Book Winner – The Things We Knew

The Things We Knew

Congratulations to Lane Hill House for winning the copy of

The Things We Knew by Catherine West!

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Review: The Saddle Maker’s Son by Kelly Irvin

the-saddle-makers-sonI have enjoyed the entire Amish of Bee County series. The Saddle Maker’s Son is book three, plus there are also a couple of related novellas. Each one has been SO good! If you have not read the other books, I definitely recommend them. But, if you pick up The Saddle Maker’s Son without reading the other books, I think you will still be able to enjoy it as a stand alone. For me, each book has been a wonderful experience of returning to this unique community and seeing what is going on with each family.

This novel covers so many different topics, such as immigration, grief, the woman’s place in the Amish community, forgiveness, and so much more. Sometimes it was hard to see Rebekah struggle with following the leading of the men in the community. However, the author handled it well, as she did with the other topics in the book, too.

I loved the romances that filled this story. Both of the couples were equally enjoyable to read about and it was so good to see love flourish between these characters. I really enjoy stories with epilogues and The Saddle Maker’s Son had a great one that really made me smile. I loved this book from start to finish.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

the-saddle-makers-sonRebekah Lantz feels imprisoned by circumstances she didn’t create. Tobias Byler is haunted by regret. Can two young runaways from half a world away teach them the healing power of true family?

Rebekah isn’t like her sister who left the Amish faith, but the watchful gaze of her family and small, close-knit Amish community makes her feel as if she’s been judged and found lacking. The men avoid her and the women whisper behind her back. She simply longs for the same chance to be a wife and mother that her friends have.

Tobias Byler only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Moving with his family to isolated Bee County, Texas, seemed the best way to leave his mistakes behind. But even a move across the country can’t erase the past that accompanies his every thought.

A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces Rebekah and Tobias to turn to each other to help a sister and brother who have traveled thousands of miles in search of lives of unfettered peace and joy.

In doing so, Rebekah and Tobias discover the key to forgetting the past is the one that will open the door to love and the future they both seek.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. The Kansas native is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Journalism. She has been writing nonfiction professionally for thirty years, including ten years as a newspaper reporter, mostly in Texas-Mexico border towns. She has worked in public relations for the City of San Antonio for twenty years. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-five years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.

You can connect with Kelly on her website and Facebook.

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Review: The Cherished Quilt by Amy Clipston

cherished-quiltI have enjoyed all of the books in the Amish Heirloom series, however The Cherished Quilt is definitely my favorite of the novels. The author was able to wrench so many emotions out of me with this book!

When Emily felt hurt or heartbroken, I could feel it, too. When Chris was dealing with overwhelming guilt, I could absolutely feel his struggle. When romance began to grow, I could feel it. And when the story ended I couldn’t believe it was over! I can not wait until book four comes out!

The Cherished Quilt had so many good characters in it and such intense emotion. If you haven’t read the earlier books in the series, you can probably still enjoy this novel. If you have read books one and two, you will enjoy seeing what is going on in the lives of Emily’s sisters, who were the main characters in the other books. I enjoyed this novel so much and this series has been a really great one.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

cherished-quiltTragedy tore Christopher’s world apart. But Emily believes there are enough pieces left behind to stitch together a beautiful new beginning.

Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father’s shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a friendship.

Longing for a fresh start, Christopher travels from Ohio to Bird-in-Hand to work at his uncle’s shop. Christopher’s heart is still wounded from memories of home, and making new friends is the last thing on his mind—he knows the pain that comes with losing those you love. When Emily is kind to him, he tries to remain distant, but he soon finds himself stealing glances at her throughout the day.

When Christopher shares his tragic reasons for leaving home, Emily decides to make a quilt for him as a gesture of their friendship. Even though he is not a member of the church, she’s found someone with whom she can imagine a future. The two are quickly falling in love when a family emergency calls Christopher back to Ohio without warning.

Emily finishes the quilt, in spite of her pain. But when Christopher receives it, will he have the courage to follow his heart?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Amy Clipston holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan College and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, and two sons and four spoiled rotten cats.

Amy can be found at: website, Twitter, Facebook

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Review: Conspiracy of Silence by Ronie Kendig

conspiracy-of-silenceConspiracy of Silence was absolutely FANTASTIC! It was truly packed with danger, conspiracy, mystery, romance, Biblical history, and so much more. I loved the characters and the set up for this book. The fact that the two main characters, Kasey Cortes and Cole “Tox” Russell, know each other from the past just amps up the tension between the two as they work together.

This book was such a great blend of modern day military action and tactical situations, while also introducing the reader to possible theories involving curses and plagues. Throw in attraction between the two main characters and a boat load of guilt that Cole carries around and I could hardly set this book down. It just got better and better with each turn of the page. I am looking so forward to reading more in this series.

(5 stars)

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

There is a free prequel novella available on Kindle and Nook that begins the Tox Files series. It is titled The Warrior’s Seal and you can read my review of it here.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

conspiracy-of-silenceFour years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole “Tox” Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that’s fine—he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed at an archaeological dig where three Bronze-era censers are found, Tox is lured back into action. Partnered with an archaeologist and an FBI agent who’s an expert in deception, Tox and his team are pitted against a secret society, a plague dubbed the New Black Death, and a revered codex—which may hold the key to stopping the deadly outbreak.

Purchase your own copy here.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

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An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.

It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband, Brian, homeschool their children, the first of whom graduated in 2011. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family and their Maltese Menace in Northern Virginia.

Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie speaks nationally, volunteers with writer’s organizations, including American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and My Book Therapy, and mentors other writers.

Connect with Ronie on her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Review: Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

where-two-hearts-meetWhere Two Hearts Meet was a sweet and touching romance set on beautiful Prince Edward Island. This lovely story had plenty of lighthearted and humorous moments, yet delved into much deeper issues as well. Some of the topics covered were self image, alcoholism,and  guilt.

Where Two Hearts Meet is book two in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, yet can be enjoyed even if you have not read book one. I have read book one, The Red Door Inn, and it was wonderful to catch up with characters from the first book. However, the main story is definitely about Caden and Adam. I really enjoyed learning about their back stories and watching them grow closer together. They both carried some baggage that they had to learn to overcome. Very enjoyable and heartfelt story.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

where-two-hearts-meetEvocative Contemporary Romance Set in a Charming Inn on Beautiful Prince Edward Island
In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen–and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful.
Journalist Adam Jacobs is on a forced sabbatical on Prince Edward Island. He’s also on assignment to uncover a story. Instead he’s falling in love with the island’s red shores and Caden’s sweets.
When Caden discovers Adam isn’t who she thought he was, she realizes that the article he’s writing could do more than ruin the inn’s chances for survival–it might also break her heart.
Readers will discover hope for the hurting, joy for the broken, and romance for the lonely at the enchanting Red Door Inn.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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By day Liz Johnson is a marketing manager for a Christian publisher. By night she makes up her own love stories. She is the author of seven novels, a New York Times bestselling novella, and a handful of short Christmas stories. She’s also a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist.

Liz is a graduate of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where she earned a degree in public relations.

Now a resident of Nashville, she enjoys exploring local music, theater, and history of Middle Tennesee. She also takes every chance she can to visit Arizona to dote on her nieces and nephews. She writes stories filled with heart, humor, and happily ever afters.

Connect with Liz: Website, Facebook, Twitter

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Winner – The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Loyal Heart

Congratulations to Cathy for winning The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray. Cathy, I am emailing you also.

Thanks to everyone who entered! Look for more giveaways this month!

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Review: One Enchanted Eve by Melissa Tagg

one-enchanted-eveOnce again I am enchanted by another story set in the fictional community of Maple Valley, Iowa! This novella is so complete and the characters so nicely crafted. Just like the other novella in this series, it didn’t actually feel like I was reading a novella. And if you have not read any other books by this author, One Enchanted Eve stands alone nicely. I do also highly recommend the novella, One Enchanted Christmas, as well as the entire Walker Family series simply because they are some of my very favorite books!

I absolutely loved the way the relationship grew betwin Rylan and Colin. From prickly bickering to cautious friendship to meant for each other…it left me feeling warm and happy. There were depths to Rylan and Colin that had to be explored and hurts that needed mending. All of this was accomplished in this beautiful story. One Enchanted Eve is definitely a book I will be reading and enjoying over and over again.

(5 stars)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

one-enchanted-eveA delightful Christmas romance about finding the perfect recipe for love.

After years of mistakes and regret, Colin Renwycke finally has a plan: Hone his baking talent at the Denver Culinary Institute and embark on a new career as a pastry chef. If he’s lucky, he might even manage to earn back his family’s respect. But despite his skills in the kitchen, Colin’s a mess in the classroom and his ongoing disasters are proving too much for his prickly instructor. If he loses his spot at the school, he’s out of backup plans.

Culinary school instructor Rylan Jefferson has the chance to reclaim her dream of running her own bakery. But she only has until Christmas Eve to come up with the perfect recipe to impress an eccentric investor. She has no time for holiday parties or family plans . . . and especially not for the unruly student baker who couldn’t follow a recipe if his life depended on it.

But Colin has the one ingredient Rylan needs most—talent. Lots of it. And when he makes a proposal that just might solve both their problems, Rylan can’t say no—even if it does mean traveling all the way to Iowa. It just might be that the snow-covered plains and a charming small town full of postcard Christmas cheer are exactly what her hungry heart needs . . . along with a man who is much more than he seems.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melissa Tagg

Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant-writer and total Iowa girl. She’s also a multi-published novelist. Her latest book, Like Never Before, was named by Publisher’s Weekly to their spring 2016 “Religion and Spirituality” Top 10 list. Upcoming books include Keep Holding On (Sept 2016) and a sequel to last year’s One Enchanted Christmas, releasing in late 2016. Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as retreats and workshops. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever–not that she’s biased–watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at http://www.melissatagg.com and onFacebook and Instagram.

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Giveaway – The Things We Knew by Catherine West

Welcome to the Thankful for Christian Fiction Giveaway!

Today is Giveaway Day 3 and the giveaway is for

a paperback copy of The Things We Knew by Catherine West.

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I ended up with an extra copy of this very wonderful contemporary fiction story!

If you’d like to read my review, you can read it here.

The giveaway is only open to US residents due to shipping costs.

Keep watch on my blog for more giveaways coming through the rest of November. I look forward to sharing lots of great Christian Fiction with you!

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Review: Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

tangled-websThis was a great book! It was so nice to read Finn’s story. Tangled Webs is the third book in the Men of Valor series, and Finn’s older brothers from books one and two do enter the novel a few times. But no need to worry if you haven’t read the first two books. Tangled Webs can be read as a stand alone.

I really liked these two main characters. Finn and Dana were fun to read about right from the start. They were both characters who could read a situation and know when not to push farther. They both also had things that were traumatic in their pasts which they had to work on opening up about. I just loved the way their relationship developed and watching as they grew closer to each other with every passing day.

The “villains” were believable. I thought the author did an excellent job of showing the situations that these people were in and what brought them to the point in life they felt that their actions were necessary.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

tangled-websAfter a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action–ready or not.
Bestselling author Irene Hannon draws readers into a web of psychological suspense where danger lurks in dark corners . . . and keeps them captive until the very last page.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels. In addition to many other honors, she is a seven-time finalist and three-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award from Romance Writers of America. She is also a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame.

You can connect with Irene on her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

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Review: Marrying the Single Dad by Melinda Curtis

marrying-single-dadMarrying the Single Dad was a sweet, sweet story! Whether following Brittany and her hope to reignite her artistic passion or watching Joe try to make it in a town that only remembers the mistakes of his family, I wanted things to work out for these characters.

I also liked the way Joe’s daughter was written. She was very believable and I liked her a lot. She and her dad were going through a rough time with the move and the way she felt about herself as she was growing up. But it was so nice to see how much Joe cared about her.

This was a fun story to read from start to finish. I liked returning to Harmony Valley and seeing characters from previous books, however, if you have not read any of the earlier books in the series, Marrying the Single Dad could stand alone nicely.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

marrying-single-dadA man called Joe

Building a new life for himself and his preteen daughter brings Joe Messina home to Harmony Valley. That and showing his town that the onetime bad boy is now a responsible single father. His first move is to get his grandfather’s defunct garage up and running. Except now he’s got the FBI poking around, and there’s a beautician with her eye on the abandoned auto parts. An artist who’s happiest turning rusty junk into sought-after treasure, San Francisco transplant Brittany Lambridge is making Joe think they can create something rare and special together. But he has unfinished family business that could jeopardize his fresh start. Is Joe ready to believe in himself as fiercely as Brittany’s beginning to believe in him?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Although Melinda has lived in Georgia and Texas, she’s a California girl at heart. Her earliest memories are of life on an isolated 50-acre sheep ranch in rural Sonoma County, California. Picture rolling hills covered in brown grass, a eucalyptus forest, a long gravel driveway lined with plump sheep and no sidewalks. It was a big deal to drive into town on a one-lane road in a ramshackle, bubble-fendered pickup for an ice cream.

Flash forward to this century. Melinda lives in California’s hot central valley with her husband – her basketball playing college sweetheart. With three kids the couple has done the soccer thing, the karate thing, the dance thing, the Little League thing and, of course, the basketball thing.

Melinda writes sweet to medium heat contemporary romances as Melinda Curtis and red hot reads as Mel Curtis. She loves writing romances about women who don’t realize how strong they are until a hero comes along to show them, while capturing the wry humorous power struggle of falling in love – because, really, who lets the man have the last word?

You can connect with Melinda Curtis on her website, Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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