Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Honeysuckle Dreams (Blue Ridge Romance #2) by Denise Hunter

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After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.
Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance.
Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Widow's Watcher by Eliza Maxwell

The Widow's Watcher by Eliza Maxwell


36434976From Eliza Maxwell, the bestselling author of The Unremembered Girl, comes a gripping novel about the mysteries that haunt us and the twists of fate that can unravel them…
Living in the shadow of a decades-old crime that stole his children from him, reclusive Lars Jorgensen is an unlikely savior. But when a stranger walks onto the ice of a frozen Minnesota lake, her intentions are brutally clear, and the old man isn’t about to let her follow through.
Jenna Shaw didn’t ask for Lars’s help, nor does she want it. After he pulls her from the brink, however, Jenna finds her desire to give up challenged by their unlikely friendship. In Jenna, Lars recognizes his last chance for redemption. And in her quest to solve the mysteries of Lars’s past and bring him closure, Jenna may find the way out of her own darkness.

But the truth that waits threatens to shatter it all. When secrets are surrendered and lies are laid bare, Jenna and Lars may find that accepting the past isn’t their greatest challenge. Can they afford the heartbreaking price of forgiveness?


My Review


I am going to be completely honest, this book did not grab my interest at all when I first started reading it. What drew me to the Widow Watcher initially was the description on the back cover. All that to say, this book started out a bit slow for me, but then picked up in pace, and I couldn't stop reading from there. 

Two people who have dealt with loss, find friendship in very hard and difficult circumstances. This novel is one of forgiveness, love, grief and loss. It is deep and has difficult emotions, but also will bring two strangers together in a way that will leave you amazed by the end of the book. I was rooting for Jenna as she was trying to uncover what happened to her family, but I also was heartbroken. Lars' story is a heartbreaker, too. Make sure you have chocolate and tissues on hand for this book. Eliza Maxwell has a complete craft for writing a story well and this one will dive deep into your heart long after the story is over. 


Purchase Links

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About the Author:

Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with a patient man, two impatient children and a bird named Sarah. When she's not working on her next novel, she stays busy trying to keep her children from some future therapist's chair. 
You can reach her at theelizamaxwell@gmail.com.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Hawaiian Discovery By Wanda Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter

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The Hawaiian Discovery By Wanda Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter

An Amish Woman Finds Love in Hawaii

Ellen Lambright mourned when her best friend, Mandy, moved from Indiana to Hawaii. But now Ellen has received the Amish church’s permission to go to Hawaii and help Mandy through challenging times. Rob Smith works on the Williams family’s organic farm, far from his past mistakes and burning regrets. When Ellen befriends Rob, the attraction is mutual, but her commitment to the Amish faith stands between them. Could a heartfelt discovery lead to forgiveness, reunion, and love? Or is Ellen’s destiny waiting for her in Indiana?

Find out in this sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt from New York Timesbestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter, writing with her daughter-in-law Jean Brunstetter.



My Thoughts:
Enjoy the Island of Hawaii, a B&B, some drama and course your love for the culture of the Amish! This book is a great summer read. I loved this book and it was a great Sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt . This book has all the "feels" between joy, tears, humor and romance, this is a great book! The reader gets to read familiar characters from the previous book in this series, yet with a different twist.

The plot and storyline of this book was written extremely well and I love how certain characters were interwoven when I least expected it. If you enjoy Amish Fiction, you will enjoy this book. If want a great read, one that will have you turning the pages, this is a great read. It is a perfect stand alone, but I recommending read The Hawaiian Quilt.  I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. 


About the Author:
Wanda E. Brunstetter
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written close to 90 books translated in four languages. With over 10 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

Wanda’s ancestors were part of the Anabaptist faith, and her novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Her books are well-read and trusted by many Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties. Wanda enjoys photography, ventriloquism, gardening, bird-watching, beachcombing, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Before I Saw You by Amy K. Sorrells

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Folks are dying fast as the ash trees in the southern Indiana town ravaged by the heroin epidemic, where Jaycee Givens lives with nothing more than a thread of hope and a quirky neighbor, Sudie, who rescues injured wildlife. After a tragedy leaves her mother in prison, Jaycee is carrying grief and an unplanned pregnancy she conceals because she trusts no one, including the kind and handsome Gabe, who is new to town and to the local diner where she works.
Dividing her time between the diner and Sudie's place, Jaycee nurses her broken heart among a collection of unlikely friends who are the closest thing to family that she has. Eventually, she realizes she can't hide her pregnancy any longer--not even from the baby's abusive father, who is furious when he finds out. The choices she must make for the safety of her unborn child threaten to derail any chance she ever had for hope and redemption. Ultimately, Jaycee must decide whether the truest form of love means hanging on or letting go.

My Thoughts:
An emotional attaching story, I Saw You by Amy Sorrells has depth, characters that will tie your emotions and a relevant story about the current culture told in a fiction story. The character faces choices that are hard and this book will bring you to tears. You won't believe this amazing story and you will simply love it. Ms. Sorrells handles difficult topics with sensitivity and grace. Overall, a story of unconditional love, grace, faith and hope, you do not want to miss this book! 
This isn't your typical "Christian read" and I loved it! I give this book 4.5/ 5 stars.I read this book cover to cover in one sitting. You will not be able to put it down. Thanks to Wynn Wynn Media from providing a copy. A favorable review was not required. 

About the Author:
Amy K. Sorrells

A long time believer in the power of story to change lives, Amy got her start in journalism and medical writing. Her work has been featured in a wide array of publications including newspapers and medical journals. Her novels have been shortlisted for the 2014 Inspy awards, semi-finalists for the ACFW Genesis awards, and a winner of the 2011 Women of Faith writing contest.

An Indianapolis native and graduate of DePauw University, Amy lives with her husband, three sons and a gaggle of golden retrievers in central Indiana.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Justice Betrayed (Memphis Cold Case #3) by Patricia Bradley

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It's Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide Detective Rachel Sloan isn't sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators--one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken--she's forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic's home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend's killer?
can definitely be read as a stand-alone, but there are  appearances from the two main characters from other books  in this book, which help you further along in the plot, but aren't necessary. 
If you love a grab the seat of your pants kind of suspense book with elements of romance, faith and a cold case murder, you'll love this book. The plot with twists and turns make this book fun as you turn the pages. The writing is on point as you can follow along with the characters and the theme of this book is amazing!

About the Author:
Patricia  BradleyWinner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy, and loves to write suspense with a twist of romance. Her Logan Point series is available at all on-line retailers and major bookstores. In September 2017, JUSTICE BURIED, the second book in the Memphis Cold Case Novels will release.

Her workshops on writing include online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers, workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference, ACFW Minnesota NICE and Memphis ACFW. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.