Saturday, June 30, 2018

My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas (My Heart Belongs) by Kathleen Y'Barbo


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Dodging bullets takes a simple missing person case to a new level as Jonah Cahill, a Pinkerton agent, and Madeline Latour, an investigative reporter, form a tentative truce in Galveston, Texas, 1880. Are they on to a much bigger story when their best witness is suddenly kidnapped?



My Thoughts:
My Heart Belongs in Galveston Texas is another wonderful book in the “My Heart Belongs series.” If you haven’t started reading this entire series by various offers, I highly recommend that you do! For starters, I loved this novel by Kathleen Y’ Barbo. I could not put it down. It was a quick and great read. The characters were amazing and I loved the back and forth between Jonah and Madeline. Don’t miss Madame though, she’s an interesting character. The characters surprised me in a good way. The plot and storyline was a great build up and I just was unable to put this book down. I enjoyed the surprises along the way and the ending surprised me for sure. This was a book that did not disappoint. Make sure to grab your copy today, for a great summer read! I highly enjoyed this historical read. It was a great adventure and one to not be missed.

About the Author:
Kathleen Y'BarboBestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than eighty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad.

A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and is the winner of the Inspirational Romance of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.

To connect with her through social media, check out the links on her website at www.kathleenybarbo.com

Friday, June 29, 2018

Falling for the Cowgirl (Big Heart Ranch #2 by Tina Radcliffe

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She won the job...Can he win her heart?Hiring Amanda "AJ" McAlester as his assistant at the Big Heart Ranch isn't foreman Travis Maxwell's first choice--but his sisters insist she's perfect for the job. And AJ's determined to prove she's just as qualified as any man. But with money on the line, AJ and her innovative ideas could put him at risk of losing everything...including his heart.



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My Thoughts:

Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe is a great story about two driven goal oriented people who have personal biases that they both are forced to overcome in order to succeed. AJ and Travis both have strong opinions about work, what needs to happen on the ranch and proving that a woman can do the job just as good as a man. However, will fear overtake Travis? Will the two of them be able to work together or will they end up ruining one another? 

I loved this book because it is a great read! It was a quick read, the characters were enjoyable and the plot line was fantastic. The wit, charm, humor and plot made this a great summer read. I really enjoyed this book and think you will do. Grab your copy today! 


About the Author:


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Originally from Western, N.Y., author Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. A freelance writer for over twenty years, she professionally blogs and manages Seekerville, a 13 author blog currently in its eighth year. Seekerville is a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers awardee.

Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman's arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller's Best finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over fifteen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Fashion Designer (The Pattern Artist #2) by Nancy Moser


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The American Dream thrives in 1912 New York City
Annie Wood, the housemaid-turned-pattern designer in The Pattern Artist, jumps at the chance to design her own clothing line when a wealthy New York couple offer to finance her endeavor. Joining the project is Annie’s new husband, Sean Culver, her best friend at Butterick, Maude Nascato, and a mother figure, Edna Holmquist.
Annie and her colleagues give up their careers, risking everything to follow a shared passion: clothes that are both fashionable and functional for modern, busy women in 1912.
Personal and financial setbacks threaten to keep the business from ever selling a single dress and test old relationships and new romances. No one said it would be easy. But the promise of the American Dream holds a deep hope for those who work hard, trust God, and never give up.

My Thoughts:
"The Fashion Designer" is a great historical romance that needs to be on your reading list. The setting of this story takes place in 1912 in New York City where affordable clothing has taken off in an industry that begins to give Annie ideas for new clothing designs. While this story is about design and clothing, it also has some more serious tones and deals with domestic violence, assault and difficulties in marriage.  While this book handles some difficult topics, it is done with great sensitivity and grace. 
I love how this book is stands on the fact that God is love, he provides and everything is in His timing. This book has great truths woven throughout the story line, which is great as a reader. If you enjoy historical fiction with faith and romance, this is a great read. While this is a book in a series, it can be read as a stand alone. However, I would like to read the first book, The Pattern Artist as references are made to this book regarding it. This is a quick read and a great read! 

About the Author:
Nancy MoserNancy Moser is the award-winning author of thirty inspirational novels that focus on discovering our unique purpose. Her genres include both contemporary and historical stories. 

Her latest historical novel is "The Pattern Artist" about Macy's and the Butterick Pattern Company in 1911 New York City. It was a finalist for a Romantic Times award. Its sequel is "The Fashion Designer".

Nancy and her husband live in the Midwest. She's earned a degree in architecture, traveled extensively in Europe, and has performed in numerous theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She knits voraciously, kills all her houseplants, and can wire an electrical fixture without getting shocked. She is a fan of anything antique--humans included. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Where Hope Begins by Catherine West


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In the aftermath of her husband’s act of adultery and abandonment, Savannah must finally face the ghosts that haunt her and discover for herself whether authentic faith, grace, and ultimate healing really do exist.

When her husband of twenty-one years leaves her, Savannah Barrington believes she’s lost almost everything she’s ever loved. With her daughter in college and her son in boarding school, Savannah retreats to her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, where hope and healing come in the form of an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, a touch of magic, and a handsome man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove she’s still worth loving.
But when her husband asks to reconcile, Savannah is faced with the hardest challenge of all: Forgiving the unforgivable. Somehow she must find freedom from the chains of their past and move forward, or face an unknown future without him.

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My Thoughts:

"Where Hope Begins" by Catherine West is a book that deals with difficult life issues we all face with themes of forgiveness, hope, family, health issues, faith mental health and so much more. Each and every single character in this book is dealing with a real issue and I love how the author wrote about the issues these characters were facing. I love how characters questioned their faith and had to rely on their faith during difficult situations such as grief or forgiveness. All to say, this book was a great read because it made me feel like these were real people going through the same thing that I have. 

This book is well-written and ends with a great message. I enjoyed this book and it is one that will pull you in as you are drawn in with your heart and emotions. You will not be able to put it down. It is a great weekend read! 


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About the Author:
 Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Once Upon a Farm Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier By Rory Feek


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By Rory Feek 

About:
Now raising their four-year-old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey’s passing, Rory Feek digs deeper into the soil of his life and the unusual choices he and his wife, Joey, made together and the ones he’s making now to lead his family into the future.
When Rory Feek and his older daughters moved into a run-down farmhouse almost twenty years ago, he had no idea of the almost fairy-tale love story that was going to unfold on that small piece of Tennessee land . . . and the lessons he and his family would learn along the way.
Now two years after Joey’s passing, as Rory takes their four-year-old daughter Indiana’s hand and walks forward into an unknown future, he takes readers on his incredible journey from heartbreak to hope and, ultimately, the kind of healing that comes only through faith.
A raw and vulnerable look deeper into Rory’s heart, Once Upon a Farm is filled with powerful stories of love, life, and hope and the insights that one extraordinary, ordinary man in bib overalls has gleamed along the way.
As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading as Rory learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm while doing everything, at times, but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey’s years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences.
“This isn’t a how-to book; it’s more of a how we, or more accurately, how He, God, planted us on a few acres of land and grew something bigger than Joey or I could have ever imagined.”
My Thoughts:
One Upon a Farm is a great read that may has some intense moments, but the book isn't this how to guide about life, hope and faith, but rather it's about how God planted a beautiful family on a farm and did something bigger than they could have ever imagined. The stories that fill this book are beautiful, heartbreaking, inspiring and a conversational style that I enjoy reading. I love Rory's honesty and willingness to share his life, faith and struggles in front of others. His straightforward and his amazing ability to tell a story is what will you draw you in! I really enjoyed this book and I know you will too! It was a quick and easy read. 
About the Author:
Rory Feek is a country music singer, songwriter, filmmaker and a former United States Marine. In his career, he has written singles for Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Clay Walker, Tracy Byrd and other artists. In 2004, Feek achieved his first Number One as a songwriter when Blake Shelton topped the country charts with "Some Beach". Feek wrote and produced a film, Josephine, which was set in the American Civil. The film later debuted at the Nashville Film Festival.

In 2002, he married Joey Martin, with whom he started the country, bluegrass and gospel duo Joey + Rory. They have one daughter, Indiana Boon (born February 17, 2014), who was born with Down Syndrome. Feek also has two adult daughters, Heidi and Hopie from a previous marriage. Joey died of metastatic cervical cancer on March 4, 2016.

Rory shares his life with the world through his thislifeilive.com blog that has over 2 million followers. His blog follows the amazing love story of him and his wife, her recent battle and loss to cancer, and inspirational stories of faith and hope. 

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. 


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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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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Arms of Mercy By Ruth Reid

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By Ruth Reid 

He will not lose her again. 

On the eve of a new year, Catherine Glick is expecting her bu of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin’s bakery—anything to flee the source of her shame.

Elijah Graber knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He’s determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back.

Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road—and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah’s friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost—no matter the cost.
 

My Thoughts:

Arms of Mercy is the second book in the Amish Mercy series by Ruth Reid. Ms. Reid writes amazing characters into each of her stories. I loved how the research behind this story was so thorough because it kept me in the story and turning the pages.  Not only are the characters well written, but so is the plot. Between a love story and a mystery, this book turns the page all on its own. 

Get ready to spend the rest of your day starting and finishing this book because you won't be able to put it down. I loved this book, just like I enjoyed Abiding Mercy. This one doesn't compare in my mind. If you have never read Amish Fiction before, step out of your comfort zone and give them a try, you will love them. 


About the Author:
Ruth  ReidRuth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen Opening Your Eyes to Wonder By Lisa Gungor

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By Lisa Gungor 

Lisa Gungor thought she knew her own story: small-town girl meets boy in college and they blissfully walk down the aisle into happily ever after. Their Christian faith was their lens and foundation for everything—their marriage, their music, their dreams for the future. But as their dreams began to come true, she began to wonder if her religion was really representative of the ‘good news’ she had been taught.
She never expected the questions to lead as far as they did when her husband told her he no longer believed in God. The death of a friend, the unraveling of relationships and career, the loss of a worldview, and the birth of a baby girl with two heart defects all led Lisa to a tumultuous place; one of depression and despair. And it was there that her perspective on everything changed. The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen tells the story of what can happen when you dare to let go of what you think to be true; to shift the kaleidoscope and see new colors and dimension by way of broken pieces.
Lisa’s eloquent, soul-stirring memoir brings you to a music stage before thousands of fans and a front porch where two people whisper words that scare them to the core. It is the story of how doubt can spark the beginning of deeper faith; how a baby born with a broken heart can bring love and healing to the hearts of many, and ultimately, how the hardest experience in life often ends up saving us.
My Thoughts:
The Most Beautiful Thing reminded me that the most thing we need to be comfortable with is who God created to be, which is in His image and likeness. I need to be accepting of my flaws and be reminded that His love is powerful. When I am my authentic self, I can be real and be my whole and complete self through Christ. I enjoyed this book, and think it is worth a read. 


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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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.