Review & Giveaway: Buried Cold Case Secrets by Sami A. Abrams

Buried Cold Case Secrets

About the Book

Book: Buried Cold Case Secrets

Author: Sami A. Abrams

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release date: December 28, 2021

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Recovering her missing memories…

Could be the key to solving a murder…

Searching for her best friend’s remains could help forensic anthropologist Melanie Hutton regain her memories of when they were both kidnapped—unless the killer gets to Melanie first. For her safety, Melanie must rely on Detective Jason Cooper, who still blames her for his sister’s death. Can Jason set the past aside to solve the cold-case murder…and shield Melanie from the same fate?

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My Review

Wow! This was a fantastic suspense book that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end! The danger started right in the first chapter and didn’t let up. I don’t know if I have ever read a book where the main characters were in such danger so many times. Melanie and Jason went through so much!

I really enjoyed the peek into the way Melanie handled her forensic cases and seeing Jason and Melanie try to work out clues from both Allie’s cold case and two other cases that needed solving. It was hard to see how angry Jason was early on in the story. However, it was heartening to see the way he began to protect and grow close to Melanie.

Melanie had been through an horrific ordeal, yet she didn’t remember the details of it. Then, to go through all of the repeated attempts on her life in this novel was more than most people could handle. She and Jason had once been friends and I liked that even though there was hurt between them over those missing days, she still knew that he was the one person she could completely trust.

This was a great suspense story and I look forward to reading more books by this author.

(5 stars)

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

About the Author

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Two-time Genesis winner Sami A. Abrams and her husband live in Northern California, but she’ll always be a Kansas girl at heart. She enjoys visiting her two grown children and spoiling their sweet fur babies. Most evenings, if Sami’s not watching sports, you’ll find her engrossed in a romantic suspense novel. She thinks a crime plus a little romance is the recipe for a great story.

More from Sami

What writer doesn’t grow up reading every chance they get? That would be me.

Until my thirties, I hated to read. Then someone told me about Terri Blackstock, and I decided to give her books a try. I was hooked. I guess there’s something to finding the right genre. Romantic Suspense is it for me. Of course, that makes sense. I love CSI, NCIS, and Criminal Minds. Over the years, I have expanded my taste, but there’s just something about suspense that keeps me coming back.

A little over five years ago, I decided to start checking off some of the items on my bucket list. I learned how to rock climb and got my scuba certification, among other things. When I got to the item, writing a novel, I sat down and pounded it out. Check the box; I was done. Wrong. God had other plans and placed some amazing people in my life.

One of those plans was attending MurderCon, a conference for writers where they learn from experts about, you guessed it…murder. Actually, it’s about police procedures, crime scene analysis…the list goes on and on. One of the workshops I attended was with a forensic anthropologist, and the idea for Melanie Hutton and Buried Cold Case Secrets was born.

I loved writing Melanie’s story. She’s a fighter and refuses to let anything stand in her way, including the man, Jason Cooper, who blames her for her best friend’s death. Jason holds on to the past and his hatred toward Melanie, but he soon learns that if he puts aside his assumptions and listens, he’ll discover the truth about the day his sister died. Letting go of his anger and blame is tough for Jason, but when he does, he finds the life he’s always wanted.

I hope you enjoy reading Melanie and Jason’s story as much as I did writing it.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sami is giving away the grand prize package of a book, a coffee mug, a notebook, a pen!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Review: Life Flight by Lynette Eason

This novel is a nice start to a new series. There is a great combination of physical action and danger along with psychological terror, as well. The bad guy is truly menacing, smart, twisted, and very elusive.

I liked that the two main characters, Holt and Penny, knew each other and had even been on a few dates over the past year and a half. Yet, they needed to define their relationship and there were things that they were both holding back about. I liked their chemistry together and the way they worked together throughout the story.

Life Flight had some great twists in the story line. There were some things that I saw coming and others that surprised me. Holt and Penny sure had to go through a lot to get to their happily ever after!

A lot of interesting characters were introduced in this novel and it will be fun to watch as they get their own stories in future books

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

EMS helicopter pilot Penny Carlton is used to high stress situations, but being forced to land on a mountain in a raging storm with a critical patient–and a serial killer on the loose–tests her skills and her nerve to the limit. She survives with FBI Special Agent Holt Satterfield’s help. But she’s not out of the woods yet.

In the ensuing days, Penny finds herself under attack. And when news reaches Holt that he may not have gotten his man after all, it will take all he and Penny have to catch a killer–before he catches one of them.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lynette Eason is back with another high-octane tale of close calls, narrow escapes, and the fight to bring a nefarious criminal to justice.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Lynette Eason is the best-selling, award winning author of almost fifty books including the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, the Hidden Identity series, the Elite Guardians series and the Blue Justice series. She writes for Revell and for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line. Her books have appeared on the CBA, ECPA, and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists. She has won several awards including the Carol Award, the IRCC award, the Selah, and the Christian Retailing’s Best 2017 Award. She placed in the top ten in the James Patterson 2016 co-writer contest. The movie, Her Stolen Past, based on Lynette’s novel, aired February 2, 2018 on the Lifetime Movie Network. Lynette is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Romance Writers of America (RWA), Mystery Writers of America (MWA), International Thriller Writers (ITW), and Faith, Hope, and Love (FHL) chapter of RWA as well as the Kiss of Death (KOD) chapter.

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Review: Nursing Her Amish Neighbor by Marta Perry

This was such a good story! Miriam was so good at what she did, which was help people recuperate and do whatever therapy and exercises they needed to do. The way she responded not only to Matt, but also to his sister, showed that she had a good understanding of helping both the physical and emotional needs of her patients.

Matthew started out the novel with a lot of anger and self pity. The way he was behaving was actually very understandable due to the grief and guilt he was suffering from. But it was so nice to see when he began awakening from the stupor he had been in and started to actually work to heal as much as he could.

The emotions felt very authentic all throughout the story and this was a book that was hard to set down. It is part of a series, yet I had no trouble reading it as a stand alone novel.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Healing his physical wounds

is just the beginning…

Seeking a break from her nursing duties, Miriam Stoltzfus returns home to Lost Creek—and encounters her most difficult patient yet. Her childhood neighbor, Matthew King, is suffering after an accident left him injured and his younger brother dead. But he doesn’t want anyone’s help. Can Miriam guide him through his grief to prove he’s still the strong, confident man she remembers?

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

Brides of Lost Creek

Book 1: Second Chance Amish Bride
Book 2: The Wedding Quilt Bride
Book 3: The Promised Amish Bride
Book 4: The Amish Widow’s Heart
Book 5: A Secret Amish Crush
Book 6: Nursing Her Amish Neighbor

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marta Perry realized she wanted to be a writer at age eight, when she read her first Nancy Drew novel. Most girls reached the end of that book wanting to be Nancy. Marta wanted to be the person who created the story.

Marta PerryThe dream lay hidden for years while she pursued other career goals, but eventually it re-surfaced, and she began to write, beginning with short children’s stories for Sunday school take-home papers. After seeing hundreds of her short stories published in a variety of magazines, Marta finally started work on the novel she’d always wanted to write. Fifty-some published novels later, she still feels the same excitement when she begins a new book.

A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta to the books she writes now about the Amish. The Pleasant Valley Amish series from Berkley Books are longer, more complex emotional stories with Amish main characters, while the Amish Suspense series from HQN Books are more adventure-filled books set in Pennsylvania Amish country. She also continues to write for Love Inspired Books.

Marta lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse in the Pennsylvania countryside, but spends winters at their vacation home in South Carolina. When she’s not writing, she’s active in the life of her church and enjoys traveling and spending time with her three children and six beautiful grandchildren.

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Review: Love and Lavender by Josi S. Kilpack

This was a fascinating peek into what life was like in the Regency era for two people navigating the world with challenges. Hazel had a club foot and Duncan struggled with what we would know today as some form of autism.

I loved the way the book told the story from both perspectives. It was especially interesting to read about the way Duncan experienced things. Hazel’s perspective on Duncan was also fascinating, as she had experience with a previous student who reacted to the world in much the same way that Duncan did.

This was a slow and steadily paced novel, which was exactly as it needed to be. The day to day life of these two characters and the way they learned to interact and live together was the point of the story. I really enjoyed watching their growth and interaction throughout the book.

I had not read any of the earlier books in this series and had no trouble reading Love and Lavender as a stand alone novel.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Mayfield Family Romance – Vol. 4 in the standalone series

Hazel Stillman is a woman of rare independence and limited opportunities. Born with a clubbed foot, Hazel knows marriage is unlikely, so she devotes herself to teaching at a private girls’ school.

When her uncle offers Hazel a substantial inheritance if she marries, she is offended. What kind of decent man would marry for her money? But when she learns the school might be sold, she knows she must consider all her options.

Duncan Penhale thrives on order and process. He has no interest in marriage, so when Elliott Mayfield, his guardian’s brother, offers him an inheritance if he weds, Duncan finds it intrusive. However, an inheritance means he could purchase a building and run his own accounting firm.

Hazel and Duncan believe they have found a solution to both of their problems: marry one another, claim their inheritances, and then part ways to enjoy their individual paths. But then Uncle Mayfield stipulates that they must first live together as a couple for one year.

Over time, their marriage of convenience becomes much more appealing than they had anticipated. At the end of the full year, will they go their separate ways or could an unlikely marriage have found unsuspecting love?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Josi S. Kilpack hated to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began writing her first novel in 1998 and has written thirty-three novels, one cookbook, and several short stories since then. She is a four-time Whitney Award winner, including two Novel of the Year awards for Lord Fenton’s Folly and As Wide as the Sky and a Best of State winner in Fiction. She writes her national women’s fiction under the pen name of Jessica Pack (say Josi Kilpack really fast and you’ll see why she chose it). Josi currently lives in Northern Utah and is the mother of 4 wonderful kids.

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Review: A Harvest of Love by Marta Perry

A Harvest of Love was such a heartwarming novel! I really felt for Dinah as she fell in love with baby Isaac. She couldn’t help but fall in love with him, yet she knew that his mother could return and take him away at any moment. For a widowed woman who had desperately wanted a baby, she knew that she was setting herself up for heartbreak.

I also felt for Jacob. He was clearly a kind and loving man who felt as if he had failed his little sister. Now, he had also fallen in love with his nephew and enjoyed caring for him as a father would, yet he also desperately wanted his sister to return, even if it caused pain to those taking care of baby Isaac.

Jacob and Dinah were such good friends and it was clear that their friendship could turn into more intense, romantic feelings. I liked that these two ended up talking things out and eventually being open with each other about their feelings. Their friendship and the beginnings of their attraction to each other felt very realistic to me.

I would love to see these two as side characters in a future book. I want to see what their lives are like after they are married. This book is the third book in a series. I had not read the first two books and had no trouble enjoying this one as a stand alone novel.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

A determined widow and a single father learn that love is about taking chances and turning over new leaves in the quaint Amish community of Promise Glen, from national bestselling author Marta Perry.

When widowed shop owner Dinah Hershberger is unceremoniously charged with safely escorting an infant to his uncle, she finds herself torn. Jacob Miller is everything Dinah could want in a partner–he’s kind, handsome, strong–and nothing she can ever have. As much as she yearns to help the new family adjust, each minute Dinah spends with Jacob and the baby leaves her heart more vulnerable and her head more certain that the secret she hides makes a future with the Miller men impossible.

Jacob has long admired Dinah for her strength and independence, but it’s her generosity of spirit that tempts him like never before. With Dinah at his side, Jacob opens himself up to the daunting new world of fatherhood, but how can he pursue his feelings for her when his life is in such disarray? After the disappointments of her first marriage, she deserves better than what Jacob can offer.

But love has a surprise in store for these two troubled hearts, and happiness is within reach if only they can grasp it, making Promise Glen their own promised land.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marta Perry realized she wanted to be a writer at age eight, when she read her first Nancy Drew novel. Most girls reached the end of that book wanting to be Nancy. Marta wanted to be the person who created the story.

Marta PerryThe dream lay hidden for years while she pursued other career goals, but eventually it re-surfaced, and she began to write, beginning with short children’s stories for Sunday school take-home papers. After seeing hundreds of her short stories published in a variety of magazines, Marta finally started work on the novel she’d always wanted to write. Fifty-some published novels later, she still feels the same excitement when she begins a new book.

A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta to the books she writes now about the Amish. The Pleasant Valley Amish series from Berkley Books are longer, more complex emotional stories with Amish main characters, while the Amish Suspense series from HQN Books are more adventure-filled books set in Pennsylvania Amish country. She also continues to write for Love Inspired Books.

Marta lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse in the Pennsylvania countryside, but spends winters at their vacation home in South Carolina. When she’s not writing, she’s active in the life of her church and enjoys traveling and spending time with her three children and six beautiful grandchildren.

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Review: What True Love Is Made Of by Debra Clopton

This was an enjoyable finale to the series. I would definitely recommend reading the books in order as characters and story arcs do overlap.

It was great to see how well all of the McIntyre family was and to see things moving forward for Tucker and Maggie.

Lisa and Zane’s story had heartbreak behind it, resulting in Zane gaining custody of a baby boy. I really felt for all Lisa had gone through in her previous marriage and it was hard to see her allowing that betrayal to continue to keep her from experiencing new love.

This novel, and this series, was definitely packed with happily ever afters for the McIntyre brothers and their mom. I enjoyed the happy endings.

(4 stars)

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

WHAT TRUE LOVE IS MADE OF

Life on Star Gazer Island and the McIntyre Ranch near Corpus Christi Texas is progressing wonderfully for Alice since finding love again and watching her sons do the same.
And now babies are on the way! Let the fun began.

But her friend Lisa hasn’t been so lucky, and as happy as Alice is her heart is hurting for Lisa. But Alice is rooting for the attraction she sees between Lisa and her assistant chef, Zane.

After her horrible divorce Lisa Blair has found satisfaction being the chef at Star Gazer Inn and is delighted about everyone’s newfound love. However, she had no plan about falling in love again herself, then she hired chef, Zane Tyson…and now life has become complicated. Now she’s in trouble, especially after he’s called out on a family emergency and might not ever return.

Zane’s heart is broken after being pushed away by Lisa, the only woman he’s ever loved. Now after a horrible fire, his nephew and his young wife are dead and Zane is called to their baby’s side. A single man all of his life, he is now the baby’s guardian and not sure how to handle it.

Now what? He’s going to need help so he returns to Star Gazer Island where he knows there will be help from his friends…and maybe Alice.

Also, newly in love Tucker McIntyre and Maggie Carson are moving forward in their romance, taking it slow but steady as everyone is rooting for them.

And then all of Tucker’s brothers and their wonderful wives are expecting babies…hopefully a wedding, and a baby will be in store for him and Maggie.

Don’t miss this trip to Star Gazer Island…romance surrounds everyone!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debra Clopton

International Bestselling author Debra Clopton has sold over 3 million books. She writes wholesome, sweet contemporary and western romances set in Texas and on the beaches of Florida. Her series are clean and wholesome reads and she has also written many inspirational romances. Her many awards include The Book Sellers Best, Romantic Times Magazine’s Book of the Year the Readers Choice Award, and many more. She’s also a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist and a triple finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award.

A sixth-generation Texan, Debra lives on a ranch in Texas with her husband Chuck. She loves to travel and spend time with her family. She has written for Harlequin and Harper Collins Christian and now with DCP Publishing LLC. Since opening DCP Publishing LLC her books are selling worldwide and are regulars on the Top 100 list and Bestseller list in USA and around the world.

She loves helping people smile with her wholesome stories.

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Review: Never Pursue a Prince by Regina Scott

This is the first book in a new series and is a delightful story! This series, Fortune’s Brides: The Wedding Vow, is related to the author’s Fortune’s Brides series. Some of the girls from the original books are now grown and it was fun to see them as young ladies. However, readers will be able to enjoy this book even if they haven’t read any books from the earlier series.

I really liked Larissa and Leo and the attraction that began to build between them. I liked watching as Larissa learned to value the love she felt toward Leo instead of worrying about what position he held, which she believed was captain of the guard. And for Leo, even though it was hard to not tell Larissa who he truly was, how wonderful it was for him to know that she loved him for himself rather than for his title as prince.

I enjoyed this story from start to finish and am happy that it is just the beginning of this fun series.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Lady Larissa, oldest daughter of the Duke of Wey, has one goal: find suitable husbands for her two younger sisters and best friend so they may live happily ever after. Despite their attempts at matchmaking for her, she’s all but given up on finding her own groom, a gentleman good enough to meet her late mother’s and grandmother’s expectations. She has a hard enough time meeting those expectations for poise, propriety, and perfection. But a chance encounter brings the most marvelous gentleman to her attention. A shame he is merely a captain of the Imperial Guard of Batavaria and in no way the suitable husband for the daughter of a duke.

Prince Otto Leopold Augustus of Batavaria has one goal: to win back his country from those who ousted his family. But someone seems intent on stopping him, for danger stalks the corridors of their palace in England. So why not trade places with his identical twin brother, the leader of the Imperial Guard? Leo might just uncover their enemies before someone is hurt. And having an ally in the thoroughly proper and pretty duke’s daughter can only help.

The more Larissa and Leo are thrown together, the more secrets come to light and the more their attraction grows. Would the daughter of a duke dare to throw off propriety, if it means winning the heart of the most princely of men?

If you like warm, witty historical romances, with a touch of intrigue, then you’ll love this series starter by an award-winning author.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first Regency romance novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Regency romance The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998). In 2011, she was delighted to move into Christian romance with the publication of The Irresistible Earl.

Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency romance novellas (“The June Bride Conspiracy” in His Blushing Bride, “Sweeter Than Candy” in A Match for Mother, and “A Place by the Fire” in Mistletoe Kittens), which are now featured in electronic book form as Be My Bride. Her novels have been translated into Dutch, German, Italian, and Portuguese; and Lord Borin’s Secret Love and The Rake’s Redemption have been issued in hardcover, large print editions. Many of her works are also available as electronic books through Belgrave House’s Regency Reads line or as self-published works, such as Perfection.

Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Puget Sound area of Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally–both her parents were excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician, now retired. Her mother envisioned the plot for “Sweeter Than Candy,” the novella which was written as a tribute to her.

Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.

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Review: Harmony on the Horizon by Kathleen Denly

Harmony on the Horizon is book three in the Chaparral Hearts series, yet can be read as a stand alone novel.

I didn’t personally connect with the two sets of main characters in this story the way I did in the earlier two books in the series. I still hoped for good for these characters but was just not as invested as I like to be.

I did find it interesting how closely connected San Francisco and San Diego were historically. The corruption, danger, and severe poverty of San Francisco was heartbreaking. It was easy to see that the poor, as well as immigrant families, faced an uphill battle just to survive.

I did like that all four characters, Fletcher and Katie from San Francisco, and Margaret and Everett from San Diego, grew in some way throughout the book. Fletcher grew in faith, Katie grew in strength and resolve, Margaret grew to learn how to approach some issues in kindness rather than immediate indignation, and Everett grew in compassion and trust in God. I was happy with the way things resolved at the end of the story. Overall, this has been a very interesting series packed with historical detail and strong faith messages.

(3.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

Her calling to change the world may be his downfall.

On the heels of the Great Rebellion, Margaret Foster, an abolitionist northerner, takes a teaching position in 1865 San Diego—a town dominated by Southern sympathizers. At thirty-seven years of age, Margaret has accepted spinsterhood and embraced her role as teacher. So, when Everett Thompson, the handsomest member of the School Board, reveals his interest in her, it’s a dream come true. Until her passionate ideals drive a wedge between them.

After two decades of hard work, Everett Thompson is on the verge of having everything he’s dreamed of. Even the beautiful new teacher has agreed to his courtship. Then two investments go south and a blackmailer threatens everything Everett has and dreams of.

As Everett scrambles to shore up the crumbling pieces of his life, Margaret unwittingly sets off a scandal that divides the small community and threatens her position as teacher. With the blackmailer still whispering threats, Everett must decide if he’s willing to risk everything for the woman still keeping him at arm’s length.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathleen Denly

Kathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

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Review: A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz

When reading a book by this author, I many times end up feeling as if I have lived a lifetime immersed in the pages of the story. That was definitely my experience while reading A Heart Adrift. Having visited Colonial Williamsburg a few years ago, the descriptions of the buildings, rooms, and streets were especially vivid for me. I loved the varied settings in this novel, from the chocolate shop in York to the lighthouse and island just off the coast of Virginia, to the luxury of the Governor’s Palace and Esmée’s sister, Eliza’s, home.

However, it was the emotions of these characters that really captured me. Esmée and Henri had beautiful memories of their courtship together ten years earlier, followed by a heartbreaking end to their relationship. I enjoyed the little flashbacks to when they were younger and in the blush of first love. They both went on to live their lives apart and were successful in what they did. Esmée continued to offer the highest quality of chocolate goods in the family business and Henri’s triumphs at sea were legendary. Yet, when Henri returned to York it was clear that these two characters were not over each other. I could feel the awkwardness of their first reintroduction and the way they were aware of each other in the various settings that they crossed paths. These were two immensely likable characters and watching their hearts soften toward each other was wonderful. They had a lot to overcome, both in the past and in the present, in this novel, which made it even sweeter to see them achieve happiness together.

There was a beautiful faith message woven throughout the story as both main and side characters leaned on words of truth in order to persevere in difficult times. This was a powerful and uplifting story.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Virginia chocolatier and a privateering sea captain collide once more after a failed love affair a decade before. Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart? Or will a new shared vision reunite them?


It is 1755, and the threat of war with France looms over colonial York, Virginia. Chocolatier Esmée Shaw is fighting her own battle of the heart. Having reached her twenty-eighth birthday, she is reconciled to life alone after a decade-old failed love affair from which she’s never quite recovered. But she longs to find something worthwhile to do with her life.

Captain Henri Lennox has returned to port after a lengthy absence, intent on completing the lighthouse in the dangerous Chesapeake Bay, a dream he once shared with Esmée. But when the colonial government asks him to lead a secret naval expedition against the French, his future is plunged into uncertainty.

Will a war and a cache of regrets keep them apart, or can their shared vision and dedication to the colonial cause heal the wounds of the past? Bestselling and award-winning author Laura Frantz whisks you away to a time fraught with peril–on the sea and in the heart–in this redemptive, romantic story.

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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.

According to Publishers Weekly, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” With her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth, she is represented by Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent & Founder, Books & Such Literary Agency of Santa Rosa, California.

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Review: Never Leave Me by Jody Hedlund

Never Leave Me was a wonderful story to start the new year with! This was an absolutely beautiful tale and the perfect follow up to book one, Come Back to Me. I am hoping that the author will write a book three and take us all on another jaunt through time.

Harrison’s devotion to Ellen was so endearing. He never wavered in his love for her, no matter the cost to himself. I felt bad for him as he suffered through heartache quite a few times as he tried to make the best decisions for Ellen.

Both of these characters were very likable. Ellen had a lot of emotional healing to do after the diseases she spent so many years fighting. Opening her heart and allowing herself to recognize her feelings for Harrison was not easily accomplished.

I loved both the present and the past settings with these characters and even though I knew the book was coming to an end, I really didn’t want to let go of any of the characters! I loved it from start to finish. I definitely recommend reading the books in the Waters of Time series in order.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK

In the last stages of a genetic disease, Ellen Creighton has decided to live out her remaining days at the estate of her longtime friend Harrison Burlington. Harrison cares deeply for Ellen, but as a wheelchair-bound paraplegic, he’s never allowed himself to get serious in a relationship. However, he’s desperately trying to save her by finding the holy water that is believed to heal any disease.

When he locates two flasks, Ellen refuses to drink one of them because she believes the holy water killed her sister and father. In an effort to convince her to take it, Harrison ingests the contents first, and when Ellen witnesses the effects, she can no longer deny the power of the substance in the bottles. Dangerous criminals are also seeking the holy water, and Ellen soon learns they will go to any lengths to get the powerful drug–including sending her back into the past to find it for them.

Bestselling and award-winning author Jody Hedlund plunges you into the swiftly flowing river of history in a race against the clock in this breathtaking, emotional second Waters of Time story.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over thirty historicals for both adults and teens and is the winner of numerous awards including the Christy, Carol, and Christian Book Award. She lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy teens, and five spoiled cats.

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