hand, we have powerful characters… and on the other, we have a plot that demands all our attention. Jenny Knipfer pulls no punches and holds nothing back.” —Readers’ Favorite

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About the Author

Jenny lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Ken and their pet Yorkie, Ruby. She is also a mom and loves being a grandma. She enjoys many creative pursuits but finds writing the most fulfilling.

Jenny’s education background stems from psychology, music, and cultural missions. She spent many years as a librarian in a local public library but recently switched to using her skills as a floral designer in a retail flower shop. She is now retired from work due to disability.

She authored and performed a self-published musical CD entitled, Scrapbook of a Closet Poet.

Jenny’s books, Ruby Moon, Blue Moon, and Silver Moon earned five-star reviews from Reader’s Favorite, a book review and award contest company. Their praise: “Ruby Moon is entertaining, fast-paced, and features characters that are real. Blue Moon continues a well-written and highly engaging saga of family ties, betrayals, and heartaches… Silver Moon is a highly recommended read for fans of historical wartime fiction, powerful emotive drama, and excellent atmospheric writing.”

She holds membership in the: Midwest Independent Booksellers Association, Historical Novel Society, Wisconsin Writers Association, Christian Indie Publishing Association, and Independent Book Publishers Association.

Jenny’s favorite place to relax is by the western shore of Lake Superior, where her novel series, By The Light of the Moon, is set. She has self-published the first three books, Ruby Moon, Blue Moon, and Silver Moon, in her four-part series. One more novel to complete the series is planned for 2020. She is currently writing a new historical fiction series called, Sheltering Trees.

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