Review: Who I Am with You by Robin Lee Hatcher

who i am with youOh wow! What a wonderful beginning to a fascinating series! I absolutely loved and devoured this novel!

Who I Am with You is a dual timeline novel and I can easily say that both the present and the past timelines equally captured my interest and kept me turning pages to find out what happened next.

The development of the love story between Ridley and Jessica was heartwarming. Both of these characters had trust issues because of betrayals they had recently endured. The circumstances were different and both Ridley and Jessica had to work through their emotions in their own ways. I loved the way their friendship turned into more, and all while Jessica was preparing her heart and home for a new baby. It was so precious. What Jessica had endured prior to Ridley’s arrival was so sad, making her journey of forgiveness and happiness and love that much sweeter.

There was a beautiful faith message and focus on forgiveness woven throughout the entire book, in both the present and the past stories. I loved the way Andrew, in the story from the past, dove into God’s word and applied it to his life through some extremely trying experiences. God called him to love and forgive, even when it was hard. It was a touching story. I am excited to read more books in this series.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

who i am with youFor these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith.

Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows.

Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination.

When Jessica begins to read her great-grandfather’s Bible, she finds a connection with a man she never knew. Somehow the verses he marked and the words he wrote in the margins open her heart to healing. And as Ridley and Jessica help each other forgive the people who have wronged them, they must decide if the past will define them or if they will choose to love again.

Who I Am With You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to transform families forever.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, Christy Award, Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award, and she is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America®. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.
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Review: This Homeward Journey by Misty M. Beller

this homeward journeyThis Homeward Journey is a beautiful and adventurous addition to the Heart of the Mountains series, yet it is easily read as a stand alone novel, as well. This author does such a great job of creating characters that I cannot help but love and care for, faults and all.

I really enjoyed watching the two main characters, Rachel and Seth, get to know each other. Actually, I liked the entire traveling party, which included Rachel’s son, Andy, Seth’s brother, Samuel, and another companion, Elias. But it was Seth’s thoughtful insight regarding Rachel’s fears and hurts that endeared him to me. Seth worked hard to earn Rachel’s trust and it was obvious that he was a capable, trustworthy man who loved God. However, in his recent past, Seth battled some of the same addictions as Rachel’s late husband did.

This story does a great job of highlighting how addiction can grab hold of people and cause such harm to the one who is addicted, as well as the people around them. It also highlights the importance of leaning on God and learning to trust Him to help you overcome things that are stumbling blocks, be they fears or addictions, or anything else.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

this homeward journeyShe’s desperate for a new life in the Canadian mountains…He’s the last person she should trust to get her there. 

After her husband’s death, Rachel Gray is finally free from the turmoil his addictions caused. She wants nothing more than a new life with her twelve-year-old son. If she can reach her brother in the wilderness of the Canadian territories, they’ll have help to start over in peace. She knows better than to put her life in the hands of another man, but she never expected the Montana mountains to be so treacherous. When two brothers invite her to join their small group traveling to the same area, she refuses. After she and her son narrowly escape a bear attack, she’s forced to admit they need the safety of numbers in this untamed land. If the men prove dangerous, she can always leave with her son and strike out alone again.

Seth Grant has made some bad choices in his life, but God healed him from the addiction that mired him in his sins. Now, he’s determined to live the life God called him to, starting with a journey northward to see the Canadian mountain both his brother and sister have fallen in love with. When he discovers the woman and boy who plan to travel the same mountain trail, he can’t fathom why she refuses to join in the safety of their larger group. Though her decision seems unwise, he has no other choice but to pray God provides her protection.

Despite Rachel’s best efforts, she can’t seem to fight her attraction to Seth—until a secret from his past proves he’s not at all the man she thought. When a new peril threatens her son’s life, she must choose between trusting in what she can control, or the man who her heart says is trustworthy, no matter his previous sins. The path she chooses just may determine whether she can step into the new life God has in store for them all.

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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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Review: The Marriage Bargain by Stepanie Dees

the marriage bargainI have enjoyed the entire Family Blessings series. The Marriage Bargain is book four in the series and could probably be enjoyed as a stand alone if needed. Just be aware that all of the other siblings and their families from previous books do have scenes in this novel and many interactions with the main characters.

I loved this story! It is a marriage of convenience plot, which is one of my favorites. Juliet and Cam were such likeable characters who both struggled in the way they viewed themselves.

Juliet was a planner and had some perfectionist tendencies. She really wanted to know that she was doing her best in all situations and sometimes took on more than she could handle. Cam had some very different struggles. He was well aware that he was not perfect. It was actually the opposite for him. Because of the way he was treated and abandoned as a child, Cam thought that he wasn’t worthy. He also carried fear of future abandonment.

I loved the way these two fell for each other, even when they hadn’t planned on it happening. It wasn’t smooth sailing for them, even though they were kind and cared for each other. The love they showed for the little children they wanted to adopt was beautiful. The Marriage Bargain was one of my favorite books in this series!

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

the marriage bargainJules Sheehan will do anything to keep custody of the two orphaned girls in her care—including a marriage of convenience with their uncle. Cam Quinn crosses the globe as a travel writer, but he’s ready to settle down. Now tough, tender Jules is offering the home he’s secretly longed for. Can this marriage in name only become a family of the heart?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Award-winning author Stephanie Dees lives in small-town Alabama with her family, two spoiled dogs, and a very bossy cat. A Southern girl through and through, she loves sweet tea, SEC football, corn on the cob and air conditioning.

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Review: A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

a bound heartA Bound Heart was an intense, deeply moving, and beautiful story to read. I loved the way the book spanned many locations, including Scotland, a sea voyage, Virginia, and Jamaica.

The novel started off slowly, but not in a bad way. The relationships and workings of the residents of the Isle of Kerrera were clearly described and made me feel as if I was experiencing life in Scotland along with them.

The connection that Lark and the Laird, Magnus, had on the island was an innocent friendship that had grown with them since infancy. I loved learning more about their friendship as children and how the Laird ended up married to anyone other than Lark. It was fascinating to finally find out how Magnus really felt and watch their beautiful romance bloom.

The sea voyage that carried Lark and Magnus away from the sham of a trial and the troubles that fell upon them in Scotland was absolutely fascinating, as was reading about Colonial life in Virginia.

Lark and Magnus were characters that I couldn’t help but love. Their kind hearts toward others, including slaves and orphans, and their desire to live as they believed that God wanted them to, endeared them to me.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

a bound heartThough Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning–together.

Laura Frantz’s prose sparkles with authenticity and deep feeling as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in Colonial America.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Laura Frantz

 

Award-winning, bestselling author Laura Frantz is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She is a direct descendant of George Hume, Wedderburn Castle, Berwickshire, Scotland, who was exiled to the American colonies for his role in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, settled in Virginia, and is credited with teaching George Washington surveying in the years 1748-1750. Frantz lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky.

You can connect with Laura on her website, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Review: Never Vie for a Viscount by Regina Scott

never vie viscountNever Vie for a Viscount is a sweet addition to the Fortune’s Brides series. I believe that this story could be enjoyed as a stand alone, however, the reader will get a much more thorough picture of the matchmaking exploits of Meredith Thorn, if the series is read in order.

I really liked Lydia and felt sorry for what she had experienced in her past. She endured a brother who pushed her at wealthy and titled men for years in hopes of matrimony. She also suffered heartbreak a year earlier with the hero of this book.

I thought the interaction between Lydia and Worth was very well done. I could feel the mutual attraction, as well as the mutual hurt that they both carried around. This was an enjoyable story, with a focus on scientific endeavors.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

never vie viscountLydia Villers is determined to leave behind her life as a social butterfly and do what she’s always dreamed of doing–pursue a career in science. A shame the only scientist willing to assist her is the one man she had once hoped to wed. Frederick, Viscount Worthington, Worth to his friends, has been betrayed once too often. How can he believe Lydia’s intentions are true? With the help of Miss Thorn and her beloved cat Fortune, a determined young lady and a jaded lord might just discover that only together do they make the perfect chemistry.

Fortune’s Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.

Purchase your own copy here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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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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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing by Ruth Logan Herne

A Cowboy in Shepherd's Crossing blog blitz

Welcome to the blog blitz & giveaway for

A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing by Ruth Logan Herne,

hosted by JustRead Tours.

ABOUT THE BOOK

a cowboy in shepherd's crossing hiresTitle: A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing
Series: Shepherd’s Crossing #2
Author: Ruth Logan Herne
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cowboy bachelor Jace Middleton was ready to leave Shepherd’s Crossing for good – until he learns his family’s unspoken secrets.

Now Jace finds himself not only caring for his twin baby nieces, but working with beautiful, strong-willed designer Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother’s run-down estate.

Love wasn’t part of the plan… but Jace soon finds himself wishing Melonie could become part of his unexpected family.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of nearly fifty novels and novellas through traditional publishers and her own independent works. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. And yet… they don’t. With over a million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read.

She lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York where they grow all kinds of cool things for fall from sumptuous squashes and veggies to gorgeous stacking pumpkins. Ruthy’s farm is quickly becoming the place to be every September and October!

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Review: Their Secret Baby Bond by Stephanie Dees

Their Secret Baby BondThis was such a sweet, beautiful story highlighting the fact that God may have different plans for our lives than we made for ourselves.

I loved this reunion tale between Wynn and Latham! It was packed full of heart tugging moments such as when Latham realized that he had never stopped loving Wynn, the way Latham cared for his aging and confused grandfather, and a beautiful first ultrasound experience. Moments full of heart abundantly graced this book.

One of Wynn’s biggest hurdles was realizing that the mistakes she made in Washington, D.C. didn’t define her, even if they were going to result in a different life than she envisioned. She was still the same person. Coming home and reconnecting with Latham and her family helped to lead her back to a relationship with God and helped her realize how important family was.

Latham and Wynn were great characters and I was so happy to see them find their happily-ever-after together.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I also purchased the ebook copy for myself, too. All opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Their Secret Baby BondHe wanted roots. She chose career. Can a baby bring them back together?

Wynn Sheehan planned to change the world—not return to Alabama alone and pregnant. Her life is in shambles, but at least she can help take care of Latham Grant’s ailing grandpa. Latham isn’t ready to trust the woman who eagerly left him and their small town behind. But can they ignore the spark rekindled by unexpected Family Blessings?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Award-winning author Stephanie Dees lives in small-town Alabama with her family, two spoiled dogs, and a very bossy cat. A Southern girl through and through, she loves sweet tea, SEC football, corn on the cob and air conditioning.

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