Review: A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibal

As I read this novel, I felt transported to Ireland in the 1920’s. Seeing things through Moira’s perspective as she tried to navigate a people who held rigidly to traditions and superstitions was eye-opening. I loved seeing Moira connect with Brid, Peg, Colm, and Sean. The strong faith guidance that Peg and Colm lent to both Moira and Sean was a beautiful part of this story.

There was a mysterious undercurrent running throughout the entire novel and Moira knew it had something to do with her mother. Moira had quite the faith journey in this book as she worked to follow what she felt God leading her to do, regardless of the way people treated her.

The romance between Sean and Moira built gently throughout the book and I loved seeing the way Sean cared for Moira in both big and little ways.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

All of her life, Irish-American Moira Doherty has relished her mother’s descriptions of Ireland. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira decides to fulfill her mother’s wish that she become the teacher in Ballymann, her home village in Donegal, Ireland.

After an arduous voyage, Moira arrives to a new home and a new job in an ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira’s mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she’s journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends–and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced–as she seeks to navigate a life she’d never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.

Jennifer Deibel’s debut novel delights the senses, bringing to life the sights, sounds, smells, and language of a lush country and a colorful people. Historical romance fans will embrace her with open arms.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Deibel is a middle school teacher whose work has appeared on (in)courage, on The Better Mom, in Missions Mosaic magazine, and others. With firsthand immersive experience abroad, Jennifer writes stories that help redefine home through the lens of culture, history, and family. After nearly a decade of living in Ireland and Austria, she now lives in Arizona with her husband and their three children.

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Audio Book Review: The Vanishing at Loxby Manor by Abigail Wilson

The Vanishing at Loxby Manor is the first book that I have read by Abigail Wilson and I am very excited to read more by this author now. I thoroughly enjoyed this mysterious story from start to finish.

I listened to the audio book version and overall I enjoyed the narration. The author changed voices for the different characters and occasionally I wasn’t fond of a couple of the voices, but the main characters were voiced very nicely and I was definitely drawn into the story right from the beginning.

The mystery of Seline’s disappearance and the feeling that things were not quite right at Loxby Manor truly drove the story. I loved that Charity and Piers came together with a second chance at friendship and perhaps something more as they worked to uncover the strange happenings going on in the area. The overall mystery kept me guessing for most of the book and I found the second chance romance delightful.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Disappearances, strange activities in the night, and secret organizations abound in this mysterious Regency romance.

Haunted by the assault she’s kept hidden over the past four years, Charity Halliwell finally has a chance to return home to the quaint village she left more than five years before and the happy life she wants so badly to reclaim. All she needs is good conversation with her old friend and an opportunity to find a governess position, and she can leave the fear and guilt behind. But the family who agrees to her yearlong visit turns out to be a far cry from the one she thought she knew, particularly when her friend disappears and the one man she made certain would not be at the house is forced to return. How can she possibly heal and claim her independence when day in, day out she must face the only gentleman who ever held a piece of her heart?

Piers Cavanagh was branded a coward when he failed to show up for a duel he arranged. He had his reasons, of course, but disclosing them would hurt far more than continuing life as an outcast. And worse, with the mysterious departure of his sister, the strange nightly occurrences in the ruins of an old abbey, and the uncomfortable whispers of a secret organization, Piers must overcome his aversion to society and work with the last person he ever thought he would get the chance to speak to again—the girl whose heart he had no choice but to break.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Abigail Wilson combines her passion for Regency England with intrigue and adventure to pen historical mysteries with a heart. A Registered Nurse, chai tea addict, and mother of two crazy kids, Abigail fills her spare time hiking the National Parks, attending her daughter’s gymnastic meets, and curling up with a great book. In 2017, Abigail won WisRWA’s Fab Five contest and in 2016, ACFW’s First Impressions contest as well as placing as a 2017 finalist in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and currently lives in Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband and children.

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Review: Winning the Schoolmarm by Lacy Williams

Winning the Schoolmarm was such an enjoyable story to read! Although this book is connected to others within a series, it can be read as a stand alone novel.

Cecelia and John were both so likable. It was sweet to see the way they began to be drawn to each other, even while John battled insecurities about his background and Cecelia feared giving her heart away to a man. I felt as if I was a part of this small, western town as I read about Cecelia taking over as the new school teacher. She certainly had her work cut out for her with a few of the children!

This book focused on new beginnings, as well as God’s grace and forgiveness. It was a wonderful novel from the first page to the last. There was also a side story woven into this one involving Cecelia’s sister, Susie. I appears that her book will follow this one and I am very excited to see how things will eventually work out for her!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Swirling rumors forced Cecilia White out of the teaching job she loved. She vowed not to get involved with a man again—no matter what. But when the term begins at a new schoolhouse in a new town, disaster strikes. No matter what she does, she can’t seem to escape the handsome, single chairman of the school board.

John Morgan has a secret. He’s not who he says he is. He’ll do anything to protect and provide for his young sister—including cozying up to the prickly schoolmarm.

Sparks fly and Cecilia must deny her heart if she hopes to keep her job. But what’s more important? Duty or love?

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Also available in Kindle Unlimited.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

USA TODAY bestselling author Lacy Williams is devoted to bringing her readers heartwarming love stories about cowboys and the women that tame them. She is the author of over forty books, including the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy and Snowbound in Sawyer Creek series. Her books have been nominated for the RT Book Reviews’ Seal of Excellence as well as finaled in RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She has been a puppy parent almost her whole life and often writes with one of her dogs snuggled in her lap. She is a mom of four and spends her non-writing time buried under piles of laundry and dishes. Find exclusive reader bonuses by visiting her website http://www.lacywilliams.net.

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Review & Giveaway: Her Steadfast Heart by Sharlene MacLaren

About the Book

Book:  Her Steadfast Heart

Author: Sharlene MacLaren

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: January 26, 2021

Joey Fuller is still mourning three years after his wife’s death, so much so that he leaves his four rambunctious young children to throw himself into the Civil War as a Union captain. But his kids are so ill-behaved that nannies keep quitting—and now, his mother has a broken leg and can’t handle them either. In desperation, Joey decides to advertise for a wife.

Faith Haviland is in a different kind of mourning. Not long ago, her fiancé left her to marry her best friend. Her customers at the diner where she works keep reminding her of that humiliating event and one of them, an older man, has been making aggressive advances. She’s desperate to flee the city—and Joey Fuller’s “Wife Needed” ad seems to be the answer to a prayer.

Will Faith live up to her name when Joey’s kids torment her with their mischief? Can she surrender this strange marriage to God while her new aloof husband is off fighting? And will a string of buttons convince her that he truly loves her?

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My Review

What an absolutely wonderful marriage of convenience story! This is the first time that I have read a book by this author and it will definitely not be the last. This story was very well-written and I felt as if I was experiencing the events and emotions with the characters as I read it.

Faith was a wonderful character who had to go through quite a lot emotionally as she dealt with children who worked hard to make life uncomfortable for her. I really admired the way she cared for the children and the way she worked to help them heal from all of the past hurts they had experienced.

I liked her husband, Joey Fuller, a lot, as well. I could tell that he was an honorable and caring man who had simply let grief and war overwhelm him. Reading this book was like watching him come back to life. It wasn’t an easy journey for him, but it was very worthwhile.

I even liked those troublesome children! My heart hurt for what they put Faith through, but it was even more rewarding when they slowly realized what a jewel they had in their stepmother.

I truly loved this story and want to go back and read book one in the series now. And I am so happy to see that there will also be a book three to look forward to! Even though this was the second book in the series, I had no trouble reading Her Steadfast Heart as a standalone novel.

(5 stars)

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

About the Author

Born and raised in west Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren attended Spring Arbor University. Upon graduating with an education degree in 1971, she taught second grade for two years, then accepted an invitation to travel internationally for a year with a singing ensemble. After traveling for a year, she returned to her teaching job, then in 1975, she reunited with her childhood sweetheart, and they married that very December. They have raised two lovely daughters, both of whom are now happily married and enjoying their own families. Retired in 2003 after thirty-one years of teaching, Shar loves to read, sing, travel, and spend time with her family—in particular, her adorable grandchildren!

Shar has always enjoyed writing, and her high school classmates eagerly read and passed around her short stories. In the early 2000s, Shar felt God’s call upon her heart to take her writing pleasures a step further, so in 2006, she signed a contract with Whitaker House for her first faith-based novel, Through Every Storm, thereby launching her professional writing career. With more than twenty published novels now gracing store shelves and being sold online, Shar gives God all the glory.
Shar’s novels have won numerous awards. Her Steadfast Heart is her twenty-first novel and the second book in her Hearts of Honor series (after Her Rebel Heart).
Shar has done numerous countrywide book signings and has participated in several interviews on television and radio. She loves to speak for community organizations, libraries, church groups, and women’s conferences. In her church, she is active in women’s ministries, regularly facilitating Bible studies and other events. Shar and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan, with their beautiful white collie, Peyton.

Shar loves hearing from her readers. If you wish to contact her as a potential speaker or would simply like to chat with her, please send her an e-mail at SharleneMacLaren@Yahoo.com. She will do her best to answer in a timely manner.

More from Sharlene

Faith Haviland swept a few strands of damp hair off her forehead, irritated by how it had escaped the neat bun of this morning. She shoveled more dishes into the sink and set to washing them as fast as possible to prepare for the supper crowd that would soon descend upon Daybreak Diner. It wasn’t a fairytale job by any means, but, alas, it was a job, and many would clamor for it if her Aunt Martha ever hung up a “Help Wanted” sign in the window. Her aunt, who happened to be her father’s younger sister, owned and operated the establishment and often stated her wish for Faith to one day take it over. Faith shuddered at the prospect of telling Martha she’d been entertaining the idea of leaving Columbus. Martha wouldn’t like the news, but Faith couldn’t worry about that. Things had grown too tedious in her hometown, and too many found it their job to remind her of the unfortunate event of her canceled wedding. Add to that the troublesome, if not peculiarly obsessive, behavior of Stuart Porter, and tedious hardly described it. Ever since her fiancé’s departure with her best friend just two weeks before their April 15 wedding day, Mr. Porter had started closing in on her, insisting he would marry her in an instant if she’d simply agree.
For as long as she could recall, the man had outwardly admired her, even though she had done nothing to encourage it. Nothing about him appealed to her. First, he didn’t serve the Lord; second, he was an obsessive drinker; third, he came off as pushy and persistent; and finally, he resembled a goose with his nose sticking out like a beak. Not that looks meant all that much—goodness, she didn’t consider herself any major prize—but it was all the other things thrown in. The man was almost twenty years older than she and widowed to boot. At least, that was the rumor anyway. No one had really known his wife, only that she was there one day and gone the next. Some said she’d died, and others said she’d left him for another man. Whatever the case, it’d been a mysterious event that few knew anything about, and if they did, no one discussed it much, probably mostly from lack of caring.

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Connie’s History Classroom, February 9

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Britt Reads Fiction, February 10

Artistic Nobody, February 11 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 12

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 13

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Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 15

Inklings and notions, February 16

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For Him and My Family, February 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 18

Labor Not in Vain, February 18

deb’s Book Review, February 19

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 20

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, February 20

Blossoms and Blessings, February 21

Vicky Sluiter, February 22

Genesis 5020, February 22

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To celebrate her tour, Sharlene is giving away the grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card and a copy of the book!!

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: Choosing His Family by Jill Lynn

I have enjoyed the Colorado Grooms series so much! Each book can be read on its own, however, I am so glad that I have been able to read every one of the novels. Choosing His Family is definitely one of my favorites from the series!

The author did an amazing job of writing the three triplet daughters into the story. Each one had such a distinct personality, yet they were also one unit of precious sisters.

I really liked both Finn and Ivy. These two grew into such a sweet friendship after having a bit of a rough start. It was nice to see Finn’s caring nature shine through, even as he tried to protect his heart by not getting too close. Ivy was also a great character who had to learn to have confidence in herself again.

As always, the author did a great job of incorporating Biblical truths into the story, weaving them in naturally. These truths were a necessary turning point for Ivy and Finn as they both worked to overcome their various fears. I loved this book from the first page to the last!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Three reasons to ask her to stay…

Will offering a helping hand

open the door to forever?

Rescuing a single mom and her triplets during a snowstorm lands rancher Finn Brightwood with temporary tenants in his vacation rental. But because of his past, Finn’s reluctant to get too involved in Ivy Darling’s chaotic life. When he starts falling for the three rambunctious little girls—and Ivy—he can’t help but wish this family would stick around for good.

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

Colorado Grooms

Book 1: The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter

Book 2: The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby

Book 3: The Bull Rider’s Secret

Book 4: Her Hidden Hope

Book 5: Raising Honor

Book 6: Choosing His Family

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Jill Lynn Buteyn is a co-author of Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts, and an author of inspirational romance for Love Inspired ® (as Jill Lynn). A recipient of the ACFW Genesis award for her fiction work, she has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.

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Review: Maryann’s Hope by Molly Jebber

About the Book

Book: Maryann’s Hope

Author: Molly Jebber

Genre: Amish Historical Romance

Release Date: January 26, 2021

The pleasing warmth of fresh-baked maple cookies…the sweet, buttery flakiness of a raspberry jam pastry. In 1913 Ohio, the Amish Charm Bakery is beloved by locals and visiting Englischer alike. And its understanding community always provides help, healing–and new chances for love…even for a widow faced with an impossible choice between her head and her heart.

Secrets devastated Maryanne Harding’s marriage to an Englischer–and took away her untrustworthy husband. Now the young Amish widow has found contentment cooking up treats at the bakery, raising her little girl, and comforting her ailing mother. And when Andrew Wittmer asks her to marry him, Maryanne is over the moon with happiness that she and the kind furniture maker will put down roots in her hometown…

Until Andrew’s uncle becomes ill, and Andrew must permanently take over his store in a town hours away. Though she would go anywhere to be Andrew’s fraa, Maryanne can’t abandon her mother–or the family that depends on her so much. And when she discovers Andrew harbors secrets of his own, Maryanne’s hard-won trust is shaken. Now, can she risk difficult choices and take a leap of faith into the loving, joyful future she longs for most?

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My Review

Maryann and Andrew were a couple who had a lot of hard choices to make. I was impressed with the devotion both of them showed for their family, even when their hearts felt like they were breaking.

This novel had lots of interesting characters and even though I had not read any of the other books in this series, I did not have any trouble reading this story as a stand alone novel. It was interesting to note that there were quite a few older people in this story who were dealing with sicknesses that were causing them to waste away, yet their families didn’t know what was ailing them. I wondered whether it was because this story occurred in the early 1900’s or if it was the Amish decision to not seek a lot of medical help. Perhaps it was a combination of both.

I personally struggled with connecting to the two main characters. It seemed as if I was simply reading about their situations and being told about the decisions that they had to make, rather than feeling it along with them. This might simply be my preference for a certain writing style or a style that I am not used to. Regardless, it was still an interesting story to read.

(3.5 stars)

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

About the Author

Molly Jebber is a best-selling & award-winning Amish Historical Romance author whose books have made the Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten List, media worldwide, and in USA Today. She’s a national speaker for Women’s Christian Connection, and keynote and guest lecturer for many groups on writing, publishing, & marketing. She loves God, family, friends she is grateful for her readers.

More from Molly

Hi Readers!

You are the reason I write. Your inspiration and encouragement on social media posts brighten my mood and on those hard days of writing, keeps me going. Thank you!

I’ve been fortunate to have a close family. I hear so often, you can choose your friends but not your family. Maryann in MARYANN’S HOPE loves her mother, but finds her a challenge with her unpredictable moods. When she meets Andrew, they both must make difficult decisions throughout their courtship relating to family and seeking God’s will for their lives. Maryann’s toddler, Betsy, will make you laugh, as well as other children of her friends in the story. The bakery desserts will make your mouth water, and you’ll imagine the aroma of cinnamon, sugar, and warm bread.

The Amish Charm Bakery is where friends come to enjoy a break, share secrets, solve problems, and laugh and cry.

On a personal note, this year has been an exciting one for our family in spite of COVID-19. My daughter, Misty, is getting married, and we love our future son-in-law, Kevin. They are having a small wedding due to the virus, but it hasn’t dampened any of our enthusiasm for this special day. God has blessed all of us with making all the plans go smoothly, and they’ve enjoyed their marriage counseling with Pastor Roger.

Pastor Roger asked them to put their first name in the verses in Corinthians Chapter 13 of the Bible, as an example of how they should feel about each other. Such as Misty is patient, and Misty is kind. I thought about that in my marriage to Ed. He is all those wonderful things to me. But I need to be more patient! So I’m learning along with Misty and Kevin! LOL

I pray that MARYANN’S HOPE will bring you a fun escape into the small Amish town of Charm, Ohio during the period of 1913-1914!

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Library Lady’s Kid Lit, January 28

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Locks, Hooks and Books, February 6

Batya’s Bits, February 6

She Lives To Read, February 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 7

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Connie’s History Classroom, February 8

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 9

Pause for Tales, February 9

Splashes of Joy, February 10

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To celebrate her tour, Molly is giving away the grand prize package of a $75 Amazon gift card and an Amish doll!!

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Review & Giveaway: Courting Country by LoRee Peery

About the Book

Book:  Courting Country

Author: LoRee Peery

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: October 2020

One Secret Love + One Misdirection and Multiple Situationships = Courting Country

Taggart Bauman has secretly loved Kylie Gordon since they were young, but she married his best friend. When Kylie is widowed, Taggert promises to take care of her. And even though he could be free to profess his love, he chooses to keep his feelings a secret. If Kylie knew that he’d failed to save her husband, she’d never forgive him. He knows, because he can’t forgive himself.

After being alone for so long, Kylie believes an online dating service is her last chance at finding love. But she continually finds herself in “situationships” that require Taggert to rescue her. When at last she reconnects with Eldon Wenz, an old friend from their college years, she thinks perhaps this is finally her second chance at love…but just in case, she asks Taggert to accompany her when she travels to Eldon’s ranch.

But sometimes things are not what they seem, and when one more situationship crops up, Taggart vents his resentment and tells Kylie she needs to work out the choices she’s making.

Will Taggart lose Kylie forever, friendship and all, or will Kylie realize that what she’s been searching for has been right in front of her the whole time?

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My Review

Will these two friends get a chance at love? That’s the basis of this novel, which definitely is reminiscent of the tale of Cyrano de Bergerac. In Courting Country, Taggart poured out his romantic feelings toward Kylie in a series of emails, however, Kylie believed these emails came from a mutual friend that they both knew years ago.

I felt for Taggart. He had loved Kylie for years and desperately wanted to be more than just her best friend. But Kylie was lost in so many ways. She had drifted away from trust and belief in God and she was desperate to find a man to share her life with due to her loneliness.

It was clear that Taggart was the man for Kylie, but it took awhile for her to wake up to the idea. It was also very clear that the other man, Eldon, was in no way a good match for her.

There were plenty of humorous moments and a good faith message throughout the story. I, personally, struggled to connect with Taggart and Kylie and found myself frustrated with decisions they made. This made me less invested in their happily-ever-after and simply hopeful that they could work their way through the various issues that came up.

(3 stars)

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

About the Author

Nebraska country girl LoRee Peery writes fiction that hopefully appeals to adult readers who enjoy stories written from a Christian perspective, focusing on the romance. These include novels and novellas for women and men in the Contemporary, Romance, Historical, Time Travel, and Mystery/Suspense categories. She writes of redeeming grace with a sense of place. Her Frivolities Series and the book based on her father’s unsolved homicide, Touches of Time, are available on Amazon. She is who she is by the grace of God: Christian, country girl, wife, mother, grandmother and great-, sister, friend, and author.

More from LoRee

Whenever I’m asked to write about myself, I groan silently. I love reading and gaining insight into other authors, but always wonder what’s interesting about me. Just now, I glanced down at the few left-handed fingertips I’m using on my keyboard.

I am right-handed, but at this moment in mid-October, 2020 and for four more weeks, my right arm is in an immobilizer. I have strict orders not to use the arm at all. Here’s what happened…

Pain struck on Mother’s Day. I’d applied eye makeup for the first time since the Covid-19 lockdown began in March. I lowered my arm and the stab took me to my knees. I’m used to something always hurting due to fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, and I have a high pain tolerance. If I’m nauseated I know the pain is high, and that sudden ice pick that didn’t abate was eight on the pain chart, which caused me to be sick to my stomach all day.

Good comes out of tribulation. I spent hours in the Bible, especially the Old Testament. One of those early mornings, probably between two and three, I picked up a yellow legal pad and praised the Lord through what I later called LoRee’s psalms. Many could be considered lamentations, but if I began downhearted, I ended noting how good my heavenly Father is to me.

I have no room for complaints. I’ve never asked “Why?” Patience grew in that waiting room of my heart. I learned I could write, rather print, with my left hand. I set aside my fictional story to honor my Savior. And I became humble, since I needed my husband to be my right hand.

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Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 3

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, February 4

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Godly Book Reviews, February 5

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Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, February 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 8

Simple Harvest Reads, February 9 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 9

deb’s Book Review, February 10

Inklings and notions, February 11

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 12

For Him and My Family, February 13

Artistic Nobody, February 14 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Labor Not in Vain, February 15

Texas Book-aholic, February 16

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, LoRee is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of Hiding from Christmas, a bluebird charm, a cardinal figure, and book bling!!

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: Trailing a Killer by Carol J. Post

Trailing a Killer was packed with many moments of hold-your-breath danger and the sweet possibility of a second chance at romance for two people who had been through a lot in the years that they were apart.

The author did a great job of keeping me guessing as to who was behind all of the threats on Cody’s life. And Cody, well, it took awhile for him to realize exactly how much danger he was in. Goodness! He made some decisions that placed him right where the killer wanted him, but thankfully he began to realize that someone wanted him dead and that Erin knew what she was doing.

Alcee, the search and rescue dog, was a great addition to the story. I loved the connection that she and Erin had and the way that she took right to Cody, as well. This was a very enjoyable and suspenseful tale, with a good faith message sprinkled in, as well.

Trailing a Killer is part of a continuity series where each book is written by a different author. This book can be read as a stand alone novel.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A killer with an explosive agenda…

And a K-9 and determined detective on the case.

In a hurricane’s aftermath, Detective Erin Jeffries is stunned when she and her search-and-rescue K-9, Alcee, uncover a collapsed building’s only survivor—her long-ago ex, Cody Elbourne. And it’s quickly clear that the disaster was no accident. Now only Cody can identify the man who set the explosives that killed his grandfather…and Erin must stop the killer dead set on silencing him.

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

K-9 Search and Rescue

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol’s resume reads as if she doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love for writing. She currently pens fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for a RITA® award and an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award.

Carol lives in sunshiny Central Florida with her husband, who is her own real-life hero, and writes her stories under the shade of the huge oaks in her yard. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano. She enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.

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Review & Giveaway: An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh

An Unlikely Proposal JustRead Blog + Review Tour Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

An Unlikely ProposalTitle: An Unlikely Proposal
Author: Toni Shiloh
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: February 1, 2021
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Their friendship can survive almost anything…

For two best friends, marriage could be their greatest test yet…

Trinity Davis must not have heard firefighter Omar Young correctly. Did her handsome widowed best friend just suggest they get married? Omar needs a mom for his adorable little girls, and it’ll fix Trinity’s financial woes. But saying “I do” isn’t just business. Especially when the only vow they’re in danger of breaking is their promise to not fall in love…

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MY REVIEW

An Unlikely Proposal

Wonderful, wonderful story! One of the best things about this novel was that it just felt so real. The likelihood of these two best friends marrying for the reasons they did were totally plausible. The way they began feeling a bit uncomfortable around each other as husband and wife was also realistic.

The awkward moments were balanced by good conversations that focused on their friendship. We, the readers, could see how Trinity and Omar were slowly developing deeper feelings for each other, but it took awhile for their hearts to open to that idea.

The way the two toddlers reacted to Trinity becoming their new mom was very realistic, as well. There were so many sweet moments tangled up with tantrums and difficulties.

Omar struggled to let go of certain parts of his life with his first wife. There were a couple of times where his immediate reaction was linked to the pain he felt at the memory of his wife fading from the girls’ lives. The author did such a good job of creating a man who was struggling with grief, yet also wanted to honor his new wife.

I loved this sweet story and also appreciated the beautiful epilogue at the end.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist.

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at tonishiloh.com.

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TOUR GIVEAWAY

(1) winner will receive a paperback copy of An Unlikely Proposal, a Texas bluebonnet mug, and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

An Unlikely Proposal JustRead Giveaway

Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight February 1, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on February 8, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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Review: The Littlest Cowgirls by Melinda Curtis

The Littlest Cowgirls was a fun story. If you haven’t read the books that come before this one in the series, then you may feel a little overwhelmed with so many characters and a community history that you will be jumping right into. Having read all of the books before this one, I loved getting to see how things were going to work out regarding Laurel, Mitch, Ashley, and Wyatt.

It was great to catch up with so many characters that I have enjoyed reading about in past books. Laurel and Mitch were getting ready for their wedding and tensions were high regarding whether Wyatt would agree to sign away his parental rights or want to participate in the parenting of the girls. Gabby, Mitch’s twelve year old daughter, played a pivotal role in the story and it was fun to see things from her perspective, too.

I loved the way Ashley and Wyatt’s connection built throughout this book. They had quite a bit in common, yet different ways of approaching their acting careers. The romance between these two ended up being very sweet and natural.

The author wrapped up all of the many pieces of this story into a very satisfying happily-ever-after with a sweet epilogue.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

This soon-to-be dad…

Is getting a double surprise

Wyatt Halford’s kept his cool as one of Hollywood’s hottest action stars. But coming to Second Chance and discovering he’s about to be a father to twins? Now he’s definitely off-kilter. He certainly can’t afford any complications–like falling for spirited redheaded actress Ashley Monroe. Wyatt’s dealing with the biggest plot twist of his life. But can he do the right thing…and still find his happy ending?

Book 1: Kissed by the Country Doc

Book 2: Snowed in with the Single Dad

Book 3: Rescued by the Perfect Cowboy

Book 4: Lassoed by the Would-Be Rancher

Book 5: Enchanted by the Rodeo Queen

Book 6: Charmed by the Cook’s Kids

Book 7: The Littlest Cowgirls

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MelindaCurtis

Prior to writing romance, award-winning, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Curtis was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. Melinda has over fifty titles currently published and has sold 36 works to Harlequin and Grand Central Forever, mostly sweet romance and sweet romantic comedy. One of her books – Dandelion Wishes – is being made into a TV movie.

You can connect with Melinda Curtis on her websiteGoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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