Review: My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Journey by Amanda Barratt

Niagara FallsThis novel takes a hard look at what can happen when a person seeks to control the circumstances around them, all on their own, without trusting in the Lord. Adele followed the worldly idea of, “God helps those who help themselves.” Poor Adele. She tried so hard to control the events around her and viewed God as an uncaring master. She had quite the journey in this story, one of pain and loss, uncertainty and fear, love and hope, and she eventually learned of the true nature of God.

I really liked Drew. Even though I felt that he was trying to take on too dangerous a task by crossing the falls to help his sister, I could respect his trust in God and the honorable man he was. I really liked the characters of Drew, Hope, and Delaney. In fact, this story was filled with interesting characters and situations. It was a fun and interesting novel.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book and was under no obligation to post a review.


Niagara FallsJourney now to Niagara Falls, New York, of 1870 where…
She avoids danger at all costs. He makes his living by rushing headlong into it.

Outwardly, Adele Linley’s trip to visit her American cousins is nothing more than a summer vacation. In reality, she’s the daughter of an English aristocrat with barely a penny to her name seeking a rich American husband.

Having grown up in an overcrowded orphanage, Drew Dawson is determined to make a name for himself. He’ll take any honest job to provide for his sister—even crossing Niagara Falls by tightrope.

On a sightseeing trip to the Falls, Adele meets several eligible suitors. Incredibly wealthy and pompous, Franklin Conway takes an immediate fancy to her. But Adele would truly like to marry for love.  When she encounters the mysterious Drew in the garden, Adele is confused by her feelings for someone who is everything she is NOT looking for. Will they both stay the course they have chosen for themselves?

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ECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story – a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes inspirational historical romance, penning stories that transport readers to a variety of locales – from the sweeping coastline of Newport, Rhode Island, to the rugged landscape of Central Texas. Her novella, The Truest Heart, was a finalist in the 2017 FHL Reader’s Choice Awards.

A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters.

These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England.

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Review: This Treacherous Journey by Misty M. Beller

This Treacherous JourneyThis Treacherous Journey was a captivating read! It truly was a journey wrought with peril and difficulties. There were so many harrowing situations that these travelers faced and I was amazed with all that they endured!

Along with the journey that Simeon, Joseph, and Emma had to make, other discoveries were made along the way, as well. The author created a beautiful romance that developed between Simeon and Emma. It was natural and very well-written. But for the love that developed to ever flourish, Simeon had to learn to reach for the Lord and allow himself to let go of guilt and grief that continually pushed him down.

I loved this book from start to finish and am excited to read more stories in this series.

(5 stars)

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


This Treacherous JourneyA Christian Historical Romance novel.

Widowed and with child, Emma Malcom is fleeing from the reward offered for her arrest. She’s innocent of the dirty dealings her deceased husband orchestrated, but the angry townspeople didn’t stop to listen to her defense before she narrowly escaped with her life. Now, she and her twin brother, Joseph, must battle the mountain wilderness of the Rockies to reach Canada and the clean start she craves. But when a fall from the rocky cliff leaves Joseph wounded and weak, could the strange mountain man they encounter be God’s gift to see them to safety?

Simeon Grant makes bad choices. His deceased wife and twin babies are lost to him now because of his reckless decisions, and the penance he pays by living alone in this mountain wilderness is only a small piece of what he thinks he deserves. When a city woman, heavy with child, appears on his doorstep with her injured brother, her presence resurrects the memories he’s worked so hard to forget. And when she asks for his help to travel deeper into the mountain country, he can’t help wonder why God would force him to relive the same mistakes he’s already suffered through. Or maybe taking these two to safety could be the way to redeem himself.

But when their travels prove more treacherous than he imagined, Simeon finds himself pressing the limits of his ability to keep Emma and her brother safe. Can he overcome the past that haunts him to be the man she needs? Will Emma break through the walls around Simeon’s heart before it’s too late, or will the dangers of these mountains be the end of them all?

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Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy. 

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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Review: Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin

Beneath Summer SunThis story is such a good addition to the Every Amish Season series! The author handles the very difficult topic of spousal abuse and the after effects of that kind of treatment. Jennie Troyer had a lot of fear, doubt, and guilt to overcome and this story walks with her on the journey to healing and trusting again.

There were two men vying for Jennie’s attention and hoping for her love. I definitely had a favorite of the two men and felt that only he would be capable of the patience needed to love Jennie while she figured things out. I also liked the way he related to her children. Both men were kind and both men were good to her children, but I enjoyed watching Jennie realize who really had her heart.

Beneath the Summer Sun is the second book in the series, however, it can be read as a stand alone novel.

(4.5 stars)

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


Beneath Summer Sun

It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to marry again for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is that grief isn’t holding her back from a new relationship. Fear is. A terrible secret in her past keeps her from moving forward.

Mennonite book salesman Nathan Walker stops by Jennie’s farm whenever he’s in the area. Despite years of conversation and dinners together, she never seems to relax around him. He knows he should move on, but something about her keeps drawing him back.

Meanwhile, Leo Graber nurtures a decades-long love for Jennie, but guilt plagues him—guilt for letting Jennie marry someone else and guilt for his father’s death on a hunting trip many years ago. How could anyone love him again—and how could he ever take a chance to love in return?

In this second book in the Every Amish Season series, three hearts try to discern God’s plan for the future—and find peace beneath the summer sun.

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Kelly Irvin is the author of more than a dozen Amish books. Her latest release is Upon a Spring Breeze, the first novel in the Every Amish Season series from Zondervan/HarperCollins Christian Publishing. She is also the author of the Amish of Bee County series that includes The Saddle Maker’s Son,  The Bishop’s Son and The Beekeeper’s Son. This last novel received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “a delicately woven masterpiece.” The Beekeeper’s Son was a finalist in the national 2016 ACFW Carol Awards Contest in the romance category.  Kelly is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both from Harvest House. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine.

Among her other works are novellas in three collections, including An Amish Love, which released in September,  An Amish Christmas Gift (Snow Angels) and  An Amish Market (Sweeter than Honey).

Her novella, One Sweet Kiss, included in a novella collection, An Amish Summer, released in April 2017.

Kelly’s novelLove Redeemed, was a 2015 finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Awards contest.

The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for more than thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter. She retired in 2016 after working 22 years in public relations for the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department. She is a member of ACFW and Alamo City Christian Fiction Writers. In her spare time, she blogs, reads fiction, and loves her family.

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Review: The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

View Rainshadow BayThe View from Rainshadow Bay kept me guessing. There was a lot going on in this novel and at times I felt as if I was suffering from information overload. There were so many clues, multiple characters, and scenarios from both the past and present that had to be sifted through. It was very entertaining and the author kept me guessing through almost the entire novel as to how everything was connected and who the villain was.

I liked the main characters and hoped for the best for them. I didn’t connect very deeply with Shauna and Zach, but I did feel for them and all that they had both suffered through for the past year. There were plenty of action-packed moments and some good romantic tension that built throughout the story. I think this book will be the start of an exciting series.

(4 stars)

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


View Rainshadow BayAfter her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.

When her business partner is murdered, his final words convince Shauna that she’s in danger too. But where can she turn? Zach Bannister was her husband’s best friend and is the person she blames for his death. She’s barely spoken to him since. But right now he seems her only hope for protecting her son.

Zach is only too happy to assuage his guilt over Jack’s death by helping Shauna any way he can. But there are secrets involved dating back to Shauna’s childhood that more than one person would prefer to stay hidden.

In The View from Rainshadow Bay, suspense, danger, and a longing to love again ignite amid the gorgeous lavender fields of Washington State.

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Colleen Coble is a USA Today bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her romantic suspense novels, including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, Rock Harbor, and Sunset Cove series.
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Review: The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

The LacemakerI have been thinking for days of what words I should type to leave an adequate review of The Lacemaker. One look at the gorgeous cover and the detailed lace, and the reader can catch a small glimpse of the beauty and intricacy of the story within its pages.

The pace of this book quite captivated me. While the events and situations related to the heated emotions present at the beginning of the American Revolution lent an urgency to the story, the author was able to capture the feel of a society that moved at a much slower pace than the one we live in today. She completely transported me to this time period.

The characters of Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson and Noble Rynallt were superb. I loved them both from the very beginning. Their developing relationship felt authentic. Doubt and uncertainty about how to proceed in such tumultuous times wove its way into every aspect of this story and made the love that grew between these two even more precious. This book was simply amazing and a favorite of mine for sure.

(5 stars)

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


The LacemakerWhen colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth “Liberty” Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

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Laura Frantz


Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

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Review: The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

The House on Foster HillThis novel! Wow! The House on Foster Hill was, without a doubt, one of the best suspenseful tales that I have read in ages! It was decidedly spooky and thoroughly engrossing, with storylines that kept me captivated.

The events that plagued the women in this time-split story were ones that I would never wish on another human being. However, both stories were ones that I couldn’t turn away from. The author did an absolutely amazing job of tying the past and present together. I truly cared for both stories equally.

I kept turning back to the fascinating cover of this book as I was reading the story. It captured the feel of the novel and of the eerie house perfectly.

I couldn’t get enough of The House on Foster Hill. I loved it from beginning to end!

(5 stars)

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


The House on Foster HillKaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.
A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

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Jaime Jo Wright

Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.

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We Have a Winner!

You're Gonna Love Me

Congratulations to Cyndi Lichlyter Wilson for winning the copy of You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher!

Thank you to everyone for entering! Happy reading to you all!

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Review: Leaving Oxford by Janet W. Ferguson (audio book review)

Leaving Oxford audio

Listening to the audio production of Leaving Oxford was an absolute delight! I have read the third book in the series, and loved it, so I was excited to return to the setting of Oxford, Mississippi by beginning with the first novel.

This story was so well written. I really appreciated the author’s use of flashbacks, so that I could truly understand Sarah Beth’s situation. It made me deeply care for this character and hope for a happily ever after for her. Jess was also an amazing character. He was understanding and kind. The set up for Sarah Beth and Jess’ growing relationship was great. They had quite a few obstacles to overcome and it was interesting to see how everything played out.

The narration for this audiobook was nicely done. The narrator had a pleasant voice and changed it up slightly between characters. There were only a couple of words that she pronounced differently than I would have expected, but that was a minor thing all in all. I would definitely enjoy listening to other books she has narrated.

I enjoyed Leaving Oxford immensely. The author did a wonderful job of creating a community and cast of characters that I am eager to return to.

(5 stars)

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


Leaving OxfordEscaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn’t.

A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeClair is still hiding away in her charming hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. And she may well be stuck there forever. Suffering from panic attacks, she prays for healing. Instead, her answer comes in the form of an arrogant football coach and an ugly puppy.

Former celebrity college quarterback Jess McCoy dreamed of playing pro football. One freak hit destroyed his chances. Although he enjoys his work as the university’s offensive coordinator, his aspirations have shifted to coaching at the highest level. His plans of moving up are finally coming together—until he falls for a woman who won’t leave town.

As the deadline for Jess’s decision on his dream career looms, the bars around Sarah Beth’s heart only grow stronger. But it’s time to make a decision about leaving Oxford.

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Janet Ferguson

Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

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Review & Giveaway: You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

You're Gonna Love MeWell, the title promised it…and I did (love this book, that is)! You’re Gonna Love Me is book two in the Thunder Creek series, however, it can easily be read as a stand alone title.

I enjoyed Samantha, Nick, and grandma Ruth so much! This story is a contemporary romance set in a small town, which is truly one of my favorite settings when I read. But, what set this book apart for me was the romantic past that these two characters kept coming up against throughout the novel.

The author did a great job of including flashbacks to the relationship that Nick and Sam had. I liked being able to see what drew the two together, but also understand how very different they were from each other. Nick had changed a lot in the two years since their break up. But it might not be enough for Sam, who fears change and any hint of uncertainty. I loved the back and forth of this story and watching the attraction build between these two.

(5 stars)

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

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You're Gonna Love MeWho knew fate could twist a tragedy into a second chance at love?

Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn’t want in her safely constructed world.

Against Samantha’s warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.

Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room . . . Nick.

With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle—and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking?

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Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of more than 75 books, is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an eleven-time finalist and two-time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award. In addition to the RITA and many other awards, she is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America® and American Christian Fiction Writers,  When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon puppy named Boo and a persnickety tuxedo cat named Pinky.

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I ended up with two copies of You’re Gonna Love Me and I want to pass one copy on to one of my blog readers. So, let’s start this year off with a giveaway!

You're Gonna Love Me Giveaway

Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and will run from 1/2/18 to 1/7/18. Winner will be drawn, announced and emailed on 1/8/18. Click on the above graphic to enter.

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Review: Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

Troubled WatersWow! This novel was packed with action, packed with drama, packed with decisions, packed with attraction, and packed with heart! The action sequences were so intense that I found myself having to set the book down and take a breather because the characters were being put through so much. But their intense struggles were all worth it in the end, and I was left eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

Troubled Waters ramped up the plot between Ian and Sierra, the main characters of this novel. They have both struggled with so much hurt and unresolved feelings toward each other in the previous books in the series. It was fulfilling to finally see how things came out for them as I turned the final pages of this book.

Jess and Pete’s relationship ramped up in this story, as well. Decisions were made and more questions raised. I am really looking forward to eventually seeing how things come out for them. I have a real soft spot for Pete in this series and want him to find his happily ever after.

Troubled Waters is book four in the Montana Rescue series. I suggest reading all of the books in this series, in order, including the prequel novella. Otherwise, I believe that the ongoing storylines that thread throughout all of these novels won’t be able to be adequately enjoyed or understood. This is definitely a favorite series of mine and I highly recommend it.

(5 stars)

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


If Ever

If Ever I Would Leave You (Montana Rescue #0.5) (free ebook) (novella)

Wild Montana Skies

Wild Montana Skies (Montana Rescue #1) (also currently available on Kindle Unlimited)


Rescue Me (Montana Rescue #2)

A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust (Montana Rescue #3)


Crossfire (Montana Rescue #3.5) (novella)

Troubled Waters

Troubled Waters (Montana Rescue #4)

Storm Front

Storm Front (Montana Rescue #5) (coming in 2018)


Troubled WatersBillionaire Ian Shaw can have everything he wants–except a happy ending. Or at least that’s what it feels like with his fortune recently liquidated, his niece, Esme, still missing, and the woman he loves refusing to speak to him. In fact, he doubts she would date him even if they were stranded on a deserted island.

Despite her love for Ian, Sierra Rose knows he has no room in his life for her as long as the mystery of his missing niece goes unsolved. The only problem is, Sierra has solved it, but a promise to Esme to keep her whereabouts secret has made it impossible to be around Ian.

When the PEAK chopper is damaged and Sierra lacks the funds to repair it, Ian offers a fundraising junket for large donors on his yacht in the Caribbean. But the three-day excursion turns into a nightmare when a rogue wave cripples the yacht and sends the passengers overboard. Shaken up and soaked to the bone, Ian finally has a chance to test his theory when he and Sierra do indeed find themselves washed up on a strange, empty shore.

It will take guts and gumption for the PEAK team to rescue the duo. But it will take a miracle to rescue Ian and Sierra’s relationship.

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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, and Novel.Academy, a school for aspiring novelists.

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

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