Review: Frontier Matchmaker Bride by Regina Scott

Frontier Matchmaker BrideWhat a thoroughly wonderful story! I have enjoyed this entire series, yet Frontier Matchmaker Bride is definitely one of my favorites! I simply adored both of these main characters. I couldn’t help but read this novel quickly because I was so invested and hoping for their happily ever after.

This story is part of a series, however, it can definitely be read as a stand alone novel if you have not read the other books.

Frontier Matchmaker Bride really had it all for me. There was great romantic tension and attraction between Beth and Hart. They also seemed like a match that could never be, based on Hart’s past. A thread of danger also ran throughout the story and the author did a very nice job creating some tense situations. This story was a lot of fun to read.

(5 stars)

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


Frontier Matchmaker BrideThe Lawman Meets His Match

Successful Seattle matchmaker Beth Wallin has her most challenging assignment yet—find Deputy Hart McCormick a bride. Beth’s still smarting after the handsome lawman spurned her affections a year ago. But if she finds Hart a wife, Beth will gain favor with the city’s most influential women…and perhaps free her own heart, as well.

Marriage is the last thing on the deputy’s mind. After tragically losing his sweetheart, he vowed never to love again. But as sweet, spunky Beth introduces him to potential fiancées, Hart finally feels a spark…for her! The stubborn bachelor will be Beth’s first matchmaking miss, unless they can both admit that she just might be his perfect match.

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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.

You can connect with Regina on her websiteblogGoodreads, and on Facebook.

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Review: The Innkeeper’s Daughter by Michelle Griep

Innkeeper's DaughterI enjoyed this tale of intrigue and danger. The attraction between Johanna and Alex was clear from the start, yet it seemed an impossible situation. There were some characters in The Innkeeper’s Daughter who were easy to spot as “good guys” and others who clearly had nefarious intentions. Then there were those characters that I couldn’t quite pin down. The author did a good job of keeping me guessing about exactly who was behind the subterfuge.

There were some frustrating decisions made by both Alex and Johanna, times they felt compelled to follow a sense of duty and ended up suffering consequences. But, it all worked together to make for an interesting novel.

This story stands alone just fine, even though there are a couple of characters that make an appearance from an earlier novel, Brentwood’s Ward. They are very loosely connected.

(4 stars)

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


Innkeeper's DaughterA London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

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Michelle Griep


I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.

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

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Audio Book Giveaway & Review: Going Up South by Janet W. Ferguson

Going Up South audio

Going Up South is such an excellent addition to the Southern Hearts series. This set of books is fast becoming a favorite series of mine! Going Up South is book two in the series, however, I believe that readers could enjoy this story even if they haven’t read book one. Of course, I definintely recommend reading each book in the series for full enjoyment! The narration was very nicely done and added to this complex story. The narrator did a good job of distinguishing between character voices as she read.

This story really tugged at my heart. The author did a great job of creating characters that I connected with. I felt frustrated on Dylan’s behalf with the way Nick and Jess treated him. I felt his sorrow as he realized that he desperately wanted to be in his son’s life and had already missed some of it. It was so sweet to see him learning to be a father. I loved the romantic tension that developed between Cassie and Dylan and I could feel the anguish that each of them experienced at different times as they attempted to navigate through their feelings. I loved this story from start to finish!

(5 stars)

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


Going Up South audio

No one told him he had a son.

Actor Dylan Conner is furious. Not only has he been left out of his child’s life, the baby boy has been given another man’s last name. Determined to be a better father than the sorry guy who’d left him and his mother, Dylan fights to ensure a significant place in his son’s life. Unfortunately, his bad-boy reputation overshadows his good intentions. Only one woman in this small town sees beyond his Hollywood image. And he’s falling for her. Too bad she’s the custody mediator.

After her scandalous divorce in the small town of Oxford, Mississippi, attorney Cassie Brooks has no intentions of practicing law again. The humiliating experience left a bitter taste for love, marriage, and her profession.

Now friends need Cassie’s help in a custody negotiation, and her role demands she remain objective. She never expected to be drawn to Dylan Conner—the actor who everyone warns is bad news. Not only is the mediation at stake, but so is her heart.


Janet Ferguson is giving away an Audible copy of Going Up South to one fortunate reader!

Going Up South audio

Contest runs from 2/28/18 – 3/5/18. Winner will be announced on the blog and emailed on 3/6/18.

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Review: Marrying the Wedding Crasher by Melinda Curtis

Marrying the Wedding CrasherMarrying the Wedding Crasher is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming line that consists of sweet, contemporary novels. This book is one of a long line of fun stories in the Harmony Valley series, however, it can be enjoyed as a stand alone novel.

I really liked this book. There were plenty of humorous moments, as in all of the books in this series. Yet, there were also some deep hurts and fears that the main characters had to overcome. I really liked watching them navigate around Vince’s family as they pretended to still be in a relationship. The tension skyrocketed upon the news that Harley was pregnant! I loved this story from start to finish and the epilogue was a great way to finish the book.

(5 stars)

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


Marrying the Wedding CrasherThis bachelor’s pretend girlfriend just made a shocking discovery—

She’s pregnant!

Although they dated for only a month, Harley O’Hannigan just agreed to be Vince Messina’s plus-one at a Harmony Valley wedding. Big mistake, given her deepening feelings for the tall, dark, unavailable bachelor. And what about Vince’s long-buried family history? Then there’s the growing secret that could transform this pretend relationship into the real thing…

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

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

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

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

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Review: The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

The HideawayThis is a hard book to leave a review for. On the one hand, the writing really was excellent. The story was interesting and kept me turning the pages to find out what happened. As a dual timeline story, both threads intrigued me, past and present.

I would personally categorize it as clean, secular fiction. If you are looking for a deep spiritual thread, I would not look for it in this story. There were plenty of situations that required difficult decisions and Mags, in particular, lived much of her life giving of herself to others. But, these things, to me did not point the reader to Christ, which I would expect in a Christian fiction novel.

Although the story flowed nicely and things wrapped up in the present day in a way I enjoyed, I was left with a hollow and sad feeling as I closed the page. This was a result of choices made, opportunities lost, and repurcussions that followed from the storyline that took place in the past. I guess this book just wasn’t really a good fit for me.

(3 stars)

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


The Hideaway

When her grandmother’s will wrenches Sara back home from New Orleans, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever did in life.

After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags’s ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed her The Hideaway and charged her with renovating it—no small task considering Mags’s best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there.

Rather than hurrying back to New Orleans, Sara stays in Sweet Bay and begins the biggest house-rehabbing project of her career. Amid Sheetrock dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected.

Then she discovers a box Mags left in the attic with clues to a life Sara never imagined for her grandmother. With help from Mags’s friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed Mags’s destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways.

When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choice—stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she’s grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans.

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Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two young daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. The Hideaway was released in April of 2017 and has since become a USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts bestseller. Her second novel, Hurricane Season, releases April 3, 2018, and has been listed on BookPage’s 2018 list of Most Anticipated Fiction.

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Review: Treacherous Trails by Dana Mentink

Treacherous TrailsTreacherous Trails is an action packed addition to the Gold Country Cowboys series. This novel stands alone, even though it is the second book in the series, so no worries if you haven’t read the first one.

I really liked the history between these two main characters. Owen was best friends with Ella’s older brother growing up, and all three of them spent plenty of time running around being kids together in the past. However, in this novel, the friendship of old between Ella and Owen began to morph into something decidedly more than simple comraderie!

The danger level was very high in this story and I enjoyed the many twists and turns in the plot. While it was hard to watch as Ella was framed and treated unfairly by law enforcement, the support and connection that Ella had with Owen made it all worth it. I look forward to reading more in this series.

(4 stars)

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


Treacherous TrailsFalsely accused…

Can she escape the real killer?

In this Gold Country Cowboys story, farrier Ella Cahill is accused of murder—and only former marine Owen Thorn, her brother’s best friend, can help clear her name. Now with someone trying to kill Ella, Owen must protect her…despite his promise to her brother to stay away from her. But can they work together to find the true killer before she becomes the next to die?

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Dana Mentink lives in California where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine. Her family includes two little girls (affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo.) Papa Bear works for the fire department and he met Dana doing a dinner theater production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Ironically, their parts were husband and wife.

Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, Yogi, Boo Boo, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet.

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Audio Book Review: Then Came You by Becky Wade

Then Came You Audio

I am such a fan of audio books! Lately, my favorites have been contemporary Christian stories. I just finished listening to Then Came You by Becky Wade and I can without a doubt say that it is one of the best audio books I have ever heard.

It is read by two narrators, with Garner read by a man and Kathleen read by a woman. And they are spot on! I read this story on Kindle last year, so I had an idea in my mind about how these two should sound. Usually I have to get used to whatever voice is reading the story and simply adjust to it. Not this time! It was as if the characters came to life and sounded exactly as I expected them to. The female narrator had to handle multiple character voices and did a good job with that, as well.

Then Came You is a novella packed with heart and one of my all time favorite introductions to a series. You can read my review from last year here. I highly recommend grabbing this novella on audio. I don’t think you will regret it!

(5 stars)

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

Purchase your own copy of the audio book here.


Then Came You

A leather-bound journal. A single father. A woman in pursuit of freedom.

Garner Bradford, heir to the troubled Bradford Shipping empire, doesn’t know much about babies. But he’s going to have to learn fast because he’s just become a single father to his newborn daughter. As he confesses through his journal entries, he’s not entirely sure how to keep a newborn alive, whether or not he’ll ever patch together his shattered heart, or how to forgive himself for his mistakes.

Career girl Kathleen Burke is wholly uninterested in settling down. She has big dreams, and none of them include Garner and his small hometown in Washington State. Yet she can’t seem to get her handsome boss out of her head or her heart. There’s something extraordinarily tempting about his beautifully sad green eyes. . . .

Told through journal entries, phone conversations, and letters, Then Came You is a unique, heart-stirring romance novella by acclaimed author Becky Wade.


Becky Wade

Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas.  She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children.  When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction.  She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance!  She’s the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series

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Review: A Home for Hannah by Amy Lillard

A Home for HannahI enjoyed Hannah’s story so much. What a great start to a new series! I feel like I can’t wait until the next story is out and I can return to this interesting community and heartfelt characters.

I loved the history that Aaron and Hannah shared and the way that they were drawn together all of these years later. There was great romantic tension between these two! I thought that the author did a very good job of illustrating the feelings that Hannah and Aaron had for each other, both past and present. However, life events kept them apart for so long. And even through this story, the worries of the world and not giving full trust to God could keep them apart again.

This story was really packed with interesting characters, from Hannah’s extended family and her son, to Aaron’s sweet children. They all combined to make this story feel very authentic.

(5 stars)

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


A Home for HannahIn Pontotoc, Mississippi, the Amish way means a chance to rebuild, renew, and rekindle a love from long ago . . . 

Fifteen years. That’s how long it’s been since Hannah McLean set foot in the Amish community where she was raised. Through it all her heart has never forgotten Pontotoc–or Aaron Zook, her first love. Now widowed, and left with little more than her hurting teenager and her prayers, she returns home, even knowing she and her son may be turned away.

When Aaron learns Hannah has returned, he nearly falls to his knees. He’s a strong man, but lately the care of his three motherless children and family land have been more than he can handle. Now providence has delivered the first woman he loved, and with her, the rush of feelings they once shared. But will his simple, removed way of life leave Hannah longing for something more, or can they begin anew, finding a new way forward together?

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Amy Lillard


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: Words from the Heart by Kathleen Fuller

Words from the HeartThis was a captivating novel! It is the third in the Amish Letters series, but can be read as a stand alone novel, too. I could not turn the pages quickly enough to find out what happened with these two characters! Their romance definitely bloomed toward the second half of the story, and not in the typical way. There was some great romantic tension between Noah and Ivy, as well as other issues they had to overcome.

I really enjoyed they way letters played a part in this story, as they did in the other books of the series as well. I liked getting to know more about Cevilla and seeing how she and Ivy and Noah interacted throughout the book. This has been a very enjoyable series, which I definitely recommend. It is also connected to the Amish of Birch Creek series, another set of books that was extremely enjoyable.

(4.5 stars)

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


Words from the Heart

Ivy Yoder thought she had found the man she would marry, but she returns to her Amish community of Birch Creek with a broken heart. When a family friend asks for her help in cleaning out an attic, she’s grateful for the chance to get her mind off the betrayal.

Noah Schlabach is an Amish auctioneer and is eager to get into his aunt’s attic in search of lost treasures. He loves learning about the past, and he has created a thriving auction business for himself. When he meets Ivy, he suspects his aunt is trying to set them up, but all of that is forgotten when they come across a box of old love letters.

While Noah is more interested in potential auction items than love letters, Ivy is swept up in the story of the young couple. She’s also fighting her growing feelings for Noah—she can’t risk her heart again. But if there is one thing these young Amish people learn from the past, it’s that they must take hold of the gifts of today. With a little help from the letters, and a lot of help from God, Noah and Ivy begin to live in the present, full of love.

Purchase your own copy here.


Kathleen Fuller

Kathleen Fuller is the author of several bestselling novels, including A Man of His Word and Treasuring Emma, as well as a middle-grade Amish series, The Mysteries of Middlefield. Website: Twitter: @TheKatJam Facebook: Author Kathleen Fuller.

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Review: The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin

The Sea Before UsWith a fantastic start to a new series, Sarah Sundin has me invested in a whole new set of lives that will forever be changed by the events surrounding D-Day! I could hardly set this book down and I can tell you that book two can not arrive soon enough for me!

The main characters really captured me, along with the time and place that this book was set in. Both Dorothy and Wyatt had things from their pasts that definitely impacted their present decisions. The personal and spiritual growth in both of these characters from the beginning to the end of this novel was impressive. Their romance was wonderful and the obstacles that they had to overcome made for a captivating story. This book made me feel like I was in the thick of the action and I am so anxious to read the next book in the series when it releases!

(5 stars)

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


The Sea Before UsIn 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France–including those of her own family’s summer home–in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans.

As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.

The tense days leading up to the monumental D-Day landing blaze to life under Sarah Sundin’s practiced pen with this powerful new series.

Purchase your own copy here.


Sarah Sundin is the author of The Sea Before Us (February 2018), the Waves of Freedom series (Through Waters Deep, 2015, Anchor in the Storm, 2016, and When Tides Turn, March 2017), the Wings of the Nightingale series, and the Wings of Glory series, all from Revell. In addition, she has a novella in Where Treetops Glisten (WaterBrook).

Her novels When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were both named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist and won the 2016 INSPY Award, and her novella “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. In 2014, On Distant Shores was a double finalist for the Golden Scroll Awards from both AWSA and the Christian Authors Network. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

A mother of three, Sarah lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups, and has been well received.

She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

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