Review: The Price of Valor by Susan May Warren

What a fantastic finish to the Global Search and Rescue series! For that matter, this last book ties up every bit of the intrigue that ran through not only this series, but also the Montana Marshalls series. It was fun to see a few of the characters from that series appear in this book, as well.

This novel was packed with amazing action scenes, especially in Italy. Ham and Signe found themselves not only braving intense physical danger, but also painful emotional trials. Their journey back to each other was very compelling.

I loved that Orion and Jenny had a substantial storyline in The Price of Valor, as well. They had some painful truths to work through if they were ever going to have a hope of a happily ever after together.

It was wonderful to finally see everything from the previous stories pulled together, but hard to see this series come to an end. I definitely recommend the Global Search and Rescue series. The books should be read in order for sure, and will be even more enjoyable if the Montana Marshalls series is read, in order, before them.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Former Navy SEAL Hamilton Jones thought that the love of his life was dead. But when a girl claiming to be his daughter shows up with a dire message from his wife, Ham knows he will stop at nothing to find her and bring her home.

Kidnapped by rebels while serving as an interpreter in Ukraine, Signe Kincaid has spent the past decade secreting out valuable information about Russian assets in the US to her CIA handler. Fearing for her daughter after being discovered as an operative, Signe sends her to Ham for safekeeping. She’s ready to give her life for her country, and she can hardly expect Ham to rescue her after breaking his heart over and over.

When Ham discovers the reason Signe has kept her distance, he must choose between love for his wife and love for the nation he has vowed to protect. Will he save the many? Or the few?

USA Today bestselling author Susan May Warren takes you on a global search and rescue mission where the stakes are higher than ever in this final installment of her popular series.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Susan May Warren

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

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

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

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Review – Prevail: 365 Days of Enduring Strength from God’s Word by Susie Larson

I have really been enjoying this devotional. The daily readings are straightforward and understandable. I appreciate that the topic is clearly explained and definitely connected to the Bible reading for the day.

The selected Bible readings are not overly short nor overly long. I appreciate that I can sit down and focus immediately on the topic at hand. After the Bible reading, there is a section titled “Flourish”, which has an uplifting suggestion to encourage the reader to put into action whatever topic they have been reading about. Each day’s devotional is finished with a short prayer.

I have chosen to progress through the devotional chronologically, but the devotional can also be used in a topical format. At the beginning of the book, the topics are listed, with each topic containing the various devotions related to it for easy reference. I appreciate that the author thought of this. Sometimes it is so important to do a focused study on certain issues or truths.

I definitely recommend this devotional, which is focused to help the reader realize that God wants to rescue us and wants us to prevail against those things that pull us away from a focus on Him.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Scripture is God’s love letter to us. Everything he asks of us is for our good and his glory. But that doesn’t mean life is easy, and sometimes we need to be reminded of God’s power over all that we face. We need something or someone to shake us up and teach us the truth about God and ourselves!

Susie Larson’s newest devotional, Prevail, guides us through the arc of the Scriptures while encouraging us to feel and trust in his presence in our everyday lives. Using practical Scripture passages, thought-provoking questions, and her very own Bible-margin notes, Susie offers 365 days’ worth of opportunities for us to strengthen our walk in faith while finding a new level of freedom and redemption.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Susie Larson hosts a daily radio talk show that airs across the upper Midwest and contributes a weekly feature heard nationally on Moody Radio. Active in local ministry as well as International Justice Mission, she has authored six previous books and been a guest on national TV and radio programs, including Focus on the Family. Susie and her husband, Kevin, have three adult sons and live near Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Review & Giveaway: A Ranger for the Twins by Tanya Agler


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Ranger for the Twins by Tanya Agler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: A Ranger for the Twins
Author: Tanya Agler
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Genre: Clean Contemporary Romance

She fell from grace…

Before falling for him

When her husband defrauded the town of Hollydale, now-divorced mom Lucie Decker went from being the town darling to total pariah. Now she’s launching a new business and needs ranger Caleb Spindler’s help. And her twins adore Caleb. After all, he’s a genuine hero—even if he is hiding a secret. But while Lucie’s heart has forgotten how to trust, it still remembers how to fall in love…

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MY REVIEW

A Ranger for the Twins was such an enjoyable story! It was nice to see both of these main characters get a chance at real love. Lucie and Caleb were nice, caring people and it was hard to see that some of the citizens of Hollydale hadn’t forgiven Lucie for the crimes of her ex-husband.

Lucie was a side character from the novel, The Sheriff’s Second Chance, and it was great to get to know her and her twins better in this book. But, don’t worry, A Ranger for the Twins can be enjoyed as a stand alone, even if you haven’t read the previous story.

There were times that Caleb was nervous and didn’t open up about potential problem situations knowing that they would upset Lucie. I kept wanting him to just tell her everything so there would be no surprises, yet, there were some very enjoyable scenes that were set in motion because of his hesitancy about certain events.

I thought that these two had great chemistry together and that Caleb was an excellent fit for Lucie’s family. The author did a good job of writing believable children and it was fun to see how the twins related to each other. I hope to read more stories set in Hollydale.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An award-winning author, Tanya Agler moved often during her childhood and settled in Georgia where she writes sweet contemporary romance novels, which feature small towns, family and pets, and themes of second chances and hope. Her debut, The Sheriff’s Second Chance, is a January of 2020 Harlequin Heartwarming release with the sequel, A Ranger for the Twins, coming in October 2020. A graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and law, she lives with her wonderful husband, their four children, and a lovable Basset, who really rules the roost. Represented by Dawn Dowdle and the Blue Ridge Literary Agency, she’s currently at work on the sequels to her debut. When she’s not writing, Tanya loves classic movies, walking, and a good cup of tea.

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Review: Montana Dreams by Anna J. Stewart

Montana Dreams is a fun addition to the Blackwell Sisters series. This series definitely makes the most sense when all of the books are read in order, however, Montana Dreams could probably still be enjoyed even if you haven’t read the other books.

I liked these two main characters. Matteo’s love for his son, Gino, was a palpable thing throughout this novel. He and Peyton did a great job of trying to help Gino and show him the right kind of attention and love, as opposed to the way he was treated when he was living with his mother.

It was great to see Peyton really come alive in Montana, away from the pressures of her high-powered job. It was eye opening to see the way she began to live and enjoy life and to recognize that there was a loneliness she had grown accustomed to.

Montana Dreams was very enjoyable to read and I look forward to the next book in this series.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Can a single dad and a business whiz…

Find the right connection?

Swapping Silicon Valley for a Montana ranch isn’t Peyton Harrison’s choice. Nor is bringing along a bodyguard. But until threats subside at Peyton’s tech company, Matteo Rossi intends to watch over her while also reconnecting with his young son. Peyton’s instant bond with little Gino is making her rethink her path—and her feelings for Matteo. Is a new dream unfolding under Montana’s endless sky?

USA TODAY Bestselling Author 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

anna j. stewart

A geek at heart, former Golden Heart finalist, USA Today and national bestselling hybrid author Anna J Stewart writes “refreshingly unique, quietly humorous, and profoundly moving romance” (RT Book Reviews). Her books include the Honor Bound series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, The Butterfly Harbor stories (for Harlequin Heartwarming), and The Nemesis Files (light romantic suspense).  Her Writer’s Box articles are regularly featured on USA Today’s HEA Blog. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family. In her spare time you can find Anna hanging out at the movie theater, traveling with her best friend, or losing herself in the crazy, sublime world of fan conventions.

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Review: Backlash by Rachel Dylan

Backlash was such a great story! It was hard to know who to trust in this tale of intrigue. I really enjoyed the multiple stories going on throughout the novel. Of course, Layla and Hunter’s backstory of love and betrayal was captivating. I enjoyed watching them work together even as the events from the past that broke them up were constantly on their minds.

The story line that followed Zane and Cass was also related to the accusations and danger that Layla found herself embroiled in and added even more trouble for the team members.

And finally, it was great to see Izzy, a side character from book one. She had some serious troubles to face in Backlash, as well. She was such an interesting character with a lot of trauma to overcome from the past as well as new problems that arose in this story.

I really enjoyed this novel and all of the twists and turns it took. Backlash raised the question of who could be trusted within the various government agencies and how easy it could be to make enemies without realizing it.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

CIA analyst Layla Karam is thrust into a dangerous DEA field operation against a cartel that puts a target on her back. Though Layla never wanted to be a field agent, Langley had other ideas. After one of her team members is murdered because of fallout from the op, Layla is left scrambling to find safety.

At the same time, the CIA opens up an internal investigation against her. Out of options, Layla turns to ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy for help finding out who might want to ruin her career.

Layla and Hunter soon discover a mole inside the DEA has sold out the team’s identity to the cartel. She must clear her name with the Agency and protect herself and her teammates from cartel retaliation. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in Hunter–the man who broke her heart–and hope they both come out of it alive.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

rachel dylan

Rachel Dylan is an award-winning and bestselling author of legal thrillers and romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade including being a litigator at one of the nation’s top law firms. Rachel writes the Atlanta Justice Series which features strong, female attorneys in Atlanta. Deadly Proof, the first book in the Atlanta Justice series, is a CBA bestseller, an FHL Reader’s Choice Award winner, a Daphne du Maurier Finalist, and a Holt Medallion Finalist. Lone Witness is the winner of a Holt Medallion, the Maggie Award, and is a Selah Finalist. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats.

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Review: The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright

What a mysterious, spooky, and chilling dual timeline tale! I was captivated by both the present and past storylines.

The author did a great job, as always, at weaving two tales that were connected through the ages, yet telling them in such a way that the reader discovers the clues as the characters do.

The author really kept me guessing about who was behind the murders, what exactly happened, and who the heroines of both timelines could trust. This was a tale that definitely kept me turning the pages and nervously wondering what would happen.

Jaime Jo Wright always does a good job of penning tales that can be both spooky, yet not flounder from the truth of God’s word. Some characters may question God’s existence, wonder about the possibilities of ghosts and hauntings, and deal with strange situations, yet the truth will always prevail in this author’s novels, allowing growth and understanding for the main characters.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

1928
The Bonaventure Circus is a refuge for many, but Pippa Ripley was rejected from its inner circle as a baby. When she receives mysterious messages from someone called the “Watchman,” she is determined to find him and the connection to her birth. As Pippa’s search leads her to a man seeking justice for his murdered sister and evidence that a serial killer has been haunting the circus train, she must decide if uncovering her roots is worth putting herself directly in the path of the killer.

Present Day
The old circus train depot will either be torn down or preserved for historical importance, and its future rests on real estate project manager Chandler Faulk’s shoulders. As she dives deep into the depot’s history, she’s also balancing a newly diagnosed autoimmune disease and the pressures of single motherhood. When she discovers clues to the unsolved murders of the past, Chandler is pulled into a story far darker and more haunting than even an abandoned train depot could portend.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jaime Jo Wright loves to read—and write—fiction with elements of mystery, faith, and romance from her home in Wisconsin. She’s a coffee drinker by day and night, lives in dreamland, and exists in reality.

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Review: Finding Wings by Deborah Raney

Finding Wings was a wonderful wrap up to the Chandler Sisters series! If you haven’t read the first two books, you can probably jump in and enjoy this one. Just know that Britt’s sisters’ stories are the focus of books one and two and all main characters from those books also appear in Finding Wings.

I loved Britt and Rafe’s story. It was so unique! These two ended up being the ones responsible for taking care of family members. Their individual schedules were so full that it was hard for Britt and Rafe to even find time to go on a date together. I loved the way that they ended up getting creative in the way they got to know each other.

Rafe had a very emotional backstory and even as an adult carried burdens and guilt related to things that had happened when he was a child. He was such a great character and a perfect match for Britt. Their personalities really worked well together and it was so fun to watch their relationship develop.

The interactions between the sisters were enjoyable to experience and it has been fun to watch as new members have been added to this family with each novel released.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Taking care of her family is a blessing, but Britt thought there would be more to life–like falling in love . . .

Being the youngest of three sisters isn’t always easy for Britt Chandler, especially when her older sisters have successful lives and hers is still on hold. She put everything aside to care for her dying mother, but now their mother is gone. Just as her life finally has a chance to blossom, her sister is ordered on bed rest during a difficult pregnancy, and it looks like God is again calling Britt to be a family caregiver–and nothing more.

Rafe Stuart is unable to forgive himself for a childhood mistake that had grave repercussions. And no matter how many lives he saves now as a first responder, he can’t ever seem to do enough penance to free his soul from that decades-old tragedy. There definitely isn’t room in his wounded heart for love; it’s much too dangerous.

When these two struggling souls encounter each other, sparks fly. But they’re both scared the fire that might result could destroy them–and the others around them. How can they begin to trust God to have the best for them and real purpose for their lives beyond what they’ve dreamed . . . or feared?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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DEBORAH RANEY dreamed of writing a book since the summer she read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books and discovered that a Kansas farm girl could, indeed, grow up to be a writer. Her almost forty books have garnered multiple industry awards including the RITA® Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers’ Choice Award, Carol Award, and have three times been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, shed light on the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease and inspired the highly acclaimed World Wide Pictures film of the same title. A Vow to Cherish continues to be a tool for Alzheimer’s families and caregivers. Deborah is on faculty for several national writers’ conferences and serves on the executive board of the 2600-member American Christian Fiction Writers organization. She is a recent transplant to Missouri with her husband, Ken Raney, having moved from their native Kansas to be closer to kids and grandkids. They love road trips, Friday garage sale dates, and breakfast on the screened porch overlooking their wooded backyard.

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Review: Amish Christmas Twins

by Shelley Shepard Gray, Rachel J. Good, and Loree Lough

Amish Christmas Twins was such a great collection of stories to read! These novellas definitely put me in the mood for a warm and cozy Christmas! Each story, in some way, had twins as a part of the plot. I enjoyed that every novella incorporated this theme in an original way.

In The Christmas-Not Wish by Shelley Shepard Gray, my heart hurt for what the foster children had been through over the past few years. But it was a joy to see as things turned around for them.

In New Beginnings by Rachel J. Good, I felt heartbroken for all that Elizabeth had lost. I knew that Luke was also heartsick. I felt so much for these two characters! There were so many emotional moments in this story.

In Twins Times Two by Loree Lough, I really felt as if I was on the farm with Jube and the boys. He and Abigail had a lot to work through and I could feel the tension between them as they faced the past and all that had happened a few years earlier.

I would definitely recommend this collection to fans of Amish fiction. It is packed with emotion and each story was enjoyable to read.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

In these heartwarming, faith-affirming stories, three Amish families face the joys, and challenges, of the holidays–with fruitful results . . .

THE CHRISTMAS NOT-WISH
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray
When the foster parents they’ve cautiously grown to love discover they’re expecting, orphaned Roy and Jemima Fisher, ages six and seven, are secretly devastated by the certainty they’ll be given up. With Christmas around the corner, their only wish is for new foster parents as nice as Mr. and Mrs. Kurtz. Meanwhile, the Kurtzes have wishes of their own–and with faith, they all may be gifted with twice the blessings . . .

NEW BEGINNINGS * Rachel J. Good
Still grieving the loss of her husband and unborn baby in an accident several months ago, Elizabeth Yoder is oblivious to her neighbor Luke Bontrager’s deepening affection for her. But while she bleakly faces Christmas alone, it’s Luke who reminds her it’s the season for giving. And when Elizabeth donates her handmade baby clothes to New Beginnings, a home for teen moms, she soon finds her gifts repaid beyond measure, with Luke’s love–and new beginnings of their own . . .

TWINS TIMES TWO * Loree Lough
What happens when two secretive, stubborn people find themselves thrown together to help four rascally youngsters–twins times two!–create a Christmas surprise for their parents? Mischief and mayhem, and just maybe . . . love!

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Review: An Amish Husband for Tillie by Amy Lillard

This was such a great story! Tillie Gingerich was in quite the predicament throughout the book. She had to deal with the shame of returning home as an unwed woman who was expecting a baby and she spent much of the book feeling out of place and hopeless about her situation.

Levi’s loss broke my heart. He was truly struggling after the death of his wife and unborn child. It had not been long since he lost them and it was clear that he felt true despair and loneliness.

The way Tillie and Levi ended up thrown together in a quite unique situation made for a great time of sweet bonding for the two of them. This story really pulled on my heartstrings and had me wondering how everything was going to work out.

Although this is book four in the Amish of Pontotoc series, I believe that it could be enjoyed even if the other books had not been read.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

For the Amish of Pontotoc, Mississippi, all roads lead to faith, family, and tradition, even when the path is unconventional—especially at Christmas . . .
 
Tillie Gingerich is so in love with Melvin Yoder that she agrees to leave her conservative Amish home to live with him in the English world. But when the struggle to make ends meet leads to conflict, and reveals troubling weaknesses in their relationship, Tillie returns to Pontotoc—pregnant and unmarried. Her loving family accepts her, but to convince the rest of the community, they must turn to the bishop. Distraught, Tillie runs away on Christmas Eve—only to get as far as an isolated house on the edge of town.
 
Levi Yoder, Melvin’s upright distant cousin, is grieving the loss of his wife and wants to be alone. He is hardly pleased to open his door and find a pregnant woman––a painful reminder of all he’s lost. But with an ice storm approaching, he can’t turn Tillie away. Yet as morning nears, the miracle of Christmas brings unexpected challenges, opportunities—and promises for the future . . .

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amy Lillard

Amy loves nothing more than a good book. Except for her family…and maybe homemade tacos…and nail polish. But reading and writing are definitely way up on the list.

Born and bred in Mississippi, Amy is a transplanted Southern Belle who now lives in Oklahoma with her deputy husband, their genius son, and three spoiled cats. ^..^

When she’s not creating happy endings, she has a variety of hobbies, but her favorite is whatever gets her out of housework.

Amy is an award winning author with more than thirty novels and novellas in print. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. She loves to hear from readers.

You can find her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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Review: The Amish Christmas Secret by Vannetta Chapman

What an enjoyable story! I liked the uniqueness of the situation between Daniel and Becca. They both felt burdened by financial situations. Becca struggled with coming from a poor family and Daniel believed that an abundance of wealth caused his family to splinter. I really enjoyed watching the awakening of both Becca and Daniel as they began to understand what was important in life and what was not.

Becca and Daniel seemed like complete opposites for the first portion of the book, however, it became clear that they were not so unlike each other as it first appeared. They had a sweet chemistry that built throughout the pages of this book. I also really liked seeing how well Daniel began to fit into the Schwartz family. I definitely enjoyed this addition to the Indiana Amish Brides series.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

All she wants for Christmas is the truth.

A struggling Amish woman. Her mysterious new neighbor.

And a secret that could change everything…

Becca Schwartz’s curiosity is going to be a problem. When Amish secret millionaire Daniel Glick moves to Shipshewana for seclusion, he doesn’t expect his pretty new neighbor to ask so many questions. Or to be so generous, despite her family’s poverty. As Daniel falls for Becca, his secret looms between them. This Christmas, can he finally give her the truth…and his heart?

USA TODAY Bestselling Author 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of over twenty novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner, a Christy finalist, and she also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish mystery. She was a teacher for 15 years and resides in the Texas hill country.

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