Review: Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner

Turner_Wooing Cadie+spine.inddIn this fun, yet heartfelt story, Cadie McCaffrey battled disappointment that came from unmet expectations, guilt, and the loss of a relationship that she thought was going to end in a happily-ever-after marriage.

I could easily see this movie playing out on the big screen as a wonderful romantic comedy. But, it really was so much more. My heart ached for Cadie, yet also for Will. I absolutely loved the way the author occasionally jumped from present to past, by mentioning a situation during a conversation in the present day scenario, then allowing the reader to see what actually happened in a chapter dedicated to that event. Throw in a bunch of fun chapter titles, and I could not get enough!

There was so much miscommunication in this story! That will frustrate some readers, for sure, because a sit down conversation during certain points in this four year relationship would have prevented so much of the confusion. Yet, for me, I enjoyed seeing how everything built upon itself. Will and Cadie had a lot to figure out and the journey was delightful to read about.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Turner_Wooing Cadie+spine.inddAfter four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.

But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?

Bethany Turner is back with more of the heart and humor readers love. Anyone who enjoys a good romance or binges romantic comedies on Netflix will devour this delightful story.

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Bethany Turner

Bethany Turner is the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former VP/operations manager of a commercial bank and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she’s chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.

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Review: The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton

The King's MercyThe King’s Mercy was an epic tale that truly made me feel as if I had stepped back in time. I loved the flashbacks in the first portion of the book that allowed me to glimpse the battle and what happened to Alex MacKinnon before he arrived at Severn Plantation.

I enjoyed the many varied characters throughout the novel and appreciated getting to know their stories. The romance that blossomed between the two main characters was fraught with complications, as was so much that happened in the story. Alex had such a faith journey to travel in this story and his learning to hand over control to God was fulfilling to read about.

There was much darkness in this novel, as well, yet the author handled things in a respectful way. The villain was one of the most disturbing that I have read about, yet the overall tone of the book spoke to overcoming evil and trusting in God.

(4 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The King's MercyFor readers of Sara Donati and Diana Gabaldon, this epic historical romance tells of fateful love between an indentured Scotsman and a daughter of the 18th century colonial south.

When captured rebel Scotsman Alex MacKinnon is granted the king’s mercy–exile to the Colony of North Carolina–he’s indentured to Englishman Edmund Carey as a blacksmith. Against his will Alex is drawn into the struggles of Carey’s slaves–and those of his stepdaughter, Joanna Carey. A mistress with a servant’s heart, Joanna is expected to wed her father’s overseer, Phineas Reeves, but finds herself drawn instead to the new blacksmith. As their unlikely relationship deepens, successive tragedies strike the Careys. When blame falls unfairly upon Alex he flees to the distant mountains where he encounters Reverend Pauling, itinerate preacher and friend of the Careys, now a prisoner of the Cherokees. Haunted by his abandoning of Joanna, Alex tries to settle into life with the Cherokees, until circumstances thwart yet another attempt to forge his freedom and he’s faced with the choice that’s long hounded him: continue down his rebellious path or embrace the faith of a man like Pauling, whose freedom in Christ no man can steal. But the price of such mercy is total surrender, and perhaps Alex’s very life.

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Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring and photographing the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn; Christy nominee The Wood’s EdgeA Flight of Arrows; and Many Sparrows.

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Review: Danger on the Ranch by Dana Mentink

Danger on the RanchI’m excited about this new series titled Roughwater Ranch Cowboys! The author definitely got the series off to a unique and exciting start with Danger on the Ranch. The story was compelling, with the main characters having close ties with a serial killer.

Mitch was Wade’s brother and Jane was Wade’s ex-wife. Wade was simply terrifying in his determination to make Mitch pay for bringing him to justice. He was also determined to control Jane as his own once again. Add in the terror of knowing that Jane was hiding the fact that she bore his son and it ramped up the tense situation.

Mitch began the story with real hatred toward Jane, as he thought she must have had knowledge of Wade’s killings. It was interesting to watch as he began to understand that Jane was not aware of what Wade had been doing. Mitch had quite the faith journey to undertake in this novel, and he and Jane continually dealt with the repurcussions of their connections to Wade. This was a very unique story.

(4 stars)

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

Danger on the RanchABOUT THE BOOK:

Her child’s life is on the line

A Roughwater Ranch Cowboys story

After putting his serial killer brother in prison, former US marshal Mitch Whitehorse chooses a solitary country life—until his brother escapes. Now Mitch’s former sister-in-law, Jane Reyes, needs protection…for herself and the toddler she’s kept a secret. Mitch still isn’t sure of Jane’s innocence in his brother’s crimes, but to keep his nephew out of a killer’s grasp, trusting her is his only option.

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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.

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Review: Snowed in with the Single Dad by Melinda Curtis

Snowed in Single DadSnowed in with the Single Dad is the second book in the Mountain Monroes series. Although, the story’s overall setting might make more sense to readers who have also read book one, I believe the author did a good job of filling in the details for readers who jump into the series in book two.

I liked these two main characters and the situation they found themselves in. Mitch fought his attraction to Laurel the best he could, but still found himself continually drawn to the expectant mother. Laurel was a very interesting character. She was always treated as the lesser twin sibling by her mother and that really impacted her ability to see herself as valuable in her own right. She had a lot of growing to do.

This was an enjoyable and sweet romantic addition to the series and I look forward to reading more about the Monroes.

(4.5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Snowed in Single DadNever trust a Monroe—

Especially if she steals your heart! 

To mayor and single dad Mitch Kincaid, Second Chance, Idaho, is something of a time capsule, and he wants to keep it that way. His problem? Gorgeous pregnant redhead Laurel Monroe, who, along with her family, now owns the town. But sometimes all it takes is an unexpected opportunity—and a snowstorm—to turn Mitch’s bad first impressions into a second chance at love!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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

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

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

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

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Review: Lawfully Secure by Krista Noorman

Lawfully SecureLawfully secure was a really enjoyable contemporary romance, with a hint of suspense. At first, I was frustrated with Paige for being so resistant to having a bodyguard. However, once she had a better understanding of the possible threat that existed toward her, she worked to change her attitude toward Adam Wilder. I really liked her after that.

And I couldn’t help but like Adam. He was very good at his job, yet had some vulnerability from his past, too. I enjoyed watchig as Paige woke up to the fact that she was engaged to someone completely wrong for her and began to realize what a gem she had in Adam.

Lawfully Secure was a well written story that kept me intrigued from start to finish.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Lawfully SecureShe thought she knew love. Until she met the man hired to protect her.

Paige Bancroft lives a charmed life—the daughter of a billionaire, beautiful and intelligent, about to marry the man of her dreams. Things are going according to plan, until her father unexpectedly summons her home and introduces her to Adam Wilder. He’s irritatingly polite and far too serious, and she hates herself for noticing how handsome he is. Worse, he’s the man her father has hired to protect her after a threat against their family.

After his years in the military, Adam Wilder never expected to work as a personal bodyguard for the heiress of the Croft athletics empire. Her sarcastic remarks and cold shoulder are easily overlooked, given the sudden inconvenience to her life, but when she’s open and real with him, he feels a connection with her that he’s never felt before.

As Paige’s wedding approaches, Adam begins to uncover who’s behind the threat against her. And the closer they get to the truth and to each other, the more he realizes he would do anything to keep her secure.
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The Lawkeepers is a multi-author series alternating between historical westerns and contemporary romance featuring law enforcement heroes that span multiple agencies and generations. Join bestselling authors Jenna Brandt, Lorana Hoopes and many others as they weave captivating, sweet and inspirational stories of romance and suspense between the lawkeepers — and the women who love them.

The Lawkeepers is a world like no other; a world where lawkeepers and heroes are honored with unforgettable stories, characters, and love.

** Note: Each book in The Lawkeepers series is a standalone book, in a mini-series, and you can read them in any order.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Krista Noorman

Krista Noorman is the author of the young adult novel, The Truth About Drew, and the Cornerstone contemporary Christian romance series. Most of her life has been spent scribbling away in journals, while documenting her every day life, but it wasn’t until she took part in National Novel Writing Month that she found her true calling and turned her pen to fiction. Krista studied music education at Cornerstone University. After college, she turned to her love of photography and spent nearly a decade running her own wedding photography business. She is constantly inspired by books and movies, enjoys beautiful instagram feeds, and loves a great cup of coffee. Krista makes her home in a small town in western Michigan with her husband and their two children. She writes about life, family, faith and whatever else comes to mind at bykrista.com.

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Review: A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund

A Reluctant Bride HedlundA Reluctant Bride was a beautiful novel and a wonderful start to a new series. The author wrote a story that truly captured the main character’s despiration. She felt that she had no choice but to join the women on this voyage and try to escape the horrid circumstances and living conditions of the slums of London.

The main characters, Dr. Joseph Colville and Mercy Wilkins, came from very different upbringings and stations in life. They were continually drawn to each other throughout the novel and both resisted the idea of a possible relationship based on what was expected of them. I really appreciated the way Joseph and Mercy began to understand the idea that their placement in certain social classes was not something that came from God, but rather that God valued all people as equals.

I loved the romance in this story, as well as the vivid detail of the long sea voyage, which was full of danger.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A Reluctant Bride HedlundLiving in London’s poorest slum, Mercy Wilkins has little hope of a better life. When she’s offered an opportunity to join a bride ship sailing to British Columbia, she agrees. After witnessing so much painful heartache and loss in the slums, the bride ship is her only prospect to escape a bleak future, not only for herself but, she hopes, someday for her sister.

Wealthy and titled Joseph Colville leaves home and takes to the sea in order to escape the pain of losing his family. As ship’s surgeon, he’s in charge of the passengers’ welfare aboard the Tynemouth, including sixty brides-to-be. He has no immediate intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, the two must fight against a forbidden love.

With hundreds of single men congregating on the shore eager to claim a bride from the Tynemouth, will Mercy and Joseph lose their chance at true love, or will they be able to overcome the obstacles that threaten to keep them apart?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of over a dozen novels, including Luther and Katharina, winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award. She received a bachelor’s from Taylor University and a master’s from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.

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Review: Now and Then and Always by Melissa Tagg

NowandThenandAlwaysWhat an emotionally gripping tale this was! Mara and Marshall were compelling characters and I loved the connection that grew between them as they tackled the renovation of the Everwood Bed and Breakfast.

These two characters had riveting backstories. Mara battled feelings of abandonment and inadequacy, while Marshall struggled with what felt like never ending grief and pain from the loss of his little girl. I loved the glimpses of Marshall, the fun loving and caring man, that began to emerge during his stay in Maple Valley.

The romance was beautiful and heart tugging. It was clear that Mara and Marshall should be together. Their hearts knew it, yet Marshall especially had a lot to overcome. There was also an intriguing mystery that wove its way through the pages.

This was a beautiful story and I look forward to reading more books in this series.

(5 stars)

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

ABOUT THE BOOK:

NowandThenandAlways“It was just a house. Just a craggy old house in a hidden grove, shuttered and still . . . ”

Last year, after traumatic circumstances forced her from her job as a nanny, Mara Bristol finally found a place to belong—the winsome Everwood Bed & Breakfast at the edge of Maple Valley, Iowa. For months, she’s helped its owner, Lenora, maintain the ramshackle property despite their shortage of guests. But when Lenora fails to return from a month-long trip and the bank threatens foreclosure, Mara worries she’s once again alone . . . abandoned . . . about to lose the only true home she’s ever known.

Detective Marshall Hawkins is no closer to whole today than he was two years ago . . . the day his daughter died. Between his divorce, debilitating migraines, and a dependence on medication, his life is falling apart. And when a reckless decision on the job propels him into administrative leave, he has no other plan but to get in his truck and drive. A one-night stay at the Everwood was supposed to be just that. But there’s something about the old house—or maybe its intriguing caretaker—that pulls him in.

Together, Mara and Marshall set out to save the Everwood. But its secrets run deeper than they could’ve imagined. As they renovate the house and search for its missing owner, they’ll each confront the pain that brought them to the Everwood in the first place . . . and just maybe discover a faith and love to help them carry on.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melissa Tagg

 

Melissa Tagg is the award-winning author of the popular Walker Family series, the Where Love Begins series and the Enchanted Christmas Collection. She’s a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. Her recent releases include a Carol Award winner (One Enchanted Noel), an RT Book Reviews TOP PICK (All This Time) and a Publishers Weekly Spring Top Ten Pick (Like Never Before). Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women’s retreats. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at http://www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

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