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.

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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.

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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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Review: A Second Chance for Love: A Sea Glass Bay Romance Book

by Anna J Stewart, Kayla Perrin, Melinda Curtis, and Cari Lynn Webb

This was a fun collection of novellas! These four romance stories are all set in the same location and the characters all overlap from story to story. As one story moves to the next, you are able to see what is going on with the characters from the previous novellas. Each novella ends with a happily-ever-after, yet all four build up to form a complete picture for all of these friends.

The stories are clean romances, with a couple of the stories referencing intimacy between the main characters in the past. This was definitely necessary for the story lines, as those two stories involved pregnancies between friends. The authors handled the delicate situations well.

I thoroughly enjoyed these romances, which left me with a happy and uplifted feeling as the four main couples found their happily-ever-afters.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

With Mother’s Day approaching, four women living in a picturesque coastal town discover a second chance at love when they finally find their happily-ever-after partners in this anthology of contemporary romance novellas.

MOM WANTED
Claire Bishop’s life as an art teacher in Sea Glass Bay is full and rewarding, but her heart longs for a family she’ll never have. When she agrees to help out widower, Sully Vaughn, by taking care of his daughter after school, Sully is concerned his little girl, Lindie, is growing too attached to her favorite teacher. Sully is trying his best to protect his child from the heartache of loss that nearly destroyed him, but he hasn’t taken into account his passion for the dynamic woman—nor Lindie’s determination to lay claim to the perfect mom.

FATHER WANTED
Jazzy Dunbar is enjoying life as a single mom, proving that you don’t have to have a man to have it all. Jeremiah Caldwell, a good friend, made the perfect sperm donor. He’s happy with their “no strings attached” relationship … or is he? He wants to be more than a sometimes-father in baby Caleb’s life. Jazzy doesn’t want to ruin their friendship by allowing their attraction to flare, but when a serious situation threatens, will Jeremiah be able to prove that they can have love and the perfect family?

HERO WANTED
Single mom Leah Martin needs to find a wedding date for her ex-husband’s wedding. Their son, Owen, is going to be the ringbearer and her attendance is required. But this florist has no time to date around the busy Mother’s Day holiday, which is why she agrees to let her friends set her up for a blind date. Hank DeLeon’s bar shares an alley with Leah’s florist shop, which is the perfect location for a restaurant if she’s willing to relocate. When he’s asked to take her on a blind date, he has to wonder: is this a great chance for a business proposition? Or a once-in-a-lifetime chance at love?

FAMILY WANTED
After a corporate restructuring at her accounting firm, Paige Duffy moved north to Sea Glass Bay and opened a handmade candle booth at the coastal town’s popular local craft market. Now her severance is running out and Paige discovers she’s pregnant from a one night stand. Charter boat owner, Gavin Cole, lost his grandfather six months ago, promising him he’d finally pursue his dreams of sailing the open ocean. But when Paige tells him that she’s pregnant with his child, Gavin must decide what adventure he really wants: the one he’s always dreamed of, or the one he never believed possible.

Purchase your own copy here.

FIND THE AUTHORS ON THEIR WEBSITES AT:

Anna J. Stewart Website

Kayla Perrin Website

Melinda Curtis Website

Cari Lynn Webb Website

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Review: To Protect His Children by Linda Goodnight

Oh, this was such a sweet and wonderful beginning to a new series! I loved these main characters! Wade and Kyra were very likable and the romantic attraction that began to build between them as the story progressed was just perfect.

They both had things from their pasts that they were working through that affected their ability to move on in life. I loved the way Kyra cared for and loved on the triplets and Wade was an amazing father.

This was such an enjoyable story from start to finish and I am excited to see what the future stories with other characters will be about.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

He’ll do anything to make sure they’re cared for…from New York Times bestselling author Linda Goodnight.

He finally found a nanny…

but can he convince her to stay?

After a tragedy, rancher Wade Trudeau’s offer of a summer housekeeping position at Sundown Ranch is the perfect cure for former teacher Kyra Mason. Only Wade left out an important part of her job—looking after his triplets! Now Kyra’s falling for the three adorable toddlers, along with their love-shy cowboy dad. But when summer ends, can Kyra return to real life…knowing she’s left her heart behind?

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

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Winner of the RITA Award for excellence in inspirational fiction, Linda Goodnight has also won the Booksellers’ Best, ACFW Book of the Year (twice), and a Reviewers’ Choice Award from Romantic Times Magazine.

Linda has appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and Christian bestseller lists, and her romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A  former nurse and teacher, Linda loves writing fiction that carries a message of hope and light in a sometimes dark world.

Linda enjoys cooking, reading, and travel. Next on her bucket list are Israel and Scotland. She lives in Oklahoma with husband, Gene, who, ironically, doesn’t travel at all.   

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Review & Giveaway: Sword of Trust by Debbie Lynne Costello

About the Book

Book:  Sword of Trust

Author: Debbie Lynne Costello

Genre: Christian Fiction Romance Medieval

Release date: March 15, 2021

Deirdre Mackenzie has spent her life hiding from her father and hating the English. However, when she is caught stealing from an English laird, his unexpected kindness begins to melt away her hatred and strums lonely heartstrings longing for love.  Bryce Warwick can’t believe the boy his men caught is actually a young woman. After several attempts to lure the truth from her, he determines she is as deceitful as his late fiancée who nearly cost him his life. But the woman is the least of his worries with the turbulence brought on by threats of another border war and by King Richard’s distrust of the nobles. With the boundary in unrest, Bryce entertains a Scottish chieftain unaware it is Deirdre’s father, seeking peace for his people. Fearful that her father will discover she is alive, Deirdre steals Bryce’s signet ring, hoping a missive from the laird will keep her father away. But when the ring is used instead for treason, she realizes too late she’s been betrayed and Bryce will hang for the crime. With old wounds that need to heal and adversaries who could end their chances at true love, both must learn to trust in a way they never knew possible.

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My Review

This exciting story is aptly titled, as it is definitely a tale that is all about trust. The main characters, Bryce and Deirdre, have trust issues because of things that have happened in their pasts. These events have helped to shape them into the people they are, but also tend to lead them to make decisions from a position of fear.

I thought that the chemistry between Bryce and Deirdre was very strong and realistically written. It was easy to see that there would be much distrust between the two for a long time and I liked that when they began to get to know each other better, they began to see things that they liked about each other. But a bit of distrust seemed to linger.

I read the first book in this series years earlier and as I began reading this novel, I tried to remember details about book one. I began remembering the plot of that story, Sword of Forgiveness, as the author mentioned some key points about it in this novel. It is nice to have read book one, however, I believe that Sword of Trust could be enjoyed on its own, as well.

Sword of Trust was a pleasure to read, full of action, adventure, faith, and romance.

(4 stars)

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

About the Author

Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon’s #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 4 horses, 3 dogs, a miniature donkey, and 6 peking ducks.

More from Debbie Lynne

It is my desire as an author to draw my readers into my story so they feel invested in the hero and heroine and part of their journey, whether it is set in 19th Century Charleston, South Carolina or 14th Century Northumberland, England. One of the ways I love to do this is with professions, hobbies, and cooking. In Sword of Trust my heroine, Deirdre has become quite proficient with a bow and arrow. She’s had plenty of practice and is driven to be the best, perhaps to prove to herself because she is a lass in lad’s clothing. The long bow was a popular weapon in the Middle Ages and was used in battle in The Hundred Years’ War. But the bow was not just a weapon of war, the bow was also a weapon for food. And Deirdre loves to hunt with a flat bow. In her excitement she runs into a wee bit of trouble with the king. Some trivia for you: Because of its elasticity, the yew tree was used in making the long bow. Even after fire arms were introduced the long bow continued to be used for battles. And due to its popularity, by the end of the sixteenth century, mature yew trees were nearly extinct in Northern Europe.

Unfortunately, I can’t really give you instructions on bow making or lessons on how to shoot accurately. Instead, I’m going to share a recipe for the medieval treat, gyngerbrede. In Sword of Trust, Bryce gets his cook to make gyngerbrede. He fills a bag with them and takes them north to the Scottish borderland to hand out to the children. Sweets have been loved for thousands of years. Today we know that sugar is bad for us. Regardless of that, we still crave the empty calories. Some things never change. Here is a wee bit of fun trivia for you. During the first century in some countries, sugar was only used for medicinal purposes and thought to heal many ailments.

Gyngerbrede

Ingredients

1 loaf of wheat bread, grounded into breadcrumbs

1 cup of honey

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp black pepper

Preparation

In a medium to large pan, bring your honey to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the foam that collects on the top and sides. Add your cinnamon, ginger, and pepper. Stir well. When your spices are mixed in the honey begin adding your bread crumbs one cup at a time. Mix well and then knead it thoroughly. You can divide your dough up into quarters to make it easier to work with and roll out. Cut them into 1” squares. Dust the squares with a mixture of one part cinnamon and two parts sandalwood.

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Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, April 24

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Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 25

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 26

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, April 27

Connie’s History Classroom, April 28

Bizwings Blog, April 28

deb’s Book Review, April 29

Simple Harvest Reads , April 29(Guest Review from Donna Cline)

For Him and My Family, April 30

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Locks, Hooks and Books, May 1

Texas Book-aholic, May 2

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 3

The Book Chic Blog, May 3

Pause for Tales, May 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 5

Mary Hake, May 5

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, May 6

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Debbie is giving away the grand prize of a smart watch!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

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Review: Where Grace Appears by Heidi Chiavaroli

Whenever I would set this book down to do something else, I would find myself thinking of the various characters in this story and what they were going through. If I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about them and wondering what was going to happen in lives of each one!

Josie returned home feeling like a fool. She made some bad decisions while she was away at graduate school and did things that were out of character for her because she was in a haze of grief after her father’s death. It was apparent that as Josie returned home, she was beginning to come out of the fog that she had been in and she regretted quite a few things, including the way she had reacted to her best friend, Tripp Colton’s, profession of love before she left home months earlier.

This story contained all the messy emotions that can come about as family members walk through life together. There were hurt feelings, missed opportunities, unrequited love, stubbornness, confusion about the future, and so much more. Josie and Tripp were likable characters who had a lot to work through before there could be a chance for a future for them together. I liked the steadfast nature of Tripp’s love for Josie. Even when he stumbled or reacted out of hurt, his love remained strong.

I am looking very forward to the next book in the series, which will feature Josie’s married sister, Maggie, and her new family. It was clear in this book that Maggie and her husband were struggling some in their relationship and it will be nice to return to the bed and breakfast and see how things work out for them, too.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Ashamed of being duped by her handsome psychology professor, Josie Martin returns to Maine too proud to admit her foolishness to those closest to her. As the one-year anniversary of her father’s death approaches, she seeks solace in an old friend, Tripp Colton, and a new business venture that will prove to herself and her loved ones that she is still capable of success despite her overwhelming failure.

When Josie announces she will not return to school to finish her graduate degree but wishes to remain in Camden to help her mother achieve a lifelong dream, the entire family gets behind her idea to open and run a bed and breakfast inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Even Tripp gets excited about restoring Josie’s great-aunt’s Victorian home for the purpose, but when Josie’s unexpected news is revealed, their friendship and the new feelings blooming between them are threatened.

As summer gives way to fall, Josie struggles with decisions regarding her family’s future, dealing with past mistakes she cannot run from, and her feelings for Tripp. When the opportunity for grace comes along, will she take it? Or will she continue to allow her failures to define her worth?

A contemporary twist on the well-loved classic, Little Women, readers will fall in love with the Martin family—Maggie, Josie, Lizzie, Bronson, Amie, and their mother Hannah—each trying to find their own way in the world and each discovering that love, home, and hope are closer than they appear.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Heidi Chiavaroli (pronounced shev-uh-roli…sort of like Chevrolet and ravioli mushed together!) wrote her first story in third grade, titled I’d Cross the Desert for Milk. It wasn’t until years later that she revisited writing, using her two small boys’ nap times to pursue what she thought at the time was a foolish dream. Despite a long road to publication, she hasn’t stopped writing since!

Heidi writes women’s fiction, combining her love of history and literature to write split time stories. Her debut novel, Freedom’s Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Heidi loves exploring places that whisper of historical secrets, especially with her family. She loves running, hiking, baking, and dates with her husband. Her latest dual timeline novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott’s life. Heidi makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Heidi is represented by the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

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Review: The Sword and the Secrets by Jan Davis Warren

The Sword and the Secrets was an exciting story full of adventure, danger, and romance. It is the second book in the Secrets series and follows the son of the couple from the first book, The Secret Life of Lady Evangeline. It is not necessary to have read book one in order to understand and enjoy book two.

I enjoyed watching these characters work together to bring their information to the King. They battled many people along the way and had to learn to trust each other in order to stay alive.

As John and Julianna spent time together, they began to care for one another. Yet, Julianna was indebted to the Crown as a spy and John had made a vow to serve God, which he believed meant that he needed to become a monk. These were roadblocks to a possible life of love together.

The author did a good job of illustrating that God can use anyone for any purpose and that the plans you believe God has for you may not be what He intends at all. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Julianna’s final mission proves more deadly than she imagined, help comes from the most unlikely of places.

Raised in a castle on the remote border of England and Scotland, Lord John Stanton is the last male heir of his royal lineage. He has the responsibility to marry and carry on the family name, but a secret vow to God, after a near-fatal battle wound, could change his future from royal heir to humble servant of the church. His journey to the monastery to become a monk is interrupted when he meets a dangerous, but beautiful, woman who has plans and secrets of her own.

Abandoned by her father and raised in an institution as property of the Crown, Julianna Westerfield longs to be free to pursue love and have a family of her own. Trained to be a spy and assassin, she has a chance to earn her freedom by completing this last and most dangerous assignment. Her mission to uncover a murderous plot and the identities of the Black Guard has already cost several agents their lives, and now the assassins are after her. To survive she must depend on a handsome monk and his cantankerous donkey.

Was it divine intervention that caused John and Julianna’s paths to cross? Can they put aside their differences and join forces to deliver stolen papers containing vital information to the king in time to save countless lives?

Purchase your own copy here.

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: Sing Me Back Home by Amanda Mason

These characters are going to stay in my thoughts for a long time. What a great story! Although Sing Me Back Home is the second book in the Bluff Creek series, it is a stand alone novel that does not depend on book one. However, I enjoyed book one, The Long Road Home, very much and would definitely recommend it, as well.

I really liked the two main characters in this book. The author did a wonderful job of writing authentic characters who made mistakes in realistic ways. Melanie was an up and coming Christian recording artist and definitely a strong Christian. However, she allowed her emotions to lead her into falling for Lane McCay, a country music superstar, who was definitely not a believer.

The trials they faced due to their very different lifestyles, the expectations of their fans, and the demands of their recording labels were things that hit them hard and tore their budding relationship apart. The emotions that Lane and Melanie went through in this story felt so real to me. I felt as if I was experiencing things right along with them.

This novel deals with forgiveness, grace and how emotions can lead us astray. The author did an excellent job of writing the story from both a believer’s and an unbeliever’s perspective and did so in a way that felt realistic. The faith thread wove through the story in a natural way that never became preachy.

The only thing that threw me off a bit was that the perspectives would sometimes change from one person’s thoughts to another person’s thoughts mid paragraph and I wouldn’t immediately realize that the other person had begun their viewpoint. However, that ended up being something that I became used to as I read and it did not take away from my enjoyment of this novel.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Country music superstar Lane McCay left his hometown of Bluff Creek for the bright lights of the big city and the lure of fame and fortune. For the past several years he’s lived the life he always dreamed of by sitting at the top of the country music charts, touring the country relentlessly and casually dating any pretty face that came along. With the end of five year contract with his record label looming on the horizon, a string of meaningless relationships and a label executive bent on making his life miserable, he begins to wonder if there is more to life than what he’s achieved. By chance he meets Melanie Michaels, a rising Contemporary Christian recording artist and no matter how many times he tells himself she is not his type, he can’t get the attractive singer off his mind.
Despite opposition from almost everyone around them, Lane and Melanie begin a relationship. While trying to keep their relationship away from the scrutiny of the public eye, Lane finds himself developing feelings he had promised himself he would never allow himself to feel again. And while Melanie finds herself falling for Lane, she is disturbed by his complete avoidance of anything related to her faith in God, a faith that she depends on to guide her life.
Feeling pressures from not only their respective labels, but friends and family as well, Melanie and Lane struggle to stay together. But as threats are made, and Melanie struggles with Lane’s lack of faith, they reach a breaking point that sends both of them into a tailspin. As they struggle with getting on with their lives, Lane comes face to face with issues from his past. Unable to deal with the unexpected turn of events Lane slips into old patterns of destructive behavior, while Melanie battles against the court of public opinion to get her career back on track. Each of them are pushed to a limit where they must decide if they will try to bend life to their own wills or are be willing to trust the unknowns of life to an all knowing God, no matter what that may bring their way.

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Also available on Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amanda Mason

Amanda Mason has felt the pull to put pen to paper since she was a child. She penned her first book at the tender age of 6, including designing and creating her own cover! Mason lives in Middle Tennessee with her husband and 3 active children. She spends her days teaching high school and chasing after her 3 sports oriented children. Her nights are spent at a keyboard trying to convey God’s love, hope and redemption through the stories He lays on her heart.

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