Review: An Amish Christmas Love

by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, and Ruth Reid

An Amish Christmas Love

This is a sweet collection of novellas that will help readers usher in the Christmas season. The stories were short enough to make for a quick read, but long enough to help me connect to the characters.

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman  I enjoyed the humor of this lighthearted story. The grandmother provided quite a few fun moments and the romances were sweet, too. This was an uplifting story.

The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston – Although I really enjoy this author’s writing, I was afraid that I might not like this story simply because I knew that the main character was freshly grieving. But, the author pulled off a beautiful and heartfelt story. I loved the flashbacks!

Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin – This novella is set in Bee County, Texas and can stand alone even though it is part of a series. Since I have read the series, I was thrilled to return to this community. I thought the author did an excellent job of conveying David’s confusion and Molly’s heartache, making for an extremely interesting story.

Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid – I enjoyed the interactions between Ellie and Ezra in this fish out of water story. These two people from different worlds seemingly shouldn’t find themselves drawn together, or should they? I liked how this novella highlighted the power of prayer.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

An Amish Christmas Love

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman

Three generations of Stoltzfus women are living under the same roof. At twenty-five, Naomi has never been married, and both her mother, Barbara, and her grandmother, Ruth, are widows. Each woman is nursing a broken or lonely heart until three men rent the daadi haus for a month, and the women find themselves with potential sutiors. Secrets are revealed and hearts are opened, but will all the women find love?

The Christmas Cat by Amy Clipston

Emma Bontrager is spending her first Christmas alone after her husband of 45 years, Henry, passed away in July. Although the Amish don t normally allow animals in their homes, a big, fat, orange barn cat keeps coming into Emma s house. She shoos the cat away, but it continues to appear in her house, settling on Henry s favorite wingchair. But the cat isn t the only Christmas visitor: a group of young people help bring the Christmas spirit to Emma, reminding her that love and hope abide.

Snow Angels by Kelly Irvin

As a young man enjoying his rumspringa, David Byler gave his heart to an Englisch girl, but he eventually realized he couldn t give up his Plain faith and family for her, so he let her go. He s found a new love in his Bee County Plain community, Molly Shrock. Molly has been patient, waiting for the man she loves to love her back. Just as he is ready to propose, David makes a startling discover: Bobbie McGregor, his Englisch love, is back. Will Molly s prayers for a Christmas love be answered?

Home for Christmas by Ruth Reid

When a misdirected GPS sends Ellie Whetstone to the wrong address, she inadvertently finds herself breaking into the home of Amish man, Ezra Mast. Ellie hopes to fix up the house left by her aenti and sell it quickly, but a series of run-ins with Ezra and his young daughter have her questioning whether a hasty sale is the right move. Could this new place with its slower pace be the right home for Ellie?

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Book Winner!

Crown of Sould

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Emilee Douglas for winning the copy of

Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by and entered this giveaway!

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Review: Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

Crown of SouldThe complexity and depth of this novel takes my breath away! Crown of Souls is packed with intense danger, roiling with romantic tension, and tempered by the possibility that Cole may not be able to separate himself from the one wreaking havoc throughout the world.

The Tox Files is such a great series! I love the combination of present and past in the books and the way the threats to the modern world are totally wrapped up in items connected to the ancient world. Cole Russell is one deep character. Watching him navigate danger, lead his team, struggle with his past choices, and try to keep the woman he loves safe makes for a story that is hard to stop thinking about long after the last page is turned!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Crown of SouldSix months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator.
Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he’s out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier.
Afraid his old friend is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating–he’s using a mysterious artifact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

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

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

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Review: CSB Apologetics Study Bible

CSB Apologetics Study Bible

The CSB Apologetics Study Bible is a good resource to add to your Bible study. In my opinion, the most useful information that has been included in this Bible is the articles. These articles covered a wide variety of topics and most of them answered some difficult questions very clearly. There were a few articles that I felt could have delved a bit deeper in their explanations.

I found myself comparing this Bible with the CSB Apologetics Study Bible for Students, which I recently reviewed. I personally felt that the student Bible had articles which were more in-depth and helpful to me (even as an adult). I also missed having some of the break out sections from the student Bible, such as “Fast Facts” and “Challenges and Tactics”. However, the CSB Apologetics Study Bible did contain “Twisted Scripture” sections just as the student Bible did, breaking down how scripture is sometimes used incorrectly.

So, although I would have loved to see a little more packed into this Bible, I believe it is still a good resource to reach for in studying what the Bible says concerning topics that are very relevant to our lives today.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

CSB Apologetics Study BibleThe CSB Apologetics Study Bible helps today’s Christians better understand, defend, and proclaim their beliefs in an age of increasing moral and spiritual relativism.  This edition includes new articles and extensive apologetics study material from today’s leading apologists that has been revised and updated to reflect relevant apologetics issues and questions being discussed today.

Includes commentary from over 90 of the best apologetics thinkers of our day in one resource, including: Ted Cabal, Lee Strobel, Chuck Colson, Paul Copan, Norm Geisler, Hank Hanegraaff, Josh McDowell, Albert Mohler, J.P. Moreland,  Ravi Zacharias, and many more — plus a lead article by Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ).

Features include: Presentation page, Book Introductions, Study Notes, Apologetics articles from leading apologists, “Twisted Scripture” explanations for commonly misunderstood passages, Profiles of Christian apologists, Two-color interior, Two-column text, 9.75-point type size, Smyth-sewn binding, Ribbon marker, Full-color maps, and more.

The CSB Apologetics Study Bible features the highly reliable, highly readable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB), which stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity. The CSB’s optimal blend of accuracy and readability makes Scripture more moving, more memorable, and more motivating to read it today — and share it always.

 

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Review: Tackling the Fields by Janet W. Ferguson

Tackling the FieldsTackling the Fields is the first book that I have read by this author, but it is definitely not the last! This story had exactly what I was looking for in my next read. The author tackled some pretty tough topics and did so with grace, weaving the issues into the story seamlessly and realistically.

Even though this novel is the third book of the Southern Hearts Series, I had no trouble at all jumping in and getting to know the characters from this book and previous stories. Now I am determined to read the other books of the series!

I loved, loved, loved the chemistry and interactions between Cole and Audrey. I also loved that these were flawed individuals who had much to work through and overcome. Some of these issues kept finding their way into their budding relationship and I appreciated that there wasn’t an easy fix for them. There was a lot of hurt to dig through and Cole had a lot to learn about God’s love and grace. This story had great emotional depth!

(5 stars)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Tackling the FieldsCole Sanders is a changed man. The university quarterback questions his direction in life after serving on a mission trip in Honduras. Things that used to fill Cole’s ego seem empty after witnessing the developing country’s extreme poverty and the death of a precious child. The one glimmer of hope through his confusion is the fresh perspective he now has about his tutor, Audrey. She possesses something beautiful inside and out—something that might help him become the person he wants to be.

University senior Audrey Vaughn tutored Cole Sanders for an entire year and never imagined the popular quarterback would see her as anything more than a friend. After partnering with him on the mission trip, they are drawn together. And he appears to have changed for the better. To let Cole into her life, Audrey will have to overcome not only her brother’s distrust, but also the paralyzing fear still lingering from a past she’s tried to leave behind.

Cole can’t walk away from Audrey now that they’re back in Oxford. He’ll have to figure out how to keep her giant of a brother, a lineman on his football team, from killing him when the coach has his back turned. But can Audrey trust her heart to a player so similar to the one who stole so much from her in the past?

Purchase your own copy here. (I see that, as of the time of this post, Tackling the Fields is currently on sale on Kindle for $0.99 and also available on Kindle Unlimited).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Janet Ferguson

Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children’s minister and a church youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. She writes humorous inspirational fiction for people with real lives and real problems. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

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Review: Sweet Christmas Kisses 4

by Mona Risk, Josie Riviera, Beate Boeker, Christine Bush, Lyn Cote, Denise Devine, Raine English, Jean C. Gordon, Shanna Hatfield, Milou Koenings, Roxanne Rustand, Magdalena Scott, Kristin Wallace, & Merilee Whren

Sweet Christmas Kisses 4

Today I am reviewing two of the stories from the Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 collection. If you are looking for an affordable collection of sweet romance novellas as we approach the Christmas season, you can find this one currently for $0.99 on Nook and Kindle.

Loving Winter by Lyn Cote

Loving Winter takes place in the town of Steadfast, Wisconson. It is lightly connected to the author’s Northern Intrigue series as it has some characters from those books make an appearance. However, this sweet story can stand on it’s own and be enjoyed without having read the other stories that are set in this town.

I ended up really liking Winter and Clay and hoping things would work out for them. I must admit that Clay started out as a character that I didn’t know if I could grow to like! Once I understood a bit about his past, his reactions were a little more understandable. I enjoyed the hint of mystery running through this story as Winter found her plant nursery the target of vandals time and again.

(4 stars)

The Gift of Yesterday by Milou Koenings

The romantic tension was really flowing in this sweet story! The Gift of Yesterday takes place in the setting of Green Pines and is loosely connected to other stories written by this author and can be easily enjoyed without having read the other stories.

I really loved the characters of Joe and Bailey. These two had some past feelings for each other that they needed to come to terms with. Both of these characters were so likable! Especially Joe! He had a really good heart. I enjoyed seeing where things led for them.

(4 stars)

I received complimentary copies of these two stories. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE COLLECTION:

Sweet Christmas Kisses 4

Usher in the holiday season with 14 heartwarming all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 takes you from the Pocono Mountains to sunny Florida, and as far away as Portugal.

Curl up with your favorite hot beverage and enjoy this sweet romance boxed set that’s sure to put you in the mood for Christmas.

Mona Risk, In Time for Christmas 
Dr. Sylvia Reynolds promised to be at her parents’, in time for Christmas dinner, but her priorities change after she meets a motherless baby and her gorgeous uncle.

Beate Boeker, Unique Christmas 
Chiara hopes to spend a solitary Christmas all by herself. But when a man jumps through her office window to save her from an accident, things spin away—beyond her wildest dreams.

Christine Bush, Christmas with the Cat Lady 
Carly is happy living alone in her mountain house with her cats. Can the handsome author who rents a room over the Christmas holidays change her mind?

Lyn Cote, Loving Winter 
At her cousin’s wedding, Winter Woodard, owner of her family’s garden center, isn’t expecting to meet her match in local football coach, Clay Dixon, (she isn’t IN to sports!) but he stands by her through a holiday season fraught with unexpected setbacks.

Denise Devine, Once Upon a Christmas 
Small town girl returns home to find love and success, but can she outlast the mistakes of her past?

Raine English, Christmas in Walnut Creek 
Will a Christmas blizzard reunite a couple and give them a second chance at love?

Jean C. Gordon, A Team Macachek Christmas 
Sparks fly from a Christmastime reunion of motocross racer Jesse Brewster and his ex-girlfriend Lauren Cooper. But is it the wrong time for their love?

Shanna Hatfield, Saving Mistletoe 
A stubborn cop, a hotshot attorney, and a little girl determined to see her father need a miracle to make this holiday season jolly and bright.

Milou Koenings, The Gift of Yesterday 
When Bailey returns to Green Pines to open a pastry shop, Joe Hudson sees all his Christmas wishes coming true—if only he can convince her to risk her heart again.

Josie Riviera, A Portuguese Christmas 
The holidays—like love—can sneak up on you. And sweep you away like a riptide.

Roxanne Rustand, A Christmas in Montana 
Kristen Weatherby goes to Montana to get her late grandmother’s house ready to sell, but finds much more than she bargained for: a house she can’t let go, a charming mountain town, and a handsome veterinarian who just might steal her heart.

Magdalena Scott, A Cowboy for Christmas 
Hannah Kincaid is in love with Jacob Hollingsworth, and will overcome her fear of horses and his bossy brother Michael to get a Christmas happily-ever-after with the cowboy of her dreams.

Kristin Wallace, Loving You at Christmas 
Annaliese Matheson is convinced she’ll never love again. This Christmas will become the opening act for her holiday happily ever after.

Merrillee Whren, Puppy Love and Mistletoe 
Can a little girl and a fluffy black dog bring a reluctant couple together in a Christmas miracle?

 

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Giveaway – Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig PLUS the Inspiration Behind the Series!

   The Tox Files – The Inspiration Behind the Series

The Tox Files is an action packed series that combines ancient artifacts, modern day military might, some awesome romantic tension, and plenty of mighty eerie prophecies! It’s the perfect blend and I can’t get enough!!!

The series consists of:

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Free prequel novella (released October 2016)

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Book 1 – Conspiracy of Silence (released December 2016)

Crown of Sould

Book 2 – Crown of Souls (released September 2017)

Book 3 – Thirst of Steel (coming Summer 2018)

***Be on the lookout for my review of Crown of Souls this week!!!***

Interview & Giveaway!

Each of the stories in the Tox Files series has had a dangerous or powerful artifact that the team is up against. How did you come up with the idea of basing this series around these ancient artifacts?

Ronie Kendig: One night while working on Raptor 6, I needed a break (which is maybe another word for procrastination) and was hanging around Facebook. Former Delta Force operator turned author, Brad Taylor, posted a picture. That picture, he said, was located in one of the oldest, most continuously inhabited cities in the world. Challenge accepted! I went hunting…and several hours later, I was on fire with story ideas after finding a list of ancient cities. I’d been looking for a new concept I could blend into my Rapid-Fire Fiction, and my creativity just shot off in pursuit. 

Did you reach out to anyone for help in deciding which artifacts would be a potential fit for the series?

Ronie Kendig: Yes!! In fact, Thaks to the inimitable Tosca Lee, I have become friends with Dr. Joseph Cathey–yes, he’s real and not just a literary character! Dr. Joe and I talked a lot in the early days, and he has given me ideas on artifacts and how to ​use them in the context of a paramilitary story. He has several degrees and is now back teaching at a seminary–but he’s also crazy creative! I owe him a massive debt of gratitude for all his help!

Thank you, Ronie, for giving us some background into your creative process!

PLUS…another BIG THANKS to Ronie Kendig…because she is giving away one print copy of Crown of Souls here on Britt Reads Fiction!

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Review: Targeted for Danger

Targeted for Murder

The following reviews are for six of the eight novellas in the Targeted for Danger collection. This was a collection I purchased and really enjoyed as a fan of suspense.

Crossfire by Susan May Warren

CrossfireWow! Even though this is a novella, it is packed with a powerful backstory, a believable love story, and a good dose of danger! It was the wonderful blend of these three things that kept me reading anxiously to see how everything would turn out.

I really liked the two main characters, Kade and Haddie. They had a complicated past of unrequited love and lost chances. This story is connected to the Montana Rescue series because there are a couple of characters from that series who show up in this book. However, it can be read as a stand alone story if you have not read the other series.

Deadly Secrets by Margaret Daley

Deadly Secrets
I could not put this thrilling novella down! Right from the start, danger wove its way onto the pages of this highly emotional story. The author was able to illustrate the powerful impact that secrets have on families and relationships. I enjoyed the way the secrets were slowly revealed throughout this novella, even as it was hard to see those secrets come to light and the hurt that they could cause. I loved these two main characters! Sarah and Hunter were great characters that I felt for and desired a happily ever after for.

Double Exposure by Elizabeth Goddard

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This novella was fast paced and full of danger! The author kept me guessing right up to the end. I loved the setting of the wolf sanctuary and the frantic race to stay alive. The characters were interesting and likable. This is another enjoyable novella that I read as a part of the Targeted for Danger collection. I would definitely recommend this collection (or the individual books) to fans of romantic suspense.

Lethal Homecoming by Lynette Eason

Lethal Homecoming
I really enjoyed this suspenseful tale. It was hard to know who exactly wanted Callie dead. I thought I knew, but I didn’t have everything quite figured out. Made for an exciting read!

I liked the characters and was happy for Callie and Nolan to perhaps get a chance at a happily ever after the second time around. Great for fans of romantic suspense.

Cold Terror by Susan Sleeman

Cold Terror
Cold Terror really kept me guessing! The suspense of who was trying to kill Hannah was very captivating and the attraction between the two main characters was ramped up for me by the past that they needed to overcome.

This was the first book that I have read by this author and I definitely plan to read more. It was also the introduction to a series that I look forward to reading.

Taken by Dark by Christy Barritt

Taken by Dark
After reading this novella as part of the Targeted for Danger collection, I am now determined to read the other books in the Carolina Moon series because I enjoyed this one so much!

The suspense was good. There were some dangerous situations and creepy scenarios. But, wow! The chemistry between these two characters fueled the story for me. I really enjoyed their backstory and hearing a bit about other characters in the series. Now, I just need to go read the other stories and find out what happened to bring certain people together!

This is really a top notch collection of romantic suspense novellas. I had some favorites in the group, but I enjoyed all of the stories that I read.

(5 stars)

You can purchase the collection here.

The novellas can also be purchased individually

(Kindle links provided in the About the Book section. Also available on Nook):

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Click on the title to be taken to the Kindle links on Amazon.

CROSSFIRE
New from RITA, Christy, and Carol Award-winning, and USA Today Bestselling Author SUSAN MAY WARREN

The woman he loves is caught in the crossfire of revenge…but he’ll have to face his crimes to save her.

TAKEN BY DARK 
New from Award-winning, Bestselling Author CHRISTY BARRITT

Willa Shields is being taunted by someone desperate to get her attention. When the threats escalate, the only person who can help her is her new neighbor, FBI agent Parker Stone. But will he reach her before the darkness overcomes them both?

LETHAL HOMECOMING
From Award-winning, Bestselling Author LYNETTE EASON

Callie Ainsworth just wants to go home. When her stepfather dies, she believes it’s safe to do so. But when someone tries to kill her minutes before she reaches her mother’s driveway, she realizes that danger still lurks—but this time, she’s not running away.

TREASURE
New from Critically-Acclaimed Author GINNY AIKEN

Freelance writer Chloe Williams’s first find at the newest Qumran Caves dig is the dead C/OPS Security guard. Steven “Ridge” Ridgeway, founder of C/OPS, must deal with the murder of his man while keeping the two of them alive. It won’t be easy, now that he and Chloe have seen the stolen treasure, since assassins don’t give up until all witnesses are dead.

DEADLY SECRET
New from USA Today Bestselling Author MARGARET DALEY

Secrets. Revenge. Reunion. The past comes back to haunt Sarah Patterson, and she turns to the only man who can help her—the man she left at the altar.

DOUBLE EXPOSURE
New from Award-winning, Bestselling Author ELIZABETH GODDARD

Tara Blackburn witnesses a village decimated at the hands of armed men. Grant McCall is working undercover in a race against time to find Tara before the hired killers, but even more deadly is the illness to which she was exposed.

COLD TERROR
New from Award-winning, Bestselling Author SUSAN SLEEMAN

Forensic artist Hannah Perry and her young son barely escape from a killer and nearly lose their lives to the cold terror of the ocean. Former Navy SEAL Gage Blackwell comes to their rescue and appoints himself their bodyguard. Suddenly, not only is Hannah’s and her sons life at risk—so is her heart.

ONCE A THIEF
NEW from USA Today Bestselling Author JAN THOMPSON
She sets a thief to catch a thief.
Will he also steal her heart?

Private investigator Helen Hu must team up with art thief Reuben Costa to rescue her mother, who has vanished while trying to make amends for stealing some bejeweled eggs fifteen years ago.

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Review: Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Deadly ProofI thoroughly enjoyed this legal thriller! The author made me feel as if I was in a law firm, trying to build a strategy, wade through documents, and work out how to win a case. It felt very realistic. Along with the legal drama, I thought that the suspense and danger were layered into the story nicely.

Overall, I was impressed with the reality of how a law firm works. I could also feel the enormity of power that a huge corporation can wield, especially with the right connections and legal backing. There was a light thread of romance, along with a clear spiritual message. I would definitely recommend this book to those who like reading legal thrillers.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Deadly ProofRiveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic Twist

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything–even murder–to keep the case from going to trial.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids–two dogs and three cats. She is a member of ACFW and RWA. Rachel loves to connect with readers. She is represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.  WebsiteGoodreadsFacebook, & Twitter.

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Review: Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham

Just the Way You AreThis was the first book that I have read by this author, and I can heartily and definitely say that it will not be the last! In fact, this story will be going on my “read again” shelf for sure!

What was so special about it? Well, for one, it had a bit of a fairy tale quality to it that really appealed to me. The single mom who loves her kids but definitely feels that she’s nothing special caught the attention of a handsome, charming, world-famous actor? Wow! This story was packed with swoony scenes that can take your breath away!

The next thing that charmed me about Just the Way You Are was the humor. It was not “over the top”, but it was there, and it was great! I had quite a few laugh out loud moments. These added so much fun to the novel.

Finally, this story had heart. So much heart! Both of the main characters, Eisley and Wes, felt real to me and I was desperate for things to work out for them. They also both carried heavy hurts from the past. These hurts and the resulting trust issues that arose from them were issues that were not easily overcome, giving this book the realism that balanced the fairy tale quality.

I loved this book from start to finish and I plan to read many more books by this author.

(5 stars)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Just the Way You AreSingle mom, Eisley Barrett, prefers to keep romance safely housed within a centuries-old mystery, but when she travels to England to unearth the secret, an actor with a sordid past offers her reluctant heart a very different type of discovery.

Wes Harrison has a past he’s ashamed to confess. Suspicious and cynical, he’s managed to avoid romantic entanglements since a tragedy upended his career and life, that is until American Eisley Barrett comes along. Her authenticity and kindness upend his bitter assumptions and send his heart into unscripted territory.

When his past threatens to ruin a second chance at love, can some Appalachian matchmaking and letters from the grave salvage their unexpected romance?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes novels inspired by her love for history and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her Penned in Time series has garnered recognition in the INSPYs, Grace Awards, and the ACFW Carol Awards. Her contemporary romance novel, A Twist of Faith, received 4-stars from Romantic Times, and most recently, her newest release, Just the Way You Are, received a Top Pick from RT with 4 ½ stars. Her newest contemporary romance, Charming the Troublemaker, releases in November 2017. You can connect with Pepper over at her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, her websiteFacebookInstagramPinterest, or Twitter.

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