Review: With This Promise by Debra Clopton

With This PromiseWith This Promise is book seven in the Windswept Bay series and is a fabulous addition to the collection! I believe that this story will still be able to be enjoyed by readers who have not read the books that come before it. The author did a great job of including some of the previous characters, while still making this story one that can stand strong on its own, too.

I really liked Cam and Lana and the way they ended up getting to know each other. They were such similar characters with their love of horses and riding. They definitely appeared to be “made for each other”. The question was whether Lana was going to be able to overcome her hurts from the past to see what the future could hold. There was lots of great romantic chemistry in this heartfelt story!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

With This PromiseSchool teacher Lana Presley has sworn off cowboys. Which should work fine since she’s relocated from Texas and is happily adjusting to her new life in Windswept Bay. After a bad breakup-that involved her using her cheating ex as target practice for hurling chocolate covered cherries at…she’s happy to be single. And happy not to have her protective brothers and dad meddling in her business. Settling down on the coast permanently, miles away from Texas, is looking perfect.

Then the drop-dead gorgeous cowboy, Cam Sinclair, comes to her rescue…several times and sets all of her carefully made plans into chaos.

Rancher Cam Sinclair is just in town for a few days on business then heading home to his ranch in Texas. He’s got finding the right woman and settling down on his mind. And from the moment he meets spitfire Lana Presley she has his attention. But she’s made it clear that Texas and cowboys are not in her plans for the future. Can a road trip and Cam…and love change her mind?

Things are getting a bit complicated on the shores of Windswept Bay! Come join the fun in With This Promise book 7 of this captivating series. You’ve watched the four Sinclair sisters fall in love now it’s time to watch the five Sinclair brothers find the women of their dreams.

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The Windswept Bay series:

From This Moment On by Debra Clopton (FREE)

Somewhere With You by Debra Clopton

With This Kiss by Debra Clopton

Forever and For Always by Debra Clopton

Holding Out for Love by Debra Clopton

With This Ring by Debra Clopton

With This Promise by Debra Clopton

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debra Clopton

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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Review: The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck

The Wedding DressI loved this dual-timeline story! Both of the main romantic storylines were fantastic and I loved switching back and forth between the two and finding out the latest happenings. There was definitely plenty of angst to go around in both stories and lots of fantastic romantic tension. I also enjoyed learning the wedding stories of the other two women who wore the dress. Four women in all ended up wearing the dress in this novel.

The Wedding Dress was hard to set down and I found myself reading “just a little more” to find out what would happen! I highly recommend this to fans of romantic fiction, whether contemporary or historical.

(5 stars)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Wedding DressFour brides. One Dress.

A tale of faith, redemption, and timeless love.

Charlotte owns a chic Birmingham bridal boutique. Dressing brides for their big day is her gift . . . and her passion. But with her own wedding day approaching, why can’t she find the perfect dress…or feel certain she should marry Tim?

Then Charlotte discovers a vintage dress in a battered trunk at an estate sale. It looks brand-new-shimmering with pearls and satin, hand-stitched and timeless in its design. But where did it come from? Who wore it? Who welded the lock shut and tucked the dog tags in that little sachet? Who left it in the basement for a ten-year-old girl? And what about the mysterious man in the purple vest who insists the dress had been “redeemed.”

Charlotte’s search for the gown’s history-and its new bride-begins as a distraction from her sputtering love life. But it takes on a life of its own as she comes to know the women who have worn the dress. Emily from 1912. Mary Grace from 1939. Hillary from 1968. Each with her own story of promise, pain, and destiny. And each with something unique to share. For woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte’s heritage, the power of courage and faith, and the timeless beauty of finding true love.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

RachelHauck

Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.
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Review & Survival Pack Giveaway: Welcome to College by Jonathan Morrow

Welcome to CollegeI am so impressed with this book! This is the second edition and is completely up to date with the times. Reading Welcome to College has even been beneficial to me as a parent and a Christian. I plan to have my teenage daughter read it soon, too. I’m hoping to work through the book with deep discussions with her as she will be entering college in the near future.

Welcome to College is packed with information, from details of apologetics and facing personal doubts, to day to day struggles that will be faced as these college students enter the “real world” of the college campus, which can sometimes be a hostile place for Christians.

I really liked the way the book was set up. The chapters are each on different topics, and each chapter has multiple sections that are clearly labeled according to the information covered. I also liked the introduction quotes and Bible verses in each chapter, which set the stage for what you will be learning about. And at the end of each chapter, there are bullet points refered to as “The Big Idea” to remind the reader of the main ideas that were just covered.

I am very thankful for this resource and hope to use it (and future versions that are released) for all of my children as they get ready to head to college.

(5 stars)

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

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Does your high school senior nervously gulp when asked what his or her life plans are? Give him or her encouragement and peace of mind with Jonathan Morrow’s Welcome to College, what J. P. Moreland calls “the single best volume I have ever read for preparing students for how to follow Jesus and flourish as his disciple in college.” Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years. Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible.

Join Jonathan and other parents prepping their kids for college in celebrating the excitement of the next life stage for their kids by entering to win the College Survival Pack Giveaway (details below) and by attending his author chat party on April 11!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • One copy of Welcome to College
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 11. The winner will be announced at the Welcome to College Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Jonathan and other parents with kids prepping for college, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Welcome to College

Is there a more frightening question for a graduating high school senior than “What will you do with your life?”
In college, whether they realize it or not, students will answer that question every day with each decision. All of the new friends and new experiences of higher education will shape their future. It’s critical that students know how to handle college before they’re in the thick of it.
Jonathan Morrow tackles the tough questions that arise during these formative years, including:
-How do you grow spiritually?
-How do you manage your time to both study well and have fun?
-Is all truth relative?
-Are there good reasons to be a Christian?
-As a Christian, how should you view issues like dating and sex?
Each chapter of this new edition has been updated, and the author has included a new chapter on Christianity, homosexuality, and the Bible. Grounded in both his own extensive experience and biblical truth, Morrow’s book is full of quick, easy-to-read chapters and excellent advice.
 
About the author:
Jonathan Morrow (DMin, MDiv) is the author of several books including “Questioning the Bible” and he speaks nationally on biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture. He is adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University and director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute where he teaches high school and college students. Jonathan is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith.
Find out more about Jonathan at http://www.jonathanmorrow.org.
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Audio Book Review: A Season to Love by Nicole Deese

A Season to Love Audio

A Season to Love was such an emotional tale! This contemporary romance had me on the edge of my seat wanting to know how things would work out for the two main characters. A Season to Love is the second book in the Love in Lenox series. It can be read as a stand alone, yet many characters from book one appear in book two, so it will be even more enjoyable to have read book one, A Cliche Christmas.

Even though Patrick and Willa started off in this novel as two characters who were very different from each other, I really felt connected to both of them. I loved the way Patrick worked to help Willa overcome many of her feelings of fear and to learn to embrace life.

There was great chemistry and attraction between these two characters. And the tension was high since Patrick was leaving soon and Willa felt constantly reminded of that fact. Those moments of tension were some of my favorite in the story and made me hope for a happily ever after.

I listened to the audio book version of this story and really enjoyed it. I liked the voices that the narrator used for Patrick and Willa. I wasn’t very fond of the voices she used for a couple of the side characters, yet I became accustomed to the way those characters sounded. Overall, it was a great listening experience. I plan to listen to this book again in the future.

(5 stars)

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Season to Love AudioAt this point in her life, bravery is not a trait Willa Hart would readily claim. She believes her seven-year-old daughter, Savannah, who never knew her father and successfully tackled chemotherapy, is truly the courageous one. Yet after Willa has a fateful encounter with handsome young doctor Patrick McCade, her outlook—and her view of herself—begins to change.

Patrick, a thrill-seeking world traveler and temporary resident of Lenox, Oregon, sets out to show Willa the value of adventure, even within her tiny town. But just when their friendship shows signs of turning into something more, Patrick’s life as a traveling doctor calls him back. Will his last days in town signal the end of their journey, or will Patrick and Willa find the courage to transform a single season into a lifetime?

Purchase the Kindle book here.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Nicole Deese is a full-time lover of humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled fiction. She is the author of seven inspirational romances including the Love in Lenox novels, A Cliché Christmas and A Season to Love, and The Promise of Rayne. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found reading near a window while sipping a LaCroix. She lives in small-town Idaho with her handsome hubby and two sons.

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Review: Dangerous Testimony by Dana Mentink

Dangerous TestimonyDangerous Testimony was action-packed! It was also packed with great romantic angst for the two main characters. If you have read the other books in the series, you will enjoy catching up with the Gallagher family again. If you haven’t, that’s ok. This story can stand on its own.

I really liked the two main characters, Marco and Candace. I’ve enjoyed Marco in the previous books and was so happy to see him get his own story. He was a strong, determined, and loyal character. He had a great heart for protecting Candace and her daughter. I liked Candace, too, even though some of the risks she took made me shudder! It was great to watch her character grow and finally realize God’s plan for her life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and recommend it to fans of romantic suspense.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Dangerous TestimonyLAST WITNESS STANDING

Four weeks before she’s set to testify at a gang murder trial, someone is determined to make sure that Candace Gallagher Andrews never takes the stand. When nowhere is safe for the private investigator or her little girl, Candace turns to the only person she can trustlongtime friend and former navy SEAL Marco Quidel. For Marco, protecting Candace is not just another duty. As the trial date nears and the killer stalks ever closer, Marco knows fear for the first timethe fear of losing Candace and her daughter. But while Marco begins seeing Candace as more than just a friend, her late husband’s memory is never far from her mind. So he must keep Candace alive—and not get emotionally involved—long enough to put away a killer.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mentink

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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Review: A Pony Express Romance by Misty M. Beller

Pony ExpressA Pony Express Romance really captivated me and drew me in. The author did a great job of incorporating what it was like for an Express Rider. I was amazed as I learned about the harrowing rides that the hero of the story took, switching horses along the way and then bunking down at one of the Express stations to catch up on rest. Josiah had to persevere through bad weather, watch for Indian raids, and go for long periods of time without sleep!

I also enjoyed reading about the stations themselves, such as the Rocky Ridge Pony Express station where Mara and her brothers lived and worked. These characters became very real to me as I read their story and I was very invested in their lives! I loved the peek into what it was like to run a Pony Express and Stage Station while this family also bred and trained horses.

The romance that blossomed throughout this novel was very beautifully written. It was sweet and hopeful, full of great chemisty between the characters. I enjoyed this book from start to finish and I am really looking forward to reading the next story in the series. I highly recommend A Pony Express Romance to fans of both historical and western fiction.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Pony ExpressA Christian Historical Romance Novel

After growing up as an orphan, Josiah English wants nothing more than to have his own ranch and raise Arabian horses. Riding for the Pony Express seems like the ticket to his dream. And when he meets the stationmaster’s beautiful sister, it seems he may be within reach of the happy life he craves.

Mara Reid is thrilled to finally meet the man of her dreams, and the fact that they both want to raise horses in the Sweetwater River valley seems like confirmation straight from God.

But when the Express shuts down and Mara’s family home is in peril, the danger looming over Mara’s life may not be half as destructive as that threatening her heart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MistyBeller

Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams Series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy. 

She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family—both immediate and extended—is the foundation that holds her secure in that dream.

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Review: Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Grace PreacherGrace and the Preacher was a sweet story. Grace was naive about so many things. It added to her sweetness and made sense based on her upbringing. It was hard to watch her anticipate the way things “should” work out as she waited for the preacher to arrive. This made the emotional journey she eventually had to work through a bit harder, but more satisfying.

I felt for Theo and the fear that he carried about his cousins’ retributions. I could understand his reasoning in the deception he carried out. Part of me was frustrated with him and the other part of me empathized with him.

It was a bit hard for me to connect with the characters. I was interested to see how everything played out, yet not overly invested in the outcome. The pacing of the story was slow for me, yet that pacing also worked well to illustrate the way things moved during that time period. Information was not quickly transmitted, journeys took time, and letters through the postal service were highly anticipated.

I thought that this was a sweet story, with a twist. The reader must in one part feel compassion for the deceiver and compassion for the deceived, as well. Overall, I thought it was well done, just a little slower moving than I usually enjoy.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Grace PreacherThe Kansas community of Fairland anticipates the arrival of their new minister and in recent months, late in 1882, postmistress Grace Cristler has communicated with Reverend Dille via letters, answering his questions about the little town, and developing affection for the man who pens thoughtful missives.

Theophil Garrison grew up under the loving influence of his saintly grandmother, but was roped into his cousins’ train-robbing plan. When they fail and are apprehended, Theo fled the scene, evading jail time. Now an angry cousin is out to avenge Theo’s duplicity, and he’s on the run. He encounters a fatally ill traveler–a minister. Seeing a way to keep hidden, Theo trades identities with the man, dons his fine black suit, carries a Bible, and prays that he’ll be accepted as Rufus Dille.

Once in Fairland, if Theo’s true identity is uncovered, what will be left of the world he has built for himself, Grace, and those in the town who have come to love and accept him?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

You can connect with Kim at her website as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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You can read my review for Dream With Me, Cowboy here.

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Review: Be My Love, Cowboy by Debra Clopton

Be My Love, CowboyBe My Love, Cowboy was an absolutely sweet and heartfelt story that left me with a warm and happy feeling upon reading the last words of the novel. It is the second book in the Texas Matchmakers series. It can be read as a stand alone, but also works so well to continue the matchmaking theme in Mule Hollow. It was fun to catch up with characters from book one.

Lilly and Cort were pretty much thrown together due to circumstances and a very ornery donkey! Samantha, the donkey, really was fun and added a good bit of humor to the story. I really felt for Lilly and Cort and some of the obstacles that they were up against. Because of their pasts and things that were out of their control, both Cort and Lilly wondered if there could possibly be hope for either of them to find love in the future. Their story was definitely one that grabbed me and didn’t let go!

If you are a fan of contemporary fiction, Be My Love, Cowboy is definitely a title I’d recommend.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Be My Love, CowboyFrom award-winning author Debra Clopton comes the Texas Matchmakers series—about three older women who set off a nationally advertised “Wives Wanted Campaign” to bring women to their small town of Mule Hollow to marry the lonesome cowboys. A far fetched idea that’s working—look out fellas, the women are coming one car at a time!

Eight months pregnant, stranded on a freezing winter night and in labor, loner Lilly Tipps has one hope and a prayer: her beloved little donkey Samantha. But is her desperate action enough to get the help she and her baby need?

The last thing horse trainer Cort Wells expects on the frozen Texas night is to be awakened by an icicle encrusted donkey with the ability to break and enter. He soon realizes his standoffish neighbor is in trouble but can he get to her in time?

A Grinch of a cowboy, a pregnant recluse, a depressed dog and a matchmaking donkey…it’s an unusual combination. But add a baby to the mix to bind them all together and life and love have a whole new forecast…sunny days are peeking over the horizon

Note: This book was previously published as And Baby Makes Five. This edition includes some fun extras.

Books in the TEXAS MATCHMAKERS series:
Book 1: Dream With Me, Cowboy
Book 2: Be My Love, Cowboy
Book 3: This Heart’s Your, Cowboy
Book 4: Hold Me, Cowboy
Book 5: Be Mine, Cowboy
Book 6: Marry Me, Cowboy
Book 7: Cherish Me, Cowboy
Book 8: Surprise Me, Cowboy
Book 9: Serenade Me, Cowboy
Book 10: Return To Me, Cowboy
Book 11: Love Me, Cowboy
Book 12: Ride With Me, Cowboy
Book 13: Dance With Me, Cowboy

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debra Clopton

Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

Connect with Debra: website, Twitter, Facebook

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Review: False Security by Elizabeth Goddard

False SecurityFalse Security is the third book in the Wilderness, Inc. series, yet it can be easily read as a stand alone. It is packed with danger, close calls, wilderness survival situations, and a love story that begins to rekindle when it seems that all hope may be lost.

I really liked the two main characters, Olivia and Zach. They had history together and their history was pretty heartbreaking. Their past love for each other added great tension to the story as they attempted to stay alive while searching for Olivia’s missing brother.

This novel had so many close calls and the danger stayed high all the way through the story! The author did a really good job of creating many struggles for the characters to work through while also building up the attraction between the two of them. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy romantic suspense.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

False SecurityArriving at her secluded cabin to find her brother missing, Olivia Kendricks follows his trail into the woodsuntil two shooters take aim at her. She only escapes when ex-detective Zachary Long, her brother’s friendand Olivia’s first lovecomes to her rescue. Now as they run for their lives in the snowbound wilderness, they must search for her brother while figuring out why someone wants them dead. And though Zach’s police force training may be what will save them, it’s also what once drove them apart when he gave Olivia up to chase his dream. In a freezing landscape as deadly as it is beautiful, they’ll have to let go of the pastand face down powerful men willing to kill to keep secrets buried.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

ElizabethGoddard

Elizabeth Goddard is an award-winning author of nineteen romance and romantic suspense novels, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies—winner of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011. After acquiring her computer science degree, she worked at a software firm before eventually retiring to raise her four children and become a professional writer. A member of several writing organizations, she judges numerous contests and mentors new writers. In addition to writing, she home schools her children and serves with her husband in ministry.

You can connect with Elizabeth on her website, her blog,Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

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