Review: The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

The Engagement PlotThis was such a fun story! It was just the lighthearted read that I was looking for. I found myself chuckling at quite a few of the moments in this story and shaking my head at these two characters as they struggled to make right what went so horribly wrong.

Both Hanna and Will had a lot of growing to do. Mistakes were made on both sides. Questions of attraction and love between two people who had very differing views on God had to be tackled as the story progressed. I thought the author handled this well. And Hanna had to realize that she needed to give control back over to God. Well, for that matter, Will eventually had to realize much the same thing! I loved the portions of this book that took place with Will’s parents. I liked seeing where Will’s roots were, what had shaped his beliefs, and how he had grown into the CEO that he was.

Witty banter, uncomfortable situations, and a cute romance makes this a book I would recommend to fans of lighthearted rom-com stories.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Engagement PlotCan Hanna and Will Find True Love amid the Bright Lights of Reality TV? 
Perfect for the fans of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette!

Six months ago, William stole Hanna’s heart and shattered it in front of millions of people on a reality TV dating show. And now the big-wig CEO is back on Hanna’s home turf in Minnesota and wants her to forgive him? Fat chance of that. But life is swirling around faster than snow in a blizzard, and despite her objections, teaming up with William seems like the only option to rescue her reputation.

William has never regretted anything more than the day he gave that ill-fated interview for the reality show, The Price of Love. But while he can’t change the past, he’s determined to fix the future. He just needs to convince Hanna to forgive him—and pretend to be engaged with him. Simple, right?

When the media erupts with even worse accusations, teaming up and pretending to be engaged seems to be the only way to salvage their reputations.  Despite the media frenzy that swirls around them, an attraction neither of them can fight off begins to surface. Could this love run deeper than a scandal, or will old wounds tear them apart once and for all?  When all seems lost, it’s only with help from above that Hanna and Will may find their happily-ever-after.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Krista Phillips writes contemporary romance sprinkled with two of her favorite things, laughter and Jesus. And sometimes chocolate for kicks and giggles. She lives in Middle Tennessee with her husband and their four beautiful daughters, and is an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness.

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Review: Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

Vanishing Point resize.inddI found this book absolutely fascinating! I have read the other three books in the series, so I really appreciated the way this story was put together. The novel begins back in the past, with investigators looking into the abductions and deaths of teenage girls. If you have not read the other books in the series, you could still pick up Vanishing Point and read it as a stand alone, however, the emotional impact may be lessened a bit. The entire series deals with gritty details and events that are not for the squeamish reader. I felt that the author handled these descriptions very well, however, some may find the situations hard to read about.

The book occasionally jumped forward in time as the story progressed. This was a necessary storytelling device, in my opinion. The serial abductions and murders took place over a large span of time and this method of moving from one abduction to the next helped the story to keep its forward movement. It also helped to demonstrate the way time seemed to slip through both Special Agent Garrett Addison and Special Agent Jordan Lambert’s fingers. Time marched on as they struggled to discover who was behind the horrors they investigated and it continued to march on as they both questioned what to place first in their lives – career or relationship. This was a riveting story that I could hardly set down.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Vanishing Point resize.inddDuring Garrett Addison’s first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, his team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl. She’s the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common–a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene.

The FBI is pulled into the case to help, and Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies–number six–Garrett blames himself and believes he doesn’t have what it takes to be an agent. What he’ll discover is that, while he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him–or Jordan.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris unveils an unforgettable story of a case that has haunted the public and law enforcement for more than a decade. Fans of the Nikki Boyd Files will thrill to finally discover what actually happened to Nikki’s sister, Sarah. New readers will become instant fans after devouring this chilling tale.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Award-winning author of nineteen novels and novellas, Lisa Harris lives with her husband and their three children in Mozambique, Africa, where they work as missionaries.

When she’s not busy writing or home schooling, she loves traveling, cooking different ethnic foods, and photographing animals and birds in the African bush.

You can connect with Lisa on:
her website, FacebookTwitter, and her blog.

 

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Review: A Place at Our Table by Amy Clipston

A Place at Our TableWow! What a dynamic and emotional introduction to this new series! A Place at Our Table was a powerful book, full of heartache, uncertainty, guilt, love, loss, and so much more. The author truly delved deeply into the hearts of the characters, brought out their insecurities and failings, then allowed them to grow and persevere through the times that were so challenging.

A Place at Our Table was full of so many interestesting personalities. I especially liked the main characters, Kayla and Jamie. Even when they were making choices that I didn’t agree with, or having trouble balancing their new relationship in the midst of sorrow and worry, I enjoyed reading about them. They both had some growing to do and, unfortunately, that growth had some pain involved.

I could hardly set this book down and I already wish that I could pick up the next book in the series (which isn’t out yet)! I highly recommend this novel to fans of Amish fiction.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THIS BOOK:

A Place at Our TableKayla Dienner has suffered her fair share of heartache, which is why she vows to protect her heart at all costs . . . until she meets Jamie Riehl.

Along with his volunteer work at the local fire department, running his Amish farm keeps Jamie Riehl busy. He barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner, he is smitten.

Kayla tries hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s spent the last year discouraging her younger brother, Nathan, from becoming a firefighter. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago is fresh in her mind—she can’t bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare.

Then tragedy strikes, and Jamie wants to extinguish any flame between him and Kayla. Can Kayla set aside her own fears to save the love she was determined to deny?

The first book in the Amish Homestead series, A Place at Our Table invites us to a quiet community in Lancaster County where love burns brightly no matter the cost.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Amy Clipston has been writing for as long as she can remember. Her fiction writing “career” began in elementary school when she and a close friend wrote and shared silly stories. She has a degree in communications from Virginia Wesleyan College and is a member of the Authors Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Romance Writers of America. She is the author of the bestselling Kauffman Amish Bakery series and Hearts of the Lancaster Grand Hotel series with HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Amy works full-time for the City of Charlotte, NC, and lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, mother, and four spoiled rotten cats.

Amy can be found at: websiteTwitterFacebook

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Review: The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray

the giftThe Gift was a great way to jump into some holiday reading, peppered with a bit of mystery and danger. It is part of a series set in Hart County, however, is definitely readable as a stand alone novel.

The main characters, Susanna and Neil, get off to a very rocky start. I really liked Susanna and felt so sorry for the way she and her family were being treated. I also felt for Neil, even though I was frustrated with him early on in the story. I appreciated the way the author showed his emotional growth as the book progressed. It wasn’t immediate and it was something he had to work on, yet he did realize the error of his ways and worked to make things right..

I enjoyed the two seperate romances that developed and that there were viewpoints from the characters who were involved in these relationships. It gave a well rounded feel to the story. The hint of danger and uncertainty kept me turning the pages to see if my suspicion about who was behind the the mayhem was correct.

(4 stars)

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

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A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.
Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.
Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.
About the author:
Shelley Shepard Gray is a “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.
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Review: Cowboy Christmas Guardian by Dana Mentink

Cowboy Christmas GuardingCowboy Christmas Guardian is a fantastic start to a new series about the Thorn brothers. It is packed with danger and situations that sometimes took my breath away! And the romance is sweetly woven throughout the story, building naturally.

The author did a good job of showing the emotions that both Barrett and Shelby deal with regarding forgiveness. Both of these characters have been through some terrible situations, resulting in hearts that are hurting. Their journey to a new life, possibly together, depends on their ability to overcome the bitterness that unforgiveness can foster. I am really looking forward to book two in this series.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Cowboy Christmas GuardingUNDER THE RANCHER’S PROTECTION

Someone is dead set on stopping Shelby Arroyo from doing her job: assessing mineral rights in a mine in gold country. But after rancher Barrett Thorn rescues her from an attack, the handsome widowed cowboy seems to feel responsible for her. That is, until he discovers she’s from the family that he’ll never forgive for his wife’s death. As the threats against Shelby escalate, cowboy honor and an unexpected attraction keep Barrett by her side, even at his own risk. And since Shelby won’t back down, Barrett must protect the brave, loyal woman he has no business falling for…a woman someone wants to kill by Christmas.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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.

Connect with Dana on her websiteblog, FacebookPinterest, & Twitter.

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Review: Waiting for His Return by Carrie Turansky

Waiting for His ReturnWaiting for His Return was a very enjoyable novella. The characters were nicely developed and the story moved along smoothly. I felt like I got the chance to know both main characters well and hoped for things to work out for them.

Tensions were high during this pivotal time in our nation’s history and it was interesting to learn about James Galloway’s profession and the way it put him in danger. The romance developed gently throughout this sweet story, with some ups and downs along the way.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Waiting for His ReturnThe daughter of a wealthy Tennessee doctor falls in love with an injured artist-correspondent on assignment to cover battles near Union occupied Nashville.

The year is 1864 and the Civil War continues to impact families in the North and South. British born James Galloway, a special artist for Harper’s Weekly, travels with the Union troops, sketching battle scenes to bring war news home to those in the North. It’s dangerous work, but he is committed to the Union cause. When he is captured by Confederate troops, he spends several months in a prison camp. Finally, he escapes and travels north, hoping to reach the Union lines, but a bushwhacker attacks him, steals his horse, and leaves him seriously injured at the side of the road outside Nashville.

Rachel Thornton, a kind-hearted doctor’s daughter, takes James into their to home and nurses him while he recovers. Her feelings for James grow, but she has already lost one man she loves in the war. How can she give her heart to James, when she knows he may become another casualty of the war? With family drama, romance, and inspiration, this novella will lift your spirit and satisfy your romantic heart.

This novella was originally titled Though the Mountains Tremble and published in A Blue and Gray Christmas novella collection in 2009. It has been revised and updated for new readers to enjoy.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of eighteen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Scott. They have five adult children and five grandchildren

You can connect with Carrie on her websiteblogFacebookGoodreadsPinterest, and Twitter.

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Review: Lone Star Christmas Rescue by Margaret Daley

Lone Star Christmas RescueLone Star Christmas Rescue was a fast-paced, exciting story! I really felt for these two main characters. Drake’s backstory held a lot of loss and heartache. He was a great leading man, both a protector and very caring. “Kay”, who did not know who she was for most of the book, was strong and also a protector of the baby found with her. I really enjoyed the way the author unfolded the mystery of “Kay’s” background and the trauma she had suffered, which caused the memory loss.

Lone Star Christmas Rescue, book two in the Lone Star Justice series, reads as a stand alone novel. I look forward to reading more in this series.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

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A baby’s frantic cries lead Texas Ranger Drake Jackson to an injured woman in Big Bend Park, the infant by her side. But “Kay” has no idea who she is or what happened. All she seems sure of is that she’s in terrible danger. When someone comes after her–determined to snatch the child–Drake takes her and little Kaleb to his family’s ranch to protect them. But with the attackers circling closer as Christmas approaches, the guarded ranger knows they won’t be safe there for long. Vowing to uncover her identity and catch her attacker, Drake plans to give mother and child the holiday they deserve…safe by his side forever.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold ninety-two books to date. Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors. Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry. On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

You can connect with Margaret on her website, her blogTwitterGoodreads, and Facebook.

 

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Review: Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Too Far DownToo Far Down was a good, solid ending to the Cimarron Legacy series. The author did include information in this story to try to catch readers up who hadn’t read the other books, but in my opinion, the other stories were integral to understanding the huge threat to this family and I would recommend reading the books in this series in order, including the free prequel novella.

I was happy to see how things turned out for the Boden family, including catching up with the couples who were the main characters in the previous books. All of the couples appeared in Too Far Down and played important roles.

After not enjoying book two in this series very much, I was happy to find that book three was one that I did like a lot. The author wrapped up everything very nicely in this novel and I really liked Cole and Mel’s story. There was some fun humor (which was not overdone), lots of danger, and some very good romantic tension. This was a good series conclusion.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Too Far DownWhen an explosion kills men and damages the CR Mining Company, the Bodens realize their troubles are not behind them as they thought. Shadowy forces are still working against them.
Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back East and all that New Mexico offers. Sure he fights with his siblings now and then, but he does care for them. He enjoys running the mine and, when he’s honest, he admits that Melanie Blake captures his interest in a way no other woman ever has.
Melanie has been a friend to the Bodens forever. A cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses and lassoes than people, she never expected to find herself falling for someone. Particularly for refined Cole Boden, a Harvard graduate who may not stay long at the ranch. She’s determined, however, to help the Bodens finally put an end to the danger that’s threatened all of them. But will putting herself in harm’s way be more dangerous than anyone expected?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Mary Connealy writes fun and lively “romantic comedy with cowboys” for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Kincaid Brides, Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie’s Daughters series, and she has been a finalist for a Rita and Christy Award and a two time winner of the Carol Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters.

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Review: She Reads Truth Bible

She Reads Truth BibleI am very impressed with this CSB Bible and I am enjoying reading and studying with it. I have been reading through the book of John so that I could get a feel for the study plan included in the beginning of each book of the Bible. I like the way the chapters are divided out daily in the plan listed at the beginning of each book. This plan also includes a couple of additional reading suggestions for each day that come from other books in the Bible as a way to dig deeper.

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The devotionals that are spread throughout this Bible are very nicely written, encouraging, and helpful.

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The She Reads Truth Bible has two ribbons, which is a convenient feature. I also like the way the books of the Bible are color coded at the beginning of each book as a way of clearly showing what genre each book is in. This information is located toward the back of the Bible, and it took me a while to find it. I would have liked to see this genre guide toward the front of the Bible so that I did not have to search for it.

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Things that I struggle with in this Bible are ones that I am learning to adjust to. The pages are very thin, so sometimes I feel that I can see through the page too easily. I would also prefer a slightly larger font size. My eyes feel the strain after reading this size of font for too long.

But, overall, this is a Bible that I am really enjoying sitting down and studying with. I will be continuing to use it in my Bible study.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THIS BIBLE:

She Reads Truth BibleThe She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of “Women in the Word of God every day.” The She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.

Features include: almost 200 devotionals, 66 artist-designed key verses, 35 full-color timelines, 20 full-color maps, 11 full-color charts, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, carefully curated topical index, smyth-sewn binding, two colored ribbon markers, and wide margins for journaling and note-taking.

The She Reads Truth Bible features the Christian Standard Bible (CSB) text. Translated by more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations, the Christian Standard Bible features an optimal blend of accuracy and readability that’s faithful for serious study, and written with heart-stirring clarity that inspires readers to live and share it.

Purchase here.

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Review: A Mountain Christmas Romance by Misty M. Beller

A Mountain Christmas RomanceA Mountain Christmas Romance was a sweet, beautiful story. I loved watching the romance grow between Opal and Matthias. These were such great characters! Opal had a lot to overcome from her past. She finally felt safe, cared for, and secure in her living and working situation. She was not sure if she could open her heart to a man, even one as caring as Matthias.

I really enjoyed this wonderful addition to the Wyoming Mountian Tales series. It was great to read Opal’s story and revisit a few characters from the previous books, as well. The story can stand alone for those who haven’t read the other books in the series.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Mountain Christmas RomanceStripped of the family so important to his Viking heritage, Matthias Bjork is now on the hunt for his sister. Despite combing the entire Wyoming Territory, he hasn’t found any substantial leads regarding his sister’s whereabouts, but he has discovered a most unusual woman. This woodland nymph who’s come to work for his good friend in the quiet town of Mountain Bluff is like no one he’s ever met.

Opal Boyd has finally found the haven she’s longed for all her life, in a most unlikely place—working for a German couple in this remote Wyoming mountain town. She learned long ago that most men couldn’t be trusted, but when a mountain man stops in the boarding house where she works, he seems to have the respect and affection of the two people she’s learned to trust implicitly. And the more she comes to know Matthias, she struggles not to trust him the same way the others do.

When he shares the magical experience of his family’s traditional Viking Yule celebration, she can’t help but fall a little more in love with him each one of the twelve days of Christmas. But when Matthias’ search for his sister takes an unexpected twist, Opal is forced to make a choice that will alter the course of her life—no matter which answer she chooses. When Matthias’ decisions land Opal in danger, what must he sacrifice to rescue her?

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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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