Review: Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

Together ForeverThe author packed a lot of heart into the pages of this novel. It was impossible for me not to feel compassion for some of the sweet orphans who captured Marianne’s love on their journey west. I also really enjoyed the developing relationship between Drew and Marianne. Plenty of sparks there!

Drew and Marianne faced many things on this journey which put their fledgling relationship to the test. Could they let go of the guilt that they each carried around? Could they overcome the hurdles that arose? Would they come out stronger together? Would the truth prevail?

Together Forever was a sweet and emotionally rich story. An enjoyable addition to the Orphan Train series, this story could be read as a stand alone novel, if desired. I believe the reading experience will be enhanced if book one is read first, as well as the free prequel novella. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, in which we find out Sophie’s story.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Together ForeverMarianne Neumann has one goal in life: to find her lost younger sister, Sophie. When Marianne takes a job as a placing agent with the Children’s Aid Society in 1858 New York, she not only hopes to give children a better life but seeks to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children–firm but tender and funny. Underneath his handsome charm, though, seems to linger a grief that won’t go away–and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden. As the two team up placing orphans amid small railroad towns in Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

JodyHedlundnew

Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

Find Jody online: website, Instagram, PinterestTwitter, Facebook

Advertisements
Posted in book, book review, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Review: Storm Front by Susan May Warren

Storm FrontGoodness! What an action-packed addition to the Montana Rescue series! I simply love the way these characters feel like family to me as I read. I have really enjoyed the fact that this series is a nice, long one and that it is also connected to the Montana Fire series, which I love. I highly recommend both of these series of books, and of reading the books in order.

Ty was really a stand up guy in Storm Front. I felt for him and for the insecurities and guilt that he had been carrying around. I absolutely loved the way he felt about Brette and the way he made sure she understood that she was important to him, no matter what she had been through or what she might have to go through.

I sometimes felt frustrated with Brette’s actions, however, they were understandable based on things that had happened in her past. I enjoyed seeing her grow and develop faith in God, trust in Ty, and seeing her gain hope for the future.

I am anxiously awaiting the final book in the series and know that this entire series is one I will enjoy re-reading. I have already read the connected Montana Fire series twice!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Storm FrontA tornado has destroyed a small Minnesota community and among the missing are not only a group of students but PEAK Rescue team leader Chet King. Ty Remington will stop at nothing to rescue his mentor, not even when the girl he loved–and lost–walks back into his life. But Brette needs his help more than he knows, despite her stubborn determination to push him away. And when he gets a second chance, loving her just might cost him more than he can imagine.

A blogger for Vortex Storm Chasers, Brette Arnold didn’t expect her adventures to land her in the same place as Ty, the guy who she walked–no, ran–from over a year ago. She had her reasons–good ones. The kind that tell her that falling for him again would only lead to heartache. But Ty isn’t the kind of man to give up–not on the missing students, or on her.

Life and love hang in the balance in Susan May Warren’s breathless story of holding on to hope during a deadly summer of storms.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

SusanMayWarren

Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling, Christy and RITA award-winning novelist of over fifty novels. An eight-time Christy award finalist, a three-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: The Story Equation.

She is also the founder of www.MyBookTherapy.com, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

You can connect with the Susan on her website, her blogFacebook, Twitter, & Goodreads.

Posted in book, book review, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Review & Giveaway: The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy BLOG TOUR!

AccidentalGuardian  BlogWelcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

My Review:

9780764219290

I enjoyed this first novel in the beginning of a new series. The characters were likable and I appreciated their honesty toward each other. Deb and Trace opened up about themselves and their backgrounds as they got to know each other. I enjoyed their interactions and the sweet nature of their growing attraction and relationship.

This book very definitely sets the reader up to jump right into the next book in the series by the events that occur at the end of the book. It was not a cliffhanger. It simply made me look forward to seeing how future relationships could develop. I am definitely anticipating the next story!

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

9780764219290Title: The Accidental Guardian

Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 1

Author: Mary Connealy

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Release Date: April 3, 2018

Genre: Historical Romance / Western

+To Read: Goodreads

She’s the Only Witness to a Wagon Train Attack. Keeping Her Safe, Though, Means His World Is about to be Turned Upside Down.

When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he’s finally carved out a home and started a herd–while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He’d hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise. Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling–yet enticing.
Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter–but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.

PURCHASE A COPY*: Amazon l ChristianBook l Book Depository l Itunes


The next book in the series, THE RELUCTANT WARRIOR will be released later this year in October, 2018!

Reluctant  Warrior Spine.indd


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MaryConnealy  by  Ginger  Murray  Photography

Photo courtesy of Ginger Murray Photography

Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. CONNECT WITH MARY: website, facebook, twitter, instagram

You can also find Mary at these sites: Seekerville and Petticoats & Pistols

GIVEAWAY

justread_TAG_BlogGive (1) Winner will win:

  • The Cimarron Legacy by Mary Connealy (all 3 print books)
  • The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy (print)

(US/Canada Mailing Addresses Only) Full terms & conditions noted on Rafflecopter form. To Enter, use the Rafflecopter giveaway below (or click on the Giveaway banner above). Be sure to stop at every post on the tour for additional entries!

ENTER HERE

For the full tour schedule for more giveaway entries,

head to JustRead’s Launch Page HERE (or click on the Tour Banner below).AccidentalGuardian  Blog *NOTE: This post contains affiliate links.

Posted in book, book review, Christian Fiction, contest, giveaway, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Falling for You by Becky Wade (Grand Finale & Giveaway – ends May 16)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Falling for You
By Becky Wade

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed the Facebook Chat, go check it out here. If you missed any of the stops you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch – Note from the Author

Falling for You stars both Corbin and the oldest Bradford sister, Willow. The two had a romantic relationship long ago, so when I thrust them into each other’s path again (kicking and screaming, I might add) fireworks ensued, which was so much fun to write. I enjoyed their banter. Willow’s strength. Corbin’s charm. And the chance to explore the novel’s theme of reconciliation.

I hope Falling for You steals your heart!

Warmly, Becky

Amy Watson Author – Excerpt & Review

Text message from Corbin to Willow fifteen days before their breakup:

Corbin
I miss you. It feels like forever since you left.

Willow
I just left Dallas yesterday.

Corbin
Exactly. Until I met you, I didn’t know a day could feel like forever.

“‘Falling For You‘ has twists and turns that left my mind racing almost as fast as I could turn the pages. The complex, yet beautifully woven story lines elicited visceral responses as I read. And somehow, somewhere along the way, it stopped being about just Willow’s story, it’s your story and my story…

You may shed some tears (I did!), but have no fear; there is plenty of humor! Rare are novels that produce legitimate laugh out loud moments and inside jokes amongst friends. Wade’s ability to introduce humor into her novels is really something special. Finally, the last page comes WAY too soon and I was left salivating for the NEXT novel! Watch out for another award for this beautiful story! This is a MUST READ!”

Remembrancy – Review

“A second chance romance with two likable characters—more so as details of their tumultuous past are revealed—Falling for You introduces a new romance with some familiar faces. Wade once again delivers the complications of romance with the nuances of family (how much do you love these sisters?).”

Author Austin RyanReview

“‘Falling for You’ did me in. It is decidedly my favorite of Becky’s books (and you have no idea how strong the competition was!).

I loved that both Willow and Corbin had made very obvious, very heartbreaking mistakes in their past. Mistakes that influenced them negatively years later. I also loved that they, slowly, came face to face with those mistakes. And overcame them. And found forgiveness…

This book gets all the stars, all the happy tears, and my full recommendation.”

Heidi Reads… – Review

“There is a perfect balance between all the plot threads and the redevelopment of Willow and Corbin’s friendship and romance. They share fun banter, even (especially) when they are at odds, their chemistry is crackling with passion, and their relationship develops greater depth as Corbin is determined to show Willow how devoted he is to her. . . . I love the spiritual themes that are woven in seamlessly of forgiveness and the importance of turning all our worries over to God and allowing him to guide our lives. Even though this is the second book in the series it can definitely be read as a standalone. Highly recommend!”

Author Kelly D. Scott – Review

“It’s not often that a book makes me reach for Kleenex but this one did…

Some hard issues were discussed in regards to their relationship and Wade did a fabulous job of weaving the descriptions throughout and heightening the emotional pull you felt towards Corbin and Willow…

Whew! What a fantastic book! You won’t be disappointed.”

Radiant Light – Review

“Ms. Wade has created her own niche` in romantic suspense, and I am a huge fan! Even with the romance and mystery thread, the faith thread is not missing. It is woven beautifully and gives hope and encouragement to the reader.

Ms. Wade’s mysterious thread is so good I wasn’t exactly sure until later on which romance I was reading about, and I loved that!

Highly recommended!”

Cafinated Reads – Spotlight

Jen Around the World – Review

“I loved Willow and Corbin’s story. Their past made for some great storyline for the future. The chemistry between these two is undeniable. You cannot help but fall in love with their story.

This is one book you will definitely not want to miss from Becky Wade!”

The Barefoot Reader – Review

“I loved this book as much as I loved the first one! It was so good! It was deep and very thought provoking. It was just as big of roller coaster of emotion as the first book. I enjoyed revisiting all the characters from the previous book while reading Willow and Corbin’s story…

This whole book was great and I honestly can’t wait for the third! Becky is absolutely amazing and will always be a favorite! I highly recommend you read this series if you haven’t yet!”

Loraine D. Nunley, Author – Spotlight

Moments – Review

“Becky has done an incredible job with bringing Willow and the other characters to life; I felt as if they are real people. . . . It is so easy to connect with the characters and empathize with them as Becky really writes portraying the characters’ hearts and their internal struggles with the various situations and their relationships. I found myself not being to put the book down once I started reading. I highly recommend “Falling for You,” but encourage you to read the prequel novella and first book in the series as well. ”

The Mary Book Reader – Spotlight

The Power of Words – Review

“For the best in contemporary romance, Becky Wade delivers every single time. I could never pick a favorite book because whatever I’m reading at the time is best, and that’s surely the case with Becky’s newest, Falling for You. In fact, it presented me with a conundrum … should I quickly read this story that totally captivated me, or proceed at a slower pace, so as to enjoy these characters longer and not miss a single nuance?

I really had no choice but to choose the latter because Falling for You is that good…

Falling for You is an outstanding story in every way and I hope we’ll see Britt’s story soon.”

Kat’s Corner Books – Review

“As much as I related to Nora in True To You with her nerdy bookish self and the adoption themes . . . in a lot of ways I relate more to Willow. I will never be model material and only consider myself beautiful on good days, but Willow struggles with two big things that I have as well: shame from a past relationship, and growing up, the feeling that I had to be the perfect child.”

I Am A Reader – Excerpt

Nora had recently acquired an excellent boyfriend named John Lawson. John’s only fault, so far as Willow could tell, was his bad taste in friends. John, who’d been unaware of Corbin and Willow’s past, had brought Corbin to Willow’s grandmother’s birthday party in July.

Since the party, Nora and John had been trying their best to keep Corbin separate from Willow. Ordinarily, Nora took pains not to breathe his name to Willow, despite that Willow knew that John and Nora hung out with Corbin. Every time she found out that Nora had seen Corbin, Willow felt a little like a high school girl whose best friend was being stolen away by her arch rival.

Willow only had two sisters, both younger. Corbin could have befriended the boyfriend of anyone else’s sister in all of America. Anyone else! In all of America! Why had he insisted on befriending hers?

Book by Book – Spotlight

Getting Your Read On – Review

“…the attraction and chemistry between Willow and Corbin was fantastic. I could literally feel it. There was a steady build of information and insight that kept me invested and interested from the first page until the end. It was so, so good. I just loved Corbin- his sense of humor, his determination, his kindness.

There was a bit of a mystery being solved in this book as well. It was light and fun and kept an added element of intrigue to the story.”

cherylbbookblog – Review

Falling For You is a wonderful work of fiction by Becky Wade. Characters and a story line that you are sure to love. If you love romance than this is the book for you.”

The Green Mockingbird – Review

Falling for You encompasses so many emotions and moments of truth. Just when it seems like the characters are making progress, another layer of Willow and Corbin’s past relationship is revealed, increasing the tension and complexity of the story. I love that Becky Wade can make me laugh, cry, and swoon in a matter of pages. Mostly, I love that my own faith can be challenged through story — and what a lesson it is!”

Author Toni Shiloh – Review

Falling for You is everything right in a romance novels. Becky Wade upped her game and brought me to tears a time or too, laughter (because Corbin is that hilarious), and a bunch of heartfelt sighs at the love blossoming between Corbin and Willow. I absolutely loved it!..

All in all, this was a one-nighter, page turning, gotta love Becky Wade type of read.”

Bringing Up Books – Review

“…Falling for You was fabulous, as expected!

All I can say is that I enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was the perfect compliment to the previous book and the end was just what I was hoping for! Another fantastic novel by Becky Wade, but I have come to expect nothing less! If you have not had a chance to pick up this series you must!”

My Scribbler’s Heart Blog – Author Carolyn Astfalk – Review

“Sizzling romance, heart-wrenching loss, and a faith theme woven throughout the story make Falling for You a stand-out Christian romance. A touch of mystery and epistolary chapter endings only add to the reading pleasure.”

Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review

“Becky Wade writes in a way that draws a reader in, causing hope to surface, and tender love to arise. I felt like an honorary character and enjoyed being a part of this family so much. I love that this story isn’t one dimensional–there are so many facets that meld together in a satisfying read that will twist your heart.”

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

Willow had seen him in person for the first time years before when he’d sauntered into a Sports Illustrated photo shoot featuring philanthropic pro athletes, models, actors, musicians, and business magnates. She’d been holding a to-go cup of coffee by its protective sleeve in that moment. Golden sunlight had bathed the studio. His legendary status had whisked around him like a spell.

He’d been very relaxed that day. His sense of humor, charm, and easy confidence had worked like a balm on all of them. He’d won over every person in the place, including cautious her. She’d had no idea then that the quarterback with the irresistible smile would become her downfall.

Author Christen E Krumm – Review

“I personally love Willow (she might be my favorite of the three sisters), and I just loved this love story. True to any Becky Wade novel, this book is packed full of heart-stopping romance that just makes your toes tingle (Can we say Corbin? Mmmhmm)! There’s also a little bit of a mystery thrown in — Charlotte quickly became one of my favorite characters!”

God is Love – Review

“This story is filled with intrigue, faith, hope, and romance. As a reader, I couldn’t stop turning the pages until I reached “the end”. As a writer, I applaud Becky Wade for her masterful storytelling. She writes beautifully and tells her characters’ stories in a way that draws the reader in and makes them care about what happens in their fictional story world.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who needs a second chance romance in real-life or just enjoys reading a good story that will make you laugh with hilarious dialogue and smile as you share sweet moments with the characters. ”

100 Pages per Hour – Review

“This story made me literally laugh out loud at times, but other moments it had me thinking serious, deep thoughts about God, His love for us, grace, and forgiveness. I loved the balance this book found between humor and serious. It also included a wonderful love story – probably my favorite type – the ‘reunion romance.'”

Just a Little Creativity – Review

“It makes me happy to be able to recommend a book to friends that really is just that good. It’s sweet, and unpredictable, and clean, yet very romantic and real. This author doesn’t sugar coat real life situations just because it’s an inspiration read. She dives right in, but in a way that is very respectable.

Falling for You isn’t the kind of book you can “just read one more chapter in” because when you finish that chapter, you want to keep going! This is a bingeable book, an “up till 2 AM” read.”

Wishful Endings – Review

“Becky Wade has written another story with lovable characters and a message that will touch readers’ hearts. She delves into some difficult topics with humor, love, and grace. Add to that a sizzling romance and you have a story that is sure to be a favorite.”

Mel’s Shelves – Review

“It shouldn’t be too surprising that I loved everything about this book, including the fabulous cover!…

This is a fabulous book from beginning to end! It’s one I highly recommend and will definitely read again! Even though I wasn’t familiar with the characters, I loved the setup for the next book and look forward to how that relationship will play out. ”

The Great Adventure – Review

“I LOVE how the author kept what happened in their relationship SO REAL! Couples really do face temptations and struggles in real life, especially when one person in the relationship is a Christian and another is not. Consequences, forgiveness, peace, and not becoming a victim of your past were all explored in this book, through the truth of God’s Word and who He is. So well done! And, of course, the romantic tension was great ; ).

Basically…put this book, and all of Becky Wade’s other books, on your To Be Read list! : )”

Jorie Loves A Story – Spotlight

`Candle Reviews Chivalrous Romance – Review

“I must say that when I finished this book, it jumped to one of my all-time favorites…

Becky created a superb novel, well worth the 5 star read and a spot on your keeper shelf.”

Flowers of Quiet Happiness – Review

“All in all, this book seems to have a little bit of everything. Mystery! Romance! And precocious twelve-year-old girls who understand their uncles way better than anyone else. Charlotte was a really sweet addition to the cast of characters and became one of my favorites. Her small nudges certainly help get the ball rolling in the beginning, for which none of us are unhappy! 😀

There are many more reasons that I could name in order to try and convince you to give this one a try. But ultimately? All I’ve really got is that it’s by Becky Wade and that should totally be enough to convince you! So what are you waiting for? Go read it.”

Author Deborah Hackett – Review

“For those of you sticking with me, let me tell you why I enjoyed this book so much that I began rereading it less than a month after devouring it. This is no ordinary romance though. It begins with a wounded NFL star, a precocious child, a missing person mystery AND a lost love with wounds so deep they are almost part of the characters blood. When you put all of that together and catapult the former couple back into each other’s worlds, you have yourself a serious page turner…

If you love a great romance with so much more, this is a must read.”

Redeemed Hope Dweller – Review

Falling for You, the second book in Becky Wade’s Bradford Sisters series, is a fantastic addition to the set!..

I loved the witty, and sometimes snarky, back and forth of this story. I loved observing the softening of Willow’s heart. I loved seeing Corbin becoming the hero he is meant to be. And I believe you will, too!”

Singing Librarian Books – Review

“In her novel, Falling for You, book two in the Bradford Sisters Romance series, author Becky Wade has written fun and exciting clean contemporary romance that readers are sure to fall in love with. From page one, this novel comes to life off the pages…

Readers definitely do not want to miss this excellent sequel to True to You and the continued story of the Bradford Sisters!”

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

“What a wonderful, clean, fun, delightful, suspenseful, and romantic story…

…I highly recommend it. I believe many readers would relate to the power of forgiveness, moving from the past, and redemption.”

Dawn’s Dreams – Review

“This book was so much fun! I loved both Willow and Corbin! I also loved the mystery of finding Josephine. I can’t wait for the next one.”

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven’t already…

Falling for You
(A Bradford Sisters Romance #2)
By Becky Wade
Inspirational Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
May 1st 2018 by Bethany House Publishers

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin–and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he’s determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become–and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

GoodreadsAmazonB&NBook DepositoryChristianbookiBooksKoboGooglePlay

Other Books in the Series

About the Author

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Christy Award and Carol Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

WebsiteBlogGoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram

Tour Giveaway

Celebrate the release of Becky Wade’s Falling for You by entering to win a fabulous prize pack that includes some of Willow Bradford’s favorite things!

One grand prize winner will receive*:

  • A model-worthy Kate Spade bracelet
  • A $100 cash card (so you can feed a housewares and home décor addiction like Willow’s)
  • A Seattle Candle Co. candle (that smells just like the setting of the book)
  • Roasted in Seattle Rainy Day Coffee
  • A delicious scone mix (so that you can enjoy scones just like Willow and Corbin do while having high tea)
  • Cozy book-lover socks
  • And of course, a copy of Falling for You

Two runner up winners will receive*:

  • A Seattle Candle Co. candle (that smells just like the setting of the book)
  • A copy of Falling for You

*Due to shipping costs, US entrants only.

Grab Our Button!

 

Posted in book, Christian Fiction, contest, giveaway, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Love, Unexpected by Virginia McCullough (Grand Finale & Giveaway – ends May 16)


On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Love, Unexpected
By Virginia McCullough

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

Launch – Note from the Author

Dear Reader,

Welcome to this book tour for LOVE, UNEXPECTED. I hope you’re happy to be back for the third visit to Two Moon Bay, Wisconsin. Book 3 of my Two Moon Bay series finds us on the waterfront again. Back when I wrote GIRL IN THE SPOTLIGHT, I knew Andi Sterling, Miles Jenkins’ former wife and Brooke’s mom, needed her own story. She told me so many times. You may remember Zeke Donovan and his dad, Art. They own Donovan Marine Supply and they made a couple of appearances in Book 2, SOMETHING TO TREASURE. They’re now front and center is this story, and Zeke gets a chance to expand his world—and his heart…

Heidi Reads… – Drifting Dreams

Like Andi says in LOVE, UNEXPECTED, someone (they don’t yet know who) named the wooden motor yacht Drifting Dreamer for a reason. For me, the name brings to mind the old song “Moon River,” with “two drifters off to see the world.” As Zeke observed, in 1939 no one built a 50-foot yacht if they didn’t have some big dreams.

The Power of Words – Review

“There’s a lot to like in this sweet romance by Virginia McCullough, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Andi and Zeke in Love, Unexpected

I loved how everything comes together, making the story’s restoration theme not only about Drifting Dreamer, but Andi’s dreams as well.”

Stacking My Book Shelves! – Excerpt

He let Teddy take him to the woman, who was tall and slender, and wore jeans and a red T-shirt. When she saw him coming, she lifted her sunglasses and perched them on her head. In her other hand, she held a giant-size Bean Grinder to-go cup.

“Good morning,” she called out, smiling. “I suppose I’m trespassing.”

He was tongue-tied. By a pretty smile and long legs. He raised his hand in protest. “Probably so, but we won’t call the sheriff, at least not yet.”

“I see. I have to prove myself first.” She held up the cup. “I’m armed only with the Bean Grinder’s morning mix.”

“In that case, we’ll…” Zeke watched Teddy sniffing the woman’s sneakers. “I was going to say we’ll call off the dogs, but, too late.”

I Am A Reader – Does Zeke Keep his Promises?

Early readers have remarked that Zeke is a likeable guy. What’s not to like? He’s very attractive, friendly, a successful owner of a marine supply store, smart, and he even has a sense of humor. But he’s in his late thirties, and he’s never been married and doesn’t have kids. And it looks like he lives with dad. Really? Could be Zeke is a guy afraid to make a commitment. Here are the facts. You be the judge…

Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader – Review

Love, Unexpected by Virginia McCullough takes us back to two moon bay. I love this little town. I always enjoy each visit. In this visit we get to restore an old yacht as well as get to know the lovely Andi and Zeke. The are both very humbling and sweet. I enjoyed getting to know both of them.”

Reading Is My SuperPower – Excerpt

Andi stretched her arm to get deep inside a hard-to-reach cubbyhole behind the navigation table to check for damaged wood. Her hand hit a divider with a finger grip, but the first tug didn’t budge it. The second and third tries didn’t move it, either. Determined now, she took a breath and gave it one more hard pull. Bam…she captured the graying piece of wood, but jerked backward with the force of the movement.

When she righted herself, she shined her flashlight inside to have a look inside the narrow space. The beam caught the corner of something that looked like paper.

“Well, well, what’s this all about?” she said to herself, curious and excited. Secret papers? That could be an overstatement, but these pages weren’t left out in the open. Someone had stashed them out of sight.

Colorimetry – Andi’s Tips for Single Moms

Andi laughed in my ear when I ask her about tips for single moms, but once I got her started, she didn’t hesitate to give me her list, starting with:

Luck out and have a good ex-husband…

Hearts & Scribbles – Excerpt

Andi tilted her head and looked where he was pointing. “Stars. Imagine that. It’s been ages since I’ve seen more than a few of the brightest ones.”

Zeke exaggerated a sweeping gesture to take in the boat. “So happens we have a boat. I guess when we get her put back together some, she could take us far enough out to see some stars, huh? This fall, before it gets too cold.”

Andi responded with a quick slap of her palms. “See? You inherited a floating stargazer. She’s only slightly torn apart.”

Zeke laughed. Drifting Dreamer wasn’t exactly ready for even a short cruise. It wouldn’t be long, though. Andi was making progress.

Hardcover Feedback – Review

“Love, Unexpected was a fun read. I recognized some of the characters, since I’d read the first book in the series, Girl in the Spotlight, last year. I definitely think this book stands on its own, but it was fun seeing how those characters lives have continued…

I definitely recommend this novel to all fans of contemporary romance. I’m looking forward to reading more by this author.”

E-Romance News – Excerpt

“I’m probably speaking out of turn,” Joy said, grimacing, “but I had a peculiar kind of bond with Zeke because of his mother.”

“Oh?” Andi’s heart pounded as she waited for the information. She was impatient for it, whether she’d like what she learned or not.

“My mom was a teacher, too,” Joy said. “One afternoon I was waiting outside for her after school. Zeke was there, too. I remember how he was kicking a stone around the gravel schoolyard while he waited for his mom to pick him up.”

Call it intuition or simply picking up Joy’s somber tone, but Andi began to feel a little queasy. “This story ends badly, doesn’t it, Joy?”

“Yes.” Joy paused, but Andi didn’t fill the silence.

Andi’s Book Reviews – Review

“Heartwarming is definitely the right category for this sweet romance. It’s such a subtle one, which is a breath of fresh air in a market saturated by fast love and lust. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a lot of those books as well. But a story like this one feels so much more realistic to me and leaves me feeling a bit more peaceful and nostalgic.

…I have fallen in love with Two Moon Bay and its inhabitants. I hope more stories are yet to come from this beautiful place.”

Locks, Hooks and Books – Review

“I thought it was sweet, inspiring and heartwarming. Andi and Zeke had wonderful chemistry and their story were relateable to me. I love the beautiful setting of Two Moon Bay…”

Wishful Endings – What’s So Special about a Wooden Yacht?

Zeke and Andi have become attached to Drifting Dreamer. I understand why. I’ve been lucky enough to own a classic wooden sailboat, and later, a fiberglass boat with gorgeous wood trim. What was the difference between the two boats? Why do Zeke and Andi have such special feelings about the classic wooden motor yacht?…

Bri’s Book Nook – Review

“I haven’t read a sweet romance novel in a while, and this was definitely a nice refreshing one. I read this book almost entirely in one sitting even though the book is almost 400 pages long, and was engaged for every single page.”

underneath the covers – Restore? Or Accept “as is?”

When Zeke hires Andi to work on Drifting Dreamer, he has no doubt that the boat can be restored, meaning made wonderful and operational again while preserving the original beauty from its era. Zeke’s confident about this because at one time he was well known for restoring many local historical sites…

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

Zeke opened a cabinet where they stored things they almost never used and spotted a couple of vases on the top shelf. He pulled one down and arranged the flowers inside it before adding water.

Art let out a low whistle. “I haven’t seen you bring flowers to a woman in a long time.”

“It’s been a long time. That’s a fact,” Zeke said.

“Look, Zeke, you can tell me if you’re interested in Andi.”

“I know, Dad.”

He didn’t know how to respond. He was getting serious, but he didn’t know about Andi. With his back to his dad, he said, “I like her for lots of reasons, Dad. I think she likes me, too. That’s all I can say right now.”

Rockin’ Book Reviews – Review

“In this entertaining new novel by talented Author, Virginia McCullough, a woman and her 10 year-old-daughter move to a new, smaller town to be nearer the girl’s father and his new wife…

This is a relaxing read with a few twists. However, it is mostly predictable but written with a flair and well-utilized literary skills. It keeps the reader’s interest.”

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven’t already…

Love, Unexpected
(Two Moon Bay #3)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Moving to a new place isn’t easy…

Until a neglected ship and its owner make her feel at home

After spying a boat in need of some TLC, single mom Andi Sterling strikes a deal with its owner, Zeke Donovan, who shares her passion for restoring old things. Uncovering the legendary ship’s secrets draws them closer. Is it too soon for Andi to open her heart to the chance to build new dreams?

GoodreadsAmazonB&NHarlequiniBooksKoboGooglePlay

Other Books in the Series

Girl in the Spotlight
(Two Moon Bay #1)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can’t believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequiniBooksKoboGooglePlay

Something to Treasure
(Two Moon Bay #2)
By Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

If anyone can save him, she’s the one

Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need. But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites. There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality. Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss…

GoodreadsAmazonB&NHarlequiniBooksKoboGooglePlay

About the Author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterBookbubAmazonNewsletter

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card and the pictured Handfelted Wool Bowl and Gemstones (US only):

Description: A beautiful handfelted wool bowl filled with colorful gemstones to add a little beauty to your home. The bowl contains a small amethyst cluster from Uruguay which is generally used in rooms where people tend to congregate such as kitchens and family rooms. It is said to bring about peace and open communication. The bowl also includes a pink chunk of rose quartz from Brazil as a reminder of love and healing, a candle quartz crystal crystal from Madagascar said to make anyone who enters your home feel welcome, a pretty piece of blue lace agate from Southwest Africa to help create relaxing and accepting energy near your front door, a deep blue apatite heart from Sri Lanka to encourage the sharing of feelings and tangerine quartz from Brazil for information retention and perfect for your office, study or a student’s room.

Ends May 16th

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Grab Our Button!

 

Posted in book, contest, giveaway, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Review: Defeating Dementia by Richard Furman, MD, FACS

Defeating DementiaThis was an interesting and eye opening book. I thought that the author did a very good job of showing the connection between artery health and future issues with forms of dementia and Altzheimer’s. The author highlights important reasons to be eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly to decrease the likelihood of dementia.

This subject matter is pretty heavy and I did have to take breaks between reading through sections of it because, let’s face it, it is hard to think of this happening to yourself or a loved one someday.

I appreciated the numerous studies included and explained in this book, as well as the segments of the author’s own personal experience with Altzheimer’s through the decline of his mother-in-law’s health years earlier. This added a personal touch to the book.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Defeating DementiaDementia. It’s one of the most dreaded conditions we face as we age. Many people claim they would rather be diagnosed with cancer than dementia or Alzheimer’s. What many don’t realize is that dementia is not a forgone conclusion as we get older. Our own lifestyle choices and habits can have a significant impact–for good or ill–on our chances of developing the disease. And that means there’s hope.

Drawing from the latest medical research, Dr. Richard Furman helps readers understand dementia and Alzheimer’s and shows them how to make three powerful lifestyle changes that can help decrease the probability of developing this disease. He explains how eating the right foods, exercising, and sustaining an ideal weight can dramatically reduce the likelihood of developing dementia in the first place, and even how it can slow the progression of the disease in someone who has already received a diagnosis.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Richard-Furman

Dr. Richard Furman, MD, FACS, has over 30 years experience as a vascular surgeon. He is passionate about helping people prevent the problems that kill over half of all Americans. His unique ability to combine easy-to-follow advice with the latest medical research empowers men and women to:

  • Achieve and maintain their ideal weight
  • Reduce their risk for life-threatening diseases
  • Make exercise a natural part of their lives
  • Learn what foods to eat and what foods to avoid

Dr. Furman’s experience includes serving as past president of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, past president of the North Carolina Surgical Society, and a two-term governor of the American College of Surgeons. He also cofounded World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, and is a member of the board of Samaritan’s Purse. Dr. Furman lives in North Carolina.

Visit his website at here.

Posted in book, book review, Non-fiction, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Reviews & VISA Gift Card Giveaway: Love Inspired Blog Tour

LI Blog Tour

Feel comforted and at peace when you read these uplifting romances of faith, forgiveness and hope from Love Inspired. There are 12 new books each month! 6 from Love Inspired for those who love contemporary romance and 6 from Love Inspired Suspense who like some danger with their romance stories.

The Wedding Quilt Bride

The Wedding Quilt Bride 

by Marta Perry

Widowed single mom Rebecca Mast returns to her Amish community hoping to open a quilt shop. She accepts carpenter Daniel King’s offer of assistance—but she isn’t prepared for the bond he forms with her son. Will getting closer expose her secret—or reveal the love she has in her heart for her long-ago friend?

My Review:

The Wedding Quilt Bride was a sweet tale of learning to trust again and learning to love again. I so enjoyed watching as Rebecca and Daniel grew to be friends again and eventually more. It wasn’t an easy journey for either of them. They both carried guilt and were weighed down with doubts.

There were a lot of interesting characters in this story, and although this was book two in a series, it stood alone just fine. Now I want to go back and read the first book in the series and learn more about the two main characters in that book! The Wedding Quilt Bride tackled some tough issues, yet managed to remain an uplifting story.

(4 stars)

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

The Rancher's Secret Child

The Rancher’s Secret Child 

by Brenda Minton

Marcus Palermo’s simple life gets complicated when he meets the son he never knew he had—and his beautiful guardian. Lissa Hart thought she’d only stick around long enough to aid Marcus in becoming a dad—but could her happily-ever-after lie with the little boy and the rugged rancher?

My Review:

The Rancher’s Secret Child was a really good book. It dealt with some very serious issues, from growing up as a foster child, to drug and alcohol addiction, and even touched on the topic of abuse. All of these issues were handled extremely well and served to provide life lessons that the characters had learned.

Both Marcus and Lissa had overcome a lot. I felt for them. It was so touching to see Marcus learning to be a dad. He had a lot of learning to do, especially in how to be affectionate to his son. But it was a joy to watch that relationship develop along with an attraction that grew between the main characters. There were plenty of bumps along the way and situations to overcome for these two people.

The Rancher’s Secret Child is the third in a series, however, it stood alone fine. It now makes me want to read the first two books in the series!

(4 stars)

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

Bound by Duty

Bound by Duty 

by Valerie Hansen

When Sgt. Linc Colson is assigned to monitor Zoe Sullivan and determine if she’s secretly aiding her fugitive serial killer brother, his instincts tell him she’s not in league with the criminal—she’s in danger. It’s up to him and his K-9 partner, Star, to keep the pretty single mom alive.

Primary Suspect

Primary Suspect 

by Laura Scott

Framed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend—and then attacked at the crime scene—fire investigator Mitch Callahan turns to ER nurse Dana Petrie for help. As they fight for their lives, can she be convinced of his innocence—and in his promise of love?

Enter to win a $100 VISA gift card!

Click on the image or on the link below it to enter:

LI Blog Tour Sweeps Image

Love Inspired Blog Tour Sweepstakes!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Review: Whatever Comes Our Way by Jaycee Weaver

Whatever Comes Our WayWhatever Comes Our Way is another great addition to the Everyday Love series. It was so interesting to learn about both Gina and Jaydon’s background stories. They were both side characters in book one, What Could Be, and I had no idea the troubles that they had seen in their lives.

Gina and Jaydon were easy to like and I definitely wanted them to find their happily ever after. They also worked so well together. I really enjoyed seeing how they interacted with Hailee and Javi, two siblings who were in a troubling situation. The author handled some tough topics with grace, always pointing the reader toward the Lord.

This story can stand alone if you haven’t read book one, although I definitely recommend the first story, What Could Be, as it is a novel that I really enjoyed.

(4.5 stars)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Whatever Comes Our WayGina Hernandez is no stranger to hard work. She’s got three jobs to prove it. Trauma in her teens may have left her with severe anxiety and some body issues, but no one can say she’s not a fighter. Her life has never been easy. It’s what’s made her strong.

And then she meets youth pastor Jaydon Bennett, a gentle giant with a big beard and an even bigger heart—though it does have a few scars. He’s never doubted God could bring him the perfect woman, he just never thought He really would. Until Gina.

When Jaydon encounters a troubled teen whose family is in crisis, he and Gina have to figure out if maybe the painful pasts they’ve been dealing with just might equip them to help this hurting family.

The Everyday Love Series is a contemporary romance series set in Albuquerque, featuring ordinary people in lifelike stories that inspire, uplift, and share hope. Stories in which a very real God shows Himself in everyday ways to carry His people through any circumstance.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jaycee Weaver

Jaycee Weaver lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her amazing husband, three daughters, a crazy shih-tzu, and a dwarf rabbit. When she’s not writing, she’s probably in hot pursuit of her 90 million other hobbies or shuttling the kids around. Jaycee loves to read books in multiple genres, drink too much coffee (honestly, when are they going to make the coffee IV a real thing?!), sing, take landscape and floral photos, sew, cook, bake, and craft just about anything (can we say Pinterest?). She considers herself a recovering perfectionist and sometimes hot mess. She does her best to live her faith in action, being open, honest, and real and letting God be Lord over the good, the bad, and the ugly even when it’s hard.

Website   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads

Posted in book, book review, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Review: Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan

Lone WitnessI think this is my favorite book by this author yet! Lone Witness allowed me to peek into what it is really like to be a lawyer, albeit with some extraordinary circumstances thrown in! From digging through documentation to being in a courtroom setting, from witness prep to dealing with ruthless clients, this book had it all.

I really liked these main characters and the complicated emotional journey they were on. Not only did Sophie and Cooper have to work to stay alive when Sophie ended up targeted, but they also had some intense feelings growing for each other at the same time.

This story was very interesting, had a great romantic thread, and kept me eagerly turning pages till the very end.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Lone WitnessProsecutor Sophie Dawson’s first job in the White Collar division of the Fulton County D.A.’s office is to build a case against a local bank employee who may be cheating clients. But when circumstances beyond her control leave her as the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang, her world is turned upside down.

Former Atlanta police officer turned private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to ensure that Sophie is kept safe. But as threats escalate, they don’t know who they can trust.

Sophie is determined not to back down, but her bank case gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from testifying. Sophie wants to take a stand for what’s right–but can Cooper, who is determined not to be distracted by their growing attraction, keep her safe so that she can finish her pursuit for justice?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

rachel dylan

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. She is a member of ACFW and RWA. Rachel loves to connect with readers. She is represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.  WebsiteGoodreadsFacebook, & Twitter.

Posted in book, book review, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review & Giveaway: The Doctor’s Recovery by Cari Lynn Webb

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Doctor’s Recovery

(City by the Bay Stories #1)

By Cari Lynn Webb

Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 384 pages

May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

When a doctor and a filmmaker reconnect…

Just who is healing whom?

Two years ago, Dr. Wyatt Reid shared an unforgettable goodbye kiss with Mia Fiore. Now a scuba diving accident brings the daredevil documentary filmmaker into his San Francisco ER. Could this be their shot at a real relationship? But Wyatt, haunted by family tragedy, saves lives, and Mia risks hers every day. Canthey find the way to a future on both their terms?

GoodreadsAmazonBarnes & NobleHarlequinKobo

My Review:

Doctor's Recovery CoverThese main characters…oh my! They were too similar for their own good. At first it might have seemed that they were opposites, however they both struggled with misplaced guilt and both were extremely stubborn!

I liked both of these characters, even though they each made decisions at times that I didn’t agree with. They clearly belonged together, however, so much from the past and ideas about what the future should look like kept them in a limbo that was hard to escape from.

This story had lots and lots of great side characters in it and I enjoyed getting to know about all of them too. I enjoyed this contemporary romance.

(4 stars)

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

About the AuthorCari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of truelove in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

WebsiteGoodreadsFacebookTwitterPinterest

Other Heartwarming Books by the Author

Tour Schedule

April 30th:

Launch

Heidi Reads…

Harlequin Junkie – Spotlight &Exclusive Giveaway

Nicole’s Book Musings

Thoughts of a Blonde

May 1st:

Colorimetry

The Power of Words

Reading Is My SuperPower

May 2nd:

Wishful Endings

Stacking My Book Shelves!

Hardcover Feedback

Hearts & Scribbles

May 3rd:

Book Lover in Florida

Locks, Hooks and Books

It’s All About the Romance

May 4th:

I Am A Reader

Britt Reads Fiction

underneath the covers

Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader

May 5th:

Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

1 winner will receive a signed copy of The Charm Offensive, a Two Tone Sterling Silver Diamond Accent Heartbeat Necklace, and some Spring Candy (open to US only)– 1 winner will receive a $50 Amazon e-gift (open internationally)– Ends May 9th

Click HERE to be taken to the entry form, or click on the Rafflecopter link below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

GrabOur Button!

 

Posted in book, book review, contest, giveaway, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments